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Following in Stephanie's great footsteps, I thought I'd post a joke that a friend in Scotland sent me: A little girl was leaning into a lion's cage. Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the collar of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her, all under the eyes of her screaming parents. A biker jumps off his Harley, runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch. Whimpering from the pain, the lion jumps back, letting go of the girl, and the biker brings the girl to her terrified parents, who thank him endlessly. A BBC reporter, Laura Kuenssberg, has watched the whole event. Laura, addressing the Harley rider says, "Sir, this was the most gallant and bravest thing I've seen a man do in my whole life.” The Harley rider replies, "Why, it was nothing, really. The lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger, and acted as I felt right.” Miss Kuenssberg "Well, I'll make sure this won't go unnoticed. I'm a BBC journalist, you know, and tomorrow's news will run this story. So, what do you do for a living, and what political affiliation do you have?” The biker replies "I'm a British Army veteran, a Conservative and I voted for Brexit”. The journalist leaves. The following morning the biker turns on BBC News to see if it indeed brings news of his actions. BBC Headline: RIGHT WING UK VETERAN ASSAULTS AFRICAN IMMIGRANT & STEALS HIS LUNCH. And THAT pretty much sums up the BBC's approach to the news these days.
As always, I'm never able to read everything on JOM, so I again might be posting something that's already been seen. A friend sent me a fabulous article from The Spectator UK about why there's no reasonable choice other than ending the lockdown. https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/ten-reasons-to-end-the-lockdown-now?utm_medium=email&utm_source=CampaignMonitor_Editorial&utm_campaign=LNCH%20%2020200511%20%20%20SM+CID_028daf7c43f744f443a96921d230dcf7. Hope it's not behind a paywall.
Toggle Commented May 11, 2020 on Happy Mother's Day at JustOneMinute
I haven’t been able to read much JOM in the last couple of weeks, so I apologize if someone has already posted a link to Mark Helprin’s National Review piece about how our government has failed us since the end of the Cold War, by refusing to plan for and confront various existential threats. My guess is that he somewhat overstates our weaknesses, but is directionally correct about our self-delusions and inadequate preparations and actions. https://www.nationalreview.com/magazine/2020/05/04/american-foreign-and-defense-policy-between-scylla-and-charybdis/
Toggle Commented May 5, 2020 on Catch-22 at JustOneMinute
I’m not close to caught up today, but, for those who are looking for 9mm self defense ammunition, Classic Firearms is selling PMC jacketed hollow points for $20 per box of 50. That’s a great price for self defense ammunition, especially in these days of shortages, but the caveat is that I’ve never shot it through my guns to check feeding reliability, and know nothing about its real world penetration or expansion. But I took a flier on a thousand rounds, because I’ve used its full metal jacket range ammunition for years, with good results. Do as you will.
Toggle Commented Apr 20, 2020 on Bracing For Another Week at JustOneMinute
The sentence below is from Holman Jenkins’ OpEd today in the WSJ today about the Wuhan Flu, and the unwillingness of the news media to explain, and the populace to understand, that lots of people have to get the bug before it will subside, and that the economy can’t be allowed to die in the meantime. But I particularly enjoyed his comment about CNN: "Because of the circumstances, I find myself watching CNN quite a bit lately. As usual, Donald Trump is a liar: CNN is much worse than he says. Surely this is somehow part of the problem too."
Jane, just tell Cookie that we are very arrogant, but only wish we were billionaires :-)
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2020 on Staggering Along at JustOneMinute
Jane, thanks for hosting Caro and me. We’re now at DFW, changing planes. Kiss Kiwi for us.
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2020 on Staggering Along at JustOneMinute
Lyle, we haven’t succeeded in getting Jane to Park City. We wish you better luck with Boise. She must like humidity and bugs rather than dry and bug free :-) We’ll taunt her in person on Tuesday, bugs permitting!
Toggle Commented Mar 7, 2020 on Mulligan! at JustOneMinute
Porch, thanks for the good wishes to Caro and me. We know we’ll have a great time with Jane, and hope/expect to have a great time in Palm Beach. The latter will be a new experience for us in several ways.
Toggle Commented Mar 6, 2020 on Mulligan! at JustOneMinute
Jane, Caro and I are looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday. For what it’s worth, we have a Weber Spirit II grill which cost about $350 at Home Depot, and we like it a lot, other than the crappy system for catching grease. As for our meeting the President, it’s a buffet with 400 other paying guests, so we don’t even know if we’ll get to meet him. But we are eager to see and hear him in person, and at Mar-a-Lago no less! Details to follow. See you soon.
Toggle Commented Mar 6, 2020 on Mulligan! at JustOneMinute
We keep Lifestraws around in case the regular water supply disappears or goes bad. But our short-term solution would be the couple of cases of Blue Can Water we have, a product intended to be stable and safe for many years in 12 ounce cans.
Toggle Commented Feb 29, 2020 on That Went Well at JustOneMinute
City Journal has a fabulous debunking by John Tierney of the whole Ban Plastic movement at https://www.city-journal.org/needless-panic-over-disposable-plastic. While I strongly dislike its physical look and layout, the magazine always has lots of great fact-based articles on liberal lunacy.
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2020 on That Went Well at JustOneMinute
JMH, I just saw your statement that you’ll continue our discussion on the old thread. I won’t have time to get back there. If you wish to ask further questions, please contact me via edwardnrobinson at Google’s favorite email service. Thanks.
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2020 on Late Night Corona Watch at JustOneMinute
Clarice at 10:20 As Caro said, you never know. A different articulation would be “Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it—wherever you are.” :-)
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2020 on Late Night Corona Watch at JustOneMinute
I agree that handguns are easier for moving around the house, but we aren’t going to move from our bedroom if someone breaks in. No need to expose ourselves, since we don’t have kids in the house that we have to go protect. We’ll just point the (long) guns at the door, turn on their laser and light Crimson Trace devices, call the police, and then hold our ground. Carol’s pistol caliber carbine is a CMMG Banshee, with which we’re happy. If I were buying another, I’d probably get the Wilson Combat. Both guns use Glock magazines, which is a great overlap. We own both Glock 19’s and 43’s, and I agree that the 19’s are much easier to shoot, for the reasons both of you give. So I carry them when my back allows me to.
Thanks to Lyle and Extraneus. Another Bob’s solution is also a good one, though best if you practice at least a moderate amount, since handguns are harder to shoot accurately than light rifles. We love our Glock 19’s!
JMH, here comes more personal opinion, along with a few more facts. On the fact side: Your side by side will shoot buckshot just fine. I agree that an open bore, rather than a choked one, is better for self defense, but it’s not something to worry about. On the opinion side: I don’t like self defense weapons that hold only two rounds, because you don’t want to run out of ammunition, or have to reload, if bad guys are trying to hurt you. If you can afford it, buy something else for this purpose. Reasonable people can differ on the best choice, but Caro and I put carbines by our bed at night, while we carry 9 mm handguns while we’re up and about all day and night. The handguns carry 7-16 rounds, and the carbines hold 30-33. The carbines are easier to aim accurately, and have less recoil, as well as holding a lot of ammunition. That’s why we think they’re the best compromise for bedtime self-defense. Caro’s is a 9mm “pistol” carbine that is light and short; mine is a 5.56mm that is a little heavier and longer (and more powerful). Neither has meaningful recoil. So they’re much easier to shoot accurately and quickly than a handgun Whatever gun you have, keep it by the bed and fully loaded at night.. During the day, carry a fully loaded handgun that you like shooting and practicing with. Why require yourself to collect the gun and load it if you’re being threatened, when speed matters and panic can make you less competent? Let us know if you’d like more details.
JMH, in a quick skim I didn’t see a response to your question about self-defense ammunition for your 20 gauge, so here’s one. As with all issues gun-related, there are lots of strong and divergent opinions on the best choice. I think the plurality or even majority would be for you to use buckshot, which gives you fewer but heavier shot, each of which would cause more individual damage than the lighter birdshot options, which have more pellets. As for where to buy, almost any gun shop would likely have some. I buy a lot online from Brownells, which has great customer service and reasonable prices. Midway USA is also very good. The most important thing is to be familiar and handy with the gun itself. The weakness I have with my pump action self-defense shotgun is that I’m so used to semiautomatic handguns and rifles that I often forget to rack the slide after each shot. So practice that action, even if only in dry fire. Hope this helps.
Dr. J, I only get to read JOM in fits and starts, so I don't know if anyone gave you suggestions about music streaming services that have good classical suggestions. In case they didn't, I copied an editorial from The Absolute Sound (February 2020 issue) about what's going on in that world, planning to paste it here. But that didn't work. Bottom line, Tidal and Qobuz offer a lot of CD-level and higher quality streaming music, and Amazon has said that it will start doing the same. Apple Music and Spotify have so far stuck with the less good "lossy" formats. Hope this helps.
Toggle Commented Jan 31, 2020 on Going Gentle Into That Good Night at JustOneMinute
As always, I've had to skip chunks of the postings, so I don't know if this American Thinker piece has already been posted. But it's worth re-linking so that everyone has the chance to read Frank Watt's dissection of the FISA warrant process, making it clear that the 17 serious "mistakes" found by IG Horowitz could only have been the result of intentional participation by high level FBI and DOJ figures in a planned attack on Trump. https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2019/12/two_possibilities_in_trump_wiretapping_and_neither_is_good.html
Toggle Commented Dec 28, 2019 on Happy Boxing Day! at JustOneMinute
Iggy at 12:41 Those are two fabulous versions of the carol. While I’m generally partial to Pavarotti’s voice, Bjorling was wonderful. Thanks for the links. And Merry Christmas to all from Caro and me.
Toggle Commented Dec 25, 2019 on A Christmas Eve Story at JustOneMinute
D, Caro and I are doing well. My kids and their families are here for Christmas week, with Carole’s daughter and grandson joining us at the end of the week. We had a great visit with Man Tran and Mrs. MT earlier in the month. On the political front, we’re very pleased by the substance of the Horowitz report being so honest about the gross misbehavior by the FBI and “leading” Democrats, even if Horowitz was chicken in his bias statement. Hope all the Independents understand these facts and understand what they mean about Democrats, the MSM, and the truth. Hope everyone is having a great holiday season.
Toggle Commented Dec 23, 2019 on Saturday Morning at JustOneMinute
We have a great indoor range in Park City, UT, to which MT and Mrs. MT have been. The summers there are perfect for almost everyone: not too hot, low humidity, few bugs, and great scenery. We’d be happy to help organize a meetup, if that location works for enough people. We even have some guns to lend :-)
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2019 on Happy Thanksgiving All! at JustOneMinute
The handgun competition we were in doesn’t require quick reloading in most of.the process, so Mrs. MT would have plenty of time to rack the slide, if time is the issue. Otherwise, she could use her revolver, and have almost no speed worries about reloading after every five shots. Details if you want them.
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2019 on Happy Thanksgiving All! at JustOneMinute
MT at 3:25. Congratulations to Mrs. MT on that fabulous shooting. The two of you (and any other JOM’ers) should join Caro and me in St. George next October to compete in the Huntsman World Senior Games. We did Centerfire Handgun this year, with Caro winning a gold medal in her age class, and I a bronze. And please do stop here on your way back from North Carolina. We’re in St. George all of December, except December 2-4 at Front Sight for training. Call or write if you want to talk about any of this.
Toggle Commented Nov 29, 2019 on Happy Thanksgiving All! at JustOneMinute