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Allow Gilgondorin to share his thoughts on the matter:

Seriously. They claimed we were crazy when we said the flippin' things were for self-protection. Who's looking foolish now!?!?!

Interesting story:

Biggest load of baloney I've read in a long while.

Then again, this "news" agency has one of the lowest credibility scores possible for a news agency, so this is not necessarily surprising.

The author claims his "sources" refuse to go on record or be named. It practically screams 'My sources are the same ones that supplied Alex Jones with his intel, which is to say they're just a bunch of 4chan trolls making stuff up to make fun and cause trouble at others' expense'.

Meanwhile, I find it facepalming that he's making such a big deal about Interpol not raiding the ship owner's house to arrest him; it's been 7 years since the ship was first impounded, which is conceivably long enough for both the ship and its cargo to be considered legally abandoned in every sense of the word in the international court of law -- this makes it property of the Lebanese Government, and their responsibility. They might try and sue to recover civil restitution just because it would reflect badly on them not to, but that's ALSO going to be an uphill battle considering as the article itself said, this was the result of serial negligence on part of Lebanon's political leadership and judiciary system. Past a certain point, you are legally responsible for your own (in)actions.

The only ones that 'stand' to benefit from this are the corrupt and incompetent Lebanese Government Leaders themselves, being that even if they ARE deposed, they can simply abscond with the heaps of money they apparently stole from the Lebanese treasury to a country that has no extradition treaty with Lebanon, to live like kings without facing any repercussions for what they did wrong.

Next I suppose the article author is going to publish an article claiming the discovery of ice cubes in his kitchen freezer during the summertime is scientific proof that global warming is a myth. :th_thicon_lol:

Sorry, didn't ever really get down with his music because Gilgondorin wasn't born 500 million years ago. :th_thicon_lol: :th_thicon_lol: :th_thicon_lol: :th_thicon_lol: :th_thicon_lol:

(I'm being facetious, if course.)

Handguns and Revolvers / Re: New Toy
« on: August 09, 2020, 03:16:06 AM »
I had a Glock 19 G5 and was surprised how comfortably the interchangeable back straps could make the gun fit in my hand once I found one I liked.

I might have kept it, but the grip itself was too short; my pinkie was practically left hanging in the aether, and it ultimately proved more distracting than I initially thought it would.

Perhaps once all the mania blows over I will buy a full-sized G17 G5 this time instead.

Well rhetorically speaking Id pay alot for a breath of fresh air right now in regards to the bs happening.

Ohhhhhh no you don't. If we all have to smother, you do too.

Back under ya go, bub. :th_thicon_lol:

Portland mayor says protesters are ‘attempting to commit murder’ and helping Trump’s reelection campaign

PORTLAND, Ore. —  Violent clashes this week between protesters and police in Portland, Ore., have ratcheted up tensions in the city days after an agreement between state and federal officials appeared to bring calm.

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“You are not demonstrating — you are attempting to commit murder,” Mayor Ted Wheeler said Thursday in a hastily called news conference alongside Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell. Wheeler also warned that the city anticipated more “attacks on public buildings” in the immediate future, and told protesters that they were helping President Trump’s reelection effort.

“Don’t think for a moment that if you are participating in this activity, you are not being a prop for the reelection campaign of Donald Trump, because you absolutely are,” the mayor said. “If you don’t want to be part of that, then don’t show up

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Early Friday, roads near the precinct were closed, police said. “Any persons including members of the press who violate this order will be subject to arrest,” the department said in a tweet.

The Pacific Northwest Youth Liberation Front, which had advertised Wednesday’s rally on social media, used Twitter to announce “Round 2” of the same demonstration on Thursday night with the slogan “No cops. No prisons. Total abolition.”

[ . . . . ]

Couldn't find the article again I read last night while I was at work, but supposedly they barricaded and then set fire to all the entrances of this police station in a bid to keep anyone inside from escaping. When the people inside forced their way through a barrier to safety, someone else got into a truck and tried to run the escaping LEO's over instead.

Meanwhile, rather than try to address the fact that his city is literally tearing itself apart, or the fact that its descending ever further into 'Max Max'-levels of lawlessness and anarchy at this very moment, the Mayor is concerned about Trump and his Election Campaign.

Supposedly, the police have now finally been given carte blanche to do 'whatever they need to' by the mayor to ensure their personal safety against this insanity. I'm willing to bet for the most part it's too little, too late; these poor guys are getting paid to help keep the peace, not reenact Benghazi all over again -- it's gonna repeat of NYC, where the NYPD HR office was literally flooded with hundreds upon hundreds of applications to quit the force and/or retire in 3 days.

He needs to read his company Policy.

Took the words right out from under my fingertips. Also, as the saying goes, "You can beat the rap, but you can't beat the ride."

Assuming he does get caught, he's going to have to spend lots of money and time proving he was in the right if the DA really wants be an ass about it; see our other thread discussion about the self defense shooting in Austin recently. While your friend may get off in the end, in my opinion it's not worth the court costs and legal fees to try taking it into a federal building or anywhere else it's prohibited.

Additionally, the chance of having the cops and maybe the SWAT team called on by a concerned citizen if the loaded magazine should ever be seen or discovered by accident (say, falling out of his pocket), in a school zone for example; federal buildings may have rules and regulations about bringing combustibles (gun powder) on site too. In either of these two scenarios, he could be facing down criminal mischief or some other charge totally unrelated to his 2A rights, assuming he isn't shot first as being an possible threat.

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The graying of the baby-boom generation means that roughly 300,000 Americans were going on Medicare every month even before the coronavirus caused thousands of older workers to lose their jobs and health insurance. These seniors are being asked to navigate a confusing new landscape that blends public and private insurance coverage with complicated trade-offs between premiums and out-of-pocket costs.

Barron’s talked to financial planners, Medicare consultants, insurance brokers, and Medicare enrollees to create a guide for this labyrinth.

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If you’re already receiving Social Security benefits, enrollment in Medicare is automatic at age 65. Otherwise you must enroll within a seven-month period of turning 65, which includes the month you turn that age, and the three months before and after. Even if you’re getting Cobra coverage, where you remain on the health plan of a former employer or enrolled in a retiree health-care plan, you must sign up for Medicare or face penalties.

One big exception: If you’re still working at a company with at least 20 employees and covered by a health-care plan there, you don’t need to sign up. After your employer health insurance ends, you have eight months to do so.

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Politics, Gripes, Complaints / Re: Upping the Charges!
« on: August 01, 2020, 05:44:27 PM »
Floyd was anything but the poster child for reform though. Much more information is coming out about Floyd's checkered past.

Absolutely irrelevant, because of this right here:

Chauvin was still in the wrong for his actions that day. A man died, instead of ending up in police custody and being arrested and charged. He failed in his professional responsibilities that day

You took the words right out of my mouth.

If you can successfully kneel on somone's neck, for 8 minutes, AND have them die of suffocation (as opposed to, say, a broken neck caused by their own idiotic thrashing around), then they were not resisting arrest violently enough to justify the use of a known lethal restraint method to hold them down. There's no excusing such a gross overstep of authority.

This is why police are held to a higher standard; otherwise, the door would remain open for ANYONE to say 'Eh, this one had a checkered past. Just kill him; to hell with arresting him.'

I say put the guy on for 1st degree, with the death penalty on the able and the gas chamber being the end goal. Let him find out what it's like not to be able to breathe.

Also proves these "protests" over his death, are nothing more than a sham and false to begin with.

....This is how hard you made Gilgondorin facepalm.

The primary motivation behind the protests is NOT there to establish Floyd as Christ reincarnate, free of all sin and above all reproach (which, by the way, is an accusation I find patently ironic considering Chauvin's own 'checkered past' seems to be coming to life, in that he's now on the hook for not one, but nine felony tax evasion charges).

These protests are because people are getting fed up with stuff happening like this, right here:

....The unacceptably commonplace practice of lawfully empowering violent idiots, who -- unlike their law-respecting and law-upholding brethren who bring honor and respect to the shield the moment they pin it on -- lack the critical thinking skills and sound judgment making process to restrain themselves from unnecessary violence, particularly against people that don't even deserve it. The guy in the video knew he screwed up; he had to go help the man he pushed to the ground when he saw how much of a dumb-ass his own fellow officer made him look like. The difference is, they were both lucky in that it was a shove, and the man only fell a few feet.

You can't un-crush somebody's friggin' windpipe after kneeling on it for 8 minutes, or undo the brain death caused by that asphyxiation. Especially not when you have the opportunity to use your 3 deputy backup to put him in the back seat of the patrol car he died under, either until he calms down or you can call for a paddy-wagon and more backup if need be.

(Disclaimer: NO, I do not support these crazy ass 'autonomous zones' and 'Antifa' thug rallies. I do not support the looter thugs who are co-opting this genuinely worthwhile movement for their own selfish gain, simply blending in and claiming they're doing it for Floyd. I do not support the demonizing of the good men and women in law enforcement, or the blanket defunding of police departments so that kiss-ass politicians can make themselves look good on camera. Just trying to keep it real in here.)

Off Topic Discussion (NON FIREARM RELATED) / Re: 8/1/20 rain
« on: August 01, 2020, 02:43:49 PM »
Didn't get but a very light sprinkling here that still left the pavement mostly dry.

It was mostly flashing and rumbling off in the distance; nothing more.

I don't mean this to sound rude or judgmental because I agree with you all to an extent, BUT.................. It's amazing to me how much y'all are willing to allow BLM to take control of your lives.

SIXTY YEARS of being a die-hard baseball fan -- literally a major aspect of your entire lifestyle -- gone up in flames because some guys wore T-shirts you didn't like to an event you did? That's blowing my mind.

I really do agree with you that the players would be better off keeping politics out of the game and I definitely understand not wanting to financially contribute to something you don't agree with (both reasons being a part of why I don't like sports), but at the same time, what about the players who don't have their heads up their asses? Couldn't you pick and support a different team, maybe one that's good at beating the team you've chosen to drop?

Eventually you guys are all gonna run out of interests to have if you choose to abandon football, basketball, baseball, NASCAR, and everything else. Then you're basically going to be handing each of those sports over to BLM to use as platforms, because if everyone who disagrees with BLM leaves, won't that basically just be handing these areas of interest over to the people who DO like to eat out of their hand?

Ahaaaaaaaa, Gilgondorin wins.

So I first tested positive like 2 weeks ago, and I just barely got a call from somebody with the Metro Health District a few minutes ago in regards to the contact tracing thing I mentioned never having gotten until now.

No, he said he didn't know specifically why nobody's called me except for weeks after the fact. He mentioned the testing authority I went to may have just barely delivered a backlog of case results to them this morning.

With that level of ground-up (dis)organization going on, it's no wonder nobody has much of an idea of what's really happening. :th_thicon_lol:

Outdoors / Re: DIY Homemade Weed Killer......
« on: July 27, 2020, 02:02:57 PM »
This sounds like it could be a bit risky if used very frequently.

Salting the Earth was a method used by tyrant conquerors in ancient times to destroying crops by ensuring nothing (except particularly hardy weeds) would ever grow again in the soil any time soon since salt kills existing plant life and prevents any from growing in the future; it stays in the soil unless and until it's sufficiently washed out over time by rainfall.

A spritz here or there probably won't harm your plants in the short-term, but I'd be cautious of salinity building up in the dirt the more you use this recipe in the long term.

General Gun Discussion / Re: Gun show in Fort Worth August 1-2
« on: July 27, 2020, 12:58:02 PM »

This is totally not an obvious and half-assed attempt to wave the matador's cape in the face of the state.

Oh no, not at all.

Assuming the state doesn't just shut the whole thing down, they're probably going to make it pointless to go through with it by establishing a hard limit of, like, 100 people in the building total (including the sellers). And almost certainly, probably half the crowd is going to protest masks to REALLY push the envelope, or just sell out of the backs of their trucks out in the parking lot instead.

I predict long lines, potential fines for the event coordinator, and plenty of sour grapes.

From what I've read so far through other sources (the OP's linked article is behind a paywall), there exists enough doubt as to whether he was justified or not that I won't say whether I hope he gets off or not just yet.

However, in my opinion the idea of the 'fair trial' in general is null and void in the modern era.

If the law wants to fry you for something, you WILL fry. District Attorneys have far too many tricks up their sleeves for it to be any other way now-days; moreover where they might not have before, screaming BLM mobs running out to burn down cities, set up 'Autonomous Zones' and throw rocks through their house windows are providing the motivation to utilize these broad powers in pursuit of the almighty conviction.

Glad to hear you recovered
It's great to hear you are doing good
Best wishes sir.
Glad you were not among the .01% they keep blabbing on about.

Thank you all for the kind words; they mean a lot.

Fortunately for me, the worst of the symptoms were over in about a week. Even then, sometimes I didn't feel sick at all; other times, I did feel sick, but not as sick as I've gotten in the past from regular colds and flu's I've caught before. The dry cough which was the only persistent symptom, and at times it could get annoying... One morning, I thought I might wind up with washboard abs that night from the repeated muscle contractions caused by coughing so much.

Overall, the way the sickness behaved itself was almost surreal; it was as if the virus was giving me my symptoms in allotments. One day, I'd experience two or three 5-minute bouts of shortness of breath, and some full body fatigue. The next, a very light hangover-style headache that mostly just made the back of my eyes hurt, and some of the abdominal pain (caused by the coughing, which was particularly bad that morning). The day after, one or two bouts of nausea, and some heaviness in the chest. The next day, a ration of fever and chills, in 1-2 hour increments. On the final day, one more more 5-minute bout of shortness of breath, coupled with joint aches (in only my right knee of all things), and some general fatigue.

One thing that struck me as odd was that seemingly nothing ever came of the supposed contact tracing we're budgeting so much government funding towards. Because of the obvious risk of exposure, I didn't seriously expect them to send anybody to my house to conduct an in-person interview as they apparently tried to do in New York -- that would be stupid and needlessly dangerous for all involved. However, nobody at the clinic where I tested positive said anything to me about any procedures for following up with the CDC, the state, or even the metro health department. That I'm aware of, I still haven't received any letters in the mail, calls, texts, voicemails, or emails with links to some place I could respond electronically either, like we did with the Census.

I'd read that the city had experienced some problems with people ignoring them due to their phone numbers looking like spam-bot calls (which I do get tons of), but, I'd ALSO heard they had gotten their call center's phone number changed so that it said "SA Metro Health Department" on incoming caller ID specifically to combat that problem. I watched and waited, and nothing.

We'll see what happens moving forward; the wheels of Government bureaucracy turn slow -- maybe I might wake up three years from now and find a sign staked in my front yard saying 'DANGER, KEEP AWAY - RESIDENT HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID-19!!!'

Rifles & Shotguns / Re: My yugo SKS
« on: July 25, 2020, 09:19:53 PM »
Mine is similar to the photo, but has a red fiberglass
stock and I put a muzzle device on it and the bayonet
had to come off to make it work. I haven't missed it

I sure hope you kept all the OEM fittings. They'll probably add $200-$350 to the price tag just in historical value to collectors depending on where it came from and when; SKS's have practically doubled in price in the 15 years since I first saw them being sold by the dealers that advertised in Shotgun News. They're only going to continue appreciating in value as time goes by.

Earlier this month I tested positive for COVID-19. Yesterday I tested negative, so the doctor said it's back to business as usual for me.

I hope I don't catch it a second time; I've heard it said that catching it again is far more likely to be a death sentence than just catching it once -- something about your body can't or won't mount as strong an immune response the second time around because of the way the virus behaves.

It's been one hell of a crazy year so far.

Balancing on the wires looks like it would be pretty physically demanding, but he seems to be wearing a fall-arrest safety harness that's properly anchored onto one of the lines, meaning it would be a lot harder to fall and die than it looks like at first.

Being that I have no fear of heights, I'd certainly wouldn't mind signing up for $100K a year if I had the strength and dexterity for the job.

Ironically, I've heard it suggested that the reason the virus is having less luck striking down large numbers of the homeless, particularly the ones that have been that way for years, is because their lifestyle is basically never-ending boot camp for their immune systems.

It's not to say they're completely immune, mind you, but they probably have as good a chance as anybody else -- everyone's always quick to say, "Oh, kids these days are afraid of a little bit of dirt." Not the homeless!

Off Topic Discussion (NON FIREARM RELATED) / Re: Turn it off ! !
« on: July 25, 2020, 02:46:00 PM »
Gilgondorin has not in the past, nor will he ever subject himself to watching a minute of this "sports" nonsense everybody keeps going on about, voluntarily.

Didn't care for it as a boy, certainly don't care for it now.

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