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2021 Dragon Award Winners

I was actually able to attend the Dragon Awards this year! Here are the winners:

Best Science Fiction Novel: Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir
Best Fantasy Novel (including paranormal): Battleground by Jim Butcher
Best Young Adult/Middle-Grade Novel: A Wizard’s Guide to Defensive Baking by T. Kingfisher
Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel: Gun Runner by Larry Correia, John D. Brown
Best Alternate History Novel: 1637: No Peace Beyond the Line by Eric Flint, Charles Gannon
Best Media Tie-in Novel: Firefly: Generations by Tim Lebbon
Best Horror Novel: The Hollow Places by T. Kingfisher
Best Comic Book: X-Men by Jonathan Hickman, Mahmud Asrar
Best Graphic Novel: The Magicians: New Class by Lev Grossman, Lilah Sturges, Pius Bak
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Series: The Expanse
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie: The Old Guard
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC/Console Game: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game: Harry Potter Puzzles and Spells
Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game: Warhammer Age of SIgmar: Soulbound Role-Playing Game Cubicle 7

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Top.Men.

Via Instapundit, we learn that Los Angeles bomb technicians underestimated the weight of confiscated fireworks when they detonated them in a containment chamber. The techs did a guesstimate of the weight instead of actually weighing the fireworks, which they are allowed to do. As a result of this underestimation, there was a catastrophic explosion that was felt blocks away and injured 17 people.

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Except for Trump

So, the ladies at The View the other day were talking about Bill Gates’ alleged infidelity. He was apparently cheating on his soon-to-be ex-wife, Melinda who waited until their youngest was 18-years-old and a legal adult before she filed for divorce.

According to The Wrap

“The hosts of “The View” are not at all surprised by the news that Bill Gates cheated on his soon-to-be ex-wife. And honestly, they don’t particularly care.

The topic came up on Monday’s episode of “The View,” after new reports that in the process of divorcing Melinda Gates, Bill Gates admitted to having an affair with an employee 20 years ago. The question that came next was simply: will Gates’ career and legacy actually be tarnished by this revelation? For the panel of women, the answer was a resounding “no.”

‘You know, this guys[sic] saves countries,” Joy Behar said. “And I don’t think that his personal peccadillos have had any effect, negatively, on what he does for the world with his money. I’m a fan of his.’”

Because he does good and “saves countries” it’s “okay”.

Meghan McCain said, ” Men in power cheat on their wives and water is wet, and there’s gambling in Casablanca. I mean, sorry, it’s not revelatory.”

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Election Reform

It’s more than time for election reform.

States need to reform elections.

Government-issued photo ID required. The Left keeps trying to pretend that Voter ID is a special entity in and of itself when it isn’t. It’s only a government-issued photo ID which nearly every adult of voting age who wishes to register to vote already has and if they don’t can be obtained for free. Drivers license, State ID, Passport, Military ID, Trusted Traveler Card…

Voter Registration sunsets and must be renewed just like a driver’s license, state ID, Passport. Say every five years. If you don’t renew when it sunsets you can re-register, but otherwise, you are purged. People who have moved away or died will, of course, not be renewing, so they’ll get purged.

No same-day registration. Everyone knows when the elections are held. There is plenty of time to register to vote.

Early voting limited to one week prior to election day including a weekend. None of this weeks-and-weeks of early voting and speculating on who is ahead.

The Federal Government can “encourage” consistency amongst the several states like it did with the drinking age or the 55 mph speed limit…

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A Date Which Will Live in Infamy

Early on a beautiful Sunday morning 78 years ago, the world changed.

At 7:55 a.m local. December 7, 1941 the attack begins.

Pearl Harbor Attack

Pearl Harbor Attack

The Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor to remove what it saw as a threat to the empire’s southern expansion. The Pearl Harbor attack hurt us badly, but it also hardened our resolve and brought us fully into WWII.

Snopes has some photos that were purported to be found in an old Brownie camera years after the attack. The story was untrue, but the photos are archival and genuine.

The U.S. Navy has a Pearl Harbor site with more photos.

Chris at A Large Regular has linked to this National Geographic Pearl Harbor site in the past. It has a multimedia timeline, survivor stories, a kid’s section, and more.

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Veterans’ Day 2020

Armistice Day, Veterans’ Day, Remembrance Day

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month…

In Flanders Fields

poppy

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe;
To you, from failing hands, we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Written by Lt-Colonel John McRae (1915)

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Journalists and Fact-checking

Earlier today there was a press conference in Las Vegas regarding one or more lawsuits to be filed regarding dead people voting, people who don’t live in Clark County voting in Clark County, and they had an older woman with them who said that when she went to vote she and her roommate were told that they had already voted. She said someone had taken their mail-in ballots and used them. Nevada mailed ballots to everyone whether they asked for one, or not.

After the press conference, David Asman on Fox News was commenting that they were making a lot of allegations but providing no proof at the press conference and that they should have to the journalists. That giving the journalists the proof was necessary. That the journalists were the fact-checkers.

Yes, David. Journalists are fact-checkers. Journalists should go and check the facts as given to them. Not just demand proof at a press conference — which doesn’t seem to happen at all press conferences — but go and independently check the facts as given.

Go and find out if there are instances of the “dead” voting. Go and find out if people who no longer reside in Clark County are recorded as having voted in Clark County. Go and find out if people were turned away at the polls as having already voted when they hadn’t.

THAT is fact-checking, not just getting something from the people who are holding the press conference.

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It’s Time To “Fall Back” Again

We really do need to get rid of Daylight Saving Time. OR keep it. Just stop switching the times up already.

Arizona doesn’t do it. Puerto Rico doesn’t do it. Hawaii doesn’t do it. They all stick with Standard Time all year long. So should the rest of the country.

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