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Comment: Re:Cannons? (Score 1) 215

you know the ones that have a difficult time cutting paper... i certainly felt safer without them

Reminds me of a sign I once saw at one of the area surplus stores for one of those camping survival tools, except these were really cheaply made ones that looked like they were sand cast. The sign read:

Warning extremely dangerous!!!
Not because it is sharp
Because it is cheap crap

Comment: Re:I don't even... (Score 1) 247

by Bob the Super Hamste (#48653155) Attached to: Putting Time Out In Time Out: The Science of Discipline
I commend you as you managed to make it to the end, I sure as hell didn't. Also as you point out not everything can be a teachable moment but when it works out that way it does wonders.

I still remember when I was young and for some reason I got it in my head it would be a good idea to pull the dog's tail when it was eating. Why the fuck I thought this was a good idea is beyond me at this point. The dog turned barked loudly and snapped at me and I went and ran to my dad and complained that the dog tried to bite me. My dad's response was "Well don't pull the dog's tail when she is eating".

Then there was my oldest child who I had been telling for a while to not step on his toys for several weeks who never listened to me. Then one day I told him not to step on his toys just as he was about to step on a metal toy noodle grabber but he instead got the idea that he was going to show me. He lifts his foot way up and stomped down, right on to it and howled like crazy. I told him afterwards that I really don't care if he stepped on his toys since he will eventually destroy them or hurt himself.

Comment: Re:Sure... (Score 2) 334

Don't knock it it creates more little middle managers who will fight to keep their meager power and title.

There was one project I worked on where there were people who's job was to go over each morning and pick up a pile of paper that had been printed out from one computer system and then go and type it into another computer system. There was enough push back from shitty little middle managers who realized that the project would end their little fiefdoms that the project got canceled. If your job can be replaced by some wire and a router you really should have been retraining for a new job years ago.

Comment: Interesting turnabout. Pot instead of fireworks (Score 1) 479

by Bob the Super Hamste (#48633583) Attached to: Colorado Sued By Neighboring States Over Legal Pot
I find this somewhat interesting given that people in Colorado go to Nebraska to get good fireworks, when ever I am heading out there to visit friends and relatives in CO there is always a request to pick them up some fireworks from either South Dakota or Nebraska on my way in. What is most amusing is that in both Nebraska and South Dakota any out of stater can purchase fireworks but residents are required to have a special permit that costs extra, so at least COis more open in that they don't restrict their own citizens like NE does with fireworks.

Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 1) 582

Considering that I have never had to deal with threats to my life from another person but have with the wild critters it seems unlikely that I would be more threatened by people than the critters. With wild critters something as simple as a warning shot will usually send them off in most cases where as if it comes to needing a firearm with a person the first shot had better be center of mass instead of the waring shot because you just escalated the situation at that point. For example the cougar went running back from whence it came when I shot the ground near by but the wolves were a bit different as the one that I could see ran off but I could hear the rest of the pack just off the road most of the way back to camp as they were stalking me. Add in that if you have a mother bear and cubs and if you get between them it doesn't usually end well for you.

In general there are more problem people but that seems to be more of a function population size since there are probably more people in the US than there are wolves, cougars, and black bears combined. Also given that I don't live in a shit hole crime ridden city with drug and gang problems I probably have a better chance of winning the lottery than being the victim of gun violence.

Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 1) 582

Sadly there are a lot of people who carry firearms because they believe that they need protection from some remote threat in civilized society and probably think they will be a John Wayne style hero. There are also individuals like myself who while having a permit to carry only does so only in remote areas where there is a real danger from wild animals. Since I can't have a loaded firearm if I am walking down a dirt road out there unless I have a permit to carry I decided to get one as I have had run-ins on the road. Over the years I have been 4 feet from a black bear, been stalked by wolves, have seen a mother bear and cubs at a distance of about 50 meters, saw a cougar at about 150 meters and just this year had a cougar walk right up to the tree my deer stand while I was in it.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 440

by Bob the Super Hamste (#48616381) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance
Depending on where this guy was the nearest neighbor may have likely been several miles away. For example one of my friends has a cabin in norther Minnesota the nearest neighbor is about 10 miles away. We frequently toss empty cans out the door at night and the next day walk out and shoot them from the porch, no sense in letting perfectly intact cans go unshot. Yes we do clean up the cans when we leave but why not shoot them for target practice first. This type of thing is very common in rural areas and would only really be a concern if it were in a developed are. Also in the fall it is very common to see people walking around in blaze orange with a shotgun or rifle over their shoulder out hunting

Comment: Re:Ignorance of the law is no excuse. (Score 1) 440

by Bob the Super Hamste (#48616297) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance
I have wondered if it is even possible to know all of the laws and government regulations that one has to abide by. There is the United States Code, all of the various federal regulations, laws and regulations for the state you are a resident in, and various local laws and regulations. Is it even reasonable to assume that someone could read them all in a year? When you have congress passing massive bill like the ~2400 page Affordable Care Act, or how ever many are in the US patriot act, or even the annual federal budget which gets all sorts of other random crap stuffed in it, that all makes changes to existing law or create new laws it seems like it is an impossible task. Given that even the federal government can't state how many federal crimes there are it seems that it should entirely be a reasonable defense to be ignorant of the law given that even the government is.

I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.