by Frank Frazetta
Halloween was probably my favorite holiday – as a child. When else can I go out at night, largely unescorted after I reached school-age, and extort goodies from as many neighbors as I could, all whilst my identity was hidden!
Living in a city-locked white-bread college town, possible dangers were negligible, and we could get popcorn balls and caramel apples along with the usual candy bars and such. I even remember returning home on one occasion to get a second bag!
Then, I became a teen, and my interests lie in other than candy…
Fast-forward to fatherhood, and escorting my tiny daughter in her princess costume to a few neighbors. This evolved to letting her go out by herself, in costumes she herself had sewn and designed (Jean Grey from the XMen, for example). Dad got into the act at work, oft winning department costume contests, using makeup, wigs, even shaving my head and/or face a couple of times to make a costume character come together!
After the accident, the holiday lost it’s appeal. I dressed up a couple times at work – but my heart wasn’t in it.
I don’t even give out candy. Getting up and down to answer the door is just too time consuming and physically difficult.
And besides, Jean Grey doesn’t stop by, anymore.
My roomie’s father (who passed a few years ago @ age 92) had a dividing line in his life. It was 1967.
Whenever encountering a current high price (relative to the old days), that was his measuring stick.
“Look at these gasoline prices! I remember back in 1967…!” he would exclaim.
New Jovian Thunderbolt recently posted regarding old-time ammunition prices, from GUNS Magazine (September 1964)
50 years ago.
Check out page 53. The Ad in Guns Magazine that says “PREPAID AMMUNITION”
4 cents a round for .45 and 5 cents a round for non corrosive .30-06. 75 cents for an M1 Carbine magazine.
Phew. Even WITH inflation in the intervening years…
This got me to thinking (Always a dangerous concept!).
Between the rise in the cost of sugar (used in the manufacture of moonshine – rising cost decreasing production), and the addition of more restrictive gun control legislation (following the political assassinations of the 60’s), the Tax Division of the Treasury Department said it needed to expand.
The A.T.F. (now B.A.T.F.E) was formed July 1, 1972. Prior to this (and the NFA of 1934), gun control was left up largely to the States. The federal government has taken over what the Constitution intended to be a State and local purvue – quelle surprise!
Sugar – 5 pound retail cost – Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census, Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970, Bicentennial Edition, Part 2., Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011
1960 58.2 cents
1965 59 cents
1970 64.8 cents (moonshine production starts to drop off, due to cost)
It was (and IS) all about the Benjamins, baby!
RULE 2, and the other three!
This just in…
LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Former major league slugger Jose Canseco is recovering after shooting himself in the hand at his Las Vegas home.
Metro police Lt. Mark Reddon says officers responded to a call of an accidental shooting shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Reddon says the former Oakland Athletics outfielder told police he was cleaning his gun in the kitchen when it fired, shooting a finger on his left hand. He was taken to University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.
Canseco is a right-handed batter who hit 462 career home runs and was a six-time All-Star. He also played for Texas, Boston, Toronto, Tampa Bay, the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox during a career that spanned from 1985 to 2001.
An email sent to a representative of Canseco on Tuesday night was not immediately returned.
At least he didn’t tuck it into his waistband!
PEOPLE, PEOPLE, PEOPLE…if you don’t read anything else PLEASE read THE FOUR RULES on the sidebar!
And if you intend to clean your firearm, please unload it in a safe direction FIRST! And put the ammo in another room.
THINGS LIKE THIS ADD TO THE NEGATIVE PUBLICITY ABOUT GUNS AND GUN OWNERS.
You do not own that identity.
THIS is the message I received when I attempted to post comments on Way Up North and The Silicon Graybeard this morning!
To be clear, I’ve been GUFFAW IN AZ since March 6, 2011 !
What I need to know is, is this a WordPress glitch, or what?
I’m not a geek, I only play one on the Internet.
A school in Nebraska is stirring up controversy after teachers were reportedly handed training documents instructing them to refrain from calling their students boys or girls.
The document, obtained by Nebraska Watchdog, wants to make sure teachers aren’t using phrases like “you guys”, and “ladies and gentlemen”. Instead it offers the solution for students to be identified by things that are personally important to them, such as a favorite color, or TV show.
3. Don’t use phrases such as “boys and girls” “you guys” “ladies and gentlemen” and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention. Instead say things like “calling all readers” or “hey campers” or “could all the athletes come here” . Create classroom names, then ask all of the “purple penguins” to meet at the rug.
(from the document entitled Transforming Traditional American (English) Speech (see what I did there?) It’s got to be difficult for any schoolteacher to make the changes outlined.
And largely unnecessary.
h/t Facebook, IJR Review
Massad Ayoob is one of the gold standards in real world defensive firearms use.
Below is a list of 5 myths one hears around the shooting range or gun store. Surely to increase your chances of death or injury.
“IF YOU CAN’T DO IT WITH SIX, YOU CAN’T DO IT AT ALL!”
“MY CAR IS NEVER FAR AWAY, SO I’LL JUST KEEP MY HANDGUN/LONG GUN/SPARE AMMUNITION THERE.”
“YOU MUST PRACTICE ONLY POINT SHOOTING, BECAUSE YOU’LL NEVER BE ABLE TO SEE YOUR SIGHTS IN A GUNFIGHT!”
“YOU MUST PRACTICE ONLY AIMED FIRE, BECAUSE YOU’LL NEVER BE ABLE TO HIT ANYTHING POINTING!”
“YOU CAN NEVER JUSTIFY SHOOTING A MAN MORE THAN 7/15/25 YARDS AWAY!”
In short, Mr. Ayoob ends with Beware Absolutes.
I’ve never been in a gunfight, but I have had to defend my life. I religiously wear my seat belt, but that didn’t keep from from being in a fatal accident. We don’t control circumstances or outcomes, people!
You should really go and read the whole article.
h/t Personal Defense World, Facebook
I like certain Mexican food dishes. Being a somewhat picky (American) food eater, like art, I know what I like. I’m even pickier with ethnic food.
J. has been pining to revisit a Mexican food place of yore – one she went to years ago, and one of her clients has been recently raving about.
Los Dos Molinos
(Locals may note I’m NOT linking to them!)
We opted to go the other afternoon. There are four locations – we went to the one she visited over 10 years ago. In a less-than-good part of town, it’s ‘colorful’, like a dive bar is colorful.
We went in anyway.
Yep. Dive (Mexican) bar restaurant chic.
It took them forever after they seated us to get us menus. Both of us being fans of Margaritas, and the restaurant lauding many varieties and ‘authenticity’, we opted for a pitcher of the house Marg.
THE WORST MARGARITA EVER!
Picture lime flavored Crystal Light, iced to dilution, with enough cheap tequila to give you a cheap buzz. $21.00 a pitcher!!! Not worth $3.00.
Our entrees were also poor. J.’s machaca chimichanga I’m told was tasteless – my chimi was quite spicy (in keeping with the New Mexican Mexican vibe), but soggy. At least hers was crisp.
We complained to the waitress/bartender, who at least didn’t charge us for the pitcher.
We like to support local business when we can afford to.
We’ll not be returning here.
(from Mad Ogre, in part)
I’m so sick of hearing that we’re only “fighting for oil” or “our Foreign Policy is only about oil”. That’s such BS, and History proves it. You know the Marine’s Song? “From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli…”
That song comes from a US action in the Mediterranean region back in 1805. By order of President Thomas Jefferson, our 3rd President, US Marines and Berber Mercenaries marched 500 miles across Egypt to Derna Tripoli to combat Piracy. Pirates who were interfering with shipping, and to support a Pro-US Administration. This is what defending our foreign interests is all about. It’s not about secret cabal of oil barons squabbling over our planet’s oil fields.
If that was the case, where are the great battles in Alaska, Canada, Texas, Utah, Wyoming, the Dakota’s and the Gulf of Mexico? Where are the Armies that are invading Venezuela? These places are all rich in oil resources. How come the US has not gone in and taken Venezuela’s oil? Because it’s not about the oil. It’s about Regional Stability and protecting our interests and those of our allies. Do you think Thomas Jefferson was concerned about Middle Eastern Oil? No, he wasn’t. Was he concerned about Egyptian or Tripolian oil? No, he wasn’t. He was concerned about the Pirates. Just like Bush was concerned about Saddam Hussein. Who, you may remember, was the concern of the Democrats, who all VOTED FOR that war, and as soon as Bush pulled the trigger, suddenly cried about it because he did what they voted for. Insanity. Oil its self had nothing to do with it. Saddam Hussein threatened the Regional Stability. Oil is only merely the main product from that region. The US has other interests there as well. (…)
Of course, the intel on Hussein has gone round about. First, it was about Kuwait and Iraq leaving her neighbors alone. Then, about WsMD and potential damage to the region. Then, the whole yellow cake uranium thing. Turns out we were given false data on that. Maybe. But, they did find evidence of ‘traditional’ WsMD in Syria, it having been moved from Iraq. Of course, the major media – having it’s own agenda –
reportedly lightly failed to report on this.
And then President Bush, and now President Obama is mired in Iraq and Syria. And a myriad of other places. Africa. Because of disease.
From The View From North Central Idaho
We have one infrastructure. We can’t choose a world where the US gets to spy and the Chinese don’t. We get to choose a world where everyone can spy, or a world where no one can spy. We can be secure from everyone, or vulnerable to anyone. And I’m tired of us choosing surveillance over security.
September 19, 2014
Fake Cell Phone Towers Across the US
[A similar statement can be made about gun ownership.
We don’t get to choose between the everyone has guns and only the good guys have guns. The bad guys will always have guns or at least lethal weapons of some sort. And since they get to choose the time, location, and victim they will frequently succeed in their attacks when the innocent are stripped or discouraged from owning guns.
It’s only when the potential victims have the capability of causing near immediate serious consequences that perpetrators give serious consideration to their life choices. If there are not serious consequences then the case can be made they would be stupid to not to take advantage of those who are vulnerable. If the consequences are significantly delayed, as in a possible jail term a year or two in the future, the perpetrators may not be able to integrate those consequences into the decisions being made in the present.
I’m tired of politicians giving us the false choice of tolerating infringements on our right to keep and bear arms in exchange for imagined security.—Joe]
That Ben Franklin quote I keep repeating on this blog seems to apply here – Guffaw
Quote of the YEAR!
Yes, more people are killed by cows each year than lawful guns intentionally fired by a non criminal. Even more than sharks (though I’d avoid if swimming in the Pacific wearing your wasabi wet suit).
Yes – Cows.
My dear friend Brigid wins the Internets with this one! And all the more serious (and sometimes less so) appending text.
I’m not big on insulting my readership, however, if you are not reading Brigid regularly (and own a copy (or more) of her Barkley book – see the sidebar) THEN YOU ARE AN IDIOT!
She is thoughtful, and well-versed in the manner of educated prose. And poetry! And turns-of-phrase. (see above).
And, she’s a redhead!
Who would hurt me significantly if I posted a proper photograph.