Friday, October 24, 2008

I have a whiskey bleg

I am at a friend's house, and just had a taste of this for the first time in a LOONG damn time
This, I promise you, is some of the finest stuff to come out of Scotland. It's bloody wonderful. As in, until I tasted it tonight, I'd actually forgotten how good it is.

Yes, I HAVE had a bit..

Here's the thing: the friends brought it back from Scotland, where they'd been on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. Because nobody imports the stuff, for God knows what reason. Here's the bleg:
The importer for Glenfiddich is
William Gran & Sons
US Importer, Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whiskey
200 Park Avenue South, Suite 121i
New York, NY 10003

Write/e-mail/call/beg them to start importing this wonderful stuff. It won't be cheap, but this isn't something you swig; it's something you savor. A bit at a time.

Let me put it this way: think of the finest whiskey you've ever had, with a honey liqueur, the best of both in one dram. Maybe a touch of smoke in there. Oh God, and I've only got a sip left...

Write. Call. E-mail, whatever. If they start importing it, I don't have to consider stealing a bottle.

OK, just to round up some things on this side of the globe,

Glenn Beck's on the air talking about the sky falling due to the market mess(again). Which, among other things, makes me wonder if the price for hempen rope is rising or falling. Also affecting that question is this:
Never let it be said that there's a crisis too big for Chuck Schumer to try to exploit.

New York's senior senator released a letter Wednesday that he and two Democratic colleagues sent to Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson regarding the $700 billion economic rescue plan.

Their point: Direct capital injection into troubled financial institutions will be ineffective unless those banks are forced to put that money straight into the lending market - complete with "goals based on previous lending activity."

Uh-oh - here we go again: Last time Schumer publicly released a "warning" letter, it triggered hysteria in California: an 11-day, $1.3 billion run by frantic depositors at IndyMac, ending in the third-biggest bank failure in US history.

Schumer insisted back then that he was just a "bad-news messenger." But as The Wall Street Journal rightly noted, what he did was "more like shouting 'fire' in a crowded bank than calling 911."

Sen. Schumer is a miserable little bastard who deserves an especially hot load of tar before the feathers are dumped.

Let's see, up in Canada the 'Human Rights Commission' seems determined to earn a dose of petroleum and bird products:
In Saskatchewan, the CHRC is prosecuting a former Member of Parliament for politically incorrect mail that he sent to constituents five years ago.

Jim Pankiw, an MP who served from 1997 to 2004, is on trial for sending out flyers criticizing Indian crime in Saskatchewan. If convicted, Pankiw can face massive fines. He could also face other orders, ranging from a forced apology to a lifetime ban on commenting about aboriginal issues. If Pankiw refuses to comply with such an order, he could serve time in jail
. Bold mine.
Calling these clowns a kangaroo court is insulting to common corrupt courts. These people are flat disgusting.

From Mark Steyn:
The reason the press are going to such shameless lengths to drag Obama across the finish line is because he's their last best hope at restoring the old media environment, including a new Unfairness Doctrine for radio, and regulation of the Internet. The Obama's-already-won-give-it-up-you-GOP-losers stories are intended only to demoralize turnout. Bear in mind, that round about 5pm Eastern on Election Day, they'll be doing those stories at industrial strength, in order to clobber any Republican voters still dumb enough to think it's worth making the trip to the polls.

Virginia tossing some military ballots:
Fairfax general registrar Rokey Suleman said Thursday that he has had to reject some of the ballots because of a Virginia law passed in 2002. That law -- then called Senate Bill 113, sponsored by then state Sen. Bill Bolling -- requires that when an overseas citizen wants to request an absentee ballot and cast a vote with the same paperwork, it requires not only a witness signature but also the current address of the witness.

The McCain campaign said there's not even a space for the witness to list an address. Suleman agreed; he said the federal document was changed in recent years and the space for the witness address was removed. But the Virginia law hasn't changed
And isn't that just so convenient for some people? Who suck like a Hoover with a turbo.

Well, it seems Rep. Barney Frank(Corrupt Socialist Slimeball-MA) not only intends to push big tax increases, he wants to trash the military as much as possible:
In a meeting with the editorial board of The Standard-Times, Rep. Frank, D-Mass., also called for a 25 percent cut in military spending, saying the Pentagon has to start choosing from its many weapons programs, and that upper-income taxpayers are going to see an increase in what they are asked to pay.
And what's a 'side-benefit' of this for the defeatists?
The military cuts also mean getting out of Iraq sooner, he said.
And isn't that just a big surprise from this dirtbag.
“The people of Iraq want us out, and we want to stay over their objection,” he said. “It’s extraordinary.” The Maliki government in Iraq “can’t sell (the withdrawal deal with the U.S.) because it sounds like we’re going to stay too long.”

“I was teasing (U.S. Rep.) Jack Murtha (a key supporter of military budgets) and I said to him, ‘For the first time, somebody else has got a bill that’s almost as big as yours.’ We don’t need all these fancy new weapons. I think there needs to be additional review.”

Oh, of course we don't need any 'fancy new weapons', especially since this bastard and his associates would like to see the military flat chopped up no matter what.

This crap is enough to screw the mediocre attitude I woke up with all the way to 'Bleep'. I need to repeat my serenity mantra:
Lamppost, rope, politician... lamppost, rope, politician...

Looked over at Tim Blair for the first time in a while,

and found a couple of things. First, Brit police have started what amounts to a witness protection program for potential victims of honor killings:
BRITISH police will offer new identities to victims of so-called "honour" violence in a bid to combat the crime that kills one person a month.

London's Metropolitan Police said up to a dozen people were murdered annually in honour violence - defined by the police as crimes committed in a bid to protect family or communal honour.

Officers estimate a further 500 are forcibly married and then raped, attacked or falsely imprisoned
One per month dead. That they know of/admit to. In BRITAIN. And, considering the current state, I'd bet the '500' is an underestimate as well. But even with that, they just can't bring themselves to say it out loud:
Typically, women are the victims of honour violence, which has been linked to certain interpretations of religious and cultural norms.
Yeah, must be those Methodists and Church of England fanatics; couldn't possibly be any other religious group, could it?

Next, it seems loggers down below have kind of lost patience with some of their tormenters:
FOREST activists who survived a violent attack by loggers in Tasmania's old growth Upper Florentine valley will return for what they say is a make-or-break summer of protest.

Video of the two activists' ordeal showed their disabled blockade car under assault on Tuesday from a man with a sledgehammer before others kicked in its windows
They are part of a small group of protesters who on Saturday will celebrate their second year trying to halt logging in the Upper Florentine, about 120 kilometres west of Hobart
Apparently their 'celebration' won't be all the celebratory. At least, not if they set up blockades on roads.

I need to check Blair's place more often.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Politicians and professors of economics equals

screwing with your retirement:
Ghilarducci outlined her plan last year in a paper for the left-liberal Economic Policy Institute, in which she acknowledges that her plan would amount to a tax increase on workers making more than $75,000--considerably less than the $250,000 Barack Obama has said would be his tax-hike cutoff. In addition, workers would be able to pass on only half of their account balances to their heirs; presumably the government would seize the remaining half. (Under current law, 401(k) balances are fully heritable, although they are subject to the income tax.) Bold mine.

So, let me get this straight: in the name of 'protecting me', I'm supposed to be happy about the idea of being forced to put money into a plan which will contain the fingerprints of Barney Fannie Mae Frank and Chris Countrywide Dodd...

No damn thank you.

And in further news on the 'Honorable Gentlemen' and

'Most Exclusive Club' members, here's one saying the 'Fairness Doctrine' is a 'higher calling'.

They just can't stand that there are people on radio(in particular) who tell everyone exactly what the Club Members are doing, and don't sell it as wonderful.

Need some more information on Bill the Commie Terrorist Ayers?

Michelle Malkin pointed to this at Zombietime; scans and quotes from a book Ayers put together with his little Weather Underground terrorist friends. Including this one:

The name of the book is Prarie Fire.

Way back when, I wound up(long story) seeing a ad for a newsletter called Faeirie Fire, 'Dedicated to the Pagan Warrior tradition' as I recall. I decided to see what it was and, having access to a box at the Post Office so my home address wouldn't be involved, got a few issues. Which kind of horrified me. They want to go back to a 'village tradition', which in their world consisted of no private property other than personal tools, communal farms and so on; basically communism with their version of paganism holding it all together. Ayers & Co. would have fit right in, although he'd probably have had to have Lenin and Stalin as deities.

And Barack They're Just Misunderstood Obama

wants to negotiate with the garbage that did this. And get along with them.

I thought at the time- still do- that one of Reagan's big mistakes was not hammering the bastards. Training camps, weapons dumps, target individuals, the whole works. Hammer them into dust. Should've been done then. Barring a miracle, we'll have to do it sometime.

Of course, of The Obama makes President, I'm sure his followers believe the radiance of his lightworker presence will cause the poor, misunderstood terrorists to See The Light and become nice little socialists we can get along with. After all, look at his friend Ayers, the murdering little bastard.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Front moved through this morning

accompanied by thunderstorms, then dropping temps through the day. Supposed to be about 40 for a low tonight, 30's the next few days. Yuck. I hate being cold. Kim would probably love it.

The dog's barking at something, but when she's done she'll dive into the doghouse, which has a nice, thick layer of straw to curl up in. She likes this crap, especially once the grass dries. However, every joint that gives me trouble has been a little achy; add years to injury and wear to get weather forecasting ability. Not as much as before started glucosimine; before that, about a day or so before a cold front came in my knees would get bad enough to make walking hurt at times.

So not much done outside today, some cleaning and rearranging inside. I think I'm going to clean up, have a drink and read a bit.

'Night, all.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Knife for self-defense?

James links to a very good post on the subject of knife 'fighting', well worth reading. Especially the quote noted by James:
As far as your attacker is concerned this is not a fight, it is an assassination.
I'll throw in another quote I heard from someone years ago:
In a knife fight, the winner goes to the emergency room.

Way back when I was playing in the SCA, one day at a tournament there was a 'side-issue' of a trophy for knife-fighting. Basically dueling: two people in a ring with wood and/or foam knives, see who scored first. Very little to do with a serious "He's trying to KILL me!" fight, but it did point out a few useful things. Like the fact that it's almost impossible, facing off with another knife-armed somebody, to be able to cut them without getting cut yourself. And if you honesty assessed where you got cut, it was easy to see that even if you won you'd be looking at anywhere from stitches and blood loss to crippling injury. I managed to take out a guy who was ungodly fast and good, basically I surprised him; but I'd have been cut on both upper arms doing it, see the above noted injuries.

Would I carry a knife as a primary means of self-defense? Only if I had no other choice.

Since Ayres the Dirtbag Terrorist & Co. keep claiming

that 'they were just damaging property, nobody died, etc'., anyone repeats that crap to you,
The four, along with Bill Ayers, were among the leaders of the Weathermen terrorist group. In addition to the New York police officers killed, a 1970 pipe bomb in San Francisco set by the group killed another police officer and critically wounded another.

But remember, he's a 'respected English professor', etc. ad bullshit.

Also from range day

On the subject of '.22's can be picky about ammo', I took the Enfield Trainer along since I hadn't fired it in a while. While sitting at the bench with it, I decided to try it with the Remington/Eley ammo I had. So I fired five rounds, looked through the scope, and fired five more.
That's at 100 yards with iron sights and my eyes. And a little better grouping than with just about anything else I've tried. By the caliper that's right at 2", and that includes a couple I felt iffy about right after I squeezed off.

I'm tempted to get one of the bolt-on scope mounts for the #1MkIII and see what I can do with it.

And yes, even though it hurts my cheapasseconomical nature, I may have to get a couple of boxes of this ammo for the Enfield, since it likes it so much. And for .22, this stuff is expensive(to me, anyway; shut up, Kim)

Range report

Primarily on the .45acp I loaded to try to match the factory Gold Dot specs.

Yes, I did remember the Chrony, so fired one full load(8 rounds). High velocity 1087, lows 1021, average 1050. Considering the Speer website shows muzzle velocity for the 185-grain Gold Dot to be 1050, I think this does indeed duplicate it nicely. At slightly less powder than shown at the Alliant site. So I'll call this a very successful project, which will make the magazine or two of Gold Dots for practice MUCH less expensive.

If you need a few things to get your pulse rate up,

check out these:
Gee, no wonder the Justice(?) Department hasn't been working too hard on this vote fraud stuff; chunks of it is in the tank for The Obama, just like the media.
Yet Mukasey is nowhere to be found, perhaps because the career attorneys in his Civil Rights Division seem to lean well to the political left.

Consider the California case in which the division’s lawyers have actually indicted former Republican congressional candidate Tan Nguyen for making “misleading statements to investigators.”

About what? Nguyen was tangentially involved with sending a letter that urged Latino citizens to vote but warned that illegal immigrants could be prosecuted if they tried to vote.

Every word in the letter was true. But DOJ investigators were more interested in cracking down on the people who wrote the letter – a legitimate expression of free-speech rights – than on the illegal immigrants who may be voting.

The kicker: The DOJ attorney on the case, former Ted Kennedy-affiliated lawyer James Walsh, is as contributor to the Obama campaign, as is his boss, former ACLU attorney Mark Kappelhoff.

In all, DOJ lawyers and staff in the metro area have donated at least $150,000 to Obama.
No wonder they seem more interested in prosecuting those who warn against vote fraud than enforcing vote-fraud laws
Which is why we need to reserve some lampposts for bureaucrats.

I just heard a piece on Glenn Beck's show from Rep. Barney Frank(Slimy Pol-MA) saying that 'what we really need is a massive increase in spending to fix things'. Massachusetts, even if you don't mind him stealing from the rest of the country, do you not realize that this slimy statist thief is stealing out of YOUR pocket, too? Especially since he had such a prominent role in letting this mess get as bad as it is in the first place?

Let's see, Sen. Dodd(Socialist Thief-CT) was not only getting 'special' deals from Countrywide, he was getting lots of 'contributions' from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Isn't that so special? But not to worry; the Democrats are going to hold hearings. AFTER the election.

Team The Obama just can't seem to help lying about Ayers and the connections. There's physical proof of the connections? Lie anyway. After all, the triple-edited-and-fact-checked media sure isn't going to report on it if they can avoid it.

Up in Canada, the Nice-Fascists can't help themselves either:
But here's where Dagenais becomes a symbol of everything that's wrong with the CHRC and its censorship fetish: she blacked out portions of my defence before passing it on to the commissioners. Seriously -- she censored what I wrote in my own defence, before she passed it along to the people who will sit in judgment of me. She's only allowing me to say things in my defence that she approves in advance.(bold mine)
Isn't that just freakin' amazing? And look for the same crap here if Barack Hussein I Decide What's Free Speech Obama is elected.

Pennsylvania, if you people put Murtha back into office, you are too damn stupid to be out in public without a keeper. To keep you from running into traffic.
Just days after classifying western Pennsylvania as racist, Murtha took a step back from those comments, albeit a small one.

"What I said, that indicted everybody, that's not what I meant at all. What I mean is there's still folks that have a problem voting for someone because they are black," Murtha said.

Murtha said the history of southwestern Pennsylvania is rife with racism.

"This whole area, years ago, was really redneck," Murtha told Channel 4 Action News.

Murtha believes there is one segment of the population which is holding on to its racist beliefs and he said it's difficult for them to change. Murtha said it may be even more difficult for them to vote for Barack Obama
And everyone knows that ANYONE who might be described as 'redneck' is automatically a hood-wearing, cross-burning racist who hates blacks. And everyone else. That's SO much better than his original statement.

Screw it. I'm off to the range.

Monday, October 20, 2008

We are not hanging various politicians

The effective cost of the various bailout packages is that the expansion of the U.S. military that had been set in motion is now effectively dead. D-E-A-D.

That's the word in Washington that no one wants to talk about, proving once again that regardless of which party's administration sits atop the Executive, the military is the only federally mandated 'program' ever under consideration for real and meaningful cuts

And that's now. If Obama is elected, he's been promising to slice big bleeding chunks out of the military. After all, with the Obamessiah elected there will be peace, so long as we destroy our military and sovereignty, right?

And yes, I am expressing my opinion on this crap to the congressvarmints.

And let us note a piece from Down Under on why some women

hate Palin so much:
...But in her brief starring role on the global stage she has been a powerful psychic enema, flushing out the poison at the heart of establishment feminism for all to see.

No more sheathed claws or pretence about "tolerance" and "diversity". From Madonna to Sandra Bernhard, Pamela Anderson, Naomi Wolf, Lindsay Lohan and Kathy Lette, a certain type of influential progressive woman has been driven to insane rage by Palin's very existence

Good piece, well worth reading

Added: So now, according to the Apostles of the Obamessiah, she's not even human. Just bloody wonderful.

The question is, is Biden puffing weed and blowing smoke

to get the 'support The Barack no matter what' feelings up, or preparing supporters for "The torches and pitchforks will come out, and we need you to keep the peasants under control"?

And note the obligatory reference to he then said of the Bush regime, at the bottom. No, no bias at ABC, nosiree.

Well, it WOULD explain some things

Wouldn't it?

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Why do so many damn near crawl before politicians?

From what I’ve read, it really started in the 1930’s, the habit of deference to our employees. I mean the politicians, of course. The ‘Most Exclusive Club’ members of the Senate, and the Representatives in the House. Have you ever listened to the way these clowns address each other? "The Honorable Gentleman/Gentlewoman from", "My Esteemed Colleague" and so on. Which, if that garbage stayed in the chambers, I wouldn’t mind so much; if you want to vocally kiss the ass of people who despise you, in some cases hate and want to destroy you, go ahead. It’s the ass-kissing they get in public that ticks me off.

So many people are in the habit now of deferring to some suited jackass because his job title is Senator or Representative. And they love it, far too many of them. They love it when people give them things, speak far more respectfully of them than they deserve(people remind us to write "The Honorable" before the name of the politician we’re writing to; must properly bend the knee to them, you know). They love the chance to make insider deals and then demand it not be noticed. Sen. Countrywide Dodd insisting that just anybody could call the owner of the company and get a special deal; Rep. Rangel shouldn’t be prosecuted for violating the tax laws he helped write because "He’s a simple man, and didn’t understand them"; Feinstein and Boxer and Schumer have the kind of concealed carry permit the average citizen has no chance of getting but hey, they’re wealthy and powerful politicians, so they shouldn’t be held to the same restrictions as us peasants. And let us not forget that the last three spend half their time speaking of how firearms are evil and nasty and ought to be banned; from everyone except them and those like them. And when they get caught? Remember Rep. Jefferson having fits because the FBI dared to search his office? How many other politicians of both parties had the same fit? Their office is FAR more sacred than our homes, and even a search warrant shouldn’t allow the servants to disturb them.

And the staffs reinforce it. Some are flat enablers who don’t want anyone who won’t stroke the ego of their master through to speak to them, try to keep anyone who’ll ask uncomfortable questions from speaking and so forth. They only want their masters to speak in places where they’ll be applauded, not places where they’ll be held to account. Some because they worship at the altar of Party and Their Candidate, some simply becuase of the prestige and perks that fall their way as a Servant of the Senator or Rep.

And far too often we cannot count on law enforcement. Agencies like the FBI and ATF have proven that the bureaucrats running them are very sensitive to politics; crap they would throw you or I into jail for, the politicians aren’t even investigated for, or it’s a show to pretend they actually did something.

You know, it really wouldn’t take much to change this crap we’re dealing with. If enough people started treating these clowns as what they are, hired help, and stopped acting like that job title made them royalty. Ask them hard questions and demand answers, none of this taking around the question and wanting to move on: "Senator, that was a nice round of nonsense, but I WANT AN ANSWER. And I’m not stopping until I get one." Refusing to let the bastards get around it.

What started my distrust and dislike of politicians in general, and career ones in particular, was a man named George Nigh. Several times governor of this state, lifelong politician. I was 17 at the time, he was a guest speaker at a summer thing called Cadet Lawman; you spent a week in a scaled-down version of the Highway Patrol academy, and he was the graduation speaker. He finished what amounted to a comedy routine(so-so) and asked for questions, and I asked his opinion on gun control. And then listened in amazement for a couple of minutes. That man managed to use more words while actually saying less than anyone I’d ever heard before. Then, at the very end, threw in- very quickly- "I think you should have to have a license" and immediately "Next question!". I sat down in amazement at the technique: throw around a whole lot of words fast and throw the actual answer in so late, and so fast, he could move on hopefully before you realized what he’d actually said, or at least before you could follow on with asking for more information.

That actually started me listening to what a lot of these people say, and what they actually mean, and over time that brought me to despise about 90% of them. They’ll lie to get into office, they’ll lie to stay there, far too many of them who start out fairly honest become corrupt once they’re there. And they’ll do ANYTHING to stay there. And when they do get around to leaving? Why, they have a pension waiting for them. Paid for out of our pockets, one last chance for them to loot us.

Personal thoughts? First, stop treating these parasites(which all too many of them are) like royalty, treat them like people we hired when we voted. DEMAND answers, real ones. And when they do something unethical or illegal, hold them fully to account.

No pension. It was never intended that people spend their whole damn life in the House or Senate or Mayors or Governor’s office; you want to do that, no retirement package. And if we find you making shady deals to set yourself up when you leave, we put you in jail.

A Constitutional Amendment would be nice, two terms in the Senate, three in the House. Period.
And stop calling someone who used to be in that office by the job title. I didn’t call Reagan ‘President’ after he left office, because he no longer held that job; why the hell should I call someone else who left- or was thrown out of- office by the job title?

Yeah, I’m dreaming. I am so very sick of these people I just have to consider what might do something about them. What started me on this particular track? Insty linked to this article, on why so many of the ‘upper-class’ types seem to despise or flat-out hate McCain and Palin while Ayers and Dohrn and Obama are wonderful people. A couple of bits:
And what about Sarah Palin? Here, the upper-middle-class deficit gets worse. Throckmorton-Zakaria's husband, Fareed Zakaria, uses a rare one-word sentence to make his entire argument against her: "Palin Is Ready? Please." She notoriously strikes the wrong class note on a thousand media keyboards with what Andrew Sullivan calls gallantly "Sarah Palin's cocktail waitress act." But the problem is not that the governor can't conform to upper-middle-class norms. It's that she won't.

If only Palin were really as trashy as Sullivan thinks she is. Sadly she is quite the opposite--one of nature's noblewomen. She rose by refusing to accept the limitations of her proper station in life; she is despised for continuing to do so. If Palin wants to pal around with the Throck-morton-Zakarias, she is wasting her time memorizing classic 19th-century Supreme Court decisions (Katie Couric isn't going to give her a mulligan). Instead, she should learn from watching herself as she ought to be.

Scheiber's attempt to understand Sarah Palin, detailed in the New Republic, took him all the way to Wasilla, as strange to him as Ethiopia to Evelyn Waugh. Scheiber spoke to various people from Palin's past, all of whom have two things in common: Every one of them is smarter than Palin and none of them has been heard of since their encounter with her. Scheiber's pet specimen among what he calls "the more urbane members of the community" is a Dartmouth graduate who reads Civil War histories, self-published a book, and not only does but "savors" the New York Times crossword puzzle. This sort of résumé wouldn't get your niece an unpaid internship on L Street--but for a Rhodes Scholar lost in Alaska, the Dartmouth degree, the Civil War buffery, the Times crossword puzzle all take on huge significance. Unable to comprehend how Palin could have outpaced the Wasilla gentry, poor Scheiber clings for dear life to these sad fragments of class dignity.

The Republicans, alas, are stuck with this election's true and unrepentant revolutionaries. McCain and Palin have each refused, by sheer cussedness, to fulfill the social expectations of others. This may make them poison to undecideds who suffer, more than most, from class anxiety. But do not despise the undecideds. Even conservatives can contract Scheiber Syndrome. Think of David Brooks, Christopher Buckley, David Frum, Peggy Noonan, and George Will. The symptoms? Curiously amplified, obsessively repeated, sometimes elaborately stage-whispered doubts about the Republican ticket.
Note: ‘do not despise’ them? Too late, I already do. More so ‘conservatives’ who think this way.
And, finally,
The influential section of our upper-middle class, which lives in media centers, does, of course, have an understanding of the ethic of service, and a special familiarity with men in uniforms decorated with epaulets. Paula Throckmorton-Zakaria finds the spirit of service right at home in Manhattan:
We may not have a ''servant'' class in the strict Victorian sense, but a "service" class we have indeed, and it is serving us. How do we square our egalitarian self-conceit with a liveried doorman? Not easily. For non-New Yorkers, doormen are the guys who carry the bags, organize the packages and tell you who stopped by to see your 15-year-old while you were out. They also open the door.
Receiving all those services in exchange for a partially deductible maintenance fee and a Christmas tip, we don't much miss the small matter of McCain's authentic service to his country. I, my children, and perhaps the Sulzberger and Couric children spent years passing through doors opened by uniformed, epauletted men on the way to private schools that were proud to teach an ethic of service. The experience didn't equip us to recognize the real thing.

Yeah, to all too many of the ‘upper classes’, a uniform means a menial, a servant, someone to look down on. Remember, early in the war, the intellectuals who had kids who joined the military? All the other ‘intellectuals’ asking them what went wrong? Because, obviously, someone of their class wouldn’t join the Army or Navy or Marines or Air Force unless they couldn’t hack it in school. Or had a mental problem. Wanting to serve and protect the United States? Obviously the act of someone with a mental defect, who can’t do any better.
It’s just amazing, isn’t it? Someone who actually puts their life on the line, someone who takes on their own party to clean up a mess? Plebeians to be despised. Someone who consorts with terrorists and wants to tear the country down? A bloody natural wonder, they are. And the terrorists are considered 'rehabilitated'; they're of the proper class and have very PC ideas, so they're just wonderful people.

And the clowns who believe these things think they deserve to run our lives.

What's your buckshot of choice

for home defense use? #4 or 00? Magnum, standard or reduced recoil?

The 12-gauge I have for the purpose is, with magnums or standard buckshot, fairly nasty to shoot. It’s light, which is very nice, except less weight means you feel more of the recoil energy; makes practice downright uncomfortable. So I tried two loads: the Winchester Ranger low recoil, and the Hornady FPD reduced recoil, both with 00 buckshot.

The Ranger load uses eight pellets, the Hornady nine and a lower powder charge. Recoil feels about the same, definitely lower than standard(let alone magnum) loads. Both give tight patterns in across the room/across the yard ranges(my scattergun has a 18" improved-cylinder barrel), easily placing all pellets well inside COM. With a high COM aim, all pellets in the upper chest of a silhouette. And I can’t believe that, at these ranges, the slightly lower velocity of some of these will be enough to make a difference to the goblin.

I'd forgotten this cartoon

Just found it the other day

It's GOT to be some kind of rule

Is there a rule that the Sci-Fi Channel HAS to make crap movies?

Due to circumstances watched as much as I could stand of a ‘Made for Sci-Fi Movie!’ called Pterodactyl. Let’s see,
Special Forces team that can’t shoot for shit(also generally incompetent),
Flying lizards going from hatching to big enough to carry people away(and breed) in three months,
Said lizards, except for certain scenes, virtually invulnerable to gunfire,
AND not bothered by the noise,

I mean, it was BAD.

There’s GOT to be some rule they have.

Just as a thought,

How much trouble ARE we going to have after this election?

The weenies have been prepping the ground for a while now; consider that sorry bastard James Carville’s speech a few days ago that ‘If Obama has a lead in the polls and loses the election, it will be bad.’ Setting up excuses for the morons to riot if The Obama is denied his ascension(just one of the reasons I loathe that miserable bugger. Carville, that is). Every nutcase on Daily Kossacks and Democrat Underground is threatening violence if their selection isn’t officially selected. Question there becomes, how many of these morons will actually head out to break, burn and assault? If they’re so willing to openly commit vote fraud, what inhibitions will these clowns have against taking another step?

And let us not forget the grievance-mongers, for whom everything is an excuse to “take some of what I’m owed”. Barack Hussein I Am Owed This Obama losing the election will be prime excuse material for those parasites.

And the Nation of Islam and every islamist jerk in the world: “See! The evil white crusader Christians conspired to prevent Obama from taking his place in the world!” Etc. Think they’d have many inhibitions about staging A Summer in Paris in NYeffin’C? Or Chicago? Or Los Angeles?

And may I suggest something else to worry about: what if The Obama wins? Some of these clowns are going to take that as virtual license to riot and burn in celebration. Got a McCain/Palin sign in your yard, a sticker on your car? In some places, be ready for damage as they celebrate.

Let’s see, Evil Party members have been playing “The last two elections were stolen!” victims for years and threatening all kinds of violence; the Obama cultists are liable to take anything short of a landslide victory as evidence the eeeeviilllle right-wingers are coming after them; the professional victims and enablers will use his loss as an excuse for more demands for blackmail and ‘no justice, no peace’ demands that rioters and rapists and arsonists not be punished; and, especially considering the absolutely disgusting levels of bias and falsehood the major media have shown themselves to be willing to stoop to, you know that they’ll be making excuses for damn near anything of the kind: “Since The Obama’s victory was stolen, can you blame them?”, etc.

Few days ago I caught part of Glenn Beck’s show on CNN. Among other things, had a segment on the FBI and other agencies monitoring the internet for ‘militia’ and other groups and individuals showing upset over the current idiocy and theft going on in government; “They are looking for warning signs” and so forth*. Beck ended that with a heartfelt “PLEASE, keep things under control, don’t do anything hasty or bad”(he’s been hitting that frequently lately), which is all very nice; I wonder if he’s asked if the Obama and DU kool-aid drinkers and associates are being ‘watched for warning signs’? And, referring back to our ‘triple-layer edited and fact-checked’ media, the fact that if any of the Dummies attack people and burn things the ‘right-wing militia types’ who fight them(i.e., anyone trying to keep the bastards from burning things and beating people) are going to be portrayed as ‘vigilantes taking the law into their own hands’. In suitably breathless terms, of course, while asking why the Feds aren’t ‘cracking down on these militia people/right-wing nuts/current term for ’. Some freelance socialist breaks into a home and attacks someone and gets shot and he gets portrayed all too often as the choirboy who was ‘murdered’ by the victim NOW; what happens if the major media has co-religionists to defend? It’ll be “The fascists attacked the peaceful protesters who were expressing upset after losing the election.”

I very much hope none of this crap happens; I very much fear it will, in some places.

*Beck, referring to the people ‘keeping their eyes on’ the ‘net, asked the guy(retired FBI weenie) if the people doing the watching, considering the political climate, might let politics influence them. The weenie informed him that ‘in all my years, all the fine agents I worked with, none of them would do that’. Which, considering the crap that’s come out about FBI and ATF the last few years, makes me think he either
Worked only with paragons of virtue his career,
Is blind, or
Is lying.

I tend to go for the last two.

In what passes for 'news' today,

when I opened up AOL last night it noted that one of the most prominent celebritutes, Miley Cyrus, was openly flirting with an 'older man'. In front of her mother, who apparently did nothing about it.

I have to say 'apparently' because I did not read this crap. First, I have no interest in Miss Cyrus or her activities, though I do worry about what other girls that age and younger are getting from it. Second, I just wonder what friggin' moron decided this was news?