Rumba


I had a huge day today, Saturday. But I am so tired my head is sagging.

There are still six slots open for February, if you would like something done.

A few items:

We went to Sarah's house last night for dinner and we played Munchkin. Josephus and his wife were there, too. We had some kind of Indian soup (curry and potatoes) and a lot of fruits and vegetables.

Munchkin is not a good game for Mormons.
"Hey, can someone help me with this monster?"
"Sure! We can all help you!"
"Great! Thanks! OK, now that that's done, let me give you guys the treasure. Who can use a 'Dwarven Beard?'"
"Yay! We all win!"

I don't think that was what the creators of the game had in mind.

But I definitely want to play it again.

This morning I had dance class with my wife, which is most enjoyable. I just wish the instructor would slow down. I hardly have time to grasp one thing and it's on to another.

"OK, now ... two, three, step, step, step!"
"Waitasecund! What the hell happened to ONE!??"

I guess it's like painting. Just stick with it and it gets better and easier.

We had pizza tonight. With the baby Tamie isn't cooking as much. Speaking of which, the little pod is doing ever so well. She is pink and happy.
In an additional complication, we left my car in the Wal Mart parking lot, meaning to pick it up last night; but we forgot. So, this morning when I went out to drive to work my car was gone. .

Black Knights

Every once in a while I get an army list idea that is so good that it absolutely must be done.

The list is Chaos Space Marines Nurgle Themed. Now, normally nurgle is done all pustulent and green and slimy. Blah blah blah. We've seen it all before. What if it was more like a "dark angels of death" thing?

Chaos Space Marine bodies with the halberds/lances from the new warhammer fantasy Chaos Knights (we have extras). These are mounted with chaos bolters, much like the adeptus custodes. And in the other arm a shield, again the really cool ones from the chaos knights (again, we have extras for this conversion). This is what represents the additional point of toughness.

It gets better: use bloodletter heads (and in some cases perhaps swords at the ends of the halberds?) as masks, painted a dark steel.

Now on to coloration. Their armor is charcoal grey, faded to black in the recesses; dusky gold trim highlighted to polished gold; and red and silver as accent colors.

Terminator bodies for Obliterators. More ideas forthcoming on that.

I can see it clearly in my mind.

I invite input on a good list and generally on the idea.

Bolter and Chainsword Bag



Hello Shawn -

I'm Matthew Hunt [of Bolter and Chainsword], I don't know if you remember me from back in 2006. I saw your review of our army carry case on youtube and noticed you were looking for information about the bags. As we are preparing for our 2009 order I thought I would pass on the particulars to you.

We have 2 types, the Mk.I and the Mk. II they do not include foam. They are however designed to carry Sabol foam trays. That said, we stand by the fact that our bags are a level of quality over and above any Sabol case, as I'm sure you noticed during your review.

MK I (13.5"W x 8"D x 20"H) $105/unit
MK II (13.5" x 8"D x 15"H) $95/unit

How does that compare to Sabol cases in size? Well here ya go. The original Sabol Army case (equivalent of our Mk. II is):

Height: 14 inches
Width: 14 inches
Thickness: 9 inches
Depth: 13 inches
So as you can see ours holds about an inch more foam than theirs but is otherwise similar dimensions.

The Sabol Battalion case (equivalent of our Mk. 1) has the following dimensions:

Height: 24 inches
Width: 14 inches
Thickness: 9 inches
Depth: 8 inches
Holds 20 inches of our figure foam trays.
Our Mk.1 isn't as tall because all the non-foam storage is on the sides rather than the bottom of the case, but in terms of foam it holds the same amount.

Yes the B&C bag is expensive but worth the cost in the long term. The bags are constructed of high quality cordura http://www.cordura.com/ by hand. By that I mean, an indivdual at a sewing machine and not some rapid production line stuff. Because they are made from cordura they are high resitant to the wear and tear a gamer would subject them to and even include a limited life time warranty.

In addition to the feature of a large book pocket, the side "blister pack" pocket and the pen/tapemeasure holder the bag has a removable/adjustable shoulder strap, hand grips that can be velcroed together for easy carrying and interior foam padding sewn into the walls of the bag.

The issue gets to be if you want a logo on it or not. You could see the price go up substantially then depending on if you want embroidery or screen printing.

Last year (2008) the B&C Mk. II bag went for $120 with shipping and logo included. This year due to an increase in material costs we are looking at about $135-140 for the bag, still waiting on an estimate from the folks who assemble our bags. They are known as Initial Attack and they make gear/webbing for the US Military and Forest Service.

If you have any interest in joining in on this years order please let me know and I can give you some more specifics in the event you want a logo on the bag(s).

Thanks for your time.

Astromag Issue #3


Hey, check this out!
This gave me some inspiration for an Eldar army color scheme. Rich red with orange jewels; Dark Grey and White for accent colors. Sort of like Saim Hann variation on a theme.

Polly Want a Talking Point- Updated! Now with five educational comments!


Here are the talking points from Campaign for Liberty. I present them here for your consideration. Do they have merit? Is it true?

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I am only including the ones from the Economy section. Many of these echo my own sentiments.
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I've got some responses to my various political ideas that show I think a basic misunderstanding of my thrust. I am against Tyranny, whatever form it may take (government agencies, corporations, individuals). I do not like coercion. I am suspicious of anything that says "I'm good and necessary, but you have no choice in the matter".
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I am a disgruntled Republican. I have been betrayed. We gave Isildur the ring, but he wouldn't cast it into the volcano.
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I am not against Obama. I think he's an improvement. I have growing respect for him. I am against the growth of government power.
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Right now, I am in "information gathering" mode. I am mostly interested in finding out what the Constitution is all about, learning a LOT more. And I also want to know what taxes are levied on the common man, and how they are variously and indirectly extracted. These two are related. I am entitled to my life as a god-given right. If I spend half my time working for the GOV then half my life has been taken away.
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Also, I welcome comments. Relevant, insightful, kind-worded comments. Even if they are completely different viewpoints. I disabled the auto-comment function after a few threatening, creepy, and off-topic items I just bagged the whole thing.
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Without further ado:

Economy
* The congressional pay raise scheduled to automatically take place in 2010 should not be allowed to go through. They should have to cut back and sacrifice just like their constituents.

* During these tough economic times, stopping the pay raise would show that Washington is serious about fiscal responsibility.

* At the very least, a vote should be taken instead of allowing the raise to automatically happen. The Obama administration should welcome this move to increase transparency and accountability.

* After decades of deficit spending and unconstitutional entitlement programs, each American's individual share of the federal government's liabilities is now $184,000... and rising. The current budget deficit is more than at any other time in history. This happened under a so-called conservative president/congress. We have to find our way again.

* Economic freedom is based on a simple rule: everyone has the right to his or her life and property.

* In the United States, many citizens seek to use the government to enrich themselves at their neighbors' expense. This is immoral. We should stop using the government to do things that would be considered morally outrageous if done by a private individual. It is a shame that a Republican administration that was backed by conservatives presided over one of the biggest thefts in history: the bailout of the banks and automotive industry. We have to find our way back to fiscal sanity before we can dream of winning an election.

* Why would we expect a system based on legal theft, as ours is, to be a net benefit to the poor or middle class? Every one of the special benefits that have been enacted by both Republicans and Democrats makes companies less efficient and competitive, and the economy more sluggish. This is exactly what will happen with Bush's bailouts and Obama's social spending.

* There should be no income tax, national sales tax, or any other such scheme on the federal level. The US income tax implies that government owns you and graciously allows you to keep whatever percentage of the fruits of your labor it chooses. This is incompatible with the principles of a free society.

* Conservatives criticized Obama for having a lavishly expensive inauguration amidst a time of economic hardship for America. But these millions of dollars are nothing compared to the billions and trillions squandered by both parties in the last decade. It seems like targeting the inauguration is an easy way for people to sound fiscally conservative while ignoring what's really bankrupting the taxpayer: too much government spending and debt.

* Elected Republicans are sounding more financially prudent every day, now that they have lost Congress and the presidency. But let us remember how spendthrift they were in power. For talk about fiscal restraint to be anything more than a way to score partisan points, we as a people need to rethink the role of government on a fundamental level.
* Obama claims the issue is not big government vs. small government, but making government work. Well, elected Republicans have surely abandoned any role as the party of small government, so, tragically, he might have a point. Obama also says programs that don't work will be eliminated. I'll believe it when I see it: almost never does anyone from either party eliminate a government program.
And here's a well-deserved lashing for the so-called Republicans:

Republican Party
* Young voters, independents, and Democrats were drawn to those Republicans in 2008 who ran on a platform of limited, constitutional government. Many who voted for them were first-time voters.

* If the Republicans want any future, they need to abandon their current policies of big government, high spending, corporate welfare, perpetual war, and imposing their values through the federal government. They cannot be a credible alternative to the Democrats if all they propose is to run the country essentially the same but with slight changes in emphasis.

* Republicans/conservatives have lost all credibility with their rhetoric about limiting the size of government. This was once the party of Robert Taft, Barry Goldwater, and Ronald Reagan, but now it more closely resembles progressives like Woodrow Wilson. We need to get back to our roots!

* There is a way for Republicans and conservatives to breathe new life into the party. The conservative movement must embrace the ideas of Austrian Economics, Ron Paul, and the Campaign for Liberty.
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Rebuttal
My good friend Eric Danley already sent me this counterpoint email. Enjoy!
Regardless of where they came from, these talking points are just that shallow empty shells of easy to digest propaganda.
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Congressional Pay Raises: Yes, they probably shouldn't go through. But lets be honest, this will do nothing to change the economic situation.
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Deficit: Yep, this is bad. But let me also point out that it was under a Democratic that we had a surplus, and balanced cuts/spending increased to maintain that balance. However, let me ask how the government is supposed to pay down said debt without the power to tax? I certainly don't have $184,000 to give away, and those without jobs have even less. What revenue is left with the Income Tax, sales tax, or other taxing schemes are eliminated? Also where would that leave things such as national defense?
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Inauguration: Funded by private donations, and Obama's Inauguration had the lowest per donor cap of any president in recent history. He also released the names of every donor in order to be more transparent. Was it lavish, perhaps but unless you donated your tax dollars were not spent. (Yeah there is costs for security and crowd control, but that is minor comparatively)
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Cutting Government Programs: Defense Secretary Gates recently testified to congress about military research projects that should be cut. Lets remember, Congress spends the money, not the President.
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Republicans: Politically, they're screwed and they still don't get it. They will get a further lashing at the polls in 2010 with either a new Party taking their place as #2 or a huge platform restructuring bring them back to relative parity in 2012. Right now voters see them as the hypocrites they are, and voting against the Stimulus isn't going to help.
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This government needs real change, and that means more fiscal responsibility. We cannot however simply push for the elimination of something like the income tax or the Federal Reserve. It will never happen. Instead, work with the Democratic Party that has overwhelming control to make sure your conservative voices are heard. The stimulus has compromises (I never would have cut the Family Planning support) but the House Republicans instead chose to vote no against compromise simply ensuring their diminished roll the next time around. You have to work with the system to change the system.
Another One (this is from my friend Mike N.)
First the disclaimer. I am not a Democrat, I am not a Republican. I supported Ron Paul in the primary. I voted for Chuck Baldwin in the election. I love Liberty and the principles upon which our country was founded.

There is an often quoted saying in the business world, 'Time is Money'. I think that many people subscribe to this point of view. Another saying might be "Time is Life". This seems to be pretty accurate, at least to me. If our mortal Life here on Earth isn't a series of interconnected moments, representing Time, then what is it?

Since both these expressions carry a common variable, Time, we can infer the corollary "Money is Life". Again, this is a point I think many or most will agree with. Put another way, the time it took a person to earn some amount of money is in fact a portion of that individual's Life. A piece of their Life that they can never get back, never relive or trade in. Put this way, I am not sure how anyone can effectively argue the point.

An expansion of this would be that because Money and Life are interchangeable it can never be moral to forcibly take one person's time and give it to another. That would of course be slavery. While I would think that everyone would agree that slavery is immoral, surprisingly the same cannot be said where taxes and the redistribution of wealth are concerned. Why should someone making more money be forced to pay a higher percentage of their income than someone who earned less? The answer from the Collectivist camp is "because they can afford to pay more".

When asked about a flat tax system, the Collectivist answer supported the same hypocritical viewpoint. "What is the difference between Taxpayer A making $200,000 a year and Taxpayer B making $25,000 a year if they are both paying 10% in taxes?" The Collectivist camp couches their answer by talking about survival and how it is not moral to tax someone an amount that would jeopardize their survival, which they assume is the case if the person is making 'only' $25,000.

The same hypocrisy is evident in the recent decision by Obama during his first week in office to provide Federal funds to finance abortions. Whichever side of the Pro-Life, Pro-Choice fence you happen to be on, we all recognize that this is a highly charged issue with strongly held beliefs on either side. By releasing funds to either side, the government is effectively forcibly taking money from individuals in order to grant it to groups which run counter to the moral compass of those who earned the money. Coming full circle, Obama's (unconstitutional) executive order is therefore in fact forced servitude. Forcing those diametrically opposed to abortion to spend part of their time working to fund abortions. The reverse is also true, hence it is immoral (not to mention Unconstitutional) for the government to force anyone via unapportioned taxes.
[Read a related article by a Mormon Prophet here]

See
http://www.jonathangullible.com/mmedia/PhilosophyOfLiberty-english_music.swf for more information.

-- I own me. I own my output. I have an unalienable right to defend myself, by whatever means necessary, against predators and looters.

And I am damned tired of my servants in government acting otherwise.
Line by Line-- here are some responses from another blogger
Before I offer my responses I offer you a little about myself. Understanding others is from what I have gathered a good start in terms of understanding their response and/or attitude towards a situation. I am a 22 year old Alaskan male. I on average work 50 - 70 hours a week trying to make ends meet. My fiance and I live together in our apartment in Anchorage. She is unable to work due to health problems and much to her dismay accounts for the reason the only furniture we have is a desk and a bed. We would be married already if we only had the money to fund the event. We more or less live pay check to pay check hoping she gets better so that we may pay off her medical bills and buy a house. Living in Alaska is not cheap and If I could find a job with similar pay and benefits else where we would probably move until we could get ahead. Something for consideration in terms of our local economy: the cost of heating homes has recently seen a 20% increase. Gasoline is not cheap here despite the fact we have tons of oil. At the moment gasoline is about $2.40 a gallon.
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Economy
* The congressional pay raise scheduled to automatically take place in 2010 should not be allowed to go through. They should have to cut back and sacrifice just like their constituents.
* During these tough economic times, stopping the pay raise would show that Washington is serious about fiscal responsibility.
* At the very least, a vote should be taken instead of allowing the raise to automatically happen. The Obama administration should welcome this move to increase transparency and accountability.

I agree with this point.


* After decades of deficit spending and unconstitutional entitlement programs, each American's individual share of the federal government's liabilities is now $184,000... and rising. The current budget deficit is more than at any other time in history. This happened under a so-called conservative president/congress. We have to find our way again.

I do not have that kind of money to give and neither do alot of americans. I like most am bitter and resentful over this particular subject. As you said "we gave Isildur the ring."

* Economic freedom is based on a simple rule: everyone has the right to his or her life and property.

While I see the merit of a free trade economy I believe there should be some form of an organization tasked with ensuring that unfair practices such as dumping do not become common place.

* In the United States, many citizens seek to use the government to enrich themselves at their neighbors' expense. This is immoral. We should stop using the government to do things that would be considered morally outrageous if done by a private individual. It is a shame that a Republican administration that was backed by conservatives presided over one of the biggest thefts in history: the bailout of the banks and automotive industry. We have to find our way back to fiscal sanity before we can dream of winning an election.

This is a classic example of the double edged sword. The financial institutions casued this problem but without them we would be in a very bad place. They loaned money to people that could not afford to pay them back all in the hopes of getting rich. They loaned money that they did not have and was not theirs and now we pay the price in the form of a collapsed housing market and well... we pay the price literally to. I did not want to give them my money that I worked hard for. It was something that had to be done but should have been done differently. There are other options then my tax dollars.

The Oil futures trading bubble that robbed americans of their money and went against all rational economic trends. Another example of how the big financial institutions robbed us. Investments firms buying all the oil just so they can sell it again for more money when they hve no place in the trade market for oil. You can thank Enron for that one as they are the ones that pushed for the markets to be unregulated.

* Why would we expect a system based on legal theft, as ours is, to be a net benefit to the poor or middle class? Every one of the special benefits that have been enacted by both Republicans and Democrats makes companies less efficient and competitive, and the economy more sluggish. This is exactly what will happen with Bush's bailouts and Obama's social spending.

I work for a telecommunications company and there are some foul companies out there. I like to think mine is deffinately not one and I am honest with my customers and avoid the lies and hype you get from most. The processes that have to be done though to switch from one telephone provider to another still boggle my mind thanks to the good old FCC.

* There should be no income tax, national sales tax, or any other such scheme on the federal level. The US income tax implies that government owns you and graciously allows you to keep whatever percentage of the fruits of your labor it chooses. This is incompatible with the principles of a free society.

I sure would miss the road maintence crews and the like but there is definately some less then happy taxes I pay. Why my tax dollars pay for someone elses food while my wife and I eat at most 2 meal a day of chicken and rice because that is all we can afford is a concept far beyond my understanding.

* Conservatives criticized Obama for having a lavishly expensive inauguration amidst a time of economic hardship for America. But these millions of dollars are nothing compared to the billions and trillions squandered by both parties in the last decade. It seems like targeting the inauguration is an easy way for people to sound fiscally conservative while ignoring what's really bankrupting the taxpayer: too much government spending and debt.

It is a ploy as you have pointed out. I agree with them saying yes save the money tey spent to listen to him fumble his swearing in. You are right though this is no an approach we should just be taking. This is not something that just happens. I say gimme an hour and a large vaccum and lets do something useful with the money hole.

* Elected Republicans are sounding more financially prudent every day, now that they have lost Congress and the presidency. But let us remember how spendthrift they were in power. For talk about fiscal restraint to be anything more than a way to score partisan points, we as a people need to rethink the role of government on a fundamental level.

I will agee they are just saying what people want to hear. At the same time these are not all the same republicans that were in office during the bush era. Many long term senators have gotten the boot and are making way for what I hope will be a better congress.

* Obama claims the issue is not big government vs. small government, but making government work. Well, elected Republicans have surely abandoned any role as the party of small government, so, tragically, he might have a point. Obama also says programs that don't work will be eliminated. I'll believe it when I see it: almost never does anyone from either party eliminate a government program.

I would love to see this actually happen. I would love to go to mars as well.

And here's a well-deserved lashing for the so-called Republicans:

Republican Party

* Young voters, independents, and Democrats were drawn to those Republicans in 2008 who ran on a platform of limited, constitutional government. Many who voted for them were first-time voters.
* If the Republicans want any future, they need to abandon their current policies of big government, high spending, corporate welfare, perpetual war, and imposing their values through the federal government. They cannot be a credible alternative to the Democrats if all they propose is to run the country essentially the same but with slight changes in emphasis.
* Republicans/conservatives have lost all credibility with their rhetoric about limiting the size of government. This was once the party of Robert Taft, Barry Goldwater, and Ronald Reagan, but now it more closely resembles progressives like Woodrow Wilson. We need to get back to our roots!
* There is a way for Republicans and conservatives to breathe new life into the party. The conservative movement must embrace the ideas of Austrian Economics, Ron Paul, and the Campaign for Liberty.

Ron Paul has some interesting idea that I would love to see happen. His also has some that would not work no matter how hard we tried. Thank you for the link to campaignforliberty.com I find it very interesting and am constantly going "I have been saying that for ages."
Here's from Matthew
Shawn,

A few things in relation to your most recent blog post. (As always these are just my opinions).

When people say that "we had a surplus under Clinton" I'm not sure everyone is saying the same thing. What most people assume from that statement is that the government was making a profit, taking in more money than it was spending. Strictly speaking, that wasn't really the case. The surplus was predicted and even then, proposals and budgets were presented that would spend that money, even before it was collected. Second, it's very important here to distinguish between a budget deficit and the national deficit. Clinton left office with a national deficit (the amount of money that the country owed to its creditors) of several trillion dollars. So in a very real sense, just because we were able to not spend more money than we were making, we never had a true surplus, a pile of money free and clear of obligations.

While I'm very much in agreement with what's being said about republicans needing to return to a platform of true conservatism (smaller government) and the fact that a huge restructuring is in order, it's worth noting that many people voted in the last election not for Obama, but against Bush. I never understood this since no matter who was elected, Bush was going to leave office, but that's beside the point. Democrats have had a majority in congress for a few years now, the most recent elections simply allowed them to firm that into a dominant position rather than a competitive edge as it were.

While presidents take the flack for what happens during their terms, it is usually congress and the senate that effect change. The president cannot create laws or set the national budget. He can only veto what comes across his desk, unless he is over ruled by a vote of (you guessed it) our elected representatives.

While I take no joy in looking back on Bush's presidency, it is unfair to blame him for the current state of the economy. Oversight committees in the senate and congress, offices like that held by Allen Greenspan, individual banks who dug their heads into the sand, and citizens who deluded themselves into believing that because the bank wasn't asking them to prove that they could afford something meant that they could actually afford it, share much more of the blame here than any one presidency.

Unfortunately, the government is going to spend money. Just getting a balanced budget submitted and prohibiting the printing of new money would seem to be a herculean task, one that neither party seems to want to pursue.

Right now I'd just settle for our dollars being spent on actual projects (like the rebuilding of our national power grid.) At least then if we're going to drive up the national deficit the government would be affecting some real good, rather than just buying out the bad lone that got us into this problem in the first place.

Like one of your other writers, I'm not against taxation (particularly income taxation) per-say. The government provides many services which I benefit from in one way or another. What I object to is the way Americans are taxed over-and-over again for the same things. I make money, I pay taxes on it. I spend that money; part of that money is taxed as well. I invest the money I paid taxes on and make a profit, hey, that profit is taxed too. Let's not forget that the money I spend on goods and services (money that is taxed through sales tax and income tax before it even gets into the hands of a business owner) is taxed yet again in the form of licenses, corporate taxes, social security taxes on the portion of that money that goes to employees, and any number of other taxable items. Consider this, If I pay 30% income tax between state and federal, and 6% sales tax here in Maryland, I have effectively just paid the government somewhere on the order of 35% of my income, even before I realize any sort of return on that money.

If we want real change, we need to elect the people who will support and push for that change. That means starting with those in the congress and senate first. If candidates don't support your views, then we have to create a new candidate or unify our causes such that those candidates have to court our vote or risk losing the election. Right now there is very little incentive for politicians to change what they are doing. Responsible people voting for a third party candidate with no hope of being elected are hurting the world around them because the election of the actual office in question will then be determined by uninformed and/or party-line voters. I want to know:

How can I, one citizen, break the vicious cycle of deficit spending and boom-bust economics which our government has tied us too? Who can I call? What can I do personally? If someone can explain this to me, in terms that make sense, I would be ever so grateful. That is, right now, my biggest issue. Everyone wants to talk about how bale out bad! Economy Bad! Bush Bad! Rush Limbaugh Bad! Democrat Bad! Auto Industry Bad! Taxes Bad!

Surprisingly the answer everyone has to solving this problem.vote democrat/republican. That is precisely what got us into this situation in the first place. Obama has huge public support. If he can turn that into real, honest, fundamental change (something more than a good publicity campaign masking business as usual) then he has my full support. But the individual citizen needs to expand their influence on government to more than which choice of a binary solution set they will give their vote, let alone voting in the first place.

--End rant ;)
Another Jewel
Subject: Important info on the Stimulus Payment
"This year, taxpayers will receive an Economic Stimulus Payment. This is a very exciting new program that I will explain using the Q and A format:
"Q. What is an Economic Stimulus Payment? "A. It is money that the federal government will send to taxpayers.
"Q. Where will the government get this money? "A. From taxpayers.
"Q. So the government is giving me back my own money? "A. No, they are borrowing it from China . Your children are expected to repay the Chinese.
"Q. What is the purpose of this payment? "A. The plan is that you will use the money to purchase a high-definition TV set, thus stimulating the economy.
"Q. But isn't that stimulating the economy of China ? "A. Shut up."

Renn's got a Rules Question

Hey shawn is there anyway you could find out the rules for the death korps engineers and the death korps engineers mole launcher? It's from Seige of Vraks 2. I can not for the life of me find the rules and i want to know if there any good because I might order me some. Thanks =)

Email me at bluetablepainting@gmail.com if you can produce this key info.

Ice World Tau Ready for War!

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Tau Crisis Battlesuit Commander and two drones
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Tau Ethereal Caste
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Tau XV25 Stealth suit
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Tau XV15 Stealth Armour
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Tau Fire Warriors
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Tau Fire Warriors- from original materials sent
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Tau Devilfish
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Tau Pathfinders
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Kroot Hounds
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Tau Piranha
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Rain, Snow and Slush

Last night it was raining. I went out to the pedestrian door of the garage to look out on the sulking charcoal sky and to watch the raindrops streaking through the porch lights, like minute frozen flares. My breath coiled upwards, snaking around the bulb.

As I watched, the droplets became thicker, and finally into a type of snow that doesn't stick, but forms a thick layer of slush. By morning there was a thick layer of it all over the road and the drive.

By the afternoon, it had warmed enough to break it down forming rivers of clear water all around town.

I took the two kids to church, Tamie staying at home with the two youngest again. I think she's burning out on baby. She's getting tired.

Today at church the theme was agency. We also talked about adversity in Elders Quorum. Related isssues if you ask me. Here's a related item:

In the grand division of all of God’s creations, there are things to act and things to be acted upon (see 2 Nephi 2:13–14). As sons and daughters of our Heavenly Father, we have been blessed with the gift of moral agency, the capacity for independent action and choice. Endowed with agency, you and I are agents, and we primarily are to act and not just be acted upon. To believe that someone or something can make us feel offended, angry, hurt, or bitter diminishes our moral agency and transforms us into objects to be acted upon. As agents, however, you and I have the power to act and to choose how we will respond to an offensive or hurtful situation.

Read the rest here.

What do I think? Blarg, does it matter? Well, I suppose if you're here reading this there must be a reason. I have become more relaxed in the last year. When things go wrong, I don't view it as going wrong per se, but an opportunity to learn something new. For me, it all comes down to a fundamental truth: there is an Almighty and Loving God, the Universe is full of light and color, and I am part of it. I often lose sight of that. I wish I were a better man, too. But slowly now. It's only half time!

It was a lazy rest-of-the-day, playing Magic with my seven-year-old-son, and watching Disney shows.

Hive Fleet Hades


Here's the army list. The army came with a custom fitted-foam carrying case. Tucked into the pocket was an army book and a few well-worn tactics articles. A few basic points:


  • Spinegaunts, point for point, are more killy than genestealers. Anyone care to math-hammer that?

  • Buying more raw un-equipped tyranids is more killy than upgrading existing ones.

  • Spread out your army among all 17 army slots (this army list fills every one!)

  • Devourers are awesome. Lots and lots of shots.

There are extra models, too: another foot Tyrant, a fourth Tyrant Guard, and a third Sniper-Fex.


What could make this army better? Should I add any models?

1832+ Pts - Tyranids Roster - Hive Fleet Hades

(with upgrades it makes the 2000 point mark)

HQ: Hive Tyrant (4#, 271 Pts)
1 Hive Tyrant @ 271 Pts
Enhanced Senses +1 BS; Twin-linked Devourer (x2); Synapse Creature; The Horror; Warp Field
3 Tyrant Guard @ [135] Pts
Rending Claws; Scything Talons

HQ: Hive Tyrant (1#, 176 Pts)
1 Hive Tyrant @ 176 Pts
Enhanced Senses +1 BS; Winged; Twin-linked Devourer (x2); Synapse Creature; The Horror; Warp Field

Elite: Warriors (3#, 82 Pts)
2 Warriors @ 82 Pts
Enhanced Senses +1 BS; Twin-linked Devourer; Synapse Creature
1 Warriors @ [30] Pts
Enhanced Senses +1 BS; Scything Talons (x1); Barbed Strangler; Synapse Creature

Elite: Warriors (3#, 82 Pts)
2 Warriors @ 82 Pts
Enhanced Senses +1 BS; Twin-linked Devourer; Synapse Creature
1 Warriors @ [30] Pts
Enhanced Senses +1 BS; Scything Talons (x1); Barbed Strangler; Synapse Creature

Elite: Warriors (3#, 82 Pts)
2 Warriors @ 82 Pts
Enhanced Senses +1 BS; Twin-linked Devourer; Synapse Creature
1 Warriors @ [30] Pts
Enhanced Senses +1 BS; Scything Talons (x1); Barbed Strangler; Synapse Creature

Troops: Gaunt Brood (10#, 50 Pts)
10 Gaunt Brood @ 50 Pts
Spinefists

Troops: Gaunt Brood (10#, 50 Pts)
10 Gaunt Brood @ 50 Pts
Spinefists

Troops: Gaunt Brood (10#, 50 Pts)
10 Gaunt Brood @ 50 Pts
Spinefists

Troops: Gaunt Brood (10#, 50 Pts)
10 Gaunt Brood @ 50 Pts
Spinefists

Troops: Gaunt Brood (10#, 50 Pts)
10 Gaunt Brood @ 50 Pts
Spinefists

Troops: Gaunt Brood (10#, 50 Pts)
10 Gaunt Brood @ 50 Pts
Spinefists

Fast Attack: Ravener (3#, 138 Pts)
3 Ravener @ 138 Pts
Rending Claws; Scything Talons (x1); Deathspitter

Fast Attack: Ravener (3#, 138 Pts)
3 Ravener @ 138 Pts
Rending Claws; Scything Talons (x1); Deathspitter

Fast Attack: Spore Mine Cluster (4#, 36 Pts)
1 Spore Mine Cluster @ 36 Pts
3 Bio-acid Spore Mines @ [36] Pts

Heavy Support: Zoanthrope (3#, 165 Pts)
3 Zoanthrope @ 165 Pts
Toxic Miasma; Warp Blast; Warp Field

Heavy Support: Carnifex (1#, 181 Pts)
1 Carnifex @ 181 Pts
Enhanced Senses +1 BS; Extended Carapace +1 Save; Implant Attack; Barbed Strangler; Venom Cannon

Heavy Support: Carnifex (1#, 181 Pts)
1 Carnifex @ 181 Pts
Enhanced Senses +1 BS; Extended Carapace +1 Save; Implant Attack; Barbed Strangler; Venom Cannon

Total Roster Cost: 1832

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Twiddling my Thumbs


I'm at home watching the kids while my wife (and baby) are away out of town for the day visiting family.
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Basically, I am twiddling my thumbs. I can be contacted via email or gmail chat for any matter. I'd love to get some projects set up. I am making an order on Monday morning and I'd give 35% off the cost of your models if you set something up with me tonight. That means a deposit needs to get in by midnight tonight (seeing as I'm closed for business on Sunday), or at least by early Monday.
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For those that are just joining the program, you should also know that I give 20% off the cost of materials standard, and 30% off for military personnel.
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I also have a number of really good standing specials as follows:
We have several specials available. Only one can be applied.
1) Level 2—models can be given a basic paint job. Save 30% off painting.
2) Artistic License—we decide completely how a project is painted and based. Save 10% on painting.
3) Combine Level 2 and Artistic License. Save 35% off painting
4) Tank Factory—ten tanks painted for $400, assembled for $200. See below for details. Can be combined with Artistic License.
Tank Factory Special
· $400 for painting ten tanks
· $750 for painting twenty tanks
· $200 for assembly of ten tanks

For this special we need some leeway with color scheme. A complicated pattern or type might cost more.

How fast can we get it done?
Generally, a 3-4 week turnaround. Unless you send the models, then that takes less time.

 Large tanks, like a Land Raider or Necron Monolith, count as two tanks.
 A Baneblade counts as three tanks. Assembly is $90—the Baneblade has something like 250 parts.
 Small tanks, like an Ork warbuggy, count as half a tank.
 Exposed crew, dozer blade, unusual upgrades, or set of chaos spikes count as a regular trooper, at $4 for painting, $2 for assembly.
 Tau Piranhas and Land Speeders count as regular tanks. They are smaller but are not less time-consuming to paint.
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I am setting up projects now for completion in late February.
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In other news: I went to dance class with my wife this morning. This was my idea. It was wonderful, we were moving smoothly in no time at all. We had to bring the baby and had a few dances with her snuggled in between. Children are the blossom of love between a man and a woman.
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I am really looking forward to it next week.
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Flash back fourteen years. We rented a how-to-dance video. Within ten minutes I was so worked up and uptight that the topic didn't come up for another fourteen years. So, ladies, there is hope for your man.

Paint Fest January 2009


Every month all the artists get together and we have a Paint Fest; a time to share ideas, joke around, and paint like fiends. I can't imagine heaven is any better.
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This time we headed to Sarah's house, which has a lot of natural light, and we gathered around an enormous table. But I am ahead of myself.
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I stayed late at the studio last night packing everything in preparation. That included an entire Tyranid army (the hive Hades army, remember?) which Sarah and I managed to refurbish quite nicely. Everything is completely in order, improved, touched up, and detailed. Sweet. But I'm jumping ahead now.
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On my way in I stopped at the store and picked up about six gallons of various drinks. I decided to get something healthy, so I got a banana cream pie (that has banana in it right? fruit is good for you right?). I also picked up some potato salad at the deli. The crab salad had sort of a funny smell so they gave me a tub of it for free. Just kidding. But I did get some crab salad for free (I had to wait a long time for someone to finally get back there).
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As many of you know, Sarah is strict vegan so we had quite a platter of fresh veggies waiting for us. And a lot of juice. But there was plenty of savory fare as well-- mexican type things, and peanut butter rice krispie treats.
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Oh, and while down at teh local game shop I got to take a gander at the new Lizardmen army book. Absolutely stunning. I can't wait to get going on those. This will be Sarah's project for the most part, first run at doing an army start to finish for her.
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Well, probably better just to give you a look.
Some of you may notice a few new painters here. I normally don't give face time until someone has at least three months (usually more like six) under his or her belt. Not set in stone, but there it is. Also, almost everyone is part time, and we all like it that way. It's good way to be. Everything is peaceful and tranquil. Zero drama.
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I dropped Joseph off at home, then headed home myself. My wife immediately headed out on an "errand" which of course means "I'm tired of the kids and I need a break". Which I am completely groovy with. I really, really enjoy my kids. They are all so delightful. My youngest son bit his tongue. He decided the best remedy would be to put a bandaid on it. One tab on each mouth corner and the body of the bandage in his mouth. Hi-larious.
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Back to Hive Fleet Hades for a moment. I can't wait to play this army. It looks amazingly good. You can look forward to pics and vid of that later.
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Another bit of news. I am looking at www.battlefoam.com and we're likely to add that to our repertoire soon.

Hive Fleet Hades


The big news today is the arrival of Hive Fleet Hades as a trade-in. It's a studio army now.

See some pics.

Tomorrow is paint fest and I plan on going over them minutely for touchups, refurb and improvement. I may darken the skin areas just a bit. They are done in one of my favorite color schemes. The army is solid and fun to play. It is based on proven mechanics-- lots of gribblies and lots of shots. It's loaded with twin-linked devourers. I think that's the only thing any of the critters has.

Want to know what's in it?

Unit Name
QTY
Tyranid Hive Tyrant
3
Tyranid Tyrant Guard
4
Tyranid Warrior
9
Tyranid Spine Gaunts
60
Tyranid Ravener
6
Tyranid Spore Mine
9
Tyranid Zoanthrope
3
Tyranid Carnifex
3





When I first started 40K, the second edition of Warhammer 40K Tyranids were just out and I bought some of these hideous eyesores:

I tried to put them together with two part epoxy glue I got from a hardware store which was an absolute nightmare. I also primed the army with black enamel paint, which was hideous and ineffective beyond belief. My color scheme was bone colored carapace and bright purple skin. At least I had a decent color scheme, though I use the word "decent" liberally here.
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I had about 60 of those metal hormagaunts. That was a lot of gaunts for 2nd edition! I had a load of fun with them-- making little scenarios pitting them against imperial guard. I even had the army through '97 when I had my game shop.
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A footnote here about Politics. I am taking a short sabbatical. I need to read more. I need to get the basics of the Consitution down.
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In other business-related news, I will be clearing out my Inbox on Saturday. I apologize for any delay in getting back to clients for various matters. There are only a few in there, but I just ran out of steam. And tomorrow is Paint Fest!
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I am currently booking project for February, mid-to-late-month for completion.

Dead Sexy Beasts




I'm looking at that Stompa and thinking how it would crossover great with battlewagons and other ork vehicles. I try to get out, but they just keep sucking me back in! AYERG!

Positive Thinking


I was en-heartened by this article. Any step in the direction of fiscal responsibility is healthy in my estimation. Here is an excerpt:
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WASHINGTON - In his first public acts in office, President Barack Obama on Wednesday placed new limits on lobbyists in his White House and, in a nod to the country's economic turmoil, froze the salaries of senior aides.
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In an attempt to deliver on pledges of a transparent government, Obama said he would change the way the federal government interprets the Freedom of Information Act. He said he was directing agencies that vet requests for information to err on the side of making information public — not to look for reasons to legally withhold it — an alteration to the traditional standard of evaluation.

Just because a government agency has the legal power to keep information private does not mean that it should, Obama said. Reporters and public-interest groups often make use of the law to explore how and why government decisions were made; they are often stymied as agencies claim legal exemptions to the law.

"For a long time now, there's been too much secrecy in this city," Obama said.
He said the orders he was issuing Wednesday will not "make government as honest and transparent as it needs to be" nor go as far as he would like.

"But these historic measures do mark the beginning of a new era of openness in our country," Obama said. "And I will, I hope, do something to make government trustworthy in the eyes of the American people, in the days and weeks, months and years to come."

PS- Here are some comments from my friend Eric Danley. A sort of counterpoint, presented for your consideration:
I haven't posted in a while, as I am far from an expert in economics of this level. There are, however, a few points I would like to make: 1. The TARP program is mostly condemned by economists of every stripe. Not for the premise of the Bank Bailout, but for the lack of oversight. It is fundamentally wrong that we gave these banks money to lend to consumers and instead they made acquisitions. I trust that in TARP round 2, the Obama Administration will do a better job of mandating what the money is used for, setting guidelines for acceptance and most importantly do a better job of monitoring compliance. 2. The need for stimulus is universally accepted. Now look, I know a statement like that is not 100% true, but the fact is that an overwhelming majority of economists, both Liberal and Conservative, agree that some sort of stimulus is needed. They disagree on the size of stimulus ($700 Billion vs. $1.2 Trillion) needed and the tools of stimulus (Tax Cuts vs. Government Spending). Yes, I'm sure Ron Paul disagrees but more on that in point 4. 3. Obama. I think we have the right man, in the right place, at the right time. Even prior to taking the Oath of Office, even with a massive progressive electoral mandate, Obama has chosen to work with Conservatives and has worked to be cautious fiscally. When Democrats were asking for a $1.2 Trillion stimulus Obama instead listened to the Conservatives who wanted no more than $700 Billion, and asked for $775 Million. Obama recently had a meeting with a group of Conservative journalists about economic policy, and instead of talking about trivial things like earmarks (less than 2% of the federal budget) he actually had a serious policy discussion about reforming entitlement programs like Social Security, and Medicare. A serious conversation that few other politicians have the broad knowledge or drive to have. Last point of number 3. When we look at what is proposed for the stimulus, specifically the rebuilding of the country's energy infrastructure I think we all can agree that Goverment is the only way to solve this problem. Our current electrical transmission system simply cannot work with anything other than a fossil fuel based system, wastes significant power in transmission, and cannot handle demand. Private Industry has shown no willingness to solve this problem as it is just too expensive with little incentive for them to do (monopoly, and as we run out of fossil fuels they get to charge more for less). This is parallel to the historical government incentives needed to bring electricity and phone service to the hills of Tennessee, along with the current need for a forced buildout of high-speed internet broadband. The private sector will not undergo these massive capital projects that the country so severely needs and thus the government must step in.


4. Ok, this might come across as a little offensive (I don't intend to be) but lets take a brief moment on Dr. Ron Paul. He lost. The American People had their chance to elect him, and they didn't feel he was the most qualified candidate. You can argue amount money in politics if you want, but I believe in the system and I think Obama proved that you don't need corporate money when you have a movement of people underneath. Why is that important, well in losing Ron Paul built a following of extreme fiscal conservatives, libertarians, and anarchists. Now, secure in his home district where democrats don't even bother to run against him he can continue to appeal to that group of followers regardless of the effect enacting any of his policies would actually have. Take a moment and think about what the world would be like next year if the following happened: Citibank, Bank of America, Chase, and all of the other major banks failed. GM, Chrysler, Ford, and Toyata (yes Toyata is hurting right now as well) all failed. The Federal Reserve was folded, EPA, Health and Human Services, and other government departments were closed. What would that world look like?


Well, we can make a few predictions with certainty. Almost no one would be able to buy a house, car, or other major item. Without access to credit consumers simply could not purchase these items causing the companies to produce them to fail. Relatively healthy companies would fail adding to the hundreds of thousands if not millions already without work because of the closures listed above. Small and Medium business would be unable to get Bridge Loans (very short term loans, often 30 day) to buy inventory or to make payroll causing Restaurants, Retail stores, and other businesses to collapse. Those without work, and without new small business hiring, would be unable to make payments on the debts they already have, would be unable to pay for medical coverage causing either a. Hospitals to go Bankrupt, or b. the government to pick up the tab, and we can be 100% certain that businesses that rely entirely on disposable income such as Blue Table Painting, and tourism will also collapse. Ron Paul brushes this all off as "it would be painful" but we are talking about a "pain" that will take at a minimum decades to recover and at worst simply never will. The rich elite, well most of them will survive. Might I add, that Dr. Paul himself is in this category with about $3 Million in assets most of which are in precious metals. Now I have nothing against the rich, I do quite well, but the point here is that if Ron Paul did everything he says he wants to then the quality of life would collapse for most American's. Well worse than the Great Depression, and many would never recover.

Government Created Jobs are on the Way!

Groovy Lady


As most may know, I'm wending my way through all the seasons of Frasier. Ten seasons I think. I just put them on in the background. In fact, I think Mike D. was down painting an army through all of season two. What a kick. Anyone want to join in? Here's the episode I'm on right now this instant:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DInOswI74vw

And the episode list on Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_frasier_episodes


Today, the studio was warm and crackling like a fire. We did take-out at a local sandwich shop, a mountain of meat-stacked hoagies. Josephus came in with a Red Scorpions army partway done. I could not even believe how well they turned out. I gave him the Project Anphelion book and he just blew the whole thing out of the water. He tried this thing where he mixed baking soda and elmers glue to make mud texture. Very slick. More to come about that.

What else? We're working with www.battlefoam.com to see if that will work. I'm very hopeful.

At this moment I am in the boys' room. I sit in here every night to monitor them and be sure they go to sleep rather than messing around. Every night it takes a little less time. I'm pleased with how it's working out.

So, what's going on in that little ant brain of mine? I have to pick a 40K army. Well, that's not a problem because I'm getting a trade-in Tyranid army composed pretty much of all my favorite models. Really a dream army. That will be on the block in due time.

Check out some of them here.

I might need to add a Trygon or two.

That means no Eldar. Tyranids it is. That's my second-favorite army.

I'm instead looking forward to Lizardmen. The important kits are due to be released in early February. My plan is to get the book and starting models in by the 13th of February and get the whole thing completed by the end of February.

"That woman has reached into your chest, pulled out your heart and threw it to her Hell Hounds for a chew toy!"

Games Workshop First Quarter 2009 Release Schedule

STAR PLAYER GRIFF OBERWALD (BLOOD BOWL XXVII) 6-Dec-08
THE TAINTED 6-Dec-08
THE UNDYING 6-Dec-08
ANIMOSITY ORCS 20-Dec-08
VAMPIRE COUNTS SHIELDS 20-Dec-08
ORK NOBZ 3-Jan-09
ORK BATTLEWAGON 3-Jan-09
KAPTIN BADRUKK 3-Jan-09
BOSS SNIKROT 3-Jan-09
ORK STORMBOYZ 17-Jan-09
ORK GRETCHIN 17-Jan-09
BOSS ZAGSTRUK 17-Jan-09
DARK ELF WINGS OF DARKNESS SHIELDS 17-Jan-09
DARK ELF KRAKEN SHIELDS 17-Jan-09
DARK ELF IRON TALON SHIELDS 17-Jan-09
DARK ELF DREADLORD ON DARK STEED 17-Jan-09
DARK ELF DREADLORD WITH GREAT WEAPON 17-Jan-09
DARK ELF DREADLORD WITH ADDITIONAL HAND WEAPON 17-Jan-09
DARK ELF DREADLORD WITH HAND WEAPON 17-Jan-09
LIZARDMEN SCAR VETERAN WITH ARMY STANDARD 7-Feb-09
CHAKAX, ETERNITY WARDEN 7-Feb-09
LIZARDMEN ARMY BOOK (ENGLISH) 7-Feb-09
LIZARDMEN STEGADON 7-Feb-09
LIZARDMEN TEMPLE GUARD 7-Feb-09
LIZARDMEN KROXIGOR 7-Feb-09
TIKTAQ’TO, MASTER OF SKIES 21-Feb-09
LIZARDMEN TERRADON RIDER 21-Feb-09
SPACE MARINE CASUALTIES 21-Feb-09
CHAOS CHOSEN HEADS 21-Feb-09
LIZARDMEN BATTALION 21-Feb-09
LIZARDMEN RAZORDON HUNTING PACK 21-Feb-09
WAR OF THE RING INFANTRY MOVEMENT TRAYS 28-Feb-09
WAR OF THE RING CAVALRY MOVEMENT TRAYS 28-Feb-09
CHAOS SPACE MARINE HAVOCS 1-Mar-09
WOLF GUARD WITH LIGHTNING CLAWS 7-Mar-09
IMPERIAL GUARD SHADOWSWORD / STORMLORD 7-Mar-09
ORK STOMPA 7-Mar-09
ORC RAIDER WITH TORCH 21-Mar-09
EAGLE WARRIORS SHOULDER PADS 21-Mar-09
SILVER SKULLS SHOULDER PADS 21-Mar-09

Feelings of Futility


I'm not having them, but I thought you might.

Here's a talk that has special meaning for me:

“Joseph,” [my mother] said, “come what may, and love it.”

I have often reflected on that counsel.

I think she may have meant that every life has peaks and shadows and times when it seems that the birds don’t sing and bells don’t ring. Yet in spite of discouragement and adversity, those who are happiest seem to have a way of learning from difficult times, becoming stronger, wiser, and happier as a result.

... The Lord in His wisdom does not shield anyone from grief or sadness.



Here are my personal feelings on it.

Men don't deal well with futility. We can handle a Mountain if we can see how to climb it. But we don't deal well with a Steel Wall. That's why we freak out when the baby is crying. If the baby needed a rare herb only to be found in piranha-infested waters we could figure that one out. But not when the baby is crying for no apparent reason and nothing seems to work.
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I remember one time I was sitting alone in the back of church and the pulpit seemed a million miles away. My life was out of sync. I had completely failed, at the religion that meant so much to me. I ran out into the parking lot and locked myself in my car and shed bitter, bitter tears.
I studied hard but still got an "F".
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I planned on quitting.
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That night I had a dream. I went into the Bishop's office to have my name removed from the Records, as I planned in real life. And to give up. As I turned to leave I heard a soft voice. "Please don't leave." I turned and saw the Savior, arms outstretched, kneeling. "Please don't leave".
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I say without reservation that there is an Almighty God. And that he indeed is mindful when a Sparrow falls to the ground. And how much more valuable are you than a Sparrow.
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I judge myself ever so harshly. Perhaps the injunction to not judge applies to one's self as well. I don't even know myself well enough to give a proper analysis.
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It reminds me of John 3:
17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
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Read that again. Who does the condemning?
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To meet God face to face will be very natural and comfortable. Your soul has His DNA imprinted on it. This is what it means to be in the image of God. You are a child of the Almighty, who cradled you in His arms.
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What is presented to us in this life through common media is a distorted caricature, and who would even believe in that?
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I don't think that Heaven is a gated community. The gate is in the human heart.
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The human eye is a waxy orb. It is crude and barely useful to get food into the mouth. Crude by comparison. Same for the brain. It's a marvel, but leaden by comparison. Using these organs is like looking through a straw. The spirit body also has sensory organs. They can become connected to a universal skien (web?).
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Hmmm... I think I'd have to be up all night writing about this. What I really wanted is to give a word of encouragement and light.

Garbage Pizza


Picture: one of several converted "Noise Marines" for the studio Dragons of Moloch army. I will be pulling this army soon unless someone buys it. It's 2300 pts, legal and competitive for $650. Surely I don't need to spell it out.
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These two units (of five each with Blastmaster and Sonic Blasters and champion-types) will make the army a lot more challenging to play against and a lot more fun and flexible.
I didn't go to sleep until 2am last night. In fact, let's go all the way back to Friday night. We had a "dark convocation" down at the studio, which means we just get together really late at night to play games. Magic in this case. Again, a complete waste of time, but a lot of fun. I brought my seven-year-old son down and we got some good bonding time in. He fell asleep on the way home.
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The heater in my van is not working very well. It's cold. But I own it; no debt!
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But somehow I got up at 7am this morning, and couldn't get back to sleep, and indeed the kids were up and ready to horse around on a Saturday morning. So, I just started pounding that Inbox, which is nearly clear now. That's nice.
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I made a rare trip to the scales recently and found to my horror that I've ballooned up to 212 pounds. Blarg. I've got to cut out the soda. I've started also exercising every morning for 20 minutes. Without fail. I've got to start moving. My wife is feeding me Dee's cereal, which I swear has gritty chunks of dirt in it. I hate that crap. But supposedly it's good for you, so away we go.
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I've got to find some new favorite foods. Eating a half pound of bacon in one sitting isn't going to do it anymore. Same with waffles and whipped cream. Tear... I've got four little kids to think about, all looking up to me to raise them and provide for them.
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My wife and I have a pact: if she provides a lunch I will eat that and nothing else. But there was no lunch waiting when I took off this morning so that cleared the way for a "garbage" pizza. I asked them if they had some non-carbonated drinks, but they sent Sunkist. I guess that sounds like fruit juice to a teenaged pizza salon worker.
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I made some conversions to the studio Dragons of Moloch army, converting ten Khorne Berserkers into Noise Marines. I am extremely pleased with how that turned out, and I think it will make the army more fun to play. So, who wants to play me a game of 40K!!!???
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I also plan on adding a vindicator with a brass dragon head for the cannon. That's going to be made from a McFarlane dragon head. Sweet. That will complete the army and replace the Defiler (which I sold, good riddance!). Theoretically good.
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The Corsairs of Iyanden army has sold. I still have the Imperial Guard and the OTHER Iyanden army up on the block.
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On another note: I am already behind in my goals for the year. I found four hours to play Magic but zero hours to go to the temple. I'm shooting for an early, early Monday morning session. Also, last Sunday I decided to quit moaning and griping about whipping the details of my spiritual life into shape and just do it. I set a goal to be perfect for a day. And by perfect I mean just keep it together in certain areas which I view as weaknesses, as well as do some daily good habits. Just for one day. And I did it. Well, I did say "bitch" once. So, pretty close.
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The rest of the week was my regular plateau, no improvement unfortunately.
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So, this Sunday I'm going to go for another 24 hour stint of perfection. Can it be done?
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My predominat sense today is one of gratitude. The grace and kindness of Heavenly Father. A kind being with whom you would feel naturally, and normally at rest and peace. To meet the Almighty God face to face is as comfortable as a a baby being cradled in the arms of a loving parent.
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"While one portion of the human race is judging and condemning the other without mercy, the Great Parent of the universe looks upon the whole of the human family with a fatherly care and paternal regard; He views them as His offspring, and without any of those contracted feelings that influence the children of men, causes ‘His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.’" (“Chapter 2: God the Eternal Father,” Teachings of Presidents of the Church: Joseph Smith, (2007),36–44)
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I would like to offer a word of encouragement to you, yes you, person reading this. Keep your chin up. Things will get better. Life has purpose. Just under this shell, just under the surface of the water is a deeper world; a world of light in which you are beloved. You are cosmic royalty. The molecules of the universe know you and bow before you. You are an inheritor of this Earth.

Into the Maelstrom

Got this email from a client about a shop on the web. Looks nifty, but I haven't really checked it out. Can anyone give me input here?

How´s things in the Gately world?

Anyway,i found this site http://www.maelstromgames.co.uk/index.php?act=pur&cur=usd

It has some really low prices...its incredible...me and a couple of frinds orderes like 300€ in Flames of War stuff and with the discount,a box with 5 StugsIII tanks that normally would cost like 50€,only costed 20€ and something,and they have free postage...at least to Europe.

Take a look at it,may you or the BTP crew find something interesting.

Have a great day Paulo

i40K iPhone


Check out this delectable little tidbit.

My Sentiments Exactly


[Letter from BJ Lawson who ran for congress in 2008 in North Carolina]

Dear Friend,

Thanks again for your support and efforts last November. Since the election, I've taken some needed time with the family -- but as the new year rolls around, it's time to once again get active.

While we weren't victorious, it is critical that the voice of individual liberty, personal responsibility, and principled government remain strong during these trying times. We continue to head down the wrong path, and The Establishment in Washington (and Raleigh, for that matter)
perpetuates its interests as power brokers, bureaucrats, and politicians look out for one another while Americans on the outside suffer the consequences.

Just this morning, you'll be pleased to know that our corporate welfare system has given Bank of America $138 billion in capital injections and guarantees as it pulls an Enron following its purchase of Merrill Lynch. Keep in mind that Bank of America's total market capitalization is about $40 billion -- therefore, you'd expect that such a dramatic rescue would completely wipe out existing stockholders, bondholders, and present management to prevent moral hazard and demonstrate the consequences of corporate irresponsibility.

But that's not the way the world works. Bank of America, Citi, Goldman Sachs, and other recipients of government largesse will continue to profit from the illusion that their existence makes the world a better place. Did you know that we gave Goldman Sachs $10 billion in taxpayer money in 2008, while Goldman Sachs gave out $11 billion in bonuses? Our national debt and budget deficits are going vertical as we borrow money from the banksters to give it back to the banksters... while we shoulder the endlessly compounding burden of interest. Folks, this math doesn't work.

As the assault on our country, its economy, and our future becomes increasingly brazen, it is important that we stay involved. I will continue to blog at www.unitedliberty.com, but the most important involvement is in the real world. As I mentioned in this blog post:

http://www.unitedliberty.org/articles/save-the-date-save-the-country


It starts at the precinct meeting, then the county convention, then the district convention, and finally the state convention. Bring a few friends along with you to each of these events, volunteer, elect principled people into leadership positions, appoint principled people to committees, and with some effort we’ll end up with a party organization that is willing to be honest with itself, and the American people.


If you’re in North Carolina’s 4th District, start by saving these dates:
Chatham County: Precinct meetings at 6:30 PM on Tuesday, March 10 at the District Courtroom in Pittsboro. County convention to follow at 7:00 PM.
Orange County: Precinct meetings at 9:00 AM on Saturday, March 7 at the Big Barn Convention Center. County convention to follow.
Durham County: Pending, but will be on a Saturday in March.
Wake County: Precinct meetings at 8:00 AM on Thursday, February 19. Locations depend on State House district. County convention on Thursday, March 12.
Ready to get in touch with others? Sign up at Campaign for Liberty, join organizations like the Republican Liberty Caucus, an let’s be the change we want to see in the world.

Sincerely,

BJ

As usual I am very open to input and insight, which I will post in this same entry. Relevant and polite is all I ask. I am always happy to hear a different view.


Vulpus Terra


A good friend of mine is taking on some commissions for painting. He's really, really talented, honest and reliable. You can contact him at vulpusterra@gmail.com His name is Jon. He lives in southern Utah.


Here is some of his work:




Ollie's Miniatures


Found this website with some really good figures on it. This company sells these figures.

http://www.olleysarmies.co.uk/home.html

Quicherbichin


Picture: a Hook Mountain Ogre from the Pathfinder range. These models are sculpted by the folks from Crocodile Games. They are quite characterful.

Today began at 6:30am, naturally and alert. I got the kids up and ready for school, putting fruit and home-made ravioli in their lunches. I then proceeded to spend about two or three hours processing videos. It's more time-consuming than people think.

The snow is receding, leaving a black ribbon of pavement flanked by mounds of icy snow. I do ever so miss the rain of my Oregon-an homeland. But I do have new things to love... snow-encrusted mountains, that in the dispersed mooncloud light look like another world hovering near.

Which leads me to the thought for the day. Every person (or city, or job) has a list of good things about it and a list of bad things about it. Make a decision. If you can love that person, then it's time to embrace the ENTIRE LIST and quit yer gripin'. It's not right to keep up a relationship but keep on belly-aching about the things on the bad list. If it's that bad, then leave for something better. If it's good overall then focus on the good list.

Which is why I hate to hear women griping about their husbands. Unless you had an arranged marriage... you picked him, so accept and love him for his whole self. It's really not fair to us poor men to get constantly picked at until the day we die. The reverse is true, too.

This doesn't apply to my marriage of course. I'm married to a very appreciative (and smart) woman.

However, I've found myself on the "nag" end of things. I get home from work and nothing is good enough. I find ever smaller things to pick on. That was the huge change this last year. I just started letting go and appreciating what I got. My wife can now do no wrong.

Of course, I don't want to come across as patronizing or preachy. I realize some situations are different. I'm just saying what I think.

Now, back to the day as it unfolded. I got to the studio around 11am to find Sarah and the new camera (code name Nellie) hard at work. Almost every project was a day late, two days in some cases, so we really had to crunch it in the late afternoon. It was like an emergency room.

We even made a Morning Show, but it sucked so bad I think we're going to scratch it. It was really flat.

Renn, Brigh and I have been playing some Magic on the side. What a time-parasite. But I taught my son how to play it and it's almost all he wants me to do. I am pleased beyond belief. He really likes and understands it. Really nice. His grades have even begun to suffer. I'm so proud! (just kidding). I put a moratorium on Magic at the studio until we are caught up.

Currently, we're booking projects for February. We're ready to go whenever you are.

To cap off the evening we (Sarah and her husband, Tamie and I) went out to Thai food at a new Orem restaurant called "Thai Drift" which I highly, highly recommend. It's right next to my favorite LGS, too.

What else? We're going to Adepticon this year. Tamie can't make it on account of the baby, so it'll be me a few of the crew.

"Federal" Reserve Snubs Your Congressman

Unresolved

Well, it's embarrassing to say it, but I accidentally archived my entire Inbox-- every email was shuffled into the other 10,000. So, if you are waiting for a response from me on something I'll need you to re-send.

That's once in three years, so not too bad.

Beat Down

I'm insanely tired. I'm behind on my emails. I hope to clear it up tomorrow. So, I'm really sorry if you haven't heard back from me today.

New Years Resolutions


I love resolutions! I think it's great to at least give it a shot.
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I am a firm believer in incrementalism when it comes to self improvement. An obvious instance of this in my own life was on my mission. I was to get up of my own accord at 6:30am without fail, seven days a week, 365 days a year. At first, it was a week or two on and a week or two off. But then slowly it came into line. A good habit doesn't take all at once! I bought a huge silver alarm clock with the two bells on top. I put it all the way across the room so that I would have to get out of bed to turn it off. By then end of the two years, I would wake up naturally at 6:30am.
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Resolutions:
  • Eat more healthy (this is general on purpose). Almost anything would be more healthy than what I'm eating now.
  • Fast six times (working up to twelve for 2010!).
  • Spend more time with my kids. This one is the most serious of them. I do it already off and on, here and there, but with great frequency. I'm talking about daddy-daughter/son dates. At least twice a month.
  • Cut out the mild profanity.
  • I have three more but they're really personal.
It's better to have loved and lost, than never to have loved at all.
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Better to do something half-assed than not at all. My wife hates that one. She says now and again that I did something half-assed. I remonstrate saying it's at least three-quarter-assed nowadays. So much for the mild profanity one! I'm going to start tomorrow, really.
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But seriously speaking, a general conference talk which has been of great illumination to me talks about quest for betterment without beating one's-self up can be read here.

Snowy Saturday Lazy Afternoon


I just can't get enough. So many games, so little time. I make it a habit to get in at least one game a week, and it's mighty tough not to play two!

First off, we're booking projects for February. Now's the time to get things set up.

I've got a hankering to play 40K, but I only have the various studio armies and I don't like to give them more than very light use. So, what's next for 40K. If all goes according to play, I think it's going to be Eldar. I am conflicted. I really want to try a force that features nine war walkers. I love the model and everything about it in the game. It's one of the few, maybe only, items where two of the same heavy weapon don't make it twin linked. Yeah, I really want to give that a spin.

Of course, I can't lose sight of what will be fun.

Anyhoo, I got the studio around noon on Saturday for my game with Mike D. (Notrep about that forthcoming). We had mexican food for lunch and played a 1950 point game. I think that's really an ideal point level. It's almost the highest you can go without adding in a (potentially unbalancing) Lord with Humongous Monster Mount. It was a most satisfying game, very close, though we don't know because we didn't add up the points at the end.

The duds of the game, as usual, were the Cold One Knights who failed to Stupidity checks and just rambled forward, got charged and wiped out. Oh, how I hate them. Great models, but they are blow-tastic.

The studs of the game, as usual, were the Black Guard, who charged right up the middle and swept all before them all the way to the opposite table edge: they got hit with a direct stone thrower hit, charged through two Fanatics and then proceeded to shred everything in sight with the remaining nine models. So, It's time to get another unit of those guys.

I am officially NOT doing chaos mortals nor skaven, but waiting for Lizardmen.

That evening I went out to eat with various family members on Tamies side: some steak and good company. That's good times. Tamies two sisters, her mother, and one of the husbands were there.

In the private chambers of the heart and laptop... I wonder if I've done all I could with my life. I thought that by this age I would be more... finished, refined I suppose. I am ready to give it another almighty go against some of my old inner daemons. Another run up the hill. The effectual struggle spoken of my King Limhi.

I've been having strange pains in my chest. Nagging and intermittent.

I've been watching every episode of Frasier in order. I'm partway through season two.

We've been playing Magic down at the studio. It's an enormous waste of time. But we're having a good time.

About Politics

As most of you know, I've had quite an exuberant political awakening this last year. It's been wonderful, but it's time to digest it all. I think that my assertions are getting pretty scattershot. I need to refine and refocus.

It has been my intention to let you observe or come along for the ride.

Another development is that I've found my peace to some extent with this article.

Now the question is: what should I do? Or better yet, what can I do.

I am always happy to get feedback on my musings, and I almost invariably post them. I am surprised that anyone reads this blog. I think it's really neat.

Bait and Switch


As usual, the Federal Government (and their True Masters) have bungled the entire operation beyond belief and then pretends to ride to the rescue.
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Prediction for 2009. You're going to hear a lot about two things:

A) How urgent and quick action on the part of the Feds has saved us all from a grim situation (but actually just revved up the printing press and signed papers forcing the actual producers to pay real wealth to do it).

B) How the common man needs to band together and take care of himself and fellow man.
Hey, here's an idea, how about you LEAVE US THE HELL ALONE. How about just a lot of B and none of A.
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Don't get me wrong. I think some taxation is all right. I do think that the Federal Government is approximately eight times larger than it should be. States should have more power. I have no problem with taxation at the state level. As a small businessman, I have had a good experience with State, County, and City level. The closer things get to the individual, the better-managed things tend to be. Just my experience.
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Here at Blue Table Painting we paint three armies a month, send them to Washington and get almost nothing in return. We have been told that the money is being held in trust for future return and security. I do not believe it. I think it is tantamount to robbery.
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How about you congressmen and senators start obeying the Highest Law of the land for a change. No one gave you permission to print trillions of dollars for whatever you please. I'm not buying it.
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Of course, it's easy to believe in the goodness of the common man and the strength and ability of local community when I live in Utah Valley. I live and breathe the actual reality of the goodness of my fellowman. In my ward, we take care of each other.
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There is at least one bit of good news: Congressman Jason Chaffetz arrived at the capitol. One down, two hundred to go.
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Drain the swamp! Vote Independent!
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Don't get me wrong. I am very optimistic. Not so optimistic that I think that we'll get a demi-god like Ron Paul in 2012. The electorate is not nearly informed enough (yet) for something so fantastic beyond belief.
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Second prediction: Obama is going to do a good job. I don't agree with everything, but I think he will do respectably. (I mean, after Ron Paul, nothing looks quite as good) I do respect Obama as a man. He will be a relatively moderate president, more than people are expecting right now.

 

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