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You shouldn't ask these questions of a paranoid recluse, you know.

Well, shit.

I’m down to two hens in the Fortress of Attitude. This time there was blood. It’s always the same pattern; all the hens but one get along fine with Seymour. But the smallest becomes terrified of him. He starts persecuting … Continue reading

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QoD: “The more things change” edition…

It is a melancholy truth, that a suppression of the press could not more compleatly deprive the nation of it’s benefits, than is done by it’s abandoned prostitution to falsehood. Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a … Continue reading

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Speaking of bad things happening to nice people on motorcycles…

I’ve had moments like this. Not on a motorcycle, but… You might need to click on it. Stupid gifs. You can see the moment he takes his mind off the game and starts taking bows. Nemesis Follows Hubris.

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This might not have been the best way to advertise their cause…

This story is like six years old, and yet timeless. Having been a motorcyclist myself, I have always been in complete sympathy with people who agitated against helmet laws – even though I always carefully wore a helmet*. There is … Continue reading

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Holy shit. Past and present collide beautifully.

The woman’s in her seventies. I believe trying to keep up with her is why somebody invented Auto-Tune.

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I loves me some Orange Chicken…

But as with so many other dishes I love, it never occurs to me that I could make it myself. If I could go back to my childhood and change just one…thing… Okay, that would require a backhoe and a … Continue reading

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Stupid laws, stupid work-arounds.

But a bolt-action Glock? Guys, (I work hard at not saying this, because I am very well aware it’s easier to say than to do, but) this is how you know it’s time to move away from that stupid state.

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What a difference an inch of foam makes…

Saturday Landlady came up with a gift, an inch of memory foam cut to the size of a twin mattress. I got Sister Creaking Springs the way I get everything, somebody else was getting rid of it. It was originally … Continue reading

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Black silhouette targets are racist.

I am still not making this up… ‘More paint and less hate’: Online petition calls for end to ‘black targets’ at shooting ranges A new Change.org petition calls for the end of “human black targets” at shooting ranges, citing the … Continue reading

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For the record it’s Plan C, so not a life-threatening loss. But still annoying.

The problem with heating with wood is that it’s a messy, constant, labor-intensive pain in the ass. Really. There’s a reason – not related to particulates or carbon credits – that American homes so rarely heat with wood. A heater … Continue reading

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And sometimes you prune…

There was trouble in Seymour’s love nest all day today, of a sort I’ve seen before. One hen just sort of goes nuts, and Seymour is involved. He apparently starts persecuting her, she starts spending the day inside the coop … Continue reading

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Headlines that make you say, “Dude. The crack pipe. Back away.”

This may actually need to be a TUAK feature for a while. There are clearly “journalists” out there who have lost what little of their minds they had previously retained. Get a load of this: Donald Trump’s Congressional Lackeys are … Continue reading

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In case we thought the Socialist Utopian was a dead breed…

Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to save the world: Facebook founder reveals his vision to ‘bring us together in a global community’ in 5,500 word manifesto I haven’t attempted to read the “manifesto,” – or even seen it, there’s no link at … Continue reading

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Uh…no thanks, Achmed.

h/t

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I have British Socialist Author Fatigue Syndrome.

I just made that up, but I’m pretty sure that with the current administration in office I can get a big study grant to publicize it. Friends of the Blog have sent me many books this winter (thank you very … Continue reading

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You know what I love?

I love the dawn of a sunny day in winter. The sun breaks over the ridge behind me, to light the cliff before me. Soon the frost – and unfortunately the mud – will thaw…

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I almost admire the skill with which these people stand facts on their heads…

Take enough facts, stack them just right, turn them this way or that, maybe trim the corners a bit, and before long you have a huge untruth. Examples: The False Promise That ‘Armed Citizenship’ Will Keep Women Safe The premise … Continue reading

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I need an app for distinguishing news from parody.

Seriously, I swear I did not make up the following headline… Obama makes rest of us look bad with his effortless kitesurfing In Wapo, of course. Not The Onion. No, I didn’t forget the link…

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Oh, get a load of this…

Husbands Are Deadlier Than Terrorists Because guns, of course. The unbiased journalists at the New York Fishwrap strike again. Last year Americans were less likely to be killed by Muslim terrorists than for being Muslim, according to Charles Kurzman of … Continue reading

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Did you ever see something in a movie and think, “I wonder if that would really work?”

It’s been a while since I had any of the bright paint I use on the metallic targets at Ian’s range. Without regular painting, they quickly fade into the background and can be hard for these old eyes to put … Continue reading

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