BINGO!!! An overwhelming number of people confuse BELIEVING something with KNOWING it. Whether or not god exists, or the nature of his personality (for want of a better term), is unknowable. Everyone’s opinions or beliefs on the matter are mere speculation. To claim to KNOW the mind of god is the height of arrogance. I do not reject the possibility of a god’s existence, but the god described in the three major western religions, Judaism, Islam and Christianity, is not one I can accept, let alone worship.
 December 9, 2014 at 6:08am
Reminds me of the old joke about the Rodney King hotline. 911# # # # # # #
Capt: Spot on! Sort of like some buyers have a lot more money than brains. Makes me wonder how they got that rich to start with? By the way, via inheritance I also have a pre-model 40 S&W Centennial in the original red box. Serial number 1170. This .38 revolver was only made in 1952. Then they changed from a steel frame in rust blue to hot and made a plethora of Model 40's. That's about all you see extant. My revolver was never fired beyond the factory. So what's it worth today? Depends on how bad the S&W aficionado wants the one modern gun he can't find to trim out his collection. I'm hanging onto. You know what they say, "It ain't eatin' anything."
April 19, 2014 at 7:35am
“It is well documented that his mother sold his guns as a supplemental pension but there was a caveat and it was huge. She sold at least ten models of exactly the same revolver claiming that each one was the one and only original gun!”
In the course of my 40 years of doing historical research on the Old West, much of it on members of the James-Younger Gang, I have seen such claims, but have yet to see anything to validate them. At least 95% of what most people think they know about Jesse James is myth generated by hack writers and Hollywood.
In the case of the “Earp gun” that was recently auctioned, I would add “A fool and his money are soon parted” to “Caveat Emptor.” Glenn Boyer, the source of the the items, was an eccentric and controversial figure whose credibility was next to nil among historians. He eventually admitted to making up many of the events he included in his writings about Wyatt and Josephine, as well as deliberately mis-identifying some photos included in his books. The only “documentation” that this .45 Colt revolver even belonged to Wyatt (let alone was the one used at the OK Corral) is a letter supplied by Boyer.
It’s worth noting that biographer John Flood’s notes indicate that Wyatt told him he used an eight-inch .44 caliber 1869 American model Smith & Wesson in that famous encounter of October 26, 1881. (As of 1976, that Smith & Wesson revolver was in the John D. Gilchriese collection.)
Really good post. I enjoy these articles on guns because it always generates a lot of interest from the real pros. Are you aware of Frank Hamer, the former Texas Ranger who led the posse to track down Bonnie & Clyde? He ended his long career with no pension. He scarfed-up all the guns inside the Ford and sold them off as needed. Clyde's mother sued to get the guns but lost in court. The guns were all stolen to begin with, so they were never legally owned by Clyde. A Sheriff on the posse took the car but later lost it because it was also stolen and the original owner wanted it back. In my personal collection I have a Model 8 Remington that was made in 1927 (90% NRA). That was the model of rifle that fired the first shot at the ambush just outside of Arcadia, LA. The 200 grain .35 Rem took off half of Clyde's head. Bonnie took the brunt of bullets.
March 19, 2014 at 6:15am
I fully support the right of every business owner to run that business as he wishes. I also fully support the right of every potential customer to make their own decision whether or not to patronize that business. Time will tell if the majority of Pete’s customers are pro-gun or anti-gun. Only the bottom line on the books of Backstreets Pub & Deli will tell if Pete made a wise decision.
March 18, 2014 at 8:11am
With your reply to me, I believe you demonstrate the abnormal obsession I spoke of.
I had never before heard of “Bronies” but, if your posts are any indication, they are desperately in need of professional help. Although I would consider it very strange, I can understand that the occasional adult male might be attracted to a show aimed at pre-pubriesent girls. That enough men do so that they could develop into a cult-like “brotherhood” is extremely disturbing.
Your use of such terms as “Celestia,” “parasprite” and “foal” — meaningless to anyone unfamiliar with the show — is childish and inane.
March 17, 2014 at 9:35am
If the kid enjoys watching My Little Pony, fine. (I thought the show was long gone — my daughters, now in their 30s, watched it as children.) That said, common sense should have told both him and his mother that flaunting it in front of his peers at school would have negative consequences. He might just as well have worn a dress to school!!!
Even more disturbing are bigmac1990′s posts. As odd as it seems for an 11 year old boy to be hung up on MLP, it’s WILDLY abnormal behavior for an adult male. Granted that I am aware that some men are serious collectors of children’s toys or merchandise (G. I. Joes, Barbie dolls, Ninja Turtles, etc.), but bigmac1990′s posts don’t suggest that he falls into that category, but rather indicate an unhealthy obsession.
March 15, 2014 at 3:55pm
Speaking as a very politically conservative agnostic who sees politics and religion as two unrelated topics, let me say that I find Maher to be an irrelevant and obnoxiously pompous windbag.
While I personally view the OT as a badly written historical novel, and the NT as an outright hoax, it offends me to see someone deliberately trying to destroy people’s faith in something in which they find hope and comfort. My closest friend is deeply religious, and although she knows that I do not share her beliefs, I have never told her any of the many reasons I cannot accept the Bible as divine for that very reason.
March 12, 2014 at 7:01am
I am fed up, not only of the lack of the most basic information in some of the items here, but also the “guess who, what, when, where or why” headlines. The Blaze is now the last of the half-dozen news sites I check each day (it used to be the first), and there are days I don’t bother to check it at all.
Is having flunked out of journalism school a plus on the resume of potential Blaze employees?
February 22, 2014 at 7:49pm
“How many lies does MEMRI tell about Arabs to ridicule them?”
No lies needed — the Arabs constantly and consistently ridicule themselves, as do fools such as yourself.
February 20, 2014 at 8:28am
Had today’s rules been in place in the early 1950s, my first grade class would have consisted of 2 or 3 girls before the end of the first week of school.
February 1, 2014 at 10:24am
After reading all the macho BS posted here by keyboard warriors belittling his marksmanship, yours is one of the few intelligent statements I’ve seen here.
February 1, 2014 at 10:16am
Bigger is not necessarily better. Better to hit your target with a .22 than miss it with a .44. One should use a size and/or caliber one is comfortable with. It’s easy to get in 3-4 accurate shots with a .22 in the time it takes the average person to get off an aimed 2nd shot from a .44 mag, and a .22 LR hollow point can do a lot of damage.
January 27, 2014 at 10:28am
Speaking as an agnostic, I am not offended in the least by public religious displays, but am very offended by those who demand their removal. If I were a property owner in Stratton, I would be happy to display one of the displaced crosses for the benefit of those who do believe.
January 23, 2014 at 8:41am
A friend went to visit a newly-arrived Somali family in her apartment building. She found the woman preparing to start a wood fire in the oven!
January 3, 2014 at 2:18pm
Kinda reminds me of the response William Bennett (Sec. of Education under Reagan) gave when asked about the legalization of certain drugs. He said something to the effect that, as former Sec of Education, he couldn’t condone legalizing something that made people stupid.
I bet the whole court room will be in stiches.It will be better than any comedy they have seen in a long while.It might not top this though.Many years ago a teenage couple wanted to get together.It was winter time with snow on the ground.They opted for an unlocked business building.The cleaning crew [friends of theirs] didn't know they were their and called police.The police apun discovering the real intent chuckled and was going to let them go.The business owner insisted on charges even though there were none to bring.The magistrate instructed the officers to make up a charge to shut him up.They did just that and let them go.The judge laughed so hard I thought he would cry.Yes the charges were dismissed Made the alledged plantiff so mad I thought he would have a heart attack right in court.The judge had to remind him that the charges weren't real only made up to shut him up.
Would be a good defense. "They are too retarded to be locked up in jail. Let them go free. They have learned their lesson."
December 31, 2013 at 12:57am
And you want to share this bonanza with the world instead of taking advantage of it yourself? How very generous and thoughtful! Now **** off.