So I am a naturally inquisitive type (at least, on occasion), and I admit to being somewhat intrigued by the surprise being expressed by the folks at Honored American Veterans Afield over how much money we have managed to raise in such a small amount of time. So I went digging.
The short story is that in 2011 (the last year the National Center for Charitable Statistics has posted), HAVA brought in $175,272 of [...]
Due to the impressively overwhelming response to Tam’s various fundraisers (the last numbers I heard bandied about for the total amongst all of the various projects was well into the five digits range), the impending Christmas season, the only-slightly-less impending "fiscal cliff", and all of the various other ways people and families have been losing/spending money in the recent past and will be in the near future, I will be putting my intended HAVA fundraiser [...]
By now, my readers should be more than aware of the fact that I am a proud Browncoat – I missed Firefly when it first aired on Fox, but on my parents’ urgings, I found the DVDs, and I am pretty sure I watched the entire series all the way through once I started. And then found time to watch it again. And have since watched it more times than I probably care to count. [...]
All analogies are flawed – it is just the name of the game. Just as photocopiers degrade the quality of a document every time it gets run through the system (a flawed analogy on its own), so too does something get lost in the conversion from one topic to another. Still, even with that inherent, unavoidable shortcoming in the system, analogies are still invaluable for expressing complex concepts in easier-to-understand chunks.
Take, for instance, [...]
A few days back, a few fellow pro-rights activists and I were having a discussion as to the “resting state” of various firearms, and how that plays into making the firearm arguably more or less safe, especially when holstering and unholstering it. After establishing that the Glock Safe Action system keeps the firing pin under partial tension at all times (at least while there is one in the tube), I admitted to not being sure [...]
I have been saying things like this for about as long as I have been weblogging, but, as usual, throw a pretty girl into the equation and the comments suddenly become that much more attention-grabbing… At any rate, Oleg Volk wins today’s first quote of the day by way of the afore-linked graphic, quoted below:
Collective Responsibility is a Totalitarian concept.
I will not be held responsible for misdeeds committed by people who look like [...]