Maine Recipe: Potato Salad

So I went over to Vector Manor for dinner. I knew there was going to be grilled salmon as the main event, and I just thought Potato salad sounded like a good idea.

One problem, I don’t much care for mayo. I’ll abide a creamy potato salad or coleslaw, but I generally prefer the iterations without the mayo.

I know Mom makes a great one without mayo, so I called her, and asked where her recipe came from.

Turned out, unlike the bulk of her hits it wasn’t from one the cast from The Food Network, but Marjorie Standish, so rather than cooking from my tablet, I actually hand copied down the recipe.

Start with 8 Medium sized potatoes peeled and diced (you can use fingerlings unpeeled, just use a LOT of them) and toss those into a pot of water to get cooking.

While those are cooking away, time to make the dressing.

You need 1/2 cup of oil. I used Olive oil, but you can use just about anything. My Mom uses vegetable oil.
3 tbs Vinegar: Again the sky’s the limit. Mom uses apple cider, I used red wine, Balsamic might make for an interesting color and flavor….
2 tsp Salt (I did a tea spoon of Kosher, and a tea spoon of garlic salt)
Ground Black Pepper To taste
Cayenne Pepper to taste, I just used a few shakes, and I couldn’t taste it at all, so it’s all how wild you want to be.
1 tsp dry mustard
Chopped Herbs the cook book calls for parsley, I used thyme and chives
2Tbs finely chopped onion I was probably closer to 1/4 cup, in mine, I like onions, and I like the crunch they add

Mix all that up, and when the potatoes are done, just mix in the dressing while still warm and then toss it in the fridge to chill.

To finish it all off, I slice some hard boiled eggs over the top, and sprinkle them with paprika.


The last leftovers of the first batch with some pulled pork sliders! It was a huge hit!

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Gun Blog Variety Cast Ep 96: It’s On Like Voltron

Form feet and legs! Form arms and body! And Adam and Sean will form the head of the GunBog VarietyCast!
Erin Palette gives us the lowdown on her new and exciting life as National Coordinator of the LGBT Friendly Firearms Trainer map. And she wondered if she was ever going to make a difference! We all knew better, didn’t we?

It’s amazing how many people try to write laws about things they just don’t understand. Tiffany Johnson brings in well-respected firearms trainer Tom Givens to give an exact definition of an “Assault Rifle”, and why that definition matters.

Everyone remembers their “First Time.” Beth Alcazar tells us about her first time. Her first time carrying a gun in a holster, that is…

You’d think being a “Chief Technologist” for the FTC would mean you were safe from getting your phone hijacked, right? Wrong! Barron explains how, when it comes to security, people are once again the weakest link.

And Weer’d finds us a doozy. It’s either an amazing example of a pro-gun group hiring a woman to write the most awful song in the universe in order to parody the gun-grabbing mommies, or this is further proof that some of these people have zero idea about how they sound. Give a listen and let us know what you think!

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Squirrel Report: Rants on Orlando

The Show was up Friday, but Life

I really got hot under the collar about this one talking about the facts we now know about the Pulse Nightclub Attack in Orlando.

We covered a few other things, but I can’t remember what they were.

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Some Bloomberg Derp

So first up they are “Gun Violence Prevention” Groups, not gun banners!

Today, many experts instead believe the most effective means to lessen the carnage in attacks like the one in Orlando is to ban high-capacity magazines. These devices feed semiautomatic firearms, including handguns, large amounts of ammunition, allowing shooters to fire for longer before reloading. While assault-style rifles like the AR-15 could increase the lethality of an attack in some situations, they say, it is high-capacity magazines that allow shooters to fire dozens of shots without stopping.

…Though assault weapons have become a potent symbol of mass shootings, bans of that style of gun are a “distraction,” said Adam Winkler, a UCLA law professor and the author of Gunfight. For starters, he says, it didn’t actually stop manufacturers from selling assault rifles. Because the 1994 ban defined weapons based on “cosmetic” features like pistol grips or collapsible stocks, gun makers evaded these restrictions by removing just enough design features so as to not trigger the ban. Meanwhile, the weapons remained semiautomatic and could still accept magazines of any size.

Winkler says he believes a ban on magazines that hold lots of ammunition would be a more effective strategy in limiting the carnage from a mass shooting. “It makes far more sense to focus on high-capacity magazines than assault rifles,” he says. Winkler notes that it’s not the style of a gun but “the size of a magazine [that’s] associated with the amount of damage a weapon can cause.” (The 1994 law included such a ban, but there was no restriction on the sale or possession of high-capacity magazines, and millions remained in circulation.)

Funny for people who aren’t anti-gun, they seem to talk a LOT of bans and confiscation!

And then there’s this. Gotta love anti-gunners talking gun technology….it’s like listening to teenage band geeks talking about sex! This article is talking about simple “safety” features gun makers can add to make guns safer.

Loaded Chamber Indicators Meh, most modern guns have these, still a brass check is the simplest move, and something I do, even on guns that have an LCI, because why trust a mechanical device when you can simply inspect the gun?

Magazine release safeties I’ll quote them on this:

Semiautomatic handguns, the most popular type of weapon in the U.S., are loaded with ammunition held in a detachable magazine, which feed a round into the chamber after each shot. Typically, if a round is cycled into the chamber, it remains in place ready to be fired even after the magazine has been removed, meaning the gun is still lethal. Magazine-disconnect features block the gun from firing when the magazine has been taken out.

I HATE magazine disconnects, as I only see them as a device that puts you in danger rather than cause any level of added safety.

So the above scenario where a pistol is rendered “Safe” by simply removing the magazine, and doing nothing about the chambered round is a REALLY lazy form of “Safe”, because if you’re “unloading” the gun, you should take the extra second to….you know…actually unload it!

But now this scenario gets REALLY scary when you insert an UNLOADED magazine. Super counter-intuitive to people who are reliant on the gun to do all the safety work for them, as an UNLOADED device now renders this “Safe” gun with a chambered round able to discharge a single round.

Some added problems are: Added parts for breakage/catastrophic failure, potential for a dislodged magazine or improperly seated mag to render the gun 100% inoperable, for many gun designs this adds in the requirement to insert a magazine when you want to take the gun down. This last one can get REALLY ugly if say you only have a loaded magazine handy and don’t feel like emptying all the rounds from it. Just a bad idea, taking your gun apart should always involve REMOVING the magazine, no putting one in.

Heavier trigger pulls Like the New York Glock trigger? The police force best known for missing suspects and shooting bystanders. Also, I don’t trust a toddler NOT to manage to pull a 12 lb trigger, and if you do, you’re stupid. Further people with diminished hand strength or even new shooters who just haven’t built up those muscles we have for racking slides and pulling heavy DA triggers, are going to have more difficult shooting accurately, and likely will need to cut short training sessions.

Of course these are GOOD things for the “Gun Safety Experts”

Grip safeties: Meh, I’m a 1911 guy, and 1911s have grip safeties. Every gun I’ve shot with a grip safety has worked 100% for me, and I even like the H&K P7 grip safety, I think that’s a cool design. That being said, I had a friend cut his finger on the trigger serrations on my 1911 because he was unaware of the grip safety, and his hands did deactivate it with a natural firing grip. Of course an unnatural firing grip deactivated it…which is what a small child might do if you’re an idiot and leave a loaded gun around declaring “But Grip Safety!!!”

And let’s just point out that I don’t mind them, but 99% of the guns on the market don’t use a grip safety….there’s a reason for that.

And last….

Firing pin blocks Even a blind pig will find a nut! I feel the same way about non drop-safe guns as I do about guns with magazine disconnects….they’re fine for range guns, or collector’s items, but they should NOT be used for serious defensive use!!! They should also be kept away from new shooters, whom you should emphasize that if the gun drops for whatever reason, it should NOT be caught.

Now what’s really interesting is this is all an article spun off on this smart-gun agenda. The Armatix P1 is as far as I know the only “Smart” gun out there, ran off of an RFID tag. So you had some sort of Fob, and you brought it near the gun it would unlock. You know kinda like a lock and key…….hmmm

Yeah oddly there are a ton of gun makers that use this heavily debugged technology that works EXACTLY like the Armatix P1 but doesn’t use batteries, and doesn’t jack up the price of the gun by a grand….but that doesn’t get mentioned….nor the REQUIRED rule that all handguns be shipped with a lock.

It’s all just a smoke screen for gun bans!

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Bar Tending On The Road

Since we drove to the NRA Convention, I had no choice but to pack my travel bar.

Witness now, Weer’d, in the most modest of accommodations attempt to make a classy cocktail!

Great times!

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GunBlog VarietyCast Ep 95: The cheesecake episode!

The latest episode is up!!

It’s the GunBlog VarietyCast cheesecake episode!

No, not that kind of cheesecake. Adam is eating his birthday cake, and Sean has a bad knee.

Ever get so sick of something you’d rather go hungry than eat it? Erin Palette explains a phenomenon called “Appetite Fatigue,” and shows us how to avoid it.

How does an award for “Civility in Politics” given to Joe Biden and John McCain relate to gun ownership? Tiffany Johnson explains it all in “The Bridge”.

Beth Alcazar wrote a blog post about women crying on the shooting range, and you wouldn’t believe the pushback she got! She and her friend, fellow shooting instructor Heather Borland, sit down at USCCA headquarters to talk about it.

Teamviewer got hacked and everyone should uninstall it immediately! …or everyone is overreacting and needs to calm down. Which one is it? Barron tells us what he thinks is going on.

And finally, our old friend Joan Peterson convinced someone to stick a camera in her face again, but this time she managed not to make herself into the victim. Weer’d is here to tell us about the anti-gunners’ latest project, the “Wear an Orange Shirt to Signal Your Virtue” campaign. Bonus appearances by Andrew Rothman of Minnesota’s Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance, and Paul Valone of Grass Roots North Carolina!

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The Polite Society Podcast: The Tricycle Rides!

Been a while since I did an honest-to-goodness guest spot on a podcast!

I was contacted by the Polite Society Podcast (whom I still think of as “Politics and Guns”) and asked if I’d be a guest.

Of course I said yes!


I’m a podcast whore, and I LOVE it!

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Squirrel Report 196

Was busy all weekend, so I didn’t get a chance to pimp this show!

I’ve been getting depressed by the election, as have the rest of the squirrels, so we decided to make the show a little lighter fare this weekend.

Hope you all enjoy it as much as we did.


Time is Running Out!

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Gunblog Variety Cast Ep 94: Goodbye to Ray Carter

Adam and Sean bring you Episode 94 of The GunBlog VarietyCast – Goodbye to Ray Carter
Erin Palette discusses preparing for grief
In her first regular segment, Tiffany Johnson shows us how a win isn’t always a win, and sometimes being a jerk isn’t the way to make your point.
Beth Alcazar reminds us that intent matters. Moms know this about children’s behavior. They should know this about guns as well.
Ray Carter’s death left a hole not just in the gun community, but also in the hearts of many people. Barron tells us just a little bit about the man he was.
And by now everyone knows that Katie Couric’s biased anti-gun hitpiece has been pulled for deceptive editing. Right before everyone found out what a lying liar she is, she went on the Today Show for a softball interview with her old buddy Matt Lauer. So it’s time for another patented Weer’d Audio Fisk™


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For Those Who DEMAND Moar HOG!

We have another great Squirrel Report show for you all!

Give it a listen! But also we have the design up for the T-shirt!!!

We need to sell at least 50 to complete the order….you KNOW you want one, so click here to order at a very reasonable cost!!

Yeah! MOAR HOG!!!


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