Faculty trained to use hockey pucks to thwart shooters

Personally, I advise bullets fired from guns

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) – Faculty at Oakland University in suburban Detroit have received hockey pucks and are being trained to use them to thwart active shooters.

WDIV-TV reports the American Association of University Professors has distributed pucks to its 800 members.

University Police Chief Mark Gordon says to fight effectively, faculty and students need to be prepared to throw heavy objects that will cause a distraction. He says pucks fit the bill and can conveniently be carried in brief cases or backpacks.

The faculty union also is working with student groups to distribute an additional 1,700 pucks to students.

Oldest Working Man In Texas Turns 101, Still Drinks Two Dr. Peppers A Day.

My dad is 94 and likes really cheap cookies and snacks. Past some minor skin cancers and arthritis, every time he goes in for his yearly check-up, his doctor says he’s in remarkably good health. I figure it’s the preservative chemicals that do the trick.

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Considered the oldest man still working in Texas, Chester Hollingsworth celebrated his 101st birthday today.

“Today is my birthday. October the 18th 1917,” he said with a smile.

The World War II veteran, Dallas entrepreneur and beloved friend and family man received a special birthday message from his company.

Hollingsworth helped start what’s now known as the Warehouse Superstore. He tried retiring twice before, but kept coming back and now spends two days a week working there.

“I just like to be with people. I don’t mind working,” said Hollingsworth affectionately.

Born and raised on a farm near Greenville, Hollingsworth helped his family raise cotton.

“We had a Model T Ford, and it was a terrible way to get around.”

As a young man Hollingsworth went on to sign up for the Navy a day after Pearl Harbor was attacked. He eventually wound up out west.

“About a month later I got a notice in the mail with a train ticket to go to San Diego, California.”

Hollingsworth has had a storied life… no doubt, and he said the secret for him is a simple one.

“Dr. Pepper,” he laughed.

That’s right, Hollingsworth drinks a Dr. Pepper twice a day.

But perhaps the real key for a long and healthy life and career is one he shared with all those at his birthday party.

“If you can get a job, where you love your job and love to go to work that’s what you want.”



Witches to ‘hex’ Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh; exorcists pray in response.

Cue ‘Tubular Bells’ 

A group of witches says they plan on placing a hex on newly-appointed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh this weekend.

A group of Catholics and exorcists has responded to the bookstore’s hex plans with plans of their own to “pray and fast, not just for the protection of Kavanaugh, but for those who wish him harm.”

According to the National Catholic Register, a manager at a Catholic apostolate was “inspired” to pray and fast the Rosary for three days straight to “grant spiritual protection” for Kavanaugh and that God have “mercy” on those involved in hexing him and others.

“Bring Your Rage”: Brooklyn Witches to Hex Kavanaugh, Rapists and Patriarchy in Occult Ritual

Like I mentioned earlier about Old Testament rules concerning false prophets, I think those rules concerning witches are good too.

To send a message about Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court, a bookstore in Brooklyn, New York, is hosting a ritual to hex the newest justice.

Dakota Bracciale, the co-owner of Catland Books, a “metaphysical boutique and occult bookshop,” told Newsweek that the store had already hosted three hexes on President Donald Trump. When the idea to host one for Kavanaugh was proposed, Bracciale was all in.

Canada Legalizes Marijuana in 1 Week: 6 Things You Need to Know

The countdown is nearly over. Following months of debate in the Senate and the passage of the Cannabis Act on June 19, Canada is set to become the first industrialized country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana, and only the second overall behind Uruguay, exactly one week from today, on Oct. 17.

When legal, marijuana will be a big business. Although estimates vary wildly, as we’d expect to see with an industry that has very little legal precedence on an adult-use basis worldwide, Wall Street is looking for somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 billion in added annual sales. The “added” part comes from the fact that the legal pot industry in Canada is already selling medical cannabis domestically, as well as shipping it abroad.

Millennials Are Causing the U.S. Divorce Rate to Plummet.

“They’re waiting until all is secure before tying the knot.”

New data show younger couples are approaching relationships very differently from baby boomers, who married young, divorced, remarried and so on. Generation X and especially millennials are being pickier about who they marry, tying the knot at older ages when education, careers and finances are on track. The result is a U.S. divorce rate that dropped 18 percent from 2008 to 2016, according to an analysis by University of Maryland sociology professor Philip Cohen.

Bloomberg to run for President

Be still my beating heart.

Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire founder of a business news empire, is preparing to run for president as a Democrat, The Times understands.

Mr Bloomberg, 76, a former mayor of New York with a personal fortune of more than $50 billion, has previously considered running as an independent but decided against it in 2012 for fear of splitting the Democratic vote.

He has told confidants that he is planning to join the presidential race, in which several leading business figures could follow the example of Donald Trump and throw their hats in the ring.

“Mike Bloomberg told me he is going to run in 2020,” a source said. “He has the money to see it through while other candidates knock themselves out.”



Sometimes I don’t miss being retired

Israeli company DSraider has developed a revolutionary personal off-road vehicle for armed forces, the unique EZ Raider HD 4, BreakingDefense reported.

The U.S armed forces have evaluated the EZ Raider and, after a successful set of tests, have purchased a number of them in order to continue the operational evaluation. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) are also in the middle of an operational evaluation. Mistral, a U.S company, is working with the U.S armed forces to make the EZRaider HD 4 a standard item that can be purchased by the different fighting units.

“World’s dumbest criminal” drops his gun, then his pants, in Aurora e-cigarette store

Probably was still hungover from the holiday weekend

The armed, disguised man seemed to have everything he needed to pull off a robbery at an Aurora e-cigarette store on Sunday — except competence and nerve.

When the robber entered the store at 5:30 p.m. and pulled out what appeared to be a long-barreled hand gun, he immediately fumbled it across the counter. The gun fell to the feet of the store clerk, who picked it up. As the suspect ran away, his pants fell to his knees.

“I don’t want to downplay the seriousness of an armed robbery, but the guy really does belong in the ‘world’s dumbest criminals,’” said Chris Burgess, owner of an E-Cig of Denver store located in Aurora. “He needs to find a new career.”

Aurora police are now trying to identify the jittery robber and arrest him, said Officer Kenneth Forrest, spokesman for the Aurora Police Department.

Burgess said he just opened the Aurora store at 2222 S. Havana St., his third e-cigarette store.

“It probably had only about $100 in the cash register,” he said.

On Sunday, a man wearing a red ball cap, sunglasses and a Denver Broncos sweat shirt repeatedly walked back and forth in front of the store. Apparently it took several passes to confirm the female store clerk was alone.

Surveillance cameras captured the bumbling robber’s entrance. The man walked directly to the clerk’s counter, reached under his sweatshirt and pulled out a gun, holding it upside down and gripping it with his fingertips. The gun flew out of his fingers and onto the floor.

Security footage supplied

A clerk picks up a gun dropped by a would-be robber at the E-Cig of Denver store in Aurora.

As the would-be robber climbed up onto the counter, the clerk picked up the gun and held it like a club, Burgess said. The suspect immediately turned and ran towards the door, his pants slipping from his waist. When he kicked open the door, his pants dropped lower down to his knees as he reached down to pick them up.

“Our policy is give them whatever they want,” said Burgess, referring to armed robbers. But in this case, the clerk reacted appropriately.


Airport employee HIJACKS an empty 76-seat commercial plane from Seattle Airport then crashes into a ball of flames on an island 25 miles away after being pursued by F-15 fighter jets

What a joy-ride.
Oh, I’ve scuba dived off the island the guy crashed on.

A suicidal airport employee on Friday hijacked an empty commercial plane from Seattle-Tacoma Airport before crashing it into an island 25 miles away after being pursued by F-15 fighter jets.

The 76-seater Horizon Air turboprop Q400 took off at around 8pm, and two F-15 fighter jets scrambled from Portland ‘minutes later’ to intercept it, according to Pierce County Sheriff’s Office.

Witnesses described seeing the aircraft performing barrel rolls and loop-the-loops as the military planes directed it away from highly-populated areas and towards Ketron Island, where it crashed into a ball of flame.

While still in the air, the pilot was heard telling traffic controllers he was ‘just a broken guy’ before telling them he was preparing for ‘jail time for life’. Police blamed ‘doing stunts in the air and a lack of flying skills’ for the crash.

The pilot was a 29-year-old from Pierce County, Washington, who was ‘suicidal’ and acting alone, the Sheriff’s Office said. He has not been named, but air traffic controllers addressed him as ‘Rich’.

Sheriff Paul Pastor confirmed the incident was ‘not terrorist related’ and described it as ‘a joyride gone terribly wrong’. 

Wrightsville Beach Fishing Tournament Met With ‘Vigil for Fish’ Protest

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) — On Saturday, about 10 protesters gathered to raise awareness about ecology and animal rights during a popular fishing tournament, the Wrightsville Beach Inshore Challenge.

The protest, called Vigil for Fish, was organized by the groups Wilmington Fish Save and North Carolina Farmed Animal Save.

“We’re vegan activists, and we want to bring awareness to what fish go through,” said protester Daniel Veber. “Look at it from this fish’s point of view. If you were in your home, you would not want a hook to be hooked in the mouth, you would not want to be pulled up, you wouldn’t have to fight hours for your life to be pulled up. it’s scary.”

Newport News extends deer hunting season

From past experience, this should have been done years ago.

Newport News joined the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries’ urban archery program. Hunting season will now start Sept. 1 and go until March 31, making the season longer by about three months. DGIF states, “The objective of the urban archery season is to reduce human/deer conflicts in urban areas.”


Pope Francis Likens Abortion to Nazi Eugenics

Sorry, this is behind the WSJ paywall, but, just from his previous leftist statements, this flat-out denunciation is quite amazing

Pontiff tells a family association that ‘to have an easy life, one does away with an innocent.’

Pope Francis likened abortion to Nazi eugenics practiced “with white gloves,” and said the only real families are those based on marriage between a man and a woman, using uncharacteristically blunt language on two controversial moral issues.

Addressing an Italian family association on Saturday, the pope equated the contemporary termination of pregnancies in response to fetal maladies or defects discovered through prenatal testing to the policies of Hitler’s Germany.

For your Sunday enjoyment, a series of videos taken at 1200 frames per second of the M1 Rifle action as it cycles.

Ejecting the clip

This is the the Operating Rod moving and the Bolt being rotated and unlocking right at the moment of firing. Every frame represents 1/1200th of a second.

Frame 1: The rifle is at rest, this is before the cartridge has been ignited.
Frame 2: The rifle is beginning to recoil. The bullet is now being pushed through the barrel.
Frame 3: Rifle is still recoiling but the op-rod has not yet begun to move so the bullet has not reached the gas port yet.
Frame 4: The op-rod starts moving back, bullet has passed the gas-port and has now left the muzzle. The bolt has not yet unlocked.
Frame 5: The op-rod keeps moving backward and now initiates unlocking.
Frame 6: The bolt is now fully unlocked.
Frame 7 + 8: The bolt is extracting the casing.

Flood hits German zoo, sparks fear of lions, tigers on loose; bear shot dead

BERLIN — Two lions, two tigers and a jaguar were thought to have escaped their enclosures Friday at a zoo in western Germany, sparking a massive search by police and warnings to residents to stay indoors. Hours later, authorities said those animals had, in fact, never left their cages.

A bear, however, was shot dead after flooding triggered by heavy rains swept away the fencing for its enclosure, allowing it to escape.

Andreas Kruppert, the mayor of the town of Arzfeld, said the confusion arose because volunteers using a drone were unable to find the carnivores, prompting fears they had all escaped the zoo in Luenebach, near Germany’s borders with Luxembourg and Belgium.

New MRE Headed for the Front Lines Includes Mini Spinach Quiches.

I’ve eaten different ‘generations’ of the MRE over a period of 25 years. None of them could be described as ‘taste tempting’. 

ARLINGTON, Va. — The Army debuted new meals ready to eat including pizza that’s coming down the pipeline soon and special compact, gourmet rations for close combat that will include mini quiches for the front line.

The new food items, which were displayed in the Pentagon courtyard late last week, are an effort to improve soldiers’ nutrition while still offering troops an MRE they’d actually want to eat.

In this vein, the military is planning on testing an array of vacuum-sealed dried fruits and veggies such as the banana compressed to about a third of its size.

The taste-tempter expected to be on the menu for downrange soldiers next year, and at some locations possibly earlier than that, is the pepperoni pizza MRE, which officials said has been a longstanding request from troops and was put into development in 2012.

Those Ignorant Hicks Ruin Everything.

 I recently had a little argument that started with someone — no, I’m not going to say who, except to say a respected scientist who may have been in Boulder too long — announced that if people really knew how meat was produced, they’d think twice about eating it.

That struck me both arrogant and odd. I grew up on a cattle ranch; later in life, I cut meat for money. I’m pretty clear on the process from bull covering cow, to bull calf, to steer, to feedlot, to abattoir, to butcher. So my immediate reaction was “heh, city folks.”

My second reaction, almost as immediate, was to be annoyed.

The truth is that the people who actually do know from childhood how meat is produced are the least likely to have qualms about it. It’s the people who grow up thinking meat comes from the meat factory on a styrofoam tray, already wrapped in cling film, who never thought about the connection between steer on the hoof and steak on the table.

Now, if one of these city kids then decides they’re against meat and want to be vegetarian — or vegan, even — it’s no problem for me. I was a vegan for some months (and yes, a woman was involved) and a vegetarian for about six years for various reasons, and was perfectly happy as an ovo-lacto vegetarian. Your body, your choice, as they say.

What annoyed me was the subtext, the underlying apparent motivation of the speaker, which pretty clearly could be summed up as “If those ignorant hicks only knew, they’d agree with me.”

Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning.

Now that the summer vacation season is close upon us.

“When someone is drowning there is very little splashing, and no waving or yelling or calling for help of any kind. To get an idea of just how quiet and undramatic drowning can be, consider this: It is the number two cause of accidental death in children age 15 and under (just behind vehicle accidents). Of the approximately 750 children who will drown next year, about 375 of them will do so within 25 yards of a parent or other adult. In 10 percent of those drownings, the adult will actually watch them do it, having no idea it is happening.”

Yes, Pluto is a planet.

The process for redefining planet was deeply flawed and widely criticized even by those who accepted the outcome. At the 2006 IAU conference, which was held in Prague, the few scientists remaining at the very end of the week-long meeting (less than 4 percent of the world’s astronomers and even a smaller percentage of the world’s planetary scientists) ratified a hastily drawn definition that contains obvious flaws. For one thing, it defines a planet as an object orbiting around our sun — thereby disqualifying the planets around other stars, ignoring the exoplanet revolution, and decreeing that essentially all the planets in the universe are not, in fact, planets.

Even within our solar system, the IAU scientists defined “planet” in a strange way, declaring that if an orbiting world has “cleared its zone,” or thrown its weight around enough to eject all other nearby objects, it is a planet. Otherwise it is not. This criterion is imprecise and leaves many borderline cases, but what’s worse is that they chose a definition that discounts the actual physical properties of a potential planet, electing instead to define “planet” in terms of the other objects that are — or are not — orbiting nearby. This leads to many bizarre and absurd conclusions. For example, it would mean that Earth was not a planet for its first 500 million years of history, because it orbited among a swarm of debris until that time, and also that if you took Earth today and moved it somewhere else, say out to the asteroid belt, it would cease being a planet.

To add insult to injury, they amended their convoluted definition with the vindictive and linguistically paradoxical statement that “a dwarf planet is not a planet.” This seemingly served no purpose but to satisfy those motivated by a desire — for whatever reason — to ensure that Pluto was “demoted” by the new definition.