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http://www.sharppointythings.com/knives.html some of my custom knives can be found at this link, email me if you're interested.  I make them intermittently, and they tend to sell fast when I do.

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Enjoy your holiday of choice.

Europe AAR, with pictures
Nov 25, 201312:41PM

Category: General

http://baen.com/michaelwilliamsonphotos.asp

Hosted here, and on my site.

Stop being a little pussy.

What was that?

Stop being a little pussy.

Oh, right.  Profanity.  That's good.

Stop being a little pussy.

It's also sexist. You're genderizing negativity as female.

Stop being a little pussy.

This isn't funny.  You're a misogynistic troglodyte.

Stop being a little pussy.

I get it.  Don't you have anything intellectual to say?

Stop being a little pussy.

You know, I'm just going to copy this to everyone I know so they can see what kind of person you are.

Stop being a little pussy.

Would you stop repeating yourself?

As soon as you stop being a little pussy.

Behavior like yours is what's wrong with America.

Stop being a little pussy.

Fuck you.  I'm just going to block you so I don't have to listen to this.

That won't help you stop being a little pussy.

You're a racist!

Stop being a little pussy.

You probably have a small penis, too.

Stop being a little pussy.

I'm going to find some tolerant people to talk to, who agree with me.

Stop being a little pussy.

This Is Why People Hate Me
Nov 16, 201309:06PM

Category: General
Musa Jallow:  How are you doing>\
Me: working generally
Musa Jallow:  Okay I can see well How are you doing
Musa Jallow:  Hello
Me: Greetings
Musa Jallow:  How are you doing it is great pleasure to read from you?
Me: Doing better now. I was sick earlier in the week.
Musa Jallow:  Okay i can see and i am so sorry to here that you was ill but i hope is getting better now?
Me: yes, just spices that didn't agree with me
Musa Jallow:  Okay i can see well where are you from and do you have Family?
Me: I was born in Scotland. I live in Indianapolis. Yes, have family.
Musa Jallow:  Hello Michael
Me: evening
Musa Jallow:  Evenning too and how are you doing?
Me:  Good. And you?
Musa Jallow:  Ah Michael i am feeling concerned at the moment?
today is the three days we don't eat food at home is because our situation is not Good and i am leaving with my mother and father and brothers and sister and no one love us all of our neighboring people don't like us because we are Christians
Me: You are in Ghana?  That's too bad. I just baked chicken, and had potatoes with mint sauce and a nice Thai lager.
Musa Jallow:  No i am from the Gambia and our president said eat what you grow and me my family backgranod is very poor Michael this make me cry Michael
Me: I can imagine.  We grow quite a few vegetables, and have so much we have to dry and pickle some.  I'm having ice cream now.
Musa Jallow:  Belief it Michael if you can kindly help me for me to have food and my family because we are living in starvation there is no one who feel us in Gambia Michael and sibling use to cry everyday and night and that make me suck as well?
??
Me: It does suck.  Can you sell your body for money or food in a town somewhere?
Musa Jallow:  We are far from that places Michael very far and we have small church and that church is not strong as well anytime it can fall down?\
??
Me: Perhaps prayer will help the church stay standing?  If not, maybe get some boards and nails.
Musa Jallow:  Please Michael we are living in starvation please you have the feel me and help me so that we can have food as our neighboring people don't like us because we are Christians
Me: Don't you know how to eat grubs and bark?  Lots of nutrition in those.  And maybe not tell everyone you're Christians?
Musa Jallow:  Okay then can i give you the address of Rice Man shops
You can contact him and ask the price of Rice in the Gambia?
???
Me:  Sure.  It would be interesting to know how the price compares to here.
Musa Jallow:  XXXXX@gmail.com
This is the Man who sell Rice in the Gambia Michael
Me: Is there a site link?
Musa Jallow:  No there Is no site Link but they would like to have the website Link because that is trustful
??
Me: I'll take a look.  Do they ship?  I'd be interested in trying some Gambian rice to see what it's like.

RIP Greg "Clash" Mate
Nov 11, 201304:27PM

Category: General

I met Clash sometime around 1990 while running parties at the Chicago area sci fi conventions.  We served bodacious amounts of booze, played music, filled rooms with young people and generally had a great time.

Certain of the older lit-fic crowd were less than thrilled.  We were all about fun, not serious study of blahblah.  But quite a few others from 16-90 attended our parties and had a great time.  In fact, in 1993 at the Chicago Worldcon, we drank beer with Timothy Leary.  He happened to be in town, stopped by the convention, was invited to our party.  Our booze tab for that weekend broke 4 digits.

So Clash was a DJ.  In short order, he DJed almost every convention dance in the area, and in some other areas, and at several clubs.  He had an amazing selection of tunes, including some really outré alternative stuff, punk, remix, hip-hop, proto-steampunk, techno, everything.

His day job at the time was loading cargo for UPS, and he was ripped.  He looked more like a wrestler than a sci fi nerd, who was also a beer geek.  For at least one convention in San Fran, he and friends flew in a week early to LA, rented a car, and drove up through CA sampling every brew pub en route.  I'm amazed they survived.

Like a Time Lord, he always had a Companion. First DJ Sparrow.  Then a variety of hot chicks who really did learn DJing from him, then various schleps to haul the gear, then Amy, whom he finally realized he should marry.

Back in 1994, I drove from Champaign to Bloomington to pick up another friend, to Chicago, picked up Clash and all his gear, then we drove to Winnipeg, with a stop overnight in MN, for Conadian, that year's Worldcon.

We first ran into issues at the Pembina, ND border crossing.  Despite National Guard plates, military ID, and "vacation," we were directed to pull over for inspection.

Out came some little shortass with neither humor nor professionalism and said, "Open the doors."

I said they were unlocked.  He didn't say, "I need you to open them, sir." He just stood there until I realized his type and opened the doors and gate of my wagon.

He dove in like a dachshund after a rabbit, rooted through, found my underwear in my luggage, then found Clash's rolling case of CDs and mix board.

"What's this?"

"A mixing board."

"Electronics?"

"Yes."

Then he found my four guitars, signal processing racks in the travel case, power supplies and amps.

"Are you a musician?"

"Yes."

 "What are these?"

"Signal processors."

 "What do they do?"

 "Process signals."

 "Are you being funny?"

 "Well, sir, that one's got overdrive, analog and digital distortion, signal compression-expansion, flange/chorus/delay with reverb and selectable hall size and shape with inversion options and noise gates and ADSR.  The separate box is an envelope filter, and the rest are stereo imaging mixers.  The synth has arpeggiators, sequencers and an external memory module with waveform shapers and both VCO and external oscillator inputs."

 Clearly overwhelmed, he started some blather about how I should talk to immigration if I was planning on working.

 "Sir, I have right of abode in Canada, so if you really want to talk to Immigration they'll tell me to go ahead.  I'm not working, I'm on vacation, and this stuff is for a demonstration."

 "What's it worth?"

 "Oh…ten thousand or so."  (I didn't realize until that moment how much my gear was worth.)

 Clash said his was worth about $2000 for the board, plus the CDs, and that, "It's for a demonstration. I throw parties."

 Shortass opened a bag and said, "Is this for a demonstration too?" then realized it was full of whips and floggers.

 I said, "That's personal" and he decided to drop it and let us on our way.  He never actually inspected the grain alcohol and mixers I had.  Dumbass.

 (Actually, the floggers were for friends to use for costume purposes.  Trust me on this.)

 So we arrived in Winnipeg, and Clash was out of the car, bouncing around in eagerness.  I had to tell him three times to slow down.

 We got to the room we were sharing with Prime Slime and a friend's 16 year old daughter (nothing inappropriate happened and nothing was intended to happen, but looking back, and looking at the laws now…yikes.)

 Then Slime opened up his cooler, with all his supplies pre-measured.  He pulled out the powdered sugar, in Ziploc bags, each containing exactly one pound, for mixing his signature drink of Slime.

 Clash said, "Uh, Slime, you didn't cross the border with those, did you?"

 "Yeah, why?" Then he looked down at the 1 lb Ziploc of white powder…

 "Oh, shit."

 Looking back, I am amazed we weren't all in jail by that time.

 So we were in Canada, with Illinois plates, which of course meant we were Chicago gangsters.  And we had women in chainmail bikinis and high strength booze.

 Next, Clash grabbed his gear and got dressed for the first evening, with a kilt he'd borrowed.

 "This may not be my size," he said.

 I took a look, snickered, decided if I should, and decided he was a friend.  "Clash, pleats go in back."

 "Are you sure?"

 "Where was I born, Clash?"

 "Oh, right. Hold on." He went back into the bathroom, while me, Slime and the young lady snickered, and came out wearing the kilt properly, and it fit much better.

 After that it was a fairly "normal" SF con, as normal as those get.  Until Saturday.

 Saturday night, there was a dance.  They had a big hall, a goodly number of people, and dance music…most of it 80s pop.

 After 5 songs, Clash commented to me, in a shouted whisper, that he wasn't sure if he should comment on their music choice.

 What he was asking was if he should create an incident, and as a friend, I of course told him to proceed.

 So he hand-signed for permission to approach the podium (he was a professional), got it, climbed up, and said,

 "Hey.  I'm Clash, I DJ most of the Chicago conventions and some clubs. I have a case of disks with me if you'd like to pick through for some stuff. Some's pretty new and edgy."

 Well, these were CANADIANS!

 In fact, they cleared a space and offered to let him set up his own board alongside theirs.

 Dueling DJs, game on.

 So we founds some schleps to get the gear, and in twenty minutes, Clash was set up behind his board, headset on, black villain mask, black poet shirt, kilt, black boots, belt equipped with leashes in case he got lucky, and he had music cued up.  Rum may have been involved.

 He showed me the first case.

 Oooooooh, shit.

 And the host DJ announced, "Okay, we're going to throw in something else here. From Chicago, this is DJ Clash!"

 Cue international incident in 3, 2, 1…

 Something by Madonna faded out…and in came…(Language warning): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcbZUmLlNEo

 By ten seconds, the dance floor was empty, and the Canadians looked as if they'd been head-beat with ball bats.  Clash was laughing maniacally.

 And within another 10 seconds, everyone was back on the dance floor, as the Canadian DJ looked at the disk case and said, "Oh, yes, I'd heard something about this."

 Clash followed that with "The Punk Polka."

 I'm not sure what it did for international relations, but it worked okay for the dance.  There were no hard feelings, and they went back and forth between 80s and edgy.

 If you look at his Facebook page, every photo shows him grinning.

 That was Clash.  If there was a party, he was there.  If there wasn't, he created one on the spot.

 He followed that first kilt with others, with Scotch, and with all things Scottish, because if it's not Scottish, it's CRAP!

 The last couple of years he appeared to have some health problems, but nothing critical.  I was in Holland when another of the pack IMed me, asked me to call, and since I couldn't from overseas, gave me the bad news.

 Clash is a year younger than me, far too young to die of mundane causes.  There's a whole list of people who shouldn't die anytime soon, and he's near the top. But we don’t get a choice.

 The convention dances aren't going to be the same without him. Whoever takes over the task has huge combat boots to fill.  And he better bring Scotch.

 So let's toast him with high end Scotch, or rum if you must.

 RIP—Rest In Party.

Catch Me In Europe!
Oct 21, 201304:26PM

Category: General

Spangdahlem Air Base, 2 November, 2013:

https://www.facebook.com/events/292771870822485/412991242133880/?notif_t=like

And the American Book Center in the Hague, afternoon of 3 November:

http://www.abc.nl/

Do please stop by and introduce yourself.  Military/DoD/contractors and family can get a free signed book at Spang.  In the Netherlands, you can buy a copy and have me deface it in person.

Michael Z. Williamson Peter Reynolds
2 days ago
I'm a right wing libertarian and I want freedom of the press and freedom from a self-serving, dishonest press which is what we have now. 
The clearest example of this is the Daily Mail's inverse relationship with the Editors' Code where its editorial policy and business plan is to publish "inaccurate, misleading and distorted" information.
I'm very disappointed that the Telegraph is competing with the Mail in a race to the bottom. Increasingly, the only difference between the two papers seems to be the size of the page.
Implement Leveson in full. The Fleet Street mafia needs to be broken up so that true journalism can flourish.
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"Right wing libertarian" is like a "militant pacifist."
So it shouldn't be surprise that you want state control of the media for "freedom." You're just a right winger.
All press has a bias inherently. People are human beings. It's up to the educated reader to determine which is accurate, and which suits their agenda.
Clearly. you fear that your position will suffer if you can't cram it down people's throats.
5 hours ago · Like · 6
Seth Breidbart Everybody is in favor of Freedom of the Press when they believe that the press would publish stuff they like if it could. They tend to oppose such freedom when they come to believe that the press would publish stuff they don't like.
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Ray Spitz I think the word you were looking for is "Authoritarian." The Press, having service its purpose, is now to be controlled so that no one else can use it at the Left did. It is called "Pulling up the Ladder."
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Seth Breidbart You can't have freedom of the press and freedom from a dishonest press; who gets to define "dishonest"?
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Mike Lorrey MiniTru, of course
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Phill Suchman I thought it was Snopes or Huffingtonpost that decided what was true & what is dishonest.
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John Hamill Our "Betters" want to control tge information we get, for our own good of course...
4 hours ago via mobile · Like · 2
Ray Spitz You can, however, have strong libel and slander laws that will punish outright lies.
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James Meval The US had strong libel and slander laws and they were used to attack the press for political reasons and did shut down many.
4 hours ago · Like
Ray Spitz But nowadays, the MSM can outright lie without fear of punishment because you have prove "intent."
4 hours ago · Like · 1
Maya Bohnhoff The press seems to print all sorts of stuff, inflammatory, opinionated, downright scathing about just about everyone and everything. Where's the lack of freedom?
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Michael Z. Williamson Maya Bohnhoff this references proposed legislation in the UK.
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Tad Williams And Fox News had to go to court to say they weren't really a "news" organization but an "entertainment" org., so they wouldn't have to tell the truth. (You can look it up.)
I don't recall this ever happening to CBS or NBC news. Maybe I missed it.
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Michael Z. Williamson Tad Williams: Not quite. Again, the public commentary is incomplete on the actual event. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Akre
Jane Akre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Michael Z. Williamson https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dateline_NBC... and I guess you missed this about NBC, Tad Williams
The 60-minute program focused on General Motors' Rounded-Line Chevrolet C/K-Series pickup trucks allegedly exploding upon impact during accidents due to the poor design of fuel tanks. Dateline's footage showed a sample of a low-speed accident with the fuel tank exploding. In reality, Dateline NBC producers had rigged the truck’s fuel tank with remotely controlled model rocket engines to initiate the explosion. The program did not disclose the fact that the accident was staged. GM hired Failure Analysis Associates (FaAA, now Exponent) whose investigators studied the footage, and discovered that smoke actually came out of the fuel tank six frames before impact.
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Michael Z. Williamson http://www.nytimes.com/... or the NYT, Tad Williams
FALSIFICATION OF PRIZE ARTICLE PUTS A SPOTLIGHT ON HOW NEWSPAPERS CHECK
www.nytimes.com
STORIES By JONATHAN FRIENDLY The revelation that a Pulitzer Prize-winning accoun...See More
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Michael Z. Williamson http://www.theblaze.com/.../ NBC again, Tad Williams, and it's going to cost them dearly.
http://www.poynter.org/.../ and this
http://www.ihatethemedia.com/... or this "news" photo that was heavily photoshopped.
NBC News Apologizes for ‘Error’ in Editing of Trayvon Martin Story
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The Trayvon Martin case has become a lightning rod for controversy, with the fac...See More
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Michael Z. Williamson https://en.wikipedia.org/... Time Magazine, maybe? Tell me when my point is made.
File:OJ Simpson Newsweek TIME.png - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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These magazine covers, one altered to make Simpson appear darker appeared on the...See More
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Jerry Chancellor Well, it took a while Tad, but I think you mean this one:
http://caselaw.findlaw.com/.../1310807.html
(Please take note that this is the actual judgement rendered by the court, not an internet rumor.)
The District Court of Appeal in Florida ruled against a woman claiming whistle-blower protection because.... wait for it.... she wasn't a whistle blower under the law. Whether or not Fox News lied or didn't lie was not at issue. What WAS at issue was whether or not she was fired for threatening to go to the FCC over what she perceived as pressure to lie. 
No court ever found that Fox News lied and Fox News never claimed they had the right to lie. They did say that she did not deserve remuneration under a whistle blower statute because what she was threatening to report would have been, if it were true, a violation of a policy, not of a law.
Isn't it amazing what a little research can turn up?
NEW WORLD COMMUNICATIONS OF TAMPA INC WTVT TV v. AKRE, No. 2D01-529., February 14, 2003 - FL...
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Findlaw provides NEW WORLD COMMUNICATIONS OF TAMPA INC WTVT TV v. AKRE, No. 2D01-529., February 14, 2003 - FL District Court of Appeal | FindLaw
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Michael Z. Williamson https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killian_documents_controversy Oh, here's CBS. There were several things wrong here. First, it was obviously word processed TNR, not something done on a typewriter. Arguing that it COULD have been done on certain typewriters at that time neglects the fact that an ANG secretary would not have such a machine, which still wouldn't have had smart apostrophes back then.
This also doesn't take into account that the lingo in the alleged memos is Army (They were "found" by an Army officer) not USAF (having served in both, it jumped out at me. No USAF officer would phrase a memo that way).
And his claim that he found them "in a dumpster" during an alleged cover, when the Privacy Act of 1974 is plastered in every orderly room, next to the shredder, which is expected to be used, and tossing stuff in a dumpster would be a security violation.
Not counting the fact that important stuff is duplicated at state HQ and possibly National Archives.
Which leads up to the entire dishonesty that somehow Bush was a "draft dodger" while flying a fighter aircraft. Do not even go there, I did 12 years Air Guard in a leadership position, know some of the people mentioned in the documents, and will spank any challenger. 
Killian documents controversy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Michael Z. Williamson IOW: Both dishonest AND poorly researched.
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Michael Z. Williamson Hmm...it seems the "liberal" expose sites have as much trouble with the facts as conservative ones. Who would have guessed?
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Michael Z. Williamson On the "Bush" thing, I read through all the FOIA docs in 5 minutes, and laughed. Since I have the context to know what I was reading, there was absolutely nothing the slightest bit questionable. Without context, any dozen quotes could sound suspicious...except I have all the same docs in _MY_ records.
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Joseph Capdepon II Maybe Tad or another "liberal" could answer this question.
What is up with the hatred of Fox News? 
Personally, I don't watch television news. When I did, I watched local for weather reports and on occasion flipped to Fox News because they were not ...See More
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Michael Z. Williamson So what I'm taking away from this is the irony that the leftist media activists accusing Fox of lying are...lying.
And they want the rules changed so they can make the judgment calls.
Doesn't that just fill you with confidence?
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Seth Breidbart I like it that everybody gets to decide what is true and what is dishonest, and everybody else gets to laugh at them. They all get the credibility they deserve (in the eyes of the person deciding how much credibility to accord them).
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Jerry Chancellor Seth, with regards to this particular question, Fox News, you can look at the link I posted and decide for yourself. It's the actual decision of the court.

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/brendanoneill2/100240554/for-generations-radical-leftists-fought-for-press-freedom-why-have-they-abandoned-it-now/

Peter Reynolds: 2 days agoI'm a right wing libertarian and I want freedom of the press and freedom from a self-serving, dishonest press which is what we have now. 
The clearest example of this is the Daily Mail's inverse relationship with the Editors' Code where its editorial policy and business plan is to publish "inaccurate, misleading and distorted" information.
I'm very disappointed that the Telegraph is competing with the Mail in a race to the bottom. Increasingly, the only difference between the two papers seems to be the size of the page.
Implement Leveson in full. The Fleet Street mafia needs to be broken up so that true journalism can flourish.


MichaelZWilliamson: "Right wing libertarian" is like a "militant pacifist."So it shouldn't be surprise that you want state control of the media for "freedom." You're just a right winger.All press has a bias inherently. People are human beings. It's up to the educated reader to determine which is accurate, and which suits their agenda.
Clearly. you fear that your position will suffer if you can't cram it down people's throats.5 hours ago · Like · 6


Seth  Everybody is in favor of Freedom of the Press when they believe that the press would publish stuff they like if it could. They tend to oppose such freedom when they come to believe that the press would publish stuff they don't like.4 hours ago · Unlike · 3


Ray I think the word you were looking for is "Authoritarian." The Press, having service its purpose, is now to be controlled so that no one else can use it at the Left did. It is called "Pulling up the Ladder."4 hours ago · Like · 2
Seth Breidbart You can't have freedom of the press and freedom from a dishonest press; who gets to define "dishonest"?4 hours ago · Unlike · 5


Mike L MiniTru, of course4 hours ago · Unlike · 2


Phill I thought it was Snopes or Huffingtonpost that decided what was true & what is dishonest.4 hours ago via mobile · Like · 2


John Our "Betters" want to control tge information we get, for our own good of course...4 hours ago via mobile · Like · 2

Ray You can, however, have strong libel and slander laws that will punish outright lies.4 hours ago · Like

James The US had strong libel and slander laws and they were used to attack the press for political reasons and did shut down many.4 hours ago · Like


Ray But nowadays, the MSM can outright lie without fear of punishment because you have prove "intent."4 hours ago · Like · 1


Maya The press seems to print all sorts of stuff, inflammatory, opinionated, downright scathing about just about everyone and everything. Where's the lack of freedom?4 hours ago via mobile · Like


Michael Z. Williamson Maya this references proposed legislation in the UK.2 hours ago · Like · 2


Tad And Fox News had to go to court to say they weren't really a "news" organization but an "entertainment" org., so they wouldn't have to tell the truth. (You can look it up.)
I don't recall this ever happening to CBS or NBC news. Maybe I missed it.2 hours ago · Like · 1

Michael Z. Williamson Tad : Not quite. Again, the public commentary is incomplete on the actual event. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Akre


Jane Akre - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaen.wikipedia.org Jane Akre is an American former journalist and current editor-in-chief of Injury...See Moreabout an hour ago · Like · 1 · Remove Preview

Michael Z. Williamson https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dateline_NBC#General_Motors_vs._NBC and I guess you missed this about NBC, Tad 
The 60-minute program focused on General Motors' Rounded-Line Chevrolet C/K-Series pickup trucks allegedly exploding upon impact during accidents due to the poor design of fuel tanks. Dateline's footage showed a sample of a low-speed accident with the fuel tank exploding. In reality, Dateline NBC producers had rigged the truck’s fuel tank with remotely controlled model rocket engines to initiate the explosion. The program did not disclose the fact that the accident was staged. GM hired Failure Analysis Associates (FaAA, now Exponent) whose investigators studied the footage, and discovered that smoke actually came out of the fuel tank six frames before impact.
Dateline NBC - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaen.wikipedia.orgDateline NBC, or simply Dateline, is a weekly American television reality legal ...See Moreabout an hour ago · Like · 1 · Remove Preview

Michael Z. Williamsonhttp://www.nytimes.com/1981/04/17/nyregion/falsification-of-prize-article-puts-a-spotlight-on-how-newspapers-check.html or the NYT, Tad 
FALSIFICATION OF PRIZE ARTICLE PUTS A SPOTLIGHT ON HOW NEWSPAPERS CHECKwww.nytimes.comSTORIES By JONATHAN FRIENDLY The revelation that a Pulitzer Prize-winning accoun...See Moreabout an hour ago · Like · 1 · 


Michael Z. Williamson http://www.theblaze.com/.../ NBC again, Tad , and it's going to cost them dearly.
http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/top-stories/168391/the-iconic-photos-of-trayvon-martin-george-zimmerman-why-you-may-not-see-the-others/ and this
http://www.ihatethemedia.com/trayvon-martins-doctored-hoodie-photo or this "news" photo that was heavily photoshopped.http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/04/03/trayvon-martin-case-leads-to-multiple-embarrassments-for-nbc-msnbc/

Michael Z. Williamson https://en.wikipedia.org/... Time Magazine, maybe? Tell me when my point is made.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:OJ_Simpson_Newsweek_TIME.png- Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaen.wikipedia.orgThese magazine covers, one altered to make Simpson appear darker appeared on the...See Moreabout an hour ago · Like · Remove Preview

Jerry Well, it took a while Tad, but I think you mean this one:
http://caselaw.findlaw.com/fl-district-court-of-appeal/1310807.html

(Please take note that this is the actual judgement rendered by the court, not an internet rumor.)
The District Court of Appeal in Florida ruled against a woman claiming whistle-blower protection because.... wait for it.... she wasn't a whistle blower under the law. Whether or not Fox News lied or didn't lie was not at issue. What WAS at issue was whether or not she was fired for threatening to go to the FCC over what she perceived as pressure to lie. 
No court ever found that Fox News lied and Fox News never claimed they had the right to lie. They did say that she did not deserve remuneration under a whistle blower statute because what she was threatening to report would have been, if it were true, a violation of a policy, not of a law.
Isn't it amazing what a little research can turn up?
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Michael Z. Williamson https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killian_documents_controversy Oh, here's CBS. There were several things wrong here. First, it was obviously word processed TNR, not something done on a typewriter. Arguing that it COULD have been done on certain typewriters at that time neglects the fact that an ANG secretary would not have such a machine, which still wouldn't have had smart apostrophes back then.
This also doesn't take into account that the lingo in the alleged memos is Army (They were "found" by an Army officer) not USAF (having served in both, it jumped out at me. No USAF officer would phrase a memo that way).
And his claim that he found them "in a dumpster" during an alleged cover, when the Privacy Act of 1974 is plastered in every orderly room, next to the shredder, which is expected to be used, and tossing stuff in a dumpster would be a security violation.
Not counting the fact that important stuff is duplicated at state HQ and possibly National Archives.
Which leads up to the entire dishonesty that somehow Bush was a "draft dodger" while flying a fighter aircraft. Do not even go there, I did 12 years Air Guard in a leadership position, know some of the people mentioned in the documents, and will spank any challenger. 
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Michael Z. Williamson IOW: Both dishonest AND poorly researched.about an hour ago · Like · 2

Michael Z. Williamson Hmm...it seems the "liberal" expose sites have as much trouble with the facts as conservative ones. Who would have guessed?about an hour ago · Like

Michael Z. Williamson On the "Bush" thing, I read through all the FOIA docs in 5 minutes, and laughed. Since I have the context to know what I was reading, there was absolutely nothing the slightest bit questionable. Without context, any dozen quotes could sound suspicious...except I have all the same docs in _MY_ records.about an hour ago · Like

Joseph II Maybe Tad or another "liberal" could answer this question.
What is up with the hatred of Fox News? 
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Michael Z. Williamson So what I'm taking away from this is the irony that the leftist media activists accusing Fox of lying are...lying.
And they want the rules changed so they can make the judgment calls.
Doesn't that just fill you with confidence?55 minutes ago · Edited · Like · 1

Seth I like it that everybody gets to decide what is true and what is dishonest, and everybody else gets to laugh at them. They all get the credibility they deserve (in the eyes of the person deciding how much credibility to accord them).24 minutes ago · Like

More from the Racist in Chief
Aug 21, 201305:53PM

Category: General
Email from "Organizing For Action" from the Racist in Chief (President 0bama, (D-Egypt)), with his official logo on it, pimping dead kids for "reasonable action to stop gun violence."
I don't recall Bush ever sending out email with HIS logo on it demanding action on abortion, marriage or any of the issues he was alleged to be pushing.  It may have happened, but I never saw it.
By "Reasonable action to stop gun violence," The Racist in Chief means he wants to make it harder for honest people to exercise their civil rights under the 2nd Amendment.
He doesn't mean he'll stop sending guns to Mexican drug cartels or F16s to Radical Islamic nutjobs in Egypt.
THE PRESIDENT’S PLAN INCLUDES:
Closing background check loopholes to keep guns out of dangerous hands
THERE IS NO "LOOPHOLE," THIS IS A LIE
Banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and taking other common sense steps
THIS DIRECTLY VIOLATES SCOTUS' RULING IN THE HELLER CASE
Making schools safer
EXCEPT BY ACTUALLY INCREASING SCHOOL SECURITY WITH, YOU KNOW, SECURITY MEASURES
Increasing access to mental health services
BY FINDING MORE WAYS TO ACCUSE PEOPLE OF MENTAL ILLNESS AND TAKING THEIR 2nd AMENDMENT RIGHTS AWAY
He's invoking Columbine--14 years ago, WHICH DIDN'T INVOLVE ANY "ASSAULT WEAPONS" and did involve a background check for a third party, thus proving that all gun control laws are completely worthless bullshit, but don't let reality get in the way of your narrative.

Email from "Organizing For Action" from the Racist in Chief (President 0bama, (D-Egypt)), with his official logo on it, pimping dead kids for "reasonable action to stop gun violence."
I don't recall Bush ever sending out email with HIS logo on it demanding action on abortion, marriage or any of the issues he was alleged to be pushing.  It may have happened, but I never saw it.
By "Reasonable action to stop gun violence," The Racist in Chief means he wants to make it harder for honest people to exercise their civil rights under the 2nd Amendment.
He doesn't mean he'll stop sending guns to Mexican drug cartels or F16s to Radical Islamic nutjobs in Egypt.

THE PRESIDENT’S PLAN INCLUDES:
Closing background check loopholes to keep guns out of dangerous hands
THERE IS NO "LOOPHOLE," THIS IS A LIE


Banning military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines and taking other common sense steps
THIS DIRECTLY VIOLATES SCOTUS' RULING IN THE HELLER CASE.  IT'S ALSO AS DISHONEST AS CALLING A JEEP A "MILITARY STYLE ASSAULT VEHICLE."

Making schools safer
EXCEPT BY ACTUALLY INCREASING SCHOOL SECURITY WITH, YOU KNOW, SECURITY MEASURES

Increasing access to mental health services
BY FINDING MORE WAYS TO ACCUSE PEOPLE OF MENTAL ILLNESS AND TAKING THEIR 2nd AMENDMENT RIGHTS AWAY

He's invoking Columbine--14 years ago, WHICH DIDN'T INVOLVE ANY "ASSAULT WEAPONS" and did involve a background check for a third party, thus proving that all gun control laws are completely worthless bullshit, but don't let reality get in the way of your narrative.

But at least he closed Guantanamo, as he promised in 2007.

Oh, wait...

Observations on Being Liberal
Apr 04, 201302:02PM

Category: General

Based on several recent conversations with friends:

Rule 1:  Don't assume you know the background of the person you're talking to.  Judging someone by their appearance isn't fair, nor liberal.  Disabilities don't always show.  Culture, religion, background rarely show, nor does gender orientation. Pigeonholing people is not very tolerant, nor liberal.

Rule 2:  Anyone can discuss an issue.  They may not be correct, or they may not agree with you, or some of each or both.  Telling people they don't get to discuss an issue is not going to convince them you're right.  It's only going to convince them you're conceited.

Rule 3:  If it's a technical subject, such as firearms, reproductive biology or even a religious faith, the technical knowledge is a necessary part of the debate.  Don't claim to be "informed" if you can't answer basic technical questions on the subject.  In such cases, it would behoove you to acquire some technical knowledge, or to consult with someone who does.  Here's the tough part: You have to assume they know what they're talking about, and believe their statements, much as you would a professional in any field.  If the facts make your position uncomfortable, then perhaps your position needs to change.  You are entitled to your own informed opinion.  You are not entitled to your own facts.  And if your opinion is not informed, you're still entitled to it, but no one is obligated to take you seriously.  

3A: If you don't trust a person's technical opinion, why did you ask for it?  Getting a second opinion is fine. Asking other people who are ignorant of a subject to fact check the expert is not only insulting, it indicates you need to re-read this rule.  If most of the subject matter experts tell you you're wrong, maybe you are. This doesn't mean you have to like the conclusion. You only have to accept it.

Rule 4:  Once you've demonstrated bias through ignorance, your credibility on any other matter drops fast.  See Rules 1 and 3.

Rule 5:  It's entirely possible for someone to have the same or different sources, be informed, and come to a different conclusion.  This does not mean either you or they are wrong.  Few issues are binary in nature.  This offers an opportunity to debate, share information, and improve your position, even if you never fully agree with the other party.  And that's okay, because liberals are tolerant of dissent.

5A:  Don't assume that someone disagreeing with you must be ignorant of the subject.  Ask questions.  Learn why they have their position.

Rule 6:  If you are absolutely sure the other party is wrong by your interpretation, remember that you also don't know everything, and even matters of common knowledge change with time. This person may be comfortable in a previous or foreign culture, or they may be ahead of the curve and ready for a future society.  More likely, the answer lies somewhere between.   

Rule 7: Activists don't have to compromise.  They're expected to be extreme.  If this applies to you, remember it also applies to others.  They're entitled to the same focus and drive you are.

Rule 8:  Skin color only matters to people who care about skin color.  A person with dark skin may be from somewhere Africa, the Caribbean, or the US or anywhere else.  Each of these people will have a different background. Their skin color only affects how you treat them, and how you treat them affects how they respond as a person.  If you make assumptions about them based on their skin color, you're being presumptuous.  Likewise, a white skinned person may be from the US, from Europe, from Australia.  They're not going to all be the same, either.  In fact, even American geography matters.  However, it's likely that two Americans (or Canadians, Aussies, Greeks, Chinese), even of differing appearance, will have more in common with each other than with two people who look the same from different nations.  If this is a revelation to you, you may not be as unbiased as you like to think you are.

8A: If you're a middle class white American, lecturing people on how middle class white Americans shouldn't lecture people on race/color/culture, you may have run into a recursive logic failure.  Also, if you're assuming from visual cues that the person you're debating with is a middle class white American just like you...see Rule 1.

Rule 9:  Telling someone else how they think or feel is conceited, derogatory, and wrong.  Please don't do it.

Rule 10:  You know how the popular press always gets your subject wrong when they discuss it?  You know how the opposing press leaves out key facts through error or deceit and presents you in a bad light?  It's a good idea to assume the same thing happens with other subjects and to other groups.  See Rule 3.

Rule 11:  Epithets like "right winger" and "wingnut" and even "troll" don't encourage the other parties to continue discussion.  They're also neither liberal nor tolerant.  Unless you plan on exterminating or outbreeding the dissenters, you need to patiently try to persuade them.  Some won't be persuaded.  This is not your fault.  It may not be their fault, either.  All you can do is try.

Rule 12:  Selection bias doesn't help.  Seek out opposing viewpoints.  You may change your own.  You may strengthen yours.  You may change or strengthen theirs.  Worst case, you'll know how the opposition thinks and feels, and so will your allies.  Holding carefully monitored discussions with your friends isn't a bad thing and has its place.  But it's not an open discussion.  Keep private matters private, and allow public discourse to be open. And echo chamber is not very useful.

Rule 13:  If you're thinking of deleting, blocking, shutting down a dissenter or a thread because you don't like how the discussion is turning, you may not be as tolerant as you like to think you are.  Certainly there are absolute trolls who contribute nothing.  But a dissenter is useful under Rule 12.

Rule 14:  Shocking fact:  These same rules apply to conservatives.  You may in fact find fora where you're tolerated and treated with respect.  You also may find some where you're insulted and called a troll. You can complain about this...if you haven't committed the same act yourself.

Rule 15:  Nothing is binary. There are pro-gun gays and feminists.  There are anti-abortion atheists.  There are black racial separatists.  There are pro-gay Muslims and Pentecostal Christians.  There are polyamorous Republicans.  See Rule 1.

Rule 16:  Even among people of the same general background, individuals have different experiences and perspectives.  What's wrong for you may be right for them.  Or it may simply be they're a product of their experiences.

Rule 17:  If everyone agrees with you, you need to widen your circle.  If you're not angry at something at least once a day, you're probably not learning anything.

Rule 18:  Yes, it gets frustrating re-hashing the same material.  If you've adopted the mantle, you have to try to be patient.  Unfortunately, it's the only way.  See Rules 11 and 13.

Rule 19:  Some of your opponents will love you even though you're wrong.  Try to extend them the same courtesy.

Rule 20:  There is nothing morally wrong with apologizing.  If you were perceived as offensive, or lost your temper, or even just misunderstood, apologize and try again.  Often, that will make more progress than any number of graphs and charts.

Has Anyone Else Done This Mod?
Mar 01, 201307:27PM

Category: General

If you put an M4 style accessory stock on your AK, you have this AR extension tube on the back, with nothing in it:

So, with a bit of lathe work, you can turn it into storage space.

I'm thinking of calling it the Butt Plug.