Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

TruthJust a reminder - You don't have to be an expert on a subject at hand, but there are several ways to spot a lie even when you are not an expert. One is to look for actions at odds with stated goals. At minimum, assuming it's not incompetence, blind pride, etc., it means there is something else on the line than what is stated.  "But I only", or similar construction, when they've done far more than was needed to achieve that goal, especially when doing things counter to that goal, is a dead giveaway.  Take Ms. Markle's recent interview…

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Been a While

Been a While

The last month or so has been clarifying. One thing I will say - while the politicians in charge may be lying, do not underestimate the ability of seemingly normal and otherwise compentent and intelligent people to believe the narrative. By narrative, I mean of course the line that, among other things, Trump is awful, Trump is incompetent, that anyone who supports him is a moron, desperate because they lost their jobs, or a racist, that Trump declared corona a hoax, and of course that Trump incited an insurrection. We are seeing totally unironic calls for people to be drummed…

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Christmas Miscellaney

Christmas Miscellaney

It's been quiet over the holidays, yet not. If anything, one of the problems with finding things to write about the last few weeks was the overabundance of current-events cruft, and yet the same kind of cruft over and over again, so nothing truly new. Nevertheless, it was a good week or two with family. So, a few odds and ends that I found or came up. First - an article on how many of the supposed pagan origins of Christmas are not. In the meantime, Aurini over at Stares at the World passes along a couple stories of Saint…

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Miscellaney

Miscellaney

A few odds and ends of catching up. First - Eric Raymond posted this a while back, but looks at the moral justification of Kyle going out in times of civil unrest as not only "not wrong", but a duty. That is, all males of military age who are or intend to become citizens of the United States are under federal statute the “unorganized militia”, and have the duty of the militia to defend the Constitution of the United States against enemies foreign and domestic (as both naturalizing citizens and members of the armed forces swear to do). Kyle Rittenhouse…

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Roundup

Roundup

It's been a while, and I've accumilated a few odds and ends that don't call for a full post. Hate is bad. So we are told. Of course, the same people will gladly tell us that "White Lives Don't Matter". I know, I know, they'll tell you that it's not "white lives" as in "the lives of white people," but instead "white lives" as in "lives lived as if you were white" - she even somewhat clarified it.  Leaving aside you'd think that a college professor would be aware of the implications of her choice of words, AND that if…

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A Few Fun Bits

A Few Fun Bits

It's time for some lighter fare. For those into wargaming with minis, I'm a huge fan of the simplicity of Crossfire. Another system that can be cheap to start in, but I haven't had a chance to try the rules out, is Combat Storm - a set of rules for using little green and tan plastic army men. Introducing COMBAT STORM, the definitive wargame that uses your own collection of plastic army men as game pieces and a large playing area such as a large table or living-room floor as a battlefield. For terrain, you can use common household objects…

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Odds and Ends

Odds and Ends

Life has been conspiring to inspire me, and a few more posts are getting prepped. In the meantime, here are a few more bits that don't deserve a long treatment. First, Men of the West has picked up some of my posts, and will do so in the future when my articles fit their needs. It's a site I've regularly kept an eye on as they cover a broad range of subjects from the practical to the philosophical relevant to men without getting all squishy like Art of Manliness does all too often. I'll be trying out the orange chicken…

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