Archive for November, 2004

Not another one two!

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

Well… in the great blogger’s tug-of-war between Thinkers and Linkers, I seem to be sliding toward the “Linkers” end of the spectrum. I’m working to amend that issue, but for the moment, here’s another link.

The ever observant Chrenkoff has an interesting discussion of sorts going on over at his site, musing over possible reasons for the blatant liberal/conservative division between City folk and Country folk.

Hey, while I’m at it, I think I’ve found what I’m getting my father-in-law for Christmas. I just hope he doesn’t find Bill Whittle too left-wing for his tastes.

Not Good. err… Good. For Us. Not Him.

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

There seems to be a growing trend that does not bode well for a certain buffoonish newscaster’s career.

A pity it didn’t happen years ago.

New Additions…

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

Tinkered a bit with the blogroll today. Finally got around to removing Steven Den Beste’s USS Clueless, as he appears to have gone into permanent blog-retirement.

New on the list is Gut Rumbles. I like him because he’s a crochety old buzzard who’s great at calling ’em exactly as he sees ’em, and he’s got a good eye.

The other addition is The Shape of Days. As with any blog it can be hit-or-miss; but when he’s good he’s golden.

Tort Reform, pt. 2

Thursday, November 18th, 2004



An open letter to the NRA

Thursday, November 18th, 2004

The following is an open letter to the NRA that I sent them today via their website:

I’m writing to make a comment about your solicitation practices.

First off, to give you some perspective, I’ll say that I am a strong proponent of 2nd Amendment rights, generally socially conservative, and a Republican. I’ve given money to the NRA in the past, and probably will at some point in the future.

That being said, you have got to seriously rethink the way you solicit donations on the phone. On a semi-regular basis, I get a call from the NRA with a (live) person saying [NRA President] Wayne LaPierre has an important message; please listen to a recording and then the live person will come back on the line. They then kick me over to a recording of Mr. LaPierre.

So far so good.

Wayne La Pierre, however, comes on and starts yelling at me. He is so strident and insistent, and so blatantly uses the same sorts of shallow rhetorical tricks used by the most reprehensible of the “moonbat” wing of the Left, that quite frankly he makes me want to disassociate myself from his organization.

In short, he sounds like a nutcase.

If I didn’t already support gun rights, there is no way in hell this shove-it-in-your-face intensity would convince me. It would simply reinforce the media-driven negative image of “gun nuts” as dangerous lunatics.

You are doing your organization, the 2nd Amendment, and the country a disservice.

The meaning of your message is sound, but the delivery is disastrous.

Real Tort Reform

Monday, November 15th, 2004

You want real reform to get rid of frivolous lawsuits? Okay take a look at this here:

Woman struck by train sues railroad

[Patricia M. Frankhouser,] who was slightly injured after being struck by a train while walking along railroad tracks sued Norfolk Southern Corp. Thursday….

Within the filing, [her lawyer] argues that the railroad was negligent for failing to post signs warning “of the dangers of walking near train tracks and that the tracks were actively in use.”

“Defendant’s failure to warn plaintiff of the potential dangers negligently provided plaintiff with the belief she was safe in walking near the train tracks,” the suit states.

Ladies and Gents, this woman is arguing that she was unaware that trains run on train tracks. (She is also arguing that the railroad had an active responsibility to make sure she was given this vital information!) Any time somebody brings a case like this before the court, the judge should be required by law to remand the plaintiff into permanent state custody for the good of society. This woman has clearly proven herself too stupid to live free — anyone that dumb is a clear danger to herself and others.

After the nice men in the white coats take her away, her lawyer should be disbarred for taking advantage of the mentally disabled.

Hat Tip: Gut Rumbles

Happy Birthday To Me

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Well… it’s my birthday next week (the 16th). So if anyone out there is looking to get me a little something, here’s what I would like:

Make a donation to Spirit of America or The former is a very successful program that is helping out troops form bonds with Iraqis, and helping to improve conditions over there. The latter sends care packages and such to out active military members. Take your pick.

Oh, and drop me a line (or leave a comment) if you do make a donation — I’d like to know about it.

Update: I corrected the erroneous contact link. Duh.

No Gloating…

Friday, November 5th, 2004

…and that goes to everyone who voted for W. We won. It’s over. Great. Moving on….

Actually, as commonly seems to happen, someone else has taken my thoughts and put them quite nicely thus:

[G]ive peace a chance. If we have any chance of ending the sniping and bitterness that characterise the current political scene, it’s going to start with Republicans being gracious winners. If you have to indulge your schadenfreude, do it silently by lurking on Democratic websites and reading hair-tearing left-wing editorials, not by alienating people with whom we’d like to eventually build a better America.

Megan McArdle at Instapundit

Hat Tip: Peeve Farm