Friday, July 28, 2017

Recently Read

The Monster Hunter Files, edited by Larry Correia & Bryan Thomas Schmidt with stories by Correia, Schmidt, Sarah Hoyt, Jim Butcher, Faith Hunter, Jonathan Maberry, Jody Lynn Nye, John Ringo and others.

They're all good. My favorite is Butcher's which basically could be described as the Rats of NIMH meet MHI or at least their maintenance man. Highly recommended.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Heh

Monday, July 24, 2017

Sunday, July 23, 2017

No Possible Excuse

















Australian woman shot dead by Minneapolis police after calling to report possible crime

Recently Read

Hammered by Kevin Hearne

In the last book, Atticus made a promise to his vampire lawyer to help him kill Thor. In this book he keeps his promise. I liked it as much as the previous novels and look forward tot he next. Highly Recommended.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Pot, Kettle

Friday, July 21, 2017

Needs Repeating

“Secrecy is the keystone to all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy and censorship. When any government or church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, “This you may not read, this you must not know,” the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man who has been hoodwinked in this fashion; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, whose mind is free. No, not the rack nor the atomic bomb, not anything. You can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.” ― Robert A. Heinlein
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

You Had One Job...

In the land of the perpetually offended...

Outrage over ‘Game of Thrones’ Creators ‘Confederate’ HBO Show: ‘Two White Guys’ Making Slavery Series
When I saw the posts on this show originally, I saw it as a thinly veiled poke at conservatives 'cuz we're all racists and secretly yearn for a return to the old South. Hoist on their own petard, they are. Heh.

Actually, the premise isn't new. There have been many alternate histories of the Civil War and it's aftermath in fiction. Some well thought out. Some, not so much. This, I think, will be the later.

You First

Bill Nye: Older people need to 'die' out before climate science can advance

Forty-eight years ago today...

...Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon.

Now THAT's Funny

I don't think I could keep it down

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dumbass

Caught red-handed: The moment a Baltimore cop 'planted drugs to set up a suspect' and was caught on his own body camera
Apparently the Body Camera had a 30 second buffer and the officer turned it on too soon after he planted the drugs.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

In the land of the perpetually offended...

Over at USAToday...
Not Enough ‘Women’, ‘People of Color’ in ‘Dunkirk,’ USA Today Complains

Recently Read

Hexed by Kevin Hearne

This time a groups Nazi witches try to invade the territory of Tempe Arizona's local coven and the Iron Druid helps out. The plot is more complicated than that but that basically sums it up. I like the Irish Wolfhound Oberon best. It's good stuff. Highly Recommended.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017

In the land of the perpetually offended...

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Not Woke Enough for SJW Critics
SJWs will always bitch about something 'cuz that's what they do. Best thing to do is live your life and ignore them. BTW Spider-Man: Homecoming is a fun, well made film and highly recommended.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Sam Glanzman 1924-2017

Almost all my old favorites are are gone and sorely missed. The Comics Journal has a good obit on Sam Glanzman. The art below was a piece I purchased a while back. The inks are his.

The "Anti-Gun" Women’s March on NRA

Two-hundred and twelve attending? Not impressed. Even creative camera angles can't make that look good.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

I'm Good With That

Recently Read

Straight Out of Tombstone, edited by David Boop with stories by Larry Correia, Jim Butcher, Alan Dean Foster, Jody Lynn Nye, and others.

It's all good, but this collection has the same problem as all good short story collections. It gives you a taste and leaves you wanting more. I'd rather they spend their time writing novels. Highly recommended.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Poll: Should It Be Legal To Carry Swords In Public?

Yes. Arms are arms.

Also pocket knives, dirks , daggers and blades of all sorts. Here's the poll.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Recently Read

The Alexander Inheritance by Eric Flint, Gorg Huff, and Paula Goodlet

Another book in the Ring of Fire series. this time a cruise liner is dropped in the Mediterranean during the wars for control of Alexander's Empire after his death. If you like the 1632 novels you will like this. I didn't get the bump I got from 1632 when it first came out, but I did enjoy it. Recommended.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Good Luck With That

Paypal, Stripe and Square Sued by Firearms and Ammunition Store
I'm not sure how this will turn out, but best of luck.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Recently Read

Hounded by Kevin Hearne

This is the first in Hearne's Iron Druid series. I'd seen them listed for a while but thought they were period pieces rather that urban fantasy. Now that I've read the first, I know what I've been missing. Atticus, a two thousand year old druid, battles gods, witches and other supernatural creatures in Arizona. Well ploted, fast paced with a touch of humor and an Irish Wolfhound. I like the dog. AND now I have another series to read. Highly recommended.

Recent Addition

Isaac Asimov's I-Bots Issue No.6, Page 1. Pencils by George Perez & Inks by Joe Rubinstein.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

I guess in Scotland, the joke IS free speech.

Scottish comedian and YouTuber Markus Meechan, better known as Count Dankula, is facing a year in prison for recording and uploading a video where he taught his girlfriend’s pet dog how to “seig heil” on command. As Heat Street reported earlier this year the viral video did not amuse Scottish police, prompting his arrest.
He is facing a year in jail, has been refused legal aid, and needs help. If you see fit, you can do so here.

Independence Day

In Congress, July 4, 1776 the unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America

When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. — That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present king of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these States. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.
He has obstructed the administration of justice by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.
He has made judges dependent on his will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to the civil power. He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock trial from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:
For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world: For imposing taxes on us without our consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of trial by jury:
For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighbouring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:
For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have we been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.
We, therefore, the representatives of the united States of America, in general congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by authority of the good people of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united Colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.

— John Hancock

New Hampshire:
Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton

Massachusetts:
John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry

Rhode Island:
Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery

Connecticut:
Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott

New York:
William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris

New Jersey:
Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark

Pennsylvania:
Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross

Delaware:
Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean

Maryland:
Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton

Virginia:
George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton

North Carolina:
William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn

South Carolina:
Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton

Georgia:
Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton

Monday, July 3, 2017

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Yep. That about sums it up.

Expect a call for more gun control...

...because in a State where the legislature gives the prohibitionists damn every thing they want, it still don't work.
Photo of Gun used in Bronx Lebanon Hospital Murder: Gun Free Zone

I keep thinking...

...President Trump needs to stop the tweeting. He is the President. He doesn't need to have the last word. He is the last word. BUT then seeing the Media/Left go apeshit over bullshit is just SO entertaining and usually a win for Trump. More please.