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guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.
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Behind The Times

Most of you know I was raised on TV and movies.  It was an escape from my somewhat dysfunctional family and from the daily stress of life.  My roomie and I still enjoy much on electronic media, especially now that so many choices are available.

I recently completed watching the many morality plays that made up Have Gun – Will Travel.  Certainly NOT your typical horse opera.  And I went looking for something else.

And I found something.  It was produced in 2008.  (see, behind the times!)

john adamsJOHN ADAMS

It was an HBO production, and I found it on On Demand on DISH.  A seven part mini-series.

This, too, is no horse opera.  It is based on the David McCullough book about our second President, and his life leading up to his Presidency.  He was not handsome; he was not a great orator.  He didn’t stir the passions his cousin Sam Adams did.

But, he WAS a man of principle.

I find myself wondering if he was the last man of principle to hold that office, politics being as they are.

He abhorred slavery, and unlike some of the other Founding Fathers didn’t own any.  He was very uncomfortable with Dr. Franklin’s dalliances while they were on a diplomatic visit to France during The Revolution, and by all accounts was loyal to his wife.  He was not afraid to pick up a gun in defense of his country.

But few remembered the second President.  Until the book and this mini-series.

You should read/watch it!

“Pick An Amendment – ANY Amendment!”

rocky“Nothing up my sleeve – PRESTO!” – Bullwinkle

“Wrong hat!” – Rocky

“I wear a seven and a half.” – Bullwinkle

FBI Director James B. Comey made some kind of pronouncement a couple of weeks ago, regarding your rights and mine.  Something of a positive, pro-rights nature.  I took notice, and thought to myself “Gee, I should post this on the blog, it’s unusual for this, or any federal administration!”

Then, last week he flushed it all away when he announced:

If Apple and Google Won’t Decrypt Phones, We’ll Force Them To

Nice upholding your oath there, Mr. Director!

Thank the heavens above that the position of FBI Director is now federally-limited to ten years.  Of course, with whom will he be replaced?  Another nazi or soviet…?

SIGH

h/t Motherboard, Joel

I’m NOT A Hipster

hipstersI’m so glad I’m not a hipster.  I pretended to be Joe Cool in college, but in reality was a crippled proto geek with oily skin and shorter-then-acceptable-as-a-hipster hair, and glasses.

It’s been suggested if only I changed my hair, my clothes, some of my beliefs (etc.) I’d be cooler.  I don’t care – I’m happy being who I am.

Never Yet Melted quoted what I think is the definitive comment on hipsterism.

In part…

Hipster economics are standard economics because hipsters are everything the US economy has ever wished for in one convenient package. It’s a group consisting largely of young, upper-middle class people with very little conviction, who will spend large amounts of money to maintain their own comfort and the appearance of diversity and rebellion. They are activists as long as it’s easy, poor as long as it doesn’t involve dirt or hunger, and selfless as long as they don’t stand to lose anything. They represent the sanitizing of national issues so that they can be discussed without being addressed. And all you have to do to control them is use some reverse psychology. They’re not rebels, they’re not even malicious, because they’re not anything except a bunch of kids playing pretend. They’ll eventually grow up and become bankers, lawyers and politicians, just like their parents…(Robert)

Again, I’m NOT a hipster…

I Know Where They Are!

They’re with the missing IRS emails!  :-)

DC forcing people to reregister and re-finger print gun owners, new fees

DC claims that it lost all the finger prints of everyone who has registered their guns in DC.  Emily Miller has the story available here.
I’m reminded of the old ‘Lost Our Lease’ sales of yesteryear.  A big window banner says Lost Our Lease.  The small print says ‘it was in the top drawer of the desk, yesterday!’
Particularly nice, not only are they ‘required’ to re-register, but they get to pay the fees again.  Inefficient AND punitive!
Government at it’s best!
h/t John Lott, Emily Miller

Not All Hollywood Types Are Collectivist, Anti-Gun Rights Morons!

Dean_Cain_2014(From Fox News, in part…)

Two decades after skyrocketing to fame with his role as superman in the hit series “Lois & Clark,”  Dean Cain is still busy acting and making his own films. But these days, Cain is more than just an entertainer. The single father is now a regular guest on Fox News and is not afraid to open up about politics and social issues.

“I’ll discuss things,” Cain told Fox News. “You know, just because someone is an actor doesn’t mean they’re a blithering idiot — although sometimes,” he joked.

Cain said he is stepping into the cable news arena because he isn’t afraid to speak his mind and hopes he might encourage others to do the same.

“I think it’s important as an American, as a citizen, to go and talk about things, to try and educate yourself because the general public wants to be educated on these things and maybe if it’s a face they’ll recognize, they’ll pay attention,” Cain said.

The actor is particularly vocal about gun rights. He said a frightening experience at his home in Los Angeles helped shape his opinion on the topic.

“I was terrified. I’m a big, strong guy and my knees were buckling like ‘Oh my gosh,’” Cain said of a night when he awoke to a stranger pounding on his door. “I’m armed to-the-teeth now. At 4 o’clock in the morning come bang at my door, my knees won’t buckle.” (…)

Take THAT Liam Neeson, Sylvester Stallone, Bill Maher, ad infinitum – ad nauseum.  (To be fair, Bill Maher admits to gun ownership – while railing against the Second Amendment!)

h/t John Lott

Now HERE’S Computerized Eyewear I Can Get Behind!

(Of course, I cannot come close to affording a Google Glass, much less a TrackingPoint rifle and THIS! – Guffaw)

from Alphecca

A real must for the millionaires who already own the TrackingPoint rifle, now there’s some cool shades to go with it:

You can shoot from completely protected positions behind trees or around corners when it’s necessary to remain unexposed to the target.

ShotGlass can record everything you see and say. You don’t need to clamp a GoPro® to your hat anymore. ShotGlass videos download directly to your smart phone for sharing with friends, family, and social media.

Friends or family can wear ShotGlass while you are shooting. They can see exactly what you see, and share your experience. A father can mentor his son by guiding him to the proper whitetail. A professional hunter sees exactly what target his client is engaging and can direct the client to the desired target and point of impact. In battle, a spotter wears ShotGlass to direct his sniper to the target in real-time under high stress.

Photo from the TrackingPoint website:

shotglass
More information at Ars Technica.  Pretty spiffy!

(FTC, go away empty-handed!)

Fat Pills!

Back when I worked @ TMCCC, they decided they would hire field investigators.  Folks who would actually go out in the field to interact with the police, federal agencies, witnesses and suspects concerning our company’s credit card fraud.

Having been a licensed private investigator, process server and security guard, I felt I was ripe for such a job.  The company dangled field positions over the we-call-center-interview-and-interact-via phone-folks for years.

Corporate then hired outside retired law enforcement as field agents!  Quelle surprise.

Fortunately, most of them became good work friends.  It was noted that corporate then ran their asses off, spreading their talents and abilities way too thin!  Made us thankful we didn’t make the cut.

They did keep the guys pretty busy.  Our office was responsible for accounts in the United States west of the Mississippi River, and I think we finally had four field agents!  One alone for California.

One of the guys – I’ll call him John – when I met him was a short, round guy.  Seriously.  Round.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  I’ve had weight issues for years, but I’m 6′ 3/4″ (on my good leg) and have been 350 pounds!  I’m now significantly less – 240 – ish.

But John was something like 5′ 5″ and maybe 300 pounds, on a good day!

John had worked for the Cook County Attorney’s Office, then was medically retired, as he had been shot.

A spherical, but genuinely nice guy.  I think his excess weight saved his life.

THEN, I didn’t see John for about six months.

And John stops by the main office.  The only way I recognized him was his large, brown mustache and beaming countenance.

He looked to be a ‘normal’ weight for someone his height!

I had to ask him, “Have you been ill?”

He responded no, he had stopped taking fat pills!

He further explained that as an Illinois State Investigator, he (like many of those in blue uniforms) developed an affinity for doughnuts!  It had become more than a habit, it had become an addiction!

So he simply stopped eating doughnuts.  Cold jelly.

And the weight just fell off him.  He swore he would never eat another one.

I’ve not seen him since I left the company five years ago.  I hope he has kept his promise.

doughnuts

FAT PILLS

Miami Vice Redux?

I LOVE(D) MIAMI VICE! (the TV show – the later movie, not so much)

The girls, the guns, the music, the gritty (for then) plot lines.  Being a young married guy at the time, who was shooting I.P.S.C. on Thursday nights, Friday evening was just right for kicking back and imagining my suburban life rebooted as Sonny Crockett.

NBC program director Brandon Tartikoff had put out the request for a new show with the memo:  Give me MTV Cops!

I’d admired the lead actor Don Johnson since A Boy and his Dog, and the fact Michael Mann (the producer/creator who had done the film Thief) hired experts to show the actors proper gun handling and techniques made this TV show too cool.  The Galco custom holster, the Bren 10 pistol (used by Johnson one year, until they could no longer get magazines!), the ubiquitous Weaver stances, Jan Hammer’s music…

Now. Johnson (@ age 64) is himself envisioning a Miami Vice reboot!

The stubbled star talks about being showered with women’s underwear and why the Reagan-era series is ready for a reboot (Rolling Stone)

I loved the show, but, what are they going to call it – Geriatric Vice?

h/t Jerry the Geek

Stolen Valor

Courtesy of ENDO…

This tool. Derp:

Stolen-Valor-memeThere are few things lower than stolen valor.  It’s even more irritating when these idiots don’t even do proper research like in the video. *smh*

It’s too bad there are laws that would get people in hot water, for making douchebags like this drive home naked (at the very minimum).

As a 102nd Chairborne Ranger keyboard black ops veteran, I take people who pretend they are bloggers VERY seriously. (end)

 

As for me, I was never in the military – not for lack of trying.  But my disability was too much for them, even at the height of Vietnam.  My paternal grandfather was a Marine, and I aspired to follow in his footsteps.

But it was not to be.

I’ve thought, on occasion, about buying one of those sets of sweats.  You know, with the word MARINES emblazoned on it.  To honor him and all who have served.  But I cannot bring myself to do it.  Not only do I not qualify (not being a former Marine, and all) but I would HATE to hobble around in them and have someone at the supermarket or gun show think I was some kind of wounded warrior!

How these bastards put on a uniform and medals they didn’t earn is just beyond me!  They are beneath contempt!

It’s too bad there are laws that would get people in hot water, for making douchebags like this drive home naked (at the very minimum).

Minimum indeed!

A Right Is A Right Is A Right! Right?

Alphecca brought us this:

Or vice versa. Former Georgia Rep. Bob Barr examines the hypocrisy of Eric Holder and the left:

Imagine if voter ID laws were as rigorous as gun regulations found in many of America’s major cities. In order to vote in such a scenario, citizens would be forced to take a day-long class (at a cost of $100 or more) about the basics of the U.S. government and electoral process. They then would be required to take a competency test (only available at inconvenient locations during normal working hours) on the current election’s issues. Finally, after paying a non-refundable processing fee of $100 to score the results, they would then be forced to wait months for the actual voter registration card — which could be rejected for any reason — to arrive in the mail. If a voter decided to seek the help of a tutor to help ensure his non-refundable processing fee was not wasted by a possibly failing grade, he would have to be prepared to shell out another $100.

Much, much more at the link.

Which, of course, opens the whole Pandora’s Box about Rights.  What IS a Right?  What Is a Privilege?  And most importantly…

WHO DECIDES?

There are some folks who believe DRIVING is a RIGHT.  Germany just extended college education FREE to all!  Does that make college education a RIGHT?

I know, I know – who PAYS for all of this?

pandoraPandora’s Box, indeed!

"One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas - how he got in my pajamas I dunno!" - Groucho Marx as Captain Spaulding in Animal Crackers

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It’s about who is at the tiller of this Republic’s Ship of State. - Guffaw

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1. ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.

2. NEVER POINT YOUR MUZZLE AT SOMETHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.

3. KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET AND YOU ARE READY TO SHOOT.

4. KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT'S BEYOND.

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"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain." - Bene Gesserit, from Frank Herbert's Dune

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