Sunday, October 18, 2009

Swine Flu/Wild West

I feel like I'm coming in out of a fog, with my thinking machine only half, or less, functioning. It needs a good kick to get it to fully operational. But I won't bend your ears more than an hour or two about how bad the swine flu was (is) and recommend that everyone hye theirselves thither to a shot place and get yourself shot with vaccine. The other shot place (bar) is fine as long as they provide a little vaccine with the dollops of alcohol. I don't recommend getting sloshed and swine flu at the same time. You'll feel bad enough with one or the other.

The Wild West is still alive and kicking, at least here in Arizona. The legislature passed and put into law that you can carry a gun into a bar or restaurant as long as the bar owner doesn't post a sign saying no guns allowed. You should have heard the hullaballoo over that. Of course, if you're carrying, you can't drink any alcohol. That's the way it used to be, except it has been reversed. It used to be you could carry a weapon anywhere as long as it was in the open. Of course that doesn't fly with the left or PC crowd, so they banned all weapons, practically. Now, you need a concealed weapons permit and you can take it into a bar as long as the owner permits guns inside. When it was "open carry" no one ever got killed, or not many, at least I don't remember reading about someone being shot because of the law. And then, all guns were banned and only the criminals had them and the bullets began flying, and about every day now, you can read about someone being shot and killed here in Phoenix.

It seems to me that all, or most, of  the shooting is still coming from the criminal element, mainly gangs and drug dealers, who are not even supposed to have guns anyway. Would a new "open carrry" law help in this regard? I doubt it, they are going to continue doing what they can get away with.



  1. The modern world sucks - I was a smoking, gun carrying, swine flue free world.

  2. That's funny! An opening line for the next book!

  3. Glad to see you're feeling better. Glad to hear the Wild West is still alive in Arizona. I've always wanted to visit Tombstone.

    I found a community of western writers on that I thought you might be interested in:

  4. Thanks, Matt. Helldorado Days in Tombstone was Oct 15-17 this year, but they have events throughout the year. The site, which I just ran across, lists them along with a bunch of other info, if you haven't seen it already. It's getting to be a regular tourist trap, but interesting.

    Thanks for the tip on live journal. Will check it out.