This one’s for shooting enthusiasts

Those of us who’ve used firearms as day-to-day ‘tools of the trade’ (for various values of ‘trade’), and who’ve had many years’ experience with and exposure to them, all have horror stories of firearms owners and users who make us cringe.  Some are just plain ignorant.  Some are full of movie lore about guns that has little or no foundation in fact – but they won’t be corrected.  “If Clint / Sylvester / Arnold did it, it must be right!”  Others have picked up just enough real knowledge to be dangerous. In the past week, thanks to e-mail correspondents, I’ve

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We have a winner – and what a prize!

I’m finding it hard to stop laughing at this report. A schoolboy in Russia has won a month living with a porn star as a prize in an online competition. Ruslan Schedrin, 16, was told he qualifies to spend a month in a Moscow hotel with the voluptuous Ekaterina Makarova. He appears delighted about the prize, saying the X-rated actress has ‘good sizes’ and he is ‘boiling inside’ – but his mother and sister have reacted furiously. . . . ‘I have told my mother and she has taken it badly, but I think we’ll sort it out. When I

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Another great big clanging warning bell about the economy

David Stockman reports that federal tax revenues are plummeting. Based on the common sense proposition that the nation’s 16 million employers send payroll tax withholding monies to the IRS based on actual labor hours utilized—-and without any regard for phantom jobs embedded in such BLS fantasies as birth/death adjustments and seasonal adjustments——my colleague Lee Adler reports that inflation-adjusted collections have dropped by 7-8% from prior year in the most recent four-week rolling average. (Click to enlarge) As Lee noted in his Wall Street Examiner: The annual rate of change in withholding taxes for collections through Thursday, February 18, approached a

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You don’t say!

Almost as if to echo my perspective last night on Hillary Clinton, Camille Paglia gives her – and the Democratic Party establishment – both barrels. A vote for the scandal-plagued Hillary is a resounding ratification of business as usual – the corrupt marriage of big money and machine politics, practiced by the Clintons with the zest of Boss Tweed, the gluttonous czar of New York’s ruthless Tammany Hall in the 1870s.  What you also get with Hillary is a confused hawkish interventionism that has already dangerously destabilized North Africa and the Mideast.  This is someone who declared her candidacy on

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Vertigo, anyone?

Courtesy of an embed at Daily Timewaster, here’s drone footage of a technician climbing 1,500 feet to do maintenance on an antenna tower near Salem, South Dakota.  Watch it in full-screen mode to get the best results. You couldn’t pay me enough to get me to do that . . . Peter

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The Federalist has lost its everlovin’ mind

I was absolutely dumbfounded to read this article. Star-struck, low-information celebrity cultists will vote for Trump under any circumstances because they do not know any better and do not care. For them, Trump is whatever they want him to be, and they will never change their minds. The rest of us, however, have a much more difficult choice to make. Will we really oppose Trump to the point of accepting any alternative, including Hillary Clinton? The answer, at least for me, is: Yes. If forced into a choice between Clinton and Trump, I will prefer Hillary Clinton. The future of

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The welfare state begets dependency. Imagine that!

A British researcher has published a book ‘revealing’ what many (including yours truly) have believed for years – that welfare itself increases the number of those who actually resist going to work, preferring to remain on benefits indefinitely.  Now the proponents of the ‘nanny state’ are trying to deny him a platform to disseminate his views.  The Telegraph reports: … the welfare state is eroding the economic and social prospects of the nation by increasing the proportion of individuals in the population who possess the employment-resistant personality profile. As the book explains, this proliferation of employment-resistant personality characteristics occurs due

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So much for Cecil

Remember the fuss over Cecil the lion, killed by a hunter in Zimbabwe last year?  The moonbats went ape over it.  Hunting was roundly condemned, the hunter concerned was called a murderer (and many worse things), and one would have thought the Antichrist had been responsible.  (The fact that tens of thousands of Zimbabweans were ill from preventable diseases, and starving to death, never seems to have entered the moonbats’ consciences.  Typical, that.  A lion’s more important to them than human life.) Well, the moonbats’ efforts to ban trophy hunting have now had a side effect they didn’t foresee, but

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Do you use MeWe as an alternative to Twitter/Facebook/Google+?

Following Twitter’s betrayal of trust, I’m looking at possible alternatives, both current and future.  I’m aware that something very interesting is in the air, which will doubtless become clear in a few months’ time;  but right now, there are not too many alternatives out there.  One of them appears to be MeWe.  It claims, in rather high-sounding terms: MeWe began in 2011 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as a vision hatched over a forgettable dinner between good friends who had previously been early founders of social media, Mark Weinstein and Jonathan Wolfe. With Facebook all the rage, Mark and Jonathan felt

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