Doofus Of The Day #955

Today’s award goes to three special snowflakes – if, that is, it’s politically correct to refer to a black person as a ‘snowflake’ – at Pomona College in California.  According to The College Fix: If you want a window into how progressive students are being taught to think at privileged, sheltered campuses, look no further than an open letter to the outgoing president of Pomona College from three self-identified black students. . . . Dray Denson, Avery Jonas and Shanaya Stephenson were responding to an April 7 email to the campus community by Oxtoby that criticized the mob tactics that

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Selective denial or ‘rationing’ of health care?

According to Karl Denninger, it’s likely in due course, thanks to budget pressures. I claim no special power here, nor any inside information.  This is simply arithmetic coupled with logic. . . . … on the math, we have roughly 5 years before the US Federal Government will attempt to spend $2 trillion a year between Medicare and Medicaid annually, $600 billion more on a yearly basis than it spends now.  It may try to forcibly shift some of the Medicaid spending to the States (as the AHCA did) but the bottom line will continue to expand at its ~9%

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Ashbutt, “helping” . . .

. . . to write the next book. Ashbutt’s been particularly playful and kitten-“needy” today, demanding to be picked up and cuddled after a huge thunderstorm scared him early this morning.  Oh, well . . . he’s still very much a child, despite his impressive size – coming up ten months old. Peter

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Of storms, drains and steps

We’ve just contracted to have our property’s drainage improved, because too much water was getting off our house’s roof in an uncontrolled way, and eroding the ground near our home’s foundations.  The contractor dug a ditch in which to lay pipe and drainage . . . only to have a real gully-washer of a thunderstorm hit us at about 3.30 this morning, filling it with mud and dirt, and threatening to submerge a ladder he’d left in the newly-excavated space.  It was a mess, to put it mildly. He and his workers have been cleaning up the diggings and preparing

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Ammo testing update

To add to my articles last week about caliber, cartridge and firearm selection, Lucky Gunner has just added .38 Special and .357 Magnum to the list of cartridges it’s tested in ballistic gelatin.  They’ve taken samples of most available loads, run them through everyday firearms, and posted the results.  It’s a very useful tool to find out how your chosen round performs in that test medium, or to help you select one if necessary. I hasten to add that ballistic gelatin isn’t a perfect simulacrum of human flesh, which contains tissues of varying density (bone, muscle, fat, etc.), and varies

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A second, or even a third, life for the Avenger?

Late last year I speculated about the present status and future potential of the General Atomics Predator C, also known as the Avenger (the prototype of which is shown below), and, in maritime form, as the proposed Sea Avenger. Now the company has confirmed that it’ll offer the Sea Avenger as a base platform for the US Navy’s MQ-25 Stingray project. The MQ-25 Stingray evolved from the ashes of the U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Carrier Launched Surveillance and Strike (UCLASS) program. The program was introduced publicly in the Navy’s fiscal year 2017 budget submission.  The aircrafted was redesignated the MQ-25 (M for

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That’s telling her!

How to put an irritating, whiny, poseur politician in her place.  From Senator Fauxcahontas Warren: And the reply, from a retired US Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant who’s now a Senior Fellow at the London Center for Policy Research: Question answered, I’d say! Peter

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There’s a way around almost anything, if you try hard enough . . .

I was amused at the lengths (literally) to which some people will go to get – or sell – a drink. On April 1st, India’s Supreme Court issued an order that bars, pubs and liquor shops across the country should be at least 500m away from state and national highways. The new rule hit business owners hard, and many of them have had to shut down their operations in the last two weeks. But one resourceful bar owner in Kerala appears to have come up with an effective, albeit unconventional, way of bypassing the requirement – by turning the entrance

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A sad farewell to John Clarke

Regular readers will recall that on occasion, I’ve put up a comic interview from Australian comedians John Clarke and Bryan Dawe.  Dawe always played a TV interviewer, while the person being interviewed was played (masterfully) by John Clarke. Sadly, Mr. Clarke died of a heart attack last weekend, while climbing Mount Abrupt in the Grampians in Australia.  He’d been in apparently good health up until then, so his death was a huge shock to many of his fans – even more so to Mr. Dawe, his partner in entertainment for decades.  He’s given an extended interview, telling of his reaction

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