and yelling the next couple of days or so, so to get some stuff out of the way:
Some thoughts on the 2nd Amendment, including
This wording - and there is no reasonable way around it - also
suggests through the use of the term Militia, the entire population of able
bodied adult males of an age to bear arms and organized or organizable into
groups of combatants, that the right to keep and bear arms is for a
To accept that the Second Amendment serves a collective purpose,
however, is not to concede that it is merely a collective right.
for example, the First Amendment, or rather those clauses of it concerned
with freedom of speech and of the press. These rights are exercised
individually, by newspapers, other media, the individual members of their
staffs, and individual citizens. Its purpose, on the other hand, is to
secure the liberty of the collective by giving widespread airing to even
unpopular or anti-governmental views.
There is, therefore, no obvious contradiction between the
exercise of an individual right and the service of a collective purpose. As
with freedom of speech and of the press...or of other guaranteed liberties -
free assembly, freedom of conscience through freedom of religion, the right
to have one's home free of spies in uniform, the one can serve the other
quite handily: individual freedoms, freely exercised, preserving the freedom
of the group and of each member in it.
I'm not all the way through this, so far it's interesting.
I'd not heard this before; I like it:
Some stuff I'd not heard about Morris Dees, of the SPLC; not in any way flattering.
Another nasty virus discovered in Africa.
A response to Samuel Jackson(NSFW):
A Democrat pollster has something to say about the MSM ignoring ethics, honor and duty:
“First of all, we’ve had 9 days of lies…If a president of either
party…had had a terrorist incident and gotten on an airplane [after
remarks] and flown off to a fundraiser in Las Vegas, they would have
been crucified…it should have been, should have been, the
equivalent, for Barack Obama, of George Bush’s “flying over Katrina”
moment. But nothing was said at all. Nothing will be said. [...] It is
[unacceptable] to specifically decide that you will not tell the American people information they have a right to know.
[The MSM] has made themselves the enemy of the American people. It is a
threat to the very future of the country; we’ve crossed a new and
frightening line on the slippery slope, and it needs to be talked
And someone else on the media not-, hell, AVOIDING any questions if they at all can:
There are so many unanswered questions, not just about Libya, but also
about Cairo. Who is it that Rice thinks “widely disseminated” this
“movie”? Surely she can’t believe that the Egyptian Coptic Christian who
made the video had the capacity or even desire to put it in the hands
of the people who did the inciting. Also, has the administration noticed
that the mob in Cairo, so spontaneously upset about the video, just
happened to be carrying an Islamist flag to hoist over our embassy? On
9/11. What a massive coincidence.
We know now that before the attacks on 9/11 that killed 3,000 Americans,
more attention should have been paid to attacks against the U.S.
overseas. These were warnings of what was to come. They say curiosity
killed the cat. In this case, lack of curiosity on the part of the American media very well may kill more Americans.
And last, in The Guitar Saga,
Having had a few days to dry, I looked it over very closely; the finish came out beautifully, but I fear it needs to be thicker. Count it as not researching/asking more questions sooner, but I assumed(I know, I know, shutup) one can would do it. May not take a whole second can, but I think it'll be a stronger, better finish if it gets a few more light coats building on what's there now.
The second can should be here tomorrow; I'll get some pictures and post them before I do any more spraying. I'll say this, it looks like new, better than it has in a long time. The further coats, a day or so to dry, wet-sand to level, a final light coat, then 6-8 days before can string it and see how the sound held up through all this.