Month: June 2023

Cascade: The Fallen Republic: Book One.

I heard about this book from Michael Bane and decided to give it a chance. I am two thirds in and I am pissed off because I cannot longer dismiss that line of thought as a wild fantasy, especially after the last 4 or 5 years.
It is not about zombies; it is much much worse: Thirst for absolute power and control

The story is more than feasible, it not an “if” but “bet your ass it will happen.” Cascade: The Fallen Republic: Book One eBook : Tarr, James: Kindle Store


What Happened to the Books?

B.L.U.F.: Stop f*cking with the books, gezus.

The big news on the left right now (aka when I wrote this a couple of weeks ago) is the drama ensuing from “book bans” happening in Florida and other southern states. I want to talk about this, and other book stuff, because it’s important. Just to be clear, in this missive I am referring to book bans as “books removed from circulation and unavailable to anyone in a state/country”… books pulled from the shelves and being held, or simply held books, as books that have been flagged by someone and that are currently being vetted, but have not yet been removed… and removed books, which are books that have been vetted and deemed inappropriate in some way, and which will not be returned to the library.

I’m an author. I write a variety of things, but in the fiction world, I write occult and fantasy fiction. My books do not belong in schools. They are not child friendly, for the most part. While I’ve allowed my kids to read my books, because I know my kids and I know the books, that does not mean that all kids should read my books. That decision is best left to the adults in their lives, perhaps with input from the kids as they get older.

First and foremost, there are no book bans going on in this country that I’m aware of. There are a variety of books being removed from elementary, middle, and high schools because someone (and that “someone” is pretty vacuous, to be honest) has decided they aren’t appropriate. In many cases, I have no problems with it. Twilight doesn’t belong in elementary school libraries, nor middle school. I’d say it’s fine in high school, though. Harry Potter is much the same, though for different reasons. The first couple of Potter books are fine in the elementary setting, but the rest should be relegated to the high school library.

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They keep showing their colors: Sotomayor admits two-tiered justice.

Skewed article is skewed and the language shows:

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a defeat for gay rights, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority ruled Friday that a Christian graphic artist who wants to design wedding websites can refuse to work with same-sex couples.

The court ruled 6-3 for designer Lorie Smith despite a Colorado law that bars discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, gender and other characteristics. Smith had argued that the law violates her free speech rights.

Smith’s opponents warned that a win for her would allow a range of businesses to discriminate, refusing to serve Black, Jewish or Muslim customers, interracial or interfaith couples or immigrants. But Smith and her supporters had said that a ruling against her would force artists — from painters and photographers to writers and musicians — to do work that is against their beliefs.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a dissent that was joined by the court’s other liberals. “Today, the Court, for the first time in its history, grants a business open to the public a constitutional right to refuse to serve members of a protected class,” Sotomayor wrote.

Supreme Court rules for designer who refused to work with gay couples | AP News

The Liberals are not having a good weekend. SCOTUS also spanked admission based on race and this one is just another inch of constitutional clean up down their throats.

Here is the decision:

The First Amendment’s protections belong to all, not just to speakers whose motives the government finds worthy. In this case, Colorado seeks to force an individual to speak in ways that align with its views but defy her conscience about a matter of major significance. In the past, other States in Barnette, Hurley, and Dale have similarly tested the First Amendment’s boundaries by seeking to compel speech they thought vital at the time. But abiding the Constitution’s commitment to the freedom of speech means all will encounter ideas that are “misguided, or even hurtful.” Hurley, 515 U. S., at 574. Consistent with the First Amendment, the Nation’s answer is tolerance, not coercion. The First Amendment envisions the United States as a rich and complex place where all persons are free to think and speak as they wish, not as the government demands. Colorado cannot deny that promise consistent with the First Amendment. Pp. 15–19, 24–25.
6 F. 4th 1160, reversed.

GORSUCH, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which ROBERTS, C. J., and THOMAS, ALITO, KAVANAUGH, and BARRETT, JJ., joined. SOTOMAYOR, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which KAGAN and JACKSON, JJ., joined

21-476 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis (06/30/2023) (

Still, the point to take home, digest and be prepared about is that there are actually at least ONE SCOTUS justice that believe laws and the Constitutions should not be equally applied.

She is not the only one at her level, sideways and down the chain of government.

Friday Feedback

It has been a busy week in the courts. Multiple cases heard before circuit courts. Supreme Court Opinions issued. Busy busy busy.

Hagar has been a bit busy, but I’ll see where her next article is.

We just learned about the State of Massachusetts deciding to make the state a “sensitive place”.

The other week, somebody asked for a review on some interesting caliber of ammunition. I was hoping J.Kb. was going to step up to the plate and write about it. I just don’t have any inclination to purchase a firearm in that caliber just to write a review about it.

Do you have any recommended sites to monitor for Second Amendment related legal or legislative events?

Does anybody want to hear about processing squirrels? I’m learning, slowly, how to flesh a squirrel hide. It is an interesting process that I’ve failed at four or five times now. Once I get past the fleshing part, I’ll be moving on to the process of tanning the hide.

I was left smiling.

Fostech Origin 12 semi automatic shotgun with Rex Silentium shotgun suppressor.

Does it recoil? yes, but not the way you think. Rather than the traditional shotgun kick we all expect to deal with, this was more like a shove which was confusing as hell the first couple of times. Then it is just getting used to the motion and you do get back on target much faster. Now, do take my report with several grains of salt since my experience with shotguns is barely above my experience with phasers and trebuchets.

Oh, I almost forgot: That thing shoots very fast as the photo shows.

Damn fine piece of craftsmanship.