A Veteran’s Day laugh

Called SSG SFC Big Brother Collateral Damage as I do every Veteran’s Day. He is doing some ARMY TRAINING, SIR so didn’t actually expect to reach him. He answers the phone. I say Happy Veteran’s Day and thanks. He had forgotten it was today. Has to get off the phone so he can get back to planning an assault. We both laughed.


Headline of the day: Fire affects TV shows, celebrities

(CNN) — The entertainment industry was not immune to the impact of the fires blazing across Southern California. At the Santa Clarita Studios in Valencia, California — about 30 miles north of Los Angeles — some staffers weren’t able to get to work Monday, due to traffic on area roadways and concern about their homes, according to Variety. Interstate 5, a major north-south artery, runs directly through the area.

Well, now you know it’s important.

BTW, SSG Big Brother Collateral Damage — who’s a San Diegan (on?) and is helping out with the fire fighting — said he heard one of the local TV people say of the conflagration: “It’s spreading like wildfire!” He says he and the firefighters have been laughing about that for the last two days.

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The ultimate in targeting the women’s market: The Hello Kitty AK-47

This puts that pink shotgun all to shame. Does HelloKittyHell* have one of these?

Hello Kitty AK

GlamGuns is the best satire site I’ve seen in a long time. Be sure to check out My First Carbine.

glamgunsLadies! Has your daughter succumbed to societal brainwashing? Does she refuse toy soldiers for Barbie and pass up BB guns for My Little Pony or Hello Kitty items? Have you despaired of interesting her in the practical aspects of life, such as weaponry and self-defense?

If so, this site is for YOU!

At GlamGuns.com, we’ve combined the girliness of glamor with the practicality of military expertise and have created a collection that will make your child shriek with joy! From the My Little M4 Carbine to the Hello Kitty “HK-AK-47”, you’ll find something for the little girl in everyone!

And we haven’t forgotten the Moms!

From the rocket launcher inspired by Mother Theresa to the Martha Stewart colors Claymore mines, the Glambo Signature Collection has something for you as well!

Hmmm, SSG Big Brother Collateral Damage is having a birthday this week… hmmm…

*Not only does HelloKittyHell have it, they have the whole freakin’ Hello Kitty arsenal.

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Pink is hot color for rifles, pepper spray

As old friend Laura Browder points out in her book Her Best Shot: Women and Guns in America, weapons makers have a long history of targeting women. Smith & Wesson et al. have been making rifles and pistols with lighter frames, smaller calibers and pink coloration pretty much as long as they’ve been in business. Well everything old is new again in the weapons biz, it seems.

Remington is now selling a stylish package with a pink-grained version of its 870 shotgun and matching hat. While the hat is standard issue, I have to say that from a design stand-point I love the shotgun. Not sure I’m secure enough in my masculinity to bring it along on my once-a-decade skeet shooting expeditions but hey how many people are going to make fun of you if you’re carrying a shotgun — regardless of color?


In case you’re looking for something designed more for personal protection and less for the murder of innocent skeets consider the Avurt IM-5. As Techie Diva notes:

pepperthe Avurt IM-5 looks rather harmless at first glance, but it is actually a personal protection device in disguise, boasting compressed nitrogen that can blast out in paintball-like pellets of extremely potent PAVA pepper spray at anyone whom you feel is a threat. Features include a laser sight that help you hit your target even without any training from as far as 40 feet away.

IMHO, I’d rather have something smaller and easier to carry when it comes to pepper spray dispensers. Also I’m not to sure about the effectiveness of these pellets. I want something that can give the offender a snout full of the stuff immediately and not wait for a pellet to break.

(BTW, Staff Sergeant Big Brother Collateral Damage — who has quite the impressive collection of weaponry — says that the feminine touch is very useful in actually camouflaging weaponry. He says diaper bags, the more flowery the better, are a great way to secure your pistols when going to shooting competitions, as he frequently does. At home the weapons are secured in a non-gender-specific locked safe. In case that isn’t enough discouragement to would-be burglars, there’s the fact that the home-owner keeps one of said weapons on him. Another aside: as the larger but younger brother can I just say that giving SSG BB CD fire power is pretty much guilding the lilly. I’m four inches taller at least 30 lbs heavier and wrestled in high school and college. Didn’t make any difference.)

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Pixar brings plague of pet rats to Paris

First it was dalmations, now it’s rodents. When Disney’s remake of 101 Dalmations came out it caused such a frenzy for dalmation pups that local animal shelters saw a marked increase in the number of spotted pups being turned in. Now Pixar, owned by the Mouse, has done it again. Thomas Huxley reports in his wonderful blog Upcoming Pixar that:

Gerald Moreau who runs a group which promotes rats as pets has said that hits to his website have risen 40% since the release of Ratatouille in France.

Sadly it is far easier to dispose of a rat one doesn’t want…

Mr. Huxley goes on to ask if anyone not in France has been bitten by the rat (pet) bug.

I must say, Non, but only because Big Brother SSG Collateral Damage had one when we were kids. I was quite fond of John Rat (actual name) but I’m holding out for a different pet … a b-lld-g or two.

BTW, here’s a link to my review of Ratatouille.

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