Thursday, May 08, 2008

Something to consider

I would ask you to go here and watch the sideshow in the banner. Any company that thinks like this can have my business.

Am I evolving?

I'm constantly amazed at the places I wind up, and their effects on how and what I think on a given subject. A Computer World article on Asperger's Syndrome in IT professionals leads to a video by Amanda Baggs, which leads to a Google search on Amanda Baggs that leads to a Wikipedia article on her. From there, it's on to a Wired article on autism. And now, I'm forced to reevaluate my positions on several things, including autism, on my own mental makeup, and possibly that of my kids. Heck of a way to spend your lunch, I'll tell you that. My lasagna's cold already.

I installed a zillion CCTV cameras...

and I could only use them to solve 3% of crimes. But then, yours truly suspects it never was about crime solving anyway.

I wonder how the UK will play this news? Do you suppose they will dismantle this expensive boondoggle, or use the numbers as proof that they must "do more", and expand the system even further?

Of course, I believer that the private ownership of firearms and the ability to carry concealed, combined with the repeal of laws that render citizens liable to arrest if they defend themselves, would go much further toward solving the problem. (Pictures of some dead bad guys wouldn't hurt, either.) However, I can't see the UK nannies allowing anything like that.

It's a damn shame to have to watch the mother country sink into the muck voluntarily.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Not getting the message

In local politics, Randolph County (NC) voters rejected a sales tax increase in the May 6 voting. A disgruntled County Manager Richard Wells said:

We only have two ways to raise money. This was one and property taxes are the other. The people have just voted themselves a property tax increase.

Mr. Wells, you might need to get your hearing checked. They didn't vote for a property tax increase, they voted NOT TO HAVE THEIR TAXES RAISED! You butthead.

You have to wonder what it takes to get through to these people--especially the unelected bureaucrats.

McCain's problem

(Link via the Drudge Report)

In yesterday's primaries, 27% of Republican voters in North Carolina voted against John McCain, while 23% of Republican voters in Indiana pulled the lever for candidate "not McCain". Now remember, this occurred in primaries held after McCain has already picked up enough delegates to be the party's nominee.

I wonder if the party is listening? Sadly, I doubt that it is.

Monday, May 05, 2008

More Cavalry Arms news

(Via Pirate 4x4)

And yes, you should prepare to be pissed. (Why do you expect differently when BATF is involved?) The BATF is apparently auctioning off all of the inventory they seized from Cavalry Arms. Before a judgment, before a trial, before anything that looks like "legal process".

Welcome to the kinder, friendlier BATF under Mike Sullivan. Remember that the "Always Think Forfeiture" gang is not your friend , should you ever get that knock on your door.

(Edit: Be sure to check the comments on this one. Jed has some good info.)

Well, this will set off a firestorm

Providing, of course, people actually notice it:

Doctors know some patients needing lifesaving care won't get it in a flu pandemic or other disaster. The gut-wrenching dilemma will be deciding who to let die.

Now, an influential group of physicians has drafted a grimly specific list of recommendations for which patients wouldn't be treated. They include the very elderly, seriously hurt trauma victims, severely burned patients and those with severe dementia.

I'm impressed that the subject is actually being publicly considered at all, given its nature. Our American society is inclined to pull out all the stops to treat that sick child, even where the odds are 1 in a million against a cure. We don't euthanize our terminally ill, even when it would save them from extraordinary suffering. It goes against our sense of "fairness" to say that anyone, no matter what the situation, will receive less than every possible treatment in an effort to save them.

But in reality, we do this all the time. It's called "triage", and it isn't only about choices for medical care. We are practicing a form of triage every time we decide on Option A over Option B because B is too expensive, takes to long or is simply too much trouble.

I expect that this discussion, if it becomes widespread, will be very interesting to watch play out.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Your Sunday Firepower Video

Go Ugly Early--an A-10 provides some very close air support. Be sure to note the distinctive sound made by the GAU-8 cannon.



I used to stay way down in South Myrtle Beach in my younger days, just to watch these guys fly. The A-10 is a heck of an aircraft.

Freezing food

One method of storing away extra food for lean times is in the freezer. While not suitable for long-term storage (especially in a situation where power is unreliable/unavailable), in our current situation, where grocery prices seem to increase every day, it's a viable alternative, especially for things like meat.

Clemson University's Extension group has a Home and Garden Information Center full of handy information, including a guide to food storage in the refrigerator and freezer. I've printed out a couple of copies, one for the fridge and one for the freezer. You might want to consider doing the same for future reference.