Black Lives Matter is conspicuous by its silence

Chicago had a rough month in August. Malik Causey was one of 91 homicide victims in Chicago in August, the deadliest month in the city in two decades and the latest milestone for a metropolis becoming known for its murder rate. Already, killings here have jumped 46 percent over the same period last year, climbing past the 500 mark — a total larger than Los Angeles and New York combined. An analysis of the August toll shows more clearly than ever who’s dying in the Chicago slaughter and what’s behind it: surging violence in a handful of the city’s most

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This may be a buying opportunity for 9mm pistols

In January this year Ruger introduced its ‘American’ 9mm. and .45 pistols, being slightly updated versions of their excellent SR9 and SR45 models.  It’s just announced the compact version of the 9mm. American.  Tamara, who had the chance to shoot it extensively before the launch, has interesting things to say about it here. I have little doubt that the ‘American’ pistol line will be at least as good as the SR line that preceded it.  I highly recommended the full-size SR9 and 9E pistols, and the compact SR9C model, to my handicapped and disabled students, and did the same in

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Voter fraud rears its ugly head yet again

This time it’s in Virginia, according to the Washington Post. The FBI and local police are investigating how at least 19 dead Virginians were recently re-registered to vote in this critical swing state. . . . All of the forms had been submitted by a private group that was working to register voters on the campus of James Madison University, according to the Harrisonburg registrar’s office. The group was not identified. No charges have been filed. . . . House Minority Leader David J. Toscano (D-Charlottesville) said the case was not proof of voter fraud because no one had actually

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Definitely a political tingle!

MSNBC presenter Chris Mathews famously stated in 2008 that he “felt this thrill going up my leg” as President Obama spoke.  (He still hasn’t lived that one down!) A Trump supporter recently provided a “thrill” going up the whole body to an electorally-minded vandal. Shocking, I know . . . but what do you expect in the current political climate? Peter

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That’s real purty . . . and real expensive!

A new world record price for a knife has been realized at an auction in Illinois. A knife presented to President Theodore Roosevelt brought a world record price of $414,000 at auction this past weekend, Sept. 9-11. It is believed to be the most ever paid for an American knife at auction, according to the auctioneer, Rock Island Auction Co. (Click the image for a larger view) The previous world record price for a knife at auction reportedly was $270,000 in 2006 for a piece that was linked to Sam Houston. There’s more at the link. It’s a very attractive

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Guinea fowl and snakes???

I noticed a report that a school in Fremont County, Wyoming, on or near the Shoshone Reservation, has a problem with rattlesnakes migrating near the premises.  There’s a long list of precautions taken by the School Board and local authorities to keep children safe.  One of them is: After speaking with a biologist with the Game and Fish, the district is looking into the feasibility of having a Guinea Fowl farm in the affected area. I did a quick internet search to find out what guinea fowl had to do with snakes.  Some references claimed that the former kill the

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BLM in the USA and ‘refugees’ in Sweden – something in common?

I find it more than a little ironic that Sweden – a nation that prides itself on opening its doors to ‘refugees’ – is now fighting an epidemic of lawlessness caused by those same refugees. The inflow of asylum seekers in Sweden, a country with one of the most liberal laws towards refugees, is putting an increasing strain on the country’s police. There are now reportedly 55 areas in the country, where the law is not fully upheld. The number has risen from 50 in February, when the police last gave a comprehensive report on the issue, and last week,

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Truck woes

Regular readers may recall my truck’s electrical system woes, which have been a problem off and on for three years now.  Furthermore, three and a half years ago, I had to replace the gearbox after the original unit was drained of transmission fluid when a hose came loose.  I bought a Jasper reconditioned unit, with a three-year warranty . . . and sure enough, just after the warranty expired, it’s broken down.  (The mechanic at the local service station rolled his eyes when I told him that, and said he’s seen it more than once with such units.  He advised

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My mom would have boxed my ears instead

I suppose, in this day and age, non-corporal punishment is the norm . . . but it still seems to me that a California teenager got off lightly. It was a morning that any mom with a teenager could relate to, said Nicole Poppic, a 34-year-old veteran and mom of three in Northern California. While her son Alex, 10, and daughter Sammi, 4, were ready and waiting to leave for school, Poppic’s oldest child, Cara, 14, had overslept, and then she spent even more time arguing with her mother about, well, everything. “When we finally got in the car and

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Sad Puppies, loud giggles, and a new book

Back in 2015, I called for a boycott of Tor Books, because one of that company’s editors made scurrilous and completely untrue remarks.  Despite efforts to get the company to deal with the situation, that wasn’t done to anyone’s satisfaction.  (You can read all my posts about the issue, in reverse chronological order, by clicking this link.) The root of the problem was liberal dominance (and manipulation of) the Hugo Awards.  Groups opposed to that included the Sad Puppies (formed by Larry Correia’s fans, and joined by many others) and the Rabid Puppies (led by Vox Day, and rather less willing

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