Please Post Your Off-Topic and General Interest Items Here

Please Post Your Off-Topic and General Interest Items Here.

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Please Post Your Off-Topic and General Interest Items Here — 51 Comments

  1. Bill, are you tracking the reports of a major Israeli mobilization underway right now. Apparently, more activity then anytime in the last couple of decades. I sense the middle east is in for some more ‘interesting times.’

  2. I only really comment to confirm that my order through your gateway registered. Not so I can get your attention, just so that you know that it’s there, and if there is a problem we can fix it.

    I bought an AC, I hope it registers, if it doesn’t I will contact amazon.

  3. Yes an Air Conditioner, and one the weather radio, and some cooking utensils.

    And Very cute guys. HAR HAR 🙂

    I just figure that if I am gonna make a point of patronizing a particular associate, I want that associate to get the the vig. No reason the evil Corporations should get it all right? Right?

  4. I got another one of those auto-ads today.

    here’s the URL, slightly redacted so the blog software hopefully won’t turn it into a link:
    http sponsor adverstitial com/view/advertisement?loc=55173&adv=2596013&camp=608468&w=300&h=250&rnd=2830180722099050275

    I was at Insty’s site, then I typed in in the address bar, and then when I was middle-clicking comment links to open new tabs, the browser redirected itself to the site above. When I hit back, it went, not to your home page, but to Insty’s, which means that they’re using Javascript to mess with the browser history.

        • Well, I was going to leave that alone, but razorbacker has re-entered the frey, so I really must weigh in with my bit of wisdom:

          Obviously he was searching for something for his girlfriend to sit on. The search on “sheep furniture” took him to this strange byway.

          • What the real question is, is…who amongst us has so little intellectual curiosity as to see the words ‘sheep’ and ‘furniture’ all bunched up together that way and not look to see.

            And, just so you know, you are missing the financial opportunity of a lifetime. I mean, I’m going to be farting through silk before the year’s end, fellows. Sitting on easy street. I’ll have enough money to burn a wet mule.

            Yes, the market for blow-up dolls in the Islamic countries may never have solidified, but let’s see ’em leave these little beauties unused.

            I’ll bet they laughed at Robert Fulton when he invented the cotton gin, too.
            Or Eli Whitney and his steamship. Or Orville and Wilbur when they invented microwave popcorn. Some people are just ahead of their times, and all the little minds can do is stare in slack-jawed wonder.

  5. did a few pissant purchases, which should help with your total order percentage, wait till monday for my other pissants?

    MY landlord liked the work I did with the AC so much he will pay full price on the same item, which means like 43 for you rather than 27, if you are in upper tier, and I need some LED lightbulbes, and finishing nails, some high tinsile hext drivers.

    I reckon, this will be a decent month for you.

  6. any particular rec’s on some go gear? I thought about it a few times, but never started to act on it till the Deep Freeze this year, and when “the world exploded” in may, so now I decided I need at least some BASIC go gear. Food, I’m generally good on, but a alternative fuel hotplate/grill, broad area lighting, and simple things, like the “John Waynes” I already purchased.

    Right now, I want to focus on the small stuff, the big stuff, specifically guns, you won’t get a commission for.

  7. I am trying to write describing a certain polilair. I have used the phrase, ‘lying sack of shit’, but upon reflection I fear that I will be unfair to liars, sacks, and shit.

    What to do, what to do?

    Can anyone recommend a substitute phrase?

    • Mmm-m-m-

      How ’bout “poorly-prevaricatin’ mess o’ monkey-shit”?…

      That’ll take care of the container aspect (since there’s none directly referenced), and pretty well deals with the shit aspect (hard to be really “unfair” to monkey-shit; only type that’s lower-order is fish- and/or whale-shit [and we all know where that’s located, right?], even monkeys have only small tolerance for it, only generally use it to throw at people, other monkeys, etc.) –

      The “liar” part’s a bit trickier; ’bout the only thing I think you can do there is to clearly disparage this particular example of the breed. Thereby, the “poorly-” part.

      I’ll think on it a bit, maybe get back to you…8-)

  8. Via Insty:

    Examiner: Will there be “support services” for the accused? Will there be someone on campus providing them with information on what they can do to provide for their own defense? Will they be informed of their rights, and will those rights be under the law (due process) or under campus rules?

    Conant: This bill does not address this issue.

  9. Submitted my ballot for the Hugo Awards last night. You know what was fun? Rereading the stuff from 1939. Oh sure, I already owned all of the novels and most of the short stories, novellas and novellets from the packet, but it was nice to get reacquainted with them.

    What wasn’t fun? Noticing just how much the quality of writing had fallen since then. Compare the 1939 slate with the one from this year and, absent a couple of notable exceptions (Warbound), the current crop is of substantially lower quality. It felt good to offer “No Award” for a bunch. To be honest, I didn’t put a single short story on this year’s list on the ballot, as I didn’t think any of them were worthy of consideration. “No award” was my only vote in that category.

    So, did anyone else participate this year? The participating member fee was worth it just to receive the voter’s packets of material.

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