Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Friday, May 28, 2010

I'm Often Glad I'm a Pessimist by Temperament

This way I'm very seldom disappointed but often pleasantly surprised.

Today I'm not pleasantly surprised.

My rifle was dropped off at a FedEx facility on Wednesday for shipment on Thursday and delivery on Friday by 3:00PM local time. I even received an automated phone message from FedEx yesterday telling me that a package was coming requiring an over-21 adult signature to receive. It's currently 4:42. Do I have my rifle? No, I don't.

I've been checking FedEx all day. According to their computer system it was "picked up" in Medford OR yesterday. From that point, it never went "in transit." I called customer support just a few minutes ago. Apparently it's on a flight NOW, but it was "missed" yesterday. They're going to try to upgrade it to Saturday delivery, but if not I won't get it until TUESDAY.

I took the day off to receive it today. I can't take Tuesday off. My wife may (I emphasize may) be home to receive it.

We'll see if it comes tomorrow, but (being a pessimist by temperament) I'm not holding my breath in anticipation.

UPDATE: Yup. Tuesday. No shooty goodness for me this weekend.

"Federal Express: When it absolutely, positively has to be there overnight, we'll screw it up!"

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