Thoughts on Mass(holes) vs EPA
OK, the home state of the Senate's largest source of CO2 (Ted "Swimmer" Kennedy of Massachusetts-although fellow Masshole John Kerry is intent on taking the title from him, Kennedy is holding on on the strength of his career accumulation of hot air production) is suing the EPA is an attempt to force the EPA to regulate greenhouse gasses.
Have these slobbering idiots actually thought about this?
The most significant greenhouse gas is water vapor. Which is primary caused by surface evaporation from the world's oceans. So, if the Massholes win, they will what, force the EPA to tell the Sun to stop evaporating standing water on Earth? Um, yeah, OK, whatever. Just because government bureaucrats think they're gods, doesn't make them gods.
OK, on to the greenhouse gas they're really after-CO2. When you exhale, you exhale CO2. So, if the Massholes win, does that mean the EPA will be telling people (and every other land animal) when they can and can't breathe?
And a final note to all you global warming twits: When there are Vikings farming again on Greenland and it's still getting warmer, then maybe I'll start listening to you.
It was snowing when I got up this morning. Not much, as you can see, but then again, we don't get huge amounts here.
This tree was actully my Christmas tree in 2002. Doing quite well. Hopefully this week I'll get the lights put on it.
Something Else to Get DiFi's Panties in a Bunch
The MGI Modular System-an AR type lower featuring interchangable magwells.
Here's a standard .223 AR magwell:
And the AK magwell:
Now, according to the discussion thread at ARF.com, in order to use the AK mags, it requires use of their special upper and bolt carrier (due to the size of the AK mags), which doesn't include barrels. The good news is, according to the company rep, it's designed to allow drop-in and out use of standard AR barrels, but you're still looking at over $2k for a complete rifle that'll do both .223 and 7.62x39. But if you want to add 6.8 SPC and/or 6.5 Grendel, you're only looking at new barrels and mags, not complete uppers. And apparently magwells in .308 (M14 mags) and .45 ACP (M3 Greasegun mags) are on the way, possibly the SHOT 2007.
I can hear my credit card whimpering.
Another Person You Should Know
From the SF Chronicle: The former director of neurotrauma the the UCSF Medical School joined the Navy
If Dr. Martin Holland had his way, he'd be in Iraq right now. In Fallujah or Ramadi or Baghdad. Up to his elbows in blood and brain matter, operating on Marines and soldiers with severe head injuries.
As it happens, it's unlikely the doctor will find himself hovering over a battlefield operating table. But he has a strong desire to serve -- to do something for the troops suffering severe combat injuries. Instead of teaching residents and interns how to stop intracranial bleeding in San Francisco, Holland is wearing Navy whites and operating on sailors and Marines in San Diego.
Holland is not an 18-year-old who joins the Marines fresh out of high school. He's 44, and he quit a prestigious job as director of neurotrauma at UC San Francisco. But there are similarities: Both put aside personal lives to enlist in the military.
They also serve who stand and operate.
"When I was a kid, I loved stories about knights in shining armor," he said. "There was something very appealing about the ideals of honor, courage and all that kind of stuff.
"The only thing I saw in the modern world that was even close to that code of chivalry was, one, the military, and two, was medicine with the Hippocratic oath."
When Holland joined, he asked to be sent to Iraq. As it happened, the Navy had pulled its neurosurgeons from Iraq. At one time, there were many from all the services because there are so many head wounds there. The head wound is the signature wound in Iraq because the vast majority of injuries come from roadside bombs. Even those troops who escape shrapnel suffer traumatic brain injury from the intensity of the blast, which will rattle a brain inside the skull.
The only real issue, he said, concerns academia. In a university setting, doctors conduct research and write about it. Holland might not do much of that in the Navy, he said, which might put him slightly behind other doctors at teaching hospitals. But, he said, Holland's vast experience and technical knowledge will be in demand today, three years from now and forever.
Note to the Navy: please re-think pulling your docs from Iraq. Our Soldiers and Marines could use Dr. Holland. And he'd probably come up with a bunch of ideas to publish from front line hospital experience, too-ideas that could help keep those troops alive.