The Cock and the Balls

So for whatever reason the term Capon has been popping up a lot recently. Erin and I discussed it briefly while recording ACP I don’t think that discussion made it to a blooper reel, IIRC it just wasn’t concise enough for an outtake.

Still to sum it up, Castrating livestock is an old tradition, but with mammalian chattel it’s easy as the testicles are outside the body for all to see, and removal is quite a simple task.

But birds are a horse of a different color, they keep their sex organs inside, and unless (like chickens) they are sexually dimorphic it’s near impossible to visually sex a bird.

And by dictionary definition to remove the testicles of a bird, it is major surgery! And this technique has been around for CENTURIES, as in way before Aseptic Technique was known!

Thank god for youtube, I watched several videos, this was the most educational and professional.

And this probably gives a better feel on how it’s REALLY done in the day-to-day.

So first up, AMAZING! Just the idea that somebody raising chickens in the Roman Empire in 100 BC could both know that those little glands inside the chicken are in fact Bird Nuts, and came up with a way to take those suckers out without killing the bird.

I will say that somebody in the comment section took offense to the fact that the surgery was done without anesthesia. It probably SHOULD be, and the drugs will keep the animal from moving which will make EVERYTHING easier.

Still my mind is blown, and what isn’t discussed it that Roosters in chicken farming is a major problem. You only need a small number of roosters for breeding a flock of hens, and they are generally aggressive crowing assholes. This means that in egg farming, the male chicks are generally destroyed, and Roosters aren’t of much value outside of being sperm donors as they produce what is considered inferior meat.

So the idea of doing this quick surgery (I included the second video just to show how fast its done when you aren’t showing the internet what you’re doing) even if it is painful seems like a wise move over just sending the chicks through a grinder.

Now I want to eat one! Don’t see them at my local store, and online prices are OUTRAGEOUS, so we’ll see if that ever happens.

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Just WHY?

So I dig the Youtube Channel Epicurious, mostly for this series:

But they also have a series where they take people who know NOTHING about cooking and have them do something in the Kitchen. IT IS DOGSHIT! This is the mean-girls bullshit that Reality TV lives on, and it is horrible.

But they went one step further today…

Oh the Alcohol abuse with telling somebody who DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO MAKE A MARTINI to make one! Why don’t you grab a city bus driver and have them do a coronary bypass surgery and we can all have a good laugh while the patient bleeds out on the table!!!

But the pain really hits when the “Expert” comes on. First up he’s an instructor in a Culinary Institute, as a general rule, these are Chef schools, not bartending schools….and if that’s changing, his school clearly isn’t one of the new ones that now focus on mixing quality drinks.

So even he mangles the drink.

Mistake #1, Vodka instead of Gin. I personally HATE Vodka Martinis, but they have their place, but in a video called “Make a Martini”, make a MARTINI, not a Vodka Martini, and certainly not a Sour Appletini.
Mistake #2, Shaking rather than Stirring. I’ll even give him a pass on his ice, but seriously? He’s doing it wrong.

Clear as Day, Right and Wrong, drinks with no fruit juice should be stirred. (Also shaking doesn’t make the drink any colder than a proper stir, nor does it change the dilution)

And Mistake 2B: If you’re shaking a drink for a paying customer, double-strain! Use a fine mesh strainer to catch those little ice chunks that are going to get past the cocktail strainer!

Mistake #3 Vermouth wash. NO. If you want a glass of Vodka, there is no shame in it, pour one, and enjoy yourself! If you’d rather be drinking a Rum and Coke, have one! But if you WANT a Martini, you WANT Gin and Vermouth (and either olives, or a lemon twist) and the wash he’s doing is really going to do little more than contaminating his vodka.

So to close out, let’s see how it’s REALLY done.

I personally go 4:1 Gin and Vermouth, and I garnish with olives. Further there is a whole world of mind expanding martinis when you add in bitters.

This is a personal Favorite for the Dry Martini with Olives, tho for the Lemon Twist, you can find Orange Bitters in the damn grocery store, and it will be a game-changer!

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 036: The Brain Worms

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In This Episode:

  • Erin and Weer’d Talk about some recent political drama with a certain hosting site;
  • Oddball gives us some of his observations on Cold Steel Knives, as well as the company behind them;
  • Weer’d Fisks an interesting series from Viceland about guns called “Maybe I’m Wrong”;
  • and David begins a series on concealed carry options, starting with belt carry.
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Main Topic Oddball’s Corner Pocket Weer’d Audio Fisk Gun Lovers and Other Strangers
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Handgun Radio Live

Listener Email, and Holiday Gift Ideas

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 035: Grumpy Old Podcasters

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In This Episode:

  • Erin and Weer’d Talk about home defense and guns they want for Christmas;
  • They also discuss the story of a Harvard student who was asked to move out of her apartment by her landlord because of her legally owned guns;
  • Weer’d fisks Cory Booker as he talks gun control with Jordan Klepper;
  • Oddball talks about the different types of locking mechanisms folding knives have;
  • and Steve takes a day off to talk about what the future has in store for his Private Investigator business.

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 034: Stupid Laws

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In This Episode:

  • Erin and Weer’d talk about the recent Massachusetts appellate court ruling that firearm license restrictions are constitutional;
  • Oddball gives us a primer on the various knife laws around the country;
  • Weer’d gives us part two of the Young Turks losing their mind over guns;
  • David discusses the basics of metallic cartridge reloading;
  • and Steve takes a break from doing paperwork at the local Tire Center to discuss tailing and pursuit techniques.

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Oddball’s Corner Pocket

Weer’d Audio Fisk

Gun Lovers and Other Strangers

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Handgun Radio Live

We’re about to go live, and if you tune in, you can join Ryan and I learning more about Speed Loaders through hisory than ever before thanks to the amazing Knowledge of Daniel Watters

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 033: Culture War

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In This Episode:

  • Erin and Weer’d talk about HR 7115, or what we call the “Ban Everything Bill”;
  • Oddball talks about blade grinds and gives us a drinking game that will probably get you killed;
  • Weer’d brings us an audio fisk of the Young Turks complaining about a short-lived NRA program that retold classic fairy tales;
  • In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, David gives us some of the things he is thankful for;
  • and Steve recorded a segment while he was in the field pursuing a target, so we get enjoy a ride-along with the House Dick.

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 032: Rampant Political F***ery

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In This Episode:

  • Erin and Weer’d talk about the aftermath of the midterm election, the Florida recounts, and the changing tide of anti-gun money and elections and their ironic views on NRA money;
  • David talks about concealed carry reciprocity and the “Full Faith and Credit” clause;
  • Oddball gives us part two of his series on sharpening in Oddball’s Corner Pocket
  • Weer’d fisks Now This News in their snarky little hit piece on SHOT Show and the “Online Loophole”;
  • and Steve, having already told us about his positive experiences dealing with law enforcement as a private investigator, now tells us about some of his negative experiences with them in Tales from the Trunk.

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Oddball’s Corner Pocket:

Weer’d Audio Fisk

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