Contrasting attitudes

Decades ago, I was the only non-pot-smoker machinist on the crew of a high-precision machine shop that made aerospace parts, including pieces for the new project that would become the Space Shuttle. When I was moved to the big Brown and Sharpe vertical mill, I encountered a cartoon taped inside the lid of the day […]

Bad health Condition: Obamacare

I just saw an article reminding me that Obamacare authorizes a surcharge / penalty for up to 50% of the insurance premium for smokers. When companies began doing this in 2011, the New York Times was unhappy: They rolled out an attack focusing on Walmart. They were aghast, calling it “a shift toward penalizing employees […]

Assault Weapons Ban

Scary Weapons What, exactly, does the Left mean by “assault weapons”? Evidence is abundant that this expression means to them “anything that could hurt someone” (i.e., anything capable of self defense). Senator Feinstein’s bill clearly denotes a raft of guns to be banned based upon their scary appearance, furthering the silly notion that a bullet fired from a black gun is inherently different from a bullet fired from a brown one. Or that a bullet fired from a rifle with a pistol grip will do something different from the same bullet coming from a gun with no such grip. Stupid, isn’t it? It is just military style that seems to bother them. “Who needs military weapons?” she says. Of course, a gun styled to look like one made for the military, painted black or camoflage, is still s civilian weapon, and is not of course an “automatic” weapon or machine gun. It’s just emotions. But… […]

Soft storage

This article caught my attention, and combines my interests in bioscience, computer science, and Shakespeare: […]

Sandy Hacks

I’m not one for conspiracy theories. I’m not much fun for those folks sending around the latest breathless email with “did you know that …?” nonsense. Most of it, at least, is nonsense, and I enjoy hunting down the answers when time permits. But this business of the CNN footage of Sandy Hook is odd, and I must grant that the conspiracists have a point. (DigitalJournal seems to be the original source for this info. Now that I’ve seen the DigitalJournal piece, I recognize that I’m simply confirming their story.) […]

CNN Uncertain about Terrorists

CNN just announced, 10 minutes ago as I write this, that the hostage crisis at the BP refinery in Algeria is over.

I was struck by their odd language:

At least 23 hostages and 32 “terrorists” were killed around the sprawling facility in eastern Algeria’s desert, Algerian state news said Saturday, citing the military. Some […]

Algerian Hostage Crisis

This isn’t being talked about much. When it first occurred (Wednesday), the crisis was described as Islamists having “failed” in their attempt to commandeer two buses, and that some twenty people were held hostage including some Americans. That should have gotten some action from President Obama and emergency task groups formed. Perhaps it did, though he was seen golfing that day. But the situation is graver — and larger — than first talked about. […]

Resource Officers

Two tidbits relating to the arms rights attacks by the Left: (1) Wayne Pierre of the NRA suggested that schools should have arms guards, a notion that was instantly vilified and ridiculed by the Left. (2) Obama adopts the NRA proposal for increased armed guards in schools, in a speech which was portrayed as “one of his greatest” by the same Left. […]

Obama and the Ikhwan

“Ikhwan” is a word you will see more and more. This Arabic term “the Brothers” is the shorthand name for the Muslim Brotherhood. I would expect that in the next few years, it may be almost as recognized as their word for conquering and killing all of us: “jihad.” The word is certainly well known in the Obama administration. So are other Arabic terms. For example:One bit of Arabic refers to the city most call Jerusalem, but to them it means a Jerusalem from which all traces of non-Muslim heritage have been removed. Jihadists call it “al Quds” (for “The Holy”) as opposed to the official Arabic for Jerusalem, which is Ûrshalîm. Jihadists and their sympathizers reject this official translation, and jihadists look forward to the day that “al Quds” can be purged of Jews and Christians. […]

An Educational Trigger

A celebration gone wrong

One odd incident from the New Year celebrations: A woman in Phoenix, AZ poses for a picture with a handgun against the head of her brother. She pulls the trigger. Of course, the gun was loaded, otherwise the incident would not be in the news. But there is a bigger story […]