Saturday, October 31, 2015

“Muslims have the Right to Kill anyone who does Not Respect Islam”

Says a "moderate" Imam in Norway.

Pope Francis, would you stop dicking around and just call the Crusade already? I'm getting tired of listening to this shit.


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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Charlotte Cop Brought a Taser To a Gunfight

Luckily for her she had a gun, too, when the Taser didn't work out so well.

The incident occurred about 10:30 a.m. According to police, the officer is Michelle Brcik. Brcik had confronted the driver of a truck that broke down when she realized the vehicle was one that had been stolen from a home invasion the previous week.

The suspect, 32-year-old Darryll Douglas Clay, exited the truck with a gun and Brcik deployed her Taser. Then the confrontation escalated quickly into an exchange of gunfire, police said.

This one raises interesting questions. Why did she deploy the Taser first? Did she grab it from habit, having accustomed herself to grabbing it in other confrontations? Was she worried about shooting a black man? Is it department policy to only deploy Tasers first, and then guns? I hope there'll be more to the story.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Well, If You're Going To Declare Half the Country Your Enemies...

...then I guess you'd want their guns confiscated, huh?*

Clinton Praises Australian Gun Buyback Program: Confiscation 'worth considering' on a national level."

(*In case you hadn't heard, Clinton declared "Republicans" her enemies during the Democrat presidential debate earlier this week.)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

US Naval Academy To Teach Celestial Navigation Again

I never knew that they dropped it, myself.

The same techniques guided ancient Polynesians in the open Pacific and led Sir Ernest Shackleton to remote Antarctica, then oriented astronauts when the Apollo 12 was disabled by lightning, the techniques of celestial navigation.

A glimmer of the old lore has returned to the Naval Academy.

Officials reinstated brief lessons in celestial navigation this year, nearly two decades after the full class was determined outdated and cut from the curriculum.

That decision, in the late 1990s, made national news and caused a stir among the old guard of navigators.

Maritime nostalgia, however, isn't behind the return.

Rather, it's the escalating threat of cyber attacks that has led the Navy to dust off its tools to measure the angles of stars.

After all, you can't hack a sextant.

And sextants aren't subject to EMP's or CME's, either. (ElectroMagnetic Pulse attack or Coronal Mass Ejection from the sun).

Monday, October 12, 2015

Finally a Movie Studio Cracks Down...

...on its lead actor disparaging the film just before its release, and thus hurting profits:

Daniel Craig Told [by Sony Films - - Ed.] To Quit B*tching About Being James Bond."

We see this time and time again, as a major star actor/actress feels it necessary to open his/her piehole and hold forth on whatever angers him/her during the round of interviews that accompanies a film release. Maybe it's Liam Neeson talking gun control, or Emily Blunt regretting taking US citizenship after watching the GOP debates. Just shut up! Pre-release interviews are to talk about how great the movie is, and nothing else. If you have some profundity to get off of your chest, wait a month until your movie is gone from the theaters, and then share it with the world.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

You Can't Say He Didn't Warn You

"Stupid Crime of the Week: Man Arrested with ‘I Do Dumb Things’ Shirt."

A man in Clackamas County with an extensive criminal history was who was caught after stealing a car Wednesday was wearing a shirt that said, “Warning, I do dumb things.”


Update: I am informed that the pic shown above is not of the suspect, who has been identified as Roshawn Garrett. H/T to Sean Sorrentino for the correction.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Fire Ant Survival Technique

Endangered by the flooding in South Carolina, fire ants form floating "rafts" to keep the queen and workers of the colony alive.

NC Coastal Flooding Floats Battleship North Carolina

Not to put too fine a point on it, but the WWII battleship USS North Carolina (BB-55) spends most of its time stuck in the mud in its berth across from downtown Wilmington, North Carolina. Rains and flooding that caused by hurricane Joaquin have caused the battleship to float out of the mud.

Oh, the ship is still secure and didn't go floating off down the Cape Fear River, no worries there, but it's a good thing that the ship is still intact enough to actually float, although it certainly needs (and will be soon receiving) attention to rusting problems to the hull below the water line.

Crime? That's Not a Crime, That's a Public Service

"Man Charged For Hitting Daughter's Boyfriend With Shovel."