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GeneralJeff Soyer on 26 Apr 2014 05:31 am

…I put up alternate content (less guns, more humor) at my Facebook page. Some is public, some not. Just “friend me” to see it all.

GeneralJeff Soyer on 23 Apr 2014 08:42 pm

Subaru really does have some spiffy commercials. Too bad they don’t show them here in the U.S.

GeneralJeff Soyer on 18 Apr 2014 05:26 am

Not sure why, but my arthritis (hands) is really bad this morning. Too painful to work the keyboard. Talk amongst yourselves.

GeneralJeff Soyer on 17 Apr 2014 05:11 am

Growing up in the early sixties, everyone in my home played his two 10-inch LP’s at least once a week. His weird humorous songs were so bizarre that, not yet into my teens, I thought I was listening to something clandestine — except that my parents loved him, too. Anyway, of late there’s been several articles about Lehrer (who is still alive, BTW) including this excellent one at BuzzFeed.

He’s also seemingly unconcerned about protecting his work — now, or after his death, as detailed at TechDirt:

While Lehrer has made startlingly little effort to ensure a future for his work, a handful of superfans have filled in the gap. One is Erik Meyn, a Norwegian who manages the Tom Lehrer Wisdom Channel on YouTube, a feed of performance videos and playlists that has received more than 10 million views since 2007. Meyn originally posted content to the channel without Lehrer’s permission and called him from overseas in December 2008 to apologize, a conversation he later posted on the “Tom Lehrer!” Facebook page. An excerpt:

TL: Well, you see, I’m fine with that channel.

EM: You’re very kind. But my question is: Who in your family will take care of your copyright and your songs in the distant future?

TL: I don’t have a family.

EM: OK, but what do you think will happen to the channel and your songs? And if you have someone who will act on your behalf, could you give them my name in case they’d want the channel taken down?

TL: Yes, but there’s no need to remove that channel.

EM: I was just wondering what will happen in the future, because you’re certainly going to continue to sell records.

TL: Well, I don’t need to make money after I’m dead. These things will be taken care of.

EM: I feel like I gave away some of your songs to public domain without even asking you, and that wasn’t very nice of me.

TL: But I’m fine with that, you know.

For those of you who are not acquainted with Tom Lehrer, here are a few of his works. Keep in mind that he wrote and performed these in the 50’s and 60’s:







General and Bad CopsJeff Soyer on 15 Apr 2014 02:53 am

From the Chicago Tribune:

One by one, five police officers took the witness stand at the Skokie courthouse late last month for what would typically be a routine hearing on whether evidence in a drug case was properly obtained.

But in a “Perry Mason” moment rarely seen inside an actual courtroom, the inquiry took a surprising turn when the suspect’s lawyer played a police video that contradicted the sworn testimony of the five officers — three from Chicago and two from Glenview, a furious judge found.

Cook County Circuit Judge Catherine Haberkorn suppressed the search and arrest, leading prosecutors to quickly dismiss the felony charges. All five officers were later stripped of their police powers and put on desk duty pending internal investigations. And the state’s attorney’s office is looking into possible criminal violations, according to spokeswoman Sally Daly.

Details of the case, and video, at the link. Is there anyone in Chicago that ISN’T corrupt?

GeneralJeff Soyer on 08 Apr 2014 03:48 am

PETA wants to turn Jeffrey Dahmer’s childhood home into a vegan restaurant:

The home, now listed for $295,000, was the location of Dahmer’s first murder in 1978. He killed, dismembered, and scattered the remains of Steven M. Hicks around the 1.5-acre property. Dahmer would later take the lives of 16 more victims. Newkirk wrote in her letter, “Dahmer’s old house gives us a way to evoke sympathy for these victims and to suggest that a life-affirming diet can change everything.” It is unclear what Ms. Newkirk meant by ‘everything.’

Zoning inspector and administrator Bill Funk explained that the group would, “have a lot of hurdles to jump,” because the house is located in a Bath Township residential zone where businesses are not allowed. However, PETA spokesperson Lindsay Rajt asserts that they are serious about the proposal and they have even thought of a name and a possible menu for their future restaurant. They’re planning on calling the restaurant, Eat For Life: Home Cooking, and they intend to offer vegan dishes at a cost of $10 or less.

They’ve even got a a cover for their menu:

Oh, wait, that’s not it. This is it here:



So much material, so little time. Finger food that won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Guess who’s for dinner? Better than Rocky Mountain oysters! Breast or thigh? Full rack or half-rack of ribs? How’s the leg-of-Lynn today? Bonnie Appétit . . .

GeneralJeff Soyer on 10 Mar 2014 04:28 am

Italians? Not so much:

A US weapons firm that turned Michelangelo’s most famous masterpiece - the David statue - into a gun-toting musketeer have come shot down [sic] by officials in Italy, with the country’s culture minister calling the move ‘offensive and illegal’.

Illinois-based weapon manufacturer ArmaLite used the iconic image of David in a new advertising campaign, manipulating the statue to make it appear to be holding a $3,300 AR-50A1 rifle.

But the move has outraged Dario Franceschini, Italy’s minister of culture, who said he is pursuing legal action to have ArmaLite withdraw the campaign.





I dunno. To me, David is lookin’ pretty good in that picture.

GeneralJeff Soyer on 19 Feb 2014 07:40 pm

In the last several weeks, I’ve received dozens of emails demanding that I “vacate the premises.”

Okay, in all seriousness, do the mutants who send these virus laden emails really think that people are so stupid that they will believe this shit, or open the attachment? Do they really think that FedEx sends “failure of delivery” emails to people? Or, that I actually believe that I have some long-lost crown-prince in Nigeria?

And yet, since they keep sending these bogus emails out, it must mean that some idiots in this country actually take them seriously, or are so computer inexperienced that they open the attachments.

PT Barnum was right.

Actually, now that I ponder upon it, I shouldn’t be so surprised; Obama was re-elected.

GeneralJeff Soyer on 19 Feb 2014 01:08 am

From Reuters:

Georgia lawmakers on Tuesday voted to allow bars and churches to decide for themselves whether to let gun owners carry weapons into their buildings.

The measure heads for the state Senate after the members of Georgia’s House of Representatives approved the legislation with a 119-56 vote, according to the chamber’s Twitter account.

Good.

GeneralJeff Soyer on 18 Feb 2014 03:18 am

He owns two high-tech companies. Here’s part of his resume:

The companies—Excellatron Solid State and Johnson Electro Mechanical Systems—have become leading developers of technology for ceramic solid state batteries and lithium air batteries, which have potential applications for electric motor vehicles.

Johnson is also developing thin film batteries for cell phones and aerospace applications. And he has developed a system that has potential applications in solar power plants and ocean thermal power generation.

Johnson graduated from Tuskegee University in 1973 with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Two years later, he obtained a master’s in nuclear engineering.

Following graduation, Johnson joined the U.S. Air Force and was assigned to the Strategic Air Command, where he helped develop the Stealth Bomber program. He also worked as a systems engineer for the Galileo mission to Jupiter and the Cassini mission to Saturn.

And if all of that isn’t impressive enough, he invented the Super-Soaker Water Gun.

If you live near Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio — I wish I was! — and you’re free tomorrow afternoon:

Lonnie Johnson is scheduled to give a talk, “Inspiring a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship and excellence,” at 2 p.m. Feb. 19 in 112 Oelman Hall. Johnson’s lecture is free and open to the public.

Lonnie Johnson is the type of entrepreneur that young people need to hear. He didn’t sit around waiting for the government to give him money, he made his own way in the world.

GeneralJeff Soyer on 10 Feb 2014 07:19 am

Okay, no I didn’t. But, in the Netherlands, there’s a tug boat named after this site.

I’m honored, and I really am sure they named it after this gun-nut site and not after some boring star in the Southern Hemisphere.


GeneralJeff Soyer on 07 Feb 2014 05:35 am

The only thing interesting about this KCRG-TV story is the missed opportunity for a perfect headline and making it into James Taranto’s column.

GeneralJeff Soyer on 04 Feb 2014 03:08 pm

Those of you who run an anti-virus software (especially if you run it on your browser): I’m always jealous of sites that get “approval” bars next to them. So, hit that little “rate the site” thing from your anti-virus on your browser and maybe I could at least get one green bar.

Thanks!

GeneralJeff Soyer on 04 Feb 2014 06:49 am

From Aero-News:

New C-27J Spartan cargo planes ordered by the U.S. Air Force are being delivered … directly to a storage “boneyard” in the Arizona desert. There are reportedly nearly a dozen new Spartans sitting on the ramp at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, AZ.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the Air Force has spent some $567 million to acquire 21 new Spartans since 2007, but has found that the Air Force does not have missions for many of the aircraft.

Their purchase was mostly a “pork” project spurred by the Ohio congressional delegation. More at the link.

GeneralJeff Soyer on 29 Jan 2014 07:13 am

I was reading one review of it where, somehow, in some universe, the author blamed the Republicans for all of Obama’s problems. Anyway, I started to read through the comments to the piece and found this gem:

What this country desperately needs is more government union workers.

That porn’s not gonna surf itself, ya know.

GeneralJeff Soyer on 27 Jan 2014 04:18 pm

How come, when it’s really cold outside, the wind blows at gale force speeds. But, in the Summer, when it’s 90-degrees, there isn’t even the slightest gust to relieve the heat?

GeneralJeff Soyer on 03 Jan 2014 06:55 am

This article brings back memories of all the quarters I dropped into these machines when I was younger. I don’t think anyone will be surprised at which games are on the list, but you might be over how much money some of them made. We’re talking $trillions in some cases — before adjusting for inflation. And yes, Pac-Man is #1.

GeneralJeff Soyer on 31 Dec 2013 10:01 pm

My wish for all of you is to have a happy and healthy 2014. My goal (resolution) is to become a better blogger and to lose my wine gut (it’s like a beer gut but not as large). Also, to find a companion cat for Gracie. Also, to have the ultimate vegetable garden in pots — better than I had two years ago — and to eat more of them (the vegetables I grow) instead of forcing them on my neighbors.

I’d also like to spend a LOT more time at the range. This past Summer, ammo was scarce and, not wanting to deplete what little I had, I only went to it one time. This just-passed Fall, ammo is back on the shelves and I’ve been stocking up on it so that I can have some fun next year putting holes in targets, soup cans, et cetera.

Another resolution is to start a book review blog — to separate it from the politics here — and enlist some of you avid readers to contribute. More on that in a few days, since I’ve already gotten the domain.

Lastly, not really a goal or resolution since I’ve been doing it here at Alphecca for 12+ years, I’ll continue to speak the truth as I see it about gun rights, the media’s bias against gun rights, and defend the natural and also constitutional right to self defense.

Okay, really lastly, I hope 2014 is a much better year than 2013 was for many of us, and our country. Let us begin to take back America in the elections next November.

Happy New Year to all of you. As always, I’ll be here at Alphecca as your friend, early morning commentator, and advocate.

General and BooksJeff Soyer on 30 Dec 2013 03:54 am

That’s the thesis put forth in an essay over at The Federalist. It concludes:

Here’s a challenge, then, for sci-fi writers who dare to think big and reimagine society, if that’s what Kreider says he wants: Imagine the world as it might be if humanity had never made the collectivist error in the first place. Imagine history as it might have been if, say, Plato had advocated strict property rights and individualism instead of wanting communal living and “guardians” who oversee the rest of us. I think we might by now be immortal and living among the stars.

Read the whole thing. I tend not to agree with him. Odd that the photo at the top of the piece pictures some Heinlein books.

GeneralJeff Soyer on 25 Dec 2013 06:54 am

Merry Christmas


Hope you all have a festive day. For those of you who have to work, I hope you’re compensated for it in some way. Since it is a festive time, here’s a dance track from the wacky ’70’s for you. . . .


A Christmas Medley

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