Friday, November 06, 2009

And now I have something to say

After a day of watching and reading the news, I have a few thoughts. Some will call me simplistic; others will call me worse. To hell with them all.

Devout Muslim we're told, possibly mentally ill we're told. Neither is an excuse for the actions of Nidal Malik Hasan.

Supposedly the "good doctor" didn't want to go to Afghanistan. I suspect few really do. But they man (or woman) up, go anyway and do their jobs. You see, it's what they signed up for. No one with an IQ over that of a turnip, who has joined any branch of the military since 9/11/2001, could think otherwise. Surely you've heard about the war? It's been on all the TV news....

But instead of holding up his end of the bargain,
Nidal Malik Hasan decided to grab a gun or two and go kill a bunch of infidels. Sure, he didn't say that, but it's damn funny that not one of his victims identified so far "looks like him".

Some say that this isn't terrorism, not really. Hasan was just another in a long line of nutballs who decided to settle their score with life using a gun on people who had never done them any harm. I call "BULLSHIT!" on that one at the top of my lungs. For years, we have seen similar acts in Israel and they have been labeled "terrorism" by anyone with a shred of intellectual honesty.

No, it can't be terrorism, not here, not at home where we don't have to carry guns (according to one mealy-mouthed sorry-assed excuse for a general whose miserable name will never be uttered here). No, we don't have terrorism here.

Tell that to 3,000 dead on 9/11/2009. Tell that to the 13 additional victims of another terrorist who have just joined them. Just how many more have to die before we can be honest with ourselves? Whether we like it or not, whether it's politically correct or not, there seem to be a lot of people, all of a certain religion, who want us dead. The sooner we figure out that they take that seriously, and that we'd better take it seriously as well, the sooner this is going to be over.

Is
Nidal Malik Hasan a sleeper agent? Is he a cell of one? Is he simply yet another "deeply disturbed individual"?

We don't know the answer now. It's possible we may never know, but since this one has been taken alive, I have hope. There have been too many other incidents
in recent years involving Muslim men killing large numbers of non-Muslims to blithely believe that this isn't terrorism.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

What to say?

Sources Identify Major as Gunman in Deadly Shooting Rampage at Fort Hood

Not sure what to say about this just yet; too little hard information is public. There are things about it that raise my eyebrows (more than just the "mass shooting" aspect does).

I guess it's just time to pray for the dead and their families.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

SC man gets 3 years in prison for sex with horse

It's going to suck to be him in the hoosegow.

A South Carolina man caught on video having sex with a horse was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison after pleading guilty for the second time in two years to abusing the creature.

In South Carolina, the legal term for this transgression is "buggery". I don't know why, but I can't say that word without smiling. It sounds so...something.

"I've been through hell for the last year and it's caused a lot of hardship," Kenley told the newspaper. "There's a lot of ridicule and jokes going around about this thing. And a person can only take so much."

Not to mention the horse.

(Yes, I know, what scumbag did was wrong and I do feel sympathy for the lady and her horse. But the whole thing is so Theater of the Ludicrous that I simply have to laugh.)

Assumes?

More like they're counting on it.

The health care reform bill awaiting debate in the House assumes millions of workers and employers would rather pay $167 billion in fines than purchase or provide adequate coverage, according to a recent analysis...

Much as "gun control", which was more about control than it was guns; "health care reform" is not about health care or reform. It's about giving the government unprecedented power over your life.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Score that one as an oowie

Despite the interesting political news of the day (and here's hoping that if gets much more interesting as the evening progresses), I'm just not in the mood to blog. I had to have dental work (I cracked a molar, and they did a temporary crown today to hold me while we figure out if it will also be a root canal to go with it), and now that the Novocaine and whatever else have worn off, I'm just not in the mood to blog.

What I am in the mood for is painkillers. Paging Dr. House....

Monday, November 02, 2009

Sometimes the news is not the story

The Charlotte Observer breathlessly reports "The number of concealed weapons permits issued in South Carolina has risen sharply this year, state records show, as people worry about crime and their right to bear firearms."

OK, so that rates a "Well, duh!" Applications and grants of concealed carry permits have went through the roof all over the United States. Some people are finally getting the message that "911 is government sponsored dial-a-prayer".

But the good part of that article is the comments section, which is just full of gunny goodness. "Actually, my "grandma" (wife) prefers a Kahr PM 9 for carry and 20 gauge Mossburg pump resting beside the bed with 6 #1 shot in the mag. She says a .45 is to hard to hold to get the second tap center mass :-)"

I love some good snark first thing on a Monday morning. It just puts a shine on the whole week.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Internet strangeness

Has anyone else noticed that strange doings are afoot on the old Intertubz this weekend? Gunbroker had availability problems, Timebomb2000 is staggering under a DDoS attack and a general traffic slowness?

Akamai's Real-time Web Monitor shows attacks are up all over the place--26.27% as of this writing. On the other hand, SANS Internet Storm Center reports all is well.

Anyone have any insight?

Great stuff on sale

(Via the Signal Podcast on Twitter)

Firefly DVD set on sale for $12.99.

You of course realize that this would make an excellent Christmas gift.

Well, this is a first

And it isn't one I'm happy to have occur. However, I think it's important to point this out for your edification.

As the three long-time readers of this blog know, I add folks to the blogroll because I find what they have to say interesting in some way. Conversely, they fall off for the same sort of reason--they cease being interesting. Usually.

There have been two, and soon to be three, cases where someone was booted for other reasons. I've never said who or why up until now, and for the first two, I still won't.

But I'm going to tell you exactly why I'm booting Mad Ogre. Since he doesn't do permalinks to posts, I'm going to quote the entire thing. It was posted on 10/30/2009.

Email:Hello,I just found your blog about a month ago,and have been reading it daily now. I have a question about your problems with vehicles/transportation. From having read your blog,I gather that you try to be prepared for any eventuality that may arise. My question is;why can't you repair your own vehicle(s)? If someone wants to survive,they will need every skill they can learn. can you make parts for your guns from scratch and repair/rebuild them? Vehicles should be the same for a prepper as a gun,or any other facet of survival,a tool to be learned about,and utilized for the survival of one's family/clan. Not being able to repair your own vehicles could put you and your family at a [severe] dissadvantage......could even cost your lives. I have a rebuilt long block and spare transmision and differential ready for each of my vehicles. Should the need arise, I can have an engine in and running in one long day.” I can do a lot with many vehicles. I've rebuilt engines too, but that was in a shop full of tools. I don't have such a place. If I had a shop full of tools, that would be great. But I don't. Neither do I have the means to fabricate the parts required to facilitate modern automotive repair. I can't build an Engine Management Computer or a new Fuel Air Mixture Sensor. That's why I like my old Chevy truck. Unfortunately I don't have the engine hoists, and the required tools to take care of what is wrong with it... I can't pull it out and tear it down to the bare block. And I'm not too worried. If I'm in a situation where the balloon is up, chaos is abundant, and it's life or death that I get a vehicle – I'm getting a vehicle. All those questions you asked... nice. I'm happy you are a Mechanic. I'm not. I don't do my own Medical Procedures either. I'm not a surgeon. And I don't get emails from Doctors saying I should know how to reconnect torn blood vessels, because it might save my life one day. I don't make my own eyeglasses either.

However, yes, I can and have made parts to repair guns, That's so I can boost your car once you fix it. Cheers!

There you have it. Unedited, in his own words, own font, own everything.

I can understand his point about not knowing every possible skill one could need to survive post SHTF. There simply isn't that much time available, and it's why groups and communities will survive and the lone wolves will probably not.

However, Ogre has said, in a loud clear voice, that in the event of An Event, he is going to turn raider. He will take what he needs from others. "...I can and have made parts to repair guns, That's so I can boost your car once you fix it."

I'm not sure just where he lives, but I know if I were his neighbors, I'd be very wary of him. Not just if something big happened, but right now. He's announced to one and all just how he will act if it comes to him versus you.

These are the sort of people who you will have to worry about on SHTF Day + 1. You may want to consider how you will address this issue, because you may have an Ogre for a neighbor, and not even know it.