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Iran has unveiled an advanced new stealth fighter plane.
And by “an advanced new stealth fighter plane,” I mean “a large plastic RC aircraft that’s obviously not suited for combat, stealth, or actually carrying a pilot.”
A few tidbits of analysis:
Maybe they should have left the fakery to their vaunted Al-Aqua Photoshop Martyrs Brigade
Most Gene Wolfe-related posts go on my other blog, but I thought this one fit nicely here:
America is in trouble (as it always is). The chief problem is that it is ruled by an elite that is out of touch with the mass of the governed. It’s a fairly recent problem, and will be fixed in one way or another. America is still the greatest nation on Earth.
— Gene Wolfe, as interviewed by Nick Gevers in 2002. Peter Wright, editor. Shadows on the New Sun: Wolfe on Writing/Writers on Wolfe. Liverpool University Press, 2007. Page 183.
Back during the Clinton Administration, I joined the National Rifle Association. With the “Assault Weapon Ban” passed and other anti-Second Amendment legislation under consideration, it seemed like a good time to join the one organization capable of slowing the Democratic Party’s gun-grabbing agenda.
When I let my membership lapse, it was obvious new gun control legislation was going nowhere with George W. Bush in the White House and Republicans controlling the House of Representatives. But the main reason I let it lapse was that I was pissed off that the NRA had sent me a video tape (younger readers: ask your parents what a “video tape” was) I hadn’t asked for, and expected me to go out of the way and return it at my expense if I didn’t want to subscribe to whatever video series it was.
Over the years I’ve had differences with the NRA, especially their willingness to compromise on other fundamental freedoms by cutting deals with Nancy Pelosi. But as Sebastain at Shall Not Be Questioned noted:
You still need what NRA can bring to the table, which is specifically a huge network of people who tend to only be peripherally involved in this issue (and this goes beyond their 4 million dues paying members), and access to lawmakers that no other gun rights groups can match, and really no or few other lobbies in DC and the 50 state capitols can match….
NRA is the only organization that has the capability to fight on this ground. So if you have some money to donate to NRA, or can spare the dollars to buy a membership do it!
We’re going to war, and this is the NRA we have, and more importantly, this is the NRA we can win with. But only if we hang together, because our alternative is to surely hang separately.
And that’s why I sent my check in this week to rejoin the NRA. American’s fundamental Second Amendment rights are under siege right now. If you care about maintaining America as a nation whose freedom is guaranteed by its’ citizens inalienable rights, then this is the fight you need to join. It’s a fight we can and should win. The NRA is an integral part of that fight.
If you care about liberty and the Second Amendment, you should seriously consider joining as well.
In this case locusts named “power outage” and “Time Warner.”
Expect something resembling more normal blogging (or at least as normal as it gets around here) next week.
On the plus side of him not being on the Supreme Court, Obama doesn’t get to pick his replacement…
I know I’m lazy and all, but I’m beginning to think that I should change the look of this blog off the WordPress default. I’m been putting this off mainly because my skills lie in the realm of words rather than graphics, but I think I’m going to bite the bullet.
I’m going to experiment with a few themes to get started, so don’t be shocked if things look weird every now and then.
The Third Court of Appeals covers a large swath of central Texas, stretching from Fayette up to Sterling county:
I don’t ever recall so much obvious money and effort being put into a down ballot judicial race before.
The most important race is Field’s attempt to unset the very liberal Diane Henson. Speaking of Field, this is what was on the back of the card he handed me at last week’s Ted Cruz/Tony Dale event:
I think that’s pretty much all you can ask for in a judicial philosophy.