Friday, March 20, 2015

Slumgullion

I'm reading Mark Twain's 'Roughing It', in which Twain takes the stagecoach from Missouri to Nevada. He mentions a rather dispiriting meal at a stop in which they were served slumgullion.

As Twain said: "Then he poured for us a beverage which he called “Slum gullion,” and it is hard to think he was not inspired when he named it. It really pretended to be tea, but there was too much dish-rag, and sand, and old bacon-rind in it to deceive the intelligent traveler." Just to be sure, I looked it up: slumgullion

cheap or insubstantial stew.

1. a stew of meat, vegetables, potatoes, etc.
2. a beverage made weak or thin, as watery tea, coffee, or the like.
3. the refuse from processing whale carcasses.

1840-50, Americanism; compare Scots, Hiberno-English gullion quagmire, cesspool

from slum in US sense slime + gullion, perhaps variant of cullion testicles

So, a nice thin beverage made from slimy whale testicles, which by the time they got to Kansas would likely have been rather aromatic as well as slimy.

Still, while food was extra, just like on today's airlines, the stage trip cost only $150...or more than $3500 in today's money.

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Jerry Miculek On Shooting A Handgun

Don't miss the revolver reload starting at around 57 seconds in.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Did Senator Ted "Waitress Sandwich" Kennedy commit treason?

So, Did Senator Ted "Waitress Sandwich" Kennedy commit treason in an effort to influence the 1984 presidential election?

Even in a jaded world, it is breathtaking to discover a U.S. senator — brother of a former president — actively and secretly collaborating with Soviet leaders in an attempt to undermine the president of the United States’ nuclear defense policy during the height of the cold war.
Especially when that brother was murdered by a Soviet sympathizing communist. But what's a brother when a presidential election is on?

According to a letter written by KGB head Viktor Chebrikov to Soviet leader Yuri Andropov, former Sen. John V. Tunney went to Russia to give the Soviets information to strengthen their hand in nuclear negotiations with the Reagan Administration. Whatever the reason, shouldn't this reasonably be considered treason?

If the Chebrikov memo is to be believed, Kennedy "asked for a meeting later that summer in order “to arm Soviet officials with explanations regarding problems of nuclear disarmament so they may be better prepared and more convincing during appearances in the USA.”"

More here.

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Colleges Deduct 50 SAT Points For Being Asian-American

Gotta love that Race Conscious admissions policy.
Lee's next slide shows three columns of numbers from a Princeton University study that tried to measure how race and ethnicity affect admissions by using SAT scores as a benchmark. It uses the term “bonus” to describe how many extra SAT points an applicant's race is worth. She points to the first column.

African Americans received a “bonus” of 230 points, Lee says.

She points to the second column.

“Hispanics received a bonus of 185 points.”

The last column draws gasps.

Asian Americans, Lee says, are penalized by 50 points — in other words, they had to do that much better to win admission.

“Do Asians need higher test scores? Is it harder for Asians to get into college? The answer is yes,” Lee says.

The Los Angeles Times has the despicable, racist, story.

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Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Did Boehner Ever Intend To Stop Obama's Amnesty For Illegals?

I doubt it: I think John Boehner's whole patter was a scam from the get-go.

I think Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) got it about right when he said of the Republican leadership's cave to Il Duce Obama on amnesty for lawbreakers:
This isn’t just an action that has passed through this body that I disagree with. This is an unlawful, unconstitutional order given by the President of the United States to his administration. This action deliberately sabotages our laws, allowing individuals who Congress has expressly mandated be expelled from our nation to stay, to live as citizens, and to hold jobs.
We don't have enough scofflaws in the US: We must attract more from other countries. Law abiding, low-skilled and unskilled American workers make too much money: We must undercut their earning power by bringing in more unskilled scofflaws.

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Monday, March 02, 2015

Is Boehner A Fraud? Is Boehner Pro-Amnesty?

I see two possible explanations for Boehnor's handing of the bill funding Department of Homeland Security: Boehner is an idiot for starting this with no Plan B, or he has no intention of stopping the amnesty, and never did: all this is a show. Too many big Republican donors want cheap labor, and they are delighted to screw American low skilled workers to get it. Boehnor is catering to the donors.

If he wanted to make it more difficult for Obama to claim Republicans shut down DHS, he should have the same bill passed again. Let Obama veto it. Then immediately pass it once more. Let Obama veto it. Again. Again, again, each time announcing that President Obama is shutting down DHS, AND announcing that the 'news' media are Democrats with bylines who cannot be trusted in anything they say, shilling for Obama. Announce both those things every single time. Say it loud and say it often.

Repeat. The media will have to cover the accusations of shilling: they will not be able to avoid it. It cannot make them any more hostile toward Republicans: They are already partisan Democrats.

Put THEM on the defensive for a change. Announce: "The 'news' media and the Democratic Party are one and the same." Loud and often.

Boehnor will not do this because I think this whole charade is exactly that: a scam to make conservatives think he is trying to stop amnesty.

Throw the bum out, and send a check to the Democratic National Committee for his first year's official membership in the Party.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

How Not To Light A Bonfire

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