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Red Gauntlet , SASS 60619

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  1. Staple of time travel SF for a long time. 

     

    One of the best examples is Delenda Est, an 1955 story by Poul Anderson, which has time travelers killing Scipio Africanus with the result that Hannibal eventually defeated Rome. What ensued was a Celtic/Carthaginian culture in place of a Greco-Roman one for Europe.

     

    The Time Patrolmen have to straighten it out.....

     

    Many tales along those lines. Pick any important battle. What if Harold Godwinson defeated William of Normandy at Hastings? And so on.....

  2. While we think of the Vikings as Atlantic raiders mostly, at the same time they were heading down the Eastern European rivers en masse. Usually called Varangians in that context. Russia ultimately was founded at Kiev by Rurik, a Varangian. Scandinavian soldiers guarded the Emperor at Constantinople. There is famous Viking rune graffiti in Hagia Sophia.

     

    They could have come into contact with Moslems in many ways in those times.

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  3. What I would like to see soon would be an article in the next American Rifleman, or maybe the next after that, that has a full account of the facts; honest,  detailed, without embellishment, rationalizations, or spin; one which also might point the way forward. And which contains no plea for funds whatever.

     

    Won't hold my breath. But something like that should happen soon.

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  4. 8 hours ago, Cypress Sun said:

     

     

    These same people, the ones who looked the other way while this stuff was going on, are still in leadership positions in the NRA. For the NRA to truly regain it's stature as the guardian of the 2nd Amendment, these people need to be removed from power and it needs to happen quickly...months, not years. It's the only way to earn back the public and membership trust.

     

    The NRA can, once again, become foremost leader in 2nd Amendment rights and I sincerely hope they do...but you can't just wipe the piss off of the toilet rim and declare the entire house cleaned.

     

    Exactly. It's the board that really failed; they ignored their responsibility to the organization and its members. 

     

    NRA revenue fell 40% in the last couple of years because of the refusal of the membership to continue down the path. Yet LaPierre remained in charge throughout. What ordinary board of directors would keep an executive after that? What board would ignore the exec's filing a bankruptcy petition without board approval or even knowledge? Yet they did.

     

    So a new board is needed and the NRA can move forward to strength again. A lot of goodwill and prestige has been lost and some hard thinking is required.

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  5. I still do some backpacking and we always boil or filter the creek water. Most of it where we go is probably fine but it's unwise to assume it.

     

    After dinner we'll boil a couple pans of water, cover to cool and refill the water bottles in the morning.

  6. 4 hours ago, Matthew Duncan said:

     

    On the flip side.  I don't understand how a State can tell a private company how the company can spend their funds.

     

     

    It's a not-for-profit corporation. As such, entitled to significant tax advantages. The tax advantages arise from the idea that such corporations serve a social or public interest.

     

    State laws allowed the creation of non-profit corporations to serve public causes of all types, often charitable. They do not have stockholders who can provide ultimate oversight. There have long been statutory mechanisms that allow state review of the operations of non-profits, to see that they do not deviate from the purposes that allowed them to solicit tax-free contributions on the basis of those purposes in the first place. Thus if they divert contributed money to improper purposes not in accord with their misson, they can be subject to legal 'correction'.

     

    The sad part is that it was left to an anti-gun leftist AG to do what the board in particular, as well as the membership, should have done long ago.

     

     

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  7. 3 hours ago, Alpo said:

     Because their DNA would be drastically different from husband's DNA. But can it tell the difference between the husband's DNA and the husband's son's DNA?

     

    Yes.

  8. There were many advanced biplanes designed in the interwar years, and several gave valuable  service in WWII despite being 'obsolete'. An airplane, like a firearm, can be both obsolete and very effective at the same time.

     

    In 2002 I personally met Air Commodore Sir Archie Winskill DFC*, who was a Spitfire ace in the War. He personally shot down two Fiat CR-42 Italian airforce biplanes in the late days of the Battle of Britain. The Italians had believed their German comrades' lies that the Brits had been beaten, and wanted to be 'in at the kill'.

     

    Sir Archie told me that the CR-42 was relatively slow, but had a tight turning radius and was dangerous in combat. One of them shattered his canopy with machine gunfire, and could easily have killed him, but it ended the other way.

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  9. 6 minutes ago, Canton Chris said:

    My Grandmother, Mom, aunts & uncles were all incarcerated. My Grandfather, who was Filipino, had already passed, but my paternal great uncle was the only family member left on the outside. They lost their farm, he was alone, so he enlisted & was killed in action over on the Philippines. I remember the horrific stories my uncles told as they were very bitter about the whole situation.

     

    There were many stories arising out of the situation, some very bad, some good. A great many of the Japanese Americans hereabouts were truck farmers in the Puyallup Valley. In many cases, their neighbors worked their farms, paid their property taxes, and thus preserved their family farmland. 

    In many other cases, people bought their land at tax sales; in effect stealing the land the internees couldn't pay taxes on because imprisoned. As a kid, I remember this especially striking me-- the government interns you for no crime, but no provision is made for pausing tax liability, so you lose not only your freedom, but your property.

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  10. My dad was in high school here in Tacoma at the time and had several friends and classmates interned. He used to point out that being of German descent was no problem, because they couldn't tell that by looking at you.

     

    Interestingly, not only were Japanese and Japanese-Americans in Hawaii not interned, neither were many of those who lived away from the 'coast'. I know of one family from Moses Lake, Wa, in central/eastern Washington who were not interned.

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  11. Perhaps because our Constitution contains deliberately non-democratic features, while always retaining a representative character. The biggest example is probably the Senate, the more powerful of the two houses (except in its inability to initiate appropriations), which gives each state, regardless of size, two senators.

     

    This well-known feature really gripes modern lovers of 'democracy'. To them, democracy itself is the ideal. To our Founders, liberty is.

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  12. 16 hours ago, Michigan Slim said:

    I all the years I have been eating wild game I have never found a bullet fragment. I did bite into a piece of lead shot once eating rabbit at my grandparents house. Once. Never a bullet fragment though. Ever. 

     

    Never a bullet fragment, but I've bitten into a lot of shot in a lifetime of eating pheasant, ducks, and geese!

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  13. 3 hours ago, Alpo said:

     

    Okay, how about this

     

    I see many cops, on many different boards, complaining about how juries believe that crap you see on the television about the irrescapable evidence using fingerprints and DNA and all the other happy horse caca that Abby uses. They figure if CSI can do it and if NCIS can do it, then the local police department should be able to do it too, and if the local cops don't have that then obviously the defendant is not guilty.

     

     

     

    Fingerprints and DNA are very useful evidence in many cases.

     

    I was collaterally involved, after the fact, in one case where a man spent 15 years in prison for a rape he did not commit. He always maintained his innocence; refusing 'sex offender' counselling that would have required he admit the crime, and which would have led to earlier release.He was eventually exonerated by DNA, both by defense and State testing (the rape kit had been preserved). He'd been convicted on 'hair comparison' evidence, which, under the particular circumstances,  amounted to junk science.

    The original prosecutors, police, and the original State forensic 'expert' would not accept that they had been wrong, though they could do nothing about it. Turns out that denial is not uncommon in such cases....

    Then, ten years after the man's release, the State got an exact DNA hit on a guy who had a low-level record, but had never had DNA test before.. He confessed to the old crime. Interestingly, he looked a lot like the guy who'd been convicted. Unfortunately, the statute of limitations on the original crime had expired.

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