Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 29 Jul 2004 12:00:00 GMT
From grabbe:
Suicide Bomber Barbie

From The Federalist:

"We have a dream of a nation in which the Congressional Black Caucus will not judge people by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." -- James Taranto
"Gone is the Massachusetts of Pilgrims and Puritans, of Minutemen and Tea Parties, of John Adams and Calvin Coolidge. If the militias of Lexington and Concord showed up at the Fleet Center for the Democrat bash, they'd be branded a bunch of right-wing, racist gun nuts and forced to undergo sensitivity training." -- Don Feder

From lrtdiscuss:

Harmlessly passing your time in the grassland away,
only dimly aware of a certain unease in the air
You better watch out, there may be dogs about.
I've looked over Jordan, and I have seen things are not what they seem.

What do you get for pretending the dangers not real.
Meek and obedient you follow the leader
down well trodden corridors, into the valley of steel.
What a surprise! A look of terminal shock in your eyes.
Now things are really what they seem. No, this is no bad dream.

The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want He makes me down to lie.
Through pastures green He leadeth me the silent waters by.
With bright knives He releaseth my soul.
He maketh me to hang on hooks in high places.
He converteth me to lamb cutlets.
For lo, He hath great power, and great hunger.
When cometh the day we lowly ones,
trough quiet reflection and great dedication,
master the art of karate,
lo, we shall rise up,
and then we'll make the buggers eyes water.

Bleating and babbling I fell on his neck with a scream.
Wave upon wave of demented avengers
march cheerfully out of obscurity unto the dream.

Have you heard the news? The dogs are dead!
You better stay home and do as you're told,
get out of the road if you want to grow old.

Roger Waters
Pink Floyd, Animals, 1977

# Thomas Scott - www.preparingforemergencies.co.uk is a parody, from the "HM Department of Vague Paranoia", of the British government's www.preparingforemergencies.gov.uk site. The government has already requested that Mr. Scott take it down. He refused, but did put a link to the official site and the words, "This is a parody," on the home page. Hehe. From the General advice page: [samizdata]

If you find yourself in the middle of an emergency, your common sense and instincts will usually tell you what to do. However, it is important to:
  • Run.
  • Really, really fast.
  • Follow the advice of the emergency services, unless that advice is something other than "Run".
  • Try to remain calm and think before acting, and try to reassure others. Or, trample them in a desperate attempt to flee as the building you're in is consumed by a radioactive cloud.
  • Check for injuries. Here's a hint: if it's painful, it's probably injured. However, hurting when you pee is probably not an injury related to the incident. But get yourself checked out anyway.
If you are not involved in the incident, but are close by or believe you may be in danger, in most cases the advice is:
  • Run.

# tex at Anti-War Blog - The Lynndie England Defense Fund - Truly bizarre. [notreasonblog]

# I used my new Lee Carbide Dies last night to load 50 rounds of .44 Magnum. 7.5 grains of (Hodgdon) Unique pushing 200 grain lead bullets, a Cowboy load. I didn't buy a separate Factory Crimp Die, thinking that I would be happy with using the built-in crimper in the bullet seating die. I don't like it. If adjusted slightly too tight, it cuts off some brass at the top of the case, and every time you adjust the crimp, you have to adjust the seating depth. I'd rather leave the crimp off, have full control of the seating depth, and crimp in another pass through the press. I pushed the first bullet so far into the case that my bullet puller couldn't shake it out. It's such a low-pressure load that I'm tempted to just fire it out. On a full-pressure load I'd never consider that since the smaller case volume would cause over-pressure. Unique powder is a brownish color, unlike the gray of the rifle powders to which I'm accustomed. 7.5 grains sure is a tiny amount. Eddie didn't have any H110 in stock, so I'll have to wait a couple of weeks to try out full loads with 240 and 300 grain jacketed bullets. Range test tomorrow or Sunday, in sha' allah.

# Last night, I watched most of John Edwards' speech to the Democrat Convention. He's not as slick a speaker as Willy, but he's good. The message however was mostly, "And we'll rescind the law of gravity so that all Amuricans will be equal." He did do a good job of remaining positive throughout the speech. No bashing of the Busheviks. Just all the impossible things that he and John Kerry will do, with no mention, of course, of the fact that it will all be done with stolen funds, taken at the point of a government gun. I'll probably listen to Kerry tonight, but I doubt I'll stay awake for the whole speech.

# Perry de Havilland at Samizdata.net - The 2004 Big Brother Awards - Margaret Hodge, Minister of State No one should fear correct identification for Children, Katherine Courtney, Director, Identity Cards Programme, British Gas, Lloyds TSB, FollowUS, The NHS National Programme for IT, Vodafone, The Safe Harbor Agreement, The Office of National Statistics, The Department for Transport, The US VISIT Programme, Charles Clarke. Details here. [samizdata]

# John Lopez at No Treason - Principles? Don't You Know There's A War On? - commentary on a story about AK-47s being stolen from citizens by Iraq's new government. And, cash and carry gun bazaars in Pakistan. If the Second Amendment were respected for what it really means, we'd have those here, too, and you'd able to order any gun you wanted on the internet and have it shipped to you through the mail. [notreasonblog]

People have a right to keep and bear arms, and it's an absolute right, for everyone, everywhere. Unless they're funny-looking foreigners in a country the US government doesn't like. Then they better shut their dirty wog mouths about it before they get their feelings hurt, see. People have a right to be secure in their homes and property, unless American troops really, really want to kick down their doors and have a look around. And no one ought to go shopping at a free-market gun bazaar, where they sell machineguns and stuff and don't even do a background check.

# eMachineShop.com provides a CAD program for free download, and will fabricate what you design. I wonder how they'd respond to a design for an AK-47 receiver. [madogre]

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