Friday, September 01, 2006

The ATF jackboots stomp again

(Via Wolfesblog)

OK, so if you've read my blog or any of the other gunblogs, you know the story of
The Great KT Ordinance ATF Raid. The latest installment is at JPFO.

People, if you aren't awake, the you'd better wake up soon--or the nightmare will continue.

Survivalism 101

(Via TB2K--lots of good stuff there today)

It seems that people outside of the "normal" survivalism groups are getting interested in being prepared for the coming Bad Times. The Peak Oil folks are starting to think about how to survive in a world where cheap and abundant energy is a thing of the past. It's interesting reading, even though they have a lot to learn about retreat locations (A swamp?) and so on. They make an excellent point about personal-level agriculture, although I'd like to argue it with them.

Welcome to the Dark Side, folks. Good to see some new faces.

And the winner of the Way Cool Award for this year is...

(Via TB2K)

...Skunk Baxter! Many of you will remember Skunk's guitar work for Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers. But Skunk can also design missile defense systems.

I kid you not. Oh, and don't miss the Steely Dan videos, either.

But will MoveOn and company move on?

(Via Drudge)

Even the uber-liberal Washington Post has had enough of the Valerie Plame foolishness. Their op-ed piece on the possibility that Richard Armitage possibly being the person who leaked (inadvertently and without malice, apparently) her identity leads off with:

It turns out that the person who exposed CIA agent Valerie Plame was not out to punish her husband.

and finishes with

Nevertheless, it now appears that the person most responsible for the end of Ms. Plame's CIA career is Mr. Wilson. Mr. Wilson chose to go public with an explosive charge, claiming -- falsely, as it turned out -- that he had debunked reports of Iraqi uranium-shopping in Niger and that his report had circulated to senior administration officials. He ought to have expected that both those officials and journalists such as Mr. Novak would ask why a retired ambassador would have been sent on such a mission and that the answer would point to his wife. He diverted responsibility from himself and his false charges by claiming that President Bush's closest aides had engaged in an illegal conspiracy. It's unfortunate that so many people took him seriously.

My. my, my. Will miracles never cease?

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Sure, I'll play

The Smallest Minority has accepted Zendo Deb's open invitation to borrow her book meme. And since both of them have made it open, why the heck not.

1) A book that changed my life: My Side of the Mountain. The book that started me down the survivalism road.

2) A book I've read more than once: Unintended Consequences. The book that was a close runner up for Question #1.

3) A book I'd take to a desert island: How to Survive on a Desert Island--if there is such a book. I want to live to tell the tale.

4) A book that made me laugh: Anything by Lewis Grizzard.

5) A book that made me cry: Can't recall one.

6) A book I wish had been written: Anything by Robert A. Heinlein, David Drake, William Gibson or Harold Coyle.

7) A book that should never have been written: Anything Faulkner. Anything.

8) A book I'm currently reading: The Bridge at Remagan by Ken Hechler. My dad was in Company B, 27th Armored Infantry Regiment, 9th Armored Division.

9) A book I'm planning to read: The Ringworld Engineers by Larry Niven.

10) Five people I'll send these questions on to: Nope, don't play that. I'll just make it an open invitation as well.

The check is in the mail

News.com is reporting that Michael Chertoff, Homeland Security overlord Secretary is promising that our privacy will be respected as we carry out the War on Terror.

"As we have broadened information sharing, we have made sure that there are strict rules in effect...that prevent people from misusing that information or putting it out improperly," he said. "That's built into the DNA of this and all of our intelligence-sharing capabilities."

No offense, Mr. Secretary, but we have a long history of our government promising exactly that, then promptly paying no attention to the promise. Why should we believe you this time? This won't be one of those "destroy something in order to save it" routines, I hope?

Of course, we already have some evidence *cough* NSA domestic surveillance *cough* to the contrary, so it's not a large hope.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Head scratcher

(Via This Is True)

Now here's an interesting online quiz, the "Belief-O-Matic"--answer 20 questions and find out what religious faith you're most in agreement with. My score:

1. Bahi'i Faith (100%)
2. Orthodox Judaism (100%)
3. Unitarian Universalism (100%)
4. Liberal Quakers (91%)
5. Islam (88%)
6. Reform Judaism (88%)
7. Theravada Buddhism (82%)
8. Sikhism (81%)
9. Mahayana Buddhism (79%)
10. Jainism (76%)
11. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (76%)
12. Neo-Pagan (71%)
13. Secular Humanism (70%)
14. New Age (63%)
15. New Thought (62%)
16. Hinduism (61%)
17. Orthodox Quaker (61%)
18. Nontheist (58%)
19. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (58%)
20. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (51%)
21. Eastern Orthodox (51%)
22. Roman Catholic (51%)
23. Scientology (51%)
24. Christian Science (Church of Christ, Scientist) (46%)
25. Jehovah's Witness (40%)
26. Taoism (37%)
27. Seventh Day Adventist (33%)

Now if I just knew what to make of this.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Carnival of Cordite, Number, ah, well...ahem

OK, OK! It's Number 69!

Given all the "chicks with guns" items lately, I guess you people have you minds in the gutter full-time, huh?

.sig

(Link via The Mountain Man. Dude, when are you going to start your own blog?)

If you've been around computers long enough, you know what a .sig file is and what a signature is. (Hint--it has nothing to do with signing your name.)

Coolsig has some classics you might remember from those days. Here's a few of my favorites:
  • When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend.
  • I love to give homemade gifts... which one of my kids do you want?
  • DOS is Unix's retarded younger brother.
  • The big difference between UNIX and VMS: To do anything on UNIX, you need to know an obscure command. To do anything on VMS, you need to know an obscure option to SET.
  • A nerd is someone whose life revolves around computers and technology. A geek is someone whose life revolves around computers and technology, and likes it!!
And to end this post:

No trees were killed in the creation of this message. However, many electrons were terribly inconvenienced.

Yep, I disappeared again

Back well-rested from overuse during the actual move of The Freehold, I've been working on the "customization" necessary to create The Freehold V2 out of the new house. I'm hiring out a lot of the heaviest work, like dropping 13 90+' pine trees.

(The story on those is that this property was once part of a large farm. During the 1930s, for reasons no one can remember, the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) planted it in pines, also for reasons lost to time. 75 years later, the trees have been cut with the salable portions sent to the mill. Somewhere around here, a new home will have a little bit of my new home in it. Kind of cool to think about it that way.)

I've done things like roof repair, drying out the basement and applying a water-proof (I hope) coating to keep it dry, some minor landscaping work, building shelves and workbenches, rewiring the cable TV, installing a new wireless Ethernet network and so on.

And of course, holding down the day job that pays for all this.

Needless to say, I'm back to being way too busy. I just wanted both of the faithful readers to know that I hadn't dropped off the face of the earth--or fallen off the roof.