Monday, November 7, 2016

You made a serious error Jaime

Jaime Herrera Buetler announced 2 weeks ago she was writing in Paul Ryan for President. The only reason I ever voted for you was because you were the GOP nominee. If you don't respect the GOP nominee, Jaime, I don't have to respect you either.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

on the matter of sheep

I have been asked to relay a bit of the knowledge  I accrued farming sheep for a few years. I can't claim to be an expert, but I did learn a few things.

Sheep are a nearly ideal small-farming project. They require very little care, very little upkeep, and only a moderate investment. Virtually any task required in sheep raising can be done by a confident 12-year-old girl.

Sheep are grazers, not browsers, they tend to ignore anything (except rose bushes) above ground level. Unlike goats, llamas or horses, they won't destroy your orchard or vineyard. The best feed for sheep is grass. Plain old green grass. When green grass is not available they next best is decent quality grass hay. Not the $14/bale hay at the feed store, the $150/ton stuff on craigslist. If you can avoid it, don't feed them alfalfa, straight clover or other legume hay. It's too high in protein, and the stems tend to get caught and embedded in the fleece. It won't kill them, but it's hard on the kidneys and can contribute to management problems.

Unlike most ruminants, sheep accumulate copper in their systems. When you buy mineralized salt blocks (and you really need to provide salt and other minerals in some form, blocks are both the cheapest and easiest), make sure you're using one designated for sheep. Unlike alfalfa, copper poisoning will kill them, after ruining the fleece and tainting the meat.

Sheep don't need grain at all, but it's a good idea to teach them to associate you with grain. Give them a couple of ounces each week and they will flock to you.

If at all possible, learn to physically handle the sheep yourself. Paying someone else to worm or shear a small flock is inordinately expensive, and leave you at the mercy of their timing. A largish breed of sheep can easily carry you on her back, so you must learn how to throw them. Reaching under the sheep, grab the opposite side back leg and pull it across under the sheep, and up. This will flip the sheep onto her back.

BE RUTHLESS IN CULLING. Keeping or breeding a management problem ensures other management problems. A ewe who has a difficult birth is not only likely to do it again, her daughter is likely to as well.  A ewe who refuses to feed her lamb is signing her own death warrant. A lamb you have to coax to eat is simply not a good prospect to keep. Know your sheep. If you have a hard time tracking, write it down.

In many ways, raising sheep is really raising grass. Know how many ewe-lamb pairs your pasture can support, never exceed it. Know when the grass will run out. Grass tends to stop growing in hot weather. In the NW, the rain stops about July 7 and returns sometime in September, the grass will run out by Aug 1. By that date, you should be down to the number of animals you pasture will support in that season of the year. An over-grazed pasture will take years to recover and will directly affect your ability to make money. In my part of the country, irrigating the pasture can triple the number of animals you can support in late summer, no joke. Consider replanting your pasture. The right mix of grasses will seriously extend your pasturage season.

You will often hear that a ram is half your herd, and it is true. You usually hear this in regards to such qualities as fleece and meat, but rarely in regards to attitude. Rams are inherently aggressive, but very much aggression cannot be tolerated. A 200lb ram is perfectly capable of breaking bones or even killing a person. On one memorable occasion, I paid $180 for a huge 350lb Rambouillet ram with a beautiful fleece, and we wound up eating his liver 3 days later. He had tried to attack my 8-year-old son, hitting him through the fence hard enough to knock him backwards several feet. Whatever his other good points, and even though I could ill afford the expense at the time, I also could not afford not only having a ram around that might get through the fence next time, I could not afford to have a batch of lambs descended from him, who would pick up at least some of his aggression.

Learn to slaughter and butcher your own meat. You have a responsibility to an animal under your care not to induce pain or fear, even when you're killing it. The only way to be sure you're meeting that obligation is to do it yourself. I've tried having others do it, and was not impressed with the results. If you find yourself unwilling, all the more reason to proceed. On a sheep, a single .22 round behind the ear into the brain pan will suffice. Do NOT attempt this from a  distance, or from the front of the animal. I've seen a sheep shake off a .30-30 round right between the eyes from 50 feet.

As far as butchering, well, it's all just meat on bones. If the pieces look odd, they'll taste just the same, and with each animal you learn to do a better job. Meat cutters (around here they are usually game butchers for weekend hunters) charged upwards of $1/lb when I was raising sheep 20 years ago. I'm sure it's higher now.

BTW, you will not ever find a better tasting meat than lean ewe mutton. Even elk pales in comparison.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct for Danby's Open Source Project
1) show us the code
2) you are not required to tell us anything about your race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender identity, pastimes, hobbies, likes, dislikes, turn-ons, family or even your real name in order to contribute to this project. If you bring it up, it is presumed that you want such things to be commented on. Not all comments will be positive.
3) you are free to take offense at anything or everything anybody says. Everyone else is free to ignore you.
4) We believe in Free software, Free Speech, and Free Beer.
5) We are not here to welcome you. We are here to write good code. If you can write, document, or test code well you are most welcome. If not, your opinion is not required.
6) If you do not like how this project is run, or the people who run it, you are free to fork the code. Good Luck.

This code of conduct is released into the public domain.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Except SJWs

Nobody really cares about diversity except those who are not concerned about the goal.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Rules of Engagement

Rules of engagement for the culture war. These have been culled from the tactics suggested by 4G warfare and have been found to actually work in the GamerGate and Hugo Award fracases.

1. The truth is paramount.

2. Know yourself and know your enemy.

3. Don't interrupt when the enemy is making a mistake.

4. Stand for the cause, not the people. People will always betray you.

5. Dialect for the persuadable, rhetoric for the partisans. The objective is not to win arguments, but recruits.

6. Use divide and conquer to your advantage, avoid falling prey to it. No enemies on the right, but the Left will always eat their own.

7. Strategy always beats tactics, play the long game.

8. Have FUN.

9. The enemy is always lying. find the lie, expose it and move on.

10. The enemy is always projecting. Whatever it is they are accusing you of, that is not only what they are doing, it is what they feel guilty about. Use it

11. Wrong is not Evil, but Evil is Wrong.

12. The objective is not to gain ourselves a place at the table, but to deny them theirs. They will not allow us a voice, no matter how we approach.

13. There is no compromise. There is no live-and-let-live. These people literally want you dead. They must be humiliated, driven out, and never ever allowed any authority.

14. Drive the enemy to apoplexy. Every shrieking rant from them garners us recruits. We seek not to satisfy supposedly neutral observers, but to entertain bystanders and energize our own troops. If you can make them laugh, you win.

15. Good leaders don't develop followers, they develop leaders . -- Lubavitche Rebbe 

Friday, July 31, 2015


Free trade is totally incompatible with national sovereignty, democracy, and self-determination, as well as the existence of independent nation-states with the right and ability to set their own laws according to the preferences of their nationals.

     --Vox Day

Thursday, July 30, 2015

There's no earthly way of knowing
Which direction we are going.
There's no knowing where we're rowing
Or which way the culture's flowing.
Is it raining?
Is it snowing?
Is a GamerGate a blowing?             --Markku

Not a speck of truth is showing
So the danger must be growing
Are the fires of Hell a-glowing
Is the grisly reaper mowing?           -- Me
Yes, the danger must be growing
Cuz the liberals just keep moaning
And they're certainly not showing
Any signs that they are slowing       --JDC

Free Trade is the Communism of the Right.
      --Nate Winchester

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Who's in control?

"To blame whites for everything is about the purest expression of white supremacist thinking possible."
Jim Goad

Thursday, July 16, 2015


The future is always a surprise for people for whom the past is an unsolvable mystery.
                           --Jack Amok

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Today's 'settled science' is tomorrow's flat earth society.
     --Mark Citadel

Sunday, June 14, 2015

To the last man.

The "Long March through the institutions" has given the SJW's power in the Bureaucracies, the Judiciary, the Legislature and Academia, and they will fight to the last taxpayer to maintain their power and privilege.
                                              --Thucydides @voxpopuli

Saturday, June 13, 2015


Because 100 million murdered is not enough!

Monday, June 8, 2015


The fundamental premise of Feminism is that masculinity is superior and femininity inferior. Therefore, the only way a woman can be “equal” to a man, is to think, talk, and act exactly as a man.
            --Malcolm Smith

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Bad Coffee

"...a corporate/state-sponsored policy of "do as thou wilt" doesn't lend itself to an egalitarian wonderland; but rather, it transforms civilization into a Darwinian fuck-to-death pile of burning shit. With really bad coffee."