The choice couldn’t be clearer

One side is Omar and AOC. Yikes! The other side is discussed by Chris Christie, not our favorite guy, but he’s on the money this time. Speaking of money, we can’t watch the last half hour of Trading Places without getting the creeps, just a bit. We went to Windows on the World quite a lot. BTW, what was going on in 1974?

Yup. Which side are you on? couldn’t be clearer.

3 Responses to “The choice couldn’t be clearer”

  1. feeblemind Says:

    Watched The Highwaymen on the Netflix this weekend and must recommend it.

    Kevin Costner plays a real life personality, Frank Hamer.

    He was a badass.

    From the link:

    One of the best examples of Hamer’s ability to deal with a deadly encounter was a gunfight that occurred Oct. 1, 1916, in the western Texas town of Sweetwater. Although the fight was not connected to law enforcement, it is a good example of the man’s coolness under fire.

    For some time, western Texas had been in the throes of a feud between the Johnson and Sims families. Hamer, who had recently married W.A. Johnson’s daughter, Gladys, was serving as a bodyguard for Johnson during a series of trials relating to some killings. Another former Ranger, Gee McMeans, was a son-in-law on the Sims side of the dispute.

    When court proceedings were continued in Baird, Texas, Hamer started the drive back to his home in Snyder. In the car with him were his wife, Gladys, brother Harrison Hamer, and Gladys’ brother, Emmett Johnson. The quartet drove into Sweetwater and stopped at a garage on the town square to have a flat tire fixed. Gladys stayed in the car, Harrison and Emmett went off to find a restroom, and Frank went in to the garage office.

    While Frank Hamer was in the office, another car drove up, occupied by Gee McMeans and H.E. Phillips. McMeans and Hamer came face to face on the sidewalk as the latter exited the garage. Without further ado, McMeans pulled a Colt .45 semi-automatic pistol and shot Hamer in the left shoulder at close range. Hamer slapped at the big auto with his left hand and the gun went off again, hitting Hamer in the right thigh this time. With that, Hamer took the pistol away from his assailant and began beating McMeans about the head and shoulders.

    While this was going on, H.E. Phillips was sneaking up on Hamer with a shotgun in his hands. Seeing this, Gladys Hamer began shooting at Phillips with her Colt Pocket Auto. When Mrs. Hamer ran out of ammunition, Phillips closed for the kill. However, his shotgun blast, fired at close range, missed Hamer entirely. It merely tore off most of Hamer’s hat brim. And Hamer, stunned, went to the ground.

    McMeans and Phillips, seeing that their plan hadn’t worked quite like it was supposed to, beat a hasty retreat back to their car. About this time, Hamer jerked his .44 Triple Lock and went after them. Seeing McMeans pull another shotgun from the car, with one shot Hamer hit him in the chest and killed him. Phillips, shotgun in hand, took off down the sidewalk, looking for a climate that had a little less lead in it.

    At this point, Harrison Hamer showed up, rifle in hand, and took aim at the fleeing Phillips. Frank pushed the gun barrel up as the rifle went off and told Harrison he didn’t want Phillips shot in the back. At that point, the fight was finally over. Hamer had been shot twice, had killed McMeans and stopped his brother from shooting Phillips in the back. What is amazing is that the Nolan County grand jury was in session and had watched the whole fight from an upstairs window. While Hamer was being doctored, the grand jury met, heard his testimony, and “No Billed” him on the spot, declaring it self-defense.

  2. Neil Says:

    Feeble: That would never make it into a Hollywood movie. It’s too unbelievable to be fiction.

  3. feeblemind Says:


    Quite right, Neil.

    In re the movie, one of the nice things about it is that there has been no 21st century political agenda/political correctness inserted into it. It appears they tried to tell it as it was.

    Oddly, my favorite scene is when Costner’s character, Hamer, goes into a gun store in a little Texas town and buys a Thompson sub, a machine rifle, a couple of shotguns a couple of pistols and a bunch of ammunition. Of course the shop keeper is astounded by the large purchase, but there are no back ground checks or permits required and they don’t even ask his name. Ah . . . to live in a time when the country was free and the 2nd Amendment had not yet been hobbled by Government.

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