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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.
guffaw1952 has written 2015 posts for Guffaw in AZ

♫ Workin’ At The Car Wash, Yeah! ♫

correction –  the COW wash!

SO…I come downstairs having concluded a short nap the other day, and I hear the water running.

NOT in the washer; NOT the downstairs bathroom toilet refilling.

But, running.  Forcefully.

And I knew no one else was downstairs.

This warranted immediate further investigation.

And THIS is what I saw…

20150424_093346A wooden tcotchke of my roommates, in the likeness of a cow, being washed in the kitchen sink!

(This had been sitting, with additional bric-a-brac, on the window ledge above the sink.)

Curiouser and curiouser…

Further forensic investigation determined the kitten (who has recently discovered she can occupy the kitchen counter in our absence) had tried to climb up into the window sill, and knocked down the folk-art cow into the sink.

Then, being frightened by her action, she rushed to escape, turning on the faucet in so doing.

Damn cat!

No permanent harm done, to the art or the kitten.

And, she didn’t mean to…

See?  Innocence...

See? Innocence…

 

She’s not like the BAC (big-a**-cat) who is conspiring with the puppy to kill me!

(AND, if she damages roomie’s folk art, it’s no skin off my nose!)

:-)

Oh, Those Nasty Oil Corporations!

You’d think that helping college students get an education sponsored by government would be a non-profit endeavor, wouldn’t you?

Government – finding ways to empty your wallet since the Whiskey Rebellion!

h/t Theo Spark

I Drive A GM Car

Not by choice.

My beloved ’89 Isuzu Trooper (Molly’s Trolley) gave up the ghost in 2002.  I traded in her carcass for the only ‘decent’ car I could then qualify for.  A 2000 Oldsmobile Intrigue.

Which I still own and sometimes drive.  In 2015.

Because my being on disability means I just squeak by, and cannot afford car payments.  My last significant repair cost over $700, which I borrowed from my roommate and paid back @ $100/month.  Plus my rent.  Ouch.

I’ve oft had fantasies of getting some extra funds.  Paying off long-overdue bills and maybe getting a slightly newer car.

And, considering the questionably available maintenance and longevity of the Olds, she still runs.  Sometimes.

So, why not a GM car?

Here’s why (from Say Uncle):

First, I (and you) foot the bill for their mismanagement and union kowtowing. Now, this:

Automakers are supporting provisions in copyright law that could prohibit home mechanics and car enthusiasts from repairing and modifying their own vehicles.

In comments filed with a federal agency that will determine whether tinkering with a car constitutes a copyright violation, OEMs and their main lobbying organization say cars have become too complex and dangerous for consumers and third parties to handle.

Good thing Dave-the-genius-mechanic is moving out-of-state!  Wouldn’t want him to get in trouble for tinkering with my car.  After all, he just repairs Airbus A320s for U.S. Air American Airlines!

Guess I will now always need a G(overnment) Motors –  approved shop!

And the sad part (aside from Dave leaving the State!:-( ) is of all the beater cars I’ve owned, THIS is the one who lasted the longest!

Soon, Brought To You (Yet Again) From ‘Across The Pond’

“Why did the Roman Empire fall?”

(This question was posed by Dr. Smith in my Western Civilization class in the Fall of 1970.)

His answer?

“Moral decadence and pleasures of the flesh!”

To which a lecture hall of 300 or so randy college students cheered.

There is nothing new under the Sun.  – The Book of Ecclesiastes

We have been watching the decline and fall of (Great) Britain for some time.  Political correctness, coupled with inclusion of foreign cultures (and not promoting assimilation) are the proximate causes.

Destroying the economy, devaluing the established culture, and passing more and more ridiculous legislation with which to strangle the people are the order of the day.

Just like here in the States.

And now, this (in part)…

British Moral Decay Provides A Haven For Foreign Degenerates  (link)
(…) Great Britain’s Judeo-Christian heritage and moral values have been gradually eroded away after years of invasive ‘progressivism’ to the point where every degenerate from Pakistan to Perth feels comfortable enough to push their sexual agenda and indulge in once taboo sexual practices without shame.

‘Progressivism’ spreads like weeds in a flower bed; if they aren’t regularly dug up by the roots and destroyed they will flourish and eventually take over, choking off any flowers that try to bloom.

Great Britain is now an old flower bed where only weeds flourish, where every native flower is strangled from seed and allowed to wither and die.(…)

pieSeriously?

You should visit the link above and read Daniel Thomas’ entire report.  Bring with you an airsick bag.

And, I suspect, as it is with most things Anglotrash, this concept will be exported to the Colonies.  Because, after all, we are so backwards here.

h/t Theo Spark

SOME Say?

SOME?

Seriously?

NC: Some say concealed carry on campus would help curb assaults

“Thank goodness,” UNC senior Thomas Rees said. “But it’s there for protection.” 
Rees keeps a small Smith & Wesson 9 mm pistol and a large Mossberg 88 shotgun in his off-campus apartment in Chapel Hill. On Tuesday afternoon, before bringing his firearms outside, Rees went into a back room and — with a click that accompanies guns being cocked — removed the ammunition from the guns’ chambers.
Sensible people with concealed carry permits should be able to take their guns on campus, he said.
“The bad guys would catch on and realize they can’t just rape or mug or murder whoever they want,” he said. “They’d know a lot of people have firearms, and they’re going to fight back.”

A North Carolina law passed in 2013 allowing concealed carry permit owners to bring guns on public college campuses — as long as they were stored in closed compartments in locked cars. Nationwide, there has been a push to allow guns more liberally on campuses.

 And now there’s a new argument; they’ll help curb sexual violence.

The plan was to send my daughter off to college with all the tools necessary to survive and flourish.  Including the ability to balance a checkbook, cook, and use a defensive firearm.  Unfortunately, I never got the chance to implement it.
The mindset of the promoters of ubiquitous defenseless persons continues to amaze me.  I truly don’t know what else to say.
h/t Brock Townsend

Another Day In History

(I always imagine similar post titles being announced by Merrill Heatter or John Cameron Swayzee.  Youngsters, ask your parents or grandparents.)

Many of you know I try to begin my daily routine with Email, blogging and reading the Ref Desk Almanac page.  Sometimes, a confluence of births, death and historic events seem to have happened on the same day.

For example:

Birthdates which occurred on April 20:

0121 Marcus Aurelius 16th Roman emperor (161-80), philosopher

1808 Louis-Napoleon [Napoleon III] emperor of France (1852-71)

1889 Adolf Hitler Braunau Austria, dictator of Nazi Germany (1936-45)

1896 Senor Wences ventriloquist (Close the Door)

1940 George Takei Los Angeles CA, actor (Sulu-Star Trek, Green Berets)

Deaths which occurred on April 20:

1769 Pontiac Indian chief to Ottawa, murdered

1912 Bram Stoker Irish theater manager/writer (Dracula), dies

1992 Benny [Alfred Hawthorn] Hill comedian (Benny Hill Show), dies of a heart attack at 67

1993 Cantinflas [Mario Moreno] Mexican actor (Pepe), dies at 81

On this day…

1775 British begin siege of Boston

1799 Napoleon issues a decree calling for establishing Jerusalem for Jews

1841 1st detective story (Poe’s “Murders in the Rue Morgue”) published

1853 Harriet Tubman starts Underground Railroad

1871 3rd Enforcement Act (President can suspend writ of habeas corpus)

1965 People’s Republic China offers North Vietnam military aid

1993 Uranus passes Neptune (this occurs once every 171 years)

1999 Deadliest school shooting in US history at Columbine High School, Littleton CO, 13 killed, 23 wounded

1943 In Poland, Germans Nazi troops massacred the Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto.

 

A Libertarian Nightmare

I was fortunate to have pizza (and salad) delivered for lunch! (This was last week.)

Was NOT so fortunate to have taken yet another strong pain med today – this is probably 10 days I’ve needed the ‘extra’ medication above-and-beyond the daily pain med I take.  For diabetic neuropathy and arthritis pain.

There have been weeks I’ve not needed to take any!

And, I chose to have one (one) bottled beer with my lunch.   A special white chocolate brew.  (I wasn’t driving anywhere.)

And after lunch I took a nap.

And this is what I dreamt…

HUGE numbers of people lining every street,
and our troops advancing down the street.
And the people trying to stop their advance!
I don’t know why they were advancing, or why we were trying to stop them.
But, it wasn’t pretty.
Libertarian nightmare?

Dear Friends, Part Two

Well, I made it through the ‘procedure’ okay.

Thanks for all your emails and support!  (Especially J. who stayed with me and drove me to-and-fro!)

The good news is I survived, and live to fight on another day.  The bad news is I have Barrett’s esophagus.  (I’m betting Barrett didn’t even know it was missing!) *rimshot*

This means chronic acid reflux has eaten away at the lower third of my esophagus.  I was largely unaware this was occurring as I’ve been taking medication for it for many years.  I guess it would be much worse had I not.

There is a chance of the presence of pre-cancerous cells.  Biopsies were performed – we are awaiting the results.

I am to continue taking my prescribed medication.  And take some other measures to lessen further damage.  And, barring any complications, return in a year to do it again!

OH BOY!

I’ve a series of lovely parting-gift photos.  Below is one of them.

20150419_071641This is what I get for eating and drinking foods I like and having the nerve to recline afterward!  Let this be a lesson to me.

Sadly, probably not…

 

Once More, Unto The Breach, Dear Friends…

(I’m hardly Henry the Fifth!)

But, people oft quote (or misquote) this Shakespeare line, when embarking on some ‘adventure’.

This morning, I’m going to an outpatient clinic for an EGD.  In lay terms, they are scoping my upper GI tract to see what’s what.

Some years back, after the accident, this was done.  Erosion of the lower esophagus was found (acid reflux), and were some pre-cancerous cells.  I’ve been on meds ever since, but my latest doc noticed I’d not been examined regarding progress/regression of these diseases.  The last time someone looked, things had improved, but she’s thorough.

Apparently, no re-check for cancer cells was done.

Sigh.

SO, they will put me out with propophol (the Michael Jackson sleep aid) and see what is to be seen.  And possibly take some tissue samples while they’re there.

Ain’t modern medicine wonderful?

Fortunately, this is scheduled in the morning, my being diabetic and all.  (No food or drink for hours before!)

Being a veteran of both skin and blood cancer, this does concern me.

Wish me luck!  Tell mother I died game – or whatever people say now…

Index, Index, INDEX!

The lovely and brilliant Tamara reminded us again of basics.  And reminded me, as well:

Continuing Education

I cannot speak for anyone else, but as much as I lecture others in these pages regarding complacency, I, too, can fall victim to it.  (Duh)

Not just the almighty INDEX (NOT placing one’s index finger in the trigger guard until one is ready to shoot – and where exactly DO you place it?  ALTHOUGH, I’M PRETTY GOOD AT REMEMBERING THIS PART!), but…

When was the last time you checked your weapon for function and safety?  Are all the mechanical parts in good repair?

AND, appropriately lubricated?

How about the magazines (speedloaders or speedstrips)?  Clean and functional?

And the ammunition?  When was the last time you changed it out for newer stuff?  Is your ‘one-up-the-spout’ (aka The Barney Bullet) seated correctly?  Or has months of recharging your sidearm crushed the case mouth?  Or seated the bullet farther inside?

How about the function and maintenance of the holster?  When was the last time it was cleaned, oiled, inspected for damage?  And the belt…

AND WHAT ABOUT YOU?

When was the last time you did a dry-practice exercise?  Including a reload or two?

And do you know the latest nuances in your State’s criminal law statutes?

Not unlike driving a car – one does it every day.  When was the last time you checked the tires?  The oil?  The transmission fluid?  Your brakes?  Reviewed the traffic code?

Do you always wear your seat belt?  (I’m a libertarian, and I do!)

But I’ve not done everything above with regard to my sidearm and it’s equipment.

I need to, more religiously.

"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

This election is not about who gets voted off the island.
It’s about who is at the tiller of this Republic’s Ship of State. - Guffaw

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The Four Rules

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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