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  1. I do. 1 Caliche Chris reacted to this "I do." Chris, this is your reaction to Bob's response . . . ?? High five as well seems to me, and why not?
  2. I guess I must be stupid too then. Personally, I never did see the cause and effect relationship/justification between being outraged about police misconduct and violence against innocent people, and unrestrained looting and arson. Lots of minority owned businesses get destroyed as well. Much of it done by outside instigators and ANTIFA terrorist types bent on creating chaos, violent societal revolution, and race wars.
  3. I'm not a White's guy, but looks and sounds like you managed to tweak it to where an improvement in performance might serve you well in the field! Let us know how it turns out.
  4. Yeah, Chris, I feel your pain, but IMO, that goes on across the board on more than one side. It's competitive differences of opinion among members. And some posts are obviously more provocative and controversial than others, I agree. But many here on the forum find it to be a stimulating diversion compared to crickets, and the Admin allows it, (up to a point)
  5. If any of the officers were aware of the knee/neck situation and didn't try to stop it, IMO that officer is wrong for standing by and doing nothing. One of the many things that bothers me about this disgustingly tragic episode, is the lack of apparent training and supervision on the part of the police. Who's call was it? The responding officer should normally be in charge and responsible unless a supervisor is present at the scene. Who was the senior officer at the scene? The senior officer should have taken over and intervened to stop the use of the knee against the neck. (except in this case, the senior officer was probably the one committing the unauthorized use of force) Any officer could have stopped it but apparently no one (in uniform), tried to. Where was the training and discipline that is expected of a professional police officer in today's society? Why was there an apparent lack of even a most basic CYA/PR concern by the police regarding the optics of kneeling on a black man's neck, in front of video cameras, especially when a black man is begging for his life? (it shouldn't have been done in private either) but to do something like that in a public setting is mind boggling to say the least. IMO, there is no evidence at this point, that racism had anything to do with it. This wasn't the Deep South of the past, (and I am aware that there is no regional monopoly on racism) but I don't think you can use racism as an explanation or as blame for stupidity, ignorance and lack of training and disciplinary deficiencies. (or for the inefficiencies, vulnerabilities, and weaknesses of the leadership of the police department and city administration) I think the cop was dumb as dirt and shouldn't have been wearing the uniform to begin with. His demeanor on the video shows him acting like he doesn't think he's doing anything wrong. He may even try an insanity defense! Based on what I saw in the video, the cause of death wasn't asphyxiation due to blockage of the carotid artery. Typically, these types of cases have multiple contributing factors, such as health of the decedent; heart disease or condition, alcohol or drug content in the body, etc. That's one reason a toxicology report usually has a bearing on the charging elements and knowing what is valid and provable against a suspect in a court of law. In this case, it appears that the DA's office didn't have time to wait for the toxicology report to come back due to the social upheaval in the community. The combined weight/ restraint of the other officers may have contributed to the death but it's unlikely that the knee in the neck alone was the cause, IMO. The whole thing just makes me sick but IMO, it's not because "the police are out of control" per se. It's because the police department of Minneapolis was not in control.
  6. Not sure what you call hot. Supposed to be around 111 in Phoenix this Thursday . . .
  7. Driving the back roads so I wouldn't get way-hayed . . .
  8. And shaken every kind of rig that's ever been made . . .
  9. Not sure you would want to wait 'til then Grubs. Might be a little much. I went through the 1994 Northridge Ca. 6.6 quake when I lived in Northridge. It felt like a near miss from a B-52 strike. Buildings and freeways collapsed, fires burning everywhere, gas lines ruptured and hissing loudly, basic utility services out, no lights, except for generator/battery/gas powered. My front door was jammed and my back/garage door had buckled shut, so I had to crawl under it to get out and start turning off the broken gas lines in the neighborhood. Lasted about 3-4 days. Those who were prepared, tended to ride it out OK, and able to help others who weren't. I happened to have two outside freezers packed full of venison, beef, pork, and fresh caught ocean fish. Fortunately, I had a lot of propane bottles for the BBQ, and lanterns to go with it. After the safety issues were dealt with, it was a non-stop block party but not something I would want to go through again. The devastation had to be seen to be believed. Several people killed and injured.
  10. In my opinion, a Fisher GB Pro is suitable for a beginner, since it is a basic turn on and go machine. I have used one successfully for several years (along with other more advanced and expensive detectors) The GB Pro tends to do a good job when used within it's capabilities, which generally speaking, is for small, shallow gold nuggets. I have taken friends out who were first time gold hunters, who actually found gold with my GB Pro, that I gave them to use. Even though it's only 19 kHz, which is fairly low for a gold machine; when used with the small coil, it can be a good choice, since it is light weight, uses a 9 Volt battery, and has both an audio and visual target indicator. If you put the coil over gold at 3-5 inches, (depending upon nugget size), and dig all targets when it beeps, it can reliably do the job, IMO. It is not a ML GM 1000, however. But for the money, if you can find a used one in good condition, I would consider it, not a bad way to start out. Mac
  11. Dat sho luke good Tom," I guaaaarontee!" Remember Justin Wilson, the Cajun cook?
  12. Not sparring or even fencing. Just bantering back and forth having a bit of fun. I was definitely not implying that you didn't find the nugget, when, where or how you said. I was referring to the comeback . . .
  13. I hear you Grubs. There were tons of screw ups and bad outcomes for sure. By all the services. Not to mention the carnage on the battlefield. That's why I don't dwell on that type of stuff either. In the Marines, we didn't always have a Medic (Corpsman), so, out in the bush, the job usually defaulted to the Squad leader or who ever was closest to the wounded Marine. Fortunately, the Dust Off, (Air Medivac) for us, was an average of about 20 minutes response time. Then, there was often a further 5 minute delay for an auto-rotate decent by the Marine CH-26 Copters per Marine Corp policy. When we could get them, I loved those young Army Warrant Officer pilots who would come in low and fast and set down, even in a hot LZ, and be on their way, while the Marine Helicopter was still doing their auto-rotate descent overhead. It wasn't a matter of anyone being afraid to get shot at, it was simply that the Marines had a very limited number of Helicopters compared to the Army and they couldn't afford to lose any.
  14. Touche' and nicely done sir. Are you sure you didn't pluck that one out of Toadalena or somewhere South of there, by any chance?
  15. Not feeling the need Luke, but now you got me curious. (Yes, I know what happened to the cat), but if the above question, was what you were asking, I didn't recognize it in it's disguised form. And to answer your question in it's undisguised form, I was channeling my inner creole/soul brother while enjoying a bowel of Chicken, Sausage, Shrimp Gumbo and Dirty rice. So I do admit that I was somewhat, "In Character" at the moment. If I sounded a little/lot goofy, I confess. Gold does that to me sometimes . . .
  16. Sounded like it to me. Unless you been drinking that very same tap water you asked me about. And of course, my response was rhetorical.
  17. Since that was a rhetorical question, I guess there's no need to tell you what happened to the cat . . .
  18. Chris, The epicenter was 32 miles from Tonopah. Maybe a new fault line opened up with new gold exposure. Since you are closer to it than I am, could you please run by there, check it out and let me Know? Thanks,
  19. Well Luke, you know wat dey say, dat beauty is in the eye of the beholder . . . an dats one I wud like to be holdin'! She sho nuff ain't ruint. Nice!
  20. Good question Steve! Actually, I was just reacting to the comment made by pairadice: "Then there was the time Patrick had to find me at night navigating by my signal fire...... " I surmised that he was talking about a campfire which could be seen at a distance in the dark for the purpose of revealing the location of a person being searched for. I really hadn't considered the signal flare angle until you mentioned it.
  21. VIETNAM REMEMBRANCES: Lots of comparisons lately between death rates of Covid -19 and the Vietnam war. Local and national news reports, forum discussions etc. No doubt about it, it's horrific. The first time I heard the comparison it was jarring. It felt like what a dog must feel when it hits the end of his chain. A Jolt. Not just because of the numbers, that's bad enough for sure but something else. An unexpected surprise due to the word association. VIETNAM! Seconds later a flood of memories . . . Most Vietnam Vets that I know, tend not to talk much about the Vietnam war, If they talk about it at all. And even then, it's usually to each other and they tend to compartmentalize the experience. They don't tell a lot of war stories as such. Instead they talk about the good times, the funny incidents, and the crazy things that can happen to people in a war zone. Accidents, carelessness and negligence caused a lot of casualties in Vietnam; "friendly fire" incidents were common. The reasons were many and varied: Inattention, fatigue, inexperience and/or poor training, over reaction/fear/panic etc. Faulty, malfunctioning equipment was sometimes a contributing factor in the causality count. One example: Early issue, design flawed M-16 rifles that were prone to jamming, which got Americans killed due to ejection and loading issues. Another example of a faulty weapon situation, (one that hit close to home), and almost resulted in a disastrous outcome, was partially caused by a broken U.S. Army hand-me-down M-79 Grenade Launcher (Blooper). The M-79 grenade launcher is a single-shot, shoulder-fired, breech loaded grenade launcher that fires a 40 MM grenade out to about 375 meters. The M-79 was designed to be a light weight weapon carried by an infantry squad to bridge the effectiveness between a hand grenade and a mortar. It makes a loud "bloop" sound when fired. In general, (from personal experience), the Marines in Vietnam were routinely issued old, worn out, combat gear, including weapons. The U.S. Army, on the other hand always seemed to be supplied with first rate everything, especially weapons. The reason was simple. They had more money. The Army had a much larger budget because they are a much larger organization than the Marine Corps. When the Army got new weapons, they handed down the old weapons to the Marines. Many of which were not fully serviceable. And the Marines, for the most part, were glad to get them. Because it was way better than nothing . . . Even the A.R.V.N.’s, (Army of the Republic of Vietnam) soldiers were issued more current/modern weapons than the Marines were. Why? Other than the Marine tradition of making do with little to nothing, I have no idea. But it did happen. So, the tendency became to just get used to it, and laugh about it. After all, “It don’t mean nothing” Comic relief is very important in a war zone. Many times, in stressful situations, people in the military tend to laugh about things that may not seem at all funny to the average person but that was a normal reaction, (for the time and place) . Naturally, among Marines you get a lot of dark humor but that's what helps people under stress get through tough situations. We laughed at the craziest things sometimes which could have gone either way. I still remember this one as being weirdly humorous, in spite of the potentially deadly consequences that existed. But I also still thank God it turned out the way it did. THE "BATTLE" OF WHITE ROCK RIDGE My squad of Marines was attached to a convoy of U.S. Army 175 MM and 8 inch SP's (self-propelled howitzers), coming out of Da Nang South bound on Route 1. The "Big Guns" were headed for LZ Baldy which normally would be a day trip, but the road was heavily mined and roadside IED's were a common hazard, so the Engineers were taking their time sweeping and digging and blowing stuff up. We had flankers out ahead of the Engineers for security against enemy snipers, but it was still a slow go. Near sundown, the Army convoy pulled off the road and circled the wagons on a small hill with all the guns pointed outward in a defensive perimeter. The Marines set up about 50 meters outside the ring of guns in two man positions. The Marine Command Post consisted of myself and our new Lt. who decided he wanted to carry the M-79 grenade launcher that day. I told the Lt. I was concerned about the M-79 (Blooper), which had a broken safety and had to be carried with the breech open, then snapped closed when ready to fire, otherwise it had a tendency to go off by itself sometimes. We had the PRC-25 radio placed against a tree and the Lt. leaned the Blooper upright against the tree trunk next to the radio. The Lt. was lying down on one side of the radio and I was lying down facing him on the other side, propped up on our elbows monitoring the nervous chit-chat of the Army guys setting in who were not used to being outside of a secure compound. The Lt. turned toward me, bumping the radio slightly with his elbow, which, in turn, jostled the M-79 that he had neglected to break open when he leaned it against the tree. The Blooper fell flat and went off, with the round landing smack in the middle of the Army Command Post. Somebody yelled Incoming! - and instantly, all hell broke loose with the 175 MM and 8" guns going off in all directions right over our heads. The Lt. and I were rolling around doubled up in laughter for a few seconds, then he said, "I better do something or this may go on all night" He pulled out his map, grabbed the radio mike and called in a fire mission on the enemy mortar position which was a large white rock off in the distance high up on Charlie Ridge The guns quickly zeroed in on the enemy rock and obliterated the target, at which time the Lt. announced the success of the mission and called for a cease fire. We were still laughing and shaking our heads about it the next day, but we were immensely thankful that no one had been injured as a result of the incident. The M-79 was returned to it's normal user and the Lt. arranged for us to get one with a functioning safety. Over the years, I have often wondered how many medals and citations were awarded to the Army gun crews for, "The Battle of White Rock Ridge" And as a result of this unfortunate faux pas I would like to personally apologize to the U.S. Army administration and awards personnel for all the extra work involved and just say, Uh, BLOOPS?
  22. You obviously have no new, creative, or factual response, so you keep scraping the bottom of your empty trash barrel. If that's the best you can do Bob, spare yourself the embarrassment. It's not and never was about treasure. It was, and still is about gold. A sample of which you can witness in my last gold post, "Stuck on Gold", which was detected within eyesight of one of the stone monuments that you referred to. And Luke does alright on his own, without your inept assistance.. At least he makes an honest attempt, IMO, which is more than I can say for the lameness on display above.
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