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Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619

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  1. "....just as bad...." Anyway, haven't seen "The Mule" but remember the reviews so just looked up the Wiki article on the flick. Based on a true story of an elderly broke vet who did in fact deliver cocaine for the cartel. He went to prison in the movie as in real life. Again, haven't seen it but it sure doesn't sound like it glorifies cocaine, anymore than any crime movie necessarily glorifies crime. Maybe you've see it, though. I don't really know.
  2. When movies get gun stuff wrong it's annoying, but it's to be expected. But when Western writers and crime writers do, it's inexcusable. Firearms are an integral part of those kinds of writing, and it's not complicated to get it right.
  3. He hasn't betrayed anybody. His gun views have been known for several decades and while not like most of ours don't make him 'anti-gun'. Basically he supported the 'assault rifle' ban and he's always supported registration. That's it, and it's nothing new. Nothing hypocritical about it. Some folks got upset he supported Bloomberg, but at 89 I doubt that support had a single thing to do with gun issues. "Betrayed us"-- what does that even mean? He doesn't owe you or me anything. Well, you're in good company-- the Left has hated him for decades, going back nearly 50 years to the Dirty Harry days, and right up to his latest movie, which was heavily attacked by them.
  4. I read a good Brit mystery a year or so back that had a big flaw toward the end that messed it up a bit for me. The bad guy holds the girl at gunpoint, with a revolver, for a long time, say a half-hour, while the good guy desperately searches. The lass gazes at the revolver in horrid anticipation as the bad guy pours out all of his malice in a long disquisition. Good guy breaks into the hideout, just as the gunman pulls the trigger. Click! The revolver was empty! You could just- barely- pull that scenario off with a semi-auto pistol. (The bad guy was a toff who didn't know a whole lot about firearms, but he got this one from the uncle's estate, or something like that.) But how do you not know whether a revolver is loaded? And the gal could have saved herself a lot of anxiety. She did look at it for a half-hour, after all. Should have been able to see that it was empty-- at least that several chambers were.....
  5. Don't see much problem if it's the blurb. If it's in the book, I'm with you.
  6. Clint will be 90 next month. Just watched Richard Jewell, his latest movie, last night. One of my senior law partners was a submariner in WWII; was on 4 war patrols. He was the rock of the firm, and while he'd discuss the War and the past, he never dwelt on it and he never lamented for the 'good old days', ever. His rubric was 'these are the good old days.' I think of him often when I hear geezers grouching, shaking their fists and their wattles at the contemporary scene. He never did that. He was in decent health until a few days before he died at 94. He had all of his wits to the end. His last words to me when I visited him in the hospital: "Life is sweet".
  7. Don't know the FPC, but the Second Amendment Foundation is a highly legit and effective organization, as most probably know. It is the litigation arm of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Most of my gun-related contributions go there. They will never be the NRA, but they go where the NRA fears to tread, with great success over the years.
  8. Obit in today's NYTimes of this Navy Ace; 9 shot down; a fine postwar career. Not many left..... https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/04/us/edward-feightner-dead.html?searchResultPosition=1
  9. Moving subject. My grandfather was Canadian and was a pilot in the Royal Air Force in the Great War. He flew as an artillery spotter, which is how military aviation in the First World War mostly started out. Indeed, he was an artillery office before being brought into the Royal Flying Corps as a spotter. (RFC became the RAF in early 1918). He had many stories of the War.
  10. On the hips, at your age, a second opinion is absolutely essential. Even more than one. It could be a correct diagnosis, but hip arthritis necessitating surgery usually comes at a later age. So just make sure. Wear and tear arthritis (osteoarthritis), as distinct from rheumatoid arthritis, is to one degree or another a cost of aging, as the pards here are describing. I'm lucky with no hip or knee problems, but the back is a mess. Try the different over-the-counters, and settle on what works best. In my case, it's Excedrin; aspirin with acetaminophen. The acetaminophen (Tylenol) alone with me does nothing, but potentiated with the aspirin, works.
  11. I've seen the ice in the urinal thing countless times here and there over the decades....melted a lot of that ice, myself.
  12. I don't believe we have had any reported incidences here of police action regarding enforcement of 'shut-down' rules. In fact, our governor (of whom I'm no fan) has repeatedly stated that law enforcement will not be taxed with this, except in some extreme situation. Compliance is both mandatory, and self-policing. Both our governor and attorney general have said they will enforce business non-compliance, if necessary, through civil action and licensing avenues, if 'jawboning' doesn't work. I'm unaware of the police 'closing down' any business, and I agree that sending the cops to close down a range is extremely dubious. I think this is wise policy, on many grounds; not least being the question of what 'crime', if any, the police would be enforcing. This is an open legal question in many states. Emergency 'shut-down' orders may be lawful, but violation may not be a crime. I hope, in places where there is police enforcement, that they know what 'crime' is being committed-- the police don't have general jurisdiction to enforce civil orders. To me the whole thing comes down to- how long? Every one of these restrictions impinges some Constitutional right, not just those which incidentally impact firearms purchases because of 'non-essential' business rules.
  13. "Positively Fourth Street", Bob Dylan "Poor, Poor, Pitiful Me", Warren Zevon/Linda Ronstadt
  14. We had a TomTom with the rental on our last visit a few years ago. I loved that dulcet British lass's voice saying, 're-calculating' when I'd miss my turn. As for me, a lot of driving in Britain made me a fan of roundabouts, and personally I like the fact that we now see a lot more of them here. Keeps the traffic moving at busy intersections. Being in a huge London roundabout, like Picadilly Circus in London, is something else; the things are 10 lanes deep. You get relaxed; if you miss your turn, just keep working outward until you make it. It ain't going anywhere. I crack up every time I see that roundabout scene in European Vacation! Been there....
  15. I see Doc Ward's point as being that the ordinary flu season in fact does not strain the system, and so presumably the deaths would not be 'kept down' by draconian behavioral measures. New York has had 5,000 deaths in three weeks from the virus. If you posited a 3-month flu season, then if flu death rates were 'the same', you'd have 20,000 deaths from the flu in NY alone at that rate. T'aint so, though, not by a super long shot. On another note, as far as behavior is concerned, if people kept one thing permanent-- constant handwashing and use of sanitizer-- I'd bet money that seasonal flu rates would fall measurably. Wouldn't be a bad idea.
  16. If one is interested in comparing flu statistics to the coronavirus thing, a quick web search on NY flu cases and deaths will bring up many articles and statistics, from just before the Covid thing hit. These will show that even in what has been seen as a bad flu season, the death toll is not remotely- remotely-- anywhere close to the toll from this thing.
  17. But it can't be the "exact same reasoning", because if it was, that's what would happen every flu season. But it doesn't. So some other reasoning must have been applied, with enough force to call forth the current response from essentially all authorities, medical and political.
  18. I'd forgotten that! Yeah, did that a lot. You sure are right about looking to the right first when crossing on foot. Super important. Winston Churchill was nearly killed in the '30s in New York by not looking left while a pedestrian. Was in the hospital for awhile.
  19. I search my brief remarks and do not find that I either said or suggested that.
  20. New York went from 20 deaths just three weeks ago to 4,800 two days ago. It definitely ain't the flu. The NY papers' obits are full of well-known and prominent folks, the ones with best access to care, dead of the virus in this short time. On the West Coast, cases are coming under control well; California especially. The behavioral stuff is working according to every qualified person. We should keep it up.
  21. We had reserved a car in Edinburgh on one trip with automatic tranny. There were none in when we went to pick up, and wouldn't be for several hours. The guy offered me a manual with a whole bunch of money off if I didn't want to wait. I took the deal and had no problems. The stick on the left becomes 'automatic' very quickly. By that time, though, I'd already driven in the UK two or three times and wasn't worried about it anymore.
  22. I know our'n is a little dinky thing, but then it is smack inside a mighty metropolis... Loophole, what's the answer?
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