- Snooping in Seattle … in the name of providing a “service.”
- Has the quality of social workers always been this dismal?
- Fear of terrorism makes people stupid. Sure, we knew that. But check out that stat about the odds of being killed by a terrorist vs a cop!
- What’s it like being a geek in prison? More and more Americans need to know.
- Looks as if Catching Fire is going to be as good as the first Hunger Games movie. Interesting, too, how this reviewer automatically uses terms making parallels with today’s USA.
- From comments: Reader A.G. offers up a booklist for the end of the world. (And of course, you know where to buy those books, right?)
- Yet another devoted Obama supporter laments his fate under the wheel of Obamacare.
- Some good news in that regard: The percentage of poll-answering Americans who think that the fedgov should be responsible for health care vs the percentage of those who say no way has flip-flopped nicely. Let’s hope permanently.
- Finally, here’s a bit of strange cheer: The Heidelberg Project brings outsider art to some of Detroit’s worst places.
Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category
- The fourth shock wave of ObamaCare is about to strike
- And even Obama’s hometown paper says, “Stop digging, start over.”
- The Dallas Buyers Club is in my Netflix queue for sure. From everything I’ve read or heard, it’s a spectacular indictment of big government (specifically the death-dealing FDA) and a celebration of Outlaw entrepreneurism. That it stars Matthew McConaughey is merely a plus.
- Another long-time outdoors writer and sportsman who’s shocked to learn that laws passed against eeeeeeevvil gun owners also — oops! — apply to him. (H/T to LA)
- “Can’t we all just get along?” “Well, ah, no.” Mike Vanderboegh nails it again.
- Well, is this gonna cause more melodrama in the security theater, or what?
- Unbelievably, British police make a plausible case that a spy guy whose decomposing corpse was found locked in a gym bag died by a self-caused accident. Definitely news of the weird.
- Alas, the Puppycide documentary folks did not make their Kickstarter funding goal — though nearly 1,000 donors and a last-minute push put them over $60k. The good news is, that with the strong support and urging of those donors, they’re aiming for a relaunch this week, this time to fund a 30-minute doc rather than a feature-length film. I’ll keep you posted when that happens and hope everybody who pledged before will jump in again.
- Speaking of dogs, and to end on a happier note: have some puppy-and-toddler cuteness.
For your weekend viewing pleasure.
Whoof! This would be amazing even it weren’t being performed by a 53-year-old movie star. It’s oddly beautiful, besides.
Wind-powered monsters. You’d swear they were alive.
And finally Naked Dancing Swedes.
You’ll have to click on the link to watch it. YouTube has this locked away behind an “adults only” login. So I can’t embed it and am sending you to an alternative (non-locked) site. And yeah … it’s kinda R-rated. But funny.
Okay, here’s a bonus set of Amazon holiday links, just because I find this weirdly funny.
Since going (um … mostly) primal, I’ve developed a jones for maple-cured bacon. This being a pricey item at the local grocer, I checked to see what Amazon had.
I laughed to discover how many maple-bacon products there are. Very few of them involving any actual bacon.
Then during my seashore excursion last week, I delved into bins of salt-water taffy (you see what I mean about “mostly” primal). Amidst the traditional flavors, there it was: maple-bacon taffy. Curious, but with an inward eeeeeew, I added a couple pieces to my basket.
Oh. Man. It was good.
So in the maple-bacon spirit of the holidays, and in the cause of stocking stuffing, I present:
5. The “erotic” and dare I say tongue-in-cheek cookbook Fifty Shades of Bacon (which of course includes maple in there somewhere)
7. You can even get bacon scented room-freshener spray, but since it’s mere bacon and not maple-bacon, I’m not going to include it in this list.
8. And oh yes, as an afterthought — you can even get four pounds of actual maple bacon!
Who knew? Whoever could have guessed all the possibilities? Some lucky recipients are going to get flavorful laughs when they open their presents this year.
Speaking of matters governmental that seem laughable from a distance but are hellish portents: here’s the latest from that bastion of central planning, Venezuela.
Yes, it’s a joke to think about soldiers being sent to force retailers to sell only at what some pol or ‘crat thinks is the “fair price.” But not so funny a joke, eh?
And how familiar is this?
The problems that Maduro says he is trying to combat – price speculation, hoarding of goods by manufacturers and distributors, abuse of Venezuela’s currency system, contraband flowing into neighboring Colombia – all exist, Venezuelan political analyst Luis Vicente Leon says. But he argues they are to be expected in a system in which access to dollars is strictly controlled, causing a dire effect on manufacture and imports, while the government sells certain goods at subsidized rates and prints money to try to combat inflation.
“The president says these things happen because a group of enemies is trying to destabilize the government, when in reality they are classic distortions caused by the government’s economic policy,” Mr. Leon says. “Not even Chavismo can control prices using laws, it has been shown throughout the history of economics to be impossible.”
Yes, the only thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn from history. And I expect the U.S. isn’t too far away from failing to learn that lesson one more time …
It’s time for another Amazon Christmas-shopping list. Today’s theme: warmth and light. That covers a lot of territory, with some items for preppers, and some cozy things for anybody at all.
Here we go:
1. Natural Comfort Microfiber Comforter — a lightweight “down-alternative” comforter that’s gotten rave reviews.
2. If you or somebody on your Christmas list has all-electric heat (as we in the Northwest tend to), an indoor propane emergency heater is handy to have. I know from experience. The Mr. Heater Portable Buddy and Big Buddy are old reliables. Mr Heater makes something bigger, too. And there are other choices, (all assuming you or your giftee don’t live in one of the Big Nanny states where they can’t sell them). Good for camping or in a cold workshop, too.
3. hand-cranked radios make great prepper gifts. Their features are getting better all the time — as are their prices. And yes, they belong in the warmth-and-light category because nearly all have built-in lights. Sometimes even flashing lights and sirens — oh boy!
4. For enough warmth to cook up a pot of coffee or some nourishing soup when the power’s out, emergency stoves come in a wide range of prices, fuels, and styles, some for indoors, some for outside. (A few of these are inexpensive enough to make good stocking-stuffers.)
5. Flannel sheets … Mmmmm! One of you kind folks got me a set of these last Christmas and oh are they wonderful this time of year. Amazon has dozens of choices in a variety of prices. I’ve just linked to one pretty set; a search will find you lots more.
6. Those flannel sheets are even better with a mattress heater.
7. So fripperies like comforters, flannel sheets, and mattress warmers are too civilized for the person on your gift list? How ’bout sleeping bags?
8. Now I admit I’m cheating by putting this next thing in a “warmth and light” category. But some people would tell you there’s nothing more warming to the heart than tasty chocolate on a dark winter’s day.
9. Another good item to warm your innards (or gift to a prepper friend): emergency soup!
11. And you know that no Christmas list by me would ever be complete without a selection of the coolest flashlights. Cool covers a lot, from this common, astonishingly inexpensive floating lantern, complete with battery (another good stocking-stuffer) to this industrial-chic Ryobi high-intensity flashlight, from this clamp-on emergency light to this nice little camplight that hangs from a hook. Choose a screaming-bright spotlight or go low-tech with a handy and atmospheric candle lantern.
Happy shopping and thanks always for using my Amazon links! Remember that, even if you don’t see anything you like here, anything you buy when you enter Amazon through one of these links will still be credited to my Associates account.
In case you missed it:
Her name is Adriana. No surname revealed. You know her better as the original smiling face of the Obamacare website.
She now claims she’s being “cyberbullied.” What she really means is she’s become part of the political joke around The Big Failure. Cyberbullying? Hyperbole. We’re not talking death threats or threats to reveal her innermost secrets. We’re talking snide commentary.
Still, I felt sorry for her. I figured she was just some stock photo subject or a model who signed a release without knowing how her mug was going to be used. Not her fault she became the Face of Failure.
But nooooo. Ms Adriana, it appears, “… contacted the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services about having free family photos taken in exchange for having those photos used to market Obamacare.”
I haven’t blogged about the Dick Metcalf/Guns & Ammo fiasco, partly because it went from outrage to resolution at Internet lightspeed. Also because, while I was considering what I could add, I got a special request from S.W.A.T. (and a very helpful S.W.A.T. reader) to do a column on it. Which I just did. Check it out when the February 2014 issue emerges.
The short version, for those who’ve been temporarily off planet Earth, is that Dick Metcalf, yet another long-time gun writer with an elitist attitude and No Clue, published a column in G&A that got him in deep, deep yogurt. He got fired and the editor who’d okayed the column quit.
Metcalf not only advocated more restrictions on gun owners, using arguments right out of the antis’ handbook. He showed an astounding ignorance of history and the Bill of Rights. Which was even more shocking, given that Metcalf has been a history faculty bigwig at two major universities.
And both he and his editor Jim Bequette totally missed the fact that we’re in a battle for our rights, and you don’t publish columns in hopes of stimulating nicey-nice “dialogs” with people who want to destroy you and everything you stand for.
Metcalf reacted to his firing by showing even more BoR obliviousness. He wrote a response that’s familiar to anybody who’s ever had to deal with a petulant Internet troll: “Whaaaaaa! Whaaaaaa! You say you believe in freedom, but you violated my freedom of speech!!!”
Now I know the ‘Net’s been around only for oh, quarter of a century or so. So maybe there are still 12-year-olds who don’t understand that if you put yourself out there in some big public way, you might pay embarrassingly public consequences. But, really, Adriana? Really?
And I know that there are still 70-year-old members of the engraved-shotgun crowd who think those nice antis’ down at the country club have a point when they say we peasants are just too icky and out-of-control to own guns without government permission. But really, Metcalf? Really?
How widespread is such obliviousness-to-the-point-of-insanity? How do people this ignorant even manage to get their fuzzy-bunny slippers on the correct feet in the morning, let alone function in modern society?
- Man. Only in a police state does anybody need to publish — or take — advice like this.
- The Southern Poverty Law Center gets more stupidly weird every year. So when is the MSM going to catch on?
- From Clark at Popehat: “A Modest Argument About Police Culture Culminating in a Reference to the Hare Psychopathy Checklist.”
- Chase isn’t the only bank in trouble. How much longer will it be before these “troubles” finally have their natural consequence? (Via S.)
- Why the Brits (though presumably not the British readers of Living Freedom) love Big Brother.
- The Obamacare Dozen. That is, the vulnerable Dems who now wish to heck they hadn’t voted for the thing and are now doing backflips to save their own asses. Heh. Maybe those are the people Obama pledged to “help” when he made his grudging non-apology the other day. He sure didn’t mean he wanted to help us survive the consequences of his tyranno-idiot ways.
- Yes, by every possible definition he committed one of the largest frauds ever perpetrated. So arrest the man, already!
- Ah, but that won’t happen, will it? So at times like these, let us never forget the classic words of Billy Beck.
- Another from the great Borepatch. Yes, let’s hope the NSA will never again attract tech’s (now very angry) best and brightest.