Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Smells like BS to me

Two Deputies were wounded while working on a departmental weapon at home. The weapon "malfunctioned" and discharged striking both Deputies in the hand and one in the hip. The Deputies are departmental armorers. They were working on a loaded weapon at home. At the least we have a rule two violation here. The rest smells like bullshit to me.

Al Gore likens climate change sceptics to racists

Story here.

Well, here's my response to you Al. Now go piss off.

Monday, August 29, 2011

These guys are truly...

...arrogant sons-of-bitches.

New York Mayor Bloomberg Bans Religion at 9/11 Ceremony

If he didn't it might require that Mikey acknowledge that there is an authority higher than himself.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The floor is in...

...and now we tile. Fortunately the Dad-in-Law is good at that sort of thing and came into town to assist.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

That's freaking neat.

An FN-P90 rubber band gun. Made in Japan. How long until they ban it?

H/T to The Duck.

Sixty-six years ago today

1945 – US troops land in Japan after Japanese surrender. Dad was there.

Killed my first deer today...

...with a 1999 Chevrolet Cavalier. Didn't hit it as much as run over it. Small dent on the bumper and no injuries...except to the deer. That suckers deader than hell.

Still wish we'd...

... let a fricking contractor do it.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Been there...

H/T to Theo

At this point...

...I wish we'd just let a fricking contractor do it. Sorry, long day, and it's gonna be a longer weekend. .

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Blogging

I'm gonna be busy for the next couple of days putting a new floor in my kitchen. Blogging is gonna have to take a back seat. See ya later.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Oh Yeah. We apparently had an earthquake...

...this afternoon, and I gotta wonder where the hell I was since I didn't feel a thing. I did get slammed by the broadcast avalanche that followed. If it didn't even manage to shut down the government for a days it's hardly worth mentioning.

A neat photo















Found at Theo Spark. I Googled attempting to find an original source, but all I found seemed to be others doing what I'm doing here. Anyway I like the photo.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Economists surveyed say...

...federal deficit should be reduced only or primarily through spending cuts.
H/T to Glenn.

New On The Sidebar


A Heinlein Quote

The two highest achievements of the human mind are the twin concepts of "loyalty" and "duty." Whenever these twin concepts fall into disrepute — get out of there fast! You may possibly save yourself, but it is too late to save that society. It is doomed. - Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Negligent Discharge

A man in Tennessee shoots himself in both legs when he picks his pistol off the floorboard while driving.

Finger + trigger = avoidable pain.

H/T to Steve.

Wanted Dead or Alive


I've always been a fan of Steve McQueen but had never seen more than two or three episodes of Wanted Dead or Alive. I was less than a year old when it was cancelled and don't recall it at all in reruns when I was growing up. When I friend offered to loan me his boxed set of the series I jumped on it. McQueen is the best thing in the show. The rest is a fairly standard TV western, but I am enjoying it.

Now what I did remember was the Winchester Model 1892 with the sawed off barrel and stock. Doesn't seem that practical but with tons of westerns in the late 50's and early 60's I guess the show needed a gimmick.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

As apologies go...

...this one is about perfect.



H/T to Radley.

Tis my hope he'll be looking...

...for A job come December 2012.


NPR’s Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books

To follow the NPR (US National Public Radio) meme, copy this list, putting in Bold those you have read.

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
3. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
6. 1984, by George Orwell
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman
12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan
13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
22. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King
24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
25. The Stand, by Stephen King
26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury
28. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman
30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller
36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne
38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys (The novella. Didn't really see the need to expand it to novel length.)
39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells
40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny
41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings
42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson (the first)
44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven
45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien
47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White
48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
49. Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke
50. Contact, by Carl Sagan
51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
54. World War Z, by Max Brooks
55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson
59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
61. The Mote In God’s Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind
63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist
67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks (the first)
68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
70. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne
73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore
74. Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi
75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson
76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke
77. The Kushiel’s Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey
78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury (My wife hates this book. Best endorsement it could possibly get.)
80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks
84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher
87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe
88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan
90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock
91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury
92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge
94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov
95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson
96. Lucifer’s Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony (some)
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis

Friday, August 19, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

If Only Paul Verhoeven...

...would do a cameo. He hasn't paid nearly enough for his adaptation of Starship Troopers. Fire ants or a short stake might work.


The Left is always bitching...

...about the Right's violent rhetoric while ignoring their own. Coburn's comment simply demonstrated his frustration and meant nothing beyond that. These Leftist, MSM, Democrat assholes just to need to piss off and get over the fact that 2012 is going to be a lot harder on them than they ever thought it would be in 2008.

Heh

Good genes? Strong underwire?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I get stressed. I get down. I read.

Ring of Fire III, edited by Eric Flint is the latest. It was preceded by Michael Z. Williamson's Rogue, Robert Buettner's Orphanage, Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, and H. Beam Piper's The Cosmic Computer.

Piper's is an old favorite that I read years ago and, having reread it, am damn sorry I didn't get to it sooner. Rogue is standard Williamson. It has a fast paced plot that grabs you and surprises you when you realize it over. Orphanage is good, well written military science fiction. Collins' books are young adult novels. I read an article in some magazine about the movie adapting the Hunger Games and it perked my interest. I picked up the book and found I couldn't put it or the sequel down. Ring of Fire III is now up to bat and I'm sure I'll enjoy it.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Heh



H/T to Theo.

Monday, August 15, 2011

The Trenches

New comic strip on the sidebar. By new I mean two strips old. Scott Kurtz of Player Vs. Player is involved so I'll give it a shot. Give it a try.

Sassy Sleeping


I really do need to get a decent digital camera. It'll come right after tires, brakes, maintenance on the house, a laptop, a new gun....

...and yeah, she is a fat cat.

On the sidebar...

I've rearranged the comics listed on the sidebar in order of my favorites. It only really matters for the first seven or so. The rest or more or less even. Enjoy.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Obama's Approval Rating

39%

Wonder who he's gonna blame that on?

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Rick Perry

"I will work every day to make sure that Washington DC is as inconsequential to your lives as possible."
Give me a reason to believe you actually mean it and will follow through, and you're a damn site closer to getting my vote in 2012 than any of the other candidates.

BUT I'm not holding my breath. Your wiggle room is how you define "possible".

H/T to Mike.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Vote early, vote often...

Three people were charged Thursday with voter fraud after authorities determined that they voted twice in Wake County in the 2008 election, and a fourth was charged with voting twice last year, officials said.

Disarmanment Man

Yeah I know it's been posted damn near everywhere else, but good is good. I just wish the artist had signed his/her name so we could give well deserved credit.


Hobbits


Paper Cut


Thursday, August 11, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

So London...


"With all due respect..."

That would be about this much, if that.














Having posted that I'll post this. Borepatch is right. It's awesome, and a rant worth listening to. Unfortunately, the ones who need to listen probably won't, so why don't we vote the bastards out come 2012.


Monday, August 8, 2011

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Cowboys and Aliens

I saw the movie last night and enjoyed it. Daniel Craig does his usual good job. It looked like Harrison Ford phoned in his performance, but even at his worst he petty damn good. Fortunately the only thing it has in common with the original comic book was the title and basic plot. Otherwise it would have sucked no matter the quality of those involved in the production of the movie. Go see the movie. It's fun.

Hope and Pray

I was cruising the web this evening...

...and saw this article posted at another paper linked through someone's blog [sorry can't remember who's]. It's a story on the ATF's National Tracing Center, and it pretty much covers the same old story. Their job is made oh so much more difficult because of Congress and the gun lobby, and then we get the same old story that 70 percent of guns traced for the Mexican government came from the United States. Blood pressure spiked and I continued to cruise while thinking of just how and what to write beyond "bullshit!" when, as happens way too often lately, I found someone else's had already beat me to it. Other than I'd describe what Hearst is doing as pimping for the ATF, I got no problem with a thing he wrote. Go read what the pistolero has to say.

Sixty-six years ago today...

1945 – World War II: Hiroshima is devastated when the atomic bomb "Little Boy" is dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay. Around 70,000 people are killed instantly, and some tens of thousands die in subsequent years from burns and radiation poisoning.
or

The United States B-29 Enola Gay drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. This leads to the surrender of Japan thus avoiding an Allied invasion which would have cost millions of lives on both sides.

Since my Dad would have been one of the soldiers going ashore in said invasion I have some bias on the subject.

Friday, August 5, 2011

In Nashville, four thugs broke...

...into a 68 year old grandmother's house. She used her .410 shotgun to shoot two of them. That was enough to send them running from the house. None were killed. All were arrested at a local hospital.

H/T to Uncle.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Ninety years ago today...


...my mom was born. Happy Birthday Mom. The photo is my mom at age 18.

Truth Hurts

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Extremists

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Quote of the Day

So we're terrorists for "holding the country hostage"? Okay, then: For what you're doing to future generations, you are pedophiles. Own it. - Jim Treacher

The WSJ has a poll...

...as to "what extent should the Constitution's 'right to bear arms' extend beyond the home?"
Go Vote.

H/T to The Duck.

Good

J&G Sales and the NRA have files a lawsuit against the ATF regarding the new requirement that dealers along the Southwest border report multiple sales.

Mmmmm...

Monday, August 1, 2011

Ouch!

A negligent discharge: the straight version and the comedy. In any event, I'm not sure I'd have been able to hold it together as well as this fella did under stressful circumstances.