Monday Musings

  • Saturday was “date day” for The Wife and me. We went to see Avengers. I enjoyed it. No spoilers, but they did wrap up things quite nicely. If the Star Wars folks do the same for The Rise Of Skywalker, that might erase the foul taste of The Last Jedi. We also went to The Melting Pot for the first time (because someone was nice enough to give us a gift card as a wedding present). Yeah, I kinda said “Fuck It” to my calories this weekend.
  • On Friday, one of the team (not me, surprisingly) mentioned that Saturday was Star Wars Day. My boss asked about other geek holidays. It amazes me that in a data service, the only reason my team knows about Pi Day and Talk Like A Pirate Day is because I put up signs on my door. Their lack of geek knowledge is disturbing.
  • Is it bad that I want to decorate the sitting room with prints of famous paintings that I only know about because of Civ 6?

NRA Shenanigans

It’s been a helluva week for the National Rifle Association. First, the lawsuit against Ack-Mac, then the letter published by Wayne alleging that Ollie North tried to blackmail Wayne into stepping down, North’s resignation, and then the secret Executive meetings where Wayne and Co were kept in place. Lots of recriminations and members are understandably frustrated. On top of all this, the New York AG is determined to use all means at her disposal to revoke the NRA’s non-profit status.

My few thoughts:

  1. I was listening to the Polite Socirty podcast, and Jeff Knox stated that LaPierre released a similar letter in 1996 when he was challenged previously. This throws some doubt on the authenticity of the blackmail attempt.

  2. Even if the blackmail wasn’t genuine, Ack-Mac needs to go. It’s been sucking up millions of dollars for not a whole lot of return.

  3. LaPierre needs to go. He’s long passed his usefulness, and I’m sure that his machinations behind the scenes have placed the organization into a position where the New York AG could wreak havoc on the NRA.

  4. We need to save the NRA, even if that means temporarily keeping some people I’d like to see depart. The anti-gun groups smell blood in the water and are chomping to take advantage wherever they can. The NRA is currently our best lobbying force at the federal level.