Parkland

What is interesting to me is that the foster parents ( the husband a retired military intelligence analyst) bring this kid into their home and foster him with no concern about the fact that an 18 yr old with a record of severely dysfunctional behavior, who was expelled from school for violent behavior and previously diagnosed a year earlier with autism and severe depression is allowed to own 10 guns, 5 knives, and 2 BB guns.

It gets better: The highly decorated retired military vet (foster father) told Cruz to go buy a lock bank for his weapons and insisted he give him the key. Really? Who allows a kid to buy something like this without supervising the ownership of the key in the first place?... [Read More]

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Too hot for CPAC

CPAC Nevers have censored a scheduled panel on free speech.

Pamela Geller worked for months on a panel discussion.  At the last minute, CPAC told her that the founder of Gateway Pundit would be banned because he “supports Nazis.”   Geller said she would not cancel anyone from speaking at a panel discussion on free speech.... [Read More]

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Too Hot for YouTube

Pat Condell’s most recent video, “A Word to the Google Feminists”, was removed by YouTube two hours after it was posted.  It has since been re-posted on LiveLeak, BitChute, and PewTube.  None of these sites supports embedding video (or if they do, they’ve made it sufficiently obscure that I can’t find the links), but you can view the video by clicking the links above.

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TOTD 2018-2-21: The Best Run Business You Have Seen

I marvel at good systems. Some companies know how to deliver the goods and services. There are many businesses to choose from but I will choose Safeway of my youth. A grocery store is an amazing place. In a short time you can buy a variety of meat, produce, dairy, frozen goods, and dry food. You get a cart, bags, and a relatively fast checkout. A supermarket evolve from a small  stores.

A well run business has robust systems that handle the unexpected without breaking. Safeway kept the unit costs down. It treated the customers well. It thought ahead and the season goods on the shelf.  It is ran so well it was taken for granted. It just worked and the “dogs didn’t bark”.... [Read More]

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As If Regular Reality Need Fixing…

As an official geezer, oldster and curmudgeon, I can take delight in the role proscribed. I can denigrate new things as “no big deal” and “Who needs that?” with a withering and wizened stare, the awesomeness of my experience backing up my delight in happy balloon puncturing. (Not available for parties)

However, I am also a gadget monger, a gear aficionado and person who enjoys having the needed tool in the truck, or their pocket or down in the basement cabinet. ... [Read More]

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TOTD 2018-2-20: 30 Big Machines That Changed the World

I followed a link on instapundit.com to an article in Popular Mechanics. It was about the big machines that changed the world. As I am writing this I am thinking how portable/home machines changed our lives. We depend on them for cooking, cleaning, heating, entertaining, and informing. Check out this article and tell me what you think.

https://www.popularmechanics.com/technology/infrastructure/g17885261/machines-that-changed-the-world/... [Read More]

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Happy in Your Work?

Let me remind you of General Yamashita’s motto: be happy in your work.
– Colonel Saito in Bridge on the River Kwai

I had lunch with a friend* on Saturday during which he told me that he’d never been happy in his work. The context for this comment is that he was looking forward to taking a new position within a few months with great anticipation because it would be it would be the first time he expected to enjoy his job.... [Read More]

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Today’s Kipling – Hymn of Breaking Strain

(This was one of the last poems written by Rudyard Kipling, and it proves he still had it as a poet. Written the year before his death in 1935, it is evidence that he saved the best for last. It is one of the reasons I consider him poet-laureate of engineers.)

Hymn of Breaking Strain

1935... [Read More]

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Nonsense on the internet about Vanguard 1

As some of you know, my Dad designed the Vanguard 1.  It was launched on 3/17/58; thus, its 60th anniversary in orbit will be celebrated next month.  It’s the oldest satellite still in orbit and carried the first solar cells.  Here I am with it, wearing the red coat, shortly before its launch.

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