- :-) Sword + righteous determination beats knife-wielding cowards. And that reminded faithful reader PT of “I’ll see your six …”.
- A rough, tough novelist pulls himself back from the brink of death.
- How well do you know Gandalf from Dumbledore? I was thinking about that while re-reading the Harry Potter books recently, so naturally I had to steal this when Wendy McElroy posted it.
- The 2015 Human Freedom Index from Cato, the Frasier Institute, and three other think tanks around the world. Once again, the U.S. doesn’t crack the top 10.
- “I Made an Untraceable Ghost Gun” by Andy Greenberg via Wired. I missed this when it came out in June and Mr. And Mrs. Furrydoc just sent it my way. Fascinating and unbiased account from a mechanically uninclined experimenter.
- The euro won’t survive the next economic downturn.
- The drug war should go, but some efforts to legalize weed don’t seem a whole lot better. Ohio’s proposal would — how cozy! — put the core of the industry into the hands of a handful of wealthy backers, who have a monopoly conveniently built into the initiative and have already snapped up the only 10 grow sites allowed.
Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category
Yeah. I applied. For a job-job. You can blame furrydoc if I get it because she nudged me into this. It’s a job I’d actually love to have. I know the people. I’ve seen the work they do. It’s meaningful and varied and interesting.
Though it’s part-time, it has benefits up the whazoo. Benefits. When’s the last time I had benefits? Oh, such a long, long time ago.
While I was talking to the boss about what they’re looking for, another potential applicant came in. A woman I know. A woman they know, too.
“I’m desperate for this job,” she said. “Desperate.”
She lives in a lovely house on a hillside that was recently and extensively “done” by a short-term husband. I’m not sure what’s driven her to desperation, but I’ll bet her house doesn’t have broken foundation beams and a joke of a bathroom like mine does. Even if my house were falling into a sink-hole, though, and even if I were in dire financial straits for any reason, I don’t think I’d choose “I’m desperate” as a job-seeking strategy.
But who knows? Whatever works. This would be a terrific job to have. So I’ll choose “I’d be excited to work with you wonderful people, doing this wonderful thing you do. And I’ll be as big a help to you as I can be.”
- What to do the next time government gives you nutrition advice.
- This is some pretty darned despicable advice, too. But a great attitude if you want to live comfortably in a police state.
- “Daddy, did you save the razorback sucker?” (What you’re not going to hear an Obama daughter (allegedly) say.)
- “It’s time to build the private web.” Tone’s a bit statist. Concept is right on.
- John Mackey of Whole Foods on why intellectuals hate free markets.
- Windows 10 is spyware pure and simple — even when you think you’ve turned off some of its most intrusive features. Here’s another recommendation for Linux Mint that actually makes “going Linux” seem simple. (And that’s because, generally, it is when you choose Mint.)
- Here’s a amazing WWII dog story. And here’s the rest of her life’s tale.
- Snitches may get some well-deserved stitches. But you’re gonna love this snitch anyhow.
- Old-fashioned crimes committed high tech and low.
- Women taking tea breaks: subversive act. (H/T PT)
- Bovard on sugar subsidies.
- The real story isn’t that Facebook canceled a student’s internship when he built an app around one of their privacy vulnerabilities. The real story is how casually the herd beasts are now tracked.
- Funny this didn’t get more news coverage. (H/T MJR)
And for your amusement:
Klintonerdämmerung, aka behind the scenes at Chapaqua. (Tip o’ hat to BW)
And watch a pair of pups grow up. That one on the left really needs a carpet to run on.
A quick drive-by for an announcement. Two announcements, really.
Kurt Hofmann is no longer writing for JPFO. They now have no original writers or content for their alerts.
Kurt Hofmann has now taken over my “Enemy at the Gates” column for S.W.A.T. magazine and his first article should appear later this month.
If you want to conclude that these two happenings are related, feel free.
Kurt is a terrific, up-and-coming gun-rights writer whose military experience makes him perfectly suited to S.W.A.T.. He does great work with great conviction. (Here’s a recent sample.) Heck of a nice guy, too. So yay, Kurt! And yay, Rich and Denny for taking Kurt on and for putting up with me all these years.
- Panama was already better than many countries on guns. A smidge, anyhow. Now, in hopes of combating rising crime, they’re about to get better. Only a little better than the original smidge, but it’s something.
- Even the most worthless of petty bureaucrats now think they deserve to be treated and feted like Oriental pashas. Who are these people, anyhow?
- Once again, at least a few on the fringe are sending the message that they’ve had enough. (Tip o’ hat to jed)
- Yeah, now let’s see if the EPA and its employees get treated like a private corporation and its people would be. Criminal charges. Heads rolling. Monumental fines. Screaming public outcry with environmentalists leading the mob.
- The Atlantic does a provocative takedown of campus speech coddling. Doesn’t address freedom issues much, but focuses on how psychologically unhealthy this BS is.
- I was going to say that this is another tiny house I kinda like. Then I got to the part about a finished one costing $95,000. Ninety-five freakin’ thousand dollars? For a teeny little trailer thingie? Is somebody pulling our collective legs??? (H/T jed)
- A pair of beauties (and I really do mean beauties) via A.G. in comments. Jake Weidmann is one of only 12 master penmen in the world and the youngest by 30 years. Though I may be pretty good at finding stuff in garage sales and second-hand stores, this tops everything I’ve found in my whole life — both for art and for mystery.
- Kardashian overload. It happens to the best of us. Not usually on air, though. (H/T jb)
Now, I hope that keeps you happily busy for a while, ’cause unless Washington, DC, sinks into the ocean, aliens land, or I find the tub from Cabin Sweet Cabin lying at the roadside before Friday, I’m taking a couple of days off. Should be back with you by the weekend, if not before.
- Sorry. But when it comes to security, I can’t agree that this makes the Tesla any more secure than a Jeep.
- Nor do these systems make homes more “smart.” (The last bit, with the dog and the hot tub, was pretty good, though.)
- “This vet is not a threat.” Oath Keepers, three percenters, and even local sheriffs and legislators rally to prevent the VA from confiscating guns. The resistance is building.
- Meanwhile, the NRA would like to see more abuse of gun owners/buyers in the dubious name of “mental health.” They don’t get it, do they, what the rising tide of “mental illness” is actually about? Useful idiots.
- Hm. Wonder if the EPA will bring criminal charges against itself?
- I really like this tiny house story (via Shel in comments). These folks aren’t trying to be trendy or green or holier-than-thou. They just know what it’s like to have been economically clobbered and don’t want to be vulnerable again.
- Cops kill an unarmed white kid and the world says ho hum.
- In Montana: another Oath Keepers operation to protect miners against fedgov intrusion.
- ;-) Kickstarter campaign raises billions to wall off the Bay Area during Burning Man. (Via A.G. in comments)
- Islamists hack to death a fourth non-theist blogger in Bangladesh.
- Boy, I’ll bet the fedgov wishes it could do this.
- Indeed, let these crony billionaires and their crony puppets pay their own way. (H/T jb)
- A guy who doesn’t speak French wins the French Scrabble championship. (Given how snobby they’re reputed to be about their precious language, I’ll bet that really ticked off some Parisians.)
- Your awwwww story for the day. And this time it has nothing to do with dogs.
- Seems pot may not warp teenagers’ brains or bodies after all. Now, high school on the other hand …
- Two good ones via Irons in the Fire: 14-year-old girl blows away a popular, agenda-driven distortion of history. And OMG, those pot-munching California cops who raided that dispensary and indulged in its product are now claiming that the video of them chowing down shouldn’t be used in the investigation — because they had an “expectation of privacy” after thinking they’d disabled all the shop’s cameras. (Pigs in more senses than one.)
- There’s been a lot of media yakkety-yak lately about patterns of speech that are supposedly making women sound weak and losing them credibility in the big, hard, tough workplace. Alexandra Petri has an answer to those who want women to change how they talk: “13 Tips on How to Speak While Female.” Or not. :-)
- People share the first and last photos of their pets. Get your hankie ready.
I’ve been working on my complicated ceiling for nine days now, along with some related projects on the walls and trim. Feels more like nine weeks. And of course, this being an old ill-built house, every step of progress reveals some new problem. I’m making only a few hours progress a day, but at least it’s getting there. Slooooowly.
Why was I not born wealthy so I could sit by a pool sipping a pina colada while someone else gets paid to do this sort of thing?
Oh well, when it’s done, I’ll brim with satisfaction about how I did it all myself. And it was a breeze, really. A breeze.
Speaking of being wealthy …
I love celebrity scandals even when (as is increasingly the case) I have no idea who the celebrities are or what they did to become famous.
Current case in point is a personage known as 50 Cent. Mr. Cent has been for years giving every sign of vast wealth. Not wealth as in “Hey, how ’bout I fund a mission to Mars?” or “You know, I’ll bet I could build an electric car for the masses.” But wealthy as in $40,000 gold chains, multiple Rolls Royces, $1.6 million dollar bets on boxing matches, and a 24-bathroom house with its own private nightclub.
Recently, however, Mr. Cent has declared bankruptcy, apparently in hopes of avoiding a $5 million court judgement against him for posting some woman’s porn video online without her consent. Now he claims and claims and claims again that he was merely pretending to be rich all this time.
Which is more pathetic? Actually being rich and using your wealth to display yourself before a moronic public? Or pretending to be rich because you’re so desperate to win the good opinion of said morons?
Poor Hillary. How much longer can she last when even the WaPo runs op-eds like this about her?
Um. Well, being a Clinton, and being a politician in this age of morons, probably she can go at least until next November. Would be delightful if instead of spending the proverbial “one term in office and one in jail” she took her oath of office from her cell in a federal pen.
That’s all I got today. Ceiling trim awaits. I’m closing in on having the first 1/3 of the total job done. That constitutes my proof of concept on complicated, salvaged ceilings. After that, I move the bed back out of the living room, put away the tools and recoup my sanity before embarking on the next 1/3.
Unless the pool and the umbrella drink materialize in the meantime. Then some other poor, sore, sweaty sucker with sawdust in his hair can do all the embarking and all the overhead hammering and nailing. And welcome to it.
- Good one from Sheila Stokes-Begley on “smart” autos and “smart” guns.
- I wouldn’t normally blog the death of a pro wrestler. But Rowdy Roddy Piper, who just died, age 61, also starred in John Carpenter’s terrific, underrated, and oh-so-apt freedomista social satire, They Live.
- Where all the presidential candidates stand on pot legalization.
- Speaking of which, even D.A.R.E. (that family-destroying, lying, totally ineffective-against-drug-abuse scourge of the 1980s) has now published an op-ed in favor of legal cannabis.
- That CEO who raised the minimum wage at his company to $70,000 per year had some of his experienced employees quit for reasons that will sound like Econ 101 to freedomistas.
- Can you imagine having a conversation with the kind of people who come up with this stuff?
- No surprise at all: economic freedom creates personal happiness.
- One documentarian’s fight against the absurd (and profitable) copyright on “Happy Birthday.” Looks as if she now has some powerful ammo.
- Love it. A rogue Dairy Queen has been going its own way since 1949 (though why it doesn’t just go independent and avoid the franchise fees is a question). (H/T Jim B. in comments)
- As jed noted when he sent this item: good news, but not fast enough. :-)
- Bovard on how disability law went nuts
- Lessons learned (although probably mostly not learned) from the stupid, lying, inept drug raid that burned Baby BouBou.
- #TenThingsNottoSaytoAWriter” (ever changing Twitter feed). My contributions: “You’re just in it for the money” and “You’re so lucky to be able to sit home all day.” (H/T JB)