"You think Russia's a threat now? Let me tell you about a little thing called the COLD WAR. They had nukes pointed at us for 20 years. You couldn't even skateboard to a blockbuster without getting nuked.
My friend Tommy went out to rent a copy of Gremlins and never came back. You know why?
At least, that's what my parents told me."
Interrogative whiskey tango foxtrot?
There are clowns with wrenches in Seattle:
An intoxicated man with a heavily bleeding head wound told Seattle Police Department officers a man dressed as a clown hit him with a wrench at a house party Saturday night in Maple Leaf.
There are clowns with... other weapons... in Illinois:
Two men dressed as clowns and armed with purple sex toys allegedly accosted an Illinois woman and her teenage daughter as they attempted to buy tickets to a haunted house, according to a lawsuit.
There are clowns stalking people in California:
Residents in the California towns of Bakersfield and Wasco have recently been plagued by stalking, scary clowns.
The clowns have appeared over the past few weeks, often at night. Sometimes people saw the clowns, staring at them silently from a street corner or darkened parking lot. Often, however, the clowns were photographed in front of various city landmarks, the images shared on social media. While most of the clowns held nothing more sinister than a creepy scowl and a handful of balloons, some have been seen photographed wielding large weapons such as machetes or baseball bats.
And the pièce de résistance, there are evil clowns terrorizing people in France:
A 14-year-old dressed as a clown was arrested on Monday near Paris for attempting to attack a woman, as a strange phenomenon of fake, evil clowns terrorising passers-by spreads in France.
Complaints have poured in recently over "armed clowns" wreaking havoc in various parts of the country, and police have detained several people dressed as the pranksters - some carrying pistols, knives and baseball bats.And, of course, the biggest clown of all:
Suddenly, all those other clowns don't seem nearly as scary.
I just finished reading "I Work For Bigfoot", three Dresden short stories available as part of the Urban Fantasy Story Bundle.
The bundle includes ebooks by David Farland, Elizabeth Bear, Carole Nelson Douglas, Rhiannon Palle and Kevin J. Anderson. You can pay what you want, but if you cough up $14 or more, you also get bonus ebooks from Vicki Pettersson, P. N. Elrod, Peter J. Wacks, Michael A, Stackpole and - of course - Jim Butcher.
So... yeah. I basically paid $20 to get three new Dresden short stories, and a bunch of other stuff that looks interesting.
Totally worth it.
Via Wintery Knight comes a link to a story about a concealed carry holder helping to stop an attempted rape.
There was one line in the story that kind of torqued me off, though.
Jessica Abels, who lives near the spot on Cronk Avenue near Illinois Avenue where the woman was found walking bloodied and naked, said she looked out the window when she heard a woman screaming for help around 2 p.m. Sept. 26.
She saw the woman jump out the window of a nearby vacant home, she said.
"Her eyes were all swollen and she had blood all over her and in her mouth," Abels said. "She was pretty messed up."
That's when the community jumped into action.
Several area residents offered the 21-year-old woman clothing and comfort while a man who holds a valid concealed pistols license ordered the suspect out of the house at gunpoint, according to Flint police.
Now, gather 'round and listen closely, ye who would claim to be reporters. I know that you have almost certainly been taught that "social justice" and "journalism" are effectively synonyms. However, now that you are actually out in the real world, and doing real reporting, please do us all a favor, put that attitude away on the shelf next to your diploma, and keep that SJW nonsense out of the freaking facts of the matter, will you?
The "community", whatever the heck you think that is, did not "jump into action".
Individual people saw what was happening. Each individual then made a personal decision to step up and do something.
I am pretty sure that things happened quickly enough in this case that the "community" was not involved at any point.
I sincerely doubt that a "community" meeting was called in order to reach consensus and collectively decide the proper course of action vis-a-vis this situation.
I will admit that I cannot be absolutely positive this was the case. However, I do believe the circumstantial evidence is on my side.
Note the complete lack of a hashtag campaign, for example. The absence of a slipshod protest against the dirty Koch Brothers and the notable absence of any "organizers" on the scene is a pretty good indication that the "community" was not involved.
Finally and most importantly, there is the simple fact that something was actually accomplished, which in my experience is a near-certain indication that the wonderfully ambiguous and amorphous "community" was not involved in any way, shape, or form.
"Community", my shiny metal... er.
Sorry. Channeled a bit to much of my inner Tam there.
I need to write this down, because I forget things sometimes, and I think what I heard today was important. Not to me, the time for me or almost anyone else alive on Earth today to make a difference has passed, but someone, somewhere might be able to make something of this, or at least find it helpful, or something. Once I'm done, I'm going to seal it up in a pipe, coat it in wax, and chuck it into the ravine. Maybe someday someone will read this, and try to put things together. If they're allowed to.
I'd love to start at the beginning, but I'm honestly not sure when the world started to end.
From Adroit Films comes "Regcession: How The EPA Is Destroying America":
The documentary makes clear that the Green Movement is a "big business" not a "big cause".
It is not only a big business for those directly involved in the Green Movement like solar and wind companies but it is also big business for the media; the politicians, their friends and their families; foreign countries; multi-national corporations (many of which brand themselves as American companies); and even American colleges and universities.
The use of the word regcession in this essay and in the documentary is not a mistake or a misspelling. It is a word we have created in an attempt to brand the economic decline in America as what it really is. America's economic decline is not a cyclical recession as the government would have us believe, but rather a 24 year reduction in American manufacturing jobs caused by excessive regulations. We know we are not experiencing a recession because recessions do not last for 24 years and they do not put countries 17 trillion dollars in debt. Ironically, not only are excessive nonsensical Environmental Protection Agency regulations bankrupting America and American citizens, they are also increasing worldwide pollution. All of this is occurring as the politicians hide the truth by producing flawed and misleading unemployment statistics, and by moving millions of Americans on to government assistance and out of the workforce.
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