Saturday, June 24, 2017

Orca find easier way to get lunch

By Tyler Cowen

The orcas will wait all day for a fisher to accumulate a catch of halibut, and then deftly rob them blind. They will relentlessly stalk individual fishing boats, sometimes forcing them back into port.

Most chilling of all, this is new: After decades of relatively peaceful coexistence with cod and halibut fishers off the coast of Alaska, the region’s orcas appear to be turning on them in greater numbers.

“We’ve been chased out of the Bering Sea,” said Paul Clampitt, Washington State-based co-owner of the F/V Augustine.

Like many boats, the Augustine has tried electronic noisemakers to ward off the animals, but the orcas simply got used to them.

“It became a dinner bell,” said Clampitt.

John McHenry, owner of the F/V Seymour, described orca pods near Alaska’s Aleutian Islands as being like a “motorcycle gang.”

“You’d see two of them show up, and that’s the end of the trip. Pretty soon all 40 of them would be around you,” he said.

A report this week in the Alaska Dispatch News outlined instances of aggressive orcas harassing boats relentlessly — even refusing to leave after a desperate skipper cut the engine and drifted silently for 18 hours.

These are not Coasean orcas, or are they? And sperm whales are now in on the act:

Fishing lines are also being pillaged by sperm whales, the large square-headed whale best known as the white whale in Moby Dick.

“Since 1997, reports of depredation have increased dramatically,” noted a report by the Southeast Alaska Sperm Whale Avoidance Project.

A remarkable 2006 video by the Avoidance Project captured one of the 50,000 kg whales delicately shaking fish loose from a line. After a particularly heavy assault by sperm whales, fishers are known to pull up lines in which up to 90 per cent of the catch has disappeared or been mangled.

Link at maggiesfarm.

Unemployed yoots in France

Le quartier musulman ne souhaite pas de police.

An appropriate comment: “Are there any French speaking small town sheriffs from Louisiana the French could hire? Just give them a .45 and a bucket of ammo.”

Link at maggiesfarm.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Don’t mess with the Chinese take-away driver

In Jacksonville, Florida:

The victim, a delivery driver for Hot Wok on 103rd Street, said he was delivering an order on West Arancio Drive at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when two men answered the door with a gun.

He said two men in their early 20s pointed a green laser at his face. The laser was coming from the bottom of a barrel on a black semi-automatic pistol, he told police.

The driver said the men told him to come inside several times.

He tried to turn around and leave and was approached by a third man with a gun, he told officers.

The driver told police he threw the food at the third man, backed away and grabbed a gun from a holster on his waist.

The driver fired four or five shots at the suspects and yelled for neighbors to call 911, according to police.

He held one suspect at gunpoint until police arrived, officer said.

Officers said a short time later, a man reported he had been shot at a different location.

He was arrested in connection with the attempted robbery. Officers are still seeking a third suspect.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Human Rights Watch can’t see who is at fault?

Bloggers in Vietnam beaten, kidnapped.

“’The Vietnamese government needs to make it clear that it will not tolerate this kind of behavior and bring to an end this campaign against rights campaigners.’”

Must be non-government gangs and individuals doing the beatings.

Link at maggiesfarm.

We don’t need no stinkin’ science! We’re the EU!

“’The EU's highest court said that if the development of a disease is timely to the person's receiving a vaccine, if the person was previously health [sic] with a lack of history of the disease in their family and if a significant number of disease cases are reported among people receiving a certain vaccine, this may serve as enough proof.’”

“In other words, if A precedes B, then the EU believes that we can safely conclude that A caused B.”

The olde country certainly is not worth copying. “It’s important to understand that, contrary to widespread American belief, Europe is not some sort of technologically advanced, 21st Century paradise. In reality, it’s an economically stagnant continent held back by a culture of complacency and uncompetitiveness.”

Link at maggiesfarm.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

So this car ... You'll have to read it to believe it

And there's no guarantee of belief even then.

In Chico, Calif., a car strayed from its lane and hit the curb, then left the roadway altogether and collided with a power pole and a metal fence. “The vehicle then drove through a private lot where it collided with multiple camper shells.” (The “vehicle drove?” Was it self-driving? No.)

All that should have been enough, but, no. The Muse of Bad Driving had more in store for the driver, Haley Davis, 25.

After leaving carcasses of camper shells in its wake, the car came to rest partially on railroad tracks. The car then caught fire.

That’s right – The car started burning. And Davis was not able to get out before a Union Pacific train came along and hit her car. She was ejected.

A cynic might say, “Beer, whiskey or drugs?” Police have not ruled out any of those.

And – “The cause of the crash is still under investigation.”

Ms. Davis is at a hospital.

Link at

The bureaucratic war against country people

You don’t have a street address, you are not legal, you do not exist. Birth certificate? Don’t show me no birth certificate.

“I was in town recently, trying for the fifth time to renew my driver’s license. Rejected, again. On the first attempt, I learned that NM has decided to up the ante for regular folks, and you can no longer go into the NM MVD office and get a driver’s license based on the fact that you simply needed to renew the old one. New Mexico was one of the states, in a frenzy of political correctness and deference to illegal aliens, that passed a new law to give driver’s licenses to people they knew were in the state illegally.”

Link at

No motel, no vacancy

There is no Bates Motel in Bates, Arkansas, but the town does have an abandoned school, a two-story brick building built in 1905 and abandoned in 1965. This site has about 120 pictures:

Wikipedia sums up Bates in only a few words: “Bates is an unincorporated community in Scott County, Arkansas, United States. It is the location or nearest community of Bates School, at 1074 Bates School Rd., which is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.”

Arkansas Hometown Locater terms Bates “a minor civil division of Scott County.”

Trip Advisor lists “10 best motels near Bates.” The closest motels are almost 20 miles away, in Poteau, Oklahoma.

Hometown USA lists a link to census data, but the link is a 404 error.

Roadside Thoughts has this: “As far as we can tell, Bates has not been included in past Census counts, so there is no population information for this community.”

Here is a link to a satellite image of Bates:,-94.3890731,621m/data=!3m1!1e3

Granted, there are only a few houses, most north of Arkansas Highway 28. The Poteau River meanders where it will, south of town. The Poteau starts in Scott County and flows into Oklahoma until entering the Arkansas River near Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Monday, June 19, 2017

An internet … something

From somebody called Alexander McQueen: “I like things to be modern and still have a bit of tradition.”

Oh. Well, I like things to be steaky and still have a taste of broccoli.

I like things to be Western and still have a bit of Asian.

I like things to be Muslimy and still have a bit if sanity.

Here in the outlands, McQueen is an unknown, so I had to go to the interweb.

Given McQueen’s philosophy and lifestyle, one should not be surprised that he killed himself at age 40, slashed his wrists with a ceremonial dagger and a meat cleaver and then hanged himself with his favorite brown belt, after taking cocaine, tranquilizers and sleeping pills. No, from a man who realized his sexual orientation when he was six years old* and who married another man and then broke up after a year … Depravity personified.

*Who knows what sexual orientation is at 6?

It is to laugh.

Paragraph Five from Wikipedia article on McQueen.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Driverless cars and cyclists … Oops

Cyclists “don’t respect any rules usually.”

Link at

Well, it looked like an email from her boss

“At a medical office on the 6000 block of Peachtree Dunwoody Road in Sandy Springs June 7, an employee said she received an email from who she assumed was the doctor she communicates with daily. The writing and context led her to believe the email was, in fact, from that doctor. The email requested funds to handle a past-due account in the amount of $18,055. The money was later wired to a Bank of America account in Chicago. She then found the email was fraudulent.”

Link at

1,206 new border police take oath in Budapest’s Heroes Square

PM Viktor Orban says Hungary “has been the first country to prove that ‘migration, so far believed to be uncontrollable, can be controlled, stopped, and reversed.’”

“Making decisions concerning the future of Hungary must be up to Hungarians, Orbán said.”

Black/white, white/black

Keo, Arkansas is in Lonoke County. Keo is about 80 percent black, while Lonoke County is 91 percent white.

That kind of demographic difference is not all that unusual in Arkansas. For six years, my mailing address was Hensley, Arkansas. Hensley’s racial makeup is around 65-35 black. Just up the road from Hensley is Woodson, roughly 75-25 black. A few miles south of Hensley is Redfield, about 92 percent white and 5 percent black.

What the numbers show is where farm workers lived and where farm owners lived. In other words, blacks who picked the cotton lived on or near the fields where cotton grew.

In 2000, Keo’s population was 235. The highest population was 325 in 1920. The smallest population was 154 in 1990. For a black-majority small town in Arkansas, Keo does not have a high percentage of people living in poverty – 10 percent of families and 7 percent of those 65 and older. The median family income was $43,333 in 2000. More surprising, women have a higher median income than do men -- $26,000 vs. $24,000. Official government figures do not offer a reason why.

Wikipedia says: “Keo has become particularly notable in recent years for its marketing of antiques, with the largest dealer — Morris Antiques — operating a 10-building complex including space for item sales and antique restoration. As in much of the surrounding region, agriculture is the other driving economic force in the area around Keo, primarily in the raising of catfish and cultivation of cotton and pecans.”,_Arkansas

In a satellite image, pecan plantations and catfish ponds are quite visible.,-92.0061455,4850m/data=!3m1!1e3

The town’s web site says Keo is “Key to the good life” and mentions it as “one of the few well-preserved cotton plantation towns in existence today. We are located on U.S. Highway 165, 23 miles south of North Little Rock, Arkansas.”

The Toltec Archaeological Mounds are nearby as is a plantation museum.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

70 million people, or maybe 75 million

A few years back the Occupy Wall Street movement took a lot of news attention, with marches and camp pitching in parks and leaving trash all over the landscape.

The purpose of the march was to give unemployed college students … Excuse me. The purpose of the march was to show income inequality and how rich Americans were ruining the planet because they were rich and spending their money on things other than what the unemployed college students decided were the right things to spend money on.

The talk then was of the 1 percenters, those people who (reportedly and allegedly) control of have in their pockets 97 percent of the world’s wealth. The unemployed college students never differentiated between “wealth” and “money,” but they were Progressives, who don’t have to define anything, but simply throw out words and phrases, making the world a better place.

So. One percent of the people control 97 percent of the world’s wealth. Oh, the horror! Especially since all those obscenely rich people have offices on Wall Street in New York City and are American.

So what is 1 percent, other than 1 of 100? Glad you asked.

The Population of Earth right now is somewhere between 7 billion and 7.5 billion.

1 percent of that equals 70 million to 75 million.

So, 70 million or 75 million people control 97 percent of the world’s wealth. That doesn’t seem as bad as 1 percent, does it?

Still, though, the obscenely wealthy are American, right?

Here are the wealthiest people in the world as of December 2016:

Steve Ballmer – US.
Jorge Paulo Lemann – Brazil.
Li-Ka Shing – Hong Kong.
Sheldon Adelson – US.
John Mars – US.
Jacqueline Mars – US.
Wang Jianlin – China.
Jack Ma – China.
Lillian Bettencourt – France.
Alice Walton – US.
Jim Walton – US.
Rob Walton – US.
Bernard Arnault – France.
Sergey Brin – Russia/US.
Larry Page – US.
Ingvar Kamprad – Sweden.
Larry Ellison – US.
Carlos Slim – Mexico.
Mark Zuckerberg – US.
David Koch – US.
Charles Koch – US.
Jeff Bezos – US.
Amancio Ortega – Spain.
Warren Buffett – US.
Bill Gates – US.

Pearcy, Arkansas

Pearcy is in Garland County, in the west-central part of the state. The ZIP Code is 71964.

Here are a few facts about the ZIP Code:

Population: 3,926. Housing units: 1,621, of which 1,469 are occupied. There are 1,978 men and 1,948 women. Colorwise, 96.1 percent of the population is white. Sixty-three percent of families are husband-wife households. A plurality of houses were built in the 1970s and 1980s. Thirty-two percent of the population works full time; 21 percent works part time; and 47 percent report no earnings. Of reporting households, 571 earn less than $25,000 a year.

U.S. Highway 70 runs through Percy. The Ouachita River is a few miles northeast. The town sits in an area between folded mountains typical of that part of Arkansas. A few miles to the southwest is a horse track.

Here is a link to a satellite image:,-93.3083578,3149m/data=!3m1!1e3

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Cultural appropriation

“A group of Native American and indigenous activists are lobbying the United Nations to outlaw ‘cultural appropriation’ across the globe.”

All right, do it. Make cultural appropriation illegal. But from the time the ban is legalized, I do not want to see:

People who are of non-European ancestry driving a car or truck, flying in an airplane or helicopter, using a motorboat of any kind, eating English peas, drinking French wine or German beer, eating Hungarian goulash, riding a bicycle, using a computer for any reason, talking on a telephone or cell phone, eating Canadian bacon, eating a hamburger or French fries, anywhere near Southern fried chicken, etc. and etc.

Monday, June 12, 2017

One returned microwave too many

Not long after the Walmart Super Center opened in Sulphur Springs, Texas, my wife and I were at the Customer Disservice department to return something that stopped working. In front of us in the long line, a man put a boxed microwave oven on the counter. He said he wanted his money back, somewhere around $100, because the thing did not work. The Associate asked the man's name and entered the information into her register. She then informed the man the store would not take back the microwave, because it was his fifth return that week at five different stores. The man said nothing, only picked up the box and walked away. I guess thieves develop a positive attitude about their vocation -- Somebody going to catch you sometime.

White Rock, Texas: If you don’t intend to go there, you probably won’t

White Rock is not a place you wind up in by accident.

White Rock is in Red River County, eight miles northeast of Clarksville, says the Handbook of Texas Online. It seems farther.

“WHITE ROCK, TEXAS (Red River County). White Rock, at the junction of Farm roads 1158 and 1699, eight miles northeast of Clarksville in northern Red River County, was settled as early as 1823, when John Stiles crossed the Red River to settle at a spot identified by a white rock. The population was twenty-five in 1910. From 1940 through 1986 the estimated population was reported as forty. In 1990 it was eighty-five. The population remained the same in 2000.”

I’m not buying that part about “identified by a white rock.” The Red River is a few miles away, and just because somebody stepped ashore near a white rock does not mean he is anywhere near the community. I’ve been to White Rock, and I think the settlement got its name from the fact that the land just below the grass is chalky white stone. An acquaintance told me there was a stream bed with high banks nearby, containing figures eroded by water and wind. I never did get to see the figures.

John Stiles settled the area, although the Handbook entry says “Red Rock.” Probably what happened was, the writer was thinking “Red River” and wrote in the wrong word.

“STILES, JOHN (1797–1854). John Stiles (Styles), pioneer Red River County settler, was born in Barren County, Kentucky, in March 1797, the son of William Stiles. Around 1818 he moved with his father to Doaksville, Indian Territory, in the Red River valley. In 1823 he crossed the river and settled near the site of present Red Rock in Red River County, Texas. When David Crockett entered Texas he reportedly stayed overnight "with his old friend." In 1836 Stiles joined Capt. William Becknell's company, which arrived at the San Jacinto battlefield a day after the defeat of the Mexican forces. According to tradition, Stiles and others from Becknell's company were assigned by Sam Houston to guard Antonio López de Santa Anna because they would be, in Houston's words, "a less prejudiced group of men than the participants in the battle." Stiles was married to Kentucky native Sarah K. Reed; they had twenty-three children, twelve of whom reached maturity. He died in Red River County in August 1854.”

White Rock Cemetery contains graves of people who lived in the area back when Texas was a country. Several tombstones contain markers identifying the dead as Citizen of the Republic of Texas.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Postal Code 71703

Zamozhne, Ukraine. Population – 678.

Zamozhne is on highway T0229, in the western part of the Vinnytsia Oblast. The oblast was created in 1932, from eight Ukraine districts. “During the World War II the territory of oblast was split between General District Shitomir (Reichskommissariat Ukraine) and Transnistria Governorate (Kingdom of Romania). In October 1941, a camp was established by the Romanians on the Vapniarka site where many Jews were detained in very bad conditions.” The Wikipedia entry does not define “very bad conditions.”

“As of 1 January 1997 in the oblast there were functioning 749 collective agricultural enterprises, 56 state farms of all systems, 25 inter farm agricultural enterprises, and 818 private (peasant's) farms.

“Agricultural enterprises of all forms of ownership are primarily specialized in growing of cereal crops and sugar beets, the animal husbandry, meat and milk production. In the overall structure of sown areas, winter wheat crops occupy 18%, barley 14% and sugar beets 10%.

“In 1996 the oblast produced 7% of grain, 14.3% of sugar beets, 7.5% of fruits and berries, 6.1% of meat in live weight, 5.4% of milk and 4.0% of eggs of their total production in Ukraine.”

Not bad total production figures.

Here is a satellite image of Zamozhne:,27.7228193,994m/data=!3m1!1e3

As with many other aerial images of Ukraine and Russia, the pictures are blurred. Hiding what, one wonders.

Kherson Oblast, north of the Crimea, also has a Zamozhne village. Ukraine soldiers have come under mortar attack near the southern village.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Yeah, and Hitler loved dogs

The mother of a woman accused of stealing classified documents says her daughter cannot be guilty, because “She loves children. She loves animals.”

Billie Davis-Winner said her accused daughter, Reality Winner, was “terrified” when she was approached by federal agents at her Augusta, Ga., home on Saturday.

Said the mother: She was scared “they were going to make her disappear.”

Link at

Why would someone name her daughter “Reality”? Here’s a guess on Ms. Winner’s upbringing: She was not raised in recognizing reality; and, she was not raised anywhere near the concept that actions have consequences.

As for the above headline, there are many pictures of Adolph Hitler, murderer of millions, playing with his dogs. Here is a link to one:

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Feds can't say what 'Indian' is

EEOC: “NATIVE AMERICAN OR ALASKAN NATIVE: Any person having origins in any of the original peoples of North America, and who maintains cultural identification through tribal affiliation or community recognition.”

Bureau of Indian Affairs: “The BIA generally defines an ‘Indian,’ who is eligible for BIA services, as an individual who is a ‘member’ of an Indian tribe, band, or community that is ‘recognized’ by the federal government; who lives on ‘or near’ a reservation; and who is of 1/4 or more Indian ancestry.”

Department of Justice: “As a general principle, an Indian is a person who is of some degree Indian blood and is recognized as an Indian by a Tribe and/or the United States. No single federal or tribal criterion establishes a person's identity as an Indian. Government agencies use differing criteria to determine eligibility for programs and services. Tribes also have varying eligibility criteria for membership.

“It is important to distinguish between the ethnological term ‘Indian’ and the political/legal term ‘Indian.’ The protections and services provided by the United States for tribal members flow not from an individual's status as an American Indian in an ethnological sense, but because the person is a member of a Tribe recognized by the United States and with which the United States has a special trust relationship.

(Well, I guess feds can say what an Indian is, since there are several definitions.)

Sears website sells ‘Free Palestine’ T-shirts

Some people just don’t get it. Or are completely stupid.

“The clothing is being offered for sale by a Germany company, Spreadshirt, and includes tank tops, T-shirts and hoodies featuring a variety of pro-Palestinian messages. The garments are being sold through Sears Marketplace, which offers a platform for third-party sellers to offer their wares through websites managed by Sears.

“Another company, US-based City Shirts from Bloomington, Minnesota, offers ‘Free Palestine’ T-shirts that feature a map of the West Bank and Israel as one territory, a representation that is usually taken to mean a denial of Israel’s right to exist.”

In what reads like an automated chat, a Sears representative said the ads would be removed “within a few hours.”

Monday, June 5, 2017

Awful, just awful

Saudi Arabia shuts down all connection with Qatar, and the decision is Trump’s fault. So say the self-determined intelligent, anyway.

"'You have a shift in the balance of power in the Gulf now because of the new presidency: Trump is strongly opposed to political Islam and Iran,' said Jean-Marc Rickli, head of global risk and resilience at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy.

"'He is totally aligned with Abu Dhabi and Riyadh, who also want no compromise with either Iran or the political Islam promoted by the Muslim Brotherhood.'"

Isn’t it just awful that President Trump opposes political Islam, Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood? Just awful.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Muslim 'martyrs' don’t get 72 virgins

A terrorist who, in the name of his religion, gets killed while killing innocent people gets to burn in Hell for all eternity.

His religion is false, his god is not real, his ideas are insane. He is a murderer.

“A better approach for the media, if they want to be helpful, might involve inviting a continuous line of Muslim scholars and critics to talk about how these ‘gullible losers’ were duped by ISIS to kill themselves and spend eternity in Hell. And we need lots of visual and other persuasion about Hell. I want Photoshopped images of the terrorists burning for eternity. I want descriptions of the smells, tastes, and sounds they are experiencing, so the next ‘lone wolf’ has something to contrast with the 72 virgin story. Let’s put some doubt into that mix. Fear is a good persuader.”

If something can go wrong ...

Five minutes after Dorg invented the wheel, one of his friends said, “Hey, watch this,” and crashed into a tree.

Just after 5:00, some dude doing wheelies on a four-wheeler does a head-on with a car.

Melville, Louisiana -- catfish love the place

Melville had its highest-ever population 47 years ago – 1,987. The 2010 census reported 1,041 residents.

Melville is 52.47 percent white; 45.78 percent African-American; 0.87 percent Asian; and 0.87 percent from two or more races. (What are the chances two demographics will be the same?)

Per capita income is $8,881. About 35.6 percent of families and 40.1 percent of total population lives below the poverty line, including 42.7 percent of those under 18, and 37.7 percent of those 65 and older.

“In 2010, Melville had the 12th-lowest median household income of all places in the United States with a population over 1,000.”,_Louisiana

The “Welcome to Melville” sign says the town is the “Catfish Capital of Louisiana.” No reference, nor how the designation was determined.

(NOTE: Back when I covered Clarksville, Texas, and Red River County for the Paris, Texas, newspaper, one Clarksville City Council meeting stands out, when the council proclaimed Red River County as “Wild Turkey Capital of Texas.” The mayor explained that the city attorney said the proclamation was OK, since no other place in Texas had made the claim. Maybe it was the same with the “Catfish Capital of Louisiana.”)

The Atchafalaya River is Melville’s east border. The rest of the town is behind a levee. Satellite image here:,-91.737938,5212m/data=!3m1!1e3

Just about every place in Louisiana capitalizes on Cajun-ism these days, even though there was a time non-Cajuns looked only down at their swamp-dwelling, alligator-catching brethren.

The St. Landry Parish web site is no different, as noted by the “” tag.

“There’s good reason that the town of Melville celebrates the catfish festival every October. Much of the town’s history and commerce are tied to the Atchafalaya River. Historically, the town made its fortune in river commerce and then as a crossing point for the railroad.

“Documents also indicate that Melville had several fish docks and ice houses. By the turn of the century, 50 barrels of fish were being shipped from Melville each day. Remnants and photos of those early days can be found at the town’s grocery and hardware store, Cannatella's, which has been in business for 90 plus years serving authentic Italian sausage and Muffulettas.”

Saturday, June 3, 2017

I don’t know art, but I do know how to spend tax money

Madison, Wisc., proposal to require “art” receiving 1 percent of any project of $5 million or more: "Through the proper presentation of public art, places become destinations and enhance the visitor's understanding of the unique space and community they occupy.’ Funding public art would ‘promote cultural heritage and understanding, enhance the environment, contribute to economic development and increase civic involvement.’"

The City of Fort Worth, Texas, government mandates 2 percent.

Raleigh, N.C.’s 1 percent-for-art "provides public places with civic distinction, as well as fostering meaningful connections between people and place." “…Raleigh threw $20,000 at a giant metal acorn, which the city drops Time Square–style to ring in the new year.”

Oregon’s state program “enhances the ‘quality of life for all Oregonians through the arts by stimulating creativity, leadership and economic vitality.’ For example, it spent $600,000 on art for a jail that never opened.”

$600,000. Let’s see – Filling a pothole costs maybe $50, so … But they’re funding art, not math.

Story at

Who decides which “art” will get the tax money – Melinda Taxpayer, or a committee of people intelligent about art and stuff?

Link at maggiesfarm.

It's true somewhere

A tweet: “I feel bad for teachers because I distinctly remember my mom bursting into tears once when she was grading papers and she was just mumbling ‘they’re so goddamn stupid’ over and over.”

Personal experience: My wife was helping me grade tests from a college freshman class. She said, “This is disgusting. They’re not trying.” She suggested: “I would have all the A students sit at the front and tell the others to move their desks to the back of the room and keep their mouths shut.”

Just so you know I'm not making up the tweet.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Menlow, Texas – population 10

Menlow shares Zip Code 76621 with Abbott. Both are in Hill County. Hillsboro is the county seat. In 2010, Hill County population was 35,089. Abbot’s population that year was 356.

Here is a link to a satellite image of Menlow:,-97.1553926,2167m/data=!3m1!1e3

Lots of land. In some places there are snake-like windings of terrain plowing. That came in during the 1930s and was a way farmers could keep top soil from blowing away in Texas winds or being washed away during heavy rain.

says: “Founded in the 1890s by settlers from the ‘deep.’” southern states and Europe, the name comes from a park in the Carolinas. The town was granted a post office in 1895, although it closed just 8 years later.

“The town consisted of fifty hale and hearty souls by the mid 1890s, among these Menlowites, there was a doctor and a blacksmith.

“The town peaked in the early 1900s with a population of 100. Cotton was the dominant crop for the region and since Menlow had a gin; it swelled in importance as a shipping center.

“Early settler Joe Steele, donated land for a school and a (Methodist) church. A school (the Treadwell School) was organized in 1920, but it was forced to merge with Abbott schools about 1940. During the Great Depression (and aftermath) the population had declined to a mere 25. The siren call of defense plants in Fort Worth and other towns sapped the strength of Menlow, and there were only 10 people left by the early 1970s.

“Ten remains the given population of Menlow for the 2000 census.”

Abbott, the metropolis east of Menlow, is mostly known as the place where Willie Nelson was born. The 356 count in 2010 is 56 more than in 2000. A pretty good increase. The town’s largest population was 375, in 1970.

The demographic breakdown is phrased a little differently between the 2000 census and the 2010 count. Of the 2000 census, Wikipedia says 96 percent of the population was “White,” 1 percent “African American,” 3 percent from “other races,” and 5.67 percent “Hispanic or Latino of any race.”

The 2010 compilation is termed 91 percent “non-Hispanic white,” with other percentages of the population designated as “black or African American” (2 percent), “two or more races” (0.3 percent), “Asian” (0.3 percent), “Native American” (1.1 percent), and “Hispanic or Latino” (6.5 percent).

So, by federal enumeration, white people are no longer simply “white,” but “non-Hispanic white.”

Unfunny Girl looks as old as Mrs. W.J. Clinton

Kathy Griffin, alleged comedian, looks old in pictures taken at press conference.

She again “apologized” for “crossing the line.” Her comment -- “I’m not afraid of Donald Trump. He’s a bully. I’ve dealt with old, white guys trying to keep me down my whole life, my whole career” – shows that she still has no idea about what is going on, and she has not yet reversed cranial-rectal syndrome.

Wah-wah-wah. Just another woman trying to get ahead in the world, but kept down by old white men. What year is this?

If Kathy Griffin wants to see a piece of s**t, she needs only look in a mirror

By Shira Levine
December 9, 2016

“It’s a question a lot of comedians are asking themselves lately: What should comedy look like during the Trump presidency? ‘Now more than ever we must absolutely go for all the absurdities,’ Kathy Griffin told Vulture at the Equality Now Gala Tuesday night. ‘For me, that’s Trump and all things Trump. It’s not about trying to be an equal-opportunity offender anymore because Hillary got such a beat down. It’s his turn. So I’m happy to deliver beat down to Donald Trump — and also to Barron. You know a lot of comics are going to go hard for Donald, my edge is that I’ll go direct for Barron. I’m going to get in ahead of the game.’

“So, of course, Griffin supported Rosie O’Donnell when she tweeted a video asking if Barron Trump, 10-year-old son of Donald and Melania, was on the autism spectrum. ‘After the beat down he gave her, she can say whatever she wants to say to that piece of shit,’ Griffin said before correcting herself. ‘Oh, that’s President Piece of Shit.’”

Link at

Thursday, June 1, 2017

I apologize

Yesterday afternoon at the grocery store, I said to my wife, “Let’s get something easy for supper, something I can fix.” She suggested frozen TV dinners. Sounded good to me.

I saw something called Amy’s Mexican Bowl, or some such. I had never tried that. I saw the words “Organic” and “Gluten Free,” but bought the thing anyway.

I apologize for not following my long-held disregard of anything that advertises itself “Organic” or “Gluten Free.”

But, this one-time stumble proved my point: “Gluten Free” is code for “flavor free.”

I might as well have eaten the pizza box that has been sitting on the counter for two days.

Amy, your food sucks.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Archaeologists search two B-25s off Papua New Guinea

“The second B-25 was actually known to have crashed in Papua New Guinea’s Madang Harbor. Residents and scuba divers had seen the wreck over the past 30 years, but no archaeologists had surveyed the site. Six crewmen were on board that aircraft when it went down. Five of them survived and were taken as prisoners of war by the Japanese. The sixth is believed to have gone down with the plane and is listed as MIA.

“It’s because of that sixth crew member that Project Recover made it a priority to properly document the wreck site. Their scientifically precise documentation will be of paramount importance to the US military should they attempt to locate and recover potential remains of the missing airman or any other soldier associated with the information about the wreck.

“Project Recover also enlisted the aid of oral histories from local residents who heard the wartime stories passed down from their fathers and grandfathers. These accounts proved invaluable to researchers. Not only did they learn about the downed B-25s, but they also learned of burial sites on Papua New Guinea and another airplane that crashed on land instead of in the ocean.

“In the cases of the B-25 wrecks as with all such finds, Project Recover forwards all information about the craft, any identifying information and all possible crewmen associated with the wreck to the Department of Defense’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). It is the DPAA that pursues all potential recovery and repatriation of MIA remains and that notifies surviving family members.”

Tiny houses

My wife said of the tiny house craze on TV: "In five years most of them will be parked in the back yards of real houses, as storage buildings."

Hank Hill and his mistake about George W. Bush

Hank Hill (King of the Hill) was a supposed big fan of Gov. George W. Bush. In one episode, Hank had the opportunity of meeting Gov. Bush in person. Hank stood in line with his wife, Peggy, all excited at meeting the governor. Hank’s time came; he and Gov. Bush shook hands. Hank walked away, stricken, saying, “George Bush has a weak handshake.”

Watching from my chair in the living room at my house in Sulphur Springs, Texas, I said (loudly), “He does not! I have shaken hands with George W. Bush, and he does not have a weak handshake!”

Weird thing: At no time did I consider it strange to yell at a cartoon character on a TV show. Hank Hill was wrong, and he needed to be told so.

Weird dream

I was making my way through a crowd at a filled-stadium baseball game, when former President George W. Bush appeared in front of me. We shook hands. I said, “Mr. President. How are you doing?” Bush said, “I’m doing fine, just fine. How are you doing?” I said I was doing fine. Bush clapped my shoulder and we both went on our ways.

I came upon a woman I knew. She was sitting down. I shook her hand. She said, “Bob, do you remember when you were in jail and I brought you peanut butter cookies?” I said, “I sure do.” She said, “I’ve been there. You were right. You didn’t do anything wrong.”

Right then, Bush walked up. He heard the conversation. He said, “What was that all about?” The woman said, “Bob was in jail and I took him peanut butter cookies.” I said to Bush, “We were both in jail,” and then quickly added, “Not at the same.” Bush said, “Why were you in jail?” I said, “I was a voting judge, and the justice of the peace wanted me to close voting an hour early so the votes could be counter quicker. I told him voting hours had been set by the State of Texas, and he did not have the authority to change them. So he had me arrested. He had me released next day, so no charges were ever filed.”

Woke up.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Hemingway and the Russians

Saturday evening I watched a C-SPAN rerun in which a historian talked about Ernest Hemingway. Some of the talk was on Hemingway as a well-known seeker of danger. Much of the address concerned the possibility that Soviet intelligence agents recruited or attempted to recruit Hemingway after the Spanish Civil War. The speaker concluded Soviet intelligence put out feelers, but were unsuccessful. An FBI file, the speaker said, had in Director J. Edgar Hoover’s handwriting a note that Hemingway was not a Soviet agent.

Phrasing of all too many questions from the audience indicated a belief that some sort of logic permeated Soviet NKVD, NGB and KGB. Doctrine and Stalinism, yes. But logic? No.

Other questions from the almost all over-55 audience showed that some people cannot let go. The enemies of the past – Eugene McCarthy, the House Un-American Activities Committee – are the enemies of now, in those old minds.

Hector -- A small town

Hector, Ark., was hometown for PO2 Kevin R. Bewley. The town’s Facebook page -- -- has a picture of PO2 Bewley, who was killed 5 November 2007 in Iraq. Bewley was with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11. Read more on PO2 Bewley here:

PO2 Bewley is buried in Crossroads Cemetery, Appleton, Ark., southeast of Hector.

Other towns near Hector include Buttermilk, Jerusalem, Bullfrog Valley, Tag and Lost Corner. Hector is in Pope County and sits just south of the beginning of the mountains that reach all the way into Missouri.

In 1950, 23,291 people lived in Pope County. Estimated population for 2013 was 63,390. Hector has not seen the same growth percentage. The 2010 census counted 450 residents, a drop of 56 from the 2000 census.

Almost 97 percent of Hector’s residents in 2000 were white. In Pope County, the white residents totaled about 94 percent. Nine percent of the families in Hector lived below the federal poverty line in 2000. For Pope County, the family poverty percentage was a 11.6 percent.

Glenn S. Pound, former acting chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was born in Hector in 1914. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1940. He was dean of the UW College of Agriculture from 1964-79. He died in La Jolla, Calif., in 2010.

The town’s web site -- -- notes Hector “is situated in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains surrounded by beautiful forests and clear streams.”

Sunday, May 28, 2017

So glad my ancestors left Britain

Cambridge party-goer:

“It was about 10pm and the music may have been a little loud but it was before 11pm. Someone must have made a complaint, and a police officer attended our address, at which time a song from YouTube called the Bin Laden Song came on.

“This police officer said she took offence at the song and pressed her panic button on her body cam and that’s when about ten police turned up and the police helicopter.

“They are now investigating it as a racist crime. It is ridiculous.”

Police have seized the karaoke machine.

Link at

Heineken’s open world

From the Huffy Post:

“Instead of tackling the topic of protest, however, the beer company’s ad speaks to the political shifts that have become apparent, with recent events such as Brexit and Donald Trump demonstrating the serious divisions in countries across the world.”

“It feels, more than anything, like a literal interpretation of Obama's words from his farewell address: ‘If you're tired of arguing with strangers on the Internet, try talking with one of them in real life.’"

It feels like a literal interpretation of Obama's farewell address. Like, literally.

I've heard and read many speeches, but not one felt like anything.

Bigfoot doesn’t keep people from moving to Fouke

Fouke, Ark., has been growing the last few years, with the largest ever population – 859 – in the 2010 census. The first census in Fouke was in 1910, when 246 people lived in the Southwest Arkansas town. The only drop in population occurred between 1940 and 1950, with the latter census count of 336 a whopping 32 people less than the former enumeration. The town quickly picked up, though, registering an increase of 58 by the 1960 census.

Fouke is 11 miles southeast of Texarkana and 17 miles north of Louisiana. Interstate 49 now runs across the western part of town.

Fouke is best known as home of the Fouke Monster, presumably a Southern Sasquatch. The monster lived in the Boggy Creek area near Fouke and terrorized a few residents in the early 1970s. After those sightings came several “Oh, yeah. That thing” statements, locals wondering why media people were only then aware of the furry creature.

“In 1851, the Memphis Enquirer reported a creature spotted by hunters in Greene County:

“’He was of gigantic stature, the body being covered with hair and the head with long locks that fairly enveloped his neck and shoulders.’”

Greene County is way up in Northeast Arkansas, in a less boggy area, but still within the forested terrain so favored by Sasquatch. And, Greene County is located on Crowley’s Ridge, a long rocky wooded line that runs from Missouri to near Helena, Ark. The Ridge is good habitat for big furry creatures.

The 1851 report was not the only story of an Arkansas Sasquatch.

“Five years later in 1856, the Caddo Gazette reported the following beast in the Upper Red River region:

“’...A stout, athletic man, about six feet four inches in height, completely covered with hair of a brownish cast about four to six inches long. He was well muscled, and ran up the bank with the fleetness of a deer.

“’...In an instant [he] dragged the hunter to the ground and tore him in a most dreadful manner, scratching out one of his eyes and injuring the other so much that his comrades despair of the recovery of his sight, and biting large pieces out of his shoulder and various parts of his body.’

“The ‘wild man’ then stole the hapless victim's horse and rode away on it.”

(Same link.)

As with other legends and myths and possibly accurate stories, people who live in such an area learn to, well, live with the recounting. And with the subject.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

UFO trapped in Antarctic ice identified

It’s a rock.

The story is in Pravda; therefore, it must be true.

“Specialists denied reports about a flying saucer that had been found in Antarctica. It turned out that the saucer was just a rock. The ice on top of the rock started melting and revealed the grey rock.

“Indeed, Google Earth photos showed that the rock was very much reminiscent to a flying saucer. An expert of a Russian scientific station assumed that it could be possible. He said that a 600-meter alien ship had struck the rock and found itself in internal captivity of the Antarctic ice. The man analysed a series of pictures that had been taken on the site from 1989 till 2013 and came to conclusion that they all depicted one and the same ‘alien object.’

“However, the geologists, who studied the pictures, then said that the ‘flying saucer’ was just a rock of natural origin.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Angry shop owners use baseball bat, stick to dissuade robbers

Surveillance video shows the terrifying moment masked men storm the Markanda Market while armed with knives on Monday.

Gurchran Singh and his wife Parvinder Chahal simply weren’t in the mood, however.

“They jumped in and said give me the money!” Singh told WRBG. “My wife said, ‘Take it, take the money!'”

But instead off fleeing in fear, the husband and wife teamed up to beat back the onslaught.

In the video, Singh is seen grabbing a metal baseball bat from behind the counter. Chahal then follows him, picking up a stick to defend the store.

Thanks to the couple’s bravery, the encounter lasted only a few seconds and the suspect made off only with a pack of cigarettes, cops say.

Even when the robbery attempt ended, Singh’s pursuit continued. He and a friend chased down the suspects and followed behind their vehicle until cops arrived.

Police then arrested 21-year-old Ryan Kelly Jr. and 20-year-old Brandon Ehlers.

(A bit inflated, the “terrifying moment” writing.)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Okeene, Oklahoma

Must be a keen place, Oklahoma. Some parts are OK. Yeah, a lot of puns in those sentences.

I will say this for Oklahoma: Sometimes it’s as close to Texas as can be, and I don’t mean just because it sits north of the Red River.

Okeene is in Blaine County, three counties east of the Texas Panhandle. In case you were wondering, Keene is Out There – 23 miles north of Watonga; 20 miles southeast of Fairview; 24 miles west of Hennessey; and 17 miles west of Canton. So, if you are in Okeene, it’s because you want to be. Lot of places in Oklahoma and Texas like that. Lot of people journeyed to Oklahoma and Texas, seeking fortune, leaving fame or infamy back where they came from. Some wound up with different names, too. Their last name back home might be recognized by somebody who wore a star pinned to his shirt. Sometimes, too, the new arrivals took the last name of someone well known in the new area. There wasn’t necessarily any claim to kinship, but if people wanted to think so …

Okeene’s 2010 population was 1,204. Its highest ever population was 1,601, in 1980. According to the 2000 census, 97.34 percent of the people were white.

Blaine County’s 2010 population was 9,785.

In the Okeene Zip Code, 98 percent of the people live in housing units, with the remaining 2 percent (36) in nursing facilities. Interestingly, a plurality of houses were built before 1940. Forty-five percent of the population works full time; 26 percent work part time; and 29 percent report no earnings.

Here is a link to a satellite image covering a large area around Okeene:,-98.5803963,78347m/data=!3m1!1e3

Skeletal remains of Rollo’s grandson, great-grandson, aren’t

“Last year, a team of French, Danish and Norwegian researchers exhumed skeletal remains from the tombs of two medieval dukes of Normandy, direct descendants of Rollo, the 10th century Viking raider who so effectively plundered the towns along the Seine that King Charles the Simple had to bribe him with great swaths of property. Those lands would become the Duchy of Normandy, and one of those dukes, Rollo’s three times great-grandson William the Bastard, would conquer England.

“The bones in the ossuaries do not belong to Richard I and Richard II of Normandy. They long predate the Richards. In fact, they long predate Rollo himself.”

The bones are older. Much older.

Non-Western immigrants overwhelm Danish tax income, mental health, police

In Denmark, immigrants constitute 84% of all welfare recipients; ethnic Danes’ tax payments constituted a 56-billion crown surplus in 2014, but non-Western immigrants brought a 28-billion crown loss. So finds a study by Denmark’s Ministry of Finance.

However, money is not the main problem.

“When you look at what is happening to Europe, there are some similarities to the Arabs and Persians in late antiquity. The attempts to replace Christianity with the sterile bureaucratic super state have largely failed. Falling birth rates and an unwillingness to resist invasion are signs of a people who have no purpose. The average European today lives for carnal pleasures and the acquisition of goods. There’s a void in the center of European life and perhaps Islam is what is going to fill it.”

Link to both at maggiesfarm.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 explains Marvel money problems

Galaxy 1 was a Space Western. In Galaxy 2, everybody has to explain their feelings (In keeping with Marvel PC BS, I refrained from using the generic neutral “his” or the more accurate “his/her.” But only this one time.)

Here is a basic synopsis of a Space Western: The good guys have something the bad guys want. The bad guys will use any subterfuge and weapon to get the something. The good guys will fight fair.

Galaxy 2 synopsis: Girl characters -- When I was a child, my father liked my sister better than he liked me. Boy characters – My father gave me away and my foster father was cruel to me.

That is why Marvel has money problems. Its product sucks.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Average household income

Normally, by fronting a solitaire time bonus with 7, search results in a zip code. With 72991, however, search first hit on Sugar Grove, Ill., where the $72,991 is the average household income. So, instead of a small town in Arkansas or Oklahoma, we will look at Sugar Grove.

Wikipedia says Sugar Grove is “a far west suburban Chicago village in Kane County, Illinois.”

Wikipedia does not say how far Sugar Grove is from Chicago, but a good guess is close enough for a good number of people to flee “my kind of town.” Recent census counts look like this:

3,909 in 2000
6,016 in the 2003 special census
7,958 in the 2005 special census
8,997 in the 2010 census
9,512 estimated in 1915

Information is lacking on the two special census. I remember getting an announcement from the government telling me the feds were counting people between the 10-year counts mandated by the U.S. Constitution, but the only justification was “because we said so.” The announcement also said that since the U.S. Congress passed a law stating there would be a census other than what the Constitution decreed, failure to answer questions would make me a law breaker and could mean a fine and prison time.

“Fuck you,” I said when returning the blank form. I said it in a nice way. So far, no federal lawmen have knocked on my door and carried me away for refusing to comply with a law that is not in the Constitution.

When talk of census arises, I always remember the one mandated by David when he was king of Israel.

1 Chronicles 21

“Satan rose up against Israel and caused David to take a census of the people of Israel. So David said to Joab and the commanders of the army, ‘Take a census of all the people of Israel—from Beersheba in the south to Dan in the north—and bring me a report so I may know how many there are.’

“But Joab replied, ‘May the LORD increase the number of his people a hundred times over! But why, my lord the king, do you want to do this? Are they not all your servants? Why must you cause Israel to sin?’

"But the king insisted that they take the census, so Joab traveled throughout all Israel to count the people. Then he returned to Jerusalem and reported the number of people to David. There were 1,100,000 warriors in all Israel who could handle a sword, and 470,000 in Judah. But Joab did not include the tribes of Levi and Benjamin in the census because he was so distressed at what the king had made him do.”

David’s decision cost the lives of 70,000 Israelis.

Anyway, Sugar Grove grew by a bunch between 2000 and 2010. By the 2000 census, Sugar Grove was 95.86 percent white. That’s another reason to think the increased population fled Chicago.

Here’s a thing I don’t understand about places Up North. “All residents within (specified boundaries) are Sugar Grove Township residents even though they may also be residents of Aurora, North Aurora, Montgomery and the Village of Sugar grove. All residents are eligible for township services administered by the supervisor’s office.” What that says to me is, if I am a resident of two places, each one will expect me to pay taxes and fees.

Here’s an example, from the Sugar Grove Assessor’s web site: “The Assessor is responsible for assessing property at one-third of fair cash value with the exception of farmland, railroad or coal properties which are properties valued by the State of Illinois Department of Revenue.”

One-third of fair cash value? Why are citizens not firing up torches and sharpening their pitchforks? So close to Chicago, maybe citizes are not allowed to own torches and pitchforks?


I will play computer solitaire and work on An Incident in Luna County rather than read news.

The book is 76,000 words right now, which means it needs another 24,000 words. In the story, the federal Department of Homeland Security goes up against the Luna County Sheriff's Department. And there is overlap of parallel universes, a transfer of a dozen people and three vehicles from here to there, and aliens who were transferred from their world to what appears to be medieval England.

Here is a small passage from An Incident in Luna County, Sheriff Ben McCulloch speaking to Homeland Security official Harry St. John:

"I have here a case of two vehicles that wrecked and then disappeared. I have a citizen whose husband quite likely was driving one of those vehicles. That citizen will be very angry and somewhat vengeful if she learns you people knew about the possibility of such an event, yet kept it secret.” He leaned forward, “I don’t know how much you know about Texas women, Mr. St. John, but you better remember this: A Texas woman gets real pissed off when somebody messes with her family. Real pissed off.”

Oh, my goodness! Deputy Carroll thought. Mr. Harry St. John has no idea what he just stepped in.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

This is funny

I gave up on life when I picked up this girl’s phone and saw my contact name as “Free Food.”

Friday, May 19, 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Rattlesnake bites man on tongue

Yep. That’s what it says.

"PALATKA, Fla. (WGFL) — A Putnam County man was airlifted to a Jacksonville hospital Tuesday after he was bitten on the tongue by a venomous rattlesnake.

"Putnam County Fire and EMS Battalion Chief Paul Flateau said they responded to a snakebite call around 4:30 p.m.

"Flateau said they treated the man and had him airlifted to him UF Health in Jacksonville.

"Flateau said he never saw a snake while at the scene and didn't know if it was a pet.

"The man's name has not been released and his current condition is not known.

"The Putnam County Sheriff's Office says deputies were not called to the scene because it was dispatched as a medical call."

Link at

(The headline says ‘Florida man critically injured …’ even though the story says the man’s “current condition is not known.” My guess – The headline writer decided a rattlesnake bite is a critical injury. Not pleasant, surely, but a rule in journalism is the headline should match the story.)

Earth greener than Chicken Littles predicted, thought, believed

CO2, warmer temperatures “blamed” for increased forestation.

Michael Bastasch

“Scientists looking at forest cover in some of the world’s driest places found something astounding — ‘lost’ forests covering an area nearly seven times the size of Texas.

“’We found new dryland forest on all inhabited continents, but mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, around the Mediterranean, central India, coastal Australia, western South America, northeastern Brazil, northern Colombia and Venezuela, and northern parts of the boreal forests in Canada and Russia,’ biologists Andrew Lowe and Ben Sparrow wrote of their study, which had 28 other co-authors.

“’In Africa, our study has doubled the amount of known dryland forest,’ Lowe and Sparrow wrote in a recent oped for The Conversation detailing how they ‘found’ millions of acres of ‘lost’ forests not accounted for in previous research.”

(These forests were not “lost,” but not seen in previous studies. Or maybe not counted because the increase would counter “Man is killing the Earth” argument?)

Link at

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

So I clicked on a link at the knuckledraggin site

… figuring on a quick connection to something called Home on the Range.

I did not get a connection. What I did get was this message:

“This blog is open to invited readers only.

“It doesn’t look like you have been invited to read this blog.”

The blog is

So, here is my message to Mr./Miss/Mrs./Ms. Mausers and Muffins: And the horse you rode in on.

You put up a blog, but you decide who gets to read it? My guess is, you want to read comments on how great you are.

This is the interwebnet, dufus. Free and open to all.

Biggers, Arkansas

As with many other small towns in the area, Biggers had its largest population in 1930. The Great Depression hit hard, and people moved away from failing farms, falling prices, and government intrusion that sometimes took land and removed people, or plowed crops into the ground.

In some cattle-producing and hog-producing areas, the federal government hired shooters to kill a designated number of meat animals in order to raise prices. The best and the brightest brought to Washington’s new New Deal agencies must not have considered that people without jobs were also people without money, and what good were higher prices when no one could pay?

Biggers population was 466 in 1930. By 1960, the population had dropped to 274. The 2010 official population was 347. According to figures from the 2000 census, 13.5 percent of families and 17.3 percent of the overall population lived below the poverty line.

Biggers is in the eastern part of Randolph County. Randolph is in the northeast part of Arkansas and sits against Missouri. Pocahontas is the county seat. In 2010, 17,969 people lived in the county. The county’s largest population was in 1940, when 18,319 people lived there.

Whiskey and a railroad built Biggers.

“In 1889, B. F. Bigger, the namesake for the town, bought land, established a ferry crossing over the Current River, and built a distillery. Due to the completion of the Southern Missouri and Arkansas Railroad line from Hoxie (Lawrence County) to Poplar Bluff, Missouri, in 1901, the town of Biggers coalesced around the train depot. That same year, the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway (Frisco) system purchased the line and carried it on to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, thus creating a number of market opportunities for the citizens of Biggers.”

Facebook says there is nothing to do in Biggers.

A satellite view is here:,-90.798788,2441m/data=!3m1!1e3

Farmland. Lots and lots of farmland.

Yeah, I’m going to hire a lawyer whose grammar sucks

First thought: This is a joke, right?

Cause of thought: Lawyer ad that said, “It wasn’t easy finding clients for my law firm. Now, with Pacific Injury Network, it is!”

If you get hurt and it’s somebody else’s fault and you don’t have insurance to pay the doctor and/or hospital and you have to miss work but your job won’t pay for what someone else did to you, then you have cause to sue the wrongdoer. It’s a whole ‘nother thing if you decide to sue because the wrongdoer has more insurance than you and can give you a sack full of money if you have a good enough lawyer.

The company’s web site says: “Pacific Injury Network will help connect you with a personal injury lawyer who understands the type of accident you were involved in and the injuries you have suffered. Our accident attorneys have the experience needed to get you the money you deserve for your accident.”

“… the money you deserve for your accident.”

Huh. You were in an accident. You deserve money. Someone was at fault. You are a victim. Someone must pay.

Yeah, well.

These lawyers are part of Progressive America. You are a victim. You deserve money.

PIN has a video, too. The lead-in says: “Attorney’s standing by now call …"

What in that phrase references possession? “Attorney’s” means a lawyer owns something. What does he/she own?

Maybe a client?

BWAHAHAHA! You are mine! I own you!

Sliding down the greased rail, en route to down the tubes.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hillsdale rising

The population of Hillsdale, Okla., grew by almost 20 percent between the 2000 and 2010 censuses, 19.8 percent federal numbers show.

The town increased from 101 people to 121. Any way you look at it, an increase of almost 20 percent is a good jump.

Hillsdale is in Garfield County, in the western North Central part of the state. Garfield County was named after President James A. Garfield. Before the Great Land Grab of 1893, the area was known as O County and was part of the Cherokee Outlet. As of 2010, the county population was 60,580.

In Hillsdale, 14.3 percent of families and 16 percent of the total population has income below the federal government’s official poverty line, including 20.6 percent of those younger than 18. All of the over-64 population has income higher than the poverty line.,_Oklahoma

Land in Oklahoma was an easy sale for speculators.

“The Coldwater (Frisco) Townsite Company promoted and in January 1905 platted a new town 3.5 miles southeast of Coldwater and 2 miles southwest of Hillsdale. The first train arrived in February. The company ran an excursion train from Alabama and Georgia, and nearly two thousand town lots were sold on March 23, 1905. Most of 'old' Coldwater's businesses, including the post office, moved to 'new' Coldwater on the railroad, and Hillsdale inhabitants also relocated. After some juggling of the postal designation, the name 'Hillsdale' became permanent after the town incorporated on June 6, 1910. By 1910, 226 people lived in Coldwater/Hillsdale.”

Hillsdale is out there, as shown in satellite imagery.,-97.8092034,23241m/data=!3m1!1e3

The nearest towns are Kremlin to the east, Nash to the northwest and Pond Creek to the northeast. All three towns are a ways off from Hillsdale. Kremlin’s population is 255; Nash has 204 residents; and Pond Creek has a whopping 856 residents.

Back in March, Kremlin-Hillsdale High School girls defeated strong favorite Lomega 53-45 for the Class B state basketball championship.

Remember: Oregon is filled with smart people

“I was watching the basketball game and I heard all these sirens go by," said neighbor Larry Cutler. "So I opened up the window and I seen all these cops flying in and all the ambulances. I seen one person get carried out on a stretcher."

Link at

As smart as people in Memphis, anyway.

“A Memphis, Tennessee, man set himself on fire on Facebook Live before running inside a crowded bar early Saturday and later died of severe burns at a hospital, authorities said Sunday.”

Also at knuckledraggin.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

What might happen if you enter a wrong number

I intended to enter a search for Zip Code 72641, but instead entered 72541. The latter number is for Rozivka, a village in Zaporiz’ka oblast, Ukraine. Search for that village gives little information, but one of the hits was for a Hans Keller. A decided German name, a somewhat unusual return for a village in the Ukraine.

A search showed that Hans Keller was, indeed, from Rozivka. He was born March 2, 1881, and died October 14, 1918. At first, I figured Keller was killed in the Russian Civil War, or starved or succumbed to some disease associated with war and/or famine.

I was partly right. Keller was one of more tha 20 million who died from the 1918 influenza epidemic. Keller died in Sedan, Ardennes, Champagne-Ardenne, France. He was buried in Freiburg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. says his occupation was divisionspfarrer. The nearest English word to “pfarrer” I could think of is “farrier.” So, was Keller, born in the Russian Empire, a blacksmith in the Kaiser’s army?

No. Keller was an army chaplain.

How was it that someone born to German parents in a village in the Ukraine, became a chaplain in the Kaiser’s army?

His life must have been an interesting journey.

Another liberal rag apologizes … because

Victimized people might have been offended.

Here’s a novel idea – Fuck your offended.

Hal Niedzviecki, editor of Write, took on the idea of cultural appropriation, a thing The Better People oppose, and paid the usual price. Loss of job and ostracism because he does not think proper thoughts.

The people who feared being labeled with Niedzviecki were, as is usual, “exhaustingly white and middle class.” Such people cannot be offended, but are exhaustingly capable of deciding who might be offended, a decision made because of white middle class fears of someone thinking all whites are right-wing colonialists.

Well, fuck your self-appointment, too.

As a good white liberal should, Niedzviecki apologized for his dumbness in not recognizing “how deeply painful acts of cultural appropriation have been to Indigenous people.”

Yeah. The dude said something that might possibly have hurt someone’s feelings, so he had to quit his job and apologize and promise never, never to do such a thing again.

Overall, though, none of it matters. Everybody involved is Canadian.

Linked from

Saturday, May 13, 2017

You really will die without coffee

The research is in, the science is settled. Well, no, because there still exist “scientists” who believe, “If people like it, it’s bad for them.”

“Listen up, coffee drinkers. This is the day of our vindication. It turns out we were right all along — we actually would die without our coffee.”

But … “To get the health benefits of coffee, you have to drink it like you mean it.”

The article says 3-5 cups a day. Heck, I call that “breakfast.” Plus oatmeal or whole grain cereal or a couple of eggs.

Link at maggiesfarm.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Wideman, Arkansas

From the name, you might think Wideman is a wide place in the road. You would be right.

Wideman is in Izard County, not far south of the Missouri state line. The town is not incorporated. U.S. Geological Survey has Wideman on the map sheet marked Pineville.

In 2010, Izard County’s population was 13,696. The highest ever population was 14,561 in 1910. In 1960, the population was down to 6,766.

Bear Creek runs into Indian Creek just north of Wideman, Arkansas. Explanation isn’t necessary as to how the creeks got their names. Bear Creek begins northeast of Wideman, runs into a lake, and then southeast for a few miles before turning just about due east. The creek bears slightly to the northeast before entering Indian Creek.

Indian Creek starts in the hills northeast of Wideman and flows southwest quite a few mils before joining Piney Creek just north of a quarry.

Bestplaces dot net has Wideman’s 2016 population as 336. That site says the median age is 19.9. The U.S. median age is 37.4. A questionable figure has the community’s 1990 population as 32. Marriage figures show 49.83% married; 50.17% never married. Two-third of married couples have children; one-third of single (women? Persons?) have children.

The Facebook page on “Things to do in Wideman” is blank. Not necessarily a bad thing.

The Uber website says the company needs drivers in Wideman, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

Here is a satellite photograph:,-92.0109512,611m/data=!3m1!1e3

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Squirrels, posthumanism & feminist food scholarship

Or, Somebody got publicity and credit and maybe even taxpayer money for writing this shit.

“Eastern fox squirrels (Sciurus niger), reddish-brown tree squirrels native to the eastern and southeastern United States, were introduced to and now thrive in suburban/urban California. As a result, many residents in the greater Los Angeles region are grappling with living amongst tree squirrels, particularly because the state’s native western gray squirrel (Sciurus griseus) is less tolerant of human beings and, as a result, has historically been absent from most sections of the greater Los Angeles area. ‘Easties,’ as they are colloquially referred to in the popular press, are willing to feed on trash and have an ‘appetite for everything.’ Given that the shift in tree squirrel demographics is a relatively recent phenomenon, this case presents a unique opportunity to question and re-theorize the ontological given of ‘otherness’ that manifests, in part, through a politics whereby animal food choices ‘[come] to stand in for both compliance and resistance to the dominant forces in [human] culture’. I, therefore, juxtapose feminist posthumanist theories and feminist food studies scholarship to demonstrate how eastern fox squirrels are subjected to gendered, racialized, and speciesist thinking in the popular news media as a result of their feeding/eating practices, their unique and unfixed spatial arrangements in the greater Los Angeles region, and the western, modernist human frame through which humans interpret these actions. I conclude by drawing out the implications of this research for the fields of animal geography and feminist geography.”

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Because Trump or something. Or climate change. Maybe Brexit.

Interview with 94-year-old Azeri soldier

Ershad Jabbarov was drafted into the Red Army in 1942.

Ocean returns beach to island near Ireland

Storms took the beach in 1984. Heavy tides this spring returned the sand.

“A beach that was swept away more than 30 years ago from a remote island off the west coast of Ireland has reappeared after thousands of tons of sand were deposited on top of the rocky coastline.

“The 300 metre beach near the tiny village of Dooagh on Achill Island vanished in 1984 when storms stripped it of its sand, leaving nothing more than a series of rock pools.

“But after high spring tides last month, locals found that the Atlantic Ocean had returned the sand.”

Probably climate change. Evil, evil climate change.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Idiots shot at the wrong homeowner

Wrong, as in the bad guys shot at a better shot.

“Officers said late Friday night, three suspects in a four door car opened fire in front of a home on Glenburnie Drive and Mercedes Lane.

“The owner of the home returned fire and hit all three suspects inside the vehicle. Two of the suspects died from the gunshot wounds, officers said.

“The homeowner was not injured in the shooting.”

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Things are different when it’s your own back yard

Denmark’s parliament recently approved a bill increasing residency and employment requirements on immigrants who want permanent residence.

Naturally, immigrant supporters were upset at the result.

“Naqeeb Khan, executive member of lobby group Danish Green Card Association, which campaigned against the bill from its inception in August 2016, told The Local that he was disappointed in the lack of support for the amendments.

“’We are extremely disappointed with the Social Democrats, who we feel have betrayed the red block and the whole immigrant community. They cheer for the [US] Democrats who fight for undocumented immigrants while ignoring the existing legal highly qualified immigrants in Denmark,’ Khan said.”

Danish politicians have, in the last couple of years, taken a long and different view of immigrants, especially those from Muslim countries where violence is part of daily life.

Supporting the Green Card Association were Alternative Party, the Social Liberal Party, the Red-Green Alliance and the Socialist People’s Party.

Who controls the language controls all

Or, The decline continues.

All from

“According to the report the male resident reported shooting the suspect after he forced entry into the apartment.”

As written, the resident forced his way into his own apartment.

“The male robber pointed a gun before the ring seller pulled out their own gun and fired a ‘self-defense’ shot at him, Holmes said.”

The “ring seller pulled out their own gun.” How many is the “ring seller?” Answer: One. How many is “their?” Answer: More than one.

“There was also drugs found in the car.”

How many is “drugs?” Answer: More than one. What does “was” signify? One. Here is a suggestion: Police said drugs were also found in the car. Or, Police also found drugs in the car.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Town on the rise

Knoxville, Ark., has grown by more than 500 in the last 47 years. In 1970, the Johnson County town was home to 202 people, by official Federal census. Estimated 2015 population was 746, that figure an increase of 15 from the 2010 census.

Johnson County is on a southwest corner of Northwest Arkansas. The county has been growing since 1970, after a four-decade decline. Before 2000, the county’s highest population was in 1920, when 21,062 people lived there. The 2010 official count was 22,781. The estimated 2015 population was 25,540.

Bill Doolin was born in Johnson County in 1858. He went on to found the Wild Bunch of train robbing and Hollywood fame. Doolin was killed by Deputy U.S. Marshal Heck Thomas in 1896 in Lawson, Oklahoma Territory. Doolin’s Wild Bunch did not include Kid Curry or the Sundance Kid.

Knoxville is about 95% white. About 9% of families and 12% of the overall population has income below the official Federal poverty line. The town is just a little west of I-40 and a few miles east of the Arkansas River. Women outnumber men by 4%. About 30% of employed men in Knoxville work in manufacturing, compared to a statewide average of around 18%. For employed women, the figures are 20% locally and 8% statewide.

Tornado activity is at normal for Arkansas, or 91% greater than overall U.S. average. An F4 tornado went through Knoxville on Feb. 5, 2008, killing 13 people, injuring 139 and causing $119 million in property damages.

Local government workers in 2012 were: four fulltime at total monthly salaries of $9,645, and 11 part-time employees, paid $8,826 each month.

More bronze axe heads found at Norway site

“The first finds were made by metal detecting brothers Joakim and Jørgen Korstad on January 25th of this year. Scanning a field in the village of Hegra, about 25 miles east of Trondheim, Norway, they discovered nine socketed axes (known as Celts), a spearhead, a casting mould and a fragment that may be a piece of an ancient horn called a lur. Realizing they had stumbled on an archaeological mother lode, the brothers called Nord-Trøndelag County Council archaeologist Eirik Solheim, who immediately had the area secured and inspected the finds on the spot. He dated the axe heads and other artifacts to the Late Bronze Age, between 1100-500 B.C.”

TV president gets it wrong

On the latest edition of Designated Survivor, the president remarked that government is supposed to “make people’s lives easier.”

Well, of course that president believes the government has moral responsibility to make life easier for its citizens. He is a liberal president on a liberal TV network.

We could get into a debate, or even an argument, over the meaning of “easier,” since application of the word does not mean the same to a warehouse fork lift driver and the owner of the warehouse. But we want to keep it simple here.

Government has no business in making people’s lives “easier,” and certainly not the moral imperative. Government does have the responsibility to make people’s lives less difficult, and that mainly by staying out of the way.

Government has two functions, and only two.

First: Maintain order.

Second: Protect property.

Anything government does other than those two infringes on liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

It’s Denmark, where everything is wonderful

In the bad USA, we don’t point out race or apparent national origin when sipping Coke at a Dairy Queen. It’s OK to do that in a Starbucks in Denmark, though.

‘Why an afternoon at a Starbucks shows the best of Danish multiculturalism’

“The women next to me speak Serbian, and two friends across me speak in Danish; one has the pale skin and blond hair of a Scandinavian native and the other has the olive skin and brown hair of someone from a warmer climate. In the queue, there’s an Arab couple talking about what they should entertain their children with during the winter break. I know because they are speaking in Danish.

“The girl behind the counter is transgender, only discernible by her completely flat chest. Outside, a black man is enjoying his coffee in solitude and watching people pass by. A couple of Asian youngsters defy all stereotypes and look like something from the 1970s British punk scene, the guy teaches the girl to say ’straw’ in Danish: ‘sugerør’ which directly translates into “sucking pipe”. They laugh and leave.”

The writer has a Master’s degree in English literature, with emphasis on post-colonial fiction and multicultural literature. But isn’t she drawing an improper conclusion concerning the girl behind the counter, whose transgenederism is “only discernible by her completely flat chest”? Maybe the person in question is a girl with a flat chest.

The Donner Party musical

Another joke, right?

Only in California.

“It's the spring of 1846, and hundreds of people have made the choice to leave behind their homes, their friends, their lives… to cross an uncharted continent in search of new lives in the California territory. Inspired by actual history, The Donner Party tells the story of 16 of those people. They have a variety of reasons for going, but they are all just plain folks with a dream of something better.

“Together, they ford flooded rivers, trudge across prairies, hack trails through overgrown canyons, struggle across barren deserts, and scramble up steep mountain peaks. Along the way they find the worst of human nature and the worst of nature's elements. There is jealousy, anger, fear, stupidity, pride, ... death, despair, starvation, and even – unspeakably – cannibalism. But they also find joy, optimism, faith, love, determination, and triumph. In dire circumstances, these sixteen people are just trying to do their best along the road of life.

“Who among them will survive the ordeal and make it to California?”

Question: Why didn’t the producers go whole hog on atrocious taste and make the play for dinner theater?

So this weight-lifting woman, who used to be a man …

I think that’s the way it happened. With adjective-identifying pronouns flying around these days, I’m not certain who was what.

Anyway, Laurel Hubbard, a “transgender” weight lifter from New Zealand, “shot out to an early lead” in the women’s division of the Australian International. “Laurel” used to compete as “Gavin,” which means as a he in men’s competition. But Gavin “transitioned” to Laurel “in her mid 30s.”

A(nother) woman lifter said, "She's so genuine, she loves all her team-mates and her teammates are all really supportive."

(That “transitioned” is a new one. We’ll probably see more use of the word.)

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Monday, May 1, 2017

This is a joke, right?

An internet ad for the (cough, cough) band 1910 Fruitgum Company, specifically a CD (a CD!) entitled Golden Classics.

Oh, where do I begin to tell the story of one of the most blatant bubble gum (cough, cough) bands of all time?

Golden Classics? Yes, who can forget those wondrous songs, Simon Says; May I Take a Giant Step?; One, Two, Three, Red Light; and Sticky, Sticky?

Here’s Wikipedia on the (cough, cough) band:

What, you say, is bubble gum music? Simple. Men in their 20s singing songs aimed at underage girls.

The guilty parties included: The Archies; Tommy James and the Shondels; Ohio Express; and others.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Viking vineyards?

“New research suggests the Vikings indulged in a bit of viticulture.

“Studies of grape pips point to wine production in Denmark during the time of the Vikings.

“The Vikings liked alcohol, but while it is easy enough to grow crops and produce beer in the Danish climate, wine is a different challenge and was thought to have always been imported from southern parts of Europe to northern countries.”

Key words for historians always to consider: “… was thought to have always been …”

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