Saturday, August 19, 2017
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
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
Mayor's office responds saying it had no clue the monument existed.
Can't make this stuff up.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
"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.
|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.
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
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
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 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
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
Friday, August 11, 2017
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
While still calling himself a conservative, Kristol goes running to the NY Times to tout plans to thwart chances of a Trump second term.
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.
Here's another voice, from the political right, who sees potential for abuse by/of the Mueller grand jury.
Saturday, August 5, 2017
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
"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
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.
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
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
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.
Monday, July 24, 2017
But a Post headline makes me chuckle.
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.
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
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
Friday, July 14, 2017
The Russian lawyer who met with the Trump team after a promise of compromising material on Hillary Clinton was accompanied by a Russian-American lobbyist — a former Soviet counterintelligence officer who is suspected by some U.S. officials of having ongoing ties to Russian intelligence, NBC News has learned.
But dig deeper down in the story.
The guy NBC seeks to raise suspicions over is now a U.S. citizen. We tend not to grant American citizenship to persons suspected of being foreign spies.
And why is NBC withholding the individual's name? Is there a legal reason, or is the intent to create a deeper sense of mystery and intrigue? NBC also identifies the guy as a lobbyist, but doesn't tell us who he lobbies for. Knowing something about the lobbyist's clients might tell us more about the present status of this individual.
Sorry, the NBC story has too many holes. Is it that NBC didn't bother getting the facts to fill them in, or were the facts intentionally left out to make the story seem more intriguing.
Once upon a time under the old rules of journalism, a story written like this would never have gotten past an editor.
Update: Soon after posting this, I saw an AP story filled in one gap, while also reporting a denial to part of NBC's story.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Bush has been gone more than eight years.
Maybe these are Freudian slips showing Pelosi too knows she should have bowed out of office years ago. She's long past her prime, seemingly past lucidity. It's time for her to go.
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Yes, there were likely legit protests taking place. But the rioting, looting, and willful destruction of property (both private and public) in Hamburg look more akin to acts of war than what a sane and reasonable person would tag with the more docile sounding term protest.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Pretty darn accurate assessment how many on the Left view Trump supporters.
Your patience may be needed, however. SNL/YouTube may make you sit through a commercial before the skit plays).
Things might have gone better if CNN hadn't been so easily baited, become so totally consumed by a gag video retweeted Sunday by President Trump. As things stand, whether it played out this way or not, CNN appears it may have coerced an apology from the video originator in exchange for withholding his name.
The silly GIF would likely have been forgotten by now had CNNers not gone nuts about being threatened with "violence."
But look at some of the headlines greeting them this Wednesday morning:
CNN’s ‘#CNNBlackMail’ hashtag of shame
CNN is under fire for threatening to identify the creator of the Trump wrestling video
Conservative blogs have also taken up the story, some perhaps stretching facts more than others.
But it's more than just right-leaning media taking note.
This is from the BBC:
CNN accused of 'blackmailing' Trump gif maker
When government promises to keep you safe, it can't always deliver.
Unknown at this time: If the guns stolen along with an FBI agent's car were used in any of the long weekend's shootings.
Update (9:48 pm 07/05/2017): Appears Chicago's four day shooting tally topped 100 before all was said and done.
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
"Now, we’re watching a president of the United States tweet things at 2 in the morning that make him sound like a 14-year-old girl. But guess what? Nobody who voted for him cares. And all you coifed, made-up, well-spoken talking heads in the media are just gonna have to suck it up and deal with it for the next three and half years. Because all the people you thought were ignorant and devoid of public policy knowledge, just going to ball games and politely raising their kids and going to church on Sundays and being the salt of the earth, have been insulted by you for so many years, they’ve turned into those zombies you thought you knew …who are now coming to eat you (not literally. No one is coming to physically eat anyone. This is called a metaphor)." - Regie Hamm
Sunday, July 2, 2017
CNN was quick to respond:
"It is a sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters."The clip, before having a CNN superimposed, has some history.
NPR reported last year:
Trump's stint in the pro wrestling world dates back to 2007 when NBC wanted to cross-promote Trump's show, The Apprentice, on its other properties. He appeared on Wrestlemania XXIII in what was billed as the Hair vs. Hair match and the Battle of the Billionaires against Vince McMahon, the CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment.Who was running NBC-Universal in 2007?
Jeff Zucker, the guy who now runs CNN. I wonder if CNN PR realized this when it was so quick to blast Trump's show of "violence."
2007's silly (presumably Zucker approved) NBC-Universal cross promotion stunt is the root of today's angst by CNN and others in MSM that they're being targeted with violence.
Gimme a break.
New #DavePoll: which of the following institutions do you have the most trust in?— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) June 27, 2017
Thursday, June 29, 2017
CNN's Wolf Blitzer cites what he calls a potentially dangerous environment.
Others in media are going much farther:
The Atlantic’s Editor In Chief, Jeffrey Goldberg, on Wednesday said that he suspects that someone who listens to President Trump will see journalists as enemies of the state and carry out a violent attack against them. He said Trump would be responsible for such an attack.The Trump White House may consider some of these journalists to be "enemies" of the people. But how many times have MSM "journalists" drummed up stories with allegations of Trump committing "treason", tried to get others to say it , or repeated baseless allegations to that affect (often based on now discredited allegations of Trump-Russia collusion)?
If, as Goldberg says, Trump's accountable for future attacks on journalists, shouldn't Democrats (and media) be held accountable for violence targeting Republican members of Congress. After all, Democrats have said Republicans will kill Americans by undoing Obamacare .
Also, by Goldberg's logic, shouldn't those in media, who've labeled or tried to label Trump as treasonous, be culpable if some takes a shot at Trump?“Hundreds of thousands of people will die if this bill passes,” Rep. Pelosi says on new Senate Republican health care bill pic.twitter.com/6iSiRzer2h— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 26, 2017
Reports that the anti-fascist group Antifa plans to burn Confederate flags and desecrate graves have prompted calls on social media for other groups to gather in Gettysburg to counter those protesters.Kills me how philly.com seems to give credence to the notion that Antifa is "anti-fascist."
Antifa looks and acts the part of fascism, using behaviors and tactics ripped from fascist play books. Perhaps Anfita thinks you won't notice because it self-labels as anti-fascist.
Breitbart has more on Gettysburg goings-on.
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
When bureaucrats assure you something can't happen, what they say can't happen may be just around the corner.
But to be fair, it's not just CNN that seems willing to destroy its credibility to keep dishing outlandish (and provably false) story lines about the alleged workings of some evil Russia menace.
And it's not just right-wingers willing to call out the recent instances of media bungling.
Actually, I'm not sure bungling is the right word. It's more than bungling when organisations disregard their own standards and practices, and repeatedly make mistakes so blatant that it's impossible not to see there's a multitude of systemic problems on-set and behind the scenes contributing to these very public failings.
It would appear the Democrats, who got much of the Russia hysteria rolling, have begun wising up, and are publicly distancing from anti-Russia story lines.
But the media?
Media seems hell bent to remain on its self destructive path.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Now it appears the Fed works overtime to undercut the Trump economy.
The Swamp is much wider, and the muck of it much deeper, than most realize.
Instead of disabled people in wheelchairs, the only person who should be dragged anywhere is Trump - down the hall, to impeachment.— Maxine Waters (@MaxineWaters) June 23, 2017
It's stupid stuff like this that excites a core of what's left of the Democrat base. But this stupid talk is also a key reason why the Democrat base continues to shrink. The Democratic Party has intentionally morphed itself into a small (and getting smaller) and marginalized resistance movement, and seems to have no aspirations to return to being a true broad-based national party.
Update: Speaking of Maxine Waters, here's something you probably wont see her tweet:
Friday, June 23, 2017
|From: TV Newser|
Almost brings on a certain nostalgia for an era when TV news reporting didn't rely so much on cheap on-camera "gotcha" gimmicks.
NBC News is among those reporting some comments from actor Johnny Depp:
“When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?” he asked a cheering crowd at the Glastonbury music festival in the U.K. on Thursday night. “Now I want to clarify, I am not an actor. I lie for a living. However, it’s been awhile and maybe it’s time.”
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
The people of #GA06 who voted for Handel are not good, decent people. It's heartbreaking that people there are so horrible.— Susan (@susanj357) June 21, 2017
Democrats draw ever tighter exclusionary circles of who they accept as acceptable, and seemingly attack anyone outside those circles.
And then they get befuddled that they can't seem to win elections.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
They eventually pieced together how the attack had unfolded. The Dark Overlord had been scanning the internet for PCs running older versions of Windows that it could easily break into, and happened to stumble across an old computer at Larson Studios that was still running Windows 7. “They were basically just trolling around to see if they could find a computer that they could open,” Dondorf explained. “It wasn’t aimed at us.”
Monday, June 19, 2017
Friday, June 9, 2017
I did enjoy listening to NPR Thursday afternoon as the hosts inserted plenty of "what-ifs" and spun more potential conspiracy theory in attempts to make Comey's testimony look like a winner for the anti-Trump movement. The usual NPR smuggness seemed to be missing, however. I guess it's hard to sound smug when you're deliberately stretching as hard as they were.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
The Algerian suspected jihadist Farid Ikken, 40, was given the award in 2009 by the European Commission, the EU’s unelected executive branch, for a report about asylum seekers claiming healthcare in Sweden, Expressen reports.
The “EU Commission’s National Journalist Prize Against Discrimination” was awarded to him for an article dealing with “asylum seekers who are not entitled to medical care and who are therefore forced to seek medical care, as well as healthcare staff and others who still provide health care to asylum seekers,” the Commission wrote in a statement.
Most likely, those who bestowed the award were sure they were giving it to a "moderate" Muslim.
Also note that this London attacker is 40 years old. He's not some young impressionable. He's not someone who just walked in from Syria.
He looks more like part of a deeply entrenched 5th column.
He's not a lone wolf. Describing him as part of an emerging and escalating insurgency seems far more accurate.
Europe's days are numbered if present circumstances continue.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
I'm still curious about her name. Reality Winner. Was this given at birth, or something she adopted for herself somewhere later in life?
EU officialdom, however, abhors the idea of citizens having guns within reach to defend themselves.
From the Washington Post earlier this year.
Saturday, June 3, 2017
Whittle also dishes scientific data that clearly seems to out the Left's current man-made global warming hysteria as fraud, or at the very least, unproven and unlikely conjecture.
Friday, June 2, 2017
Thursday, June 1, 2017
No proof of criminal wrongdoing, but the UK Guardian reports the FBI fingers former UKIP leader Nigel Farage as a "person of interest" in its Trump/Russia probe.
Strikes me more as an attempt at political smear than a step forward in pursuing potential criminality.
Maybe the UK can now claim the US government is trying to influence UK politics.
Oh, wait. Obama openly and personally try to sway the UK's BREXIT vote last year.
Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Immigrants are an expedient fix when huge numbers of a city's population are fed up with the place to the point they're bailing out and moving on.
Monday, May 29, 2017
For the record, it doesn't appear the stabbing suspect was a "right winger" after all (despite having the last name of "Christian." Apparently not even a Trump voter.
Social media forensics appears to have outted Jeremy Christian as a Bernie voter.
Monday, May 22, 2017
The storm of just over two weeks ago downed some of the biggest trees we have in our neck of the woods, and a bunch of the smaller ones as well.
While some of the downed trees cracked from the winds, others remained intact as they tumbled over, exposing huge root balls.
If you look closely as you hike or drive the area, you'll see others partially uprooted and leaning heavily.
They may have not completely toppled in the last storm, but they appear at risk to complete their fall come the next round of high winds. Or maybe, with time, gravity will finish what the storm started.
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Yet Democrats (and some Republicans) show no sign of letting up in their increasingly shrill and mostly manufactured attacks on the president.
They still fear the damage Trump may inflict on their dreams of an America fundamentally transformed into the progressive one Obama promised.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
No damage the the cabin whatsoever except that the powerlines, when they came down, bent the cabin's connection post and ripped the guts out of the meter box.
I picked up an old analog plug-in clock.
It stops when the power goes out, restarts when the power comes back on.
I can now take actual time, subtract the time on the plug-in clock, and have some idea how long an outage (or outages) have been.
Yes, if I'm gone for a while, I can't tell if there's been a single outage or multiple ones. And things get complicated as well if an outage is more than 12 hours, but those are the very rare exception.
Most the power outages are of short duration. But now I have a way to determine if they've run longer, helping to determine if refrigerated food might need to be checked, or if I might want to consider beefier battery back-up power supplies for stuff like Internet or my cell phone booster.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
BTW, had my first bear sighting of the season in north Georgia. Young black bear was sitting by the road along SR 183 just inside the Dawson County line after I crossed over from Gilmer. Thought for sec he might like me take his picture, but once we made eye contact, he skedaddled back into the woods.
Friday, May 5, 2017
Electic power was out at my cabin nearly 12 hours. And even now, power supply seems to be having burps and grunts as crews work to get the lights back on in other nearby communities.
For all the down side, there are some positives.
I now know for sure that the UPS (uninterruptible power supply) on my Internet modem and cell phone repeater provide back up for only about four to five hours here at the cabin (I have much deeper battery reserves and a small solar array at our main home, but have not yet ventured to install such things here in the woods).
I'll also have to go through the refrigerator and cull food that's likely spoiled. Not so much of a problem, as I tend to keep relatively few refrigerated perishables on hand here on the mountain, knowing that storms tend to cause power outages (though typically not lasting more than four hours).
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
But outside the Left's limited zones of influence, did anyone else seem to notice?
I'll admit, there was some effort to create buzz online. But I kinda doubt it lured any new followers to the socialist, leftist, or anarchist ways of thinking. The continued displays of radicalism may actually be a turn-off to most Americans.
|A freind sent me this cutesy GIF. Says it's from|
International Women's Strike NYC.
Sunday, April 30, 2017
But I got distracted.
Taking some time to read other blogs this morning, I see others managed to stay on-point.
Hattip to Mr. Zachary's blog for the reminder.
Here's the article from David Codrea I had intended to post.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Silly me. I had no idea The Simpsons were still on TV.
It's not an official link, and while it's been up for several weeks, it may vanish at any time should Fox or some other entity claim copyright infringement.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Consider what's being passed off as children's books today:
Some reviewers say these books have positive communty-oriented messages.
Seems more likely the intent is to ingrain anarchy at a young age, leaving a door open for the more sinister side to seem quite natural later in life.
Monday, April 24, 2017
"What comes across with Chelsea, for lack of a gentler word, is self-regard of an unusual intensity. And the effect is stronger on paper. Unkind as it is to say, reading anything by Chelsea Clinton—tweets, interviews, books—is best compared to taking in spoonfuls of plain oatmeal that, periodically, conceal a toenail clipping." - Sal Loeb, as published at Vanity Fair
Another voice heard from in describing Chelsea C.:
"She is Bill Clinton without the charm, Hillary Clinton without the ruthlessness, and full Billary in her bottomless well of inflated entitlement and ideological hackery." - Michelle Malkin, at National Review
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Should be wrapping up the lion's share of the renovation by the weekend.
More regular posting should resume when my present 12 to 14 hour work days lighten up a bit.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
According to multiple sources, what started out as a directed requirement for a 7.62 NATO Designated Marksmanship Rifle for issue to Infantry Rifle Squads has grown in scope to increase the Basis of Issue to all personnel in Brigade Combat Teams and perhaps beyond. The genesis of this requirement is overmatch. The troops feel like they’re in a street fight with a guy with longer arms. The 7.62x54R cartridge gives the enemy those longer arms.Coincidently (or maybe not), I'm seeing more gun retailers increasingly pitching similar rifles in .308 or 7.62x51 to the U.S. civilian market. Just yesterday, I got an email ad flyer suggesting "Now is the time to build that .308 AR Rifle you have always wanted."
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Some insisted they're not Communists, for sure.
But how to they talk among themselves?
How to they brand for internal consumption?
The Atlanta Chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America recently had a little get-together.
They called it "Eat, drink, and be Marxist."
But others see them as reshaping Americans with chilling efficiency.
Educator Patrick Deneen writes:
Our students’ ignorance is not a failing of the educational system – it is its crowning achievement. Efforts by several generations of philosophers and reformers and public policy experts — whom our students (and most of us) know nothing about — have combined to produce a generation of know-nothings. The pervasive ignorance of our students is not a mere accident or unfortunate but correctible outcome, if only we hire better teachers or tweak the reading lists in high school. It is the consequence of a civilizational commitment to civilizational suicide. The end of history for our students signals the End of History for the West.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
According to the Congressional EMP Commission, a single warhead delivered by North Korean satellite could blackout the national electric grid and other life-sustaining critical infrastructures for over a year—killing 9 of 10 Americans by starvation and societal collapse.
Two North Korean satellites, the KMS-3 and KMS-4, presently orbit over the U.S. on trajectories consistent with surprise EMP attack.Every time I read about our EMP vulnerability, I can help but think how many "smart people" in the late 1930s into 1941 dismissed the idea of a major carrier based assault on naval forces, more specifically, a Japanese air assault on America's Pacific naval hub at Pearl Harbor.
Monday, March 27, 2017
Before anti-Trumpers get giddy over this, consider the impact on public and private pension funds, 401Ks and IRAs as the stock market takes a dive.
Is this just a blip? Or a signal that anti-Trump politics may turn our long (and tired) bull market into a bearish one.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
"Mr. Ryan, you continue with your mantra, that the GOP is now a governing party not an opposition party. These are words that apply to you. You failed to develop a plan that embraced market capitalism and you did not involve the GOP conservatives in the early phases of drafting your plan. You tried to force this plan through, adopted a few changes, but mostly continued with big-government ideas and much of Obamacare's essential elements. The failure to govern is on the GOP leadership. And the failure to uphold the repeal promise with an actual repeal of most of Obamacare is also on the GOP leadership. These troubling circumstances could have been avoided."I personally suspect many in the GOP establishment, perhaps Speaker Ryan himself, is pleased to have thrown a stumbling block in front of President Trump and his agenda.
~ Mark Levin, 3/24/17
GOP momentum has been crushed by internal division, by Ryan's exclusionary games within House Republicans. Stalemate, both within the Republican Party, and with the Democrats, becomes order of the day.
Status quo is here to stay unless President Trump finds the means and will to blast things wide open like he did on the campaign trail last year.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
In the Australian NEM grid, there are 43 wind plants, and around 2400 turbines on poles, and for 14 years they’ve been building them. Despite that, they’re still not delivering enough power to replace a 53 year old tired worn out coal fired plant that can still manage to get all its generators working.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Spending on frivolity is likely a key reason why so many consumers would have trouble raising cash to deal with a real emergency.
About a third of consumers say they would have trouble coming up with an emergency $2,000, according to a new study released Monday.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Don offers perspective on how the so-called deep state has come to lean hard to the left.
Last 45 minutes of the program, we get into the hows and whys behind the rapid drop in some modern retail firearm prices - and what some of the ramifications may be of an apparent gun glut.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Ol' Remus shares some ciphering:
Is 1,000 rounds for your battle rifle enough for a Mad Max collapse? Let's do some fifth grade arithmetic. Twenty rounds a week is 1,040 rounds a year. Or say a hundred rounds a month, which is 1,200 rounds a year. About the same. Figure three years and it comes to 3,120 to 3,600 rounds. Call it 3,000 rounds. So, 1,000 rounds seems low. If it's too much you end up with a surplus and bragging rights. If it's not enough you end up dead. Or you may end up dead with a surplus.
Look at it another way, a Mad Max collapse with extra Mad. One firefight a month using 160 rounds each, which is 8 twenty-round magazines, comes to 1,920 rounds per year. Let's be optimistic and assume you can survive thirty six gun battles—thirty five sure, but thirty six? Figuring three years it totals 5,760 rounds.
If the premises are reasonable, and who knows if they are, a stash of 3,000 to 6,000 rounds would be about right. More than you have? Cheer up, it's a near certainty something other than gunfire will get you anyway.
The cable news channel likely had a ratings bonanza, reporting it had a copy of a Trump tax return.
But the "leak" seems to have worked in Trump's favor, showing he paid a higher tax rate in '05 than Barack Obama in 2015.
There's also this I saw on Twitter:
President Trump 2005 Tax Rate: 25%n— Brittany Pettibone (@BrittPettibone) March 15, 2017
Bernie Sanders 2014 Tax Rate: 13.5% pic.twitter.com/b2mRepMc0h
Also likely working in Trump's favor, the "leak" likely threw audience that might nornmally watch CNN into MSNBC's pocket. CNN's the cable news outfit that's seems to be trying hardest to be a deliberate thorn in Trump's side.
It may be a couple days before we know how much of a hit CNN took Tuesday night, it seems Neilsen's fast-turn ratings system has had issues in recent days.
Monday, March 13, 2017
In suburbia, I can wear a pair of shoes until the soles are about slick.
In the mountains, I notice I sometimes have trouble keeping sure footing once soles are only 50 percent gone.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
What are the chances the assets will still be in place - or in the same hands - in a collapse situation?
What means will be available to enforce such contracts.
Gimme a break.
Friday, March 10, 2017
Monday, March 6, 2017
You don't put a bear in it. It's where you put the trash can so bears don't make a mess of things.
Lumber's gotten expensive. Took about $75 worth to put this together, plus another fifteen bucks for a "wet wood" saw blade. Screws, another seven or eight bucks, plus another half box I had on hand.
Still, it comes in about $60 less than I've seen pre-assembled similar sized boxes.
And by building it myself, I could take in pieces to where I needed to place it. These things are a bear to move around once put together.
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Loretta Lynch: “It has been people, individuals who have banded together, ordinary people who simply saw what needed to be done and came together and supported those ideals who have made the difference. They’ve marched, they’ve bled and yes, some of them died. This is hard. Every good thing is. We have done this before. We can do this again.”
Is Lynch beseeching lawful portest in a effort to confront government policies and a presidential administration she does not like? Or has she, and the Senate Democrats who published her video, crossed the line into attempting to incite insurrection?
I'd bet a good lawyer could make a great case out of the fact that President Obama was tapping my phones in October, just prior to Election!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2017
The Guardian has learned that the FBI applied for a warrant from the foreign intelligence surveillance (Fisa) court over the summer in order to monitor four members of the Trump team suspected of irregular contacts with Russian officials. The Fisa court turned down the application asking FBI counter-intelligence investigators to narrow its focus. According to one report, the FBI was finally granted a warrant in October, but that has not been confirmed, and it is not clear whether any warrant led to a full investigation.
National Review, leaning right, has also expressed concern national security assets were used to play political games, specifically raising the issue or FISA warrants.Two separate sources with links to the counter-intelligence community have confirmed to Heat Street that the FBI sought, and was granted, a FISA court warrant in October, giving counter-intelligence permission to examine the activities of ‘U.S. persons’ in Donald Trump’s campaign with ties to Russia.