We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
The BD pupette, finishing her freshman college year in a week or so at her beloved small rural liberal arts college, will be promptly flown down (on the camp's nickel) to her super-most-specialest-favoritest traditional (daily morning flag ceremony with prayers, etc) 100 year-old girl's camp down in the wondrous Smokey Mountains so she can take the NRA shooter training course before camp opens. Her camp counseling duties will include running the shooting ranges and training the gals for competition. I know she is good with a .22. They are paying her surprisingly well, too.
I think they do shotgun and .22. She is no stranger to guns, but has never taken the NRA course for trainers. Wilderness camping and hiking, kayaking, etc. are no problem for her. She can as easily drive a John Deere tractor as she can do the subways of NYC, and brushes off rain and mud on the farm like a true Yankee. Except when she is dressed to do New York...
I thought that this Shakespeare- and drama-intoxicated (and two-time Oxford Shakespeare summer) pup was planning a theater internship in NYC where she could earn some Actors Equity points, but perhaps that is afterwards but before our Danube trip. What do I know? (Nobody ever tells me anything around here - but I am OK with almost anything if it has some vitality and adventure and self-testing in it. Sitting around the house shooting farts into sofas and chairs, as I am wont to put it, is not permitted in the BD household: life is too short for that, and the big world is beckoning, saying "Come on out here and give me your best shot, and take yer chances - and yer punches.")
Well, what I do know is that certainly prospective justice Kagan never took the NRA course. She opposes the Second Amendment, so I doubt she knows how to have fun with guns, or how to defend herself.
Somebody recently opined to me that only governments should be entrusted with the use of force. I just bit my tongue and smiled. Doing a lot of that, lately.
Heh --Leag's girlfriend told him she was game, so he shot her.
sorry, L --old Aggie joke.
BD, i know you know this, but we all forget the simple things and need a prompt. That statement about force and the gov't is such cant that the speaker is really in need of --not a smile and a bit-tongue from you, but that old never-fail sly trick of a riposte: "Why?"
Speaking from the said NRA convention in Charlotte, Leag is certainly correct about the rhetoric! We had wonderful speakers all afternoon: My favorites were Sarah, Ollie, Mike Pence, Keith Blackwell, and Haley Barbour. Can't wait for Newty, Sean, and Glenn tomorrow.
Lots of friendly folks. As of now, a good time is being had by all!
Jim, that's eight mighty fine folks --always have their eye on a different part of the ball, too --individual thinkers; no closed-door meetings beforehand to be handed their precisely-worded central-committee dialectics, no need to pathetically attempt to feign spontaneity uttering them.
Leag, thanks, i often miss you too --dang windage and elevation
My report on our second day at the NRA Annual meeting:
Lots of great exhibits. I saw some really cool people such as Lee Ermy (Gunny), Tod Jarret, and Jim Scouten. I saw Marcus Latrell who was there with his lab (wrote Lone Survivor - you MUST read this book, it is amazing! I cried through half of it), but I couldn't remember his name so I didn't say hello. I'm hoping to catch up to him tomorrow.
This evening, the Randolf Macon Academy choir and band played stirring patriotic music. Newty gave a great speech and Glenn Beck was fantastic!!! Both Newty and Glenn got original documents signed by our founding fathers as awards. Ollie North spoke again and was very well received. Charlie Daniels played after the speakers were done. He's not my favorite but he was very good - and I've come to appreciate his love of country and dedication to our troops.
It was a wonderful night! Tomorrow I hope to see Marcus and tell him how his book impacted me so. Then back home.
Nope, Ollie didn't mention Omar. His last speech about the military and how our troops are doing over there, but he didn't mention the one-eyed monster. Haven't kept up with the news too much this weekend so don't know what the status of that rumor is.
Looking back, I don't think I was accurate in my portrayal of the speeches Saturday evening. Newty was great and Glenn was just on FIRE!!! He pretty much brought the house down!
I went back Sunday morning looking for Marcus Lutrell sadly for me, I wasn't able to find him. Saturday, a friend and I bumped in to Sammy Davis who had won the Medal of Honor in Viet Nam. We saw him again Sunday and got his autograph. Another true hero and a gentleman. Also met his wife! Very nice people.
Fantastic event and my wife was such a huge sport to come since she's only very peripherally interested in guns. Of course she was very excited to hear all those great speakers!
Man that is the place to be, no doubt and if I was Tinkerbell I'd be green.
Interestingly, Colonel North's article on the Afghan and American mullahs and their shenanigans he starts a paragraph with the word rumor on Omar but ends with some certainty
It appears the Paks are going to use their boy, Omar for leverage upon mullah's Hussein and Karzai.