Friday, June 22, 2018

'International community' fiction...

... is so obvious, this would be redundant if not for the need for the telling.

“The international community lies at the center of the Obama foreign policy. Unfortunately, it is a fiction. There is no such thing. Different countries have different histories, geographies, necessities, and interests. There’s no natural, inherent, or enduring international community.” – Charles Krauthammer.


My wife’s bachelor uncle lived in a two-room cabin in western Arkansas. When he died in 2005, we decided to find his guns, rather than leave them in the cabin. After searching most of a day, we found them wrapped in a shower curtain in the loft of the tractor shed/carpentry shop. Normal rural Arkansas – 16-gauge dbl bbl, .410 single shot, .22 single shot, Winchester 74. Food-on-the-table weapons. From my wife’s grandfather, a .32 S&W nickel plated (sort of) and a .32 rimfire Remington Rolling Block. The grandfather grew up in west Arkansas/east Oklahoma in late 19th century. Also found a S&W K Frame, 4” barrel, we didn’t know her uncle had. Right alongside an unopened quart of Jack Daniels. Still got all the guns.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Don’t drop the money when fleeing a robbery

“The man had just come from the Northwest Savings Bank in Sewickley around noon Monday.

“The suspect, Stephen Mattie, was allegedly running down the street with a bandana covering his face.

“He was reportedly dropping money as he ran down Locust Street before being stopped by a boxing coach who happened to be walking by.

“’He was fumbling money all over the place,’ said Jaryd Boyer. ‘I see some guy just coming down, masked up.’

“Boyer and his friend stopped him.

“’Just went up to him, grabbed him and my boy came up behind me and made sure he didn’t have a gun,’ Boyer said.

“Moments later, police arrived and arrested Mattie, who is facing robbery and terrorism charges.”

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Attitude, attitude, attitude

My first job after Vietnam was at an Army ammunition plant, making 2.75” warheads and 81mm mortar rounds. After a couple of weeks, the foreman came up and said his boss said he had a good worker in me. “Fact of the matter is,” the foreman said, “you’re working too hard. It makes everybody else look bad. You need to walk outside, take a break now and then.” I just looked at him. His supervisory attitude was why one man working “made everybody else look bad.”

Mystery animal not Bigfoot, lab says

By CAITLIN O'KANE CBS NEWS June 18, 2018, 3:32 PM

“In May, a large wolf-like creature was shot by a rancher in Montana, and its identity puzzled local experts and social media users around the nation. Was it a wolf? An unusual bear? Some even started speculating about Bigfoot or a real-life dire wolf from 'Game of Thrones.' A DNA test was ordered up to determine the animal's true identity -- and the results may be a disappointment for Bigfoot-hunters.”

Well, now, hold on just a minute. The creature was tested at a federal lab. A Fish and Wildlife lab, to be precise. Now, does Fish and Wildlife want some unknown creatures wandering around federal lands? That would lead to too many questions about other strange goings-on. Then, too, the animal is identified as a “non-lactating female.” But it weighed 84.5 pounds. A female gray wolf weighs almost 85 pounds? That is on the very high end of weight for a female gray wolf – 79-85 pounds.

No accusation of conspiracy. Just saying.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

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"Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to humiliate; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better.

"When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity.

"To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control.

"I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to."

-- Theodore Dalrymple

A simple rule of life: Play nice, but refuse to be silenced. (That's from me.)

Armored vehicle screw ups

Around 5 minutes is an armored bridge vehicle doing neutral steer on pavement, also known as a big-ass pothole maker.

Here is a rule for automobile drivers: Keep away from armored vehicles. Keep far away.

Some of the clips show armored vehicles operated properly on public highways.