Friday, December 30, 2016

The Soros fueled Democrat implosion

Daniel Greenfield writes:
The left did not mourn the mass destruction of the moderates. Instead it celebrated the growing purity of the Democrats as a movement of the hard left. It did not notice or care that it was no longer a political force outside a limited number of cities. It anticipated that voters would have no choice but to choose it over the "extremist" Republicans. 
It proved to be very, very wrong. 
Of course, Democrats will tell you they lost because of the Russians. Or the FBI.   Or the FBI. Or lazy millennials. Or (Fill in the blank).

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Still a snake in the grass

Paul Ryan has to know Obama's actions are more about impeding a Trump transition than they are about policing the Russians.

And yet, he is, at best, fence sitting...
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., thinks the Obama administration was justified in retaliating Thursday against Russia with sanctions for interfering with U.S. institutions. But he said it should’ve been done long ago.
Ryan should be watched closely.  Congress would do well to ditch him before he becomes another full-fledged Boehner.

Inauguration forecast calls for cold, with chance of fascist-like outbreaks

Staged disruptions and street violence were big parts of the ground game in the rise of 1930s European fascism.

If this report is accurate, it sounds like disgruntled progressives have designs on disrupting a U.S. inauguration using Mussolini-like tactics.

Of course, there's a big difference between saying or planning and doing.

The Left's touted big plans for street actions before, only to see them fizzle far short of intended thresholds, or never take place at all.




Obama still harping on a Russian election hack

The Hill notes:
Obama has asked the public to take the assessment of Russian interference largely on faith, suggesting that the American people already know everything they need to know to accept the conclusions of the CIA report.
He must think we're extremely stupid.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Caught my eye...

On Twitter:


New jobs

Now that Obama's exiting, and Hillary's no longer a threat on the horizon, it seems more companies are adding workers.

And not just part time wait staff or burger flippers.

Count the Washington Post in on that. The Post has announced plans to create around 60 new journalism jobs in 2017, according to Politico.

Economic confidence is rising. And pro-business policies of the incoming Trump administration are a big part of that. Just don't expect MSM to openly mention a Trump inspired wave of confidence as they begin rolling out more stories of new, career focused job creation.

Bulletproof

Apparently there's a rapper in Atlanta who claims he's bulletproof as he lays in a hospital recovering from a gunshot wound.

Not his first, I might add.

Seems to me, he's more bullet prone than bullet proof.


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Rising confidence

"American households are expecting a Donald Trump administration to deliver." - Michelle Jamrisko, writing at Bloomberg News.

Consumer confidence now reported to be at its highest level since August 2001.

An AP poll also sees Americans expecting better things in 2017.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

Chessie cat enjoys the quiet of Christmas morning. And wonders why most the humans in the house seem to be oversleeping. It's 8:15am. Where is everyone?


Thursday, December 22, 2016

More "hate crimes" that crumble under scrutiny

This one from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor: Police say the reported threat against a Muslim woman demanding that she remove her hijab didn't happen.

From New York, the guy accused of spray painting Nazi and KKK graffiti doesn't look much like a stereotypical white supremacist. Strikes me, he's more like a false-flagger.

And it turns out that a member of the congregation has been charged with the burning of a black church in Mississippi. The words "vote Trump" were also scrawled on the structure at the time of the arson. Mississippi's Insurance Commissioner now says the crime does not appear politically motivated, but was likely intended to appear that way.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Seriously, people...

How long will Democrats keep feeding anti-Trump hysteria?

Will the death toll rise if they keep feeding the madness?

From the NY Daily News:
An Ithaca man accused of fatally shooting a UPS driver outside a Walmart claimed he shot and killed Donald Trump during a court appearance Monday. 
Justin Barkley, 38, stood before Judge John Rowley and said he knew where President-elect Donald Trump would be on Dec 8. He then waited for him outside of a Walmart where he said he allegedly killed him, according to the Ithaca Voice.

Monday, December 19, 2016

Christmas advert

The Brits, it seems, take their Christmas advertisements quite seriously.

This one's from last year, for a supermarket chain called Sainsbury's.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Two more "hate crimes" take twists...

Late last month in Cincinnati,  a couple claimed their rental property was vandalized because they were a mix-race couple. Racist graffiti was part of the vandalism.

Turns out, a former tenant is now charged with doing the damage, a recent eviction, not race, appears to be primary motive.

The couple didn't deserve what was done to the house. But how thoroughly did they check out the tenant and his girlfriend prior to their move-in? Online records in Hamilton County, Ohio seemingly show the tenants racked up a long list of previous evictions, and the guy that's charged has a history of criminal vandalism.

Landlording's a tough biz. And there's a bunch of wackos out there who will take advantage of those who don't thoroughly vet prospective tenants.

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Then there's this gem out of New York.

Police say a Muslim teen made up a story about being accosted by white guys invoking Trump's name. Report says the female teen made up the story in an attempt to avoid curfew punishment at home after a night of drinking with friends.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Cyber hack claims seem more dubious

Shadowy innuendo. Leaks to Democrat-sympathetic media.

But when it comes to the allegations and innuendo concerning supposed Russian attempts to cyber hack the U.S. election, Obama-directed intel agencies refuse to brief Congress on what they know or what they suspect.

Just a few weeks ago, Vice President Joe Biden was threatening a cyber-war with Russia over its alleged role in campaign or election hacking. But the same administration seems to muzzle or gag intel agencies when Congress asks to hear the scoop direct.

Something's fishy.

And it's getting fishier.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Another election loser heard from...

Some interesting speculation, and exchanges, via Twitter.

And this...

What are the odds Evan McMullin and his allies still play spoiler games for the oligarchy?

Might explain why Republicans like McCain or Ryan were so quick to join Democrats jumping in on Russian hacking speculation.

The crazy lingers on...

If the CIA is really "confident" Russia "hacked" the U.S. election, it perhaps raises more questions about the CIA than it does the election or its outcome.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016

Ho Ho Ho

Just in case someone does venture up this way...

Or to enlighten passing deer or bears who may not be introduced to suburban style outside Christmas decor...


Saturday, December 10, 2016

Fresh fallen firewood

Aged maple logs making for a great fire
It was 20 degrees outside when I built a fire this morning... but it wasn't long before a smoky smell started becoming noticeable.

As expected, some of the wood we cut and split earlier this year hasn't seasoned enough to reduce its smoky smell when burned.

On the bright side, the recent wind storm on the mountain felled the top of an long dead tree, likely a maple.  So I grabbed the chainsaw and made short work of cutting the downed tree top into 18-inch lengths.

The old tree's burning just right. Being a (suspected) maple, it seems to burn hotter than than smoky oak I started with. Yet at the same time, it's putting out less flames, and takes its time as it burns.

Guess I should consider taking the rest that old tree down when it warms up a bit early next week. Gotta buy some time waiting for some of the other stuff to season a bit.

Child's play

Iranian style.

Via the UK Sun:
The City of Games for Revolutionary Children park lets youngsters dress up in full combat gear and pretend to be attacking Iran’s enemies like Israel and the West.  
They are shown how to fire plastic bullets and artillery shells at US flags and at an effigy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Did the billions dispatched to Iran by Obama and Kerry help to build this?

The Sun article (linked above) has photos.

"Must haves"?

In a Christmas sales pitch, an online retailer sent me an email touting "100 must-have bug-out bag essentials."

Pack all that stuff in a bug-out bag, along with some clothes and food, and I bet it's gonna be too heavy to bug out with.

Somebody tried to hack my state's voter data

Georgia's Secretary of State reports an attempted hacking of the state's voter registration rolls.

It wasn't Russians who attempted the hack.

Via PC World:
Georgia's secretary of state says the state was hit with an attempted hack of its voter registration database from an IP address linked to the federal Department of Homeland Security.
Article goes on to say Georgia's reportedly been resisting offers of cyber security assistance from DHS, believing such offers to be an intrusion on authority bestowed to the states under the Constitution.  

Ignoring a class of "hate crime" victims

It seems Southern Poverty Law Center's been caught skewing data to fit an anti-Trump narrative.

Via the NY Post:
At least 2,000 educators around the country reported racist slurs and other derogatory language leveled against white students in the first days after Donald Trump was elected president. But the group that surveyed the teachers didn’t publish the results in its report on Trump-related “hate crimes.”

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Busy times...

Building/re-balancing stock portfolios. The stock market continues to perform. But my fear of heights is also well past the kicking-in stage.

Had repairs done to the cabin roof. Had a few leaks there, primarily due to age, but recent windstorm aggravated the issues.

More grounds clearing at the cabin. Can now see down to the small stream at the edge of the property.

Catching up on things at home as well, things kinda got away from me being off in the mountains so much.

Expecting to blog more regularly now that things seem to be settling down.

There's still a bunch of people I deal with on social media who remain rabidly anti-Trump. They keep touting his "hate." Best I can tell, the most tangible thing coming from the Trump transition team is jobs, and potential for more jobs, to return to the U.S. Makes me wonder where our economy, and overall political outlook would be if we'd elected a Trump in 2008 instead of an Obama. I also suspect a lot of the current divide we see in America and its politics is a result of the Obama era sluggish economy. Gotta wonder if the division will decline as an economy heats up, if that's what's in the cards.

As seen in the NY Post...

“The Democratic Party has become a coastal elitist club and if there is any decision or discussion made to broaden that within the ranks it is squashed,” said Dane Strother, a legendary Washington, DC-based Democratic strategist

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Worth noting...

Ohio's governor apparently remains locked in a progressive mindset, a self imposed type of ignorance.


This too worth passing along...

CNN seemingly remains in pro-Islam activist mode...
CNN Anchor: Americans Should Wear Hijabs To Show Solidarity With Fearful Muslims

Woodpile Report - November 29th edition

Looked for a highlight to post from the latest from Ol' Remus...

But there's so much good stuff there on a variety of topics, why not take a peek at the whole thing?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Lack of warning

There's a compelling video on YouTube where a guy documents his escape from a community where he was surrounded by wildfires. During the video he says a couple times that there was no warning. It wasn't "on the news," he says.

Fact is, there's less local news coverage in some rural areas than there had been in years gone by.

Back in the day of mom and pop run radio stations, in an emergency, local operators would have been on the air around the clock disseminating vital information. Whether they had a formal news team or not.

Today's centralized corporate media has relocated many of the formerly rural FM stations closer to nearby cities. Smaller stations in rural areas are often just jukeboxes playing songs off computer, or playing syndicated talk shows with little actually staffing in the community.

There's also today's phenomenon where many people bypass local media, choosing to be informed or entertained by online, satellite or cable sources that won't break in when there's a local event unfolding.

I can't speak to how local or hyper-local media in or near Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge performed as fires began expanding to threaten populated areas, but the fast spread underscores why access to local public safety radio frequencies can be vital to keeping the general public safe for those who take the time or effort to be savvy listeners. And if local government leaves those resources in formats the general public can tap into.

I've mentioned before that since coming to the north Georgia mountains, I've dusted off an old '80s era police scanner, and can again hear local public safety agencies.  Sitting here on the mountain, I can hear most every fire call, illegal burn response, or report of downed trees blocking roadways for a two county area. Because I can eavesdrop, I'd likely know if something big was heading my way.

In many communities, often at prodding by Homeland Security, public safety radio coms have been upgraded to include encryption or other means intended to deliberately block citizens from accessing direct information that might save their lives.

In some cases, even media is blocked from eavesdropping on police and fire nets.

Is government's obsession with secrecy in this area really something that's in the public interest?

Tennessee wildfire coverage

MSM has recently attempted to distract from its own sad state by harping about "fake news." There was real news in Eastern Tennessee last night and continuing on into this morning. Where were the alleged MSM, specifically the cable news outfits?

BTW, social media provided excellent platforms for live Tennessee wildfire fire coverage.

Live streams from local Knoxville TV also provided some excellent coverage of the situations in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, and surrounding areas. And yet, best I can tell, national cable news nets chose to stick with political based programming last night and overnight.

To be fair, I didn't bother to check out MSM cable nets last night, so my assessment of their non-performance is based on critiques on social media.  I have limited access to cable news on the mountain and, besides, I found streaming coverage from the Knoxville stations to be be outstanding..

Something to be said for getting your news from people who actually know the region.

How many network news anchors based NYC have ever even been to Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge?

Monday, November 28, 2016

Getting one step ahead...



Something I've learned being on the mountain, when the wind kicks up, and the sun's gone down, go ahead an put a small battery operated lantern on the mantle, and turn it on. Low setting's fine. Makes adapting much easier when the lights go out. And they do go out up here more than you might imagine.






Update: Awakened before dawn. Power was out. Little lantern going strong, and made it much easier to recover my glasses and a flashlight for a quick look around before going back to sleep. Power was off several hours, best I can tell.

They say it's gonna rain

Supposedly some monster scale rain is coming tonight. Suddenly realized my Ranger pick-up was parked front first on a a downward sloping driveway, meaning the bed would flood if the rains do come. Tried to back it out, and wheels just spun atop all the leaves that blew down today. Eventually managed to rock it out, and pull rear-first into our more established parking pad.

Some serious wind on the mountain tonight. I think I recall riding out hurricanes that weren't quite this noisy.

We've had no appreciable rain in more than a month. Maybe it's been two months. So, I'm looking forward to the forecast overnight downpour. However, watching weather radar, it seems most the rain is tracking to the northeast out of Mississippi and Alabama, much of it appears to be escaping up into Tennessee before ever reaching the Georgia line.




Update: First of the rain began hitting my location about 10:20 pm EST, kinda strange hearing rain on the roof. Haven't had any rain in a significant way since summer.

Hoping and praying what rain missed us ends up over Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, TN. Mandatory evacuations there tonight because of wildfires whipped into a frenzy by today's winds.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Yikes is right

Via Twitter:


When a culture is deprived of access to guns, it seems logical the customs and practices of safe handling of firearms will suffer. Even among those who are supposedly knowledgeable of such things.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Democrats are losing it...

Seen the latest from Maxine Waters?

She's appalled by the idea of a rising stock market. 

Nope. It's not from a fake news site.

As if from an alternative universe

Here's an NPR segment that had me in stitches Friday afternoon.

It's not supposed to be funny, but heaping helpings of progressive bias combined with the smugness of NPR pseudo-intellectual delivery can be oddly entertaining.


These folks still seem to worship the ground Obama walks on, they seem to long to sample the air in a room in which Obama's exhaled.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Calls for boycotts

Some Democrats continue to whine over the election. Some still call for boycotts of companies where owners or executives supported Donald Trump's candidacy.

As seen on Facebook

I kinda got a laugh when a Facebook friend turned this around on a pouting boycott advocate, and asked her how she'd feel if these companies refused to do business with her, or refused her service. 

Autumn in Georgia

Thursday had sunny skies, afternoon temp was 76 just outside Atlanta.

And the lake was smooth as glass when I put in around one o'clock.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

New Jersey hoplophobes at it again

Seen the latest out of New Jersey?

Via Breitbart:
The New Jersey State Commission of Investigation (SCI) recommended lawmakers revamp rules on ammunition purchases to require two forms of identification before a person is allowed to buy a box of bullets.
Won't this disproportionately disenfranchise minorities? Democrats claim it's beyond the grasp of many minorities to obtain even one ID, let alone two.

Weed and guns don't mix

More states are legalizing marijuana in one way or another. 

Some now okay  recreational use, some only relax their laws to allow for marijuana's medical use.

Florida's the latest to widen the gate to use of medical marijuana.
"But what few people are talking about is how using marijuana  – medical or not – strips you of your gun rights. Florida can pass all the pro-marijuana laws it wants, but pot’s still a Schedule I controlled substance under Federal law – and Federal law trumps state law when it comes to drugs. And guns." - Attorney Cynthia Clark, at The Gun Writer
Advocates for medical and recreational marijuana push state by state for change at the state level, often with mainstream media cheering them on. Seldom mentioned by either the activists or the media is the "gotcha" that's cooked in by the conflict with federal firearms law.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Nationalist

For the record, the term "nationalist" is not synonymous with "racist." In the present political climate, the term "nationalist" is easy shorthand for those who counter "globalist" ideology or agenda. Nationalist also seems applicable to those opposing "open borders."

I'll give Google credit, type "nationalist", and this is the definition that shows up: "a person who advocates political independence for a country." Seems a fair definition.

Because Trump policies are sometimes described as "nationalist," don't be surprised when those on the Left attempt to redefine the word with smearish overtones.

Yes, there have been groups in the past who used the term.

There have also been "progressives" who purged African Americans from federal employment.

Anyone have a problem with the government of Taiwan? It's also been known as Nationalist China when it sought differentiation from Communist China on the mainland.

Irony

Saw this on the Internet:


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Imagine if you will...

How America would look if Anti-Trump protesters were in charge of things...


Its own worst enemy

Why did Clinton lose? 

In part, because her campaign literally treated some states as "flyover country."


Brooklyn?

Yeah. That Brooklyn.  

First person observations

I was out shopping in a clothing store with my daughter for a brief time yesterday. I'd say a third of the people in the store might have been immigrants (accents and attire were my cues). A couple of women were wearing hijabs. Plenty of cars in the parking lot, some had Trump stickers.

I didn't witness any hostility, or tenseness.

Most everyone seemed quite cordial. Strangers expressing kind words to one another as they dealt with this Saturday afternoon shopping crowd. Cashiers were conversational and full of good cheer as they processed long and diverse lines of customers checking out.

Gotta wonder how many of those caught up in the present anti-Trump hysteria have even ventured out since election day.

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And on Sunday evening...

Out to dinner. Mexican restaurant. Light crowd. Mix of Anglos and Latinos. No identifiable sense of anti-Trump hysteria. Didn't hear his name mentioned by either Spanish or English speakers.

They sat us in the room where an NFL game is on TV. No one is watching the game, I'm thinking this would be unthinkable a year ago.

Life goes on.

Aw. It wasn't supposed to end like this...

Pollsters promised.

Via YouTube:

Friday, November 11, 2016

The mask comes off

Saw this via Facebook:


Some post election reflection and analysis

"It’s midnight in America. The day before fifty million Americans got up and stood in front of the great iron wheel that had been grinding them down. They stood there even though the media told them it was useless. They took their stand even while all the chattering classes laughed and taunted them." - Daniel Greenfield, writing at FrontPageMag

Another essay, long, but worth reading, written by someone on the left, explains how smug liberal mentality clearly worked against Democrats this time.

If American government is to restore itself, and function as intended, it must divorce from the concept of elitism, and restore itself as a true reflection of the American people.

Funny in some ways. Other ways, not.

What's not so funny is the levels of arrogance on display here.

Elites too blind to see the movement that swept America.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The next phase

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton chose to speak with politeness in post-election comments, but perhaps the conciliatory words were nothing more than window dressing intended to give plausible denial prior to organized socialist mobs taking to the streets across America.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Where it goes from here

Last night on CNN, when it became evident Clinton lost, Van Jones almost immediately began insisting on concessions from the Trump camp, in the name of reconciliation.

Democrats will still make some plays, trying to control agenda. Big question is, will Republicans show backbone, and back Trump. I'm not sure Dems would blow what's left of their political capital if they know it will be wasted.

And while the first post-election 24 hours is critical in setting tone, Democrats and MSM really do appear to be blind sided by what happened last night. They're still in shock. We won't know how they'll play going forward until their numbness wears off.

Obama too, may help set the tone for Democrats. Will he use his final months to stir more discord? Or does he decide he wasted enough of his legacy trying to prop up a flawed candidate like Hillary Clinton?

Sad to say, there's some Democrats who will deliberately trash America if they can't see America remade along the lines of their progressive whims. Others may welcome a chance for a more pragmatic, less ideology driven government.

Anybody hear from Pelosi yet?

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How many Republicans in DC are ticked off this morning, knowing their party now has to lead rather than fund raise and campaign exclusively on blaming a Democrat president?

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Gaga's pro-Clinton appearance

Some say Lady Gaga wore something akin a Nazi uniform when stumping for Hillary Clinton.

Looks more like a Michael Jackson costume to me. 

More important point: Clinton seems to need celebs to fill her rallies.

Donald Trump packs in supporters as a stand alone act.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Night before election day thoughts

Third World, Banana Republic, in a downward spiral. Welcome to our fundamentally transformed USA. Too bad we didn't take this stuff more seriously a few decades ago, a couple decades ago.

Naw. We were too busy. Jobs, families, recreation...

We let the professional politicians handle things. And look where they got us.

Where do we take it from here?

Not your daddy's Cold War

This morning's headline from the UK Daily Mail:
NATO puts 300,000 troops on 'high alert' in readiness for a confrontation with Russia as fears grow Putin is preparing to attack the West 
The Alinsky style bluff and bluster strategies used by Obama and Clinton have moved the world closer to WW3.

Last call

"Hillary is a waddling, half-sloshed constitutional crisis just waiting to happen. She is evil, and she hates people like you and me. She wants to enrich herself and her cronies while hurting us – those are the key drivers of her policy schemes. She will push and push, never imagining the consequence of her campaigns to impoverish us and steal our freedoms is that it will inevitably provoke her victims to push back." - Kurt Schlichter

And no, I don't think he overestimates the damage a Clinton administration can inflict on America.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Off the hook once again

Via the UK Daily Mail:
The FBI has announced it will not make any changes to its July decision on Hillary Clinton's emails, meaning the Democratic nominee will not be charged.  
So what's in play here?

Based on the dynamics and disclosures to date, this smacks of a political decision not to shift through potential evidence, for fear of what might be discovered.

Might help Clinton short term. But what's the impact longer term on the legitimacy of the U.S. government?

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Making a list, checking it twice

How many more insults will Hillary Clinton try to hurl at those who don't support her between now and Election Day? The list of disparaging terms, it seems, keeps growing...

Kinda hard to keep 'em all on one name tag...




Ever hear of a "bailer bucket"?

For those who have well water, or at least access to a well, have you spent any time considering how you might access water in a long term power outage?

Even water in most narrow pipe wells can be accessed with a bucket, if you have the right bucket.

But for most folks, that's a big if.

A decent bailer bucket can be made for little money compared to store bought options. And by store bought, I mean ordered online. Can't say I've ever seen one in a brick and mortar retailer.

There's several instructional videos on YouTube for those inclined to explore the idea.

This one covers the basics well:


Lynching - Redefined

The term lynching may take on new meaning if used to describe the actions of present U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Based on the outrageous conduct of Lynch's DOJ to shield and protect the interest of Hillary Clinton, lynching is likely to become a term to describe enabling of corruption among political elites, even outright obstruction of justice to protect a partisan political class, by those who were supposedly sworn to protect and uphold the law.

Just another example of Obama's fundamentally transformed America. A nation where tradition, and even words, have been turned upside down.


Fightin' words

Clinton continues to pick a fight with about half the American people.

"I am sick and tired of the negative, dark, divisive, dangerous vision and behavior of people who support Donald Trump,” she says.

Is it the presidency she wants? Or civil war?

Got ammo?

Online ammo seller SGAmmo put out a sales pitch letter Wednesday that said it's seeing ammo supplies tightening on the wholesale level. 

SGA specifically cited 5.56/.223, 7.62x39, and 9mm.

Have you topped off your own stash yet? 

You do have a stash, don't you?


A war in Washington

"Over the weekend, the astounding news story broke that the FBI had not obtained a warrant to examine the emails on Weiner’s computer and other devices after three weeks of getting stonewalled by DOJ attorneys. What does it mean when the Director of the FBI can’t get a warrant in a New York minute? It must mean that the DOJ is at war with the FBI. Watergate is looking like thin gruel compared to this fantastic Bouillabaisse of a presidential campaign fiasco." - James Howard Kunstler

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Yet another paper heard from

"Has the media been biased against Trump? Yes, we believe so, especially lately. Trump's every utterance, no matter how innocuous, is now parsed, analyzed and criticized by a litany of political pundits. The wire services that the Daily Commercial subscribes to churn out stories almost daily that fact check Trump, which is warranted given his penchant for exaggeration and duplicity. Yet those same services turn out so few stories that fact check Clinton, who also has a strained relationship with the truth." - Editorial in a Florida newspaper

Weapons grade stupid

See this celeb's comment around buying a gun. 

Meanwhile, Don sent this: Fox Biz News reports that 9mm is the most popular pistol gauge.

Violation of principles

"USA Today, a newspaper I helped found in 1982, and which enjoyed a reputation for honest and fair reporting, last month departed from 34 years of no-endorsement policy and told readers, 'Don’t vote for Trump.' It was a violation of its founding principles. It is not the job of the news media to tell people how to vote." - Richard Benedetto, writing in the Utica Observer Dispatch

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Hitlary parody

These things never seem to get old. This one especially has lots to work with:


H/T: MyDailyKona

How far and how fast can she unravel?

Hillary Clinton herself, wia Twitter:

And as seen via Hope n' Change Cartoons:


And then there' s the Ragin' Cajun, sounding more unhinged than usual...
James Carville accused FBI Director James Comey, the KGB and House Republicans of working together to "hijack an election" in a bombastic interview on MSNBC. Carville also berated network anchor Thomas Roberts for "making excuses" for Comey.
When Democrats start bitchin' about bias at MSNBC, you know they're in deep trouble.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Handgun shooting stance

When did law enforcement/military transition from teaching proper pistol technique from one-hand-the-gun, the-other-hand-on-the-hip to the present two-hands-on-the-gun?

Female police recruits receive handgun training
in the early 1900s.
Was there any particular reason for this? Steadier holding of the firearm seems most likely, especially at longer range, with the new stance. Perhaps harder for an opposing person to snatch a gun from someone holding with both hands.

But quicker acquisition of target, quicker move to shooting stance, and less propensity to tunnel vision seem benefits of the old school practice. You also have a hand free to help repel and attacker, or to use in a blocking motion while bringing a handgun to bear on an attacker, with the old school method. You can keep that free hand prepositioned near a spare mag or speed loader. And shooting single handed allows you to present a lower profile for an adversary to target.

Having my earliest instruction under the guidance of WWII and Korean vets, I initially learned the single hand approach. I've mostly shot two handed the past decade or more, but at times just feel more comfortable going old school.

Having proficiency as a one handed shooter also has advantages if one hand is impaired by a hand or arm injury. Isn't that why military fliers were often issued revolvers instead of semi-autos as survival guns? Semi-autos typically require a second hand to work a slide.

Also wondering if hotter pistol loads played part in the push toward two handed shooting.

Why the questions? I'm watching an old Civil Defene newsreel on TCM... and they're showing volunteer "auxilary police" being trained one handed.

Pretty damn funny, actually, that Turner Classic Movies is probably the only U.S. TV or cable channel airing CD training films.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Hillary Clinton claim vindicated

Highly recommend this video, especially if you're on your second or third cocktail of the evening...

"Being 'cool' counts"

Use more "f**king dumb" gimmicks to target young voters, said Democrat strategist in advising the Clinton campaign.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

In the Georgia U.S. senate race...

Could not bring myself to vote for Johnny Isakson, so I voted Allen Buckley (Libertarian) instead.

If the senate race goes to runoff between Isakson (Republican incumbent) and Barksdale (Democrat), I might reconsider and vote Isakson, providing Isakson stops acting like a suck-up to the Democrats, and he quits bragging about dozens of anti-Obamacare votes that accomplished absolutely nothing but to make him sound good to the politically naive.

Too bad the Libertarians didn't put up a candidate in my congressional district.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Obamacare unraveling

Obamacare was never intended to work. Obamacare is the intermediate step toward single-payer that Obama promised was coming prior to his 2008 election.

The touted Clinton concept of "double position" rules most everything DC does now. It's way so many things out of Washington don't make sense now. The real agenda is cloaked, and political elites seem to put less and less time into their cover stories, assuming that voters are stupid, and will always take their words at face value.

Seen the latest on Obamacare?

Premiums on many Obamacare packages are going up by 25 percent next year. 

How many voters will be smart enough to let this register before they cast a November ballot?

Friday, October 21, 2016

Got Internet?

I'd really like to know who it was last week who thought it would be a good idea to send Joe Biden out front to start talking up cyber-war.

Via Daily Dot:
Is the internet acting weird today? It's not just you. 
A major cyberattack rendered websites and online services inaccessible across the East Coast on Friday morning. The problems later spread across the United States as a result of a second wave of attacks.

Sounding a little more worked up than usual

Paul Joseph Watson takes aim at MSM with smart bomb accuracy...

But be advised, he's also packed this video with a full load of F-bombs and other off-color references, so an NSF advisory is given.


Why do recipes call for peeling apples before frying them? Seems like a terrible waste of time as well as wasting a good part of an apple.

I whipped these up for lunch yesterday, and it would have taken twice as long if I'd taken time to peel.

Didn't really follow a recipe here. Dip of butter, dash of sugar, sprinkle of cinnamon.

I wonder how apples would taste if water was substituted for butter, if I skipped the sugar, and just added a little cinnamon. May have to experiment there. It would certainly be a more trail prep friendly dish.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

It's more than just the lying

Hillary Clinton lied again Wednesday night.

But it's more than that.

Clinton endangers U.S. government legitimacy at home and abroad when she plays her self-serving games intended to deliver, at best, short term political gain.

Seventeen national security agencies have not fingered Russia for Democrat email hacks.

Via National Review:
What Clinton said was false and misleading. First of all, only two intelligence entities – the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – have weighed in on this issue, not 17 intelligence agencies. And what they said was ambiguous about Russian involvement.

Twist and spin

If this is how Hillary Clinton spins a Supreme Court decision, why trust her to appoint justices who might go to similar extremes to twist the Constitution?

Hillary Clinton claimed the Heller decision was about toddlers. It was actually about whether a 66-year-old police officer had the right to keep a gun at home.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Debate

What did I take away from tonight's debate?

Hillary Clinton seemed to spend more time talking about disarming toddlers than terrorists.


Other than that, I didn't really hear anything new. Really didn't hear any knock out punches.


Can't wait to see what the pundits tomorrow will try to convince me I missed tonight.


Update: It's Thursday morning. Missed this last night. Must've been feeding the cat when it happened.

It's this serious

"Hillary Clinton holds the match. The Democrat party owns the gasoline. Both are ready to douse America to burn it down to below its foundation." - Steven Crowder, as reposted at AR15.com

Monday, October 17, 2016

Clinton media pawns up their game

Mind blowing CNN clip.

Viewers being told it's illegal to search Wikileaks hackings on their own...

CNN putting forth the claim that the only legal access for everyday Americans is through authorized media channels, like CNN:



Seems very much the kind of guidance heavy handed regimes used to dole out under the control of the Nazis or the hardest of the hard line commies.

Welcome to this fundamentally transformed USA.


To be fair: If anyone knows of a broader context that was presented by CNN that might otherwise explain the claim presented here, please feel free to forward it.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Old school scanner

It's sitting on a shelf gathering dust for ten to 15 years.

It's an old Radio Shack police scanner I picked up in 1988 when I moved to Atlanta to work as a news reporter. Not a trunk-tracker, but back in the day, it did a pretty good job when eavesdropping on public safety frequencies around Atlanta operating on VHF up to the 800Mhz band.

Problem was, most metro agencies have long abandoned their FM radio transmissions, and moved on to digital formats, many using some types of encryption.

So the radio sat.

Until I brought it up to the mountain last week.

A bunch of the police, sheriffs and fire services in North Georgia appear to still be using FM narrow band radios on VHF frequencies.

Kinda neat to be able to hear police and fire again. Also kinda neat to hear how few transmissions actually go out compared to the non-stop calls I was used to hearing back in the days I monitored urban and close-in suburban agencies.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Reading between the lines

Washington Post Moscow guy dismisses talk that Russia is prepping for major war.

"Are the Russians really preparing for war?" says the WaPo headline.

The article is quite dismissive of the data points he ranks.

So all's well?

The guy completely ignores Russia's call for civilians to return home, and makes no mention of the massive civil defense drill conducted earlier this month.

He also fails to give us any Russian citizen reaction, or how Russian home media spins the blustery pro-war comments Obama's Pentagon brass made last week.

I find the story disconcerting by its omissions.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Reckless beyond belief

Things were already crazy dicey after Gen Mark Milley shot off his mouth last week.

Now some a**hole goes and leaks something like this?
Current and former officials with direct knowledge of the situation say the CIA has been asked to deliver options to the White House for a wide-ranging "clandestine" cyber operation designed to harass and "embarrass" the Kremlin leadership.
It's like Obama's team's trying to our way into World War Three.

Is Obama trying to fulfill a lame duck death wish for America?

But wait, there's more...

Could the American consumer hold out 60 days if relations with China sour, and China quits shipping us stuff?

Don't worry,  Obama's Pentagon says WW3 will be a quickie.

Wars and rumors of war. Just talk, or is the countdown clock ticking?

I missed this last week. Shame on me for it. Then again, it didn't get much play in U.S. media (MSM has been too busy bashing Donald Trump).

Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley, one of the Pentagon's top commanding generals, Thursday week ago took off the gloves, and made clear warnings (some  might say threats) targeted at America's foreign adversaries.

"I want to be clear to those who wish to do us harm … the United States military - despite all of our challenges, despite our tempo, despite everything we have been doing - we will stop you and we will beat you harder than you have ever been beaten before. Make no mistake about that."

Milley was further quoted in in the Military Times:

"While we focused on the counter-terrorist fight, other countries - Russia, Iran, China, North Korea -- went to school on us," he said. "They studied our doctrine, our tactics, our equipment, our organization, our training, our leadership. And, in turn, they revised their own doctrines, and they are rapidly modernizing their military today to avoid our strengths in hopes of defeating us at some point in the future."

I'm told some in our military have taken notice. Milley seems to dismiss the notion of limited war, which has been a doctrine guiding U.S. military strategy since Harry Truman was president. Milley seems to talk total war, and given the diminished stature of U.S. conventional forces, one that might, if not be likely to, involve nuclear weapons.

If conflict between the U.S. and Russia widens, Milley has potentially killed the notion (in the minds of potential adversaries) that the U.S. wants to minimize potential hostilities, or limit engagements to proxy wars. Milley's comments seem to favor the widest, deepest possible clash.

Rather than backing down, there are signs Russia ramps up its defensive posture. Milley's comments apparently preceded Russia's recent unofficial call for its citizens abroad to return home.

Earlier this month, Russia ran a massive civil defense drill, claiming 40 million of its citizens participated. Said to be an annual exercise, it drew high profile coverage in some international press.

Meanwhile President Obama's administration, while escalating war talk, hasn't said word one about protecting American civilians if the war or wars Gen. Milley speaks of come to be.


Related:

Don Dickinson and I discuss Milley's comments, and expand on other aspects of escalating tension between the U.S. and Russia, and why this may be a far more perilous series of events than those experienced in the previous Cold War with the USSR. First hour and ten minutes of today's webcast.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

More Countdown to War Stuff

Things between the US and Russia may really be serious.

Serious enough for CNN to notice!
It's not a new Cold War. It's not even a deep chill. It's an outright conflict.
Not saying war is a for-sure, imminent thing. But things have been moving in this direction for a while.

About a year and half ago, Don Dickinson and I, on our Don and Doug webcast, warned things were headed in an unmistakable direction.
Making the Cold War hotter. And other political insanity
Two years ago, we began to suggest in earnest that Americans begin dusting off some the long-ignored or forgotten practices.
American society, threat assessment and personal planning in a cold war
Earlier this month, I noted on this blog that Russia bragged of putting 40 million people through a civil defense drill.

As present tensions rise, I've yet to hear word one out of  the US government addressing civil defense needs or practices for our own population.

Cold War Winds Are Blowing. Or Is It Something Bigger?

Either grand propaganda, or Russia's Vladmir Putin's going into countdown mode. Just how long that countdown might be is anyone's guess.

Via the UK Daily Mail:
Russia is ordering all of its officials to fly home any relatives living abroad amid heightened tensions over the prospect of global war, it has been claimed. 
Politicians and high-ranking figures are said to have received a warning from president Vladimir Putin to bring their loved-ones home to the 'Motherland', according to local media.
Meanwhile, U.S. MSM is still stuck on Trump bashing and "pussy talk."

Russia knows America's never been weaker. And perhaps suspects Obama will be slower to respond or retaliate to provocation, or even an overt act of war, than either Trump or Clinton would be.

At best, we're back to full-blown Cold War. It's a game Putin knows well. And it's something America's current crop of community-organizers in DC have no clue how to deal with.


Update: The UK's Daily Star also shares the story. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Must've been a good night for Trump

Many Clinton supporters, as well as members of the so-called mainstream media, apparently a hard time watching last night's debate.

An example, via Twitter:


Sunday, October 9, 2016

Suspicious timing of the Trump leak

I watched some of Saturday political coverage on TV. Self righteous ABC news folks were among those who attacked Donald Trump for his sexually charged comments. Cokie Roberts says sexual assault is serious business, and Trump can't be forgiven. Same Cokie Roberts doesn't bother to mention the Clinton family;s alleged record on sexual abuse, assault and/or rape.

For that matter, consider the now-known behaviors of John Kennedy while in office, or others in the Kennedy clan. Has any Democrat or mainstream media personality ever said a Kennedy needed to abandon a political campaign?

In other news, 800 Haitians died in a hurricane last week, we may never know how many of these desperate people might have survived had the Clinton Foundation delivered on promises of hurricane proof housing. Also largely obscured this weekend are Hillary Clinton's leaked comments where she praised the idea of a North American common market and open U.S. borders. All MSM or GOPe, not to mention the Dems, want us to focus us on are some crude comments by Donald Trump made a decade ago.

Some in Republican circles, especially in Republican establishment circles, say they're revoking their support for Trump.

We're being played. The Trump leak appears deliberately timed to distract from the latest Clinton failings and revelations. GOPe has learned nothing this election cycle. It seems to think President Clinton will be their friend.

GOPe is, in reality, more foolish than my mind can fathom.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Imminent war, or just a propaganda ploy?

Is Russia just trying to energize its internal political base, or is there something bigger in play here?

Seen this? 
As tensions rise in the middle East, an official TV channels in Russia has issued a chilling warning that war with the West could be imminent.
I personally don't think the Obama administration is savvy enough to play Cold War hardball, nor does America's juvenile "mainstream media" understand the seriousness of what's in play.

Maybe it's time to dust off some of those old Civil Defense booklets, and do some refreshing.


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Last night's VP debate

Just a few observations from last night's 2016 Vice Presidential debate:

Apparently Tim Kaine was trying to meet the talking points quota the Clinton campaign demanded last night - so he often spouted phrases that didn't fit.

Was Kaine so afraid that people might hear what Mike Pence might say, that he felt compelled to repeatedly interrupt?

When Kaine especially seemed to get in a bind, he just started muttering, "Donald Trump doesn't pay any taxes. Donald Trump doesn't pay any taxes..."

Pence's expressions were priceless - almost like he felt sorry for a guy whose brain had been stuffed with so many crazy, bogus Clinton talking points.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Civil Defense - Theirs and ours

Russia claims it has 40 million people participating in a civil defense drill this week. 

When was the last time you even heard a U.S. politician or civilian administrator even mention "civil defense"?

Ever take the time to see how where you live stacks up in terms of nuclear targeting or fall out drift? A blog I've linked here shares some maps that, based on my recollections of Cold War literature, seem pretty accurate.

Anyone remember some of the classic old-school USA Civil Defense PSAs?


"Come and Take It"

It seems NPR tried to offer its own interpretation of the flag birthed in Texas and slogan it bears.

But here' s a deeper take that dissects NPR's effort, and adds some much needed history.


Fannin Fertilizer Factoid

According to the 1920 Census, the average farm in Fannin County, GA spent $24.47 a year on fertilizer.*

For some reason, this statistic amuses me.

Maybe it's cuz it's hard to buy a single bag of fertilizer for that today.

*This and other nostalgic facts about Fannin County can be found in the 1928 Fannin County Soil Survey, published by the USDA.  

Monday, October 3, 2016

Flirtin' with disaster

I'm thinking Obama and John Kerry are playing with things that are way, way over their heads.

Via the Chicago Tribune:
Already testy, relations between the United States and Russia plummeted Monday as Washington suspended diplomatic contacts with Moscow over failed efforts to end the war in Syria and Vladimir Putin put on hold a deal with the U.S. on disposing weapons-grade plutonium.

Maybe not there yet...

But the seeds have been sown, the direction set...

And there's no will in Washington to roll any of it back.

Chris Muir's Day by Day Cartoon, Oct. 2, 2016

Welcome to our demonstratably Orwellian age...

As seen online: 


What's this?

According to Forbes, the New York Times "paid no taxes".

Friday, September 30, 2016

Eating out less?

Some notable restaurant stocks are taking a beating of late.

Families being more stingy with disposable income? A sign of bigger economic woes lurking just ahead?

Also on the economic front, much is being made about Deutsche Bank troubles, and danger its financial status may pose to the larger European banking community.

So, I gotta ask: Is Obama's DOJ deliberately trying to torpedo Deutsche Bank, and doing so just ahead of the U.S. election?

Conventional wisdom may say a spike in economic angst might drive voters away from Trump and toward Clinton, but I think it just as likely Clinton could be seen by voters as representing a status quo that's been incapable to reviving economies after the last downturn.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Wild blue yonder

Bunch of C-130s just passed over our North Georgia. mountain. Came over one at a time.


Low enough and noisy enough to send the cat scurrying under the bed. Dashed outside and got my camera up in time for the last one. Wished I'd started counting when I heard the first couple. Maybe six to eight in all?

We get these flights from time to time, but this one stands out for the number of aircraft.

Appeared to be heading west to northwest, which is typical of the overflights we get.

Finally a veto

Congress finally shows courage?

I read with interest that Congress voted to override President Obama's veto of the 9/11 bill.

Why'd it take five to seven years to make a stand, and stick to it, in opposing Obama?

Yeah, yeah.

Now those in Congress, especially Republicans, who've funded and otherwise facilitated the Obama agenda all all these years will come home and campaign for reelection, bragging that they stood against Obama.

They really think we're stupid enough to buy their game.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Shortwave and Ham antenna up and working

Shortwave listening in the Atlanta suburbs has been a disappointment since I returned to the hobby several years ago. No BBC, no VOA, or so it seemed. Sure, Radio Havana can still be heard with the cheapest portable. Yes, with the right antenna, I could hear some European broadcasters, and some of the shortwave giants coming out of the Middle East. But what I mostly heard was a bunch of U.S. based broadcasters pumping out religious programming or acting as translators for Radio China International and other foreign outlets who used to depend on transmitters of their own.

Gotta say, I'm pleasantly surprised at the reception I've had the past 24 hours up here in a more rural mountain setting.

I strung a 72-foot end-fed wire antenna between a couple of trees, and suddenly found the shortwave bands packed with stations obscured by electrical interference encountered in my usual suburban surroundings.

Within minutes of connecting the antenna to an old no-frills Kenwood radio, I had a clear copy on Voice of America, presumably a transmission targeting Europe. Radio Australia, loud and clear. Vatican Radio. Tehran. And a host of others come booming in, day and night (depending on the band, and the time the stations are operating).

The antenna itself was preassembled, and purchased off eBay. With a 90 foot cable run, I used low-loss RG-213 coax to make the run to the cabin. An  Alpha-Delta surge suppressor was inserted where the antenna feed comes inside, with #6 copper wire connecting the suppressor to the cabin ground rod. In time, I'll likely add an additional rod or rods to the grounding configuration.

I wouldn't have spent so much time and effort if I was just planning to listen, but the configuration, when using an antenna tuner, should also be good for transmission on HF ham bands.  Using an old Yaesu tuner (bought for cheap on eBay), the antenna tunes perfectly for transmission on 10 meters (No contacts yet, but 10 meter propagation's been terrible). Haven't tried tuning other bands, as I'm presently limited by a Technician class license.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Post debate thoughts

Just a few thoughts on Monday night's first presidential debate of 2016:

Hillary Clinton looked better than she has in a long time. Was it just that she was well prepped and rested, or was she also well medicated? Only her closest handlers know for sure.

I found it amazing Clinton was allowed to rattled off calls for fact checks about alleged Trump "lies" during Monday nigh'ts debate, even as she was racking up a list of "lies" of her own.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump didn't seem to have his act together. Looking more like Mitt Romney or a John McCain, unwilling or unable to stay on the offensive.

Trump tried to stick with his warning that poorly crafted and lopsided trade deals are damaging the U.S., costing us jobs and business. Trump's apparently been on-message here at least since Oprah Winfrey interviewed him in 1988. He also tried to convince the sheeple we're in a bubble economy, but I doubt many sheeple even heard him say it, or didn't believe it if they heard.

Clinton wasn't nearly so interested in talking trade as she was about labeling America a racist nation where the "rich" don't pay enough taxes.

Much was made of whether Donald Trump was for or against the war in Iraq back when it was getting underway. Trump says he was against it. Moderator Lester Holt claimed otherwise.

What difference does it make?

Trump was not in elected position, had no say in authorizing the war.

If it's a grand smear to label someone has having a record of being for the Iraq war, perhaps Ms. Clinton should have also been question why she, as a U.S. senator, voted in favor of it.

After her vote, Clinton in 2003 was so bold as to lecture a group of anti-war Code Pinkers on why she felt it necessary to authorize military force targeting Saddam Hussein.

Bottom line: I doubt any Trump supporters will jump to the Clinton camp, or vice versa, after last night's exchange. But Trump wasn't at the top of his game in wooing undecideds, and Clinton was given a pass allowing her to look and sound better than she actually was.

I guess we give it a day or two, and see if there's any shift in polling.



Friday, September 23, 2016

First impressions

Got to say it, I'm loving this little car.



The used 2012 Subaru Forester acquired earlier this week tackles marginal dirt and gravel roads like a mountain goat.

I took it out in a few places today that I would never have taken a mini-van, and even had reservations of plunging ahead in my 2wd Ranger.

Getting the feeling I may regret not getting an older, cheaper one with a few dings.

The one I have is too nice to really undertake any torture tests or true off-road challenges.  At least not right away. Yet there's a part of me that really, really wants to see what kinds of obstacles this little car, and its 8.7 inch ground clearance, can work its way through.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Binge car shopping

Spend Tuesday and Wednesday in auto dealer showrooms.

Tried to convince my wife she needed a Toyota 4Runner, but she's into Honda comfort, so she settled on a gently used 2015 Pilot.

I took what was left over and picked up a used low mileage 2012 Subaru Forester.

Mountain roads were taking a beating on the Odyssey van the Pilot replaces. I've been depending on my old Ranger pickup as a daily driver since my Sienna got totaled in a hit-from-behind wreck in February.

What sold me on a Subaru? When my wife stopped at a dealer to test drive, the salesman told her to hop a curb with it. Ground clearance in a Forester is about the same as a 4Runner, and stands more than an inch higher off the ground than a Pilot.


Cat Max seems to like the Pilot. He pretended to be road kill after we parked it in the garage.

More than they expected

Three home invaders go more than they expected...

A woman with a gun who chased them from the home they invaded.

Yes, the house was equipped with a security camera and caught it all on video. 

Having a gun is just part of the equation in home defense.

Knowing how to use it, and being willing to use it are also important.

The lady in the video seemed to know what she was doing, and pressed the invaders as she chased them out the door.