Orangy is back.

Apparently did some skin shedding and looks a tad thin…

She was leaning against the fence when I saw her him (apparently it is a male) the nose was against the pole and the tail ended right by a brick.

Five feet, two inches. 

My wife is not that tall!

And don’t complain, I know Lagniappe has cool doggies, but I have to take what I can get and it is is an undersized dinosaur, so be it..

PS: Till just a while ago, the coots were hanging around in the lake near my property.  Orangy shows up….poof!

Coincidence? I think not!


OK, some more info on the Green Iguana.

Nonnative species

First year: 1966

Extirpated year:

Established status: Populations are confirmed breeding and apparently self-sustaining for 10 or more consecutive years.

Estimated Florida range: 1 county  At least 10 years, 4 counties  Less than 10 years, 1 county  Not reported breeding

Statewide trend: Expanding

Threats to natives: Unknown. Adults are vegetarians, so they do not compete for food with our native lizards.

Species Account: This native of the neotropics is found on Key Biscayne and in urban and suburban areas elsewhere in southern Florida, especially where trees form dense canopies near water (Dalrymple 1994). However, they can also be found beneath canal side debris, on downtown sidewalks, and in urban backyards. When startled, this primarily arboreal species often drops from limbs of trees and swims or runs quickly away. Babies are bright green, but adults tend to be grayish green and may develop orange coloration anteriorly during the breeding season. The huge dewlap and vertebral crest are largest in males, which may reach over 1.8 m (6 ft) in length. This species is extremely popular in the pet trade and is frequently released or escapes, but specimens typically do not survive the winter except in southern Florida (Bartlett and Bartlett 1999).

Gun Bills in the Florida House of representatives.

The Judiciary Committee is discussing the House Versions of the crumbs we got thrown as consolation price. The “Open Carry is still illegal” bill passed committee and the improvement of Immunity from prosecution” is being discussed right now.

I was watching the live feed and caught Representative John Cortes (D) badmouthing the bill because apparently police officers, investigators and District Attorneys are too stupid to investigate an event and come up with the evidence to present to court in an Immunity hearing. I am not surprised he is another New Yorker living in Florida representing The Mouse Mafia of District 43, but what galls me is his training:

 John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science, 1980-1981; New York City Department of Corrections Training Academy, Training Certificate.

So he was in Law Enforcement as he proudly said in the hearing, but had no issue on crapping on LEOs. And apparently his reputation is so stellar that the Orlando Sentinel newspaper could not recommend him.

I just could not stomach the crap anymore. And probably is a good idea I don’t attend those meetings because I would probably would call him (and assholes like him) assorted names and challenge his ass to an “exchange of ideas” in the parking lot.

Politics in one picture

Pensacola family held hostage in home invasion

A man has been arrested in a Fairfield Drive armed home invasion in which the attackers allegedly held a gun to a baby’s head and threatened to kill the child.Terell Anthony Williams, 31, of Pensacola was arrested Tuesday night on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated battery, kidnapping, grand theft, home invasion and damaging property for his alleged part in the Feb. 8 attack.Police arrived at the victims’ home on Feb. 9 and found an adult man bleeding from the head. One of the adult female victims said two men had been let into the home by her mother-in-law after they knocked on the door.

Source: Pensacola family held hostage in home invasion

I remember reading in my youth that the Great Wall of China was indeed a great defense against the Mongols hordes, but it failed at its weakest link: The human factor. Guards were bribed and gates were open. The same applies to any modern security system, may it be the NSA serve farm or your home as it is the human weakness the one weak spot that can and will be breached.

The training of the family members on safety protocols (fancy way to say “keep the frigging door closed”) is primordial. Although children are in many cases the culprits for that failure, they are easily instructed and trained to be careful. The issue is when you have stubborn elderly people, set on their ways and once they have established a pattern, it seems impossible for them to break it.

It is not easy to have your parents or older relatives living with you to change their ways.  It is a mixture of patience, repetition and even using modern technology to keep everybody safe. My mother is in her 80s, lives with us and although she is pretty good about not opening the door to strangers (after living in Venezuela, your are bound to be untrustworthy), she has some silly quirks like leaving the front door unlocked if she is talking to a neighbor or doing some gardening in the front of the house.  I have remedied some in part by pretty much eliminating greenery but the minimum required by the HOA and allowing her to go bananas with her plants on the back of the house.

You can never be 100% safe from Home Invasion. There is always some idiot out there that thinks he can buck your safety preparations, but you can reduce his chances of success and keep yourself and your family unhurt.

 

Glock: Always the bridesmaid, never the bride.

Glock, Inc., filed an official Government Accounting Office bid protest to Solicitation Number W15QKN-15-R-0002, which we know better as the Modular Handgun System or XM17. The Army announced on Jan. 17, 2017, that a variant of the SIG Sauer P320 was the winner and headed for the next batch of testing solo. This is the more than $580 million, 10-year contract to replace the aging U.S. M9 pistols in U.S. Army inventory.

Source: American Rifleman | MHS Update: Glock Protests SIG Sauer Result

Going on pure memory, but if it serves me right, Glock arrived late to the Joint Service Small Arms Program back in the mid 1980s when the Beretta 92 was selected as sidearm. Hell, back then SIG did not pass the initial rounds of testing and now it got the contract.

I’d be pissed off too.

At least the cries of how shitty the Beretta was and what a disservice it was for our soldiers and done silenced and buried. The Beretta M9 served well and we can only hope the military stock would find its way to civilian homes that will cherish them.