Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
Wishing everyone a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
Seeing the aftermath of the riot in Ferguson just makes me scratch my head and wonder why anyone would do that to a town in which they live. I understand an unarmed man was shot by a police officer and the Grand Jury did not find sufficient evidence to bring charges against the officer and that enrages the citizens of Ferguson, MO, but why burn and loot the city in which you live? It just doesn’t compute to me. Now I will admit I have not been the target of the police and other than being called a redneck from time to time by my wife I have not really been subjected to inappropriate remarks and held back by society on any level. Of course there are millions of Americans who have been targeted by the police and been subjected to racism and they somehow seem to make it through life without burning and looting businesses in their community.
Below is a video from Jonathan Gentry and his thoughts on Ferguson and the events which unfolded in August. He could have recorded that yesterday as it is exactly what transpired in Ferguson on Monday.
Last night at one of my favorite Bourbon watering holes I spied William Larue Weller sitting on the top shelf and knew I had to have a glass. This Bourbon is barrel proof, uncut and unfiltered and nothing short of outstanding. When it first arrived it was quite boozy with alcohol so I let it sit for a little while before sampling. It had a nice strong caramel character with oak and char and a notable warming post consumption. Present were dark fruits, leather and tobacco with a nice level of sweetness in the finish. I have never been able to locate this in a store, but will certainly keep my eyes opened. If you have the chance to taste this one, take it. It is a really nice Bourbon from Buffalo Trace.
As I was walking through a local bottle shop I spied a bottle of AleSmith Decadence and almost as soon as I saw it the beer jumped in my cart and so I had to take it home. Decadence is currently brewed annually to celebrate the anniversary of AleSmith, but was originally brewed in 2005 to celebrate their first decade in business. The beer changes style from year to year and the style this year was Wheat Wine. Some of the styles from the past include:
2005 English-Style Old Ale
2006 Imperial Evil Dead Red Ale
2007 Imperial Porter
2008 English-Style Barleywine
2009 Dunkel Weizenbock
2010 English-Style Old Ale
2011 Maple Smoked Barleywine
2012 Belgian-Style Quadruple
2013 German-Style Doppelbock
After having the bad experience with Speedway, my fear was we might be getting beer dumped in NC. Luckily that is not the case. Decadence was a tremendous beer at 10.0% ABV. The aroma and flavor were filled with strong fruity esters which included pineapple, peaches, and passion fruit. The bitterness is what turned this beast into an outstanding evening. The hops were spicy and floral and bittered perfectly to accompany the sweet malt and wheat characteristics. I picked up a little banana in the aroma, but nothing over the top or unpleasant and this would not be confused with a hefeweizen. If you see it, let it jump into your cart too, it is a great bottle to have and share.
Ok, I’m starting to see a few deals pop up here and there, but currently nothing that will get my sorry butt off the couch on Friday. Most everything I have spotted can be had online with the exception of a couple of items which Dick’s has and I would only get if I happened to be beside the place on Friday. Speaking of Dick’s, almost everyone remembers the Troy fiasco from a few years back and it leaves a bad taste in their mouth. Troy is offering an overrun Bravo rifle for 6 bills that ain’t a bad deal. I think the stock looks like something which belongs on a whale, but it might just be your cup of tea. A more interesting black rifle deal is the uppers from DSG. A really nice 5.56 or .300 BLK with a 15″ rail and BCG for 4 bills. Wallyworld is offering 20% off any in stock rifle or shotgun on Friday, but I’m not running across town for most of the firearms they stock at a WalMart. Other than those I’ve not run into anything crazy exciting. If you know of something post a note in the comments, I always love a good deal, especially if I can order it online. ;)
One of the most sought after beers right now in North Carolina is Highland Cold Mountain Winter Ale. If you don’t live in the state you may have never heard of the beer. At one time it was a little known beer only released in flip top liter bottles and then you had to know someone to get some and typically had to buy a case of six to get them. The beer actually started in 1997 as Winter Ale and the blend of spices and flavors changes every year. I first got my hands on some in 2003 and over time it has become significantly easier to find. Now if you are in the Asheville area that might not be true, but typically bottles can be found nowadays in other areas of the state and often it will appear on draft. I must admit I’ve not been a fan of the past few incantations, but this year the beer is pretty tasty. Quite a bit of vanilla and hints of roast in the aftertaste with some nice spice undertones. The label lists all kinds of things on it including hazelnut, raspberry, cranberry, vanilla beans, and cinnamon and all work together to create this beer. If you haven’t grabbed a bottle, get on it. This will not last long and it is already sold out in many stores.
I gotta be honest, in the past I’ve not been a huge fan of our neighbors to the North. They never seemed to get involved and all they do is send people like Justin Bieber south to invade our country and pollute our air(waves). And yes, I wouldn’t care a lick if he was deported. Some recent actions have started to change my mind about the country of Canada. The first instance was the way they handled the Ottawa tragedy. When a terrorist murdered Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and headed into the Canadian Parliament Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers killed the rifleman and saved the day. The news reports were professional and as far as I know no one climbed onto a soapbox to outlaw lever-action rifles.
So I was growing lukewarm to the country and figured that was about as deep as my feelings would ever go. Then on November 18, 2014 the Toronto Maple Leafs were playing the Nashville Predators in Canada and while the National Anthem was being sang the microphone cut out on the performer. The Canadians immediately sprang into action and saved the day. So now I’m even more impressed by our Northern neighbors, before long I might even quit all negative thoughts, especially if they would take Bieber back. Well played Canada, well played!
After having Ménage à Trois Midnight we might not go back to the standard Red offering. I mean I like the standard Red wine, but it takes a backseat to Midnight. The blend for Midnight is well-chosen, but not particularly meaningful until you compare it with Red and then it is instantly apparent why I like this so much more.
The Red is 46% Zinfandel, 36% Merlot, and 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, while the Midnight is 44% California Merlot, 42% California Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% California Petite Sirah, and 3% California Petit Verdot. Upping both the Merlot and Cabernet is why this is so dark and lovely. By comparison the Red seems like starter juice. Midnight is filled with blackberry and plum with a nice background note of chocolate and subtle spice. It’s deep, dark and mysterious without being overwhelming. Anyway the best thing about it is the price point which is generally a Hamilton (10 beans). Any wine this good for only 10 bucks is a winner in my book and deserves a place of honor as a house favorite. If you haven’t had it yet give it a try, you will not be disappointed in the blend.
Recently I have seen two firearms up for sale where the owner customized the firearm and turned it into something only a mother could love. One was a Taurus 1911 with a retail price of about $600 and after all the customization they wanted $850 and the gun was orange and black. I would never pay 30% more than a gun was worth new unless there was something super special about the custom work which was done, but making it orange lowered the value IMO as opposed to raising the value. Another was a Glock with a cerakoted frame which was OD Green. It wasn’t bad, but why would I want that? Another one was a Glock with $175 worth of custom grip modifications which to me look like someone took a hot paperclip and stippled the grip. There were other modifications, but why would I want a $550 used Glock when I can get a used Gen 3 for $400-450 all day long.
If you are going to modify the firearm there are a couple of considerations. First and foremost is the modification just for you. If so they gopher it. If you are doing the modification with aspirations to eventually sell the firearm and recoup the cost of the modification be aware the chances of this happening are slim to none. So if you stipple the grip on a Glock, know it is lowering the value to many. If however you were adding night sights to the Glock you would potentially increase the value. You can change grips on some guns and other things, but save the original for when someone like me walks up and says that’s good, but I’d prefer original.
I recently posted about a negligent discharge at a Raleigh hotel which killed Nathan Andrew Clark, a teenager from Lewisville, NC in town for a soccer match. I’ve seen a few people start to get on their soapbox about gun control and I think they missed the fact this murderer was a convicted habitual felon with no less than 28 prior convictions. We already have laws on the books about felons and firearms and you can see just how effective those turned out to be. This guy was just released from jail on October 25, 2014 and not even a month later he kills a teenager. Based on what I see in his record he has not legally been able to possess a gun since 1989 and if I am reading that wrong, certainly not since 2011. I think what failed here the more I read his record is the system. They did not throw the book at him the first time he committed a felony in hopes of rehabilitation and the reverse happened, a druggie who likes to beat on women, commit hit and runs while driving high without a license who had started his criminal enterprises by breaking-and-entering finally murdered someone. I hope they figure out a way to use the felony-murder rule to wipe him off the planet or lock him up forever.
So if you are one of those people who believes there is some law which should change to stop this from ever happening again, please detail that for me so I can understand. From where I sit the laws we have need to be enforced so people like this are not able to continually commit crimes and have suspended or reduced sentences. I’m not naive enough to believe he was not committing crimes during those times where his record does not show charges, most likely he was still up to no good, he just wasn’t caught. It’s tragic it took the death of a teenager to finally get him off the streets.