Most of you know, my Father was sports addict, and as a result (because of my inability to play after the onset of my disability at age 12), I was a sports orphan.
And the culmination of all this for me is I don’t have a passion for most sports. Watching, playing, appreciating. Because I can’t play, and because I was saturated with it as a child.
(If YOU love your sports, enjoy! It’s no problem for me. But, like religion, please leave it outside my door!)
I oft wondered about the American fetish for the love of team sports – especially baseball, football and basketball. It’s been explained to me that it has to do with civic pride. And, of course, friendly bets around the water cooler.
Or the bookie.
Marx says religion is the opiate of the masses. In this country, the opiate is also sports! I guess it stops folks from discussing religion and politics(?)
MY passion is the ability to live free. To make my own choices. To not be compelled to give to others through the power and force of government. If I choose to do so, that’s one thing. At the point of a gun, that’s another.
And, of course, my passion for the love a good woman.
Currently absent. :-(
But that’s for another post…
I’m disabled. No, that’s not it.
This is not a label I wear well. My leg disability onset when I was 12 (Legg Perthes – wiki) and other ‘issues’ have been added to the list as I have aged. (arthritis, diabetes, lymphoma, skin cancer).
I spent most of my adult life labeling myself as NOT disabled, and refusing such aids as a built-up shoe (which I now wear, aka ‘Ed Sullivan’-the really big shoe*).
I used to jog, work out, lift weights. I ran the city police obstacle course. Back and mobility issues now preclude such things.
In the past year my lower back/hip began causing me chronic pain, largely due to one leg being 3 inches shorter than the other. My doctor expressed surprise I’d not really had any back issues until now. And prescribed me exercises and additional pain meds. (Yea!)
And with diabetic neuropathy, walking, standing or even sitting can be painful.
I’m NOT looking for sympathy or pity.
But, I do wish to share with you my most common, frustrating annoyance.
As my right hip is fused, I cannot bend forward, or even lean very much. This makes sitting (as at the dinner table) sometimes painful.
It’s amazing how much food can fall off a fork and into one’s lap (or more correctly, one’s belly)!
My dinner partner can lean forward and errant food can gently fall onto her plate, or the napkin in her lap. But me?
There are even times the belly is too far and it’s hit’s my chest!
At an Italian restaurant, my shirt sometimes resembles a bad guy in the movies, with 5 hits center mass.
And I look like a complete slob – which I am not.
I spend an inordinate amount of money on stain remover – or place the napkins on my entire torso, like some bumpkin at the Mayberry diner.
Yes, I have a multitude of chronic conditions, but this is my most annoying.
I guess I’m grateful.
*ask your parents if you don’t get the reference or the joke
One of Europe’s most prominent Jewish organizations is petitioning the European Union to pass new legislation that would permit Jewish community members to carry guns “for the essential protection of their communities,” according to a letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.
Sadly, a leader in the European Jewish community NAMED COOPER (ironically), disagrees.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, said that while guns could help Jews defend themselves against an individual attack, only authorities can protect them against a mass attack like those carried out in France.
“As to personally being armed, such a move could help when a Jewish person is threatened by thugs, but won’t help if G-d forbid, Charlie-type terror attacks are launched,” Cooper said.
And, of course, the ever more anti-Semitic Europe will continue to debate this, while not only the Jewish community, but most Europeans, are unable to defend themselves against crime or terror.
Except, of course, the Swiss!
While France, in response to the recent attacks, pushes for MORE gun control laws!
Remember that game growing up?
John Lott gives us yet another perspective:
From the Wall Street Journal:
The Chicago Tribune delivered the “first-ever scientific study” of the nation’s biggest camera program. Researchers commissioned by the paper found little or no safety benefit: Mid-intersection “T-bones” declined, but rear-end collisions sharply increased as drivers slammed on the brakes to avoid a ticket. Most damning, the Trib cited the city’s “long-standing reliance on using the lowest possible yellow light time” to maximize revenues even at the cost of encouraging more accidents. . . .
Apparently, the message is getting out as the company that have made these cameras are slowly exiting the business.
With Redflex losing money in North America, its Australian parent company recently instructed him to “de-risk the business” by diversifying into electronic toll-taking and traffic management. Nonetheless Mr. Saunders remains keen to rescue the reputation of photo enforcement, even if that seems like a Hail Mary at this point. . . .
My ex lived in Philly for about 10 years, and they had a government contractor maintaining the traffic signals so poorly that both turned green. And her new car was totaled.
And there was no one to answer for it from the government works.
Yes, my friends, government works for the common good!
NO…stop a minute!
The latest meme in the blogosphere is regarding blogging. Or rather discontinuing blogging. I first saw it on Roberta X‘s blog, later on Rev. Paul‘s.
Essentially, it describes a kind of malaise.
Why blog anymore?
Between Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook*, blogging is being re-defined as the ‘buggy whip’ of social media. Who blogs, anymore? I mean really…
For me, it returns me to why I began blogging in the first place, and what I expected to get out of it.
I began blogging because it gave me something
constructive with which to waste my time. A personal daily discipline. And the ability to share my politics, philosophy and history with family and friends. I had no expectations then, and certainly don’t now. And have been met with a wonderful community of friends I didn’t know I had until I began blogging! Some of whom have become friends and confidants off the Internet. In the real world.
Many folks have voluntarily or involuntarily removed themselves from the blogosphere since I began. And that saddens me. It means time is passing, and people have removed themselves from our lives. That is their choice. Or Fate’s.
Guffaw, your humble blogger, will continue blogging. At least for the time being.
Weather permitting. :-) (“They’ll be a rain dance, Friday night. Weather permitting.” – George Carlin, The Indian Sergeant) See, there’s always guffaw in there, somewhere. :-)
*Facebook – Guffaw is on FB, in his real name. But, the more I blog, the less I am there. Guess I’m doing this backwards(?)
I was always interested in unarmed combat. First, when I was a kid, because I’d been bullied. And, of course, as a child I didn’t have unfettered access to guns or knives. Second, philosophically, the main reason I took kenpo karate lessons in my early 20’s.
I got into a fight as a teenager, but my opponent was younger and lighter. And less experienced. It was no contest. The second time was when a female co-worker came at me with a kitchen knife (as recounted in these pages). Thankfully, she was unskilled and acting off her meds. She was serious though.
So was I, I broke her arm.
Now, as an older, more experienced, slower, armed adult, I feel at peace.
But, what if I’m unarmed (because of legal restrictions) and am attacked? Most street punks are not 60+ years old!
The Art of Manliness does it again, with a primer on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Basics to avoid getting hurt.
I’m disabled. I can barely walk, much less run. I’m no Bruce Lee. While I live in a whitebread college town, there is crime. There are regions I avoid.
And I’m 40 years older than that budding karateka yute who punched canvas bags and broke boards.
I LIKE having options!
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
(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 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
Helotex K1 Key Chain Flashlight
Output: 90 Lumen
Power: 1 x AAA
LED: CREE XP-E
LED Life: 50,000 hours
Battery Life: 1hr
Modes: 1 (High)
Diameter: 0.57″ Head, 0.49″ Body
Weight (without battery): 1/3 oz
I just acquired one of these little beauties (because one cannot have enough
tactical flashlights! Seriously, AT 2 1/2 INCHES LONG, it’s barely noticeable clipped to my key chain.
And I looked even more ridiculous OC-ing a full-sized service pistol with a 5-cell flashlight strapped to my waist. (As if!)
Like Batman without the uniform or the mask.
Look, most of us aren’t spec-ops guys or even PD. Carrying a huge flashlight on-one’s-person everywhere is conspicuous and obvious. This is quality equipment, and is reasonably priced. I got mine through Gunhog, and saved even more!
(FTC – neither Helotex, Gearhog or Gunshack gave me anything! Shine your light elsewhere!)