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Saturday, February 10. 2007
Could not resist borrowing todays' Chris Muir, above. We owe him for the use, which is only fair. Meanwhile, tell your local newspaper to add Day By Day to their cartoon list.
Very odd that the basis for the need for sleep has yet to be understood. But rest does help you replace old brain cells. But is it worth it, since you miss out on so much when sleeping?
Al Quaida in Iraq? Surber
Women prefer Mr. Average. BBC. Maybe that's my problem.
Adding to blogroll, under Education: Campus Watch.
Melanie Phillips, via Instapundit, in a Steyn piece at The Corner:
Find the best possible candidate, instead of hoping for perfection. Powerline
George Will, on the MSM, warming, and news crusading. I hope this is not new news to Will.
Al Gore urged to run. Great. There are many "Anybody but Hillary" folks amongst the Dems. They dislike her, and fear her. I think she is just a mean George McGovern, in pants.
The UN Report will backtrack on prior hysterical predictions. Opinion Journal
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I'm nearly as green as they come with firearms, but today was my first day at the range with a .22. The lady to my left was wielding an appropriately termed "hand-cannon" whose noise jarred my ear protection like thunder rattles a window. Me and my modest newbie isosceles stance and her with her one foot forward one - like anything cool there's a steep learning curve - but its very much a whole new world to me. This aspect was perhaps most comically conveyed by this:
When I asked the guy who was instructing me if the revolver weighed 10 lbs, then quickly corrected my inquiry to a more manly 5, only to learn it was a little more than 2, I suppose it was the extra testosterone that was clouding my mind, lol.
I loved Buddy's romanticization of the 1911. Its probably a browning buckmark for me for awhile, but it's the purchase after that which is the most enticing...there's much technological history I need to catch up on in...
I'm partial the one of the uberti whitneyville colt dragoons just cuz they're likely candidates for the weapons wielded in McCarthy's Blood Meridian. Of course, I'll need to develop some muscle groups before I get to play with those!
All in all the experience is much different from computers, which I am much more at home. Physical strength and dexterity is really irrelevant in those point & click interfaces. A formative and fruitful humbling the range today was, I think.
No wonder the Japanese love the cowboy iconography so much - it's just cooler than samurai. But I'm sure both devices central to the arts produced upticks in all sorts of hormones.
Well, yer hooked. No turnin' back. Might as well order the Barrett 50 cal. now, since the prices will only go up. :-)
Haha--yep, he hooked. I think it's the fine machined metal--great industrial-art objects even if ya didn't shoot 'em.
'Gathering of Eagles'
to protect Vietnam Veterans Wall
Jane Fonda + usual commie suspects to trash wall...vets vow to protect ,March 17th DC. be there.
At least pass the word, please.
The leftist Web site MarchonPentagon.org describes the anti-war demonstrators this way: "The March on the Pentagon has already attracted more than 1,500 endorsers, including prominent individuals and national and grassroots organizations. Students on college campuses and in high schools will be attending in large numbers. There will be a large turnout from the Muslim and Arab American community, which is organizing throughout the country."
The movement is well-financed. Its sponsor list is lengthy and contains highly recognizable names, as well as those of Fonda and Sheehan:
· Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark (who offered his services to defend Saddam Hussein)
· Ultra-liberal Congresswoman Maxine Waters
· Former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney
· Ron Kovic, Vietnam veteran and author of "Born on the 4th of July"
· Mahdi Bray, executive director, Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation
· Waleed Bader, vice chair of the National Council of Arab Americans and former president of Arab Muslim American Federation
· Medea Benjamin, co-founder, CODEPINK and Global Exchange
· Free Palestine Alliance
· Muslim American Society Freedom Foundation
· Islamic Political Party of America
· FMLN (Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front)
· Islamic-National Congress
· Gay Liberation Network
· Muslim Student Association
· Jibril Hough, chairman, Islamic Political Party of America
That's pretty advanced-sounding planning, there @ habu's link
Trouble brewing in DC?
I went to the site.... MarchonPentagon.org ... and read up on the list of whose who.
The skinny is that even thought there is to be a 300 foot cordon sanitaire around the Wall there are faction afoot who plan on desecrating it with feces, spray paint.
Will it happen? Will they try? All I know is that it's not hard for the left to turn out 10,000+ people for a rally like this..the list at their site already has the names of over 1000 who say they'll come..then you've got the CPUSA, the usual crowd.
I'm glad to see a counter to it. I'm gonna watch it and if it looks like the good guys are badly outnumber I'm going. If it looks like between the police and the vets it can be handled I'll send 'em some beer money and a thank you card.
EdAsner,jane fonda ,Cindy Sheehan, Ramsey Clark...I wouldn't even be surprised to see the Muslim Rep Keith Ellison..of course Maxine Waters will be there.
Just pass the word and keep a close eye..see if the media starts to spotlight it..Fox might but no one else will until it's over cause they don't want the vets to gather and protect the Wall.
Sounds good. I guess there's an addy at the site for sending a little expense $. I hope the good guys build some numbers, I'll feel like shit if they don't, and I haven't got off my ass and gone. Wonder if it dovetails with dotter's spring break...hmm. Been wanting to show her the place. And Gettysburg--always wanted to see it, if ever over in the far east.
Maybe this time around, some of the marchers will have an answer to the questions that Fox asked 'em last time--the 'consequences' question--which they never ever answer.
If you go to Gettyburg I would highly recommend getting the cd's by Shelby Foote called "Satrs in Their Courses"..it's specific to the Gettysburg campaign.
I've been several times but was not educated about the battle the first time and so much escaped me with regard to the entire event.
When you walk through the Devil Den and look up at Little Round Top you can see how imposible it was. Then you go to the back side and see where the 15th Alabama and the Texas boys tried to take the 20th Maine.
I have probably listened to Footes CD literally 70-100X., plus other CD's I purchased on the battle.
On the left column of this link
there is a very good description of the battle and it has maps with daily disposition of troops..
Also if you go thru town and head west to Cashtown??? anyway west the hotel/motel rates are much lower than in Gettysburg. If you have the time I would highly recommend it.
You can also walk across the field where Picketts Charge took place. They keep a path mowed which is about 10-12 feet wide. Just put yourself in that mindset when you cross the field. My heart was very heavy for those brave men.
I've been meaning to read Shelby Foote. Everywhere other historians quote his work--it's basic history I guess. Really appreciate the tips on making the pilgrimage. Oh, ok, the visit, to the battlefield.
It can't be said often enough, that "The Gettysburg Address" has, as a piece of language, and on the power of its topic, soared into its own place in human history, exalted as almost nothing else ever spoken or put to paper.