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Thursday, July 02, 2015

Independence Weekend Timewaster



World of Warships, the seagoing successor to the massively popular World of Tanks, has launched! Okay, technically it's in "open beta," but the developers have stated there will be no more progression wipes and they're selling premium vessels and currency for keeps, so it's launched. A "soft launch" is, I believe, the popular term.

In any event, unlike the abysmally bad World of Warplanes, I can highly recommend this newest horse in Wargaming's stable. It plays out in an appropriately stately manner, with gun ranges measured in miles, and it's just downright gorgeous to look at; that's a cropped screenshot of actual gameplay you see above. The four basic ship types -- destroyers, cruisers, battleships, and carriers -- all play very differently. There are soft sub-divisons within the categories, as well: light cruisers versus heavy cruisers and battlecruisers versus dreadnaughts, for example. These aren't spelled out as such, but if you're a naval history buff, you'll know the difference.

Carriers actually play as a mini-game within the battle space. Just as with real life carrier captains, your primary concern is to find the opposing carriers and capital ships while keeping your own flat top out of harm's way. If you get tired of the fast-moving DD gameplay, just switch to a carrier and you're playing an entirely different game. There is plenty of variety to keep the game from getting stale. Many players find they have a preferred niche; for me it's cruisers, specifically light cruisers. They just click with me for some reason. I love the old battlewagons, but they take a lot of practice and map familiarity. You have to determine very early on what your sailing line will be and begin setting it up early, as the turrets can take over a minute to turn from one side of the ship to the other. If you get out of position and are ambushed by destroyers and light cruisers, you'll be left with nothing to do but count the incoming torpedo wakes...

As with other games of this type, the progression mechanics apply both to earning better ships and upgrading the ships you already own. In place of the crew mechanic from World of Tanks, there is a commander system with a diverse skill tree. The skills you select for a captain as he becomes more experienced can have a significant impact on a vessel's combat effectiveness, far more so than the crews in WoT.

Why are you still here reading my drivelings? Go go try it out; it's free. Click here to get it now. If you already have a Wargaming account for World of Tanks, you can use the same login. Eventually the gold currency and free xp will be shared between the games, but for now it's standalone. I recommend you go ahead and link them for the future.

Oh, and happy Independence Day to all of my fellow American patriots.

It's OK, he's Gay

AUTHORITIES: GAY SLUR CARVED INTO UTAH MAN'S ARM WAS STAGED

This person reported FOUR seperate incidents. That's four times police were called, four times a false report was made, four times City/County resources were wasted, and four times that someone was falsly acussed of a "hate" crime.Yes the person was fictitious, but since this story went viral when it was first released, that means there are many people out there that believe this really happened and they will either miss this article or choose not to believe it. It will perpetuate the narrative that Homosexuals are an oppressed sect of society, which I don't believe anymore. As I have stated just because someone was rude to you doesn't mean it was Racially/Sexually motivated. Many people in this world are just Assholes, and they are assholes to everyone no matter their race, color, creed, or sexual orientation.

Yes this kid needs psychiatric counseling, not this:

Brett Tolman, an attorney for Jones, said the reports were a cry for help initially directed toward people close to him, and Jones didn't realize how much attention they would get.

"I think it's such good evidence of the difficulties members of the gay community deal with, and some make better choices than others," Tolman said.

Or especially this:

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox publicly declared his support after the allegations were reported. Cox said Tuesday that he's relieved that the troubling allegations weren't authentic, but he's concerned for Jones and his family and hopes they find "peace and healing."

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

What we see...

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Let them take arms

Friday, June 26, 2015

Warning! Danger, Will Robinson!

Triggers triggering a trigger:

Everyday Feminism definitely believes in giving people a heads up about material that might provoke our reader’s trauma. However, we use the phrase “content warning” instead of “trigger warning,” as the word “trigger” relies on and evokes violent weaponry imagery. This could be re-traumatizing for folks who have suffered military, police, and other forms of violence. So, while warnings are so necessary and the points in this article are right on, we strongly encourage the term “content warning” instead of “trigger warning.”


So now you can't even warn anyone you're about to potentially trigger them with a micro-aggression without triggering them with a micro-aggression. You might even "re-traumatize" them. I guess that makes them pre-traumatized "folks"...

The Left have officially departed the reservation. Out of the building. Over the cuckoo's nest. El loco. Gone.

Friday Special

Cauldron

Putin is getting bolder and the Europeans are getting more nervous by the day:

NATO announced late Wednesday it will triple the capacity of its Response Force to 40,000 troops.

"We have just taken another step forward in adapting NATO to our changed and more challenging security environment," Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels, Belgium. In light of Russia's involvement in eastern Ukraine and Moscow's recent decision to upgrade its military, including its nuclear arsenal, NATO is "carefully assessing the implications of what Russia is doing, including its nuclear activities," Stoltenberg said.

The multinational alliance has been conducting several military exercises recently. One took place last week in Sweden, and Russia's foreign ministry on Monday accused NATO countries of "sliding into a new military confrontation with destructive consequences."

About the same time, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the addition of 40 intercontinental ballistic missiles to Russia's nuclear arsenal.


So what's the U.S. contribution to this? How are we helping to keep a rapidly reconstituting Soviet Union from spreading its tentacles into eastern Europe?

The U.S. military will position dozens of tanks, Bradley armored fighting vehicles and self-propelled howitzers in those six nations, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday. Carter said the equipment will be moved around Europe for training and exercises.

One analyst, retired Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, said the size of the armor deployment Carter announced Tuesday showed it was more symbolic than strategic. During the Cold War, the United States had the same amount of armor, a brigade, stationed in just one small part of what was then West Germany, said Kimmitt, the former military assistant to the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe.

"We are now talking about taking one brigade combat team and splitting it among these six countries. That should hardly be seen as a threat to Russia," Kimmitt said.


In a word: nothing.

Don't worry, I'm sure Barry has the tee times covered for next week.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Re-homed

Ban Machetes!

Politicians call for tougher machete laws after park attack

Yes, because that will obviously solve the problem of psychotics attacking people with whatever is at hand. I mean, he couldn't possibly have attacked anybody with a kitchen knife or a 2x4 or a snow shovel or a fallen tree limb. Nosiree! Gotta ban those machetes! That's the answer, I tells ya!

A machete is a piece of untempered sheet steel, two small pieces of wood, and two machine screws. I can make one in my garage with hand tools -- HAND tools -- in a couple of hours. So what are you going to do? Ban sheet metal, wood and hand tools?

Stupid fucking Leftists.


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Thursday Tunes

808 State was one of the very first "house" electronic bands, back before that term really even existed. Contemporary with the more mainstream group Enigma, they pushed out some truly unique stuff in the late '80s and early '90s. Today, the house/acid/techno music scene has degenerated into endless rips and re-re-re-mixes. It's drivel, quite honestly. But back in the good old days, there was great stuff like this lovely piece called Pacific State. It was a favorite at many a dance club during my youth, both in the States and abroad.




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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Prophetic Words

I have been re-reading Alexis de Tocqueville's "Democracy in America" and ran across a very interesting passage:

" What good is it to me, after all, if there is an authority always busy to see to the tranquil enjoyment of my pleasures and going ahead to brush all the dangers away from my path without giving me even the trouble to think about it, if that authority, which protects me from the smallest thorns on my journey, is also the absolute master of my liberty and of my life? If it monopolizes all activity and life to such an extent that all around it must languish when it languishes, sleep when it sleeps, and die when it dies?"

I think this paragraph states the whole political objective of the modern Democratic party. They will take care of you as long as you are willing to give up your liberty. Let them make all the hard descisions, and you just keep voting for them and they will take care of you cradle to grave. Obama said just as much when he created the "Julia" scenario. He chronicled the cradle to grave "help" a fictional woman could get from the federal government. Democracy today looks nothing like what Alex saw in the 1800's. He saw a Democracy that all citizens strived towards a betterment of the whole, now you have almost a majority that strive to get as much as they can from someone else's labor.

Learn more of Alexis' thought on American Deomcracy here

Good Advice

A bit of advice from the middle ages, sort of a mix of Miss Manners and Dear Abby. On personal conversations:

"Take heed that with thy spettle thou bedew not his face with whom thou speakest"


Bringeth thine a towelle with yon speech?

Monday, June 22, 2015

The Left Is Eating Itself

Daniel Greenfield writing at Frontpage Magazine:

The Democratic Party has gone from feinting moderate before moving left to being overrun by swarms of lunatics organized around social media and funded by radical billionaires. They are convinced that they have a permanent mandate for total change backed by demographic transformation that will let them do anything they want...

The left is caught in a process of perpetual purges cloaked in demands for justice that shouldn’t have surprised anyone who was at all familiar with the French Revolution or the Bolshevik breakdown. The radicals can’t stop. That is what makes them radicals. And their creed of self-righteous extremism rejects any legal or rational norms leaving them with no resolution except outraged political annihilation.

Yesterday’s radicals become despised moderates to be hounded by the mobs they had once commanded. The Clintons stop being radicals and become symbols of the old regime they had undermined and helped bring down. And then the same fate befalls the man who unleashed the mob.


Radicals are at heart anarchists. They light fires just to watch things burn. In their twisted minds, everything is better if it's on fire. Mr Greenfield is correct: it will never be enough. Give them what they want and they'll get mad at you for giving it to them, then demand something even more radical. It's their nature.

The Left does not produce, it destroys. The most casual perusal of history will show that to be the truth, yet ignorant children in this country continue to fall for this simplest of political shell games every day. This is the end result of destroying first the public education system and then the university system: millions of kids with a swollen sense of entitlement and an utter lack of understanding about economics and government. That formula leads nowhere but self-destruction.

Let's hope we can slip Margaret Thatcher's metaphorical ratchet to the right in 2016. Because if we can't, things are going to get worse very quickly -- for America in particular, and thus for civilization as a whole.

If we cannot salvage the Republic, however, I offer you this single spark of schadenfreude: in Leftist revolutions, those who comprise the mob clamoring for change are the first to be shot. We on the Right are producers; those who would rule Utopia need us and they know it. We'll put our noses down and go back to our jobs. The arrogantly unskilled students and unemployed rabble at Occupy movements are a burden and a liability for them; the sooner disposed of the better. Maybe we'll get to watch the executions on television. I'll bring the popcorn.

How to Become Gluten Intolerant




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Hat-tip to Norman L.

Not a rock...



"Holy shit! That fuckin' rock just MOVED!"

Defaced

There is no bigger coward than a vandal:

Vandals defaced a statue dedicated to the Confederate defenders at a Charleston, S.C., park with red paint that spelled “Black lives matter,” local reports said.


Stay classy, leftoids. Nothing says sophistication and righteousness like vandalism...

“This is the problem. #Racism,” the other blood red message stated.


No, the problem is that you bunch of arrogant little parasites are so ignorant of history, you can't even get the easy shots into the corner pocket. The war wasn't initiated because of slavery. The insistence of the wealthy northern elite (who were Republicans, by the way) in re-writing history to paint themselves as pure-hearted saviors on the moral high ground has resulted in all of the political lessons remaining unlearned. Reconstruction was a political construct, not a social one. If you vandals would spend more time reading and less time smoking dope, you'd know that.

Due to your ignorance, we're going to have to fight another civil war. So be it.

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My target for retirement is right in the middle of that bunch of perfect squares you see in north-central Texas. Just me, the coyotes and the cacti. And the wife, if she wants to come along.