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  1. The teeth of the Squadron....Tiger yours?
  2. I’m trying to refrain from posting as not to offend but saw something in pic.... So while I can’t say for certain, I got to name my new M1A2 maybe 20 years ago while in the 3rd ACR at Carson. If you notice the gun tube....it’s the name I picked...had to start with D....so “Dante’s Inferno” seemed fitting. Would be something If that was it but I assure you I was not on the crew when that happened! Can’t imagine anyone else picking that name....
  3. By gosh you're right Colorado. I joined almost 2 years ago I think when in Iowa and no groups close. Moved out here and have travelled a lot more for work and with kids busy with sports/events when I am home I barely shoot, but there is a group I found only about 45 minutes away from me now. Anyways, I have been taking advantage of your hospitality....seems I became attached to personalities (like Pat, Alpo, Joe, and OLG and others) here while initially searching for firearms advice. Forgive me for overstepping, and ill refrain from any further discussions until whenever circumstances allow shooting to re-enter my life! Thanks and take care!
  4. I noticed that extrapolation portion...since only the worst get tested its not apples to apples to the entire population, however the extended testing and studies done actually show higher rates so I think its a wash and in the end infected rates will be much higher than extrapolated data (based solely on my opinion). To me their reasoning is twofold...ease the scare the media has put into people by sharing their experience and help to get some business moving (which would benefit them) Main points that I agree with are we made a best estimation early on, and we (government)have refused to analyze data since then and adjust our methods accordingly. Empty hospitals are all around, only thing they are running out of is patients..... I 100% believe from personal experience data is being changed to Covid-19. A friend had a 4 wheeler accident last week, thought they had a concussion so call ask-a nurse type line. They were asked if they had fever or chills...he called in from outdoors where he was riding...said no fever but it is starting to get a bit cool out here and I'm shivering a bit....they marked him "cover-19" and told him such. He tried to argue that it was just a response to the cold and he didn't mean to say he had actual chills but it didn't matter to them. I found somewhere if patients are on medicare they get around 19k for each positive case, and around 40k if the patients used a ventilator. That to me alone is pretty good incentive for hospital administration to pressure people. People that dont want to be shown to be wrong will go to any lengths sometimes to cover up so they dont look incompetent as well. Everyone has an angle....Governments are going to have to start adjusting as people are not at the same place some governors are. They can either relax restrictions while maintaining some control, or extend and lose all control. Parks that are "closed" are overfull as I took the family to the beach yesterday staying away from people. The same government that says its too dangerous for private construction companies has union groups working on public projects at work. The same government that says its too dangerous to go get medical procedures done is busy allowing abortions or what they want. The same government that says its too dangerous to landscape for private companies has all its grounds being taken care of. The same government that says companies need to stay at home decided it was ok for 25,000 Boeing employees to go back to work before anyone else. The same government that says I can't fish says people can buy weed, alcohol, lotto etc....Governors have ZERO credibility when they are playing political favorites....if they were consistent people would believe them.....they are not so its obvious what they are trying to do at this point. To top it off, think of all the essential workers out there. With half our workforce still employed, we have STILL flattened and lowered the curve. If it was as bad as they said it was, mitigation efforts would not have been enough. We have proved that grocery stores, gas stations, retailers with food, Home Depot, Lowes, UPS, post office, amazon etc...all these people can go to work and we as a society continue to see less and less cases. Doesn't it make sense that we can employ the same precautions they are doing and move the country forward? I get it, its serious for a very very small group of people. I fully understand their need to isolate and protect themselves, and I fully support them doing so. What I dont support is having the rights of 99.5% trampled on needlessly when we could be getting back to work and protecting the vulnerable at the same time. We are given a false choice by the government that we have to do one or the other....thats crap. Rant over...too many sheep out here. This scares the hell out of me for when something really bad happens.....people that sit and believe the government is answer.
  5. Bet before halfway there it’s extended...mine too...
  6. Heres from the Sheriff to save some time....I was in Snohomish yesterday. Snohomish County Residents and Business Owners, I just watched the Governor’s speech to Washingtonian’s regarding our approach to getting Washington back in business and I am left to wonder if he even has a plan? To be quite honest I wasn’t even sure what he was trying to say half of the time. He has no plan. He has no details. This simply is not good enough in times when we have taken such drastic measures as the suspension of constitutional rights. I wrote most of this about two weeks ago but I decided to wait out of respect for the Governor and my own misguided hope that each day he did a press conference he would say something with some specificity on getting Washington back to work. After what I witnessed tonight I can no longer stay silent as I’m not even sure he knows what he is doing or knows what struggles Washingtonian’s face right now. I want to start by saying this virus is very real and sadly, it has taken 97 lives in Snohomish County. This is a very serious issue and the appropriate precautions need to be taken to protect our most vulnerable populations. However, our communities have already shown and continue to show they understand the severity of the situation and are doing all they can already to keep themselves, their families and neighbors safe and healthy. I am worried about the economy and I am worried about Washingtonian’s that need to make a living for their family. As more data floods in week by week and day by day about this pandemic I think it is clear that the “models” have not been entirely accurate. While that is okay, we cannot continue down the same path we have been on if the government reaction does not fit the data or even worse, the same government reaction makes our situation worse. As elected leaders I think we should be questioning the Governor when it makes sense to do so. Are pot shops really essential or did he allow them to stay in business because of the government taxes received from them? That seems like a reasonable question. If pot shops are essential, then why aren’t gun shops essential? Our Governor has told us that private building/construction must stop as it is not essential, but government construction is okay to continue. So let me get this right, according to the Governor if you are employed or contracted by the government to build government things you can still make a living for your family in spite of any health risk. If you are a construction worker in the private sector you cannot make a living and support your family because the health risk is too high. This contradiction is not okay and in my opinion is bordering on unethical. As I arrive to work at the courthouse, I see landscapers show up each day to install new landscape and maintain our flowerbeds. How has Governor Inslee deemed this essential work? However, a father who owns a construction company and works alone while outdoors is not allowed to run his business to make a living to provide for his wife and children? How has Governor Inslee deemed thousands of Boeing employees who work inside a factory building airplanes essential? But building residential homes is not essential? If a factory with 20,000+ employees each day can implement safe practices to conduct normal business operations, I am entirely confident that our small business owners and independent contractors are more than capable of doing the same. If this Coronavirus is so lethal and we have shut down our roaring economy to save lives, then it should be all or nothing. The government should not be picking winners or losers when it comes to being able to make an income for your family. If the virus is so lethal it shouldn’t matter whether you are building a school for the government, building a new housing development, restaurant owner, or you happen to be an independent contractor. To the contrary, if the virus is proving to not be as lethal as we thought, maybe it’s time for a balanced and reasonable approach to safely get our economy moving again and allowing small businesses to once again provide an income for their families and save their businesses. This is what I hoped for from the Governor tonight but he is not prepared or ready to make these decisions. If we are going to allow government contractors and pot shops to continue to make a living for their families, then it is time to open up this freedom for other small business owners who are comfortable operating in the current climate. This is the great thing about freedom. If you are worried about getting sick you have the freedom to choose to stay home. If you need to make a living for your family and are comfortable doing so, you should have the freedom to do so. As I have previously stated, I have not carried out any enforcement for the current a stay-at-home order. As this order has continued on for well over a month now and a majority of our residents cannot return to work to provide for their families, I have received a lot of outreach from concerned members of our community asking if Governor Inslee’s order is a violation of our constitutional rights. As your Snohomish County Sheriff, yes I believe that preventing business owners to operate their businesses and provide for their families intrudes on our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I am greatly concerned for our small business owners and single-income families who have lost their primary source of income needed for survival. As your elected Sheriff I will always put your constitutional rights above politics or popular opinion. We have the right to peaceably assemble. We have the right to keep and bear arms. We have the right to attend church service of any denomination. The impacts of COVID 19 no longer warrant the suspension of our constitutional rights. Along with other elected Sheriffs around our state, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office will not be enforcing an order preventing religious freedoms or constitutional rights. I strongly encourage each of you to reach out and contact your councilmembers, local leaders and state representatives to demand we allow businesses to begin reopening and allow our residents, all of them, to return to work if they choose to do so. The great thing about Snohomish County government is we have all worked very well together during this crisis. I’m not saying we agree all of the time, I’m saying we have the talent and ability to get this done for Snohomish County! This is not a time to blindly follow, this is a time to lead the way. Sheriff Adam Fortney
  7. https://www.foxnews.com/us/washington-county-sheriff-wont-enforce-governors-stay-at-home-order
  8. there is probably a bleed procedure for it If you look it up. It’s common enough should be able to find something.
  9. These numbers are just fictitious as part of the story, should have clarified that just as an example with simple numbers. My buddy is building a place in SW Colorado and he is going step by step....paid for land, now building a very nice shed with living quarters until he retires or gets close at which point he starts the house. He sees this new option as a way to cut years off. The withdrawal can be repaid and no tax paid or not repaid and taxes spread over three years. Yes, the land in this example would be a want not a need, as an investment vehicle that is attractive because of being a physical asset that can be used and enjoyed while still maintaining some level of appreciation. Good points on the difficulty of selling, that is one concern. The lack of liquidity could potentially be an issue, but in this example I think the remaining funds minimize that risk. Its a crazy, contrarian thought from what all the financial advisors say....I was curious if anyone had the “I did that years ago and it was the best thing I ever did” or “I did that and screwed up big time” stories
  10. A buddy of mine had this question and I was talking to him on it, curious on everyone here's thoughts... Lets say you have 500,000 in a 401k fund and are 20 years from retirement (still working and contributing) with other sources of planned income, none of which are physical assets. Now, lets say that you have wanted to purchase some land, but do not have enough cash to buy it outright and don't want a payment so a loan is not an option. Last, lets say that with the new 401k no penalty withdraw that you qualify for you could pull that cash out in a state with no income tax, and no penalty...and pay the federal tax over 3 years while you still have kids and lots of deductions...lets say in this case its 50,000 you would pull out. Lets say the land would be an hour to two away from your residence, 10 acres maybe with mountain and ocean views that you could shoot on and use as your own playground and enjoy, with only needing to pay real estate taxes. At some point it may be an option to build on or sell. Lets also say that this area in the Pacific Northwest tends to appreciate well. It may also grant you peace of mind knowing you have some diversification with something physical that you own. It might not keep up with the stock market, but the funds you would convert are money market funds so they have not lost value during the last few months. Would you do it and why. Anyone done something like this or not and regretted it either way?
  11. Brass can harden with age making it brittle in some cases. Some will say it doesn’t but google and will find many situations very similar.
  12. Went to Home Depot in Sequim Washington today...packed with elderly....i was probably one of a handful I saw under 65. Same as Lowe’s yesterday. The checkout person commented something that stuck with me.....something to the effect of “the older people feel entitled to come out as much as they want as the younger people are supposed to be staying at home”....his words. What I have seen while out confirms this...at least in my eyes. Again, if we believe those over 50 are more likely to have bad things happen if they catch this.....and we are trying to protect those people by staying home.....what the hell good are we really doing if a good number of them are all out feeling like it’s a great time to shop because less people. As Bob pointed out the youth aren’t staying home and are getting together in groups and the older crowd is out shopping. All the essential people are working....so who are the few that are staying home lol?
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