Saturday, December 06, 2008

What an incredibly crappy non-apology

(Via The War on Guns)

H-S Precision, the gun culture fools de jure, has issued a non-apology. What a bunch of spineless losers. Dear H-S, you're still on the list. I would probably have never bought one of your guns, but I will make damn sure I don't buy one with any of your parts. Remington, CZ et al, are you listening?

We can still laugh

(Via Timebomb 2000)

An oldie but goodie. I never saw this one.

News for global warming fetishists

The Drudge Report is just full of global warming-related items today. Good thing, since my little area of the world has been experiencing lower than normal temps for the last, oh, 3 weeks. (The firewood supply is disappearing faster than I expected. I am uncomfortable with that. Next year, we ramp up the supply by another third.)

Item One is cow farts and pig belches. No, I haven't regressed to being a 13 year old boy, I'm serious. The EPA is proposing a tax (they call it an "annual fee"--smells like a tax to me) on farm animal gaseous output. Based on the article, I'm not sure how the money will be used to fight global warming. Probably by paying for the bailouts of GM and Ford, grumble, grumble.

Item Two is that Gwinnett County, Georgia wants to impose a $500 fine for those who don't recycle. They assure the residents that it will be used only for the serious recycling scofflaws. Given how RICO and various computer crime and anti-terror statutes have been misused in recent years, why does this smell like cow farts revenue enhancement to me?

Item Three is that climate scientists say that 2008 will be the coolest year in a decade. Even though their own graph suggests that the current "warm spell" is ending, they say that this doesn't indicate anything. Except that if the religion of global warming becomes discredited science, a lot of climate scientists are going to find themselves unfunded.

Now excuse me while I go throw another piece of wood on the fire.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

How to build Stonehenge

(Via The Mountain Man (Get a blog!) and The J-Walk Blog)

Un-freaking-believable. I'm always in awe of people who solve problems with elegant simplicity.

DIY infrared video camera

Here's a do-it-yourself video camera that operates in the infrared wavelengths.

Night Vision Camera - Amazing videos are here

As a bonus, you get instructions on an infrared flashlight to use to provide the light source.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

We caught a break

Saxby Chambliss has won his Senate race in Georgia. This means that the Democrats will not have a supermajority in the Senate.

This gives us a precious bit of breathing space, assuming that the Republicans will hang together rather than separately.

Snark from Fred Thompson

I got a link to the latest video message from Fred Thompson yesterday, and almost ruined a keyboard listening to it. I wanted to blog it, but I couldn't figure out a proper link to it or how to embed it. Major Chuck has. Funny and oh-so-true stuff.

Edit 12/4/2008: Courtesy of one of my readers (thank you kindly, AK), we can see it here via the magic of YouTube:

You have to love it.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Adapting the new to service the old

(From pdb via Tam)

How to carry M1 Garand en bloc clips in web gear meant for other things. If you own SOE gear, you're all set, but the idea would be child's play to adapt to other sorts of web gear.

Shut up already!

Bush, Bernake and Paulson speak; Dow drops 680 points. Do you think that silence might be golden, guys? Seriously, however, I have noticed something--most days when a bailout or possible bailout is mentioned, the market is neutral to up. If any of these guys speak on the subject of the economy, the market is almost sure to tank. I think Wall Street doesn't have much faith in their pronouncements. I can't imagine why.

In related news from the same link, I'm sure we're all pleased to be officially notified that we've been in a recession for the last 12 months. Really Sparky--what was your first clue?

Based on current trends, expect economic Bad Things through the winter and into spring. With luck, summer may see a bottom, some unknown number of quarters of holding our own, then a very long road back up to what I would hope is a much healthier economy.

Be aware, however, that an Mumbai-style incident on US soil will throw that prediction into chaos. You will also need to watch the actions of the Big O and Team O. Drastic actions (perhaps in any direction) will cause problems. Also keep an eye on what the rest of the world is up to. We're all interconnected at this point, and it might be stupidity from outside that brings us down.

The world economy is at a tipping point, and the politicians are desperately trying to perfect a balancing act while on stage. While I sincerely hope they figure it out, I urge you to take whatever actions you can to protect yourselves and your loved ones. Beans, bullets and band aids are still (and always) good advice, but you also need to look after your finances. Hedging into precious metals (silver is good; gold is better) at this point seems to be a good idea from where I stand. Stay primarily in cash right now, but buy precious metals on any substantial dips in price if you're fully stocked on the 3 B's.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

A big voice in Blogland goes silent

Kim du Toit has posted his final words. While I respect his decision, I hate to see him go silent, right when we need our best voices.

Enjoy your life Kim, and I hope that some day you'll change your mind.

Let me see here...

(Links via the Drudge Report and FOX News)

So, 10 terrorists were able to carry out the attack in Mumbai, India where they left bodies in piles in two luxery hotels. It took almost 3 days to get the last one. The Taj Hotel had prior warning, and took several ineffective security measures. Armed police, who could have taken early action, failed to do so. The terrorists were, once again, Islamic fanatics. And for some idiotic reason, President Bush declares that the terrorists "will not have the final word" and is sending in...the FBI?

It seems that the more things change, the more they stay the same. With all the money that has been spent, with all the inconveniences we must tolerate in the name of "The Forever War on Terror" and in spite of all the abridgments of our civil liberties, this could have happened here. It would be harder for the terrorists, but anyone who doesn't believe that it would be a trivial exercise to smuggle 10 determined men and sufficient weapons and ammunition to replicate this right here in the US is deluding themselves.

It's time, and past time, to stop playing around with terrorists. Stop it with the security theater, and start taking concrete actions. Tracking down every remaining member of this organization, along with their families, and removing them en masse from the gene pool would be a good start. You can start with this bastard and his extended family.

I've said it before, but I'll belabor it again: These people can not be reasoned with, nor can they be negotiated with. They want to see all of us dead or converted to their world view. Our choices are simple--convert, die or teach them that we are going hurt them grievously every time they're foolish enough to attack us. They'll never love us, be they can be taught to fear us.