Chris Muir's Day By Day

Friday, June 28, 2013

Quote of the Day

“Good police work has nothing to do with dressing up in black and breaking into houses in the middle of the night."

Found here.

"Not For the Squeamish!"

"Bizarre Violence...Explicit Sex!"

That would be the 1971 novel Spargo by Jack Denton Scott. Those are actual blurbs on the back cover of the novel, by The San Francisco Chronicle and The San Francisco Examiner, respectively. Back in that 1971 time period when I was a pre-pubescent boy in Florida I found the novel in my dad's bedside table and decided to read it:

It all began with a quiet dinner in New York and an espionage assignment - - to the pleasure palaces of Rome, the exotic brothels and back alleys of Hong Kong, and the mist-shrouded mountains of Tibet...

It was a mission to suit the taste of Spargo - - an epicure, sensualist, knife virtuoso - - sent to shadow-box with danger, to challenge an unknown enemy in the stronghold of the mysterious Himalayas!


LOL.

The novel was by Jack Denton Scott, who at one time wrote for Sports Afield, was their hunting dog editor, as a matter of fact. The novel features an "About the Author" page, which has this to say about Scott:

Jack Denton Scott was born in West Virginia, of Northwest Highland Scots, and is an adventurer who has been around the world fifteen times. His preference is for the offbeat and obscure places beyond the boundaries of the usual tourist experience. He will not write about an area unless he has been there - - Indian jungle, Asian or African mountain peak, Arctic tundra, or tropic ocean floor.

He served as a combat correspondent for Yank magazine in World War II and has written twelve books and more than one thousand magazine articles. He wrote an adventure column for the New York Herald Tribune with a worldwide assignment. His skills as a writer are complemented by his experience as a field naturalist and expert chef, the latter being recognized by the award of the coveted Commandeur Associé, Commanderie des Cordons Bleus de France. He presently lives in Washington, Connecticut, with his wife, Maria Luisa, who is the pasta expert of the family.


Spargo. He Brings a Knife To Every Gun Fight.


I quite enjoyed the book, which is why I bought this old used paperback. Wanted to read it with adult eyes and see if it holds up forty years later. It was probably responsible for my knife fetish; Spargo, a globe-trotting spy in the James Bond tradition, uses a throwing knife as his weapon of choice. Here on my desk as I type this I count 11 knives of various types. And a tomahawk. Oops, twelve knives. And a gun. There are more knives in the desk drawers. Over to my right, standing in a corner, is a Mosin-Nagant M38 carbine. Zombie Apocalypse? I'm ready.

Anyway, that's my reading material for this weekend.

Something That Needs To Be Mentioned

Y'all are probably following the Zimmerman trial fairly closely, right? Have you thought about what might just happen all over the country if Zimmerman is acquitted? Mike at Sipsey Street Irregulars has.

Think about it, and prepare. You don't want to be the next Reginald Denny:

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Quote of the Day

"I don't mind civil unions. That's basic contract law. But the purpose of a sliding board is, after all, to get to the fucking bottom. All slopes are slippery, and they all end in the dirty clay at the bottom of the slide, or the gutter."

Found here.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Armed Citizen Captures Robber...

...in Mount Pleasant, SC.

About 7:19 p.m., two men with rags covering their faces walked into the Kangaroo store at the BP station at U.S. Highway 17 and S.C. Highway 41. They showed a gun to a clerk, took an undisclosed amount of money and fired a shot as they left the store.

A passerby with a gun saw what was happening and challenged the two at gunpoint. One man got away, and the other gave up and was arrested when police arrived.


Well done.

If Your Mama Robbed a Bank For You...

...would you rat her out?

BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. The FBI says a Michigan man who recognized his mom in surveillance photos of a bank robbery called police to turn her in. Authorities say 53-year-old Dee Ann Sanders of Martin was charged Tuesday with robbing a Bank of America branch on June 18.

Her arraignment is scheduled Thursday in Grand Rapids.

A teller says the robber handed her a note demanding $2,500 for her children and grandchildren. She got $1,092.

Surveillance photos show a woman wearing a bright red T-shirt with a large American flag on the front.


Man, that's just...sad.

Let's have a poll about it:

Would You Rat Mama Out?
  
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Should We Invite Our Cousin the Violent Felon To the Birthday Party?

Uh...NO.

Unfortunately the violent felon cousin took it badly:

A 33-year-old Gainesville man with previous felony convictions, who had a warrant out for his arrest, is back in jail after sheriff's deputies say he took four shots at his cousin Tuesday in revenge for not being invited to a birthday party for children.

Alachua County sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call by Loria Blair reporting that Birnard Larkin Jr. was threatening to shoot her 31-year-old son and chasing him around the neighborhood in the 300 block of 257th Street in Newberry, according to a Sheriff's Office report.

Deputies learned that Larkin had called Blair around 7 a.m., demanding to know why he had not been invited to the party, which had been held the day before at her home for several 1- and 2-year-olds.

Blair explained she did not invite him because she knew there was a felony warrant out for his arrest and she didn't want law enforcement coming to her home during the party. To this, she told deputies, Larkin responded with profanity-laced threats against her son. He also asked for a plate of food from the party.

In an attempt to appease him, Blair's son prepared a plate of hot dogs and cake and rode his bike to deliver it to where Larkin was residing.

Larkin was waiting outside for him and shoved him off his bike onto railroad tracks, deputies said. According to the report, Larkin then pulled out a black revolver from his waistband and stated, "(Expletive) you and your mama, I should kill" you.

Then he is accused firing two shots at the victim's head.


What a useless piece of shit. At this point, frankly, the only thing he would be good for is an organ donor.

I'd Kill That Man That Give Me That Awful Name

That would be "Bamboo Flute," NOT "Sue."

An 18-year-old Gainesville man has been arrested and charged with attempted murder after deputies say he stabbed his 54-year-old father in the chest with a pocketknife because he wondered what it would be like to kill a person.

Bamboo Flute Blanchard was in his family home in the 2000 block of Southeast 49th Drive in Gainesville on Tuesday evening when, without warning, he attacked his father, who had been lying down in his bedroom, according to a report released by the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.


Bamboo Flute has a younger brother, apparently a minor, since he isn't named in the article. God only knows what his sobriquet is.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Who, Exactly, Is the Enemy?

Victor Davis Hanson, in his latest column, suspects that President Obama believes it's Republicans, not Al Qaeda or the Taliban:

Imagine if Obama declaimed of the Iranians in Tehran that “those aren’t the kinds of folks who represent our core American values,” in the manner he once attacked John McCain for calling for border security in 2008. Could not a worldly Obama at least go after the intolerant Saudis for spreading Wahhabi-hatred worldwide and for sending subsidies to radical Sunni terrorists, in the detailed way he once deconstructed rural conservative voters of Pennsylvania? He might have taken apart these dogmatic religious absolutists in the following manner: “It’s not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” All such invective seems to sum up current Saudi society far better than it does the people of Pennsylvania. Could not the president finish by noting that their madrassas encourage divisions and discourage cooperation, just as he boldly lectured an Irish audience about the problems with Catholic parochial schools?

As far as these hyper-rich Persian Gulf sheikdoms go, could not the fearless Obama urge these “fat cats” to share their riches with poorer countries, in the manner he once sermonized to Americans in no uncertain terms: “I think when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody”?


Click the link to read the whole thing.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

They Just Needs More Free Stuff Paid For With Tax Dollars

That'll keep 'em from killing each other, sure.

There's one killed and another injured among the Usual Suspects™ down in Chester, SC:

It was supposed to be Tee Sanders' 17th birthday celebration —the last big bash her mother would throw her before she started her senior year in high school. It ended in gunfire and tragedy early Sunday when Tee Sanders' best friend —her "brother"— was gunned down near her front yard.

Kendall Maureece Culp, 18, of Chester, died sometime after 12:30 a.m. when shots rang out at 786 Old York Road, where about 100 teenagers gathered for a birthday party that started Saturday night and went past midnight.


To be fair to the people at the scene, I should mention that they had adult chaperones on site and actually announced a curfew point. It apparently got out of control when the numbers at the party grew beyond those originally invited to include friend of friends; also, no effort seems to have been made to check arrivals for weapons.

What caused the shooting, then? According to one of the chaperones, it was the government's fault: With no widespread recreational outlets or work programs available for Chester youth, "these are the results," he said.

If that's the case, why is it that you don't see the white youths of Chester killing each other at the same rate? And before you start pointing and hooting about blacks being an oppressed minority, the demographics of Chester, South Carolina are: 62.26 black, 36.37 white, the remainder other races. Whites are the minorities in Chester, yet aren't noted for killing each other in such random fashion. It has to be cultural. Too many single-parent families, too many role models who advocate violence in their music, too few learning moral behavior at home or at church; the fruits of the Great Society have ripened.

update: And here is a another clue to the culture I'm talking about: where a pair of tennis shoes is worth more than a human life.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Torpedo ME, Would You?

Think I'll just give you a taste of my keel.

A UK merchant ship captain who rammed and sank a U-Boat during WWI after it attempted to torpedo him won the Distinguished Service Order medal, which is now being auctioned.

John Bell DSO.

My New Desktop Photo

This:




Found here.

Ain't That Par For the Course For a UK Cleric?

He thinks that individuals with terminal illnesses would take more comfort in Jackie Collins novels than the Bible.

He suggests that the Bible's talk of sin, judgment and eternal damnation could be unsettling for those living with a terminal illness and recommends reliving romantic highs instead.

Mr Gregory said: 'When people are told they are dying reading the Bible might be the last thing they want to do.

'But they shouldn't be afraid to read a rude or lively book... something a bit saucy.

'The subject of death is still a bit taboo, like sex used to be, so why not?

'It might trigger some happy, joyful, rude memories.'


There's just not much religious fervor left in Anglicanism; UK is increasingly a secular society, at least among those professing a nominal Christianity. The same can't be said for the minority Muslim population; mosques are full. This doesn't bode well for the future of the country.

As for the terminally ill: yes, if the individual has little affinity for religion, (s)he should take comfort wherever (s)he can find it, and if that is in a trashy novel, so be it.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Pointy Arrivals




Shown in the pic are a Cold Steel Tru-Flight throwing knife with sheath (I removed the paracord wrapped around the handle); a Swiss K31 bayonet; an Opinel #8 with ebony handle; and a Roselli Carpenter model puuko made of UHC steel.

Monday, June 17, 2013

He's Lucky He Didn't Blow His Nuts Off

Charleston, SC police arrested a teenager after he accidentally shot himself:

Charleston police on Friday arrested a 17-year-old accused of accidentally shooting himself in the leg at his ex-girlfriend’s home.

Thomas Ancrum is charged with second-degree burglary, unlawful carrying of a firearm and discharging a firearm within city limits, jail records show.

A 40-year-old woman at the apartment told officers that her daughter’s ex-boyfriend walked into their home uninvited and shot himself after family members asked him to leave.

Investigators found a semi-automatic pistol at the home and a spent 9mm shell casing, an incident report states. The gun had been in Ancrum’s waistband when it discharged, police spokesman Charles Francis said.


Probably a striker-fired plastic pistol, Glock most likely, and carried Mexican-style. Usual Suspects™ are willing to spend thousands of dollars on gold teeth grills and clothing, but won't shuck out $100 for a holster.

Oops...Pen Slipped

DHS Claims Billions of Bullets Purchased Were “Clerical Error.” h/t Mr. Conservative

Friday, June 14, 2013

He Used a Crossbow?

Hmm, wonder who that could have been?

Some pesky raccoons are keeping sheriff’s deputies busy in one north Florida community.

Over the past two weeks, Flagler County deputies have responded to seven raccoon-related calls, including one that was “hissing and jumping” at school children at a bus stop.

Two other raccoons exhibiting symptoms of either rabies or distemper were “put down in a humane fashion” by authorities.

The newspaper reports another raccoon was killed by someone using a crossbow on June 5.


Could it be?

Gaylord Perry In Town Friday

In town to throw out the first pitch at the Charlotte Knights game.

Most famous for throwing the spitball, of course. The need for the spitball died when the split-fingered fastball was developed, which duplicated the action of the spitball (a fastball that drops like a rock as it reaches the plate) while being a legal pitch.

Perry's a NC native, has a home in Spruce Pine and a fishing shack on the Outer Banks.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

More About US Snakebite Treatment

Story from the Gainesville, Florida Sun.

My eyebrows went up at the markup on antivenin. Purchased for $2700 per 1-oz. vial by hospitals for emergency room use, it shows up for $20,000 or higher on a hospital bill.

Big Hole, Big Artery

And an Orlando man is lucky to be alive after shooting himself in the thigh with his own pistol.

Enece Guerrier, 36, of Orlando was a guest at the Sleep Inn & Suites, 4110 SW 40th Blvd., when police say he walked into the lobby around 1 a.m. bleeding profusely from a wound to his femoral artery.


Guerrier later told police he had accidentally shot himself with his own .45 caliber pistol in his hotel room, while removing it from his holster, according to a report.

Cpl. Matt Walters, Officer Mary Davis and Officer Crystal Castor responded to the 911 call. The three officers used their Trauma Kits to try to stop the bleeding until emergency medical personnel arrived within minutes.


I'll guess two things here: that the pistol was a Glock 21 or other striker-fired pistol, and that he was carrying it in either a crossdraw or appendix holster.

Ya know, the makers of striker-fired pistols without active safety levers really should include a tourniquet with every unit sold. Just sayin'. And for all of you owners of such pistols, you should own and carry a tourniquet for just this very reason.

More Information About NC Carnivorous Plants

Story.

Imagine walking into a field in Brunswick County and suddenly you realize you're surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of rare Venus' flytraps. And then you find out you're in one of the only places on earth where this is possible.

Newcomers are often surprised when they find out that the Wilmington area is ground zero for native Venus' flytraps, especially in the Green Swamp Preserve in Brunswick County. Draw a 100-mile radius around the Port City and you'll find the highest concentration of the fragile carnivorous plants in the world, said Sara Babin, conservation coordinator at the ecological group Nature Conservancy.

While the Green Swamp has a large population of flytraps, you can also find them growing wild in areas from Onslow County down to Horry County, S.C.

"Wherever there's nitrogen-poor swampy soil and the right sunlight in this area, you can find Venus' flytraps in their natural habitat," Babin said.


Monday, June 10, 2013

Lighter Fluid and a Baseball Bat Are Bad

Lighter fluid and matches would be worse, though, I'm thinking.

Mysterious Deaths In Boone, NC Hotel Room

That would be room 225 at the Best Western Plus Blue Ridge Plaza.

An 11-year-old Rock Hill boy died in a Boone motel over the weekend, just two months after a couple died mysteriously in the same room.

Police said Jeffrey Lee Williams, 11, was found dead in his room at the Best Western Plus Blue Ridge Plaza. His mother, Jeannie Williams, 49, was listed in critical condition at a Boone hospital Saturday night, but her condition was not known Sunday.

On Sunday afternoon, police said there was no danger to the general public. “The investigation and testing is ongoing,” Sgt. Shane Robbins said in a news release, adding he didn’t expect additional information to be released until Tuesday at the earliest.


Well, they probably didn't die of electrocution, since burns would have been obvious; probably can rule out carbon monoxide poisoning, as a corpse with a bright red face is pretty hard to confuse with any other death than cyanide poisoning. One of the commenters theorizes that the room was used as a meth lab, and there may be something to that. It's also possible that some sort of cleaning chemicals were used on the bedding that affected the sleepers; back when carbon tetrachloride was widely used in dry cleaning, people were cautioned not to dry clean feather pillows/comforters/sleeping bags for fear of lethal fumes. Maybe it's something like that. Or perhaps there is a gas leak into that room through the bathroom ventilator. Hopefully we'll get a follow-up report.

Update: They're reporting carbon monoxide from a gas pool heater.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

What Caliber For...

...Gallinippers?

Giant mosquitoes the size of a quarter are invading central Florida and officials are warning residents to beware of the 'notoriously aggressive' bloodsuckers.

Entomologists at the University of Florida predicted the massive insects, known as gallinippers, would descend on the sunshine state in record numbers this year after drenching rains from Tropical Storm Debbie. Now the mammoth monsters have arrived, being spotted in Seminole County.

The frightening supermosquitoes, native to the eastern half of the United States, are 20 times the size of an ordinary mosquito and their bite is unusually painful.


The are pretty big compared to a normal-sized mosquito:

FOR SALE: LIGHTHOUSE, $1

The only catch is that you're required by federal law to refurbish and maintain it.

Here it is:



There's a bunch of other lighthouses and navigation-related buildings being sold, so if you have money and have always hankered for a lighthouse of your very own, now's your chance. Click the link for more pics.

Headline of the Day

"66 vials of antivenin later, boy bitten by rattler is OK."

Yeeks. That was in Newberry, Florida. The snake was an Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake, which is now dead, and will be made into a wallet for the boy as a memento of the encouter.

The story theorizes that the recent tropical storm that passed through North Florida caused the snakes of the area to move to higher ground to escape flooding, which probably led to the encounter. The bite in this case was a legitimate one, meaning that it was purely an accident, and not the result of trying to capture, kill or otherwise tease the snake.

When I was a boy growing up in Melrose, Florida, the local hardware store had a rattlesnake skin mounted on a board at the back of the store, the skin was about 6' long. President Teddy Roosevelt used to pay a bounty on rattlesnakes over a certain length, I seem to recall reading, possibly in Marjorie Rawlings' book Cross Creek.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Evening Report

Walked up the driveway to the road. It was a pretty day out, with blue skies, but hot and humid for all that; it's summer in the south, after all. The sun has gone down, although there's enough lingering light to make the sky dark blue rather than purple or black. Looking down the street I see fireflies in all the yards, and at treetop level I see bats wheeling, eating mosquitoes.

Restoring a US Navy Ship Model

No, not a plastic kit by Revell. It's fourteen feet long, made of brass over a wooden skeleton, and was used by the US Navy to test antenna placements.



It'll be displayed at a visitor's center in Albany, New York, which is the namesake for one of the ships in the model's class, USS Albany (CG-10).

Be sure to click over to the link for a fine video.

Friday, June 07, 2013

Harsh Justice To Make You Shudder

In Bolivia, an accused rapist was seized by villagers and buried alive with his murdered victim.

The chief prosecutor says more than 200 furious local people seized Santos Ramos and buried him in the grave of his alleged victim.

He says residents blocked roads into the village to stop police arriving.

A reporter for a local radio station, who would only speak anonymously for fear of reprisals, told the media that Mr Ramos was tied up at the woman's funeral.

He said mourners threw him into the open grave alongside the woman's coffin and filled the grave with earth.


Hope the villagers got the right man. Vigilante justice, while swift, is often less than scrupulous about getting the right man.

h/t Mr. Brock at Free North Carolina.

Headline of the Day

"Obama on spying: I am not Big Brother."

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

Poll of the Day

We'll base it on this story: Should there be a federal law allowing veterans to render military-style salutes when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance or when the National Anthem is played at sporting events?

Should There Be a Law That Veterans Not In Uniform May Render Hand Salutes?
  
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My own opinion is that we don't need such a law. Further, I think that for simplicity's sake, that if you are wearing civilian clothing you should render the standard hand-on-heart salute. We already have enough problems with phony military "heroes" without giving wannabes and fakers yet another way to disrespect our service.

Why the US Is Doomed

Because of humans like this.

He's spawned 22 offspring, and his ambition was to spawn 50. Now, confronted with the bill for his behavior, he of course can't pay it, and even has the gall to ask to be "fixed," and no doubt expects the US taxpayers to foot that bill, as well.

And the whole cycle will repeat with his many offspring, all clamoring for handouts almost as soon as they begin to talk.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Gargoyle Has Nards*

An Arizona town is gobsmacked by an anatomically correct gargoyle statue.

Well, if gargoyles were real, that is. This is all supposition, after all.

*bonus points for anyone who can identify where I paraphrased the blog post title from.

The Kind of Gun Control That Works

A Rock Hill, SC gangbanger will be in federal prison for the next ten years on a gun conviction.

That's ten years respite for the public. And since it's a federal offense and federal prison, he'll serve every single day of it, so we're safe from his bullshit behavior until 2023.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Shipwreck Blog: SS Ozama, Cape Romain, SC

Possibly a cargo of gold aboard?

Most of us love a good story about a found treasure; lately, those have mostly been about Goodwill patrons finding valuable paintings buried behind discarded motel-room art. But today there’s a story out of South Carolina that might be about actual treasure, and archaeologists believe they might have some gold on their hands.

The wreckage of a 19th century steamer ship was discovered on Sunday off the coast of Cape Romain, and Dr. E. Lee Spence says it’s what’s left of the SS Ozama. The ship originally carried guns and is thought to have hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of gold on board.

The ship is remarkably intact considering what it’s been through; built in 1881, it was first used to tow dredges in the building of the Panama Canal, but wrecked in the Bahamas just a year later.

“The vessel made a number trips to Panama and other ports in the Caribbean, sailing into turbulent times,” Spence said. “Her colorful history is packed with events such as a mutiny and extensive gun and money smuggling to Haiti.”

The ship eventually wrecked in 1894 in Cape Romain after striking the shoals on its way to Charleston, where it’s been ever since. Dr. Spence doesn’t yet know what secrets it may hold, as he has to make sure it’s safe to enter first, but whatever he finds will be his.


1894 means US gold coins, not Spanish doubloons.

Treasure Blog: Roman Gold Coin Hoard, St. Alban's, UK

Roman solidii, found by a treasure hunter 20 minutes into his very first effort with a metal detector.



Fan's of Paulo Coelho's masterpiece novel The Alchemist will smile, I'm sure:

"That's the way it always is," said the old man. "It's called the principle of favorability. When you play cards the first time, you are almost sure to win. Beginner's luck."

"Why is that?"

"Because there is a force that wants you to realize your Personal Legend; it whets your appetite with a taste of success."

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Obituary of the Day

John E. Holden, USMC, WWII vet and fighter pilot.

John E. Holden, alias Jack, took the Deep Six, Monday, May 27, 2013 at the Willow Valley Retirement Community after a life filled with endless laughter and debauchery. While flying his beloved Corsair as a Marine Fighter Pilot during WWII, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his combat activities, the Air Medal for action in Okinawa in 1945 and the Distinguished Fleeing Cross for avoiding numerous women who were seeking child support under unproven circumstances.

After WWII he spent eight years with the Armstrong Cork Company and resigned with the title of Assistant Director of Advertising plus a dinky pension. He then joined the Hubley Toy Company and later became an independent toy designer.


Click the link to read the glorious rest of it.

How About "Free Chicken & Ribs Night!"

"New director of Poplar Grove seeks to diversify plantation's story."

"We need to present multiple perspectives," Lewis said, choosing her words carefully. "We don't have the diversity of viewpoints that I'd like, and we don't have the diversity of visitors I'd like."

And, forseeing the reaction that last quote would get, the next sentence reads:

Lewis doesn't come to Poplar Grove as a carpetbagger.

LOL.

Not a Carpetbagger.

Calling Bob Ross...

"Gitmo Looking for Instructor to Teach Terrorists Watercolor Painting."


We'll Paint a Happy Little Bomb Here, and One Over Here...

Monday, June 03, 2013

California's "Glass Beach" Endangered

People keep collecting the pretty glass.



Back when I was stationed in Norfolk in the early 1980's there was a small pebbly beach at the marina located where Norfolk Naval Base becomes Norfolk Naval Air Station. There was lots of "sea glass," as I called it, that washed up on that little beach - - most of it brown, from beer bottles, as you might expect.

He Brought a Knife To a Gunfight - - and Won

Which reflects badly on the quality of the thugs in Rock Hell Hill, SC:

A Rock Hill man being held at gunpoint by two teenage boys on Saturday managed to injure one of his attackers with a pocket knife, police say.

At about 11:30 p.m., officers received calls about a possible armed robbery near Hampton Street, according to a Rock Hill police report. When police arrived, they found a man kneeling on the ground with a cut on his head.

The man, 47, told police he was walking home from the store with an 18-pack of Busch Light beer in hand when he noticed two teenage boys, both 16, following him, the report states.

One of the boys brandished a gun, police say, and told the man to “give it up.” When he heard the boy chamber a round in the gun, he grabbed the boy’s arm, took out a pocket knife and swung the knife at the boy.

The man said the boy hit him several times with the handgun before he fled with the other teen, the report states. Police found the discarded 18-pack of beer on the ground, while EMS treated the man, who said he could positively identify his attackers if police found them.


Click the link to read the rest. They boys are now in jail.

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Military Rations - - The North Carolina Connection

Researchers at NC State University in Raleigh work with the military to craft food rations that are healthier choices for the troops - - but are also tasty enough that they won't be rejected.

Soldiers aren’t the only ones who stand to gain from easier access to phytochemicals, Lila said. Athletes, outdoor enthusiasts and people trying to control their weight could also benefit.

In a recent clinical trial, student subjects from Appalachian State University were asked to consume a drink containing blueberry and green tea phytochemical extracts for 17 days. During the final three days of the project, they worked out intensely for 2.5 hours each day.

“We found that those who had been given a placebo returned to their normal metabolism shortly after the exercise sessions,” Lila said. “But those given the phytochemicals were still burning fat in their sleep.”


Arrival

Böker WWI Trench Knife replica:

Why Drag Crete Into It, PROFESSOR?

A "journalism professor," at the beginning of a gun-control rant that ends with a threat to use tanks, fighter jets and Hellfire missiles against sovereign American citizens, shows off his vocabulary:

But, the gun safety debate is B.S. This foaming at the mouth, Obamar is coming for the guns, Nanny Bloomberg is a bad billionaire, and most despicable of all, those survivors and victims are pawns in the liberal agenda is knuckle-dragging Cretan talk.

Wanting to give the Professor (no doubt educated far beyond my high-school education) the doubt, I did a Google search on Cretan. I discovered that a Cretan is a citizen of the island of Crete. I also discovered that there are such things as Cretan Greeks, Cretan Pederasty, a Cretan Paradox, and also the story of Hercules and the Cretan Bull.

I also found an entry in Urban Dictionary: cretan: Someone who is an idiot and lacks gravitas. "My brother is a cretan and suffers from cretanism and low levels of gravitas." synonyms for "cretan" in Urban dictionary include stupidity, idiot, ignoramous, dumbass and moron.

So it seems that the professor either relies on Urban Dictionary for his vocabulary needs, or is something of a...cretin.

Be sure to click the link to read the comments. H/T Weasel Zippers.

Yer Oxmoron of the Day

That would be the word "ethical" used by a Democrat activist.

Curtis Morrison, a former spokesman for an anti-Mitch McConnell super PAC, admitted Friday that he secretly taped a strategy session of the Senate GOP leader and his staff and could be indicted by a federal grand jury.

After the recording was made public, Morrison said he lost his friendship with Shawn Reilly, the executive director of Progress Kentucky,who was with him at the Louisville campaign headquarters when the secret meeting was recorded.

"I lost my apartment. I lost my job and my career path," Morrison wrote.

"Unlike Mitch McConnell, I will not paint myself as a victim," he said. But he added that negative reaction from people like Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., made him think: "Did I make a mistake?"

Morrison said he is planning to go to Whittier Law School in California this fall.

"I'm 44 years old, and my life path has shifted a bit, but I'm still alright," he wrote. "So far, McConnell has failed to cause me even a fraction of the suffering or inconvenience he's caused most Kentucky families."

The furor over the recording "was a frustrating moment, but in truth, I've never doubted that making the recording was ethical," Morrison insisted.