Everybody Needs Good Kitchen Knives
Bill Quick

The heart of any good kitchen is a knife. It may only be one – I’ve often said I could rebuild civilization with little more than a good ten inch chef’s knife. If you’re serious about cooking, you’ll probably end up with a lot more than one, but you really can get by with just one good chef’s knife. If you want a set, though, that is a heck of a good deal on that set of forged Henkels up at the top right side there. It’s not the trendiest cutlery, but it’s hella good German steel, and not so long ago it was a good as you could get. A lot of die-hards think it still is.

That sharpener? It’s the one I’ve used for years. No fuss, no muss, works great. And trust me – you do want to keep your knives sharp.

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Also of interest (I have a whole collection of Shun knives):

What Sort of Thugs Would Beat Up An Honors Student, Then Steal His Clothes and Shoes? Yep….
Bill Quick

Four arrested for brutal attack of N. Ridgeville teen – 19 Action News|Cleveland, OH|News, Weather, Sports

NORTH RIDGEVILLE, OH (WOIO) –

Four males will be facing a judge on Monday for a vicious attack on an honor student last month. The recent arrests have the victim and his family breathing a sigh of relief.  

On Friday, officers from the North Ridgeville Police Department, along with the U.S. Marshal’s Northeast Ohio Violent Fugitive Taskforce, arrested three males in connection with the felonious assault and robbery of a 16-year-old boy on Aug. 9. Detectives with the North Ridgeville Police Department were assisted during the course of the investigation by officers from the Lorain County Sheriff’s Department and the Lorain Police Department. The investigation revealed that this was a random act of violence and the victim had no connection to any of the suspects involved.
 
While walking home from the city’s Corn Festival, the teen was approached by a group of males who asked for his phone memory card. They ended up punching and kicking him. The suspects then took off with his money, clothes and shoes.
 
Why, yes.  Yes, of course they were:
 
 
 
 
 
You’re shocked, right?
 
As if them stealing his clothes and shoes wasn’t a dead giveaway.
 
I’m glad these guys likely never experienced a “spanking” in their lives.  They might have turned out to be violent, stupid criminals otherwise.

Dumbasses
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We live with a government that has no commonly agreed upon procedure for dealing with militant Islam, but can do six pages on how to make s’mores. I’m not linking to it, it’s embarrassing enough that I had to pay some lackwit to write it. You can find it, if you want. Think of it as a treasure hunt.

But it can’t really do six pages on how to make s’mores. It ain’t that complicated, making s’mores. You have graham crackers, chocolate bars, and marshmallows…you know what? Put ‘em together as best you know how; the worst that you can do is still gonna taste pretty awesome. It’s one of those little things in life that are damn near unfuckupable.

No, what government can do is six pages of how to screw up s’mores until you’d just as soon not even bother. You might as well stay in the house and watch TV. That’s what government can do, and if I’m lying then I’m dying. If you’re looking to mess up a good time, then try doing it the government-approved way.

Demonstratively unable to turn a profit with liquor, whores, or gambling and yet they still feel qualified to tell you how to live. In order to be government-approved, that is. Dumbasses.

Nancy “Show Me Your Travel Papers, Comrade” Pelosi On the Serfing of America
Bill Quick

Moe Lane » Tweet of the Day, Nancy Pelosi Thinks That Americans Are Serfs Bound To The Land edition.

Marvel at the wisdom of the woman who the Democratic party is officially committed to making Speaker of the House again:

 

…Having worked in New York while living in New Jersey, I can say with some authority: madam, you are smoking the crack. Relative tax burdens are in fact a factor that goes into deciding where to live. It’s why people move to the suburbs. It’s why people find a job in a place where property taxes are lower. It’s why some people commute for two hours just to get to work.  Then again, considering just how massive a beneficiary of privilege Nancy Pelosi is – it’s amazing what being the child of a Maryland political family can do for your public policy career, yes? – we should just be grateful that she didn’t call us ‘peasants.’

It’s just San Fran Nan Pelosi indulging in some wishful thinking, envisioning a California where it would somehow be illegal for residents to move out of state and take their extortionate tax and fee payments with them.

 

 

Oh, I See – NOW Is the Time to Prepare for Ebola
Bill Quick

CDC issues Ebola checklist: ‘Now is the time to prepare’ | WashingtonExaminer.com

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, warning hospitals and doctors that “now is the time to prepare,” has issued a six-page Ebola “checklist” to help healthcare workers quickly determine if patients are infected.

While the CDC does not believe that there are new cases of Ebola in the United States, the assumption in the checklist is that it is only a matter of time before the virus hits home.

For example, one part reads: “Encourage healthcare personnel to use a ‘buddy system’ when caring for patients.” Another recommends a process to report cases to top officials:

Eh, what? Wasn’t it just the other day that anybody suggesting that Ebola might become a domestic threat was dismissed as a kook? Why, the science was settled, settled, I tell you.

My own prepper mindset has always told me to hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.  Because, as recent experience with a certain American president should inform you, hope is a most slender reed upon which to hang your health, safety, and the lives of you and yours.

Would you be able to go several weeks without leaving your home on a moment’s notice?  Say, on the imposition of an emergency quarantine on your neighborhood?

Something to think about.

Emergency Water Purifiers and Tablets at Amazon
Bill Quick

Water Purifiers at Amazon

Would you be able to keep yourself supplied with pure water if your local water plant shut down for any reason? I would.

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Libertarians, Force, Fraud, and the Power of the State
Bill Quick

As sometimes happens in conversations here on the blog, something gets me thinking along paths I haven’t previously considered. In this case, the libertarian/Randian reliance on the non-aggression clause and the ceding of the legitimate use of force to the state. (Rand was willing at one point to ban firearms in private hands on the notion that you just couldn’t have people deciding to shoot other people for any reason).

In response to Afred Centauri, I said this yesterday:

California Brutally Limits Sacred Right of Business to Fuck You Over – Libertarians Outraged | Daily Pundit

By the way – have you ever given any thought to the notion that clauses like this might easily be considered the initiation of force or fraud against the unalienable right of freedom of speech? I believe it was you who once asked if you could unilaterally contract away an unalienable right.

And I awakened this morning to find that the notion had been developing itself while I was sleeping.

So:

Under both Randian and Libertarian principles, a person who initiates force or fraud is likely a criminal, and one of the few legitimate functions of the state is to stop them from doing so – by using force, if necessary.

Now, if a business serving the public bars people of a certain race (or religion, or political belief) from purchasing its services, can this not be considered either the initiation of force merely by proclaiming the ban, or fraud – by claiming to serve the public while not actually, you know, serving the public?

And what about the deliberate concealment of legal “contracts” (a form of lawfare) in massive TOS agreements that infringe upon, or even negate entirely, a human’s unalienable rights of one sort or another? Is that not a form of fraud?

And would not the state legitimately be required to act to stop such things?

One more observation: Libertarians think that “market forces” are sufficient to counter these forms of force or fraud. In doing so, they implicitly admit that force should be applied, even to the point of forcing the miscreants out of business and into poverty. That given, the horror some Libertarians express over any use of force by anybody against anybody else (or by the state against anybody) rings hollow. They aren’t actually Libertarians. They are pacifist anarchists.

Just tossing it out there. Alfred will likely have a much more reasoned reply than this conjecture is.

Rules for the Ruling Class
Bill Quick

Senate has a secret book of rules

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate has for years lived by a secret book of rules that governs everything from how many sheets of paper and potted plants each Senate office is allotted to when Senators can use taxpayer money to charter planes or boats.

The document has never been available to the public — until now.

USA TODAY has obtained and is making available on our website a copy of the 380-page U.S. Senate Handbook, which describes itself as “a compilation of the policies and regulations governing office administration, equipment and services, security and financial management.”

U.S. Senate Handbook:
Table of Contents (PDF)
Part I: Administration (PDF)
Part I: Appendices (PDF)
Part II: Equipment and Services (PDF)
Part IV: Financial Management (PDF)
Part IV: Appendices (PDF)

I suspect there is an immense well of bitter entertainment contained within these pages.

Let England Collapse: Much Of It Should Be Dangling From Lamp Posts Anyway
Bill Quick

Instapundit » Blog Archive » DEMOCRACY, OPEN IMMIGRATION, MULTICULTURALISM: PICK ANY TWO. The England That Is Forever Pakistan:…

According to the official report published in August, there were an estimated 1,400 victims. And they were, in the main, poor and vulnerable white girls, while the great majority of perpetrators were men, mainly young men, from the town’s Pakistani community. Shaun Wright, the police commissioner who was responsible for children’s services in Rotherham, appeared before Parliament after his refusal to resign over the scandal. The scandal has cost both the chief executive and the leader of the council their jobs, and four Labour Party town councilors have been suspended.

He refuses to resign, and they can’t seem to find any way to fire or prosecute him.  Welcome to the Ruling Class state the progressives have in mind for the United States.

This is why we have a Second Amendment.  In America, one hopes that one of the parents of a raped girl would shoot this bastard dead in the street, and then find himself set free by the right of juries to judge the law as well as the crime – jury nullification, in other words.

Our Framers gave us many tools with which to resist, and even crush, tyranny.  What they didn’t – and couldn’t – give us was the courage and intelligence to make use of them to their full extent.

When Narratives Melt Down
Bill Quick

Articles: Crazy Things Progressives Believe

Oddly it appears we are counting mostly on Iran’s help in Syria and Saudi Arabia’s in Iraq although I had thought they were major enemies of each other and certainly no reliable allies of ours….

If this is true, it’s hard to imagine a more ass-backwards strategy.  Iran is threatened by ISIL in Iraq and Syria.  Saudi Arabia helped create ISIL, in order to use it to threaten Iranian interests in Iraq and Syria.

Apparently Obama is not only incapable of naming the enemy, he’s incapable of describing the world in which it exists.

 

Have You Read My New Bestseller, Lightning Fall: A Novel of Disaster, Yet?
Bill Quick

Lightning Fall: A Novel of Disaster has become a category best-seller at Amazon, with dozens of four and five star reader reviews, as well as a great reception from MSM book reviewer and bloggers. It’s available in both Kindle ebook and paperback formats.

I urge you to give it a try. At $3.99 for nearly 700 pages of high adventure, triumph, and tragedy, what do you have to lose?

This Time Let the Shia Death Squads Finish the Job
Bill Quick

David Haines beheading video comes after claims special forces are on Jihadi John’s tail | Mail Online

How many more will Jihadi John be allowed to kill before we get him? Latest beheading video comes after days of claims special forces are ‘closing in’

Who cares?  This guy is a symptom, not the problem.  The problem is that militant Islam is at war with us, and we don’t seem to understand that simple fact.

Although I think it would be satisfying if some public-spirited Shia Death Squad made a high-def video featuring a star turn from “Beatle John.”.

At Amazon: Kitchen Aid Stand Mixers, Slow Cooker Sale, Last Minute Gift Cards
Bill Quick

Deals on Kitchen Aid Stand Mixers – The Best Non-Commercial Mixer You Can Buy

Take Half Off On Slow Cookers

Pressed for Time? Gift Cards From Every Store You Can Think Of

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