Reblog from Mr. Blunt and Cranky: Iowa is granting carry permits to the legally blind.

From the Des Moines Register:

“It seems a little strange, but the way the law reads, we can’t deny them (a permit) just based on that one thing,” said Sgt. Jana Abens, a spokeswoman for the Polk County sheriff’s office, referring to a visual disability.

Polk County officials say they’ve issued weapons permits to at least three people who can’t legally drive and were unable to read the application forms or had difficulty doing so because of visual impairments.

From Mr. B & C:

But now, blind people who cannot see what they are shooting at must have guns, too. If there is a dumber, crazier, and just generally jackass idea out there than this one, it will be surprising.

Guns for people who cannot see. Good God.


JFC on a cuckoo clock.

I looked back a year ago to last Thanksgiving weekend. I was cooking food then too.

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Last time it was Maple, Citrus, and Ginger Cranberry Sauce. I was jammin’ to the ‘Mats and Teenage Fanclub and Great Big Sea that day too, IIRC. What the hell is it about this particular weekend that morphs me into Guy Fieri? Idoan geddit.

Anyway, throwin’ down some Pumpkin Cornbread today.A recipe that came my way in a fundraising email from Franni Franken. This stuff is awesome. There may not be any left to bring for dinner tomorrow. NOM NOM NOM.

Franni’s chill, she wouldn’t mind if I pass it along.

2 cups cornmeal
2 cups white flour
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs
1 15-oz. can pumpkin
1 cup milk

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
3. On the first speed of a hand or standing mixer, beat together the eggs, oil, pumpkin, and milk.
4. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry in three batches with a rubber spatula. The batter will be smooth, and is more fluffy than liquid-y.
5. Pour the batter into a 9 by 13 baking pan (or two loaf pans), and place in the middle rack of the oven. I used the baking pan.
6. Bake for 25 minutes, or until a cake tester or toothpick stuck in the middle of the cornbread comes out dry. (In my oven, 25 minutes didn’t do the trick. 40 minutes was the ticket.)
7. Let the cornbread cool for ten minutes, and then cut into pieces and serve.

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I googled another recipe while this one was in the oven. That one suggested to add ginger and nutmeg. Next time.

Okay, the outdoor Christmas decorations are going up on lawns all over my town.

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I can’t wait to see the first Nativity scene with Santa Claus kneeling in prayer beside the manger.

That is all.

I can go to the store and buy several of these.

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I can put them in my cupboard and leave them untouched, until I need to use one of them.

Then when I open the cupboard –



I don’t know how it happens. But the lids are never there. Nothing but all of the bottom parts. It’s happened enough times that I know it’s not just a coinky-dinky.

Idoan geddit.

I can, maybe, understand not wanting your neighbors to know that you had a talking horse.

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But why would you not tell your wife? Why would she not be trustworthy about that?

Idoan geddit.