Nemo Me Impune Lacessit

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Random Shots for Sunday, 31 January 2016

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 11:59 PM (23:59)

Today in history

Listening / Reading / Watching

  1. MetallicaReload, Garage Inc.,
  2. The Colony

Copyright © 2016 Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.
Produced by KCUF Media, a division of Extropy Enterprises.
This blog entry created with medit.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Random Shots for Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 11:59 PM (23:59)

Today in history

Comments I’ve posted

  1. Posted to Facebook

    In other words, the ∅165 per day that McMillan and the rest are paid is insufficient?

    Considering that on most occasions when people from the “opposing” sides work together on something, State government gets more intrusive and more expensive as a result. Almost every time they “cross the aisle,” they make life more difficult for those of us in the private sector who have to shell out that ∅165 per day. I’d say they’re not worth what they’re getting now.

    Next they’ll be crying that the sessions aren’t long enough, and that “we need” a full-time Legislature. Isn’t the part-time Legislature bad enough?

  2. Posted to Facebook

    Is this yet another case where the feds cooked up the plan, talked him into it, then busted him for it?

    Shouldn’t the ferals federals involved be headed to prison for entrapment?

Listening / Reading / Watching

  1. Fox News — The elite soldiers who go in way ahead of everybody else by David Nye [H/T Seth Anderson Bailey]
  2. Science Channel — How the Universe Works
  3. MetallicaLoad
  4. Forward Observer [FO]1 — BREAKING: Ammon Bundy In FBI Custody by Samuel Culper [H/T Mark Quon]
  5. Brittany ForresterFive Reasons Anarchists Make Awesome Friends [H/T Tracy V. Ward, Scott Bieser]
  6. AllOutdoorFirst Look: Avidity Arms PD10 by Oleg Volk
  7. Ozzy OsbourneJust Say Ozzy, No More Tears
  8. The Huffington Post [HuffPo] — Milwaukee Man Planning Mass Shooting Bought Machine Guns From FBI by Ryan J. Reilly [H/T William Norman Grigg]
  9. Liberty First by KrisAnne Hall — The Supreme Court Is Insane [H/T Wendy Irby]
  10. calguns.net — BODY ARMOR: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
  11. America’s Freedom Fighters [AFF] — FEDS SEIZE FAMILY’S RANCH – Property owners fight government ‘land grab’!!! by Dean James [H/T A. Blair Dunn]
  12. USA TodayNo one wants to shop in China’s giant Pentagon-shaped mall by Jessica Phelan, GlobalPost [H/T Kyle Bennett]
  13. Women In Science Fiction by Kristine Kathryn RuschGuest Blog by Toni Weisskopf [H/T Larry Correia]
  14. American ThinkerThe Real Ted Cruz by Theodore A. Gebhard [H/T Larry Correia, Larry Pratt]

Copyright © 2016 Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.
Produced by KCUF Media, a division of Extropy Enterprises.
This blog entry created with medit.

Monday, 25 January 2016

Random Shots for Monday, 25 January 2016

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 11:59 PM (23:59)

Today in history

Comments I’ve posted

  1. Posted to Facebook

    Public campaign financing sets the stage for people being taxed to support candidates that they ordinarily wouldn’t touch with your ten-mile pole.

    How many black, Mexican or Jewish voters should be taxed to fund a neo-Nazi candidate? I say NONE.

  2. Posted to Facebook

    For what it’s worth, Article IV, Section 10 of the NM State Constitution DOES provide compensation for members of the Legislature:

    ARTICLE IV. Legislative Department

    Sec. 10. [Compensation of members.]

    Each member of the legislature shall receive:

    1. per diem at the internal revenue service per diem rate for the city of Santa Fe for each day’s attendance during each session of the legislature and the internal revenue service standard mileage rate for each mile traveled in going to and returning from the seat of government by the usual traveled route, once each session as defined by Article 4, Section 5 of this constitution;
    2. per diem expense and mileage at the same rates as provided in Subsection A of this section for service at meetings required by legislative committees established by the legislature to meet in the interim between sessions; and
    3. no other compensation, perquisite or allowance. (As amended November 7, 1944, September 15, 1953, November 2, 1971, November 2, 1982 and November 5, 1996.)

    So what exactly is McMillan’s complaint?

Listening / Reading / Watching

  1. H2 — UFO Files
  2. War History OnlineHe slammed his hand on the table and said to Hitler “I will not take orders from a local Nazi chieftan” . . . and got away with it by Nigel Mountford [H/T Michael Brown, Seth Anderson Bailey]
  3. Raw StoryDismissing the Oregon militants as right-wing cranks ignores this important historical fact by Steven C. Beda [H/T Elisheva Levin]
  4. Steve Kerbel [Libertarian Party presidential candidate] — New Video: Libertarian Revolution 2016 [H/T The Libertarian Enterprise]
  5. AmmoLandLife Under an Iron Fist by Paul Driessen [H/T Jim Woosley via The Libertarian Enterprise]
  6. Ozzy OsbourneThe Ultimate Sin, Tribute, No Rest for the Wicked
  7. The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 856, 24 January 2016
  8. Tactical ShitThe AK-50 confiscated at Shot Show 2016! by Spike Bowan
  9. Monster Hunter Nation [MHN] by Larry Correia — Correia’s SHOT Show report
  10. The Federalist Papers ProjectDr. Thomas Sowell – On Trump by Russ Hepler [H/T Larry Correia]
  11. nmpolitics.net —

         The case for paying New Mexico’s state legislators by Terry McMillan [H/T Heath Haussamen]

         Campaign donations reflect the sharp split in Congress among Republicans by Derek Willis, ProPublica [H/T Heath Haussamen]

  12. TechSpotNew startup aims to transfer people’s consciousness into artificial bodies so they can live forever by Rob Thubron [H/T Joshua Eichler]
  13. The Linux Mint Blog

         How to upgrade to Linux Mint 17.3 by Clem

         Linux Mint 18 codenamed “Sarah” by Clem

  14. Iraqveteran8888

         SHOT Show 2016: New IWI X-95 Bullpup

         SHOT Show 2016: New Desert Tech MDR


Copyright © 2016 Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.
Produced by KCUF Media, a division of Extropy Enterprises.
This blog entry created with medit.

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Random Shots for Sunday, 24 January 2016

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 11:59 PM (23:59)

Today in history

Listening / Reading / Watching

  1. Dark Skies
  2. The Daily Caller‘I’ve Made My Decision – I’m Out.’ Glenn Beck Leaves The Republican Party [AUDIO] by Al Weaver [H/T Jake Leonard]
  3. Truth and ActionFeminist Celeb: We Need ‘Euthanasia Vans’ To Drive Around And Get Rid Of All The Old People [H/T Michelle Liquori Ross]
  4. Act of Valor
  5. Movie PilotWhy Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy’s Relationship Matters by Kit Simpson Browne [H/T Seth Anderson Bailey]
  6. AllOutdoorOATH Expanding and Fragmenting Slugs by Oleg Volk
  7. Dallas Observer

         The Texas Rockets Heard ‘Round the World by Joe Pappalardo [H/T Seth Anderson Bailey]

         The Weapons of the Bandidos Biker Gang by Joe Pappalardo

  8. O’Halloran’s O’Page by Tom O’Halloran — Anti-Gun Senator Shoots Intruder [H/T Arvin Vohra]
  9. Fashionably GeekThis Dark Side Leia Cosplay Will Make You Wish Vader Had Won by Geek Girl Diva [H/T Seth Anderson Bailey]
  10. BreitbartAppeals Court: Illegal Aliens Have Right to Own Guns by Ken Klukowski [H/T David Norton]
  11. Slate

         Shopping at Whole Foods in an Open-Carry State by Dahlia Lithwick [H/T Michael Z. Williamson]

         “Why Do You Own a Gun?” by Jordan G. Teicher


Copyright © 2016 Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.
Produced by KCUF Media, a division of Extropy Enterprises.
This blog entry created with medit.

Friday, 22 January 2016

Random Shots for Friday, 22 January 2016

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 11:59 PM (23:59)

Today in history

Comments I’ve posted

  1. Posted to Facebook here and here

    “Under Utilities, you can run Harddisk/CD/DVD/DMA Acceleration to have direct memory-access acceleration turned on or off for your hard drive or removable media drives.”
    Live Linux CDs, by Christopher Negus, from the Negus Live Linux Series, 2007, from Prentice Hall, p. 45.

    Yeah, that explains a lot. Thanks.

Listening / Reading / Watching

  1. io9The Essential Difference Between Star Wars and Star Trek by Charlie Jane Anders [H/T Boris Karpa]
  2. Dark Skies

Copyright © 2016 Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.
Produced by KCUF Media, a division of Extropy Enterprises.
This blog entry created with medit.

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Random Shots for Thursday, 21 January 2016

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 11:59 PM (23:59)

Today in history

Comments I’ve posted

  1. Posted to Facebook

    Build a wall around Santa Fe (something like what we saw in Escape from New York or Escape from Los Angeles), and the rest of the State will get by just fine. Then build another one around DC for the rest of the Nation.

  2. Posted to Facebook

    When DC and Marvel cause the collapse of their own superhero franchises, I suspect that they will in the process poison that particular well for most of the other publishers, as well.

    For what it’s worth, I’m burned out on the genre. The only current superhero comic that I can be bothered with these days is Injustice: Gods Among Us

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Injustice:_Gods_Among_Us#Related_media

  3. Posted to Facebook

    I’d like to give a try to the Desert Tech MDR and the OTs-03 Dragunov SVU. Definitely in try-before-I-buy mode these days — just like how you test-drive a car before plunking down any cash.

Listening / Reading / Watching

  1. The Expanse (TV series)
  2. SOFREPSummer the Chinese Spy and the Hazards of the SHOT Show by Jack Murphy [H/T Seth Anderson Bailey]
  3. Cosmic Book News [CBN] — Comic Book Retailers Sound Off On DC & Marvel As Sales Drop by Matt McGloin [H/T Kevin Tuma]
  4. IDW Publishing — G.I. Joe, Star Trek
  5. Ozzy OsbourneSpeak of the Devil, Bark at the Moon
  6. Comic book Resources [CBR] — Tilting at Windmills: Trouble on the Horizon? by Brian Hibbs [H/T Matt McGloin]

Copyright © 2016 Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.
Produced by KCUF Media, a division of Extropy Enterprises.
This blog entry created with medit.

DC and Marvel, Dumping on Their Dinner Plates

Filed under: Media, Reading, Viewing — Tags: , , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:04 PM (20:04)

Skimming through my Facebook feed, I found the following:

Cosmic Book News: Comic Book Retailers Sound Off On DC & Marvel As Sales Drop

Basically, the author explains how DC and Marvel are running their superhero franchises into the ground, and possibly poisoning that particular well for any other publishers, as well.

The interesting thing is that McGloin attributes this to Marvel and DC offering their same titles in both still-pictures-comic format as well as in audiovisual form (movies and television), when both Marvel and DC were letting their franchises be made into movies and TV shows back in the 1950s and 1960s.

Rather, I suspect that we’re seeing the same sort of thing that happened in the mid-1990s, when Marvel began rebooting its franchises (I remember them starting to playing these games with the X-Men in 1994.) and putting out multiple versions of the same issue, with different “collector edition” covers (especially the foil-covered ones!).

Big Bang Comics in Ireland put it rather succintly:

And I’ve heard the tired line before “justifying” the periodic reboots from these clowns:

These characters are so endearing and established . . .

To me, that’s equivocation for “we’re too lazy to develop any new characters.”

Case in point — the Star Trek franchise.

Back in 1985 and 1986, Gene Roddenberry and associates were working on bringing Star Trek back to television, but Paramount wasn’t keen on paying the higher salaries that the 1960s Original Series could command. So they went with a cast of actors not known for being in the science fiction genre. Rather than trying to cast these actors in the roles of the Original Series, Roddenberry created a whole new cast, ship, etc.

Did it pay off for Roddenberry and Paramount? I’d say so. The Next Generation ran for SEVEN seasons, as compared to The Original SeriesTHREE seasons.

Even better — The Next Generation had two series spun off from it (Deep Space Nine and Voyager), each of which had a cast separate from The Next Generation, and each of which ran for seven seasons.

Hell, the prequel series to the franchise (Enterprise) ran for four seasons.

When Paramount / CBS (whoever owns the franchise at this point) did decide to reboot it in 2008 and “bring back the original characters” with new actors, they wrote the script in such a way that picked up from previous endeavours, instead of simply blowing them off wholesale.

Brian Hibbs at Comic Book Resources has this to say:

We have to be mindful that the marketplace is changing, and that we have to change with it. I see a market that is moving away from line-driven buying, that is growing tired of the constant cycle of relaunch and reboot, that has far more options for their time and mindshare than ever before, and that can meet their craving for superhero material increasingly in other media. And that has, most dangerously, had their long-standing habits interrupted by their very pushers.

So far, the ONLY franchise reboot that I’ve seen that was significantly better than the original was the Battlestar Galactica remake of 2003-2009.

So far, out of all of the superhero titles currently published by DC and Marvel, the only one that does anything for me any more is Injustice: Gods Among Us. That’s because when someone gets killed, the writers try to avoid coming up with some cockamamie excuse to resurrect the character(s).

It seems to me that the executives at DC and Marvel assume their customer base to be composed of idiots who will buy into anything with their (the executives’) stamp of approval upon it.

Basically, this is the same sort of logic that Heckler & Koch GmbH used when they pitched their neutered version of their G-36 (the infamous flop called the SL8) — they figured that the HK fanboys (I’m guilty of being a bit of one myself back in the 1990s) would shell out hard cash for anything with a red “HK” stamped on one side of the stock or pistol grip. If that wasn’t a miscalculation, I don’t know what does qualify as one.

Will this endless cycle of reboot and remake ultimately bring down the DC and Marvel movie and television businesses, too?

Should I even care?

H/T Kevin Tuma


NOTES

  1. Approximate reading level – 13.0
  2. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook page / Facebook profile / Google Plus / seen.life / tsu / Twitter / WordPress.com

Copyright © 2016 Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.
Produced by KCUF Media, a division of Extropy Enterprises.
This blog entry created with medit.

Quote of the Day for Thursday, 21 January 2016

Filed under: Politics, Principles, Quote of the Day — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 4:33 PM (16:33)

If the Constitution of the United States were written based on current policies and attitudes of those who govern us, its preamble would probably be something like this:

WE THE AUTHORITIES, of the State of America, in order to form the basis for societal perfection, establish social justice, insure domestic obedience, provide for the global defense, promote the welfare of special interests, and secure the bondage of national debt from ourselves to our posterity, do mandate and impose these executive orders upon the people of the Nation, formerly known as the United States of America.

— Arthur Berman

H/T Frank Ney


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – App.net / Blogspot / Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook page / Facebook profile / Google Plus / seen.life / tsu / Twitter / WordPress.com
    2. Libertarian Party –
      1. New MexicoLPNM Blog / LPNM Official Facebook page / LPNM Official Facebook group
      2. Bernalillo County, New MexicoLPBC Blog / LPBCNM Official Facebook page / LPBCNM Official Facebook group
    3. The Weekly SeditionFacebook / Google Plus / Twitter / WordPress.com
    4. Albuquerque Liberty Forum Facebook page
    5. Extropy Unbound Facebook page
    6. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group

Copyright © 2016 Libertarian Party of New Mexico, Libertarian Party of Bernalillo County, New Mexico and Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.
Produced by KCUF Media, a division of Extropy Enterprises.
This blog entry created with medit.

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Random Shots for Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 11:39 PM (23:39)

Today in history

Comments I’ve posted

  1. Posted to Facebook

    You can trust T.rump (think T.rex, minus the principles and good manners) to be T.rump, and to put T.rump first and foremost, at all times on all issues.

    For any Libertarian Party members reading this, T.rump is what Wayne Allyn Romney Root would be like as a nationally-renowned billionaire.

    And I bet there are STILL LP members who want Root back after we ran him out in Sept 2012.

  2. Posted to Facebook here and here

    How is it “just” (as in “economic justice”) to take from one person’s paycheck to subsidize someone else, especially if that someone else is capable of working on their own?

    How is it “just” (as in “social justice”) to require that someone in business do business with others they choose not to associate with, in the name of “tolerance,” when the person seeking service can go to the businessperson’s competitors?

  3. Posted to Facebook

    In other words, 50% plus one of those who show up on election day get to decide how everyone else should live?

    Then why all of the complaining from Democrats after Bush won in 2000? If his campaign got more people to the polls than Gore’s campaign, then it was “the will of the people” that Bush be elected.

    My personal opinion is that Bush simply out-cheated and out-scammed Gore.

  4. Posted to Facebook

    This upcoming election isn’t going to be the sort of “civil discourse” that leftists are always calling for. Instead, we’re going to see dirty tricks of all sorts from both the RNC and DNC candidates.

  5. Posted to Facebook

    It should be a concept separate from politics. Except that politics keeps intruding into it.

  6. Posted to Facebook

    Either that, or justice is entirely subjective in the eyes of the beholder — what one person considers “justice,” another thinks of it as “injustice.”

    See my posts above to see what I mean here.

Listening / Reading / Watching

  1. funker530.com — Show Off Machinegunner Gets Shot In The Face By Sniper by Will [H/T Steve Shook]
  2. nmpolitics.net — Fluid concept of justice takes a backseat to winning by Emanuele Corso [H/T Heath Haussamen]
  3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science [AAAS]

         Astronomers say a Neptune-sized planet lurks beyond Pluto by Eric Hand [H/T “SETI Institute” Facebook page]

         Astronomers spot another giant black hole in our backyard by Daniel Clery

         Universe’s most luminous supernova was 50 times brighter than the Milky Way by Daniel Clery

         10,000-year-old massacre suggests hunter-gatherers went to war by Lizzie Wade

         Modern-day British are one-third Anglo-Saxon by Lizzie Wade

  4. Punk Rock LibertariansThe Case For Tank Ownership by Vincent Birrittella [H/T Chris Bennett]
  5. Pro Libertate by William Norman GriggNullifying the Jury
  6. The Firearm Blog [TFB] —

         Rare Russian MTs-116M Sniper Rifle Seen In Use By Syrian Army Female Fighters by Nathaniel F [H/T Seth Anderson Bailey]

         Homemade 23MM Sniper Rifle in Syria by Ray I

         Bubba’d Mosin Nagant Spotted in Syria by Ray I

         MIND BLOWN: Remote Control Sturmgewehr 44 In Syria by Steve Johnson

         WWII Weapons In The Syrian Civil War by Nathaniel F

  7. VH1 Classic — Metal Evolution
  8. The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 855, 17 January 2016
  9. The Washington Post [WaPo] — The newest prime number is more than 22 million digits long by Rachel Feltman [H/T extropy-chat mailing list]
  10. Ars TechnicaScientist who killed Pluto now concludes there is a ninth major planet by John Timmer
  11. The ShrugHe pours molten copper in antifreeze and it’s AWESOME [H/T “American Girls with Guns” Facebook page]
  12. io9Kara Is a Stunning Star Wars Short Film by James Whitbrook
  13. “Kara” by Quantic Dream
  14. The resolution of the Bitcoin experiment by Mike Hearn [H/T James Marwood]
  15. World News PoliticsFederal Judge Humiliates Obama In Front Of America
  16. radical windUTOPIA: what would a women’s society look like? [H/T George Forgoter]

Copyright © 2016 Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.
Produced by KCUF Media, a division of Extropy Enterprises.
This blog entry created with medit.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Random Shots for Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 11:59 PM (23:59)

Today in history

Comments I’ve posted

  1. Posted to Facebook

    In Third World countries, “poor” means that you have to worry about getting killed for pocket change while your kids are looking through a dumpster for food scraps.

    In America, “poor” means that you just received a letter from the cable company with “FINAL NOTICE” stamped on the top.

  2. Posted to Facebook

    I got 3%, for what it’s worth.

  3. Posted to Facebook

    “Nobody” = “no one” = “no individual person or group of persons,” as in

    “We don’t want to take your guns away, just impose ‘reasonable,’ ‘common-sense’ regulations upon them and how you use them, carry them, transport them, store them, sell them, buy them, pass them on to your heirs, what sorts of ammunition you use in them, what sorts of accessories you use, etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., but we don’t want to take your guns from you. Our function is to impose, your function in this ‘national conversion’ is to shut up and do as you’re told, to surrender liberty and property upon demand for the (unenforcable) promise that we won’t just take it all for kicks.”

  4. Posted to Facebook

    Look through the article for names, and you’ll see the names of the “nobodies.”

  5. Posted to Facebook

    I just wait til the superhero movies show up on FX. And still can’t be bothered to check out any of the Spiderman ones yet.

  6. Posted to Facebook

    When I was 12-13, my dad brought home VHS copies (this was 1984) of Porky’s, Bachelor Party and the first Police Academy flick. He, I, my mom and younger brother watched them together as a family.

Listening / Reading / Watching

  1. LooperThe Science Behind Lightsabers
  2. Cykodog MalinoisWhy NOT to get a pet Malinois [H/T Elizabeth Honce]
  3. Ozzy OsbourneDiary of a Madman
  4. The PolitistickCity Considers Creating Gun ‘Drop Boxes.’ What Could Go Wrong? by Greg Campbell [H/T James Cottom]
  5. The Firearm Blog [TFB] — SKO-Bull Semi-Auto Bullpup 12ga Shotgun by Nicholas C [H/T Seth Anderson Bailey]
  6. Guns AmericaUSA Made AR-15 Pattern Shotgun (+Bullpup) – Standard Manufacturing SKO – SHOT Show 2016
  7. Sarah A. Hoyt — How far down the slippery slope are we going to go? – Amanda S. Green [H/T Oleg Volk]

Wish List

  1. Standard Manufacturing Co. SKO-Bull 12-gauge bullpup semi-auto shotgun

Notes from Life, Etc.

  1. I think I’m coming down with some kind of cold or flu. Fuck.

Copyright © 2016 Mike Blessing. All rights reserved.
Produced by KCUF Media, a division of Extropy Enterprises.
This blog entry created with medit.

Older Posts »

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: