Wednesday, August 19, 2015


Facebook has reared it's intrusive little head and I am doing a fair bit there. I may well return to blogging at some point, though.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Hawaii Government At Work

Hawaii Government: It's slow, it's unfocused, it flails about, it eats everything in sight, and it leaves a trail of slime everywhere it goes.

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

How To Open A Can With A Spoon

This looks like fun. It does look a lot less messy that rubbing the top rim of the can against a rock or piece of concrete.

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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Leftie Attack Bernie Sanders For Insufficient Authoritarianism On Gun Control

Slate's Mark Joseph Stern reveals some of the apparently drug addled attitudes which pass for profound thought amongst gun haters.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders...supported the most odious NRA–backed law in recent memory—one that may block Sandy Hook families from winning a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the gun used to massacre their children....

...As a senator, Sanders supported bills to allow firearms in checked bags on Amtrak trains...
Such utter irresponsibility of a government which allows people of a supposedly free country to put guns in their checked baggage. Just like on planes. Amazing.
Sanders’ vote for a different kind of pro-gun bill is more puzzling—and profoundly disturbing. In 2005, a Republican-dominated Congress passed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA). This law doesn’t protect gun owners; it protects gun manufacturers, distributors, dealers, and importers. The PLCAA was the No. 1 legislative priority of the National Rifle Association for years, because it shields gun makers and dealers from most liability when their firearms are used criminally. It is one of the most noxious pieces of pro-gun legislation ever passed. And Bernie Sanders voted for it.
The Horror! This is like preventing the victims of truck bombings from suing Toyota. "But those trucks are designed specifically for carrying large loads, and it was utterly predictable that someone would fill one with explosives and use it to kill masses of people. Let's bankrupt Toyota."
Before the PLCAA, most states imposed some form of tort liability on gun makers and sellers. If a gun manufacturer made an assault rifle that could slaughter dozens of people in a few seconds, for instance, one of its victims might sue the company for negligently making a gun that could foreseeably be used for mass murder.
Just like that Toyota. Mr. Stern also studiously ignores the demonstrable fact that shooting people is not always a bad thing. Shooting the two jihadi would-be mass murderers in Texas a couple days ago was unequivocally a good thing. Shooting forcible rapists is unequivocally a good thing. There are a lot of people who engage in acts which unequivocally makes them proper targets for shooting.

Perhaps when confronted with murder by someone who dislikes him for his obvious white male privilege, Mr Stern prefers to open a dialog with the gentlemen as they bash his head in. I'd rather just shoot them.

From the comments: "Personal responsibility is a slippery slope. If you start blaming murderers for murders, next thing you know, you will start expecting people to provide their own food, shelter, and clothing. "

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

"Pentagon Moves More Communications Gear into Cheyenne Mountain"

The Pentagon is beefing up its communications setup inside a hollowed-out section of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains less than a decade after it had largely abandoned the site....

...The gear is being moved into Cheyenne Mountain to protect it from electromagnetic pulses, said Adm. William Gortney, commander of U.S. Northern Command and NORAD.

“[T]here is a lot of movement to put capability into Cheyenne Mountain and to be able to communicate in there,” Gortney said Tuesday during a news briefing at the Pentagon.

Electromagnetic pulses, or EMPs, can occur naturally or by manmade devices such as nuclear weapons. For years, the Pentagon has been working on building weapons that could fry the electronic equipment of an enemy during battle.
Who'da thought the Pentagon was full of tinfoil hat types?

Maybe it isn't.

Yahoo has more here.

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Friday, March 20, 2015


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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