So, so close

A Michigan man is recovering after shooting himself through the crotch while adjusting his .40-caliber Glock, reports The Detroit Free Press.

According to police in the Detroit suburb of Birmingham, it could have been worse.

But not much, not much at all.

(The story.)

An evening in June

An evening in June by Ted Compton
An evening in June, a photo by Ted Compton on Flickr.

The danger of oxygen overdose

And just imagine what could happen if we ever had a bacon shortage.

Is this too grim to contemplate?


What, do the Greeks get blamed for everything?

Between 1910 and 1913, surgeon George Levick traveled with Robert Scott through Antarctica on a mission to reach the South Pole. Along the way, Scott's team recorded their observations of Antarctica and its wildlife, observations that were later published in scientific journals. At least, most of the observations were published. Some of Levick's notes ended up being left out of the official journals, only printed in pamphlet form, like some kind of academic Tijuana Bible.

The reason: Those notes were full of Levick's horrified documentation of depraved penguin sex acts—tales so unfit for polite society that Levick actually wrote most of them in Greek, rather than English.

Apparently. Here's a link to the rest of the story.


All the green

All the green by Ted Compton
All the green, a photo by Ted Compton on Flickr.

This piece is, IMO, pretty hilarious

Why Hasn't Jose Antonio Vargas Been Deported?

…Despite the fact that the Obama administration deported a record 396,906 in fiscal year 2011, Vargas wasn't one of them.

The whole article is here.

Too clever by half

In growing numbers, once-confident Democrats now say President Barack Obama could lose the November election.

The hand-wringing reflects real worries among Democrats about Obama's ability to beat Republican rival Mitt Romney, who has proven to be a stronger candidate than many expected. But it's also a political strategy aimed at rallying major donors who may have become complacent.

(Emphasis mine. Here's the link.)

Watch this one blow up.


If it were Georgie doing stuff like this the hard-core lefty blogs would be screaming their heads off nonstop. But now, barely a word.

They keep saying Romney is such a worse choice than Obama, but name one person Romney has ordered blown up from a drone.

I'll wait.

Next: Awesome drone wars!

(Reuters) - Venezuela is building unmanned drone aircraft as part of military cooperation with Iran and other allies, President Hugo Chavez said, in a move likely to heighten U.S. anxiety over his socialist government's role in the region.

Referring to a Spanish media report that U.S. prosecutors are investigating drone production in Venezuela, Chavez said late on Wednesday: "Of course we're doing it, and we have the right to. We are a free and independent country."

The whole thing.

50 spectacular photos

From the New York City municipal archive, published by Atlantic, viewable here.


Good advice

Frederick Forsyth's new thriller, "The Cobra," reviewed by Patrick Anderson

There's some good writing in "The Cobra," and fans of military adventures may delight in it. Forsyth remains a master of logistics, but the novel's plot is often unconvincing, and the war on cocaine finally becomes a fantasy that spins out of control. After I finished the novel, I picked up "The Dogs of War" (1974), Forsyth's third novel, which I'd never read. It concerns some mercenaries who set out to conquer a small African nation. It's brilliant, fascinating, reminiscent of Ernest Hemingway's work. "The Cobra," by contrast, too often reminded me of Tom Clancy. If you want Forsyth at his best -- which is very, very good -- go back to those early novels.

"The Cobra" is recommended if you just want a little two-dimensional mayhem to clear the air, but we'll be leaving it off the official book list. Nonetheless, the reviewer's advice about "The Dogs of War" is warmly seconded, and of course there's always "The Day of the Jackal." 

Democrats have been holding their noses for so long they've damaged their brains

Democrats are becoming more and more vocal in expressing to their donor base the need to pony up funds to outside spending groups — the same third-party groups that still make many Democratic supporters cringe. On Tuesday, the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee became the latest to tell Democrats to hold their nose and send money — fast.

The rest of the story here.


And with a perfectly straight face, too

WASHINGTON — The United States on Monday voiced concern after Russian police raided the homes of top protest leaders ahead of a planned mass rally in Moscow against President Vladimir Putin.

Read more here.



iphone photo:  Phil Compton