Saturday, September 27, 2014

If all police officers

(Via The View From The Porch)

Chris Hernandez, we'd have a much more pleasant country.  And a lot less cop-bashing on Teh Facebooks and Da Blogz and elsewherz.  All of which would be a Good Thing.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Still stealing

Probably will be for a while.  But with stuff that is this good, why not?

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hey, when you got nothing to say, steal from others

For a number of reasons, it's been a heck of a week, and the next week or three promise to be the same.  I'm beginning to wonder where I go to get my life back.

At any rate, via War History Online, here's a fun video of a guy shooting an M1 Carbine at 250 yard targets--in a heavy wind, no less.  If you watch carefully in the latter parts of the video, you can actually see the bullets in flight they are moving so slowly by that point, and I swear that I can actually see them arching in flight.  It's one of those totally useless things, but fun to try.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Why the heck not

I wasn't going to add to the collective 9/11 word play on the Intertubz today, but here at this late hour, I've figured "Why the heck not?"

The terrorists have won.   Srsly.

If you don't think so, let's take a little tour.

  • As a nation, we have collectively surrendered huge swaths of our civil rights to laws with warm and fuzzy names like the "Patriot Act".  
  • We have sat unknowingly by while shadowy government agencies built surveillance networks that the Stazi only dreamed about in their wettest of dreams--and we only found out about them when one guy bravely came forth to expose them, and was hounded to the ends of the earth by that same government for revealing their secret.
  • We have allowed our police agencies at all local levels to arm themselves as if they were invading Fallujah on a bad day--and then we're all surprised and butthurt when they actually make use of their new toys.
  • We have allowed agencies at the federal level to form their own police agencies, just in case the EPA needs a SWAT team to visit your farm to check out a mud puddle that they think is a wetland.
  • We parade through airports in our stocking feet, wearing sweatpants and t-shirts so minimum-wage goons can line us up to do things that would be considered sexual assault in any other venue.
Do I need to keep going?  I can, but it does get wearying, so I won't.

We did all these things because we are, collectively, failures at one simple task--we cannot take responsibility for our own lives and our own safety.  We can't collectively "man up" and handle reality.  We want someone to step in and do it for us, because it's hard.

Of course it's hard, you morons.  Do you think that it was easy for the men and women on the Mayflower?  How about the first Americans--the ones who crossed the Bering land bridge?  Do you suppose the Vikings had it easy?  Or the Romans, or the ancient Chinese or the Incans?  It's always been hard, and it will always be hard.  Even with all our technology, it is hard to buckle down and deal with the ugly reality that the world really doesn't give a single shit whether you live or die.  It's up to you to go out and take your living.  You have to work and you have to earn it.

At least you had to.  Now, we have a population where half the people have learned that they can vote to steal from the other half, and there are no--zero, none, nada, zilch--ramifications to doing so.  This situation won't last long, of course, but while it does, let's party!

And while many of these things started long before September 11, 2001, the events of that day have moved those trends along at a break-neck speed that few would have believed.  I remember when the Berlin Wall fell and so many of us thought "Well, damn, now what?"  And we sort of coasted through the 80s and the 90s, and then BLAMMO!  2001 showed up and we had burning buildings collapsing and a whole new war to deal with.

Except it wasn't the war we were sold on September 12.  Not by a long shot.

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Quietly, now

Someone may be back to blogging.  Let's just take it easy lest we startle her.

Monday, September 01, 2014

What? No books? No bikes? No boom sticks?

Nope.  Tam of The View From The Porch has decided to call it quits as far as blogging goes.  She's fine, but fed up with some real world nonsense that revolved around that portion of her literary efforts.  Damn shame, because she was always worth reading.

Getting to be a little lonely in the old blogosphere these days.  Maybe some of those pundits are right, and maybe blogging is a dead end street in a dying neighborhood of the Internet.  Oh well, at least my house is paid off.  :-)