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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.


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

GeneralJeff Soyer on 23 Dec 2013 04:59 am

I remember that in the comments to a post a couple of weeks ago, someone mentioned Die Hard as their favorite Christmas Movie. Then, yesterday, I read an article about how the original Home Alone was making a comeback as a Christmas Movie. Earlier this morning, on Red Eye Radio, they were discussing . . . Christmas Movies.

Well alrighty then. My own personal favorite (I have it on VHS, yes, some of us still have one of those) is The Bishop’s Wife, 1947, starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young, and David Niven. Carry Grant is an angel sent to Earth at Christmas time to remind Niven (a church Bishop) about what is really important in life. It’s a romantic comedy and delightful to watch.

Get on Amazon or Netflix and check it out. Don’t be fooled by the recent remake called The Preacher’s Wife. Go for the original; it’s how movies used to be made.

Related: A post of mine from two-years-ago about the best toys you got as a kid.

GeneralJeff Soyer on 18 Dec 2013 07:32 am

It’s another gay gun nut.

Related: More at Twitchy.

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.

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