It sounds like President Trump brought the smackdown to Republicans in Congress

At least, that’s what DC Whispers reports. “You really want to try and win your election in November without me? I don’t think so.” UPDATE: “I’m following the law as it’s written. If you don’t like the law then Congress needs to change it. It’s simple. Simple. I’m with you but if you don’t like it you need to do something about it…It looks bad. Sure. Really bad. If you want to change that then change the law. DO SOMETHING. You people (Congress) have to change it. That’s how it has to be done.” . . . UPDATE #3: “Why

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So where do you get the ammunition?

In my review of Ruger’s PC9 carbine, published earlier this morning, I recommended Federal HST 147gr. hollowpoint ammunition as an ideal pairing with the firearm.  That engendered several e-mails from frustrated readers, all saying, in so many words, “That’s all very well, but where do we find that ammo?  Our local dealers don’t have it in stock!” That’s not too difficult.  I’ve bought almost all my ammunition from SGAmmo of Oklahoma for several years, and I’d like to give them a shout-out here.  (No, they’re not compensating me in any way for it, whether in cash or in kind.  I

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It’s been a bad week for armed robbers . . .

. . . because sometimes their victims are armed, too. 1.  Jacksonville police: Man takes cash register from Walmart, tries to carjack 2 people at knifepoint A man was arrested Friday after he took a cash register drawer from the Walmart at River City Marketplace and then tried to carjack two people at knifepoint. . . . A witness saw Hill get into a silver Ford SUV, but it did not appear to start, so he got out and ran. Police said Hill approached a man who was sitting in the parking lot near Supercuts. Hill asked the man for a

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Low, fast and stupid

This video, apparently dating from 2014, shows a Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-24 (a Soviet equivalent to the US F-111) making a very low, very fast pass over other Ukrainian aircraft at the Starokostiantyniv air base. At that speed, and that (lack of) height, one slip and he’d have been a smear of metal and strawberry jam on the earth . . . Peter

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TOOOOO funny!

A parody Twitter account using the name “Assocaited Press” (with a logo closely resembling that of the venerable Associated Press) sent out this tweet yesterday (link is to a cached version): I laughed my ass fundamental jujube off when I read it – but, needless to say, Twitter has already suspended the account.  Some people have no sense of humor! Peter

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“The Stones of Silence”

The first novel in my “Cochrane’s Company” trilogy, “The Stones of Silence“, is now available in print, as well as in e-book format.   The second book in the trilogy, “An Airless Storm”, will be published next Monday, June 11th, initially in e-book format, with print to follow.   The third and final volume in the trilogy, “The Pride of the Damned”, will follow on July 9th, “the good Lord willin’ an’ the creek don’t rise”. Again, the e-book edition will come first, followed by the dead tree edition.   I hope you enjoy them all! Peter

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The Masterpiece Bakery decision: anti-religious hostility on trial

Many commenters on this week’s Supreme Court decision concerning Masterpiece Bakery in Colorado have missed one of the more important aspects of the ruling.  SCOTUSblog highlights it.  Bold, underlined text is my emphasis. The ground of decision was narrow, but not as narrow as many commentators will claim. It is based exclusively on the free exercise clause; the Supreme Court did not rule on the free speech claim. Exclusive reliance on free exercise narrows the opinion to sincere religious objectors, excluding simple bigots. And it helps narrow the decision to religious contexts, with weddings as the overwhelmingly dominant example. The

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This sounds like a really useful invention

I’m sure many of my readers have endured, like me, many miles of driving along a highway reduced to one lane width – or even less – by traffic cones, deployed to keep highway workers safe.  Unfortunately, they may be working in only one spot, but several miles of road on either side of that place may be coned off, to allow them to move up and down the road.  There’s no other way to do it – or, at least, there hasn’t been, until now. Wheeled ‘Robo-cones’ that trundle off when no longer required to shorten roadworks for motorists

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This one’s for Phlegmmy

The lovely Phlegmmy is quite the connoisseur of ladies’ shoes.  When I saw this image over at Wirecutter’s place, I couldn’t resist borrowing it to show her here. Louboutins they ain’t;  Fluevogs they’re definitely not;  but they have a certain je ne sais quoi, wouldn’t you say?  Note the nail claw polish matching the shoe leather.  I do appreciate the extra effort.  Not paltry poultry, those . . . Peter EDITED TO ADD: Reader L. L. just e-mailed me, saying “Hey! Cluck-me shoes!” Grrroooooaaaannn . . .

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“The warrior’s tale”

Daniel Greenberg reminds us of the reality underlying Memorial Day. The warrior’s tale tells each generation that they stand on the wall against a hostile world. And that the wall is made not of stones, but of their virtues. Their courage, their integrity and their craft.  Theirs is the wall and they are the wall– and if they should fail, then it will fail. And the land and the people will be swept away. What happens to a people who forget the warrior’s tale and stop telling it around their campfires? Worse , what of a people who are taught

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