INTERESTING: Selfie With Elephant

Thursday, August 28, 2014

http://darwinawards.com/darwin/darwin2014-01.html

Darwin Award: Selfie With Elephant: Two men in Kenya were capturing selfies with a wild elephant when they were trampled to death by the irate pachyderm who proceeded to bury the corpses. The two men were actually touching the elephant’s face…

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Like the Chinese fellow, who the sleeping crock should be made to do something, climbing over two walls to beat it with a stick.

It ate him.

Argh!

How does this species survive?

Good thing we have politicians and bureaucrats to tell us what to do!

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POLITICAL: WW1 citizen surveillance

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/tgif-liberty-in-america-during-the-great-war/

TGIF: LIBERTY IN AMERICA DURING THE GREAT WAR
by Sheldon Richman
August 15, 2014

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The Justice Department under Attorney General Thomas Gregory encouraged citizen surveillance through its link to the American Protective League, “a group of amateur sleuths and loyalty enforcers,” in Kennedy’s description. Said Gregory, “I have today several hundred thousand private citizens — some individuals, most of them as members of patriotic bodies, engaged in … assisting the heavily overworked Federal authorities in keeping an eye on disloyal individuals and making reports on disloyal utterances.” Kennedy says that by the end of the war, the APL had 250,000 members.

This was also the period in which the United States got the Espionage Act and amendments known as the Sedition Act. Under the authority of the Espionage Act, Postmaster General Albert Sidney Burleson banned publications from the mail or stripped them of their second-class mailing permits for even suggesting that Wall Street or the arms industry controlled the government. Criticizing the government was regarded as aiding the enemy.

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Ahh, yes, Wilson, the “Peace President”.

And, American Liberty has never recovered.

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POLITICAL: Too much of a pistol

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

[Those of us who served in the “old Army” (pre-1985) would insist that the M1911A1 firing the .45 ACP meets all the requirements. The Thompson-LaGarde Tests of 1904 led the Army and the Cavalry to decide a minimum of .45 caliber was the most effective pistol cartridge. They noted, however, that training was critical to make sure a soldier could score a hit in a vulnerable part of the body. But it seems clear that the 1911 with the .45 round has one major drawback – it is too much of a pistol for female personnel to handle.]

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Interesting if this is true.

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VETERANS: The serviceman’s 56-year struggle to get benefits

Monday, August 25, 2014

VA Disputed Claim – Willie McCall $100,000+ – source Associated Press

WSFA-TV, a Montgomery television station, reported that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is giving an Alabama veteran more than $100,000 after the serviceman’s 56-year struggle to get benefits. Korean War veteran Willie McCall, 85, suffers from debilitating, combat-related health issues. During his time as a rifleman during the Korean conflict, the weather was so cold it left him with frostbite, jungle rot and circulation issues, McCall said. Despite multiple diagnoses, McCall was denied VA benefits and those denials date back to the late 1950s.

Recent documents showed the VA sent McCall to a doctor to assess his condition before the latest hearing on his claim. Despite the doctor’s written order confirming the combat wounds, the VA didn’t consider that document and denied McCall’s benefits again. To appeal would have taken another year and a half. Before totally giving up, McCall’s nephew, Freddie Porterfield, contacted the 12 News Defenders. They took the problem to the Central Alabama VA and after review McCall’s benefits were granted. The VA’s decision came after several weeks of calls, forms and multiple emails.

In addition to approving the claim VA gave McCall a check for more than $100,000 in back pay. This was the monetary compensation he would have received backdated to the time his initial claim was submitted. The VA also set up more appointments for potential compensation for other health claims.

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Anyone think that Gooferment is a “good idea”?

Argh!

Talk to the old WW2 vets and they will tell you that they think their VA doc is out to kill them.

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NOTRECOMMENDED: BounceBack drive

Sunday, August 24, 2014

CMS Products <http://www.cmsproducts.com/>

A new post has been created in the topic “Bought new BounceBack drive” <http://www.cmsproducts.com/boards/topic/712/bought-new-bounceback-drive#1910> at “All Issues (Current Versions)” <http://www.cmsproducts.com/boards/forum/28/all-issues-current-versions> forum.

Click here <http://www.cmsproducts.com/boards/topic/712/bought-new-bounceback-drive#1910> for more info.

Post author: Support
Post body: Unfortunately we no longer sell or support BounceBack software for Mac. The only products available for download are only supported in Windows.

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Maybe that might have been mentioned BEFORE I bought it.

Guess I’ll send it to the College “young lady” who has my WINDOZE laptop. 

ARGH!

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RANT: Use of the word “Heroes”

Saturday, August 23, 2014

I believe “Heroes” is a word reserved for those who do something “heroic”.

  • Run into a burning building to save a stranger’s little child. 
     
  • Stand up for a minority at risk of your own safety like that black man protecting the innocent trucker during the Rodney King riots.
  • Or the whistle blower who stands up for what’s right at risk of their personal career and paycheck. 

While some folks are “exemplars” of the behavior that we all want to exhibit, I rarely believe the word “heroes” is warranted.

And, I’d be very embarrassed if it ever was applied to me and I didn’t “earn it”.

Just my humble opinion for what it is worth.

I think there are many folks out there who are positive and negative examples.

But “heroes” are few and far between.

At the end of the day, “Doing” and “Accomplishing” is more important than “Acting” and inflated “Labels”.

And there is such a thing as “Stolen Valor”.

My next rants should be about “public servants” and “first responders” as misused terms.

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EVLYNN: 10,500 ml of my best platelets donated

Friday, August 22, 2014

I was able to donate a “triple”. 10,500 ml of my best platelets. (Laff! Since it’s about 95% of my platelets, it must include my “best”. Fret not, the body replaces them in 24 hours.) I’m told that’s enough to help 6 people. Or more, if the “bank” is short, then I presume they “cut” them. Ev’s bags ranged from a low of 190 ml to a high of 320 ml.

Feel free to join in. It’s truly the “gift of life”.

One of the regulars was a “no show”, so can you fill in?

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