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Month: April 2013

An honest counterfeiter?

Well, more honest than certain modern counterfeiters we all know and love. Over the weekend, brought up the charming, touching (and true) tale of “Mr. 880,” whose perfectly awful counterfeit $1.00 bills stymied the Secret Service for 10 full years. Must be a lesson in there somewhere … Source for those who can’t see the embedded video. And here’s another account of Mr. 880’s story, with an ending that sounds just a little too good to be true.


Toadying to your enemies; what’s up with that?

One day when I was a senior in high school I got called into the office of the Dean of Girls (weirdly quaint title). I was being “awarded” an F for the day in all my classes, having gotten caught skipping school to attend a peace march. Funny thing. I skipped school a lot that year, mostly just to hang out somewhere that wasn’t around my increasingly intolerable family, town, or school. Don’t recall ever getting in trouble for it, except that one time when somehow my parents and the dean discovered that I had gone (gasp!) to an anti-war…


Remember that big outdoor show where the exhibition company banned ugly black guns?

Yeah. You remember how Reed Exhibitions, run by those quivering, politically correct Brits, tried to ban ugly black guns from the huge Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show early this year. They got got clobbered, slammed, obliterated, run out of town by gutsy vendors and presenters — most of whom had nothing to do with the banned items. It was a fabulous display of unified support for gun rights. Well, guess what? After Reed “postponed” the show, they eventually abandoned it altogether. And the NRA, which had opposed the cowardly ban, took over the show and will be producing it next…


One-question gun-control pop quiz

Identify the political position of this person: Claims that 90% of the public wants “universal background checks” on gun buyers. Uses code language like “reasonable reform,” “moderate,” and “common-sense gun legislation.” Believes that taxpayers should subsidize the cost of universal background checks. Wants the fedgov to hire more FBI agents. Believes that gun-rights supporters should be worried that if we don’t “embrace” universal background checks “President Obama and others” will think that we are “merely obstructionists” and “zealots.” Wants the Manchin-Toomey bill reintroduced with a few changes. Lies, misinterprets, or is ignorant about some of the bill’s provisions. Believes that…


Weekend freedom question:Best way to avoid financing evil

Once again, the U.S. government is making noise about going to war (oh sorry, “intervening for humanitarian reasons”) in a Mideast country on sketchy evidence. If gov-o-crats decide to side with Islamist rebels in Syria, the choice could cost us all — in more ways than one. Some of the costs are unforeseeable. One is obvious: The U.S. is going broke and will go broke faster. Well, the U.S. is going broke no matter what, and We the People — or They Our Grandchildren — are going to pay. And pay. And pay. So this seems a good time to…


Two good men

… but a worldview makes one of them bad. I watched Les Miserables earlier this week. I had never seen the stage musical or even heard any of its songs. Although I read Victor Hugo’s book many moons ago, back then I probably would have simplistically considered Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman in the film) the “good guy” and his relentless pursuer Inspector Javert (Russell Crowe) the “bad guy.” Watching the movie, I was struck instead by how much alike they are. Both are diligent, dutiful men. Both have an extreme sense honor, honesty, and justice. Each believes he’s doing God’s…


More perils of the cloud

When people entrust everything to the cloud. But hey, Google is a big company, right? Practically like a government. So nothing could ever go wrong. And when it does, of course they’ll be just eager as little beavers to help one of their 343 million very important customers. —– Working on one of those blog posts that takes a lot of thinking about. So please pardon the apparent lack of productivity.


What I got from CERT class

Community Emergency Response Team training started tonight. Here’s what I got out of it: Well, that a big, fat binder filled with such scintillating (and useful!) information as “At the end of this unit you should be able to identify the roles and responsibilities for community preparedness, to include government, community leaders from all sectors, and the public.” I kept wondering why “the public” and “leaders” were always separate things in the CERT book when in every real-world disaster, “the public” becomes the leaders. I kept wondering how I ever — ever! — got through high school. Or heck, not…


Boston: Aftermath

Well, now we know what happens when police cordon off a neighborhood, declare it a Fourth-Amendment-free zone, send SWAT teams house-to-house, and hover helicopters overhead. People cheer and applaud. They turn out in the streets to wave little American flags. And next we can watch as they condone demand and slaver over illegal treatment of Suspect #2 (an American citizen). We can “enjoy” a new round of anti-immigrant and anti-Islam hatred. We can observe bobbleheads nodding from Los Angeles to Hartford as Good Citizens agree with all the new promises politicians and the state-security apparatus make as they concoct onerous…


Mike Vanderboegh, smugglerand one heck of a speechmaker

The incomparable Mike Vanderboegh spoke yesterday from deep within enemy territory. Source for those who can’t see the embed. Or Read the transcript here. I don’t usually have the patience to view 15-minute YouTube videos, but this is terrific stuff and only gets better as it winds to its conclusion. It opens: My name is Mike Vanderboegh and I’m a smuggler. I am from the great free state of Alabama and I am a Three Percenter. If you need to pigeonhole my politics I consider myself a Christian libertarian. I believe in free men, free markets, the rule of law…