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New Panama Canal a bust?

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Judging by  these photos,  the concrete in the new Panama Canal is disastrously substandard.   If it is already leaking,  its future is bleak indeed when you contemplate the enormous pressures involved with emptying and refilling locks.

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August 30, 2015 at 10:13 am

DNC doesn’t do military…

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Until the Military Times pointed out the error,  the DNC website captioned  a photo  of Polish military veterans as American veterans.  I give it credit for promptly substituting a shot of U.S. Ranger vets instead.

It also calls the Department of Veterans Affairs by its old name, the Veterans Administration.   Let’s face it,  folks  —  few Democrats harbor any affection for our military,  either the individuals or the institutions.   With the retirement of Gen. Ray Odierno,  His Oneness has rid himself of nearly all of the war-fighting command staff.   God help us.

 

 

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August 29, 2015 at 11:57 pm

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Science isn’t…

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Rule One:   Consensus is NOT science.   Rule Two:   Soft sciences,  especially psychology,  are squishy under the best of circumstances.    Hard science,  as it was once practiced before the Obama Administration and the climate hysterics decided to corrupt the process,  demands that the results of an experiment be repeatable.   The soft sciences have always fallen short in this area,  as  this shows.   Such a paltry success rate would get you laughed out of any hard science experiment.

 

 

 

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August 29, 2015 at 11:57 pm

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Painless cavity repair?

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Many people may soon lose their fear of the dentist,  thanks to some new technology developed  by British scientists.

 

 

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August 29, 2015 at 10:11 am

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Was this an omen?

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Toads and frogs are generally considered bringers of  good fortune  in China,  but maybe they should have been regarded as harbingers of something less pleasant after  this recent  mini-plague.

 

 

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August 28, 2015 at 11:55 pm

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Shielding a dog…

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A couple in Dover England  shielded a  shivering shepherd from a driving rainstorm.  The poor dog was tied to a lamppost in a sudden storm,  and the strangers took pity on him.   A shop lent them umbrellas for the effort,  then gave them the umbrellas as thanks.

Good for them,  but I can tell you that Big Girl would have simply chewed the rope and taken herself off to find shelter,  then told me about it when i returned.  BG does not like to be rained on,  but if there is a threat she will dash out in a thunderstorm to deliver her impressive warning barks and growls.  People are responsible for their pets and their children,  whether they want to be or not.

 

 

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August 28, 2015 at 10:18 am

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Go for it!

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Charles W. Cooke,  a Brit by birth,  has written a superior rant of an invitation to  the anti-gun crowd to make a dead-set against the Second Amendment it has so long complained about.   I am just fine with anti-gunners surrendering their individual Second Amendment rights,  but I will not surrender mine,  since that Amendment protects all the others.

Regardless of what the liberal press and Congress critters repeat endlessly,  the gun culture in America doesn’t commit crimes and cause mayhem.  We (yep,  I’m a proud gun-owner) are sport shooters,  hunters, and competition shooters.   We know that guns,  like cars,  can kill you,  and we know the safety rules and obey them and insist others do as well.  The gang culture is the one responsible for the murders and chaos in our ghettos and elsewhere,  fueled by a complete failure to grasp that respect is earned,  not awarded,  and by the likes of Al Sharpton,  Louis Farrakhan,  and a lawless DoJ and President.

During the 1960’s young black men were full of  “come da revolution” talk.  They were all going to  “kill whitey” and  “Take back what’s ours.”  When it was pointed out that they were a small percentage of the total population and that in the South their targets of choice not only outnumbered them,  but many had weapons which they knew how to use, they had little else to say.  The gangs actually selected  “clean” members and sent them to join the military and receive useful training to apply in future gang wars.   Some of those thugs were black,  but there weren’t that many of them,  and contra Farrakhan’s exhortations,  they mostly killed other blacks.  That is still true.   Just look at Baltimore,  once a lovely and safe city.  Look at Chicago outside of the gated enclaves of the rich, examine New York under comrade De Blasio.

Anyone who favors disarming civilians is planning on doing something which would deserve an armed response from those civilians.  The only protection progressive politicians seek is for their own ample asses,  safe and secure behind their Secret Service and police protection.   On the other hand,  we Second Amendment supporters,  members of the scary and lunatic gun culture,  will extend our protection to those around us,   even if they decry our choosing to exercise our rights.

The last time I checked,  which was some years ago,  there had never been a successful lawsuit in America against any law enforcement agency regarding a failure to protect.   The police are a mainly reactive force.  If you’re and trouble and call them,  their response time may be too long to save you. That is why I carry.   I refuse to be a victim of anything or anyone,  and my firearm and my brain are my defenses.   Even anti-gun people recognize the logic.  I have for decades offered members of that clan tasteful,  professionally produced signs indicating the property is gun-free.   No one has ever accepted one,  because they realize that display of weakness is an invitation to attack.   What are your defenses?

 

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August 27, 2015 at 11:51 pm

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