Where was this guy when we needed him???

A link at SNAFU’s place showed me a fast, ingenious way to fill sandbags. When I think of the literally thousands of never-to-be-sufficiently-damned sandbags that I filled the hard way, bending over with an entrenching tool and scooping sand, earth, mud and rock into a bag that always flopped closed at the critical moment . . . I’m speechless with a combination of rage, envy and bitterness.  Why didn’t we think of such an ingenious device when we needed it?  (On the other hand, if we had, I’m not sure our NCO’s would have let us use it.  The old-fashioned way would probably have been

Continue reading

Puns on an interstellar scale

I laughed out loud to see Friday’s XKCD cartoon.  Click the image to be taken to its Web page, where you can read the mouseover text as well. The point, of course, for those who aren’t into astronomy, is that there are precisely three stars in the Alpha Centauri system.  The cartoon conflates that fact with three-star consumer reviews. I do enjoy it when practitioners of science, or medicine, or any other discipline, poke fun at themselves.  It lightens the air for everyone.  I still giggle at the memory of my sister’s midwifery training at Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town, many decades ago.  At one

Continue reading

A treat for Peter Sellers fans, if you’re quick

I note that the 1974 Peter Sellers comedy film “Soft Beds, Hard Battles” is currently on YouTube.  I’ve no idea how long it’ll stay there, but if you haven’t seen it, it’s good for a giggle.  Wikipedia describes it as follows: Set in Nazi-occupied France, the story follows Major Robinson of the British Army. Installing himself at a Parisian brothel, he assists the French resistance and works with Madame Grenier and her girls who find themselves eliminating high ranking German officers (using ingenious rigged beds and killer flatulence pills) right under the noses of the Gestapo. The girls find themselves enlisted in the

Continue reading

It seems civil law trumps church secrets – and it’s about time

For many centuries, the Catholic Church maintained that its clergy and religious (i.e. monks, nuns, brothers and sisters in religious orders) could not be tried in civil or criminal courts, but had to be dealt with by the Church itself.  That continued until the Reformation, and even after it in some countries.  The Church considered herself to be above most aspects of criminal and civil law.  In some ways, it appears to still hold that belief – witness, for example, the refusal by many bishops to refer clergy child sex abuse cases to the civil authorities for prosecution. Part of that

Continue reading

Not Freddie Mercury

Reader J. M. sent me a link – well, two of them, actually – that had me laughing out loud. The late Freddie Mercury led the crowds at the 1985 Live Aid concert in a sort of wordless chant, getting the audience to follow his musical lead. It seems someone with a sense of humor “married” that Freddie Mercury chant to images of a rodent.  The results are hilarious. Musical mice?  What next – rapping rats? Peter

Continue reading

Unanswerable logic!

Courtesy of Thomas Whispered: Absolutely true.  My guns, while they’ve been in my possession, have never killed anybody, and won’t unless that person is an immediate threat to the safety and security of myself and/or my loved ones.  Why should I give up my guns because of someone else’s criminal actions?  And if a death by firearm wasn’t a crime, but legitimate self-defense or justifiable homicide, why does that call into question anyone else’s possession of a firearm at all? Yet again, the gun-banners are trying to fixate on a thing, rather than the person who wields it.  A gun has no moral volition of its own. 

Continue reading

Not sufficiently remedial

Shamelessly stolen borrowed from Kim du Toit (clickit to biggit): I’m trying to think how many of us in the North Texas Writers, Shooters and Pilots Association could have filled that out, in our younger days. So far, everyone qualifies! Peter

Continue reading