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OK, who has done anything regarding this.  It showed 9 views when I opened it this time.  1 or 2 were when originally posted and edited it, so .  .  ..

Speak now and get your asses out there to work on this.

Handguns / Re: Way Cool New Derringer
« Last post by Hamster on 20 Jul 2017 - 21:32:19 »
I saw an article on that awhile back. What's really odd about that one is, the cartridges are loaded into the magazine, nose first.
It's an interesting little gun but, they're gonna have to come WAY down on the price before I'd consider buying one.
Handguns / Way Cool New Derringer
« Last post by Nemo on 20 Jul 2017 - 18:29:21 »
by Bond Arms.  The Derringer company.  And this one is semi-auto, with a operating system I have never seen before.  But it looks so simple.  But its still a Derringer.  Size wise anyway.

General Discussion / Remember What Happened 48 Years Ago Today?
« Last post by Nemo on 20 Jul 2017 - 13:32:53 »
July 20, 1969?


The Eagle Has Landed
2A / Politics / Religion / This is Important Gents, NATIONAL RECIPROCITY,
« Last post by Nemo on 20 Jul 2017 - 08:07:23 »
Read, Act, Spread the Word


VA-ALERT: More help needed: National Reciprocity
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In the first 24 hours, the VCDL petition to President Trump to push Congress forward on National Reciprocity garnered 3,000 signatures!  By 3 am there were 3,518.  That was from mostly from VCDL members and VA-ALERT subscribers and also from a few other groups.

Not bad, but we need another 97,000 signatures in the remaining 29 days.


Other ideas on getting the message out as far as possible:

* Post on chat groups, especially those that are seen by other states.  However, even if just Virginia, that helps. (I put items on and under "Politics", for example)
* Have each of your family members and friends sign it
* Post on social media - Twitter, Facebook, etc.
* See if any gun clubs you belong to will broadcast the information to their membership
* Contact gun stores and gun ranges to see if they can help let their customers know

Heck, Virginia has 425,000 CHP holders alone!  It's just a matter of finding a way to reach as many of them as we can.

Here's the information to post and the link to the petition:


Help us get National Concealed Carry Reciprocity, so permit holders can carry in all states!

The petition below, which is on the White House website, requires 100,000 signature BY AUGUST 17TH to be considered by the President.  Please sign and forward to any and all gun groups you know - from gun clubs, gun organizations, chat groups, friends, family, coworkers, and fellow church members!

We can do this!  But we need all the help we can get from gun owners across the nation.

Here is the link to the petition:


Here's the petition's wording:

National Reciprocity for the Nation's 17 Million Concealed Handgun Permit Holders!

Mr. President, you have said many times that you would sign a national concealed carry reciprocity bill. Please urge Congress to pass H.R. 38 as soon as possible!

H.R. 38 will allow America's 17 million concealed handgun permit holders to carry in every state in the Union as they go about their lives. As the recent shooting in Alexandria shows, crime and terrorism have no borders. Neither should self-defense!

No other group is as law-abiding as concealed handgun permit holders, regardless of which state they are from.

Currently over 20 states, such as Virginia, North Carolina, and Arizona, already honor permits from all other states, without issue. H.R. 38 will simply make such recognition uniform across the nation and will save many innocent American lives!


Help make National Concealed Carry Reciprocity a reality!  You should be allowed to carry and protect yourself in all 50 states.

Please sign this White House petition for President Trump to push Congress into action, passing H.R. 38!

Here is the link to the petition:


VA-ALERT is a project of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
(VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization
dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to
Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right.

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General Discussion / Zombies Will Be Real
« Last post by Nemo on 19 Jul 2017 - 19:38:25 »
not quite yet tho.  But they will be.


EXCLUSIVE - The man who wants to bring the BRAIN DEAD back to life: Scientist whose life's work will be used by US company that's ready to start trials to 'reanimate living cadavers' in Latin America (and they've already got volunteers)

    Dr Sergei Paylian became obsessed with studying and reversing the aging process after seeing the funeral of his young, pretty neighbor in Tbilisi, Georgia
    His company, Bioquark, works with biological extracts called bioquantines, which incorporate material from other regenerative species such as frogs
    Bioquantines will be used in conjunction with stem cells, laser and nerve stimulation in an effort to bring 'living cadavers' back to life
    The trials are set to take place in Latin America on brain dead patients to renew the body's ability to breathe and the heart to beat on its own
    Others in the more mainstream scientific and medical community have said 'the probability of that working is next to zero'
    Dr Paylian believes reprogramming cells to return to their younger, healthier states will be the future of medicine

By Sheila Flynn In Tampa, Florida For

Published: 09:26 EDT, 19 July 2017 | Updated: 09:53 EDT, 19 July 2017

Sergei Paylian was only 14 years old when he was horrified by the death of his young, attractive neighbor in Tbilisi, Georgia. As was the local Soviet custom at the time, her open coffin was carried through the street to the sound of music as a shocked teenage Sergei looked on, confronted for the first time with the issue of his own mortality.

It sparked a lifelong obsession with aging – and how to reverse it.

Now, standing in his neat Florida laboratory that looks more like a dentist’s office, the 66-year-old scientist is explaining how a lifetime of research has culminated in a purified extract he calls bioquantines, 'combinatorial biologics' incorporating other species such as frogs and, in the future, sharks that he believes is the key to curing diseases – and even death.

When injected into humans, he claims, the bioquantines find their way to diseased or damaged cells and help restore them to a healthier state.

The company Dr Paylian founded, Bioquark, is part of a broader project called ReAnima – which is ‘exploring the potential of cutting edge biomedical technology for human neuro-regeneration and neuro-reanimation.’

He is on the international advisory board of ReAnima, which is already preparing to conduct experimental treatments in Latin America of ‘living cadavers,’ patients who have experienced complete and irreversible loss of brain function, or brain death. The procedure involves harvesting stem cells from the patient’s own blood and injecting them back into their body; injecting bioquantines into the patient’s spinal cord; and performing 15 days of laser and median nerve stimulation, monitoring the patients using MRI scans.

The initial goal is to re-start the body’s ability to, unaided, pump the heart and breathe; no one is expecting the treatment to immediately reanimate the patients so that they’re jumping off the bed - but the project aims to lay the groundwork for future, further developments that can enhance levels of consciousness and recovery.

Much longer article.  Go read at link above.
2A / Politics / Religion / Gun Related Budget in DC
« Last post by Nemo on 17 Jul 2017 - 17:47:44 »
Spending some more, but most in good ways.  Seems to be really pinning ATF ears back a bit.  Seems overall good to me.

House Justice spending bill passes to floor with host of pro-gun riders, ATF spending boost
7/17/17 | by Chris Eger   

While gun control groups welcomed the prospect the nation’s gun regulatory agency would get more money than last year, they balked at pro-Second Amendment riders trimming the agency’s reach.

The House Appropriations Committee on Thursday approved the Fiscal Year 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill 31-21. Among the $54 billion in discretionary funding greenlighted was $73 million for the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System — in line with 2017s budget — and $1.3 billion for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a $35 million bump from last year’s funded level.

“This bill balances my two top priorities; being frugal with my constituents’ hard-earned tax dollars, while supporting federal law enforcement and scientific agencies with the resources they need to do their job,” said CJS Subcommittee Chairman, U.S. Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, in a statement. “This legislation makes sure that America’s law enforcement agencies have enough money to effectively fight 21st century threats like cybercrime, terrorism and human trafficking.”

Included in the 102-page bill, now headed to the House floor, are modest funding jumps for the FBI (up $48 million), DEA (up $98 million), Marshals Service ($82 million) and ATF ($35 million), though the nation’s gun watchdog has its money tied to a number of provisions. These easing import applications on shotguns for sporting purposes and the importation of “curios and relic” firearms; allowing easier export of firearms to Canada; and a prohibition on the ATF’s longstanding policy of tracking multiple firearms sales made through licensed dealers in border states. In further gun policy moves, the none of the funds authorized can go towards implementation of the yet-to-be ratified UN Arms Trade Treaty.

While gun control groups welcomed the news of ATF’s spending increase, along with $215 million in grants to combat violence against women, they took exception to the riders trimming the agency’s authority.

Americans for Responsible Solutions issued a statement arguing that ending the multiple firearm reporting program would make it “easier for gun traffickers to buy certain semiautomatic rifles, which are preferred by the Mexican drug cartels,” while easing restrictions on the import of certain shotguns and relic firearms made before 1967 would allow dangerous guns to arrive from overseas “potentially ending up the in the hands of criminals.”

On the other side of the spectrum, the National Rifle Association praised passage out of committee of what they termed overall a “pro-gun” spending bill, going on to note that Culberson is an “NRA A+ rated pro-gun champion.”

“Under Culberson’s leadership, a number of provisions in this year’s CJS appropriations bill help to undo the damage inflicted on the right to keep and bear arms under the Obama administration and which Obama loyalists remaining in government are only too happy to continue,” said the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action in a statement.
Memorial Hallway / George Romero
« Last post by Nemo on 16 Jul 2017 - 21:54:16 »
Made the scariest movie I ever saw.  Night of the Living Dead.  If zombies are real, he will be back as one.


George A. Romero, 'Night of the Living Dead' creator, dies at 77
Legendary horror movie director George A. Romero, pictured here in 2008, died Sunday. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

It was the night of April 4, 1968, and George A. Romero was driving to New York City from Pittsburgh on a mission: In the days to come he was to meet with film studios in hopes that one might buy the horror film he was lugging in his trunk, “Night of the Flesh Eaters.”

None of the studios was interested, but Romero still managed to get his $114,000 film in front of audiences that year. And though critics panned the picture, retitled “Night of the Living Dead,” moviegoers were mesmerized — packing theaters, hitting the drive-ins in droves and making Romero the father of the modern movie zombie. Romero’s “Living Dead” franchise went on to create a subgenre of horror movie whose influence across the decades has endured, seen in movies like “The Purge” and TV shows like “The Walking Dead.”

Romero died Sunday in his sleep after a “brief but aggressive battle with lung cancer,” according to a family statement to The Times provided by his longtime producing partner, Peter Grunwald. He was 77.

Romero died while listening to the score of one his favorite films, 1952’s “The Quiet Man,” with his wife, Suzanne Desrocher Romero, and daughter, Tina Romero, at his side, the family said.

Romero will be remembered best for co-writing (with John A. Russo) and directing “Night of the Living Dead,” which showed later generations of filmmakers such as Tobe Hooper and John Carpenter that generating big scares didn’t require big budgets. “Living Dead” spawned an entire school of zombie knockoffs, and Romero’s own sequels were 1978’s “Dawn of the Dead,” 1985’s “Day of the Dead,” 2005’s “Land of the Dead,” 2007’s “Diary of the Dead” and 2009’s “George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead.”

To get that first film made, however, Romero turned to a resourceful team of Pittsburgh TV-commercial producers. For distribution, the rookie filmmaker turned to the Walter Reade Organization, the parent of Continental Releasing, which specialized in artsy movies like John Cassavetes’ “Faces.” The director and his team got 14 prints made, handled their own promotion and opened the picture at 14 local theaters. They financed a world premiere on Halloween night.

Most critics trashed the movie, with Daily Variety citing “unrelieved sadism … which casts serious aspersions on the integrity of its makers.” But audiences loved it, and drive-in operators took out newspaper ads to apologize for turning away so many customers.

Romero once told The Times that he was surprised at critics’ reactions; he said Roger Ebert's review all but called “Living Dead” a movie spawned by the devil.

Over time, however, fans have pointed out that, setting aside the graphic violence that made Romero’s work so distinct, there were sociopolitical messages that made his movies noteworthy, starting with the casting of that first “Living Dead” picture.

“I think the reason it got noticed was the fact that we used an African American actor in a role that didn’t need to be played by an African American actor, and then he gets gunned down by this posse,” Romero said, noting that the role was originally written for a white man. On the night of that drive to New York City, he said, “we heard on the radio that [the Rev. Martin Luther] King had been assassinated. So now all of a sudden the power of the film was ratcheted up that much more.”

“Living Dead” went on to gross upward of $50 million.

“He took the image of the zombie, which up to that point was rooted in the Caribbean and part of a black Caribbean culture, and turned it into a metaphor for all sorts of things in American culture,” said Leo Braudy, a USC professor who last year published “Haunted: On Ghosts, Witches, Vampires, Zombies, and Other Monsters of the Natural and Supernatural Worlds.”

Up to this point, Braudy said, horror movies focused on individuals like Frankenstein’s monster, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. “The zombie is unique because it’s part of a group representing the potential threat of a mass mind,” he said.

Romero solidified his reputation as a master of the genre with the sequel “Dawn of the Dead,” which premiered in the U.S. in 1979 and became one of the most profitable independent productions in film history. The franchise would eventually encompass six films — the first four, released decades apart, are one storyline.

“‘Night of the Living Dead,’ then ‘Dawn of the Dead’ is a few weeks later, ‘Day of the Dead’ months later and ‘Land of the Dead’ is three years later,” Romero said. “Each one spoke about a different decade and was stylistically different. After ‘Land,’ I wanted to do something about emerging media and citizen journalism.”

“Night of the Living Dead” evoked Vietnam-era bloodshed and, with its black male lead trapped in a farmhouse, echoed some of the hysteria in the civil rights era. “Dawn of the Dead” poked fun at soul-deadening consumerism, and “Day of the Dead” addressed ethics in science. In “Land of the Dead,” Romero tackled safety and boundaries, showing a community fortifying itself against a murderous horde while its wealthiest citizens keep alive class divisions.

But part of what made Romero’s films so distinctive, no doubt, was their unbridled gore, which caused many of the movies to go unrated.

“I just don’t shy away from it,” he said in a 2010 interview with The Times, noting that “the old DC comic books were very, very graphic before the old Comics Code cleaned them up.

“Hard-core horror fans would like to see more and more of it. It’s the fun part. It’s the payoff. It’s the downhill dip on the roller coaster.”

Romero did, however, draw a difference between his gore-for-purpose approach and new movies that he categorized as “torture porn things.”

“They’re just mean-spirited and Grand Guignol all the way,” he said referencing an infamous Parisian theater that specialized in naturalistic horror shows. “I don’t find any substance underlying it. I like to use horror as allegory.”

George Andrew Romero was born in the Bronx in New York City on Feb. 4, 1940. He attended Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, graduating in 1961 from the university’s College of Fine Arts. He stayed in Pittsburgh for much of his feature film career.

In the years immediately after “Night of the Living Dead,” he made films that were less popular, including 1971’s “There’s Always Vanilla,” 1973’s “The Crazies” and 1978’s “Martin.”

Between other “Dead” films he directed the 1981 film “Knightriders,” starring Ed Harris; the 1988 movie “Monkey Shines,” his first studio-produced film, which introduced him to Grunwald; and “Two Evil Eyes,” a 1990 horror film he made with Italian filmmaker Dario Argento inspired by Edgar Allan Poe short stories. His last credit as a writer was for his characters’ appearance in 2017’s “Day of the Dead” from director Hèctor Hernández Vicens.

The movies and TV shows that have taken their cues from Romero’s work — “World War Z,” “28 Days Later,” “Shaun of the Dead” — seem almost too numerous to count. And though the popularity of something like “The Walking Dead” would seem to be a compliment to Romero, he once called that juggernaut “a soap opera with a zombie occasionally.

“I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism, and I find that missing in what’s happening now,” he said in 2013.

But therein lies what set Romero apart, Braudy said.

“He remained true to his outside Hollywood roots,” he said, calling the filmmaker a “tremendous influence on the independent film industry because he didn’t have to be in Hollywood to make films that attracted wide audiences. He continues to be a lasting example of the idea that Hollywood needs to be reenergized from outside, independent perspectives.”

Romero is survived by his wife, his daughter, his son Andrew Romero and, from his earlier marriage to Christine Romero, his son Cam Romero.
Memorial Hallway / Rollin Hand
« Last post by Nemo on 16 Jul 2017 - 21:48:56 »
of Mission Impossible.  From the TV series.  Martin Landeau.  RIP you sneaky sob. 

Even though its CNN below, I have confirmed it by multiple sources.



Actor Martin Landau, star of 'Mission: Impossible,' dies at 89

By Ralph Ellis, CNN, Updated 12:38 AM ET, Mon July 17, 2017

 (CNN)Martin Landau, 89, a character actor who starred in the 1960s television show "Mission: Impossible" and won an Oscar for playing Bela Lugosi in the movie "Ed Wood," died Saturday, his publicist Dick Guttman said Sunday night.

Landau died at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles following "unexpected complications during a short hospitalization," Guttman said in a statement.
Landau was born June 28, 1928, in Brooklyn and worked as a cartoonist for the New York Daily News before becoming an actor, according to the Internet Movie Database.

Landau's career spanned the decades. In 1957 he had a part in the play "Middle of the Night," with Edward G. Robinson and ended up on the West Coast, according to the Internet Movie Database.

To the general public, Landau was best known to the public for playing master of disguise Rollin Hand for a top-secret spy team in the 1960s series "Mission: Impossible," in which his then-wife Barbara Bain also starred.

He was nominated for Emmys for each of his three seasons on the show and won the Golden Globe for best male TV star in 1968, IMDb said.
Landau and Bain left the series in 1969 in a salary dispute. His career suffered for about a decade and he was forced to take roles in now-forgotten movies such as "The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island," IMDb said.

Landau's career picked up when he got a recurring role on the NBC comedy "Buffalo Bill," in which Dabney Coleman starred.
He was nominated for three Academy Awards for best supporting actor, for playing Abe Karatz in Francis Coppola's "Tucker" in 1988; the adulterous husband Judah Rosenthal in Woody Allen's "Crimes and Misdemeanors" in 1989; and the aging horror movie star Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton's "Ed Wood" in 1994. He won the Oscar for the "Ed Wood" role.
Landau's first big movie role was in Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest." He also had supporting roles in "Cleopatra" and other movies and appeared in numerous television shows, including "The Twilight Zone."

Near the end of his career, he played Bob Ryan, an aging movie producer in the HBO series "Entourage." The character's catchphrase, with an exaggerated idea followed by "would that be something you'd be interested in?" became something of a pop culture joke.
Guttman said funeral services will be private followed by a memorial service in August or September.
2A / Politics / Religion / Re: 4th July
« Last post by fordman on 12 Jul 2017 - 11:32:55 »
In honor of Independence Day I recently binge-watched 3 seasons of the TV show Turn.  Pretty good (though, sadly, somewhat fictionalized/altered from history).

In it they mention a Pennsylvania German saying of the day, "Without gunpowder there is no freedom."  I'll have to look that up.

I did the same then shot off fireworks.
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