It's the end of March, it looked like we were making steady progress towards spring and what do we get today?
Just enough to be annoying, but snow all the same.
Focusing on numismatics, and commenting upon current legal and world events, not to mention asides into the world of scuba diving and fine firearms.
Adding to the fun, the media is prying and commenting on places with Cruz that they didn't dare go concerning Obama.
Take NPR for example. As can be seen form the transcript, NPR is interviewing Jeff Toobin of The New Yorker to discuss Cruz.
Of course they paint Cruz as an extremist, and a scary one at that. Interestingly, they go into his father's experiences and nature in the interview and how that affects Cruz. They also cover Cruz's schooling and early career as a darn smart attorney and advocate.
Note how the media conspicuously did not report on Obama's parent's political leanings.
Heck, we now now more about Cruz's parentage and schooling than we do About Obama, all these years on since he became president, and this is just two days after Cruz declared he was running.
While it's nice to see the media waking up to it's watch-dog role from it's lap-dog status as of late in regards to federal politics, it's unsurprising that this seems limited to attacking Republican candidates while oversight of Obama and the email-lady continues to get the blind eye or the quick report and move-along treatment.
Currently, it appears the Media has gotten the memo to attack the latest Republican to make a splash - Ted Cruz.
For example, we get this missive from The Detroit Free Press' Brian Dickerson - In opening round, Cruz courts pants-on-fire vote
Ted Cruz began his formal quest for the presidency this week the same way he became one of the most recognizable Republicans on Capitol Hill: by lying his head off.
Speaking to a captive audience in the bosom of Christian fundamentalism, Cruz doubled down on a series of assertions non-partisan fact-checkers have repeatedly debunked:
That the Obama administration seeks to "ban our ammunition."
That the Affordable Care Act has cost "millions" of Americans their health care coverage.
And that the ACA's employer mandates have forced millions more into part-time work.
None of these talking points withstands much scrutiny, as the non-partisan factcheck.org website explained in a post wearily dismissing Cruz's declaration as a medley of "dubious claims we have heard before, and a few we haven't."
Interestingly, going to the "non-partisan" websites from which Dickerson draws his conclusions reveals some very partisan slight of hand.
Let's take "ban our ammunition" for instance. factcheck rates it not-truthy because they state the administration only recently tried to ban one type of ammunition (M855). This conveniently ignores the already in place Obama ban on March 5, 2014 of 5.45.x39 7N6. Factcheck then rates the Cruz statement as untrue because it wasn't all ammunition being banned at once, get it?
Factcheck then decides as the arbiter of truth that the fact that millions did indeed lose their healthcare isn't the whole story with a mendacious explanation that:
Cruz isn’t the first to make this claim, which stems from President Obama’s ill-fated promise, “If you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” That was clearly proven false when, in the fall of 2013, several million people received cancellation notices for individual market plans that no longer met the law’s benefit requirements.
But to claim simply that millions lost their health insurance is misleading. Those individual market plans were discontinued, but policyholders weren’t denied coverage. Many upgraded to compliant plans (albeit at a higher cost, for some).
Factcheck then punts on the part time work issue claiming there's a lack of data or that only a few hundred thousand have been affected or Factcheck hopefully claims it might be caused by the economy, cause Obamacare has had no impact on the economy.
Hardly a resounding smack-down of Cruz's statements as Dickerson pretends it to be, now isn't it?
In other words, contra Factcheck, Cruz was truthful and Dickerson and Factcheck are furiously spinning facts in their adjunct role as Democrat party supporters and distorter.
The Detroit Free Press: Judge orders Dearborn cleric popular with ISIS to talk
One of the big mysteries is who is paying this felon - convicted of 42 counts of fraud - to spread Islamist propaganda? Well, he's not talking, at least not yet.
Yes, the most inspirational cleric providing aid and comfort to Islamic terrorists is comfortably living in Dearborn and lying to the court.
The Obama Administration is fundamentally unserious about dealing with Islamic Terrorism and ISIS, heck they can't even say the I word, so dealing with a propagandist for the same is likely beyond their ken, and this will not end well.
The NRA's 2015 Annual Meeting is coming up fast, April 10-12 in Nashville, Tennessee.
To pre-register and get your attendee badge ahead of time go here and sign up.
Yes, you can carry at the NRA's annual meeting at the Music City Center in Nashville if you have a valid CPL recognized by Tennessee.
During the 2015 NRA Annual Meeting & Exhibits, lawfully carried firearms will be permitted in the Music City Center with the proper license in accordance with Tennessee law. Bridgestone Arena prohibits the possession of firearms. When carrying your firearm, remember to follow all federal, state and local laws.
Be sure to check out the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security page on Handgun Permits to get the law to ensure you comply with Tennessee's rules while you're visiting Nashville and don't carry in the very few no-carry zones that they have listed.
While civic centers in Tennessee are typically off limits to carry under TCA 39-17-1311, an exception under 39-17-1311(b)(J)(iii) exists for gun and knife shows and this is indeed a gun show of gun shows.
Looking forward to seeing many of my fellow bloggers there, as well as attending the NRA's Firearms Law Seminar, which is well worth the price of admission. Besides, Instapundit will be the luncheon speaker, Mas Ayoob will be lecturing, and David Hardy will be in attendance.
Should be a great time, and we should be able to organize some blogger get-togethers during that weekend.
Tonight we got together with three other other couples and headed to The Great Escape Room in Royal Oak.
What is it? Well, you're locked in a room and you have one hour to find clues hidden throughout the room and then solve the puzzles to be able to unlock the exit.
Only 25% of player groups manage to escape and yes, our group was among that hallowed few.
My initial solution for solving the puzzle by torturing the room guide until he gave up the goods was quickly vetoed, and so we began to play the game.
We all started by looking for clues, and many were fiendishly well hidden. So well hidden that quite a few escaped us on the initial search.
Then we started trying to solve the inter-related puzzles.
Tash and I solved the first puzzle very quickly and it led to a piece to help solve another puzzle.
Everyone contributed and as we had a very smart bunch with us, we managed to escape. We were also the first group not to need a helper hint from the room guide for a certain puzzle that had apparently stumped everyone else who had done the game when he was a guide.
Then we posed for the mandatory successful escape team silly picture:
Logic, mathematics, general knowledge, brilliant deductions, persistence, patience and camaraderie were needed to solve the puzzles and escape the room.
It was a lot of fun, and I'd highly recommend giving it a try.
To see it in action, here's a clip from the Big Bang Theory for an example of how the Escape Room game is played:
There were no zombies in ours, and we had a Sherlock Holmes theme with some pretty difficult puzzles.
After the game, all of us went to Lilly's Seafood Restaurant for some adult beverages to celebrate (all of them brewed on the premises) and some excellent fish dishes to sate our hunger and feed the little grey cells.
A great night with some great people.
An interesting article over at Foxtrot Alpha about The USAF's 480th Fighter Squadron with F-16CJs participating in Exercise Dacian Warhawk and engaging in dissimilar ACM against Romanian MIG-21 Lancers.
The Romanians have certainly gotten their money's worth out of their MIG-21s. A write-up of the upgrades performed by Israel in 2002 on 102 of Romania's MIGs, giving the MIGs all-weather capability and upgraded avionics and weapons systems can be found at Defense Update.
The upgrades included 25 aircraft configured as an air interceptor variant and 85 configured as a ground attack variant. According to the Foxtrot Alpha article, 36 of the 108 remain flying.
Not bad for fifty-year-old aircraft still flying today. Romania is moving to replace their MIG-21s with F-16AM MLU Vipers coming from Portugal. The MIG-21 will still continue to fly in other nation's air forces including India and Croatia.
Perhaps the Romanians will surplus out their MIG-21s and hopefully they'll wind up on the market in the US for sale. A MIG-21 Lancer would be quite an upgrade for Murphy's Law.
Click On Detroit: TSA finds 2 firearms in carry-on luggage at Detroit Metro Airport
Two firearms were found in separate instances Thursday morning by the Transportation Security Administration at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.
The first was found about 5 a.m. in the carry-on luggage of a 41-year-old woman flying to Fort Lauderdale. She was carrying a loaded 9 mm Glock. TSA immediately notified local law enforcement, who arrested the passenger on a local charge.
The second firearm was found in the carry-on bag of a 56-year-old man flying to Dallas. He was carrying a loaded .38 caliber revolver.
Four firearms have been found in carry-on luggage at DTW this year. There were 32 firearms detected at DTW in 2014.
Both people likely had no evil intent, but they're both likely facing some serious charges for stupidly forgetting to take their firearms out of their carry-ons, or being dumb enough to somehow think you can fly with a firearm in your carry-on luggage. You really can't.
The stupid tax on these people is going to be high.
Unless, of course, weakening America's standing in the world and handing the Middle East over to Islamic Fundamentalists and Iran was the successful aim.
Remember this? Obama Tonight: Yemen and Somalia Are Models of Success.
Expect Somalia to fall even farther apart in short order.
From the Junior Varsity taking over swaths of Iraq to now losing Yemen to Al Qaeda and Iran, Obama's sure been busy losing. Not sure if we should attribute this string of failures to malice, or stupidity, or both.