Help a Brother Out?

A lot of you know Angus McThag, an occasional reader and a blogger in his own right. He’s the one responsible for this little delight that’s making the rounds:

Why So Many Guns?

Because one is none.

Two is one.  But one is none, so two is none.

Three is just one plus two, which is none plus none, so three is none.

Four is just two times two, which is none times none, or none.

Five is just two plus three, (none plus none) or one (none) plus four (none).  Five is none.

And it just keeps progressing from there.

Mathematically proven!

You cannot own enough guns to have one gun.  So all that money on guns, you spent it on nothing.

23 thoughts on “Help a Brother Out?

  1. Tom Stone

    A tuneup by the PD is more expensive than one at the local Ferrari dealer, by a bunch, exclusive of Medical bills. One hopes that the McThag’s will shortly abide in peace and comfort…every little bit helps.

  2. McThag

    Something I wrote is making the rounds?

    No way!

    I’m humbled.

    Both by the mention here and by the folks who’ve opened their hearts and wallets to help.

    I’m in the home stretch for expenses with a mere $200 unaccounted for at this time.

    1. archy

      ***Something I wrote is making the rounds?

      No way!***

      Way. If either national publicity regarding your case or a really serious investigation of the police agency [or both] woukld be of assistance, you can get ahold of me via Hognose here. I’m assuming you have legal counsel, and if so, the professional advice from him/her/them in that respect may be worth consideration, or might not; your call. But those critters are indeed sometimes useful for negotiations to prevent the death of a thousand cuts on both sides, and to negotiate ceasefires.

      However: If any terrible accident suddenly befalls you, all bets- and all kid gloves- are off.

      You ever read a Freddy Forsyth collection of short stories entitled *The Veteran*. If you get a chance, pick up a copy, and read the title story, at least.

      http://www.tribuneindia.com/2001/20011007/spectrum/book6.jpg

      1. McThag

        I did get competent legal counsel and I should be getting notice any day now that the state’s attorney has filed “no information” and thus no charges will be filed on me.

        The Boy was remanded to medical care, so no additional charges or fees should be forthcoming from that. All things considered his situation could have been a great deal worse than mine, I was not spitting and throwing things.

        We’d love to get some national spotlight on kids like mine, it’s surprising how many there are! It’s also apparent that the police have zero training in how to handle our adult kids. I’m my name at gmail if you want to drop a line. My wife is really ticked off about it all and wants to spread the word far and wide that there’s nothing in place to account for kids like ours running off.

        1. jim h

          Well, speaking as both a friend and a cop, i’ll say this: cops are usually very inexperienced with things like this, and the training is not as complete as it could be. most folks also forget that it is sometimes difficult to determine at first blush the differences between adult kids, some spectrums of autism, or a drug related issue.

          training has been picking up over these last few years, but I don’t believe, unfortunately, that its given the same weight as other topics currently in vogue(officer safety as the prime directive, good/bad shoots, etc.) dealing with mental illness (broad spectrum) is a relatively new thing in policing, much more of a focus than there used to be. particular disorders are far behind even the “awareness” training.

          now i’ll speak as a dad: my heart goes out to you. that’s got to be a heavy burden to bear at times, and it’s nice to hear about dads not giving up when the going gets rough.

        2. omhguy

          What makes it worse is that those of us how are in the mental health field keep having tools to deal with problems like these taken away from us. It is to the point know where things that used to be taken care of “in house” we are now told to “call the cops.” The irony is that the reason for this is that our old methods are too rough but how do they think the cops are going to handle these things?

          To me, it is a waste of tax payer money to pay people state wages (which I and others get) and then tell us to call the cops if it gets rough. As an old boss of my used to say, they are not here for flat feet. If they could be talked down by sweet reason, they should not be in state care to begin with. What is the point of having us if we can’t do our jobs?

          Of course, given the way that the state is emptying beds and putting people on the streets as fast as they can, I think the State answer is that they don’t really want us anyway. I am not one who thinks that taxpayers owe me a job, but I am not sure it is cheaper in the long run to put them on the streets. When they were threatening to close down a facility that I used to work at, the local sheriff came out in our defense with a graph showing that when our census was going down, his census was going up.

          1. Hognose Post author

            One of the great cock-ups of the 20th Century was deinstitutionalization. Liberals loved it because (1) some of the old asylums were dreadful and (2) they had a gauzy idea that the poor people’s families or, God help us, “the community” would take care of them. Their families put them inside when they reached the end of their rope already, and “the community” is an abstraction with no practical utility, except to ambitions “community organizers.” Instead of falling into this mythic embrace of care, they became “the homeless,” invisible to the media and public until Republicans are in power or the occasional case where one commits a crime.

            The many cases where these helpless, ought-to-be-institutionalized folks are victims of crime, are invisible to the media and the public.

    2. Hognose Post author

      I haven’t thrown in yet, because I haven’t been able to get eyes on my checking account and see how soon it will invert. Not a money thing, a cash flow thing, easily resolved with a phone call.

      ETA: I’m in. Heh, I thought the account would be bottomed out, and the Plimsoll line was in a completely unexpected place. I don’t need to worry about making a transfer until the charge card comes due sometime after the 20th. So I put some money where my mouth is. Keep us posted if you need more.

      Re: Boy. All kids are special needs kids, they just show it different ways.

      1. archy

        ***I haven’t thrown in yet, because I haven’t been able to get eyes on my checking account and see how soon it will invert. Not a money thing, a cash flow thing, easily resolved with a phone call.***

        Likewise, except that I do have a grand in an immediately accessible emergency crash fund that I can toss in the kitty. Thought it wise to use for contingency fund in the event of an additional major expense rearing its ugly head, like a sudden political shift at the prosecutor/state’s attorney’s office, or a change in legal representation being required. Using milady’s gmail for initial contact, will set up a dedicated email account for further coms, probably also at gmail.
        Notified my contact with the Florida SEAL community, haven’t heard back from him yet.Tweaking pals at McDill as well, and renewing commo with a counterpart at the Tallahassee Democrat who likes to work a good story; I really should have sent her a Christmas card last year. -More- follows later.

    1. archy

      ***My arrest and The Boy’s trip to heavy supervised sedation are two separate walkabouts.***

      Nah, though likely prudent to compartmentalize them that way. But more like heads and tails on the same coin.

  3. redc1c4

    i would like to point out, in passing, that there was an exhaustive scientific study on the number of firearms any one person should own…

    after all the interviews, polls and number crunching was done, the final result was, unequivocally, “One More”

  4. Keith

    After all, he (or she) who dies with the most toys wins.

    Keep your powder dry and your faith in God.

    1. archy

      ***After all, he (or she) who dies with the most toys wins.***

      Edited for opinionated editorializing: After all, he (or she) who dies with the most best toys wins.

      After all, he (or she) who dies with the most toys wins.

      Concur. *But if they mean to have a fight, let it begin here.*

      1. McThag

        Me: But I have a huge pile of .25’s!

        Judge: Yes, Mr McThag, you do have the most, ahem, “firearms”, but those hardly count towards your score.

        1. archy

          ***Judge: Yes, Mr McThag, you do have the most, ahem, “firearms”, but those hardly count towards your score.***

          The Browning *baby* certainly counts, and IMHO so too does the similar Colt 1908 *Vest Pocket* [one of which my paternal grandfather used to discourage a pair of auto-bandits intent on redistributing to themselves the company payroll he was couriering. One of them had a 4″.38 Colt, the other a 5″ .38 S&W M&P; he had his little Colt and a 50-round box of ammo, handy since he emptied the gun’s magazine 3 times, taking out their side and front glass in the rain as they pulled alongside. They had a stolen V8 Ford, he was in his own Packard. He did not stop his car and they did not get the loot.]

          I’d also count the Mauser 1910 .25 of WWI, and the rare .25 auto PPKs of pre-WWII. I’m personally fond of the Spanish Astra Cub and Colt Junior .25s, but prefer the Astra in .22 short for personal reasons. I’ve seen a Colt Ace .22LR conversion unit for the .45 ACP M1911 converted to ,25 as a target shooters rule beater since it’s a centerfire. Therre were some little gems of working half-size scale models of the M1928 Thompson SMG crafted in .25 as approximately half a .45. Yeah, a collection of ,25s can be interesting.

          At one time long ago I was very slightly involved in a project to adapt a Calico M100 .22 pistol action to .25, with a 5-shot burst trigger and suppressor. Happily, my supervisors found a better use of my time. There are a few others, if I think about it. A pal who was a derringer collector/accumulator thought versions in .25 especially neat.Theey’re sometimes said to be a woman’s gun, but most of those I’ve known who carried one have been men.

  5. Don ator.

    I had limited funds to donate on this occasion, but had to give something when the top of the page referenced Twilight: 2000.

    1. Hognose Post author

      Funny. I don’t even know what Twilight: 2000 is.

      From time to time I note some worthy cause here. I do not expect people to donate, just let them know it;s there if they’re so inclined. It’s quite marvelous that the most generous donors are often those who would seem to have the least to spare, in conventional terms. I am fortunate to come from a family that has inculcated payback and philanthropy as part of our ethos, but I’m quite tight-fisted compared to many of you guys. Humbling.

      1. McThag

        Twilight 2000 was a role playing game set in a theoretical World War III that started around 1995.

        It’s an alternate history now.

        The game setting starts in summer of 2000 with the final collapse of centralized command and control of the armies in play.

        Role playing games are the source of my gun geekery.

        1. DaveP.

          There’s some serious overlap between gun folks and The Cult Of Funny Shaped Dice, especially these days as the old-style Traditional Gamers start to grey out.

          1. archy

            Sometime gunwriter and historian/researcher Kevin Dockery was one of the three developers of The Morrow Project back around 1980. *What if* and alternate possibility theorizing are common currency in both camps.

        2. archy

          ***Twilight 2000 was a role playing game set in a theoretical World War III that started around 1995. It’s an alternate history now.***

          The enclosed maps were pretty good too, as I recall. Around the same time or a little before the appearance of T2K, General Sir John *Shan* Hackett’s novel on the *history* of WWIII The Third World War had appeared and was a pretty fair bestseller;if not a direct antecedent it was at least an infruence. I recall the box art for the Polish Uprising module had a M60 MG-toting Black character with an early Humvee who looked very slightly like a younger version of the late Peter Kokalis; he did not appreciate my pointing out the possible similarity.
          http://geekyandgenki.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/twilight-2000-e1352328724355.jpg

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