November 16, 2004
it's a red state
I own several guns and I like to shoot, but I don't hunt deer. I tried it a couple of times and simply didn't like freezing my ass off in a tree-stand at sunrise while waiting for a deer to walk by, which never happened for me. That crap just ain't my cup of tea.
But it sure IS for a lot of other people. Here in Effingham County, Georgia, the first day of deer season is damn near a religious holiday. Half the local population heads for the woods that day--- some with dogs, some with young'uns, and some all by themselves, but ALL of them with guns. They'll haunt those woods every chance they get until the season's over, too.
I can see how that might present a problem for the Secret Service, if ex-Presidents were wandering around nearby.
The Acxiom building overlooks the library, where President Bush and former presidents Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush and Clinton are to speak.
Deer hunting season in Arkansas began last weekend, and overlaps with the dedication, on Thursday, of Clinton's library.
Deer hunters in Arkansas take the sport so seriously that many of them keep their rifles and shotguns and other equipment in their cars, which makes it easier for them to get in a few hours in the woods before or after leaving work.
I am a staunch supporter of Second Amendment rights, but I also have a lick of common sense. If you stick a rifle in your truck where it can be seen when three ex-Presidents and a bunch of other political bigwigs are having an Affair Of Import in the vicinity, you're just asking for trouble.
Use your head here. What would YOU do with somebody like YOU with the rifle, if YOU were in charge of security? You'd rough the shit out of yourself, slap on the cuffs and drag yourself off for some serious questioning, THAT'S what you'd do.
You shoulda had more sense than to bring a rifle anywhere around that place, you dumbass. That's like walking into a BANK with a gun, for crying out loud. People see the gun and they ASSUME that you're up to no good because your behavior is.... inappropriate. People react to inappropriate behavior, and generally, they don't like it. So, DON'T DO THAT SHIT!
Heh. Actually, I believe that it's WONDERFUL that red states have such "issues."
(Link stolen from a rocket scientist. No kidding! She really IS! At least she says she is, and she wouldn't lie to me.)
One Halloween, I went out dressed up as the Lady in Red. I was dressed head to toe in red.....red stockings, red hat, etc. And to make a matching ensemble, I also carried a red tool box (as my purse) and I had a red cap gun.
Later in the evening, my friend and I were complimented on our outfits by a couple of off duty police officers. They understood what my friends costume was (Minnie Mouse), but they asked me what I was supposed to be.
Not thinking to clearly (I'd had a few) I told them, "I'm The Lady in Red......I even have a gun to match!" Then I pulled the gun out of my tool box.
I quickly realized my error, and explained that it was just a toy. Fortunately, they let me just walk away, but for a moment there, it was pretty TENSE.
That's the last time I wear that costume!
I do a lot of business with the Buckeye Cellulose plant in Foley, Florida. They operate 364 days a year. What one day are they shut down? Christmas? New Year's? Easter? Thanksgiving? Fuck no. First day of deer season. Absenteeism would be so bad anyway they just shut down. Not my bag, though. I like to hunt birds. And I love to fish. I have issues killing a fellow mammal, but I'll sure as hell eat one.
The week before election night in '92, the union I belong to were working to prepare the convention center for the festivities coming up. Since a bona fide presidential candidate was in and out of town, the secret service were, well, secretly everywhere.
One of my buds was crossing the street from the Excelsior to the Capital carrying a Makita cordless drill and got tackled in the middle of Markham Street by two Secret Service guys that thought he was carrying an automatic weapon.
We all had a good laugh over that one even with the strawberry on both his arms...
Just tell George to stay the fuck home and be done with it. If Jimmah or Bubba catch a stray, no big whoop. (Hell, Bubba's always on the lookout for some stray.)
You're obviously just an apologist for The Man, Rob.
Have to agree with Rob on this one, but some gun nut somewhere will demand his right to be stupid and if the secret service fills his ass with holes, I won't be offended.