Who Reads The Watchmen? 
2009.03.09 15:04 - Entertainment, Comics, Movies
I haven't been to the theater yet to see Watchmen. I'm expecting to be somewhat disappointed based on the magnitude of the hype and on my experience with the book itself. As far as it goes, I thought Squadron Supreme had a better foundation, and that Kingdom Come was Squadron Supreme with better writing and art.

Watchmen, its value as a cultural artifact aside, has always left me ... lukewarm, I guess. The art's interesting, the comic is compelling in its way, but the conclusion and certain of the key, underlying assumptions don't work for me and the result seems hollow. Maybe it made more sense in the 1980's, when the Cold War was a going concern and we worried more about WWIII being one very hot, very short exchange of extreme hostilities, rather than a long, tedious struggle against religious extremists.

In the end, though, Watchmen, the comic book, seems to me mostly a story about a paranoid, sociopathic right-winger and a nebbish with a costume fetish losing out against New Progressive Man and a literal Man of Science. Honestly, it's a hard story to like. As for spoilers: Watchmen was published in 1986. There's a statute of limitations on this stuff.

For a bit more in this vein, check out Peeve Farm, and the Will Collier review linked there.
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One to Think About 
2009.03.03 09:10 - News and Politics
Leaving aside the question of the sort of person that makes $250K or more in a single year, it's worth noting that, as taxes rise, people will go to greater lengths to avoid paying them.

Companies are about the same way, of course: at the some point, the cost of the fancy accounting is sufficiently low relative to the effective tax rate that it makes sense to look at tax shelters and what-not.

All of this is one reason I kind of expect for tax receipts to actually be down farther next year than a linear extrapolation based on the economy would suggest. Perhaps I will be regaled with exhortations for everyone to do their part as is their duty to their country.

Link stolen from The Corner, which is really the last bit of pure political anything I still read.
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Republican Congress in 4 ... 3 ... 2... [UPDATED] 
2009.02.26 13:35 - Guns, Magpul Masada/Bushmaster ACR, News and Politics
So, Obama and Holder want to renew the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban that, last I heard, accomplished nothing beneficial except to help fuel the 1994 Republican takeover of the House of Representatives. (Certainly, the 94 ban's effect on the crime rate is extremely debatable.) Allegedly, banning semi-automatic rifles and carbines with pistol grips will somehow prevent the smuggling of automatic weapons across the border to Mexico.

That's really special, guys.

I'm not really convinced that a new AWB will in any way guarantee GOP success in 2010. It's not going to hurt, though, and it's going to make an awful lot of those Blue Dogs elected in 2006 look like chumps if it passes.

Dammit, Bushmaster! Where is my ACR?

[Update: Nancy Pelosi seems to be saying this is not going to happen. I wouldn't bet on it going quite the way she says, but it's nice to see some indication that the Democrats have learned something from the 1994 election.]
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Okay. This interests me. 
2009.02.19 20:51 - Toys, Pens
Pilot MU/M90

Limited edition, but it seems like it might be fairly affordable.
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So, I have the attention span of a gnat. 
2009.02.17 15:43 - Guns
This entry promises forthcoming details.

Details: I purchased an AR-15 and a Saiga-12. The Saiga-12 is, essentially, a semi-automatic AK-47 set up for use as a 12-gauge shotgun. The AR's a Stag, for those who care.
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