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Tom grew up in Milwaukee, bartended in Wauwatosa in the '70s and moved here in 1984.

Commentary, observations and musings about the outdoors, life in general and maybe Tosa politics and personalities will be the order of the day. He savors a lively debate as much as terrific cooking.

Gun Culture

Firearms, Popular Culture, Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat, Schutzenfest

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Barbecue, Firearms, Friends, Schutzenfest, Testosterone

Translated as 'shooting festival' has been celebrated in German communities for about as long as there have been firearms and marksmen.  All the way back to the Middle Ages.  In its early history members of Milwaukee's German community celebrated their shooting prowess with their own shooting festival.  There were parades, bands, picnicking and the shooting.  And just like in the homeland the winner of the shooting competition was crowned the Schützenkönig (king of shooting) and reigned until the following year's competition.

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Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat - The Bucket List, Pickles, a Spy Drone and a Machine Gun

Firearms, Friends, Schuetzenfest, Submachine Gun, Pickles, Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat

Before some of you get your hopes up I have no immediate plans to checkout of this earthly realm anytime soon.  I do have a bucket list of sorts that I've been working on.  It isn't clearly defined so it changes frequently and both increases and shrinks with time.  But like I said I've made some progress.

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Thoughts About the Gun Control Debate - And a Couple of Predictions

Culture, Firearms

There will be no assault-style weapon ban.

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How to Understand Firearm Terminology


Notice to readers - In an effort to stave-off the onslaught of spam the staff here at Gas Pains has implemented a new comment moderation policy.  If you want to pitch fake Gucci handbags know this.  A stake will be driven into your heart, you will be dismembered and your lifeless remains incinerated upon a  pyre fueled by spam.  Afterwards, your ashes will be dumped on the doorstep of China Unicom Fujian Province Network.  Believe you will love it. 

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Leave No Tragedy Unexploited

Culture, Firearms

After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military.

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Quite Possibly The Perfect Magazine

Culture, Firearms, Food, Hunting, Reading List

As I was taking my recycling cart to the curb recently it occured to me that it was largely full of expired gardening journals, newspaper food sections, bowhunting, turkey hunting, pheasant hunting, NRA magazines, and Wisconsin Outdoor News.  It was an eclectic collection of reading material for sure. 

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Blogging About The Blog

Blog Housekeeping, Colt Model 1911, Dangerous Groundhogs, Deer Hunting, Deer Management, Firearms, Gas Pains Hall of Fame, Gas Pains Kraut, GI .45, John Browning, Sauerkraut, Scott Walker Deer Management, Scott Walker Hunting, Tosa Rules Brookfield Drools, Union Bargaining in Wauwatosa, Union Goon, Union Negotiations, Union Thug, Wagering

Another year of blogging is over the keyboard and it is useful to look back and ask - Was it all worth it?

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Barbecue, Gunpowder and Testosterone

Firearms, Friends, Gourmands, Guy Stuff, Just For Fun, Life Is Good, Schuetzenfest, Testosterone

Friday - 19 August - 4 PM

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The Garden Chronicles

Firearms, Gardening, Organic Gardening, Organic Gardening, Turkey Hunting, Talking Turkey, Hunt'n, Labrador Retriever, Girlfriend, Sister

This has singularly been the latest spring arrival in recent memory.  The consequence of this is that weather conditions for turkey hunting have been appalling.  Snow, rain and high winds.  Nevertheless, I shot a gobbler and Lawyer and Sid each killed a jake.  Only Braumeister got skunked.

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Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat

Economics, Firearms, Governor Scott Walker, Governor Walker, Scott Walker Deer Manager, Scott Walker Deer Management, Koch Brothers, Walker and the Koch Brothers, Mayor Didier, Mayor Didier and the Koch Brothers, Americans for Prosperity, Odds and Ends, Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat, Raising a Puppy, The Day Job, Taxation

Just last week we celebrated an important anniversary in America's exploration of outer space.  On May 5th, 1961 - Alan Shepard was the first American in space. 

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John Browning's Legacy

Colt Model 1911, Firearms, GI .45, John Browning, Military History, Springfield Armory

Do children still play with toy guns?

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John Browning's Legacy

Firearms, Military History

Do children still play with toy guns?

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Guns On The Mind

Firearms, Random Musings and Idle Chit Chat

I’ve had guns on my mind lately.

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Happy Thanksgiving From Deer Camp

Family, Firearms, Hunt'n, Life Is Good, Terrific Cooking

This recipe takes eight months so be sure to plan ahead...

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Dispatch From Deer Camp

Critters, Firearms, Friends, Hunt'n, Outdoors, Terrific Cooking

The boys and I are safely ensconced in deer camp.  Lawyer, Sid, Mennonite and Braumeister. Girlfriend is the only person of the female persuasion around. 

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Consider the Spud

Gardening, Strange But True, Firearms

If you're like me and you think about potatoes when you have too much time on your hands you'd probably arrive at the same conclusion. 

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Firearms, Friends, Just For Fun, Life Is Good, Terrific Cooking, Refreshing Adult Beverage, Verr├╝ckter Deutscher Campingplatz

Do you smell what I smell?

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Deer Camp 2008

Family, Firearms, Friends, Hunt'n, Outdoors, Terrific Cooking


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Road Trip - Daily Updates

Firearms, Friends, Hunt'n, Outdoors

By the time this blog post is published I will be on the road and heading west for South Dakota.

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Gun Owners Get a Fair Hearing

Firearms, Hunt'n, Politics-Other

In a 5 to 4 ruling today the high court cast aside the District of Columbia's 32-year-old ban on handguns as incompatible with gun rights under the Second Amendment.

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