Assault rifles age limit helps Christmas shoppers

I saw a bunch of articles in the past few days that mentioned one initiative proposed to help forestall future mass shootings by mentally troubled youths.  The proposal is to raise the age limit required for a youngster to attain before he is allowed to purchase an “assault rifle” on his own.

In their rush to press forward any and all limitations on guns, eager beaver journalists rushed to state capitols all around to get soundbite quotes from politicians.  In red states they tried to buttonhole Republicans, looking for quotes that could be used during electioneering later this year.   In my state, they raced around the Tennessee capitol and got a number of GOP officials to opine on some proposals that they might be willing to consider or at least permit debate on.  I was amused, sort of, by some of the Surrender Caucus saying their usual weaselly things.

I laughed out loud, though, at one passage.  This is from an article in the dead tree pulp edition of the Memphis Commercial Appeal that soiled my driveway this morning.   I did not check, but since it is probably behind their paywall, I transcribed by favorite section below.  The article has a byline by Joel Ebert of the USA Today Network.

House Speaker Beth Harwell said she was unfamiliar with the issue regarding bump stocks and wanted to study it further before reaching a decision.   “I’m certainly, with the President of the United States supporting it, it certainly makes it high profile and gives it credibility.  I’d have to study the issue a little bit more” she said.

Harwell declined to answer a question about raising the age to buy assault weapons, noting that she recently purchased one for her son.   “When that’s the only thing he wants for Christmas, what do you do, right?” she rhetorically asked.

Har har har har, hoo hoo hoo.   Journalists want to raise the age for her son to purchase the weapon she just gave him for Christmas.   Of course; this is a great answer.   It is already really hard to find good Christmas gifts for teenage sons, so, if they cannot buy the assault rifle they want, it simply goes under the Christmas tree.  Win-win!

Representative Harwell is running for governor of Tennessee.  This just makes me even more inclined favorably to her candidacy than before.   I don’t know her sons’ ages, but I have no doubt that Tennessee is a more safe place because they are armed.

 

TOTD 2018/1/5: Favorites Games & Toys from Your Childhood

I was thinking about this topic because my kids were home over Christmas, and even though they are in their mid-20s now, they broke out board games to play on our dining room table, late into the night.  They were none of the games I remember though! They played Settlers of Cataan, Phase 10 and King Domino.  Some that I remember from growing up in the 1960s are:

Fascination Pool – a plastic maze board that looked like a pool table – the picture above. You held it in your hands, released little balls from the center and tried to tip the board to get all the balls one by one into the color-corresponding pockets – but not let them roll into the wrong-color pocket.

King of the Hill – another game with little balls, you spun a spinner to move your marble up the mountain on little paths, but sometimes you’d land on a spot with a hole, and your marble would drop down a chute and come out a lower level.  Whoever got their marble to the top of the hill dropped it into the crown and I think some action happened then, like the crown popped up or something?

Chinese Jump Rope – Do girls still play this?? All it took was a long circular elastic band. Two children stood about 5 feet apart with the band around their ankles and there was a whole set of jumping actions the third child did with the elastic – then if you completed those actions, the children on the end moved the band up to their knees & you performed the same actions, then to their hips and you tried to perform the same actions – quite a feat!

Did you play these?  What were your favorite games and toys from your childhood?

 


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G-d bless Her Christian Majesty, Defender of the Faith

G-d save the Queen.   I have a new Christmas tradition, for the past three years, which is listening to the Christmas broadcast of Queen Elizabeth II of the UK and British Commonwealth of Nations.   She has stepped into the spiritual breach, and has been bringing the Good News to her subjects.  She begins with themes of home, and ends with the Gospel of Jesus the Christ, our Lord and Savior.

Here is her message for this year.   It is well worth your nine minutes of time.

 

 


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From 10 To John

What do you get the person who has all they need and probably want? It is a tough question. Here is my answer.

( The gift certificate was made by our No. 2 Erasered Member who will remain nameless. )

Oops! I forgot to hide the price tag. 11,999 is not too much to pay to show appreciation for the great work that has been done.

I did promise a Ratburger Mug to Chef John Walker but that plan went to pot. (DocLor, I know that those words means something else in California now but I mean the plan didn’t go through.) Let’s face it you just can’t go wrong with a Ratburger Gift Certificate and an AutoSock, can you?

 

 

 

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TOTD 12/22/17: Christmas Songs

Is there any other holiday that fills the world with song? I live in Japan but that does not stop the BGM elves from taking control of the speakers. The songs are so varied from Santa to silly and even sacred but isn’t Christmas all those things.

Pick one and let us know in the comments.

  1. What songs do you like?
  2. What songs do you hate?
  3. Who is your favorite singer/group?

(Now I am choosing the right categories, TOTD, Christmas, Tweet and chat posts. )

TOTD 12/20: A Merry Ratburg Christmas to You

First, the obligatory Peanuts’ Christmas video.

Secord, the poorly worded Christmas joke.

A: What is Christmas all about?
B: Christmas is about a baby coming to stable-ize the world.

Third, the simple question that even Minky could understand.

What is your favorite Christmas decoration this year?

I bought this one this year.

 

(I make sure I select the right categories for this post– Christmas, Tweet and chat posts, TOTD)


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