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Charlie Harley, #14153

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  1. Actually, that’s only an oxymoron to a modern, intelligent, thinking conservative. Karl Marx’s agenda promised a socialist utopia where the Proletariat would be liberated from the chains imposed by the Bourgeoisie. Having been stationed in West Germany when The Wall came down, I got to break bread with people who lived under that system. It didn’t work out as promised.
  2. I respect and agree with the jury’s decision. But this boy is not who you want as the face of “protecting businesses” during civil unrest. I hope he finds peace as he moves on with his life.
  3. More Tim Conway and the whole Carol Burnett ensemble, but great comedy.
  4. Because it’s one of the greatest comedy skits ever written. It’s like re-watching old Tim Conway / Harvey Kerman skits for the umpteenth time. You know the punchline is coming, and die laughing every time.
  5. Every church group has different standards for their leadership. Even within the same denomination, different churches have different standards. My mom’s little country Baptist church is grateful to have someone, anyone, who will stand up, preach, and lead the small congregation. My son’s in-laws attend a huge urban Baptist church who’s going through a pastor search. A PhD is a must-have among their qualification criteria.
  6. Whether the video is a setup or authentic, it drives home the point to always check guns everywhere, regardless of who hands it to you. I once had a Rutgers 9mm handed to me by a clerk. I checked it and found five rounds in the mag plus one loaded.
  7. What John said. When light enters a pane of glass with two parallel sides, it starts to bend and color separate as it enters one side, but as it leaves the other parallel side it bends equally in the opposite direction, bringing the separated colors back together to their original hue. A hollow prism is just three panes of glass, all of which have parallel sides.
  8. I haven’t seen a true stick on a factory car in years. Enjoy that steed!
  9. Was flying out of Harrisburg, PA one morning on a commuter jet. During climb out there was the loudest bang followed by a screaming metal-on-metal sound that slowly changed pitch. The crew went into an emergency action drill and we came back to safely land. An hour later we were standing in the gate area when the pilot came in to share photos he’d just received from maintenance. A goose had gone through the right engine and destroyed it. Credit to the engineers and crew that there was no “Miracle on the Susquehanna” that day.
  10. The 102nd good use for a dead cat. (Heading to the bunker to avoid the impending incoming.)
  11. Most of my life is loved in a state of functional chaos, but my one slight compulsion is small electrical for chargers or earphones. There is a certain way I like to wrap them so they’re a tight self contained bundle. That way they don’t get tangled in a drawer and are ready to be unwrapped and used when I want them.
  12. I once took an empty soda can and filled it with gasoline. Lit a candle and set it about a foot to the side. Backed off 50 yards and shot the can with a 220 Swift. Mushroom cloud!
  13. My personal favorite… THE YOUNG BRITISH SOLDIER When the 'arf-made recruity goes out to the East 'E acts like a babe an' 'e drinks like a beast, An' 'e wonders because 'e is frequent deceased Ere 'e's fit for to serve as a soldier. Serve, serve, serve as a soldier, Serve, serve, serve as a soldier, Serve, serve, serve as a soldier, So-oldier ~OF~ the Queen! Now all you recruities what's drafted to-day, You shut up your rag-box an' 'ark to my lay, An' I'll sing you a soldier as far as I may: A soldier what's fit for a soldier. Fit, fit, fit for a soldier . . . First mind you steer clear o' the grog-sellers' huts, For they sell you Fixed Bay'nets that rots out your guts -- Ay, drink that 'ud eat the live steel from your butts -- An' it's bad for the young British soldier. Bad, bad, bad for the soldier . . . When the cholera comes -- as it will past a doubt -- Keep out of the wet and don't go on the shout, For the sickness gets in as the liquor dies out, An' it crumples the young British soldier. Crum-, crum-, crumples the soldier . . . But the worst o' your foes is the sun over'ead: You ~must~ wear your 'elmet for all that is said: If 'e finds you uncovered 'e'll knock you down dead, An' you'll die like a fool of a soldier. Fool, fool, fool of a soldier . . . If you're cast for fatigue by a sergeant unkind, Don't grouse like a woman nor crack on nor blind; Be handy and civil, and then you will find That it's beer for the young British soldier. Beer, beer, beer for the soldier . . . Now, if you must marry, take care she is old -- A troop-sergeant's widow's the nicest I'm told, For beauty won't help if your rations is cold, Nor love ain't enough for a soldier. 'Nough, 'nough, 'nough for a soldier . . . If the wife should go wrong with a comrade, be loath To shoot when you catch 'em -- you'll swing, on my oath! -- Make 'im take 'er and keep 'er: that's Hell for them both, An' you're shut o' the curse of a soldier. Curse, curse, curse of a soldier . . . When first under fire an' you're wishful to duck, Don't look nor take 'eed at the man that is struck, Be thankful you're livin', and trust to your luck And march to your front like a soldier. Front, front, front like a soldier . . . When 'arf of your bullets fly wide in the ditch, Don't call your Martini a cross-eyed old bitch; She's human as you are -- you treat her as sich, An' she'll fight for the young British soldier. Fight, fight, fight for the soldier . . . When shakin' their bustles like ladies so fine, The guns o' the enemy wheel into line, Shoot low at the limbers an' don't mind the shine, For noise never startles the soldier. Start-, start-, startles the soldier . . . If your officer's dead and the sergeants look white, Remember it's ruin to run from a fight: So take open order, lie down, and sit tight, And wait for supports like a soldier. Wait, wait, wait like a soldier . . . When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier. Go, go, go like a soldier, Go, go, go like a soldier, Go, go, go like a soldier, So-oldier ~of~ the Queen!
  14. What DKC said. Stainless steel does a great job on our guns.
  15. Some churches in the Pentecostal movement believe that when the Holy Spirit is with somebody, It can lead that person to engage in frenetic activities such as running through the aisles in joy, speaking in strange tongues, speaking words of prophecy to other members of the church, singing spontaneous songs, raising hands towards the sky, falling unconscious in a trance (called being “slain in the Spirit”), and yes, jumping from pew to pew. Personally, I have and continue to experience some of these along my journey, and I’ll never put myself in a position of standing between a person and their unique relationship with G-d. But I can also say that within the church I was a part of, there were a lot of theatrical manipulations to the point where it was cultish. For my own sanity, I had to leave. Since then it’s been a journey of retaining the good from that time of my life (community and a relationship with the Holy Spirit) and rejecting the bad (theatrical manipulation). One of the ironies is that the longer I’ve been hanging out with G-d and the Holy Spirit through what I believe is the gift of a man named Jesus, I’ve come to the inescapable conclusion that the Creator is too big to confine Themself to one man/time/place. The other important learning? It’s not my business to know the boundaries. I am free to take the love I’ve received from so many places and give it back to this flawed but beautiful world we live in. SDJ, I know this is a longer answer than you were seeking, but wanted to put context in the note.
  16. As a former pew-jumping Pentecostal myself, I am not sure what line of humor you were going for, or maybe it just did not translate well. Either way, this reformed pew-jumping Pentecostal finds it funny in an intensely dark way. Emphasis is on “intensely”. But great respect to the pastor for doing what needed to be done at a very scary moment.
  17. Maybe Cyrus Cassidy can toss in two cents of wisdom. He’s been around the youth game a long time.
  18. Did KUB recently replace the meter? That could cause things to go seriously awry. You have my phone number if you’d like me to talk with your wife and explore ideas.
  19. I suggest reaching out to the UT engineering school. They have the equipment and might turn this into a student design project. TVA should also be able to help. I’ll try and find phone numbers. A monthly bill that big sounds like electric resistance heat that is constantly on.
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