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A Death in the “Family”

Posted by lex, on December 17, 2008

 

We’re friends here. Those we’ve met, and those we’ve yet to meet. Those whom we agree with, and those we set at hammers and tongs.

Jim Cannon was a friend of ours. Guy Cannon’s son. He wrote at least 191 times here to share his viewpoints with us, under the flag of “Jim C.” The last time was four days ago.

Hosted a blog of his own. One of his last entries went thus:

Well, after a lengthy stay in the hospital I’m finally home. I spent about two weeks on the ventilator.  It’s going to be a slow return to normal posting. Please bear with me.

That was on the 8th of November.

Tonight I got an email from Kris, in New England:

Lex – thought you might want to know that blogger Jim Cannon – of Thinking Right – and a frequent commenter at your site, passed away suddenly yesterday the 15th.  He had recently been hospitalized for Guillain Barré Syndrome problems (he wrote about them on your blog in a comment some months ago) and had emailed me over the weekend that he was working hard and fighting to get back to health again.  He was in his early 30s.

Grieve with us.

 

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Y’ oughta Need a License

Posted by Lex, on December 17, 2008

 

Before you’re allowed to have children:

The father of 3-year-old Adolf Hitler Campbell, denied a birthday cake with the child’s full name on it by one New Jersey supermarket, is asking for a little tolerance. Heath Campbell and his wife, Deborah, are upset not only with the decision made by the Greenwich ShopRite, but with an outpouring of angry Internet postings in response to a local newspaper article over the weekend on their flare-up over frosting.

Too stupid to breed.

 

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Ned Kelley’s bones

 

Posted by lex, on March 9, 2008

 

One chaotic night in Tsim Sha Shui back in 1987 or ‘89 – I misremember – your correspondent and fifty or so of his closest friends found themselves in a watering hole y-clept “Ned Kelly’s Last Stand.” Parched by the heat and street dust endemic to that part of the Mysterious Orient, they took it upon themselves to set everything in order, not only because of the salutary effects of measured portions of ale and other strong spirits to the vital organs, but also because thirst is a terrible thing.

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High standards

Posted by lex, on December 4, 2008

 

Oz is attempting a novel approach to ensuring quality legislation:

Politicians in an Australian state could be breathalysed before voting after reports of bad behaviour by MPs.

In the latest incident, New South Wales MP Andrew Fraser resigned from his frontbench role after shoving a female MP after attending a Christmas party.

In September, state police minister Matt Brown resigned after allegedly dancing in his underpants at a drunken party in his parliamentary office.

Several MPs have now backed a proposal to supply breath test kits.

“Honestly, if you are going to have breathalysers for people driving cranes you should have breathalysers for people writing laws,” New South Wales Greens MP John Kaye told the Sydney-based Daily Telegraph newspaper.

Only think of the reduction in silly bills coming out of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts over the years,  had this sensible plan been in effect.

 

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Stay in school

By lex, on November 8, 2008

 

I don’t care how hard it is. I don’t care how much they’re paying down at the Dairy Queen.

 

stay in school

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Elliot Mess

Posted by Lex, on March 11, 2008

 

It is not often that the editorial pages of the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal arrive to the same conclusion, but they’ve done so today even after having traveled differing routes. The WSJ characterizes New York governor Elliot Spitzer’s recent woes as an inevitable example of unchecked power and prosecutorial ambition:

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Credo – Neptunus Lex

While perusing the Wayback Machine scouring Lex posts that I thought should be re-introduced, I noticed these on the side of his page. Thought it would be nice to reintroduce these, too. 

-Editor 

CREDO

“Sign on, young man, and sail with me. The stature of our homeland is no more than the measure of ourselves. Our job is to keep her free. Our will is to keep the torch of freedom burning for all. To this solemn purpose we call on the young, the brave, the strong, and the free. Heed my call, Come to the sea. Come Sail with me.”

— John Paul Jones

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“Pardon him, Theodotus; he is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature”

–George Bernard Shaw, “Caesar and Cleopatra”

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“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”

–Friedrich Nietzsche

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“A kind Providence has placed in our breasts a hatred of the unjust and cruel, in order that we may preserve ourselves from cruelty and injustice. They who bear cruelty, are accomplices in it. The pretended gentleness which excludes that charitable rancour, produces an indifference which is half an approbation. They never will love where they ought to love, who do not hate where they ought to hate.”

–Edmund Burke

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“Μολὼν λαβέ”

— Leonidas

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“Blogito Ergo Sum”

— Neptunus Lex

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Little Things

Posted by Lex, on October 3, 2008

 

I have been much entranced, in my off moments, flying the odd instrument approach here in the San Diego region on my laptop computer, using the X-Plane 9 software I’d recently purchased. Feeling a tetch rusty on the gauges, I was, what with my ATP check ride receding in the distance and nothing but the occasional VFR hop about to keep my hand in. Never having been entirely comfortable with that whole dual VOR gas, nor all those flip-flop com/nav stacks. Having been raised on TACANs at first, liberally augmented over time with digital moving maps and GPS-aided inertial navigation systems.

Farewell to all that.

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Don’t Try This At Home

Posted by Lex, on October 5, 2008

 

It’s not West Virginia in 1948. And you’re not Chuck Yeager.

“Frank Knight had just announced that Capt. Chuck Yeager was going to fly over,” Kelley said. “I didn’t see a plane in the sky. I looked east, below the horizon, about where the Capitol is, and I saw a plane.

“I actually had to look down to see it. That’s how low it was. I thought, ‘Oh, my goodness!’”

He watched that jet fly right under the South Side Bridge.

The jet did a victory roll and roared out of sight.

“The crowd went nuts.”

“We all just looked at each other open-mouthed in disbelief,” said Boggs. “Then there was a swell of applause. By then, Yeager was probably halfway to Cincinnati.”

The press never broke the tale, and an unmolested Yeager went on to break the Mach 2.0 record and command fighter squadrons, among other achievements. That was back in the time when the US press could be in the tank for a military veteran and war hero.

Times change.

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What Happens When Your Fire Nine Sixteen-inch Guns Simultaneously?

Posted by lex, on October 14th, 2008

You move sideways. *

Update: Actually, you don’t as it turns out. It just looks that way.

(H/T to Galrahn, who actually had a serious point to make.)

* Link changed 03-25-08 – Ed.

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