You’d already know the poll topic if you’re subscribed to TZP alerts. :-) BTW, there are two excellent pieces of commentary in today’s alert, one by Carl-Bear Bussjaeger on presidential medals of “freedom” (that aren’t), one by a shy Israeli who tells how he went from fearing guns to fearing the loss of gun rights.
These will be posted on the blog tomorrow, but alert subscribers see them a day early.
Today is also the final day to become eligible for TZP’s part in Ammunition to Go’s Great 9mm Ammo Giveaway. All premium members are eligible. Drawing will be held tomorrow.
You guys are making this a good month on my Amazon links — though surprisingly there’s scant sign of gift buying yet. People seem to be buying lots of parts to build and repair things. Interesting.
But lots o’ parts is good because the number of items shipped in a calendar month determine the commission percentage. Thanks to you, I’m within a hair’s breadth of making the 7.5% commission rate for only the second or third time ever. A very few more items both ordered and fulfilled today would do it.
Kindle books … gift cards … those items always get same-day fulfillment. In fact, about half of all items get fulfilled on the day they’re ordered. But Kindle books and gift cards are a sure thing. A single $.99 Kindle book, ordered at the right time, could make an outsized difference.
But, you know. ONLY if you were going to be ordering anyhow …
The released FBI docs give the impression that they really weren’t much interested in Loompanics or Paladin. But as I wrote in this 1998 Wolfe’s Lodge “Sound Off,” I have a bit of evidence to the contrary. (Once again a big thank you to Bill St. Clair for keeping that ancient site alive in his archives. Thanks also to the anonymous designer; I was struck again by what a beautiful site it was for its era (and still). Even now it’s a wonderful place for a rainy-day visit.)
There’s a new poll up at The Zelman Partisans. This one does for the Dems what we did last week for the Republicans.
Normally those of you who signed up for TZP alerts would have gotten word by now. Carl-Bear had a very good alert prepared for this morning. Unfortunately the site got attacked by somebody from Ukraine and the alert function is still not functional. Rest of the site and the poll (which is on a separate server) work, and the alert will go out once the Ukrainians and their aftermath are out of the way. Strange times.
I like Ross Douthat. In this day of screaming absolutes he always has a nuanced take on things. But even he says that the current campus crisis is something U.S. universities deserve.
And if anybody had doubts about what a bunch of whiny brats those “oppressed” university students at Mizzou are, check out their reactions to the slaughter in Paris. Whaaaaaa-waaaaa, nobody’s paying attention to US! Will the little narcissists ever feel shame?
Australia is going to try out a hip, cool, and groovy cloud-based virtual passport system. Think the problem of lost passports is bad? Wait till you’ve experienced the airport joy of “the Internet is down” or “we don’t find you in our database” or “we’ve just been hacked.”
Wow. Somebody thinks federal employees aren’t paid enough when compared with people in “similar private-sector jobs.” The article never explains what private-sector jobs are similar to … oh, career money confiscator, thug who tells businesspeople how to run their businesses, or professional killer of nursing mothers.
In case you’ve wondered how a jury could watch a video of a cop executing a man in cold blood and still vote to acquit, it’s because authoritarian mind-warping is so very effective. Lisa Mearkle. Remember the name. Lisa Mearkle.
Idaho deputies ask rancher to put down an injured bull. Before he can, they put down the rancher. The family tell their story. I wonder what the “official” story will be.
In all the news about local cops getting away with murder, Jim Bovard reminds us that their federal brothers and sisters are still doing their share — and still untouchable.
Speaking of touching, root for Jim to win that Bastiat Award at the Reason Media Awards tomorrow. (If you click on his image, you’ll see what I mean about “touching.”)
Sorry for so much brutal linkage today. Want a little good news? Cannabis and “hippie beer” are helping small business startups to rise again after 30 years of decline. (Weird, though, that the WaPost writer thinks insufficient regulation is a threat to them.)
It’s been a decent year in life, but a tough one in the pocketbook (what with The Great Bathroom Project, more medical expenses than I’ve had in the last 25 years, and giving up my biggest client on one of those thorny, stubborn Issues of Principle). Pardon me for being blunt, but I need this Amazon Christmas season to be really, really big.
So once a week between now and Chrismakwanzaahanukkahyule I’m going to feature a few cool Amazonian goodies. You faithful (and blessed) Amazon buyers know the drill. Enter Amazon through any of my Associate links and anything you purchase during that visit earns me a commission. It’s a great thing for me and I hope for you, too, because you’re contributing to this blog just by doing something you’d have done anyhow — shopping for Christmas gifts or treating yourself to something nice. Or something routine, for that matter. (I buy my paper towels and Kleenex in bulk via Amazon and some regular shoppers buy their puppy kibble, their coffee, their vitamins, and their gourmet cooking oils there, too.)
I never know who’s buying what. I only get aggregate reports on items ordered on any given day and items shipped. So your privacy is safe with me.
To start off, here are a few of the items people have bought recently that caught my eye.
That’s it for now. Thank you to all who’ve been using my Amazon links. It really helps. Special nod this month to the unknown buyer of those textbooks that seem so unlike a typical Living Freedom purchase, but certainly make my day when they show up among the shipped orders. Many, many thanks to all who surprise me with the big purchases and equal thanks to everyone who keeps the tally building from day to day with purchases of all sizes and kinds.
OTOH, while 9mm is emerging as the clear favorite in TZP’s current poll, Mike Vanderboegh offers a rather compelling, if strictly empirical, argument on why .45 ACP is “better.” (Great link to ballistics tests, too.)
So typical. So very, very, very typical. That crooked cop who staged his own “murder” had a long, long record of crude, thuggish, corrupt behaviors about which nobody did anything.
Faisal Mohammad and his mad manifesto and egregious grudges. Thank heaven for one gutsy construction worker who knew something about knife-fighting techniques and how to counter them. (Ever notice that these “civilians” who stop mass killings tend — even if they are unarmed — to be people who understand weaponry and know the ways in which a shooter or a stabber can be vulnerable?)
On the lighter side, here’s a pug getting excited about … um, broccoli. Nom nom …
Funny that TZP is in the middle of doing a poll on favorite EDC ammo, and we get an offer for free boxes of the most popular caliber. Want free ammo? Check it out over at TZP courtesy of Ammunition to Go and and Magtech.
Thanks to our old friend Carl-Bear Bussjaeger and The Amazing Jo Ann over at The Zelman Partisans, TZP is about to go live with an email alert/digest system.
For now, emails will be weekly and will contain TZP updates and a few notable news items or op-eds from outside sources. But the system will also enable TZP to send urgent news or action alerts as need be.
You can help beta test the system. A trial alert will go out about 24 hours from this posting and TZP invites your opinion.
To sign up, just head over to TZP and look for the signup form on the left sidebar (mobile users scroll down to find the signup form). I’ll also make a post over there that will contain a version of the form. Everybody should be able to see that.