“The constitutions of most of our States assert, that all power is inherent in the people;that they may exercise it by themselves, in all cases to which they think themselves competent,... or they may act by representatives, freely and equally chosen; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; that they are entitled to freedom of person, freedom of religion, freedom of property, and freedom of the press.”
by John Dewey The Living Thoughts of Thomas Jefferson, pp.46 - 47


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those who do not learn from the past

The last time something like this happened:

…this happened:

And does anyone recall what the only redeeming factor of that Day of Infamy was? The fact that none of our carriers were in port. Unfortunately, we no longer have battleships, which means the only things underway when that picture was taken were "small boys".

In fairness, that picture was taken during a Christmas stand-down, one of those ships is currently […]

back on the walls

In case you have not been paying attention, things around here have been somewhat automated for the past few weeks, on account of Better Half and I heading out to the Pacific North Wet to hang out with my parents for a spell.  It is going to take me a few days to catch up on all the comments the site received and all the email I received (if I have not responded to your […]

pre-christmas sale

Speaking of Christmas presents, I still have a number of Russian Origami t-shirts in inventory, all Larges, X-Larges, and XX-Larges (i.e. no Mediums or XXX-Larges left).

In the interests of getting the out of my house and maybe under one of your trees, from now until the 18th, I am offering free shipping on any quantity of shirts.

If you want this deal, email me directly; do NOT use the order form on […]

that time of the year again

$50, 12 toys for Toys for Tots: 

It was not our best year ever for raw number of toys, but some of those are playsets and fairly complex ones at that, so hopefully their recipients will consider playing with their friends/families. 

If you are interested in donating yourself, drop-off locations are fairly easy to find, and apparently Toys ‘R’ Us is a nation-wide Toys for Tots partner, so you can always leave […]

quote of the day – better half

Upon meeting the brand-spanking-new Vera shortly after about 25 rounds were slammed through it at Coal Creek Armory, Better Half had this to say:

It smells like mistletoe and Christmas!

I would explain, but it is just too damned funny as is.

Hopefully she will be as enthralled with it after today’s trip to the range…

best wife ever

That is all.

only so much time in the day

Since the recent WordPress 3.3 “Update” has broken not only its interactions with Windows Live Writer but also the Android WordPress app and the onboard WordPress Jetpack plugin, in the place of any meaningful post that I would have written in the time I wasted trying to troubleshoot and correct someone else’s poor code, I give you some appropriately seasonal videos, courtesy of my parents:

Am I being too much of […]

‘tis the season

I know I am already asking a bit of you, my readers, with my ongoing Soldiers’ Angels fundraiser, but this is the season of giving after all, and, personally, one of my favorite charities is Toys For Tots.  If you can give at all, every dollar helps, but we typically have found that doing our own shopping at discount stores and sales nets us amazing results; for example, this pile cost us a bit less […]

support your overseas soldier

Hopefully you have already decided where your Thanksgiving dinner is going to be held, and you are working on the setting for your Christmas festivities, but not all of us have the ability to make such plans for the impending holidays. Having had the distinct… "privilege"… of being away from home for a back-to-back Thanksgiving and Christmas, I can personally attest to just how much it sucks to miss out on those festive occasions by […]

set your mp3s appropriately

November is for The Nightmare Before Christmas (which will go down as Danny Elfman‘s personal best, in my opinion).

December is for Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

No substitutions will be accepted.

That is all.


reflections on winter travel

We left Savannah about 1000 yesterday (unfortunately, we had to work today, and most of this week), and it was still just raining, with said precipitation having started the night before… However, by the time we crossed the I-95 corridor, it was snowing – yes, snowing, in the Deep South of Georgia – and when we stopped in Ellabelle for gas at about 1100, my sister-in-law reported that Savannah was finally receiving snow. Snow. In […]

not quite what i meant

In an effort to make Christmas shopping easier for my family, I generally try to maintain an Amazon wishlist, and then provide it to them a month or so before the holiday… this year, since everyone has varying degrees of smartphones or other portable connectivity devices, I went ahead and TinyURL‘d the wishlist link, since “generic” Amazon hyperlinks can sometimes be cumbersome in length.

No big deal, right?

No big deal… until someone […]

out of pocket

Better Half and I are headed south this afternoon to spend Christmas with her family, and while I will have my phone with me (is that a Droid in your pocket?), do not expect me to be posting too terribly much… I do have a few posts scheduled to show up over the weekend, but, really, if you are avidly checking back here for posts over the Christmas holiday, you have more serious problems than […]

13 toys, $48

You cannot say as though I ask a great deal out of you, my readership, but since I have done this for two years now, I might as well keep up the momentum:

The stuffed animals are from the Disney Store in our mall, and were all of $3 a piece after last Christmas – they all have 2009 stamped on various portions of their anatomies, but do you honestly think the children […]