This should make the prez election results interesting.

Iran has issued a warrant for the arrest of Trump and 35 others, for the killing of Soleimani, Iran’s ex-bossman for terror ops.

In the old days, when I still had hope for America, this would just be good for a chuckle. But we’ve entered the Crazocracy, which makes Heinlein’s “Crazy Years” look like short, well-behaved house party. But I think that education, reasoning ability, impulse control, schizophrenia, et al have irreversibly devolved to the point that…

Should Trump lose to whomever Dementia Boy Gropin’ Joe’s sock puppet handler turns out to be, there is a very strong possibility that the inbred idiots who believe that saying bad things about Trump makes them true, will extradite Trump to Iran.

They won’t consider the fact that Soleimani was a combatant conducting military operations. They won’t consider the impact on future foreign policy, or peacekeeping operations. They won’t consider the fact that the Iranian government hates America, not just Trump, and this won’t pacify them. They won’t consider the fact that they’ll establish the precedent that they in turn can be extradited for hurting some enemy country’s feelz. All that will count is Orange Man bad, get him!.

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Demon Summoning 101

Via David Codrea, I ran across an interesting little “children’s” book, A Children’s Book of Demons (paid referral link).

Don’t want to take out the trash tonight? Maybe you’re swimming in homework? Perhaps that big bully is being a real drag? Well grab your coloured pencils and sigil drawing skills and dial up some demons! But be careful, even if these spirits are more silly than scary they are still demons.

I have to admit, while I haven’t read it (it’s out of stock), I disapprove. It might even be a funny read. For grownups.

But this book is marketed for “Age Range: 5 – 10 years.” I think the last thing parents should be encouraging in small children is the idea that they can and should be calling up evil beings to prank and torment people just for the hell of it, without consequences.

Not that I think there’s a danger of kids actually summoning demons. I’d be vert surprised if any of those “spells” is at all effective. But I really don’t want them taking the concept and applying more effective summonings. Because there are some.

Here’s one:

Material Component: One cash-purchased, pre-paid cell phone.

You’ll need the true name and location of your target. Then you “dial up” 9-1-1, and speak the magical incantation:

Yeah, yeah. This is [target’s true name]. I just killed them all! And when the effing cops get here, I’ll get them, too. ‘Cause I’m tired of their shit, harassing me all the damned time.

911: Sir, what is your location?

You know where I’m at! Your cops are always watching me. Now I’m watching back.

911: Sir, I need your address.

I’m at [target’s address], and you know it!

And demons promptly appear and wreak your vengeance on the poor sucker.

That’s why I disapprove of the book. It teaches kids that inflicting the forces of evil on other folks, without placing themselves at risk — no consequences — is just clean fun.

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Apparently I am a machinegun attack survivor

Who knew?

This 18-Year-Old Mass Shooting Survivor Is Running For Office — And Someone Just Tried To Stab Him
Guns are something McClinton thinks about a lot. After surviving a mass shooting near his church in May 2016, he helped to organize the March for Our Lives Houston rally, where 15,000 people turned out in Texas to protest gun violence.

For professional reasons, I try to stay informed on mass shootings, but I was drawing a blank on a 2016 church mass shooting in Texas. But I finally found it; a gas station at Wycliffe and Memorial Drive in Houston. Doesn’t sound a lot like a church. How “near” was he? Continue reading

Chemical Warfare

Pharmaceutical fentanyl dosages are measured in micrograms. 288 micrograms should be sufficient to make a user feel pretty good all day.

Let’s say a major illegal drug supplier wants to boost product potency by lacing his whatever with bootleg fentanyl. Our hypothetical supplier is major, so he — through a network of distributors and street dealers — has one million end users.

That calls for one million 288mcg doses. That’s 288 grams. But he wants to keep enough on hand for 30 days of operations. More than that and he has too much tied up in inventory overhead, and risks losing it in a bust. 8,640 grams; 8.64 kilos.

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