You can pick your nose, you can pick your friends, but you can't pick
your friend's nose...
"Billy" from the cartoon series "The Grimm Adventures of Billy and Mandy"
See what television is good for?
J> It certainly is a pick!
nick hull fired this volley in
Unless you possess a federal explosives user license, that's now a
federal felony -- for both you and the dealer. There is no place in
CONUS or its protectorates or possessions where it is anymore legal for
any individual to possess or convey explosives (except for recreational
quantities of black powder and consumer fireworks) without a federal
license. Not even in your own state. Not even in your own county or
Unfortunately, those days are gone. My wife just got her state Blaster's
License (also required) and will soon apply for her federal user's
BTW... there no longer exists the thing called a "permit"; good for one
or a few uses, and low in price. Now every individual must obtain a
license, and undergo a lengthy and detailed federal background check.
If you're 60 now, and have been totally "clean" since being arrested for
smoking a joint when you were 13, you are a "hardened criminal", not
authorized to handle or buy explosives, even for another licensed
Ignoramus2518 fired this volley in
No. But any "conviction" (including withholding adjudication of guilt)
for any crime the penalty for which COULD HAVE BEEN a year or more in
jail (regardless of the penalty applied) is considered enough to kick you
out of the system.
For instance, I had an employee who was 42 when we hired him. He was a
hard-working fellow who hadn't so much as a traffic ticket since he was
17. But when he was 16, he was arrested in a car full of teens where pot
was being smoked. He was not found using it, but it was in his car.
He was "convicted" by withholding adjudication, given a year of community
service and no jail (having never had any other legal problems), and had
his record expunged after his community time.
We hired him and filed the documentation that day. We had him eleven
months before the FBI determined that he was not qualified. We received
a phone call, and had to fire him that very minute -- not even at the end
of the work day.
There is a lengthy, seldom-successful method to get shuck of that
classification. DHS has implemented a "Request for relief from
disabilities" by which one can apply to have the classification removed.
In fact, they grant maybe one in five legitimate requests, and it takes
two or three years.
Our employee applied for relief two years ago, and still has not heard
Yes, we definitely need more government. I'm sure with another 10,000
employees, the fired employee would already be denied...
Psst. Hey Lloyd, never puffed the whacky weed, never popped pills, never
snorted or inhaled. One speeding ticket in Iowa in 1987. Can I help make
things that explode?
Lloyd E. Sp> For instance, I had an employee who was 42 when we hired him. He was a
"Ed Huntress" fired this volley in
Ed, Garden State is our "sister company" (well, among Italians, I guess
that would be "brother")
Our founder owned part of Garden State in the 60's. He made for warmer
climes, and sold to his brothers/cousins to get a stake to build this
factory in 1974.
The family - the Santores - have been in business continuously since
We still supply some material to them, and they supply to us, but there
is no longer any business connection to them. They are Garden State
Fireworks, and we are Ralph Santore & Sons, Inc.
In the few places that stock ANY fireworks around the parts of Canada
I have been in, $100 worth of fireworks won't make enough light or sound
to be worth getting out of my chair for. $10 frikken Roman Candles and
$12 for a pack of Sreecheroo's and similarly sanitized fireworks. Yeesh!
A kid could hardly get hurt. Where's the fun in that?
When I was in Honduras in '89-'90, I bought some firecrackers that
were made from multiple sheets of newspaper. Fun! The equivalent there,
of $20, bought a right pile of them. The big ones were roughly the size
of a road flare, while the smaller ones were triangular, and shaped like
a triangularly folded flag. :-)
The same vendors were selling shells, as well as mortars to launch
them out of, a section of 2 inch steel pipe.
We had a house party, a couple doors down from the US ambassadors
place. The Marines there got pretty used to us, but I think the other
neighbors were pretty happy when we left. :-)
There were around a hundred bucks US worth of fireworks that one night.
Alcohol and flammables. Does it get better thatn that? :-)