Saturday, December 16, 2006

I'm Time Magazines 2006 "Person of the Year"!!!

I've just learned that I'm sharing the title of Time Magazine's 2006 "Person of the Year." And I thought all this blogging stuff was a waste of time.

Somebody ought to buy me a drink!


More Interweb Quizzes!

You scored as Special Ops. Special ops. You're sneaky, tactful, and a loner. You prefer to do your jobs alone, working where you don't come into contact with people. But everyonce in a while you hit it big and are noticed and given fame. Your given the more sensitive problems. You get things done, and do what has to be done.


Special Ops










Combat Infantry


Support Gunner






Which soldier type are you?
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Thursday, December 14, 2006

Mark your calendar!

Who: Hayes Carll & Friends.

Friends like Todd Snider, Ray Wylie Hubbard, The John Evans Band, The Dedringers and Graham Wilkinson.

What: Stingaree Music Festival.

Hayes Carll is hosting a music festival on the Bolivar Peninsula. Hayes and friends will be performing in a variety of different venues throughout the weekend. There will be beach performances, impromptu beach house concerts and evening shows under the big top.

Where: Crystal Beach.

When: April 13th, 14th & 15th, 2007.

Why: Because it just doesn't get any better than this.

I gotta rent me a beach house for the weekend.

Tickets are $65 and can be purchased here.

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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Just do it.

Go here and vote for the Ranting Sandmonkey.

Then bookmark his blog.

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Another space taker-upper.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Life Imitates Satire

Not that long ago, I posted A Musing on Gun Control, which ended with this:

In other news, the BBC reports that, in an article published in the British Medical Journal, researchers have determined that long pointy knives have no legitimate culinary purpose and should be banned.

I kid you not.

I thought it was a joke. Or as good as a joke, anyway. But damned if they're not doing it. A couple months ago, A recent article in The Scotsman reports: "SWORDS will be banned from sale in Scotland in a new effort to tackle the country's 'booze and blades' culture." And there's this gem from the Edinburgh Evening News:

A CONSCIENTIOUS collector has handed more than 500 letter openers to police during the national knife amnesty.

The Edinburgh man, who asked to remain anonymous, surrendered his collection, which he told officers had taken him more than 40 years to amass.

He said he wanted police to take possession of the sharp-edged letter openers after he grew concerned they could fall into the wrong hands.

Damn. Imagine the havoc if a criminal gang got their hands on these:

But my favorite is this, from The Sun: Star Trek Blade Seized

THIS five-foot martial arts sword capable of beheading a man was recovered by shocked cops in a house raid.

The terrifying Batleth weapon is identical to one wielded by Klingon aliens in the Star Trek sci-fi films.

Officers seized the three-handled sword — which has huge pointed blades at either end — at a home in Gloucester.

Jiminy Christmas! I'm ascared just looking at that thing! Obviously designed with one purpose in mind--to kill people! Why else would anyone own such a thing?

I can see why that wussy twig boy might be afraid of some Trekkie with a bat'leth hanging on his wall, but the idea of grown up people getting worked up about other people owning knives or swords or guns is something I'll never understand.

While "Scotland Yard said it was encouraged by the good response to the government's five-week national campaign." at the same time,
"knife amnesties fail to reduce crime, despite taking thousands of weapons off the streets, according to a police report."

So let's sum it up: It's stupid. It's useless. It infringes individual liberty. But so what if it doesn't work; somebody's got to do something! And doing stupid, useless things that infringe individual liberty is what governments do best!

I think it all comes down to this: Our British friends have degenerated into such a state of impotent wussiness that they have become a parody of themselves. Once upon a time, there were a few men in England who were man enough to pull a knife on the King at Runnymede when necessary to secure his agreement to respect their rights. Now that they've given up their knives, there's not much chance anything like that will happen again any time soon.

As Ben Franklin is said to have said, "Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." I expect they'll be getting everything they deserve.

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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

At last I understand...

At last I understand why the Brits are such wussies when it comes to guns. I've never understood why a once free people would decide that they can no longer trust themselves with the right to keep and bear arms. Until now:

ST. LOUIS: Warm beer led to killing, police say


A St. Louis man was shot to death Sunday night over a warm beer, police said.

St. Louis police say a woman shot her husband, who was about 70 years old, four to five times in the chest after he tried giving her a warm can of Stag beer.

All things considered, it's a wonder the British Isles weren't depopulated centuries ago.

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