36 Chambers – The Legendary Journeys: Execution to the max!

June 30, 2013

Moving Complete

Filed under: U-S-A! U-S-A! — Kevin Feasel @ 6:00 pm

Yesterday was moving day; today is “Where did I pack this?” day.  The next few days will be “Make the mail carrier hate me because I ordered a couple dozen things from Amazon” week.

As of today, we are no longer Ohio residents, but now North Carolinians.  I sha’n’t affect a drawl, but I may develop a liking for cherry-flavored pop.

June 25, 2013

Should you be deported?

Filed under: U-S-A! U-S-A! — Tony Demchak @ 3:31 pm

Courtesy of 36 Chambers purely theoretical contributor Daniel J. Gudorf, take this test to see if you belong in this country. I got a 55, for reference, which means I am not only a citizen, but a citizen with distinction!

We’re #1! We’re #1! (Sort of)

Filed under: Travels In Foreignania, U-S-A! U-S-A! — Tony Demchak @ 3:13 pm

As I am getting ready to go to Russia in just a few weeks, you have no idea how much this warms the cockles of my heart:

Asked to list the five countries they considered to be hostile or unfriendly to Russia, 38 percent included the United States on the list, followed by Georgia at 33 percent, and the three Baltic states — Latvia at 21 percent, Lithuania at 17 percent, and Estonia at 16 percent.

And this is a recent change, too: recently, we were a paltry second to Georgia. The poll was taken of about 1600 (1601, specifically) Russians “over the age of 18″ (without distinguishing the upper limit). Pollees were asked to name five countries (no indication if an order was given).

Other questions (and results):

“Name five countries that you know of which are our closest friends or allies?” (Top five were Belarus, Kazakhstan, China, Ukraine, and Germany).

“What do you think of relations with the United States at the moment?” (51% said either “very good” or “fundamentally good”) There are similar questions for the EU, Ukraine, and Belarus (at 61%, 72%, and 85%, respectively).

“With which of the following opinions do you most agree, regarding relations between Russia and Ukraine?”

  • Relations between Russia and Ukraine should be the same as other countries, with closed borders, visas, and customs houses. (19%)
  • Russia and Ukraine should be independent, but friendly states, with open borders, no visas or customs houses. (58%)
  • Russia and Ukraine should be unified in one state. (15%)
  • Declined to answer (8%)

“Should Russia strengthen relations with Western countries or countries opposed to the West? (Literally “countries distant from the west.”)” 71% said the West, 16% said the rest, everyone else declined to answer.

Finally, “Should Russia strengthen relations with the Muslim world or countries opposed to Muslims?” Barely over half said Muslims, 30% said non-Muslims, 18% declined to answer.

The actual survey is here. It’s in Russian, but they’ve been doing it over a period of some years with mostly the same questions — the order is the same.

May 31, 2013

New House

Filed under: U-S-A! U-S-A! — Kevin Feasel @ 6:00 pm

The next few weeks will probably be a bit lighter in terms of content than our non-existent reader base might expect.  The reason is that I am getting ready to move to Durham, North Carolina into a new house.  This will be my first home, having lived in an apartment for the past several years, and I am looking forward to it.  Unfortunately, this means taking the time to do all kinds of home-related things, and that reduces the amount of time I have available to yell at people on the Internet.  On the plus side, I’ll finally have a lawn that I can tell people to get off of.

February 4, 2013

A Tale Of Two Cities

Filed under: U-S-A! U-S-A!, Wacky Theories — Kevin Feasel @ 6:00 pm

In one city, a man who saved a child from a pack of attacking dogs (by shooting the dogs) may end up going to jail for violating gun laws (though presumably not the same one that David Broder violated).  In another part of the country, the sheriff notes that police are not capable of handling all of the problems in a timely manner and wants armed citizens.

Which of these two areas is likely to be safer?

January 24, 2013

Outsourcing Done Right

Filed under: U-S-A! U-S-A!, Wacky Theories — Kevin Feasel @ 6:00 pm

I’ve joked about doing this before:  hire somebody to do my job for 20% of the price and then pocket the rest.

The one part of this which surprised me was the discussion about how clean the guy’s code was.  Normally, when you outsource development, the end result is a horrible mish-mash of copy-pasted garbage.  So whoever this guy hired apparently did a great job.

January 17, 2013

Witness At 60

Filed under: Curmudgeonliness, U-S-A! U-S-A! — Kevin Feasel @ 6:00 pm

Whittaker Chambers’s autobiography of a Communist agent is 60 years of age.  The Hiss-Chambers trial was a legitimate watershed moment in American history.  Along with Elizabeth Bentley’s testimony, we found out about dozens of people in positions of some prominence (including Alger Hiss and Harry Dexter White, both of whom just happened to be at Bretton Woods leading the US negotiators in the creation of the United Nations and International Monetary Fund, respectively) were spying for the Soviet Union (if not actively taking things even further and accepting direct orders).  When Chambers defected, he knew that his former life was over, and he was willing to accept going to what he expected would be the losing team—the team fighting international Communism—because it was the right thing to do.

December 1, 2012

Frank J Wins

Filed under: Our Favorites, Science!, U-S-A! U-S-A!, Wacky Theories — Kevin Feasel @ 7:00 pm

We all knew it was a great idea.  It turns out that the military thought the same.

Via Mark Steyn.

November 12, 2012

A second American Civil War…

Filed under: Specific Stupidity, U-S-A! U-S-A! — Tony Demchak @ 9:42 pm

… is not going to be the response to these lovely online petitions. Legally, the White House has to respond if there are 25,000 signatures, and Texas is already over the limit. Texas may be viable economically if it were to secede, but I honestly think Obama’s response will be along the lines of “lol Texas.”

There is no legal right to secede in the Constitution. None. Want to argue it’s implied? It isn’t: the Civil War handled that. Louisiana’s pretty close too, although Texas may be economically viable as independent (whereas Louisiana is not).

Look, I’m not delighted Obama won, but revisiting the worst crisis in American history is probably not the best way to register your opposition.

A pretty slick museum

Filed under: The Truth about The Penguatroll, U-S-A! U-S-A! — Tony Demchak @ 7:29 pm

The wife and I went to the WWI Museum in KC on Sunday for Veteran’s Day. I’ll have some pictures up on Facebook soon, but it’s a pretty nifty museum, given that 1) the US’s role in the Entente Victory was fairly small and b) admission was free. It is definitely worth a look — you can see most everything in an hour or two, depending on how quickly you read — if you’re in the area. The current rotating exhibit is on Sports in World War I, which shows how much manlier baseball players were in those days. None of this fake “Yes, I was in World War II, but all I did was play baseball” crap. We do need more Ted Williamses (test pilot) and Bob Fellers (served as a Gun Captain), but look at Christy Mathewson, who actually got gassed during WWI.

Why don’t athletes today have so much patriotism?

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