Category Archives: Random Stuff

Saturday morning cat (adoption) blogging

And now for something completely different.

Isn’t this a cute cat?


His name is Ranger and he’s sitting in a cage at the PetSmart in Garner, NC. He has a brother, Tank, who’s in the cage with him.

My wife thought he was handsome, so I read their bio cards. They lived for a year with a Marine. When the Marine got deployed, they went to live with that Marine’s father. Then the father ended up having to go into an assisted living facility. They ended up in a shelter in Dunn, NC and got picked up by the Johnston County Animal Protection League.

He’s a cute cat, but my wife is allergic to cats and my dog would eat them. I know you Marines stick together, so are there any Marines out there who could adopt the cat of a brother Marine? If you can give the cat a home, call JCAPL a call at 919-989-7601. And if you can’t take him home, I’ll bet that JCAPL would take a few dollars to help their mission.

Check out their bio pages on

Tell your Marine friends.

And we aren’t worthy of the gift

When I look out at the world and think, “damn, what a crappy place filled with crappy people,” I have one thing that reminds me that it isn’t a total loss.


Only mine “basks in the glow” of a computer monitor more than a TV set.

No it didn’t

There is a glaring error in this statement.

A 34-year-old man died after an Amtrak train crashed into his car early this morning.

The train did not “crash into his car.” Trains are unable to steer. They follow those little metal rails, never deviating from their assigned paths for any reason. The guy died because he drove his car around the crossing guard into the path of an oncoming train.

The train didn’t crash into him. He crashed into the train.

Run out and buy this book

Do you like a good story? Can you read? Then you owe it to yourself to get a copy of “A Sailor of Austria” by John Biggins.


sailor of austria

It’s the fictional story of an Austrian U-Boat commander during WWI. I didn’t know Austria-Hungary had a navy. I didn’t know that the Austro-Hungarian Navy had U-Boats. And I had no idea what the end of the war looked like from their perspective. It’s a rare book of fiction that leaves you thinking you know a bit more about the world after you’ve read it.

I have no idea who recommended it, but thanks. Pick it up on Amazon. I can’t think of any higher praise for a book than to recommend that you buy it. Anyone who writes a story like that should get paid.

Update: Robert, in comments below reminds me that it was Tam who blogged about it back around Thanksgiving of 2011. Apparently it was NJT who told her about this book.

She got no prison

At first, I was saddened. After what this mother did, I would have expected a lengthy stay in the Iron Bar Motel.

A South Carolina judge decided against prison time for a woman who left her newborn near death in the toilet of a sports arena after giving birth during the circus.

The 6 1/2-pound newborn baby was likely in the toilet for 90 minutes and was near death before he was found by a cleaning crew in the stall filled with blood and other gore. His head was barely above the water and his body temperature was 85 degrees, prosecutor Betty Strom said.

I would certainly agree that there are better punishments that could be administered. She should have been taken out back and beaten soundly with a 2×4 before being fed to the lions.

Sadly, she got a year’s home confinement instead.

Vote and shoot at the same place!

How cool is this? I just found out today that the Wake County Firearms Training and Education Center is one of the voting locations for the general election.

So if you are in that precinct, you can go to the polls and then celebrate your freedoms by shooting some holes in paper.

Some might be intimidated by the fact that after 6pm on election night, the voters will be casting their ballots while listening to the sweet sound of their Second Amendment freedoms, but I view this as no different that running a polling place in a church you may disagree with.

Sadly, I don’t live in that precinct. I voted early, but if my normal polling place was the Wake County shooting range, I might have waited until November 6th and gone shooting after voting.

Someone took a knife to a spear fight

Sometimes the jokes just write themselves.

Police charged that a 60-year-old Four Oaks resident threatened to use a spear in order to steal another man’s knife.

Police spokeswoman Laura Horrigan said the incident took place in the 3100 block of Stonybrook Drive in an area where there are woods and homeless people sometimes congregate.

The suspect has a very minor prior record from quite a while ago.

When spears are outlawed only outlaws will have spears.

Write your own jokes in the comments section.

Here’s a good plan, let’s give “educators” more power to suppress dissent!

Sometimes I just want to slap the stupid out of Republican legislators. You sometimes get the impression that they don’t really think things through.

It will soon be illegal for a student to bully a teacher online in North Carolina, under an expansion of the state’s cyberbullying law that goes into effect Dec. 1 and may be the first of its kind in the country.

The School Violence Prevention Act of 2012 will make it a misdemeanor for students to post something online “with the intent to intimidate or torment a school employee.” It builds on a similar law passed in 2009 that criminalized online bullying of a student or a student’s parent or guardian.

Mark my words, this “Cyberbullying” law will be used to attack parents and activists who oppose the state run education monopoly. Anyone who commits the thought crime of criticising how their child’s school is run will at least be threatened with a second degree misdemeanor, so many of them will just shut up. We all know teachers. They aren’t interested in truth, they just want the children to sit down, shut up, and complete their assigned workbook pages.

Was that Cyberbullying?

How would you rule?

Governor Perdue is being asked to grant clemency to this woman.

She’s only 34 and has already served 10 years on her Life sentence. What did she do?

(Convict) has served 10 years of a life sentence without parole for setting a fire at Campus Walk Apartments on Feb. 15, 2002 , that killed four people: sisters Rachel and Donna Llewellyn, 21 and 24; Elizabeth Harris, 20; and Ryan Bek, 25.

Charged with arson and four counts of first-degree murder, (Convict) pleaded guilty in exchange for a life sentence.

Under the felony murder rule, (Convict) could have received the death penalty.

She lit the fire as a “prank” but when it got out of control she ran. She didn’t bother to warn the other residents, nor did she dial 911.

I think that some decisions are final. Actions have consequences. The consequences of her actions are that four people died in a fire. Where are their clemency hearings?

What do you think?

Ammo suggestions requested

I’m going hunting for the second time on Saturday. There was the previous “hunting” trip, which mostly consisted of sitting in the middle of my friend’s field while all the deer laughed at me, but this time I will have a hunter friend help me out.

I’m taking my ultra dangerous sniper rifle that Japete freaked out about. It’s a Remington Model 700 in .243 Winchester. I’ve had it since I was 15, so it really needs to be the rifle I use to get my first deer. If I get a deer with it, the rifle is going back to my father’s house where he can use it to cut down the population of woodchucks. I should have my new AR-15 from Templar by Thanksgiving to replace it.

Now an AR is primarily a fighting rifle, but I don’t see any reason I can’t use it to hunt deer. With the new bullets they have nowadays, why not? Who has some suggestions for factory loaded ammo that’s acceptable for deer hunting? I suspect that Army surplus “green tip” ammo isn’t going to cut it. The rifle will have a 16″ barrel and probably a 1 in 9 twist.