It seems

that this combination of computer and browser blocks the issue.

Over on another combination, I’ve been consistently getting malware warnings from microsoft security essentials whenever I type in the JBM address, since 3/31. (Whatever it is doesn’t seem to go through javascript, as I have that off.)

I’ve not been whining in the open here because I’ve been worrying what I could get with a combination that could log in. I just now realized that this one can, and doesn’t seem to have gotten anything.

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Most Corrupt Administration in History

The US Attorney General, Eric Holder, has admitted that he has been using official government aircraft for personal business. But he says since this didn’t adversely affect “the mission” or that the aircraft were tasked elsewhere at the time, it was perfectly acceptable.

“My staff keeps telling me to take it easy, you know, well, this is one that gets me,” Holder told Rep. Frank Wolf, R-Va., during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing. “There was this notion that we’ve taken—I think it was described as hundreds of personal trips. That was wrong. GAO counted flights, not round trips. And we looked at it and figured out from the time period that they were looking, we took not hundreds, but 27 personal, four combined—official and nonpersonal trips—and none of the trips that I took or that the [FBI] director took ever had an impact on the mission capability of those airplanes.”

Holder made the comment when asked if he would report those trips to the General Services Administration in the future.

“We didn’t have a reporting requirement that existed before,” he said. “If they want to change those rules, we’d be more than glad to make sure that we share that information with the appropriate organization, but this is something that is really wide open.”


Let me be perfectly clear on this, government employees are never allowed to use official vehicles for personal use.  It’s a clear ethics violation and I’ve seen lots of people got in serious trouble for this.  But I guess if you’re the Attorney General in the Obama administration you’re above the law.  You can read the whole thing here.

This is disgusting.

(H/T Drudge)

Marcus

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Intermission

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Severe Weather AAR

So as some of you may know, we have very recently relocated and I posted earlier on the challenges of moving preps. Those challenges have continued to grow and I’ve spent the greater part of a month trying to resolve a number of issues. The most fundamental problem that we ran across was that we moved to smaller home and truth be told, we had done a pretty effective job at filling up the old one. We spent weeks here at the new location just unpacking and trying to shoehorn items away—while trying to get the household up and running. For example, the first few days I did all the cooking on the gas grill in the back yard because we could literally not get to the stove in the kitchen because of all the boxes. But we sorted it out eventually.

Preps have presented us with a unique series of problems to solve. With limited storage I’ve had to get creative in our use of space. Food preps initially started out in the garage—not a big deal right now due to the cooler temperatures—but I eventually found a place for them in the house, in a temperature controlled environment. Other items such as hygiene and medical items are still scattered about—mostly in the garage, and I’m trying to work my magic on that as well. Though truth be told, I’ve hit some chokepoints and efforts have definitely slowed to a crawl.

While all of this has been going on we’ve experienced some weather along the way. Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes in the local area to be precise. Under normal circumstances this would be something to take in stride, but since we’re currently building the airplane in flight we experienced some hiccups. Last night in particular, the power went out and we were quickly enveloped in darknesses’ warm embrace, all while the house was pelted with hail and the winds howled outside—the sound of the wind punctuated by the occasional wailing tornado siren.

Candles were lit within seconds. Check—no problem, first hurdle cleared smooth as silk.

Flashlights came out, tested—all functioned perfectly. Check.

Weather radio… crickets, crickets… not so smooth. I had to go find it. So I put my headlamp on and ventured out into the garage. Luckily I had unpacked it and it was on an easily accessible shelf. I brought it in, but the battery was not charged—a screw-up, and something I should have anticipated since I knew that bad weather was on its way all day long. Luckily the radio has a hand crank on it and we were able to listen to the weather reports… at least until we got tired of cranking on the handle. Bottom line though, the equipment was recovered in a timely manner, though it was clumsy and it should have been prepared ahead of time. (Post Script: It became quickly apparent that the only other radio in the house was in my iPod, which also had a low battery!)

At this point most of the drama was over and the worst part of the storm had blown on past us. Now we were sitting in the living room chatting by candlelight. Boredom began to set in, that was until a guitar appeared and was quickly followed up with a deck of cards. Check… no more boredom.

I was enjoying an alcoholic beverage at the time and began to ponder the issue of drinking water should the power remain out for an extended period of time. It then dawned on me that during the move I had neglected to refill my short-term water storage containers. I usually have about nineteen gallons of properly chlorinated water stashed away in case of emergency, but those containers were empty as I had not yet gotten around to refilling them. Even though we had plenty of other (non-alcoholic) things to drink around the house, the water could have been used for more than just drinking if it was needed. Flushing toilets comes to mind. So that was another lesson learned—get the water supplies replenished… pronto.

All in all the experience wasn’t terribly bad, but I definitely need to fix a few things around here right away. I wasn’t as prepared as I should have been. Hopefully this is helpful for some of you out there.

Marcus

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Prepper AAR

We just had some wicked weather blow through here at the new secret bunker location and the grid crashed for a little while. Of course we just moved here so we are not nearly as prepared as I’d like to be, so there came a few lessons learned from this little dress rehearsal for the great apocalypse. In the spirit of everything being a training event, I will post an After Action Report on the experience very soon.

Marcus

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Active Shooter at Fort Hood

You know what would be kinda awesome? If we repealed that Clinton-era executive order that bans military personnel from legally carrying concealed weapons on their assigned installations. You know, those same military folks that carry loaded weapons twenty-four hours a fucking day in theater who are not allowed to do the same thing (even with legal permits) in CONUS. It might make servicemembers somewhat less of a soft target—you know, where they actually live and work.

Dare to dream folks… dare to dream.

Marcus

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Benghazi

So the former acting Director of the CIA is getting grilled by members of congress regarding the events in Benghazi on September 11th, 2012. The guy is giving expectedly vague and nebulous responses. My question is, where the hell are the Benghazi survivors (there are roughly thirty of them) and why aren’t they testifying in front of congress as well?

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Keeping it Real

Not enough hipsters got their well deserved skull-fucking in this clip, but it is fun to watch nonetheless.

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Content Warning

Do not watch the following clip. Unless of course, you are in the mood to watch something totally bitchin’.

Oh, and play it loud.

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The Ultimate AK Torture Test

After watching this, I am half-tempted to go out and buy some more AK platforms. This is no-shit impressive.

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2016

I was just looking at Drudge a minute ago and I saw something about momentum picking up to nominate Jeb Bush for the Republican ticket. In the spirit of not having royal American families and such, I’d rather not see another Bush or Clinton in office again—or a Kennedy… please no more Kennedys.

K?

Thx!

Marcus

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More for the AK Aficionados

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For the AK Aficionados

Because I pride myself on being on the cutting edge of research and development.

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The Asian Pivot

There’s been a lot of talk coming out of the White House the last few years about our great strategic “pivot” to Asia—presumably to bolster allies and to deter China. Thus far it’s been all talk and nothing of substance, since Obama keeps getting distracted by shiny things in Africa and the Middle East. Now there’s another shiny thing that’s got everybody’s attention.

How’s that foreign policy thing working out for you Mr. President?

Marcus

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Self Selection

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Back!

The Old Lady and I have recently relocated to a new bunker in a somewhat more austere environment than where we have been living the last few years. As a result, the search for a decent internet connection has been somewhat of a challenge. Luckily we finally scored and found a service here worthy of our hopeless addiction to the ‘net. So now you should expect to see more regular posting from Yours Truly from here on out. My sympathies go out to you dear reader…

Marcus

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Busy winter…and an update

Spring has sprung, but winter sure ended with some serious shit on everyone’s plate. It’s been a month for all of us here at JBM.

Marcus has been herding cats in a generally eastern direction.

Quilly…well…frozen pipes and circumnavigation always keep life “interesting.”  So I’ve heard, and never hope to discover.

POTR has been working through some exciting, and some tragic, life transitions.  That fellow needs a pile of whiskey-soaked acorns like you wouldn’t believe.

Me?  Sheer madness, of the entirely manageable sort.  I’ve got more first-world problems than I can count, but holy crap I could use some down time.  My next planned Con is LibertyCon, and…we’ll see how that goes.  I should probably wear a mask and adopt a nom de guerre like “Hodor” or something…

Anyhow, we all need to catch up.  Meanwhile, AFT summarizes things nicely for those of us just plugging back in:

-BLT

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Man work

Today was quite the education at work.  The last three weeks have been something of a trial…but today was definitely the “final exam, with a Machiavellian twist.”

All is good (in fact, in many ways: GREAT), but today was certainly one for the books.

I hate being the guy that says shit like that, without offering any detail…but dammit, I’ll be telling my grandkids about this, when all of this will hopefully be OBE.  Ask me about it at the next Con.  If I’ve got at least three drinks in me, I promise it will be a highly entertaining tale.

-BLT

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Content

I read that the semi modern form of policing is actually fairly new. The French had a system, and the English tried to adapt it for free peoples. I think the adaptation may have been in the nineteenth century or so, which doesn’t seem that long as such things go.

So, the militarization of police phenomena.

Perhaps it is simply the effect of the system aging. Perhaps the police are not long term compatible with free peoples.

Perhaps it is merely a reaction to the spread of new CNS toxins. Drunks can be handled by stickwork, but those ways may not be enough for the sorts that need a wide wound channel through the heart.

Perhaps it is the lawyerification of society. Having a bunch of officers who are following established procedure may be more legally defensible than the old style.

Perhaps it advantages some party, and they made it happen.

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Content Warning

Which is to say that I don’t have any. So I guess I’ll leave you in the capable hands of Chuck Norris instead.

You’re welcome.

Marcus

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