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Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619

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  1. I get why people are interested but I've never felt the pull myself. One or two of my brothers has, I think.
  2. Noteworthy of course that she said nothing about being attacked or threatened; quite the contrary. Until she started to get the negative publicity.... The whole thing in itself isn't such a big deal, but that sort of internet braggadocio leaves a bad taste: "Can't wait to tell my man I smoked a wolf pup", etc. I guess if you want to put it out there to the whole world, that's what you get. Folks nowadays lament the demise of privacy, but it seems like millions actually don't want it.
  3. Gallipoli is the most depressing movie I've ever watched; just increasing dread the whole way...no escape.
  4. I take precautions against that, myself. Change the hiding place from time to time.
  5. A very old French poem that Joe evokes as a pun. It's a meditation on the passage of time. The repeated line, "But where are the snows of yesteryear" is powerful. Where indeed? They are gone, along with everything else....
  6. Without touching upon the merits of what he did, with which I personally strongly disagree, he fled prosecution. He knowingly violated serious laws, claiming service of the public interest. Were he sincere, he'd take his medicine, dire as it might prove. This might vindicate what he claims to be a patriotic motive. Daniel Ellsberg, Manning, and others have done so. Whatever one thinks of them and the outcomes, they did not try to escape prosecution for what they knowingly did. And they are free. He will never be free, which is what he deserves.
  7. What he did was illegal and he knew it. If his motives were good and he was a patriot, then he would have stayed in the US and taken his penalties. Others have done so and have ultimately been released. He's a man without a country now, whatever this latest. He's also let himself be a propaganda pawn for Putin. The timing is no accident.
  8. When I read the tagline "changed military aviation for ever", or similar things such as "little known operation that changed the course of the war" and so on, I am always skeptical and often disinclined to go further.
  9. Under Washington law, there is no such thing as an illegitmate child, by statute. And insofar as the word has meaning still, if a couple marry after the birth of their child, the child is legitimate, without question. Those sorts of situations are commonplace now. If a child conceived during marriage is born after divorce, the child is legitimate. In my state, and I expect in a great many, 'legitimacy' has no effect on intestate inheritance whatsoever. The 'illegitimate' child has the same rights as the legitimate. And nowadays, problems of proof are not what they once were. Likewise,the laws here require that if you disinherit a child in a will, that you specifically do so-- i.e. that you name the child as disinherited. This prevents inadvertent disinheritance. It also means that if you have an 'illegitimate' child out there, and wish to disinherit the child, you must likewise specifically do so by name. This has proved a conundrum for some over the years, if they have such a child and their family doesn't know it. If you don't specifically disinherit that child, then the family may learn about it anyway when he seeks his share.....
  10. I don't think it's so complicated. The American revolution in fact had many features of a civil war, and not with respect to the rebellion against the 'mother country' itself, but within American society, between patriots and loyalists. There was much bloodshed there, family against family, brother against brother, more even than in our Civil War; many features of a civil war; battles and slaughters. We forget that large numbers of citizens of all social classes were against independence from Britain. It could hardly be otherwise when you think about it. Loyalists fled into Canada in the tens of thousands, and the United Empire Loyalists played a large part in subsequent Canadian history. As for the American Civil War, I'll just go with Shelby Foote's designation and leave it at that.
  11. My daddy oncet by hisself after hunting ducks, bringin the deeks, loading up the rig, etc., headed down the county road. At some point he had to firmly apply his brakes, and watched his Beretta over/under slide down the windshield, across the hood, and onto the hard macadam....
  12. Hard to believe somebody would think shortening a barrel would destroy a gun. Has that apocryphal feel to it.
  13. I haven't looked it up again, but I think that the independence of Ukraine was in fact agreed upon by Russia.
  14. Your definition of a civil war is imaginative, but the US Civil War meets any reasonable recognized definition-- an intra-national war. Because it was rather precisely regionally-based doesn't change that. I think we became a country gradually, as a recognizable American outlook and self-designation began to grow in the latter 18th Century. It was strongly accelerated by the French and Indian War, culminating in the Revolutionary War, where the concept of United States arose, rather than just America. Then the Constitution. Then the process continued as gradually folks started to use United States in the singular, rather than plural. That took awhile.
  15. I read an 'advice columnist' in a certain paper a few weeks ago. A gentle soul had come into possession of a revolver, as I remember through inheritance; maybe in a box of inherited miscellany. The person was ethically opposed to having such an instrumentality. Didn't want to sell it, because that would not get the wicked thing out of existence. There was much discussion about 'giving it to the police'. I remember thinking, why would the police want a gun that was not stolen and not evidence in a case? Just a lawfully owned gun the owner didn't want. What would they do with it? Do they have storerooms for unwanted guns? Do they maintain a smelting furnace to melt orphan firearms. Are they in the firearms business? Yes, I know there are so-called 'buy-back' programs but those are from time to time. They couldn't figure it out. The obvious: if you don't want the gun, won't sell or give it away, and want it gone, why not break it up with a maul and toss it? Too simple?
  16. It's the 'type' part that I wonder about. Is a 'non-facebook type' tall, distinguised-looking and deep thinking, like me? After all, anybody can be 'non-facebook', but only a few can be the 'type'!
  17. In the New Testament, written in koine Greek, the term is mysticos dipnos. The expression "last supper" does not appear. Dipnos can be translated as dinner or supper. Mysticos, of course, is mystery or mysterious. A mystery in the theological sense, not in the novelistic sense. To me, based upon my personal background, "supper" denotes a light evening meal, "dinner" a full, heavier meal, at evening usually but not always. Our Sunday "suppers" were things like toasted cheese sandwiches and tomato soup. I asked my wife what theirs were. She said breakfast cereal. The only time my dad would allow TV at the dinner table was for Sunday supper. Maverick was his favorite.
  18. I think the answer would be that you don't own it, and finding it doesn't make you the owner, nor, I suppose, the default owner. Some states may have statutes that apply to the situation, but I don't know. There have been such laws as to treasure trove found on your land, or in a house you bought. As for lost lawnmowers and bikes, I don't think the police are in the storage business.
  19. Interesting customs in different places. In my family (6 kids) other than the 'Sunday dinner' thing in the early afternoon, we always had a sit-down dinner when our dad got home at 6 pm. This is the 1950s & '60s. City life, in our case. In my own (5 kids), same thing. Dinner at the dinner table every night about 6 o'clock, with only rare exceptions. Saturday was different; less 'formal'. My wife and I still do the same. We're lucky in that many of our kids and many of our 12 grandkids are within a mile or two, and we nowadays have larger family evening dinners about 3 times per week, rotating households. Sometimes six or seven, sometimes 15, at the table, etc, depending, at any one time.
  20. That I get. I'm not on FB, haven't been and won't be. But I haven't thought of myself as a "non-facebook type"!
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