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Taking this at face value:If guy with sword was acting as he thought to save a woman from rape, why is he facing a potential prison sentence? Was it the intrusion, the damage to property, the bearing of a deadly weapon or the fact that the guy with the box of tissues was scared out of his skull?Was they guy supposed not to have acted himself, but to have called the cops? ("We'll be over right away Sir. About twenty minutes suit the rapist?")What kind of porn was the other guy watching that can sound like real rape? Where's his innocence or guilt in this?Cavalry sword - glad to hear they're still in circulation, but the wrong weapon for the occasion. (Clue - they work best if you're on a horse.) Too long and unwieldy for an enclosed space. I prefer the shorter samurai Tanto blade for indoor use [caveat praedo].Reminds me of a London story from 20 years ago - an old woman was mugged and beaten one night in the grounds of a block of flats. She fell, couldn't get up, was not rescued by anyone from the flats and was found dead from hypothermia next morning. One tenant on being asked about hearing screams the night before admitted that he had, but that all he'd done had been to turn up the TV to drown the noise. (Bet too he was watching porn.)
No-Knock Raid on the wrong house?No problem, just say your with SWAT
Cavalry sword - glad to hear they're still in circulation, but the wrong weapon for the occasion. We professionals prefer the term Cavalry Sabre or Saber. I have one, as do many Army officers. t is no longer a dress requirement. The last time I used mine was to cut my wedding cake.The Marines on the other hand, I think still require the purchase of the "Mameluke Sword". Originally Officers could use any style sword but after our first war against the Moslems (BTW: our first war as a nation) (The Barbary Pirates), the Marines adopted this style sword. ....to the shores of Tripoli. We will fight our countries battles on air and land and sea...as a home defense weapon? I still like grandpa's 12 gauge pump, even without shells, its sound and appearance convey a certain seriousness.
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"What kind of porn was the other guy watching that can sound like real rape?"It was a spanish language porn. So that may explain why the hero/intruder thought it was not happy screaming. http://www.myfoxmilwaukee.com/myfox/The best part of this whole episode is that the porn watcher not only decides to go on TV and talk about his porn collection but he tells the story in chronological order beginning with, "I came home from the bar and decided to take care of business." I guess you can add masturbating to the list of things we do in Wisconsin.
That's what we do in WI; beer, cheese, Harleys, serial killers, and crazy.You forgot brats. Maybe that is what the sword was for - to slice brats.While I have a sword at home (Dad brought it home from after WWII) I don't think I'd go next door with it. The Glock is so much easier to conceal.
I like news stories that come out of Oconomowoc. I like to imagine how local news anchors in, say, Natchitoches, Lousisiana, pronounce it.
AJD: Did you read the linked story? You have to do that to get the joke. Actually, why am I talking to you. I gave you a warning a while back and said I'd delete your comments if you didn't refer to me as Professor Althouse from now on, so I have to keep my word.
We professionals prefer the term Cavalry Sabre or Saber. I have one, as do many Army officers.There are both I believe, at least in the British Household Cavalry: a sword for ceremonial duties and a sabre for battle.But you're quite right, I was thinking of the curved sabre rather than the straight sword.
as a home defense weapon? I still like grandpa's 12 gauge pump, even without shells, its sound and appearance convey a certain seriousness....well you guys have the advantage over us in that regard. We have no right to bare arms - gotta wear cardigans all the time!
Peter, Our usages here are the same. In the context of a long edged weapon, the association I make is:Cavalry -> Saber (sabre)Dress -> SwordCurved -> Saber )(sabre)Straight -> swordArmy - saberMarines -> swordFor the uneducated :) a sabre is curved because it is a slicing from horseback weapon. It is the one exception to the rule that "point beats edge". The sword is a stabbing weapon. as for the shotgun, note that I have no shells for it. There is something primal about the sound of a 12 gauge pump being racked back.I imagine the sorts of game bird break action guns they still have in the UK would frighten someone by sound alone :)
I always wondered why they called notorious playboys, "swordsmen".Cheers,Victoria
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has more on the story. What I find most amusing is apparently the video was watched from about 1 to 2:30 a.m. and the break in didn't happen to 11:30 a.m. The upstairs tenant was kind enough only to call that "obnoxiously late".
You know, it’s been bothering me all day that I couldn’t identify the picture I had in my head of what our hero looks like.So what happens? I eat dinner and go to the computer and have an epiphany.Life is full and rich!
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