Archive for June, 2017

Driving Without a License in Virginia – 46.2-300

By From • Jun 30th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

Are you wondering about the penalty for driving without a license in Virginia? Are you trying to figure out what the fine might be and what defenses you may have? You’re in the right place! This article will explain all the details of 46.2-300 driving without a license in Virginia. You’ll learn the law, defenses, […]

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Penalty for Driving with an Expired License in Virginia

By From • Jun 30th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

If you got a ticket for driving with an expired license in Virginia, you’re in the right place. I can help with your case. Let’s look at the law, penalties, and defenses you may have. Then when you’re ready for individual help, you can contact me directly to get started. The Law for Expired License […]

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Pork Cutlets with Red Wine Cherry Sauce

By From • Jun 30th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

It’s all in the sauce! That’s what I’ve heard and deem it to be true. The concentrated fruit flavor, body, and thickness from the cherry preserves and red wine make this sauce a great complement to the pork. Ingredients:- 1 Tbs olive oil- 1/4 cup …

Range Time

By From • Jun 30th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

I’ve been hoping to get to the outdoor range after work this week to take advantage of the unseasonably pleasant weather. Unfortunately, the range has been closed for over a week due to a broken access gate. So on Thursday, I jumped on I-95 and headed …

Are The Church’s New Cardinals Armed?

By From • Jun 29th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

On June 26, Pope Francis created five new Cardinals in the Church. The Vatican sent out a press release with the news.

At 16.00 today, in the Vatican Basilica, the Holy Father Francis held an Ordinary Public Consistory for the creation of five new cardinals, for the imposition of the berretta, the consignment of the ring and the assignment of the title or diaconate.

The celebration began with the greeting, oration and reading of a passage from the Gospel according to Mark (10: 32-45). The Pope then pronounced his homily.

The Holy Father then read the formula for the creation of cardinals and solemnly pronounced the names of the new cardinals, announcing the presbyteral or diaconal order. The rite continued with the profession of faith of the new cardinals before the people of God and the oath of fidelity and obedience to Pope Francis and his successors.

The new cardinals, following their order of creation, kneeled before the Holy Father, who imposed upon them the cardinals’ zucchetto and the berretta, consigned the ring and assigned to each one a church of Rome as a sign of participation in the Pope’s pastoral care for the city.

After the consignment of the Bull of the creation of cardinals and the assignment of the title or diaconate, the Holy Father Francis exchanged an embrace of peace with each new cardinal.

This momentous event would have been even more remarkable if the Pope really was assigning the Italian handguns to each Cardinal. Unfortunately, what the writer meant to say was “biretta.”

Reminds me of this, unrelated picture…

Image found at Church Militant.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

He Would Not Be Deterred From The Pub

By From • Jun 28th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

Getting hit by the proverbial bus wasn’t enough to keep Simon Smith from his destination.Smith gets thrown 20 feet, dusts himself off and continues his quest.More info on the lucky Smith here.
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Cavalier IDPA Match

By From • Jun 27th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

Last Sunday I shot the monthly IDPA match Cavalier Rifle and Pistol Club. Although the weekend weather forecast was not looking so great earlier in the week, the weekend turned out to be very pleasant, and I was looking forward shooting in the moderate temperature and sunny skies.

The Virginia State IDPA match also took place this weekend, and many of the regulars at Cavalier were absent. We had just three small squads of shooters, which made for a quick match. Three stages, with five total strings of fire were set up. The stages were simple in design, but as usual, a lot of fun to shoot.
For the first string of stage 1, we were positioned between a couple of posts facing six targets, with two non-threats. After engaging those close targets we had to turn about 90° to the right and engage a lone target placed out about 15 feet. The positioning of a couple of the near targets meant that head shots were the way to go. Cavalier has the new IDPA targets with the 4 inch -0 circle on the head, and the new scoring area is used in scoring. At least we will all have some experience when the tighter shot requirements become mandatory later this year.
For the second string of the stage, we reloaded off the clock and moved to the next position. This found us shooting from behind a wide barricade. An array of two targets with a non-threat in the middle made up the course of fire. From one side of the barricade we shot one of the targets with two body shots and one head shot. Then moving to the opposite side, we engaged the remaining target in the same manner. I was a satisfying -2 for the two-string stage
Stage 2 also consisted of two separate strings of fire. For the first, our loaded gun was placed in a box. The box and all reloads went on a barrel. After retrieving the gun, we shot four targets, in tactical priority, with three hits each. Target placement essentially mandated three head shots on the furthest target. The second string started from the same position, with the gun and reloads on the belt. There were two paper and two steel poppers. Priority required slowing down to shoot a steel target between hitting paper. These were two more fun strings and I ended -3 points down.
The final stage was very interesting and offered the opportunity to do all shooing from a kneeling position. The loaded gun, downloaded to six rounds, and all magazines were left on our “fallen comrade,” on who we were performing CPR. There were nine targets spread out before us. The targets were shot in tactical priority which meant some wide swings, past other targets, between shots. I lost my place momentarily but did hit all the targets, in the right order. One of the far targets was scored -4, something I called while shooting. I couldn’t see the holes, but my brain registered that the sights were off, although it didn’t register a call to make up the shots. I ended up -8 for the stage. 
Excepting the down points tally on the last stage, which may have cost me several places in the standings, I was generally pleased with how I shot. I finished 12th of 34 Overall and 7th of 15 in SSP. 
Thanks to the small turnout and quick stages we were done shooting, literally, in an hour. The rapidity of the match in no way decreased the enjoyment. The stages were interesting, and fun to shoot. I do regret not bringing along a second gun, as I would have had time to shoot a second time. Instead, I made it home with plenty of time to spare for chores. The first of which, in no surprise to regular readers, was to cut the grass.
The rest of the day’s pictures are here.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

A Visit to Old Trade Farm Brewery

By From • Jun 26th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

As we sat on the porch Saturday morning, sipping our coffee, and discussing what to do for the day’s adventure, Colleen and I were in agreement; we did not want to deal with traffic or spend a lot of time on the road. I remembered reading an article in the local paper recently about a new brewery that opened just a few weeks ago, near Culpeper. Old Trade Brewery is a farm brewery located in Brandy Station, Virginia. Decision made.

After a quick lunch at Grill 309 in Culpeper, we headed over to the brewery. (If you haven’t been to Grill 309, I highly recommend it.) The brewery and tasting room is located in a farm building. We were immediately impressed by the welcoming and comfortable atmosphere, with both indoor and outdoor seating. There is wood stove inside, as well as multiple fire pits outdoors, for cool weather visits. A kids activity area and an outdoor playground complete the family-friendly setting. As an added treat, there’s even a free popcorn machine!

We took seats at the bar, and ordered a flight of the four beers on tap that day; Windy Pale Ale, Sarah Berliner Weisse, Tri-Corner Nut Brown Ale, and Thayer’s Porter. The Pale Ale had a pleasing bitterness, with a hint of citrus. The Berliner Wiesse was refreshingly tart and fruity. The Brown Ale was quite enjoyable as well, with a crisp nutty flavor. These first three beers were listed as having a mild, ABV around 5%, perfect for an afternoon of relaxing and sipping. The “big” beer of the bunch was the Porter, which checked in at 8.7%. The boldly flavored beer would be quite enjoyable by the fire pit on a cool evening.

As we sipped our flight, brewer and co-owner with his wife, Garrett stopped by to chat. It was interesting to hear his plans for the future of Old Trade, including more beers, a cidery and events. We’re definitely looking forward watching the young brewery grow, and being regular visitors.

We found all the beers to well-done and quite tasty. That made our next decisions all the more challenging. Eventually I decided on a glass of the Pale Ale, while Colleen chose the Nut Brown Ale. We took our beers outside to enjoy the view of the corn fields and the mountains to the west.

As we sipped, a few friends showed up and joined us. That led to much interesting conversation about our favorite topics — beer and local breweries. Soon my glass was empty, so I opted to enjoy the Berliner Weisse as we continued our relaxing afternoon.

When we returned home later in the day, I realized that I had been enjoying the beer, the scenery, and the conversation so much that I had neglected to take any pictures of the setting, indoors or out. I will correct that oversight on another visit. I am confident that visit will occur in the very near future.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

Another Sheriff Speaks Out

By From • Jun 25th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

Like Sheriff Wayne Ivey, Sheriff Grady Judd sees the value of an armed, law-abiding populace. And like Sheriff Ivey, he is known for speaking out. The Polk County, Florida law enforcement official sums it up succinctly, “The armed assailant doesn’t plan on you fighting back. He plans on having a gun, doing all the shooting, and you’re just a sitting duck. Well, the ducks need to shoot back.

These guys see the outcomes from “bad guys with guns” every day. They understand well the benefit of a law-abiding and armed population.

See “Sheriff Judd: “If you’re not afraid of a gun, get one” for more on the Sheriff’s statements.

[ This content originated at Musings Over a Pint ]

It’s An Ammo Horde

By From • Jun 24th, 2017 • Category: Blog Entries.Local

More details have emerged regarding the leftist terrorist who targeted Republican law makers in Alexandria on June 14.The gunman who opened fire on a congressional baseball team in Virginia kept a local storage locker with more than 200 rounds of ammun…