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  2. Walt Longmire

    Fun trip to Washington

    It's snowing right now. Lots more in the forecast. Dollars from Heaven.
  3. Walt Longmire

    Would it be passive aggressive...

    This is why I bought all the available property around my house. I don't want to see or hear other people, their spawn, dogs, or vehicles from my place. Get off my lawn......and away from my compound.
  4. Maccabeus

    G19 replacement?

    Borg, I've seen you post that pic before. Have you tried it yourself? I've upgraded from a gen3 G26 to a gen5 and like all its features except the ambi lever. I was wondering if it could be replaced by a gen4 lever, but your approach could work, too. (Or, might be the only option, depending on fit).
  5. Moshe

    G19 replacement?

    I have been through 9's and 40's most of my career. I wish I had had the chance for a .45 ACP. It is my personal preferred round.
  6. A St. Paul man is accused of beating his instructor at Normandale Community College until she lost consciousness Wednesday, breaking two bones in her face. Gavin Mitchell Flynn Hutson, 21, was charged Thursday with one count of third-degree assault, two counts of fifth-degree assault and one count of carrying a pistol without a permit, according to a criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County Court. Hutson, who is in custody, is expected to make his first appearance before a judge on Friday, according to the Hennepin County attorney’s office. Hutson’s instructor asked him to stay after class Wednesday morning after he made an inappropriate remark to another student in the science building on Normandale’s Bloomington campus, according to the criminal complaint. When class had ended, Hutson struck the 51-year-old woman in the face, causing her to lose consciousness and fall to the floor, where he continued punching her, the complaint said. Another instructor tried to intervene, but Hutson struck him in the forehead and fled the classroom, according to court documents. As Hutson ran through the hallway of the science building, he “stiff-armed” another student into a wall, reinjuring that student’s broken wrist, which was in a splint, the complaint said. Police who caught up to Hutson in a nearby parking ramp said he had blood splattered on his hands and shirt sleeves when they arrested him. Officers also discovered a loaded .40-caliber handgun and extra ammunition in Hutson’s backpack, court documents said. Hutson’s instructor was taken to Fairview Southdale Hospital in Edina, where X-rays revealed that she had two broken bones in her face. In response to the incident, the president of the Minnesota State College Faculty union has called for new system-wide investments in campus safety training. The charges against Hutson carry a maximum penalty of six and a half years in prison. https://www.twincities.com/2018/12/13/st-paul-man-charged-with-beating-normandale-instructor-into-unconsciousness/
  7. Maccabeus

    G19 replacement?

    Actually, I never liked .40. In fact, when my department went through semi-auto transition from 681s to 4006s, I went out of my way to carry a non-standard 4506. I've been one of those 9 & 45 guys for years (although with the emphasis on .45 ACP). It's only recently as its popularity has dropped a notch or two that I find myself intrigued by the .40 S&W.
  8. Do you like the idea of everyone being able to know which party you vote for in a presidential primary? That’s the way Minnesota law reads now. And yes, that’s new. And no, not everyone likes the idea. “We’ve never had party registration in this state, and this looks like a back-door system of party registration,” Secretary of State Steve Simon said Wednesday as he amped up his push to change the state law. As part of that effort, Simon, Minnesota’s top election official, is pitching the idea of conducting the 2020 presidential primary almost entirely by mail. That would also be new. This type of election stuff can get surprisingly confusing. Here’s what it’s all about. ONLY ‘PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY’ We’re only talking about the primary for the president of the United States here — not the August primary elections for state and congressional offices, nor the November general elections. The presidential primary will take place in February of presidential years. It’s different from the other elections in that it only guides Minnesota delegates in how to vote at national party conventions, where delegates actually determine which presidential candidates will appear on the ballot. It’s new for Minnesota, and starting in 2020, it would replace those quirky caucuses that Minnesota has had for decades where folks file into school classrooms or other spaces and raise hands, scribble on scraps of paper and argue. In recent presidential years, there’s been blowback about the caucus system, largely because it forces people to give up several hours on a specific weekday evening in the winter. 2016 LAW MAKES IT PUBLIC In 2016, the Republican-controlled House, Democratic-controlled Senate, and Gov. Mark Dayton, a Democrat, approved a new plan to ditch the caucuses and go with the more-familiar primary: Local governments open up polling places and voters vote. Like regular elections. However, because presidential primaries aren’t like regular elections, leaders of both the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party and Republican Party of Minnesota pushed for the following sentence to be included in what became Minnesota’s Presidential Primary Law: “The list must include the party choice of any voter who voted in the most recent presidential nomination primary.” That “list” is the list of what becomes public information. And that would be the only instance of any Minnesotan’s party voting affiliation becoming public by law. Name, year of birth, address and some other info has always been public in all forms of voting. But, unlike some states, Minnesota doesn’t disclose — or even know — which candidates or parties a voter favors. (You have to pick a party in the August primaries, but both parties’ candidates are contained on the same ballot, so which party you choose remains as secret as which candidates you choose.) True, showing up at a party caucus is a public act, and parties require caucus-goers to sign in. But caucuses are entirely run by the parties; the new presidential primary is run by government and paid for by taxpayers. The notion raised privacy concerns, but both DFL Chairman Ken Martin and then-GOP Chairman Keith Downey said that without making each person’s party preference known, national parties wouldn’t recognize the primary. So it became law. Some objected to it in court, as well as another portion that requires voters to take the following oath in order to get a ballot: “I am in general agreement with the principles of the party for whose candidate I intend to vote, and I understand that my choice of a party’s ballot will be public information.” In August, an administrative law judge declared the law sound. SIMON: KEEP IT PRIVATE — AND VOTE BY MAIL? Simon, a Democrat who was re-elected to secretary of state in November, said he thinks the public requirement should simply be deleted, and he’s shopping the idea around with lawmakers. It’s unclear how much traction he has. He said several influential lawmakers he’s spoken to have been noncommittal, and Gov.-elect Tim Walz hasn’t weighed in. The Pioneer Press requested Walz’s thoughts Wednesday afternoon but hadn’t received any by deadline. Simon is also shopping around the idea of conducting the entire presidential primary by mail. No polling places. Just get a ballot of all the parties’ candidates and decide in the privacy of your own home which party you’ll vote for. Return the ballot either by mail or possibly drop it off at local election offices, he said. It would save taxpayers money and insulate local and county governments from having to navigate the logistics of a third full-on election every four years. Simon said the mail-in idea, which has been undertaken by a number of western states, was brought to him by those local governments. PARTIES WANT YOUR PREFERENCE But even if a vote-by-mail system is adopted and if the public disclosure of which party you picked doesn’t become public, the major political parties still want to know. “We would oppose any change where the parties don’t get the information,” the DFL’s Martin said Wednesday. “We need that information to comply with national party rules and to help party-building activities.” Kevin Poindexter, executive director of the state Republican Party, agreed. He said his party doesn’t just want to know which voters pulled Republican ballots, but also who voted Democratic — and who voted for Minnesota’s two new major parties: the Grassroots-Legalize Cannabis Party and the Legal Marijuana Now Party. “We think the public has a right to know as well,” Poindexter said. “More transparency is a good thing. But at the end of the day, we need to meet our party requirements, and we want to make sure the entire data set is being shared with all major parties.” Martin noted that in many states, voters need to formally register a party affiliation to receive primary ballots. In some states, that locks you in to which ballot you’ll receive the next primary you vote in unless you unregister yourself. None of that would happen under Minnesota law. Voters could vote in a Democratic presidential primary one year and the Republican one four years later. Of course, each time, they’d have to sign that oath of “general agreement with the principles of the party.” https://www.twincities.com/2018/12/12/your-party-preference-in-mn-presidential-primary-will-be-public-should-we-change-that/
  9. tous

    Last few days in Key West

    Two fine McDonnell Douglas products. Good that you enjoyed yourself, amigo. Now, get back to work sticking needles in people's arms. Did you bring home the obligatory tourist conch shell?
  10. Sarah Papenheim was supposed to be coming home for Christmas. The 21-year-old drummer, a precocious up-and-comer on the radar of some of the Twin Cities’ most respected musicians, had a show to put on. Next week, she was scheduled to be onstage at Schooner Tavern in Minneapolis, playing the blues with a friend and fellow musician. She was supposed to be flying in from the Netherlands, where she was attending Erasmus University in Rotterdam. But on Wednesday, a phone call from Dutch authorities replaced anticipation with grief: In Papenheim’s own apartment Wednesday, police said, her roommate stabbed her to death. “I’ve cried so much my ducts are dry,” her mother, Donee Odegard, told Fox 9 in Minneapolis. Police arrested Papenheim’s roommate, a 23-year-old man and cello player, Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of murder and expect he will be charged in her death soon, a Rotterdam Police Department spokesman told The Washington Post. The suspect, whom police have declined to identify, fled the apartment building in Rotterdam on a train and was captured at a station 65 miles away, carrying a suitcase and a cello, police said. Police aren’t sure about his motive in the killing at this time, the spokesman said. Her mother told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that her daughter started living with him about a year ago after bonding over music, but that he had recently become unstable. Odegard said her daughter planned to leave the apartment to stay with her boyfriend, but returned to grab clothes for school, which is when Odegard believes the stabbing happened. In a statement to The Post, Odegard said her daughter was always “the brightest person in the room.” Papenheim is the second child Odegard has lost. Her son, Papenheim’s brother, died by suicide almost three years ago, she said. That was why her daughter had decided to study psychology at Erasmus University, Odegard said. She wanted to understand it. “She lived for drumming, but she also wanted a steady career and was extremely interested in psychology [with an emphasis in studying] suicide, for which she lost her brother,” Odegard said in the statement. Papenheim loved the blues, Odegard said. While she spent some of her childhood in the Twin Cities, she attended high school in Redding, California, where she played drums in the jazz band and marching band. Her band teacher told the Redding Record Searchlight she “felt strongly about being a female drummer,” an instrument traditionally dominated by men. Returning to Minneapolis after school, she was thundering away behind a drum set at Shaw’s Bar in Minneapolis every Monday night before she was even old enough to have a beer, blending in with musicians twice her age. Garry “Jellybean” Johnson, the funk virtuoso and longtime drummer for Prince, was among those who took note. Eventually, he would become her mentor. “I liked her because she hit the drums just as hard as guys did,” Johnson, told CBS Minnesota. “So I nicknamed her ‘Thumper.'” When he learned from Odegard about what had happened to her, Johnson said, he couldn’t wrap his mind around it, especially because she studying to make sense of her brother’s suicide. “I’m still numb from it,” Johnson told CBS. “I still can’t believe that something this bad happened to her.” Living in the Netherlands didn’t keep Papenheim away from her music, or even the Minneapolis music community. On her birthday last year, she jammed with the Minneapolis-based Bernard Allison Group at a rock venue in Germany while the band was on tour. Perched behind the drum set, she whipped her high ponytail back and forth with the beat, rumbling through a cover of “Sweet Home Chicago.” Every now and then, she closed her eyes, scrunching her face with the gusto of the Blues Brothers’ John Belushi. “How about it, ladies and gentlemen?!” yelled singer and guitarist Bernard Allison. On Wednesday, he posted the clip with a message addressed to Papenheim, saying, “We will never forget you.” Odegard said that for now, she is trying to figure out how to bring her daughter back home, which she expects to cost thousands of dollars. Musicians in Minneapolis organized a benefit concert to celebrate her. As of early Friday, hundreds have donated more than $19,000 to a GoFundMe campaign to aid Odegard in bringing her home. Dozens have offered tributes on Facebook. “We have lost a great young musician and heaven has gained one,” the Minnesota Blues Society, sharing a photo of Papenheim behind a drum set, wrote on Facebook. link
  11. The New York Times. And NPR. Or MSNBC. 🙄 If the DNC is not available. Learn, indeed.
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  13. Moeman

    Avoid Women at All Costs

    OK... wish you the best, but the best for a man is to have a women. That simple.
  14. Moeman

    Avoid Women at All Costs

    Women can simply be friends too... balance
  15. I'm kinda torn on this.. I agree that the Beckmans are dress boots, and that a modern work boot like most Danners would be more comfortable right out the box. On the other hand, things like Beckmans and Iron Rangers (provided they have the right soles) are pretty solid right out of the box. It's only in the last ten years or so they've become fashionable as well. I don't have neuropathy or other foot/joint problems, but my Red Wings oxfords and boots have always broken in and ended up being just as comfotable for long daily use and wear as more modern, lined shoes with nice padded collars and such.
  16. janice6

    Random Posting

    Some people are just born with the drive to show others the way. Where there is a "won't", there is a "will".
  17. Cougar_ml

    It's Going To Get Worse

    They might have gone the same way as the Russians wanted, but they also went the same way that their members wanted, just because it happens to coincide with what Russia wants doesn't mean that Russia had any real influence.
  18. janice6

    Random Posting

    I bet he has an advanced degree too.
  19. Just getting weary of all of the destruction liberals are doing to this country. Their policies and viewpoints are killing innocent Americans and I've just run out of patience putting up with their idiocy. Sorry if I was a little harsh.
  20. I've had both the recraftable Danners and various Red Wing Heritage oxfords and boots over the years. No experience with Chippewa. I think your logic about having at least two pairs to rotate out is good. The Danners I've had have been more comfortable right out of the box than the Red Wings, but the Red Wings have always broken in to be just as comfortable. Make sure you're taking care of the leather - read the manufacturer site, or watch some youtube videos. The old military ways of polish and a brush might be good for short term looks, but it isn't always the right thing for long life. Also, I've used both the Red Wing and Danners factory "recrafting" service, and like you, I've gotten bill shock too. I'd find a good local shoe repair place and use them instead - the work will probably be the same quality (they'll both probably use Vibram soles, for instance), and the local place will cost half as much. Be careful if your "local place" is a Red Wing store - sometimes they'll just take your boots and mail them to the factory, same as you could have done, for the same price. EDIT: If you want Red Wings to be rebuildable/resoleable, buy from the Heritage line. The ones costing $300 and up, like you mentioned would be included in that.
  21. RandomGuy

    Random Posting

  22. Presguy

    Would it be passive aggressive...

    I don't see how me wearing a kilt would bother them...
  23. Presguy

    Would it be passive aggressive...

    I'm friendly with them, but it's not like we hang out or anything. Smile, say hi, brief chitchat when we run into each other. The weekend I moved in she joked that they were really noisy. I later found out the last people who lived in my house were constantly calling in noise complaints on them, though it's never bothered me to that point. For the most part, I'm okay with it - just the nature of living close to other people. The scraping furniture sound, though.. makes me jump out of my chair. I've mentioned to them late a few nights - since we can talk from our balconies, but I think they had all had too much to drink to remember the next day.
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