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Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619

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  1. To tell the truth, I don't care about him at all and do not follow his vicissitudes, except to the extent that it is impossible to tune out. That said, I think if that's all the prosecutors have (and I don't know what they have), it's a reach.
  2. I've always thought the question is absurd. Hunter Biden has nothing to do with it. Are you a user of unlawful drugs? No. [maybe I used a couple of days ago, but I'm not a user now] Are you addicted....? No. [I can quit anytime, so I'm not addicted] Ridiculous. I hope he beats it.
  3. No, I don't. But then that matter was 45 years ago. The owner of the business was one of the most interesting and resourceful men I've ever met. Among other experiences, he spent 8 years in the Soviet gulag, at Magadan. The War left a vast cornucopia of surplus that was put to good economic use in the ensuing years. I think of Aristotle Onassis and Liberty ships, as another example.
  4. Surplus Sherman tank undercarriages were used in the logging industry for decades, certainly through the 1980s, until the ready supply ran out. They were repurposed as undercarriages for logging spars, towers, and rock drills. They were marketed as 'fast track' equipment, because they were much faster and more nimble than crawler-type vehicles (of the Caterpillar type). Many years ago I represented a company that manufactured these conversions. It was an extremely interesting business, and I can still tell the difference between vertical and horizontal Sherman suspensions, among a couple other arcane things.....
  5. I'm about 6 blocks from Puget Sound and an hour or so from the Cascade mountains. Been here since I was born in 1948. Dad and granddad before me. Five kids, 12 grandkids, their spouses, and four great-grands-- all within a few miles, many within a few blocks. Ain't going anywhere. Idaho is a beautiful place, but has no salt water. If I were going to move to Idaho, I would have done it 30 years ago. Like bgavin says: It's too late. Stand your ground.
  6. Inasmuch as 12% of my earned income yearly for 50 years went to Social Security, off the top before income tax, I don't consider it 'socialism'. In fact, it pays benefits in proportion to how much you paid into it. You are 'entitled' to SS-- if you paid into it and to the extent you did. And it is certainly not a disincentive to work-- just the opposite.
  7. Like Joe says, 'threads' are conversations. They meander where they may.
  8. Laws vary from state to state. There are laws that make it illegal to carry in certain places, such as bars, schools, and courtrooms. Those are positive laws that carry statutory penalties for violation; i.e, usually misdemeanors. It is unwise, at the very least, to violate these laws. Then there are laws, civil in nature, which allow property owners, even those providing public accomodation, to disallow the carrying of guns. Violation of these laws generally means that the owner can tell you to leave if he becomes aware you have a gun, and you must leave or be guilty of trespass. This is a different thing than violation of positive criminal law. There are many variations. The forgoing is not legal advice, by any means.
  9. Since I never open carry, I never am on the lookout for these 'no guns' signs, and I don't believe I've ever actually seen one in consequence.
  10. I assume the problems encountered in some of these establishments involve open carry, not concealed.
  11. Privately owned properties which are places of public accomodation, such as restaurants and stores, are subject to civil rights laws and cannot refuse service to people based upon race, religion, national origin, and a couple of other categories. But those laws have no application to a host of other things, including carrying guns.
  12. Seems to fit. I am a parishioner of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in my town; we've been having observances of his feast day lately.
  13. It boils down to usages in different places. A stag is a large, mature buck deer. Such an animal is called a stag here now and then, but it's not all that common a term. In England, on the other hand, it's a common usage, especially with red deer. The use of "stag" as a men-only party apparently arose in England. The stag deer is associated with masculinity; the leader of the herd, etc. The famous painting, "Monarch of the Glen" is of the iconic red deer stag: The Monarch of the Glen (painting) - Wikipedia
  14. Why do we call an elk a moose, which is in the genus Alces and is an elk everywhere else? And why do we call a wapati an elk? Why do we call trees in the cypress family 'cedars' when the word originated from Cedrus, the cedar of Lebanon, the Deodar, etc; totally different family of trees? One could go on. And on.
  15. 'Because you would too if you had to eat whale meat'. Got that off a bubble gum wrapper as a young kid and laughed a long time...
  16. Where an encyclopedia beats Wikipedia is that when you pick up the encyclopedia to look something up, you find all sorts of unrelated things before and after the article you sought. Pretty soon you learn a lot of things that you weren't looking for. I read the World Book encyclopedia that way as a kid and learned a lot of stuff. And I know how to spell encyclopedia because of Jiminy Cricket.
  17. I remember as a kid hearing that if you found some ambergris along the shore you'd make a lot of money, and I checked for it a few times at the beach. No luck!
  18. Ambergis as an expensive and exotic substance expelled from sperm whales, used in perfumes, etc. is not news. I think I first read about it in junior high school.
  19. Astroturf instead of grass on a city lawn is a very bad thing. I live in an older, leafy part of my town. Streets, sidewalks, trees, lawns, parking strips. I don't care what you do with your lawn, whether you water it in the Summer or not, rake it or not; I don't care. But a house a couple of miles away was renovated by an investor who put in an astroturf front lawn and parking strip. Never had any of us seen this before. Doesn't have to be grass; flowers, rock gardens, whatever. But if it's astroturf, why not just asphalt? By the way, there are no covenants or HOAs in these neighborhoods. Just a few basic tenets of civilization.
  20. My law school class of '73 had five women in it. The class next behind us had 15, and the next (class of '75) had 35. The trend continued unabated. So I practiced law with women lawyers as partners, colleagues, adversaries, and friends for all of my career. The first jury case I tried against a woman lawyer was in 1977, 46 years ago. What was interesting was the attitude of lawyers and judges of the older generations back then. They hardly knew what to make of all these women lawyers at first. But they adjusted in most cases very fast as they saw their work and abilities. And they had daughters who were of the new generation, too. By the latter part of the '70s the 'establishment' firms were vying to have the first woman lawyer, the first woman partner, etc.
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