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  1. 27 points
    Conspiracy Theories, Coronavirus, TGO and YOU For as long as I can remember, TGO has never really provided "safe waters" for people who want to preach conspiracy theories and rile-up the masses. There are plenty of places for that sort of thing on the Internet and yes sometimes the conspiracy enthusiasts (or nuts, if you so prefer) are proven right in the end. But since there are so many other places for it and since we feel that the ravings of fringe believers tends to bring down the property value, we prefer that our members engage in discussions based in reality. Lately the moderators have begun removing posts fanning the flames of conspiracy around the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic. Generally speaking, I am supportive of their actions. Here's why: Priorities First and foremost, we have a present problem to deal with so let's start by putting our focus there. We have members who are and have been personally affected by COVID-19 and chances are this is just the beginning. If we are going to invest our mental and emotional energies into something, let's invest them in encouraging, supporting and helping our own community. Respect Again, we know that we already have members of TGO affected by this pandemic. So far they (and we) have been fortunate and it's turned out well. That could change. We don't want that to happen, but the statistical projections indicate that by the time the dust settles none of us will have many degrees of separation from someone that died as a result of the virus. I just think maybe it's a little disrespectful to the people currently fighting this virus and eventually to those who lose the battle for us to sit around and imagineer boogeymen behind a virus that science currently says evolved naturally. Stay In Your Lane, Bro Following right in behind the matter of respect is the simple fact that unless you're an educated, degreed, certified ass-kicking virologist, geneticist, research scientist, or have data from a respected source that is... you should probably stay in your lane. Remember the Great Toilet Paper Shortage of 2020? That happened because social media said there was a shortage of toilet paper. So the people believed it, reacted like scared sheep, and ran right over the edge of the cliff with arms full of Charmin. There's no reason for us to allow the next big social media fear-fest to start with or take root on TGO. We can control what happens here, so our intent is to manage it so that there's at least one place you can visit online that doesn't feel like the lunatics are running the asylum. You're welcome for that. Even if you don't appreciate it right now. And So What If That Conspiracy Theory Is Accurate? The President, love him or hate him, has already said that there are going to be consequences on the other side of this current situation for the way that China mishandled this. Even if they didn't bio-engineer it, their government hid the outbreak from the world until it was busting out of their borders. So far the Prez has done everything he's said he would do... right or wrong... so we can be pretty confident that the US isn't going to just let this slide. So, even if the latest conspiracy theory is accurate... you and I can't do a thing about it. Establishing and maintaining a military to preserve our sovereignty, the strength of our borders, and the security of our interests is the one thing that the government should be doing. It's maybe the only reason the government should exist if you ask some. But they are equipped to do something about it. Not us. Not even Chuck Norris. Let's let the government handle the boogeyman. And if they need our input on that, there will be an appropriate time to tell our elected representatives what we'd like to see done. And I'm sure that our actual scientists will be following up on all credible leads that help them expedite a treatment or vaccine for COVID-19. So if that takes them back to a secret lair somewhere in Communist China where they're having unprotected sex with bats while eating live frogs... so be it. In the meantime, let's stay grounded in reality here. It's scary enough and it requires our full attention.
  2. 24 points
    I have been a TGO member since 2008; more active some years than others, but I am committed to checking in daily. Last autumn I realized how much I missed being on TGO on a regular basis. In the time I have been on TGO, 99.9% of the folks I have met have been kind, generous, funny, helpful (even when I ask dumb questions or make inane comments), and supportive when I have shared personal issues. As we start 2020 I want to offer a genuine and sincere THANK YOU to all who have interacted with me. It is my goal to be a friend, support, and advocate for everyone I meet on TGO. Let's not take Tennessee Gun Owners for granted. I am 64 years old and as I grow older, it is easy to realize that there are some things in life that we fail to truly appreciate. Blessings upon all who gather here.
  3. 22 points
    We have done this a couple of times in the past. Since the increase in traffic at TGO since Covid-19 I thought it was a good time to bring it back. I am donating Qty 10 6 month benefactor memberships. The rules are as follows: 1) you mush have been a member at least 1 month prior to this post 2) you need to have at least 10 posts. 3) you can't currently be a benefactor. Thats it. If you meet these requirements then post in this thread that you want to be included in the drawing. I will keep this open through the weekend. Sunday evening or Monday morning I will take all the names and put them into a randomizer and select 10 users for the membership. The hope is that after your membership is up that you will renew and continue to support this site financially.
  4. 20 points
    We finally got good news today. The missus tested negative for CV. She still has has that pesky mid range fever that comes and goes though. The doctor prescribed a ZPAK and something else that I picked up this morning. She already says she is feeling better.
  5. 18 points
    There might be a couple laying around here. (Actually, two of these aren't revolvers. It'll take a true gun nut to figure out which two.)
  6. 17 points
    Well hell! If we're gonna turn this into a picture thread, Then hang on to your butts! .22s .44s .45s Modern masterpieces: .22LR, .32H&R and .38 Special A few Colts. .22 & .38 Diamondbacks Trooper Mark III Let's throw in a Ruger! Where are all the wheel guns? Hell, I've got 'em!
  7. 16 points
    I really thought Obama had taught us to be self sufficient. If you're not prepared I have no sympathy.
  8. 15 points
    A friend built this for me. If it ever dries up outside it's range time.
  9. 15 points
    STI Staccato P DUO 9mm 2011 This may be the ultimate host for a red dot optic, and anyone who's been following my posts for the past year knows that I have become a fan of red dots on fighting pistols. I became aware of the Staccato P earlier this year and managed to elbow my way through the crowd around STI's booth and wrap my mitts around one for a few minutes at the NRA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis. Scores of people were doing the same thing, and for pretty good reason. STI has managed to take the lessons they have learned building race guns for competitive shooters over the last 25-years and start cranking out a mass-produced series of combat handguns. The already impressive Staccato P gained even more notoriety this year after word got out that the US Marshals Special Operations Group (SOG) had adopted the pistol for duty use when they looked to depart from the Springfield .45ACP 1911 that they had carried for the last 16-years. While there are easily more expensive handguns owned by quite a few of you here on TGO, this one pushed the boundary of what I am willing to spend on myself. Truthfully I had essentially written off the idea of owning one until I lucked into a little extra cash and my loving wife gave me the green light to do something... impractical... with it. Blah Blah Blah... How's It Shoot? After picking it up from a nearby FFL transfer agent at lunch, I just managed to eke out the last 30 minutes of my local outdoor range's operating hours today before they closed, and ran a few mags of 115gr aluminum cased Federal 9mm FMJ through it to dial in an RMR that I popped off of an M&P for the time being. Before stepping foot out the door I "slaved" the dot to the top of the front iron sight just to get it close and make the process a little quicker. It wasn't too far off at the range. The first three shots made an effortless cloverleaf at 9 yards, about 2 inches lower than my point of aim. It only took a few tweaks of the RMR to get the dot and barrel agreeing with each other at 9 yards, and there was no disagreement at 15 yards either. This target is the last one I shot for the day before they called the final "CLEAR" and I had to pack it up and go home. This is 17 rounds at about 15 yards grouped around a 1" bullseye, offhand. The gun is capable of wayyyyyyy more than I am. I am not sure if I am going to leave this RMR on there or just order another Holosun HE508T and install that instead. I put one of those on my Gen 5 Glock 19 recently and really like the smaller 2MOA dot as compared to the 6.5MOA dot in the Trijicon RM06. There are a lot of other things to like more about the new Holosun too, but I need to make a post about that separately. Anyway... I'm tickled with this 2011. It's the first time I've owned a 2011 or a 9mm 1911/2011 and it could very easily end up seeing some carry on Sundays when I'm doing the Safety Team thing at church. John Moses Browning would approve, I think.
  10. 14 points
    Hate to be “that guy” if this doesn’t apply to you, I’m sure it will to someone else...are you out of debt? Do you have 3-6 months worth of expensives saved up in an emergency fund? For most of us, these things should take priority over a new firearm purchase. If you are in good shape then awesome! Buy night vision!
  11. 14 points
    Took delivery of my first Henry rifle today. Had this on my bucket list for awhile. Model H010, cal. 45/70, 19.3" bbl. Be glad when this crazy weather clears, so & can go shooting. Comes with open sights; brass bead front, semi-buckhorn rear, adjustable for windage & elevation.
  12. 14 points
    At the end of the day this is all that matters. It’s sad that it takes a natural disaster, an external threat or a pandemic to make us remember we are one. Politics and politicians are the real viruses.
  13. 14 points
    I think I am almost done with polymer/plastic guns. I like plastic guns like my Glocks . They are like Craftsman automotive tools. They work and hardly ever fail , except maybe a 36 or 44 ,,,,, LOL . But seriously I have my plastic guns and they work great but I have gotten older or to where I like good ole steel. I got this 2 year old CZ 75 Compact 9mm ALL STEEL today and I am very pleased. Just gave her a bath of Ballistol. The way I feel about it is like Obi-Wan ,, " Not as clumsy or random as a blaster , An elegant weapon for a more civilized age."
  14. 14 points
    I was really surprised about a week ago when I got the call. I thought they had sold out this years batch. But the lady told me that some people had changed their minds and they still have some. I picked it up last Friday and took it to the range yesterday. Its a 1942 Colt frame with an Ithaca slide. Finish is about 80% with some noticeable wear and scratches. The #1 is painted on the grips. However the bore is perfect. So while it has seen some serious use, its seems to have been well taken care of. While it is a mix master, I noticed that there are no arsenal rebuild marks on it. No, its not as pretty as some of the fresh arsenal rebuilds some folks got. But this gun has been there and done that for 77 years. Its got character. It shoots just like an average military issue 1911. Nothing to brag about, but I was able to keep most of my shots in the black on a 12'X12" target. I attribute that to the small sights and a really heavy trigger. By my gauge the trigger is 8 lbs 12 oz. Which is perfectly normal for a G.I. issue pistol. I've got a set of new springs ordered. I may work on that trigger a little while I have it apart. Haven't really decided yet as I may leave it just like Uncle Sam issued it. Yeah, I'm aware that some of you spoke poorly of the guns and the whole program. But I now own a piece of history. I like it!
  15. 14 points
    Well it's finally done. I finally got moved to my new home. I now live in Gordonsville Tennessee and back in the country again after 20 years of city life. I forgot what it was like to need something from the store living in the country. It's not a 10 minute trip to grab a few things anymore. The nearest stores are about 12 to 15 miles away. So now I need to get back in the habit of when I go to the store I need to stock up instead of just grabbing a few things. I also am now living in a house I could have put my last house in the living room of. It's a journey just to make it to the coffee pot first thing in the morning!! The kitchen is also huge. Master bedroom is as big as both of the bedrooms in the old house. I have put all of my furniture in the rooms and they still look empty. Getting TV reception is an adventure also. I'm shopping a new antenna this coming week. Need something with more than a 50 mile range on it. Tommy said they are bringing Fiber-Optics lines down this road in about 2 months and I am sure hoping Spectrum is one of the servers on it. If it is I will be getting TV and Internet as son as they can hook me up. Tommy (SIL) says he just wants internet cause they don't watch enough TV to get it. Another thing is I have not got a good nights sleep since I have been here. Not use to it being so quiet at night. Oh well just wanted to bring folks up to date on whats going on in my life..................
  16. 13 points
    Hi friends, went to my favorite local gun dealer last Friday and picked up a nice Colt Mustang Pocketlite while paying for a CZ TS. Dealer has had this old 1918 Colt in his case for a long while now. Missing a lot of finish, rebarreled during WWII. Shipped to Bush Terminal in Brooklyn in July 1918 whereupon it was sent to see action in France. Very excited to own a piece of history like this! Hard to believe something 102 years old survives in a functioning condition. The things it must have seen in the last 102 years!
  17. 13 points
    The world is an awfully small place You might have thought we would have learned that on September 11th. In America, we’ve largely been conditioned to be pandemic voyeurs - maybe noticing as somewhere else suffers. That’s about to change. Look out for yourselves - but check in on that elderly neighbor. Maybe the older couple down the street whose kids have moved away. The single parent who’s just trying to make ends meet. We’re in this together - that has always been - and always will be America’s greatest strength.
  18. 13 points
    As a former Police Officer, I get mad every time I see this topic come up. You can’t make a person a criminal because they are a victim of a burglary. Metro PD needs to get off their lazy azz and go do the job they get paid to do. The Chief of Police where I was would have laughed at this and the told those planning it “You can’t be serious”. I keep a handgun in my car and am planning on having a rifle. My vehicle is always locked; even when parked inside, in my garage. If a gun is stolen from my vehicle in a burglary and then discovered on a criminal that has just committed a crime, what do you think the criminal is going to say when asked if the vehicle was locked? Then a DA can make a name for himself by going after the terrible citizen that left his car “unlocked” with a gun in it. This is BS. Rant off.
  19. 13 points
    My wife told me, many years ago, " I will never allow myself to think of being with someone else, like I am with you." That one statement helped keep me from doing something stupid. We are celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary today. Daughter called last evening and told us to be ready to go, somewhere, at 3 this afternoon, and they would be here to pick us up. Don't know how this sweet lady put up with me for this long, because at times I didn't deserve it. However, I like it, I love it, and I want some more of it! Edited to add advice to younger men; Treat her well because you are going to be old someday, then you will really NEED her to be nice to you. The Bible tells man that happiness, in the home, is the man's responsibility. And yes guys, that means you need to take out the trash. Do your part.
  20. 13 points
    I have enabled a new feature in our software that essentially grants everyone limited moderator powers when it comes to reporting content that goes against our community guidelines. This new feature is "Auto Moderation" and is currently set so that if TWO OR MORE PEOPLE report content that falls into one of the following categories... Spam Abusive Content Non-Benefactor Advertising Benefactor Posting in the Wrong Area The content will be automatically hidden until a moderator has a chance to address it. This allows us to keep TGO clean and acknowledges the facts that our best defense has long been our members and that our tireless, hard-working, and insanely dedicated team of volunteer moderators can't be everywhere at once and definitely can't be online 24/7. I will tweak the automation that makes this work behind the scenes to ensure that it isn't used unfairly.
  21. 13 points
    Got my personal best this afternoon at 3:00. It was raining steady with 12-14mph winds so the rain was falling diagonal across the field. After passing countless bucks, I could not pass this one up. 4.5 yr old chocolate rack 9 pointer. I’m sure blessed today and so thankful. All the work this year was worth this two minute long encounter with this big feller.
  22. 13 points
    Not a good attitude. Whether you like them or not is immaterial. We should not give up any right due to the fault of one individual.
  23. 12 points
    SO, here we go with a TMI story to “explain” the deal... as let’s face it, everyone says “why is he selling those” so why not toss it out there. 12 yrs ago this month my now 29 yr old became disabled at 17, due to a traumatic brain injury ... as a passenger in a MVA. 12 yrs, and 8 major brain surgeries later, he’s able to drive and “somewhat” function at a normal capacity. I’ve accumulated revolvers over the years, as a hobby. Of course I’ve collected others but this is what remains of the revolvers. As you'll note I prefer factory combat grips. I’ve come to the conclusion that I could meet a “want” for my boys by selling these things. They “want” a tire burner, like a 2012 up SS Camaro etc.. So... I never shoot these wheels, and thought hell I always loved a good tire burner myself. Of course whatever we get will be babied as we aren’t hot rodders at all, but having the sound and capability will be cool enough and we will all enjoy. SO... many of these pieces are currently doing 1300-1400 on GBRKR as I search completed auctions so, pricing the lot at $15,000.00 OR trade for a really cool V8 2DR bucket seat car of equal value. If this doesn’t work in 30-days or less I’ll move to piecing them out ... thought I’d give this a go 1st. 686-3 factory combats 6” 629-1 factory combats 3” 48-2 22 mag 6” 648 factory combats 6” Pre 42 Centennial .38 31-1 box etc 3” 625-2 factory combats 5” wrong box 696-1 factory combats 3” wrong box 66-1 factory combats 2 1/2” box 617 4” factory combats 6-shot box 686-3 factory combats - factory everything except high polish 2 1/2” 17-6 fake combats 6 shot 6” 65-6 unfired 3” everything including sleeve 629 STS 8 3/8” factory combats box etc possibly unfired 640-1 no box
  24. 12 points
    I was at Sam's in Hendersonville today, just to see how people were reacting, and actually to pick up a few staples. Here are my Observations... NO TP, Paper towels, a very few boxes of facial tissues. Almost out of bar soaps and liquid soaps. Strangely, I thought, detergents for washing clothes were not gone. Meats seemed to be the hottest item. Little left, but I did pick up a package of steaks. Just to blend in with the crowd you know. Of course canned goods getting low. I actually forgot what I went after while watching people though. Not going back. Speaking of "People," It seemed to me that the crowd was very heavy on older people. Maybe 75%. A few that looked 30/40ish. Almost no really young or children. Take what you will from this. Just what I saw. Now a bit of positivity on my very young neighbors(30ish with 2 kids). The young wife called my wife and asked if they could shop for us, instead of me going out. They knew I did all the shopping and didn't want me to go and risk any exposure. That was so darn nice I just got misty. Really...I did.
  25. 12 points
    After nearly two years of waiting my customer Cumberland Valley rifle is finished and I am loving it. My Gr gr gr grandfather settled in Mid TN around 1801 and in an area where some prolific rifle makers of that genre (ie. Thomas Simpson, Jacob Young, etc.) were in their heyday. I wanted a rifle that would be as close to "possibly" what he would have owned on the TN frontier of the first third of the 19th century. Posting a picture below but it is a .40 caliber flintlock with a 48 inch barrel. It has a 14.75" length of pull so it is a long rifle. Fits me pretty well, though as I am 6' 6". The stock is curly maple and really pops in the sunlight. I would have posted more photos but I hit my size max with the one below. thanks,
  26. 12 points
    I retired a little over a week ago, so I decided to purchase a few things that I’ve wanted for a while. Sorry for the crappy pictures. 1.Ed Brown Special Forces 2.RX conversion kit for my Sig Legion P226 SAO I think I like the pistol more without the optic. 3.Les Baer TRS I’ve had this one for a short while 4.Remington 870 Marine Magnum with SureFire fore end, Mesa Tactical saddle, Magpul stock and temporary RMR. I’m thinking about a MRO. 5.Springfield Armory Professional
  27. 12 points
    I'm sure the terrorist in question would have preferred to wait for Congress to debate this for months & make up their minds.
  28. 12 points
    Picked this one up yesterday to replace the ECO I parted with to help fund a motorcycle purchase. Haven't had a chance to shoot it yet but hopefully soon!
  29. 11 points
  30. 11 points
    FOR SALE: Dan Wesson Specialist 1911 45ACP, 5" Barrel, Matte Black, G10 VZ Grips, Night Sights If the idea that a Glock would seem more appealing to a person than this beauty makes your stomach churn and you get that coppery taste in your mouth that almost always precedes the urge to vomit... keep reading. Being very honest about it, this is a gun that I never expected to part with. Even though I was moving away from .45ACP when I bought it, I anticipated keeping it in my collection until my kids found themselves squabbling over it at the reading of my will. Everything about it is simple perfection as far as the 1911 platform goes. But, I am also a realist and this gun sees zero use for carry and maybe sees a visit to the range once a year. I am solidly in the 9mm camp these days and my gun library is organically being reduced to modern striker-fired fighting pistols. While this is a fantastic interpretation of a larger caliber fighting gun, there is a logical part of me that says "Dude, you are never going to carry this." I have decided to let the universe decide for me whether I will keep the gun or really become the owner of only one 1911. I do have one that I will never part with, but this one's future is not so set in stone. Dan Wesson discontinued this model in late 2019 in order to make way for a version with front serrations and chambered in 9mm. Meh. But here's what they had to say about the gun you're already thinking about buying from me: The Specialist is a 5” 1911 chambered in .45 ACP that is full of features to satisfy an officer’s special needs. Starting at the top, the slide wears our popular Clark Style serrated rib and like all of our guns with night sights, the Specialist wears dual-colored Tritium night sights. The rear sight is our new tactical ledge rear sight with single amber tritium dot and the front utilizes a green lamp with white target ring. The forged slide is mated to our new forged tactical rail frame. The frame utilizes the standard 1913 picatinny rail and features 25 LPI front strap checkering, undercut trigger guard and a recessed slide stop for use with laser grips (not included) and tactical operations. Each Specialist comes standard with our ambidextrous thumb safety, extended magazine release and a detachable two-piece magwell. This duty-ready piece comes dressed with a set of awesome G10 VZ Operator II grips and two 8 round magazines with bump pads. The Specialist is available in either a matte stainless finish or our matte black Duty finish. Need some specifications? SKU 1992 Model Specialist Black .45 ACP Caliber .45 ACP Magazine Capacity 8 Frame Material Forged Stainless Slide Finish Duty Finish Grips G10 Overall Length 8.75 in Barrel Length 5 Height 5.5 in Width 1.45 in Weight 42.3 oz Trigger Mech Single Action Front Sight Fixed Night Sight Rear Sight Tactical Night Sight Safety Ambi thumb safety, grip safety MSRP $2,012 Product Name Specialist Black .45 ACP What am I including? The firearm itself. Two 8 round mags as included with the gun new The original case Surefire X300 light not included Terms Of Sale: $1500 FIRM. Last retail price I could find online was $1999. Local pickup in the vicinity of the Franklin, TN / Spring Hill, TN area. Cash sale only. No checks, no PayPal, no Venmo, no electronic payments. No trades. You'll show me your valid HCP unless I already know you. Do I need to sell this? NO Do I want to sell this? MAYBE. Convince me. The price is $1500. It won't hurt my feelings to keep it. I'm not coming off the price. Don't ask. This is already $500 under retail on a model that you can't get anymore. I figure this will either end up in the hands of a true 1911 enthusiast or it'll stay with me.
  31. 11 points
    Yes, this goes in this thread. A few weeks there was a discussion here about working from home and I stated that between telehealth patients I was refinishing a Model 63 Winchester .22 rifle. Not a great picture, but here is the finished work. This rifle was created in 1952 (3 years before me!) and purchased by my Dad. I shot it all my life and it is a great rifle! Over time the forearm cracked and could not be repaired, and of course, original parts for a 1952 Winchester are long gone. A few months ago I started looking on the internet and found a walnut forend for this gun on eBay for $45!. I ordered it and a friend worked the forearm down to fitting more closely. Jeff Walle did the final fit and put a new spring that drives the action in the gun. (It only lasted 68 years!) The last task was to get the forearm color to match the stock. Despite trying different stains, nothing worked. Then I found that linseed oil darkened the forearm to the same color as the stock. By the time I finished all with TruOil you see the result. I'm pleased with the stock/forearm color match. Finally I touched up the bluing (originally done by my Dad) with Brownell's Oxpho Blue and you see the final result. A good use of my "work from home" time!
  32. 11 points
    Does anyone really know until presented with the decision?
  33. 11 points
    Not much else of any public significance right now. My company made some internal adjustments this week to keep people employed and on the front lines fighting this virus and helping save people's lives. Our CEO is giving up 100% of his salary for the next few months and the leadership team that reports to him are giving up hefty portions of their salaries. The rest of us that aren't on the front lines are going to give up between 10-20% of ours for the next few months time to contribute to the war chest to buy PPE and pay wages. My wife and oldest daughter are both nurses, and my daughter is pregnant with her first child. My first grandchild. I can't imagine asking them to go do their jobs and risk their health (and the health of my daughter's baby) for me to sit back and not make some sacrifices as well. Especially if mine means they get paid, get N95 masks, face shields, nitrile gloves, etc. and the patients they're caring for get the care they need. We may yet experience what the Greatest Generation did when they gave up personal property so that the war effort could have the raw materials (rubber, copper, brass, etc.) it needed for victory. For now, me losing some pay but staying employed so that a war of a different type can be fought seems pale in comparison. I have no complaints. I feel terribly for those who aren't as lucky right now and are either sick, know someone close who is, have lost someone, or have lost their job. There but by the grace of God, go I. This may mean little to some of you, but I'm praying for all of you daily now.
  34. 11 points
    Who else enjoys a 5" Model 27?
  35. 11 points
    Some of you have noticed I haven't been online much in January or February. It's been busy around the HQ, for sure. First and foremost, on January 31st my wife and I welcomed this little nugget into our lives... Our third child, and second daughter, arrived on the scene on the 31st at 8lbs 8oz and 20-inches long. She and mom have been doing well but the year ahead of us will be challenging. Three days after she was born we discovered that our daughter has a cleft soft pallet which was making it impossible for her to nurse easily either naturally or by bottle. We've been connected with some excellent doctors at VUMC Children's Hospital and they put us onto the trail of some bottles specifically designed for kids with this condition and they've made a tremendous difference. Unfortunately our daughter will need surgery to repair the cleft, but they want her to be at least 10-12 months old before they do it. Our objective in the meantime is to keep her on-target from nutrition and growth perspectives. But we really can't complain about any of this. All it takes is a quick walk through the Children's Hospital lobby to understand how fortunate we are in so many other ways. God's been good to us. As if that weren't enough excitement, last Saturday (08-FEB-2020) I injured myself coming down the stairs in the middle of the night. My eyes an brain got into a disagreement about which step I was on and I over-stepped the last one at the bottom and made contact with the floor about 10-inches later than I anticipated that I would. This was made more troubling by the fact that I was carrying our 2-year old. He's fine and was fine. I took the fall to both knees and plopped him safely onto the hardwood in front of me before I collapsed on my side in agony. I've essentially been living and sleeping in a recliner with my feet up since Saturday, I am able to walk on it just fine and have no pain from supporting or lifting my weight with that leg, but bending it hurts a bit and there's been an occasional mechanical popping sensation in it. Chances are it's a torn meniscus. I'm meeting an orthopedic surgeon tomorrow for an evaluation and consult. I am half expecting arthroscopic surgery to be necessary to trim or stitch the meniscus, but I am praying that it's not that and is just a strain/sprain that needs more time to heal up. Again, though... I'm blessed. My son wasn't hurt at all in that fall and it could have been a LOT worse for the both of us. And seriously, walk though VUMC sometime. It's a perspective changer. Anyway, the next bit will be busy for me and my family. If I am slow to respond to things here, give me a little extra time?
  36. 11 points
    Never pass up a good opportunity to shut up.
  37. 11 points
    I'm a crazy dog guy so the ad from the owner of WeatherTech as a thank you for saving his dogs life is pretty awesome to me. He paid 6 million dollars to bring attention to the Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine which treated him and is doing great things for cancer treatment in animals. I bought WeatherTech products before but will do so again to support them.
  38. 11 points
    Okay, I’ve gotten some time to come up for air. I’ve reread everything here and will offer a few thoughts. Upfront, there will certainly be folks who disagree with me. Take these thoughts for what they are, and maybe use them to process your own church’s response. It sounds like you’ve got a good engaged leadership. First, this is absolutely Kingdom work. Scripture is concerned with three types of people over and over again - the sojourner, the widow, and the orphan. You might argue that a young drug addict doesn’t fall into any of these categories. But, he’s clearly an “other” who society has little use for. Jesus would see this young man and engage with him. This young man is Jesus’s kind of person. Second, working with folks like this is a long effort. It’s dirty. It’s personal. It can be life changing - for the people doing the work as well as the person being helped. When you decide to help - it will change the way that you see things. Things are rarely as simple as we like to try to see them. And working with folks with needs like these will change the way you see things. We’re a small church (150 on a good Sunday) and have worked regularly with 3 or 4 folks who’ve struggled with addiction and homelessness for years now - literally 8 years in a couple of the cases. There are rarely any clean breaks. We work towards that - but there are definitely systemic issues that make it tough. Be prepared for the long haul. Third, there are going to be some people who will be quite vocal in opposing working with this young man. The way I think about this is sort of like this - if this is Kingdom work - it’s very much at the border of the Kingdom. We’ve built our comfortable suburban churches to be at what we see as the center of the Kingdom. So, we rarely have to get our hands dirty if we don’t want to - and a lot of us don’t want to - so we’re really uncomfortable with it when we experience it. Think of a person who’s only ever bought meat neatly shrink wrapped at the grocery store suddenly having to slaughter their own meat. Many really aren’t going to like it. —- File this next part under the thoughts of a church of Christ guy who is deeply skeptical of some of the ways we’ve organized our churches today. What I’m about to say is likely to offend a lot of folks. Feel free to skip ahead. I’m deeply skeptical of the “security teams” that we’re organizing in a lot of our churches. We’ve organized these suburban churches that give us these curated experiences that make us feel good about our personal relationships with Jesus. But, do we see the Gospel in our churches? if we’re not careful - the illusion of security in our churches can become idolatrous. I think we really need to struggle with this more than we do. To go back to my Kingdom language from earlier, I think we see ourselves as being close to the center of the Kingdom. But, in reality we’ve created these cloistered, walled off churches and don’t realize that we’re way more isolated than we think we are. Jesus referred to folks like this as whitewashed tombs once upon a time - and I think It’s probably worth holding up mirror every now and then and taking a good hard look. The irony of it is, we don’t realize it - but we’re not fully experiencing the Kingdom either. There’s a rich seven course meal waiting, but we’ve convinced ourselves that the stale sandwiches we’re eating are as good as it gets. This young man is isolated in ways that are public. But, what we don’t realize is that a lot of us experience isolation in ways that are just as debilitating - but we suffer in private. One of the things that we’ve lost in the modern Western church is that historically there was no idea of personal salvation. Redemption and salvation was delivered through community. I’d offer for thought that by leaving our comfort and heading to the borders of the Kingdom, we might find that salvation comes to us all. Happy to discuss this further out of this thread. —- Back to this young man, I’d offer some pragmatic thoughts. 1. Let your safety team operate as sort of “congregational concierges.” I think we see shootings and want to see the outsider as an opposition force. But, in the Kingdom, everyone is welcome. This young man may in fact go to the front of the line at the proverbial wedding banquet. We need people on these teams who default to being welcome and generous. 2. This young man may not be in a place where he’s ready to accept help. He may not know that he needs help. But, if we figure that God brings people though our doors for a reason - then we need to see him and invite him into the Kingdom. 3. But, it’s okay to set some ground rules. Sort of a framework like - we’re happy to help - but you can’t be high at services. You cannot ask members for money. Appoint a point of contact (maybe a deacon) and funnel through that person. 4. Think about other resources in your congregation who might be able to help. For instance, you might have folks who would never volunteer for a “safety team” - but who work in other helpful spaces. In our church, we have nurses, a mental health resource, people who work in non profits in housing, and social workers. The value that they bring to the table is infinite. And, it’s great to see them use their professional talents for the Kingdom. 5. Consider outside help. We put something in place a while back where we basically subsidize counseling for our members. Specifically, any member of our church can go to counseling for $5 per session - which basically rounds to free. We pay $70 as a church to make up the difference. I see both the bills and the uptake in our church - and from a pastoral perspective, this is probably the best money we spend in a given year. You’re in middle Tennessee - so I could put you in touch with resources that could set something like this up. 6. Scaffold your help. This is a long effort and there is some fatigue that can go along with it. Have that point person or persons - but check in regularly and have your elders keep up with what’s going on. 7. Work towards reconciliation. This young man needs healing - and his family needs to be a part of it. He and they may not be ready for it - but it’s worth looping back on. 8. Know that the Holy Spirit certainly plays the long game and will work in ways that we cannot even fathom if we’ll just make room for it to happen. That was a long answer to your question - but know you’re doing Kingdom work. Certainly my prayers are with you. Happy to talk further if it’s helpful.
  39. 11 points
    I saw this on the way to the Mennonite store this morning and thought I'd share.
  40. 11 points
    So then it’s not about safety, it’s about revenue.
  41. 10 points
    We need to remember the GOOD things in life! You know, it has never really taken much effort to find bad news if you wanted to look for it, but lately it seems like you have to actually expend effort to find good news. I think that's a shame. To be very honest, I think if we quarantined the world's media for 30 days or so and no one heard from them during that time, all of us would be a heck of a lot happier at the end of it. Since we can't force a media black-out, I figured we could use this thread to post about the things are keeping us HAPPY these days. Share a photo or just share a story. Let's keep it apolitical and leave the memes to other threads. I want to know what is personal for YOU. Here's something that keeps me happy daily. This is maybe the first photo of my almost three-month old daughter outside of the delivery room. You'd never know by looking at her that this girl has a date with a surgeon later this year to repair a partially cleft soft palate or that she has to wear a blood-oxygen monitor on her foot around the clock, every day, because that cleft causes her to be at high risk for sleep apnea. She's the object of constant affection from her older brother and sister, and makes me and her mom smile from ear to ear. Alright... what's keeping you all happy lately?
  42. 10 points
    As my usual custom of drinking my morning coffee and perusing the news, I looked out my window and noticed this. There were blue birds, blue jays, wrens, cardinals and squirrels and they had no clue nor were they concerned that there is a world wide pandemic. As the whole world is in turmoil among humans, the animal world is continuing on, never for a moment missing a meal. So I though this verse from the Bible was in order. Matthew 6:26 NLT Look at the birds. They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren't you far more valuable to him than they are?
  43. 10 points
    What if I set it up as a Benefactor Only forum?
  44. 10 points
  45. 10 points
    I'll admit that I'm bragging here a bit. But I'm happy about this buy. I've never even bought two guns in the same day, much less three. But I did just that today. It all started with some ads on Armslist. The guy listed each gun individually, but then there was a 4th ad for them as a group. I contacted him, we haggled and I believe I got a great deal. All three are Berettas. a 2016 85FS Cheetah .380, a 2001 3032 Tomcat .32acp and a 950BS Jetfire .25acp. All three are LNIB with original manuals. Not a mark on any of them. I can't seem to find a date for the Jetfire. No date code on the gun that I can find and the serial # doesn't come up on any list. The guy said it was an antique. Can anybody help with that? I'll probably have to contact Beretta. The best part? I gave $1000 for the lot. I'm tickled plumb to pieces!
  46. 10 points
    I have a friend buried in Arlington who lost her life when an EFP hit the Buffalo vehicle she was riding in as the medic on a route clearing mission with engineers, so I had a bit of personal interest while reading we smoked "Haji Qassem". My first thought at this was "holy ####", and I'm willing to say it was a happy feeling. This guy was as important as can be to Iran's foreign policy aims, and the stories about him probably undersell how good at his job he was. Both the Bush and Obama administrations didn't think it was worth the predicted backlash to kill Soleimani, even though he was commanding a very effective effort against US interests all across the Middle East. It became a "cost of doing business" assessment that he would have a role in the battle-space. President Trump clearly overcame any hesitations about escalation, which is seemingly at odds with a guy who wants to avoid being sucked into more war without cause (a policy I wholeheartedly approve of). This guy flew into Baghdad airport on the regular, and probably had a diplomatic passport getting stamped to boot. He could have driven from Iran to the Israeli border in an SUV and nobody would have dared make a move on him...he was that gangsta. Until now. I give the President a lot of credit for that and my support, the storm it may bring be damned. A bit of paranoia is a good thing for bad guys to have when they cross the lines that Soleimani lived across. So, I'm quite glad he's dead, because as much as "next man up" will apply to the organization he led, it's very unlikely anyone else will do the job as well as he did, for lack of reputation in dealing with matters requiring personal persuasion if nothing else. While I'm happy that we exercised a model of "we own escalation" as I saw one article put it, the risk could get cashed in anytime. Soleimani was considered a "living martyr" before he became a dead martyr, so he was prepared to die for his cause, and that kind of reputation has a purpose in Iran. Anyone that says they know what's coming next, aside from Iran doing something to retaliate, is full of it; the calculation models are being re-written...in the dark. This is the biggest single move escalation since the embassy was taken in 1979, and we're in some uncharted territory vis a vis how we deal with Iran, and how they deal with us. One of the best things from this is the Shia government in Iraq is pissed. They were always an impediment to any serious efforts targeting Shia forces, and the Quds Force in Iraq. Basically they loved how the US would help them keep the Sunni's in check, and uncomfortable with anything us taking on Shia forces that weren't on "their side" (tribal spats and the like). If they revoke the authorization for us to be in their country, I'd take that any day of the week as a stand alone event. Getting to punch Soleimani's martyr card on top of that is just a bonus, like free pie day O'Charley's. All that exuberance aside...everything we killed Soleimani for was from a tit-for-tat with Iran ever since we orchestrated political changes in their country, and they responded with an Islamic revolution. From the Iraq-Iran war, to the Iraqi occupation, they had their reasons for hating us and letting Soleimani operate in a model of what they deem "resistance". So, when you think of this, be content someone very bad and dangerous is dead, be very grateful that our forces can project this kind of power on demand, but also remember that everything leading up to it came from our heavy handed ways in the region because we saw a need to be there and be dominant. I'll leave it up to you to decide if that's a good or bad way to conduct foreign policy on a gains/loss basis.
  47. 10 points
    It is a hair after midnight as I sit typing this. My family are all asleep, the lights are off save for the soft warm glow of the Christmas lights strung across our fireplace mantle and those wrapped around the Christmas tree across the room. The only sound in the house is that of my own typing on this laptop and a Christmas piano playlist on Spotify softly piped through the speakers nearby. The day before Christmas is officially here and it seems as though, as usual, things have only slowed down enough in the last few days for me to really immerse myself in the sights and sounds of the season. Time to reflect, to absorb, to ponder, and to enjoy. I sure do miss the carefree years of childhood when every moment from Thanksgiving onward built toward a crescendo of CHRISTMAS! Every year I swear to myself that I will slow down earlier and enjoy it more, sooner. Work never willingly lets me, although I have learned to set boundaries and force it to. I'm still not good at it. I need to do better. I suspect many of you reading this can relate. But, lest I sound too dour, I am thankful that I am here, in this moment, enjoying and reflecting and savoring. I did hit the pause button earlier than I have in the past, and gave myself a reprieve for a few days. I've taken my oldest daughter (the oldest at home, at least) with me on a few carefree and whimsical errands to just spend time together and get her excited about the holidays. I've slowed to lie on the floor in our front room and stare out the front door with my 2-year old son at the Christmas lights decorating the house. I've made a few Kentucky Mules to drink and, in the name of the Scientific Method, tried them in varying mixtures as I work to perfect the art. I don't think I've got them right just yet. More work is to be done. For science. I've also served additional rotations on the safety team at my church this season, in an attempt to give back just a little toward a debt that I could never truly repay. It has allowed me more time around people enjoying the holidays, and more Merry Christmas'es than I might have exchanged with strangers otherwise. If I could have just one wish for all of you here on TGO it would be simply for more time for each of you to slow down and enjoy the season, even if that enjoyment only means a quiet refrain between the busyness of 2019 and the busyness of 2020. I hope that each of you finds time over the next few days to spend Christmas the way that you like. Whether that is in the company of friends and family, or serving others, or just quietly but happily alone reflecting on the goodness that still abounds in this world if you look for it. If you are on duty somewhere this Christmas, please accept my thanks. Whether it be in public safety or a 24/7 profession of some other sort that doesn't take breaks, whatever it is you're doing matters to someone - perhaps to all of us. Thank you for doing it. I hope that you have some moment of rest and relaxation in there somewhere. Merry Christmas, TGO! For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6-7)
  48. 10 points
    Only substance in the entire article "banning a particular item will not prevent the next attack " Also "i" think fast food is a waste of money therefore we need to ban fast food. Who's with me ?
  49. 10 points
    I was giving out school supplies to military families today. (About 1000 kids) A mom with several kids came in with a special needs son. He was obviously in sensory overload and mom was having issue taking care of him and her other children. The entire room stopped. You could see how uncomfortable everyone was and how some disapproved of how mom handled it. I've been in the same situation most of the times I'm in public with my daughter. My daughter is also blind so she tends to get excited easily. I always feel guilty for interrupting someone's night out and putting them in that situation, but I also want to make the most of the time we will have with her. If you see us out, please don't hold your breath. Your child can't catch it. You don't have to feel sorry for us. It's okay to ask questions. I'm not going to freak out. I only break down when I'm alone. I wish I would have hugged that mom and told her it was okay.
  50. 10 points
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