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Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619

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  1. E&J brandy always tastes to me like it has additives that make it extra-smooth. I don't like it. You can find several French non-cognac brandies that are reasonably priced and quite good.
  2. Does the fire department send you a bill for putting out a house fire? Do the police bill you for responding to a call that turns out to not be much? Here, the fire department won't bill you for paramedic response. But they'll charge you for hospital transport. Fire and police departments exist for a public safety purpose. They don't charge just because each response is an individual, even where individual stupidity might be involved. Search and rescue in the woods is largely volunteer. They do it because they want to do it. Around here, we get a few rescues of climbers off of Mt. Rainier, involving JBLM military helicopters. They write it off to training. It's a variation of the old "Fireman's Rule". A fireman injured in response can't sue a homeowner for negligently setting his house on fire because he didn't watch the stove-- because without house fires, firemen wouldn't have jobs. (Different for intentionally set fires.)
  3. Most home defense accounts I've read of don't involve a running gunfight with a need to reload. In fact I'm not sure I've read of even one.
  4. Maybe I never felt the need to use it because 4 of our 5 kids and 9 of our 12 grandchildren live/grew up within walking distance of our house, and the other one and her 3 live just 30 miles away. So Facebook was never needed for family contact. It has always seemed to me that family connection is the best use. I remember in the early days of FB many public entities were using it in place of their own websites, and some still do. I was highly resistive to the use of a private proprietary vehicle to gain access to public agencies. There's a difference between the usefulness in our individual cases, and the negative social impact at the mass level of social media, which could also be said of the internet as a whole. Many FB posts I've seen or heard described remind me of the types who send out those self-referential Christmas letters, decribing their exotic vacations and the wonderfulness of their toddlers, big and little, and their lives. But all year 'round... I fault nobody for using FB at all. However, I do (mildly) dislike FB links in open public forums, because they cannot be accessed by non-members. Of course, curmudgeonly contrarianism enters in to it. Sort of the flip side of the supposition of users that everybody is or ought to be on the platform.
  5. I watched the Sim version again this year, too, for the first time in a long time. That's the version we grew up with on TV at Christmas. It's hard to beat Sim's animated facial expressions! But I've come to prefer the George C. Scott version, which I also watched again. 'Scrooge' with Sim is second. There are several other versions out there that are not as good.
  6. Postdict WWII behavior more likely. A well-known book and title. Haven't read it myself.
  7. I'd stick with your .357 recommendation. .357 mag ammo is still very hard to find, but .38 spl has now returned in large quantities. .357 will be along at some point. Your 'neophyte' might be best with .38 anyway for various reasons.
  8. I'd be interested in a reference for that quote, as one intested in most things Churchill.
  9. I've never read an E-book. I was a childhood friend of the man who invented them, though, Michael Hart, who created Project Gutenberg by entering the Declaration of Independence into a mainframe. He's generally credited with the achievement. It was free from the beginning and he never made a dime from it. Michael S. Hart - Wikipedia
  10. Or using a chunk of wire coat hanger to pin the rotor on a 64 Chevy Nova. I do not miss one bit the days when there'd be some breakdown with a car full of wife and kids;; or worrying about it on a long trip. I love the era of the truly reliable car, though the romance is pretty much gone.
  11. In 44 years of trial practice, doing a lot of personal injury defense, I had only one case where I was actually able to prove fraud with respect to the claimed injuries. The claimant was so obviously phony that we had her testify to some specific things she could not do, and then eventually got video of her doing those things with great vigor. Most surveillance explored in suspicious cases never panned out to the point where it was useful. My own assessment down the years was that exaggeration of injuries was common enough, actual faked injuries far less so and hard to prove anyway.
  12. It's a place of public accommodation; a totally different situation, not only from a home, but from an ordinary business premises. By definition, there is no private information of an.y kind to protect at this venue, which is not only open to the public, but which the public is actively encouraged to attend.
  13. That "Socrates" quote has always had an air of unreliability about it; at least to me. To good to be true, so to speak. It probably was the product of Kenneth John Freeman, a classical scholar of a century or so back.
  14. I have twin brothers named Robert and John. And twin grandchildren named Hugh and Elizabeth. My wife has twin siblings named Karen and Kirk.
  15. It's largely unchanged because it's always (or almost always) had a market-- for its unchanging quality. A matter mostly of sentiment, very understandable for those here!
  16. Don't know about the DeGaulle/Weygand thing (haven't watched the movie for awhile), but the Germans did not occupy Morocco. It was part of the Vichy regime, ultimately under German "control", but not directly and it was considerably better to be in Vichy than in occupied France, as long as it lasted. By the time that Germany took over direct rule of Vichy, as I recall, Morocco was under Allied control.
  17. The commonality arose far later. Diocletian was an Illyrian, not a Croat, born in Dalmatia to be sure, but the Croats and the Serbs are Southern Slavs who arrived in the Balkans only many centuries later than his time. And in later centuries Venice controlled the area. On top of that, the Dalmatian coast and islands were Slavicized quite late in the scheme of things, compared to the inland areas. Dalmatian and Italian fishermen intermixed in the local waters for generations. And, of course, the Croatians were also Catholic, which contributed to it. Some of the early Croatian immigrants here referred to themselves as Austrians, because they came from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. There were some nomenclature controversies in the Slav immigrant community back then.
  18. Lots of commonality between the Italians and the Croatians, anyway. My wife's maternal grandpa was a Croatian fisherman that I came to know well (all the 'ichs' on Puget Sound, SF Bay, and San Pedro are Croats....). You could interchange some of their recipes. Pasta fagioli/pasta fazul. Spaghetti ("Slav" spaghetti had a little spice), biscotti-- many things. They always called themselves Yugoslavs, or just plain Slavs. Until the Balkan war. Then it was Croatians, a term I almost never heard among them before.
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