sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Thursday, September 12, 2013

9-12-2013: State of the Union

To this White House, "all options on the table" 
means "I still don't know what to do -- but maybe
the Russians can help me get out of my mess..."

Wages are stagnant; working hours curtailed; and large numbers are underemployed or working involuntarily part time. Discouraged workers are at a record high. As Wal-Mart's CFO Charles Holley, said, "We have to remember how actual Americans live." The Obama Administration has generally ignored fundamental economic principles in favor of "fundamentally transforming America". Apparently the reality of life in America hasn't filtered up to the White House yet, but that trend may be slowly changing.

ObamaCare is unpopular. Many people do not believe that President Obama's landmark legislation -- his gift of socialized medicine to an 'ungrateful nation' -- will actually remain law until he leaves office.

The President's foreign policy is in disarray - if the US can be said to have a coherent foreign policy. The Obama White House has ceded momentum in the Middle East to Russia...and it takes concerted effort to screw things up that badly. "Pivot toward Asia" flounders as Obama's personal credibility likely could not be lower. White House scandals are even being reported on by the mainstream media (where did THAT come from?) to a limited degree.

What if we gave a war and nobody came? -- Not so rhetorical anymore. 

In Colorado, the two highest ranking officials in the state who were vulnerable have been recalled over the issue of gun control legislation. Democrats are paying attention because it plays to 2014. Will any of the Democrats running for election or re-election in Congress want Obama to campaign for them? Obama needs to find more "free phones" paid for by the taxpayers to hand out...

Red State/Blue State

Missouri GOP officials broke ranks with the party on Wednesday or the state would have voted to nullify federal firearms regulations in that state. Meanwhile, President Obama is pushing for harsher gun control. Out of touch? It would seem so.

Obama and the Democrats won the big cities, but the bulk of America (in terms of actual territory) did not cede anything to the winning party in terms of a buy-in on their philosophy. Which is manifest by the fact that firearms and ammunition have never been in as much demand nationwide as they are today. The Second Amendment to the US Constitution is there to protect the people from their government. It has nothing whatsoever to do with hunting.

Siskiyou County, California is officially trying to find a way to get out of California and into Oregon. If you look at the 2012 Electoral map of even liberal California, a lot of the state did not vote for Obama. But the urban hells hold sway in elections.

North Colorado will not become its own state, but the movement to do that is no joke. I realize that while George Bush was president, a lot of people didn't like him, but this secession talk didn't exist.  It has nothing to do with the color of the president's skin, but it has a lot to do with the national agenda and the color of politics.

2012 Electoral Map
When you look at the map, it wasn't a clear victory for Obama... And if another election was held today, there wouldn't be nearly so much blue...

I'll give Judge Jeanine Pirro the parting shot.

How to Load a Dead Deer on a Horse

Deer season is almost upon us. Time to think about how you're going to get it out of the back of beyond once you've bagged it.

Horses don't like to be around dead deer or elk. They REALLY don't like to have the carcass loaded onto their back. There is a trick to doing this that many of you will know if you've packed game out on horseback. Since the hunting seasons will soon be upon us, maybe it's time to review this.
Disclaimer: This applies to large buck mule tail deer. White tail deer (primarily East Coast) are about the size of dogs and you can pick them up and carry them or drive your truck to the field where you shot it with a shotgun and throw it in the back.
ATV hunters, driving down the road -- not really hunting.
The advent of the small four wheel ATV changed deer hauling, primarily for the road hunters. But you can still hunt in a car or truck if you don't want to be exposed to the elements.

However if you hunt deer from horseback (you watch where the horse is looking and see the deer), it's a different experience. No you don't shoot from the back of the horse, the way you see it done on TV. If you do that the horse will (buck you off) (become impossibly gun shy) not be happy with you. You must dismount and shoot.

When you're in the back of beyond on your horse, and you shoot a deer, you need to get it out of that remote location and the horse is the best way to do it. If you're elk hunting, you will likely have to quarter the elk because of its size/weight and a separate pack horse is advised.

For those of you who feel sorry for deer that are hunted, deer are really just large rats. They're destructive and the only thing that saved them in the modern era was the movie, Bambi.

Moving on, let's say for the sake of the scenario that you bagged your trophy buck, you've cleaned it and you've put a bag over it to keep the flies off it if it's not cold winter. Now it's time to get it out and you want to put it on the back of your horse.

Bouncing up to paragraph one, the horse won't go along with your plan willingly, so you need to think strategically.  The horse may have alerted you to the presence of deer, but it doesn't mean that your horse will want to pack it out for you.

(1) You should bring a horse blindfold. Yes, it can be a modified feedbag. It can be a modified anything so long as it covers the horse's eyes.

(2) Depending on your tag, you may be able to behead your buck. The only thing that the horse will hate worse than carrying a dead dear is having the antlers banging him in the flanks. If you have a big canvas bag, it might be a good idea to drape it over the antlers and put a heavy sweater or spare horse blanket over the antlers, tie it over the antlers with parachute cord/550 cord to hold it in place.

(3) Stick your already bloody hands (from cleaning the deer) into the deers entrails and get them gooey. Then smear the gore over the horse's nose. The horse will not love you for it. However, it will smell nothing but dead deer and usually that's enough to get the deer onto the saddle without the horse bolting.

After a horse has done this a few times, they actually become partners in the hunt. I had an old horse named Blaze that even leaned in toward me when I hoisted the deer on to help get it on her back. She didn't need a blindfold or the nose treatment. But she'd carried more than a few deer out.

When I was a kid, I'd get a stack (3-6 depending on the year) of deer tags from widows in town and I'd go out and kill deer for them. That's not illegal since I did have my own license. They'd eat on the deer all winter and it kept me in practice. I always preferred to hunt from a horse because I'm fundamentally lazy that way. (1) The horse found the deer. (2) Once shot, the horse carried the deer, which meant that I didn't drag it for miles over harsh terrain. (3) I had a ride. (4) The horse went where the ATV crowd didn't go.

As an adult, hunting people for a living took a lot of the joy out of hunting a defenseless animal (even if deer are just large rats). I took a lot more pleasure from hunting bad people and there is no practical bag limit.