Rev. Paul’s blog address has changed

I know many of my readers also follow Rev. Paul at Way Up North.  Due to a slight hiccup with his domain name, he’s had to go back to his Blogger account for at least the short term.  You can now find his blog at this address: http://mooseintheyard.blogspot.com/ Please adjust your bookmarks accordingly. Peter

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In memoriam: Kevin O’Brien, a.k.a. Hognose of WeaponsMan

‘Hognose’, in reality Kevin O’Brien, well-known for his WeaponsMan blog, has died suddenly.  A post by his brother on that blog states, in part: He was born in 1958 to Robert and Barbara O’Brien.  We grew up in Westborough, Mass.  Kevin graduated from high school in 1975 and joined the Army in (I believe) 1979.  He learned Czech at DLI and became a Ranger and a member of Special Forces. Kevin’s happiest times were in the Army.  He loved the service and was deeply committed to it.  We were so proud when he earned the Green Beret.  He was active

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Globular warming – the real deal

Fellow blogger Borepatch has written an excellent summation of the science behind global warming – the real science, not the fake stuff so many are peddling. If you’re in any doubt about this stuff, or need the information to discredit rumors and scare-mongering, it’s a good article to have in your arsenal.  Recommended reading. Peter

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Military education – with tongue firmly in cheek

I was amused to read an analysis of the classic children’s novel ‘The Wind in the Willows‘ as a military exercise. I’m sure many overseas readers are familiar with the book by Kenneth Grahame, and the justly famous illustrations drawn for it by Arthur Rackham (as shown on the cover image above).  US readers may not be as familiar with the book, but it’s well worth reading, even as an adult.  It’s not a classic for nothing.  I grew up on it, amongst others. I was therefore very amused to find that The Angry Staff Officer had written an article

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Hard at work – and play

Miss D., Old NFO and Alma Boykin appeared to enjoy their visit to the Alibates Flint Quarries yesterday afternoon.  They inform me that the guided tour was closer to two miles than to one, and involved some climbing over rough ground, so I’m glad I didn’t go.  My physical disabilities wouldn’t have let me cope with that, and I’m too fat for them to have carried me the rest of the way! Last night we enjoyed supper at the Red River Steakhouse in Amarillo.  The food was excellent, and (by today’s standards) reasonably priced.  There seem to be a fair

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“Safety Tips for Your Next Monster Hunt”

That’s the title of a fun post over at Rev. Paul’s place.  Some examples: 1. If someone tells you that you are the Chosen One and must save whoever or whatever, kill them and change your name. 4. If you see a lone young child in the middle of nowhere and is uncommonly cheerful and/or giggling, run like you heard banjos. 11. If you can’t outrun the evil entity, well, you only have to outrun the more cliché characters. 15. Little known fact, vampires are allergic to magnesium. When ignited and shoved down their throat. It’s the only time that

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A house made from Coca-Cola crates?

David the Good, over at his blog The Survival Gardener, brings us news of an interesting house he’s found in Central America. The entire structure, with the exception of the roof, was constructed from discarded Coca-Cola crates. “I live humble,” the farmer told me. I was impressed by his ingenuity. The indented portion to the left is his kitchen, the rest of it is his bedroom/living area. The door is just a stack of crates which he pulls in or out. The kitchen has just enough space to walk into, with crates up to just over waist height as counters.

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A fellow South African-American blogger needs help

I’m sure many of my readers know of Kim du Toit.  He’s an immigrant from South Africa, like me;  and, also like me, he married an American lady.  His blog, ‘The Other Side of Kim‘, was a regular destination for me for many years.  He stopped active blogging some time ago, but I understand he has a presence on Facebook; and he’s also published several novels. Sadly, Kim’s wife Connie recently died of cancer.  He’s been left with the burden of her medical bills, which he needs to clear before he can get on with his life.  He’s set up

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More about Trump Derangement Syndrome and its effects

Three blog articles caught my eye in recent days, and I’d like to share them with you. The first should make your blood boil.  It appears that Comcast (or at least a local unit thereof – I don’t know about the company as a whole) actually authorized its employees to participate in an anti-Trump demonstration . . . and then fired one of them who chose to counter-demonstrate.  I’m not going to steal the author’s thunder;  I’ll simply urge you to read his entire post for yourself.  Personally, I hope he sues the heck out of Comcast for its obvious

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