Thursday, October 19, 2017

This is disconcerting

Headline from Politico:
George W. Bush slams Trumpism, without mentioning president by name
I'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. 

Morning view

Started my day above the clouds.

Had to stop and document it.


Just too much for some folks...

Snowflakes beware. Shakespeare's afoot.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Monday, October 16, 2017

Congress plays a dangerous game

"A new gun control proposal in Congress that is being pitched as a bipartisan bump stock ban would actually ban all semi-automatic rifles in the United States, according to an analysis of the proposed bill." - Sean Davis, writing at The Federalist


Same and similar key points from another source in video form:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

iPhone hype

Why would I want an iPhone 8 when I probably use half, maybe a quarter, of the capabilities of an iPhone 5?

Monday, October 9, 2017

Columbus Day...

Best to note Columbus Day while we can. Hard to say how much longer it stays with us.

Via Twitter:


Redefining and reconstructing societal values

The media pushes in line with agenda... Via Twitter:

Friday, October 6, 2017

I like my rights

I plan to keep them. 

Unwise to jump to conclusions, she says

NY Times correspondent Rukmini Callimachi says, via Twitter, that ISIS rarely makes false claims of responsibility following terror attacks. Not proof ISIS played a role in Vegas, and she's not convinced ISIS played part, but the reporter thinks it unwise to reject the ISIS claim out of hand.

There's a multi-point thread after her initial tweet:

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Ignorant and damn proud of it

Gimme a break. Seriously?

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

Okay, I'm tired of hearing two broken windows at the Mandalay Bay hotel translates to two shooters.

The guy had a suite, and by most accounts both these window are in the same suite.

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.

Observations post-Vegas

Advocates for gun control frequently point to the UK's gun ban and its alleged success in preventing mass murder. But in terms of mass murder victims in ratio to the overall population, it seems mass killers in the UK have been quite competitive with those in the US in 2017, if not out stripping the US in terms of victim to population ratio, and they haven't needed firearms to do so. Thus far in the UK in 2017, a bomb was used to kill 23 people and injure another 250, while two vehicle/knife attacks took another 14 lives and injured more than 90.

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

It would seem the transformation of San Juan's mayor into a radical Trump and FEMA basher didn't take place until after NY Governor (and presumable 2020 Democrat presidential aspirant) Andrew Cuomo visited the island.

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...

Via Twitter:


Jones Act false narrative

For days, media and left leaning politicians have hounded President Trump for not immediately waiving the Jones Act to help traffic hurricane relief aid into Puerto Rico ports.

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

NFL update...

Via Twitter:

Same ol' same ol'

The New York Times eagerly sugar coated Communism in the 1930s.

And appears to be still at it.

"Just getting started"

"The ruling class and its Democratic Party had been practicing identity politics with increasing intensity for more than a generation. The elections’ outcome convinced them that they needed to engage in it just about exclusively, and in a warlike manner. Possessed of the modern administrative state’s manifold levers of power, they expect to win that war. That is unlikely, if only because its components’ notions of their respective identities’ demands are ever expanding. Hence they preclude imposing any extended peace among themselves, never mind with the rest of America. This impossibility of socio-political peace is the reason why the revolution in which we are living is just getting started." - Angelo Codevilla

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

A good night for the republic

"Moore crushes Strange in Alabama GOP primary."

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

Sure, it's easy for media to target Trump. And media gets indignant when Trump fires back. What's not so clear is the media has games of its own, and some of those games have changed noticeably as it tangles with Trump and a populist uprising.

"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"

The Left is already hammering Trump's "lack of response" to the Puerto Rico hurricane disaster.

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

The Left tries to have it both ways.

Some folks are fed up with that.

Via Twitter:


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Good guy with a gun

Several major media accounts of the Tennessee church shooting story leave out the detail that the already injured church usher retrieved his own firearm from a car before subduing the attacker.

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

It appears NFL has grown into nothing more than another spoiled, elitist club for self indulging celebs. Much of the wealth in the NFL came by way of tax concessions and stadiums funded by government bonds or taxes. Many of the residents who now subsidize the NFL's opulence can no longer even afford to attend its games. And yet these NFL players dare to look down on the people, communities, and nation that made their lives so good.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

I'll caution that DBD Cartoon is frequently NSFW.

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...

Bad enough a person apparently intent on suicide manipulated police into using deadly force, but now the deceased is being turned into a martyr.

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

What's scary about those who want to remove the statues is their real agenda seems to be to rewrite history, and then transform America into something more in line with their sense of mob rule rather than rule of law. Even scarier is that so many people seem willing to just shrug and let it happen.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Battery charger

I'm looking around for a 12 volt automotive type battery charger, and I'm sorely disappointed by most of what I see. I'm looking for something in the 6 to 10 amp charging range. Something that could be used off a simple generator for AC power if need be.

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.

Rethinking politics

Forget the often phony games of Left and Right.

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

Via Reason.com;
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

Power's out

Irma, or at least what was left of it, came through our North Georgia mountains.

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

Say again?

Some media report "undocumented" workers don't have the means to flee Irma... Anyone else see a touch of irony here?

Friday, September 8, 2017

Trump-free zones

"Rahm Emanuel creates ‘Trump-free zone’ for students at Chicago schools"

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

When his people refused to evacuate ahead of the storm, Toonces took the keys to the Dodge and began heading north on his own...


via GIPHY

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Long lines for hurricane supplies

This is madness.

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

An old Lefty sees things piling up fast

James Howard Kunstler runs down what he sees as near-term reasons to be very wary in the present times.

Updated Post-Harvey sit-rep

Nine oil refineries remain shut down, seven are in the process of re-start, four are operating at reduced levels. Colonial Pipeline didn't restart gasoline transport ops out of Houston area on Sunday as initially outlooked, Tuesday is the new target.

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

"We had to get out of there so I called Chick-fil-A, now that sounds kind of funny," J.C. Spencer said in an interview on "Good Morning America" Wednesday. "I ordered two grilled chicken burritos with extra egg and a boat. And can you believe that one of the managers of Chick-fil-A, she sent her husband to pick us up and we are so grateful." - ABC News

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Got gas?

If this Washington Post story from 2008 is accurate, it took about ten days for gasoline shortages to become a problem following that year's two major gulf coast hurricanes.

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

Houston snapshots

Via Twitter:

This guy and his boat  has also received plenty of press and social media face time.

BTW, I've yet to see a hooded Antifa rescue anyone.


One more from Twitter:

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Changing history

The Left goes unhinged over a Trump remark.

Nobody saw it as code when Michelle Obama promised Barack would change America's history and traditions.



The Left is outraged the progressive remake of America seems to be hitting speed bumps, if not an outright firewall.

Here we go again

"Gohmert Calls for Investigation of VA Gov McAuliffe for ‘Facilitating’ Charlottesville Violence"

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.


Saturday, August 19, 2017

Seek Peace Through Violence

How a CNN headline describes Antifa:
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

Stopped by Twitter lately?

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.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Trading constitutional protections for mob rule

Screw rule of law, screw constitutional protections. Marco Rubio sides with vigilantism, and says white supremacists deserve whatever vengance a mob wants to unleash.
"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

"When you spend enough time accusing everyone who doesn’t share your politics or even your race of racism, you make the term meaningless. That’s what the left did over eight years of Obama. By the time the election rolled around, Hillary was defining all Trump voters as racists and sexists. When you spend enough time crying wolf, eventually a real wolf appears. A real wolf showed up in Charlottesville." - Daniel Greenfield

How'd we get here?

"What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again;
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
Over the past century and a half, media's dished out countless cartoons of presidents running over (or about to run over) this or that with a locomotive.

But let Trump retweet a cartoon with a Trump train and a CNN figure?

Media freaks.

Seriously?

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.


The meme of a president running a locomotive toward obstructions or obstructionists is one of the oldest and most used in political cartoonery.

I seriously doubt anybody freaked when Grover Cleveland was shown barreling through legislators with one.

Get beyond the sanitized messaging

Understand how the radical Left portrays itself for internal consumption.

source

source 

Plenty more out there too. Most on this list seem legit.

Don't let the facts get in the way of story

The CNN story may predate the victim's mother's statement. But still, who vetted the guest, and why does CNN still have the story up on its website without correction or update (I checked).

Via Twitter:


Thoughts in the later hours of a Monday evening

I wish I had the school books my mom and uncles had in the 1930s. I read them as a teen spending summers on my grandma's farm in rural Kentucky.

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

Saw this. Grabbed it. Apparently the author is a Brit writer.


Capital of Resistance

Charlottesville's mayor wanted his city to be recognized as a "Capital of Resistance" to the Trump presidency. 

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:

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Observations

Katie's a Brit columnist.


Coup by Christmas?

Things are plenty nutty this weekend.

Seems the Washington Post blames Trump for White Supremacists in Charlottesville this weekend.


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.

Germany, 1932.

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.
3 killed, many hurt in Nazi-Communist clashes
July 04, 1932 
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.

Kaine the hypocrite

Damn if this isn't the same Sen. Kaine who previously cheered and promoted the idea of Democrats "fighting in the streets."

 

Trump best watch his back

More strange ramblings on CNN. This time it's a warning. The deep state wants Trump dead. 

Via The Hill
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

Via Twitter:


Friday, August 11, 2017

Nuclear attack preps messaging then and now

One one hand, today's MSM seems to want to tell us a North Korean nuclear attack won't happen.

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

Guys like Kristol are as much a threat to the nation as the far left. They see DC as the domain of an exclusive inner circle.

While still calling himself a conservative, Kristol goes running to the NY Times to tout plans to thwart chances of a Trump second term.

Gunfight at the DC Corral

DBD is sometimes NSFW, but this particular one leans to some clean shootin' showdown.

What happens to you if government chokes?

Time may be fast approaching when basic skills may be necessary to navigate through extraordinary times.

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.

More signs of soft coup antics

Increasingly, DC seems to embrace the idea elections don't count, it's bureaucracy that matters. 

Understand the nature of the establishment beast

"On the home front, Russia paranoia is at the center of Robert Mueller’s intensifying probe of Trump and his political associates as he calls a federal grand jury to hear testimony — which implies that he some lined up. This opens up all kinds of opportunities for prosecutorial mischief, for instance going after every business transaction Trump made as a private citizen before he ran for president, and coercing Trump intimates into immunization deals in exchange for testimony, real or cooked-up, to enable the establishment’s ultimate goal of shoving Trump out." - James Howard Kunstler, who is in no way a Trump fan.

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



Uncharted waters

If the political establishment indeed goes to the extreme of using tortured legal trappings as pretext to undo a constitutional election, there indeed will be hell to pay. Congress and others in DC would have done well to pay heed to the message voters sent last November, but DC seems so entrenched in its oligarchy and arrogance, it seems to be searching for off-the-scale ways to ignite full rebellion across the nation.


"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

Number of retail stores closing this year tops 6,300, according to Business Insider. 

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

The Associated Press is trying to pull my leg with this one:
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.

Classic coffee

Some coffee still comes in steel cans.

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

Proctor and Gamble sure has a strange way of trying to position its corporate image and products. 

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:

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

Mushrooms as seen on my mountain walks. Or would these be toadstools?



Trump's Scout speech

The political Left tried attacking the president for portions of his address to the Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia.

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

Russian sanctions

The House of Representatives this week overwhelmingly passed a Russia sanctions bill this week.

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

"The National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation violated specific civil liberty protections during the Obama years by improperly searching and disseminating raw intelligence on Americans or failing to promptly delete unauthorized intercepts, according to newly declassified memos that provide some of the richest detail to date on the spy agencies’ ability to obey their own rules." - as reported at TheHill.com 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Trying to spin obvious insanity

I can't read the Washington Post, it's stories are now secured behind a subscription firewall.

But a Post headline makes me chuckle.
Republicans Are In Full Control of Government - But Losing Control of Their Party
Does 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.

They needed a study to see this?

It appears some progressives have begun waking up to the notion that calling opponents "racist" only entrenches opposition. 

Retail's twisted calendar

Home Depot has what's left of its patio and outdoor furniture on close-out. And the one near me doesn't have much left. And it's not just Home Depot that's dumping or already dumped summer product lines.

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...

There are apparently Democrats pushing the idea of a Maxine Waters bid for the presidency.

Seriously.

Slate.com is among those floating an apparent trial balloon.

And there's this - this weekend in New Hampshire:

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

Via Twitter:

Thought worth contemplating

"The happiest people don’t have the best of everything, they just make the best of everything." - author unknown

Friday, July 14, 2017

More buzz, but too many holes

NBC News claims to have yet another blockbuster story relating to Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with the Russian lawyer. NBC breathlessly reports a former Soviet  counter-intelligence officer was in on the meeting.

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

Stuck on stupid

Nancy Pelosi again refers to the sitting president as "President Bush." She even pauses before she makes the blunder as if she's double checking herself.


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

Is "protest" an accurate description

Media reports the G20 conference in Hamburg, Germany was targeted with protests.

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

Understanding MSM mindset

"Media companies, and the journalists they employ, have one overriding responsibility: to catch the big story. But when it came to Trump being elected president, they missed the story. And, oddly enough, instead of this error making them more humble, it’s only made some of them more arrogant and less willing to admit they were wrong. They’ve chosen instead to try to destroy the Trump presidency and thus erase any evidence of their mistake. And in their exuberance, some of them are being sloppy and cutting corners." - Ruben Navarrette

Giving in to Islam

In Sweden, another sign Islam is winning.

Islam favors segregation by sexes. 


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Max speaks

SNL had an exceptional skit last March, though I didn't see it for the first time until today.

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).


From bad to worse for CNN

CNN keeps stepping in it, adding fuel to a fire, failing to think outside the bubble.

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


Progressive Chicago holiday tally

Sixty people shot, eight of them dead (as of Tuesday afternoon, final count may be higher) over the July 4th holiday weekend, despite weeks of police effort intended to make the weekend a less violent one.

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

Trump upset the media again this weekend

So what?

"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

The FBI arms another criminal in Chicago

Four guns reportedly go missing after a sloppy and stupid FBI agent leaves his Bureau vehicle running at a gas station.

 Three pistols and an M-4 were inside, says Second City Cop.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The irony of Trump's latest shock tweet

CNN plays the role of being shocked by President Donald Trump's wrestling video tweet.



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.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

The Anger Games

"Good anger gets you a gig as a CNN commentator. Bad anger gets you hounded out of your job. Good anger isn’t described as anger at all. Instead it’s linguistically whitewashed as “passionate” or “courageous”. Bad anger however is “worrying” or “dangerous”. Angry left-wing protesters “call out”, angry right-wing protesters “threaten”. Good anger is left-wing. Bad anger is right-wing." - Daniel Greenfield, writing at Sultan Knish

Double standard journalists now seem a bit paranoid

It seems journalists now fret that they may become targets of violence. Of course, they're already assessing blame if it happens.

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?

2nd Battle of Gettysburg may be taking shape

It would seem lines are forming once again at the historic Civil War battlefield site:
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

More hard hitting CNN political reporting...

Obama wore blue jeans on vacation.

Yup.

Full analysis on the ex-president's denim here, on the CNN Political page.

Self-inflicted wounds

"In the sixth month of Donald Trump’s presidency, we are witnessing an unprecedented meltdown of much of the media. Standards have been tossed overboard in a frenzy to bring down the president." - Michael Goodwin at the NY Post

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

The end may be near

From Wikipedia 
"Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall." - Proverbs 16:18

When bureaucrats assure you something can't happen, what they say can't happen may be just around the corner.
Yellen: Banks 'very much stronger'; another financial crisis not likely 'in our lifetime'
I put Yellen's sentiments right up there with "God himself could not sink this ship."

More busted than trusted

Not been a good week or two for CNN.

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

Those bastards at the Fed

The Fed worked overtime to make Obama's economic disasters look like success.

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.

The lunacy of Democrats

Via Twitter:


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:
Black Unemployment At Lowest Level in 17 Years

Friday, June 23, 2017

Who said what, and when...

Did Grassley's comments make the cable news channels?


If not, why not?

BTW, I've yet to see anyone dispute the accuracy of Grassley's comments.

Sketchy goings on

From: TV Newser
I dunno.

Almost brings on a certain nostalgia for an era when TV news reporting didn't rely so much on cheap on-camera "gotcha" gimmicks.
CNN Sent a Sketch Artist to Today's White House Briefing

Haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate...

It would appear last week's attempt at assassinating Republicans have not deterred additional talk of political violence. It would appear there are those on the left clamoring for more such things.

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

Gotta love the hastag here

Via Twitter:

Gun control failed again

It would appear some of the toughest gun control laws on the books, laws more stringent than Democrats profess to want on a national basis, failed to deter last week's would-be assassin targeting Republican members of Congress. 

Black hoodies are the new brown shirts

Strikes me, it's the self-labeled anti-fascists who have embraced the fascist model and tactics.

And violence is a big part of their game.

Dems still don't get it

Why is it so many Democrats can't accept their candidate lost. Why do so many Democrats insist on vilifying and attacking anyone who doesn't embrace their so-called progressive doctrine?



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.

Go figure.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Easy target

Anybody still running Windows 7? 

If you are, you may rethink it after reading about the major hack at Hollywood's Larson Studios.

Via Variety:
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

Duck and cover

It would appear the Young Democratic Socialists group at the University of Georgia have chosen to reorganize outside to the university framework, according to campus media. The move appears to follow the group coming under scrutiny by the university.

Something to think about

"A military that gives us Reality Winner and Chelsea Manning may not be as trustworthy as we think" - Joe Rosen, in a reader comment at Gates of Vienna

Friday, June 9, 2017

Shattered

"James Comey’s reputation is shattered, and all by his own doing. And there is a certain sweetness in knowing that the man Comey hated, despised, and considered his moral and intellectual inferior, is the one who broke him." - Kurt Schlichter, at Townhall

Comey fizzles. Apparently not what MSM expected

Former FBI Director James Comey outed himself as a leaker, labeled himself a coward in testimony before a Senate Intelligence Committee Thursday.  A guy like that had no business being left in charge of the FBI. To his credit, Comey did debunk a big chunk of the MSM's anti-Trump reporting. But the reality of Thursday's  testimony will likely do little to stem the TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) affecting many in DC.

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

Think Different

Consider the Trump presidency in light of an old Apple ad campaign.

It's the forces of political status quo that keep insisting Trump's the crazy one.

London jihadist was once an EU darling

Breitbart picks up on a report in Swedish media:

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 seldom sort laundry by color, but my wife does.

Found this in the lint trap today.

Layer of red and a layer of white topped by a layer of blue.
Or was it the other way around?

Reality Bites

It appears the recently indicted NSA contract worker accused of leaking a secret doc was a Bernie Sanders supporter. It's also reported she claimed to have a 30 minute private meeting with U.S. Sen. David Perdue earlier this year. 

I'm still curious about her name. Reality Winner. Was this given at birth, or something she adopted for herself somewhere later in life?

"Shoot them yourselves"

The Czech Republican advocates an armed citizenry to counter Europe's growing problem with Islamic terrorists.

EU officialdom, however, abhors the idea of citizens having guns within reach to defend themselves.

From the Washington Post earlier this year.