Some more spectacular rally crashes for you

The video title refers to them as Finnish rallies (or is that Finnish rally drivers?), but some at least were filmed in other countries.  One can only admire the way the drivers hurl themselves at natural obstacles, seemingly intent on beating them into submission.  Of course, it usually ends up the other way round . . . Peter

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Doofus Of The Day #1,017

The expression “Hoist with his own petard” comes from Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, and describes something not uncommon in medieval and Renaissance Europe.  A petard was an explosive device, usually a wooden keg or metal container packed with gunpowder.  A soldier, probably escorted by a raiding party, ran up to a castle door or drawbridge, placed the petard against it, and lit the fuse;  then he and his escort ran like hell before the device exploded, hopefully demolishing the door or drawbridge and opening the way for an assault.  Of course, medieval gunpowder and fuses weren’t always the most reliable.  Sometimes

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Welfare and immigration: a contradiction in terms

Karl Denninger points out the fundamental incompatibility between immigration and a welfare state. Fundamentally-incompatible things can be serious trouble. Put gasoline in your diesel-fueled vehicle and see what happens.  Or the converse. Drink a bunch and then go operate some sort of machinery.  The outcome is likely to be very bad. Welfare in general — where you are given a right to take from someone else by force something you want but have not earned — is incompatible with a lot of things. One of the things it’s incompatible with is an “open border”. This is math, not politics.  America

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Judge to Feds: “You had your chance, and you blew it. Now go away.”

I’m pleased to see that the judge in the Bundy case has finally showed prosecutors the door. A federal judge rejected prosecutors’ request Tuesday to reconsider her dismissal of the case against Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, his two sons and friend Ryan Payne. U.S. District Judge Gloria M. Navarro dismissed conspiracy charges against the four men on Jan. 8 after finding that prosecutors had acted “with prejudice” throughout the trial, The Oregonian reported. Federal prosecutors violated federal law and failed to share evidence favorable to the defendants case with the court. (RELATED: Bundy Case Dismissed, Judge Orders Rancher Released) “The

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LibertyCon is outdoing – and outgrowing – itself

As you know, Miss D. and I just returned from LibertyCon in Chattanooga, TN last weekend.  We’re tired, but getting over it, and picking up the threads of normal life once again.  (Miss D.’s after-action report is here.  We came home with a couple of lovely paintings by Melissa Gay from the Con’s art exhibition.  My wife picked out this one for the lounge, and I bought this one to go over our fireplace.) It was a great weekend.  We enjoyed the company of old friends, made some new ones, gave seminars, took in others, learned a lot, and hopefully helped others learn. 

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Will SCOTUS rein in activist judges in lower courts?

One of the most interesting aspects of this week’s travel ban decision in the Supreme Court is Justice Thomas’ carefully-reasoned opinion on the lower-level court injunction that led to the decision.  His views are provided in pp. 46-56 of the judgment (link is to an Adobe Acrobat document in .PDF format).  Bold, underlined text is my emphasis. I write separately to address the remedy that the plaintiffs sought and obtained in this case. The District Court imposed an injunction that barred the Government from enforcing the President’s Proclamation against anyone, not just the plaintiffs. Injunctions that prohibit the Executive Branch

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NIMBY in California???

I’m laughing my fundament off at the outraged reaction of California liberals and progressives to the news that the US Navy has identified two possibly very large illegal alien detention facilities in that state. Sites identified by the Navy include: Abandoned airfields near Mobile and Orange Beach, Alabama that could house up to 25,000 migrants. the former Naval Weapons Station Concord near San Francisco that could house an estimated 47,000. A site at Camp Pendleton California that could house up to 47,000. A potential site at the Marine Corps Air Station at Yuma, Arizona that needs further study of potential

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My wife’s latest book is published!

Miss D. has just published her second novel, “Shattered Under Midnight“.   The blurb reads: Raina escaped to Freeport with a tour booked under a stolen ID, and a plan to lose herself in the city. Instead, she found a city in revolt, and now both sides are after her to control the alien gifts engineered into her DNA. Her only ally is an offworld investigator trying to get to the bottom of the explosive mix of on-planet and alien politics… but his secrets are even deadlier than her own. From the back alleys of the souk to the depths

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