Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Now That's Funny

H/T to Sarah

Monday, July 29, 2019

Gun Control Works Except...

...well, when it doesn't, ever.
Unpossible

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Pretty Much

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Sue Them Into Oblivion

College defends punishing student for posing with gun at gun range: It glorifies violence
...and they are working on it. The only way to stop this s**t is to make it hurt starting with the pocketbook.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Recently Read

Katusha: Girl Soldier of the Great Patriotic War by Wayne Vansant

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Vansant at the Heroes Con in Charlotte NC in June. Unfortunately, I had to wait to purchase this book. He originally published it in three volumes. This is an omnibus collection and the way to go if you want to read it and you should. He tells the tale of a Ukrainian girl during the war on the Eastern Front first as a partisan then as a tanker. The shear amount of research and love that had to go into every page of this book is obvious from page one. Beautiful work. It isn't a dry rehash of history. You truly feel what the characters must have felt. I couldn't put it down. Again, beautiful work. I haven't paid Mr. Vansant the attention I should have over the last few years. I intend to correct that. I hope he returns to the Con next year. I intend to be there with this book in hopes he'll autograph it for me.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

That Sums it Up

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Pot, Kettle...

Kamala Harris: President Needs ‘Courage’ to Embrace Failed Gun Control Policies
Senator Harris, you first.

Guns Weren't Involved...

...so it wasn't worth dancing in the blood of innocents.
Kyoto Animation arson killings didn't get much attention because we couldn't demonize guns

Recently Read

To Clear Away the Shadows by David Drake

This is a novel of the RCN with Lt. Leary and the usual suspects. I love the Lt Leary tales and look forward to more but his absence doesn't the quality of the tale told at all. More please.

All the Plagues of Hell by Eric Flint and Dave Freer

The latest in the Heirs of Alexandria series and if you like the others you will like this one. I will warn you it is a series you must begin with the first book. Drake's RCN books can be read out of order without missing too much. Not so with This work. that having been said it is a fine addition to the series and more please.

The links above are to Baen Books. Given the choice I'd rather support Baen and it's Authors by buying directly from Baen than maybe pay a dollar less and support Amazon. Just saying...

Monday, July 22, 2019

When Everything is Racist...

...nothing is.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

In One Photograph...

The reality of the Soviet space program
Screw the New York Times. They've never met a communist who's ass they didn't kiss.

Recent Addition

This is a sketch cover edition of Usagi Yojimbo #1 [IDW] with an original sketch by Stan Sakai. I picked it up at the Heroes Con in Charlotte NC in June.

Friday, July 19, 2019

It's Not The Tool

Thirty-Three people are dead in Japan because a worthless git used an accelerant and a lighter to set the Kyoto Animation Studio on fire. If you've seen Violet Evergarden you are familiar with this company's work. Thirty-three creative, special people dead because of this evil person's lunacy. What a waste, but then all such killings are a waste regardless of the tool used to carry out the act. It isn't the rifle, pistol, knife, or gasoline. It is the evil bastard that uses it.
Suspected arsonist believed his novel was stolen by Japanese studio: media

Thursday, July 18, 2019

I Like That

Guess Not

In Florida, four armed bad guys engaged in a home invasion. The end result was two dead and two in custody. The home owner used an AR-15 to defend himself and his home. The home owner was wounded and is being treated at a local hospital. The apparent reason the home owner didn't bag four is two stayed on the porch then fled when the shooting started.
Summerfield homeowner injured, kills 2 intruders with AR-15
Wait, I thought ARs were only weapons of war and useless for home defense? Guess not.

H/T to David Hardy.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

We are Living in Heinlein's Crazy Years

Report: Ousted Planned Parenthood president refused to use trans-inclusive language

Monday, July 15, 2019

Well, in Biden's defense...

...we, the people, tend to have short political memories, but, seriously, how f***ing stupid does he think we are to forget this high point of the 2008 election.
Biden: If You Like Your Health Care Plan, You Can Keep It

The libertarian in me agrees

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Recent Additions

These two pages are from Bruce Lee #3 published by Malibu Press around 1993. Mike Baron was the writer while Val Mayerik (pencils) and James Sherman (inks) performed the art chores. Mayerik's primary claim to fame is the creation of Howard the Duck with Steve Gerber. Sherman was the penciller on Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes for a time in the 70's. Here, the goal was getting a sample of Mayerik's art. His Marvel and DC pages are priced way beyond my capacity to afford. The Sherman inks were an added bonus in my mind.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

D is for Delusional

Joss Whedon: ‘Fascist’ Trump Planning to ‘Take 2020 Election by Armed Force’
Hey, you've gotta have an active imagination to produce such fair as Firefly, Buffy, Angel, and Dollhouse. I just wish he'd put it to better use than this paranoid crap.

A Zero Tolerance Moment

In Maryland, a 14-year old was suspended for posting pictures of himself, a friend, and an airsoft gun on Snapchat. Oh, at one point his friend held the airsoft gun to his head. No threats of violence were made toward himself or anyone else. RTWT.
14-Year-Old Posts Picture of Airsoft Gun on Snapchat, School Suspends Him for 3 Weeks

Oh, Joy

Relying on the Same Illogic That Trump Used to Ban Bump Stocks, a New Lawsuit Argues That Customizable Rifles Are Illegal
I'd call it a result of the law of unintended consequences but...

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Attention Whore

Happy 4th

In Congress, July 4, 1776...

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

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Current Events

Escalation

Report: ANTIFA plans acid attacks on D.C. Free Speech Rally, saying goal is to blind attendees

Antifa Mob Viciously Assaults Journalist Andy Ngo at Portland Rally

Things will get worse if Federal, State, and local Law Enforcement don't step up.