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Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619

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  1. When I was a kid, Sunday dinner was after church, maybe at 1 pm or so. So for 'supper' we had a sandwich and soup or such; light fare, in the evening.


    Other than that, it was always 'dinner' here, not 'supper'.


    Most of my friends also had Sunday dinner in the afternoon. Then, one day, it seems like the custom just vanished....

  2. A very good movie indeed. I watched it again a few months back. Good acting all around, but Thornton is great in it.


    When you start down that path, you have no idea where it might lead.....

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  3. And he's doing too many, too frequently. A problem with a lot of youTube guys. They need to wait for something actually interesting to transpire.


    I liked his sort of unassuming manner and his earlier videos, but I agree he bogged down, and I got bored with them pretty quick.

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  4. On 9/20/2022 at 12:35 PM, Rip Snorter said:

    Originally serving in government was a duty that took you away from your normal life pursuits and generally cost the serving individual money,  Now it is a lucrative career with special perks and benefits.  Most of those who want to serve in government now are largely doing so in their own self interest.  

    My wife was elected five times to the local school board, the second biggest in the State, and served 30 years, without any pay. She did get per-diems for meetings and such, which could add up to 2 or 3 grand per year. She devoted uncounted hours and years to the work without recompense.


    I ran twice for countywide office and, mercifully, lost twice, but I admit I take pride at having thrown my hat into the ring in my time and generation, and campaigned hard around a big county.


    The cynicism about public office, especially local office, and the withdrawl  of middle-class people from the political process, is doing untold damage to this country. It also has emptied out the 'pipeline' to  higher office of good people.


    A generation ago, local board and council positions were held by the lawyer, the insurance agent, the real estate agent, the car dealership owner, etc; i.e. solid responsible citizens. Now it's all people from the public and non-profit worlds. The rest of us have checked out. So we're getting what we deserve.

  5. What a useless presentation. I watched the whole thing because I used to look at his vids on guns from time to time and I found them interesting, but he increasingly got bogged down in religion and politics and I lost interest.


    He says nothing about the seizures and the statutory reasons for them. So he implies that the ATF is just doing warrantless searches of ordinary private citizens, which obviously they have no power whatever to do. What I expect is that they are lawful administrative searches of Federal license holders, but in any event, he doesn't care to let us know.


    His suggestion that state authorities could have some power to prevent ATF agents from carrying out measures legal under Federal law is, in a word, ridiculous.

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  6. 19 hours ago, Texas Joker said:


    If he is not rehabilitated why is he released? If he is rehabilitated why wouldt he be allowed to defend his own?


    If you've served the term of a sentence, you are entitled to be released. "Rehabilitation" has nothing to do with it. I don't think we need a system where you've served your sentence but beauracrats get to pronounce upon your rehabilitation. 

    Many criminals are lawfully out of prison, which doesn't mean they aren't criminals still.

  7. Here's an Alpoish question that occurred to me a half-hour ago as I stood in line at the local drive-in. This is an old traditional drive-in, not a chain, and is the same as it was when I was in high school over 55 years ago.


    The guy ahead of me orders "a double cheeseburger, a cherry milkshake, and an order of fries." He doesn't say "an order of cheeseburger" or "an order of cherry milkshake". But he says "an order of fries", even though all of them are orders. Why not just say "fries" as part of his order. Would that be confusing? Don't see how....

  8. On 9/9/2022 at 7:51 AM, Forty Rod SASS 3935 said:

      One of the fellas had a Luger.  Back in the days when you could still get a decent Luger for $20 or slightly more I bought and sold maybe a dozen of them.  I  haven't owned another since about 1970 and can't justify spending the going price for one now.


    True enough but "back in the days" that 20 bucks was as big as a blanket; it would get the family through the rest of the week many times.....

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  9. I've given up worrying about the movies. If you do, you'll never be satisfied. So, for the most usual example, you've just got to accept Winchester 1892s as the generic lever action of the Old West. Only when they put them in or before the Civil War can you get peeved. When they use an 1873, they get extra points with me.


    Somehow, the movies seem never to have heard of the Spencer, apart from a couple of rare examples. Westerns should be full of Spencers in the first decade or two after the War.


    But books are different. If you are writing mysteries and cop books, then you have to do basic research and some gun-handling yourself. Otherwise, why are you even doing it? It's all pretty simple, as we all know. To me, it really mars the story when they get it wrong. No excuses there.

  10. To a Caribbean pirate king of the 17th Century and a Spanish princess he captured, on one side. On the other, one of the illegitimate sons of Charles II, who married a female descendant of a Byzantine empress.


    That's what grandad told me anyway, and I believe it. After all, don't we all go back to kings and aristocrats? Otherwise it would just be boring peasants....

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  11. See a lot of tri-tip in the stores these days; a cut I never saw just a few years ago. A flavorful cut if cooked right. Slice thin on the bias, like you do with flank steak, otherwise it's tough.

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  12. In the Summer of 2002, I spent several hours with Air Commodore Sir Archie Winskill DFC* at his home at Henley-on-Thames. He was a Spitfire ace in WWII, and in 1968 became Captain of the Queen's Flight, a position he held until 1982, longer than any other in that office. The Queen's Flight (since disbanded) was the unit of the Royal Air Force responsible for the transportation by air of the royal family, among other duties.


    He supervised the instruction of Prince Charles as a helicopter pilot, and he said very good things about Charles. He described to me an incident in which Prince Philip wanted Charles to fly certain members of the Royal Family in a chopper, which he as Captain vetoed as Charles was not adept enough at the time.


    Anyway, he respected Charles, who was of course  a generation younger than him, and spoke well of him.


    Sir Archie died at 88 in 2005. He had been a close personal friend of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (mother of Queen Elizabeth). His obituary in the London Telegraph quotes the Queen Mother as having been heard to say, "It's for men like Sir Archie that makes in worthwhile to put my lipstick on in the morning." How's that for a line in your obit-- even when you were a Battle of Britain RAF vet?

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  13. 5 hours ago, Waxahachie Kid #17017 L said:

    Unfortunately, I am watching an on-going "depressing movie". I watch it on a daily basis. It is called: the news. 

    What's even worse is: 1. It is true. 2. It is happening now. 3. It affects me, and every American. 4. It did not have to be this way...it could have been prevented. 




    I never watch TV news. By never I do mean almost never; if a huge thing happens I'll watch it; maybe two or three times per year. I will occassionally look at local TV news; maybe 2-3 times per month.


    All broadcast media, of whatever leaning or persuasion, engages in emotionalism and is calculated to keep people upset so that they continue watching. Combine that with small clips of news rather than in-depth reporting, and endless repitition and indeed you will get anxious and depressed.


    Get it from printed sources and it has far less emotional impact. Plus it's more than bites, and you only have to read a story once, if at all. I highly recommend it, and seriously, to my friends an colleagues.


    I subscribe to three newpapers delivered daily, and two newsmagazines. Others I will pick up from the stands now and then.

  14. Of course victors "write the history", because they won. 


    Victory ends arguments. You don't have to persuade the other side; the argument is won on the battlefield. So, while the histories written by the defeated can offer insights, they can't get around the verdict.


    Folks often say that you can't win arguments, but they confuse winning arguments with persuading the "other side". But winning an argument is persuading the tribunal. Be it a court or jury, or a war.


    In the case of the American Civil War, the interesting discussions go on. But the argument was settled long ago.

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