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Saturday, March 2, 2024

I Voted For Superman (Among Others)

Above, Dean Cain in 2018.

Yesterday, I mailed in my completed ballot for the National Rifle Association's election of their Board of Directors. 

The ballot stipulated that up to 25 candidates can be voted for. There was also a by-laws amendment measure on the ballot.

Of the candidates I voted for, actor Dean Cain, formerly of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, was one of them. He was running for re-election to the NRA Board.

Above, the current (March) issue of American Rifleman.

The ballot was included with the current issue of American Rifleman magazine.  

Hopefully, once the election is over, the Board can get to the task of straightening out the financial and membership issues left in the wake of Wayne LaPierre's departure. 

Yellowstone Approaching Spring Season

Above, Lower Yellowstone Falls. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Yellowstone National Park is a playground for winter sports activities such as snowmobiles, snowcoaches and skiing.

But the winter season is nearing its end and the park will be gearing up for the spring season.

According to National Parks Traveler:

Yellowstone National Park’s winter season wraps up early March as roads begin to close to snowmobile and snowcoach travel. By March 16, most visitor services and park roads will be closed including the South, West and East entrances. The park annually closes most roads at this time of year to prepare them for a spring opening for the public. 

To read more, go here

Interest-Free Home Loans For Illegal Aliens In California


The Looney Left Report

Thank God that I moved out of the People's Republic of California. The place has gotten loonier and loonier ever since I did six years ago. I knew this would happen once Gavin Newsom became governor.

Here's the latest, courtesy of the Gateway Pundit:

Meanwhile in the Democrat hellhole of California…

Illegal aliens will get interest-free home mortgage loans under a new California bill.

Democrat assemblymember Joaquin Arambula (Fresno) recently introduced Assembly Bill 1840 to extend a first-time homebuyer loan program to illegal aliens.

If the bill becomes law, illegal aliens will be eligible for a new program that offers a loan worth 20% of the purchase price of the residential property. There are no monthly payments and no interest accrues on the loan. Rather, the loan is paid back when the borrower refinances or sells the property. The borrower will have to pay back the original loan plus a 20% increase in the value of the property.

I guess the Democrats haven't learned any lessons from the mortgage meltdown of 2008.

To read more, go here

Friday, March 1, 2024

Castle Doctrine States

 



Castle doctrine refers to self-defense laws that allow individuals to use force, including deadly force, to protect themselves within their own homes or other legally occupied spaces without the obligation to retreat.

Dollar At ¥150


Now that we're in a new month, it is time to take a peek at how the U.S. dollar is faring against the Japanese yen in foreign exchange.

According to SaltWire:

Against the yen, the dollar was up 0.26% at 150.36, after rising 6.3% in the first two months of the year. The moves put the Japanese currency close to its weakest levels since November and not far off the lowest since 1990.

This is one of the big reasons why travel to Japan is more popular than ever. Travelers are able to exchange for more yen to spend. This boosts American tourists' purchasing power in Japan.

To read more, go here.

Century Drive-In Theater

Above, a view of the Century Drive-In with its Cinerama screen erected in front of the old screen in 1964.

One noteworthy theater in the Los Angeles area was Pacific Theaters' Century Drive-In Theater. It opened on July 2, 1949.

It was noteworthy for having a curved Cinerama screen (erected in 1964) to show Cinerama movies and being under the approach to Los Angeles International Airport with resulting jet engine noise from approaching planes. It was located near Hollywood Park Racetrack.

The first Cinerama feature shown there was This Is Cinerama

The theater had spaces for 918 cars. It originally was a single screen drive-in, but a second screen was added in the 1970s.  

When the theater was to start showing Cinerama movies, a curved screen was erected in front of the old standard screen. 

I never saw a Cinerama movie there, but I did see other movies at the Century Drive-In such as Gone With The Wind. We generally tried to avoid the Century due to the jet noise from planes on approach to LAX. Before the advent of jets, airplane noise was not a problem.

The drive-in was demolished in 1984.

To read more, go here.

Southside Theater In Los Angeles

Above, the Southside Theater in 1949.

On Vermont Avenue near Imperial Highway in Los Angeles stood the Southside Theater. Well, the building still stands as a church, but it looks largely unchanged since it opened on September 21, 1949.

It was the closest theater to where I lived in Los Angeles from 1958 to 1966. 

The design of the theater looked like a giant quonset hut, but it was a big theater that had 1,466 seats.

Above, I went with friends to see this movie at the Southside Theater.

I have been to the theater many times with my parents in the 1960s. But the only movies I remember seeing there were The War Lord (1965) with Charlton Heston and  Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971) with Melvin Van Peebles.

To read more about the Southside Theater, go here.

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Rio Theater In Los Angeles

Above, the Rio Theater circa 1970. The Gospel Records shop once
 was a novelty shop with magic tricks, masks, jokes and other items.

Back around December 1961, Walt Disney's Babes In Toyland with Annette Funicello and Tommy Sands was released. 

Earlier that year (March),  Eugène Lourié's giant monster in London flick, Gorgo was released by MGM. 

I saw both movies on a double-bill at the Rio Theater in Los Angeles on Western Avenue near Imperial Highway with my parents and an aunt and cousins. I don't remember much of Babes In Toyland, but Gorgo is one of my favorite monster movies.


The Rio Theater opened on December 25, 1948 with Red River starring John Wayne and Montgomery Clift. 

The theater closed in 1971 as the neighborhood deteriorated due to gang activity. It was demolished in the 1990s.

Gun Owners of America Comes Out Swinging Against John Cornyn

Above, Sen. John Cornyn official portrait.

The dust hadn't even settled after the announcement yesterday by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell that he was stepping down in November that Texas Sen. John Cornyn announced he was running for the Senate Republican Leader post.

Gun Owners of America is not at all happy with the announcement.

According to the Daily Caller:

Gun Owners Of America (GOA) shared their concerns Thursday with Republican Texas Sen. John Cornyn after he announced his intention to run for Senate Republican Leader, just one day after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said he would be stepping down as leader in November.

In an exclusive phone call with the Daily Caller, Aidan Johnston, the Director of Federal Affairs for GOA, said Cornyn is not a Conservative pro-gun leader, mentioning pieces of legislation that Cornyn has supported in the past, which Johnston described as gun control.

“The United States Senate deserves a conservative pro-gun leader, and John Cornyn is not that person, it seems. I’ll say every time a gun issue comes up: He’s right there with a compromise. And that’s not leadership. That’s just capitulation to gun control. Americans deserve someone who will refuse to compromise with their God-given Second Amendment rights. And unfortunately, John Cornyn is, always, always, always cutting deals with our Second Amendment,” Johnston told the Caller.

To read more, go here

12 Steps To A Stress-Free RV Trip

Above, at Fillmore (Utah) KOA Kampground. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

RV season is approaching. In less than a month, it will be springtime. 

For those new to the RV lifestyle or as a refresher for seasoned RVers, RV Travel has posted 12 steps to a stress-free RV trip.

They begin it with:

To be sure, RVing is not always stress-free. But in the video below, Izzy from Endless RVing, a channel that won one of our 2024 RV video awards, shares 12 tips to increase your chances of a stress-free RV trip.

Izzy says that before he and MJ start any long RV trip, they have a specific checklist they go through before leaving. They share that checklist in this video because paying attention to it can be the key to stress-free RV trips.

To read more and see the video, go here

Surging Gas Prices


Gasoline prices have been surging upwards during the past two weeks.

Currently, a gallon of unleaded regular in the Gallup, New Mexico area is around $3.099. Luckily for me, I filled my gas tank last week at $2.779/gallon in Gallup. Thank goodness I get around 30 miles per gallon with the Mustang.

If New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signs S.B. 41 (gas tax bill) into law (if she hasn't done so already) that the Democrats passed during this year's legislative session, we could see at least fifty cents a gallon more at the pump. So, take $3.099/gallon and add fifty cents to it, New Mexico drivers would be paying $3.599/gallon.

According to Forbes:

TOPLINE The national average price for a gallon of gasoline hit a four-month high on Wednesday, and analysts expect it to keep rising as oil prices trend upward, refineries struggle with capacity and states transition to a more expensive summer fuel blend, though prices are far from where they were at their mid-2022 peak.

KEY FACTS

Drivers in the U.S. are paying roughly $3.31 for a gallon of gas on Wednesday, according to data from GasBuddy, while AAA puts the price slightly lower, at an average of $3.29.

We have a mothballed refinery here in Jamestown, New Mexico. It has been shut down since 2020. 

People in New Mexico need to contact the governor and demand that she veto S.B. 41! 

To read more, go here.

Ammo Order

Above, this week's order that arrived yesterday. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Yesterday morning, I received a package from Cabela's of ammunition I bought with a birthday gift card from a friend. I ordered the ammo on Monday. Talk about fast service!

I ordered a box of 410 shotgun shells, two boxes of 12 gauge shotgun shells and a box of .30-30 centerfire cartridges.

A few hours after receiving the package, I received an email from Cabela's stating that my order was "just shipped". This, of course, had me wondering if this was a goof-up on their part and they sent me another package of ammo. 

I called customer service and told them about the email and that I had already received the order. With the order number I gave them, they checked and said that the email pertained to the package that arrived that morning. I told them I was wondering if they got a bit more generous than usual and sent me more ammo. 

We had good laugh.

Woman In Birthday Suit Goes On Rampage In Venice

Above, this is even weird by California standards.

Here's some news of the weird, thanks to my "honorary sister" who passed this on.

A naked woman went on a violent rampage at California's Venice Beach boardwalk. This reminds me of the time I was coming home from work and at the end of my freeway exit in Hawthorne, a nude middle-aged woman was standing at the crosswalk and waving at motorists exiting the freeway.

After leaving the exit, I went to the gas station down the street to get gasoline. While I was pumping gas, I saw a police car pass by and the woman was in the back seat. She must've been on drugs or something.

According to the Gateway Pundit:

A crazed woman was caught on video going on a violent rampage in a tony Los Angeles neighborhood and even used a medieval weapon during part of the attack.

The incident occurred Monday according to TMZ. Witnesses saw a fully naked lady go berserk on a boardwalk in Venice Beach, confronting and attacking residents before another woman intervened.

The woman, dressed in a black tank top, attempted to end the madness with spiked clubs. The video, captured by TMZ, shows the clothed woman swinging a club at the nudist, who retreats to defend herself. This process repeats itself for several minutes.

Naturally, people may wonder what the police did about this incident. Apparently not much.

According to the article:

Police did not respond to TMZ for comment when asked if anyone was arrested following the incident.

Los Angeles has been ravaged with serious crime over the past several years thanks to Democrat-run leadership. But this incident qualifies as bizarre even by their standards.

To read the full story, go here

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

NRA Gun Safety Class At TRW

A discussion this morning on Facebook about the recent Ninth Circuit Court panel's ruling on gun advertising in junior sports magazines reminded me that I took the National Rifle Association gun safety class while in the Boy Scouts (Troop 158 in Los Angeles) at the TRW Space Park in Redondo Beach.

I had done target shooting prior to this with my dad and neighborhood friends at Centinela Park in Inglewood, California, so I was already familiar with handguns.

The TRW Space Park now belongs to Northrop Grumman. 

The NRA gun safety class was held in a conference room in the tallest building at the Space Park. 

Here's a photo (from a post card) of the building (the white one) and Space Park when it was still TRW:


The Boy Scouts still has a shooting sports safety program. For information,, go here.

Songs By Elvis and Jimi Hendrix Now On The Moon

Above, Jimi Hendrix on September 17, 1970.

A U.S. spacecraft has touched down on the moon for the first time since 1972 when Apollo 17 landed there. The spacecraft was unmanned, but it did contain digitalized recordings of top rock superstars including Jimi Hendrix and Elvis Presley.

Far Out Magazine reported:

For the first time since 1972, an American spacecraft has touched down on the moon, bringing digitised recordings from some of the greatest musicians ever, including Jimi Hendrix.

The spacecraft, called Odysseus, has tucked tunes into the time capsule resting on the moon’s surface from legendary 20th-century artists including Elvis Presley, Marvin Gaye, Santana, Chuck Berry, Sly & the Family Stone, Bob Marley, Janis Joplin, The Who as well as Hendrix.

To read more, go here

Navajo Dam Road Closure Begins Today

Above, driving on the road on the backside of the Navajo Dam. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

One of the nicest places for boating and camping is at Navajo Dam near Farmington, New Mexico. 

I went there two years ago and had a great time. A highlight was driving on a road on the backside of the dam.

That road is to be closed for a few months for exploratory drilling starting today. One of the things to be checked will be seepage from the dam.

The Durango Herald reported:

New Mexico Highway 539 over Navajo Dam, located about 45 miles east of Farmington, will be closed to traffic from Wednesday, Feb. 28, to May 15.

Traffic detours will re-route traffic traveling between Navajo Dam and Navajo City that runs from north/south on New Mexico Highway 511 and runs east/west on US Highway 64 and detours may cause travel delays.

Maintenance crews will be completing exploratory drilling to gather geotechnical data on Navajo Dam as part of Reclamation’s Safety of Dams Program during this period. 

To read more, go here

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Pay To Play On Snake River?

Above, the raft trip I took on the Snake River in 2019.

Five years ago, while in the Jackson, Wyoming area, I took a raft trip down the Snake River south of Jackson. I had an excellent time and was pleased I was able to do so a year after a near-heart attack in Wells, Nevada. My cardiologist was also pleased when I told him about the trip.

Now, it seems that the Snake River is so popular that fees are being considered for people who partake in float trips. In other words, pay to play.

Above, another photo of our raft trip on the Snake River in 2019.

Jackson Hole Community Radio (KHOL) reported:

The Upper Snake River south of Jackson could become the first river in Wyoming to require a fee for access.

The Bridger-Teton National Forest held a meeting last week in Jackson for the proposed fees to give the public another chance to weigh in. If the program goes into place, floaters would need to pay to access the stretch between the mouth of the Hoback River to just upstream of the Alpine Junction.

David Cernicek, with the Bridger-Teton National Forest, said the fees are necessary to manage the river due to increased recreational use.

“Our funding is very limited on the river,” Cernicek said. “And we’re not really able to afford the river anymore. Our expenses exceed our costs in providing what we do down in Snake River Canyon.”

The national forest says the river can see over 200,000 people every season, and the fees are needed for maintaining and improving infrastructure like boat ramps, bathrooms and parking areas, among other needs.

The forest would charge $5 per vehicle per day and $3 per person for outfitters and larger groups over 15. Floaters could also choose to buy a season pass for $40, or get a discount for buying two season passes at the same time.

To read more, go here

Major 2nd Amendment Victory In Circuit Court


The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (sometimes referred to as the "Ninth Circus") or at least a three-judge panel of it, got this one right.

The following is definitely a Second Amendment (and First Amendment) victory.

MSM reported:

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request to rehear a ruling that found California’s ban on gun advertisements in junior sports magazines likely unconstitutional.

The decision was made by a three-judge panel, stating that the ban does not directly reduce gun violence among youth and violates the First Amendment by restricting truthful advertisements about lawful gun use.

The panel’s conclusion was “that because California permits minors under supervision to possess and use firearms for hunting and other lawful activities, [the Marketing Firearms to Minors Law] facially regulates speech that concerns lawful activity and is not misleading,” Judge Kenneth Lee said.

To read more, go here

Spruce Tree House Stabilization Plan Identified

Above, Spruce Tree House in September 2020. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The Spruce Tree House in Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado has been in a precarious state for the past several years. The arch above it has become destabilized due to weather and erosion and has been closed to the public since 2015.

A plan to stabilize the arch has been decided by the National Park Service. All that is needed are funds to implement the plan.

According to National Parks Traveler:

While the National Park Service has identified a plan to allow Spruce Tree House at Mesa Verde National Park to be stabilized and reopened to the public, funding for the work has not yet been identified.

The popular attraction, which houses the third-largest cliff dwelling in the park in western Colorado, with 130 rooms and eight kivas, has been closed to the public since October 2015 because of concerns that layers of sandstone could peel away from the arch at any time and fall on bystanders below. Spruce Tree House may be seen, however, from an overlook near the Chapin Mesa Museum. 

Back in 2016, the Park Service pointed out that "[E]arly stabilization work was performed (on the arch) in the 1940s, with additional stabilization work completed in the 1960s. Natural erosion processes, including the settling of the arch, have been affected by the early stabilization work, so that modern engineering techniques may be necessary to ensure continued stability of the arch."

To read more, go here

April 8 Solar Eclipse: Things To Do Now

Above, the April 8 eclipse path through Texas.

We're almost into March, but before we know it, we'll be in April.

The big event coming on April 8 is the solar eclipse that will cut across North America. People have already made travel plans to view it.

Above, 2024 U.S. eclipse path.

I was lucky enough to live in the path of the annular solar eclipse last year, so I didn't have to travel anywhere. I just sat out in the yard.

In 2017, I drove up to Idaho to view the Great American Eclipse. I made a vacation out of the trip and also visited Crater Lake National Park in Oregon and Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northern California. 

Above, the 2017 Great American Eclipse in totality. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The only thing that wasn't fun was spending several hours in bumper-to-bumper traffic immediately following the eclipse. I had a campsite at a KOA Kampground in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho to get to. I made my reservations months in advance. 

Still, it was a great event to experience.

The Points Guy has posted an article things to do now if one wants to watch the April 8 eclipse.

It begins with:

On April 8, the moon will pass directly before the sun, darkening the afternoon sky with a rare, total solar eclipse. For those along the path of totality, the solar eclipse will last around four minutes. With so many people clamoring to see this rare celestial spectacle, you'll need a plan if you want to be among them.

Whether you plan to watch the solar eclipse from home, on the road or even from the sky, here are the things you should be doing now to prepare. 

To read more, go here

Monday, February 26, 2024

Gabe Vasquez and The Big Lie Strategy

Above, Rep. Gabe Vasquez. Official photo.

The Big Lie.

That's a technique that despots use against their opponents. If they tell a lie often enough and loud enough, then people will start to believe the lie to be true.

Such is the case with hardcore leftist Rep. Gabe Vasquez. Last week, he lied that his opponent, ex-Rep. Yvette Herrell was against in vitro fertilization, which is not true and was so pointed out.

However, that hasn't stopped Vasquez from doubling down with the lie.

From the Piñon Post

Vasquez wrote in the melodramatic X post last week, “Extremist Yvette Herrell is in lockstep with Alabama’s Supreme Court. Republicans are taking away women’s reproductive healthcare rights & now they’re taking away the opportunity for loving couples to start a family. This is shameful & Herrell’s voting record is clear. Enough.” 

Then in a recent fundraising email ironically titled “Hypocrites,” Vasquez’s team lied again, writing, “The Alabama Supreme Court just ruled on restricting access to in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment. Gabe’s extremist opponent, Yvette Herrell, has a voting record that proves she would support measures just like this one and MORE at the national level.” 

However, Congresswoman Herrell is not against IVF. National Republican Congressional Committee spokeswoman Delanie Bomar posted that “this is a blatant lie,” sharing an article from Axios that noted the former congresswoman’s position.

“Former Reps. Mayra Flores (R-Texas) and Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.), who are running for their old seats, said in statements to Axios that they support access to IVF,” read the article.

That's not stopping Vasquez or his hard-Left backers from continuing to lie. This is an old story when it comes to socialists and communists like Vasquez. 

Back in 1981, President Ronald Reagan pointed this out about the Soviet Union:

Now, as long as they do that and as long as they, at the same time, have openly and publicly declared that the only morality they recognize is what will further their cause, meaning they reserve unto themselves the right to commit any crime, to lie, to cheat, in order to attain that, and that is moral, not immoral, and we operate on a different set of standards, I think when you do business with them, even at a detente, you keep that in mind.

Vasquez and his campaign are just following the usual communist playbook about reserving for themselves the right to lie and cheat to further their cause. Shameless.

To read more, go here.

DIYRV: Complete Guide To RV Decal Care and Maintenance

Above, the exterior of the motorhome is protected inside the GOCO Beast Barn. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

When I had my RV garage built (called the COCO Beast Barn), my motorhome was three years old. The exterior and decals were still in pretty good shape.

For the past five years, I keep the motorhome protected against the elements inside the garage. The exterior still looks good, as do the decals.

Do It Yourself RV has posted a complete guide to RV decal care and maintenance.

It begins with:

RV decals straddle the fence between two worlds. On the one hand, decals are the panache and pop of the camper, conveying style and sleek creativity. On the other hand, they’re the most underappreciated part of the entire RV. After all, who decides to go with the Forest River Alpha Wolf 30RDB-L because it’s got that snazzy exterior look?

One thing is for sure, however, when RV decals go bad, it becomes a “beauty is only skin deep” issue in a hurry. Peeling, cracking, or blistering decals will ruin the appeal of an RV and morph it into a head-turner for all the wrong reasons. Unfortunately, preventative maintenance rarely includes RV decals, with most RVers focusing on plumbing, electrical, and structural damage prevention.

The next time you run through your maintenance routine, incorporate the exterior of your RV as well. The decals don’t need a ton of love and attention, but they do need some. If you notice that your RV is losing some of its visual pop, bookmark this page so you have a comprehensive decal repair, enhancement, and protection guide to check in with.

To read more, go here

San Diego Rodeo Ban Would Threaten Tribal History and Culture

Above, many rodeos in the Southwest are predominantly Native American. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

Once upon a time, the city of San Diego was pretty much a conservative city with Republican mayors and council members. That has apparently gone by the wayside as liberal lunatics have taken over and there is talk of an ordinance banning rodeos within the city.

Nearby Native American tribes call any ban on rodeos a threat to their history and culture. 

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported:

SAN DIEGO —  Local tribal leaders and charro groups are lobbying San Diego to put the brakes on a proposed citywide rodeo ban, contending city leaders have been duped by activists and need to thoroughly educate themselves.

While the ban wouldn’t apply to local tribes because their land is outside the city limits, they’re fighting it because they believe bans proposed recently in San Diego and Los Angeles could spread statewide quickly.

They say San Diego’s ban threatens longtime traditions because rodeos are a cultural practice with roots that have been intertwined with Black, Indigenous and Mexican American communities for centuries.

“The city has not equipped itself with accurate information to craft sensible, equitable policy, and we fear that it could lead to a dismissal of our cultural history and heritage in San Diego,” the groups said in a joint letter to the city. “In the spirit of inclusivity, we urge the City Council and its staff to participate in a dialogue and begin their educational journey on our practices and values.”

This really shouldn't come as much of a surprise. After all, we're talking California (i.e., Commiefornia) here.

To read more, go here

Italian TV Brutally Mocks Feeble Joe Biden (Video)


Mama mia!

Italian television really brutalized His Fraudulency Joe Biden in a video skit that was originally posted on X (formerly Twitter), but brought to us by the Gateway Pundit (doing their usual public service postings).

According to the Gateway Pundit:

Everyone is laughing at the United States and the pathetic leadership of dementia Joe.

A clip shared on X from Italian TV shows what the world really thinks of old Joe.

As the skit opens, a wandering Biden misses the podium multiple times while in a state of confusion.

The Biden character opens his remarks by mistaking Israeli President Isaac Herzog with the deceased former leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, and then names former NBA star Michael Jordan.

I have to thank my "honorary sister" for sending me this!

To read more and see the video, go here

Classic Rock Music Monday

The stuff that now passes as "music", particularly rock 'n roll, leaves me cold. So, to start off the week, here's a video of a classic rock artist. 

To start off the week, we have John Kongos with his 1971 hit, "He's Gonna Step On You Again". I first heard this in the summer of 1971 on Los Angeles progressive/underground rock station KPPC-FM (which later became KROQ-FM). At that time, it was just called "Step On", so I have to disagree with Wikipedia.

Speaking of 1971, most likely the next two weeks of Classic Rock Music Mondays will also have 1971 rock songs. One sort of led to the others in the ol' memory banks.

From Wikipedia:

John Theodore Kongos (born 6 August 1945) is a South African-born singer and songwriter of Greek ancestry, best known for his 1971 Top 10 hit single "He's Gonna Step on You Again", on which Happy Mondays based their hit "Step On". His other big hit was "Tokoloshe Man", which was featured on the TV show Life on Mars and the CD soundtrack. His second album, Kongos, made the top 30 of the UK Albums Chart; but his subsequent singles, "Great White Lady" (1972), "Ride the Lightning" (1975) and "Higher than God's Hat" (1975) did not chart.

Sunday, February 25, 2024

Ran The Mower, Mini-Bike and Baton Found

As planned, I went out to the garage to fire up the mini-bike and mower. 

The mini-bike started after a few pulls. The mower, however, needed a jump start from my battery charger as I hadn't started it in over a month and a half. After about five minutes on the charger, the mower started.

I ran both for several minutes (the mower over 20 minutes). 

While both motors were running, I looked around the garage for my old PR24 aluminum side handle baton. I mentioned in an earlier post about California's billy club ban being struck down. I knew my police PR24 baton was in the garage somewhere.

Actually, it was easy to find. It was on a shelf next to my patrol gear bag. 

Here's photo of it:



Pan's People: "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet"

A little while ago, I finished putting together tomorrow's Classic Rock Music Monday entry. It will go live at 2:00 am tomorrow morning.

Without giving away who the artist being spotlighted, I'll just say that the song is from 1971. In fact, the next three Classic Rock Music Mondays will be from 1971. I didn't plan them that way, it just worked out that one led to another and another.  

The summer of 1971 was a good year in rock music, I have to say. 

For now and for the fun of it, here's Pan's People (from Britain's Top of the Pops from 1974) with "You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet" by Bachman Turner Overdrive.

California Billy Club Ban Struck Down

Above, a PR24 side handle police baton.

Somewhere in my garage is my old PR24 side handle police baton that I carried while on security armed patrol back in the day. I have a California permit for it which is still valid.

However, a crazy California law made it illegal for people to carry or even possess a "billy club" or police baton for self-defense if they don't have a security or police permit.

Until now.

From Yahoo! News:

A court in California has stricken down a state ban on billy clubs on Second Amendment grounds.

The lawsuit was brought by plaintiff Russell Fouts against California Attorney General Rob Bonta over the state law making it a crime to carry or even possess a billy club.

"This case is about a California law that makes it a crime to simply possess or carry a billy. This case is not about whether California can prohibit or restrict the use or possession of a billy for unlawful purposes," the verdict reads.

It continues, "Historically, the short wooden stick that police officers once carried on their beat was known as a billy or billy club. The term remains vague today and may encompass a metal baton, a little league bat, a wooden table leg, or a broken golf club shaft, all of which are weapons that could be used for self-defense but are less lethal than a firearm."

To read more, go here

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