National Fruitcake Day!

Fruitcakes are the Christmas treat that many love to hate. Regifting a fruitcake from one year to the next is something of a tradition for some.

I am one of those people who actually loves fruitcake. It doesn’t matter whether it is your run of the mill Claxton fruitcake or a special one baked by Trappist monks. I love them all. I have been enjoying a Claxton fruit cake for the last few days one small piece at a time.

Assumption Abbey Bakery

One of the best fruitcake recipes I’ve ever found was in the Joy of Cooking. It was called a light fruitcake. The last time I made one I used orange peel and citron as the fruit filling along with English walnuts. I can’t remember if I used rum, bourbon, or sherry to baste it as it has been a few years.

To all the fruit cake haters out there, you don’t know what you are missing! Besides it makes great survival food.

Merry Christmas!

I want to wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I have been spending the last few days with two little girls whose morning delight is finding Ella the Elf on a Shelf after Mommy and Daddy have artfully hidden her. Ella has assured me that they have been good little girls and Santa will be good to them.

Blogging has been slow as a result but the time spent with the granddaughters at this age trumps everything else.

Thank You!

I have been an affiliate of since 2011 when they sponsored the Blogger Shoot. If you look at the very bottom of this page, you will see a link to their website. Using that link to buy your ammo generates a small commission for me. I use the proceeds to either pay for some of my research costs (Pacer is not free) or it goes as donations to pro-Second Amendment organizations.

Over the last few years Anthony Welsch, their marketing guru, has sent out some very nice Christmas gifts to affiliates. This year he sent some wonderful buffalo steaks and roasts which I can’t wait to taste.

I do plan to play with Olivia and Aria next week. I’m sure I will watch at least one episode of Paw Patrol as well as numerous episodes of Sophia, Bluey, and one or more involving Disney Princesses.

Thanks again to Anthony and the whole team at for this wonderful Christmas gift.

Now go buy some ammo and use the link at the bottom of the page!

Christmas Book Suggestions

Getting books for Christmas was a tradition in my family. It is not surprising when your Mom was first an English teacher and then a school librarian.

I have compiled a list of books for your perusal. I have read most of the books myself. Those that I haven’t are either too new or are new books from authors I trust and respect.

First up is a new book on handgun hunting by my fellow Polite Society Podcast co-host Kat Ainsworth. I have it on order and am anxious to start reading it. Kat’s work can be found in USCCA Concealed Carry Magazine, Concealed Carry Handguns, Range 365, Pew Pew Tactical, SHOT Business, and Shooting Illustrated.

Another new books worthy of consideration is by Nikki Goeser. Stalked And Defenseless: How Gun Control Helped My Stalker Murder My Husband in Front of Me details how Tennessee’s legislatively mandated gun free zones allowed a demented stalker to kill her husband. Because Nikki obeyed the law and locked her carry gun in her car, she was left defenseless when this evil person murdered her husband.

Jim Curtis aka Old NFO is a friend, blogger, and novelist. I just finished the finale of his The Grey Man series, The Grey Man – Sunset. It brings to a conclusion the exploits of John Cronin and his family and friends as they fight the drug cartels and other evil doers in west Texas. Cronin is a rancher, a (retired) captain with the Pecos County Sheriff’s Department, an ex-DEA agent, and a Vietnam vet who served on 5th Special Forces A-Teams. He is also known to be a stone-cold killer of those that deserved it. I suggest starting from the beginning of his series and working your way through all of them.

Moving on, my next suggestion is actually a text book by law professors Randy Barnett and Josh Blackman. That said, An Introduction to Constitutional Law: 100 Supreme Court Cases Everyone Should Know, is very readable. It starts with the early cases such as Marbury v Madison and works its way forward. Since our common law is built heavily on precedent, knowing how earlier decisions paved the way for later decisions is critical if you want to understand it. The book also comes with a code that allows access to the video series that goes along with the book. Fortunately, unlike most law books, the price of this book isn’t a killer.

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Ralphie Meets Mikhail

We’re all gathered in the den watching A Christmas Story and that got me to thinking. I know there are tons of Photoshops of Ralphie with an AR15 but I wondered if there were any Photoshops of Ralphie with an AK. With Mikhail Kalashnikov passing away yesterday, I thought it would be more appropriate for Ralphie to have an AK.

And voila!

And if he doesn’t get some more control, he’ll shoot someone’s eye out!

Merry Christmas

I want to wish each and every one of my regular (and irregular) readers a very Merry Christmas. I hope that it has been full of joy and laughter and squeals of delight from the kids.

I don’t want to let politics intrude on this day so I won’t. There is plenty of time starting tomorrow for that.

Again, I hope all of you have a Merry Christmas and stay safe on this blessed day.