Gun Death: Cambridge

So this story is all over the local news

It has been more than a week since 60-year-old Paul Wilson was found dead inside Danehy Park in Cambridge and investigators are still looking for clues.

District Attorney Marian Ryan and police spoke about the case at a community meeting at the Andrew Peabody School Thursday night. They said authorities are still unsure whether the attack was planned. Investigators have not identified a possible motive.

“We have no information at this point that suggests it was other than random,” Ryan said to a crowd of more than 150 people, according to The Boston Globe.

…Police found Wilson suffering from “blunt force trauma to his head,” Ryan said. He was transported to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and was pronounced dead at 10:18 p.m.

Wilson was 6 feet, 6 inches tall, and often traveled through the park to get to and from work, police said. Police do not believe Wilson was robbed because he had multiple possessions on him when emergency responders found him.

It’s a very strange case, man walks to work every day through a public park (something very similar to a commute I once had) and one night when walking home some monster came and caved his head in.

Of course Cambridge and neighboring Boston it is all but impossible for people with political connections to get a carry permit, hey but no gun was used, so no “Gun Death”.

Also given that it has been so long and there aren’t any leads, I have my doubt the monster that did it will ever be caught….at least until they decide to prey on their fellow man. But why would you need a gun in a City and State with such good gun laws, right?

Also nearly unrelated, when looking up the story to cite Google also gave me this story, not from Cambridge Massachusetts, but Cambridgeshire England

A thug who nearly decapitated a dementia sufferer with a rake is a child killer living under a pseudonym, it’s emerged.

Stephen Chafer was just 17 when he sexually assaulted and stabbed to death three-year-old Lorraine Holt.

He was jailed for life but the Parole Board has been condemned this week for giving him to chance to reoffend.

The dad, now known as Stephen Leonard, was released from jail after 23 years in 2002, returned to prison in 2013 for arson – but then released again on licence in 2017.

And this month Chafer was convicted of trying to kill Fay Mills, a 60-year-old dementia sufferer, in Peterborough in another frenzied attack in a row over garden tools.

So this piece of shit rapes and murders (note with a knife, not a gun) a Three-year-old girl, and gets life in Prison….but is released at age 40 (my age, so one can argue still in his prime), and within a year is sent BACK to prison for Arson.

And what boggles the mind is after that they again grant him Parole, and now he attempts to murder a 60 year old over neighborly disagreement, and theoretically he could still be released again, and given how the “Justice System” obviously works there I’d be suprised if he doesn’t go free again, and hopefully when he’s free he’s too old and frail to cause much harm, but does any resonable person think the monster can be removed from this Man?

And here lies the core of the “Gun Death Files” there are people who are just dangerous. A Man who would rape and murder a small child is so beyond any normal human behavior I find it difficult to ascribe malice to his actions. Somebody who would even CONSIDER doing this is no different than a coyote snatching a kid for a meal.

The idea of having a “Life” Sentence that can be reduced seems a bit of a misnomer, but then having somebody get early release and then be convicted of such a serious crime and EVER seeing the light of day is a fucking travesty. What the hell did they think would happen when they let this monster go?

Really he never should have seen the light of day, and personally this is why I’m so pro death penalty. There are monsters who walk among us, and when they make their presence known they should be removed from society just to keep us safe, but unlike some death penalty proponants, I don’t see it a justice or revenge thing, but really an issue of Humanity.

He was 17 years old and he raped and murdered a Three-Year-Old. You can argue that 17 is just a minor, and I think we were all doing things our older and wiser selves consider stupid now, but that isn’t even in the same ballpark. He’s broken, and modern medicine can’t fix that kind of broken, and we have clear examples here that his kind of broken is a danger to all who are around him.

He raped and killed a little girl, he burned his unit in a 9-unit Apartment building down, and now he’s going back up the river for nearly killing a woman while arguing over a damn rake. He’s a monster, and should NEVER have contact with other people. Now think about that, that means if we aren’t going to euthanize him, it means locking him up until he dies on his own (A Life Sentence really is just a lazy Death Sentence), which in itself is tragic, and reminds of of the Medieval Oubliettes where prisoners were simply locked up and left to die. But it is also tragic in that he will STILL have contact with other people, Jailers, who are good people doing good work, and other prisoners, who by definition aren’t as good a people, but at the same time in no way deserving to be harmed or maimed by a violent creature.

I just think a life sentence is more humane if we just come to terms with WHY we stick people in prison and what it means when we say Life Without Parole.

Sorry I got a little preachy but that second story really pissed me off.

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 038: .38 Masshole Special

Hello Internet!

In This Episode:

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss The Dumbness that is the Massachusetts License to Carry permit system;
  • Weer’d interviews Jay Grazio of Shooting Illustrated on growing up as a gun nut in the gun-unfriendly state of Massachusetts;
  • David finishes his series on carry methods with some of his favorite holsters;
  • while it may be too late for Christmas, Oddball gives some knife recommendations that might help you to spend your holiday gift money;
  • and the ACP House Dick tells a story about how easy a GPS retrieval can go…and how hard it can be.

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Show Notes

Main Topic

Gun Lovers and Other Strangers:

Oddball’s Corner Pocket


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Handgun Radio Live

Lots of Listener Emails

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How Much Is Your Life Worth?

You hear this in discussions on lethal force to protect Property.   To be clear I’ll get more stuff, but also By nature that I won’t voluntarily hand my property over to the lowest members of society, it means I would only do so under lethal duress….

But the flip side is this story:

A driver made off with a bag of change after robbing a toll booth along Interstate 93 in New Hampshire on Monday, police said.

…He didn’t realize exactly what was going on until the suspect exited his vehicle and was essentially entering the toll booth with a knife in his hand with his backpack opening saying, ‘Put the money in the bag

Luckily when the toll booth operator surrendered his till, the robber moved on, it could have gone MUCH worse.

The attendant had just started his shift collecting the $.50 tolls and told the man he had no money.

“The exact amount of the change that was taken is still unclear. However, it appears to be a quite small amount. It may have even been under $1,” Field said.

There have been stories where the crook had an idea of how much they wanted the score to be, and when they found that the till was light they flew into a rage and harmed or killed the clerk.

Not only is this an insane case, but this dirtbag is looking at serious prison time for stealing less money than I used to make as a kid collecting cans for spending money.

Also I put this in the “Gun Death Files” even tho there was no death, as we have a pretty serious violent crime, in New Hampshire, the most gun-friendly place in the UNIVERSE, and yet no guns were involved.

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Assorted Calibers Podcast Ep 037: Our Headspace on the Bumpstock Ban

Hello Internet!

In This Episode:

  • Erin and Weer’d discuss the recent Bumpstock ban;
  • Oddball explains why he hates the term “Sheepdog” to explain gun owners;
  • David continues his series on Holsters, this time with carry methods that don’t utilize belts;
  • and the General Purpose Egghead returns, this time to explain headspacing of firearms.

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Show Notes

Main Topic

Gun Lovers and Other Strangers

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Handgun Radio Live

Gonna be the Pre-SHOT Show show!

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Pony Cocktail Love

So one night before Recording an Episode of ACP I had a rough day that culminated with my favorite Martini Glass just shattering in my hand.

I miss you, Blue Swirl.

So Erin declared that I should get a replacement glass with my favorite My Little Pony, which for me is Fluttershy.

Well I got it for Christmas, and I love it.

Here She is rocking a Yellow Bird with Grand Marnier in place of the Triple Sec to give it that nice rich hue.

And she is yellow and Pink, so here’s a High Five With Campari for even more pink…plus I don’t have any Aperol

Fun times!

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Handgun Radio Live

Happy New Years! We’ll be talking about your 1890s Cowboy Layout.

Also we will have a special guest on, so stay tuned!

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The Cock and the Balls

So for whatever reason the term Capon has been popping up a lot recently. Erin and I discussed it briefly while recording ACP I don’t think that discussion made it to a blooper reel, IIRC it just wasn’t concise enough for an outtake.

Still to sum it up, Castrating livestock is an old tradition, but with mammalian chattel it’s easy as the testicles are outside the body for all to see, and removal is quite a simple task.

But birds are a horse of a different color, they keep their sex organs inside, and unless (like chickens) they are sexually dimorphic it’s near impossible to visually sex a bird.

And by dictionary definition to remove the testicles of a bird, it is major surgery! And this technique has been around for CENTURIES, as in way before Aseptic Technique was known!

Thank god for youtube, I watched several videos, this was the most educational and professional.

And this probably gives a better feel on how it’s REALLY done in the day-to-day.

So first up, AMAZING! Just the idea that somebody raising chickens in the Roman Empire in 100 BC could both know that those little glands inside the chicken are in fact Bird Nuts, and came up with a way to take those suckers out without killing the bird.

I will say that somebody in the comment section took offense to the fact that the surgery was done without anesthesia. It probably SHOULD be, and the drugs will keep the animal from moving which will make EVERYTHING easier.

Still my mind is blown, and what isn’t discussed it that Roosters in chicken farming is a major problem. You only need a small number of roosters for breeding a flock of hens, and they are generally aggressive crowing assholes. This means that in egg farming, the male chicks are generally destroyed, and Roosters aren’t of much value outside of being sperm donors as they produce what is considered inferior meat.

So the idea of doing this quick surgery (I included the second video just to show how fast its done when you aren’t showing the internet what you’re doing) even if it is painful seems like a wise move over just sending the chicks through a grinder.

Now I want to eat one! Don’t see them at my local store, and online prices are OUTRAGEOUS, so we’ll see if that ever happens.

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Just WHY?

So I dig the Youtube Channel Epicurious, mostly for this series:

But they also have a series where they take people who know NOTHING about cooking and have them do something in the Kitchen. IT IS DOGSHIT! This is the mean-girls bullshit that Reality TV lives on, and it is horrible.

But they went one step further today…

Oh the Alcohol abuse with telling somebody who DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO MAKE A MARTINI to make one! Why don’t you grab a city bus driver and have them do a coronary bypass surgery and we can all have a good laugh while the patient bleeds out on the table!!!

But the pain really hits when the “Expert” comes on. First up he’s an instructor in a Culinary Institute, as a general rule, these are Chef schools, not bartending schools….and if that’s changing, his school clearly isn’t one of the new ones that now focus on mixing quality drinks.

So even he mangles the drink.

Mistake #1, Vodka instead of Gin. I personally HATE Vodka Martinis, but they have their place, but in a video called “Make a Martini”, make a MARTINI, not a Vodka Martini, and certainly not a Sour Appletini.
Mistake #2, Shaking rather than Stirring. I’ll even give him a pass on his ice, but seriously? He’s doing it wrong.

Clear as Day, Right and Wrong, drinks with no fruit juice should be stirred. (Also shaking doesn’t make the drink any colder than a proper stir, nor does it change the dilution)

And Mistake 2B: If you’re shaking a drink for a paying customer, double-strain! Use a fine mesh strainer to catch those little ice chunks that are going to get past the cocktail strainer!

Mistake #3 Vermouth wash. NO. If you want a glass of Vodka, there is no shame in it, pour one, and enjoy yourself! If you’d rather be drinking a Rum and Coke, have one! But if you WANT a Martini, you WANT Gin and Vermouth (and either olives, or a lemon twist) and the wash he’s doing is really going to do little more than contaminating his vodka.

So to close out, let’s see how it’s REALLY done.

I personally go 4:1 Gin and Vermouth, and I garnish with olives. Further there is a whole world of mind expanding martinis when you add in bitters.

This is a personal Favorite for the Dry Martini with Olives, tho for the Lemon Twist, you can find Orange Bitters in the damn grocery store, and it will be a game-changer!

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