A Busy, Rainy Weekend…


AutoCorrect-enemaGentle readers, it’s likely I won’t be able to post anything of consequence until Monday.  I am engaged in major performances the entire weekend.  Today I had two separate rehearsals, and just returned home at about 2200 from a holiday performance with the Ft. Worth Symphony.  I have two more Symphony performances on Saturday, two church performances/services Sunday morning, and one more afternoon Symphony performance Sunday, followed by grocery shopping, paying attention to Mrs. Manor and the cat that may not be ignored, etc.

In addition, it has been raining buckets since yesterday and is supposed to continue to do so all weekend.  Since I have satellite Internet service, I am lucky to have been able to post this tidbit.  I’ll see you all on Monday, and will provide a bit more information on what I’ve been up to.

The Laquan McDonald Case: Politics? In Chicago?!


L: Laquan McDoald  R: Off. Van Dyke credit: chicagotribune

L: Laquan McDoald R: Off. Van Dyke
credit: chicagotribune

Like all honest writers, I don’t know enough about the police shooting of Laquan McDonald more than a year ago in Chicago to speak intelligently as to the guilt or justification of the officer that shot him. I know only what media reports have provided, and most of those reports have been desperate to uphold a traditional social justice narrative: absolutely innocent black child brutally murdered without justification by white cop. In the pursuit of that narrative, a number of pertinent facts have been very much downplayed, or not mentioned at all. Some of those are:

MacDonald was a large and imposing 17-year-old–not a slight, delicate child. This is obvious even on the brief dashcam video of his shooting.

MacDonald was on PCP, which is among the most dangerous illicit drugs. Those on it generally are prone to extreme violence, and possessed of enormous, almost superhuman speed and strength while being essentially immune to feeling pain.

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A Thanksgiving Immigration Tale, Resurrected


Screen Shot 2015-11-25 at 1.59.17 PMNOTE:  I first posted this story for Thanksgiving, 2013.  In this time when Progressives crudely argue that anyone that opposes unrestricted immigration is somehow un-American and inhumane, this is a breath of fresh, American air.

Now and then I come across a heart-warming story that brings a tear to the eye.  Some stories remind me that Americans have much–even during these dark days–about which to be thankful.  It is heartening to find a story that reflects what is best about America.  The story of Aseel Salman is such a story, and Marine Cpl. MaryAnn Hill  via Fox News has it:

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Rick Perry: The Possibility Of Sanity And The Rule Of Law


credit: politico.com

credit: politico.com

As regular readers know, I’ve been following the bizarre case of Texas hardball Progressives politics involving former Governor Rick Perry for some time. Perry is merely the latest Republican political figure prosecuted by the corrupt progressive prosecutors of the Austin prosecutor’s office for blatantly political reasons. These illegal, immoral and anti-democratic persecutions have never produced a sustained conviction, but they have achieved their ultimate goal of ending the political careers of their targets.

Kay Bailey Hutchinson’s case was dismissed minutes after the commencement of the trial before any testimony was taken. Tom DeLay’s case was eventually dismissed, but not before he spent millions of dollars and many years pursuing vindication.

In Perry’s case, it’s impossible to say with certainty that the prosecution hanging over his head ended his White House bid on September 11, 2015, but it surely didn’t help. In Rick Perry: Prosecutor Hardest Hit, I reiterated the basis for the charges, which I do here again for the convenience of readers:

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Climate Delusions, Rebukes and National Security


The Obama Plan For Countering Jihad

The Obama Plan For Countering Jihad

Terrorist #1: “CousCous, put down the knife. You can behead that infidel later. Have you seen this article in The Hill?” 

Terrorist #2: “What article, Baklava?”

Terrorist #1: “This one; read!”

Terrorist #2 (After Reading): “May Allah have mercy on us, what a devastating rebuke!”

Terrorist #1: “Truly we will be powerfully rebuked when the infidels meet for their climate conference. What shall we do?”

Terrorist #2: “Let me finish beheading this infidel, then I have a few Christian children to rape and crucify. We can discuss it then.”

Terrorist #1: “Cool. Get it? Climate change–cool?”

Terrorist #2: “Ha ha. Most amusing.”

What do CousCous and Baklava know that we don’t?

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Gun Review: The Savage A17



Savage 92R17 BTVSS

Several years ago I bought a Savage 93R17 BTVSS.  That’s it in the photo above. My rationale was simple: I wanted an inexpensive alternative to my .308 Savage 110 heavy barrel rifle. With the ability to shoot with good accuracy out to 200+ yards, I thought the .17 WMR cartridge would allow me to keep up my long(er)-range skills without forking over a never-ending fortune for match grade .308 ammunition. The other rationale was I like stainless steel rifles and the gun just looks cool. What more reason to own a firearm does one need? Firearms are, in part, just plainly fun.

It’s a very nice rifle indeed. The Savage Accutrigger works as advertised, providing at no extra cost the kind of light, consistent trigger pull available only at great extra cost as an aftermarket item only a few years ago. Savage did it right and everyone else has followed suit. Accuracy is excellent. My only real complaint was the generally clunky, indistinct feel of the magazine system, though it works perfectly and the magazines are also made of stainless steel.

I am, however, more a fan of semiautomatic firearms than bolt guns. The two aforementioned rifles are my only bolt-action rifles. Also, as a reflection of the fact that I am not wealthy, and content myself with things that work well and are sufficient for my purposes rather than demanding the finest available, I do not buy scopes that cost more than my rifles, or as much.

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The Manly, But Patient, Non-Islamic Terror War Of Barack Obama


Barack Obama, model for American youth credit; news busters.org

Barack Obama, model for American youth
credit; news busters.org

President Obama, who is really, really bored with all of this “responsibility for keeping America safe” business, is so disappointed in America and Americans, and is very upset with reporters asking him questions that don’t inquire as to the source and perpetual state of his magnificence, has, after the Paris and following attacks that have nothing to do with Islam, claimed that he is the most manly–yet patient–terror warrior ever. Why, he has ordered the execution of thousands of sorties against ISIS! Oh yes. They’re not Islamic either.

For those not intimately familiar with the term, a “sortie” is a single mission carried out by a single military plane. In this case, military attack jets.

And if one were inclined to ignore the indisputable fact that one can tell when Mr. Obama is lying by the slightest movement of his lips, one might think those sorties amounted to actual and determined attacks against people who would be delighted to rape our children–both sexes–our animals–any and both sexes–crucify everyone in sight, and saw off the heads of any infidel they can get their hands on.

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The SAT And The Tested Generation

Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 11.39.01 AMThis article is based on a story from The Washington Post some months back. It’s always interesting to note that media sources seldom speak to actual teachers in trying to figure out the mysteries of contemporary education, and this story is no exception. The topic? The SAT.

Scores on the SAT have sunk to the lowest level since the college admission test was overhauled in 2005, adding to worries about student performance in the nation’s high schools.

The average score for the Class of 2015 was 1490 out of a maximum 2400, the College Board reported Thursday. That was down 7 points from the previous class’s mark and was the lowest composite score of the past decade. There were declines of at least 2 points on all three sections of the test — critical reading, math and writing.

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