Surly Curmudgeon

   The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.
-- Robert A. Heinlein
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    Friday, September 24, 2004


    My buddy Cheech is gone. He was one of the best shooting buddies I've ever had, really focused and intense about his interest in becoming a better shot. We used to have the longest discussions about what pistol was the best, shooting techniques, and so forth. On the few occasions when we'd let our guards down, he was a man of great joys and equally great sorrows. I don't know if he was a believer, and it was something that never really came up between us. I can only hope that whatever religious convictions he held, he's made his way to a better place. We didn't get to spend much time together, but when we did he made a deep impression on me. I'll miss him.

    Posted by Tom, 9/24/2004 6:53:00 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, September 21, 2004

    Getting some sleep

    I've been dealing with insomnia on and off for about a month now. The worst was when I went a whole week getting about 3 hours a night. My wife finally came up with the idea that maybe I should wear earplugs when I go to bed, on the theory that it was all the little minor noises in the house that kept waking me up.

    Well, it worked. I still wake up in the middle of the night, but I can roll over and go right back to sleep with little problem. More fascinating is the fact that I have been having the most extraordinarily vivid dreams -- apparently I wasn't getting enough R.E.M. sleep, and now I'm catching up. The cool thing is that I'm waking up feeling really chipper and happy, but I'm still tired. I figure that will probably pass in time, because I've got to get back into a normal sleep schedule and get adjusted to it again.

    But anyway, if you're having trouble sleeping, try earplugs!

    Posted by Tom, 9/21/2004 7:19:00 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Election update

    Election Projection, a pro-Bush site, has Bush winning an optimistic 328 electoral votes, based on local polls and whatnot.

    Swing State, which appears pro-Kerry, has the race as a dead heat with a slight nod to Kerry.

    TradeSports, a market-based gambling operation, breaks the tie by calling Bush 70% likely to win.

    Nobody seems to be calling the race for Michael Badnarik. Oh well... I always was a sucker for the underdog.

    Posted by Tom, 9/21/2004 7:14:00 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Friday, September 17, 2004

    The best site yet...

    ... for explaining why the Assault Weapons Ban was a complete joke. Check it out.

    Posted by Tom, 9/17/2004 6:37:00 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Bush to kettle: You're black

    Bush says Kerry wants to expand government. This is like Bush calling Kerry a rich white guy.

    Posted by Tom, 9/17/2004 6:35:00 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Loving Democrats make 3-year-old cry

    Despite all their protestations of being "for" free speech, there's a lot of evidence that says Democrats can't abide a dissenting opinion. The latest is this gem:

    A West Virginia man said yesterday that Democrats stole his family's Bush-Cheney campaign signs at an event featuring Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards.

    "They just pounced on us," said Phil Parlock, who took his 11-year-old son, Alex, and 3-year-old daughter, Sophia, to the Democratic rally at Tri-State Airport in Huntington, W.Va.

    Sophia became briefly famous yesterday when an Associated Press photo showing her in tears after Democrats tore her sign to pieces was posted on Matt Drudge's Web site,

    I can just imagine this little girl, happy to be out doing something with her daddy, with no real knowledge of the larger issues around her, and suddenly some thug steals her sign and rips it up. How on Earth can that be seen as appropriate behavior? Yes, the Democrats are complaining that they've been manhandled at Republican events, but that does not excuse this kind of crap. People like this should be barred from voting.

    Posted by Tom, 9/17/2004 6:27:00 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Tuesday, September 14, 2004

    Get a load of this

    I can't wait until the envirowackies start wailing about this one.

    US commercial truck maker touts "extreme" passenger truck

    Now I know what I want for Christmas.

    Posted by Tom, 9/14/2004 5:10:00 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Creepiest thing I've seen all week

    Creepy Crawly Blanket

    Who in their right mind would want to sleep with something like that?

    Posted by Tom, 9/14/2004 7:36:00 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Is Bush Pro-Gun?

    Probably not.

    Lately, Democratic presidential contender John Kerry has been making laughable attempts to appeal to gun owners, despite his very clear record in favor of gun control. This would probably be funnier if it weren't for the fact that Bush, too, has a very clear record of undermining the Second Amendment. Most supporters of gun rights seem to be oblivious to this, or at best only dimly aware. Pointing out the failure by Bush to protect the right to bear arms nearly always brings out the question "So you think Kerry would be better?" Obviously only those who agree with Sarah Brady think Kerry would be better on guns, but it would take some considerable effort for Kerry to do worse, as Bush has attacked gun rights in his domestic agenda, by Administration actions in the courts, and in his foreign policy.

    Taking the last first, in Iraq there is a total gun ban in place. The interim constitution provided to Iraq by the Bush Administration contained declarations of "rights" to security, education, health care, and social security for the "liberated" nation, but no right to bear arms. In contrast, Saddam Hussein's Iraq allowed all sorts of firearms to be bought and sold openly without restriction. To be sure, Hussein was an awful, evil man, a tyrant and a thug. But Hussein was better on gun rights than George W. Bush.


    Despite what Republicans may say, George W. Bush has shown that rather than being a protector of the Second Amendment, he is yet another statist enemy of the right to bear arms. Maybe conscientious gun owners can't vote for Kerry because of what Kerry might do as President, but it is definitely the case that gun owners can't vote for Bush, because of the damage that Bush has already done as President.

    Read the rest here.

    Posted by Tom, 9/14/2004 7:35:00 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Monday, September 13, 2004

    Ding dong, the witch is dead

    Federal Ban on Assault Weapons Expiring

    Posted by Tom, 9/13/2004 7:29:00 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Friday, September 10, 2004

    A quandary

    Was Robin Hood a hero or a villain, and why?

    Hero, because he stole from the rich and gave to the poor.
    Villain, because he stole from the rich and gave to the poor.
    Hero, because he stole from the government and gave back to the taxpayers.
    Villain, because he stole from the government and gave back to the taxpayers.


    Posted by Tom, 9/10/2004 5:20:00 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Says it all...

    ...the criminological premises of the anti-gun movement have collapsed in the face of serious social science.

    Read the rest here.

    Posted by Tom, 9/10/2004 6:59:00 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, September 8, 2004

    Figures lie, and liars figure

    I've never been one to trust the government, and that goes double for government numbers where money is concerned. Check out this latest report from the Congressional Budget Office, which should raise red flags all over the place:

    A new report from the Congressional Budget Office explains that the deficit is a virtually meaningless measure of the government’s indebtedness. The main reason for this is that the federal government uses cash accounting rather than accrual accounting. What this means is that the government can acquire massive debts far into the future with virtual impunity. The government can also, in effect, cosign for loans and provide insurance that could potentially cost taxpayers hundreds of billion of dollars without it ever showing up in the budget until a check has to be written.


    It goes without saying that if any private corporation had behaved the way the government has, it would soon find its executives being sentenced by a federal judge. It is illegal for businesses to keep their books the way the government does, hiding their long-term liabilities from shareholders the way the government disguises its indebtedness from voters.

    But it's OK if government people commit crimes. They're special.

    Posted by Tom, 9/8/2004 7:13:00 AM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...

    Wednesday, September 1, 2004

    Wonder how long...

    ... until this is tried here in America. I'm sure the Brady Bunch will have a field day. It's probably too cynical and paranoid to think that they might even orchestrate one just for political advantage, but sometimes I like to be cynical and paranoid.

    Posted by Tom, 9/1/2004 5:14:00 PM (Permalink). 0 Comments. Leave a comment...