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Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619

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  1. Alpo, you're supposed to be asking questions, not answering them!
  2. Bud's Gun Shop is the one Hickok45 always names on his videos, I believe. CBD oil is not dope, so it's a legal product pretty much everywhere. At the moment, it is the latest cure-all snake oil fad, driven by the internet no doubt.
  3. Private searches that are in no way instigated or encouraged by public authorities do not violate the 4th Amendment. If your maid violates your express instructions and finds your grow operation and reports it to the police, they can easily, and properly, get the warrant to search. Again, the private invasion must be truly private and separate from the public authorities.
  4. I got it-- I read the story first in Analog SF magazine in the early '60s, where it was serialized before the book came out. My dad was a subscriber to Astounding/Analog and Galaxy mags.
  5. Interesting. During a remodel/restoration of a couple of rooms in our 1909 house two years back our contractors found some detailed 'graffiti' under 7 layers of wallpaper. Not really graffiti, but detailed drawings of cartoon characters, including Barney Google and some others that pretty clearly dated it to the 1930s. It was fun to look at and 'identify' with the long-gone workmen who did it.
  6. Things did happen fast. Lewis and Clark set out in 1803; Oregon became a state only 56 years later (not to mention California...). In fact, California and Oregon were already states well before the Wild West era even began (depending on some definitions, of course). Jefferson thought it would take 200 years to settle the continent......
  7. I too cannot abide a hard-poached egg. At home, I use one of those boiling pans with suspended ramekins so I can get them perfect every time; just like this morning. Though it's not easy with Eggs Benedict sometimes. Lot of heat control and timing issues.
  8. Here's a tangential thing that might relate to the question. Two weeks ago, I signed up as a member of an old historical local range. Have belonged to other ranges, but finally decided to become a member of this one. Like many ranges, pistol range qualification was required to use handguns; experience having shown them that safety issues on the pistol range are mitigated by requiring qualification of all new members, regardless of experience. So I did the qualification as soon as possible; just last weekend. Hour-long class, then qual at the range-- gun handling and put 10 on the paper. Anyway, at the range, the ROs asked the group-- there were 15 of us-- if anybody would be using a revolver. I was the only one of the 15 who was. I did my qual with my Uberti .44 Russian, to general interest, if not perplexity. A great and accurate gun; I love that thing. So if 15 people randomly self-chosen, of all ages, go to a pistol range to qualify, and only one uses a revolver-- how many in turn are going to be aficionados of the yet smaller subset of single-action revolvers? So we're drawing from a very small segment in the first place, nowadays....
  9. There are often special rules with LEO pensions. Non-LEO it doesn't matter if the wife remarries. She owns the pension, too. At least if various divorces and such don't intervene and complicate matters.
  10. Irish Ike sums it up pretty well. Nubbins, I remember when you used to post all the time!
  11. Depends on the pension terms. I spent the last few years of my career in a public agency which had recruited me from private practice. I was there long enough to qualify for a pension (about a quarter of a full pension). I chose the option which gives the wife 100% if she survives me. Of course, the pension is over on the second spousal death. The reduction in monthly benefit for choosing the two-life 100% option is actually quite small. I believe that absent special circumstances this is always the best choice.
  12. Since we know of only a very tiny percentage of ancient events, even as to Rome, not too surprising. Maybe they went to guard the Lost Tribes of Israel.
  13. One I saw recently: LBGT: Luckystrike Be Good Tobacco.
  14. Elk are moose anyway. Ask any Scandinavian. They hunt a lot more of them than we do. "Alces" being the genus name for moose. Hard 'c'. So settlers here called the big stag elk and the elk moose after the Indian name. Just like they called cypresses 'cedars' when they got here....even though the Cedars (like the Cedar of Lebanon) are needle trees in the pine family. So a member of the Elks oughta be able to go to the Moose clubhouse and vice versa.
  15. Wasn't the village of Cong the one where they put out Fay Wray on a platform for a sacrifice?
  16. I had a bit of recent odd serendipity, not significant in the greater scheme of things; but I was struck by it. I've watched the Ballad of Buster Scruggs, the recent Coen brothers Netflix flic with many odd and interesting segments. It's been pretty widely discussed here. I really liked the Tom Waits gold prospector segment--Mr. Pocket. Every year for 12 years a son-in-law and I do a big tent Winter campout with an outfitters' tent and stove, setting up in the remote snow; kids and grandkids, XC skiing out the front door, etc. I often bring along an ancient collection of Jack London stories, and read the grandkids To Build a Fire, and The Law of Life; great Klondike stories. This year after the campout I just decided to read all of the collection. I came upon All Gold Canyon, written in 1905, and it is the Coen bros. Mr. Pocket story. No doubt they credited London, but I hadn't realized it. It was one of those strange coincidences that seem to have meaning-- but probably don't.... One point I took away... when the Coens do a film from a story, they do a great job-- they do that one thing that so many in Hollywood don't do-- they are entirely faithful to the written story. True Grit is the greatest example-- totally true to the book. So also with All Gold Canyon-- from the pristine valley, the diggings, and even to the miscreant rolling a cigarette before going down into the hole. Boy, I hope they keep doing Westerns!
  17. I have tended to buy Ruger revolvers more than Smiths. (I have some of both.) Smith & Wessons are cooler and a bit smoother in some ways, but Rugers are just as good quality-wise and are cheaper.
  18. Always helps to wait until the facts are in. This seems almost a forgotten thing nowadays.
  19. I give to my church, a couple of real good vetted charities, and to beggars.
  20. He was good but I never myself have liked that sentimental ballad stuff. As for Linda Ronstadt, give me her version of Tumbling Dice. Better even than the Stones, and that is saying a lot.
  21. I don't want all this "neat stuff". I like my flip phone; I can call and text just fine. I will have to get a smart phone soon. I had an employer-issued iPhone at work until I retired a couple of years ago. I used it only for my calendar and email. In retirement, we've gone on a couple of tours where we haven't needed a smart phone because others had them. We're going overseas soon just ourselves, and now I know I need one. Bookings, reservations, directions--now you have to have one. I've held out (near 71) as long as I can.
  22. Did we ever find out about the post counts? I showed well over 4,000 posts before, then 1,900-some afterwards.....seems a little strange. I wonder what the criteria were for the "new" count. I haven't heard a thing. I have seen that the provider's employees have been online.
  23. It shows my post total as less than half of what it was. Why's that, and how did it pick the current number? I have no idea. Maybe someone who knows will answer. I don't know how many I had before, so mine may be incorrect too.
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