It’s been an exceptionally shitty 24 hours. John Prine is dead. The Sisters Rodeo is cancelled in what would have been its 80th year. Oregon schools are shut down, so our local seniors won’t have a graduation or a spring sports season, or school plays and concerts and... you know the drill. Probably sucked where you live, too, cuz that’s the way it … [Read more...] about Not Dead Yet, You Bastards!
* “Dress suitably in short skirts and strong boots, leave your jewels in the bank, and buy a revolver.” — Constance Markievicz, Irish Rebel, c. 1909 * A whole lotta women are deciding to arm themselves. That trend, which has been accelerating for several years, blew up in the Great Gun Rush of 2020 spurred by the COVID-19 shutdown. While it’s … [Read more...] about Women In Arms
THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. — Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, December 23, 1776 * There is something profoundly surreal about the … [Read more...] about The Times That Try Men’s Souls
“A hill for magnitude, a mountain in virtue of its bold design.” — Robert Louis Stevenson regarding Arthur’s Seat Ceili ventured north from London this week on a field trip to Edinburgh. A highlight for her was a hike up the looming crag known as Arthur’s Seat, the site of ancient hill forts. In sympathy (and maybe a bit of envy) … [Read more...] about ‘A Mountain In Virtue’
The Pacific Northwest HQ of Frontier Partisans pulled up stakes and headed south for a few days last week to Austin, Texas. Music, Mexican food, barbecue, steak.... Oh, yes, and business. The trip was newspaper-related, but Marilyn stowed away and made the trek with me — and we took the opportunity for a council with the Southern Command under … [Read more...] about Council On The Pedernales
The world needs more of this. This lovely young woman is doing something that is vital for the shooting sports: promoting the very real “Joy of Shooting.” Asserting the Second Amendement-ensured right of armed self-defense is important, but it is equally vital to communicate the value of the sporting aspect of the … [Read more...] about The Joy Of Shooting With A 21st Century Annie Oakley
May you feast on fat cow and may Father Christmas load your packs with gunpowder, ham hocks and guitar strings! … [Read more...] about Merry Christmas, Pards!
The Pilgrims didn’t really think of the First Thanksgiving as a “thanksgiving” at all. Within their Puritan theology and practice, a "day of thanksgiving” would have required fasting and prayerful contemplation of their gratitude to God for seeing them through a terrible series of trials and tribulations. The actual feast they organized in … [Read more...] about The First Thanksgiving: Beer, Sport And Feasting
Heading south next weekend to return my 91-year-old dad to the custody and care of my brother. Bob splits his time between Southern California and Central Oregon — and it’s time for him to fly south for the winter. I’ve picked out a set of podcasts to keep me company on the long, lonesome highway. I’m taking a road trip into the paranormal … [Read more...] about Road Trip Into The Paranormal Frontier
By Rick Schwertfeger, Captain, Frontier Partisans Southern Command, Austin, Texas “There, lying on the muddy shore, was the largest crocodile I ever have seen. I placed my bullet at the junction of its skull and spinal column and it just quivered and lay still. It measured 14 feet, 2½ inches from the tip of snout to tip of tail.” U.S. … [Read more...] about ‘A Wanderer In And Worshiper Of Beautiful and Unspoiled Country’ — Colonel Townsend Whelen – American Rifleman and Outdoorsman – Part II