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    Motorcycling, bicycling, shooting

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  1. Vito

    Tips for Storing Ammunition

    You must shoot a lot, or want your surviving family to have the ammo as an investment for the future. I really can't imagine having that much money tied up in ammo. After reading your post I went to my ammo cabinet and looked and see that I have about 4,000 22LR, and about 2,000 of other pistol calibers, and do not plan on buying any until I am down to less than half that total. I admit I am impressed at that 100,000 figure!
  2. For most of my 24 years in the Army I worked either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, or sometimes both, as the hospital duty officer. As a non-Christian that does not celebrate Christmas, I always volunteered to work this holiday, as well as Easter Sunday, feeling that it was the right thing to do to not make someone that does celebrate the holiday spend it away from family. Of course, being in the military meant that the extra work was without extra pay, but the satisfaction of knowing I helped someone else not have to miss Christmas was more than enough to make the volunteering worthwhile.
  3. Vito

    Tips for Storing Ammunition

    All my ammo is in a locked cabinet. But I really do not have concern about a child getting access, as ammo without a firearm is pretty benign.
  4. Vito

    Race Issues Considering Moving

    In general I think there is far less Anti-Semitism today than when I was growing up. The Catholic church was pretty openly anti-Semitic when I was a kid in the late '40's, early '50' s in Brooklyn, NY, even with, or maybe because the neighborhood was about 50% Jewish. My last 17 years in the working world was with a Catholic health care company, sponsored by three congregations of Catholic women religious where I was one of a very few Jews in a senior management position. The good Sisters were the opposite of anti-Semites, going out of their way to wish me well on Jewish holidays, being ultra sensitive to language that might be considered offensive to Jews (like saying "Jewed down" instead of saying negotiated a lower price) and were about the most moral, caring and wonderful people I ever have known in my 75 years. Even the overwhelming majority of the priests were great people that were more than considerate of my being Jewish (other than 1 of the several Bishops that I had to deal with). Much of the anti-Semitism I see today is emanating from the Muslim community, particularly recent immigrants of Arabic backgrounds. Living in a smaller city in the Midwest, one with a minuscule Jewish community (of which I am not involved) I find zero day to day anti-Semitism in my life. If your problem is with your church, maybe its time to look at other Christian denominations that are more welcoming to you with your unusual background.
  5. Vito

    Christmas Cards...

    That will be hard to un-see.
  6. Vito

    Christmas Cards...

    None anymore. My social circle is almost totally gone. I'm 75 and most of my old friends were older than me, and virtually all have passed or in one case, no longer remembers who I am. I've got a few younger friends, but if I see them more than two or three times a year it would surprise me. And sending cards by "snail mail" seems as antiquated as having a land line telephone (I still have one of those). My only season's greetings now are comments on Facebook for my "Friends", mostly relatives that I don't much care for anyway.
  7. My old friend Mike Hunt had problems everytime he gave someone his name.
  8. Vito

    Material things your wife wont let you have....

    Now if I could just get to go to the range and become familiar at least with firearms.
  9. Vito

    Material things your wife wont let you have....

    When I was a young married man with one new baby at home, I told my wife that I was thinking about getting a motorcycle, something I had daydreamed about since I was a teenager. She was absolutely against it, worrying about me getting killed and leaving her without a husband and our son without a father. I gave in and didn't buy one. A number of years passed by and now we had four kids at home, but none babies anymore, and I told my wife I was still thinking about a motorcycle. She said "those things scare me and I hope you don't get one". But I decided this was something I really wanted to do and a few days later rode up to the house on my new shiny cruiser. There were a few cool days in our home without much conversation but it didn't take long before she asked to go for a ride with me. Since then I have bought and sold many bikes, and when I retired she didn't even blink when I spent over $25K on a new Honda Goldwing as my retirement gift to myself. My wife is a quilter, and owns several sewing machines. When she wants a new machine (and they can cost almost as much as a new motorcycle) and it is really important for her, I tell her to go for it. We'll work out the finances later but life is too short to deny yourself what you really want, if that "want" is within reason. I think our mutual attitude toward money is part of how we have stayed together for 52 years so far. Best decision I ever made in my life was marrying this woman.
  10. Just to avoid confusion, when you refer to survey polls but refer to them as "pols", an abbreviation often used to mean "politicians", it might cause some confusion. FWIW, I don't trust the polls at all, especially now that due to the violence or threatened violence by members of the Left, many might not be willing to tell the truth about supporting Trump or Conservative candidates.
  11. Vito

    If you're going to San Francisco ...

    The last time I was in SF was about 10 years ago when I was working. The very first thing I noticed, even then, was the number of homeless people everywhere. Even in upscale shopping areas, homeless were sleeping by retail storefronts and sales staff said that calling the police results in nothing. SF has a number of nice little parks, like an oasis of green in an urban setting. But every bench in every park was taken over by homeless and their belongings. Ordinary citizens and tourists alike were denied the use of these parks. But this is what the locals obviously want, since they do nothing to make their city uninviting to this army of the mentally ill and drug addicted. And while I have no desire to ever go back to SF, I now have a son and his family living in the L.A. area. They are actually in Santa Monica and only a few blocks from the ocean. While there are homeless around, many camped out along the bike path that runs along the beach toward Venice, I was still able to enjoy the area and the visit. I could never live anywhere in that state, because I could not tolerate the anti-gun and ultra Leftwing political climate, something that does not seem to bother my son and his wife one iota.
  12. I think this woman will hang in there long after any normal person would have left, for health or other reasons. She is a radical Leftist, who has openly said she wanted Hilary Clinton to win the election in 2016. She has openly trashed the 2nd Amendment, saying that "since it is no longer necessary to keep a musket in one's home, the 2nd Amendment is irrelevant" or words to that effect. She has bad mouthed the Constitution, saying she much prefers the Constitutions from some other countries, like South Africa's. She clearly revels in her adoration by the far Left. She clearly felt no need to give up the spotlight when Obama was in office because she was sure she could wait until well into a Clinton presidency. I fervently wish for her to be off the Supreme Court. By retirement ideally, by death or other means is she doesn't want to leave voluntarily. She is a cancer in the American system and her departure will be a blessing to us all.
  13. Vito

    2 die in fall in yosemite park

    People often do stupid things, like walking right to the edge of a cliff with unstable footing. But the fact that two people fell to their deaths at the same place and time make me think that this was a double suicide, not an unfortunate accident.
  14. I think many of us will live long enough to see a world similar to what was portrayed in the science fiction movie with Tom Cruise, "Minority Report", where scanners on doors of stores and other places read your retina pattern and determine who you are. We may not get to retina scans but facial recognition is already in widespread use and before long you might walk into a store and a voice will greet you by name, and ask you if you liked your take out Chinese food last night, and are you still considering that new holster you were looking at online, and whether or not you might want to look at xxxx in the store you just entered, or something very similar. And between facial recognition, license plate scanning, and tracking via cell phone towers, the government will know pretty much everyplace you have been, who you talked to, and maybe even what you said. Privacy will become a relic of the past, and when a gun ban is made the law, they will know exactly where to come to get your guns. Maybe right now, before its too late, a buried water proof case with at least a bug out gun and ammo is the right strategy.
  15. Vito

    Planned Parenthood question

    The prohibition on not-for-profits engaging in political activity has long been used in a totally biased manner. Black churches, most or all with tax exempt status as not for profit religious entities, openly endorse Democrat candidates. They were a major political force in the elections of Obama. But the Federal government did nothing, not even threaten to revoke their tax exempt status out of fear of accusations of racism. Planned Parenthood, an entity overwhelmingly focused on providing abortions and little else, is a major arm of the Democrat Party. The IRS should be investigating them at least, and if current IRS leadership do not want to do so, Trump needs to fire those people and install some who will do their job properly. I would not shed a single tear if somehow tonight every Planned Parenthood clinic in the nation were set on fire and destroyed.
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