Friday Quote – Fredrich Hayek

19 Apr
April 19, 2019

“Emergencies” have always been the pretext on which the safeguards of individual liberty have eroded.

Army’s Looking For New Helicopters

18 Apr
April 18, 2019

The Army’s looking for a new helo to replace the venerable Blackhawk.

Bell Helicopter is submitting its V-280 Valor tilt-rotor.

Sikorsky And Boeing have their SB-1 Defiant.

Personally, I think the Defiant would fill the Blackhawk role better because of its smaller rotor-print. I can see a Defiant getting into the places troops need helos. I could see a tilt-rotor taking the heavy-lift role, such as the Chinook and the Sea Stallion.

The Army is also looking for a new scout bird. War Is Boring has a look at one of the proposals. The pick kind of looks like a Russian take on the old RAH-66 Commanchero prototype.

DeSantis Demands Free Speech Guidelines

17 Apr
April 17, 2019

The new Governor is asking Florida colleges to promulgate new speech guidelines with an emphasis on diversity of thought.

*DeSantis pressed the schools to adopt the set of principles outlined by the University of Chicago in 2014, known as the “Chicago statement,” and seen by campus free speech advocates as the standard all universities should adopt.+

It’s a good first step, but worthless if the administrations refuse to punish the hecklers.

Metal Tuesday- Ancient Bards – Through My Veins

16 Apr
April 16, 2019

Hm. I thought I put this band up before now. Well, it certainly fits my preferences for female-fronted power metal.

Tab Clearing

15 Apr
April 15, 2019

Work is insane right now, so I’ve got a bunch of articles I’d love to do more analysis, but I will have to just settle for letting my readers do their own.

National Review takes on the leftist view of a typical concealed carrier.

FEE discusses the humanity in the gun control debate.

An American Thinker article on whether or not the Second Civil War has begun. I think a Second Civil War will look less like the First Civil War and more like Beirut in the eighties or the breakup of Yugoslavia.

Reason discussing why the right going down the identity politics road is far more dangerous. Honestly, I worry about what happens if the Threeper continent is ever moved to true violence.

War Is Boring talking over the current Army program to replace the current small arms.

Finally, The Brother turned me on to this little site that prints pictures into glass. One of The Wife and me on our wedding day is hanging in my home office.

Friday Quote – Milton Friedman

12 Apr
April 12, 2019

Most economic fallacies derive from the tendency to assume that there is a fixed pie, that one party can gain only at the expense of another.

Reasons I Love My Wife

11 Apr
April 11, 2019

The Wife has stated on multiple occasions that she hates competing against me at Toastmasters. At our last meeting, the club president ambushed – I mean, asked – if The Wife and I would be evaluators for the two speakers. She agreed without realizing we would be competing against each other. So, you can imagine how pleased she was when she won Best Evaluator.

And how did my blushing bride of less than a month express her glee? By turning to me, brandishing her ribbon, and in front of the club, declared ”Suck It!”

It was fucking hilarious! I love my wife.

Strange New Worlds

10 Apr
April 10, 2019

Since The Wife has come into my life, I have not only gone out to shop for various items (as opposed to purchasing online), but I have regularly trekked into places I wasn’t even sure what they sold.

Places I have been to more in the last eighteen months than in the previous forty years:

  1. TJ Maxx
  2. Hobby Lobby
  3. Ross
  4. Marshall’s
  5. Home Goods

I’m sure there’s a pattern.

Metal Tuesday – Avantasia – Book of Shallows

09 Apr
April 9, 2019

Anastasia dropped a new album, and it doesn’t disappoint. Here’s a good track.

What’s Your Bank’s Rating

08 Apr
April 8, 2019

Via Sebastian. A gun control group decided to rank the banks on how virtuous their signaling is in regards to “teh gunz.” Of course, we can use it in reverse.

How does your bank rank? My mortgage is through Wells Fargo, but beyond that I do all of my banking through a local credit union.