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.


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.



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


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