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Iggy, the airline is as bad as the virus, albeit in different ways, and we get to take three of its flights each way! The flying Delta not only tells us about the federal mask mandate, but goes out of its way to tell us to raise the mask after each bite of food or sip of drink. So we have a whole day of totalitarian rule in front of us. Fortunately, we’ll be able to drink it away at dinner.
Please blame Delta rather than us. We can’t wait to see/meet everyone tomorrow and Saturday.
“I claim an equity violation. What about the West Coasters (and not the West Coast of FLA)?“ Matt, just stretch a bit. Caro and I are flying in from southern Utah, which takes three planes each way. We’d love to meet you.
Caro and ENRDV are planning on attending the November 6 JOM gathering in Port Charlotte.
Jane, Caro and I could probably get down there for your JOM party if it’s in the second half of October. Stephanie, if you have room for it, an induction cooktop runs off electricity, changes temperature as quickly as or quicker than gas burners, and is super easy to clean. The only hitch is that you have to use cooking utensils with iron in them, like stainless steel and cast iron. Induction is almost the perfect cooktop solution.
RE: Threadkiller st 2:52 today concerning Caro’s 2021/2121 error: That happened because she processed the graphics through a Dominion machine.
Toggle Commented Dec 25, 2020 on More Pardons at JustOneMinute
I usually say that, if I had a magic wand that I could use once for political purposes, I would remake the education system from kindergarten through graduate schools such that people learned both the history and meaning of the American founding, how to read, write, and do math, and the processes of learning, analyzing, reasoning, and acting. But, watching almost all of our governments mess up almost everything important, I now wonder if the better use of the wand wouldn’t be to force the implementation of my rule of what governments should do: Only those things that are 1) within their charters; 2) MUST be done by someone; and 3) can only be done by government. That would eliminate most government programs, let the private sectors of industry and charity take up the slack, and lead to much better, less costly results. Caro and I will discuss this with Lyle tomorrow night.
Toggle Commented Aug 29, 2020 on Please Let This Be A Slow News Day at JustOneMinute
I'm far from caught up, but saw some discussion of the show Deadwood. Caro and I just watched all three seasons, the first time for her and second for me. I have no idea whether it's historically accurate, but it's great entertainment drama, with tons of interesting and wonderfully acted characters, beautiful staging and costuming, and numerous, quite diverse, story lines. Thematically, it makes you think a lot about what good and evil really mean, and how complicated people can be. Now that we've finished it, we moved on to The Wire, another early HBO show, again the first time for Caro and second for me. Really superb stuff.
Toggle Commented Aug 2, 2020 on Biden's VP Pick at JustOneMinute
Following in Stephanie's great footsteps, I thought I'd post a joke that a friend in Scotland sent me: A little girl was leaning into a lion's cage. Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the collar of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her, all under the eyes of her screaming parents. A biker jumps off his Harley, runs to the cage and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch. Whimpering from the pain, the lion jumps back, letting go of the girl, and the biker brings the girl to her terrified parents, who thank him endlessly. A BBC reporter, Laura Kuenssberg, has watched the whole event. Laura, addressing the Harley rider says, "Sir, this was the most gallant and bravest thing I've seen a man do in my whole life.” The Harley rider replies, "Why, it was nothing, really. The lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger, and acted as I felt right.” Miss Kuenssberg "Well, I'll make sure this won't go unnoticed. I'm a BBC journalist, you know, and tomorrow's news will run this story. So, what do you do for a living, and what political affiliation do you have?” The biker replies "I'm a British Army veteran, a Conservative and I voted for Brexit”. The journalist leaves. The following morning the biker turns on BBC News to see if it indeed brings news of his actions. BBC Headline: RIGHT WING UK VETERAN ASSAULTS AFRICAN IMMIGRANT & STEALS HIS LUNCH. And THAT pretty much sums up the BBC's approach to the news these days.
Toggle Commented May 19, 2020 on If They Don't Indict, It's Alright! at JustOneMinute
As always, I'm never able to read everything on JOM, so I again might be posting something that's already been seen. A friend sent me a fabulous article from The Spectator UK about why there's no reasonable choice other than ending the lockdown. Hope it's not behind a paywall.
Toggle Commented May 11, 2020 on Happy Mother's Day at JustOneMinute
I haven’t been able to read much JOM in the last couple of weeks, so I apologize if someone has already posted a link to Mark Helprin’s National Review piece about how our government has failed us since the end of the Cold War, by refusing to plan for and confront various existential threats. My guess is that he somewhat overstates our weaknesses, but is directionally correct about our self-delusions and inadequate preparations and actions.
Toggle Commented May 5, 2020 on Catch-22 at JustOneMinute
I’m not close to caught up today, but, for those who are looking for 9mm self defense ammunition, Classic Firearms is selling PMC jacketed hollow points for $20 per box of 50. That’s a great price for self defense ammunition, especially in these days of shortages, but the caveat is that I’ve never shot it through my guns to check feeding reliability, and know nothing about its real world penetration or expansion. But I took a flier on a thousand rounds, because I’ve used its full metal jacket range ammunition for years, with good results. Do as you will.
Toggle Commented Apr 20, 2020 on Bracing For Another Week at JustOneMinute
The sentence below is from Holman Jenkins’ OpEd today in the WSJ today about the Wuhan Flu, and the unwillingness of the news media to explain, and the populace to understand, that lots of people have to get the bug before it will subside, and that the economy can’t be allowed to die in the meantime. But I particularly enjoyed his comment about CNN: "Because of the circumstances, I find myself watching CNN quite a bit lately. As usual, Donald Trump is a liar: CNN is much worse than he says. Surely this is somehow part of the problem too."
Jane, just tell Cookie that we are very arrogant, but only wish we were billionaires :-)
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2020 on Staggering Along at JustOneMinute
Jane, thanks for hosting Caro and me. We’re now at DFW, changing planes. Kiss Kiwi for us.
Toggle Commented Mar 11, 2020 on Staggering Along at JustOneMinute
Lyle, we haven’t succeeded in getting Jane to Park City. We wish you better luck with Boise. She must like humidity and bugs rather than dry and bug free :-) We’ll taunt her in person on Tuesday, bugs permitting!
Toggle Commented Mar 7, 2020 on Mulligan! at JustOneMinute
Porch, thanks for the good wishes to Caro and me. We know we’ll have a great time with Jane, and hope/expect to have a great time in Palm Beach. The latter will be a new experience for us in several ways.
Toggle Commented Mar 6, 2020 on Mulligan! at JustOneMinute
Jane, Caro and I are looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday. For what it’s worth, we have a Weber Spirit II grill which cost about $350 at Home Depot, and we like it a lot, other than the crappy system for catching grease. As for our meeting the President, it’s a buffet with 400 other paying guests, so we don’t even know if we’ll get to meet him. But we are eager to see and hear him in person, and at Mar-a-Lago no less! Details to follow. See you soon.
Toggle Commented Mar 6, 2020 on Mulligan! at JustOneMinute
We keep Lifestraws around in case the regular water supply disappears or goes bad. But our short-term solution would be the couple of cases of Blue Can Water we have, a product intended to be stable and safe for many years in 12 ounce cans.
Toggle Commented Feb 29, 2020 on That Went Well at JustOneMinute
City Journal has a fabulous debunking by John Tierney of the whole Ban Plastic movement at While I strongly dislike its physical look and layout, the magazine always has lots of great fact-based articles on liberal lunacy.
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2020 on That Went Well at JustOneMinute
JMH, I just saw your statement that you’ll continue our discussion on the old thread. I won’t have time to get back there. If you wish to ask further questions, please contact me via edwardnrobinson at Google’s favorite email service. Thanks.
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2020 on Late Night Corona Watch at JustOneMinute
Clarice at 10:20 As Caro said, you never know. A different articulation would be “Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it—wherever you are.” :-)
Toggle Commented Feb 24, 2020 on Late Night Corona Watch at JustOneMinute
I agree that handguns are easier for moving around the house, but we aren’t going to move from our bedroom if someone breaks in. No need to expose ourselves, since we don’t have kids in the house that we have to go protect. We’ll just point the (long) guns at the door, turn on their laser and light Crimson Trace devices, call the police, and then hold our ground. Carol’s pistol caliber carbine is a CMMG Banshee, with which we’re happy. If I were buying another, I’d probably get the Wilson Combat. Both guns use Glock magazines, which is a great overlap. We own both Glock 19’s and 43’s, and I agree that the 19’s are much easier to shoot, for the reasons both of you give. So I carry them when my back allows me to.
Thanks to Lyle and Extraneus. Another Bob’s solution is also a good one, though best if you practice at least a moderate amount, since handguns are harder to shoot accurately than light rifles. We love our Glock 19’s!
JMH, here comes more personal opinion, along with a few more facts. On the fact side: Your side by side will shoot buckshot just fine. I agree that an open bore, rather than a choked one, is better for self defense, but it’s not something to worry about. On the opinion side: I don’t like self defense weapons that hold only two rounds, because you don’t want to run out of ammunition, or have to reload, if bad guys are trying to hurt you. If you can afford it, buy something else for this purpose. Reasonable people can differ on the best choice, but Caro and I put carbines by our bed at night, while we carry 9 mm handguns while we’re up and about all day and night. The handguns carry 7-16 rounds, and the carbines hold 30-33. The carbines are easier to aim accurately, and have less recoil, as well as holding a lot of ammunition. That’s why we think they’re the best compromise for bedtime self-defense. Caro’s is a 9mm “pistol” carbine that is light and short; mine is a 5.56mm that is a little heavier and longer (and more powerful). Neither has meaningful recoil. So they’re much easier to shoot accurately and quickly than a handgun Whatever gun you have, keep it by the bed and fully loaded at night.. During the day, carry a fully loaded handgun that you like shooting and practicing with. Why require yourself to collect the gun and load it if you’re being threatened, when speed matters and panic can make you less competent? Let us know if you’d like more details.