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    Rockford, Illinois

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    Motorcycling, bicycling, shooting

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  1. Vito

    Christmas Cards...

    That will be hard to un-see.
  2. 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.
  3. My old friend Mike Hunt had problems everytime he gave someone his name.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. The reality is that other Democrats at this political rally masquerading as a memorial to Aretha Franklin did NOT shout this bigot off the stage. They are more than happy to treat this POS as someone of substance and worth, as they also do with Louis Farrakhan, Al Sharpton and other lowlives. Trying to maintain a dialogue with the Left is a total waste of time. No compromise with them ever serves us well. Personally I think that the Justice Department should declare the Democrat Party a subversive organization, and membership to which being a crime.
  13. Soon I will making an extended road trip to the Western U.S., and then up to Vancouver in Canada. I know that bringing a handgun into Canada is a no-go, and I would not be willing to take the chance on getting caught doing so. Plus, several of the other states I will be in would be problematic for me to bring a handgun. But I have thought that maybe I should just take a shotgun, (12 gauge pump, 20 in barrel) so I am not making the entire trip unarmed. What is involved in bringing a shotgun with me to Canada and how much of a hassle is it to do this? Hope some members here on the forum can give me some advice.
  14. Vito

    Feeding the homeless

    Is open carry legal in Florida? It would seem a good short barrel 12 gauge would be a good thing to have with you when walking your dog at night in Florida. You might encounter a gator, or another Travon Martin and you need to be prepared. In a pinch I guess a 9mm semi auto would do, at least for the Travon Martins.
  15. South Africa is a classic situation where the supposedly unbiasd media has decided not to report on an issue that does not line up with their agenda. Just as major TV networks in the U.S. ignored the entire "Fast and Furious" scandal because it would expose the Obama administration to scrutiny, the world wide media will not fully cover this racial theft in South Africa because it upsets their myth of how apartheid was so evil and now that the blacks have political power all is paradise in that country. It would show that the beloved party of Nelson Mandela, the ANC, is really just a bunch of left wing thugs. You can bet that when South Africa begins to starve, and is turning into another Zimbabwe, the media will be demanding the U.S. respond with money to the "humanitarian" crisis.
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