Thursday, August 19, 2004

An upbeat note

(Via Worldnet Daily)

Occasionally, I find something that gives me hope that all is not screwed up in the world. This is one of those somethings.

A white soldier whose life was saved by a black serviceman in 1942's segregated army had a chance to give back, and he did, weaving an unlikely story of chance encounters and human decency.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Arrested? They ought to get a medal and a chance to finish the job!

You catch some pervert in a tree, pants around his ankles, watching your 5-year-old daughter who's asleep in her bed. You and some loyal friends drag the perv out of the tree and beat the living crap out of him. (I could do without the sexual assault with the tree branch, but in the heat of the moment, I can see how you might get carried away.)

Meanwhile, police said that citizens should not take matters into their own hands .

"To take matters into their own hands like they did was just way, way beyond reason," North Royalton Detective Jay Drake said.

Now of course, there are several court cases that state the cops have no duty to protect you. (Look em up yourself, it's late and I'm tired. They're out there.) But you can't take matters into your own hands, oh no, Joe Citizen!

Out in the West, ranchers have a saying: Shoot, shovel and shut up. They have their reason...

What Julio-Claudian Roman Emperer are you?

Fun quiz. I took it and...

you are augustus caesar
You're Augustus, the first emperor of Rome. He had
a lot of drive and skill, possessing a
respectable spirit and the ability to persuade.
His wife was alwasys in his ear, she has a
BIGGER persuasive spirit. He's a God.

Take it yourself. Dare ya to...

Gun-grabbers at it again

I had a heck of a day looking up things on the WWW today. Didn't find what I was looking for, but I found a lot of other stuff. For example, the latest hand-wringing, bed-wetting, wing-flapping, sky is falling drivel from the Brady Campaign (may they find themselves in a dark alley with people who wish them ill).

Take a stiff drink, put the breakables out of reach and read this piece of idiocy.

Leg-humping barking moonbats indeed. And yes, I've already surfed the Armalite site, and I think I'll be paying a little visit to my local dealer. AR-10 or AR-15? Decisions, decisions--any comments from the readership?

Thanks, Brady Campaign, for bringing this great offer to my attention!

A lie or "situational ethics"

I was looking on the web for something else entirely and ran across a great opinion piece in the Illinois Leader by Joyce Morrison. It's titled "Situational ethics" - lies that sound nice.


If something was a lie, it was called a lie. Now we call it "situational ethics."

In election years, we hear a lot of "situational ethics."

The ethics of today permits you to tell the story to fit your situation regardless if it is the whole truth and in spite of its potential impact on someone else.

I wonder if Hanoi John Kerry is listening?

Read the whole thing. For that matter, look over the entire site. There's some interesting (and infuriating) things happening out in "fly-over country".

Vernon Blake update

You may remember my note on Vernon Blake last month. In the current "This Is True", Randy Cassingham returned him to my consciousness, and I checked over his updated website. Mr. Blake had his final hearing with Alabama state officials on August 10, but has not heard back from them on a decision.

So, good people of Alabama, there is still time to ride to the rescue of one of your own, who has your interests at heart. Call your elected officials, and put the pressure on them to right the injustice done to Mr. Blake, and punish the officious fools who treated him in this manner.

Sunday, August 15, 2004

Jenny, I got your number...

(Via mensnewsdaily)

Those of us who are children of the 80s (OK, so I had an extended childhood--sue me) are going to love this one:

867 5309 - Jenny gets her number

Talk about a song you can't get out of your head...

A little hacking, anyone?

(Via Drudge)

With little fanfare, the Federal Reserve will begin transferring the nation's money supply over an Internet-based system this month...

The NY Post has this article on the Fed's plan to use an Internet-based system to transfer currency between banks. The old, MS-DOS based system, working over a private network, moves $1.8 trillion per day.

I guess Greenspan hasn't read the news lately. I'm getting reluctant to use my credit card over the Internet, and we're going to trust our entire banking backbone to it.

We edge closer and closer to the abyss each they said in the Gremlins 2 movie, "We're advising our clients to stock up on canned goods and shotguns."

Our Confederate Ancestors

(via WorldNet Daily)

Family diary tells story of kindnesses given soldier held in Civil War prison

Here we have an interesting (and interestingly enough, unbiased) story about a woman's voyage of discovery into her Confederate heritage. DeWitt Clinton Thomas is another of the Heros of the South, but rather than an unknown hero, he left his words and thoughts behind in a journal, which his great-great-niece Bertha Shiplet is preserving. I hope she makes it available in some form.

Considering that it comes from someone who lived the events, it can't help but be more accurate than the tripe our kids are served in the government "schools" today.

Tryin' to reason with hurricane season

(With apologies to Jimmy Buffet)

Well, here in my part of North Carolina, Hurricane Charley was mostly a rainstorm. But for others, it has been a killer storm. There are a couple of people blogging from the front lines:

Tammi, at Road Warrior Survival (gleaned from Blackfive)
Candy at Rants, Raves, and Other Useful Information (gleaned from Blogger)

I've also seen a Usenet post from the Myrtle Beach, SC area (basically an "all's well, minor damage but the tourists are returning") and received an email from a correspondent at Emerald Isle, NC with similar news.

Keep the folks in Florida in your thoughts and prayers. The American Red Cross is accepting donations, and for those of you who don't care for the Red Cross, The Command Post has a list of other organizations who are helping as well. Pick one and donate if you can.