Saturday, December 30, 2006

Sic Semper Tyrannis

The state motto of Virgina applies equally to this:

Saddam Hussein's Brutal Reign Ends in the Gallows

We can argue for days on whether we should have invaded Iraq, if we're fighting the war as it should be fought and so on. But anyone who wants to argue whether this is the just end for a murdering tyrant who butchered his countrymen and plundered the country for the good of himself, his family and his supporters just needs to move on down the road.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Say What?

(Via Publicola)

This may fit in the category of "Christmas Miracles"--NPR (yes, National Public Radio) has done a story on the 100th anniversary of the 30-06 cartridge. Of course, the story does come from Wyoming Public Radio, not the people in Washington.

You got to love the sound of that '03 Springfield bolt.

Monday, December 25, 2006

This is not your normal cheery Christmas fare

(Via The Smallest Minority)

Peggy Noonan has, as she is in the habit of doing, hit another one out of the park--and it isn't even baseball season.

I mean I believe there's a general and amorphous sense that things are broken and tough history is coming.

I believe that Ms. Noonan has got it just right. It explains a lot of what we see these days--the mindless and sometimes random violence, the "I got mine" mentality, the brainless hedonism of our young, the rush to hock one's future to have the McMansion and similar other behaviors we see on a daily basis. It also explains a new emphasis, in some circles, in preparing for an uncertain and troubled future--from laying in guns, ammo and food to investing for an expected market/dollar/commodities/whatever crash.

One can imagine the Romans behaving similarly in the waning days of their empire.

Ms. Noonan posits that many in society have no clue what is going on--they're just looking forward to the next paycheck and the next trip to Wal-mart. Others sense that something is wrong, but can't figure out just what. A few know what's up, and are just enjoying as much as possible before it all blows up. Some know and are preparing to survive it if possible.

And a few are actively working to see that it doesn't happen at all.

An interesting question to ask yourself is which category you fall into--and which one would you rather fall in? Christmas night tends to be a somewhat introspective time for me, and this seems to be a tailor-made subject for it.

Merry Christmas

Here's wishing you all a Merry Christmas. I hope you all have a warm, dry place to sleep and good food to eat. But remember the one who spent his first night in a barn.

1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

(Luke 2:1-14, KJV. From