Sunday, December 31, 2017
Dress right, winter's not such a beast
Glad I've added to my winter clothing line the past couple years, especially since I'm spending more time where there's more than an outsider random risk of deep freezes, snow and ice over winter.
Here's a run down of some of the things I've come to depend on, or have recently bought to stay warm outside in wintertime (Not a complete rundown, but it should highlight most critical areas):
Been wearing Henley style thermal long-sleeves under button-up shirts most days since fall's colder weather set in. And I'm not embarrassed to say I've grown accustomed to long-john style drawers as well for cold days.
I don't care much for the long-john bottoms found in most retail stores. Some are a cotton and poly mix, and I prefer to eliminate as much cotton as possible in deep cold, especially if there's any chance of getting wet. There's polyester base layer stuff for sale at some sporting goods stores, but those I found were a tad to clingy to be a favorite. Upon discovering military surplus drawers of the LWCWUS variety a couple years back, I became a fan. Not as cheap as two years ago, but often still a good buy can be found if you go looking online.
And I wear wool socks year round, they seem to keep my feet cooler in the summer, warm in the winter. They wick moisture. My feet are happier.
My wife bought me a name-brand polyester-nylon coat last winter that's not much for warmth on its own, but with a couple layers underneath, it's pretty awesome down into the mid-20s. For really cold days, I drag out my M-65 Field Jacket (bought at a thrift shop over a decade ago) with a fleece liner.
I picked up a polyester Ushanka style hat off Amazon, and it's doing a super job of keeping my head warm on really cold and wet days. Cost about 12 bucks. If it gets wet, I toss it in the dryer, and it's ready to go again in no time. I also found what seem to be a nice set of insulated waterproof boots on big box closeout right before Christmas, but I've not had opportunity for any field testing yet. Gloves, for now, are Thinsulate lined leathers work gloves picked up at Walmart.
I've found winter's really not such a beast if you have the right attire. Even if the roads are closed by snow or ice and you have to walk off the mountain.
Saturday, December 30, 2017
Charlie Daniels says...
Note to media— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) December 30, 2017
You guys really need to watch the tapes of your telecasts.
You’ve stopped sounding like news reporters, more closely resembling a petulant kindergarten class
You’re supposed to report the news, not make it up as you go.
Last Caturday of 2017...
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Rasmussen Poll shows Trump at 46% APPROVE this morning, with 53% DISAPPROVE...— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) December 28, 2017
What about Obama at same exact date first year in presidency?? 46% APPROVE, 53% DISAPPROVE! pic.twitter.com/tKaruSdrpv
"The new civil war is being fought by lawyers in blue or gray suits not with bullets, but with bullet points... It’s still a paper civil war. For now." - Daniel Greenfield
Monday, December 25, 2017
They don't make TV shows like they used to
Saturday, December 23, 2017
Even with 'Star Wars' surge, moviegoing could hit 22-year low. Blame bad sequels, rising ticket prices and streamingIs it ticket prices or streaming that's hurting movie box office more, or is it the off-screen push by Hollywood celebs advocating progressive politics?
Friday, December 22, 2017
Mueller's failing to impress
Can you imagine being sheeple enough to not know who he is by now?
Thursday, December 21, 2017
What's the end result of one-way tolerance?
BIRMINGHAM-BASED (UK) ISLAMIC "EXORCIST" ABU IBRAHEEM HUSNAYN: WE MUST HATE CHRISTMAS, VALENTINE’S DAY, DIWALI, AND HANNUKAH
Yes, WORSE than Watergate...
Time to investigate high ranking Obama government officials who might have colluded to prevent the election of @realDonaldTrump! This could be WORSE than Watergate!— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 21, 2017
Nixon used a small group of White House insiders for his attempts at dirty tricks. What happened last year appears to have used politically weaponized federal agencies (or at least powerful insiders willing to use their agencies as cover) in collusion with one campaign to target another.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Monday, December 18, 2017
"Dangerous," he says
CNN feeling uncomfortable when a competitor expresses viewpoint counter to its own?
Guess what? First Amendment applies to Fox News as much as CNN. And it's my distinct impression that CNN has had to retract, correct, or clarify far more stories than Fox in recent months.
Something to think about as the week begins...
And it comes from Twitter:
So, now we know that pre-Inauguration the Trump team was:— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) December 15, 2017
-unmasked & spied on
-targeted by lawyers who offered six-figure sums to make allegations against Trump
-the subject of an FBI/Strzok/Page/McCabe “insurance” plan
This is an affront to everything this country stands for.
Sunday, December 17, 2017
Does he know something we don't?
ABSOLUTE RED LINE: the firing of Bob Mueller or crippling the special counsel’s office. If removed or meaningfully tampered with, there must be mass, popular, peaceful support of both. The American people must be seen and heard - they will ultimately be determinative.— Eric Holder (@EricHolder) December 17, 2017
I'm not sure anyone in power wants to remove Mueller at present.
His team is inflicting the damage on itself, just let 'em continue until all credibility is gone.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
The Trump-Russia collusion narrative is being unmasked for what it is
It’s all very simple.— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) December 12, 2017
McCabe & Ohr gave Fusion GPS an oppo project on behalf of Hillary with a wink and nod from Lynch & Obama, then weaponized FBI & DOJ to legitimize it.
Strzok’s orders came from McCabe.
Comey’s came from Lynch.
They never expected a Hillary loss.
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Obama seems to change his tune...
"Former President Barack Obama urged voters this week to stay engaged in democracy, warning that complacency was responsible for the rise of Nazi Germany," reports CNN.
Same Obama, as president, told voters that government was too complex for their understanding.
Obama, as president, said voters shouldn't fret over government complexities, they should let "professional politicians" handle things.
Friday, December 8, 2017
Where'd this come from?
Last night's weather forecast said we'd get some mid to late morning snow showers.
No mention of anything overnight. No mention of accumulation.
And I wake up to this...
The only road up and down this mountain is narrow, steep, and has a tremendous drop off.
Looks like I'm staying put for the time being.
Thursday, December 7, 2017
The Jerusalem shuffle
Take note how senate Democrats voted when the move was approved as legislation in 1995:
S. 1322 (104th): Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995
December 7 remembered. And a photo from December 8, 1941...
Friday, December 7, 2012
One more Pearl Harbor remembrance photo
|A Marine rifle squad fires a volley over the bodies of fifteen officers and men killed at Naval Air Station Kanoehe Bay during the Pearl Harbor raid. These burial ceremonies took place on 8 December 1941, the day after the attack. U.S. Navy photo via NHHC.|
Sunday, December 3, 2017
We ended up listening on radio, and watching the defective delayed stream as snippets of after-the-fact highlights.
We enjoyed the Dawg's radio commentary more than that of CBS.
BTW, CBS stream quit glitching as soon as the game ended, so it appears it was an overloaded server, bandwidth, or some such problem during the game.
One more thought: If viewership of a football game can choke online television, what might happen in the event where a panicked audience piled on in a national emergency or some such thing?
Online TV is great, but it seems it's still got some bugs in it.
Record Black Friday gun sales
But the idea that Black Friday 2017 again delivered record gun sales took us both by surprise.
Among my thoughts: Where the heck are people putting all these guns they keep buying?
How many of the guns bought in the past few years have yet to be taken out of the box and fired?
Friday, December 1, 2017
Too true for too many
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
Friday, November 17, 2017
The DC shuffle
House Republicans Pass Tax Reform Bill
I wish they'd quit trying to pass off what's being done in Washington as "tax reform." At best, it's a tax shuffling. You might call it a can-kick.
If it's reform, some of it goes the wrong direction. Fewer people will pay any tax at all. Fewer people paying anything at all means a larger pool of people who will vote for stuff knowing someone else will bear the burden of providing it.
They call it more progressive. Are those pushing this learned enough to know it was Karl Marx himself who pushed the idea of progressive income tax?
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
More questions raised than answered
It's also been alleged to be an open secret that Moore dated teenage "girls" in the late '70s, implying validity to the allegation he was a sexual predator. But are we really to believe "everyone" at the courthouse, and in the district attorneys office "knew" Moore was predator, but they said nothing for 40 years, waiting only until less than 30 days before an special U.S. senate election?
Also lost in the telling of the story is the difference in societal norms today versus 40 years ago. What might be deemed innocent flirting circa 1979 (or thereabouts) might be considered sexual harassment today. Also in the late '70s, teens were more mature. Eighteen was seen as being an adult. It was still in an era when many entered the work force right out of high school as opposed to going to college. And yes, many young women (and men) still married shortly after graduating high school.
I have no personal knowledge of what transpired with Moore in Gadsden, Alabama 40 years ago, but the attacks so far are no slam dunk.
I'm also curious why both Mitt Romney and Mitch McConnell were so quick to publicly profess they believe the allegations are true. Is there some "dossier" being passed around among GOP establishment? If so, who wrote it, and who paid to have it produced?
Based on the timing, an orchestrated fabricated smear, like those apparently attempted against Donald Trump last year, seems plausible. A rush to judgment by political establishment in DC, with no obvious effort to vet the allegations, should raise more questions than answers.
Sunday, November 12, 2017
Meanwhile, in Chicago...
Groups of high school girls tearing into each other, for instance.
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Government negligence. Government incompetence
Add this log to the fire...
The military has long been aware of its crime reporting lapses.
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
How'd that revolution work out, comrades?
Nov 7, 1917 - Bolshevik newspaper Pravda promises "Bread! Peace! Land!" #100yearsago pic.twitter.com/D5rZnI3LrL— Patrick Chovanec (@prchovanec) November 7, 2017
Monday, November 6, 2017
Yet government can't be trusted to handle the basic tasks that go with the control it's already exerted.
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Armed neighbor responded with a rifle
Saturday, November 4, 2017
It must suck to hijack your party, steal a nomination, turn the DNC into money laundromat,bury any evidence against you, finance fake dossier on opponent,swipe the debate questions, and promise free everything, and still lose to someone you call incompetent.— Mark Young (@MarkYoungTruth) November 3, 2017
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Abuses and consequences
Now, damn, along comes Donna Brazile who completely validates my outsider assumptions.
Yet Democrat sheeple were so star-struck by their wizards, they never dared to ponder what was happening behind the backstage curtain.
Republicans, too, have an establishment that runs their party for the establishment's interests, not those of the Republican voter.
This is why we now have a populist president. Voters are tired of selfish oligarchs who betray the people with grave regularity.
Thus far, the establishments with both party have shown no interest in reform, in returning to being entities that represent the will or true interests of the American people. They want a top-to-down government with power concentrated at the top.
The longer political establishment pushes against us, the uglier the reckoning will be when it finally comes. The system can withstand only so much abuse or corruption before something eventually gives way.
Wednesday, November 1, 2017
I sometimes ponder the little things
Sunday, October 29, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
This is only a test...
Elements of the US Department of Defense (DOD) will conduct a “communications interoperability” training exercise November 4-6, once again simulating a “very bad day” scenario. Amateur Radio and MARS organizations will take part.
“This exercise will begin with a national massive coronal mass ejection event which will impact the national power grid as well as all forms of traditional communication, including landline telephone, cellphone, satellite, and Internet connectivity,” Army MARS Program Manager Paul English, WD8DBY, explained in an announcement.
If this is a drill to test preparedness for a natural disaster (coronal mass ejection), why's DOD running the show and not FEMA?
Monday, October 23, 2017
Point to ponder
Body of the WSJ content is blocked by a firewall, but I found a prior story elsewhere pulled from the same Kelly address...
Kelly's words make for some powerful prose.
Story of the same two Marines, as told by CBS News in 2009:
We honor those on the front lines overseas who stand their ground.
But why do we continually make up excuses for those here at home, mostly in Washington, for failing to stand their ground in protecting the country and Constitution?
Thursday, October 19, 2017
This is disconcerting
George W. Bush slams Trumpism, without mentioning president by nameI'm not so much bothers by what George Bush said.
What's strikes me as important here is that Bush broke his steadfast rule not to criticize or attack a sitting president.
Strikes me, the political establishment must be plenty rattled if it drags Ol' Dubya out in an attempt to get a dig in on Trump.
Prepare for what's coming as you see fit.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Don't dare attack the cultural propagandists!
I really don’t think that it’s appropriate to attack comedians. We’re on the right side of things,” said Joy Behar.
Gimme a break. Haven't we had enough of arrogant celebrities who think themselves so much smarter than us, they now actually say we shouldn't dare challenge their views or comments?
Washington Times also covered Behar's idiocy.
Monday, October 16, 2017
Congress plays a dangerous game
Same and similar key points from another source in video form:
Friday, October 13, 2017
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Rights are inherent
Monday, October 9, 2017
#Tucker: so the left has finally found the only immigrant in history who had no right to come to America. His name: Christopher Columbus. pic.twitter.com/oo3UU0BFw9— Tucker Carlson (@TuckerCarlson) October 10, 2017
Redefining and reconstructing societal values
Congratulations to Freidrich Nietzsche on his new role as CNNs weekend push notification editor!! pic.twitter.com/0hXUSy9WZd— Joe Bernstein (@Bernstein) October 8, 2017
Friday, October 6, 2017
Unwise to jump to conclusions, she says
There's a multi-point thread after her initial tweet:
1. After ISIS claimed Vegas, I was waiting for them to release Naba, their weekly newsletter, to see if anything new emerged. Naba is out: pic.twitter.com/yX8AN3OdSX— Rukmini Callimachi (@rcallimachi) October 5, 2017
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Commercially available "bump stocks" came to be when Obama was president
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Ignorant and damn proud of it
From the FreeBeacon:
"Think about what was happening right before this massacre took place. We have a Congress here in Washington, D.C., that was moving in the exact opposite direction," (USA Today's Heidi) Przybyla said. "They were preparing to loosen gun regulations, to allow people to use these silencers, to make them more available."
"Because the hunters, their ears were hurting," (MSNBC's Stephanie) Ruhle said mockingly, putting her hands over her ears. "Because those hunters, their ears were hurting."
Przybyla repeated the talking point of "how much worse" the situation in Las Vegas would have been if the killer had used a silencer.Just a couple of lefty media idiots who are so uninformed they don't have a clue how ignorant they are.
Putting the sound deadening on the barrel of a gun as opposed to directly over one's ears allows for greater awareness of surroundings when hunting or shooting, as well as protecting one's hearing. If someone wanders into your field of fire while hunting, you'll never hear 'em shout if you have buds in or muffs on. You just might hear 'em if your ears are open but the muzzle is is what's suppressed.
Additional thoughts of Vegas conspiracy theories
Makes no sense to have a second shooter in close proximity to the first, it undoes any advantage a second shooter would give attacker(s).
Some people are prone to conspiracy theories when events stretch beyond their normalcy bias.
But there have been many mass murders in the past, even in recent years, where the death tolls have been even larger, and inflicted by a single perpetrator. I assess knee-jerk conspiracy theories in the case like this:
People, when confronted with the reality they're more vulnerable that they imagine, try to overly complicate acts of evil to make it seem they're less vulnerable than reality shows. I suppose it's more natural to acknowledge being at risk if you think there's a bunch of people out to get you. Things get scarier when you see one guy can carry out a massively evil act on his own without tipping his hand prior.
Other mass murders with death tolls vastly outstripping events in Vegas:
One guy with a small bottle of paint thinner killed nearly 200 people on a South Korean subway in 2003. One guy with a jar of gasoline killed 86 people at the Happy Land club in NYC in 1990. It's been speculated a disgruntled gambler set fire to the Winecoff Hotel in downtown Atlanta in December 1946. That fire killed 119.
Yes, we'll see conspiracy theories rising out of the Vegas shooting. Most will be rooted in people trying to preserve their normalcy bias that just one person couldn't commit such a horrific act.
But the fact is, yes, it is possible for one person to do something this horrific. And unless there's real evidence to the contrary that emerges later, the Vegas massacre appears to be a solo operation.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Democrats play politics with Puerto Rico
Next thing you know, San Juan's mayor is on TV with CNN's New Day, where Chris Cuomo (Andrew's brother) is a host.
A teary-eyed account from a Puerto Rican born Illinois Democrat congressman ripping Trum have also made CNN's air.
San Juan's mayor compares the situation on the ground to genocide. Did she come up with that on her own, or did someone hand her some talking points? BTW, FEMA says the mayor has no idea what's going on concerning federal hurricane relief, because she's refused to participate in briefings.
It appears Democrats still play by Rahm's rule. Never let a crisis go to waste.
Thursday, September 28, 2017
For those still keeping score at home...
Obamacare hasn't been repealed, taxes haven't been cut, the Wall isn't being built.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) September 28, 2017
Congressional Republicans, you've let us down.
Jones Act false narrative
But after Trump waived the Jones Act for Puerto Rico, media now reports that it's not the Jones Act that's delaying aid to the island.
Today's media. Quick to emote. Slow, if not incapable, when it comes to applying analysis or reason.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
Me too, but I'm an old white lady.— BayAreaFrau (@bayareahausfrau) September 26, 2017
Same ol' same ol'
And appears to be still at it.
For all its flaws, the Communist revolution taught Chinese women to dream big https://t.co/Fci82iAPxM— NYT Opinion (@nytopinion) September 26, 2017
"Just getting started"
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
A good night for the republic
This is what's needed. Grassroots uprisings against GOPe.
District by district, state by state.
Moore's victory gives energy to the necessary insurgency.
Media increasingly shows its truer nature
"They're turning themselves from "relatable" -- and therefore worth giving a fair hearing to -- to very unrelatable and weird in their single-minded obsessive political propagandizing," says Ace of Spades.
Puerto Rico, politics, and a new round of "blame games"
Seriously? Give me a break.
I saw one story slamming Trump for not having already visited Puerto Rico.
As if tying up airspace and limited airport resources, thereby delaying disaster relief flights, to accommodate Air Force One would be appropriate?
Comparing the response in Puerto Rico to FEMA's response in Texas post Harvey or Florida post Irma is disingenuous.
In Texas and Florida, governors there had plans in place prior to the storm, and took responsibility for early implementation until reinforcements arrived.
In Puerto Rico, being an island (actually islands), disaster response logistics are far more complicated. And Puerto Rico appears to have been far less ready to stand in the gap until help arrived than Texas or Florida.
Consider, for example, the Puerto Rican electric utility declared bankruptcy last July. It's probably safe to say, it's not nearly as well prepared to rebuild a massively damaged grid as its financially solvent state-side counterparts would be.
Trump says it may take a week or two to come up with a comprehensive plan for relief in recovery in Puerto Rico. Sounds like the feds are having to start from scratch. And it's hard to come up with a realistic or effective plan until assessments can be made of damage, and priorities set for what needs to be prioritized.
The lack of immediate action on a comprehensive recovery plan doesn't mean essential disaster relief supplies aren't being pumped into Puerto Rico as fast as possible.
But don't expect logic or reason to keep the political Left from trying to make the Puerto Rico crisis seem somehow to be "Trump's fault."
Monday, September 25, 2017
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Good guy with a gun
The Chicago Tribune, to its credit, plays this important point in its headline.
What was the potential for more death or injury had the usher not had access to a weapon. Would the situation had ended with less harm had the usher been armed from the git-go?
The NFL and a bunch of its players need a reality check
Saturday, September 23, 2017
But a friend sent me today's strip, and it should be okay unless your employer screens for mockery of Hillary Clinton:
Monday, September 18, 2017
Nobody wins here...
Reports of rioting and a burned police car are emanating from the Georgia Tech campus.
Welcome to the "progressive" age, where spin and agenda trump reality or reason.
Dig a little deeper
Sunday, September 17, 2017
For the most part, chargers today are "automatic" and microprocessor controlled. And if you read online customer reviews, quite a few are units are apparently subject to fail.
To me, microprocessor means you have be careful about what kind of AC power you feed into the unit, or risk blowing a sensitive component. What I want is a charger that will still function reliably with an imperfect power source, an old-school (pre-inverter era) generator.
I'm also skeptical as I review certain "manual" charger options. Again, reviews are mixed, from what I've read. Many fail early, or have defects right out of the box.
Too many tools and devices today are engineered to operate only in a perfect environment.
Reality is, you often have these tools or devices to help cope with adverse or imperfect conditions when status quo "perfection" fails. Design engineers and bean counter manufacturers seem to have forgotten this.
How about thinking of today's Washington DC politics in terms of establishment, insurgencies, and counter insurgencies?
Friday, September 15, 2017
The government power grab that will not die
Today, Bernie Sanders will release a proposal for single-payer health care, co-sponsored by 15 Democrats. To call it a plan is, in some sense, too generous: Although it envisions a sweeping and generous system that would make government the primary payer for nearly all health care in the United States and virtually wipe out employer health coverage in the space of just a few years, it is not really a plan. Instead, it is a legislative fantasy built on a combination of wild overconfidence in government and an almost comical refusal to grapple with costs or trade-offs.
Single payer was the goal all along. Obamacare seems to be the "intermediate step" Obama said would be necessary to get us there. I truly hope some of this madness can be reversed. But alas, we now know Republicans were lying when the promised to roll back Obamacare. Democrats still seem focused on putting all health care under a government umbrella. Nobody in DC really wants to fix anything. The DC health care game is about power, not health care.
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Didn't seem like much of a storm by the time it got here, but it took down power in a bunch of places anyway.
Cranked up the lil' generator just after 6:00 am. I have coffee. I have bacon. I should be good for a while.
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Friday, September 8, 2017
As long as he knows there are stupid people who buy this kind of B-S, guys like Rahm will continue to exploit. As cities lose upper and middle class residents, and increasingly cater to lower rungs of society (including illegal aliens needed to prop up population numbers), Rahm's kind of politics will escalate, and not just in Chicago.
Thursday, September 7, 2017
Gonna be lots of folks on the road next few days
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Long lines for hurricane supplies
Potential hurricane strike less than a week away, and people swarm stores for stuff they should have had on hand anyway. At the very least, stuff they should have bought and stockpiled around the start of hurricane season.
Monday, September 4, 2017
Updated Post-Harvey sit-rep
Rain the forecast for early this week may mean more flooding in Houston.
Here's a link to Sunday's DOE post-Harvey update.
If you want to follow daily updates, you'll find them here.
I don't mind so much that gasoline prices rise following a disaster that impacts production, but it's the potential for outages that concern me. I'm still not sure we won't see wider shortages or outages post-Harvey.
Another Chik-fil-A in action
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Is anyone seeing data to suggest similar shortages will or won't happen post-Harvey?
Lots of refinery capacity is presently down because of the storm, as are oil import operations in Houston.
Monday, August 28, 2017
This guy and his boat has also received plenty of press and social media face time.Toxic masculinity and privilege. pic.twitter.com/EE9xVit4d4— Renna (@RennaW) August 27, 2017
BTW, I've yet to see a hooded Antifa rescue anyone.
One more from Twitter:
When the Governor warns everyone of flooding & to evacuate but the Mayor prefers you just rearrange your furniture🤔 Huh?#Harvey pic.twitter.com/fTjnEx35uI— Lola💋 🇺🇸 (@DropThe_Mic) August 28, 2017
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Nobody saw it as code when Michelle Obama promised Barack would change America's history and traditions.Trump in Phoenix: "They are trying to take away our history and our heritage." We all know the code he's speaking. Disgraceful.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 23, 2017
The Left is outraged the progressive remake of America seems to be hitting speed bumps, if not an outright firewall.
Here we go again
I'm tired of Republicans in Congress calling for investigations, and then, through their own ineptness, nothing much (if anything) comes of it except to be a pitch line in fundraising letters. Yes, McAuliffe and the major likely have very dirty hands here. But I have to ask, if this going to be another case where GOP, the party that promised to repeal Obamacare but won't, ends up blowing it again.
Monday, August 21, 2017
Okay. That's it. Time to move on.
We didn't get a total eclipse blackout in our part of the North Georgia mountains, but it got dark enough for the outdoor lights to kick in.
Nearby areas in the totality path didn't get the anticipated grid-lock crowds. Probably fewer visitors today than on a typical weekend in fall's "leaf-looking season." Lack of crowds likely made it a more enjoyable eclipse experience for those who did come.
Sunday, August 20, 2017
We live in perilous times
Saturday, August 19, 2017
Seek Peace Through Violence
Unmasking the leftist Antifa movement: Activists seek peace through violence
Even stalwarts of America's Leftist intellectual elites come under fire for daring to warn of the dangers of the Left's new Antifa darlings.
Many jump to embrace Antifa cuz Antifa says it's anti-fascist.
The rub comes when you see how wide and deep Antifa's definition of fascism goes.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Media's all in with the Alt-Left
Here's a deputy editor from Esquire (a Hearst publication):
Editor in Chief of The Atlantic:
A CNN contributor, and former spokesman for Hillary Clinton:
It's been a while, but I've seen self-proclaimed anti-fascist rock and bottle throwers up close. It's sheer madness to dismiss or defend their actions.
And down-right defamatory to our heroes of World War II to make linkage between them and Antifa. These media elite morons can't see the differences between a World War and supposedly civil domestic protest?
Perhaps open war in our streets is what the Alt-Left cheering media is pushing for.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
How'd that get there? Oh, it was put there in 1914...
Mayor's office responds saying it had no clue the monument existed.
Can't make this stuff up.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Trading constitutional protections for mob rule
"They are adherents of an evil ideology which argues certain people are inferior because of race, ethnicity or nation of origin," Rubio added. "When entire movement built on anger & hatred towards people different than you, it justifies & ultimately leads to violence against them."If this story is accurate, it would seem Sen. Rubio fails to abide by his oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
Guys like Rubio seem pretty damn smug has they trade away the fabric that once made us the greatest nation on earth.
Democrats set the stage
How'd we get here?
there is nothing new under the sun." - Ecclesiastes 1:9.
"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it."- George Santayana
Trump train cartoon triggers trauma for media
|Via Twitter. Kyle Griffin is a producer at MSNBC|
But let Trump retweet a cartoon with a Trump train and a CNN figure?
Do those expressing shock, horror, or other condemnation not realize trains can't randomly target stuff? Trains can only hit what gets in their way.
I seriously doubt anybody freaked when Grover Cleveland was shown barreling through legislators with one.
Get beyond the sanitized messaging
Plenty more out there too. Most on this list seem legit.
Don't let the facts get in the way of story
Thoughts in the later hours of a Monday evening
What struck me most about them is how wrong the most learned scholars can be in interpreting current events or history in the short term. For instance, these text I read from the mid-1930s gave much praise to the fascists and communists of Europe for their progress in modernization of their countries.
Mussolini got the trains to run on time. Germany advanced public works, tamed hyper inflation. But less than a decade after those texts were written, the touted fascists had plunged the globe into world war.
I also read a set of encyclopedias from around 1911 pretty much from cover to cover. The idealism of America in the blossoming "progressive" age was fascinating. But the views, presented as current for the era, often conflicted or contrasted with the views of the era in which I read them, the late 1960s.
In reading such things, I formed opinions that have stayed with me. Among them: Societies that build on tradition, respect their past, and move forward in a measured direction tend to do well. Those that jump headlong into rapid change or that trust in revolutionary leaders who promote Utopian radical change often soon realize they've made deals with devils who take them down a destructive road.
Monday, August 14, 2017
More alike than different
Capital of Resistance
Did Mayor Signer, Gov. McAuliffe, and perhaps other political higher ups let political ideology overrule any duty to provide public safety when they withheld police protection in Charlottesville on Saturday?
Via the Daily Caller:
Law enforcement was on hand at the dueling demonstrations on Saturday, decked out in riot gear and looking prepared for the worst. Except they weren’t allowed to do their job. Police on the scene were reported to have been ordered to “not intervene until given command to do so,” according to the ACLU. That kept them from suppressing the numerous scuffles that broke out.
When police were ordered to disperse the alt-right rally, that act directed the white nationalists into the antifa demonstrators, leading to further street brawls. Police didn’t seem to try to get in between the two groups or suppress the fights.
As ProPublica reported, state police and National Guardsmen mostly stood aside and watched as the violence grew worse.
This appears to be a direct result of what appears to be a stand down order from higher-ups.It is entirely plausible the political structure in Charlottesville, a city declared a "capital of resistance" to the Trump administration, wanted to cement its reputation with clashes in the streets. Political power structure also likely knew that media would dutifully report any violence that transpired could and would be blamed on "white nationalists."
When a mayor preaches doctrines of political extremism, no one should be surprised if opposing extremists eventually clash under his watch.
From earlier this year:
Mayor Mike Signer speaking outside City Hall earlier, where he declared Charlottesville a "capital of resistance" against Trump presidency pic.twitter.com/02RfBawAXH— The Cavalier Daily (@cavalierdaily) January 31, 2017
Sunday, August 13, 2017
#Charlottesville pic.twitter.com/uQ9w7EEOec— Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) August 13, 2017
Coup by Christmas?
Seems the Washington Post blames Trump for White Supremacists in Charlottesville this weekend.
Perspective: Trump lit the torches of white supremacy in Charlottesville. We must extinguish them. https://t.co/Xern1ts47F— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) August 13, 2017
Doesn't have to make sense. Little makes sense these days. MSM still seems unwilling to admit Antifa or BLM had a presence in Charlottesville.
Here's another gem: The New York Times claims women living under Soviet style socialism had more orgasms. Waiting in line for toilet paper is good for your sex life, ladies. Yes, the Times really does advance the claim.
This would be the same New York Times that, in the 1930s, looked the other way as Stalin carried out genocide by starvation in Ukraine.
America's political Left is going full-blown unhinged. And it seems to get plenty of back-up from many a so-called Republican.
Is there any chance whatsoever the madness can be reversed? No one wants to roll it back. The political establishment assumes Trump gets the blame as things go from bad to worse.
Don't let yourself get caught with an empty pantry if things go to hell real quick.
Some history and some uncanny similarities.
Some headlines from the New York Times:
REDS AND NAZIS CLASH.; One Killed, One Dying, Score Hurt, German Police Arrest 100.
100 arrested in police raids on Nazis and Reds
February 19, 1932
TWO GERMANS DIE IN NAZI-RED CLASH; Shot Near Koenigsberg as the Police Intervene -- Fights in Essen and the Saar. NAZIS APPEAL FOR VOTES Headquarters Hails Hitler as the Reich's Savior -- Calls Socialists "Traitorous Knaves."
2 killed, many hurt in Communist attack on Natl Socialists (Nazis); latter issue election appeal
March 03, 1932
THREE DIE IN REICH CLASHES; Policeman, Nazi and Republican Slain and Many Wounded.
3 dead, many hurt in Nazi-Communist clashes
July 11, 1932
THREE DIE IN CLASHES; 20 HURT IN GERMANY; Communists Fight Nationalists and Police at Essen, Neurappin and Eschwege.Sounds pretty darn close to what happened in Charlottesville, VA on Saturday. Right down the numbers involved in the protests, the clashing ideologies, and the number of casualties.
3 killed, many hurt in Nazi-Communist clashes
July 04, 1932
Kaine the hypocrite
Trump best watch his back
CNN counterterrorism analyst Phil Mudd warned that President Trump is agitating the government, saying during a Thursday afternoon interview with CNN anchor Jake Tapper that the U.S. government "is going to kill this guy."
Mudd, who served as deputy director to former FBI Director Robert Mueller, said Trump's defense of Russian President Vladimir Putin has compelled federal employees "at Langley, Foggy Bottom, CIA and State" to try to take Trump down.
"Let me give you one bottom line as a former government official. Government is going to kill this guy," Mudd, a staunch critic of Trump, said on "The Lead."
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Outing Hitler's socialist side
"We're socialists...enemies of today's capitalist system of exploitation & we're determined to destroy it"--Bernie, 2017? No, Hitler, 1927 pic.twitter.com/Civ1ZRAD1u— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) August 11, 2017
Friday, August 11, 2017
Nuclear attack preps messaging then and now
On the other hand, it seems willing to hype the potential to gain some ratings.
Anyone besides me remember the way old school American civil defense approached the idea of nuclear attack?
Monday, August 7, 2017
More establishment treachery
While still calling himself a conservative, Kristol goes running to the NY Times to tout plans to thwart chances of a Trump second term.
What happens to you if government chokes?
Don and I last week talked about making this the theme of our next podcast.
Seems we're not alone in this line of thinking.
BTW, here's another data point showcasing what seems to be a rising appetite to embrace totalitarianism by the political Left.
Understand the nature of the establishment beast
Here's another voice, from the political right, who sees potential for abuse by/of the Mueller grand jury.
Saturday, August 5, 2017
Two-fer from Twitter
I'm old enough to remember when calling a President "lazy" was racist. And if anyone had called Obama "boy," well . . . https://t.co/TBX0nbmYc5— Instapundit.com (@instapundit) August 4, 2017
Wow. The new cover of @Newsweek. https://t.co/NNELbxiBzY pic.twitter.com/KOTlN2zkfq— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) August 4, 2017
"So you've got a political establishment, mostly Democratic, but there are some Republicans, who would like to see him taken out of office. That would be a catastrophic mistake. It would cause a rupture in the country..." - Charles Krauthammer on Fox News
Thursday, August 3, 2017
Update on self-defeating retailers
Online alternatives are hurting brick and mortar. But retailers are also hurting themselves by increasingly failing to carry in stores what people want or need.
A recent example: I went looking for gas grill last weekend to put on a new deck. Walmart was already in season close-out mode, with some gas models in the dwindling inventory selling for half what they had when the spring season opened.
Does Walmart seriously think people stop grilling by the first of August, that no one would shop for a replacement grill as late as Labor Day?
If on-site retailers only keep "seasonal merchandise" in their stores for half the actual season, it's like telling customers their business isn't wanted, and it forces consumers to turn to online alternatives.
Senate isn't turning it's back on Trump, it never had his back in the first place
There wasn’t a dramatic public break or an exact moment it happened. But step by step, Senate Republicans are turning their backs on President Donald Trump.I don't see a shift. I just see GOPe's phony facade of support crumbling. It never had his back.
People voted for Trump because they'ew fed up with Washington games, and most the Trump support (not all) came from the GOP voter ranks.
So what do Senate Republicans expect to gain by turning their backs on Trump, and refusing to follow the agenda he (and many senate Republicans) promised?
It appears Republicans on Capitol Hill are so arrogant they can't see disaster ahead. Or maybe, they want disaster, figuring if they sacrifice some members in the midterms, it means less work for those who survive being part of a perpetual minority Republican Party.
Ingles has Chase and Sanborn, 23 ounce size, on sale this week for less than six bucks.
And tasting it, it conjures up memories of what coffee tasted like when I was first introduced to coffee drinking. Plus I get a nifty can to store stuff in.
Compared to a 12 ounce bag of Starbucks going for close to $10, it seems a no-brainer choice to me.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Proctor and Gamble's odd video
Does P&G really believe traffic cops are the primary perpetrators of violence in the black community today?
Does P&G really believe it's whites, not those in the gangsta rap ghetto culture, who are today's primary users of the n-word?
Proctor and Gamble's video, as shared on Twitter:
This powerful video shows the conversations Black parents give to kids navigating racism pic.twitter.com/cuCtPBSy7v— Crystal Johnson (@Crystal1Johnson) July 27, 2017
The P&G video is so one sided, and steeped in perpetuating stereotypes, that I have to wonder if it's not the product of corporate blackmail or some other threatened action against the company if it didn't show itself to be on the side of so-called social justice.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
Fungus among us
Trump's Scout speech
Here's a take on of Mr. Trump's speech, and a portion of the address I've not heard in MSM:
My Daily Kona: President Trump speaks
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
U.S. allies in Europe are extremely critical of the jingoistic move.
Our Congress seems hell bent on reigniting full scale cold war, and maybe even kicking off a hot one.
I suspect U.S. relations with Russia could be quickly and easily improved, but the DC establishment doesn't want that.
DC's establishment works to make Russia seem a bigger and bigger villain, perhaps to distract from its own escalating malfeasance.
Improper spying on Americans
Monday, July 24, 2017
Trying to spin obvious insanity
But a Post headline makes me chuckle.
Republicans Are In Full Control of Government - But Losing Control of Their PartyDoes this really come as a surprise to the disingenuous Republicans in DC?
They've spent years making promises they never intended to keep. And yet they seem shell shocked to see the party's voter base now seeks to hold them to the standards and policies they claimed to champion.
Voters will not continue to support serial liars.
Yet elected Republicans in Congress seem more inclined to lose power to the Democrats than they are in making amends with the GOP voter base by delivering what they've promised.
Retail's twisted calendar
With two months of summer like weather still to come across the south, and in resort areas like the North Georgia mountains, where people use their decks and outdoor areas year 'round, how much sense do these early close-outs seasonal closeouts make?
Seems to me, it's just another area were retailers are alienating customers... and yet the cookie-cutter MBAs running retail today can't seem to figure out why customers are abandoning their stores and moving to online alternatives.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Only in an idiocracy...
Slate.com is among those floating an apparent trial balloon.
And there's this - this weekend in New Hampshire:
Our assignment desk is now being told no press allowed at the @SCDCNHDems picnic featuring @MaxineWaters #nhpolitics via @AdamSextonWMUR— WMUR TV (@WMUR9) July 23, 2017
Surely Democrats know Waters is a nut-case. Maybe that's why they locked the media out this weekend.
Monday, July 17, 2017
Russia isn't our biggest problem
The news media in the West pose a far greater danger to Western civilization than Russia does.— Dennis Prager (@DennisPrager) July 14, 2017