A black police officer has some words for Black Lives Matter

They aren’t words they’re going to want to hear. I watched and lived through the crime that took place in the hood. My own black people killing others over nothing. Crack heads and heroin addicts lined the lobby of my building as I shuffled around them to make my way to our 1 bedroom apartment with 6 of us living inside. I used to be woken up in the middle of the night by the sound of gun fire, only to look outside and see that it was 2 African Americans shooting at each other. It never sat right with

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The tongue-in-cheek history of ejection seats

Reader M. J. sent me the link to this video.  It looks to date from the 1950’s or early 1960’s, and provides a comic look at the development of the first ejection seats.  It’s a bit hokey by today’s standards, but it’s still a lot of fun for aviation enthusiasts. I think I met that test pilot (or his near relation) back in South Africa, while working on another aviation project . . . I remember the scowl, and the bad language! Peter

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As predicted, the used car market seems to be shaking out

Back in April, I linked to an article that predicted a major decline in used car prices – perhaps as much as 50% over the next couple of years.  A few months later, I linked to other sources that pointed to the US auto industry as a whole being in serious trouble, largely because of pricing issues. I’m now seeing those predictions play out in reality.  Miss D. and I have been considering replacing one of our older vehicles.  Due to the astronomical prices demanded for new vehicles, we’ve ruled out buying one, and are looking at relatively recent-model used cars. 

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The most successfully crowd-funded comic book in history?

Some weeks ago, a crowdfunding venture was launched to start Alt*Hero, a comic that would embody the old-style values of that medium and eschew the politically correct line being hewed to by most of the formerly mainstream media companies in that market. It’s not before time.  As just two examples of just how ridiculous the SJW takeover of comics has become, consider these.  (Click the first image for a larger view.) All that politically correct posturing in comic books?  Ye Gods and little fishes . . . !  (It’s also killing their sales, as a Marvel Comics VP admitted recently, and as

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Rock ‘n roll – air travel edition

There were extremely dangerous wind shear and crosswind conditions at the airport of Salzburg, Austria yesterday.  This flight nearly came a cropper as it touched down, saved only by the quick reactions of the pilots, who took off again at once – and headed back to their airport of origin, rather than try to land again.  I can’t say I blame them! First, how it looked to observers. Next, how it looked from inside the plane.  There’s no sound on this video, so don’t adjust your computer’s volume. Time for everyone aboard to change their underwear, I’d say! Peter

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Goodbye to the Hotel California?

I’m sure readers are aware of the efforts of ‘Yes California‘ and other parties to have California secede from the United States.  In the light of that state’s increasingly frenzied, illogical, irrational liberalism, many in the US wish they’d do it . . . but don’t predict a successful separation. That’s what gave rise to a new anthology put together by J. L. Curtis, better known to many as blogger Old NFO. The blurb reads: When California declares independence, their dreams of socialist diversity become nightmares for many from the high Sierras to the Central Valley. Follow the lives of

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Doofus Of The Day #982

Today’s award goes to a wannabe holdup artist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. . . . two employees noticed something familiar about the robber’s voice and facial features “visible through the holes” in his ski mask. “Cleveland, is that you?” one of the employees asked, according to East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s police records of the Oct. 3 incident. “No, it’s not me” Cleveland Willis, 28, the suspected robber replied, according to police records. Willis worked for the KFC for “several months” with the same coworkers he’s suspected of robbing. He was also seen seen driving away from the crime scene

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And it took scientists to figure this out?

I’m a bit mind-boggled by a headline in the Telegraph: Drinking red wine improves chances of getting pregnant, major study finds Since when were scientists needed to figure this out?  Haven’t we known this since oh, about half an hour after red wine was invented?  For that matter, why not just say “alcohol” and be done with it? Of course, it’s actually a serious study, and it does point out that “while red wine appears to be helpful, white wine, beer and spirits were not linked to higher fertility” . . . but the opportunity to poke fun at the

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