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Don Rickles R.I.P.

I liked Don Rickles.  Maybe it’s because he said things I could never say.  Don always said he was descendant of Jack E. Leonard.  I believe him.

He was best friends with Bob Newhart.  In fact Don and his wife would often vacation with Bob and his.  He was also a close friend with Don Adams.

Can you imagine these three comedy giants in the same room together?  My gut hurts just thinking about it.

When Rickles first appeared, I remember my Father took a dislike to him.  Apparently, early on, he would actually slap people when insulting them.  My Dad thought this unnecessary and disrespectful.  Obviously, he soon removed these assaults from his act.

I remember seeing outtakes of he and Don Adams (probably from a Get Smart episode) wherein they are both chained by their wrists to a wall.  They look at each other and keep busting up, uncontrollably!  Must have taken 20 takes.

His son Larry pre-deceased him.  I know something about those feelings.

(from the L.A. Times obit) In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that donations be made to the Larry Rickles Endowment Fund at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

As with so many ‘mean’ folks on camera, he was obviously a gentle soul in Life.

He was 90.

R.I.P. Hockey Puck!


Mike Dillon RIP

I’m extremely sad to report that Mike Dillon, of Dillon Reloading and Dillon Aero, has passed at 81.

He was extremely well known and liked in the shooting and aviation worlds.

He always was instrumental in developing the belt-fed mini gun system for SUVs (as sold to persons who could afford it , like sheikhs! )

Godspeed Mike !


(My apologies for the delay in posting (due to the election fall-de-rall), and in not providing better graphics . It appears we are having Internet system access problems today.   I  hope to update the post at a later time . . .)


Not A Gunsmith, Continued…

(a suggested sign over the squad room @ Tom Ezell & Associates – Investigations:  “It’s never as easy as it looks!”)

As recounted in an earlier post, I ordered a spring replacement kit for my S&W 442 electroless nickel snubbie.  And subsequently received same.

I decided to ‘bite the bullet’ and get to it, yesterday.  (I have removed side plates and dealt with Smith revolver innards before.)  Preparatory to this endeavor, I did watch two different videos on You Tube regarding proper disassembly.

Just to refresh my memory.

And I began the task at hand.  Excited at the prospect of getting a snubbie with a lighter trigger pull.

But the gods had other ideas…

Gun unloaded – check.  Remove Pachmayr stocks – check.  Begin unscrewing screws from sideplate…

Not – So – Fast there bucko…

Two of the three screws WOULD NOT BUDGE!  An analysis confirmed two things – yep, they were really in there, and the handle on my cheapie gunsmithing screwdriver was turning instead of the shaft!

It probably didn’t help that I’ve NEVER removed the sideplate on this particular revolver in the 21+ years I’ve owned her!  Sigh.  (I know, my bad).

What to do – What to do?

Dig through mountains of storage boxes to locate my other (better?) gunsmithing screwdriver (with a bad back – me, not the screwdriver), or order another online (at additional cost)?

Looking for suggestions to loosen the screws?  Penetrating oil?  WD-40?

I’m now pretty comfortable with doing the spring replacement.  If I could only get the &%$#$^Y&! sideplate off!


Glad I’m not in a rush…

not as complicated as pictured

not as complicated as pictured


ATTENTION ARIZONANS! – In my email, yesterday (Saturday, 04/30/2016)

Legislature ready to Adjourn

The Legislature has been working on the budget for the last few weeks.  Committee of the Whole (COW) hearings and floor votes on budget bills are expected to occur this coming week.  After the Legislature passes the budget we expect them to plow through all the remaining non-budget bills then adjourn the session by the end of the week. 

This may be your last chance
to tell your legislators to pass pro-rights legislation.

If you have not sent your letters to your legislators on the bills listed below, do not wait any longer.  A few mouse clicks on your part can make the difference on whether these bills pass or not.  Doing nothing is the same as supporting their defeat.

Contact Your Legislators!

HB 2081, which would prohibit checking with any federal (e.g., NICS) or state database on private property transfers, only needs to pass a Senate Third Read floor vote before being sent to the Governor.  Click here to send your letter to your Senator telling them to vote for HB 2081.

HB 2338, the AzCDL-requested bill that would prohibit the governing boards of educational institutions from banning firearms on public rights of way, such as city streets and sidewalks that happen to pass through campuses, only needs to pass a Senate Third Read floor vote before being sent to the Governor. Click here to send your letter to your Senator telling them to vote for HB 2338.

HB 2524, the AzCDL-requested bill that would establish an interstate compact that restricts member states from enacting firearms transfer requirements that are more restrictive than existing federal law, only needs to pass a Senate Third Read floor vote before being sent to the Governor.  Click here to send your letter to your Senator telling them to vote for HB 2524.

SB 1257, the AzCDL-requested bill that would exempt CCW permit holders from being disarmed when entering state and local government controlled property unless everyone entering is screened for weapons, only needs Senate concurrence and a Final Read Vote before being sent to the Governor.  Click here to send your message telling your Senator to vote for the passage of SB 1257.

From some of your emails, there appears to be some confusion about SB 1257. Passage of SB 1257 only applies to state and local government facilities.  It will not affect the existing law that allows those with valid CCW permits to carry discreetly in restaurants that serve alcohol that do not post “no weapons” signs.  Click here to send your message telling your Senator to vote for the passage of SB 1257.

SB 1266, which would allow for injunctions, fines and civil suits when state agencies or local governments disregard state firearm preemption statutes, only needs to pass a House Third Read floor vote before being sent to the Governor. Click here to send your letter to your Representatives telling them to vote for SB 1266.

The status and summary of bills that AzCDL is monitoring can be found on our Bill Tracking page.  You can find all the emails on the above bills addressed to your legislators, prepared and ready for you to send, at our Legislative Action Center’s Hot Issues page.

These alerts are a project of the Arizona Citizens Defense League (AzCDL), an all-volunteer, non-profit, non-partisan grassroots organization.

AzCDL –Protecting Your Freedom .

Copyright © 2016 Arizona Citizens Defense League, Inc., all rights reserved.

For the record, I made the effort.  It’s not difficult.

One click – Fill out your info.

Second click – SUBMIT


Political Correctness @ Arlington

(from Free North Carolina)
confed arlington

The PC police have found a new target.  Not satisfied with monuments and flags, the Maryland general assembly recently voted to alter the lyrics to the official State song, James Ryder Randall’s “Maryland, My Maryland.”  Lincoln apologist Christian McWhirter penned a piece for Time magazine that labeled the song “dissident.”  This is true if using the standard definition of the word, opposition to official policy, especially that of an authoritarian state.  Anti-Hitler Germans were dissidents.

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Sam Adams, and the rest of the founding generation were dissidents.  Anti-Lenin and anti-Stalin Russians were dissidents.  Demonstrators at Tiananmen Square were dissidents.  It seems dissidents are those usually on the right side of history.  Obviously McWhirter disagrees.

Gee.  Time magazine.  Who knew?

Running Late!


Got up late, gotta leave.

More later (nothing bad)…



How to Buy a Firearm From The CMP? Part 2: Ordering Your Weapon

In the previous previous installment, we looked at how to assemble our eligibility package for the Civilian Marksmanship Program. In this installment, we will look at how to actually order a rifle from the Program. Ordering is not a particularly difficult process, so this post will not be very long. To order from the CMP, you can navigate the website to the ordering page located at this link. You will be presented with this text:

Ordering Information



Rifles and receivers may only be ordered through mail order. The CMP does not accept telephone, fax, or online orders for firearms. Ammunition, parts and other surplus items may be ordered by phone, fax, or online if CMP has proof of customer eligibility on file. If you have questions on what is required to order from the CMP, please visit our Eligibility Requirements web page.


There is more to the page, but for rifle orders we will be focused solely on mail-order, as the CMP does not accept orders for rifles of any other kind. Even in this Internet Age, it is mail-order or bust with the CMP. That’s OK, though, as your primary method of payment will be the Postal Money Order; this is a secure form of payment, purchasable from your local Post Office, which is commonly used for gun sales via GunBroker and other gun commerce websites. In addition to a Money Order, you will need a CMP Order Form. This comes in a convenient file that you can fill electronically from your computer, available here or at the CMP’s website, and gives the CMP all the information they need to run a NICS check on a purchaser. The form must be notarized, but if you do not have a notary on hand, know that most banks offer free notary services to their account holders. I was able to simply walk into my bank and request notarization of the CMP Order Form, and walk out not ten minutes later.

Once that is complete, and you have copies of your proof of citizenship, date of birth (both satisfied by a birth certificate or passport), CMP club affiliation, and proof of marksmanship course, head to the Post Office and purchase a Money Order. Just bundle copies of your eligibility documentation with the filled out CMP order form and the Money Order for the requisite amount, mail it, and you’ve completed your order for the CMP! Note that other forms of payment are accepted by the CMP, but in my opinion the Money Order is the most hassle-free. You can pay by credit card or personal check, but since – in my case – I need to drop the packet off at the Post Office anyway, I almost always use a Postal Money Order for any firearms purchase.

The CMP says that rifle orders take 2-4 weeks to complete. In my case, it took 19 days from sending in the order form to receiving the email that told me my rifle was in the mail headed my way. The CMP says it ships rifles via FedEx overnight, so maybe I can expect my rifle next week!

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Happy Birthday, Dad, Belatedly


Yesterday, November 16, would have been my Father’s 100th birthday. Instead, he passed at age 61.

There were so many life lessons he was unable to impart to me.

Calm reflection (he was an angry rage kind of guy); Moderation (he was an alcoholic and a compulsive overeater); Mechanical ability (I once saw him attempt to repair a leaky radiator hose with Scotch tape(!)  I was a kid, and even I knew that wouldn’t work).

But I knew he loved me.

After all, when I was born prematurely (and my twin brother didn’t make it) he hurriedly ran to the nearest church to pray for my survival.

He tried to make me an athlete, as he had been.  Alas, my developing a physical disability @ age 12 stopped those attempts in it’s tracks.  And from that point forward, he was unclear how to relate to me.

I only saw him cry once.  When he told me how proud he was of my graduating the Eighth Grade, and that I never asked him for money.  To be fair, I didn’t know I was allowed to!  When my Mother passed, he kept his grief private.

I’m certain his childhood was horrific.  A stern father who had been a Marine and railroad policeman, and his having grown up poor during the Depression.

He had not been raised to be a hugger.  I don’t remember him ever hugging me.  A firm handshake was the order-of-the-day.

But, he did teach me a few important things.  Loyalty (be true to your friends – he was to his); Honesty (your word IS your bond); and yes, Love.

He loved his wife (my mother) with all his heart.  Watching her die @ age 41 of emphysema must have been horrible. (I was in the Second Grade, what did I know?)  And in spite of the fact they were estranged, my (half)sister was his jewel.  He was very protective of her, which probably in-part caused the estrangement.  But she was another connection to his wife, which I don’t think she ever saw.

And he kept his heart disease hidden from me until it was too late.

He was flawed – he was human.

I love you and miss you, Dad.  Happy Birthday!

But Wait, There’s MORE!

from the Government…

Campaign for Liberty


The Senate intends to pass a new warrantless surveillance bill granting government broad new authorities for collecting your personal information from private businesses, and it’s up to you and me to stop them.

On Wednesday the Senate may hold its first vote on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), S. 754.

Promoted as a “much-needed” “cybersecurity” bill, Congress devised a new way for intelligence agencies to collect your emails and sensitive data.

The bill “encourages” private companies like Google, Facebook, and Yahoo to monitor their networks and share “cyber threat indicators” broadly with agencies like the FBI, NSA, and CIA.

Worse yet, the bill allows the government to share and use your information for reasons completely unrelated to cybersecurity!

And on top of all that, this bill grants companies immunity to ensure they give the government as much information as possible…

Without having to make any effort to redact your sensitive information.

Let that sink in for a moment…

The same government that can’t protect its own data on 22.1 million federal employees, contractors, and their families and friends wants private businesses to share your personal information freely with them.

And if (more likely, when) your information is misused either by government agencies, private businesses, or both, you will be unable to hold anyone accountable.

Guffaw, you and I can both see this isn’t going to end well.

CISA is justified as necessary to stop hackers…

But sharing your Google searches and emails with Homeland Security will not stop hackers.

In fact, nothing in this bill would stop any of the cyber-attacks publicized in the press this year.

When it comes down to it, this is nothing more than a new warrantless surveillance bill.

Congress should be rolling back intelligence agencies’ surveillance powers, not granting new ones.

Recently, the President of the American Library Association, Sari Feldman, spoke out against the bill saying,

“When librarians oppose a bill with ‘information sharing’ in its name you can be sure that the bill is decidedly more than advertised.”

Businesses like Twitter, Yelp, Facebook, and Google all oppose this bill.

You only need to look at who is sponsoring this bill to realize it isn’t for your benefit or mine.

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Richard Burr (R-NC), two of the biggest surveillance state proponents in the Senate, are working diligently to ram this legislation through.

And that makes the first potential vote on Wednesday crucial.

Per standing Senate rules, the Senate needs 60 votes to proceed on the bill.

Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Bernie Sanders (I-VT), have all vocally opposed this legislation.

But it’s going to take an outpouring of opposition from grassroots Americans like you to stop this warrantless surveillance bill from passing the Senate.

That’s why it’s vital you sign your emergency “Stop the Surveillance State!” Fax Petitions to your U.S. Senators today.

These petitions let your senators know you see right through the thin façade of “cybersecurity” and recognize this bill for what it is – a new warrantless surveillance bill.

At a time when Congress needs to do more to rein in the intelligence agencies to protect your privacy, many senators are trying to expand the surveillance state.

Let them know you’ll have nothing of it.

Please take action today, then forward this email to your friends and family and ask them to sign their emergency “Stop the Surveillance State!” Fax Petitions as well.

Public pressure matters. And if you remain silent, don’t look to blame others later for your lost liberties.

It’s time the American people stand up and say, “Enough is enough!”

In Liberty,

Tim Shoemaker
Director of Legislation

P.S. After you’ve signed your emergency “Stop the Surveillance State!” Fax Petitions, please consider making a generous contribution to Campaign for Liberty to help defray the cost of this program to fight back against this new warrantless surveillance bill.

Because of Campaign For Liberty’s tax-exempt status under IRC Sec. 501(C)(4) and its state and federal legislative activities, contributions are not tax deductible as charitable contributions (IRC § 170) or as business deductions (IRC § 162(e)(1))

This came my way, and I thought it worth sharing!  –  Guffaw

“The Galloping Che’ “, For Children!

(apologies to The Firesign Theatre for ripping-off the above title)

TIME Mag Celebrates Marxist Killer Che Guevara’s Brave Battle With ASTHMA

They’re probably trying to find an angle which would allow them to idolize Pol Pot next. Go to the Tuol Sleng Museum in Phnom Penh. You won’t go back. 

Kerry And His Mystical Khmer Dau (Rouge)  

The left idolizes Che Guevara, despite the fact that he was a brutal murdering thug. So it’s no surprise to see liberal Time magazine doing a puff piece like this:

How Che Guevara Didn’t Let Asthma Affect His Ambitions

Che Guevara might have considered the United States his worst enemy, but he faced an even greater threat to his revolutionary ambitions: asthma. While it was U.S.-trained Bolivian forces who killed Che on this day, Oct. 9, in 1967, asthma was a constant threat from his earliest youth.

We have written here before about the racist, murdering, commie who has somehow been transformed into a ‘hero of the People’ on college campuses, nationwide.  And moaned about the ignorant ‘Lenin’s useful idiots’ who wear his countenance proudly on a t-shirt.  And carry Mao’s Little Red Book.
Now Time Magazine has chosen to regale us with tales of Che’, and his valiant battle with asthma!  I suspect Khrushchev will be next with his battle with weight.
h/t Brock Townsend

"Round up the usual suspects."

In Loving Memory…