Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Monday, April 24, 2017
I was a big fan of Vince Flynn early in his career bu the enthusiasm lessened until at about 2/3s of the way through the Mitch Rapp novels I stopped reading them. I always intended to get back to them but never did. I saw the trailer for the film adaptation and decided to look the novel up. Mostly I wanted to see where the Hollywood Leftists decided to muck with conservative Flynn's vision. Not too much from what I can tell in comparing the novel and trailer. BUT first, the novel is great. We get how Rapp entered the arena of international espionage. It is every bit as good as I remember from Flynn's earlier books. It has a nice lean story, well rounded characters, and good action. It a good read. If you haven't, do so. Back to the movie. the only comment I'm going to make short of seeing the movie is on the casting of Michael Keaton as Stan Hurley. I didn't see it at first. then I got the last quarter of the novel. no spoilers but Keaton is perfectly cast. If certain portions of the novel make it into the movies he's damned perfect.
Challenges of the Deeps by Ryk E. Spoor
This is the third in Spoor's Grand Central Arena series. It is a great book. I loved it and hope for more. If you liked the first two, you'll like these. If you haven't read the first two, you need to before you read this. The synopsis at the beginning tries to make up the difference, it isn't the same.
Friday, April 21, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
The cops at UCBerkley should try it.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Monday, April 17, 2017
Sunday, April 16, 2017
The teen was live on Instagram holding a gun when it suddenly went off. He was rushed to the hospital where he died.
“There was about 40 to 50 kids outside,” she said. “I guess these were the kids that were watching on live that live in the area. I guess when it happened they just ran over here.”
Stephens told WXIA someone told him to put a clip in the gun during the live video and he obliged. Stephens believes it was an accident and not a suicide.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
H/T to K the V
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Why Liberals Should Be Alarmed That Courts Are Eroding The Second Amendment.
It might be tempting for liberals to view these cases through the lens of gun control and favor the state or for conservatives to see them as a question of law and order and support the officers. Both sides should resist the temptation. A rule that allows cops to search or seize individuals for carrying a gun can only lead to more brutality against young black men like Philando Castile. It also permits officers to trample upon our rights to property and self-defense. These are constitutional values, not partisan ones. And advocates across the ideological spectrum should urge the courts to follow the First District’s lead and reject the disastrous illogic now developing in the federal circuits.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
I loved this book and am looking forward to, I hope, a sequel. Butler gives us an alternative America around 1820, I guess, where the United States never formed, magic exists, and a young backwoods girl seeks the restoration of her throne. It feels a lot like the Silver John stories of Manley Wade Wellman and that's about the greatest complement I can give it. Highly Recommended.
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Monday, April 3, 2017
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Saturday, April 1, 2017
4-Year-Old Brings Shell Casing to Preschool. Principal Suspends Him for 7 Days, Calls Child Services.A four year old took a shell casing to school and when it was discovered found himself expelled for seven days and told "that if his "enthusiasm for guns continued," he would be expelled." He also apparently likes to pretend his toys are guns. Where that my child, the Principal would have been asked some pointed questions about where she got telling me how to raise my child, and told an "enthusiasm" for guns was a damn good thing. I'd have probably been arrested. There were several reasons my kids where home schooled. This is but one.
The mother of the four year old was more restrained and told her story on Facebook where it went viral and hopefully embarrassed and brought discredit to the staff of A Place for Growth. Honestly the name of the school should have been a clue. Zero tolerance, it's what bureaucrats do instead of something useful.
H/T to Uncle.
Friday, March 31, 2017
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Monday, March 27, 2017
House GOP voted over 60x to repeal Obamacare because they knew it would never pass and they needed your votes and your money. All an act.— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) March 25, 2017
A liberal friend of mind has always claimed that Obamacare was at its core a Republican plan designed as a counter to Hillarycare in the 80's just in case. I always called bullshit on him. NOW I'm not so sure. The Establishment Republican sure do seem to like them some Big Government programs, don't they?
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Expect more of this.
"We're going to distribute bread at a much cheaper price and in larger quantities than before," said Jose Enrique Solorzano, who heads the socialist committee that assumed control of Mansion's. "It's no longer going to be about the exploited and exploiter, no more boss and chief. We're all going to become productive, living and producing in equality."
Friday, March 24, 2017
No matter one’s beliefs about the Second Amendment, the new measure will likely create a situation where one group of people are allowed to carry and others are not. It’s not reasonable to believe players who have a permit and complete the required training will be allowed to have weapons during games. At the very least, team rules will be put in place to assure this is the case. How are you going to ask athletes to surrender the rights afforded to fans?Yes. There will be one group of people allowed to carry and others who are not. That would be those who undergo the bureaucratic hassle and training required to get government permission to exercise their Second Amendment rights as opposed to those who don't and carry anyway. The first group can be trusted to carry. The second group may be trusted to carry but that's a flip of the coin. In any event, CCW permit holders aren't the problem. Athletes who go to that hassle to get a CCW permit won't be a problem because they are bright enough to know when to carry and when not to. My experience with the majority of CCW permit holders is that they are respectful of others and go out of their way to avoid trouble.
That, of course, is a lesser concern. The more pressing one is how fans, who can get unruly and irrational during games, will handle this new ability. Staunch proponents would argue this is a non-issue but they should concede that there will be a faction of fans and players who feel more unsafe than before.
Then Koster falls back on the tired gun banner's argument that if some change occurs in gun laws that loosens restriction on carry, there will be blood in the streets, or in this case athletic field. Koster and his ilk have been claiming this since Florida first passed shall issue CCW legislation in the 80's. Didn't happen n Florida. Hasn't happened anywhere else. Tired. Old. Arguments. But then, that's all they have isn't it. Oh, and threats like this one to boycott Missouri. Pathetic little sh... isn't he?
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Saturday, March 18, 2017
My scholarship (past and forthcoming) argues that administrative power undermines equal voting rights by shifting much lawmaking power out of Congress into the hands of unelected administrators. My work shows, moreover, that this shift occurred when the knowledge class regretted the boisterous sort of politics that came with equal voting rights. Woodrow Wilson candidly explained that “the reformer is bewildered” by the need to persuade “a voting majority of several million heads”—especially when the reformer needed to influence “the mind, not of Americans of the older stocks only, but also of Irishmen, of Germans, of Negroes.” One could go on at length with such quotes, and certainly administrative power has been dominated by whites of a certain class, but the point is not narrowly about racism. Instead, it is about how a class that expected deference to its knowledge was disappointed with the results of equal suffrage in a diverse society. It therefore welcomed a transfer of lawmaking power out of the elected legislature and into the hands of the right sort of people.H/T to Sebastian.
The argument, in other words, is not against an elite, but against the administrative dilution of representative government and equal voting rights. There will always be elites, and this is part of the valuable differentiation that can occur within a free society. Rather than oppose such differentiation, my scholarship suggests that all Americans, even elites, should confine themselves to working through the Constitution’s representative framework of government.
Friday, March 17, 2017
St. Patrick's day encourages and perpetuates the idea of whiteness and white culture. It otherizes non-whites and promotes nationalism. pic.twitter.com/AL2QQRJCk7— End St.Patrick's Day (@endstpats) February 4, 2017
Oh, and Happy St. Patrick's Day.
[UPDATE] Maybe it's a joke. Maybe not. It's easy to believe people are that stupid.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
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Saturday, March 11, 2017
Friday, March 10, 2017
It seems as if I've read this recently, but I got a new copy with "more content" in a recent Baen bundle and so read it again. Couldn't notice a difference. Best scene was Nimitz and Honor wading into a crew of bad guys trying to assassinate the Protector and his family. Best thing about the Honor Harrington books is Nimitz, the treecat. Highly Recommended.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
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Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Monday, March 6, 2017
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Nobody got pepper sprayed.
Nobody got hurt.
This despite a few of the opposition being present. Imagine that.
UPDATE: More pictures from Berkley.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
This book four in Dixon's Bad Times series. This time it's back to the time period of the first novel to rescue the friend they left behind. The protohumans they fought then aren't the problem now. It's humans. Good stuff.
An alternate history where Edgar Allan Poe did not die in 1849 but instead survived is alcoholism and built a new life in the South. Here we find Poe fighting under Lee during the Civil War still haunted by hhis past. It's short at 64 pages, but a good read. I've not looked to see if Williams has written anything in this genre, but if he has, I'd be interested i giving it a try based on this alone.
Friday, March 3, 2017
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Monday, February 27, 2017
H/T to David.
Just 'cuz they don't like it doesn't mean it isn't a solution.
Second in his Bad Times series. It another time travel novel. This time they are off to the ancient Mediterranean to find lost pirate treasure, and, again, things go not as planned. I liked it. So I'm hooked, and already reading #3 in the series.
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Saturday, February 25, 2017
“Since 2009, the US and other governments have undertaken actions with respect to global climate that are not scientifically justified and that already have, and will continue to cause serious social and economic harm — with no environmental benefits,” said Mr. Lindzen, a prominent atmospheric physicist.
Friday, February 24, 2017
Even though the seating of Neil Gorsuch will not change the ideological balance of the court from what it was when Antonin Scalia was there, the Democrats are clearly prepared to go to the wall and gum up the works as much as possible in order to prove to their base how “tough” they are. This is the new normal, so we might as well just invoke the nuclear option now and be done with it.
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
SEALS killing terrorists. Well done. I liked it. Truth to tell a lot of this kind of stuff is on the market now. Some good and some not so good. This was one of the better ones. I like Dixon's writing and I'll read the rest of the series in time. No hurry though.
Are the stories amazing? Yes, they are. Do they teach you things about yourself? Do they illustrate great truths of human nature? Do they stir the soul to great deeds? Of course they do. But in this sad, debauched age, where men’s spirits hang low, and honor is thin, you must read the classic works for another reason. It’s mundane, and boring, but critical. You must know whether you are being lied to.There's lots more to it and I'm only just dipping in.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
It's takes place in one of these worlds where the supernatural and mundane exist side by side with the mundane mostly ignorant of the supernatural. It falls smack dab in the middle of the fantasy genre that Corriea and Butcher do so well. It is the first n a series. Small town overrun by demons and a mysterious stranger arrives to clean 'em out. The story is OK, but nothing new here. The characters are much the same. The presentation is above average. So, I liked it. I'll definitely pick up the sequel, but I got other things to read so it may be awhile.
Friday, February 17, 2017
I’m reminded of the scene in ‘Patton’ where he is standing on the hill overlooking the battlefield and shouts, “Rommel, you bloody bastard, I read your book!”. Alinskyites, take note.H/T to John
Not long after Andy and I met, we were driving down Pennsylvania Avenue and encountered some or another noisy pinko demonstration. “How come,” I asked Andy, “whenever something upsets the Left, you see immediate marches and parades and rallies with signs already printed and rhyming slogans already composed, whereas whenever something upsets the Right, you see two members of the Young Americans for Freedom waving a six-inch American flag?” “We have jobs,” said Andy.
“We have jobs,” said Andy.
- P. J. O`Rourke, from the introduction to Parliament of Whores
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Appears to be from a French edition so no idea who the artist is or when it was published.
[UPDATE] From the comments:
"Tarzan of the Apes #163
Cover: George Wilson "
The cover is reprinted from the above edition.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Sunday, February 12, 2017
There may be some short fiction I've missed, but I've read every published novel. Every one of them is top notch and this is no different. Spencer has built a world where magic and the normal coexist and, of course, the battle of good vs. evil rages. The story is fine but the joy is in getting to know the characters. I want more please.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Now, without further ado, If by Rudyard Kipling, and if you don't like it. Don't read it.
If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream -- and not make dreams your master;
If you can think -- and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings -- nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run --
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And -- which is more -- you'll be a Man, my son!
Friday, February 10, 2017
H/T to Sebastian