- Tam? Tam, where have you gone? Your blog was one of the stones on which the gunblogosphere was built.
- Doctors getting fed up with their profession. No surprise. Not really news. But an interesting perspective from a physician.
- “Who owns your children?” Bayou Renaissance Man asks after last week’s case of a family subjected to an international manhunt for disagreeing with their son’s doctors.
- What do you know about MaidSafe? Is this the future of communications privacy? (H/T PB in comments)
- Teacher arrested over school shootings — that he wrote about in novels. David Codrea notes that we don’t know the whole story, but it doesn’t sound good.
- Puppy love. Between a cheetah cub and a yellow Lab pup.
Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category
Well, did you enjoy your Labor Day? Or your Labour Day, for you in furrin parts who have enough leisure time to sit around adding extra letters to your holidays.
Did you spend sufficient time honoring (or is that honouring?) your public-sector overlords?
I laboured all weekend — drywalling until I got worn out, then going outside and painting the house to relax. I got covered in powdery gypsum, then in latex paint, then in that gooey white joint compound that always seems to drop in fat, heavy, gelatinous glops no matter how careful you are with it. I cussed a lot and enjoyed every minute of it.
- What? Eric Holder a hypocrite? Nooooo.
- Why, that would be as unthinkable as saying cops are lying thugs or that they get away with things that would send the rest of us to prison.
- Why, that would even be like saying that feds and local cops are conspiring to keep information out of the hands of judges. Couldn’t happen. This is Murrica!
- Isn’t that cute? The NSA has its own search engine just for sharing information about us.
- Sigh. Another hopeful libertarian project collapses into a rubble heap of fraud and scandal.
- Oh well. Here’s something useful (and maybe even fun) to do while waiting for Truth, Justice, and the Murrican Way to triumph: make your own knife without power tools. (link fixed!)
- ADDED: Per jed in comments on today’s other post: pit bull saves kid from swarm of bees. (Needed a little more good news here.)
- “The boy who invented email.” Wonder why more of us don’t know this. When “experts” had dismissed it as too difficult, a precocious 14-year-old invented email.
- Love this from Brigid: stripper clips and “Lab” dances.
- More snoopery? No problem. More privacy tools.
- Haven’t really been a fan of Rand Paul’s (for the usual “he’s not Ron” reasons). But this is a good guy.
- SNL thinks Obama is nothing to laugh at.
- Do all languages derive from a common ancestor?
- Eric Holder,
peacemakerpatron saint of violent cops.
- Failed rescue of Foley. Seems Obama is even more like Carter than it appeared.
- An Ayn Rand dollar?
- Smart homes are stupid. Maybe it’s only because the tech is new and just developing. Maybe … some of it’s actually stupid. (Not to mention intrusive and insanely insecure.)
- I have no idea whether the cop in the Ferguson shooting was justified or not. This cop in Ferguson should be busted below the level of janitor. UPDATE: He has at least been taken off duty. It’s a start.
- This authoritarian creepazoid judge in Maryland, too.
- And beware of this guy and his thousands of thinkalikes.
- But here’s some good cheer about everyday wonders from Cornered Cat: “Illuminating.”
- It’s also encouraging that the Shaneen Allen defense fund is doing very, very well. (Via this article by Will Grigg)
- Safe spaces. Why not for geeks, too? Safe spaces for gun owners? Anarchists? Oh, the possibilities …
- So if you like both kale and bacon, does that make you a libertarian? (Via Alphecca)
- Oh, Kevin Wilmeth. Ouch.
- Only in The Onion: “The pros and cons of militarizing the police.” (Stolen from Wendy.)
- I think Egyptian officials are having a little fun at our expense.
- Not sure whether this is high-tech creepy or just Cold Warish enough to be weird. Gov’t listens in on scientists listening to marine life and … well, it’s complicated. (H/T H.)
- You have the right to remain silent. But only after cops tell you have a right to remain silent. ‘Cause if you remain silent before that it’s because you’re guilty. Got that? If not, stay out of California. Cheers!
- Why we get only idiotic reporting on guns from the MSM: one more data point. (And this from one of the reporters who was on the scene in Ferguson where rubber bullets were actually fired!)
- Craigslist: Roof Koreans for hire. :-) (H/T AG)
- MJR reminds me that it’s time to revisit Robert Peel’s nine rules for policing. Sort of encouraging that an MSM source ran that (even if a Canadian one).
- “Paper Boys.” Inside the dark, profitable world of consumer debt collection. Eeew!
- “Cigars, But Not Close.” Mark Steyn on U.S. police overkill.
- “The Low-Information Diet.” A classic from Mr. Money Moustache. Such things have been said in these parts before, but always need re-saying. (Maybe one of these days yours truly will actually listen.)
- The yellow dog project. Good idea beginning to gain worldwide traction: yellow ribbons to identify dogs who may be nervous, old, rambunctious, ill or otherwise not appropriate to approach.
- Oh rats. Device sniffs out smuggled money.
- Irony. While Obama asks Ferguson, MO, police to quit attacking journalists, press-freedom advocates ask Obama to do the same.
- In the “decline of civilization and common sense” department, two women are so terrified of an angry cat that they call 911. And this was their own cat, not some potentially rabid stranger. (H/T SC)
- “The Soros Put.” The savvy, super-connected billionaire bets $2.2 billion (17% of his assets under management) on a coming stock market crash. H/T to Silver, who also comments.
- “Who lost the cities?”
- Hint: Their close cousins lost the whole darned economy.
- Some perspective on Ferguson from a local.
- Blind “gun nuts.” Dare I call this an eye opener?
- Good one from Paul Bonneau on defending our culture from alien invaders.
- Why are so many lullabies murder ballads? Or at least sad, scary songs? One of my favorites — yet creepiest — of the type is the Irish lullaby The Castle of Dromore, aka October Winds. (Lyrics here.)
- How the economic hard times have been affecting … prostitutes. Yes, prostitutes.
- Sigh. Once again someone writes an astute, well-researched article about the catastrophe of government schooling — and draws exactly the same obviously stupid conclusion.
- And speaking of edumakation, here’s a good laugh. Students: Cease Rogeting Proximately!
- The nationwide pattern of household debt is interesting.
- Off-duty mountain rescue dog finds and saves injured senior.
I am (really) still cogitating on the topic I started the other day on defining ourselves. Comments (particularly from Ellendra and Paul Bonneau) have got my brain headed off in a different direction and I’ll simply have to wait and see if I can chase after it and catch it long enough to get something coherent down on pixels.
Meantime, here are some links, some related to that topic (though not always in an obvious way), some not at all.
- The end of neighbors. Or, this being a Canadian article, “The End of Neighbours.” The loss of neighborliness is a) not very good for us and b) exactly what we want.
- Portrait of Tom Palmer — the unlikely man who challenged D.C.’s gun laws and won. In case you missed it, Kurt Hofmann also had a good take on Palmer last week at JPFO.
- Wired (specifically the great James Bamford) interviews Snowden on (among other things) why he became a whistleblower.
- While researching for part II of “Defining Ourselves,” I went down this pathway and found the amazing variety of people and organizations who helped Jews during the Holocaust, and the equally amazing variey of ways they did it.
- On the topic of genocide … old colleague R. sent a link to this beautiful song about aftermath and rage. Patty Griffin: Cold as it Gets. Lyrics here.
- Bob Owens takes apart “smart guns.” Not that you’ll be surprised by any of the info. But being Bob Owens, he says it thoroughly and well.
After a day of record-setting heat and several weeks of that unfamiliar element, sunshine, today dawned gray. The sky is a solid, featureless mass. For hours, thunder has rumbled near-constantly off in the distance.
No lightning visible. No dramatic boomers. Just a perpetual drumroll, first from the southwest, then from the northeast. Ceaseless.
Its full day outside but the house lights are on, pallid, greenish, and barely seeming to illuminate anything. No mere human-generated watts and volts can penetrate the preternatural gloom.
On goes the perpetual rolling of the sky, moving closer now. I get an inkling of why primitive people conceived of gods — and feared them.
A time or two I’ve heard about somebody’s suicide and secretly thought they did the right thing, saving themselves or their families years of living hell. Other times, suicide has seemed like a rational, or at least a reasonable, choice after a life well-lived but now winding down.
But Robin Williams? Robin Williams??? Of course he had demons. He laid them out before the world. But he also had such energy, empathy, manic joy, delight in a world whose every sound and action seemed to pass through him as if he were a human translator of all things wacky and strange. Robin Williams killing himself?
No, it’s just too … impossible.