atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#5522: This is IRRITATING

Sunday night I was up until 6 AM writing. Got spotty sleep thereafter, and was ready for bed when Mrs. Fungus hit the hay Monday evening.

She woke me up twice, telling me I was snoring too loudly, so I got out of bed to avoid disturbing her. That was 1 AM.

Have barely managed any sleep since--two hours on the sofa--due to panic attack, despite Xanax. I can barely keep my eyes open now, but I can't sleep.

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California state legislature has taken a step towards becoming a sanctuary state. They're going to defy federal immigration laws state-wide.

Next time they want federal funds for anything, tell 'em to go scratch.

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Related: "Letting unauthorized immigrants [translation: ILLEGAL ALIENS] get driver’s licenses makes roads safer". Know what else makes roads safer? Tossing illegal aliens out of the damned country, that's what.

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Being shot to death is an occupational hazard for armed robbers. If you enter someone's home illegally, with the intent of stealing from them, and you are shot dead, it's your own damned fault.

The dead useless extrusion's grandfather:
What these three boys did was stupid. They knew they could be punished for it but they did not deserve to die. Brass knuckles against an AR-15, come on, who was afraid for their life? There’s got to be a limit to that law. I mean he shot all three of them; there was no need for that.
So let's review the criteria for the use of lethal force. Instead of reinventing the wheel, I'm going to quote Larry Correia:
To be legally justified in using lethal force against somebody you need to meet the following criteria.

1) They have the Ability to cause you serious bodily harm.
2) They have the Opportunity to cause you serious bodily harm.
3) They are acting in a manner which suggests they are an Immediate Threat of serious bodily harm.

If your encounter fits these three criteria, then you are usually legally justified in using lethal force.
So let's look at this case.

1) Ability: you just try getting hit with a pair of brass knuckles. They can be every bit as lethal as a firearm.

2) Opportunity: the thugs were inside the guy's house.

3) Immediate Threat: three armed thugs broke into the guy's house while he was home.

"There was no need for that", you say? Guess what: that's not for you to decide.

* * *

During my insomniac period last night I discovered a couple of things.

1) Netflix has Fawlty Towers. Oh yeah.

2) At least some of the anime on Netflix is subtitled.

Then I watched The Wraith, vintage 1987(?), for old times' sake. It's been a couple of decades since I last saw that movie. Oh, it's not very good (at least B movie, possibly C or D) but I still managed to find it entertaining.

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Finally bought a new alarm clock. The old one--not sure how long I've had it, but I bought it in Cedar Rapids, so it's at least 14 years old. The buttons used to set the time and the alarm time are getting flaky; if I want to set the alarm, I first have to repeatedly press buttons to get the time to change, and then--like as not--just as I get close to the desired time, suddenly it'll rip through a half dozen or so hours as I let go of the button, and I'll have to wade back in.

But I wanted actually to look at the alarm clock, on display, and try out the various functions. I hate alarm clocks on which you press a single button and the time just counts up; I want to be able to adjust hours and minutes individually. When I was at Menards last week I found an alarm clock display there, and had a gander, and ended up buying one. It's actually a little nicer than the one it replaces, having a large-format display and two alarm settings.

My only quarrel is that there's no easy way to check what time the alarms are set to. Instead of pressing a button to see when the alarm is set for, you must actually go into the mode to set the time. It's not a deal breaker.

Couple of neat things: the two alarms sound different. Also, when you hit the snooze button, the alarm status indicator for that alarm blinks.

$12. Last clock was $10. Can't complain.

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From Saturday morning through Monday evening, I added 25 pages to Apocalyptic Visions. Shit's starting to hit the fan, and I am now within a handful of pages of the beginning of the actual shooting. Monday was such a short sleep day, though, I just ran out of steam.

So I saved what I had and hit the shower, preparing to go to the store for a few things; and while showering I had a sudden burst of inspiration, so I finished my shower and dried off posthaste, and then added the segment I'd thought of while bathing. That brought yesterday's contribution up to about six or seven pages, all told.

I have a couple of minor errands to run today, but a fiver says the day will otherwise be a lost cause. I simply have not had enough sleep over the past two days.

Well, could be worse, right?

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Oh, incidentally: It is starting to look as if the whole thing with the "unmasking" of names in NSA intercepts was "...a direct, targeted attempt of the Obama administration to utilize the full force of the U.S. intelligence apparatus to take down a political adversary."

And not to put too fine a point on it, "...the only apparent illegal activity was the unmasking of the people in the calls."

Understand this: this is leaking intelligence information, which is a felony.

Of course, the Democrats thought they'd walk away with the White House, which is probably why they decided to do all this crap. "Rule of law" is for peasants.

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Man, am I tired.

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