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GeneralJeff Soyer on 11 Dec 2013 08:15 am

So Winslow is having a nice lie-down. But, the new topper is also a Homer, as in Homer Dodge Martin’s A North Woods Lake, painted in 1867.

GeneralJeff Soyer on 09 Dec 2013 05:46 am

Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov has a homemade setup that allows him to take remarkable photos of snowflakes as they reach the carpet on his balcony.





You can see more at his website here or at io9 here.

GeneralJeff Soyer on 01 Dec 2013 05:15 am

You know, the Left and the Occupy crowd always proclaim that big business is evil. Well, you might not see that many Coca-Cola commercials for a while. Here’s why:

All money that would have been spent on advertising will instead be sent to assist with rebuilding efforts in the Philippines, which is still recovering from Typhoon Haiyan.

Since November 18, Coca-Cola has donated over $2.5 million in cash, almost $600,000 in bottled water and an additional $1 million through the American National Red Cross.

Simply evil, huh?

GeneralJeff Soyer on 28 Nov 2013 09:35 am

. . . Not in general; just my own. I am so grateful that for more than 11-years, you-all have taken the time to stop by my humble abode, Alphecca, to read my blatherings about guns, politics, and other stuff. Thank you! I also give thanks to the many of you who have — during my times of need — hit Yosemite Sam on the right sidebar. Again, thank you!

It’s Thanksgiving and also the first day of Hanukkah. To all who celebrate either (or, in my case — both) may you have a joyous day of good food and great company.

Regular blogging will return tomorrow. As always, thanks so much for stopping by!

GeneralJeff Soyer on 25 Nov 2013 06:26 am

The Don Imus Show is played on a local radio station weekday mornings (I guess the audio-cast from Fox BN) and it always impresses me that the show is so much better when Imus himself isn’t on it. He’s just a grumpy, grouchy, snarling . . . The rest of the cast is great and it’s a funnier show sans Imus, as today.

General and LiberalsJeff Soyer on 21 Nov 2013 03:14 pm

Badly is the word that comes to mind. But, here’s an example; the lede from an article in The Nation:

The problems with the Affordable Care Act stem from government being too small and weak, not too big and powerful.

Do you need any other proof that lefties and progressives are mentally defective?

GeneralJeff Soyer on 20 Nov 2013 03:38 am

Being of modest means, I’m not a big-time joiner. I’m a member of the NRA because they support gun rights. And, that was about it for many years.

I have, however, just made a small donation to EFF.org because they have been an effective advocacy group for bloggers (they were one of the first to jump into the fray in fighting Righthaven — remember them?) and entrepreneurs (they’ve been fighting the patent trolls). They’ve been using the courts to force the NSA to reveal the breadth of its spying on American citizens. And much, much more. You can read about what they’re up to, here.

So, you’ll see their badge on the sidebar. Consider a donation to them.

GeneralJeff Soyer on 14 Nov 2013 07:29 am

Arizona keeps track of such things and once again (I wrote about this years ago) far more children drown in the state — or die from maltreatment — than are killed (or kill themselves) with guns. From the Daily Journal:

Of non-natural deaths, those from firearms increased most dramatically, going from 23 in 2011 to 32 last year. Fifty-three percent of the gun deaths were suicides.

Child fatalities due to maltreatment or abuse decreased slightly from 71 deaths in 2011 to 70 last year, while drownings increased by four to 36 and vehicle accident deaths to 88 from 70 in 2011.

We need to ban swimming pools and parents.

GeneralJeff Soyer on 11 Nov 2013 04:45 pm

I got home from work about a half-hour-ago. Too early for dinner. I’ll just have a snack. While surfing the web, I just realized that I consume an entire sleeve of Ritz Crackers smeared with peanut butter. I wasn’t even thinking about it; just kept at it. At least I didn’t bring out the jar of Port Wine WisPride in the fridge. That would have resulted in another sleeve disappearing. And, don’t even get me started on my worst snack habit of all; butter on Saltines.

I really am surprised (but grateful) that — so far — my heart and arteries haven’t exploded from my God-awful diet.

GeneralJeff Soyer on 11 Nov 2013 05:59 am

To all veterans, and in memory of those no longer with us or who died in service to our country: Thank you for your service, your sacrifices, for making it possible for all of us to enjoy the freedoms we have in this great country. The very fact that I can sit in the safety of my home, expressing and sharing my opinions with my fellow countrymen on a web blog, owning a firearm, free from unwarranted intrusions, is a tribute to and a result of your defending and protecting our nation from those who seek to remove such rights and to impose their totalitarian governments upon us.

To the men and women of our armed forces: You’re the best! May God bless all of you and keep you safe.




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GeneralJeff Soyer on 24 Oct 2013 06:16 am

No, seriously, today is not my Birthday. I’ve put it off until next year.

GeneralJeff Soyer on 23 Oct 2013 04:48 pm

The Cards and the Red Sox meet for game one, in just a couple hours. Yeah, yeah; you don’t care; your team isn’t in it; you hate baseball; etc.

Firstly: Baseball is fun to watch because it’s relaxing; you can do other stuff while you still follow the game. And, baseball is as American as it gets.

Secondly: For a change, the best two teams in the league have made it to the World Series. You’re not watching a great team and a not-so-great team. This time, the cream, the best of both the National League and the American league are facing off. They are pretty evenly matched and that will make for great games. I doubt (and I hope) that neither dominates or runs-off with it.

Thirdly: I’m (of course!) rooting for the Red Sox, but I don’t want to jinx them, so . . . I’ll blandly say something trite, such as, uh, “May the best team win.” Yeah, okay. Just so long as it’s the Boston Beards.

Go Red Soxs!

GeneralJeff Soyer on 21 Sep 2013 11:08 am

Always late to the party, I just discovered this video. Most of you have probably seen it. But, if you haven’t, here’s a bird’s eye view (thanks to a strapped-on camera) of what it’s like to be blessed with the (– with the one thing I’ve always been jealous of birds for –) ability to fly:

I’ve had dreams in which I’m flying or soaring. Sometimes I almost think that they are “out of body” or “astral-projection” incidents, but then the rational side of my brain wakes-up and makes me realize that, yes, it was just a cool fantasy provided by the Special FX-Team from my subconscious.

GeneralJeff Soyer on 19 Sep 2013 05:33 am

I guess that means we all have to go around sounding like IRS agents.

GeneralJeff Soyer on 11 Sep 2013 07:21 pm

I always have and there’s one going on right now here. As a kid, I’d sit on the porch and watch the ‘action’ with the noise and lightning strikes. The smell of ozone in the air and the beauty of the early evening sky lighting up with bolts shooting down. Okay, so I’m kinda’ weird. You already knew that.


Nothing more awesome!

Update Thursday: Me and my big mouth. It was an incredibly powerful storm, knocking down trees all over the place. We lost power for seven hours and internet still hasn’t been restored. Still, it was quite a sight with non-stop lightning and thunder.

GeneralJeff Soyer on 06 Sep 2013 06:41 pm

I just renewed my Alphecca.com domain, and the hosting of it, for another year. I guess you’re stuck with me for another 12-months. I launched Alphecca (live) in early October of 2002.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

GeneralJeff Soyer on 06 Sep 2013 06:55 am

Just in case you didn’t hear about this story:

A teenager operating a remote control helicopter in a New York City park has been struck in the head by it and killed.

True story: Back in the late 1970’s, a bunch of us were season ticket holders to the NY Jets, at Shea Stadium. This was during the insufferable Walt Michaels years . . . As distinguished from the current, insufferable Ryan years.

In one of the games, the half-time show featured off-beat design remote control planes and such. One of them was in the shape of a flying saucer. The operator lost control of the thing (maybe due to the swirling winds that always plagued that stadium) and it nose-dived right into the head of an attendee in the box seats, killing him instantly. There was a game delay while the ambulance gathered the poor soul and took him off the field.

Needless to say, a show like that didn’t ever happen again there.

GeneralJeff Soyer on 02 Sep 2013 04:06 am

I just spent the weekend visiting with family down in MA and now I’m back in Vermont. Hopefully your Labor Day weekend is going as pleasantly.

You know, I’ve always thought that a fitting tribute to workers would be a music video featuring the song Fanfare for the Common Man (the ELP rendition of Aaron Copeland’s great work) with simple images being superimposed upon each other every few seconds. The photos would be of all those who earn a living: Teachers, firefighters, farmers, loggers, construction workers, police, soldiers, miners, commercial fishermen, cooks, and so on.

Anyway, many of you probably still have to work today but hopefully you’ll receive some sort of extra compensation, even if it’s just a smile or thank you from a customer or your boss.

Happy Labor Day to all the “Makers,” as differentiated from all the “Takers” who depend upon us.

GeneralJeff Soyer on 27 Aug 2013 01:29 pm

I’ve had three emails today telling me about this story.

I wrote about it last Friday. It pays to stop by here every day.

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