Sunday, September 30, 2018

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Older than we thought

Painted 'Comics' with 'Speech Bubbles' Found in Ancient Roman Tomb

Hundreds of illustrated figures — humans, animals and gods — appear in the paintings. Their poses demonstrate routine activities, such as harvesting crops and building a defensive wall, in a city that was a thriving center of commerce and culture during the second century A.D.

But the mural doesn't just contain pictures. Dozens of inscriptions appear alongside the figures; they describe the action in the local language of Aramaic (though written in Greek letters), and they seem to serve the same purpose as speech bubbles do in comics, the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) recently reported.

Not So Sure About That Last Part

America is at that awkward stage. It’s too late to work within the system, but too early to shoot the bastards. – Claire Wolfe

Recently Read

Flood by Andrew Vachss

I read this back in 1985 when it first came out and liked it enough to continue with the series through Down in the Zero. Then I stopped. Even for crime novels they are really dark and I didn't want dark. That being said, it's a fine novel and highly recommended. Who knows, maybe I'll pick up where I left off.

Friday, September 28, 2018

We Can But Hope

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

From the NRA

Batman Artist Norm Breyfogle Dead at 58

Artist Norm Breyfogle Passes Away at Age 58
I fondly remember his run on Detective Comics. I stopped reading it shortly after he stopped drawing it. I believe his health kept him on the sidelines the last few years. This is a damn shame.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Monday, September 24, 2018

Is it a botched study...

...if the results where what the researchers intended from the beginning?
How a Botched Study Fooled the World About the U.S. Share of Mass Public Shootings: U.S. Rate is Lower than Global Average

Enough of this Horseshit

Have the committee vote then an immediate confirmation vote in the Senate. Judge Kavanaugh will sink or swim probably swim. That's what the Democrats are afraid of. that's why we get delay, accusation, delay, accusation. Provide proof? That's such a naive concept. Kavanaugh is guilty because he was nominated by Trump. Enough already. Republicans grow a fucking spine. VOTE.
When justice becomes “social justice” there is no justice . . . or mercy

Kavanaugh Open Thread: Will Republicans grow a spine and stand up to anti-Kavanaugh smear campaign?

Spurious and Supriouser

Saturday, September 22, 2018

This Should Be Fun

Girls und Panzer Director's New TV Anime Kouya no Kotobuki Hikoutai Releases Its 1st Teaser

No plot details as yet, but it looks like a Girls und Panzer type show with WW2 era Japanese fighter planes. This should be fun but I'd rather see the next Girls und Panzer episode first.

The Cool Things You Find By Accident

Disappearing Civil Liberties Mug
It's for sale online at the Japanese American National Museum website. Lots of other neat stuff as well.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Recently Read

Hitler's War by Harry Turtledove

This is the first in Turtledove's The War That Came Early series. I burned out on Turtledove a short time after How Few Remain was published. I loved his Guns of the South and Worldwar series but can pretty much take or leave anything else he's written. They seem to much alike to me. This one of his alternate histories. The point of divergence is Hitler invades Czechoslovakia before the British and French can roll over and give it to him for "peace in our time." It is to Turtledove usual quality which is way above average. If you like his stuff you will like this. Me, I'm still trying to decide whether I'll followup with the rest of the series. I'd also note that even at eight years old the publisher wants $11.99 for the Kindle edition. That's too high. Go to the library instead.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

That's the way it should be.

Pr. George’s police thought they were bursting into home of a drug dealer. They were at an innocent man’s door instead.
Two police officers were wounded during the entry. Local police have admitted they were in the wrong and no charges will be brought against the shooter. That's the way it should be.

Current Events

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

More Please

Nixing Regulations Saved Taxpayers $1.3 Billion This Year
Crumbs. I know, but you have to start somewhere.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Recently Read

Wrath of Empire by Brian McClellan

This is the second book in his Gods of Blodd and Powder trilogy and wow. Once you start it's a page turner that hard to put down. The story continues as the heroes search for the god stones and deal with the Dinese invasion. Goods stuff. Next please. Highly recommended.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

If, Then

In [formerly] Great Britain

Crime Wave UK: Govt Moves to Stop Knife Sales as Blade Crime Hits 7-Year High
This should work out about as well as their gun control has. Their gun crime rate is up 44% per the story. In what reality will knife crime be any different? All it will do is punish the law abiding while the criminals ignore it. The same old story.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Burt Reynolds, RIP

I watched Smokey and the Bandit again for the first time in decades last night. Mostly to celebrate the late Burt Reynolds but also to see if the movie still held up. It did. The one scene that brought both laughter and tears was the one where an elderly lady notifies the Bandit that a highway is shut down due to an accident. The camera then shows us the lady standing in her car the back half of which is under the trailer of a semi. The driver tells her that she needs to learn how to use a turn signal. WE, my siblings and I, took my mom's driving privileges from her when she drove through a red light and was t-boned. The van tumbled. She walked away uninjured which says something about her relationship with the almighty. She told me she couldn't see the traffic light for the sun and just knew it had to be green. That scene reminded me of mom and how much I miss her.

I wish the family of Mr. Reynolds my condolences and only fond memories in their loss. Mr. Reynolds, rest inand peace and thank you.

Why We Fight

While a lot of us might not be drawn to support Trump and his fellow travelers in the mid-terms and come 2020, I can certainly be convinced to vote against former President Obama and his fellow travelers both Democrat and Republican. THAT you can count on.
Barack to the Rescue: Republican voters just found their motivation to vote in November
Truth is, while I might not like Trump as a person, he's been dead on policy wise since day one and has my support for that alone.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Now That's Funny

Hamas Bomb Expert Blows Himself Up
...and it's not the first time this has happened among his brethren. More please.

This Young Lady Can Use Some Help

About a year ago a young pregnant lady in Arkansas was attacked in her home. She used her husband's pistol to shoot the evil git three times in the chest. He dies. At the time of the incident the police declared it self-defense and no charges were filed. A year later local prosecutors have charged her not with killing the man in self-defense but holding firearm to do it. She has a no violent marijuana conviction on her record that makes her a prohibited person. National Review has a story on this travesty of justice. You can get the specific details there. Krissy Noble needs your help to fight this in court. A GoFundMe account has been set up for her defense. She faces six years in prison if convicted. She can use your help.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Current Events

They are too expensive...

...and I'm not willing to murder anyone for a pair.
WATCH: NBC to Air Kaepernick’s ‘Just Do It’ Ad During NFL Season Opener

Well that's easy.

Levis goes for gun control
They cost too much anyway.

There Will Be Blood in the Streets

Dianne Feinstein: More People Will Die in Mass Shootings if Brett Kavanaugh Gets Confirmed
Yeah, but not because of the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh. The blood in the streets is because of Democrat policies in large metropolitan areas with Democrat Mayors.


Monday, September 3, 2018

Current Events

Marie Severin RIP

Marie Severin: 1929-2018
Marie Severin was a comic book colorist whose work dated back to the EC Comics and both Marvel and DC later. She was also an artist and sister to John Severin. The comic that I associate with her most was Claws of the Cat and Kull the Conqueror.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Recently Read

A Fistful of Elven Gold by Alex Stewart

In which a gnomish bounty hunter get pulled into elvish political shenanigans. I generally don't read fantasy of this sort but it was a pleasant surprise. It easily grabbed my interest and kept it throughout. I liked it enough that I'll probably look up this authors other titles. Recommended.