On the plus side…

| November 6, 2012

I have an amazing bottle of scotch. The Macallan Cask Strength. That’d be 120.2 proof, to you mere mortals. Wake me up in four years. In the immortal words of Glenn Reynolds, the Instapundit: If Obama wins, I’ll be as gracious and generous as the Democrats were in 2000 and 2004.

Quote of the Day

| June 12, 2012

Stoaty Weasel: Liberalism really is a cargo cult. The Spanish know — in a dim, inchoate way — that roads are important to a thriving modern economy, so they built little road-shaped shrines out in the ass-end of nowhere, hoping prosperity would follow. It didn’t.

Ode to the Welfare State

| January 12, 2012

I received in my mail an item that’s apparently been going around the internet recently, what looks like a photocopy of a bit of doggerel that appears to be on New York Daily News letterhead, dated November 4, 1949. Like anything that circulates on the internet, it’s worth what you paid for it… but the […]

Quote of the Day

| August 11, 2011

It’s too late to worry about the barbarians at the gate, when those inside the walls are themselves barbarians. The Nazi war machine couldn’t break the British, but the modern welfare state has. I suspect “a whiff of grapeshot” might just clear up the problem P.D.Q. Ann Coulter, via Mike at Cold Fury.

Quote of the Day

| August 8, 2011

Downgraded: Indeed, it wouldn’t surprise me if, when the history of the Obama presidency is written, what occurred on Friday night will be seen as the point of no return, a moment from which Barack Obama will never fully recover. The reason is because the downgrading of our credit rating isn’t an isolated event; for […]

Instant Message Excerpts: On Being a Network Engineer, 13

| April 21, 2011

After having been on conference calls non-stop since 2pm, and in the middle of one such call, an IM from my manager appears… [manager](20:38:41): Russ, can I throw you under the bus? Russ(20:38:55): ? Russ(20:39:33): if it has anything to do w/ that load balancer problem for later tonight, you’d be throwing the customer under […]


| April 12, 2011

(April 12, 2011 – Apex, NC) An unnamed source in my house has confirmed that even at this late date I have never heard a Justin Bieber song, avoiding any potentially fatal earworms or loss of masculinity. Queried further, the source revealed that my reactions to the name “Justin Bieber” have ranged from “That punk […]

A Few Brief Post-Election Thoughts

| November 3, 2010

Yo, Delaware GOP: you can’t nominate a fruitcake — even a True Conservative fruitcake — and expect to win. Certain minimum qualification standards ought to be met. Non-RINOness isn’t enough. If the Nevada GOP had nominated Sue Lowden — a far better candidate than Sharron Angle — Harry Reid would almost certainly have lost. Merely […]

The Youngest Old Codger in the Land

| October 29, 2010

That’s the title I’ve decided to bestow upon myself. Yesterday I received a parcel, an item I’d ordered: Yeah… that’s a walker. Dammit. Well, really it’s a roller. It even comes with lockable hand brakes. As suggested by various friends, I’ll be retrofitting it with twin .50-cal MGs, and (my own idea) a bitchin’ flame […]

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