Unreal estate (a continuing series)

Pikes Peak as seen from the temporary HQ of the Mad Dog Media Whirled Hindquarters.

Pikes Peak as seen from the temporary HQ of the Mad Dog Media Whirled Hindquarters.

BIBLEBURG, Colo. (MDM) — Oh, lawd, we’re just burning up that ol’ country road lately. First to Sin City, and now to to Galt’s Gulch, where they’ve got theirs and by God and Ayn Rand you’d better get yours.

Chez Dog, pictured shortly after the hailstorm that welcomed me back to the 'hood.

Chez Dog, pictured shortly after the hailstorm that welcomed me back to the ‘hood.

It being fall and all we decided it was time to check up on the Old Home Place©, in part because we like to have the storm windows in place and the furnace in working order when the snow flies, and in part because our helpers with Project Airbnb decided they were over it with a couple clients still queued up in the hopper.

So here I am, back in the libertarian laboratory, comfortably ensconced in a Hilton property on points after a couple days of fix-’em-up around Chez Dog™.

One of our summertime guests had decided to augment the airflow through the joint by removing several of the glass panels in the old aluminum storm windows. These are self-storing bits, mind you — slide ’em up to let a cooling breeze flow through the screen during the heat of the day, slide ’em down to preserve interior warmth come evening — but no, apparently they had to be removed entirely. Probably the same knucklehead who wondered why the air conditioning that we don’t have wasn’t working properly.

So those have been cleaned, lubed, repaired as necessary, and replaced. The thermostat has been reprogrammed (should’ve dusted it for knucklehead prints). And the joint has been otherwise spic’d, and also span’d, and our latest guest is in residence. I’ll tidy up after him in preparation for the next lot, which arrives middle of next week, spend a couple days committing cycling journalism, squeeze in a bike ride or two or three, meet with a painter about the back deck, and then fire up the rice rocket for re-entry to Planet Albuquerque.

With all this going on I haven’t had much time to pay attention to the news, which is probably just as well, because I already have grave doubts about the state of the Republic and shit like this and this and this is not exactly easing my mind.

Thank God for Elvis Costello.


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26 Responses to “Unreal estate (a continuing series)”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

    Maybe the people of 1788 were not as stupid, irresponsible, and trigger happy as those around today. Founders must be turning over in their graves. I’m pretty disgusted. In spite of my usual 2A militancy, I’m starting to wonder if we should require anyone owning a gun to pass an IQ test and take a class in peaceful conflict resolution. Shit, I’m Lebanese and Sicilian. If I can get through 61 1/2 years without ever pulling a gun on someone, so can anyone else.

    • psobrien Says:

      Even part Irish folks?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      As I’ve noted before, the Second Amendment was (and is) in dire need of a copy editor. It can still be fixed, but the political will ain’t there. Not until Jesus H. Christ himself comes back and some psycho puts five in his 10 ring because he hates hippies, homeless dudes, and peaceniks. And maybe not even then.

      • khal spencer Says:

        If Jesus H. Christ came back today, the GOP would launch an investigation into how yet one more illegal made it over the border.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Well, yesterday Bernie Sanders pulled in 11,000 people into Reid Park in Tucson, of all places. He has just proposed to ban semi-automatic assault weapons.

      • khal spencer Says:

        I’m not sure how Bernie would accomplish that, Pat. Would require a bill though Congress, which is presently run by the GOP.

        Someone should have had some foresight in the sixties and seventies and regulated semiauto assault style rifles like we do the full auto kind–with some sort of Treasury stamp and Federal permit. Shit, there are so many out there its ridiculous and every time someone raises the specter of another “assault weapons ban” there is another run on the things. Last time I read something, there was an estimate of over five million out there, some in the hands of the lunatic fringe out your way.

        In the present toxic atmosphere, I am pessimistic anything reasonable can be done. One thing Obama can do by executive order is tell the IRS and BATF to finally define who should have FFL licenses. There really isn’t a “gun show loophole” but there is a “small dealer loophole”, which some say is responsible for many of the straw purchases that end up in war zones in Chicago or Albuquerque. I’d start there. If you are selling a gun privately, you should have to either vouch for the buyer on paper or do a consignment sale via an FFL. And, if that really would improve things for Uncle Sam, make it free and let any cop do it on their laptop.

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        I just thought it was interesting that Bernie could announce his gun control idea, essentially reinstating the assault weapons ban that was allowed to expire in 1994 along with expanded background checks, and still draw around 10,000 people to a rally in Arizona of all places. The number that attended is still in question. Numbers range from 7,000 to 11,000 depending on the source. But it was SRO.
        l realize that without an large turnover in Congress, this presidential election is just window dressing as far as gun control is concerned. But the Supreme Court may take a case involving an Illinois city’s assault weapon and large capacity magazine ban. If they do, and rule the ordinance legal, it could open a door. But only if the American people demand it. But, most of them simply don’t give a shit.

      • khal spencer Says:

        New York State passed the SAFE Act which has limits on magazine capacity and imposes registration of assault style weapons. It also requires handgun licenses too be renewed periodically. I have to mail mine, which says “good until revoked”, back to the state police. It was issued to me in 1976. I have not lived in NYS since 1987. Go figure. I think some have sued about the SAFE Act and some aspects were actually thrown out, but so far most of it has stood up.

        Heller vs. DC, which the NRA parades as carte blanche, gave wide latitude for controls. All it really did was validate keeping guns for personal protection, and overturned a Dee Cee law that was extremely restrictive. A recent San Francisco law that required putting one’s guns in a secure container if you were not keeping it under your direct control has so far not been successfully challenged–at least since last time I checked. I suppose that means people are stirring their soup for dinner while packing heat…

        What Heller said was there are limits on how far a state or city can go, but it did not overturn regulation. No one ever successfully challenged the “assault weapon” ban that eventually lapsed.

        Its a political question, not really a judicial one.

      • psobrien Says:

        Thanks Khal. That explains the legal history. You’re right; it’s a political question. The public pressure is building to do something. But, the lunatics are still running the congressional asylum.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

  2. psobrien Says:

    Good grief buddy, you are working too hard!!! You need to unionize. Oh, self-employed heh?

    Well, got to fly to DC. Got an interview for speaker of something. Shit, I can blow bullshit better than most. Besides, they told me I was the only one who would answer the phone.

  3. Stan Thomas Says:

    Welcome to the club …

    Cheers, mate

  4. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Ahh, the joys of home ownership, including the joints you rent out. Hope the income/outcome ends up working for you, sounds like too damn much work to me.
    News is certainly depressing with the threat of the “Zombie-eyed granny-starver” being on our TeeVee’s replacing John Boner as the circus ringmaster in DeeCee. How come we say BOEING for the airplane works but it’s John BAYNER for the Marlboro/Merlot empty suit?
    On the passionate gun love side of things, how long will it take for those oppressed by these gun-loving SOB’s to pony up (as I just did to the Brady Center) enough to overcome the financial might of the NRA and get some reasonable controls on these Elmer Fudds? These 2nd Amendment screamers need to tell me about all the tyranny the citizens of the rest of the civilized countries who control “arms” are facing. As far as I can see they have a lot less murder and mayhem due to kooks with guns with no more government tyranny than we face every day. But what do I know?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Aw, we just have a nasty case of Too Much Stuff, as diagnosed by Dr. George Carlin.

      We love Chez Dog® in general and the neighborhood in particular, but three houses is about four houses too many.

      As for “tyranny,” snort, guffaw, etc. We should air-drop some of these FreeDummies with their Glocks and AKs into someplace where they have the real deal and see how they and their shootin’ arns fare. I’d pay good money to watch the live feed on that one.

      • Larry T. Says:

        And now we have the brain-surgeon who gives the rest of them a bad name going on about how Hitler and the holocaust would have been avoided had only the Germans had a 2nd Amendment….I’m moving up my plans to retire in Italy!!!

      • Pat O'Brien Says:

        Speaking of Italy, I watched a PBS show last night called “I’ll Have What Phil is Having.” Episode 2 is in Italy. I think Phil likes Italy better than Larry does. I could see why after watching the show.

        Patrick, I would buy that pay per view as well. The program wouldn’t last long though.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        Pat – I watched part of that show too. Phil seems like a nice fellow but there is SO much more to Italy than just Florence and Tuscany. …especially when it comes to food. As the late Yogi Berra said, “nobody goes there anymore, it’s too crowded.” And amazingly, everyone this guy runs into just happens to speak English?

  5. Herb Clevenger Says:

    Well you seem to be sort of stuck on the nomenclature “knuckleheads”. May I suggest an old school alternative? Screwballs. My dear old mum used to tend bar at a local club and I would ask her how did things go at work? She would always say “serving screwdrivers to screwballs is no way to get through life. Now get to your homework”

  6. bromasi Says:

    never mind, just a test.

  7. bromasi Says:

    yep it works, couldn’t post a comment. Now what was the question?

  8. Dale Says:

    Jeez PO’G, you are a landlord now.

    Many years ago in a period of financial desperation, I made an attempt to sell decent homes to qualified people – you can probably guess how well that worked out.

    At one point during that brief foray into real estate, I even considered buying rental property – then I met a state cop with a realtor license who was moonlighting as a property manager. When he had to demand a rental payment, or enforce an eviction, he would always arrive in uniform and in his state police cruiser.

    Seems like you have a long term handyman job as well.

  9. Kim Jordain Says:

    Today Oct. 14 was my 62nd birthday. So I did a solo 125 mile ride wearing your 2nd generation Old Guys jersey. Got GREAT reactions from other riders during the day.

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