- If somebody in private enterprise did this — let alone did it again and again — heads would roll, congressthings would hotly hold hearings, new regulations would strangle business, and the fedgov would mutter about the need to take over entire fields. But … oopsie! (H/T MJR)
- Here’s one more for the “one term in office and one in jail” concept of term limits. Better yet, former Honorable Speaker Hastert is going down not for some real crime, but for one of those faux crimes that Congress itself invented.
- “In praise of uncertainty.”
- The art of running from the police. Sad truth via LarryA.
- Okay, guys. You want one. I know you do. (Also MJR)
- How to tell whether this week’s Worst! Ever! Drug! stories are telling the truth.
- Woman quits job to build beautiful bamboo houses.
- :-) How investigative journalists justify their existence.
Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category
I’m still thinking of the deer-in-the-headlights stare of the mechanic who told me the Xterra needed a $1,100 computer replacement.
He was so obviously, blatantly just guessing. And so obviously dependent on whatever the diagnostic code said. “P1320? Not the distributor? Not wiring? Then it can only be the ECM. No other possibility.”
It was impossible to get a decent photo (which, I guess, says the camouflage was effective), but that Big Ole Heap O’ Camo and olive drab just below is a USMC wool sweater (always did think those were sharp looking) and a military poncho and poncho liner. Those were just a few of the items in one package I received today from someone I know won’t want to be named.
That type of poncho liner is better known as a woobie for the comfort it offers cold, weary soldiers. It’s also one of the few pieces of military gear in steady use since the Vietnam War. Together the poncho and liner serve as a mild-weather sleeping bag (pdf.)
I’m going to love these warm blessings come wintertime. The poncho and woobie will go into the stuffsack provided and live in my vehicle in case of strandings in the woods or by the roadside.
Then there was the second package:
These were gifts from two people who are the secret soul within The Zelman Partisans.
Beauties. Both of ’em.
The blade has a spring-assist and two alternate opening mechanisms, a thumbstud and a flipper, both ambidextrous. When my knife arrived, the pivot screw for the blade was a smidge tight and the blade opened sluggishly. A quarter turn with a T8 torx-head screwdriver bit (per the enclosed manual) took care of that in five seconds. Snap! the blade leaped into position with nearly the speed of an automatic knife. Snap! I love that sound.
Now I just need to practice my one-handed opening technique.
But oh! The dilemma! I now have two sleek Kershaw spring-assist folders — different models, both gifts, both perfect EDC knives. So which one goes in the pocket and which in the car? Or which in the pocket and which in the Maxpedition jumbo pack?
Decisions, decisions. But the bottom line is that nobody can have too many uber-cool knives. Simply not possible to have an excess of interesting blades.
- “How Baltimore Became Pottersville.” Bovard riffs on the glories of HUD.
- Why Mozilla’s decision to attempt to push all sites from http to https could be a disastrous mistake. (H/T jed)
- Perfect example of fake “science” to support an agenda. But in the “science works” department, the apparent fraud was discovered by other researchers. Discovered a little late, but …
- Cumulative stress, chronic pain, dealing wisely with it, and being free. (Tip o’ hat to SC)
- Good piece on free speech and attempts on the left to suppress it. Fortunately (if belatedly) outrage against censorship is also starting to arise from the left. (H/T MJR)
- Who knew bears liked coffee? (Also MJR)
- Chris Pratt (aka Star-Lord) apologizes in advance for anything offensive he might say on his upcoming media tour. (Too bad he’s yet another Hollywood anti-gun hypocrite — a Fudd, too, it seems — ’cause that’s funny.)
- So’s this: dogs enjoying their car rides.
- The case against modern science. Fom the editor of one of the world’s most eminent medical journals. (H/T SC)
- It’s the time of year for dragging up old commencement speeches. The best ever, of course, was from J.K. Rowling at Harvard in 2008. But two years ago, Joss Whedon gave one as only he could give it.
- Senate panel gives the okay for medical marijuana for veterans. It’s a step. And at the fed level where steps are badly needed.
- But oh! The horror! We’ll soon all be home-brewing heroin. The government! Must! DO SOMETHING! About this! (Tip o’ hat to SC)
- The art of avoiding war. (I’m posting this not for the author’s conclusions about U.S. warmaking matters, but for the history and tactics described.)
- Yep. Just gets creepier and creepier.
- But enough of the serious stuff. Have some gods. And angels and such. Transported from classic paintings to now. (Via Never Yet Melted. Which also offers this.)
- Another terrific one from Ken at Popehat. How to spot (and counter) covert advocacy of censorship.
- I’ve never downloaded anything from a torrent site. I’m against any form of piracy that deprives creators of the rewards they’ve earned. Still … The Pirate Bay has panache.
- The usual anti-gun and “hate group” suspects band together to promote ballots over bullets. Um, yeah. Good luck with those ballots when you’re being threatened by thug government.
- The liberation of Dachau and the righteous rage of the liberators.
- “Oh, my gold!” Yet another company tries to do what egold did. (The poster says BitGold isn’t available to U.S. residents; I poked around the BitGold site and didn’t see anything about that. But I don’t doubt that avoiding all U.S. entanglements is a good start on surviving in this kind of business. Never mind that it would take a huge chunk out of your market.) (H/T Y.B.)
If you’re not up on your Internet memes, this new Delta Airlines safety video will leave you going “HUH???” If you are a meme-ista, see how many you can spot. (Hint: They’re listed behind the “see more” link.)
- So … how much impact, if any, do you think Obama’s
bancarefully structured limitation on further cop militarization will have? (H/T MJR)
- Only in the 21st century: Social Network Dysmorphia.
- Incoming Boston University professor Saida Grundy first made news with a series of racist, sexist, and historically ignorant tweets. But that was so last week. It’s even hard to find those tweets now, since news came out that she also trolled and taunted a white rape victim. And acted like a generally arrogant ass, besides. Teach your children well, folks. ‘Cause “higher education” is increasingly unlikely to do it.
- No surprise: the war on cash is going global.
- It seems a bizarre contention, a claim no one in his right mind could make. But could nicotine be as benign as caffeine?
- And while we’re on the subject: The science behind craving.
And in developments on the home front, if I’d had any doubt whether my ankle was actually broken or just badly sprained, I’d be doubting no more. The thing is itching fiendishly. I always thought the notorious itches had to do with the reaction between tight casts and dead flaky skin. Turns out it’s also from the healing. Thank heaven for being able to scratch! I think if I were wearing a cast, long about now I’d be trying to bite it off like a wolf with his foot caught in a trap. Still. Itching. Good sign.
- The Boy Scouts: doing their best to close the gender gap. (Yeah, don’t ask me how that became their mission.) By Eagle Scout Jim Bovard.
- And don’t even get my friendly local Scout leaders started on the Michelle Obama-inspired (recently) new requirements for the cooking badge. Where’d the fun go? Any kid who had to learn cooking that way would probably avoid the kitchen for the rest of his life.
- You want to be treated with dignity? Behave with dignity. (Via ML who, like me, doesn’t agree with all Ringer’s points but thinks the overall piece is spot on.)
- Six months later, they still haven’t been able even to question the cop who slaughtered Tamir Rice.
- Religion of peace. C’mon, moderate Muslims. Step up, please.
- The loathsome Section 215 of the USA-UnPatriot Act is set to expire next month. (I love sunset provisions.) Congress actually seems to be in a reform mode — well, a reform-ish mode — about the surveillance state. Courts, too. But I’m picturing the heads of the Uber-Government (in the No Such Agency and other places) cackling wickedly and rubbing their bony hands together over their Black Mamba capes. Laws? Regulations? Courts? Constitutions? Bwaaahahaha! The little fools! Don’t they know they can’t stop us?
- How to take over a small country. (The kind of humor that really isn’t funny.)
- Find a hidden treasure at auction. Give it back. You’re a better man than I.
- It’s a bad idea, but a provocative thought experiment. “What if, just for a change of pace, it was the opponents of free speech whose ideas were deemed hateful?”
- Though the lede is about investing in the new cannabis industry, the most fascinatingly weird part is about the work being done in laboratories to isolate (then market) product with specific properties.
- So we know birds came from dinosaurs. Now scientists have taken chicken embryos part of the way back. Honest, I thought it was The Onion at first and not the BBC. And no, that “photo” of a sharp-toothed chicken at the top isn’t real; the scientists aren’t hatching any of their embryos at present.
- It’s a $9 chip. It’s a computer, complete with browser and apps. (H/T MJR)
- Worker fired for disabling an app that let her boss track employees 24 hours a day. The creepitude just gets creepier all the time. (Via Jerry the Geek.)
- Conservatives are boring and stodgy even when they finally come out and advocate civil disobedience. Libs are nevertheless horrified.
- A “Martin Luther of gun-rights”? Well, hardly people. But sounds like a good guy anyhow.
- The New York Times discovers the obvious: just because you make healthy food available to the poor doesn’t mean they’ll rush out and buy it.
- “Who are you and what have you done with Bob Owens?” Armed Lutheran does a more detailed takedown on Owens’ Bloombergian “blame the gun” L.A. Times blart. (Via Sipsey Street.) And here’s the NSFW version.
- An “abstinence only” high school has an outbreak of chlamydia. Oopsie.
- More from The Oatmeal: “My Dog, the Paradox.”
I hung out in bed most of the day yesterday, with my foot elevated and bound in the pressure bandage MamaLiberty suggested. With Ava boarding for the duration, I had only Robbie and the cat — both championship sleepers — for company. Nobody, nobody, nobody tried to guilt-trip me into walking, playing, running, riding, throwing tennis balls, playing tug-o-war or otherwise doing exhausting things.
It was a cross between unthinkable luxury and excruciating boredom. I could have gotten some writing done or caught up on my email backlog, but my whole being seemed as stiff and useless as my injured ankle. Aiming for better things today.
I start to take the dogs for their morning walk, put my foot wrong, and come down on the side of my ankle with a pain I thought was going to knock me out.
After five minutes of sitting in the road seeing stars, I’m able to get up and hobble back to the house. Dogs are looking at me like I’m totally betraying them. “But … but … it’s walk time, Mommy!!!”
And that’s just for starters …
- John Silveira’s famous Backwoods Home classified ad continues to live on 18 years later. It’s already become an indie movie and helped launch a director’s burgeoning career. (H/T DD)
- Kentucky Authoritahs grab 10 kids, apparently just because they’re unschooled and live off grid. Hearing today. Wish this family good fortune.
- So lessee. Reading to your kids is about the best way in the world to give them a head start. Better than fancy private schools. Which means that the proper response is … quit doing it and maybe even eliminate families. Huh? “Harrison Bergeron” indeed. I’ve just added a new blog category, “Cultural insanity,” to cover this sort of thing.
- Along the same lines, why assume poor kids must all be art deprived?
- I usually admire Bob Owens, but when I read his L.A. Times op-ed blaming Glocks for the way cops handle them (badly), my jaw dropped. My reaction was the same as Firehand’s. Blame the gun because the shooter ignores the basic rules of firearm safely? Isn’t that straight from the playbook of Bloomberg and his Meddling Mommies?
- There’s a new, gold-backed cryptocurrency in town: The Hayek, courtesy of Anthem Blanchard. Anthem Hayek Blanchard, in fact. Freedomista-born, you think? It’s actually been in the works a while but is just getting more mainstream notice. Hope it does better than egold.
- Let people think that shelter mutts are pricey petstore pooches and they’ll fall in love. (H/T SC)
- Per jed in comments: The Oatmeal on if my dogs were middle-aged men. Oooookayyyyy …