Pre-Thanksgiving Entertainment

I don’t know about you, but similar to Playboy and articles, I read Slate Star Codex for the puns. And other humor, like amusing metaphors:

“Like the ski resort of young girls looking for husbands and husbands looking for young girls, the situation was not quite so reciprocal as it appeared.”

The Tom Swifties are utterly delightful. Enjoy all the SSC humor right here!.

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Works for me

What a novel idea

House Republicans introduced a bill earlier this week that would require the Transportation Security Administration to accept certain gun carry permits as valid forms of identification.

The Nondiscriminatory Transportation Screening Act, introduced by Reps. Diane Black (R., Tenn.) and Bill Flores (R., Texas), would reverse TSA policy regarding the permits.

TSA policy currently excludes gun permits as an acceptable form of ID.


The guide does not give a reason for the ban on gun permits. Most states list the identifying information required by the TSA on the gun carry permits issued. Some states, such as Tennessee, also include photos on the permits they issue and require permit holders submit their fingerprints to state police.

Rep. Black told the Washington Free Beacon she was inspired to create the Nondiscriminatory Transportation Screening Act after her own gun carry permit was rejected by the TSA as she tried to board a plane to Washington, D.C.

Washington’s permit does not have a photo on it, but maybe that could change.

The Washington CPL is certainly harder to get that any other form of photo ID in the state. In fact, Washington residents have all been informed that by 2017 we will have to have an “enhanced drivers license” in order to board a plane because our long string of Democratic Party governors have been basically handing state photo ID’s to anyone who can drag themselves into a DMV.

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Two Standards

Are better than one. According to leftists.

Iowa’s Rep. Steve King (R) compared Syrian refugees to grapes the other day

“My wife said this morning, ‘If you had 100 grapes and you knew that two of them were fatally poisonous, would you sit there and eat the grapes until one of them killed you? Or would you decide, I’m not going to take that bunch of grapes at all?’ That’s what we’re dealing with here with the Syrian refugees.”

Causing the leftosphere to lose its collective shit

I’ll take King at his word that it was his wife saying this. Mostly because it is more likely she has been beaten over the head with the very similar and very popular feminist trope about “men” and M&M’s (that “if you had a bowl of M&M’s and were told that 10 of them were poison, would you eat them anyway?”).

So, it is OK for women in comfortable shoes who spend $0 per year on shaving cream and razors to disparage an entire gender, but if someone with an (R) after their name uses the same idea to speak against possible taxpayer funded terrorist infiltration, it is over the line.

Remember that the left not only wants to redistribute your money, they want to redistribute you standards so that they can have two.

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Polymer Casings

I’ve seen blackpowder guys do similar things with the old 310 tool on the firing line, but this is pretty slick for smokeless through a 9mm. Did not know about this polymer casing business. Check out the video.

In other news, I have got to figure out how to embed videos here from my phone.

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Our Domesticated Brains

Human brains have been shrinking for a long time now. While there are the (uplifting) efficiency and (depressing) Idiocracy explanations, each of which have their own merits, domesticated shrinkage is compelling:

In essence, we domesticated ourselves, according to Richard Wrangham, a primatologist at Harvard and a leading proponent of this view.

Some 30 animals have been domesticated, he notes, and in the process every one of them has lost brain volume—typically a 10 to 15 percent reduction compared with their wild progenitors. Domesticated animals also have more gracile builds, smaller teeth, flatter faces, a more striking range of coloration and hair types—and, in many breeds, floppy ears and curly tails. Except for those last two traits, the domesticated breeds sound a lot like us.”

Time scales can be funny where evolution and culture intertwine. Arguably we’re seeing an explosion of evolutionary activity simply due to the population explosion. Barbara Tuchman detailed the brutality of 14th-century European popular amusements in A Distant Mirror; as late as 1730 Paris massacring cats was hilarious. Do we recoil at barbarity due to enlightenment or because we’re tame?

…Then again, reproducing the acts in this video as live entertainment would have been right at home in Tuchman’s 14th century. Maybe the past isn’t such a different country after all ’cause that video’s effin’ hilarious.

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That nefarious scheme to nail down all those layabouts as solid Dem voters appears to be in trouble: give ’em bread and circuses, and they don’t vote.

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RNS Quote of the Week

It seem, if you listen to the leftists, giving ISIS what they want, which is a war, means they’re winning.

Easy way to fix that. Give them enough of it they can’t win.

The generals who won World War II would start by leveling Raqqa, the ISIS caliphate’s capital. Civilians would die, but those remaining in Raqqa have embraced ISIS, as Germans did Hitler. The jihadis must be crushed. Start with their “Berlin.”

Kill ten thousand, save a million.

Unthinkable? Fine. We lose.

Ralph Peters

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How’s that Green Agenda working for you Brits?

Not very well, it seems

British grid operator National Grid made history this week when it was forced to ask some of its largest electricity consumers to decrease their usage to help cope with a spate of power outages.


This is the sort of problem that will naturally arise in any country that tries to rush through a transition towards cleaner, greener energy sources. In the case of the UK, the shuttering of coal-fired power plants, a dirty but consistent source of baseload power, has decreased the country’s generating capacity enough that unforeseen outages can have wide-reaching, destabilizing effects on the grid.

Guess who has a year or so left in office and wants you to enjoy this style of happiness.

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An Interesting development

CDR Salamander has spotted something curious

As others have observed, there is a good chance that real civil unrest against the invasion of military aged men from Syria will break out in the open in Germany first.

With the toxic cocktail that the Merkel led government has created, not a bad bet.

In any event, what I thought was just a bad color exposure on the Norwegian flag for some reason flying in German marches early on in the year, in this article from the DailyMailUK ostensibly about France’s Le Pen, they cover a bit about the latest marches in Dresden from the growing German protest party PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident), in German (Patriotische Europäer gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes).

Nordic cross in German colors … wait … I know that flag … and then it hit me.

That is the flag of two of my heroes; Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Colonel Claus Philipp Maria Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg.

That is the Josef Wirmer flag. The flag of the German resistance in 1944.

He is speaking of this


Click on over and read the rest. Especially the closing line.

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It is not unthinkable

Though, with Hollande and Merkel in charge, not very likely

France could commit the foreign legion to Syria and could invoke NATO Article 5 requiring joint NATO action

Mr. Reuel Marc Gerecht, a former case officer in the Central Intelligence Agency, is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Gerecht gave an analysis in the Wall Street Journal.

Because of the attacks Friday, the narrative will change. The soft-power-heavy, somewhat guilty Western analysis of Islamic militancy—where the progressive-minded avoid referring to Islam in describing an antipathy that sanctifies killing—is now dead in Europe and will soon be irretrievably embarrassing across the Atlantic.

If France committed to seeing this fight through to the end, the French make it more likely that the U.S. will commit more ground troops in Iraq and, as consequentially, put soldiers into Syria to create a defensible haven where civilians and the armed Sunni opposition can gather without fear of attack. Europe’s refugee and counterterrorist nightmares have no chance of resolution until the Syrian war is stopped.

If the French are willing to commit the Foreign Legion in Syria, an idea no longer unthinkable, it is much more likely that the Americans will consider ground troops and the arduous, dangerous, long-term effort to stabilize Syria. Although profoundly constrained by the size of its armed forces, France could serve, as Margaret Thatcher did for George H.W. Bush, as a back stiffener and force multiplier.

I would not count on Hollande to do any of these things. While he isn’t as much as an empty suit as out chief executive, he does still have a base to keep.

However, there are these things called “elections”, and they have a way of bumping the guy who doesn’t follow national willpower out of the decision making process.

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