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Month: July 2017

The more satisfying part of construction begins

Doesn’t look like much, but it’s pretty exciting to me. Today The Wandering Monk returned to resume construction. First order of business: begin framing the new screen porch. Here you see the framing near the beginning, with the Monk holding the screen door in place. My original plan was to use a door I salvaged from the landfill. Then the lumberyard put this very nice vinyl door on sale (roughly half of Home Depot’s price for it!), so I repurposed the salvaged door and grabbed this. This entire phase of the Great Foundation and Screen Porch project should be more…


Drunken dogs

Can we forget all the seriousness and strife for a moment and have some partying dogs? These are studies for a larger piece I may or may not do. There may be drinking, carousing, and disembowling of stuffed toys. There will probably not be poker playing.


Weekend links

  • Thanks to a push by our beloved AG Jeff Sessions, prosecutions for unlawful possession of firearms are up 23 percent in the last several months. Don’t you feel safer now? (H/T MJR)
  • It’s time for single-payer medical care, says David Horowitz. Wait. David Horowitz says that??? Yeah, but he means it a little differently than the Bernie blues do.
  • Remember that Armatrix “smart gun”? Turns out you can hack it with magnets. And more. 10 Comments
  • Evil twins

    The Wandering Monk has missed or miscommunicated about a couple of neighborhood appointments this week, so neighbor J. texted to see if I knew where and how he was. She added she thought she’d seen him on a bike, disappearing down an alley beside a certain building in town. Ninety-nine percent sure, she said, although we agreed that was highly unlikely. Then today I went past that building, and there was the Monk’s doppelganger. Same lean build. Same angular features, same dark hair in a ponytail, same doo-rag around his forehead, similar face. Except that this was clearly the evil…


    Midweek links

  • This grieving widow did many things wrong before she ventured into the woods to scatter her husband’s ashes. Then she did many things right while being lost for five days.
  • Life after the cash in your country becomes worthless. This is Cracked’s irreverent take on Modi’s bizarre decision in India. Be sure to read to the end, which contains a fascinating update on the longer-term consequences.
  • Another big Alan Gura win in a DC carry-permit case yesterday. 25 Comments
  • Tuesday links

  • Yeah, baby. Implanted microchips are gonna be the next happenin’ thing. So let’s all get ourselves chipped. You know, just because. It’ll be even better than that tattoo you got last time you got falling-down drunk. (H/T PT)
  • Heh. Maybe Trump will fire Sessions. Not for the right reasons, of course. But whatever the reason, wouldn’t you love to see the forfeiture-craving, reefer-madness believing attorney general go?
  • Apparently, presenting evidence against your position is now an ad hominem attack. Must be nice to be a snowflake. 8 Comments
  • FYI

    Good news. You can now join Claire’s Cabal for free. The paid membership model never worked very well. Except in one way. It was great at keeping the Cabal discussion forums troll-free and populated by bright, simpatico freedomistas. A friendly environment for all Cabalistas is still the goal. To that end, prospective members are now asked to answer 10 easy questions to introduce themselves and to agree to the Cabalista Code of Honor. When I say simpatico freedomistas, I mean the Cabal is for any person of goodwill who loves individual liberty and is either traveling the path toward it…


    Sunday/Monday links

  • Nero Cuomo fiddles while Rome New York burns
  • Creative outlawry (whether you like it or not): Seattle skateboarders construct an illicit skateboard bowl on a lake island. They win a national prize. Unfortunately the bowl will be torn out and the prize was rescinded.
  • I don’t agree with the premise, but this article is still a fascinating look back: How the 1967 Summer of Love sparked today’s religious movements. 6 Comments