Tom, I remember you as being in shape. But that was years ago (okay, decades). Yes, I am in the worst shape I've ever been in as well. It comes with age I believe. But I do walk a lot: at least two miles a day, back and forth from the subway. No, I'm not in Tucson, just a little further east. Okay, way further east. A long way from San Fernando.
It is a neat place to climb. Talk with one of the archaeology professors at the U of A to get to see the pit houses and rock art. It is worth your time and effort.
Try "the Hill" after a summer "monsoon" rain. Higher humidity, much the same heat, and when you get to the top, EVERYTHING is covered with other-wordly crawling critters. Enough up there to not allow sleep, even after the hike!
'three-fourths of an eternity' will almost get you to the 'window' too - bring lots of water...
What a great editorial. I hope you've sent an enlarged laminated copy to the "FLAKE".
Dear Editor: after reading your piece, and the posts above, I shall not attempt any civil discourse, none will get through. Everyone's mind is deeply sunk in their own point of view, but I do offer some thoughts as I see it: Gun owners fear confiscation, fact. It will never be successful, fugheddaboutit. About as successful as the "war on drugs" I calculate. Passing more laws? Ok, but the idea is - effective"Will they CHANGE anything? Lastly, let's say you kill one of the Bill of Rights - 2nd Amendment. If that happens, any thought to what's next on the "slippery slope?" Like maybe - the First Amendment? Like your sacred right to "flip off" anybody you feel like? Then, you may be in danger if you do. Adolph took that away, mein fruend.
@cempiremtn would go to war against his/her neighbors to keep a gun.
Exactly. The madness of gun ownership: destructive power without a point.
Gee, ZKen thanks for telling me how I should spend the money that I earned by my own efforts. Perhaps you should spend your money on a visectomy. It could only help.
The NRA is run by the "Gun Hole" Chapter. What are the "qualifications", to belong? Well, the the first is a deep seated inferiority complex. The next is greed. The third is no sense of proportion. Just think of all the things you could spend $1500 dollars on. A vacation, food for your animals or children, a refrigerator, car repairs, martial arts training, clothes, donations to programs for Military amputees, wives and children of firemen, police, first responders, mental health evaluations for their own children, etc. etc. It is all about justification. Justification for all the wasted money spent on "Assault weapons', that are useless in most excusable defense situations and which serve only to bolster a cowardly sense of inadequacy. Buy yourself a "golden Gun" for a golden future day of super heroic self delusion. Of course, there is the last and greatest group of "Gun Holes". These are the people that make mass kill guns, buy the people that vote for their greed, and the people that pander to and sell to the selfishly deluded who feel that they can't defend themselves with less than ten bullets. There you are, heroically mowing down the hordes of burglars, trespassers, neighbors dogs, teenagers, commies, tax collectors, immigrants, atheists, proctologists and all others who seek to invade the nether regions. What do mean honey, I'm a donkeyhole? If you had just bought those drum magazines we could have got em all!
cempiremtn, Civil War? Really? Which side are you on? The second Amendment is so out of date it needs to be Amended.
Old Man.... I will license my guns just after the last Criminal does....How bad do you want American Citizens disarmed...enough for a civil war? Really?
One day, All people will be required to have a license to have a gun and possibly have to have a liability insurance to go with it, just like a car.
That will be a great day!
Blah. Blah. Blah. When Sen. Manchin, who co-sponsored the back ground check amendment met with parents of some of the slain children he admitted that had it been in effect last year it wouldn't have changed anything. Tells me something. I love how Obummer had his hissy fit and demonstrated to the whole world what an insecure child he really is. He was pissed because he wanted it to pass in the Senate so it could be defeated in the Republican House. Then he and his buddies in the press could point fingers and accuse the G.O.P. of wanting to mow down the children that they didn't already starve to death. Just one more thought on gun control laws. Yesterday in Illinois ( home of some the strictest gun laws in the country ) a guy murdered 5 people. The strange part is that he did it with a gun. Guess we need more laws !!
Just in case all of you haven't been paying attention, there is a background check system in existence and it did not solve anything. There was a assault weapon bad in effect during Colombine, what good did it do. Most folks missed the point that this bill would only affect law-abiding citizens. Law enforcement and the varied attorney generals across the country do not enforce the existing gun laws, and that is a fact. See Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse analysis. If asked for, I can give at least 8 laws that could have prevented many of the shootings, had the federal government decided to hold criminals for their actions. Gabby's husband should be charged with a felony for lieing on form 4473, but because of his status, it will not happen.
It wouldn't have prevented Newtown even if it was passed 5 years ago. So much for reasoning.
Did you know it would have made a felon out of any pot smoker selling a gun? You might want to *read* the bill before going on a rant. And what's up with all the "Y'all"s ??
9 of 10 Americans want more Background checks..Bla Bla Bla...what the "Media" does not tell you is that S.649, the Senate Bill just voted on, Would make me a Federal Felon for handing my friends grandson, my pistol to shoot on MY property. And in the Largest Survey Ever of Street Law enforcement officers, Assault Weapons Bans were not a needed, concealed carry permits were good, armed Citizens were not a problem, More Background checks were not needed. See the survey at..PoliceOne.com. It is a police only site, where officers speak their mind. Lets listen to the "Real Experts" on crime in the streets, NOT Politicians.
To Ricardo Small...
Thank you for your rays of optimism in this quagmire. Congratulations and all the best to you.
@ OldTucsonGrandpa You make the case: American society needs a Gun-Toters Anonymous.
You have shown (once again) that you are capable of only linear thought. One of your many problems appears to be your lack of understanding of what the problems facing this country really are -- and you, and most left leaning lemmings, follow only the left-owned and controlled mass media. WHere being a liberal once had very positive connotations (e.g., JFK), people like you have followed "nut cases" like Pelosi and Reid through the rabbit hole and into the downward spiral that is (in my opinion) leadinf to the destruction of the democratic process as the Constitution has defined it. Chicage, home of Obama, has one of the worst gun crime problems in the world -- one would think that if the President has such a forward thinking and insightful philosophy that he would have cleaned up his home district to use as a model. Fact is (and I know that facts really disturb those on the left) the President has NOT lead through example -- he pontificates vis TV based upon opinion poles. That, in my opinion, is neither leadership nor intelligent.
@Kentop Yeah, Danehy's a sore loser. So are several hundred school children and maybe thousands of public employees who, over the last decade, were murdered by gun-toting bastards. So are the 50,000 people who off themselves each year using guns at home. So are the hundreds of thousands more killed, injured, mugged, or threatened and thus traumatized for life by people too easily armed and ready to pull the trigger at the slightest offense ... or none at all.
You do raise one good point: non-job-related gun ownership itself as a mental health issue. Otherwise, why are those destructive little metal contraptions so important to their possessors except as fetish objects, limitless extensions of their power that otherwise only extends to the ends of their arms, a way to get off at hearing a loud noise and watching targets representing living things, and living things themselves, blasted as a result? Something to think about. (You do think?)
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