It’s great to have friends like this!

My friend, armorer, fellow author and blogger Michael Z. Williamson, known in various and sundry circles as “Mad Mike”, “Crazy Einar” (see the T-shirt!) and other appellations, has written two OUTSTANDING blog posts that I think deserve the widest possible circulation. The first is a succinct takedown of gun control dweebs. Gun control’s only philosophical argument is waving the bloody shirt. There are literally zero facts to support the claims, when any objective study is done. In fact, four of the most widely cited sources against gun control all started out in support, and changed their minds based on facts.

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Larry’s on a tear again

Long-time friend in cyber- and meatspace, bestselling author, and fellow blogger Larry Correia is at it again.  This time he tackles the boss of File770.com, Mike Glyer. I had some exposure to the vitriol and nastiness of File770 denizens when I called for a boycott of Tor Books over the unconscionable behavior of one of their staff.  Those who frequent it decided to be rude to and about me, even though I’d never darkened their online doorstep and none of them knew me at all.  I was therefore not surprised when they targeted author Jon del Arroz (whom we’ve met

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That ‘craft’ whiskey may not be very craft-y

I wasn’t surprised (but I was still annoyed) to learn that many so-called ‘craft’ or small-distillery whiskies and other spirits may be mass-produced in a single factory. Lawrenceburg, Indiana (not to be confused with bourbon-locale Lawrenceburg, Kentucky) is home to a massive brick complex that cranks out mega-industrial quantities of beverage-grade alcohol. The factory, once a Seagram distillery, has changed hands over the decades and was most recently acquired by food-ingredient corporation MGP. It is now a one-stop shop for marketers who want to bottle their own brands of spirits without having to distill the product themselves. MGP sells them

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The trials and tribulations of medical bureaucracy

I’ve had a wonderful ghastly two days trying to fight my way through a tangled thicket of medical bureaucracy.  This is all to do with getting copies of reports and tests that were done on me in the mid-2000’s, and which must now be repeated.  Would you believe that bureaucrats completed all the paperwork years ago, in accordance with the then-current edition of the guidelines concerned, but neglected to get everything finalized at the time?  Now, because of their negligence, I have to re-do it all, at considerable delay and expense, because the guidelines have changed by one edition since

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An animal control officer speaks out

It seems an animal control officer finally lost control, and decided to let those he served know about his job – and his feelings – before quitting. He posted his thoughts on Craigslist, and they were picked up by Buzzfeed. Here’s an excerpt. Hello kids. I’m your friendly neighborhood Animal Control Officer, and I’d like to officially tell you all to bite my butt. Before I ride off into the sunset, however – here are some parting words . . . 1) To all the jackasses who ask me if I don’t have something better to do than giving them

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Two good rants

Two excellent rants against idiots in power caught my eye this week. The first, from the Gormogons, responded to a New York Times editorial about the Minnesota government shutdown. We are honorable people. We believe in helping the poor and less fortunate. But we also believe in earning your keep, and in keeping what we earn. We produce and give and fund the government, yet we get nothing back but disdain and scorn. We are not your ATM. We are not your indentured servants. You no talent ass clowns work for us, and don’t you forget it. We are sorry

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So what about the 2012 Presidential election?

I’m already getting tired of the 2012 Presidential election campaign, and it’s hardly begun yet! I wish we could persuade those involved to put a sock in it until the New Year, but I guess that’s a pipe-dream. I thought I’d share my take on the candidates so far, and hope for a revolution to change the tone. The Democratic candidacy is virtually certain to go to President Obama, as the incumbent. That’s a pity, because he’s either an incompetent nincompoop, or an extraordinarily devious and dangerous hard-core Socialist who’s out to destroy America as we know it. His record

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Moonbats and wingnuts baffle me

I’ve long since given up trying to figure out how moonbats and wingnuts think. By “moonbat” I don’t mean someone who has different political, social or economic views to those I hold, so long as they’re rationally argued and thought through. I can agree to disagree with such a person, and usually have a stimulating, mutually respectful and enjoyable conversation, where both of us learn something from the other. By “moonbat” I mean far-out, way-left-of-center, ideologically blinkered idiots; and by “wingnut” I mean their intellectual cousins on the far-right-of-center. Extremists of any persuasion are weird. You can’t have a rational

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Tax Day 2011

Today was the deadline (in the USA) for submission of individual tax returns (or applications for an extension of time in which to do so). Bestselling author and blogging buddy Larry Correia wrote a truly magnificent rant on Tax Day. It’s not only hugely entertaining, but also very true. Go read it. Indeed, it was so good that it’s been spread all over the Internet . . . and the wingnuts have begun to froth at the mouth about it. Larry, in his usual inimitable fashion, proceeds to take their objections apart at the seams. It’s even more entertaining than

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“Why the Internet will destroy the planet”

That’s the title of another essay by my favorite Australian satirist, Richard Glover (whom we’ve met before on this blog). Here’s an excerpt. Idiots used to be corralled in places called pubs, in which they could bore each other with their crazy opinions while drinking themselves into alcoholic dementia but now – suddenly – they are everywhere. You can read a perfectly decent paper like The Guardian and looming at the bottom of every article is a septic tank teeming with snapping trolls. The article in question might be anything from a think piece about the universe by Stephen Hawking

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