Life in Fire County, Californi-AYE

So last Friday two fires broke out in the county where I live. One was about 13 miles from us – the other far off in Hopland.

The Hopland fire did so many near impossible things – burning this way and that, over hill, dale and ravine,  and then ending up in the northern most portion of Lake County.... [Read More]

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TOTD 2018-08-03: Who is Welcome Here?

I know that we have many flavors of conservative here.   Do we have any rules on who we exclude?  This is not for the sock and the scientist, this is for all of us, the people who form the Ratburger community.  It is we who decide whom to include and whom to exclude.

Now, Ratburger is a right-wing, conservative site.  I will fight tooth and nail to ensure that remains the case, to avoid invoking Conquest’s Second Law.... [Read More]

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Finding the Right Word

I know there are some writers on this site. Or should I say scribblers lurking? I am Dime and I am not very bright. You might say lacking in luminescence. I digress or in other words I am off track again. Well I am trying to find the right word. But I might be just searching for it. How does one look for the right lingo? You know, pick the proper vocabulary. Or sling the slang at the target audience. Do I want a tetragrammaton or something polysyllabic? Do I go for the Germanic word or the Latin one? Is it best to copy or plagiarize? Do I quote or cite? I am asking for help. Or is it requiring for aid? It’s not that I am ignorant for I don’t know what that word means. If you would be so kind and suggest helpful ways. In other words those truly challenged in cruelty and impatience kick in some light bulbs. If you have an Edison, type.

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Code Is Speech

Liberator pistol (produced by additive manufacturing)There is a fundamental principle at stake in the current controversy, ignorantly reported and heavily spun, over the recent U.S. State Department settlement with Defense Distributed and the Second Amendment Foundation in which Defense Distributed essentially won the case it had been pursuing since 2015, clearing it to distribute design files for the manufacture of firearms and components which can be used to produce them via additive manufacturing (“3D printing”).

This principle is much simpler and more fundamental than the cloud of confusion and ignorance spread like squid ink by the slavers who prefer a disarmed and dependent population at their mercy.  It goes to the heart of free speech, and we’ve been here before.... [Read More]

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A modestly postmodern proposal

The New York Times has seen fit to place an apparent racist, Sarah Jeong, on their editorial board. I describe her as such on the basis of numerous tweets of hers that surfaced immediately after the NYT appointment. One of them reads “it’s kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old white men.” Another proclaims “Cancel White People”.

These examples are among the least hateful. But, don’t worry, dear readers. We are assured this all of this is actually white peoples’ fault. Subsequent to Ms. Jeong’s hatred being propagated to a wider audience, the NYT informed us that as “a young Asian woman” she has been “a subject of frequent online harassment” and that she was merely “imitating the rhetoric of her harassers”. In other words, the same “Don’t blame me, HE started it!” of any pre-adolescent row. Jeong herself is reported as saying her missives were merely satire, a word that now applies to both everything and nothing [1].... [Read More]

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Fight Fire More with Also Fire, Too

They’re so smug and smarmy over at R>.  Oh, yes this is another of those posts, which seems to dwell inexplicably an a website in another membership tier, far far away, which we all profess to disdain,and yet which we cannot chase from our personal lengthy lists of particular flies from which to pull the wings.

Have at them, then!  I unveil the first nomination for the”R-than-thou” texty-logo contest:... [Read More]

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Persistent bugger….

OK, here’s one “Persistent Bugger”. Actually a persistent computer dialer. I started getting these calls in mid July. Fortunately for me, they were blocked by Nomorobo.com. Looking up the number on Google one can see from the complaints that is is a political survey type thing that I want no part of.

Continue reading “Persistent bugger….”

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Welcome Back?

Okay so I’m back Elsewhere, but I find I’m still so pissed at the Pale Rattler and at Swirly that I can hardly behave, bear to be civil.  In response to Swirly’s pathetic post about his botched surgery, what I’d’ve liked to post is ” Aww!  Too bad it wasn’t your typing hand!”

What is wrong with me?

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