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Saturday, December 03, 2016

Estrogen-free Trivia

From IMDB:

"The Hunt for Red October" is a manly film: Gates McFadden with Louise Borras (as Jack Ryan's wife and daughter) and Denise E. James as a flight attendant have the only credited female speaking roles, and all of their dialog scenes are over before the end of the opening credits. There is an uncredited female engineer speaking in the background at Skip Tyler's dry dock and another (non-speaking) flight attendant appears at the end, but apart from that there are no other women in the film.

And now you understand why you love the movie so much.

Friday, December 02, 2016


From the Can't Make This Shit Up Department, a Virginia school district banned "To Kill a Mockingbird" -- widely considered the most influential anti-racism novel ever written -- because it contains racial slurs.

As Larry the Cable Guy would say, that right there's a whole 'nother kinda stupid.


Flammable liquids + Stupid ghetto rats = Natural selection. Uncle Chuck's got this moron on his list.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Friday Timewaster

Yes, I'm aware it's only Thursday. I'm not completely sodded and senile just yet. I'm posting this early to give you an extra day to grab it, as it's only available for three days, starting today. What is "it," you ask? Why, it's an early Xmas present: a totally free (and DRM-free) copy of Neverwinter Nights Diamond Edition from GOG.com.

For those of you what dwell outside of the Geekosphere, this was one of the seminal Dungeons & Dragons-based CRPGs. I put hundreds of hours into this game a decade ago. While it's a little long in the tooth these days, it is still quite playable. There are a great many custom-built modules and mods available for it, but even the base campaign is worth a good 40 hours of gameplay. Go get ya some.




You'll be wanting one of these:

The pack itself is lightweight enough to be carried by a single person and can reportedly fly for up to 10 minutes and reach speeds of 60 mph (96 kph). Mounted to each side is a small engine that provides upward thrust. The JB-10 uses twin turbo jets which have been specially adapted, reducing the size compared to turbofans, which run cooler and consume less fuel.

Its inventors says it is 'inherently stable but also capable of very dynamic manoeuvres thanks to our approach to engine vectoring'.

Even more interesting is this tantalizing bit:

The team are developing a heavy lift version of the jetpack for the US special forces. The current jetpack has two engines and can lift 350lbs while the US military version will have four engines and lift 700lbs

That would open up some very interesting tactical possibilities. Imagine a company of Rangers or Marines equipped with these things. It would be the ultimate evolution of vertical envelopment, requiring no planes or helicopters...

During a battalion-level attack, one of your companies uses these jetpacks to flank around the enemy. With a 700-lbs lifting capacity, each of them could be armed with some pretty heavy ordnance, perhaps 5.56 miniguns with 3,000 rounds of ammo. That's enough firepower to saturate every square inch of a large defensive position in less than a minute. When the miniguns are empty, they drop the jetpacks and suddenly you have an entire rifle company directly in the enemy's rear. You effectively destroy an entire enemy battalion while taking very few losses. Do that a couple of times and the Bad Guys will start thinking they may as well just stay home.

Tech like this is why we should always be striving to come up with new weapons and vehicles. It is the very essence of what peaceniks, conscientious objectors and other shrinking-violet types don't understand: you build better weapons than your enemy not so that you can fight world wars, but in order to keep small wars brief, thus preventing them from turning into world wars.

Only children and fools believe that war can be abolished; it is part of who we are, the primal essence of the aggressive ape which has made us the dominant species on Earth. That does not mean, however, that we cannot keep the inevitable wars to a minimum, both in frequency and duration. "Peace through superior firepower" isn't just a t-shirt slogan, it's the harsh truth.

If you are one of those fools who choose to disregard reality, that's fine. Better men will fight in your place. Your only concern is to stay out of the way of the tribe's warriors; nothing more will be asked of you. The price of such safety is this: when you see tax dollars being channeled towards developing new and very expensive weapon systems, just clamp your teeth together and keep walking. That's none of your concern.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Legal Special Ed

Him and him... but not him:

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 14 years ago that mentally disabled people could not be executed, but allowed states to decide how to define whether a person convicted of a crime punishable with death was of sound mind.

The rule used to decide on death sentences in Texas -- based on the character Lennie in John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice and Men -- is set to be tested in the U.S. Supreme Court by lawyers representing Bobby James Moore, who was convicted of shooting a convenience store clerk in a 1980 robbery attempt.

Here in Texas we interpreted that ridiculous ruling as tightly as possible in order to nullify it. Why? Because it's fucking stupid, that's why. Saying somebody gets a pass on murder because they're a retard is, well... retarded. The death penalty serves two purposes. The first, obviously, is the deterrent factor: kill somebody and the state kills you back. Even the densest person can figure out the math behind that principle.

The second reason for capital punishment, however, is arguably even more important: it prevents that person from further contaminating the gene pool. How much less fit is a retarded murderer? So we just lock him up for fifty years in order to salve the conscience of people too weak-willed to push the button on a 'tard? Really? That's not logic or justice, that's emotional pandering.

If you shoot a shopkeeper in the head with a shotgun during a burglary, you're a murderer. If you have to use your toes to count to twenty, that's your problem. It doesn't change the fact that you JUST FUCKING MURDERED SOMEONE.

If we are going to let the 'tards move freely about in our society and attempt to be full participants, then they MUST be subject to the same laws as everyone else. Exceptions -- even one exception -- creates a special class within that society. That isn't so much a legal slippery slope as it is a vertical cliff.

Hence the Texas interpretation. We don't tolerate capital crimes here, and we want it understood that nobody gets a pass, regardless of their I.Q. If you don't like it, leave Texas. We'll buy you a bus ticket.

As for SCOTUS, based upon some of their recent decisions I'd say they can go fuck themselves as well.

Vegan Dining

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Open With Caution

Monday, November 28, 2016

Block Party

While the leftards in the American media and Hollywood were mourning the death of Fidel Castro, those people who actually lived under communism and escaped it were dancing in the streets -- literally:

News of Fidel Castro’s death prompted celebrations in the streets of Miami’s Cuban-American neighborhood, Little Havana. Banging pots, pans and drums, they celebrated like it was a family reunion. The most-hated member of the family was gone.

“Satan, Fidel is now yours,” read one man’s sign. “Give him what he deserves. Don’t let him rest in peace.”

You'd think a scene like that would make the leftists and pro-commies in this country reflect and perhaps even re-examine their position. You'd think. But I learned long ago not to expect careful observation and rational deduction from anyone on the left. They live in a fantasy world, wherein reality intrudes only infrequently and is quickly exiled.


Going for a new record

Chicago is apparently not content with breaking the annual records both for shootings and gun-related homicides. This past Thanksgiving weekend they decided to take a stab (so to speak) at the most shootings in less-than-24-hours category:

Two men were killed and 15 other people, including two 15-year-old boys, were wounded in shootings between Saturday afternoon and early Sunday, police said.

Not bad. Again, the kill-per-hit ratio is far too low, however. Remember, thugs: BRASS. Breathe, Relax, Aim, Stop breathing, Squeeze. Center-mass sight picture, none of that fancy headshot nonsense. And for fuck's sake, HOLD THE PISTOL UPRIGHT. The sights are on top of it for a reason.

UPDATE: Total tally for Thanksgiving weekend in Chicago: 61 shot, nine killed.

Impressive. Most impressive...

Thursday, November 24, 2016

You say you want a Revolution...

Thursday Tunes

A bit o' Thanksgiving metal from 20 lb Sledge. This guy is the drummer. (It's really good music for riding your motorcycle in an excessively fast and delightfully dangerous manner.)