Because I said so.
I just found out that George Carlin passed yesterday from a heart attack. I didn’t always agree with him, but damn he was funny.
I was in town a few weeks ago and stopped by the local Barnes and Noble (the one that doesn’t carry any books by Ted Nugent, WTF.) I purchased a copy of The World’s Worst Weapons from the bargain bin.
The cover had a picture of a propeller driven armored car. I had visions of backward firing guns and exploding bullets. I thought that it would be an entertaining bathroom book. What the author ( if he can be called that) covered instead was a list of poorly to well designed modern weapons that can be accessed through any afternoon internet search, along with a few true duds.
The author, Martin J. Dougherty, is listed on the book jacket as specializing in military and defence topics. I would say that anyone who lists the AK47, Makarov pistol, and M-60 machine gun among the worlds worst weapons only specializes in being a lazy uninformed armchair commando. The list of poorly designed armored vehicles and tanks comes much closer to including the worlds worst weapons, but still includes several successful examples such as the U.S. M-113 armored personnel carrier and the Nazi Tiger Tank.
The author even admits that many of the weapons listed were just overly expensive, complex, or in the wrong caliber. I am not a published author, but even I would not title a book the worlds worst weapons and then include weapons that I freely admit are not really the worst. I admit that the M-16 is not perfect, but it is far from one of the worlds worst weapons. The M-16A2 and the M-60 kept me in one piece for three years.
I did not include a link to the author or book because I thought that the book did not deserve one.
Finally got the little stinker after lubing the trap. He or she ( I didn’t get close enough to look) was in the trap on Wednesday morning. I hated to do it. They aren’t really a threat, but we just can’t deal with the smell anymore.
I grabbed the rope that was tied to the trap handle and pulled the trap away from the house behind a barn. I used a Rossi pump .22 that a friend of mine who lives in a sketchy neighborhood left for safekeeping. (More on that later.) Afterwards, I put the trap with the skunk still inside in the back of my pickup. I didn’t dare leave it around the house, because the dogs would just roll around in the scent. I took it to work and put it in the dumpster on a day that turned out to be 102 degrees. It really stunk up the area around my office. I couldn’t help but smile every time someone commented on the smell that we have been living with for a week. It was kind of my own sick practical joke.
This was the seventh skunk that I have killed on our place since 2004. I will relate the tale of the other six as soon as I have time.
If it would lower my gas prices ten cents a gallon, I’d club a baby seal with a manatee! Screw the environmentalists.
Shamelessly stolen from Monster Hunter Nation. The rest of the article is even better.
I dug out my old box trap and threw a handful of dog food in it yesterday evening expecting to have a skunk in a box this morning. What I had instead was a completely empty trap, including the food. So I applied a little Rem Oil to the hinges and am trying again. This skunk is really starting to get on my nerves. Usually I take a live and let live attitude, but I am tired of coming home to a stinky house and stinky dog.