Sunday morning music – coronavirus edition

Since we’re all in a dither about the coronavirus pandemic, I thought it might be fun to laugh at our symptoms (medical and otherwise) with some musical medical humor. Let’s start with a song that’s only a few days old, inspired by the current pandemic.  I think it’s a great response to all the fuss. It’s called “Quarantine”, by Mat Best (co-founder of Black Rifle Coffee Company, with which Miss D. and I have a monthly subscription to keep ourselves caffeinated) and Tim Montana. What about a cure for coronavirus?  Ray Stevens has a suggestion, dating back to 1961. An even older folk remedy, dating back to the mid-1870’s,

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Saturday Snippet: The Old Navy

Rear Admiral Daniel P. Mannix III served in the US Navy from the 1890’s until the 1920’s.  He recorded an amusing, absorbing account of his service in his private journals, letters, etc.  Later, his son, well-known author Daniel P. Mannix IV, took those documents and used them to write “The Old Navy”, a record of his father’s life and naval career. The paper edition is long out of print, although used copies are available.  Fortunately, there’s also an inexpensive Kindle edition, which makes the e-book version available to a new generation of readers. Here’s a selection of excerpts from Admiral Mannix’s early years

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French Navy fighters and their pilots at play

The YouTube channel Chasse Embarquée hosts numerous videos of French Navy Rafale fighters aboard the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.  Here’s the latest in their series, released just a few days ago.  It contains some of the best air-to-air photography I’ve seen for a long time. Looks like French fighter pilots enjoy themselves just as much as any other nation’s. Peter

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Shortages or not, be thankful for your toilet paper!

If you’re running low on TP, be thankful you still have some, and don’t have to use an old sailor’s method.  The always interesting Old Salt Blog reports: Sailors in the Age of Sail used tow-rags. What is a tow-rag? As can be seen in the video below, close to the ship’s head — the toilets in the bow or “head” of the ship — there was a long rope ending in a short rag that hung over the side into the water. After using the head, the sailor could then clean his backside with the wet rag then drop the

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Insatiable greed – but I don’t know if it can be stopped

I’ve been struck by how many pressure groups are doing everything they can to get their clients included in federal government bailouts following the coronavirus pandemic.  They defy logic and reason while appealing to emotion, patriotism, naked self-interest (“Our people won’t vote for you unless you include them!”) and everything else they can think of. The governors of America’s 50 states are far from the least guilty.  Anyone would think they were helpless, unable to cope unless they got billions and billions more dollars from the federal government.  In reality, of course, that’s not how America is governed.  The states

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Forthcoming books: I’d appreciate your input, please

As regular readers will know, I suffered a heart attack (my second) late last year.  I’m recovering fairly well from it, but with one ongoing problem.  The extra medication I’ve been prescribed in the short term (added to the other pills I take for other, long-term problems) is messing with my creative mind.  I’m finding it very hard to produce fiction of a quality acceptable to me (let alone my readers).  I hope that’ll solve itself after mid-year, when I stop taking the problem medication, but until then it’s a pain in the proverbial. I need the income I derive from

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For the umpteenth time: it’s not the object that’s the problem, it’s the person using it!

How many times have we tried to explain that a tool – like a gun, or a knife, or a hammer, or a motor vehicle, or whatever – is not to blame for its misuse?  It has no moral volition of its own, no ability to choose.  Those reside in the person using – or misusing – it.  Blame them for the problem, not the thing they’re using! This has just been demonstrated yet again to the police in London, England. Robbery gangs have turned to using pushbikes in the face of a police crackdown on moped crime, it has been revealed. Both the

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Tragic news from SayUncle

Well-known gun-blogger SayUncle’s wife died suddenly and without any warning a few days ago. On March 20th, my beloved wife and mother of my children, unexpectedly went into cardiac arrest. She had never presented any symptoms prior to then. On March 21st, her doctor informed me that her brain was no longer functioning and there was no chance of recovery. On March 22nd, in accordance with her wishes outlined in her living will, I authorized the medical staff to remove life support. She passed away peacefully at 8:48am central time while I held her hand. She will be missed. March 23rd

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What did I tell you?

A few hours ago I posted about how crime was increasing in many jurisdictions due to the release of felons from prison, thanks to concerns over the spread of coronavirus.  I also mentioned other factors contributing to the rise in crime, including that many police forces are no longer responding to, or even recording, what they consider “minor” or “non-violent” crimes.  Sucks to be told the law enforcement that your taxes pay for isn’t going to help you if you’re a victim of crime, doesn’t it? Well, guess what I just learned? During the coronavirus outbreak and beginning Tuesday morning, Cincinnati police officers will no longer

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The grasshoppers are already coming after the ants

A few days ago, I noted: Another big problem is the unintended consequences of government policies to address the pandemic.  For example, many local and state governments are releasing lower-level inmates from prisons, to alleviate overcrowding and forestall the spread of COVID-19 in such close quarters.  That’s a legitimate health objective . . . but it disregards public safety issues.  Those inmates are going to have to start earning a living on the street again, just when almost all businesses have been shut down under quarantine.  What are they going to do?  You know as well as I what they’re going to do

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