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Month: January 2011

Monday miscellany

The USA: Ninth freest nation on earth and proud to rank third among the “mostly free,” economically speaking. (Motto: “We take second place to none! But we take third place behind Ireland and Denmark.”) Deroy Murdock has a pretty good take on the news. (Although some of us might differ with what exactly “free trade” means. NAFTA? Gimme a break!) Via Joel. First thorough recap of “Project Gunwalker” I’ve seen. What, the ATF dirty? Causing the very problems it claims to want to solve? Nevah! You know all those new 1099 requirements in Obamacare? The ones everybody’s tearing their hair…


BUYcott to support TJIC

Excellent idea from Top of the Chain via Borepatch: a BUYcott to support Travis Corcoran, aka TJIC. Top of the Chain sez: Massachussetts has arbitrarily decided that the writer of a blog, in exercising his First Amendment right to infringe on his Second Amendment right by disarming him. Travis is going to need money for the legal bills that are sure to follow. He runs an online comic book store. There are already comic book artists that are speaking out against him. What sweet irony would it be to buy something from Travis to help him make a living, that…


Blogging up a storm

Hey. I just noticed that BHM webmaster Oliver Del Signore has been blogging up a storm since just before Christmas. (And apparently blogging a big enough storm to dent in the top of his car.) I can’t imagine how he finds the time to say so much and say it so well, since I knew he was already working 12 hour days before he started blogging so prolifically. I confess to being the friend that he refers to in his blogs on Terry Pratchett Discworld books (there; Oliver and I now have dueling Amazon links) and the Judy Holliday movie…


Supernovas don’t blow on schedule

Hm. All that media noise you’ve been hearing about the star Betelgeuse going supernova — possibly right on schedule for the infamous year of 2012? Not so much. Supernova, yes. Some time in the next million years or so. Schedule, no. Nor will a supernova produce anything like “the twin suns of Tatooine.” But then, you knew that, didn’t you? Scary, though, how many people (including the well-paid media mavens at the Huffington Post) uncritically buy that brand of nonsense.


“I am TJIC”

Borepatch contributes this fine graphic to the cause of Travis Corcoran, the victim of Massachusetts hysteria who lost his first and second amendment rights this week: Turns out Corcoran’s blog is the fairly well-known “Dispatches from TJICistan” (now taken down by its owner — temporarily, we can hope). Here’s Borepatch’s eloquent take on the case. The graphic is for the use of anyone who’d like to support Corcoran. And if anybody here doesn’t understand its meaning, or would just like to see one of the all-time great movie scenes (Borepatch also has the clip, but it bears endless repeating): (Tip…


Thursday miscellany

You really can’t apologize for saying something like this. Well, I guess you can apologize for anything if you’re a politician. But we who were targets of your disdain will always know you meant exactly what you said in the first place, bubba. And you know that “civility” the Dems are all in favor of? Well, not so much for themselves, you know …. Arizona gets it right. Found this while pondering quirks of human nature for one of yesterday’s posts. Turns out that old expression “You’re only as old as you feel” might have some validity. Or maybe better…


Man loses first and second amendment rights in one swell foop

The victim in question was hoping this story wouldn’t get out. And I was hoping to get more information on what Travis Corcoran actually said on his blog — not just the out-of-context quotes the media chose so carefully — before running with it. (ADDED: See comments section for a link to a screen capture of the blog page; Corcoran has taken the blog down.) But since the story is well and truly out, and since a friend of Travis’ posted in an earlier comment section, I can only second what Joel has to say. A lot of commentors on…


Itty bitty questions about quirks of human nature

Why do people take credit for their successes but blame their failures on everyone and everything else? Likewise, why do we believe our own flaws and failings deserve understanding, while other people’s screwups are all obviously the result of evil, irresponsibility, or habitual bad choices and they deserve exactly what they get? Why do people continue to believe that Republicans are the party of small government? It’s not like there’s no evidence to the contrary. Why, when a bank has four drive-up windows, will everybody line up at the one closest to the building? Why do people put “for sale”…


Wednesday miscellany

Big surprise. Kids apparently don’t learn much in their first two years of college. “Sit. Stay. Parse. Good Girl!” More on that incredibly learned border collie. (NY Times free subscription link.) Don’t you think the WSJ should have called BS on this? What a load of you know what. Oh yeah. That’s how to solve Europe’s problems: counterfeit. (And no need to point out that the Euro is already counterfeit. Don’t we all know …) More on the topic of the week. The last paragraph is freaking brilliant. Great Gary Marbut is at it again. The idea isn’t new: to…


Laws worth breaking

So. Did you break any good laws yesterday? Any bad ones? No need to confess, of course, but it would be entertaining and instructive to see some of your more creative victimless lawbreaking in the comments section. You don’t even need to have done it yesterday. (After all, no good Freedom Outlaw is going to break a law, let alone perform the act on schedule, just because some blogger thinks it’s a good idea.) What? You say you didn’t break any laws yesterday? Not one? Were you in a coma all day or what? Short of that, you must simply…