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Re: [OM] OT: Life in Tempe

Subject: Re: [OM] OT: Life in Tempe
From: Moose <olymoose@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 26 May 2016 13:27:26 -0700
On 5/26/2016 5:49 AM, Chris Trask wrote:
      That reminded me of a very funny story from when I was inn high school.  
We had a neighbour named Herc who was a signalling linesman for the 
Pennsylvania (later Penn Central) Railroad.  They had a large willow tree on 
the south side of their 2-story houswe just outside the bedroom window.  A 
Mockingbird decided to take up residence there and would sing its heart out in 
the early morning.

      Herc was very direct with the way he dealt with things.  He's had enough 
of the wakeup call, and one morning the bedroom window flew open and there was 
a loud BLAM! when he pulled both triggers of his 12ga coach gun (a 
double-bareled shotgun).  Thelma, his wife, was not aware he was going to do 
this, and was so startled that she was all but glued to the ceiling.

Not funny, here.

      I liked Herc.  He could be counted on to step up to the plate, take 
charge, and stand his ground.

Knowing when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em is part of what's necessary for a civil society. This description suggests someone who may not have known when to fold 'em.

When it came to construction he could do just about anything.  Their home 
started out as a small one-story cinder block house and he turned it into a 
solid 2-story structure, doing all of the work himself.

      He was an excellent father figure.

Yes, lovely. Loaded shotgun in the bedroom. Shoot it at the crack of dawn in a residential neighborhood, which would get you arrested here. I'd call it in, and probably several neighbors. Certainly the way to instill useful social skills in children. Is it possible that some of the people around where you live learned the anti-social skills you disparage from parents like that?

"The attacks of September 11, 2001, were the deadliest terrorist act in world history and the most devastating foreign attack on American soil since the sneak attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941." The direct toll was almost 3,000. Another 1,400 rescue workers have since died, some portion undoubtedly from their work there. Another 1,100 people who were there or nearby have developed cancers likely attributable to their exposure to toxins. So lets say somewhere around 4,500 dead?

About 12-13,000 people in the US are the victims of homicide every year.

Everybody is worked up over the terrorist attacks in France and Belgium recently. But, you are statistically five times more likely to be the victim of homicide in the US than France, and 2 1/2 time more likely than in Belgium. Yes, being heavily armed certainly makes us safer.

Bah Moose

What if the Hokey Pokey *IS* what it's all about?

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