Doofus Of The Day #778

How embarrassing is this? An American student had an embarrassing ordeal in southern Germany when he climbed into a giant sculpture of female genitalia and got himself stuck. Thought to have climbed in for a dare on Friday afternoon, the exchange student got his legs trapped inside a giant marble vagina sculpture, which has stood at the Schnarrenberg Institute for Microbiology and Virology in Tübingen for the past 13 years. When the man found he could not free himself, fifteen of his friends tried to intervene to pull him out. When they failed, they called the emergency services. In the

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Lessons learned this morning

It’s been an interesting morning.  Lessons learned: If you’re sitting in front of your computer, with a cat peacefully lying in the crook of one arm, it will go from fast asleep to ACTION STATIONS!!! in about one-tenth of a second when it hears the buzz of a passing fly. The transition will be painful for any portion of one’s anatomy within reach of the cat’s claws. It will also be hazardous to your keyboard, coffee mug, and anything else within a two-foot radius of the cat’s position. When the fly disappears behind your monitor, so will the cat.  This

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Around The Blogs 2014-06-22

I haven’t had as much time to surf the blogosphere as I’d like this past week;  but I found several interesting posts nonetheless. # # # Linoge tells us about Choate’s Car Rescue Tool.  It’s a combination window punch (to break automotive glass in an emergency), seatbelt cutter, and ice scraper – but the way it’s designed makes it a very useful defensive weapon as well.  Take a look and see for yourself.  I was impressed. # # # Hugh Howey, best-selling independent self-published author, points out that in terms of the publishing industry, ‘Big Publishing is the problem‘.  He

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Doofus Of The Day #777

Today’s award goes, jointly and severally, to the idiots responsible for this. Some folks target shooting with high-powered rifles on a Johnson County farm this weekend apparently thought they were being safe, but four bullets ended up in two houses hundreds of yards away — in children’s rooms. . . . According to a Greenwood police report, 10 to 14 people were target shooting, but not the homeowner himself. Most of the shooters were teenagers, using AR-15 weapons. . . . The residents in the first home hit heard a bang, came into a room to find a puff of

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OK, that’s weird!

Here’s an advertisement for All Nippon Airways, complete with dancing jumbo jets, to celebrate the opening of a new airport terminal a few years ago. And I thought I couldn’t get airsick on the ground . . . silly me! Peter

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Thank you to all concerned

I’m sitting here a little bemused – but very pleased – by the response to two recent posts. First, my rant about the stupidity of ‘educating rapists’ has received more direct views than any other article I’ve ever written – well over 3,100 at the time of writing.  Many came from Larry Correia’s blog, with a number of others from other bloggers, forum posts, etc. that referenced it.  I’m very grateful to all of you who visited – particularly those who decided to buy a book while you were here!  Thanks very much. (On that subject, I’ve received a few

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Big Brother and his henchmen are getting bigger

The ever-more-intrusive centralized dictatorship that the United States has become is growing more so.  Three reports over the past week illustrate the extent to which Big Brother is preparing to dictate to us, the citizens of this Republic, whether or not there’s constitutional justification for what’s being imposed. First, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has granted itself new powers to shut down any business at the stroke of a pen, without prior legal proceedings. Last week the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, through the power of Dodd-Frank, passed a rule giving the agency unprecedented power to shut down businesses, no matter

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“Education for rapists” – don’t believe the bull!

Some of you have doubtless been following the politically correct brouhaha over defense against rape, sparked by Miss Nevada’s comments about self-defense for women.  Most of the liberal/progressive/feminist wing insisted that this was a terrible idea, and that the “rape culture” was to blame, and what was needed was “education for rapists” so that they wouldn’t do it any more.  (YGTBSM!!!) Needless to say, such a ridiculous suggestion attracted multiple fiskings from the usual suspects.  Blog buddy and best-selling author Larry Correia wrote one of his brilliant debunkings of the loony left, which attracted sturm und drang from them and

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An appeal to my readers

To those of you who’ve read (and hopefully enjoyed) my latest book, ‘War To The Knife‘: Please, please put up a review on Amazon.com!  Even if it’s short, just to say you liked it, that’s great.  There are several marketing opportunities that only open up when a book has a certain number of reviews, and I’d love to be able to use them. I’d be very grateful if you’d please spread the word about the book’s availability on your blogs or social media pages.  I’m totally reliant on word-of-mouth at this stage to publicize the book, so your help will

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Danger looms in the Middle East

The current crisis in Iraq is but the harbinger of many more fractures along political and social fault lines in the region.  Those who are glibly calling for yet more US intervention in the region have little or no idea what that might imply.  They want to ‘put the lid on’ the situation, keep things under control.  I have news for them.  There’s little or no chance that anyone can succeed in that any more. Consider the situation in the Middle East right now.  This graphic from the Daily Mail is a good place to start (click it for a

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