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Guest post by Shel: War memoirs, dog books, and a couple of firearm-related items

The following is a guest post written by Commentariat member Shel. Knowing Amazon commissions were soon to plummet, he offers these books and other items — including some cool firearm-related gadgets — that you might find of interest. And will find at Amazon. You may not be quite as interested in war memoirs as he is. But you can purchase practically anything in the world via my Amazon links. When you enter Amazon through any of the links in this post or anywhere on the blog, everything you purchase during that visit will be credited to me. All Amazon orders…

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Sigh. It never rains but it pours.

… and I’m not talking about the Northwet weather. I’m quoting granny’s old maxim up there in the headline meaning those little old troubles that have a habit of pouring down on our heads in storms instead of mild freshets. I’m talking about car transmissions going haywire followed by news that’s going to take a machete to my blog income. Oh, Amazon. How could you? Actually, I can’t complain about Amazon — though I’m going to, anyhow. In its early days the Associates program (those links to Amazon I’m always going on about, links that provide this blog’s only regular…

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Idiot.

I walked to town with Ava as usual this morning. We were crossing the street to the post office when out of the blue, another dog pelts straight at her and launches itself against her side, biting at her flank and legs. This monster-wannabe is only about 15 pounds of dirty gray fluff, so the biggest danger here, other than infected puncture wounds, is that Ava will turn and snap the rotten beast’s neck. To her credit, Ava — who has a history of reacting sharply to other dogs — keeps her cool. Me, not so much. I’m cussing and…

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Thursday links

  • The FBI under Trump continues its proud history of fighting terrorism by busting hapless losers who couldn’t have done a thing without the encouragement, funds, and in this case bullying brutality by the fed agents themselves.
  • And let’s not forget our beloved ATF. Turns out it’s as corrupt on the “T” part of its name as is is on the “F”ing part.
  • “Live free or live in Massachusetts,” as some wag must have said. Boston considers banning glassware in bars because it can be used as a weapon. (Can we move Boston over to England? I think it would feel more at home there.)

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  • Oooh. Oooh. Just for today on Amazon.

    Little late, but I just learned about this now (H/T JB): Today only, Amazon is giving an $8.63 coupon for most (not quite all) orders over $50. Check. It. Out! And of course you know which link to use when you enter Amazon to make that purchase. Seems Amazon is also about to start offering some better free-shipping options for non-Prime members. Good stuff. 0

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    Wednesday links

  • “It’s complicated.” HL Harris explains her love-hate relationship with firearms. Rape is a mind-changer.
  • Surprise, Surprise. Drugs are vanishing at V.A. hospitals. (And no doubt many other medical facilities, though you can bet fedgov hospitals will be the champs in this variety of corruption and sloppy record-keeping.)
  • How Peter Thiel’s Palantir helps the world’s worst spies keep tabs on us all.

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  • Cabal doings (plus free limited membership)

    Time for a quick update on the latest doings at Claire’s Cabal. This one’s for current cabalistas and non-cabalistas alike. First thing: We’re trying out a limited, 30-day free membership. Go to the link, click “join us” and you’ll see it there. Before joining, you should whitelist two specified addresses. Or check your spam filters because mail from those addresses doesn’t always make it through. The free membership gives you access to the forum, which is the main attraction. It doesn’t let you access all the ebooks or articles. I’ve hesitated to make this information public for fear of attracting…

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    Monday links

    A Scottish brewery — opening in the U.S. today — not only allows employees to bring dogs to work. It gives them a week off when they get a new puppy or adopt a rescue dog. (H/T Joel) The final (?) chapter has been written in the life and death of Kennewick Man. Google and Bing sign a pact to be even more secretively manipulative than they already are with search results. Kickstarter: Wearable luggage for the frequent traveler. (Tip o’ hat to MJR who ponders whether this clothing might also substitute for a bug-out bag) Gunblogger Kim du Toit…

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    Ah, spring!

    Normally around this time of year, I’d expect the first signs — well, foreshadowings — of spring. But given the frigidity of the present winter all happy signs and portents have been delayed. Until a day or two ago I had to settle for this: A squashed frog on the road a few blocks from my house. Not this particular deceased amphibian (whose photo I found online). But one of its relatives that I’ve had to step over on my walks to town. Damn strange first sign of spring. Frogs are usually late-season arrivals and not very plentiful; what a…

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