Arguing from authority – by making up the authority

I’ve noticed a rash of spurious “quotations” from famous people in recent weeks, focusing on the debate about the Second Amendment and gun “rights”, but also spreading to encompass almost every aspect of individual liberties and freedoms.  It troubles me that people aren’t taking the time to verify the sources they cite so glibly;  and it troubles me even more that many of those sources are imaginary, to a greater or lesser extent.  The individuals named as sources never said what they’re alleged to have said, rendering spurious any arguments based on those quotations. Here, for example, is something Thomas Jefferson never said –

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Special Forces transports get down in the dirt

The USAF operates several dozen Lockheed Hercules MC-130J Commando II aircraft, to transport special forces to and from their operations, refuel associated aircraft in mid-air, and other tasks outside the normal transport function. Recently a formation of four MC-130J’s made several passes through the Mach Loop in Britain, a well-known plane-spotting area where military aircraft of all types practice low-level penetration of enemy airspace.  Courtesy of The Aviationist, here it is. The pilots were clearly enjoying themselves, but I can’t help wonder how difficult it was to fly that low.  A big transport reacts a lot more slowly than a nimble jet fighter or strike

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Interesting anti-missile tactic – sacrificial helicopters!

The Aviationist highlights a recent video from Russia, and points out that it’s a tactic they developed in Afghanistan that’s still in use. The Russian Ministry of Defense has released an interesting video of an Il-76MD cargo aircraft landing on an unpaved runway located near Sol-Iletsk, Orenburg Region, during a technical support exercise (MTO) of the Russian Federation Armed Forces in the Central Military District. . . . What makes the video particularly interesting is the fact that the Il-76 was escorted by two Mi-24 helicopters during the landing and subsequent takeoff from the dirt strip runway, a tactic reminiscent of the operations conducted by the

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Karl Denninger’s Presidential platform – there’s some good stuff here

The inimitable Karl Denninger has published what he’d do if he were drafted to be President.  Based on what I see there, I’d draft him tomorrow!  Examples: 100% E-Verify now.  All employers have six months to comply for existing employees, all new hires must have it run.  Liability is personal and cannot be thrown off on a staffing company or other scheme.  All 941s (quarterly withholding filings) must include E-Verify control numbers on them.  Congress will receive a bill on my first day in office to upgrade failure to include same on 941s, hiring or paying people without reporting accurately on same, or any

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The Z Man sums up the 2020 elections

in his usual inimitable style. The 2020 campaign promises to be Trump running around the country telling his fans about all the winning, while Warren runs around wagging her bony finger at them, telling them about how she has been wronged. It will be the cad versus the nag, largely a fight among white people about how best to go into that dark night. On the one side will be Trump nostalgic for a lost America. On the other will be Warren, haunted by an America that never was. Two characters from a soon to be forgotten past. Neither side will

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“The Thousand Dollar Windshield”

That’s the title of the latest article at Eric Peters’ blog.  He points out that modern technology in our vehicles is costing all of us a lot more when it comes to repairs, even for something as ostensibly simple as replacing a windshield. Embedded in the glass – part of the “assembly” – is saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaafety technology. It’s usually part of the rearview mirror, technically – but that’s now part of the windshield assembly in more and more new cars. It’s no longer the simple – and generic/universal – glue it in place rearview mirror cars used to have. The rearview mirror is almost an

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This is so cute it’s ridiculous!

Over at Daily Timewaster, I found a GIF image that had me laughing out loud.  A little searching located the video clip from which it was taken.  Behold a really hungry baby beagle! The poor critter’s trying to wag his backside off, and eat all the food, and not fall off the couch – all at the same time!  Talk about a doggie dilemma . . . Peter

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