Friday, September 28, 2012

Probably very light on the posted bitching

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 collective purpose.[1] To accept that the Second Amendment serves a collective purpose, however, is not to concede that it is merely a collective right. 

Consider, 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 about.”

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.


Sean D Sorrentino said...

I heard about the Rule of LGOPs when I was in the 82nd Airborne. I don't know how much it predates me, but I heard it at Division Review practice, I think in 1993. The General who was going to give a speech during the actual Division Review told us all to sit down and he told us about the Rule. We thought it was hilarious, and probably pretty true.

I imagine that a night mass tactical jump into a hot DZ would be pretty much a cluster. We'd never link up with our actual unit, so we'd just form little squads and go shoot anyone we didn't recognize. That's pretty much what happened at Normandy. And pretty much every other WWII drop.

Luton Ian said...

Nurdy dancing's piece on the prepsterous lie centre is very revealing,

Grigg, (pro libertate) has a good piece up (I've not read a bad one by him) from a few days back about the lie centre swooping in to propagandise in favour of cops against the "sovereign citizen" movement, but ignoring the killing of black kids by cops:

"When a “Sovereign” kills a police officer, the SPLC – speaking on behalf of the entire police state apparatus – commands us to mourn and rend our garments. When Officer Erik Sammis guns down a 12-year-old African-American, or Barack Obama slaughters an Yemeni-American teenager with a drone-fired missile, the SPLC maintains a reverent silence in the face of what it must regard as the sacramental exercise of the government’s transcendent authority – while it quietly adds names to its ever-expanding roster of dissidents and heretics."

Luton Ian said...


Last night I was looking for Euphrosinia Kersnovskaya's picture book story of her 18 years in the GULAG,

and I found this about the prolonged partizan conflict against the Soviets in post WWii Lithuania

The last Partizan came out of hiding in 1989!

"Partisans, or "forest brothers" as they called themselves, were found in all three Baltic countries, but it was in Lithuania that the major groupings were found. It was also here that the really huge death tolls came. It is considered that 22,000 partisans and 70,000 soldiers from the Red Army and NKVD were killed in Lithuania alone, this in addition to the approximately 60,000 Lithuanians who died in Siberia during the early post war years."

a few cool photos of partizans too

Bob said...

Looking forward to seeing the pics of the finished guitar. Is there a worry that the additional coats will interfere with the tone of the guitar? It's not a problem with an electric, obviously, but an acoustic is a different matter.

Firehand said...

I found a flake of the original finish(had saved a couple, all but this one disappeared); according to my micrometer it's .001" thick. What's on the guitar now is, near as I can tell, well below that thickness, so I don't think building it up a bit more will be a problem