Thursday, May 24, 2018

HR Departments

From social media comes our quote of the day:

The problem is that HR Departments are neither human nor a resource. They are de facto legal departments.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

When To Find A New Job

From a reader:

I remember a job I had:

My ex wife (before she was my ex) went into labor early.  So I had to call out.

BOSS:  why did you call out?

ME:  my son was busy being born.  He came early.

BOSS:  how does this involve you?

ME:  well, my son was being born.

BOSS:  so you weren’t the one being born.

ME:  no.

BOSS:  and you weren’t the one giving birth.

ME:  well, no, but......

BOSS:  so, you could have come to work if you had wanted to.
There is no reason you count have come to work.

ME:  the birth of my son is the reason.

BOSS:  that’s not a reason.

ME:  it is a reason.  You just don’t like the reason.

BOSS:  ok smart guy.  Writing you up for unauthorized absence.  Writing you up for insubordination.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

A Symbolic Facade

As the Rifleman has explained before, marriage, as defined by the modern US legal system, and marriage as defined by the Bible, are two totally separate entities.

This guy gets it. From his article:
... marriage is no longer a real family model. Legally speaking, marriage is now almost entirely symbolic, an optional facade we place over our real family model, the child support system.  Since legal marriage is a matter of aesthetics, there is a certain logic to only constructing the facade if the aesthetics are right.

What do you think?

Monday, May 21, 2018

You Bore Me


To those of you that wail on about guns whenever there's a gun free zone shooting:

You bore me.

You bore me because you have neither an intellectually valid argument, nor any statistics that validate your side of the debate. All you have is raw emotion. Raw, feminine, immature, pathetic, emotion. You are impervious to fact. Debating you usually takes on the characteristics of the logic of a 9 year old child. Most of you don't even know the origins of, or the reason FOR the Second Amendment; much less the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, the Anti-Federalist Papers, OR the history surrounding the founding of our country.

I find you willfully ignorant, socially suicidal, emotionally and morally pathetic.

“GUN FREE ZONES” didn’t, and haven’t, stopped ANY of these school shootings. Not a single one. Nor will they. EVER.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Motivation Friday

Motivational speakers. 

When they ask for audience participation with the intent of showing everything wrong, they despise alpha responses.
(Agree & Amplify, Dismiss & Ignore, Ridicule & Reframe)

They despise sigma responses even more. 
This particular specimen met six of the following seven signs.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Ramadan Bombathon

It’s that time of year again.
#RamadanBombathon has begun. 
The Rifleman shall be keeping tabs on the carnage.  Every year, Jihadis start their crime spree against humanity at this time.  so much for being a peaceful religion.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Cobra Kai Review

This is a review of the series, Cobra Kai, available from YouTube Red.

*** Spoiler alert ***

The premise of the series is simple: the life of Daniel Larusso and Johnny Lawrence in 2018. Naturally, they are not the students so much as they are the instructors.

Great acting. Good choreography. Good story line. Good writing.  Just plain fun. 

The Rifleman must admit, it is hard to find fault with the series.  The only complaint might be how quickly all the students make "black belt." However, given that this was also true of Daniel in the first film, and this series has many throwbacks, it is almost understandable. 

This is basically a 5 hour movie, chopped up into 30-minute episodes.
There are a lot of acknowledgments of the original films. All three of them. There may be acknowledgments of The Next Karate Kid and Jackie Chan's reboot, but I haven't viewed those enough to know. 
The Rifleman enjoyed how the writers tackled teaching martial arts to millennials.
Though there was no nudity, it would definitely have been PG13 for language.
Most remakes are less than the original.  This is not. 

Overall: solid. 8/10
Not only does the Rifleman approve, so does the sister, brother, and brother-in-law.

Can't wait for Season 2 in 2019. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

MMA Analysis

This past Saturday, Bellator and UFC held events.  Both were pretty solid shows. The Rifleman has some takeaways:

Mackenzie Dern defeated Amanda Cooper via RNC. The story here is Dern missed weight (116 lbs.) by 7 pounds - she weighed 123 lbs.

Via Twitter:
The trend continues. Every fighter this year that has missed weight but goes on to compete in the UFC, wins. #UFC224
- @SandhuMMA

This is twice that Dern has missed 115 lbs. Perhaps she should fight at 125 or 135.

The real idiots are those who were online implying Dern is overweight.  Ideal female weight charts for 5'3" is 107 - 140 lbs. More women this size would mean a healthier society. 

Left Hands
Ryan Bader crushed "King Mo" with a hard left hook which set up the finish.
Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos finished Sean Strickland via spinning head kick... which was set up by a good left jab. Dos Santos had been using that left effectively prior to the final setup.
John Lineker defeated Brian Kelleher via R3 KO using a left hook.
Warlley Alves defeated Sultan Aliev via R3 TKO. Aliev was unable to answer the round due to his eye being swollen shut.  The culprit? A left hook in R2.
Aaron Pico def. Lee Morrison by KO - left hook body shot.

Chiek Kongo defeated Javy Ayala via hook block + straight right for a KO.
Lyoto Machida defeated Vitor Belfort via front kick.
Perez, Ramos, Dern, and Piccolotti all won with RNC.

By The Numbers
19 fights
3 decisions
6 submissions (all chokes)
10 KO or TKO.

What did you learn or notice?

Monday, May 14, 2018

All They Have Left

They are all #FakeNews all the time. 

From the article:
In an apparent jab at the administration, The Times’ headline said, “At a Key Moment, Trump’s Top Diplomat Is Again Thousands of Miles Away.”

The Times’ story noted that “Senior State Department officials were momentarily speechless on Tuesday when asked why Mr. Pompeo did not delay his trip by a day to be in Washington during Mr. Trump’s Iran deal announcement.”

It became clear on Wednesday morning why Pompeo didn’t delay his trip to Pyongyang when Trump took to Twitter.

“I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting. They seem to be in good health,” Trump wrote. “Secretary Pompeo and his ‘guests’ will be landing at Andrews Air Force Base at 2:00 A.M. in the morning. I will be there to greet them. Very exciting!”

#FakeNews - all they have left is an agenda.

Friday, May 11, 2018


Ramadan starts next week. Accordingly, the Rifleman plans to keep track of the Ramadan Bomb-o-Thon. Moslems go apeshit and blow stuff up at an incredible pace during Ramadan.  In honor of this fact, here are a few relevant memes: