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In Old Arizona (NSFW)

screw

sheet metal screw

(No, not the 1928 silent film Western!  And not THAT old…)

After my ignominious departure from the University (I dropped out because I spent more time partying than studying.  Remember Joe Cool? 1970-71), my parents (with whom I was still living) put their feet down.

I was to pay them rent.  This meant upgrading my employment – both to meet my financial obligation to them, and to look for better accommodations.

My Dad knew a guy who worked for AZDES, as a job bank guy.  And soon, I was interviewed and sent out for a better possible job.

At M****** S***** Nut, Bolt and Screw.  A manufacturer of industrial fasteners – nuts, bolts, screws, rivets, all manner in all sizes and quantities.  Not being particularly handy, I was unaware one could get such items in kegs.  Or pallets of kegs.  Containing thousands, weighing a lot!

Soon, I went to work commuting from the S.E. Valley to N.W. of downtown Phoenix.  And, in spite of promises made I would not have to drive a clutch-operated vehicle (with my disability, it can be difficult), I was soon driving a fork lift, among my other duties!

And I got to load trucks and make local deliveries, mainly to construction companies, Valley-wide.

But, this was before political correctness.  And except for a couple of secretaries in the main office, and small parts packaging, the staff and customers were entirely male.  And in a blue-collar business such as this, coarse language and humor was prevalent.

ALL the company pencils had the name of the company, the address, telephone number.

And the phrase “To Us, There’s Nothing Better Than A Good S**** “

And not to be outdone, over the will-call office, wherein people came to pickup ordered merchandise, was a sign reading “We’d Like Nothing Better Than To Handle Your N**** “

Obviously, a different time.  I think I was making $2.00/hour, up from $1.60 as a busboy!  @ 45 hours a week.

But, all good things must come to an end.

It was closing time, and I was in a hurry to get home.  My manager asked me to wait for him to load a truck for delivery – and he was taking forever.  So, I took it upon myself to load the pickup truck with the fork lift, without waiting for his direction.  And I put a small dent in the truck, with the clutch-operated fork lift I’d been promised I would never have to drive.

And I was subsequently fired.

No more commuting for me.  At least to that part of town.

And yes, I thought I had been s******!

“Ye Shall Know The Truth…

az…And The Truth Shall Set Ye Free!”

Kevin Baker, of The Smallest Minority fame, said what many (including me) have been thinking, with regard to this Arizona ‘Right To Refuse Service’ Bill pending in State government.

The liberal media have been painting this as pure bigotry by Christians against Gays.  “It’s another black mark against Arizona – we could lose the Super Bowl!”

And, that may be true.  But that doesn’t mean it isn’t necessary.

I, for one, do not like the government mandating with whom I may or may not do business.  Period.

I think the free marketplace will provide a solution.  If you don’t like (gays, blacks, women, short people, Republicans, Jews ad infinitum, ad nauseum)  FINE.  Don’t do business with them.

And see how your profits dry up.

I don’t have a business, but, if I did, I’d choose not to do business with felons, pedophiles and bureaucrats.  I know, I’m repeating myself…

But, Kevin says it better:

The function of government should not be to punish people for acting on their fervently held beliefs.  It’s function should be to ensure that potential customers are made aware up front who a person, business or legal entity will refuse service to.

They already do that in a tiny way under Arizona Revised Statute §4-229, which states:
A. A person with a permit issued pursuant to section 13-3112 may carry a concealed handgun on the premises of a licensee who is an on-sale retailer unless the licensee posts a sign that clearly prohibits the possession of weapons on the licensed premises. The sign shall conform to the following requirements:

1. Be posted in a conspicuous location accessible to the general public and immediately adjacent to the liquor license posted on the licensed premises.

2. Contain a pictogram that shows a firearm within a red circle and a diagonal red line across the firearm.

3. Contain the words, “no firearms allowed pursuant to A.R.S. section 4-229″

So, the legislature should simply extend this logic to whatever other prejudices there are out there and require signage to advise potential customers where they’re not wanted.  Something like this, for instance:

That way everyone will know right up front what kind of bigots they will be dealing with, and can decide for themselves whether or not they want to spend their money there. No hurt feelings, no lawsuits.

AMEN, brother!

PS – The media is all up in arms (figuratively, of course) about conservative Christians.  What about those Muslims who not only don’t want to serve gays, but want to KILL THEM?  Oh, that’s right.  We can’t talk about them, that’s (bigoted, racist, non-inclusive).

Political Correctness IS killing this Nation!

h/t Dawn Daniels

FINALLY! Some Good Legal Stuff!

AZ: State Preemption Law to Get Some Teeth

While specifically aimed at Tucson’s gun ordinances, it would apply statewide:

HB 2517, approved Thursday by the House Judiciary Committee, would change all that.

It says any individual or organization whose membership is “adversely affected” by a law they believe is illegal can sue. Challengers who win are entitled to legal fees and damages up to $100,000.

The legislation also says the court can assess a civil penalty of up to $500,000 against any elected or appointed government official if a judge determines the violation of state pre-emption laws was “knowing and willful.”

And to make sure that resonates with city officials, HB 2517 forbids the city from reimbursing the council member or employee for that penalty. It even says the official has to bear his or her own legal fees.

Of course, while the committee has passed it, there’s still a long road to travel before the Governor signs it into law.

AND…

9th Circuit Affirms Right to Carry Guns in California

From WaPo:

The Ninth Circuit’s decision in Peruta v. San Diego, released minutes ago, affirms the right of law-abiding citizens to carry handguns for lawful protection in public.

California law has a process for applying for a permit to carry a handgun for protection in public, with requirements for safety training, a background check, and so on. These requirements were not challenged. The statute also requires that the applicant have “good cause,” which was interpreted by San Diego County to mean that the applicant is faced with current specific threats. (Not all California counties have this narrow interpretation.) The Ninth Circuit, in a 2-1 opinion written by Judge O’Scannlain, ruled that Peruta was entitled to Summary Judgement, because the “good cause” provision violates the Second Amendment.

More here and here.

This certainly has ramifications for gun holders in “may issue” states such as NY and NJ.  (BOTH STORIES stolen courtesy of Alphecca)

With regard to both stories, it’s about f’n time!

h/t Jeff Soyer

So Much For The Free State Of Arizona…

Az Flag, in distress

Arizona Flag, in distress

Free North Carolina (via avordvet) shares with us an ARIZONA story, of statists versus freemen.

To press the point, a free man, legally carrying a pistol openly, tried to photograph a Phoenix federal courthouse.

The audacity!

Not of the freeman photographer, but of the authorities, who promptly dispatched police helicopters and ground personnel to stop the terrorist attack legally-armed photographer from photographing a public building.

(visit the link above for the video and post)

Seriously, don’t they have better things to do?  Like catching real bad guys?  I can see watching, and perhaps even tracking such an individual for security intel, but confronting, attempting to disarm?

This used to be a relatively free State, at least when compared to places like Massachusetts.

Not anymore.

“But It’s A DRY Heat!”

I’ve lived most of my life here in the desert.  I was born back East, but, my parents moved us out here when I was a pre-schooler.  I’ve visited my birth State a few times – it’s pleasant in the Summer, but horrible in the Winter. And the cultural/political attitudes, well…

Let’s face it, I’m a Desert Rat, and I like it, just fine.

When I was growing up here, we’d play outside all day, getting water from the garden hose, as needed.  And we sometimes got sunburned.  I remember walking home (a mile and a half) from the bowling alley with my friends, the day Neil Armstrong walked on the Moon.  I don’t remember the temperature, but it was mid-Summer.  100+ degrees, easily.  And, we didn’t care.

It’s gotten statistically warmer here as the years have progressed.  Not because of global warming, but because of the heat island effect – as the metro area grows, more concrete and asphalt.  And we feel the results.  My 60-year-old body isn’t as resilient as the high-schoolers who leisurely walked home in the Summer of ’69 to watch history being made.  I generally hobble from A/C unit to A/C unit.  It’s a way of life, here.

And, with the exception of government-produced town lakes (aka mosquito hatcheries), the humidity remains low.  7% yesterday.  I’d much prefer here to say Chattanooga in July – 95 degrees and 95% humidity.  There’s little oxygen in the air (it’s mostly water) and there’s a permanent wet stripe from your armpits to your squishy shoes.  I know, I’ve been there.

We reached 122 degrees here a few years ago.  It was 116 yesterday, 118 scheduled today.  This is the price we pay for shirt-sleeve Thanksgivings and Christmases.

But, it’s a DRY Heat!

dry

h/t Brigid

One Night @ the Bar & Grill…

SO…the roomie and I sometimes frequent a neighborhood watering hole cum eatery.  The beer is cheap and the food (while not Brigid worthy) is pretty good.  Above standard bar fare (e.g. bacon-wrapped salmon on a bed of risotto!).

But they have the ubiquitous AZ statute-approved sign for hoplophobes posted upon entering:

AZ no gunsWhich some unidentified patrons ignore.  Unidentified to protect the guilty.  Otherwise, if unposted, one could be armed, not consume alcohol, and remain legal.  Your State law may very.

Fast backward to the other early evening.

sample, not as actually worn

sample, not as actually worn

Roomie and I find a booth, order a couple of beers and food, and she takes note of the pool/poker area behind me.  There’s a guy wearing a frock coat, a tricorn hat (!) and what appears to be a cutlass!!  The coat kinda-sorta covers said cutlass, some of the time, but no attempt is being made to conceal it.

Now this irritated my roomie, as certainly the Arizona bar statute referred to lethal weaponry, not just firearms. (it doesn’t – just guns!)  Ignoring the fact that some of the aforementioned folks were carrying firearms and knives, concealed.  SHHH!

But the other patrons and bar staff didn’t seem to notice or object to said cutlass, or the tricorn hat.  Nor did they object to the folks carrying concealed guns and knives.  Of course, they didn’t know about those.   After a time, the swordsman left.  No one knows when the other patrons departed.

I was unable to see if Mr. Tricorn had his trusty steed double-parked, or what?

Not our boy, by a longshot!

Not our boy, by a longshot!

Guns & Ammo Brings It!

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I am SO GLAD to reside in the Free State of Arizona! – Guffaw

h/t Facebook

Boy, It Just Doesn’t Stop!

I receive some diverse emails from varied sources.  Last night, not so much…

First from the National Association for Gun Rights:

legupdate

Dear Guffaw,

“You bet!”

That’s what Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Flake said when asked if he supports President Obama’s nationalized gun-control agenda. 1

To make matters worse, he’s now touting President Obama’s rhetoric when it comes to expanded background checks.

“All of us Republicans and Democrats recognize that we need more effective and broader background checks,” he recently told Politico. 1

This sort of Washington beltway blabber is what we’ve come to expect out of Arizona’s Senior U.S. Senator, John McCain…

But watching Junior Jeff fold like a house of cards after spending months paying gun owners lip-service is disappointing. ~

This, after many of us wrote our Senators pleading with them NOT to buckle to Senator Feinstein and the state socialists!  I heard back from Senator Flake’s office just a few weeks ago stating he supported us!  Is he lying?  (I know, his mouth is moving – he’s a politician!)

THEN,

ILAEmergencyActionBanner

Dear Guffaw,
TODAY, the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing on Senator Dianne Feinstein’s anti-gun bill…which would BAN millions of commonly owned semi-automatic firearms and BAN ammunition magazines that hold more than ten rounds.

YOUR SENATORS NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU RIGHT NOW!!!

Please call both of your Senators today at (202) 224-3121 and tell them to OPPOSE the Feinstein Gun Grab bill.

Tell your Senators that President Barack Obama’s own Justice Department recently reported that any ban on semi-automatic firearms WILL NOT WORK…unless it includes mandatory gun buy backs, which is federal GUN CONFISCATION!

Senator Feinstein herself told CBS’s 60 Minutes that if she could get the votes “for an outright ban, picking up every one of them — Mr. and Mrs. America turn ‘em all in” she would do it!!!

If you live in Arizona, please call Senators Flake and McCain, TODAY!  Hell if you live in Flotsam’s Mistake, NJ! call them.  And call your own Senators, too.

I’ve called and sent emails, more than once.  They need to hear us…RIGHT NOW!

Don’t count on someone else to do it.  Take action!  Call the number above an let your voice be heard!

Preliminary Truth

Bob Owens blogs about a yet another tragic Border Patrol shooting in Arizona.  Most of us in Arizona are still reeling from the fallout from the shooting of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, and now here’s Nicholas Ivie.

Sadly, the early reports suggest that Agent Ivie was killed by so-called friendly fire, not more of the Fast & Furious guns of yore.  As if this makes any difference to his family and friends.  Or his brothers-in-arms.

Last I heard, the current administration dialed back both rules of engagement and funding for the Border Patrol.  The only reason the onslaught of illegal aliens has abated somewhat is the poor American economy.  Obviously, not enough to cost these brave folks their jobs.

It cost them their lives.

Why aren’t we actively protecting our borders and striving to protect the brave souls who stand in the desert between us and them?

Rather than the vanguard, they’ve become cannon fodder for persons who want from this Country what they can’t get in their country of origin.  And become victims of tragic error.

Apparently, the area of action has much foliage, and it was night during the engagement.  Don’t they teach the Four Rules @ FLETC anymore?

4. KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHAT’S BEYOND.

Manufactured Domestic Terrorism II ?

Dateline October 10, 1995, an Amtrak train, the Sunset Limited, is derailed in the Arizona desert.  One passenger is killed, 100 injured.

(NYT) ~ A note found near the wreck of the train, the Sunset Limited, en route to Los Angeles from Miami on track owned by the Southern Pacific Rail Corporation, claimed responsibility for Sons of The Pioneers Gestapo, a name that investigators said was unfamiliar to them. ~

It IS interesting it is almost six years to the day before the 9-11 attack, and five months after the Murrah Building.  And that no other attacks have ever been linked to, or have credit claimed by Sons of Gestapo.  (whatever THAT is)

Are we dealing with the same animal?  Manufactured terrorism prior to 9-11?

This case has kinda faded from history.  I couldn’t find any arrests made.

If you’re paranoia-deficient, I found this on the Internet, certain to get your tin foil hat panties in a bunch!
You didn’t hear it from me (skulks away…)

The Case of The Sunset Limited

h/t NYT, The Baker Street Irregulars

Couldn’t find a decent photo of the derailment on the ‘Net anywhere. This is the general location, today.

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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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