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Happy Hump Day!
Happy Hump Day!

Could this be the start of WW3? Excerpt:

The shooting down of a Russian jet by Turkey is a “stab in the back” committed by “accomplices of terrorists”, Vladimir Putin has said.

The Sukhoi Su-24 was warned 10 times before being downed near the Syrian border by two Turkish F16 jets for violating the country’s airspace, according to the Turkish military.

A Turkish official said two Russian planes approached the Turkish border and were warned before one of them was shot down, adding their information shows Turkish airspace was repeatedly violated.

Both of the pilots are dead, say Sky sources.

Both pilot are dead, incidentally, because they were fired on while hanging helplessly from their parachutes, in an act of unspeakable barbarity.

But then, this happened in a region that has a reputation – well deserved – for acts of unspeakable barbarity.

Now, Putin is vowing retaliation, and this is one old KGB apparatchik that is not in the habit of making idle threats.  Bear in mind also that Turkey is, for some reason, a NATO member, and capable of invoking Article Five of the NATO pact.

That, of course, would put the United States effectively at war with Russia.

Is there any way this part of the world could get any more fucked up?

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Grizzly-Bear-FaceOur thanks to The Daley Gator for the pingback!

This just in from the always-worth-reading Dr. Victor Davis Hanson:  Politics And What Remains of the English Language.  Excerpt:

Here is a list of a few trendy words, overused, politicized, and empty of meaning, that now plague popular communications.

“Intersection” How many times have we read a writer, columnist, pundit, or job applicant self-describe himself with this strange word? Here’s an example: “Joe Blow is a social theorist working at the intersection of class oppression, racial stereotyping, and transgendered emergence.”? Or: “Amanda Lopez writes at the intersection of Latina identity, Foucauldian otherness, and social media.” Most of the time “intersection” exists only in the grandiose mind of the writer. It is a patent though feeble attempt to become a threefer or fourfer on the race/gender/generic victim/revolutionary activist scale. The intersected topics are individually irrelevant — and all the more so when cobbled together.  The use of “intersection” is a postmodern way of plastering bumper-sticker narcissisms without writing, “I am an identity-studies person without much knowledge of literature, history, or languages, but am desperately trying to convey expertise of some sort by piling up a bunch of pseudo-disciplines that credential my victimhood activism.”

Here’s my favorite:

“Diversity” The noun was rebranded in the 1980s, and does not mean what it by nature should — “a range” or “multiplicity.” No one furthers the goals of “diversity” by ensuring plenty of conservatives, liberals, radicals and reactionaries on campus, or welcoming lots of Christian fundamentalists as well as atheists and Muslims. The word instead is a euphemism for non-white, non-male, non-heterosexual, non-Christian, and non-liberal. It is a relative and entirely political noun. The University of Missouri football team can both be 52% African-American and proof of diversity, even if African-Americans make up less than 12% of the population — in a way that all white and elderly Democratic primary candidates are honorifically diverse by virtue of their homogeneous left-wing politics.

Let’s be honest; the political Left, especially that branch of the Left that inhabits our universities, is not in the least interested in intellectual diversity.  The diversity they seek, as the esteemed Dr. Hanson correctly notes, is only of the most trivial sort; diversity of melanin content and diversity of surnames.  Diversity in thought is not to be tolerated, as recent protests and expressions of outrage have made very plain.

Don’t believe it?  Try suggesting to any of our major campuses that Thomas Sowell, Herman Cain or Michelle Malkin be invited to speak on a college campus.  Wait (assuredly no more than a few seconds) for the howls of outrage.

Facepalm-bearNow suggest the invitation of the decidedly white Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton.

See where we’re going with this?

NewSpeak is alive and well in our university system.  Words mean only what the university intelligentsia want them to mean, and nothing more.  It’s another good argument for sidestepping what has increasingly become an obsolete system for delivering to the world young graduates with marketable skills.

Goodbye, Blue Flame-Throwing Monday

Goodbye, Blue Monday!
Goodbye, Blue Monday!

Here’s something I need:  a flamethrower.  Predictably, a leftie pol already has her panties in a bunch over the very idea.  Excerpt:

A couple of innovative entrepreneurs, the kind of manufacturers that made America the industrial power of the world that it is, have created personal flamethrowers that throw honest-to-God liquid fire for dozens of feet.

These flamethrowers are easy to use. They are affordable. And of course, they are fun.

But to a buzz-killing Democrat in Michigan, Rep. Sarah Roberts, the question of whether flamethrowers should be outlawed in her state is a simple question of personal safety — not convenience, fun or even personal liberty.

“There is no good reason for anyone to have or use a flamethrower,” said Roberts. “These are dangerous devices.”

Well, yeah. That’s why they’re called “flamethrowers,” right?

To people like Quinn Whitehead, the boss at Throwflame, a Cleveland company where they’ve created the X15 personal flamethrower, it is a question of personal convenience, liberty and fun.

“Anyone can go out and buy some matches and a gas can if they want to cause harm,” Whitehead told PJM. “But there are already laws on the books against doing harm to others or property. So I don’t think there is any need for more restrictions on our personal freedom.”

To answer Rep. Roberts’ question, as far as my reason for wanting a flamethrower, my first answer would be “none of your damn business.”  But seriously, if I’m over here, and the thing I want to set on fire is over there, a flamethrower just seems like the logical tool for the job.


flamethrower_walkfar500Seriously, flamethrowers are useful for all sorts of things besides clearing bunkers.  They are used in controlled burns, in alighting brush piles when clearing land (probably safer than the mixture of kerosene and old tires the Old Man used to use) and besides, they’re fun.

Oh, but all the crimes that have been committed with flamethrowers in the 49 states where they are legal!  You can count them…

…On one hand, minus five fingers.

So, yes, a flamethrower is on the “one of these days” project list.  Loyal sidekick Rat agrees, and one day you will see our flamethrower appear on these pages, in a fiery and glorious display of the Manly Arts.  Stay tuned!

Interpol States the Bloody Obvious

Armed Citizens May Be the Solution to Terrorism, Says Interpol Secretary General.  Well, no shit.  Excerpt:

ArmedIn an interview with ABC News, Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble said:

“Societies have to think about how they’re going to approach the problem,” Noble said. “One is to say we want an armed citizenry; you can see the reason for that. Another is to say the enclaves are so secure that in order to get into the soft target you’re going to have to pass through extraordinary security.”

“Enclaves” translates as “any place people gather,” which could be a mall, a theater, a supermarket, a town square… That’s an awful lot of secure perimeters to set up. No doubt, plenty of police unions and politically well-connected private security companies would love to see that effort made, but are you really going to throw a cordon up every time a few people gather to chat about the weather or have a barbecue? Unusually for a government official (he was the Undersecretary for Enforcement of the United States Department of the Treasury, in charge of the Secret Service as well as the ATF), Noble obviously sees that as a bit of a daunting challenge. He adds:

“Ask yourself: If that was Denver, Col., if that was Texas, would those guys have been able to spend hours, days, shooting people randomly?” Noble said, referring to states with pro-gun traditions. “What I’m saying is it makes police around the world question their views on gun control. It makes citizens question their views on gun control. You have to ask yourself, ‘Is an armed citizenry more necessary now than it was in the past with an evolving threat of terrorism?’ This is something that has to be discussed.”

“For me it’s a profound question,” he continued. “People are quick to say ‘gun control, people shouldn’t be armed,’ etc., etc. I think they have to ask themselves: ‘Where would you have wanted to be? In a city where there was gun control and no citizens armed if you’re in a Westgate mall, or in a place like Denver or Texas?'”

Girls with GunsFrankly, this rates a big 9.9 out of 10 on the “no shit-o-meter.”  But it’s nice to see some sanity creeping into the discourse, right?

Like nutbar mass shooters, terrorists go for soft targets – except, perhaps, for the “Draw Muhammad” attackers, who armed themselves with AK’s and were promptly taken down by one Texas lawman with a service sidearm.  Aside from those two chuckleheads, terrorists go for the unarmed.

So there’s the obvious solution, True Believers; arm yourselves.  Get a carry gun, get a permit if your jurisdiction requires one, practice, practice, practice and carry.  A significant portion of armed citizens is the best counter-terror weapon we can possibly produce.

Rule Five Friday

2015_11_20_Rule Five Friday (1)Eat Food and Die.  Riiiiggght.  Excerpt:

By now you’ve heard about a new World Health Organization report that links consumption of bacon, sausage, beef, and other meats to cancer.

Some early reports, based on the WHO classification, painted the connection between bacon and cancer as equivalent to that between cigarette smoking and cancer.

2015_11_20_Rule Five Friday (2)Many activists used the WHO announcement as cause to take a victory lap. #BanBacon, a subtle hashtag created earlier this year by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a vegan group, got a new workout.

But the facts appear to be catching up to the frenzy.“It is certainly very inappropriate to suggest that any adverse effect of bacon and sausages on the risk of bowel cancer is comparable to the dangers of tobacco smoke, which is loaded with known chemical carcinogens and increases the risk of lung cancer in cigarette smokers by around 20 fold,” Dr. Ian Johnson of the Institute of Food Research told Britain’s Telegraph.

Perspective like this helps. As others have noted, the increased risk associated with eating bacon and the other foods listed in the WHO report is scant—something along the lines of an increase of one percentage point 2015_11_20_Rule Five Friday (3)(from five percent to six percent). The WHO itself clarified this point in the wake of the fatalistic headlines caused by its report.

The WHO report estimates that 34,000 out of 56 million annual deaths worldwide may be attributable to eating processed meats. That’s 0.06 percent of all deaths worldwide.

The molehill of risk has real-world implications. In fact, it could lead to a mountain of regulations and litigation—beginning right here in America.

Let’s face it –  the one thing we can count on in this life is that none of us are getting out of it alive.

I’m fond of many things that probably aren’t good for me – beer, straight Scotch, bacon, sausage, pizzas. cheese bread, to name just a 2015_11_20_Rule Five Friday (4)few.  And if every strip of bacon eaten takes a minute off your life, I would have died in 1762.

Now, as for the “Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine,” that, True Believers, is three lies for the price of one.  The PCRM includes very few actual physicians among their membership; they are not overly concerned with medicine, and they are not – say again not – responsible.  They advocate for veganism, which would be one thing if they just tried to persuade.

But they don’t want to persuade you to give up bacon and sausage and other wonderful animal foods.  They want to coerce you to do 2015_11_20_Rule Five Friday (5)what they think is best, whether you would or not, and they want to use the force of law to do so.

Fortunately for all of us, they are the very definition of a fringe group.  Just a few hundred loony fucksticks ranting and raving about the idea that somebody, somewhere, may be enjoying themselves.

The very distilled essence of the political class in America today, in other words.

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Probably not actually one of our ancestors.
Probably not actually one of our ancestors.

The picture of human origins is a complicated one, and now it turns out one early human was more complicated than we thought.  Excerpt:

A mysterious extinct branch of the human family tree that once interbred with modern humans was more genetically diverse than Neanderthals, a finding that also suggests many of these early humans called Denisovans existed in what is now southern Siberia, researchers say.

In 2008, scientists unearthed a finger bone and teeth in Denisova cave in Siberia’s Altai Mountains that belonged to lost relatives now known as the Denisovans (dee-NEE-soh-vens). Analysis of DNA extracted from a finger bone from a young Denisovan girl suggested they shared a common origin with Neanderthals, but were nearly as genetically distinct from Neanderthals as Neanderthals were from living people.

A deeper understanding of extinct human lineages could shed light on modern human evolution. For instance, analysis of the Denisovan genome showed that Denisovans have contributed on the order of 5 percent of their DNA to the genomes of present-day people in Oceania, and about 0.2 percent to the genomes of Native Americans and mainland Asians. These DNA contributions not only signify interbreeding between the two groups (scientists have yet to definitively call Denisovans a separate species), but also may explain the origin of some traits of living humans.

Probably not an accurate reproduction.
Probably not an accurate reproduction.

The Denisovans and the Neandertal both contributed to the modern human genome.  Several modern human traits – red hair, blue eyes, adaptations for high altitude, maybe even pale skins – may come from one or both  of these species.

The fact that out of several human species, only ours remains on Earth, has long been a subject of debate among paleoanthropologists.  But there really isn’t just one untouched human species – we carry bits of those long-lost peoples with us.

I’ve always been fascinated by the story of human origins.  It’s in interesting field, and one that seems to uncover some new information almost every month.

Animal’s Hump Day News

Happy Hump Day!
Happy Hump Day!

True story:  When I arrived in San Francisco last Sunday morning, I left the airport to take the airport train out to the rental car agency.  It being a Sunday, I was not in work clothes, but jeans, cowboy shirt and – as I often do – wearing my Aurora Gun Club cap.

A young man, of the Millennial generation by his appearance, noticed the cap.  “If you ask me,” he said loudly enough to make sure I overheard, “a gun club cap in San Francisco isn’t very PC.”

I looked at him, made eye contact, and gave forth in my best John Wayne impression:  “I didn’t ask,” was my reply.

Unspoken in those four syllables but stated plainly in my tone and body language were the messages “I don’t give a flying fuck what you think,” and “if you’re even smart enough to pound sand, which isn’t at all clear, you’ll drop it right now.”

He got the message.  He dropped it, a sheepish grin being his only reply.

Derp BearSeriously, what makes people think it appropriate to make smartass comments about total strangers?

This isn’t the first time this has happened to me, nor should that be surprising to anyone who, like yr. obdt, has lived more than a half-century.  So what about you, True Believers?  Have any of you been on the receiving end of similar smartass remarks?  If so, please share your experience on the receiving end of this kind of derp in the comments.

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angry-frenchmanTime is short, so just a few  few random notes this morning.

First:  France is kicking some ass in Syria. Really.

Also in France, the French political Right is gaining ground in the wake of the attacks.  Not really surprising.

And in the “What could possibly go wrong?” category, our own Governor Hickenlooper says he will welcome Syrian refugees in Colorado.  In case you missed it, one of the Paris attackers gained entry into Europe as a refugee.

triple-facepalmThis is worth reading; Jillian Becker on race.   Meanwhile, at Dartmouth, Black Lives Matter protesters chant “Fuck you, you filthy white fucks.”  How is that not racist?



And on that self-parodying note, we return you to your Tuesday, already in progress.

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