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In Topic: Guns

17 June 2019 - 02:44 PM

View Postgolden_valley, on 17 June 2019 - 01:02 PM, said:

Some dude was killed in a shoot out with police near a federal court building in Dallas TX. Take a look at the photo of this guy taken before death. What's the dollar value of all that stuff he's toting and why should any civilian be allowed to have any of it? (And don't answer the 2nd Amendment to which I will say "flintlocks for all")

Only the visible stuff, and discounting his everyday wear, and not knowing if that is simply a tactical vest (likely) or actual armor (doesn't look like it), probably $1k or less. It's also tough to tell what the holster poking out behind him would be holding. The shape suggests to me it's probably a long barrel revolver of some sort, so that may be pushing the limits of a $1k total.

Should he be allowed to have any of it? Well, those glasses indicate a questionable fashion sense, for sure. The boots also.

In Topic: Unraveling the Iran Deal (or How to Put Iran's Nuclear Program Into Overd...

17 June 2019 - 02:31 PM

I don't know what to call it.

I'm reluctant to claim that I'm way smarter, more clever, and more devious than anyone in the governments on either side of this incident. On the other hand, knowing nothing of how operations like this get carried out and using only my imagination I can think of several ways this could have been handled that wouldn't seem so completely incompetent and bungled at every turn.

My understanding so far is thus:
1. Put limpet mines on some oil tankers.
2. Make sure it's above water level so it's super visual.
3. Make sure it's more of an inconvenience than an actual threat.
4. Do it against a ship from Japan, while they're on an official visit.
5. Ignore all the publicity sure to surround these and other attacks.
6. Sail up in broad daylight to remove an unexploded mine.

In Topic: Police Behaving Badly and What to Do About It

17 June 2019 - 11:20 AM

George, it's not just that the job is stressful, though I'm not going to dispute that bit.

When I met my wife she was taking college courses for corrections. Her experience is that a lot of people in those courses are the type of people that are eager to pull people out of their home/car at gun point. Not just, "Oh, that's going to be exciting", but rather cream-their-pants aggressiveness. It's state-sanctioned bullying writ large.

In Topic: Unraveling the Iran Deal (or How to Put Iran's Nuclear Program Into Overd...

17 June 2019 - 08:46 AM


someone standing up on the prow of the boat to remove an object from the tanker’s hull.

Uh, what? Years ago I worked with a guy that was EOD when he was in the military. From the various stories he told, one simply doesn't walk up and casually handle unexploded ordnance, let alone do so from standing on the prow of a ship, no matter how calm the waters might be.

Perhaps they were willing to risk setting off the device in broad daylight, immediately after several other explosions rocked shipping in that area, including that very ship. That seems completely ham-fisted and incompetent. Basically in complete contradiction to the claim that this was a sophisticated and highly technical operation. I'd categorize these actions in the same level-of-idiocy-bucket as 'Trump is a very stable genius'.

In Topic: The Sickness of Christianist Politics: (LGBTs, Immigrants, Etc.) - TITLE UPDATE

12 June 2019 - 07:19 AM

"The devil will quote scripture for his purposes."