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Comment: Re: False information? (Score 1) 157

by mwehle (#48583009) Attached to: Google Closing Engineering Office In Russia

Son, we live in a world that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with guns.

I remember breaking into laughter several times when watching Nicholson and Moore praise the men on the walls without mentioning that those walls are in someone else's country. Oh, the glory of being an occupying power maintaining an empire!

Comment: Re:Logic fail (Score 1) 186

by mwehle (#48518667) Attached to: Pizza Hut Tests New "Subconscious Menu" That Reads Your Mind

Says someone who must never have eaten actual good pizza. Pizza Hut's pizza is really nothing like, say, the pizza I've eaten from a pizzeria in Naples where the pizzas are thin-crust, baked in an oven that's about 1000 degrees F for maybe a minute or so.

If was Naples wouldn't that be degrees C?

Comment: Re:Honestly, rifles are not the problem (Score 1) 651

by mwehle (#48042905) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

Actually a shotgun is a better home defense weapon for most users than a rifle, but not the double-barrel shotgun Biden whinges about. A good, solid semi auto or pump action that holds several rounds can do wonders to an intruder or two without going through several houses like a .30-06 might.

Choice of weapon for home defense is certainly a continual subject for debate. If I am wakened by someone breaking into my house at night I'd feel my Glock is going to be easier to wield while walking around a dark house than a shotgun. I can also get off multiple shots from a 9mm much more quickly than when pumping a shotgun. On the other hand, given some visibility the shotgun has a deterrent value that the handgun does not, and a rifle also has an edge here, I think. My guess is if a home invader sees me pointing either my Mossberg or AR at him he'll be more liable to see me as seriously ready to use it than if I'm pointing a handgun, see the Ellsberg/Kissinger/Nixon "mad man theory". When debating calibers a friend of mine once said "nothing says 'Stop motherfucker!' like a .45" and I'd echo that the sound of a 12 gauge going off is more likely to cause an opponent to freeze or flee than the sound of a 9mm.

Comment: Re:Honestly, rifles are not the problem (Score 1) 651

by mwehle (#48042701) Attached to: The $1,200 DIY Gunsmithing Machine

20 years ago, my dad and I came home from a camping trip a day early, but late at night. If my mom had been armed, she would have shot at both of us. Instead, the dog woofed to wake her up and then went to go greet us.

I'm trying to parse this. If your mom had been armed, she would have shot you, but instead the dog woofed to wake her up? So if she had been armed your mom would have shot you in her sleep? Did the dog only woof because your mom was not armed? Could she have called out to ask who was there before she shot?

Comment: Re:Where were you when the Eagle landed? (Score 1) 211

by mwehle (#47496913) Attached to: Apollo 11 Moon Landing Turns 45
I was eight too. Built Revell models of the command and lunar modules - seemed like most boys did. Major Matt Mason toys, Star Trek on the television, Estes rockets launched by the whole class in elementary school. I remember assuming that if there was no nuclear war in the late 20th century by the 21st century there would be space stations and moon colonies like in 2001 A Space Odyssey. Would never in my wildest dreams have imagined that in 2014 the US wouldn't have vehicles capable of putting men into earth orbit.

Comment: Re:Technically, it's not a "draft notice" (Score 3, Informative) 205

Phrases like "revisionist nonsense" and "it is silly to say" should likely be used sparingly unless you have a very deep grasp of your subject matter.

Conflating the Tonkin Gulf Resolution with America's war in Vietnam would be a mistake. In bringing Tonkin into an argument you may wish to acquaint yourself with records detailing the Johnson Administration's orchestration of the resolution. See Michael Beschloss's work for instance, or the Pentagon Papers, either portions of the full set or the single volume if your time is short. With Tonkin Johnson was reacting from fear of voters, but the documentary record shows clearly that the Administration wished to expand the war despite public sentiment, not because of it.

In arguing that the war in Vietnam was popular you will likely want to look at some actual polling data, http://www.gallup.com/poll/119... for instance. Anecdotal evidence such as Nixon's 1968 platform may also prove useful to you.

Comment: Re:Technically, it's not a "draft notice" (Score 2) 205

Modern US draft registration stems from Jimmy Carter's 1980 response to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Wikipedia has a reasonable synopsis. Those interested in reading about the draft may also be interested in using their favorite Internet search engine to query for terms like "draft resistance". There's a fair body of literature out there.

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