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  1. 59 minutes ago, Lawdog Dago Dom said:


    You know that the Mayor had a church raided for having religious services? But they locked the doors, so the cops could not enter. But after the service the preacher and a few others were issued $500 citations for disobeying the Mayor.


    So by practicing your religion, in your church/sanctuary you are subject to persecution (or prosecution). But if you are here in violation of immigration laws, you are given sanctuary and  other benefits for your trespass.


    Bizzarro world is here.





    Well, one must have priorities!

  2. By Vulcan's left nut that is the best news i have heard in years!


    Thanks,  Bob.  You just made my week.  Maybe month.



    O Lord God Jesus Christ, the Life and strength of all that put their hope in You, Whose mercies are numberless, and the treasury of goodness that is infinite, we give thanks to You for the blessings which You have bestowed upon Your servant Carol; and we humbly beseech You to continue Your goodness toward us; and as You have been well pleased to restore Your servant to her bodily health, so do You imbue her soul with all the heavenly graces, perseverance in good works, and prepare us by Your blessings in this life for the enjoyment of eternal happiness in the Life to come; for to You are due all glory, honor, and worship, as also to Your Eternal Father and Your All Holy, Good and Life creating Spirit, both now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.



  3. http://www.militaryrifles.com/Spain/Ovid-Rem.htm


    1889 most Oviedo Spanish rolling blocks were rechambered to the improved Spanish "Reformado" cartridge.  This cartridge was developed by two Spanish Army officers and had a brass covered, larger, heavier bullet (.454 in dia., vs. .439; 375 gr. vs. 395 gr.).  It was this cartridge that US soldiers faced in Cuba during the Spanish-American war.

    PHOTO: The rifle shown is an unaltered M1871 Spanish manufactured (Fabrica de Armas de Oviedo) Remington Rolling block rifle chambered in .43 Spanish Remington caliber.  Most rifles of this model have been altered to chamber the later .43 Spanish Reformado cartridge.  An example of this later converted rifle is shown in the link below.

    DISTINGUISHING CHARECTERISTICS:  A traverse bolt through the rear of the forestock is probably the first distinguishing charecteristic.  But for the conversion of the Swedish M1867 to the smokeless M1889 chambered in 8mm, no other military rolling block carries this feature.  The firing pin retractor, which sticks up out of the breech block when the rifle has been fired (or any time that the hammer is lowered) is the second significant distinction, although that feature is occationally seen in the more scarce, Belgian made  Uruguan Remington.   The upper tang is devoid of markings and the right side of the receiver is marked with the Spanish Crown over AR O and the year built.  (AR O/1885 on the right side, signifying manufacture in 1885 at the Spanish arsenal at Oviedo (AR = Alfonso Rex XII Spanish king 1874-1888.)  This model has no bayonet lug or tenon.

    MISC NOTES:   Quantities of the M89 Spanish Reformado Cartridges are still seen frequently at gun shows today.  Most examples, however, have very poor, flatteded headstamps, a result of the Spanish Army's policy of reloading its spent brass, the raised headstamps being flattened out as a result of repeated firing.



    Good view of the traverse bolt through the rear of the forestock.

    Markings of the M1871 Spanish made Rolling Block (see text above)

    Above and Below:  Firing pin retractor in the exposed (hammer down) position.  The firing pin retractor is visible just sticking out of the breech block.  It rotates on the screw seen to the right of the proom mark.When the hammer is cocked and the breech block is rotated back to open the breech, the retractor cams against the hammer mounting and internally levers against the firing pin retracting it.  The M1867 Danish Rolling Block has a similar firing pin retraction device but it is looks somewhat different.


    Above:  On the left - Original .43 Spanish Remington cartridges (11.15x58R)
    On the right - the Spanish "Reformado" (11.4x57R) cartridge.   The bore of the
    rifle was not altered by the modification, only the chamber.  The bullet just had
    to deal with it ... making for a tighter fit of course).

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  4. “I was looking for sea glass for some craft projects and stumbled across this dog tag that was practically buried in the sand,” she said in an email to Military Times.

    The dog tag belonged to a sailor named Willard Leslie Richerson, who served aboard a cannery tender converted into a Navy patrol boat called the YP-73."





    Navy sailor Willard Richerson who served during WWII. (Photo courtesy of his granddaughter, Dawn Johnson)


    Terry Richerson holds up a letter with his father's dog tag that was found by a woman in Kodiak, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Dawn Johnson)

    Terry Richerson holds up a letter with his father's dog tag that was found by a woman in Kodiak, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Dawn Johnson)

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  5. 11 minutes ago, Lawdog Dago Dom said:


    Oh, about the same way fingerprinting gun owners while letting violent offenders out with little or no bond does.


    Ah.  Snapping your fingers to stop a charging elephant.   


    Thought so.

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  6. 2 hours ago, Sedalia Dave said:

    The only down side to oven ribs is that you cannot smoke them. Other than that they come out really nice.



    With a roasting pan, some foil, and a disposable foil tray you can rig up a stovetop smoker.  Something along the lines of this

    just a few modifications because of the type of pot.  Or maybe sort of like


  7. 7 minutes ago, Utah Bob #35998 said:

    I must admit having a thing for Emma Thompson after I watched this. :wub:




    Lisa and I really like that version.  Especially the portraile of the Constable.



    The supporting actors of the Tuscan Chefs Regiment are pretty good too:


  8. The comment by Mr. Bob about Polonius got me to browsing.  Wonderful speech, and very sage advice:

    Yet here, Laertes? Aboard, aboard, for shame!
    The wind sits in the shoulder of your sail
    And you are stayed for. There, my blessing with thee.
    And these few precepts in thy memory
    Look thou character. Give thy thoughts no tongue,
    60Nor any unproportioned thought his act.
    Be thou familiar but by no means vulgar.
    Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
    Grapple them unto thy soul with hoops of steel,
    But do not dull thy palm with entertainment
    65Of each new-hatched, unfledged comrade. Beware
    Of entrance to a quarrel, but being in,
    Bear ’t that th' opposèd may beware of thee.
    Give every man thy ear but few thy voice.
    Take each man’s censure but reserve thy judgment.
    70Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,
    But not expressed in fancy—rich, not gaudy,
    For the apparel oft proclaims the man,
    And they in France of the best rank and station
    Are of a most select and generous chief in that.
    75Neither a borrower nor a lender be,
    For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
    And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
    This above all: to thine own self be true,
    And it must follow, as the night the day,
    80Thou canst not then be false to any man.
    Farewell. My blessing season this in thee.


    That site also provided a "translation" into contemporary English (I'll not say "modern English" as The Bard did compose in modern English).  Talk about pressing the juice out of something:


    You’re still here? Shame on you—get on board! The wind is filling your ship’s sail, and they’re waiting for you. Here, I give you my blessing again. And just try to remember a few rules of life. Don’t say what you’re thinking, and don’t be too quick to act on what you think. Be friendly to people but don’t overdo it. Once you’ve tested out your friends and found them trustworthy, hold onto them. But don’t waste your time shaking hands with every new guy you meet. Don’t be quick to pick a fight, but once you’re in one, hold your own. Listen to many people, but talk to few. Hear everyone’s opinion, but reserve your judgment. Spend all you can afford on clothes, but make sure they’re quality, not flashy, since clothes make the man—which is doubly true in France. Don’t borrow money and don’t lend it, since when you lend to a friend, you often lose the friendship as well as the money, and borrowing turns a person into a spendthrift. And, above all, be true to yourself. Then you won’t be false to anybody else. Good-bye, son. I hope my blessing will help you absorb what I’ve said.

    Good GAWD! What dreck. 

    Now, re my subject line:



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  9. 16 minutes ago, Utah Bob #35998 said:

    I was thinking more of his speech to Laertes. :D


    Ah!  Think's thou upon this passage then:
    Be thou familiar but by no means vulgar.

    Those friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
    Grapple them unto thy soul with hoops of steel,"
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  10. 8 minutes ago, Utah Bob #35998 said:

    I could quote Polonius (Hamlet, act 1 Scene 3) here....but I won’t. ;)



    Affection? Pooh! You speak like a green girl,
    Unsifted in such perilous circumstance....



  11. 11 minutes ago, Cyrus Cassidy #45437 said:


    Yes, I intend to do just that.  The difference between you and me is that I know I have a woefully "short fuse."  I don't want to pop off on a friend and sour a relationship just because he made me mad (ask me whether I've made this mistake before!).  History has shown that I need to sleep on it before I say anything, and the madder I am, the more nights I should sleep on it.  



    I know the feeling.  I was ready to spit fire, but the guy was young so I clamped down on myself and right then had him clean the stuff so he would know how much work his laziness created, and how his saving himself 15 minutes ended up costing him an hour and a half.  
    A saying that I always hated hearing from my parents, "Never time to do it right, but always time to do it over" was heard a time or three.  

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  12. Multas per gentes et multa per aequora vectus
    advenio has miseras, frater, ad inferias,
    ut te postremo donarem munere mortis
    et mutam nequiquam alloquerer cinerem.
    Quandoquidem fortuna mihi tete abstulit ipsum.
    Heu miser indigne frater adempte mihi,
    nunc tamen interea haec, prisco quae more parentum
    tradita sunt tristi munere ad inferias,
    accipe fraterno multum manantia fletu,
    atque in perpetuum, frater, ave atque vale.

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  13. 3 hours ago, Cyrus Cassidy #45437 said:

    When he gave it back to me, I saw all the filters were still in place and the gun completely assembled, attached to the hose.  "Uhhh...did you remember to clean it like I showed you?" I asked.  


    "I ran a bunch of water through it," he replied.  


    A "teachable moment."  I bet the guy watched intently, kept nodding his head and saying variations of "Yeah, got it!" 
    I've had stuff returned in somewhat less than good condition.  I explained how upset I was because I had lent the guy the stuff in good faith and in good condition and had expected it to be returned in good condition, cleaned as I had directed.  Took the guy and talked him through the now much harder job of cleaning the stuff. Then explained to him how, because of his lack of respect for the belongings of others, he would never be borrowing from me again, and how he likely soured me on lending stuff, or at least that particular item, to others.


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