Monday, April 24, 2017

Some see through the madness

It appears not everyone buys the blatant efforts by so-called MSM to create a Democrat political hero in Chelsea Clinton.

"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

Why the light posting?

Been renovating a property in mountains where cell phone service is spotty, and until this week, I didn't have hard Internet connectivity.

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

More range, more firepower

If reports are accurate, it appears the U.S. military is no longer satisfied with its rifles shooting 5.56 ammo. Apparently Afghans toting old school rifles like the Mosin Nagant have revived the notion that size does matter:
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."

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Democratic Socialists

When Bernie Sanders was running for president, Democratic Socialists said they're not really socialists, just an off-shoot within the Democratic Party.

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." 


Fundamental transformation by design

Some say America's schools are failing.

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

Woolsey's beating the drum again

Opinion piece at TheHill.com:
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

Market jitters

Rough start on Wall Street this morning.

Via CNBC:
Dow falls triple digits as optimism on Trump agenda diminishes; financials lag

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.

Less democratic Democrats

"After losing Congress, the left consolidated its authority in the White House. After losing the White House, the left shifted its center of authority to Federal judges and unelected government officials. Each defeat led the radicalized Democrats to relocate from more democratic to less democratic institutions." - Daniel Greenfield, writing at Front Page Mag

"Gun-Totin' Left-wingers"

Out in Arizona.

Yes, there's pictures to go along with the story. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Paging Speaker Ryan...

Sent by a friend regarding last week's ugly health care bill debacle in the House of Representatives:
"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."
~ Mark Levin, 3/24/17 
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.

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.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Cash strapped consumers

People today have been so propagandized with consumerism, many are no longer able to determine the difference between needs and wants.

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

Deep state, Trump trends, and crashing firearms pricing...

A regular listener says this week's Don and Doug was one of our better shows.

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

The age old question...

How much ammo is enough ammo?

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 "leak" that played well for Trump

Tuesday was a strange night for MSNBC.

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:


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

Tread wear

Had trouble scaling a hillside the other day. Next day, same hillside seemed much less challenging in a new pair of hiking shoes. 

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

Seriously?

Says here folks in places like NYC are paying up to $90k a year to make sure they have an escape boat waiting if civilization goes into collapse mode.

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.

Lawyers? Courts?

Gimme a break.


Friday, March 10, 2017

LIght posting

I guess you could say I'v been busy further immersing myself in the local economy and community.

Thoroughly enjoying the many things the mountains have to offer.

May even end up building a new business up here.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Bear Box

My first attempt at a "bear box."

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

Marches, blood, even death

Ever hear a former U.S. attorney general talk like this?

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?


Reports of Trump wiretaps hiding in plain sight?

When President Trump tweet on Saturday the idea that he or Trump Tower were wiretapped by the Obama administration, most media reported he did so "without offering any evidence."





In reality, the idea of Trump or his team being wiretapped or being subject to some other kind of electronic surveillance has received significant coverage in so-called mainstream media. 

In January, the New York Times suggested FISA warrants targeting the Trump team were likely, part of a "sophisticated investigation" targeting the Trump organization.


The Times wasn't alone. 

The UK Guardian, which now says Trump cited no evidence,  previously reported of possible FISA warrants targeting the Trump organization.

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.


HeatStreet reported FISA warrants targeting the Trump camp in November.

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.

National Review, leaning right, has also expressed concern national security assets were used to play political games, specifically raising the issue or FISA warrants.

For Trump to raise the allegation of being "wiretapped" now isn't what's suspicious. It's that he's waite so long to make it an issue. 

Gotta wonder what new information the Trump team has turned up after being in the White House a month and a half to supplement these media reports.

The possibility of the Obama administation wiretapping Trump has been hiding in plain sight ever since Obama, Biden, Clinton and others said intelligence agencies had evidence of Russia "interference."

Friday, March 3, 2017

Val the housemate

A number of messages sent here, if accurate.

Via the UK Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Barack Obama's close confidante Valerie Jarrett has moved into his new DC home, which is now the nerve center for their plan to mastermind the insurgency against President Trump
Certainly appears Mr. Obama isn't retiring in the sense that all other presidents have done before him.

Yet at the same time, having VJ move-in perhaps creates imagery of Obama being a puppet than a stand-alone ex-Prez.

Obama's eight years in the White House have been a disaster for Democrats trying to gain or hold congressional and state house seats as well as governorships. Obama's insistance on sticking around in DC may continue to be a bad omen for Democrats trying to stay in office or trying to win elections for the first time.

Democrats over-reach again. Now things are blowing in their faces

Interesting article from The Young Turks Network, a Democrat progressive outfit.

Seems even TYT folks see Democrats doing more damage to their party than scoring points in the baseless attack on Attorney General Jeff Sessions over meeting with a Russian ambassador.

From TYT Network at Medium.com:
The basic formula for every breaking Trump/Russia story is essentially as follows: 
1. The New York Times or Washington Post releases an article that at first blush appears extremely damning.
2. Anti-Trump pundits and Democrats react reflexively to the news, express shrieking outrage, and proclaim that this finally proves untoward collusion between Trump and Russia — a smoking gun, at last.
3. Aggrieved former Clinton apparatchiks *connect the dots* in a manner eerily reminiscent of right-wing Glenn Beck-esque prognostication circa 2009.
4. Self-proclaimed legal experts rashly opine as to whether the new revelation entails some kind of criminally actionable offense. (Recall the now-laughable certitude that felled National Security Advisor Mike Flynn violated the 200+ year old Logan Act.) This latest version is the certitude that Jeff Sessions committed perjury, when that at the very least is highly questionable.
5. The notion of Russian “collusion” being key to toppling Trump becomes further implanted in the minds of the most energized Democratic activists, as evidenced this time around by a troupe of protesters who showed up to the Department of Justice headquarters brandishing trademarked “Resist” placards, chanting “Lock Him Up,” and (as usual) hyperventilating about Putin. As I’ve written before, Trump/Putin theories are increasingly the top concern that plugged-in “Resistance” types bring up at the highly-charged town hall meetings that have received so much attention of late.
6. Pointing out these glaring flaws in the latest anti-Russia frenzy is immediately construed by cynics as “defending Trump” or “defending Sessions” when it most assuredly is not. At least in my own case, it’s a defense of not getting enraptured by irrational hysterics to further short-term political aims.
7. People who’d spent the past 12 hours frothing at the mouth gradually come to realize that their initial furor was probably overblown, and that a more sober look at the actual facts at hand reveal that the anti-Trump chorus probably got ahead of itself…again.
8. Democrats who sought to capitalize on the uproar end up looking extremely foolish... 
Democrats should worry when their own side begins fretting about overreach doing damage to Democrats

Just as predicted: Overreach is already blowing up in Democrat faces.

Via Politico:
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday that she's never met with the current Russian ambassador, Sergey Kislyak...
But a file photo from Pelosi's 2010 meeting with Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev shows Kislyak at the table across from Pelosi — then House speaker — and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). Medvedev had been in the country for a meeting with President Barack Obama a day earlier and stopped in on Capitol Hill to meet with congressional leaders as well.
Here's another. From Circa.com:
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who has demanded the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions for meeting with the Russian ambassador while a member of Congress, herself met with Vladimir Putin's right-hand man in Washington in 2010 while President Obama was in power. Pelosi hosted then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev at the U.S. Capitol, at a time when concerns about Russia's human rights continued to persist, especially in the liberal wing of her party.
If we're going to scrutinize Mr. Sessions who met, and perhaps had a discussion, with Russia's ambassador, why not scrutinize everyone who's shared words with Russians.

Democrats have started a witch hunt.

They're about to turn Washington Dc into the panicked political equivelent of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692-93.

Good lookin' fox

We have a fox who frequenting our cabin grounds at night.


These trail cam photos were shot near a small continuously running stream on the edge of our property.


I'm assuming it's only fox, though I acknowledge there might be more. Our trail cam has captured fox images in various locations spread across an area with a length of approximately 150 to 175 yards.

Intriguing comparison...

"When Trump tells the citizens of the United States that people who are in our country illegally and commit crimes must leave, he is the same as the therapist who tells a patient, “If your boyfriend is hitting you, you need to make him leave your apartment.” The breakup might result in sadness and anger, but that is no reason not to act." - Dr. Keith Ablow

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

How kooky is talk of "shadow government"?

Talk of a shadow government seems far fetched, the stuff conspiracies are made of. But the entrenchment of political establishment in DC is undeniable, and it extends deep into the bureaucracy.

Trump was elected to put some checks on the establishment and the bureaucracy.  In that vein, it seems quite natural that agencies and bureaucracy might use tools at their disposal to fight back.

How good was Trump last night?

Even Van Jones couldn't deny it.


Don't get the idea that Jones is falling into the Trump camp.

Jones simply sees how good Trump was, and knew Trump resonated with a whole new bunch of Americans last night, including Democrats.

Trump got out in front of the Democrats again. Outmanuevered the media as well. No use trying to talk the American people out of seeing what they saw last night.

Interesting choice for rebuttle

It's significant that Democrats last night used a former governor to make the party's rebuttle to Trump's address to Congress.

Democrat governorships have dwindled in number. Kentucky now has a Republican governor.

The Democrats' choice last night may also signal a lack of faith in Democrats on Capitol Hill. Or at least some second guessing of the obstructionist games Pelosi and Schumer are playing.

If Kentucky's Steve Beshear wasn't already 72, I'd guess Dems were setting him up for a potential presidential run.

But no,  most likely, they were just recycling old stock, trying to look mainstream American as they take their party deeper into progressive territory.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Anti-Trump fever still grips the Left

Some on the political left seem to think the FBI will be going after Trump, if it isn't already.

If the FBI (or any other federal agency) couldn't pull off a slam dunk prosecution of a Clinton, what makes anyone thing they could nail Trump?

And if they try to cook up a case a case against Trump while letting the Democrats walk?

How's that gonna go over with the "deplorables"?

The good ol' USA in walking a tight-rope right now.

Are progressives ready for the ugly side of what happens if they upset her fragile balance?

Trump's first State of the Union is tonight.

Can't wait to hear it. Can't wait to hear all the anti-Trump spin that follows.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Hollywood hates Trump, desires Chinese investment... Hmmm...

Does Hollywood hate Trump because it sees him as a stumbling block to Chinese investment, Chinese takeovers of Hollywood studios?

America's largest movie theater chain is also owned by the Chinese.

Remember how Hollywood recut the "Red Dawn" remake, deleting China as the enemy, replacing it with North Korea?

Funny how some Hollywood types allege Trump's under Russia's thumb at the very same time they'd gladly sell out to China.


Updated 10:13 am est 2/27/2017

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Mountain brew

Blue Ridge, Georgia is home to at least two microbreweries.



Fannin Brewing offers tours and tastings from time to time. "Dogs and kids are welcome - but bring your ID, you must be 21 to taste," they say.


From the bottom of a Fannin Brewing six pack carton.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Anti-Trump cattiness


"Cats Against Trump" bumper sticker available online.


I can't help but notice this anti-Trump cat seems to borrow heavily from IWW's "Sabocat." 



Sabocat was the mascot of the International Workers of the World, a union most active around the dawn of the past century. IWW advocated the practice of wokers slowing production, even committing outright sabotage, to win concessions from employers. 

Sabocat fits right in with calls by today's so-called "progressives" who vow in their opposition to Trump to make America "ungovernable."


Friday, February 24, 2017

Trump v Media

I've not followed the current Trump v Media war close enough this week to profess to know exactly where each side stands at present. But I think the media needs to get over its self indulgent First Amendment games. Yes, First Amendment guarentees a free press. But it's not an endorsement any present media outlet or its present day practices. 

As for anonymous sourcing, I don't know what rules, if any, guide today's media. Meida used to be very cautious about such things, but a bunch of the stuff that flies today as "mainstream media reporting" would likely have never gotten past editors if media had half the internal checks and balances it had a decade or two ago.

As for media whinning that some were excluded from a White House press briefing, get over it. The First Amendment guarentees a free press. Go ahead and read it for yourself. Nowhere does the First Amendment guarentee White House access. 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

What used to entertain us...

Surfing through some old movie titles while waiting on an appliance delivery, I came across this one from 1950.



Absolutely mind blowing what made for Hollywood box office in 1950. It was apparently an era when intellect was a mainstream American trait.

Impeachment, coup, civil war

In recent weeks, I've seen reports of Leftist ramblings advocating Trump impeachment, military or CIA coup, or even civil war.

There may be enough mad dog leftists to get a civil war started. But how many have given any though to what one would be like if such a thing gets started.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Wrong priorities, no functional sense of place

"Young adults are floundering in high school, or 'graduating' as functional illiterates despite the vaunted widespread application of computer 'technology.' They can do Instagram on a cell phone, but they can’t read an application for a driver’s license. And the mania for 'diversity and multiculture' has left kids without the armature of an American common culture to successfully mold a life onto." - James Howard Kunstler, at Kunstler.com

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Oh, Kellyanne

Kellyanne Conway under fire again.

This time for promoting Ivanka Trump's fashion line.

The Left cries foul. Violation of ethics, they claim.

Did anyone, during the last administation, count how many times Barack Obama openly promoted sales of the Chevy Volt?

At one point, he even promised to buy one once he was out of office.

Anyone know if O bought that Volt yet?

Or was he just pimpin' product for GM?

A well documented pattern of behavior

"The left has aided and abetted genocide from the USSR to Nazi Germany, from Asia to the Middle East, while providing aid and comfort to the monsters behind these horrors. The greatest intellectuals of the left defended the horrific crimes of Communism as they whitewash Islamist crimes today. Nothing has changed." - Daniel Greenfield, at Sultan Knish

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Not reporting, or under reporting, acts of terrorism

President Donald Trump says the U.S. media is not reporting, or under reporting, acts of terrorism.

The media has taken offense to the comments, and calls Trump a liar.

In the case of not reporting, or under-reporting, let me offer a few examples.

How much media attention was given to a unit of the New Mexico National Guard coming under attack by al Qaeda aligned Bedouins in the Sinai four years ago. Happened on the same week as the Benghazi attack.


Or how about another attack, the very same week, that delivered the US Marine Corps their worst loss of aircaft on the ground since WWII....

The Camp Bastion attack got some superficial coverage in some U.S. media, but not much.

Coming on the heels of the 2012 Democratic Convention, Democrat favoring US media perhaps thought it best to downplay the trifecta of al Qaeda ops, seeing as though John Kerry had assured us through the DNC that al Qaeda was on the run.

To what degree did US media report on the slaying of a Catholic priest in France last year? Some may have given it mention, but if you wanted detailed, you had to look across the pond to outlets like BBC or Daily Mail...

How eager is U.S. media to report on Taliban (or other) detainees released from Gitmo returning to the active terrorist roster?

During the Libyan uprising, U.S. media was woefully absent in questioning who the rebels were that Obama and Clinton were so eager to assist. If you read foreign accounts, many of those seeking to oust Gadaffi cut their combat teeth waging war against U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq.

Trump's not nearly as off base as the uppitty media make it sound.

On CBS's Monday night news cast, they edited Trump's remarks to make it sound like terror attacks in the US were what he was speaking of. If you go and listen to Trump's address, he was specificially speaking of a wider, at least European view.

Anyone see Tina Fey's movie last year, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. As a correspondent in Afghanistan, Fey's character flies back to NYC, in an attempt to battle for more airtime. Fey's told by the network's boss that reseach shows American audiences don't want to see it, so such pieces will only recieve limited airing. Such is the mindset with much of the terrorism coverage by US media regarding incidents outside the U.S. The sensational gets attention, but bunches of smaller events get intentionally passed over.

By the way, for those who didn't see or hear Trump's address to the troops at MacDill, look it up online.  The men and women in the audience cheered wildly for their new commander-in-chief.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

A surge of Swastikas?

CNN reports swastika graffiti in three cities has people "unnerved."

Is it coincidence swastikas showed up in Houston, Chicago and NYC in a close time frame?

Or does vandalism like this happen frequently, but can be made to sound more alarming when potentially isolated incidents are strung together?

As for the swastikas themselves, the photo out of Chicago looks menacing . But the images shown were pre-printed, and used in a hit-and-run vandalism attack.

The image shown on a New York subway doesn't look much like a Nazi swastika, it lacks the tell-tale tilt. I'd give at least 50-50 odds it's from a false-flagger. The NYC image appears more in line with an ancient symbol than one ascribed to the Nazis.

Of course, you never know what's behind acts like these until the perps are found and true intent is learned.

Clearly, some kind of provocation is involved here. But by whom, and for what intent, remains unknown.

I also found it odd how CNN managed to work in a tweet from Chelsea Clinton into its story.

Gotta wonder if CNN's choice of the Chelsea tweet is part of some informal soft-sell, intentional or not, in anticipation of a soon to be announced political campaign.

Some folks are already cringing at that possibility.


Made me laugh

Via Twitter:

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Coup coup ka choo

Democrats are starting to opening talk of a military coup to remove President Trump from office.

Comedian Sarah Silverman is one.

So's this former Obama team insider who presently lists "law professor" as her occupation.

My question: Where do these Democrats think they're going to find a military willing to carry out their fantasy?

Democrats go hysterical over Trump infrastructure talk

Democrats say Trump's a fascist. His calls for infrastructure spending proves it, they say.

Guess this guy is a fascist too, by their criteria.



It was Ike Eisenhower who got America's Interstate highway system rolling.

Heck, Barack Obama touted infrastructure spending too.

And not a single Democrat I know of used his call to compare Obama to Hitler.

One more thing about Eisenhower, mid-way through his time in office, there was a direct and open program to depart illegal aliens.

It is what it is

Yet another "night of broken glass" delivered by a pro-Democrat/anti-Trump mob seeming obsessed with ending free speech.

This time, at U.C. Berkeley.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Chessie 1, Squirrel 0

For weeks now, we've heard a squirrel (or squirrels) rumbling around behind the pre-fab fireplace in our cabin. Tonight, one (and hopefully the only) squirrel managed to get inside the metal fireplace box, and then worked his way into the living room.

Squirrel's victory was short lived however. Chessie cat was ready and waiting in ambush.

Once the squirrel was sufficiently stunned, I managed to get it away from the victorious cat, and tossed it out the front door.

Chessie got a sampling of Friskie's "Party Mix" cat treats as a bounty for his catch, and being willing to surrender it without blooding the floor. .

Monday, January 30, 2017

Meanwhile, in Quebec...

"Police have arrested two students – one 'of Moroccan origin'" - UK Daily Mail 

Update: It now appears police consider the former suspect "of Morocan origin" to be a witness.

Meanwhile, as of late Monday (Eastern time), CNN is now reporting:
Alexandre Bissonnette was identified as the person who opened fire at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Center, according to a source with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and a Quebec City court clerk.

Sunday, January 29, 2017

What they're not telling you

Most U.S. so-called "mainstream media" and bunches of social justice warriors are up in arms regarding Trump's U.S. entry ban for people seven Middle East region counties.

But Steve Portnoy at CBS Radio tweets something most other media has left out of their reporting:

By the way, Trump's not the first president to temporarily halt refugee resettlement programs.

Other presidents have done it.

Including Barack Obama.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Full time is trending

Obama and Obamacare made part-time prime.

But anticipating a more pro-business environment under Trump, it appears some employers are re-emphasizing full time workers.

Kroger among the latest to announce a round of full time hiring, says here.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Democrats and their distractions and disruptions

The political Left is spending untold amounts of cash and political capital now in an attempt to smear Donald Trump, to cast is presidency as illegitimate.

Eighteen months from now, how many Democrats will wish the party and its donors were funding midterm political campaigns with the money now being squandered on mass marches with anarchistic overtones fronted by potty mouth has-been celebs?

Friday, January 20, 2017

Real or spoof

The political left has taken its insanity so far, it's sometimes hard to tell which ones on social media are serious... and which ones are spoofing us.

Today's test case:


Some o' the neighbors

Have had a trail cam about a hundred feet (maybe a little more) out back below the cabin for the past few days.

Here's a look at what wandered by:

A fox

 A deer

A squirrel
Over summer, we had a bear who wandered by with some regularity. So far, the bear's not strolled by to have his picture taken.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Double standard

Black lefties hate it when other black folk visit with Trump.

CNN's Marc Lamont Hill says they're not smart enough to meet with Trump on their own, they should be chaperoned by progressive policy experts.

Hill rips some of those siding with Trump as "mediocre Negroes."

Ever hear a CNN commentator lecture anti-Trump celebs they'd best be chaperoned by policy experts before opening their mouths?

But black celebs aren't smart enough to comment without first checking with experts?

CNN comes off more than a little racist on this one.

Or maybe it's just that today's CNN would rather go viral than be credible.

Promoting hysteria

It seems panicked celeb Democrats continue, even escalate, the promotion of mass hysteria over the pending Trump presidency.

This stuff is just too easy to mock...

John Lewis rehashes an old script

Democrat Congressman John Lewis says he'll boycott Donald Trump's inauguration as president on Friday. Lewis says he doesn't consider Trump a legitimate president.


Other Democrats now say they'll join the boycott after Trump responded with a swipe at Lewis after Lewis threw the first proverbial punch. Of course, many in the anti-Trump progressive media love the stunt.

But it's apparently not the precedent-breaking move some make it out to be. According to Reason.com, quoting from the Washington Post of January 21, 2001, John Lewis along with some members of the Congressional Black Caucus also boycotted the inauguration of George W. Bush.

Turns out, Congressman Lewis didn't care much for John McCain either when McCain ran for president in 2008.

Democrats hail Lewis as a civil rights icon, citing his participation and injury in the 1965 activist march on the bridge in Selma.

But what's Lewis done since? He's been a member of Congress for 30 years, yet has initiated only about 17 bills, most got passed in some form, there may be a couple that didn't. Many of those bills have dealt with stuff like naming courthouses or other government buildings, or supplying financial support for a handful of civil rights museums.

Guys like Lewis love to stir things up with protests, but are they really whipping up any new support for anti-Trump sentiment?

Or are does this present rash of inauguration protests actually do deep damage to America's national fabric?

Piers Morgan, a Brit and a liberal, thinks it does. 

Seen the debt clock recently?

If not, here's one you can take a gander at.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Ka-pow

Watch here as a gun store guy drops a would-be armed robber.

It's one thing to be armed. But it's something else to be armed, proficient, and able to act on less than a moment's notice.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

No longer snow bound

Drove down the mountain today. Looked as if someone put salt down on the steepest part of the narrow, twisty access road, and the drive down was easy.

Would not have done it with a two-wheel drive vehicle.

Drove around a bit, main roads were no problem, but bridges on side roads were paved in ice.

Getting back up the mountain to my cabin was a little tougher than getting down, but not scary using the AWD Subaru. That said, I'm in for the night. Now that the sun's down, some melting snow will refreeze as ice.

I may get out again tomorrow.

I may wait another day.

There are things that need doing that require getting out. But I'd rather do them when temps get back above freezing.

Among the best things about mountain living is how laid back it can be.

A method to Trump's apparent madness

The core of the Democratic Party and its top social justice warrior allies vow obstruction of the upcoming Trump presidency.

But will they be any more successful than the Republicans who thought themselves sure to best Trump in the Republican primaries... or fare any better than the sure-to-win Clinton campaign?

Don Dickinson calls my attention to something called OODA.

And according to Don's assessment, OODA may explain who and why Trump, thus far, has been unstoppable:

Whether he consciously knows it or not, Trump is doing what is called getting inside the enemy's OODA Loop. 
Courtesy: artofmanliness.com

The OODA Loop was first described by COL John Boyd an USAF fighter pilot and military philosopher. If you are not familiar with him and his work, it has extensive coverage on the web. 
Their are more elaborate versions of the loop than the simple one that Boyd first promulgated. The complex versions add nothing and detract in the sense that the whole idea of the OODA Loop is to be so fast that you go around more quickly than your enemy--getting inside his loop--and are taking new actions before your enemy has responded adequately to your actions. 
The problem for the never Trump reps, the dems, and and the left in general is that by seizing Twitter as a response mechanism, Trump's ideas go directly from his mind to the people. This makes it impossible for the enemy to get inside his loop. The enemy is doomed to responding to his initiatives. This is a big deal because the media and the left long ago gained what they thought was permanent control of the national agenda. "Well, President Bush, how long have you been a racist, sexist, Islamaphobe?" Thus trapping their target in responding to their bogus but destructive agenda. Of course, Bush was such an idiot that he did not respond at all which gave his enemies total control of the message.
Under this assessment, even Trump's most seemingly trivial Tweets may play part in keeping adversaries on defensive, forcing them to spend time and resources choosing which to respond to, which to ignore, keeping them forever on the defensive.

Look for Don and I to discuss Trump and his seemingly use of OODA on our Friday, January 13th, webcast.

Welcome to my world. An update

Snowfall stopped early Saturday morning, and Saturday showed to be a sunny snow covered day. Very little melting of the three inch snowfall, temperatures never got above freezing.

The cabin lost power about 11:20 pm Saturday night, but I had a robust fire, so I wasn't going to freeze. I also had battery lanterns at the ready as well.

I also had a Big Buddy propane heater at the ready. I don't like to use portable propane heaters inside, and never would while sleeping. But the cabin's rather drafty, so I probably would have been okay. Used it for a short time to check function, then shut it down and kept it in ready reserve mode.


Happy to say power was restored shortly after 1:20 am Sunday morning. With the fireplace, and that short assist from the Buddy, temperature in the cabin's main room didn't drop below 60. Outdoor temp showed being in the high teens.

Once power came back, I let the fire die out over night. I've love to get another going in the fireplace this morning, but my back porch wood rack is running low. There's plenty more firewood a 40 foot walk away, but with wind chills in single digits, I'll put off resupplying the porch.

I still have firewood at hand that would give me four to six, maybe even eight hours of wood-burning heat. I'll refrain from using it, however, until I resupply, or need it to stay warm in another power outage.

Bacon, biscuits and coffee for breakfast after sleeping in past 9.

Life's good.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Welcome to my world

About three inches of snow. Wind chill in single digits.

I'm just gonna sit tight, keep a fire going, and enjoy.

Friday, January 6, 2017

The accumulation begins

A couple hours ago, I had a choice. Move the car down the mountain, or risk being stuck on the mountain for a few days.

The road is up-and-down is narrow, and steep, and with significant drop off.

I could have parked my car below, walked up the mountain, and been able to walk up and down, and been able drive off on more navigable roads to run errands.  Bunch o' the neighbors did so.

I passed.

I left my car just outside the cabin. And the snow's now falling.

With sub-freezing temps expected to be continuous for the next several days, and snow accumulation forming, I may be locked in place for a while.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Jobs coming back to America. Is American media upset?

American companies have begun returning good paying, middle class, union jobs to America. And media elites do their best to twist it as something bad, trying to spin it as "crony capitalism."

Consider CNN's Poppy Harlow interview with Ford CEO Mark Fields about a Ford change of plans to scrap building a new plant in Mexico, and instead carry out expansion in Michigan:
CNN’s Harlow asked Fields if the announcement today represented a kind of crony capitalism in which Ford makes a deal to keep jobs in the U.S. in exchange for favors from the Trump administration. Fields rejected this saying, “we didn’t cut a deal with the President-elect, we did what’s right for our business…that’s what’s drives us.”
  Kinda crazy, eh?