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Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The Age of Men is over

John Scalzi @scalzi Jun 30
Let it be known that my daughter can lift more than I do. Because she's on her school's weightlifting team, and also because she's awesome.
It's hard to decide what is funnier:
  1. John Scalzi proudly and publicly announcing that his daughter can lift more weight than he can.
  2. John Scalzi's apparent surprise at the fact that he is mocked and considered less than a man for this fact.
  3. John Scalzi promptly attempting to hide behind his daughter.
  4. The reactions of the rabbits rushing to assuage his wounded feelings.
John Scalzi @scalzi Jul 1
ME: Some dudes online are making fun of me because you lift more than I can. DAUGHTER: That's because they're pathetic losers, dad. #point

Bo Bolander ‏@BBolander
@scalzi I'll bet she could snap them over her knee like so much kindling.

Jonathan Sick ‏@jonathansick
@scalzi Parenting #win

Michael Jewell ‏@MichaelJewell78
@scalzi two points for good parenting!

Rafe B. ‏@etcet
@scalzi *fistbump of strength prowess for the young one*

Scott S ‏@QkslvrSailor
@scalzi wait the point is to be able to lift more than others. Here I thought it was to be healthy.. My mistake

@scalzi Silly gamma rabbit, don't you know that your entire worth as an alpha male is directly proportional to your bench press?

@scalzi How ever will you be able to provide for your family without being able to lift massive weights in extremely artificial situations?

Christina D ‏@akasha111182
@scalzi Parenting: you’re doing it right.

Catherine Coffman ‏@thinkingcatblog
@scalzi parenting win all around!

Jim Schmidt ‏@zaren
@scalzi My daughter outran me in a 5k last month. No big. She's had actual training, and that whole "springiness of youth" thing.

A.B. ‏@ballewal
@scalzi Good kid. Good parenting.

Kelly Sedinger ‏@Jaquandor
@scalzi Ha ha, you're weak AND you're seeking emotional validation from your kid! :)

Erik Noble ‏@CrossbowROoF
@scalzi She probably lifts more than they do too.

Nick Lester Bell ‏@lebkin
@scalzi You’ve raises a very smart daughter. Be proud.

raphael ‏@shun_geki_satsu 16h
@scalzi proof that it is not only muscular force that is strong in @AScalzi98

@scalzi the fastest runner at my nephew's school is a girl. She has shirt that says "I run like a girl. Try to keep up." Love it!
What's not funny is the way in which the male Gamma delusion perpetuates itself and is propagated through the women. The little gamma's automatic reaction to social disapprobation is still to seek reassurance from his Mommy substitutes. As one "pathetic loser" observed:

Puzzle Privateer ‏@PuzzlePrivateer
@scalzi Just like the popular kids in high school didn't invite him to their parties because they were jealous

Notice how there are multiple references to "parenting" and none at all to fatherhood. This is not a coincidence. Scalzi, having been raised without a father and being without sons, has no functional conception of what it is to be a man or a paterfamilias. And he has consciously rejected the masculine model in favor of the feminine one with which he is more familiar and comfortable. But such rejections always come at a price.

As for me, I've got to go with option (3). Because I don't think that being unable to lift more weight than one's daughter NECESSARILY makes one less of a man. That's just not a fair assumption. There are alternative explanations. After all, one might have simply happened to marry an orc.
Half-Orcs

These orc–human crossbreeds can be found in either orc or human society (where their status varies according to local sentiments), or in communities of their own. Half-orcs usually inherit a good blend of the physical characteristics of their parents. They are as tall as humans and a little heavier, thanks to their muscle.

    +2 Strength, –2 Intelligence, –2 Charisma.
For, as you surely know, no particular reason at all.

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Blogger Tom Kratman July 02, 2014 4:38 PM  

Anon:

More true than almost anybody knows. Shaara did serious and unjustifiable violence to Chamberlain's values and character. He was never an abolitionist. He never had a thing to do with it before the war. He never gave the Freedmen's Bureau any time after. And he apparently wrote nothing on it one way or the other.

Conversely, he was a militarist through and through. He found war a "test of manhood," and an uplifting experience. He tried to turn Bowdoin into a military school. There's a letter cum resume on file in, IIRC, Penobscott volunteering his services to the Kaiser for the Franco-Prussian War (he spoke German). And he was one tough son of a bitch.

Anonymous Anonymous July 02, 2014 4:45 PM  

maybe it's because i'm in eastern europe and not in the feminized west, but i have yet to meet a man (or a boy for that matter) who, even without ever setting foot in a gym, couldn't lift at least his own bodyweight in each of the three lifts.
the first time i have "met" weight in "real life" i could bench more than 60 kg. i was 13 at the time. at 15 i could bench well over 120 kg and my exercise and nutritional knowledge wasn't exactly top notch, and at that time i had been lifting for less than 9 months.
my aim is not to brag here, but i seriously can't understand how even an untrained male can not lift his own weight unless he's:
-practically spending his entire life lying in bed
-seriously malnourished, with his diet severely lacking some things (with the general american diet and the fact that a lot of women, including single mothers, basically live on nothing else than carbs and some meager amount of fruits and make their sons live on that shit too, this option might be surprisingly prevalent)
-is drenched in environmental estrogen and androgen blockers

please enlighten me, because this has me wondering for some time now.

also, about those numbers for female highschool lifters: you do know that they are heavly abusing roids, right? i have red some articles about studies that revealed that the total number of female steriod users is nearly equal to that of men's, even in highschool (even cheerleaders use it, no link, google it). now, if we consider that while the total, absolute number is almost the same in roid usage while the total number of lifters is much less for women than men, that that leaves us with some interesting conclusions regarding the difference in the PERCENTAGE of roid users among lifters between the two sexes.

Anonymous FP July 02, 2014 5:07 PM  

"Not sure where you get off saying police officers are parasites either? I've heard plenty of bad things said about my career, some of them true, but I've never heard anyone refer to us as parasites."

Since you're not in the USA Matt, there is a thing here called "asset forfeiture" these days. If an officer "thinks" that wad of cash is in any way involved with illegal drugs he can seize it. Then it becomes Government District v $567.83 and one has to prove their property is innocent of all drug releated charges or associations. Basically they've gotten rid of innocent until proven guilty. You have various agencies fighting over who gets to patrol areas of highways and roads for drug busts as those agencies get a percentage of what they seize.

Oh and whoever told you that only state troopers/highway patrol sit and wait to nab speeders has watched too much CHIPs. I've seen my city PD motorcycle cops sitting at choice spots where speed limits change rather quickly.

I heard from a gentleman a couple of years ago who got stopped for speeding (with Oregon plates) in Nevada after gambling in Reno. The cop asked "Sir, do you have a large denomination of cash on you?" Thankfully the driver had lost out in the casinos.

Anonymous Anonymous July 02, 2014 5:33 PM  

Tom Kratman: After the Ken Burns series I became very interested in Chamberlain. Toured the Gettysburg battlefield -- where a guide noted they'd had to asphalt the path up Little Round Top because it was now getting so many tourists. Read Chamberlain's autobio and "Soul of the Lion." Yes, he was a tough old bird -- like after the 1880 Maine election when he was called to command the militia -- who he apparent sent home -- and faced down a crowd alone. The lifetime of pain from his war wound must have been considerable too.

Anonymous Jack Amok July 02, 2014 5:35 PM  

Matt, I'm not asking for me, I'm just giving you some questions to ask yourself when it comes to how others may perceive your occupation. One thing you may or may not realize is that you will be lumped in with everyone else who carries a badge, so if patrol officers are conducting "revenue enhancement" operations, or in general treating citizens poorly, then it reflects badly on you.

Should it? Yeah, probably. You work for the same organization, you ultimately have the same upper leadership. If patrol officers will lie to meet their monthly quotas, it'll be assumed detectives will lie to accomplish their objectives too. Corporate culture and all that. And remember, the most frequent interaction the average person will have with a police officer is with a patrol officer.

You're not in the US, so maybe your agencies haven't deteriorated as badly as ours have, but there is a great deal of distrust - and it is growing - that average, decent citizens have for police in this country. It is no longer considered a very manly occupation. Matt Dillon and Joe Friday aren't the image any more. Now it's Little Bill Dagget and Barney Fife.

Anonymous Scintan July 02, 2014 5:36 PM  

I'm a Vox fan, but I still say way too much is being made of this.

Scalzi called the tune. Vox and the ilk are just playing it.

Blogger Herb Nowell July 02, 2014 5:41 PM  

Oh and whoever told you that only state troopers/highway patrol sit and wait to nab speeders has watched too much CHIPs. I've seen my city PD motorcycle cops sitting at choice spots where speed limits change rather quickly.

In fact, my experience is local cops are more likely to do this than ST/HP (although I remember CT ST going on a blue flu about an openly assigned ticket quota system years ago). The South is famous for it although the worst I ever dealt with were the police in Coventry, CT which I suspect used police traffic enforcement to keep property taxes low and "riff raff" (defined as older cars) out. That was before CT changed the law allowing towns a cut of state tickets given by local PD to encourage more state violations than town violations.

Hell, it got so bad in Texas there are now state laws limiting the percentage of city budgets than can come from traffic fines (sample story). Wonder if that's why small Texas towns seem to recently have gotten whole hug into asset forfeiture with a side line in extortion.

Blogger Matt July 02, 2014 6:17 PM  

@Jack

I think, in general, our relationship with the public is pretty solid. I understand that police in the US have a more militaristic approach than we do. When I lived in South Africa for a bit, I was terrified of the police, but I was in the USA for college and never had any issues with them. Our patrol officers do a lot of community policing and foot/bike patrols, so that may play a role in it. Now, things are quite different in the U.S. For example, I can't imagine that any officer there could go to work without a firearm, whereas I only sign out mine when I have to (big football game or something like that) or when I go on an arrest.

That being said, we have our share of twats on the force... but I don't think it's disproportionate with any other job.

Obviously there is traffic enforcement... mostly tossing drink drivers in the think tank until they get right, but I spent my earlier career in diplomatic policing (something I'm told doesn't even exist in the US) so I never did any of that.



Anonymous Jack Amok July 02, 2014 6:45 PM  

I was in the USA for college and never had any issues with them.

And a lot depends on the actual jurisdiction (and how long ago you were a college student). The small town I live in has a decent police force, though things are slowly deteriorating. The militarization of police has heavily influenced new recruits, and training at academies has emphasized "controlling the scene", encouraging officers to adopt severely off-putting attitudes. It also enforces a distinction in their minds between themselves and the "civilians" (an incorrect term, since police officers are also civilians, but that's the mentality they are encouraged to adopt). The result is that newer officers are far more aggressive than older ones, far less capable of having a low-key interaction with the average citizen, and more likely to escalate a situation beyond where it needs to go.

I spent my earlier career in diplomatic policing (something I'm told doesn't even exist in the US)

Indeed, I have never even heard the term. What does diplomatic policing involve?

Blogger Chris Mallory July 02, 2014 6:55 PM  

Matt, it is pretty simple. Do people voluntarily pay you for your services? If not, you are a thug and a parasite. No different than a bandit and just as moral.

Don't like it? Find honest work.

Blogger CM July 02, 2014 7:09 PM  

The difference between lifting a 40lb bag of cat food and carrying your 40lb 5 year old to bed.

Blogger Bard July 02, 2014 7:09 PM  

My wife is 41 and she regularly presses 95 for 6-8. Of course she has been lifting/cross fitting for 20 years.
Scalzi is a big soft pussy. He knows it. We know it. He knows we know it. The mental gymnastics necessary to maintain his positive self-image are delusional. Mock him relentlessly until he gets it or masturbates himself to death watching Brony porn.

Blogger Matt July 02, 2014 7:12 PM  

@Jack

Essentially we provided security for foreign dignitaries and diplomats when they were in London. I think the closest thing in the US would be the Secret Service, although it's not really the same thing. It mostly involved checking the metro for bombs, in all honesty.

@Chris

Blogger Matt July 02, 2014 7:12 PM  

@Chris

Fuck off.

Blogger Matt July 02, 2014 7:19 PM  

@Jack

Also, I forgot to add, I was in the U.S.A. for 3 years in the Philadelphia, PA area. We were pretty isolated from the rest of the city, so I had very little to do with the Philadelphia PD... it sounds like that might have been for the best.

On an unrelated note, I've lived in 5 different countries, and I've never encountered anything as amazing as American Chinese Buffets... so good.

OpenID cailcorishev July 02, 2014 7:23 PM  

Matt Dillon and Joe Friday aren't the image any more. Now it's Little Bill Dagget and Barney Fife.

Barney Fife was a model of civic virtue compared to today's cops.

Matt, if you think "parasite" is bad, you must be new here. Stick around until Vox posts another article about cops covering up a murder or shooting a dog for looking at them funny.

Blogger Matt July 02, 2014 7:28 PM  

@calicorishev

I think it must be a cultural thing. I gather you Americans really hate your police departments. Probably a sign that some departmental changes are called for if this is the general reaction to police.

Anonymous Jake From State Farm July 02, 2014 7:58 PM  

Scalzi is doing his daughter no favors. If she really believes she's as strong as a full-grown man, this can only lead to putting herself in dangerous situations. It's the very opposite of good parenting to tell a child they are more than they are or ever can be. It leads to nothing but heartache, and sometimes death.

Anonymous Jack Amok July 02, 2014 8:03 PM  

I gather you Americans really hate your police departments. Probably a sign that some departmental changes are called for if this is the general reaction to police.

Unfortunately Matt, the reason such hatred is increasingly common is because departments have changed. Changed for the worse. Not just departments, but as I said in an earlier post, training and overall attitudes.

It's part of a general worsening of our social structure, but a great deal of the problem can be laid at three things: one, the war on drugs which has contributed to police militarization, two, the reluctance of the rest of the justice system to hold recidivists accountable and remove them from society, and three, the dramatic increase in nanny-state regulations that turn police officers from the guy who helps catch the burglar to the guy who writes you a seat belt ticket.

The combination attracts the absolute wrong sort of personality to the job, and drives away the type of people who we should want wearing a badge. Am American police force could never be quite the gentile sort of organization traditional in England (we're simply more violent than our European cousins, even when you discount the vibrant population), but it doesn't have to be as bad as it is. Unfortunately it's trending worse, and I don't think we'll be able to avoid a lot of bloodshed in the near future.

Agree on Chinese buffets. I think America has a tendency to take the cuisine of any culture and split it into two forms - one that is absolutely excellent and one that is barely edible.

Blogger Matt July 02, 2014 8:29 PM  

@Jack

My only hands on experience with U.S. police were with a few NYPD officers that were sent over here on a training program. They were good guys, but then again, I can't say that they were in anyway representative of the whole. Both were in PhD programs at NYU, so I can probably assume they were not.

I can't really speak for which country is more violent. We don't really have guns in the UK, shotguns and hunting rifles, but no handguns... so you can't compare shooting data. We DO have plenty of knives, and lots and lots of stabbings. I never felt particularly unsafe in America when I lived there nor when I've visited friends.

I've always thought that police work best when integrated into the community they serve. I've never been a fan of the "us and them" mentality that exists in some places. It seems a bit ass about to me.

Here's a question for you: what's the general perception of your Federal Government's law enforcement officers? The Secret Service agents I've been around wouldn't look at me to piss on me, and the TSA agents were the single most obnoxious people I've ever encountered.

And again very off topic, but I loved almost everything I ate in America except the Philadelphia cheese steak, which I assume takes a special type of stomach to be able to digest.

Blogger Vickie Eberflus July 02, 2014 8:52 PM  

No One Lives Forever: The Director: Addressed as Eustace by his mother, often seen talking to her through a telephone, to which he is never pleased. He is the leader of HARM, in charge of the operations overall, who also appears to have promoted himself to 'Sensei' over the years, with little of what is seen of him bearing the skills of a master. Often amused by the surroundings around him, and rarely gets angry with something that bothers him. He is voiced by John Armstrong.
Isako: A female assassin with the moral codes of a ninja, is often sent to kill Cate Archer but fails miserably due to the latter's strong competence. She appears to have a long story short past with The Director whom she addresses as her Sensei. She also leads a group of female ninjas like herself, on HARM's account. She is voiced by Jen Taylor (who also voices Cate Archer). - It leaves me to wonder if the people who write these things may have some unresolved mommy issues.

Anonymous Sigyn July 02, 2014 9:05 PM  

Oh, Lord, not again...

Blogger Vickie Eberflus July 02, 2014 9:06 PM  

Contract J.A.C.K. is set between No One Lives Forever and No One Lives Forever 2. The game does not involve UNITY, the organization for which Cate Archer works and that opposed H.A.R.M. in the other two games. Rather, J.A.C.K. pits H.A.R.M. against a rival criminal organization, Danger Danger.
After a night of heavy drinking, Jack is apprehended by thugs, who are ordered to kill him. Before they can, he breaks free from the ropes that tied him to a chair and slaughters the thugs that swarm the building. Before he can leave, he receives a phone call from Dimitrij Volkov, H.A.R.M.'s Director of Executive Action. Volkov tells Jack to report to a job interview at the Roman ruins on Malta. The interview consists of Jack mowing down waves of H.A.R.M. troopers as Volkov taunts them over a loudspeaker. In the end, Jack is hired by H.A.R.M.
For his first assignment, Jack must infiltrate a Czechoslovakian military base to figure out why Danger Danger is interested in it. Upon delving deeper into the base, Jack becomes aware that the facility is a secret rocket launch site. Danger Danger is trying to use a Czech rocket to recover Dr. Harij, a H.A.R.M. scientist stranded on the moon after the destruction of H.A.R.M.'s space station in No One Lives Forever. Although Danger Danger is able to launch a rocket full of their men, Jack commandeers a second rocket and heads to the moon after them.
- Jack seems to wind up in Italy.... In the first story line there was an agent from Oh, Dr. Robert. I wonder if these aren't based a little more in reality- And what does 'infiltrate' really mean. Sometimes I think if you people aren't careful your going to be dirty old men.

OpenID cailcorishev July 02, 2014 9:07 PM  

I gather you Americans really hate your police departments.

We're learning to, slowly. A generation ago, the only people who hated the cops were mainly drug-using hippies and actual criminals. But regular citizens are starting to turn. In addition to the militarization and other reasons people have given -- and as a result of those factors -- I think there's a difference in the type of person the job attracts now. If the job is no longer about helping and protecting people; but about obeying long lists of bureaucratic rules, being careful to ignore politically incorrect realities, and shaking down common citizens for committing victimless crimes like not wearing a seatbelt; then you're going to get the kind of person who's okay with that job.

Short story I might have told before: I had business at the county courthouse, and the metal detector -- which we must have, even though this is a small town hundreds of miles from any city any terrorist would ever have heard of -- kept beeping at me, even after I'd removed my belt. Turned out my shoes were the culprit, so I had to take them off. While I retied them, I commented to the two cops running the machine to the effect that it must be boring to have to put people through that all day. Not at all, apparently. Sitting there making people remove their belts and shoes all day seemed like a perfectly good (and necessary) job to them. They didn't want to hear anything to the contrary from a mere civilian, either.

It's interesting that you mention the TSA, because while they're generally loathed, I'd say the view of cops in general is moving that direction, because of what I just said -- as a group, they're becoming more bureaucratic enforcers than crime-fighters.

Blogger Vickie Eberflus July 02, 2014 9:17 PM  

The Juncker Debacle- by Michael Shrimpton, London {British Spook they all have aliases and lie}
Jean-Claude Juncker, representing EU Federalism
The arch-federalist Jean-Claude Juncker has been approved as the new President of the European Commission, despite bitter opposition from Britain and Hungary. No doubt the Commission HQ in Brussels will now be referred to in Britain as the “Juncker Bunker”. - It helps the Good Guys (i.e. the Eurosceptics) that Juncker is a smooth, smug, self-satisfied scumbag, no offense intended. His approval rating in England is only just a bit higher than our community partner Adolf Hitler’s was after the invasion of Poland.
To reassure supporters of the late Führer (of which there seem to be a couple reading my column, to judge from the anti-semitic tone of some of the comments!), I am not suggesting that Juncker is a nicer or warmer person than Adolf Hitler. - There is more, but here is the link: This is where it gets interesting.- http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/06/30/the-juncker-debacle/

Blogger Vickie Eberflus July 02, 2014 9:20 PM  

This is enclosed in the same article: Note the notes about the above agent you was sent to infiltrate that Chec. base to 'infiltrate it - deeply" - One or Two or Nine Too Many Nips of the Peppermint Schnapps
Watergate
There has been front-page speculation in Britain this week that Juncker is an alcoholic. Comments have been made that the guy has a cognac with breakfast. This is unfair, however. I have no reason to suppose that he drinks more than half a dozen glasses of cognac a day – scarcely an alcoholic, then.

I remember this being said by a friend of mine in GO2 (he was double-hatted with MI6) about a mutual friend in CIA.
‘Jerry’ was trying to drive a wedge between us and it was suggested to me that my CIA friend was an alcoholic and had hit the booze pretty hard. This surprised me, as he enjoyed a drink. One thing alcoholics do not do is enjoy their drink. - Wait there is more. This is really about the gays in the house of England VS The Jerks in The Knights of Malta ect....

Blogger Vickie Eberflus July 02, 2014 9:25 PM  

My Commentary: I wonder about you people some times - since Nixon and WW1 were not 'together". And what is really meant in spy speak of 'S. Vietnam assets crushed.??" - "When I inquired, it turned out the most the guy – a really fine man, and a great American – had ever drunk was a bottle of Jack Daniels a day. Hardly what you call alcoholism! - http://www.veteranstoday.com/2014/06/30/the-juncker-debacle/ -- PS: If I'm right about what is really meant by assets it does tend to get mens attention.
My friend had started drinking a bit more than he usually did after a large number of his assets in South Vietnam were tortured and executed after having been betrayed, with Nixon’s agreement, at the Paris Peace Conference.

He had also been on the Phoenix Program. Brilliantly effective, this highly focused program did however impose a mental strain on the CIA officers running it. The CIA are good people, and assassination programs, however necessary, are only ever run with reluctance.
Nixon got his comeuppance for the Paris betrayal by the way, indeed my friend was one of the officers who ran the Watergate operation. Years later, he still chuckled at any mention of E. Howard Hunt. We never actually met up in Washington, but had he suggested we meet up back at the car, I would not have needed to ask which car-park!

Blogger Vickie Eberflus July 02, 2014 9:28 PM  

Classic Movie of the Week: Triple Cross (1966), dir. Terence Young
Romy Schneider and Christopher Plummer
This is an enjoyable intelligence yarn, based on the story of Eddie Chapman, a German quadruple agent in World War II. In the movie he is portrayed Sir Christopher Plummer as a treble agent.
Officially Chapman was recruited by the Germans in Jersey, where he was serving a prison sentence, then agreed to work with us, i.e. the Good Guys. In the movie his British handler is played, again superbly, by Trevor Howard, one of my favorite actors.
In reality Chapman was already working for the Abwehr when he was sent to prison, for crimes committed with Abwehr connivance. ‘Jerry’ has always been keen to recruit criminals and get involved in organized crime. Of course this doesn’t emerge in the movie, unsurprisingly, since Chapman himself was a consultant!
If you ignore the lack of historical accuracy it is an enjoyable movie to watch. The Germans are not two-dimensional, in particular the Baron, Yul Brunner’s character. Gert Frobe is always funny – in the movie he worries right up to the end about whether Chapman is a double or treble agent. Francis de Wolff, who was in From Russia With Love, does a very good generaloberst.
One of the greats. Wallach in the Magnificent Seven
There are some useful hints for intelligence officers. Always make sure that the side you are pretending to work for isn’t testing you and hasn’t dropped you in a territory under their control before losing the radio! There is a funny scene where Chapman is dropped in France, but thinks he has been dropped in England. - Wait play connect the dots to the two story lines above - more

Blogger Mekadave July 02, 2014 9:37 PM  

Matt, it is pretty simple. Do people voluntarily pay you for your services? If not, you are a thug and a parasite. No different than a bandit and just as moral.

Somehow, I don't think very many cops need to pick up their paychecks at gunpoint.

Blogger Vickie Eberflus July 02, 2014 9:48 PM  

Academi
Company
Academi is a private security services provider founded in 1997 by Erik Prince. Formerly known as Blackwater, the company was renamed "Xe Services" in 2009, and "Academi" in 2011. Wikipedia - Founded: 1997 - CEO: Craig Nixon - Since the Paris Peace Conference and the R. Nixon we usually think of aren't in the same era it makes me wonder if this isn't the Nixon. The weight a 'protective barrier????
Classic Movie of the Week: Triple Cross (1966), dir. Terence Young-Plot - The film opens with an explosion as safecracker Eddie Chapman (Plummer) blows open a wall safe. Outside, a car is backfiring repeatedly and a marching band is passing by. Chapman casually removes some jewels from the safe and examines them for the choicest items. He leaves a card in the safe complimenting its owners for being victims of the Gelignite Gang. The gang pulls off a series of heists before they go on the lam. Chapman is caught in Jersey and imprisoned there. After 8 months, he sees German soldiers landing outside the prison and demands to see their commandant.
He offers to work as a spy for the Germans who are deeply skeptical of his motives. They eventually fake his execution and smuggle him into occupied France where he is trained for two months. Eventually, he is dropped back in England, and he goes straight to the police. He shows him his identity card and several of the radio frequencies that the Germans were using. The British believe Eddie Chapman was executed in Jersey, but since some of the frequencies are known to them already as German, they reluctantly negotiate with Chapman. In return for working as a double agent, he demands a full pardon for his crimes and five thousand pounds, as well as a war commendation.
The Germans radio a message ordering Chapman to blow up Vickers. - My commentary - he is to blow up the Vickers - Makes me wonder double cross???

Blogger Vickie Eberflus July 02, 2014 9:50 PM  

THE DOOBIE BROTHERS - "Black Water"
The Knights of Malta Blackwater even have a song... How nice...
Well, I built me a raft and she's ready for floatin'
Ol' Mississippi, she's callin' my name
Catfish are jumpin'
That paddle wheel thumpin'
Black water keeps rollin' on past just the same
Old black water, keep on rollin'
Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me
Old black water, keep on rollin'
Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me
Old black water, keep on rollin'
Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me
Yeah, keep on shinin' your light
Gonna make everything, pretty mama
Gonna make everything all right
And I ain't got no worries
'Cause I ain't in no hurry at all
Well, if it rains, I don't care
Don't make no difference to me
Just take that street car thats goin' up town
Yeah, I'd like to hear some funky Dixieland
And dance a honky tonk
And I'll be buyin' ev'rybody drinks all 'roun'
Old black water, keep on rollin'
Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me
Old black water, keep on rollin'
Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me
Old black water, keep on rollin'
Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me
Yeah, keep on shinin' your light
Gonna make everything, pretty mama
Gonna make everything all right
And I ain't got no worries
'Cause I ain't in no hurry at all
I'd like to hear some funky Dixieland
Pretty mama come and take me by the hand
By the hand, take me by the hand pretty mama
Come and dance with your daddy all night long
I want to honky tonk, honky tonk, honky tonk
With you all night long

Blogger Vickie Eberflus July 02, 2014 9:54 PM  

Ridin' The Storm Out"
Ridin' the storm out, waitin' for the thaw out
On a full moon night in the Rocky Mountain winter.
My wine bottle's low, watching for the snow
I've been thinking lately of what I'm missing in the city.
And I'm not missing a thing
Watchin' the full moon crossing the range
Ridin' the storm out
Ridin' the storm out.
I can't believe you do all this. But if your trying to infuriate me = well done. That is my son and you were not supposed to be an idiot. I would recommend therapy but I"m not sure it would do any good.
It's really sad. People are not commodities to be bought or sold. If you wanted to be the biggest you know what's that should be removed from the earth with your compensatory your you know what in the wind to prove you feel inadequate. Well it's a personal problem. It's going to stay that way.
There also is an album by The Doobie Brothers - Brotherhood. As in 1984 The Brotherhood. THERE IS GOING TO BE LITERAL HELL TO PAY. Jesus found out we have plans of our own... You need help....... Wake up, wake up get out of bed -- wake up, wake up you sleepy head.
Just riding the storm out - Time it's on my side....
It's just another day in Ameristan to me..

Blogger Vickie Eberflus July 02, 2014 9:57 PM  

God made man looked down and said I've got to do better than that then he made Eve. I am not sure what is going on - but something really bad happened to those creatrues including an ex named Robert. I really did like him it's to bad.... I learned long ago - Just do it myself... Round and round..
Wheel in the sky keeps on turning don't know where I'll be tomorrow
I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round. I just had to let it go.
It's not a game and there couldn't be one without 'players' - but it is crime and that is the exact standard they will be held to even if they don't prefer it. No really that's the way it really works.

Anonymous Jack Amok July 02, 2014 10:40 PM  

Markku to the rescue, please. Markku to the rescue...

Here's a question for you: what's the general perception of your Federal Government's law enforcement officers? The Secret Service agents I've been around wouldn't look at me to piss on me, and the TSA agents were the single most obnoxious people I've ever encountered.

Until recently, there were really only 5 armed federal agencies that people paid much attention to. The Secret Service, the FBI, the US Marshalls, Park Rangers, and the Coast Guard.

The Secret Service was tasked with preventing a crime from happening, which most people figure is more difficult than investigating one afterwards, so the SS (interesting initials, eh?) got a lot of leeway and was generally well respected up until the Obama presidency really. Yes, they were frequently lampooned for being aloof, but it wasn't until the recent scandals about hookers and gambling that their reputation nose-dived.

The FBI used to be considered (by the general populace) as competent and professional. J. Edgar Hoover ran a very good PR campaign for many decades to build up this image (and in reality, FBI agents were almost certainly smarter and better educated than the average cop). Then in the Clinton years (or should I say Reno years), we had several instances where FBI agents were involved in high profile confrontations where they seemed to overact and endanger (even kill) non-violent citizens. (Local cops have long resented the FBI as a bunch of smug bastards).

The US Marshalls mostly serve Federal Warrants, so by the time they're involved it's assumed the people they're interacting with are troublemakers. Plus, Tommy Lee Jones played on in the movies...

Park Rangers used to be well respected, seen as helpful nature enthusiasts who just so happened to be the law enforcement officers in National Parks.. Not so much anymore. Now they're just another type of cop, good or bad on an individual basis. The recent budget squabble where Park Rangers went out of their way to inconvenience park goers and hassle innocent people gave them a very, very bad black eye.

The Coast Guard also used to be seen as among the best of the Good Guys, ready to risk their lives saving some poor soul from a watery grave. Now they're just water-born traffic cops, writing tickets for not having the right number of PFDs or oil containment slickers on board.

And none of the above takes into account the vast proliferation of armed agencies in the Federal Government. The Education Department has SWAT teams now, and they don't hesitate to use them. No, not for rescuing children taken hostage at schools. For investigating possible student loan fraud.

Longer answer than you probably wanted, but the TL:DR version is, Americans used to consider federal police forces a cut above the local guys, more educated, more professional, and maybe most importantly, more remote. The only people who had to deal with them in the past were gang members, would-be assassins, smugglers and wanted fugitives. Now, a guy who's ex-wife may or may not have made fraudulent claims on a student loan application has 15 armed SWAT agents break down his door at gunpoint, throw him to the ground outside in his underwear, put his three children into a police car, and ransack his house.

The attitude towards them? Not favorable.

Anonymous Jack Amok July 02, 2014 10:42 PM  

Oh, I didn't mention the TSA, did I?

Well, I don't think most Americans consider the TSA to be law enforcement agents. We consider them to be obnoxious clowns we somehow have to put up with. If there was a news report that fifty TSA agents were killed in a terrorist attack, I suspect most Americans would conclude terrorism has it's good points.

Anonymous Siggy Babbleflux July 02, 2014 10:53 PM  

I'm just sitting here watching the wheels go round and round.

The wheels on the bus go round and round
Round and round
Round and round
The wheels on the bus go round and round
All through the town

COINCIDENCE? I think NOT! Robert!

Anonymous Siggy Babbleflux July 02, 2014 10:55 PM  

I had a cat, which scratched me. Ted Nugent sang "Cat Scratch Fever", and he owns guns. This proves that the government is trying to give me toxoplasmosis.

I'm DAAAAAANGEROUS, you scum!

Blogger Tom Kratman July 03, 2014 1:42 AM  

Matt:

Aside from anarchists like Chris, the relationship here between citizens and police is complex, has a different history than it does a present, and is changing for the worse. There's a lot that goes into it, that arises, I think, from leftist driven societally suicidal idiocy.

The usual and reasonable percentage of cop to citizen is about 1 per 300 or so. At that level, provided we do not retire cops at 20 or so years (which has all kinds of other problems) we can have good policing, by people who are suited to be cops, which is to say people, almost always men, who can use violence, and look like they can use violence, but who actually prefer not to; men, in other words, who are a stablizing influence. But 1 to 300 is it; any more than that and you start letting in too many hyperactive yet not too bright, violence prone sorts. (Obviously I don't have a problem with violence; I have a problem with excessively and needlessly violent police.) No 20 year retirement? When you retire cops long before their useful life as problem solvers and calm and peace maintainers ends, you make the problem much, much worse, because there are not sufficient replacements.

Now add into that a revolving door legal system, failure to put to death common law felons so that there is at least a chance to improve matters, and a prison system that graduates much more capable criminals than it takes in. Think about that last one for a minute, because it happens in the UK, too: our schools are failing at producing educated and responsible citizens, but by God our prisons can educate people and make them better at their chosen calling.

Add to that that while police are necessary to civilization (and, sorry Chris, but anarchists are not), civilization is also necessary to police. They can only be police in a society where policing is actually generally possible. Increasingly that society is not ours.

Right now we're stuck in a self reinforcing cascade of civilizational decay. What is happening to the police and to civil-police relations is partly cause and partly symptom. It is unclear that there is anything we can do about that that we will do.

So as not to be seen as too negative, however, let me offer a somewhat holistic solution: Kill all the common law felons in custody. Round up and kill all the people ever convicted of a common law felony currently at large without clear and convincing evidence that they have amended their lives (job, wife, home, no further crimes of any kind). For us, that's probably in the range of 6 million people. And then we need to round up the progressives and kill them too. (Why do we call them "progressives," anyway? Their job isn't progess; it's decay.) And then use all the overmilitarized police and prison guards to round up and kill or deport illegals. Then put them on the border to our south, and on small patrol craft at sea. They'll be happier, and so will the rest of us.

That's all pretty harsh, right? Unjust? Horrid? Horrible? Unthinkable? Yeah, well, the collapse of civilization, which is where we're heading, is going to be a lot worse, and to much more innocent people. Think little kids turning on spits over low coals.

Anonymous See Spot Run July 03, 2014 2:47 AM  

**As for me, I've got to go with option (3). Because I don't think that being unable to lift more weight than one's daughter NECESSARILY makes one less of a man. That's just not a fair assumption. There are alternative explanations. After all, one might have simply happened to marry an orc.**

Then of course there is option 4, which, rather than making nasty cracks about a man being effeminate or marrying an ogress, is that a man might have a daughter fairly late in life, in which case it's entirely feasible that when he is in his 80's, his daughter is actually more likely than not to be stronger than him at that point, without even being significantly stronger than normal for women.

I'd say the fact that you go for the nasty cracks rather than considering the fact that strength declines with age says something about your own nasty character.

Anonymous Jack Amok July 03, 2014 2:55 AM  

Damn, Scalzi looks pretty good for an 80 year old.

Well, no, actually he'd still be a flabby sack of fail. When my dad was in his 80's and dying because his heart was giving out on him, he was still strong as an ox. No endurance, but he was still strong.

No, Scalzi is a wimp. I don't know if his wife is an orc or not, but Scalzi is an overgrown hobbit, minus the endearing traits.

Anonymous See Spot Run July 03, 2014 2:59 AM  

Sigyn wrote: **The attitude is just sad. If a girl is able to outperform a man in physical things, either she's extremely unusual or the man is very unhealthy.**

Or she's far younger than the man. But I'm sure it's much more fun for 'Christians' to sneer at a man for being 'effeminate', or talk about how women who aren't dainty supermodels are 'orcs', than to deal with biological reality that strength declines with age regardless of what you do.

Anonymous See Spot Run July 03, 2014 3:10 AM  

Jack Amok wrote: **Damn, Scalzi looks pretty good for an 80 year old.**

I have no idea how old Scalzi is, and that isn't the point. Scalzi is one person. He, personally, may or may not be an effeminate couch potato. But to characterize all men who are weaker than their daughters as 'effeminate' is unfair without knowing more information (such as their respective ages, whether the man has any serious injuries or diseases). And the constant cracks about women who are not 90 lb weaklings with supermodel looks, referring to them as 'orcs' or other denigrating names, on this board gets annoying.

Anonymous Jack Amok July 03, 2014 3:23 AM  

Do you have Asperger's Spot?

Anonymous VD July 03, 2014 4:32 AM  

And the constant cracks about women who are not 90 lb weaklings with supermodel looks, referring to them as 'orcs' or other denigrating names, on this board gets annoying.

Whatever. Go back to Mordor. Or Isengard, whatever.

Anonymous Michael of Charlotte July 03, 2014 5:54 AM  

Am I the only one who came into this article title and was thinking it would be a discussion about 30 Seconds to Mars's song "Kings and Queens?"

Anonymous Sigyn July 03, 2014 7:18 AM  

Or she's far younger than the man. But I'm sure it's much more fun for 'Christians' to sneer at a man for being 'effeminate', or talk about how women who aren't dainty supermodels are 'orcs', than to deal with biological reality that strength declines with age regardless of what you do.

It has nothing to do with the man's actual strength (see argument with Matt) and everything to do with his attitude. He's glorying in being weak, hoping that he will be praised for being a good little feminist for admiring the Strong Grrrrl. He doesn't want charity for his disability; he wants recognition for conforming to the world. Jesus had some choice words for people who sought their rewards in this world, you know.

But nice try at the Straw Christian argument.

As for the orc talk, try rebuking the people doing it.

Blogger Matt July 03, 2014 7:50 AM  

@Tom

To be fair to America, I think the prison system just doesn't work... anywhere. I don't know that I could provide a feasible better alternative, but clearly locking up really bad guys with other really guys for a brief amount of time then sending them on their merry way isn't working.

I nab the same guys over, and over, and over, and over again... it's such a waste of time.

Also, on an unrelated note. You made a comment about using the police to keep illegal immigrants out. I laughed pretty hard at this, because apparently it's way easier to sneak into the USA than it is to legally move there. I considered staying after school, I liked it there, it was close to where I was born (Canada), and I had a job lined up.

Work visa... denied.

Blogger JaimeInTexas July 03, 2014 10:40 AM  

@Matt

The so-called war on drugs has done much to corrupt the system.

There was a time when we had Peace Officers. Now, our "bright" leaders have passed so many laws that we cannot piss without breaking some law or another. Instead of handling an ongoing or investigating a crime, many laws make prevention of crimes the job of the Peace Officer. To prevent crimes you must have the ability to stop crime before it happens (duh!) and that means a police state. So, we have gone from Peace Officers to Police Officers.

The drug traffickers and dealers are targeted, the easy fruit to pick are the users and we all have paid a hell of a price. Civil forfeitures and the total loss of individual rights as expressly stated in the 4th and 5th amendments.

Prohibition is where I put the starting point but I could make a case that it was Lincoln's Revolution and his security/spy apparatus.

A big area of concern is the growing trend of "military" tactics employed by the police and the ever growing numbers of former military personnel becoming police.


http://www.policemisconduct.net
http://www.policestateusa.com/

Blogger JaimeInTexas July 03, 2014 10:44 AM  

@Matt
One more thing. Here in Houston, Texas, we have lanes dedicated for U-Turns under highways. Cops just stand to the side checking whether the car has the current State mandated registration/tax and the inspection (Federally mandated/extortioned) stickers.

Anonymous Jake from State Farm July 03, 2014 12:16 PM  

*But to characterize all men who are weaker than their daughters as 'effeminate' is unfair without knowing more information (such as their respective ages, whether the man has any serious injuries or diseases). *

If memory serves, Athena would be a fifteen or sixteen year old girl right about now. Scalzi is in his mid-forties and he has no illnesses or injuries, or he would play that for all the pity it could generate.

Anonymous See Spot Run July 04, 2014 12:26 AM  

Jake wrote: **If memory serves, Athena would be a fifteen or sixteen year old girl right about now. Scalzi is in his mid-forties and he has no illnesses or injuries, or he would play that for all the pity it could generate.**

I'd say then, most likely Scalzi is a couch potato and/or a very small man who married a very large woman and his daughter resembles her mother. If you want to argue that Scalzi is an unhealthy couch potato who doesn't eat a healthy diet, go ahead. If he is smaller than normal, I doubt he has much control over that fact.

As for the other comments:
1. Being 'effeminate' has little to do with how strong a man is. As the police learned in the Stonewall uprising (a riot involving homosexuals) homosexuals, regardless of how 'effeminate' some of them might act, are not physically weaker than other men.
2. Unless the posters on this board can explain exactly how a woman somehow determines the genes she is born with, they will kindly stop the cracks about women who are larger and stronger than normal being 'orcs'.
3. Ditto for women who lift weights, unless they can explain why women should not do so. Other than their not liking it.

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