Saturday, December 13, 2008

Again, there's all kinds of stuff out there to read,

like a nice piece on the difference between alpha male and predator threats.

Atlanta put together a police oversight board after the death of an old lady brought to light what a mess the PD was running, and the PD wants things changed so they can hide things from the board.
The city law recently enacted to create the review board gives the board “full access” to police reports and documents. Police officials are asking the city to allow them to only turn over documents and information that are public record, which is minimal when an investigation is ongoing.

If the change is approved, it would essentially allow the police department to withhold most information from the Citizen Review Board until after the department conducts its own investigation
Why, you ask?
Hagin said he and the department are pushing for the changes because they fear that the Review Board doesn’t have the experience or the resources to conduct investigations.

Investigations are fluid and constantly changing, he said, and the department worries that turning over police reports early would cause the review board to rush to judgment before knowing all the facts, Hagin said.

“For us, I think it’s better if we do our investigation in a reasonable period of time and then turn it over to them,” he said. “At the end of the day, I think the board is going to be impressed with the kind of work [the internal affairs unit] does.”

Umm, the same internal affairs unit that apparently couldn't or wouldn't do squat about the clowns until this death brought the whole mess into the public eye? Yeah, I think they'd be really unimpressed with that unit.

This has all the earmarks of the kind of "We'll give the board what we decide it needs to know and see" bullcrap that's poisoned things in many places over time. I'm hoping this gets stomped on. As should be pointed out, if the IA unit had been doing their damned job right, the murder of Mrs. Johnston would never have happened, and neither would a lot of other crap.

Oh, and ALL you cartridges suck! Just like all your guns do!

The Brillianter guy points out that sometimes what is, of itself, a non-lethal action can be cause for a lethal response.

The other day it was noted by many that lots and lots of news weenies, the kind who seem to be able to excuse democrats and socialists(or is that completely redundant, nowadays?) for pretty much anything, seemed to be working on the Gov. Blagojevich(Theiving Slimeball-IL) defense by talking over and over about how he must be insane. The definitely do not want to talk about the simple fact that he pushed the limits as he did, did the things he did, because he figured he'd get away with it because that's how it's done there. It's such a corrupt, inbred mess that the other day someone referring to a former alderman said something like 'it would be an insult to call him an 'alderman' because he was honest!' When you have people coming out with statements like that, it's a clue- in case you need one- of just how dirty things are. Blagojevich isn't insane; he's a fairly standard-issue IL/Chicago politician, crooked as hell and expecting to get by with crap like this.

I think that about covers it. All I've got time for, anyhow.

It occurs to me that I didn't mention the day that Kim

stopped blogging.

I went by his place most every day, and if I missed one I always went back to see what I'd missed. Sometimes agreed with, sometimes not, but most always interesting to read. His pissed off yelling and bitchingwise words on matters will be missed.

So along with the general dirtbagginess of Blago,

he also ripped off money earmarked for conservation:
In an unprecedented move to reduce Illinois’ budget deficits, the Illinois Legislature passed a bill authorizing Gov. Rod Blagojevich to sweep $18 million from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, including $9.25 million from dedicated conservation funds, which are primarily generated through the sale of hunting and fishing licenses, stamps and permits...

...sweeping them would cause Illinois to lose $15 million in federal funds that would be used for wildlife conservation. That loss would continue annually, until the swept funds were restored, so this action does nothing to solve the state budget deficit.”

Ah, but it gave him more money to use as he chose, so it's worth it. To him and his buttmonkeys, at least.

Speaking of Blago's general scumbagginess, the gentleman also points out
Blagojevich delivered these remarks while standing outside the Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago...

...which, as it turns out, is the very same hospital that Federal prosecutors allege was secretly threatened by Blagojevich with a loss of $8 million in state funds, earmarked to reimburse doctors who treated Medicaid patients. The reason? Blagojevich complained that he never received a contribution from hospital CEO Patrick Magoon to the tune of $50,000

It should also be noted that Blago, one of the biggest gun-grabbing GFWs out there, had a state Firearms Owners Identification Card, which he had to surrender. Gee, why would someone who hates firearms and the people who own them, and has 24-hour police protection, need one, hmmmmm?

Hear, Hear!!!

We have people with absolutely no qualifications whatsoever screwing with American businesses and there is no way to stop them because they live in districts where everyone is retarded like San Francisco or areas of Massachusetts. In a just, capitalistic world, Barney Frank would be living on the streets covered in his own excrement, but instead he gets to screw up business after business with no accountability because apparently he lives in a district where the citizens are constantly being outsmarted by squirrels. Then there’s the senile old curmudgeon Murtha who can call is own people stupid racists and they still vote for him because they’re brain dead (and probably stupid racists).

Friday, December 12, 2008

A few things to note this evening

Some comments on the idiotic disarmament laws in India: how they came about, and the cost now of them.

Why a lot of jobs have gone away, and more will.
"But pay them with WHAT? Liberals seem to be clueless as to where "the money" comes from. They love to tax, regulate and redistribute wealth -- all the while decrying the very profit motive that created it -- something they do not understand. If they did, they would not naively insist that a business that is out of money, out of customers and out of credit stay open so as to pay employees."

Commentary on the moronic whoreship* of that mass-murderer Che.

The remote-control gun turret: the option with a bang!

Why the spec-ops guys tend to scare hell out of the bad guys.

And Ace has a LOT of stuff on the mess in IL, and the connections between a lot of interesting people.

*Well, 'worship' just doesn't seem the right word for the idiots who adore that deceased dirtbag.

Well, I wonder if CVS was feeling

some heat?
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Cargosquid pointed this out in the comments; being the lazy sort I am, I'd probably not have noticed it myself as I have a bad habit of forgetting to check back.

It may have just 'expired', or they may have decided some people saying "If you're going to promote this crap, you'll do it without my money" was enough of a publicity problem to dump it. Whichever, it's gone.

It is not good to get home and find the phone dead

Especially when you're one of the dinosaurs still on dial-up. It's worse when you call the trouble-reporting number(mobiles do have their uses) and the first thing you hear is a recording 'We are experiencing high call volume, responses to your call may be delayed.' Worse yet to finally get to 'your phone will be repaired between 0830 and 1800 tomorrow.'

But it's up now.

Not that I'd have done a lot yesterday; it was son's birthday, and since he found time in the busy schedule we went to dinner. Although, even with his age and experience, getting an answer out of him...("I don't care if you're younger and in the Army, if you don't give me a 'yes' or 'no' I'm going to beat you with a club!")

Went to Zorba's, Mediterranean food. Nice place, good food, and really the first time we'd been able to sit & talk since he got in on leave. Among other things learned: yes, thermite works to set a canal on fire(the growth around it), except when Sergeant Dumbass tries it.

More later.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Theo had a picture

I suggest slightly different wording because, as a guy said in comments "Criminals and politicians; what's the other group?"

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Threat indicators

James often has very useful information on self-defense matters. The other day he linked to this very nice post on things to watch for:
A common topic in law enforcement training circles is the detection of something called "pre-assaultive threat indicators". In any police contact, officers are trained to look for physical cues that serve as "early warning signals" that a person may flee or become combative. These same cues can be useful in the civilian world as well. Being able to identify body language that indicates an imminent attack can give you the opportunity to, at best, "beat feet". Or at worst, allow you to preempt the attack with a defensive measure.
Aside from the usual gripe about the use of 'civilian', this is a very good piece. Go take a look.

Well, it appears the FBI & Justice Dept. can actually still

investigate corrupt politicians.
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, have been arrested and charged with a multitude of crimes involving everything from a “pay to play” scheme for state contracts to his attempt to sell the open Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama in exchange for “financial considerations” for the governor and his wife.

Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald calls the breadth and depth of charges “staggering.”
“They allege that Blagojevich put a ‘for sale’ sign on the naming of a United States senator; involved himself personally in pay-to-play schemes with the urgency of a salesman meeting his annual sales target, and corruptly used his office in an effort to trample editorial voices of criticism.”
Well, miserable little tyrants really don't like being criticized; it's bad for their self-esteem, you know.

And this is Illinois, after all:
But all of this occurred in the state of Illinois, where the arrest of Blagojevich makes it four out of the last seven governors arrested and charged with wrongdoing while in office.

Consider this last bit:
These are not the actions of someone who had a grasp of the enormous legal trouble he was in. The fact that he was so reckless and cavalier about his wrongdoing may indicate either a soul so corrupt that right and wrong had no meaning for him or he was suffering from delusions associated with his office so that he may have thought he was untouchable.
You have to remember, this is Chicago, IL. He was probably pissed that he was being investigated at all on the previous stuff; after all, that's the way it's done in Chicago. He was probably figuring that with all the connections, if he was indicted, there'd be a way found to throw it out or get him some deal in exchange for being quiet about all the others involved in it.

I guess you could say the spirit of Capone lives on.

Now if they can just bother to investigate Frank and Dodd & Co....

Crooked politicians and the people who buy them

Scientists have discovered a lotion that can save the lives of U.S. soldiers exposed to chemical weapons — a product vastly superior to the standard-issue decontamination powder.

Naturally, the Defense Department wants to scrap the powder and switch to the more-effective lotion.

But there's a problem: After being lobbied by the companies making the powder, several members of Congress pushed through two earmarks worth $7.6 million that forced the military for the past two years to keep buying the inferior product.

The product, known as M291, is made from a resin sold exclusively by a Pennsylvania chemical company, which is then processed into powder by a New York company, then assembled into individual kits at a facility in Arkansas.

Among the lawmakers who championed the earmarks are Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y.; Arlen Specter, R-Pa.; and Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.
After the large purchases of resin, the military didn't include funding for M291 kits in its budget because the product was being phased out, Bryce said.

But members of Congress had different plans. Staffers for Sens. Clinton and Schumer met with Daniel Kohn, president of Truetech, a Riverhead, N.Y., company that mixed the powder from the resin and produced the kits.

"In self-defense, we've gone to our representatives in Congress and we've said: 'You know, let's lay our cards on the table — we're in business to provide a living and jobs in your district,' " Kohn said in a recent interview.

Clinton, Schumer and others added a $2 million earmark to the 2007 defense bill, instructing the military to buy M291 kits
As Sondra put it, no, you little bastard, you're in business to make a profit; just because somebody makes a better product doesn't mean your entitled to have a bought politician force people to buy your stuff.

And please note that that miserable jerk Specter is also involved in this mess.

Ok, Rangel has various legal and ethical violations

hanging over him, but
Yet, on Tuesday, Rangel himself said that Pelosi has promised him continued chairmanship of his powerful committee.
Yeah, they're really going to deal with him correctly. If by 'correctly' you mean 'give him a light slap on the hand and kiss his ass in apology'.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Ammo test, cast bullets

in .303 and 7.62x54r.

Well, I said I'd get it done later.

Using the bullets from the Lee mold, run through the .311 sizer(mainly to seat the gas checks). Half loaded with 2400 powder, the other half with Unique(which Very Helpful Commenter has had good results with). I used the P14 and the #4 MkI rifles I'd slugged the bores of. All shot at 30 yards at H&H Range(the outside range is closed Mondays). First, the P14 with 2400
Quite nice. Now, with Unique
The vertical stringing is probably my problem; not the most stable of rests. The one high, looks like something weird happened and that one keyholed; I'd have to call it an anomaly as everything else left nice round holes. Both powders put right on point of aim with this rifle.

Now to the #4, with 2400
Again, first round high, I'm guessing from an oily bore, and in this case well below point of aim; not unusual. With Unique,
the group was further down; yes, I did forget to cut out the section below(it was taped on a bigger target), the group was maybe slightly larger.

I'd also found the use of a Russian M44- bore unslugged- to try the 7.62x54 on. I found that I'd not put up enough targets, so after shooting the Unique loads(on the right), I held at the center of the bottom edge of that target, and cut out & saved the 2400 group.
Not bad at all, with both hitting the same distance below point of aim.

So, with proper .303 and .7.62x54r bores, this bullet works very nicely.

And yes, when I went out earlier I did cast more of them. Among others.

I need lead.

My, there's a lot of crap out there today

I took a couple of rifles to the range to try the .303 and 7.62x54 cast bullet out further, I'll have a report on that later. Right now, with the bores wiped with cleaner and sitting, I'm browsing around.

Balko has two things. One is a sting run on a police department:
The trap was set and less than 24 hours later, the Odessa narcotics unit raided the house only to find KopBuster’s attorney waiting under a system of complex gadgetry and spy cameras that streamed online to the KopBuster’s secret mobile office nearby.
That has the potential to get real interesting. And, quite frankly, I wouldn't mind seeing such things done in a lot of places. Especially with crap like that noted in his other piece:
Lima police apparently aren’t as concerned. When told of the Lima News investigation, police spokesman Kevin Martin said, “That means 68 percent of the time, we’re getting guns or drugs off the street. We’re not looking at it as a win-loss record like a football team does.”
When a department has that kind of attitude toward no-knock SWAT raids, that means that department has a serious, first-class problem. The kind that gets people killed and causes the citizens to think of the cops a more of an occupying force than a law enforcement organization. These clowns, and a lot more, need to be reined in. Right now.

Various liberals are upset that The Obama isn't loading his cabinet with commie-level progressives. Including this prime piece of idiocy:
“There don't seem to be any liberals in Obama's cabinet,” writes John Aravosis, the editor of “What does all of this mean for Obama's policies, and just as important, Obama Supreme Court announcements?”
There are, among others Hillary Clinton and Tom Daschle in that cabinet, and they're 'not liberals'? You do tend to wonder what these people are smoking.

Awww, the poor little NYEffin'T writer is mad because a mere plumber has dared to write a book:
The unlicensed pipe fitter known as Joe the Plumber is out with a book this month, just as the last seconds on his 15 minutes are slipping away. I have a question for Joe: Do you want me to fix your leaky toilet?

I didn’t think so. And I don’t want you writing books
Well, Mr. Egan, there's a slight problem: he doesn't care that you don't want him to write. Neither does anyone else outside your little circle of jerks. Go read what Tim Blair has in response, it's well worth it.

As my last item right now, I have to note this demonstration of insanity(or stupidity, or a combination thereof) from Andrew Sullivan. This (fill in the blank, I can't think of a proper word) is still chasing the 'Trig is not Sarah Palin's son!' idiocy around the tree. Hell, his own STAFF says he's lost it on this. At this point, I think he shouldn't be allowed outside without being on a leash; he's liable to wander into traffic.

And on that happy note, I'm going to cast some bullets.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Several things to note

Son is off with friends, so I'm sitting here all alone and browsing around, and found some stuff.

You know, he does kind of have that look...

I'd not heard of Cherry River Blog before, but Joe Huffman had a link to this on the Mumbai attack. One part:
The overwhelming characteristic of this attack was the dependence upon there being both an unarmed citizenry and an almost-unarmed, and unaggressive, local police and security apparatus. These attackers knew full well they faced no opposition whatsoever, a concept fully borne out in the real-life results. They were able to land, advance, control territory, move freely, and command local conditions with veritable ease. There was no opposition. They had practically nothing to fear, in terms of the success of the terror attack.
I'm reminded of this article from (fG)Britain a year ago on what disarming the honest has done; one of the important paragraphs:
We are so self-congratulatory about our officially disarmed society, and so dismissive of colonial rednecks, that we have forgotten that within living memory British citizens could buy any gun – rifle, pistol, or machinegun – without any licence. When Dr Watson walked the streets of London with a revolver in his pocket, he was a perfectly ordinary Victorian or Edwardian. Charlotte Brontë recalled that her curate father fastened his watch and pocketed his pistol every morning when he got dressed; Beatrix Potter remarked on a Yorkshire country hotel where only one of the eight or nine guests was not carrying a revolver; in 1909, policemen in Tottenham borrowed at least four pistols from passers-by (and were joined by other armed citizens) when they set off in pursuit of two anarchists unwise enough to attempt an armed robbery. We now are shocked that so many ordinary people should have been carrying guns in the street; the Edwardians were shocked rather by the idea of an armed robbery.

And from a current article:
For anybody who still believed in it, the Mumbai shootings exposed the myth of “gun control”. India had some of the strictest firearms laws in the world, going back to the Indian Arms Act of 1878, by which Britain had sought to prevent a recurrence of the Indian Mutiny.

The guns used in last week’s Bombay massacre were all “prohibited weapons” under Indian law, just as they are in Britain. In this country we have seen the irrelevance of such bans (handgun crime, for instance, doubled here within five years of the prohibition of legal pistol ownership), but the largely drug-related nature of most extreme violence here has left most of us with a sheltered awareness of the threat. We have not yet faced a determined and broad-based attack.

The Mumbai massacre also exposed the myth that arming the police force guarantees security. Sebastian D’Souza, a picture editor on the Mumbai Mirror who took some of the dramatic pictures of the assault on the Chhatrapati Shivaji railway station, was angered to find India’s armed police taking cover and apparently failing to engage the gunmen

With Zimbabwe going into the toilet trap, with cholera now helping things along, Mostly Cajun takes note of what Mugabe and socialism has done to the place. I'll add, Mugabe lost the first election and(as I recall) made so many threats and screamed so much to people like Jimmy Carter that a second election was held. Despite the first having been noted a remarkably clean. And, of course, Mugabe won the second. Maybe this marxist jackass would have come into power later anyway, but still... I'd hope Carter felt shame for what he'd helped along here, but I don't think he's capable of either shame or thinking he ever did a thing wrong in his life.

Speaking of the son, somebody pointed me to this
which does remind me of something; namely, his mother calling/writing me to note "Your son did/did not/won't (fill in the blank)." To a lesser extent there were "Your daughter" calls/e-mails, but for the most part it was son. The last while it's been "There's another box here for your son" when something he ordered arrived.

As an aside, this is another marker of how much things have changed. In WWII and Korea, a letter from a relative in the war zone was a happy thing, and you might get one fairly regularly- as in every few weeks- depending on where stationed, etc. Vietnam, pretty much the same. And so on, until now you can get e-mails from an FOB in Outer Bugtussle and an occasional phone call. Amazing, isn't it?

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some ammo to load.

It seems H-S Precision has issued an "We're sorry you're

dumb enough to be offended"-type non-apology. And Lawdog notes the history(if you're not aware of it all) that made this testimonial so upsetting to so many.

Back to cast bullets for .303 and 7.62x54

Had the chance to slug barrels on a #4 MkI Enfield and a P14, both with very nice rifling. The #4 showed a bore just a fraction larger than .309, the P14 .309". Both much tighter than the #1 MkIII I tried the cast bullets in; I'm looking forward to seeing how the cast loads shoot in them. Considering the bore of my M39 slugs out at .310" as I recall, and shot quite nicely with them, I think these other two will work nicely with the loads.

If you've not heard of it before, slugging the bore means pushing a soft lead slug down the bore so you can measure the exact diameter across the grooves. In this case I used pieces of 00 buckshot. Grease the bore, tap the shot into the bore at the muzzle and then carefully drive it all the way through. Catch the slug at the breech end and you can use a caliper or micrometer to measure it. Ideally you want a very soft lead to make the job easier, I've heard of a lot of people using small fishing sinkers to do it; I actually had the buckshot so I used that. I have a long brass rod I used to drive them through. One guy suggested get a dowel rod just small enough to fit the bore, cut into 6" lengths; get the slug started, tap on the first piece until it's down to the muzzle, then use the second piece, etc. That method does work nicely. If the bore is smooth, once the slug is started it should push the rest of the way without much difficulty.

Just some Sunday morning stuff I ran across

First, if The Obama thinks this is unproven and wants to kill it, he's far more stupid/defeatist/on the other side than I could have believed. As Ace points out another successful test of an actual deployed system; no matter how much the 'we should be defenseless to show our good will' morons whine, it won't change that.

Let's see, Insty notes that Rep. William Jefferson(Corrupt Evil Party Slimeball-LA) lost his reelection bid. The fact that the Evil Party didn't disown him, indeed defended this clown, tells you all you need to know about it. The fact that a lot of voters, knowing of the evidence against him, still wanted him back in the office, tells you just how stupid a lot of voters are. And the fact that a bunch of Stupid Party members howled and whined with Jefferson when the FBI showed up with a search warrant for his office("Our offices are more sacred than your homes, after all!") tells you a bunch of these clowns- on both sides- have been in DC far too long.

Ace also pointed to this editorial, which I can't really argue with.
Enough. After the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, the plane downed in Pennsylvania, the endless suicide bombings, shootings and rocket attacks in Israel, the Bali bombings, the synagogue bombing in Tunisia, the LAX shootings, the Kenyan hotel bombing, the Casablanca attacks, the Turkey synagogue attacks, the Madrid bombings, the London bombings, and the repeated attacks in India culminating in the Mumbai massacres – among literally thousands of others – it's about time that the West got the point: We're in a war. Our enemies are determined. They will not quit just because we offer them Big Macs, Christina Aguilera CDs, or even the freedom to vote. They will not quit just because we ensure that they have Qurans in their Guantanamo cells, or because we offer to ban "The Satanic Verses" (as India did). They will only quit when they are dead. It is our job to make them so, and to eliminate every obstacle to their destruction.
Terrorism is a tactic; the destruction of anyone and any nation that doesn't fall into line with the religious beliefs of the islamic terrorists is the strategy. And everyone better take note of this. I know, with our media often doing everything it collectively can to ignore/cover up that there's a serious religious- specifically Islam- backing to the terrorists, it's difficult at times. Especially with the 'PC at any cost' morons willing to excuse anything done by anyone(except us). As
Oh, I don't know about that. In fact, you'd be hard pressed from most news reports to figure out the bloodshed was "linked" to any religion, least of all one beginning with "I-" and ending in "-slam." In the three years since those British bombings, the media have more or less entirely abandoned the offending formulations – "Islamic terrorists," "Muslim extremists" – and by the time of the assault on Mumbai found it easier just to call the alleged perpetrators "militants" or "gunmen" or "teenage gunmen," as in the opening line of this report in The Australian: "An Adelaide woman in India for her wedding is lucky to be alive after teenage gunmen ran amok."
Kids today, eh? Always running amok in an aimless fashion.
The veteran British TV anchor Jon Snow, on the other hand, opted for the more cryptic locution "practitioners." "Practitioners" of what, exactly?
Hard to say. And getting harder. For the Wall Street Journal, Tom Gross produced a jaw-dropping round-up of Mumbai media coverage: The discovery that, for the first time in an Indian terrorist atrocity, Jews had been attacked, tortured and killed produced from the New York Times a serene befuddlement: "It is not known if the Jewish center was strategically chosen, or if it was an accidental hostage scene."

Are they stranger or weirder than their killers? Two "inflamed moderates" entered the Chabad House, shouted "Allahu Akbar!," tortured the Jews and murdered them, including the young rabbi's pregnant wife. Their 2-year-old child escaped because of a quick-witted (non-Jewish) nanny who hid in a closet and then, risking being mowed down by machine-gun fire, ran with him to safety.

The Times was being silly in suggesting this was just an "accidental" hostage opportunity – and not just because, when Muslim terrorists capture Jews, it's not a hostage situation, it's a mass murder-in-waiting. The sole surviving "militant" revealed that the Jewish center had been targeted a year in advance. The 28-year-old rabbi was Gavriel Holtzberg. His pregnant wife was Rivka Holtzberg. Their orphaned son is Moshe Holtzberg, and his brave nanny is Sandra Samuels. Remember their names, not because they're any more important than the Indians, Britons and Americans targeted in the attack, but because they are an especially revealing glimpse into the pathologies of the perpetrators
Read the whole thing, it's worth it.

And, speaking of slimy little dirtbag terrorists- and incidentally, why the New York Effing Times is going down the toilet- we come to William Ayers, liar and slimy little terrorist. As Jules notes,
In fairness, maybe Ayers should be allowed some parsing. Just because Ayers started a terrorist organization, postured a bit, used a lot of heated rhetoric, carried out symbolic acts of extreme vandalism against monuments to war and racism, and then other people who are part of his group, making other mistakes of excess and similarly suffering imaginative failure, killed people, does that really make Ayers a terrorist?
If you're not a NYEffingT progressive apologist and miserable excuse for a reporter, the answer is YES. Add in the fact that this "I didn't kill anyone" pimple on the anus of humanity was preparing to set off antipersonnel bombs at a dance at Fort Dix on the night that bad design(Ayer's design, let us not forget) or carelessness or good luck for everyone else caused his little minions to blow up the Weather Underground safe house, and the answer is HELL yes.

Ayers, if you ever read this, you suck. You're a murderer, a terrorist and a slimeball of the lowest order.

On happier subjects, have spent a bit of time with the son so far. He's been seeing friends and generally enjoying being home for a bit before heading to see the wife(yes, there's a reason he hasn't yet headed for her so fast there's a slight vacuum left behind). Just a little talk about stuff that happened in Iraq; I won't push it, he wants to talk about stuff we'll get to it.

It's kind of odd; he's mid-20's now, he's travelled to many places and seen and done many things(hell, my The General series that's been to Iraq and back has travelled further than I have at this point), but on some points he's still the kid. No, I don't try to treat him like a kid, he's definitely not one, but some of the kid still shows through. To me at least.