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A Triumph of the Human Spirit

Sometimes, I need a lift.  Not just a ‘good time’, but something to remind me of others trials and tribulations in Life. And how they overcame them.

Life – It’s not just a board game or a cereal, anymore.

Being a fan of movies, I look to them as a source.  (We’re not talking Pauly Shore, here, people.)

I watched one last night.  The Great Escape.  A fine film in it’s own right, based on a true and sad story about men fighting for freedom.  What they endured, how they overcame, and sometimes were killed.

If you’ve not seen it, you should.  Or read the book.  (You Tube gives me nothing FTC!)

“I’m from the government, and…

…I’m here to protect you!”

NHTSA to require backup cameras on all vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a proposed rule Monday (two weeks ago) requiring all new light vehicles — including cars, SUVs, trucks and vans — to have “rear-view visibility systems,” in effect, requiring backup cameras.

The rule — which would be final in 60 days — would start phasing in on May 1, 2016 models and be at 100% May 1, 2018.

Yes, my friends, the almighty government is saving us once again.

It is to be ultimately a NERF™ WORLD!

I thing JayG said it best:

The problem isn’t that drivers can’t see the people behind them, it’s that the drivers aren’t looking. The video that plays in the accompanying story is a very sad one indeed – a woman out for a walk was backed over by a teenaged driver. It’s terrible, certainly, and 100% avoidable. But to think that a backup camera would make a teenager pay better attention? REALLY?

Driving, not unlike carrying a firearm, is an inherently dangerous act!

PAY ATTENTION!

h/t MArooned

Dominoes

“Mistakes were made…” (courtesy of Kent McGonigal)

When the first person initiated force or theft and was allowed to live…
And when the first person fell for the belief in “authority“…
Which led to those who survived their initiation of force and theft setting themselves up as “government”.
When the first govthug made up a rule that wasn’t based upon Natural Law.
When a “standing military” was permitted.
When that military was used in wars of aggression.
When “laws” against owning and carrying certain weapons were imposed and not defied universally.
When those rules were applied to people whose ONE JOB (whether it’s a legitimate “job” or not) is to use weapons.
And that leads directly to a government pawn killing government pawns in a “gun free zone”- Ft. Hood.
And, yes, it is a “gun free zone” anytime the right to own and to carry weapons is violated in any way, and there are “authorized” armed people singled out as above the rule.

And, as long as those same old mistakes keep being made, the same thing will keep happening. The enormity of the stupidity is astounding.

h/t Kent’s “Hooligan Libertarian” Blog

There’s A New Burgermeister In Town!

It’s no secret I likes me ‘unhealthy’ food.

If it’s fatty, sugary, bacon-laden, greasy – well, you get the picture.

I do get vegetable matter, primarily through salads.  But, I do like my dressing, croutons, bacon-bits and cheese added.  And I usually drink Coke Zero.  Sometimes beer.

My endocrinologist is not particularly happy with some of my choices (being diabetic, and all), but except for a four year excursion into macrobiotics (wherein I eschewed beef, dairy, sucrose, pork, refined wheat and caffeine), but my numbers are good, and I’ve proper meds,  so I don’t care.

When it comes to burgers, I like taste.  A super-lean turkey or veggie burger just doesn’t do it for me.  What-A-Burger, The Chuckbox, Original Hamburger Works, Thirsty Lion and Culver’s produce fine hamburgers, each different in their own way.  The Chuckbox, Thirsty Lion and Original Hamburger Works have the added joys of beer.  Culver’s has frozen custard, and primo crinkle French fries.

Now there’s a new burgermeister in town!  Freddy’s Steakburgers (and Frozen Custard)!  Similar to the Culver’s chain, but with a smaller menu, Freddy’s has delicious burgers and fries.  Had the frozen custard the other day – tasty, and not overly sweet.  The French fries are very thin, and crisp, and properly cooked – not like the death sticks from some fast-food establishments.  (In-N-Out, are you there?)

Macrobiotics was a long, strange trip.  I felt terrific, slept well, and had amazing energy.  But the lure of the bacon cheeseburgers on the idiot box was too much to bear – soon, I was back into the American fold.

I suspect I won’t live as long eating red meat, but, I’ll be happier.

YRMV

FTC – I buy my own food, thank you very much!

I’m BACK!

Thanks to the extreme capabilities and generosity of my Roommate, who not only found an old laptop for me, but, spend many hours rebooting/reconfiguring the router so we could again enjoy the wonders of the Internet!

There IS a learning curve, as this is a Windows 8 machine, and none of my blog prep files have yet found there way here, but, I AM BACK!

Thank you for your patience.

Guffaw

Possibly Off – Line

I’m STILL having computer/Internet issues!

Roomie thinks it’s the router, and spent two hours messing with THAT last night.

PLUS, the added fun of my tablet ON switch apparently failing.

I’M POSTING THIS FROM MY CELL PHONE, THAT’S WHY NO DAILY CHANGE OF QUOTE, FUNNY, BEAUTY OR YOU TUBE !

If this doesn’t get resolved soon, I may end up off-line.

ARRRRGGGGHHH!

HAPPY 16TH AMENDMENT DAY!

not really…

I’m one of those old coots who think the 16th Amendment (the federal income tax) amendment and the IRS should be abolished immediately!  And, of course, we should abolish the 17th Amendment, as well, and go back to State Governors appointing of U.S. Senators.

Funny how both these amendments came about during the progressive administration of Woodrow Wilson, one of the most evil men to ever hold the office of president.

And more power was usurped by the federal government.

tax deductionsPS – for once, I’m NOT a last-minute Louie ™ !

I completed and submitted my federally-mandated tax forms on April 9!  The good news is I didn’t have to pay.  The bad news is my meager refund was eaten up by the electronic-send-in-the-forms thing.

YIKES!

Still attempting to resolve computer issues.  Using borrowed laptop from roomie – THANKS, J.!

Was told this may be related to the heartbleed thing…

My apologies for not being able to keep to my usual low standards! – Guffaw

Air Marshal director stepping down amid agency gun scheme probe

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Shown at right is Robert Bray, director of the Federal Air Marshal Service.Reuters/TSA.gov

EXCLUSIVE: The director of the Federal Air Marshal Service is retiring after being investigated for his role in an alleged operation to acquire guns for officials’ personal use, FoxNews.com has learned.

Director Robert Bray’s home was raided in December in connection with the ongoing probe, according to sources and documents. Law enforcement and congressional sources told FoxNews.com that Bray’s recently announced retirement, which is effective in June, is directly related to the investigation.

I keep waiting for stories about law enforcement not taking bribes, or getting benefits/property/money under color of authority.

Doing their f’ing job enforcing the law and following their f’ing oath!

Alas, no such stories exist, anymore.  They’re all about bribery, corruption, and filling their pockets or holsters.

Small Arms Review

Nope.  Not the periodical.

Some years ago, I met a guy who became a friend.  He remains so.  At the time, he was actively participating in owning and shooting legal machine guns and such, and was pals with ‘famous’ folks in that firearms community, including a gentleman who at the time was the ‘small arms editor’ for a journal designated for ‘the armchair adventurer’.

And I was anxious to meet him.  At the time, I think I was carrying a borrowed Ruger .357 (thanks, again, Dave!).  I had the perspective of both the poor and the gun poor of such individuals.  Star-struck?  Shiny-brass struck?

I was having a conversation with my sister, who, while she knows I’m a gun guy, has no interest in such things.  And I mentioned this gun writer, Id-ing him as ‘the small arms editor of…”

And, my sister, who has similar (twisted) sense of humor to mine, responded,

Do they have any editors with regular-sized arms?

Of course, we both broke up laughing as we pictured ‘Willie the Penguin Boy’ of sideshow fame!

penguinYes, I should be gassed.

This concludes the politically-incorrect humor portion of our program.

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