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.
We have been perhaps too preoccupied with guns over the past week. Not being knowledgeable about anything but sporting guns, we really aren't qualified to discuss handguns. All I really know is that a .22 handgun is good for targets and rats, a 9 mm isn't really all that good for much, and bigger is designed to seriously hurt people. Well, all are fun for target practice.
Self-defence and home defence? Yes, we believe in those most basic of human rights. Guns, baseball bats, whatever.
Thanks for looking! Originally, the spam to comment ratio was pretty ugly, which is why I turned off the comments. They're on now. We'll see how it goes. :-)
Re: 9mm v. .45 - The 9mm has always had a reputation as a marginal man-stopper. The rounds have a tendency to thu-and-thru without proper expansion even with heavy clothes, which is why PD's have a double-tap policy. The .45 makes a big hole, but it's harder to get a second round off on target; the mouth of the barrel might be enough to intimidate an aggressor though!
I really like my Sig P6/225 as above, tho' mine shows more holster wear. Holster wear doesn't affect accuracy, so I consider it a nice gun at a nice price. At least 2 of my friends are negotiating with their wives to get permission to buy their own.
Don't get caught... Now those are words to live by! I was looking at the new Sig Arms .22 at the G-opening of the Cabela's Down East the other day. $395 for a solid built plinker. I could hardly contain myself, but my fear of respect for my wife bolstered my restraint.
For those of you getting ready to send Ted a get well card, read this first.
KGB Letter Outlines Sen. Kennedy's Overtures to Soviets, Prof Says
By Kevin Mooney
In his book, which came out this week, Kengor focuses on a KGB letter written at the height of the Cold War that shows that Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) offered to assist Soviet leaders in formulating a public relations strategy to counter President Reagan's foreign policy and to complicate his re-election efforts.
The letter, dated May 14, 1983, was sent from the head of the KGB to Yuri Andropov, who was then General Secretary of the Soviet Union's Communist Party.
In his letter, KGB head Viktor Chebrikov offered Andropov his interpretation of Kennedy's offer. Former U.S. Sen. John Tunney (D-Calif.) had traveled to Moscow on behalf of Kennedy to seek out a partnership with Andropov and other Soviet officials, Kengor claims in his book.