Sabaton : The last Stand : The Last Battle

Sabaton : The last Stand : The Last Battle

The final battle of WW2 in Europe was an odd affair. On May 5, after Hitler’s suicide but just before Germany’s unconditional surrender, American Army forces of the 23rd tank battalion joined with German Wehrmacht units to defend castle Itter from the 17th SS Panzergrenadier Division. Yes, you read that right. Not a large action, it was nevertheless an odd one, and the only known battle in WW2 where US and German army forces fought side by side. Oh, and just because I love the song so much, I’m also adding the title track from this album, “The last Stand”.

It’s the Socialism, Part 2

It’s the Socialism, Part 2

So what differentiates socialism from “things government does”? I have seen it quite seriously argued that anything that government does is socialism so, what are you some kind of anarchist? I have literally seen dozens of variants on that. First of all, I don’t think the libertarian ideal of some sort of private contract enforcement (“dispute resolution”) firm is going to work. By default, any such organization that’s large enough to enforce contract for a large number of separate entities be they individuals, companies, etc., and more importantly, to enforce contracts against another large group of people managed by or Read more »

Finding Meaning in Memorial Day

Finding Meaning in Memorial Day

Today is a day taken to honor the fallen. I’ve served, my father has served, and both grandparents served their own countries before then. The history of Memorial day, and of Arlington cemetery, is of interest, but the question I have today is borne of some discussions with my family over this last weekend. Namely – related to nationalism. I’ve mentioned in the past that I’m nearly the lone Trump supporter, and one of three, maybe four, nominal conservatives to any degree in a crowd of feelgood Chicago libs, Bernie supporters, and the like. One was complaining that she had looked Read more »

Girl Friday

Girl Friday

Web servers went down for a while. There are more things to post on but spending time with family this weekend. Good luck, have a good memorial day, and safe times and travels.      

They Really Do Think We Can Be Replaced

They Really Do Think We Can Be Replaced

First of all, was listening to the only somewhat recent podcast with Scott Adams, and in the middle, Stefan trots out his common “democrats only want voters”. Adams rightly points out that that is something which at least he personally had not heard, so it sounded like far-fetched mind reading, which Stefan admitted, but then pointed to at least one statement by a politician explicitly calling it out. OK, Once is a fluke, twice is coincidence, so not proof in and of itself, but one could find multiple cases of something related – not necessarily bringing in voters to outvote Read more »

Battletech, and Ogre

Battletech, and Ogre

This is a tale of two games that I am, sad to say, disappointed in. Ogre Ogre, by Steve Jackson games, has a long and storied history. I went in for the Kickstarter, and am – shipping delays aside – overjoyed at what I received. Even the 6ed boxes are well worth picking up. As a result, I was happy to hear that a new, updated computer version would be released. What we received was well rendered, with nice sound effects, that consistently applied the rules of the game, and… is still buggy as hell. Especially for multiplayer play. I’m Read more »