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Joe92385

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About Joe92385

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  • Birthday 09/23/1985

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    Bakersfield, CA

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    30ish
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    Righty
  1. Stubbornness on Short Game vs Long Game

    Interesting. Though, at my level, it really just boils down to "get better at literally any part of golf, and the score will improve," haha.
  2. Stubbornness on Short Game vs Long Game

    You've never seen me putt... Kidding aside, I recently realized that I blamed my short game for everything because it's more frustrating for me to hit a great drive and fall apart close in, as opposed to hitting a bad drive and making a good recovery. The holes that get stuck in my mind as "good holes" are the latter, even though I typically end up with a worse score. I suppose it's recency bias, but I prefer to call it Tin Cup Bias.
  3. I definitely understand (at least since I started taking lessons recently) that just pounding a bucket of balls isn't going to have much benefit to my swing, but like you said, it does seem to help with stamina at least. I used to get out to the range a couple times a week and hit large buckets - I didn't really improve my game, but I didn't get fatigued as easily as I do now. Which is fairly important to me, since my timing goes to hell as soon as I get tired. So there's definitely some value in smashing balls and drinking a couple beers with friends, haha. This forum convinced me to finally get some real lessons. Only had two so far, but they've definitely proven the theme of this thread - both lessons were really focused on my very upright swing. My ball flight went to hell initially, but as I'm getting more comfortable it's working itself out. If I were trying to do this myself, I would have been so worried about the ball flight that I'd never correct the real problem.
  4. I would also like to know the basis for that assertion. Government actors (and I would dispute that a retired peace officer of any kind is a government actor, but let's assume he is) do not have a constitutional duty to provide any protective services: (DeShaney v. Winnebago (1989) 489 U.S. 189, 196-197 [emphasis added].) The exceptions are when there is a special relationship, or when it's a state-created danger. Neither would apply here. Of course, that analysis is under the 14th Amendment, and a state could impose affirmative duties on peace officers. However, I would imagine that any state statute is probably phrased as granting the authority to make arrests, not imposing a duty - otherwise, the state would be exposing itself to an incredible amount of potential liability.
  5. Before I respond, I apologize if I seemed condescending - definitely not my intention. But substantively, you still miss the point. I'm saying that yes, the FBI stats are fallible, and could have problems with their methodology. However, it is the most accurate and reliable source I know of. I did not contradict myself by telling my own anecdotal information. I simply used it to illustrate the point that national statistics don't reflect every locale. Having said that, your argument is "I see bad crime therefore crime is getting worse everywhere," which just not logical. Please correct me if I'm misunderstanding you though. My point is that you can (and should) question any data source, but so far I haven't heard any specific criticisms of the FBI data, whereas reliance on media reports is inherently problematic due to two related issues: (1) their job is not to collect data, but to report specific stories of interest; and (2) the lack of impartiality since the goal is ratings, not study.
  6. So anecdotal reports and media coverage is a more reliable indicator of crime rates than the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting data? Play around with this tool: http://www.ucrdatatool.gov/ Or if that's too much work, here's a chart: https://ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2012/crime-in-the-u.s.-2012/tables/1tabledatadecoverviewpdf/table_1_crime_in_the_united_states_by_volume_and_rate_per_100000_inhabitants_1993-2012.xls I don't think anybody's going to argue that a national decrease in crime rate means crime is down in every region. I know where I live, we've already surpassed last year's total number of murders, and property crime has been on the rise for a while. You can also certainly take issue with the FBI's data or methodology - but you can't credibly argue that the statistics are LESS reliable than anecdotes and news reports.
  7. I was typing almost the exact thing (Edit because you guys are too fast - I mean the same thing as iacas, that the lack of charges does not mean it was legal). In addition, it wouldn't be unusual for charges not to be filed immediately (DA's are busy people). In addition to the addition, I would give favorable odds to a civil suit being filed (if not for the gun, for the kick to the head).
  8. Out of curiosity, let's set aside both the law and the specifics of the video for a minute. Reduce it to this hypothetical: you are at a golf course, armed, and notice that someone else has your stolen property (and you are certain it's yours). You can't detain the thief hand-to-hand. Do you draw your gun to detain him? Of those who would answer (or already have answered) yes, how many actually carry a firearm? I'm not trying to make a point here, I'm genuinely curious how people think they would react. Edit after reading @Dave2512's post: I'm curious about answers disregarding the rationale evaluation of consequences that we can do from behind a keyboard - try to put yourself in that situation mentally, and consider what your real-world reaction would be.
  9. The psychology of blowing up: How do you stop it?

    I have a great deal of experience with blowup holes, not so much with the recovery, haha. But if it's particularly bad, it usually helps me to take the scorecard out of my sight for a hole or two. Sometimes I just throw it away, but mostly I'll put it in my bag. Almost every time, that helps me let go of the frustration mentally, and I can take the card back out once I relax and my swing goes back to its usual less-than-mediocre-but-hopefully-not-awful form (I usually remember my scores for the holes when it was out of sight). That, and beer.
  10. I thought I was on the CalGuns forum for a minute there... At least here in CA (even in the most "red" county in CA, where one can actually get a CCW), there's no way I'd draw in that situation unless there was some physical altercation we didn't see. Can't remember all the points I intended to respond to now, and I don't have the multi-quoting skills of @iacas, but from what I do remember: (1) don't ever fire a warning shot, despite what Joe Biden said; (2) there's a lot of semi-legal talk, but state laws vary widely on reasonable use of force; and (3) not particularly relevant, but I hope that guy wasn't carrying off-body in his golf bag, but since his shirt is still tucked in the only other alternative would be open carry, and I didn't see a holster.
  11. Golfing With Strangers-The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

    Haha... probably couldn't hurt, just not my thing.
  12. Golfing With Strangers-The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

    Like most people posting in this thread, I usually have a pleasant (or at least neutral) experience getting paired up. The only recent story that stands out in my mind is the golfer who offered a joint just about every third hole - I'm still not sure if he was messing with me, or if he had just smoked so much weed that he couldn't remember the previous 6 times I'd declined the offer. Sadly, even high as a kite, he was better than I am. I didn't personally witness this one, but my buddy and I got paired up with a friendly couple in their 40's, about 8 years ago. On a fairly long, very downhill par 3, my buddy and the husband and wife all hit their shots into a wooded, but playable area on the left side. I couldn't see them from where my ball was. After the round, my friend informed me that he had been invited back to their house for "some fun" after the round... he was absolutely convinced that they were propositioning him for a threesome. I'm fairly certain he misunderstood something - partially because it would hurt my ego to believe that he received such an invite instead of me, haha - but he definitely believed it based on the look on his face for the last few holes.
  13. Five-some question

    There does seem to be a correlation between the size of the group and the perceived amount of time it takes each to go through their pre-putt routine... I'd swear that the same player takes an extra minute to line up his/her putt when in a fivesome.
  14. Wrong Ball

    Mine is the same, except I add a beer to the equation (except on the incredibly rare occasion when I'm trying to be very serious).