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Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619

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  1. Rio Bravo is hard not to like. The flick is a real mish-mash in a lot of ways. They were big into that ensemble casting then. So you've got Wayne in his prime. You've got the best-ever sidekick/character actor of the era, Walter Brennan. You've got your star from the 'crooner' generation, Dean Martin. Then you cast the youngster the kids like, Ricky Nelson. On top of it all, you bring in the hottest newcomer around, Angie Dickinson. The plot is about as basic a Western one there is. The whole crazy thing....works.
  2. I'm going to watch on the tube, though waiting 'til 9 ain't as easy as long ago. I'll have a bourbon alongside, though I don't have Grant's brand: Old Crow.
  3. It's gotten very good reviews. Read one in Wall St. Journal last week and thus heard of it for the first time. Have looked at the trailer. I'll be watching tonight. Three-parter.
  4. I'm not a great fan of the SAA myself neither, though I really like my Old Model Vaquero with the Bisley (Ruger version) grip. So that's the single-action revolver for me. I also shoot the Uberti .44 Russki, and while the "ergonomics" are overall poor, I still love the pistola and can hit on the mark with it everytime if I go slow.
  5. We stayed in Harper's Ferry last Spring; having been there one other time several years before. I've only been in that corner of the State, but it's obvious WV is a beautiful state. To see the confluence of the Potomac and the Shenandoah at HF is moving in itself with all of the history it evokes. For a westerner, it's always impressive how many states you enter in such short distances!
  6. It's ok with me. In addition to the above, the half-wit sidekick and, above all, the goofy suitor are pretty much ridiculous. On the other hand, the opening and closing shots are very good.
  7. I'm a lawyer but know nothing of car battery law; this is a narrow specialty.
  8. Never enough to be angry about, so let's get angry at weather forecasters!
  9. I was never told that. I do remember it was one of the speculations.
  10. Yeah, but you were talking about "the love of the Quiet Man".....
  11. Would that be an election year in Great Britain (no, they already had their election), Germany, New Zealand, Russia, India, Italy, Spain, France, on and on? Australia,, Ecuador, Brazil.... Our 'election year' is not everything, after all....
  12. Most interesting post to me, because, I've said before, my career has been very similar in many ways to LL's. I tried my first jury case in 1975, having had a few bench trials earlier. Most of my career was defense of personal injury cases as well, products liability, highway design, malpractice, auto accidents, the whole gamut, though I also did a lot of commercial and business trial work. I retired 3 years ago, at age 69, after 44 years of practice. I tried my last jury case just 3 months before I quit. I keep my license active, but I do not practice at all anymore. I have been bombarded with all of the official e-mails from the State Bar and the counties about the impacts of the situation on practice, the shutdown of the jury trial system, and all of the collegial aspects so well described by LL that made for a wonderful profession and a fine career. In my case, I'm just glad that I retired a bit before this hit, so I never had to deal with it. I'm confident that if I hadn't yet retired, this would decide me. I'm with Utah Bob on the 'things will never be the same' front. I don't see how we can constitutionally end the in-person jury trial system-- certainly not in criminal cases, and if criminal cases can be tried, so can jury cases. But motion practice, depositions, etc. as LL says, may change, and I wouldn't want to practice under those circumstances, either. We who entered the Bar around the time that LL and I did were in some ways in the golden age of trial practice, or, as I sometimes put it to colleagues, the last of the golden age and the whole of the silver age! I am very grateful for it.
  13. Masks don't impede "viruses" directly, obviously. They impede the broadcast of many droplets which contain viruses. Also obviously. It matters little if cloth doesn't filter free viruses, as long as it filters some virus-containing fluids. No harm may come from not wearing a mask indoors at a business, or harm may come. But wearing the mask involves no harm whatsoever. So the so-called 'controversy' doesn't really matter.
  14. To me it's fairly simple: mask wearing does no harm. I wear one when I go into any business establishment, whether they require one or not. I don't wear one when I'm out in the open, on a walk, on a bike, in a parks, etc., because there are no distancing issues. It's obvious that the ingress/egress distinction is real and you don't need a host of studies to so conclude. In my own case, I'm a 72-year-old man disinclined to get into an uproar about it; wear it indoors in commercial establishments and help get it over with. If it cannot do harm in such circumstances, one should do it whatever the endless arguments and 'studies'.
  15. tkNothing wrong with his opinions, but he did it in uniform in his patrol car. It's a political statement. Even if an agreeable one, he chose to use the format purposely. They told him to take it down, which was to be expected. He refused. He knew what he was doing and what would happen and it was deliberate, as he admits. The governor didn't tell him to take it down. His superiors in his department did.
  16. I have been very happy for years with the Ruger Redhawk in 4" bbl.
  17. In my own case I've just used these various stores for this and that. Like probably a lot of pards, if I go to Bass or anyplace else, large or small, I look at the ammo shelves and pick up a box of one caliber on another when the price is good. I haven't really got any store loyalty. Gun sales at Bass are getting to be a PITA like most big stores. Take a number; indifferent staff, etc. Of all the chains, the one I've had the most pleasant gun purchasing experiences with has been Big5. Of course, they have very limited selection and no handguns, but they have some good journeyman rifles and shotguns on good sales frequently. Their sales staff claim no firearms expertise. This great, because they are friendly and sell you what you want, and don't pontificate. I, too, try to buy mostly at the locals.
  18. I went into Cabelas a few times when they were new, and I bought a really great 12'x20' Alaknak outfitters tent there that we have used for 13 years in Winter XC ski camps. But I never particularly liked the show-biz atmosphere and bought very little else there. When Bass opened here two or three years back I've ended up going quite a bit. I buy the Herter's ammo frequently, as the mark has good prices. (I understand Cabelas/Bass owns Herter's). I bought a Browning 'BAR' there a few months back, and I have bought a lot of Red Head stuff, mostly summer shirts and pants, light stuff, and I like it.
  19. I was sorry to read he'd died. Had a lot of energy! He had a long life.
  20. Has had a tracheostomy and has been through a lot: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/06/magazine/val-kilmer.html?action=click&module=Top Stories&pgtype=Homepage
  21. We went into Nogales, Mexico on May 5 quite a few years back when my wife's late folks lived in Green Valley, Az. There was a huge celebration; schools were closed, big parades with groups of those great synchronized horsemen, etc. It was a blast.
  22. Hillsdale is a great college. Highest standards. Perhaps the only college in the entire country that refuses all federal and state funds, all federal and state-funded loan students. The reason is that they will not accept any state or federal bureaucratic restrictions or interventions on race, gender, or other issues. Note: they are totally non-discriminatory, readily conform to all state and federal laws regarding non-discrimination, and in fact have a fully diverse student body. The point is: they obey the laws totally, but will not subject themselves to the regulatory and bureaucratic interventions and 'benchmarks' that go with the acceptance of public money, including public-funded student loan programs. Our parish priest has a daughter there. This is one of the great universities in the nation, a beacon of hope in so many ways.
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