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I am Curious (Blued-Steel)*

(or, I hate polls, part two…)

So, what do you think?

Or do you get Guffaw in AZ via blog reader or email, and not even see the extrania?

(Feel free to leave comments, but don’t hurt me too badly! 🙂  )

*for you youngsters, one of the first mainstream X-rated films released in the U.S. was I am Curious (Yellow) (1967)
and the pic below, with an approximation of the spoken line, is from Dirty Harry (1971).
It was a different time.

"I gotsta know."

“I gotsta know.”


Fight to the Death Inside a Moving Elevator

In 1909, back when tall buildings had elevator operators, one such worker was caught stealing from an apartment. A Pinkerton detective confronted the elevator operator to arrest him. But his mistake was to enter the elevator, where the operator was right at home. A newspaper carried the detective’s account of the incident:

    We had only gone down three floors before he made a desperate break at me. With one arm he grabbed me around the neck, while with the other he made a grab for the pistol, which I was holding with my right hand. We grappled, and the elevator shot downstairs at its full speed with both of us struggling for possession of the revolver.
When the elevator got to about the second or third floor I had almost lost my strength when the revolved exploded and off went my left forefinger. This sudden shock seemed to give me strength and I managed to get possession of the revolver again, it having dropped to the floor in the struggle. As I stooped to reach the gun, Johnson grabbed the elevator rope and the elevator shot to the roof again. Then he grabbed me and the gun went off again and again.
I don’t know where that shot went, but I remember that as the elevator reached the top Johnson still had the controlling rope in one hand and was fighting me with the other, for he reversed the machine and down it shot full speed. We grappled again and again, and then there were two more shots from the gun, and Johnson dropped crouching in the corner of the elevator.

Read more at the Atlantic. Link
(Image credit: Library of Congress)


h/t Miss Cellania

Three Republican Senators promise to filibuster Democrat Gun Control Bill

(From John Lott)

Three Republican Senators promise to filibuster Democrat Gun Control Bill

How just a few new Senators can make such a big difference in how the Senate operates.  These Senators are focusing on how these bills will hurt “citizens’ right to self-defense.”  A filibuster might give these Senators a real chance to educate people about exactly how these laws will cause harm.  From The Hill newspaper:

White House press secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday criticized three Senate Republicans who have threatened to filibuster Senate gun control legislation.

Carney said a filibuster would be “unfortunate” and would send the wrong message to the families of gun violence victims.

“I don’t think you need to tell the families of those who have lost their children to gun violence that bills like this may be filibustered. I don’t think that would be welcome news,” Carney said.

GOP Sens. Rand Paul (Ky.), Mike Lee (Utah), and Ted Cruz (Texas) threatened to filibuster the bill in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that argued it was an infringement of Second Amendment rights. The bill would expand background checks and penalties on straw purchases of firearms.

The senators pledged to “oppose the motion to proceed to any legislation that will serve as a vehicle for any additional gun restrictions.”

“The Second Amendment to the Constitution protects citizens’ right to self-defense. It speaks to history’s lesson that government cannot be in all places at all times, and history’s warning about the oppression of a government that tries,” they wrote. . . .

Considering the proclivities of the current administration to enforce ex-post-facto legislation, if this does pass, it would be interesting to see prosecution of all the Fast and Furious BATFE folks, as well as Mark Kelly for straw purchases.  With the increased penalties, of course.

After all, no one is above the law, right?

“…out endure the bastard!”

I love the Joe Wambaugh police novels.  Not just because he brings you into the ‘real’ world of the street cop, but because he gets you into their hearts and minds.  THAT’S the function of a good novel, any novel.  And because he had been there (as an LAPD cop) he speaks the truth, metaphorically.

There are lessons to be learned.

American Mercenary writes for us about Recon, Raid and Ambush.  Not just the stuff most of us see only in action movies and television shows, but the textbook Army Ranger School reality about such matters.

Why should we care?  Most of us are armchair adventurers at best.  I’m a disabled, overweight,  60 year old man.  Do I think I can best some regular Army 21 year old, if they come for my guns?  Of course not.  But, there are lessons to be learned.

I truly hope and pray with every fiber of my being that ‘we’ can overcome the dark political forces working diligently to undermine this American Republic’s Constitutional System.  Many of these folks raised their right hand and swore allegiance to defend the U.S. Constitution , and they were lying.  They had a different agenda all along.

Much of what we see daily in the blogosphere tells us we will soon see Civil War.  NOT on paper, but a real blood, guts, taking prisoners, killing war.  ‘They’ say it’s inevitable.  And some say we should be prepared to engage.

But Joseph Wambaugh makes a point (in The New Centurions).  The fictional PT training officer in the police academy in the book says the job of the street cop (the good guy) is to out endure the bastard!  (the street criminal).  That what he prepares them for.

And American Mercenary gives us the very same message 30 years later.  He doesn’t just give civilians textbook answers about how do be a military force.  He says the following (in part):

~I don’t know if my perception is skewed by what I read, but it seems to me that a lot of people in the Liberty movement believe that conducting light infantry style operations will be something that comes naturally. I think that this is a dangerous and foolish notion on both a tactical and strategic level.  Scotland would be free if Scots could work together beyond the clan level.~

~I don’t know about all of human history, but from what I know of warfare, “lone wolf” actors have never been decisive in the outcome of a revolution.  So having “tribe” or “clan” is good.  Having a unified political presence is decisive.  In the Revolutionary War General Washington lost more battles than not.  In WWII after Pearl Harbor we got our asses handed to us straight for 18 months.  Remember that winning a war isn’t always about killing the other guy, it is about being the last one standing.  And most insurgencies go along the same way, the insurgents die in disproportionate amounts to the superpower, but the superpower decides to go away.

Think about it this way: if you take the kill/loss ratio from the US experience in Vietnam, and apply it to the current US political atmosphere against the “Three Percent” then there would be not enough Three Percenters left at the end of the war to have a political voice.  There may be a few lone wolves howling at the moon, but they will be dismissed.~

~War is bloody politicsPolitics is just people trying to work together, often to gain power over other people.  And politics is “mostly” bloodless war.~

The Liberty Movement is not only about Civil War.  It’s about going back to Joe Wambaugh:  We have to out endure the bastard(s)!

Keep those cards, letter, emails and telephone calls coming in, folks.  Let D.C. know we’re out here!  We’ve won some battles, but certainly not the war.

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!

The Hat Squad

I LOVE History.  Especially American.  Especially Twentieth Century – post War era.  Film(s) noir, depicting such a period.  And stuff based on real events.

The Hat Squad was a loose team of L.A.P.D. detectives, roughly from the late 40s to the early 60s.  Popular culture has used them in such films as The Hat Squad, Mullholland Falls, and L.A. Confidential.  And Stephen J. Cannell (of The Rockford Files and about 20 other shows) even pegged a short-lived television show on them.

But the real Hat Squad was something much more than lauded in West Coast crime fiction.  They were real men who lived by a code – not the code of Mulholland Falls, but not the police department service manual, either.

the hat squad(excerpted from The Seattle Times, March 12, 2000)

LOS ANGELES – In this city where everything and everyone can be reinvented, true crime has long become true drama.

The Los Angeles Police Department stars in both.

The LAPD Hat Squad of the 1940s and ’50s starred four detectives in crisp fedoras and matching suits costing two weeks’ pay.

Publicly revered, the squad became known for its more secretive duties, including getting rid of Eastern mobsters seeking to expand business. According to legend, the Hat Squad discouraged visiting gangsters by meeting them at the airport and beating the wanderlust out of them.

Two of the detectives later became judges. None was ever disciplined.

“They were so feared and respected that when we’d announce such-and-such a case had been turned over to the Hat Squad, many of the suspects in those cases would voluntarily give themselves up,” department veteran Dan Cooke, now dead, told a local newspaper in 1987.

Inevitably, a movie depicted the well-dressed quartet. In 1996’s “Mulholland Falls,” Nick Nolte played its leader. In an early scene, a bloodied don is about to be tossed from a canyon ledge.

“You can’t do that, this is America,” the gangster squeaks.

“This isn’t America, Jack,” says Nolte. “This is L.A.”

And here, fact and fiction continuously blend.

I don’t think anyone had done a definitive work on them.  Perhaps they are afraid.  Just like no one will touch the FBI’s Cointelpro program with any depth.  Funny, they’ll do the NSA’s MK Ultra…?

We need to look at the triumph and tribulations of our police past to make certain history doesn’t repeat itself on a national federal scale.

Perhaps it already has.

Nanny Bloomie is at it, AGAIN!

Alphecca tells us, that yet again, pesky NannyStater Fascist NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg is back at it!

Bloomberg Launches $12 Million Dollar Gun Control Campaign

The leftist press — NBC, ABC, CBS, NPR, NY Times, et al — love to complain if the Koch brothers donate to or fund money to conservative causes. They conveniently ignore the millions that George Soros spends on liberal ones.

And, when the NRA flexes its money lobbying for what its members wants it to, gun rights, the same liberal press expresses outrage. Will they do the same when NYC Mayor Michael Blowhard outspends them (this, after just spending other millions in support of anti-gun candidates around the country in recent state elections) on anti-gun, gun control advertising? That was a rhetorical question:

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced a new $12 million television ad campaign that will push senators in key states to back gun control efforts, including comprehensive background checks.

The Right To Be Left Alone used to be one of the many rights affirmed (not granted) by the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights.  Apparently, Mayor Bloomberg is not aware of this legal precedent.  Of course, neither is the current federal government.  (see Obamacare)


On This Day in History

(the above to be read in a radio announcer’s voice…Gabriel Heater?)

As some of you know, part of my daily routine (aside from penning – or stealing copying – material for this blog is to read a daily almanac page from Ref Desk, entitled Today in History.  Some days seems mundane, as if nothing happened in humanity of note on that day.  Others?  Well, here are some snippets from today’s almanac page:


1834 John Wesley Powell US, geologist/explorer/ethnologist

1871 Sir Ernest Rutherford nuclear scientist

1874 Harry Houdini [Erik Weisz] Budapest Hungary, magician/escape artist

1898 Dorothy Stratton organizer (SPARS-women’s branch of US Coast Guard)

1902 Thomas E Dewey Ohio, 1st Catholic Presidential candidate 1944, 1948 (R)

1909 Clyde Barrow bank robber (of Bonnie & Clyde fame)

1930 Steve McQueen Slater MO, actor (Wanted, Dead or Alive, Blob, Bullitt)


1603 Elizabeth I Tudor [Maiden Queen] UK queen (1558-1603), dies at 69

1905 Jules Verne sci-fi author (Around the World in 80 Days), dies at 77

1953 Queen Mary of Britain dies

1964 Peter Lorre Hungarian/US actor (Maltese Falcon, Raven), dies at 59

1976 Bernard L Montgomery British General, defeated Rommel, dies at 88

On This Day…

1664 Roger Williams is granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island

1721 Johann Sebastian Bach opens his Brandenburgse Concerts

1765 Britain enacts Quartering Act, required colonists to provide temporary housing to British soldiers

1832 Mormon Joseph Smith beaten, tarred & feathered in Ohio

1883 1st telephone call between New York & Chicago

1898 1st automobile sold

1906 “Census of the British Empire” shows England rules 1/5 of the world

1930 Planet Pluto named

1947 John D Rockefeller Jr donates NYC East River site to the UN

1975 Muhammad Ali TKOs Chuck Wepner in 15 to retain the heavyweight boxing title

1989 Worst US oil spill, Exxon’s Valdez spills 11.3 million gallons off Alaska

1980 El Salvador’s leading human rights activist, Archbishop Oscar Romero, 62, was assassinated by a sniper while saying mass in a hospital chapel.

Who knows what happened in history tomorrow?

ALL HAIL Puritanical America!

The Ultimate Answer to Kings brings to us a discussion regarding what many of us thought was a non-issue:  different genders (or the gender-confused) using the wrong public toilet.

Raise your hand if you never drowsily wandered into the wrong bathroom in a public building. Personally I consider the embarrassment to be punishment enough, but some politicians don’t agree.

SB 1432 would make it illegal to enter a bathroom if signage indicates it is exclusively for the opposite sex. Authorities could charge violators with a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable by a $2,500 fine and up to six months in jail.

Of course I’m misstating the purpose of this bill, which has nothing to do with criminalizing a lack of situational awareness and everything to do with making, er, gender mismanagement a matter of public concern.

I personally don’t think it’s the government’s business.  If a crime is involved (lewdness, rape, assault, child molestation) then certainly it becomes the government’s business.  Otherwise, they’ve enough to contend with.  And they’re already in our computers, cell phones, automobiles, bodies and bedrooms.  I’m drawing the line at JBTs getting a warrant to check my underwear!  (Although they already do it warrantless at the airport – sigh).

Many of my liberal friends cheered when the Phoenix City Council recently passed an ordinance guaranteeing non-interference with transgender and other folks who utilize the public restroom labeled with the gender they most identify.  An anonymous commenter on Joel’s blog succinctly addresses the actual issue of Puritanical-Victorian America with the statement below:

There are lots of first and second world countries that have unisex public restrooms. They don’t seem to suffer for it.

Amen.  Perhaps we Americans need to simply grow up.

+1 on Mr (or Ms.) Anonymous

This just in – rumor has it SB 1432 has been withdrawn or tabled, but I’ve not been able to confirms this – Guffaw

Dream ‘Weaver Stance’

American Mercenary shares with us a dream he had.  His conclusions?

Shot placement shot placement shot placement.  A good hit with a 9mm is better than a poor hit with a 45.

Trouble comes in threes, and you have to deal with them all.

Hesitation equals death.  If you have a gun on someone and they disobey your orders it is only to cause you harm.  Pull the damn trigger.

Now, I’ve had dreams involving shooting, but they rarely did they involve philosophy and Jeff Cooper-isms.  Or truths.

Take them as you will.

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…