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Cool in the morning with lite breeze and then warmed up, cooled off, got windy, wind died down and then it roared! Ahh, South Dakota springtime! LOL

Real nice this morning then the wind started to pick up this afternoon. I went around the fence up west this morning, ran to Punkin Center and mailed off them spur straps and ate at noon. Fueled up and came home and worked on a new design for a martingale. the old one didn’t set quite right at the neck. This is a much better design. Straps are a bit long tho. I need to bring it in and rework it.

I saddled Mijo and gathered the horses and sorted of the gelding we are going to be riding to branding’s. First one tomorrow if it don’t rain out again. Left Woody with the mares and colts. He really thinks he’s a stud now!

While I had them in I used them for sorting practice with Mijo. He’s getting to where he will really get in the ground when he stops and comes around. Of course, he likes to work them as he thinks he’s a stud also. Wind is really coming up now and a big ol’ dark cloud is hanging in the northwest. They are not calling for much chance of rain tonight or tomorrow. Wind is supposed to gust up over 40 mph tomorrow and the next day. That ought to make branding fun!

Crossovers. 3 piece straps.

Dove wings. I left the lower holes for the customer to punch so they come out right.

This is making the rounds of the internet, so I decided to share. It is something we need to remember. Especially now when we have politicians trying to take away many of your freedoms.


Why I Carry a Gun

My old grandpa said to me ‘Son, there comes a time in every man’s life when he stops bustin’ knuckles and starts bustin’ caps and

usually it’s when he becomes too old to take an ass whoopin.’

I don’t carry a gun to kill people.
I carry a gun to keep from being killed.

I  don’t carry a gun to scare people.
I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.

I  don’t carry a gun because I’m paranoid.
I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world..

I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil.
I carry a gun  because I have lived long enough to see the evil in the world.

I don’t carry a gun because I hate the government.
I carry a gun because I understand the limitations of government..

I don’t carry a gun because I’m angry.
I carry a gun so that I don’t have to spend the rest of my life hating myself for failing to be prepared.

I don’t carry a gun because I want to shoot someone.
I carry a gun because I want to die at a ripe old age in my bed, and not on a sidewalk somewhere tomorrow afternoon.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m a cowboy.
I carry a gun because, when I die and go to heaven, I want to be a  cowboy.

I don’t carry a gun to make me feel like a man.
I carry a gun because men know how to take care of themselves and the ones they love.

I don’t carry a gun because I feel inadequate.
I carry a gun because unarmed and facing three armed thugs, I am inadequate.

I don’t carry a gun because I love it.
I carry a gun because I love life and the people who make it meaningful to me.

Police protection is an oxymoron.

Free citizens must protect themselves.

Police do not protect you from crime, they usually just investigate the crime after it happens and then call someone in to clean up the mess.

Personally, I carry a gun because I’m too young to die and too old to take an ass whoopin’… unknown (but obviously brilliant)


In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1911, Turkey established gun control. >From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Germany  established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated.

China  established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated

Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.
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Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, one million educated people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million.


You won’t see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.

Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.

Take note my fellow Americans, before it’s too late!

The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind them of this history lesson.

With guns, we are ‘citizens’.  Without them, we are ‘subjects’.

During WWII the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED!

If you value your freedom, please spread this anti guncontrol message to all of your friends.

The purpose of fighting is to win.

There is no possible victory in defense.

The sword is more important than the shield, and skill is more important than either.

The final weapon is the brain.

All else is supplemental.






I got these from Alan Nations Blog.

Grasslands Absorb Methane E-mail
Monday, 26 April 2010
Research by Sydney University in Australia has found that healthy soil bacteria in well managed grasslands absorb more methane per day than a cow produces in a year. Professor Mark Adams, agricultural sustainability researcher and Dean of Agriculture at Sydney University told Australian Broadcasting Corporation that the findings are “a good news story and the farming community needs good news stories.” Adams said, “…we can say that grazing is a methane neutral or even methane positive land use.” He said in organically rich, well drained, well structured soils there were lots of bacteria willing to do this methane absorption work. This Australian research was reported in In Practice newslet
Three Labels Proposed For Organic Beef E-mail
Monday, 26 April 2010
A survey by Cornucopia Institute of organic beef producers found that 80% of organic producers do not confine their cattle to feedlots. Of these, 60 percent feed no grain at all and 20% feed some supplemental grain on pasture. The remainder use the standard industrial model of confinement feeding. Cornucopia said that many organic consumers would be surprised to learn that not all organic beef is grassfed and has proposed that the new USDA Organic label make the production practices of the producer clear to the consumer. Therefore, Cornucopia proposed three labels for USDA organic beef. They are: “Organic- Grain Finished,” “Organic- Pasture /Grain Finished,” and ” Organic – 100% Grassfed.” “We think the three-tier labeling system will help farmers and ranchers better develop their markets and consumers will gain transparency and choice in their consumption of organic meat,” said Mark Kastel of Cornucopia.
Grassfeeding Reduces Global Warming E-mail
Monday, 26 April 2010
Klause Betterbach-Bahl of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany recently carried out a study on nitrous oxide production from the grasslands of Inner Mongolia. Nitrous oxide is the third most important greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide and methane. The researcher said he was surprised to find that nitrous oxide production was considerably lower from grazed grasslands than from ungrazed grasslands. “It’s been generally assumed that if you increase livestock numbers you get a rise in emissions of nitrous oxide. This is not the case, ” he said in Nature Magazine. He said that while grainfed animals generally are bad for the environment grassfed animals actually benefit it and consumers should make the distinction.


This is a picture of my Grandma Bauer when she was a young lady and her family. Quite a few left Illinois and came out here. She is on the far left side in the light. I thought Connie, who has a blog on old pictures might enjoy this.

As I understand it, Great Grampa Bauer gave each of his sons, 80 acres of land on their 18th birthday. Dad always thought it was strange that so many would sell 80 acres of good farm land to move out here to the semi desert! He loved to go back to Illinois and look at the crops they could raise.

How would you ladies like to cook for that crew everyday, with a wood stove? This would have been taken somewhere close to the turn of the century.

Grandma and her younger sister Eve, came out here not long after this and homesteaded next to a brother.

There is a set of twin boys in this picture. Can you spot them?

I ran some food up to a neighbors who live about 45 miles north of us. The wife was walking in the yard the other day and just suddenly died.  Anyerism they say. 48 years old and leaves a husband and son and young daughter. A very Christian family and they are handling it as best as can be suspected, but it was sure a shock to all. His father had died just the evening before from complications of cancer, which while still troubling, was at least to be expected, as he was in his 90’s.

Afterwards I drove north of them and visited my cousin’s family. The grandfather is older than me and the son and daughter in law  have 5 kids. What a lively bunch. As I was leaving, the oldest son had a young filly hooked up to an old harrow cart and was driving her around the yard. The young filly was very at ease and wasn’t bothered by it at all. I told him I had lots of horses who would fit all them kids, but they seem to thinmk they have enough! Imagine that! I always enjoy visiting with this bunch. The children are all home schooled and sharp as tacks!

So it was a wistful, but yet again, joyful evening. I need to get up there more often.

Here’s some pictures of Brad, the young guy who starts and trains horses in this area. He does a whale of a job, is just too busy, hard to get any colt to him as he is usually full up.


Everyday is earthday to those who really care for the earth. The farmers and ranchers and loggers and fishermen and miners. If you are not making a living from the earth and protecting and taking care of what earns you a living, you probably have no real concept of what it’s like to do so.

Go blow it out your ass ecofreaks who really don’t care, but just want money and to see mankind off of this planet. Oh, all but you and your stinky friends. You are all liars, commies and idiots as far as I am concerned.