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2014: The Day the Earth Stopped

August 27, 2014

It started like any other summer day.

Dad was in the kitchen on his cellphone trying to get a cup of coffee down and a business deal tied up. He signaled mom to turn the TV down so he could hear, but as soon as she did, she turned the other one up. He gave her a nasty look, looked like he might say something more to her, then put his finger over one ear and plugged on talking to the phone.

Mom was watching a repeat of some show with Guy Fiere visiting yet another diner that made the “Best Ribs in {insert city here}”.  She also had it on in the kitchen, where she was cooking something that smelled delicious, but historically probably wasn’t. To be fair it might have been better if Dad had skipped the middleman and married Guy Fiere. We’d eat better. 

Suz was holed up in her room, well into what would likely be a marathon texting session with a boy she claimed was “just a friend”. Everyone knew otherwise of course, the ringtone she used for him told an entirely different story.

I was playing a first person shooter game, determined to obliterate that prick in Florida who took me out last week. Who was this SOB, and why did he never seem to die?

Michael, aka the little nerd, was in a webmaster forum answering questions on search engine optimization. Wonder how many of the guys on the other end know SearchPro42 is twelve years old? Probably wouldn’t matter, for all we know, they are too.

He says apparently India has exactly two kinds of people; spammy Search Optimizers, and people that hire spammy Search Optimizers. Hell if I know. I don’t speak geek. They should have some kind of test for this. I can’t possibly be related to this munchkin.

Then IT happened.

Don’t get me wrong, we’d had internet outages before. The day that idiot drunk down the street plowed into the phone pole, we’d lost internet AND TV for almost an hour. And we’d had cell-phone outages before. To be honest our reception wasn’t that good to begin with. Something about the tower location and the geography on our street. Danged sure didn’t match their 4G map.

But never had we had phones AND television AND the net go out at the same time.

The house was suddenly eerily quiet. Not a sound. Totally silent. Suz came out of her room with phone in hand, looking distressed. Dad was holding his to the ceiling to see if the reception magically worked 2 ft higher than he’d been holding it. Michael walked out of his bedroom and looked at the rest of us accusingly, as if one of us broke the internet.

Mom, suddenly the level headed one, decided to call the cable company and check on the time they’d need to fix the TV. It wasn’t until then it occurred to her we haven’t had a land-line in 6 years and the cell reception went out at the same time.

I’m not going to say we panicked, cause comparatively we did pretty good. It’s my understanding half the people on my block with a land-line were calling the cable company, a quarter were calling the cell provider, and the remainder actually dialed 911.

This WAS an emergency. Nobody really knew what to do. We were trapped.

Then the strangest thing occurred.

One-by-one, slowly at first, then in increasing numbers… rusty door hinges up and down the block began to swing open. Teens who had not been without electronic communication since their 1st birthday stepped out, tentatively at first, then began pouring out of houses. Some dazed, a bit confused. Others looking about in wonder.

We couldn’t help but notice there was a glowing orange ball in the sky.

And that the air conditioning in our yard sucked.


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It’s About the Choices, Not the Hardware

August 27, 2014

There’s an old story (possibly apocryphal, but it works) about a guy running a camp for boys, being interviewed on the radio by a “progressive” young lady. She decided to ambush him on air.

Radio-microphone“Sir, I noticed you had the boys shooting assault rifles!”

“Actually those were single-shot .22s, but yes, we teach the boys gun safety and marksmanship… both good life-skills.”

“Life skills? You’re giving them all the equipment needed to become successful TERRORISTS! They’re just BOYS”

“Well ma’am… I see you have all the equipment needed to become a successful prostitute, but I’m gonna assume you’re just a reporter.”

—- [ DEAD AIR ] —-

It’s not about the hardware… it’s about the choices we make.

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Race Relations in America: Ignoring Calls to Predestined Victimhood

August 27, 2014

In the late 1980s while working as a corporate relo consultant I was coordinating a real estate transaction in Clanton AL.

The buyer of a very nice house belonging to my transferee was a Colonel in the US Army. He decided to back out of the transaction without having any contractual grounds to do so, and I had to find out what was going on.

Answer: In the process of serving his country he spent a lot of time away from his home. He was worried because one of the neighbors of the home he was about to close on had called a meeting of “concerned citizens” to discuss the “problem” of having this family buy in their neighborhood.

If you think this is "a meeting of concerned citizens"  you're in the wrong century

If you think this is “a meeting of concerned citizens” you’re in the wrong century

The Colonel was black. Apparently not their favorite color. He was, justifiably, worried about the safety of his wife and kids.

Even then that seemed like an antiquated thing to see, as if someone had just driven a Conestoga wagon into our parking garage. The civil rights movement had taken place when I was a child. I now had children of my own. What the heck, people?

Contractual grounds or not… I refunded his earnest money that day. I also apologized on behalf of the knuckle-dragging backward-ass morons in that town, thanked him for his service, and thanked God the guy discovered this before closing instead of after.

So yeah, despite strides of epic proportion, our nation will likely always have some racists. That said, since that time we’ve seen the invention of the cell phone. The internet has gone public. Many things have changed.

Congressman Allen West, Dr Angela Graham-West and family

Congressman Allen West, Dr Angela Graham-West and family

When I see Col Allen West I think about that Colonel, whose name I’ve long since forgotten but whose situation I’ll always remember. A respected man, accomplished, a guy who lacks guile and says what he thinks regardless of convention. Anything but the epitome of the culture of victimhood currently pressed on blacks by race pimps like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, or dare I add… Obama and Holder.

The article below is by Allen West’s wife, Angela, whom he credits with being the brains of their operation. [That'd have to be a big brain.] It’s about the damage done by those who teach black children they are powerless victims unable to change the course of their own lives without the magnanimous helping hand of political “progressives“. Good read.

See: The Fairytale of the Victimhood

Of course there’s some racism. It’s a human failing, unlikely to be totally wiped out. That said… selling young black men on the idea they are born into victimhood is as dumb as assuming girls were born to be whores.

We are the product of our choices. Don’t teach kids to be victims, teach them to choose wisely.

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BREAKING: Holder Denies Bias Against Officer

August 21, 2014
AG Eric Holder - Champion of Justice

AG Eric Holder – Champion of Justice

Aug 21, 2014 Ferguson MO

In response to hints that in the officer-involved shooting case he might be biased against the police officer, Atty General Eric Holder pointed out he is sworn to uphold the law of the land.

“Our system includes a presumption of innocence… And that protection covers everyone, even this racist sunuvabitch.”

Holder added… “In keeping with that ideal, we intend to make sure the officer receives a fair and unbiased trial… Followed by a first class hanging.”

Some have suggested St Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch recuse himself due to his close ties to police.

No word if a similar demand will be made to Holder in light of his close ties to criminals.

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Gun Industry News: The Glock 42

August 6, 2014

Glock Introducing  Their First Single-stack 9mm


This move by Glock apparently comes in response to demand from shooters who long to combine the limited ammo capacity of the .45acp with the reduced effectiveness of the 9mm cartridge.

Yeah, I know, it’s hard to believe Glock doesn’t hire me to write product intros.


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Josh Earnest wants to follow Brady’s Example

August 5, 2014

Posted on Twitter yesterday by the White House Press Sec Josh Earnest:


Can’t speak for everyone Josh… but if Hinkley is on board, far be it from me to object.

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Anti-gunners don’t understand stats they quote

August 4, 2014

Here’s an interesting example of the left pretending numbers support their argument:

OBSERVATION: A fellow could get rich in the hay-straw business if he got the concession to supply anti-gun blogs with the materials they use to construct argument.

Best bullshit quote from the blog:

As a prologue to the kids, [HI KIDS!]  I’d like point out that — no matter what mommy and daddy say –  over 10,000 kids are shot each year in the United States and having a gun in the home makes you less, not more safe. Make sure you go ask your gun-toting mommy or daddy why they hate you and why they had you in the first place …  besides ‘the condom broke.’

YES! We must take your guns. For the children! Darn those “gun nuts”!

A guy could get wealthy selling straw if he could get the concession to supply the left with material for their arguments.

Notice the pic shows about a 3 yr old white child holding a gun, and posits that “gun nuts” kids are lucky to live past 10.

But if you follow the trail of citation, the blog quotes a blog that quotes a blog quoting a study that states…

— 84% of the “children” were 15-19
— 9 out of 10 “victims” were male
— By a ratio of 10:1 the victims were black

So… the “children” in the study are by a massive disparity older teenage black males? Now let’s be honest here, does that sound like “Little Timmy found daddy’s gun” to you... or does it sound like inner city gang violence?

Sorry folks, but in the process of getting a degree in Finance I had to take more than a few courses in Statistics, and it appears your arguments are gloriously unhampered by an understanding of how stats work. As I don’t have time to tutor you, I’ll just point out the glaringly obvious flaw in your “reasoning” such as it is:

NEWSFLASH: Taking my gun won’t do a damned thing to fix gang violence in south Chicago, Philadelphia, LA, or DC’s Anacostia ghetto.

So next time… BEFORE you report raw numbers just so you can misrepresent them to take a big whack at your favorite strawman, take a little closer look at what the numbers actually say, not what you wish they said.

Any jackass can write sloppy arguments that are not really supported by the numbers they pretend support them. As shown by the example cited… they usually do.

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