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04:47pm 09/09/2015
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04:17pm 08/09/2015
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02:43pm 15/08/2015
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1. Go for women you perceive to be "out of your league." You'll surprise yourself.

2. Never have sex with anyone that doesn't want it as much as you.

3. Never hit anyone unless they are an immediate threat.

4. Every hat should serve a purpose.

5. Never take her to the movies on the first date.

6. Learn to wet shave.

7. Nothing looks more badass than a well-tailored suit.

8. Shave with the grain on the first go-around.

9. Always look a person in the eye when you talk to them.

10. Buy a plunger before you need a plunger.

11. Exercise makes you happy. Run, lift, and play sports.

12. Brush your teeth before you put on your tie.

13. A small amount of your paycheck should go directly to your savings account every month.

14. Call your parents every week.

15. Never wear a clip-on tie.

16. Give a firm handshake.

17. Compliment her shoes.

18. Never leave a pint unfinished.

19. If you aren't confident, fake it. It will come.

20. You can tell the size of a man by the size of things that bother him.

21. Be conscious of your body language.

22. The only reason to ever point a gun at someone is if you intend to shoot them.

23. Always stand to shake someone's hand.

24. Never lend anything you can't afford to lose.

25. Ask more than you answer. Everybody likes to talk about themselves.

26. Keep a change of clothes at the office.

27. Buy high quality tools, so you only have to buy them once.

28. Manliness is not only being able to take care of yourself, but others as well.

29. Go with the decision that will make for a good story.

30. When you walk, look straight ahead, not at your feet.

31. Nice guys don't finish last. Boring guys do.

32. Find your passion and figure out how to get paid for it.

33. Don't let the little head do the thinking for the big head.

34. No matter their job or status in life, everyone deserves your respect.

35. The most important thing you can learn is personal responsibility. Bad things happen, it's your job to overcome them.

36. The first one to get angry loses.

37. Do what needs to be done without complaining. It won't help speed things up.

38. Never stop learning.

39. Always go out into public dressed like you're about to meet the love of your life.

40. Don't change yourself just to make someone happy, unless that someone is you.

41. If you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room.

42. Luck favors the prepared.

43. Women find confidence sexy as hell.

44. Do whatever you want to do in the life, but be the best at it.

45. No one is on their deathbed wishing they spent more time at work. Enjoy your life
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So day before yesterday, 6/27/2015, I decided to move to NOLA  
09:32pm 29/06/2015
Surely this is the best of all possible worlds...
by John Donne

O ! DO not die, for I shall hate
All women so, when thou art gone,
That thee I shall not celebrate,
When I remember thou wast one.
But yet thou canst not die, I know ;
To leave this world behind, is death ;
But when thou from this world wilt go,
The whole world vapours with thy breath.

Or if, when thou, the world's soul, go'st,
It stay, 'tis but thy carcase then ;
The fairest woman, but thy ghost,
But corrupt worms, the worthiest men.

O wrangling schools, that search what fire
Shall burn this world, had none the wit
Unto this knowledge to aspire,
That this her feaver might be it?

And yet she cannot waste by this,
Nor long bear this torturing wrong,
For more corruption needful is,
To fuel such a fever long.

These burning fits but meteors be,
Whose matter in thee is soon spent ;
Thy beauty, and all parts, which are thee,
Are unchangeable firmament.

Yet 'twas of my mind, seizing thee,
Though it in thee cannot perséver ;
For I had rather owner be
Of thee one hour, than all else ever.
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How Many Shoes  
01:54pm 06/09/2014
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"How Many Shoes?" by Tom Baugh

Imagine the following. Assume that the world has collapsed into chaos, and among the many survivors are two individuals in particular: Survivor A and Survivor B. Survivor A has ten pairs of shoes stored for the collapse, while Survivor B has a thousand pairs of shoes socked away. Survivor A takes loving care of each pair, while Survivor B runs his shoes hard, wearing them out and then grabbing another off the shelf.

Question: After fifty years, how many shoes does each survivor have to pass on to his grandchildren?

Think hard. Hint: this is a trick question.

Answer: No shoes remain fifty years hence. It doesn’t matter how many shoes you store away, or how much care you put into them, after five decades the materials in them are shot. They may still look like shoes, but wear them for a week or so and the truth will be told. Neither survivors’ grandchildren will have any shoes. Assuming that each survivor and his children and grandchildren lived long enough to notice, of course.

No shoes. Or tires. Or grease. Or tractors. Or root canals. Or just about anything you care to name. Except maybe chickens or goats or unfired rounds of ammunition buried somewhere, the owner long dead. And even those would be suspect if unearthed one day.

At some point, Roman nobles, seeing their aqueduct and road contracting businesses starting a downturn, decided to raise a few chickens. Two or three generations later these families were chicken farmers. There isn’t anything wrong with being a chicken farmer, of course, but it helps to have roads upon which to transport those chickens to market and water to give them along the way. But, no one knew how to build or maintain these things any more. Besides, most of the stones in those roads and aqueducts which remained had been pried loose for building huts. Such is the end-state of a slow collapse. Life gets hard fast, and stays that way, if you are just one of millions of chicken farmers with no other professions to be found.

A collapse isn’t all bad, though. It is an excellent mechanism for getting rid of undesirables, particularly those undesirables who expect, and now demand with increasing fervor, to be given everything you have ever earned in your life. And everything you have yet to earn in the future. And everything your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and so on, have yet to earn. When you are a productive economic slave, a collapse is a really good thing. I would rather live free and by my wits post-collapse, rather than continue in a gilded gulag under the lash of civility and perverted law.

The question is, what kind of collapse do we need? Rather than a slow, dwindling collapse that the Romans suffered, which led to the Dark Ages, I would prefer a fast, deep and short collapse that thins the herd of those who will do nothing for their own self-interest, or who would actively get in our way, and still leaves enough stuff on the shelf so we can get shoe production going again. With the slight change of having learned to be intolerant, post-collapse, of the gulag-masters, of course. Who exactly those gulag-masters are, and how they should be handled, I’ll save for another time, but you probably have a good idea already.

If you are a gulag-master reading this for the purpose of figuring out how to entrap your fellow man into a gulag of one form or another, you may want to consider taking on a new line of work before it is too late. Certain resumes are likely to be “not entertained” when the time comes. For you gulag-masters, continuing on your current course and speed is tantamount to gambling that your gulag system will remain intact forever. Seeing this, many of us decided to start a casino for taking your bets. Step right up, my friends.

Note: Nothing you will ever hear me say advocates any violence or other illegality, not so long as the federal government of the United States remains in effect and in force. What happens after that tenure expires, however, is a totally different discussion. Of course, under those conditions, and absent those federal laws, certain actions would no longer be illegal, would they? Particularly if certain enterprising State Governors and Legislators decided to call upon a militia for various lawfully constituted purposes. If you live in a state in which these positions aren’t occupied by individuals so inclined, consider various means by which you might hire, in-extremis, some who are.

So now let’s shift gears a little bit. If you’ve read much of my work, you know that I am keen on uncovering reality by performing experiments. Here’s another. Go to a gun show, then walk around and ask people the following series of questions. If the answer to each question is in the negative, stop asking questions and move on.

a) Do you think there is going to be a collapse of law and order?
b) Do you think that weapons and ammunition are going to be an essential component to surviving that collapse?
c) Will it be essential to restart the economy after a collapse?
d) What skills will you bring to a post-collapse world to be able to thrive in that economy?

Now, because you asked these questions at a gun show, affirmative answers to a) and b) should be obvious. The last two are where it gets interesting. We’ll get back to some likely answers you will encounter, and their implications, later in this article.

I think you will agree that what we are about to enter can best be described as a period of armed conflict. The potential initiators for this conflict are numerous and, again, a topic for another article, but the end result of all of these initiators will be the same: a period of wide-spread brush- fire wars.

People go to war to achieve a desired end-state. Some may argue that wars have been started as an ends in themselves to benefit various bankers or war industries. But even those wars achieve a desired end-state: the enrichment of the war-backers. Defensive wars, whether large and multi- national, or small and contained within the borders of your property, achieve the end-state of a nation, or you and your family remaining alive and your property intact. Or not. Other wars involve the end-state of satisfied vengeance. Or not.

In the crisis which draws closer each day, we have an unprecedented opportunity to achieve an end-state unique in all of human history, challenged only by the end-state attained by the Founders in the Revolutionary War. We now have the benefit of history which they lacked. To see what this end-state requires, we must first tie together our previous shoe discussion and our gun show survey.

Clearly, the way to solve the shoe crisis five decades out is to start making shoes again. We could get together and declare a War on Bare Feet, but that would, like any centralized economic plan, be self-defeating. No, the best way to start making shoes again is to defend property rights, not only your own property but that of your fellow citizens as well. Note that criminals who stole property do not have a right to the property they stole as it isn’t theirs. This applies to criminals at all levels; the individual who stole your chicken, the gulag-masters who stole your guns, the progressives who stole your rights, the arch-conservative who stole your ability to compete by tilting the balance of regulation toward his and his friends’ larger and larger enterprises, the banker who stole your home by manipulating credit availability after lobbying for tighter bankruptcy laws, and the politicians who abetted all of these. And the hundreds of millions of people who went to the polls and put those politicians in place thinking that by placing the chain around their necks they would at least get a few more shiny things from the stuff they stole from you after your neck was chained, too.

This is an electorate who will keep doing exactly the same thing, no matter what pin they put on who. Because they surround us, and are getting more numerous by the day. Each time someone decides that they would rather hang onto that government job, and just look the other way to keep that paycheck flowing as your rights and property are stripped away from you, their ranks have swelled just a little. And then swell a little more as those people use that largess to influence others who sell them goods or provide them services, and so on. We have passed the tipping point, and there is no turning back from the course we are on. There is an ultimate solution to this question, however. But it takes a collapse to get there.

You and your children and your grandchildren, ad infinitum, will get more shoes by protecting the property rights of the cobbler who will go into business to make shoes in exchange for food. And the property rights of the tanner who will provide the cobbler material in exchange for shoes, and the butcher who will provide the tanner hides in exchange for shoes and leather, and the farmer who will feed them all in exchange for shoes, leather, dressed meat and so on. This is what our Founders intended when they set up our system the way they did. But they could not know the last two centuries and what happens once property rights are violated. And how the monkeys, left-wing, right-wing, welfare or suited, breed out of control when that happens. Or maybe they did, but we just stopped paying attention because we got our shiny things, too, and ignored the monkeys of all stripes, and the threat they really are.

Now back to our gun show. After our subject agreed that a collapse is on the way, and said that arming himself was essential, we asked question c) about restarting the economy after a collapse.

Some, out of frustration and ignorance over what free markets and property rights are really about, will be opposed to anything that sounds “economic.” Having been subjected to endless artificial obstacles their entire lives, who could blame them? And yet, members of this gun show subset are arming themselves without the least inkling of how or why to provide value to others, or the value of an economy that our cobbler, tanner and butcher might enjoy. Some of these imagine that they are just going to live off the land and take what they need, from you or others if necessary. This latter subset is really just a gulag-master who, because of birth or circumstance, never got his hand on the gate-latch. Proceed accordingly.

Others in your sample group will answer the third question in the affirmative and want an economy restarted. Ask these people whether this means the current economy and all its trappings, such as home mortgage interest deductions, sales taxes, regulations, health insurance, etc. Many people at this point will hit a brick wall and want something other than what we have now, but not be able to articulate it. This is not their fault, and is merely a product of having been caged, mind, body and spirit, for so long. Many of them are probably some of those who get shiny things from you, but just don’t realize it. If they do realize it, your experiment will be over quickly as they walk off in a huff. Particularly when you ask that last question.

That last question is where the rubber hits the road. Some heavily-armed types will imagine that they will merc themselves out to protect the farmer and the cobbler and the tanner. Yet, here we are right back into the whole standing-army argument, which then requires taxation and administration. And that requires something for those mercenaries, or their bureaucratic beneficiaries, to do when there are no real bad guys. Such as manufacturing bad guys. Bad guys like you. This is not the desired end-state.

Better, as the Founders understood, was that the cobbler and the tanner and the butcher and so on, sprout a pair and be willing to go out and, militia-style, handle the bad guys when needed. But we’ve been bred away from that to the point that the few of us who remain are now expected to pop-up, as if on a live-fire range, as convenient targets for destruction when they come to take our guns. Assuming they find them all, of course. Even so, if you have sufficient knowledge, however, “armed” doesn’t necessarily mean “with a gun,” which is one reason they don’t teach science and chemistry worth a damn anymore. Meat and bone succumb to many things other than bullets. Besides, the bad guys will always have plenty of guns and bullets and armored vehicles.

We have to start looking at them as mobile supply depots from whom we can requisition material any time we choose. That requisition takes many forms, of course.

Killing is far easier than creation. That is why it takes years to train a master cobbler or tanner or butcher or farmer or machinist or nuclear engineer, but only weeks or months to train a killer. We just have to accept that sometimes it’s best to park the Abrams out back of the shoe-shop, and let the local kids joy-ride it from time to time in that fallow field so that next year we’ll have tank drivers and tank commanders. Tank drivers and commanders who can also tan leather or build machines to drive cobbler needles or split atoms. And a tank can pull a hell of a combine, to boot. Tough guys who can’t create aren’t worth much. Creators who are tough, on the other hand, will inherit the earth. Unless we decide not to, which would be a shame. Note that someone who lacks knowledge, but is willing to work, actually work to provide value, is also a creator. This person once was an apprentice to a master, and who one day would become a master himself.

Which brings us to our last set of respondents, those who understand that they individually need to bring skills, knowledge and effort (stored trade goods don’t count) to the table of that post-conflict economy, but who despair that they don’t want to live a mid-1800s existence. I don’t blame them, I don’t either. Not while there are all those great machines left lying around. Machines we can use to build other machines before the first set rusts away. Or before someone builds a chicken coop out of it because the collapse is drawing out too long. But at least this set of people know that they need to prepare their minds as well as their arms. Some of them are actually proceeding in this direction, but your poll will tell you how few and far between they really are, even in such a heavily-weighted group as gun-show attendees.

I’m out of room for now. But in a later article we’ll talk about how to not live a mid-1800s existence; that story involves an interesting rock in Alabama that we aren’t allowed to use. And along the way we’ll tease that desired end-state out of hiding, which will allow us to concentrate our fires during said crisis in a manner best calculated to attain it.

Tom Baugh
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Weyekin Project  
03:36am 08/06/2013
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the Weyekin is the spirit animal of the Nez Pierce Indians of Idaho. As a strong supported of the American Redoubt movement, of Idaho in general, and of the concept that when the US Government shows up, it is 100% GOING to fuck up your liberty, AND your shit, I feel this name is appropriate.

"To receive a weyekin, a young girl or boy around the age of 12 to 15 would go to the mountains on a vision quest. The person on quest would carry no weapons, eat no food, and drink very little water. The person about to go on this quest would be tutored by a "renowned warrior, hunter, or medicine man," for boys, or for girls, "an elderly woman of reputed power." Success had much to do with how they prepared their minds. Fasting for long periods of time, going without a fire, holding their spiritual retreat in a remote and "awe inspiring" location. It was important that the person on quest keep their mind focused on their object. When the mind was almost "comatose," that is when the weyekin would reveal itself."

What I have in mind is a week long course. it will cost a set, high but reasonable amount. Couple Grand. I'm aiming for $5000 or less.

This course will be 1 days worth of a information-rish E&E course such as the OnPoint Tactical course (described here http://www.itstactical.com/skillcom/escape-and-evasion-skillcom/escape-and-evade-in-an-urban-environment/). 2 Days worth of wilderness SERE/Survival course (of the type provided by Jeff Randalls ESEE school and Tom Browns Tracker Course), 1 Day of an intensive armorers course on the AR, then 3 days of balls-to-the-wall Gunfighting school. Focus will be: 1 day AR, 1 day AR+Pistol, 1 (long) day Pistol/Shotgun/Precision Rifle.

but lo : these courses will be divided like a school day, NOT like a training schedule. you will have to do a bit of each on EACH day. The course will run from Sunday to Saturday; the Sunday following it will be a bacchanal, campfire talk about HONOR and LIBERTY, a graduation ceremony.... and a build party.

The rifle will be of the 80% variety, but your name will be engraved on it. The basic layout will be basic, but proven. The cost of the rifle will have been very very carefully NOT included in the cost of the course. Every accommodation will have been made to make the rifle FREE. Should a student be from out of state, they will be asked if they'd like to add the cash to cover the (bare minimum) cost for a second 80% lower, to take with them, and we will provide a locked case that only they will have access to to allow them to complete an 80& lower at the build party, store it securely without transferring it or relinquishing control of it, and still be able to finish a rifle when they return home.

There is a project being spearheaded by someone else to start a mobile CNC mill venue to complete 80% lowers. They intend to be available "on-call" if groups are large enough. By allying myself with this agency as well as local organizations, such as Ares Armor Metal Works I plan make it so that students from other states can leave with their "rifle kits" and the knowledge from the build party and armorers course so they can have their off-book, totally legal rifle in any place in the United States, as WELL as having a gun they can use, at our facilities, should they ever wish to come back for more training, another event, or as a "fall-back" should times get real tough.

But much more to the point : I also intend to offer a lesser course, that will use (only very slightly) lesser components that will be entirely donation funded, that will include fri-sat of instruction, with the same Sunday but will be ENTIRELY free.

The paying members of the one week course will, in conjunction with donations, amortize the costs of the free attendees, and the courses themselves will be joint affairs, to minimize time taken by instructors and staff.

While providing an 80% lower and machining facilities does not REQUIRE a background check, I intend to run one anyway. The minor inconvenience seems a very reasonable hassle to undergo, considering the free rifle, and the training provided.

If we manage to ONLY offer enough slots so that the donations and paying member fees cover the free students, so as not to lose money, we should be able to continue this project indefinitely. I plan to structure the attendee list by "back-order" turning none away (who pass whatever background check I require). Because this is an entirely altruistic project, I WANT to ally myself with other outfits throughout the country to do similar things. If I can get groups and locations set up in other places using the same GENERAL course layout and ethos, I can eventually designate regions to those satellite groups, making these courses available to greater audiences. different organizers may even be able to provide the services for less.

I also feel that the intent and goal of this project with attract talented and revered names in the industry, which will help on several fronts :
1.) Attracting the attention of makers, I may be able to acquire parts for more rifles either free or at better cost. Perhaps even parts from higher end makers, like BAD safeties or cassette triggers like Timney or Geissle, or MagPul grips, or Mission First stocks. stuff like that.

2.) Getting the help of trainers to actually DO the training. I don't imagine this will be particularly difficult. this should allow the REALLY hard part to be covered purely out of the patriotic duty of people who have dedicated their life to this kind of work.

3.) One of the things I am excited about is sort of "averaging together" the basic rifleman ideals from several wellknown and respected trainers, yielding a template for all the affiliates to use, and finding the BEST POSSIBLE one-week course to make a "fighting fit" free citizen.

4.) By garnishing attention I should be able to source machine shops who are sympathetic to this kind of project, thereby allowing attendees from more states, and also aggregating a master list of places where alumni can take other and additional 80% lowers for future builds.

gettin juuuuust about too drunk to continue; I shall edit and continue late.....
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According to this list of songs, all i want is a pony and for a boy to ask me to prom.  
05:12am 12/05/2013
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You should read this.  
03:54pm 20/12/2012
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By Duwain Whitis

I was sickened by what happened in Newtown, Connecticut and the only way I can make sense of it is to put it into perspective. Events like this are tragic, but they are a statistical blip and don’t make for good public policy decisions. A 2011 report from the Centers for Disease Control is an instructive place to start. It lists the causes of deaths in the US in 2009, when a total of 2,437,163 were recorded. From Table 10, some specific causes of death for 2009 included . . .

  • Motor vehicle accidents 36,216
  • Falls 24,792
  • “Accidental” discharge of firearms 554 (the quotes are mine)
  • Accidental drowning 3,517
  • Fire/smoke 2,756
  • Poisoning/toxicity 31,758
  • Unspecified accidents 15,613
  • Suicide by firearm 18,735
  • Other suicides 18,174
  • Homicide by firearm 11,493
  • Other homicides 5,306
  • Legal intervention 395
  • Undetermined firearms deaths 232

Parsing this, firearms accounted for approximately 31,000 deaths in 2009, of which just over 60% were suicides. Table 11 of the CDC report shows an overall suicide rate of 12.0/100,000. Canada reported a suicide rate of 11.5/100,000 for 2009. Britain reported a rate of 17.0/100,000 for men and 5.3/100,000 for women in 2010 with rates relatively consistent from 2006 to 2010, the study period of their report. According to a Huffington Post article, Japan’s rate was 24.4/100,000 in 2009.

Western countries with varying firearms restrictions have similar or higher suicide rates, suggesting that suicide rates are independent of the means available. So if guns weren’t available here in the US, the suicide rate wouldn’t be materially affected. That’ means we can remove suicides by firearm in the total number of firearms deaths since they would likely have happened anyway. That leaves about 12,000 firearms deaths, with most being homicides.

According to Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s press release on December 17,

A Justice Department study found the Assault Weapons Ban was responsible for a 6.7 percent decline in total gun murders. However, since the 2004 expiration of the bill, assault weapons have been used in at least 459 incidents, resulting in 385 deaths and 455 injuries.

This is blatant cherry-picking of the stats and her press release doesn’t bother to cite the actual study. For the sake of discussion, let’s take the numbers (but not her claims) at face value.

In eight years, that averages to about 48 deaths per year due to “assault weapons.” That’s only 0.4% of firearms homicides using the 2009 CDC data. If these numbers are correct, then a reinstituted “assault weapon” ban can have only the smallest effect on firearm homicides.

What about her claim that the 1994 AWB was responsible for a 6.7 percent decline in gun murders? The 2011 Department of Justice Report I looked at doesn’t seem to support this and makes no reference at all to “assault weapons.” Homicide rates climbed from between 4 to 5/100,000 in the late 1950’s to just over 10/100,000 in 1980. Quoting from the report:

In the last decade (since 2000) the homicide rate declined to levels last seen in the mid-1960s:

  • The homicide rate doubled from the early 1960s to the late 1970s, increasing from 4.6 per 100,000 U.S. residents in 1962 to 9.7 per 100,000 by 1979.
  • In 1980 the rate peaked at 10.2 per 100,000 and subsequently fell to 7.9 per 100,000 in 1984.
  • The rate rose again in the late 1980s and early 1990s to another peak in 1991 of 9.8 per 100,000.
  • The homicide rate declined sharply from 9.3 homicides per 100,000 in 1992 to 4.8 homicides per 100,000 in 2010.

The report shows no increase in homicide rates after expiration of the AWB in 2004. The Bureau of Justice Statisics shows the sharp decline in non-fatal firearms-related crime since 1993. Note that there is no lasting increase after 2004 when the AWB expired.


How do these falling homicide and firearms-related crime rates relate to the number of firearms in public hands? It seems they don’t. According to the FBI’sNational Instant Check System (NICS) statistics, the number of background checks for firearms purchases from Federal Firearms Licensees went from just over 9,000,000 in 1999 to almost 17,000,000 for 2012 (as of November 31) with a total of almost 158 million since December of 1998 when the system went into operation. The vast majority of these checks probably resulted in the sale of new firearms.

The actual numbers are uncertain, but it is probably safe to assume that at least 100 million firearms entered civilian ownership in the past ten years. Current estimates are that Americans own 270-300 million firearms (there are numerous sources for these estimates). That means there are likely 50% more firearms today than there were just ten years ago — yet firearms crime hasn’t risen. There seems to be no connection between gun ownership and gun violence, in spite of many writers’ efforts to compare US ownership rates to those of violent third world countries.

Even if we assume that gun control would be an effective way to reduce homicides, how effective is it? CNN had a bubbly, optimistic story on December 16about Australia’s gun control initiative after a mass shooting there in 1996 that killed 35. The story reports that the firearms homicide rate declined by 50% down under following implementation of strict gun control laws. That may be the case, but according to Australian Government data, homicides peaked in 1999 at 344 and declined to 229 in 2010, a reduction of 34% in actual numbers.

According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) statistics, the number of homicides in the US also fell during the same period, from 19,645 in 1996 to 12,996 in 2010. That’s a decline of… (wait for it…) 34%, the same decline as seen in Australia — with now AWB here. Oh, and knives are now the leading murder weapon of choice (39%) in Oz according to the same Australian report.

The ugly truth is that homicide rates vary greatly by social and economic class according to the UCR data. But that’s a topic for an entirely different conversation about guns. There’s a reason the citizens of Newtown felt safe. Unfortunately, mass murder by deranged persons is a fact of life, even in supposedly safe locations. The most deadly mass killing at a US school occurred in 1927 in Bath Township, Michigan when a begrudged individual set off bombs, killing 38 at an elementary school. While he used a rifle to set off the last blast, he did shot no one.

Our media fixate on sensational stories and our politicians react to the resulting public agitation. As I said at the beginning, events like this are tragic and sickening, but they don’t make for good public policy decisions. Think 9/11 and the hastily-passed Patriot Act which gave us TSA security theater and a growing surveillance state. More restrictive firearms laws enacted after a horrific crime will only serve to restrict the rights of law abiding citizens without any a meaningful effect on actual crime rates.

It’s easy to be willing to restrict the rights of others that we don’t exercise ourselves. If someone has no interest in firearms, and many urban dwellers do not, it’s easy for that person to say the Second Amendment doesn’t matter and guns should be restricted to law enforcement and the military. But selectively trampling on rights is a dangerous road, particularly with virtually no demonstrated public benefit.


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I would like a little vanessa lake in my life....  
12:31am 11/11/2012
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ooh, want...  
10:15pm 11/10/2012
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My BBQ sauce recipe  
10:00pm 04/10/2012
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2 cups BBQ sauce, plainer the better
3 Tbl Spoons Honey
2 Tbl Spoons A1 Sauce
2 Tbl Spoons Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tea Spoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 Tea Spoon Old Bay
1.5 Tea Spoon Lemon Juice
1.5 Tea Spoon Salt
1/2 Tea Spoon Pepper
1/2 Tea Spoon Sage
1/2 Tea Spoon Garlic Powder

Bring a whole mess of water to a boil, put about two pounds of ribs in it. reduce to simmer, let it do that for two hours.
Then you make two envelopes with heavy duty Alum foil, Split your ribs into two portions, cover with that sauce, and bake at 250 for two hours. mmmmmhmmmmmmmm. Mischief Managed. Served them bitches over some RICE?! are you shitting me?

SO good.....
mood: fullfull
music: Resident Evil 6, last boss fight music
tags: food
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We built this city...now let's build this house!  
01:03pm 01/10/2012
Surely this is the best of all possible worlds...

Home water heating costs can be reduced with these panels :

On walkways and patios, the paving itself can provide power using this technology from the netherlands:

The flooring itself can generate piezoelectric energy from footfalls using pavegen tiles:

Surfaces near any solar or kinetic electricity collection devices can be used to store the energy itself, reducing loss associated with transfer, using this rechargable battery paint devoloped by Rice university:

Smaller electrical needs could be born by these heel-mounted devices. possibly, a docking station than takes the energy from the shoe and adds it to the home battery?

the windows of course should house translucent photovalic surfaces, such as these designed by UCLA or the film introduced earlier this year by 3M :

While it would not GENERATE power, some of the power COSTS that would usually be wasted can be recouped using technology similar to the BioLite stove:

More as I stumble on it!
mood: productiveproductive
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Some rules I thought I'd write  
03:16am 07/07/2012
Surely this is the best of all possible worlds...
Treat others as you wish to be treated
Treat others the way they deserve to be treated.
Don't accept disrespect from anyone.
Own your faults
apologize often.
Say "I love you" to everyone you love, often.
Be concise, even blunt.
Be honest.
Don't tell people more than they need to hear.
Perform every action in life as if you a world class professional at that task.
Do your best, every day, in everything.
When your best isn't good enough, get better.
in fact, DOMINATE your failures. show them who's boss by overwhelmingly overcoming adversity.
Practice everything.
Don't leave any task incomplete, or any fight unfinished.
Be proud of who you are.
Let yourself be impressed and awed by who other people are.
Trust your gut.
Judge books by their covers. Some of my favorite books I read because they were pretty.
admit when you're wrong.
It's better to not know than to lie or guess wrong. If you don't know, say so, then FIND OUT.
mood: uncomfortableuncomfortable
music: Jimmy Eat World - 3 - The Middle
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god damnit, africa.....  
03:27pm 17/06/2012
Surely this is the best of all possible worlds...
"the Ethiopian government passed legislation criminalizing the use of voice over IP services like Skype on May 24th that has unto now gone widely unreported by the international press. The law appears to have given the Ethiopian government wide ranging control over electronic communication in the country, including the power to imprison individuals for up to 15 years for using a VoIP service."

Yep. They aren't primitive in africa. just different....
mood: angryangry
music: Death Cab For Cutie - 6 - Tiny Vessels
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I need a thumper, and i like metrics!  
03:25pm 17/06/2012
Surely this is the best of all possible worlds...
So, taking positive and negative mentions into account, we have approval numbers looking like this :

+ .458 SOCOM - score: 19 - %38
+ .450 Bushmaster - score: 16 - %32
+ .50 Beowulf - score: 15 - %30
mood: productiveproductive
music: The Pixies - 20 - I've Been Tired
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04:07am 06/06/2012
Surely this is the best of all possible worlds...

ATS Tactical M4 Modular Chest Harness - $117.95

Recon Series Chest rig With Pockets - $150

Mayflower 5,56 Hybrid Rig - $180

Mayflower UW Chest Rig - $200

OSOE M4/AK Micro Rig - $110

OSOE Modular NSW Chest Rig - $350

BDS Tactical The Beat Rapid Deployment 4 Mag - $130

762 Tactical Operator Chest Rig - $125

762 tactical Ultra Low Profile Chest Rig - $45

London Bridge Trading Co Low Profile Chest Vest - $202

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06:42pm 22/05/2012
Surely this is the best of all possible worlds...
Ze frank is the only thing i should do on the internet other than work.

In his video entitled "Finishing" he mentions that his "Spoiler" is the shadows of Old Teachers, Bullies, and bad interactions from the past.

I realize my "Spoilers" are :

Laurie Leach - My Aunt and Principal of RCDS, my elementary school.
Conrad Otero - Buyer, The Edge
Rachel Schindler - Owner, The Edge
Elizabeth Prince - Owner, Grommet Collectibles
Randall Grommet - Owner, Grommet Collectibles
Josh Lee - Strider Knives
Eric Glesser - VP, Spyderco
Mr Burns - Principal, Woodcrest Christian high school.

And that's it.

Some of my Internal design team is :
James Williams
Duane Dwyer
Patrick Ma
Evan Wong
Shelby Chan
Mick Strider
Gian Almazan
Gil Hibben
Frank Lloyd Wright
music: Kennedy - 1 - Karate
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There's a thunder in our hearts, baby  
08:36pm 11/05/2012
Surely this is the best of all possible worlds...
It doesn't hurt me.
You wanna feel how it feels?
You wanna know, know that it doesn't hurt me?
You wanna hear about the deal I'm making?
You be running up that hill
You and me be running up that hill

And if I only could,
Make a deal with God,
And get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
Be running up that building.
If I only could, oh...

You don't want to hurt me,
But see how deep the bullet lies.
Unaware that I'm tearing you asunder.
There is thunder in our hearts, baby.
So much hate for the ones we love?
Tell me, we both matter, don't we?

You, be running up that hill
You and me, be running up that hill
You and me won't be unhappy.

And if I only could,
Make a deal with God,
And get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
Be running up that building,
If I only could, oh...

'C'mon, baby, c'mon, c'mon, darling,
Let me steal this moment from you now.
C'mon, angel, c'mon, c'mon, darling,
Let's exchange the experience, oh...'

And if I only could,
Make a deal with God,
And get him to swap our places,
Be running up that road,
Be running up that hill,
With no problems [x2]

'If I only could, be running up that hill.' [x7]

mood: drunkdrunk
music: Placebo - 1 - Running Up That Hill
tags: love, lyrics, music
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02:39am 11/05/2012
Surely this is the best of all possible worlds...
The movie Drive messed me up, I'm having permanently-set-in-nighttime Loner fantasies again.

Why am I not a stoic introverted anti-hero?
mood: contemplativecontemplative
music: Desire - 2/19 - Under Your Spell
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I must profess / that i can not acquiesce  
01:43am 11/05/2012
Surely this is the best of all possible worlds...

Fools in love, well are there any other kinds of lovers?
Fools in love, is there any other kind of pain?

Everything you do, everywhere you go now
Everything you touch, everything you feel
Everything you see, everything you know now
Everything you do, you do it for your baby
Love your baby, lobe your baby
Love your baby, love...

Fools in love, are there any creatures more pathetic?
Fools in love, never knowing when they've lost the game

Everything you do, everywhere you go now
Everything you touch, everything you feel
Everything you see, everything you know now
Everything you do, you do it for your baby
Love your baby, love your baby
Love your baby, love...

Fools in love they think they're heroes
'Cause they get to feel no pain
I say fools in love are zeros
I should know, I should know
Because this fool's in love again

Fools in love, gently hold each others hands forever
Fools in love, gently tear each other limb from limb

Everything you do, everywhere you go now
Everything you touch, everything you feel
Everything you do, even your rock 'n' roll now
Nothing mean a thing except you and your baby
Love your baby, love your baby
Love your baby, love...

Fools in love they think they're heroes
'Cause they get to feel no pain
I say fools in love are zeros
I should know, I should know
Because this fool's in love again
mood: contemplativecontemplative
music: Plus/Minus - 8 - Profession
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I always enjoy this list, even if i do post it once a year or so.....  
01:49pm 10/05/2012
Surely this is the best of all possible worlds...
1.If the enemy is in range, so are you.
2.Incoming fire has the right of way.
3.Don't look conspicuous, it draws fire.
4.There is always a way, and it usually doesn't work.
5.The problem with the easy way out is that it has already been mined.
6.Try to look unimportant, they may be low on ammo.
7.Professionals are predictable, it's the amateurs that are dangerous.
8.The enemy invariably attacks on two occasions:
1.when you're ready for them.
2.when you're not ready for them.
9.Teamwork is essential, it gives them someone else to shoot at.
10.If you can't remember, then the claymore IS pointed at you.
11.The enemy diversion you have been ignoring will be the main attack.
12.A "sucking chest wound" is nature's way of telling you to slow down.
13.If your attack is going well, then it's an ambush.
14.Never draw fire, it irritates everyone around you.
15.Anything you do can get you shot, including nothing.
16.If you build yourself a bunker that's tough for the enemy to get into quickly, then you won't be able to get out of it quickly either.
17.Never share a foxhole with anyone braver than yourself.
18.If you're short of everything but the enemy, you're in a combat zone.
19.When you've secured the area, don't forget to tell the enemy.
20.Never forget that your weapon is made by the lowest bidder.
21.Friendly fire isn't.
22.If the sergeant can see you, so can the enemy.
23.Never stand when you can sit, never sit when you can lie down, never stay awake when you can sleep.
24.The most dangerous thing in the world is a second lieutenant with a map and a compass.
25.There is no such thing as an atheist in a foxhole.
26.A grenade with a seven second fuse will always burn down in four seconds.
27.Remember, a retreating enemy is probably just falling back and regrouping.
28.If at first you don't succeed call in an air-strike.
29.Exceptions prove the rule, and destroy the battle plan.
30.Everything always works in your HQ, everything always fails in the colonel's HQ.
31.The enemy never watches until you make a mistake.
32.One enemy soldier is never enough, but two is entirely too many.
33.A clean (and dry) set of BDU's is a magnet for mud and rain.
34.Whenever you have plenty of ammo, you never miss. Whenever you are low on ammo, you can't hit the broad side of a barn.
35.The more a weapon costs, the farther you will have to send it away to be repaired.
36.Field experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.
37.Interchangeable parts aren't.
38.No matter which way you have to march, its always uphill.
39.If enough data is collected, a board of inquiry can prove ANYTHING.
40.For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
41.The one item you need is always in short supply.
42.The worse the weather, the more you are required to be out in it.
43.The complexity of a weapon is inversely proportional to the IQ of the weapon's operator.
44.Airstrikes always overshoot the target, artillery always falls short.
45.When reviewing the radio frequencies that you just wrote down, the most important ones are always illegible
46.Those who hesitate under fire usually do not end up KIA or WIA.
47.The tough part about being an officer is that the troops don't know what they want, but they know for certain what they DON'T want.
48.To steal information from a person is called plagiarism. To steal information from the enemy is called gathering intelligence.
49.The weapon that usually jams when you need it the most is the M60.
50.The perfect officer for the job will transfer in the day after that billet is filled by someone else.
51.When you have sufficient supplies & ammo, the enemy takes 2 weeks to attack. When you are low on supplies & ammo the enemy decides to attack that night.
52.The newest and least experienced soldier will usually win the Congressional Medal Of Honor.
53.A Purple Heart just goes to prove that were you smart enough to think of a plan, stupid enough to try it, and lucky enough to survive.
54.Murphy was a grunt.
mood: bouncybouncy
music: Regina Spektor - 12 - One More Time With Feeling
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11:27pm 05/05/2012
Surely this is the best of all possible worlds...
Areas i feel i have not prepared thoroughly enough :
Non-firearms Training
mood: li'l drunk
tags: teotwawki
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I'm not bored, I'm avoiding responsibility.  
11:45am 01/05/2012
Surely this is the best of all possible worlds...
You are in high school.
You dropped out of high school.
You graduated within the last 5 years.
You live on your own.
You live within 20 minutes of your best friend.
You live within 20 minutes of the last person you kissed.

You live within 20 minutes of your ex.
You have hugged someone in the last 48 hours.
You have been to the movies within the last week.
You have had 3 or more boyfriends/girlfriends just this year.
You have been a designated driver.
You have broken merchandise and not paid for it.
You have played strip poker.

You are Catholic.
You are atheist.
You recycle regularly.
You are a brunette.
You have dated a blonde.
You are friends with a redhead.
You are taller than your mum.
You have a bank account.
You’ve written a check for less than $5.

You have visited the Statue of Liberty.
You have visited the Eiffel Tower.
You have visited Big Ben.
You have visited the Colosseum.
You have visited The Great Wall of China.
You have never been out of the country.
You have been a waiter/waitress.
You own a Bible.
You own something with a Pentagram on it.

You have used a Ouija Board.
You have been a witch for Halloween.
You have been a zombie for Halloween.
You have been a Disney character for Halloween.
You don’t celebrate Halloween.
You have your belly button pierced.
You have your tongue pierced.
You have your eyebrow pierced.
You have a Monroe piercing.
You have your nose pierced.
You have more than 4 piercings.
You have a stretcher/tunnel.
You have an ankle tattoo.
You have a wrist tattoo.
You have a back tattoo.
You have no tattoos.
You have more than 5 tattoos.
You straighten your hair.
You have worn a dress in the last 3 days.
You live somewhere that gets snow.
You celebrate Hanukkah.
You were at your own house last New Year’s.
You were at a bar last New Year’s.

You slept through last New Year’s.
You have worked on Christmas Eve.
You have worked on Christmas.
You have been told ‘I love you’ by someone today.
You were told by someone who’s not family.
You slept in your own bed last night.

You are dating the last person you kissed.
You regret kissing the last person you kissed.
You enjoyed your last kiss.
You are wearing a necklace right now.
You are wearing something red.
You are wearing something blue.
You are wearing something purple.
Your phone number ends with an even number.
You have kissed the last person you called/texted.
You are currently listening to music.
You are waiting for something.

You don’t like seafood.
You have eaten deer sausage.
You have given a complete stranger your phone number.
You have been hit on at work.

You have been hit on by someone more than 20 years older than you.
You have been whistled at.
You were creeped out by it.
You are a good speller.
You are very punctual.

You were dating someone in December of 2008.
You are still dating that person.
You have been cheated on.
You have been on a cruise ship.
You have camped out in your own backyard.
You are wearing something that doesn’t belong to you.
You are a Pisces.
You are an Aquarius.
You are a Leo.
You are a Capricorn.
You have Irish heritage.
You have Polish heritage.
You have Japanese heritage.
You have Israeli heritage.
You have German heritage.
You have Portuguese heritage.
You have French heritage.
You have Norweigan heritage.
You have Korean heritage.
You were born in May.
You were born in June.
You were born in October.
You wonder what will happen when you die.
You are afraid of the dark.
You write in all capital letters.
You have been told you have nice handwriting.
You have had a song written for you.
You want a song written for you.
You have had a picture drawn of you.

You have curly hair.
You are wearing a watch.
You are wearing flip flops.
You wouldn’t date someone who smoked.
You know someone with the same birthday as you.
You are a morning person.
You are a night owl.
You slept in past 10am today.

You have big plans for next weekend.
You are thinking of someone right now.
Your job is stressing you out.

You don’t have a job.
You have never had a job.
You were fired from your last job.
You know sign language. (Some of it)
You will usually try something at least once.

You have been swimming in the last month.
You are pessimistic by nature.
You have taken a ballet class.
You have taken karate.
You have taken gymnastics.
You wish on shooting stars.
You wish at 11:11.
Your birthday has already come this year.
You have been in a relationship that lasted longer than a year.
You ended your last relationship.

Your ex ended your last relationship.
You aren’t over your ex.
You have gone after someone you knew was bad for you.
You have let someone use you.

You are engaged.
You are married.
You are divorced.
You have a child.
You were/are a teenage mom.
You are an otaku.
You are a cosplayer.
You were named after someone.
You like your name.

Your last drink was water.
You have visited somewhere said to be ‘haunted’.
You have skipped school just because you didn’t feel like going.
You have taken medicine when you ‘feel a headache coming on’.
You are self-conscious about your body.
You have had a hangover.

You have pet fish.
You have had a Jehovah’s Witness show up at your house.
You have lived on a farm.
You have lived in a trailer.
You have lived in Montana.
You have godparents.
Your parents are still married.
You have step-siblings.
You are the oldest.
You are adopted.
You have a twin.
You don’t want kids.
You want more than four kids.
You have a bad temper.
You have made out with a complete stranger.
You usually make the first move in an intimate situation.

You can voice-act.
You have broken your arm.
You have had to get stitches on your face.

You have had an MRI.
Your fingernails are painted.
Your fingernails are painted black.
You like to read.
You like to cook.
You like to draw.
You like to sing.

You can play an instrument.
You keep a lot of secrets from people.
You don’t think people would accept you if they really got to know you.
You don’t trust people easily.
You borrowed something you really need to give back to someone.
You drive a car older than a 2002.
You have lost a friend you never thought you would.

You know a child who died of cancer.
You know a teenager who died in a car wreck.
You have done something illegal in the past 24 hours.

You have cut your hair in the last week.
You wear glasses.
You have been pulled over for speeding.
You love to drive with the windows down.

Your favourite season is Autumn.
Your favourite colour is orange.
Your favourite animal is a dolphin.
You have scars.
You are ashamed of them.
You last rode in a car with a relative.
You last rode in a car with a girl.

You last rode in a car with the person you are dating.
You regularly watch Asian dramas.
You love Chinese food.

Your best friend is older than you.
You have to go to school/work tomorrow.
You have smoked.
You have tried weed.
You have had vodka.
You are in a relationship.
You answered every question truthfully.
music: Popnoname - 9 - Mother Earth
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I explained this to someone and thought i'd record it here  
09:13pm 09/04/2012
Surely this is the best of all possible worlds...
My philosophy has always been : when I'm dead, and the coroner has my body laid out, he'll be looking at the story of my life, all the peaks, all the valleys, all the loves, all the tribulations. I can talk for hours about my tattoos, NONE of them are for show, or even to TELL the story. they're just for me. my own little visual rosary. a diary i carry.

mood: calmcalm
music: Sneaker Pimps - 3 - Post-Modern Sleaze (Salt City Orchestra Nightclub Mix)
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Pour yourself a friend!  
05:09am 09/04/2012
Surely this is the best of all possible worlds...
I cannot stop listening to :

Tell her what i said - The Sadies
Alcohol - Gogol Bordello
Tiny Vessels - Death Cab For Cutie
The Prayer - Bloc Party
Pages - Fuck Art, Let's Dance
All I Ever Wanted - Amick Byram

I don't FEEL like I'm depressed and listless, but my music library is TELLING me i am.

Especially since Tiny Vessels is the number one thing I've been listening to lately. I dunno.

I wish i felt.......conviction.
mood: indescribableindescribable
music: Richard Kelly - 2 - Water Pistol
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"Hello tiger, it's great fun, talking with you... like this, in fact: I'm going to do it more often  
02:17am 30/11/2011
Surely this is the best of all possible worlds...
This song used to make me cry.

Then it didn't.

Now it does.

I'd never seen the video. I probably shouldn't have watched it. But apparently now i need to learn to play this, so i can play it for my son, regularly, until he knows the words, and knows it's his song.

ugh. Fuck. I want kids, man.....

Good morning, son.
I am a bird
Wearing a brown polyester shirt
You want a coke?
Maybe some fries?
The roast beef combo's only $9.95
It's okay, you don't have to pay
I've got all the change

Everybody knows
It hurts to grow up
And everybody does
It's so weird to be back here
Let me tell you what
The years go on and
We're still fighting it, we're still fighting it
And you're so much like me
I'm sorry

Good morning, son
In twenty years from now
Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
And I can tell you 'bout today
And how I picked you up and everything changed
It was pain
Sunny days and rain
I knew you'd feel the same things

Everybody knows
It sucks to grow up
And everybody does
It's so weird to be back here.
Let me tell you what
The years go on and
We're still fighting it, we're still fighting it
You'll try and try and one day you'll fly
Away from me

Good morning, son
I am a bird

It was pain
Sunny days and rain
I knew you'd feel the same things

Everybody knows
It hurts to grow up
And everybody does
It's so weird to be back here.
Let me tell you what
The years go on and
We're still fighting it, we're still fighting it
Oh, we're still fighting it, we're still fighting it

And you're so much like me
I'm sorry...
mood: indescribableindescribable
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I really do hate posting music and links and whatnot, but this is both retarded and touches me great  
04:44am 20/11/2011
Surely this is the best of all possible worlds...

She's got style
she rips it off my back and puts it on her coat hook
She won't smile
you'd best avert your eyes and not give her a second look
Things she wants
not a companion but some pages in her journal
Things go wrong
we started equal but it got way too paternal

She wants a coat made of my leather, and my fur, and my nails
She's always cold despite the weather, she needs sun, she's so pale
You think she's had enough, it's not enough,
she always wants more She always wants more of my leather, and my fur, and my nails.

Things she wants
not a companion but some pages in her journal
Things go wrong
I wouldn't dare to all but keep it all internal
You can't realize the danger that I'm in
If she calls me, I'm not home

She wants a coat made of my leather, and my fur, and my nails
She's always cold despite the weather, she needs sun, she's so pale
You think she's had enough, it's not enough,
she always wants more She always wants more of my leather, and my fur, and my nails.

Take me out of water, shrink me in the dryer
Strut around and let the world know what disaster means
Take me out of water, shrink me in the dryer
I don't suit my skin.
mood: tiredtired
music: Stepdad - 8/8 - Kings and Centipedes
tags: lyrics, music
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Lord teach us to Care.....  
03:58am 19/11/2011
Surely this is the best of all possible worlds...
I realize i have a problem with not wanting to offend, and not wanting to hurt peoples feelings, but I actually REGRET that tonight. Can you imagine the odds?
mood: crushedcrushed
music: Rammstein - 8 - Klavier
tags: drama, mckenna
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