Saturday, April 14, 2007

A quick prediction

I haven't had time or inclination to comment on the subjects of Don Imus, the Paul Wolfowitz business, the secret White House communications system/gazillions of emails missing/Karl Rove is the devil incarnate or any of the rest of it. Neither have I had time or inclination to comment on Nancy Pelosi's interesting trip to Syria. I've been busy doing more important things, like planting bushes. All of these non-stories are just more of the same old political theater and I'm tired of it.

I am going to take time, however, to make a prediction. Given the amounts and tenor of legacy media coverage on these various stories, I predict that it is now open season on conservatives in America. Expect to see more and more shrill name-calling, more demonization of conservatives and conservative ideas and more demands for conservatives to resign for the least little "offense".

A quick scan of the legacy media while looking for links to these "stories" shows that I'm not the only person expecting this. FoxNews has a video report (that unfortunately I can't figure out how to link to) on this idea as well. I suspect there are others.

This is how the Left/liberals work. Like sharks, when there is blood in the water, the frenzy begins. Be prepared to defend yourselves.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Words of Wisdom

The LawDog brings us this on the subject of laws, peace officers, gun store clerks and knowledge.

Yeah, I know that "gun store clerks" and "knowledge" rarely go together, but go read what the man has to say.

Clueless at this end

(Via Drudge)

I've never understood how a defensive military system can be seen as a provocation.

Would someone please explain this to me?

The "rabid, rabid Republican" gets to have his say

(Via Drudge)

"I'd just like to know why she has such hard feelings to me," he said. "They say they're for poor people."

You know, Mr. Johnson reminds me of a lot of folks I know around my part of the state--sitting on some very valuable real estate that has been in the family for decades, unwilling to sell because it's home.

Mr. Johnson is, however, a realist. He's listed his property for sale for $1.6 million, and he notes the Edwards are quite welcome to put their money where their mouths are and buy his "slummy" property.

There's also something else interesting in the story, almost a throwaway. However, I view it as a statement on privilege and Edwards' "Two Americas".

The day they (The Edwards Family--FH) looked at their property, the couple and several Secret Service agents parked on his land and walked across the street into the woods.

Johnson approached the agents and asked what they were doing on his property. "The Secret Service let me know it wasn't my concern," he said.

Hm-m-m. The privileges of wealth and power plus the arrogance of government at its finest. There's a shocker.

Justice is (finally) served

Some days, things happen that give you hope this country is salvageable. This is one of those days, and this is one of those things.

All sexual assault, kidnapping and other charges have been dropped against the three Duke University lacrosse players indicted for raping an exotic dancer, North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Wednesday.

I have to take my hat off to Roy Cooper and his staff. They did the job. And they did a number on that asshat Nifong, as well:

The players and Cooper blasted District Attorney Mike Nifong — who originally indicted the players for rape — for overstepping his power as a district attorney, saying the "rogue" prosecutor had "pushed ahead unchecked" in this case.

"There were many points in this case where caution would have served justice better than bravado," Cooper said. "This case shows the enormous consequences of overreaching by a prosecutor.

Wow--I bet that left a mark. So, ah, Mr. Nifong--just what is Plan B? You know, what are you going to do after you get disbarred?

Monday, April 09, 2007

Where was Jack when the lights went out?

More importantly, where will you be if the lights go out--especially if they go out for more than a few hours or a few days? Bear in mind that when I'm speaking of this, I don't mean where in the geographic sense. I mean where will you be--in the dark or in the light?

I'd venture that most people are good to go for a few hours darkness. They have a few candles stashed, and a flashlight or two. Heck, they may even have a working flashlight or two.

Far fewer will have lights after a few days. No matter how carefully husbanded, the batteries get used up and the candles get burned up. As the last little bit of candle gutters, Jack will soon be left in the dark. Not a comforting thought.

There will be those few who have prepared in depth, and have various sorts of lanterns, supplies of fuel, stocks of candles and so on. They will have light for weeks, months or years. But again, no matter how frugally used, it will all be used up. And then, friend survivalist, where are you? In the dark.

Maybe you really prepared in depth, and have stored candle making supplies, and are able to collect fat and render tallow, or you have bee hives where you can gather wax. Or you have some source of vegetable oil, which can be used for lamps. It's a lot of work for not much light, but it's better than being in the dark, right?

But what about electric light? Wouldn't it be great if you had good old-fashioned, before the collapse electric light? Think ahead now, and you can--and you can have it for many years with a little planning and a moderate investment of that green paper we laughingly call "money".

You will need a solar panel, a charge controller, batteries for storage, wire for transmitting the power, and lights to make use of it. All of these things are available now, delivered to your door. You can also buy parts of the setup locally. If you're fortunate, you can buy it all locally.

First, you need to determine how much electricity you need to make. In order to keep the cost down, think small. In this scenario, we're interested in keeping a few lights on, plus some surplus power for ni-cad/ni-mh battery charging. Again, nothing fancy--no TV, no refrigerator, and no air conditioning. No incandescent lights, and very few fluorescents--you're going to living the LED way. This has the benefit of being parsimonious with power, and takes advantage of the fact that LEDs have lifetimes of roughly 100,000 hours. (If you burn an LED for 6 hours per day, it'll only last a tad over 45.6 years. Trust me, the lights will outlast most of the other components of this system.)

Size your panel or panels appropriately. Buy a spare if you can. (Murphy will be livin' large after TEOTWAWKI.) Then buy an appropriate charge controller and a spare for that. Buy a few spools of appropriate wire and suitable fittings for connections and such. Find 2 or 3 RV/trolling batteries and buy them. If you can find somewhere that will sell your dry batteries, buy them and the necessary electrolyte solution (spares, again). Then, hardest to come by, find some strings of LED Christmas lights--white ones, as they will be easiest on your eyes. Assemble as needed.

Depending on your level of handiness, some of this, such as charge controllers, can be home-built. Shop carefully, and you can find many of the other components on sale occasionally. (If you're really frugal, you can find a lot of this used or as salvage.) Work at it, and you'll have a decent small solar setup for $500 or so. Not cheap, but not a budget buster if you do it a bit at a time. And if the worst happens, you'll have lights and enough power for a radio, scanner and a CB/FRS/GMRS/ham setup for communications.

Obviously, this is not meant to be a treatise on solar power. You can Google that up for yourself. But I hope it's caused you to think, and add yet another thing to your long list of supplies to acquire and things to do.

John and Elizabeth Edwards--good neighbors?

(Via The Drudge Report)

Elizabeth Edwards says she is scared of the "rabid, rabid Republican" who owns property across the street from her Orange County home -- and she doesn't want her kids going near the gun-toting neighbor.

Edwards, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, particularly recalls the time neighbor Monty Johnson brought out a gun while chasing workers investigating a right of way near his property. The Edwards family has yet to meet Johnson in person.

"I wouldn't be nice to him, anyway," Edwards said in an interview.

Now bear in mind the guy's a "rabid Republican" because he supports the well-known RINO Rudy Giuliani for president. Oh yeah, and he's an evil gun owner, who actually had the temerity to carry his legally owned weapon when he was confronted by a group who appeared to trespassing. Spare me, Mrs. Edwards. If I'm investigating some suspicious types here at The Freehold, I'll be carrying one of my legally owned weapons as well. I may have been born at night, but it wasn't last night. It takes the sheriff more than a few minutes to get to my neighborhood if things go bad.

Apparently, this will have a happy ending, at least for the Edwards. Johnson, whose family has owned the property since the Great Depression, has put the place up for sale, in part due to high Orange County taxes and in part bacause "I don't want to live somewhere where someone's always complaining about me."

If it was me, it'd be more like a case of "There goes the neighborhood."