The bureaucratic mindset

ThouWrds09Depressingly, there are people who wouldn’t regard this as a joke. They’d nod sagely and approve of it, for the children’s safety, donchaknow.

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Oh, yes!

1938-Buick-Y-Job-Delahaye135MSA Buick (1938) and a Delahaye 135MS.  Magnificent excess.
In our Brave New World we have the Prius metrosexual shopping trolley. Sewing machines with a personality bypass.

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Erect and rumbling

harp  Sheesh…the minds of CR readers! The title refers to the wind-harp series 1.  Now to tune the slots and fit piano wires. With enough wind, the pipe emits the  low rumbling didgeridoo growl I’m aiming for, while the white prototype on the left of the big pipe sounds like a fairy flute, proving that size does matter.

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America’s elected dictator:

Obama to ban bullets by executive action, threatens top-selling AR-15 rifle
It’s starting.
As promised, President Obama is using executive actions to impose gun control on the nation, targeting the top-selling rifle in the country, the AR-15 style semi-automatic, with a ban on one of the most-used AR bullets by sportsmen and target shooters.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives this month revealed that it is proposing to put the ban on 5.56 mm ammo on a fast track, immediately driving up the price of the bullets and prompting retailers, including the huge outdoors company Cabela’s, to urge sportsmen to urge Congress to stop the president….’

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Open house

graffitiIt’s Friday. Open a beer and hold forth.

Thanks to the person who mailed me the pic.

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A small step

in the right direction:
Austria Bans Foreign Funding for Mosques, Forces Imams to Speak German
‘..A remarkable 75 percent of Austrians believed the government had realised too late that immigrant Muslims presented a threat to the country, and even larger majorities thought increased police and surveillance of mosques was called for.’

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Colonel B. Bunny nails it:

‘He sure as hell doesn’t.

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Buy that man a beer!

Para becomes first living VC recipient of Afghan war
He said his only fear was that he would let down the Parachute Regiment…’
Very typical of 1Bn.

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Dear Ms Harf-wit:

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NZ’s flag: A farce in aid of a predetermined outcome.

‘The Government has announced the panel charged with selecting a shortlist of new flag designs, including reality television guru Julie Christie, businessman Rod Drury, former Defence Force chief Lieutenant General Rhys Jones and sporting legends Beatrice Faumina and Sir Brian Lochore.
Deputy Prime Minister Bill English announced the Flag Consideration Panel today, which will be chaired by John Burrows, the former deputy chancellor of the University of Canterbury. Writer Kate de Goldi is the deputy chair.
Others include Nicky Bell, the chief executive of ad agency Saatchi and Saatchi; former Dunedin Mayor Peter Chin, youth councillor Stephen Jones, academic Malcolm Mulholland and Maori studies academic Hana O’Regan…’   Link
Not a single tradesperson, small business owner, farmer, doctor…….you get the picture. And the agenda.

UPDATE:   Redbaiter over at TrueBlue NZ  has some thoughts on this.

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