Since it snowed on the last day of summer, today is sort of the first day of Winter, The Sequel. I'm getting ready to head upstairs to the studio to work on the podcast, and I've got to work on the set-up for the new 2010 video blog that will debut first on DRTV, then on OutdoorChannel.com. And no, I have no idea how I'm going to get this done, but I'm sure I'll get it figured out by January.
I'm heartbroken that my Sweetie's Christmas present isn't going to make it by Christmas. Months ago she informed me that she'd like a longbow for Christmas...she's not much into shoes. I asked her whether she wanted the whole Sherwood Forest outfit, cute little short skirt, green beret, etc. like the above costume. She said no...emphatically...just a lot of arrows. After a couple of days of research work, I placed an order for a custom longbow with SiegeWork Creations, a tiny shop specializing in traditional archery. Christmas delivery was always a long bow shot crap shoot, but I had hoped. Sigh.
We'll be doing an Asian-themed Christmas dinner, after our orgy of traditional carbo bombs that we did for Thanksgiving. Grilled tuna will be the centerpiece. And lots of cold sake. Ho ho HO, says I!
I note this AM from Steve over at The Firearm Blog — who apparently stays up late — that HERA, the guys who did the "instant carbine" Glock are doing a similar trick with the 1911. Looks pretty cool, but it'll have to go through the 1934 Firearms Act hoops before it makes it to the U.S. A 16+ inch barrel would solve the problems.
I thought I'd link to a particularly cheery column in the U.K. Telegraph, titled, "There'll Be No Place To Run From The New World Government:"
And if the EU model is anything to go by, then the agencies of global authority will involve vast tracts of power being handed to unelected officials. Forget the relatively petty irritations of Euro‑bureaucracy: welcome to the era of Earth-bureaucracy, when there will be literally nowhere to run.Last weekend meg-blogger Megan McArdle, writing in the Atlantic, made some telling points on the health care vote that is worth repeating here:
No bill this large has ever before passed on a straight party-line vote, or even anything close to a straight party-line vote. No bill this unpopular has ever before passed on a straight party-line vote. We're in a new political world. I'm not sure I understand it.What's not to understand? Midnight votes? Passing bills no one has read? Locking the opposition not only out of the debate but out of the room? Ignoring the voice of the electorate? Huge bribes of public money openly paid for votes? Any of this sound familiar? There's nothing new here...it is the politics of Third World strongmen, the politics of African warlords with blood on their hands, the politics of Eastern European thugs...the politics of Chicago. "Change" ain't always "good."