December 17, 2018

Our Home for the HOLIDAYS Edition

Posted on November 6, 2018 by in Magazine Issues

Welcome to our NEW quarterly edition of the magazine!

Join us here as we try to create some old fashioned HOLIDAY magic.

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Jack Ryan

Posted on October 22, 2018 by in Movie Reviews

When was the last time you waited in line to see a blockbuster movie? With each tick of the clock, the tension rises and your apprehension increases exponentially. When it finally comes out you are riveted to your seat, iPhone in hand, waiting for the action to start. That was my feeling for Tom Clancy’s NEW Jack Ryan.

Rating A+

Audience: 13+

Genre: Action 

The lead is played by hunky actor John Krasinski (Jack Ryan) and he gets into all kinds of international mischief. Jack is a marine veteran with a storied past who is currently working as a financial analysis for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Evil exists in the world and Jack spends his time looking at computer screens determining how these terrorists move dirty money around through shell companies to clean it. Jack located a 9.3 million dollar money transfer money with unknown origins and a nefarious destination (suspected terrorists) in the Middle East. This sets off a chain of horrific terrorist events that brings Jack face to face with a vile terrorist that has thus far escaped the intense scrutiny of the CIA intelligence community.

Various seemingly unrelated events occur that lead Jack and his team around the world looking for clues as to the purpose for the money and the intent of the terrorists. In the midst of terrorist hunting Jack finds a love interest and has to deal with her curiosity about what he actually does for a living. The attraction is strong between these two and it’s a quandary whether or not they can work it out. If I told you any more than this there would be no reason to watch the mini-series, so I’ll stop here.

This movie is now showing on Amazon Prime.

Watch the trailer HERE…

I’m a Tom Clancy fan, so I really liked this mini-series and watched all ten episodes back to back. The twists and turns made it interesting and there was just enough sex, explosions, violence, intrigue, and downright good acting to make it interesting. It never lags and I feel like my readers will enjoy it as much as I did. Till next time remember I’ll be out here watching shows for you and the reviews of only the good ones will continue.

Junior’s Boy

 

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Let’s Go Somewhere!

Posted on June 1, 2018 by in Magazine Issues

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Barefoot

Posted on June 1, 2018 by in Movie Reviews

This movie is all about sex, inferred sex, not actual sex.

Rating: B+

*Our NEW Rating System: A is excellent, B is good and anything less than that doesn’t get talked about here, because there’s nothing good to say.

Audience:  It’s suitable for adults and mature adolescents.

Jay Wheeler (Scott Speedman) is a handsome playboy capable of wooing the women of Los Angles with his charismatic banter and physical sex appeal. The very first scene shows him putting on his jeans in a sparsely decorated “bachelor” pad. Then cut to the bed and a beautiful young woman is just waking up. He notices her stirring and the first thing he says to her after an inferred night of passion is “would you mind locking the door on your way out?” She sits up in the bed obviously nude, but covered with a top sheet and asks demurely, “so you’re not going to buy me breakfast then?” Without a moment’s thought he says “Naw”, and leaves her there, dejected. I thought to myself, I never did that he must be crazy. I wasn’t too far off.

Jay works in a psychiatric hospital mopping floors as part of his probation. Another reason he works there is because they have a strict door control security system that keeps the thugs working for his bookie out, because Jay is a degenerate gambler who never wins enough to pay off his debts. It seems he likes to bet on the ponies and he can’t pick a winner to save his life.

One day he’s moping the floors in the front lobby when he hears a commotion and sees the doctor in charge of the hospital trying the check in a new patient who’s not real clear on what’s going on. The beautiful nubile waif, (Evan Rachel Wood), Daisy has been picked up by the police and referred to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation. She is totally beautiful and when Jay sees her he is intrigued by her physical beauty and her lack of shoes.

Not long after her arrival, Daisy is being examined by a fake doctor (the night shift security guard) and Jay hears her distress. He intervenes on her behalf by knocking out the deviant and calming her fears. As he leaves her room she decides to follow him. He knows that he will be fired for hitting the security guard, so he’s leaving the hospital and Daisy slips out of the security door behind him. She’s standing in the wet parking lot in her night clothes with no shoes or anything else to her name. He tries to get her to go back to the hospital, but in her innocent manner she convinces him to let her tag along with him.

This is where the laughter and adventures begin.

They range from a strip club in Los Angeles to a refined wedding party in the highest social setting of New Orleans. These two unlikely companions learn about disappointment, hardship, trust and finally love. I found this moving to be funny on several different levels with a happy ending.

Junior’s Boy

Watch the trailer HERE…

Starring

Evan Rachel Wood
Scott Speedman
Treat Williams
Kate Burton
J. K. Simmons

Now Showing: On Amazon Prime and other digital platforms.

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Justice For All

Posted on May 31, 2018 by in Sittin' At The Gun Shop

In lieu of reviewing another great gun this month, which we thought would be in bad taste given the current climate… we decided to talk about JUSTICE here instead. The opinions below are our own and they are not meant to offend anyone, but as long as we still have the right to voice our opinions publicly – we will.

We have created a culture that allows “any type of behavior”. We no longer have standards for common decency in our country because no one wants to offend anyone for fear they will be bullied for their opinion.

Common decency is behavior that conforms to accepted standards of morality or respectability.

People don’t talk about hell much anymore, but it exists and perhaps that is part of the problem. We don’t talk about the consequences of our choices and actions. We all make choices and all choices have consequences. If you’re going to demand that something be done to protect our children – demand harsher legislation for the people and children who choose to harm our children.

Insane or not, bullied or not, mistreated as a child or not – if you cause harm to yourself or others – you need to be removed from the general population. Everyone matters, everyone has rights and everyone makes choices that affect the lives of other people. Harming innocent people is wrong and should have consequences sufficient enough to deter others from wanting to suffer the same fate. Crime will not stop until the punishment is sufficient enough to deter the copycats, the people too lazy to do honest work for a living and all of the other people who choose not to live by society’s rules.

I’m not saying we should bring back the chain gangs or treat anyone cruelly, but our prison system is NOT working when people are willing to return there 3 or 4 times for the same crimes. We have given more rights and benefits to the convicted criminal than we have to their victims. The laws protect them more so than the innocent people they harm. Everyone matters and everyone deserves to be treated decently, however we cannot fail to punish by means of separation and removal of certain rights from those who commit crimes.

Law means nothing if it is not supported by punishment sufficient to discourage the crime.

This man/child who chose to harm all of the people in Santa Fe Texas deserves to suffer the consequences of his actions. Right now those consequences are not near severe enough to suit the severity of the crime. This is the change that is needed to lessen the frequency of school shootings and all crimes.

Right is right and wrong is still wrong.

When you harm someone there need not be any gray area. It’s wrong. It doesn’t matter whether it’s done by men, women or children by means of guns, DWI or abortion – you have harmed someone and it’s wrong. It doesn’t matter why you did what you did – you can’t justify why your crime is ok. It doesn’t matter if the victim is 30 weeks old, 6 years old, or 41 – you harmed them and it’s wrong. There needs to be consequences. When there are not sufficient consequences – everyone just does whatever they please.

We should be calling for changes in our prison system.

  • Life should mean life without parole.

  • We need to do away with “good time”.

  • Habitual criminals should not be released.

We pay for televisions, wages (if they work at all) and conjugal visits for people who harm innocent people, really? How dumb is that? Our prison system is a multi-million dollar business. Whose dollars do you think they are? We need to stand up for the innocent people who are no longer here to stand up for themselves. And we need to advertise the heck out of it! Harm anyone and you will receive the harshest sentence allowed by law. In the words of Merle Haggard “the joint used to be a bad place to be” and we need to bring that back.

NATIONWIDE prison reform, prayer and people raising decent children are GOOD places to start.

If you would like to do something TODAY – write or call the Governor of your state and ask for stiffer penalties. We have included a SAMPLE letter below that you can use as is, add to or create your own from and you can go to sleep tonight knowing that YOU at least tried to do something to change our society.

___________

Dear Governor,

In light of the latest school shooting, I would like you to consider using your power and connections to encourage the following:

Prison reform.

(Stiffer sentences, eliminating “good time” and parole of habitual offenders.)

And advertisement of the stricter CONSEQUENCES for those who cause harm to others for any reason.

___________

If you’re going to stand up for something – stand up for consequences.

 

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Mother’s Day it’s a REAL Love Story…

Posted on May 4, 2018 by in Magazine Issues

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An Adorned Old Warhorse

Posted on March 23, 2018 by in Sittin' At The Gun Shop

Some people like to change and customize things. Most of the time I don’t fall into this category, but on this one particular pistol, I jumped off the deep end too. I floundered around a little, but not too much because I couldn’t afford to drown, (in debt that is). I’m talking about taking a box stock pistol and adding all of the bells and whistles to make it the crème de la cream of the day. It’s a bit of keeping up with the Jones you might say.

This Colt Combat Commander started life as a box stock Colt .45 acp caliber, four and a half inch barrel, single action bullet launcher perfectly capable of doing its job. When it came into my possession it had suffered some abuse. It had some surface rust and was in need of a good cleaning. Naturally, I took it to the gun shop and spoke with the shop’s gun cleaning guru, the manager named Frank.

While cleaning it up for me he said that it had good bones, but like a teenager on a diet of french fries, the skin was blemished. We talked and finally decided that the old warhorse would be sent off for what was called at the time a satin nickel finish, (now it’s called Colt Guard or matte finish). The older Colt single action semi-auto’s had a habit of skinning the hide off the web of my hand when fired, so I also added an extended beaver tail grip safety too.

As the photograph indicates the chosen grip safety doesn’t have the currently “in fad” speed bump on the lower part. It wasn’t known about or thought of way back then. The sights are fixed and squared off with a wide notch white outlined rear sight and a blaze orange ramp front sight. I had cut my fledgling law enforcement teeth on the N-frame and K-frame Smith and Wesson revolvers and had grown accustomed to this particular sight picture.

I think the brand name for these sights are Millet and they are probably still offered in their current catalog. I bought the finger groove hand filling stocks at the Pasadena Gun show a half decade later and felt that they gave me good control and they felt very natural in my hand. I shot the gun for many years and it would shoot better groups than I could ever muster with any other 1911. At combat distances it would make one ragged hole in the target with a steady hold and quality ammo.

Back in 1990 I was moved into the criminal investigation division and really fell hard for that type of work and the camaraderie of my fellow blood hounds. One thing about it bothered me though; we didn’t have a distinctive badge that identified us as detectives. We all had our regular issue badges that had the word PATROLMAN, emblazoned across the top.

Being somewhat of a trendsetter I went to the Blackington Badge Catalog and ordered what was called a mini-badge in the shape of my current badge with the State of Texas Seal and the department name and my badge number, but I had the title INVESTIGATOR put across the top. I believed this was more befitting a lawman of my stature and assignment.

When it came in I carried it in my wallet for several years. Within a few months after several inter-office memorandums between me and the CID sergeant, we got full size new badges approved for everyone. Many thanks to a great sack dragging detective, (who shall remain nameless) who found a citizen willing to foot the entire bill for the ten new gold tone expensive badges. We got our new shiny DETECTIVE badges that they still wear today because of the kindness of one man, who shall also remain nameless.

After I retired I went to the gun shop with this pistol because the Rampant Colt stock insert had come unglued. I also took the little investigator mini-badge with me to see Frank and asked him if he could carve out the wooden stocks enough to affix the little badge to them. He did it and it turned out to be an attractive addition in my opinion. Now the old warhorse is used as my training gun.

Once shooters that I’m working with get over their fear of recoil, I can train them with the old .45 quicker than anything else I own. They gain confidence quickly due to the higher hit probability and it just feels good in their hand. I hope you like the photograph, and just for your information I could have bought a brand new Colt Lightweight Commander for what it cost me to make these “custom” additions to this pistol. Oh wait, “I recently did just that”. Guess that will be another story.

Till then “shoot back first”, “make sure of your target”, and “may all of your groups be small”. And don’t forget to join the NRA to protect your gun rights.

Junior’s Boy

 

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The Way Back

Posted on March 13, 2018 by in Movie Reviews

Rating: A-

*Our NEW Rating System: A is excellent, B is good and anything less than that doesn’t get talked about here, because there’s nothing good to say.

Audience: Adults only.

There are very adult themes in this movie, savagery, political persecution, murder, friendship, love, and honor. It is not for the faint of heart or squeamish.

“FREEDOM is NEVER FREE” is the main theme of this movie and it shows that REAL men will die trying to stand up on free ground, rather than survive on bent knees in a mad man’s prison.

This movie begins at a terrible gulag (prison camp) in Stalin’s Soviet Union. The main character is a new fish (convict) just learning to tread water in a shark infested pond. He learns a few things from the old cons around him and slowly forms necessary alliances. Not friendships mind you, (these people would murder you in your sleep for a pork chop), but alliances that might help him escape the frozen hell-hole. The Siberian gulag is surrounded by 2000 square miles of snow, frozen ground, and plenty of locals that would turn them in for the bounty paid for escaping prisoners.

Unbelievable hardships plague the escapees during the cross country trek and death stalks their every step. One can pick out the reasons that we now call the men and women of this era the greatest generation. The scenery in this movie is breathtaking, but it’s extremely dangerous for even for the hardiest of them.

The movie ends well and their trip was well worth it.

Junior’s Boy

Showing: Now showing on Netflix.

Starring: Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Ferrell and Saoirse Ronan.

 

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Wind River

Posted on February 12, 2018 by in Movie Reviews

Rating: B+

*Our NEW Rating System: A is excellent, B is good and anything less than that doesn’t get talked about here, because there’s nothing good to say.

Audience: *Adults only, graphic violence, language, death scenes, etc.

The movie begins with a young Native American Arapaho Indian girl running through the snow. You can tell by the intensity of her frantic breathing, the speed of her running and the look on her face that she is running for her life. And you can tell that this isn’t going to end well for her. The next scene is a small flock of goats being stalked by a trio of wolves and just as one of them heads toward the innocent young goats, a sharp crack rings out. This is a metaphor of things to come. Two of the wolves go down and then you see the shooter, clad in a white winter hunting suit laying prone in the snow.

He’s holding a sniper rifle that any Delta Force tier one operator would be comfortable using in battle. You can’t tell at this point if he’s a good guy or a bad guy. It turns out that he is a Wildlife Officer working for the State of Wyoming. Next, he finds the corpse of the Indian girl and he’s visibly moved by her death for a reason that becomes clear later in the movie.

A grizzled old reservation Chief of Police is called to the scene and he explains that he doesn’t have jurisdiction in murder cases on the reservation. He will have to call the FBI to investigate this murder and as if on cue – a blizzard starts dumping snow on the crime scene. The Police Chief says he can’t move the body until the FBI gives their approval, so they go to the station to wait and watch the snow fall. A new Chevy Tahoe drives up and a very young, blonde, white female in a lightweight FBI windbreaker jumps out.

The chief, the wildlife officer (WLO), and a local hanger on look at each other in total disbelief. The attractive twenty something agent asks them to be taken to the crime scene to view the corpse. The WLO explains to her that the crime scene is about five miles away by snowmobile and she would likely freeze to death before they got there. The petite young agent is loaned a winter snowsuit and the investigation continues in a normal manner, however the weather and the remoteness of the area continue to be big factors that normal crime scenes don’t have.

This as far as I’m comfortable taking you in this story, but of you like a good murder mystery coupled with beautiful scenery, this is a movie you should watch.

Junior’s Boy

Showing: At a Redbox kiosk near you.

Starring: Elizabeth Olsen as FBI Agent Jane Banner and Jeremy Renner as WLO Cody Lambert.

The Wind River Indian reservation really exists in Wyoming. It is home to members of the Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone tribe. It’s a beautiful and wild mountainous area, but for the indigenous Native American people it’s an unfenced prison without jobs, schooling, or any hope. What they do have in abundance is drugs, crime, death, snow and silence.

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Good News FALL Issue

Posted on October 28, 2016 by in Magazine Issues

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