Saturday, February 23, 2008

Sometimes, a man just has to call 'em as he sees 'em

(Via the Drudge Report)

GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz has offered his opinion on the religion of global warming, and the Perpetually Offended are, well, offended.

Mr. Lutz has answered them on his blog, and he's pretty unapologetic. Good. There's far too much political correctness out there as it is, and his attitude is something I think we could use more of. We should be more concerned about provable facts, not about the emotions of a small but highly vocal group who is convinced they are the anointed who will lead us from our carbon-besmirched darkness.

Oh, and Mr. Lutz? That new Camero? That's a hottie!

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Regular or Extra Crispy?

The 5-month-old was dropped off at his parents' house on Feb. 4, strapped into his car seat. Eight days later, he was found in the same position, said Peoria County State's Attorney Kevin Lyons during a bond hearing for the parents.

Yeah, I know what the Eighth Amendment says about "cruel and unusual" punishment. But could it be one or the other?

Score one for the Navy

A missile fired from a Navy ship struck an ailing U.S. spy satellite Wednesday night and probably succeeded in destroying a toxic fuel tank on board. (Don't miss the slide show.)

Nice to know the system works as designed, and perhaps better than designed. Kind of leaves all those "It can't be done!" sorts with a bit of free-range egg on their faces, though.

However, some countries had expressed doubts about the operation, with some such as Russia characterizing the operation as little more than a thinly veiled arms test.

Well, duh! Of course that's what it was. Face it--the odds that the fuel tank would have survived reentry were likely minimal. This was a good operational test of some advanced capabilities in a real-world situation. I suspect it was also to send a message to some of our not-quite-enemies.

It will be interesting to see how the message is received.

Edit, 2/21/2008 1435: Wired had a link to the navy video:

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

And now, it's time for the enviro-nuts to eat their own

(Via Timebomb 2000)

In an environmental dispute seemingly scripted for eco-friendly California, a man asked prosecutors to file charges against his neighbors because their towering redwoods blocked sunlight to his backyard solar panels.

*snort* *snort* *GUFFAW*

Folks, I once predicted to a friend that eventually the Pee-Cee crowd would turn on themselves. It's starting, and none too soon.

That's gonna leave a mark

For those of you not familiar with it, The Shooting Wire is an excellent, three times weekly email service that will help keep you clued in on the comings and goings in the firearms industry and the shooting sports. However, I think the best part is Jim Shepherd's editorials. Today's case in point:

Meanwhile, with the District of Columbia v. Heller decision only three weeks away from the tentative date for oral arguments in the United States Supreme Court, the anti-gun groups continue their frantic lobbying to help put as much pressure as possible on the Supreme Court justices – and contributors. Following last week’s horrific shooting incidents, the “usual suspects” in the anti-gun movement hardly waited for the police to arrive on the scene before screaming the shootings were made possible by “gun show loopholes” in current laws. They never seem to tire of making the same hysterical arguments in the face of events that have proven the pro-gun position that armed citizens are seldom chosen as victim groups. Unfortunately, well meaning dunderheads who want to support a kindler, gentler society continue to pony up the funds that enable fear mongering and firearms to be a profitable business. When it comes to the point that CNN is running special reports asking what could be done to get the criminally insane off the streets and comes up with the answer that the law isn’t doing much, it’s apparent even the liberals are tiring of acts of random violence from people proven to be dangerous to themselves and others. Virginia Tech’s Cho was cited as one of the worst failures of the mental health system, having been declared dangerous by a judge, yet not able to be permanently committed or treated due to regulations that force mental health professionals to release loons back into society. If I were an “advocate” for the mentally unstable and had defended the right of a crazy person to go back on the street and commit another crime – including murder – I’d be taking a hard look at my job choice.

You tell 'em, Jim.