Wednesday, January 17, 2018

I Can See Him Doing That...

Snow in Durham, North Carolina...

...and, yes, that's my finger.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Current Events

Monday, January 15, 2018

Recently Read

The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon

I thought I'd read all of t he Outlander novels then I found this. Lord John and Jamie join to carry out a task in Ireland. It takes place while Jamie is at Helwater. I really wish Gabaldon would finish the nest novel. This one was excellent.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Lately, it is a three ring circus...

...just not the way they meant.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Monday, January 8, 2018

If You Don't Like a Law...

Legislative powers are the power to make and repeal laws. Those powers are not vested in the executive branch, which includes the president and, more relevant to this discussion, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who recently announced that he will no longer follow an Obama-era policy of not enforcing federal laws against marijuana. Some states have repealed their own laws against marijuana, but marijuana remains illegal under federal law, and will stay that way unless Congress legislates otherwise. - Glenn Harlan Reynolds

I'll Not Hold My Breath [Bumped]

Bovard cites plenty of evidence of FBI/DOJ wrongdoing over the years. Senior Administrators/Staff knew about it and have done nothing. Maybe Trump will, but Sessions came out of that culture. These prosecutions take place because the victims dared to resist the government and an example must be made. I hope to be surprised. I doubt I will be.
Cliven Bundy-FBI debacle: Another example of why the feds need to be leashed
[UPDATE: 1/8/2018]
Charges against rancher Cliven Bundy, three others are dismissed
This is fine, but until prosecutors and agents get hosed for this kind of conduct, it will continue.
What does it say that the Bundys case was not only dismissed, but dismissed with prejudice, which means the government can’t reopen it. What does it say that it was an Obama appointed judge who did it? How bad was the government’s misconduct in the case, and if it was that bad, maybe the protesters had some justification for shaking their guns in the tyrant’s face? - Sebastian

Recently Read

Weapons of Choice by John Birmingham

A naval task force from 2019 is dropped through time into U. S. forces head to Midway in 1942. I read this when it originally came out but not since. If you favor alternative histories, this is for you. Recommended.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Recently Read

Yes, I've been reading alot lately.

"...And Then There Were None" by Eric Frank Russell

I've read this novelette by Russell more times than I can remember. The same is true of the novel he expanded it into, The Great Explosion. If you haven't read either you've missed a treat. The general plot is that when a faster than light drive was discovered the misfits of Terra took the opportunity to depart. Now, four hundred years later the Terran Empire is attempting to bring them back into the fold with mixed results. It is a classic for a reason. The links above go to free versions of both. Enjoy.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Recently Read

1636: The Vatican Sanction by Eric Flint and Charles E. Gannon

The latest chapter in Flint's 1632 saga. This chapter continues the story of Sharon Nichols, her down-time husband, Pope Urban VIII, and the Wild Geese as they battle for the heart and soul of the Catholic Church. It meets the standard of quality I've come to expect from any book in this series. If you like the series, you'll like this book. If you haven't read any books in this series you'll have to start with 1632. The series is not one to jump into mid-series. Recommended.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Recently Read

Slow Train to Arcturus by Eric Flint and Dave Freer

I picked this book up when it was originally published in 2008 and it didn't grab me at all. I read one chapter then got distracted by something else. I did intend to give it another try but then something else and something else. Nine years later I picked it up again. Good book. It reads more like Freer than Flint and reminds me of Eric Frank Russell's The Great Explosion, which I also need to read again. . Aliens investigating a colony ship approaching their star meet up with various human societies that have evolved during the four hundred year voyage. It doesn't go so well. Like I said, good book. I 'm sorry it took me so long to read it.

It's Snowing...

...and everybody is going bats#&t. It's just snow guys even if we are in the South.

The picture is off my cellphone and is crap.

Monday, January 1, 2018

If you think there is no such thing as a slippery slope...

...I suggest you look at California. Actually, in California, it's more of a cliff.
California Ushers in 2018 with Ammunition Control

Happy New Year