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  1. If you've been buying into the NRA's endless chicken little fundraising stuff, apart from the basic membership, this is what you've been paying for for years.
  2. There were many advanced biplanes designed in the interwar years, and several gave valuable service in WWII despite being 'obsolete'. An airplane, like a firearm, can be both obsolete and very effective at the same time. In 2002 I personally met Air Commodore Sir Archie Winskill DFC*, who was a Spitfire ace in the War. He personally shot down two Fiat CR-42 Italian airforce biplanes in the late days of the Battle of Britain. The Italians had believed their German comrades' lies that the Brits had been beaten, and wanted to be 'in at the kill'. Sir Archie told me that the CR-42 was relatively slow, but had a tight turning radius and was dangerous in combat. One of them shattered his canopy with machine gunfire, and could easily have killed him, but it ended the other way.
  3. Why would we have done that? To help conquer France...?
  4. Used to be a Pineapple Express. And 'heavy rain' isn't very catchy..
  5. There were many stories arising out of the situation, some very bad, some good. A great many of the Japanese Americans hereabouts were truck farmers in the Puyallup Valley. In many cases, their neighbors worked their farms, paid their property taxes, and thus preserved their family farmland. In many other cases, people bought their land at tax sales; in effect stealing the land the internees couldn't pay taxes on because imprisoned. As a kid, I remember this especially striking me-- the government interns you for no crime, but no provision is made for pausing tax liability, so you lose not only your freedom, but your property.
  6. My dad was in high school here in Tacoma at the time and had several friends and classmates interned. He used to point out that being of German descent was no problem, because they couldn't tell that by looking at you. Interestingly, not only were Japanese and Japanese-Americans in Hawaii not interned, neither were many of those who lived away from the 'coast'. I know of one family from Moses Lake, Wa, in central/eastern Washington who were not interned.
  7. Even given this, one wonders why he said he was hit, when he wasn't!
  8. I like the big knives with the pot metal dragon hafts, where the dragon is clutching a glass sphere.
  9. Perhaps because our Constitution contains deliberately non-democratic features, while always retaining a representative character. The biggest example is probably the Senate, the more powerful of the two houses (except in its inability to initiate appropriations), which gives each state, regardless of size, two senators. This well-known feature really gripes modern lovers of 'democracy'. To them, democracy itself is the ideal. To our Founders, liberty is.
  10. Jiminy Cricket taught me how to spell 'encyclopedia'....
  11. Never a bullet fragment, but I've bitten into a lot of shot in a lifetime of eating pheasant, ducks, and geese!
  12. But she appeared to have no idea who or what she was shooting at. Another discussion going here. See "mag dump because of acorn"
  13. What would be wrong with putting them into the garbage, where they end up deep in the landfill? I would have thought of that before the idea of flushing them. Flushing seems non-obvious to me....
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