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(Greek: κρυπτεία / krupteía, from κρυπτός / kruptós, “hidden, secret things”)

Archive for December 25th, 2008

Firefly Farm In Winter

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Canon EOS 350D
2007

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2008/12/25 at 20:15

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Firefly Farm In Winter

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Canon EOS 350D
2007

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2008/12/25 at 20:15

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More Loot…

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An excellent find on the part of Semiotic. I in fact had looked at this before without her around.. She knows me well.

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2008/12/25 at 18:37

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Object of lust obtained from Santa

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Canon BG-E3 Battery Grip for EOS Digital Rebel XT Camera

Mmmmm yeah, its nice. Two batteries or a bunch of AA’s! I like the additional grip space it gives as well as the long long life extension to shooting. It also has a secondary shutter release and control knob.

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An 800mm lens…

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2008/12/25 at 18:33

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Object of lust obtained from Santa

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Canon BG-E3 Battery Grip for EOS Digital Rebel XT Camera

Mmmmm yeah, its nice. Two batteries or a bunch of AA’s! I like the additional grip space it gives as well as the long long life extension to shooting. It also has a secondary shutter release and control knob.

Next:

An 800mm lens…

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2008/12/25 at 18:33

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Object of lust obtained from Santa

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Canon BG-E3 Battery Grip for EOS Digital Rebel XT Camera

Mmmmm yeah, its nice. Two batteries or a bunch of AA’s! I like the additional grip space it gives as well as the long long life extension to shooting. It also has a secondary shutter release and control knob.

Next:

An 800mm lens…

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2008/12/25 at 18:33

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Holy WTF?

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Suspected Santa gunman takes life; 6 others dead

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) — Police said they recovered six bodies from a Los Angeles house where a man dressed as Santa Claus fired gunshots and started a fire Christmas Eve.

Police said the suspect, Bruce Jeffery Pardo, committed suicide after the attack.

In addition to the six people killed, police said three others — Pardo’s mother-in-law, father-in-law and wife — are still unaccounted for.

At a news conference Thursday, police in Covina, California, said Pardo knocked on the door of his in-law’s home, where they were having a Christmas party attended by more than 25 people.

After someone opened the door, an 8-year-old child ran towards the costumed Pardo, and he shot her directly in the face, police said.

The 8-year-old, who survived the attack, is in fair condition at a Los Angeles hospital. Police say the girl does have serious wounds, including an entry wound on the right side of her face, and an exit wound on the left side, indicating the bullet likely pierced straight through her face.

Then, police say, Pardo entered the home, holding a gun in one hand and a wrapped Christmas package containing a home-made device to spread fire.

Pardo fired indiscriminately as partygoers fled, hid under furniture, threw items to break windows, and in one case, jumped out a second-story window, police said.

A 16-year-old girl was hospitalized with a gun shot wound and another victim, who jumped out the window, was taken to a local hospital, police said.

After the shooting, police believe Pardo set fire to the home. Covina Police Department Lt. Pat Buchanan said the device was “something we have never seen before.”

Covina Police Chief Kim Raney described it as a pressurized tank attached to another tank filled with accelerant.

Raney said after lighting the fire, Pardo changed out of the Santa suit, went to another relative’s home, in the nearby suburb of Sylmar and committed suicide.

Authorities made a positive identification of Pardo’s body, said Buchanan. Police have not released the identities of any of the victims.

Raney said Pardo’s in-laws regularly have a party Christmas Eve and one neighbor always comes by to visit dressed as Santa. This year, that neighbor was away, police said.

Police suggested marital problems as a possible motive for the attack.

Police said they believe Pardo and his wife of one year ended a contentious divorce with a settlement last week.

Authorities said Pardo’s name was given to them by people who were at the party. Pardo was “going through some type of marital problems,” Buchanan said.

According to police, the gunman changed out of the Santa suit and into regular clothes before leaving.

Oddly enough, I thought twice about strapping up today before leaving for my folks house… I landed on the side of “cocked and locked” but I also took the weapon off and placed it in a safe when I arrived there because there is a 2 year old in the house.

It is still my contention that the times are pressure cooking the likes of this wanker and loosing them into the world with a desire to maim and kill. I for one, am glad that I do carry for just such an instance. Not to say that I would be able to just draw and fire and settle something cleanly, but, there is that distinct chance because I have the means on my hip.

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2008/12/25 at 18:22

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Funny, didn’t we do that last time around?

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Sources: U.S. to arm local Afghans to fight Taliban

By Barbara Starr
CNN Pentagon Correspondent

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The U.S. military plans to help the Afghanistan government recruit, train and arm local Afghans to fight a resurgent Taliban, U.S. military officials say.

U.S. officials describe the proposal as a “community-based” security effort.

The main job of the local units is to be an “early warning system” and be armed mainly for defensive operations, a U.S. military official said.

Participants will get uniforms so they can be readily identified, officials said.

The first phase of the program is expected to begin next year in Wardak province, where the Taliban have overrun many local government institutions.

For the United States, the most sensitive part of the proposal will be the use of American military funds to purchase small arms, most likely AK-47 rifles, that will be given to local Afghans, according to a U.S. military official.

U.S. commanders acknowledge concerns that arming local groups is risky, as it could lead to new armed conflicts between tribes, putting American troops in the middle of unexpected firefights.

The Afghan government will select men for the new security program. It will train them and technically arm them, although the funds will come from the U.S. military.

The Afghans will be responsible for ensuring the loyalty of people in the program, but the United States will oversee the effort and collect biometric information, such as eyeprints and fingerprints, on all participants, according to the U.S. military official.

U.S. officials are emphasizing that because of tribal diversity, the Afghan program differs from the Awakening Councils in Iraq, which include tens of thousands of Sunni gunmen and was credited with helping reduce violence there.

I seem to remember this scenario being played out before. Oh yeah, it was when Charlie Wilson and the CIA armed the Afghani’s *aka Mujahideen* against the Russians. That went swimmingly until they won and the Russians pulled out, then we said “See ya!”

And we all know how that ended up…

Lets also not forget the lessons of Viet Nam eh? You are working with people “in country” who may or may not be on your side as you arm them…

Lets not do that again ok?

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2008/12/25 at 18:00

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