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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.
  • Here’s something I’ll bet most people never knew: Mormons have a big presence in the world of science fiction. (And here I thought it was just Card and Correia.)
  • Hillary’s upcoming book has a really unfortunate title: What Happened. Even her former supporters know darned well “what happened.” You blew it, Hillary. You and the Dem party.
  • More on how it was Justine Damond’s own doing that she “became deceased.” Yes. Became. Deceased. Through no one’s fault but her own, apparently.
  • U.S. airlines are facing a growing pilot shortage. (Tip o’ hat to ML)
  • Bloodthirsty old Jehovah may have ordered his chosen people to slaughter all the Canaanites. But DNA evidence says … oopsie, they failed.
  • Blast from a past where the blast never happened: Lost fallout shelters.
  • And for your awwwwww story of the day: an eight-year-old raises money to buy his best bud a new wheelchair.


  1. E. Garrett Perry
    E. Garrett Perry July 29, 2017 5:10 am

    “What Really Happened.”

    Really, Hil? REALLY?! That’s the most self-serving, weasel-worded title since O. J. Simpson’s legendary mega-hit “If I Did It.”

    The problem with stupid people (and psychopaths) is they think everyone else is as dumb and/or crazy as they are. Hence the spectacle of Hillary Clinton, the only person imaginable who could have lost to the God Emperor of Reddit, endlessly trying to convince the world that it’s everyone’s fault but hers. The Dems could have run a pet rock, or the JFK statue from Madame Toussauds, and squeaked through. A Blue Dog from the midwest or deep south would have won at a trot. But they ran Hillary, because “it was her turn” and Reasons.

  2. rochester_veteran
    rochester_veteran July 29, 2017 5:16 am

    Blast from a past where the blast never happened: Lost fallout shelters.

    Fallout shelters were a part of life when I was growing up in the 60s, although my family didn’t have one. In school we practiced what we should do in case of a nuclear attack and it wasn’t ducking and covering under our desks. We kids were to proceed to the hallway outside of our classroom where the girls would huddle against their raised and crossed arms, face first against the hallway wall and then we boys would huddle over the girls in the same manner. Even though us kids were of the age where we considered the opposite sex to have cooties, I kind of liked protecting the girls like that and looking back, it was rather gallant!

  3. larryarnold
    larryarnold July 29, 2017 8:33 am

    Where were you, Rochester. They wouldn’t even let us on the same playground as the girls.

    I get the idea that David doesn’t like insurance companies. OTOH I have a feeling “You just pay for your own health care” isn’t going to be a popular message.

    On the bright side of the Armatrix, the people who want to keep the gun from firing have to use expensive electronic jammers, while the guy who wants it to shoot only needs cheap magnets.

    Hint: Don’t read the Mormon/SF story’s comments, which use liberally phrases like “cult” and “real Christians.”

    Another Hillary article about how the revelations of her nasty deeds and her failure to campaign cost her the election, and nothing about how she shouldn’t have done the nasty deeds.

    Whether your undiscovered shelter floods obviously depends to some extent on ground water. Down here, where you have to drill 300′ to find enough water to wash your face, they tend to stay dry. Up in Claire’s neck of the woods, though… 😉

  4. Claire
    Claire July 29, 2017 8:54 am

    “Up in Claire’s neck of the woods, though…”

    Ain’t that the truth. We literally have road puddles that never go away (except in the driest months of the driest years) because they’re not puddles at all, but are the top of the water table. An underground shelter? Good luck with keeping that dry. Now, if you built it above grade, then covered it with modest layers of soil you might get away with it.

  5. Ron Johnson
    Ron Johnson July 29, 2017 9:05 am

    I remember being herded into the basement of the old school (a kind of ubiquitous green paint on the walls like you only find in institutions), laying on the floor face down, and placed my my hands (fingers interwoven) on the back of my neck. I think the last time we practiced that drill was around 1964.

    My 7 year old self is glad we didn’t have to actually touch the girls (ick) but my 59 year old self thinks my 7 year old self is an idiot.

  6. Desertrat
    Desertrat July 29, 2017 1:30 pm

    Filing gun-abuse charges as shown in the article seems like a good thing, but I worry more about harm from government than from Bad Guys. Generally, Bad Guys are easily avoided.

  7. rochester_veteran
    rochester_veteran July 29, 2017 9:57 pm

    larryarnold wrote: Where were you, Rochester. They wouldn’t even let us on the same playground as the girls.

    Believe it or not, Larry, at a K-8 Catholic school in Rochester, NY, circa 1963. It had Order of St Francis Nuns nuns who taught there that wore a knotted rope around their habits and weren’t afraid to use said rope to discipline us kids on our backsides, but yet allowed us boys to protect the girls in such a manner. Definitely a different age and day.

  8. larryarnold
    larryarnold July 30, 2017 11:38 am

    Japan is so worried about North Korea’s missiles…

    Or they might be remembering Fukushima.

    OTOH Japan has been through a nuclear attack, and found out it’s survivable.

  9. david
    david July 30, 2017 6:46 pm

    Hillary’s book is the only one I know of that both asks a question AND answers it on the front cover!

    As the stories about Justine Diamond’s death ‘evolve’ (aka ‘change’) to try to protect the police, they are only making it worse. Good. Grand Jury time, I would think. After all – if they knew it was a woman slapping the car, WHY shoot her? Is slapping a cop car now defined as ‘assaulting an officer’?

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