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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

How To Fail

Is this what you'd call going "viral"?  Youtube says this video was published on April 20 (and there's no pot smoking in it!), and that it currently has over 2.7 MILLION views...and 23,000+ comments.

 
I'd say that's getting your viral on.  H/T to Free Republic.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Very Tricky

I used to be in the pool-playing business several years ago, and have hosted trick-shot exhibitions from Mike Massey and Eddie Parker.  Parker was a money player in the 1950's, and was the basis for Walter S. Tevis' character Fast Eddie Felson (an alias that Parker sometimes used) for the great 1961 movie The Hustler.

My dear old friend Fish Camp Barbie sent this to me, and asked if I'd consider playing this guy for money.  Florian Kohler:



I told her, "Sure.  He scratches about every 2nd or 3rd shot.  Give me ball-in-hand that often, and I can beat anyone.  Note: I had trouble concentrating on the pool shots after about the 1:20 mark of the video.

Eddie Parker's exhibition was in 1999, I believe.  After his show, I asked him if there was anything I could do for him.  Could I buy him a drink, at least?  He said that if I knew a place, he'd really like a piece of pie...a good cup of coffee and a piece of apple pie.  I did, in fact, know a place.  And away we went.

While he savored his apple pie, I asked him about playing pool for money and the making of the movie that made him famous.  He said that the most he ever played for, in one game, was $20,000 (I've seen him quoted elsewhere that the most was 30,000.  It's hard to believe that he got the 30K game after the day I met him, as he was in his 60's already.  Maybe he was just fuzzy on the number; really good apple pie can do that to some folks).

He isn't credited for an advisory role in the movie, but he claimed to have been there, in that capacity.  I asked him if he played pool on the set with Willie Mosconi, and he said they all did...Eddie, Willie, Jackie Gleason, and Paul Newman.  "And the best of them?"

"Hands down...Jackie Gleason."

True story.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Efficiency & Economy of Action

Dear Reader, if you use this space to scroll through my bloglist as a "reading favorites file" (which is a totally worthwhile exercise all by itself), you'll have already read excerpts of this essay, or followed through the links to read the source entirely, at either Western Rifle Shooters or Cold Fury.  If you have one ounce of give-a-damn left, about what happens to you and anyone you care about, go read this today...please.

Take the time you'd otherwise piss away on the Braves game or The View or even Duck Dynasty, and read this thing.  It's a blog post by a taxi driver, and the most important news you'll have gotten thus far, this year.

Wheeler said, “I believe in efficiency and economy of action. You wouldn’t trade one hundred of those criminal bastards for ten million of your fellow Americans?”


And, chew on this paragraph:

But whatever you do, when your kid dies, don’t do news conferences, don’t start blogging, don’t start calling out the government publicly, don’t become an activist, don’t go on FOX News, and definitely don’t become an embarrassment or a pain in the ass to this government, lest you find yourself being gang-audited by the IRS, if not declared a terrorist and having your door kicked in by armored agents at 4 in the morning, who are here to shoot your dog, terrorize the rest of your kids, and to take you to an undisclosed location in zip ties, where there are no lawyers, no phones, no sunlight, the food really sucks, and no one can confirm or deny that they have ever heard of you.

Most of the time, I feel very much alone...here, in the blogosphere and in everyday life.  And, that's okay.  Being outspoken makes others uncomfortable, and everyone who knows me prefers the unserious me to the serious version.  Hell, I prefer the unserious me, too!  But, very soon, my habit of sticking my thumb in the tyrant's eyeball is going to reap some unpleasant repercussions for this livermush aficionado.

If you'll read it, you'll gain a thorough understanding of my outlook.  An even better idea would be to read it and print it out.  Then, read it again when (not if) I'm arrested.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Harry Reidses There, Here, and Everywhere

The Bundy's won the battle, and the BLM skedaddled.  It's a victory for America, Americans, and the concept of individual (and state) sovereignty.  But, we are already hearing about the Federales' plans to ratchet up the numbers and firepower of their forces.  Harry says it ain't over, and I firmly believe it.

On Harry's side, believe it or not, is Tucker Carlson.  Last night, he said that the "bottom line" is that the Bundy's are violating the law, and that it's hard to get behind them knowing that.

My response to Tucker is "which law?"  If the federal government passes a law that says that no one is henceforward allowed to contradict Juan Williams on Faux News' All-Star Panel, is Tucker just going to move his cattle off that show?  In an "America" where the federal government makes laws that perpetuate their own scope of authority, enforces laws when/if that suits their agenda, uses their own federal court system to reinforce their "rights", and brazenly flaunts the supreme law of the land, all while consistently working to file down the 2A teeth of that law, at what point do you begin to feel like some civil disobedience (and that of the uncivil kind) might be warranted?

Note to Tucker: You're next.  Don't think you've done anything to merit the heavy hand of government thuggery?  Either they haven't caught you yet, or they haven't enforced that regulation yet, or Juan Williams' equality lobbyist hasn't quite yet gotten to enough "legislators" to crony up a deal that disfavors you and "your kind".  The bottom line is that everything is against the law, and you're as guilty as Cliven Bundy.

Just a passing thought...I wonder what the "Bing Pulse" registered when viewers saw two lefties on the Panel, and the first words coming from the one "good guy" were to highlight the illegality of an American hero's cattle, echoing the sentiments of the BLM!

And a note to those "SWATting"-up, and everyone watching: you're going to meet some fierce comeuppance in Bunkerville...but, that's not the only neighborhood with tyrants who are worthy targets of opportunity.  That is, Bunkerville is a fine place to get in this fight, but with fuel prices as they are, some of us may just elect to exercise our right to purge government of our own versions of Dingy Harry.  Call it thinking globally, acting locally.

Happy Fred's Birthday y'all.  No report filing to the tyrants from this house; no other significance to this date.  We've withdrawn our consent, and with it our funds.

Why?

Because when government refuses to abide by the law, there is no law.

And fuck you, that's why.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Gettin' Sporty

For those of you, friends and family and such, that have referred to this soapbox of mine as something you "tolerate", either to my face or to each other in my absence, consider what your brand of tolerance is getting you.  That is, what else have you proven willing to tolerate?

Your side has snipers aimed at ranchers.  And, they've got attack dogs and barricades keeping witnesses at bay, or otherwise in their place (i.e. their "free speech zones").

I don't necessarily advocate subscribing to everything Alex Jones says, but this video contains an interview with the rancher in question, Cliven Bundy.  Tell me he doesn't remind y'all of somebody we all know, appearance-wise at least, anyway, if certainly not for a divergent degree of chumminess with the fedgovco.



Some of Bundy's neighbors have voiced a lack of support for him, because they believe he's presumed some benefits to this grazing land that they can't or haven't similarly claimed.  If they want to withhold their support, that's all well and good.  But, if they want to side with the BLM who's busy stealing this man's cattle and beating his son for having the audacity to photograph them doing so, then I say they have their own agenda that would love to supplant Mr. Bundy's cattle, and fuck them.

Just like the war on guns is NOT about the control of firearms, this episode is about putting citizens under the ever-enlarging thumb of the federal government.  If you're okay with them taking his cattle today, regardless of how they "justify" it, tomorrow it'll be your fruit trees or guitar factory or the spring where your family has gotten its fresh clean water for 150 years.  Somebody, somewhere has a desert tortoise or sage grouse or spotted newt whose perilous existence you're threatening just by going about your own business without the tyrant's permission and regulatory control.


If a political solution were possible, there'd be some Nevada legislator(s) publicly demanding the Nevada State Police begin evicting the BLM thugs, instead of making speeches to the assembled Nevada citizens that are there protesting.  Or, there'd be a Governor publically admonishing the BLM to back off.

But there ain't.  And the concept of voting our way out of this hole is now ancient history.

The solution to a tyrant drunk on its own power is defiance and resistance.  Perhaps we can resume the polite discourse sometime later.

Here, we're keeping an eye to Free North Carolina, WRSA, Sipsey Street, Cold Fury, et al until it gets hot.  But I dare say our tolerance is about shot to fuck.

Go ahead mister BLM sniper boy, mister thug-arm of the tyrant.  Pull that trigger.  Make your kind just as endangered as that desert tortoise, if not much more so.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

See 'Ya There

Maybe just because we do love a good fight, and feel like well, if there's going to be a fight, it's bound to go better if we're in it.


From Brock, and WRSA.

Tar Heels.  Stickin' and fightin'.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Pwned.

Edit: Or better yet, call D'Souza the Baracket Buster.

Brilliant.



Thanks to Breitbart.com

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Okay, Well, Not So Much

In a previous life, I said that my opinions differ from Josie The Outlaw's less than a "thimbleful in the ocean."  Well, that was then.  She could've just quit while she was ahead.

And she is entitled to her opinion.  This is just one opinion I do not share: Supporting The Troops (her definition...I'll link to it, but not embed it).

Women should by their nature be doves.  So, their pretending any authority in regards to war is inane and presumptuous.  This youtube event is proof positive that if you listen to any woman long enough, you may come 'round to regret having ever started.

"To celebrate the many lives lost on all sides, by innocent men, women, and children...I support them quitting the military and coming home...I support ALL human beings, including those human beings targeted by US troops..."

Well, fuck that.

I support being a warrior for the essence of being a warrior.  And, I don't ask for anyone else to agree with me or any other warrior.  I support the notion of a warrior always being a him, and never a her.  Whether it's David smiting Goliath, Leonidas fighting in the shade of Xerxes' arrows, or Dan Morgan tomahawk chopping his way through waves of redcoats, the glory of battle is beyond the comprehension of the wimmen-folk.  And the involvement of said wimmen-folk queers the deal for warriors on both sides.

There aren't any "innocent bystanders".  Only the foolish.  Get in the fight, or get out of the way.

Let the politicians lay claim to the soldiers' victory.  I submit that the true warrior cares very little for political claims and so-called "support."  When I die, I hope I've either lived or died well enough that I can stand before my God and say that I killed as many of our enemies, His and mine, as I could.  His Blessings are the only "support" I'll ever give a shit about.

Fighting to defend your home or family or way of life is honorable, too.  But, if all you ever prove willing to fight is a defensive war, you'll fight a lot more of them than if you're willing to occasionally walk up to a bad guy and bust his nose.

I do not expect women, or for that matter all the Beta-males of the world, to have much of a sense of honor regarding battle.  But, I would appreciate their not waxing expert on things they so-poorly comprehend.

"Heavily armed and bloodthirsty."  Just for the glory of it.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Continues, And I'd Say, Evolves

As this philosophical discussion continues its gravitational pull towards, as Concerned American would say, "sportiness", remember this:

Not all of those guys that we harken back to as the Founders of the Great Thing, were perfectly like-minded even with each other.  Nor were they perfectly like-minded with that Great Document.

I don't even agree universally with Josie Outlaw.  But, the disagreements aren't a thimble-full in the ocean.


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Free Raymond Felton

What mistake did Raymond Felton make?

Was it simply owning an FN Herstal handgun, that holds "up to about 20 rounds", according to an AP news report, or that it was loaded with 18 rounds?  No.

Was it the act of leaving said handgun at his own house, where his estranged wife continued residing?  Mmm-mmm-maybe.

Was it the decision to live and work in a state that has gun laws that contravene and infringe upon his fundamental right to self-protection?  Ding-ding-ding-ding.

The first report I read said that his wife filed for divorce on Monday, and had a friend of hers turn the pistol in to the police-gang (who also like carrying the FN Herstal Five-seveN, by the way) on Tuesday.  So, I'm guessing the charges get dismissed with some judicial finger-wagging, due to Raymond's not being in actual possession of the weapon at the time.

Personally, I'm hoping Mr. Felton "sticks to his guns" so to speak, tells the Manhattan D.A. that it's none of his fucking business what kind of guns and how many bullets he owns, stores, and carries around with him on his very person and demands his firearm be immediately returned.  If he does, I think this has the makings of a first-rate 2nd Amendment infringement case.

I stand behind Raymond Felton's right to keep and bear arms.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Fran Poretto and the Nice Guy Trap

Do you recall how eloquently Milton Friedman responded to a question or challenge on economics (or on anything, for that matter)?  It could be the most profound wisdom, but he always wrapped and delivered it in the simplest package.  Like getting an entire feast in one delicious, tender morsel?  Satisfying, completely, to the worst hunger.

Such is this essay from Francis Poretto, citing this essay from James Delingpole.  Witness...

Compromise is potentially constructive only when it's strictly about means: i.e., when the two sides angling toward a compromise sincerely agree on the end to be sought, and are both willing to allow that they might be wrong about what means would best serve that end. Under those conditions, everyone involved will be watching the outcome and judging the means applied by that standard alone. When the ends are opposed to one another, compromise must disserve one or the other. It cannot be any other way.

As Delingpole, at Breitbart London, says:

It's what I call the 'Dogshit Yoghurt Fallacy'.

On one side of the argument are those of us who think yoghurt works best with a little fruit or maybe just on its own. On the other are those who believe passionately that what yoghurt really needs is the addition of something more earthy, organic, recycled - like maybe a nice scoop of dogshit.

Now you can call me a dangerous extremist if you like, for refusing under any conditions to accommodate the alternative point of view. Or you could call me one of those few remaining brave souls in a cowardly, compromised world still prepared to tell it like it is: that dogshit into yoghurt simply doesn't go, no matter how many expert surveys you cite, nor how eco-friendly it shows you to be, nor how homeopathic the dosage.

Let us all abandon the nonsense of feeling guilty for refusing their dogshit yoghurt.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Any Questions?

Does there remain any question as to whose interests (its own or its citizens) guide the behavior of this regime?

"There's no question that the US is engaged in economic spying.  If there's information at Siemens that they think will be beneficial to the national interests, not the national security, of the united States, they'll go after that information and they'll take it."

And if you've considered the possibility that American citizens' interests and those of the US government are far from being one in the same, ask yourself whose interests Edward Snowden sought to harm.  Give him 30 minutes, and make up your own mind.

Uncensored video at Liberty's Torch.

Thank God there was one person, when faced with a decision between what was right and what was lawful, made the decision that enforces and serves Liberty.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Not Neill Grading's Fault

A spokesmonkey for Hickory's Neill Degrading and Destruction claims that they were nowhere near this new sinkhole: http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/sinkhole-corvette-museum-swallows-eight-rare-vettes-154608933.html

Southport Murderer Indicted for Manslaughter

I just got back from a long weekend that was too short.

I learned while I was out on the ocean that the Brunswick County DA announced a Grand Jury had indicted Bryon Vance Vassey for manslaughter, for shooting and killing 18-year old Keith Vidal on Jan 5.

Reports say the murderer has been released after having to post only $50,000 bond.  That seems particularly cheap, as does the manslaughter charge rather than 1st degree murder.  It also seems odd that the SBI, originally reported to be taking the investigatory lead, has not released a report.

Worth noting, the NC Police Benevolent Association says, "Detective Vassey employed authorized law enforcement action to stop the continuing threat of deadly harm to Officer John Thomas and others."  But that statement contradicts Vassey's own recorded statement to his dispatcher claiming he fired in response to a perceived threat to his own life.  This is a good example for you to remember if/when the NCPBA calls you up seeking a donation to their slush-fund.  Remind them that you know they're prone to fabricating stories to exonerate murderers, and you'd rather not fund such thuggery.

Another story that doesn't quite jibe: "Southport police chief Jerry Dove said Vassey, who has been with the department for nine years, has a spotless record..." (State Port Pilot).  I heard rumors from Southport locals that Vassey has had a recent history as a loose cannon, a "heavy badge" prone to throwing his LEO weight around.  So, which is it, Chief Dove?

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Sovereign Josie

New Josie Outlaw.



What she said.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Will Stand No Nonsense

I used to pretend that I could consider myself well-read.  After discovering that Lawrence Auster characterized his own reading list as "meager," I discarded that nonsense.

Ace Of Spades HQ posted a link to The Federalist's Top Ten (but really eleven) books "that people lie about reading", and named Moby as one he wished he'd read.  Ben Domenech at The Federalist quotes William F. Buckley saying about not having read Moby Dick until he was 50, "To think I might have died without having read it."

Of Domenech's 11, I've so far read only Atlas & 1984.

Right now, I'm cruising through the fifty-first chapter of Moby Dick, largely because I was going through Auster's list looking for a certifiable classic that I'd not read.  Do check out that exhaustive list, linked above.

Here's a recent stanza from chapter XLV that I enjoyed:

Thirdly: Some eighteen or twenty years ago Commodore J——, then commanding an American sloop-of-war of the first class, happened to be dining with a party of whaling-captains, on board a Nantucket ship in the harbour of Oahu, Sandwich Islands. Conversation turning upon whales, the commodore was pleased to be sceptical touching the amazing strength ascribed to them by the professional gentlemen present. He peremptorily denied, for example, that any whale could so smite his stout sloop-of-war as to cause her to leak so much as a thimbleful. Very good; but there is more coming. Some weeks after, the commodore set sail in this impregnable craft for Valparaiso. But he was stopped on the way by a portly sperm whale, that begged a few moments’ confidential business with him. That business consisted in fetching the commodore’s craft such a thwack, that with all his pumps going he made straight for the nearest port to heave down and repair. I am not superstitious, but I consider the commodore’s interview with that whale as providential. Was not Saul of Tarsus converted from unbelief by a similar fright? I tell you, the sperm whale will stand no nonsense.

Don't know if my top eleven would be the same as Domenech's, but I'll report back after I finish Melville's classic, on whether or not I'd include it in mine.

Friday, January 31, 2014

He That Struggles With Us...

"He that struggles with us strengthens our nerves, and sharpens our skill." -Edmund Burke



(Allow me a brief editing note: There's something screwy going on that occasionally replaces the D'Souza video above with another that I've embedded previously.  Some Blogger hiccup, or perhaps something more sinister?  I don't know.)

Update: Burke was actually referring to strugglers against, as much as or rather than alongside.  And, I learned just after posting this that D'Souza had been doing just that...against none other than dyed-in-the-wool Communist Bill Ayers last night at Dartmouth.  2 hours worth of debate, that Ayers chose to claim wasn't really a debate (actually kicks off his part of the program by claiming the best thing about America is Chicago, ha!  Good one, Bill).  Word is that D'Souza pretty much owned the debate.

Brought to Dartmouth University by the Young America's Foundation.

I've been trying to watch this for much of the morning, but the video seems to have unrelenting buffering problems.  Very aggravating.  Going to post the link, in spite of not having seen entire thing.  Katie Pavlich vouches for it, though, so that's good enough for me.

Sic 'im boy, sic balls. http://new.livestream.com/abbson/dsouza-ayers-dartmouth/videos/41007905

Monday, January 27, 2014

No Use (UPDATE: Enlightened)

It seems to me that the harder I study, the less I know.

Case in point, I think that at least 99% of Dinesh D'Souza's fans are singing in Mark Steyn's choir.  And vice versa.

Why then, would Steyn, in a SteynOnline article today, preface his thoughts by writing, "I have no use for Dinesh D'Souza..."?  He may well have reason for his professed lack of utility, but unless it's particularly notorious, why say so?

Someone help me out here.  Anyone?

Bueller?

(UPDATE) Apparently I wasn't the only one so perplexed...

Steyn says, "Some readers demanded to know what I meant by that "no use" crack."

And points to this, his review of D'Souza's "appalling" book.  There you have it.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Channeling Strother Martin's Captain

Via WRSA & Doug Ross



"What we have here, is a failure to communicate."

Edit to add, we also have a failure to blog a legibly-sized version.  So, click the above link and go straight to Ross.  All the better for your eyes.