Saturday, October 21, 2017

The queering of Stitchers

A woman can do anything. Just check out Maggie Q in Designated Survivor. Q’s character regularly takes on 200-pound, muscular ex-special operations dudes in hand-to-hand fights and, presumably through smarter application of force, forces surrender or brings about death.

Or, as Joe Bob Briggs puts it: “NEW YORK—There’s this moment in every production meeting—I don’t care if you’re making a movie, a TV show, a YouTube video, a reality show about shark hunters, or a 30-second promo for the cat shelter—when somebody blurts out, ‘We need a strong female character for this.’”

Maggie Q has nothing to do with Stitchers, but her role of FBI Agent Hannah Wells places her in the role of 100-pound woman kicks ass against former special forces operatives.

Stitchers has more super women than millennial hot-chocolate men. That’s very okay in today’s TV shows. The reason I quit watching Stitchers is the quick-change by character Camille Engleson, who in the first two seasons had as her overwhelming goal hopping on top of character Linus Ahluwalia and having him on top of her. Camille succeeded, but then something happened and Camille and Linus were no longer (literally) together.

Not to worry, though. This is 2017, and Camille’s emotional and physical needs can be satisfied by another woman. At first meeting, Camille is making eyes at the new strong woman, and soon the two are romping in a way ol’ Linus could never imagine.

Maybe that’s part of Now TV. If something doesn’t work, make a character queer or lesbian or bisexual.

So, Stitchers is off my list of shows to watch.

Joe Bob says this sort of thing will follow the dollars.

“Fortunately these things have a way of self-correcting. People who make movies in order to transform society end up dying of brain aneurysms when the Monday-morning box office results come out and Transformers 8 has outperformed their socially relevant stick figures by 9,000 percent.”

As good as Ken Burns in getting it wrong

This piece at Maggies Farm has a lot wrong.

In one of the wrongs, the author mentions a desertion case in this manner:

“… in 1977, in the middle of mass desertions during the Vietnam war …”

The U.S. ended direct combat in 1972. There were never "mass desertions."

Given his bona fides at the end of the article, I’d guess the writer gets paid a lot of money. For being wrong.

Another misinformed (and he probably doesn’t give a damn that he is wrong) is Corey Harrison of Pawn Stars, who paid $250 for a $20 MPC bill after making this comment: Most of the guys in Vietnam were drafted and they didn’t want to be there anyway, so when they got paid with this instead of real money, you can understand they were not happy.

Harrison reaches many more people than does the writer. Goes to show, you can be smart and very wrong.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Highest-ever recorded temperatures

Highest temperatures in 25 states occurred in the 1930s.

I can tell you this: Days were hotter in the 1960s and 1970s than today.

Choosing a survival knife

If you don't have one, get one.

Link at

He said to them, "But now if you have a purse, take it, and also a bag; and if you don't have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one."

-- Luke 22:36, NIV.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Knives more popular weapon of death than are rifles

By a factor of more than four.

“According to FBI: UCR Table 12, there were approximately 374 people shot and killed with rifles of any kind. There were 1,604 people killed with ‘knives or cutting instruments.’

“Table 12 also shows that more people were killed via the use of ‘hands, fists, feet, etc.,’ than were killed by rifles of any kind. In fact, the tally shows that the death numbers were not even close. While approximately 374 people were shot and killed with rifles, roughly 656 people were beaten to death with ‘hands, fists, feet, etc.’”

Link at

Usually, a knife or other cutting instrument is more quickly available than a rifle when the passion of murder hits. Kitchens, garages, jeans pockets are likely places to find a knife, while a rifle might sit in a closet a couple of rooms away.

People want to kill, they’ll find a weapon.

UNC: We didn’t expect anything out of them anyway

University successfully argue low-standards course available to all students, not only athletes.

“UNC successfully argued that it was not giving its athletes special treatment in the African-American studies department -- they had low standards for all students in that department.”

(You have a money-maker, you don’t want your workers – athletes -- fired --- kicked out for low grades --, you put in a fix.)

“The NCAA, in its decision, said the classes did not require attendance. The students rarely, ‘if at all’ interacted with a faculty member. The classes typically required one paper where the person who graded it admitted she did not read them in the entirety. These classes, the NCAA said, had “’liberal grading.’”

Monday, October 16, 2017

Goodbye, adios, do svidaniya, go, leave

Things to say to California Leavers.

“I spoke with friends who are planning to leave the state because they’re terrified of saying a positive word about Donald Trump for fear of having their heads smashed in with bike locks. And I don’t blame them, seeing as how the state has thrown a collective conniption ever since he announced his candidacy. Californian radicals threw some of the most violent tantrums at Trump rallies during the entire campaign, and, of course, Berkeley gets incinerated every time someone to the right of Che Guevara tries to make a peep.”

“So go. Leave. Do it. Get the hell out. Take your tanning salons and Apple Stores and your plastic-surgery casualties and your naked pregnant underwater yoga classes and build your new feudalistic utopia consisting of a thin crust of tech elites who nobly protect their huddled masses of about 900 million Mexican gardeners.

“There’s already a red star on your flag. Just remove the bear, and you’re set.”

Link at

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Grannis, Arkansas -- Surviving well

Terrain around Grannis, Ark., is wrinkled. That part of Arkansas and west into Oklahoma, the ridgelines run close together and seem to have been pushed up, maybe from southern pressure against the Ozarks to the north.

Here is a link to a satellite image of the Grannis area:,+AR/@34.2349626,-94.3846282,20041m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x8634d9e925badde3:0x3c6ddf31348ce581!8m2!3d34.2406665!4d-94.3349306

Those long rectangles are chicken houses. Tyson Foods is the big business in northern Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.

Gillham Lake is east of town, with Big Coon Creek Park at the western part of the lake. Something designated “Big Coon” in Arkansas, there most likely was a big raccoon there somewhere. Give a listen to some Jerry Clower, and you’ll hear about big coons. North of Big Coon Creek Park is Little Coon Creek Park. There is no designation for the area in between, but you have to wonder why local residents didn’t mention a Mid-Size Coon Creek.

A look at the satellite picture gives a good idea of the ridgelines and valleys. Somebody said Arkansas valleys are not so wide, but they’re just so darned steep. Angled hills tend to keep foot travelers to stream or river areas.

The 2010 census in the Polk County town counted 554 residents, a decrease of 23 from the 2000 census. The 2000 census number was Grannis’ biggest population.

The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture says Grannis began as a train stop “and grew with the development of the timber industry, turning later to the fruit and poultry industries.”

Logging meant the clearing of much land, “the rocky soil was unfit for cotton, so landowners began to plant orchards of apple and peach trees. They also planted berry bushes, grapevines, and melon patches.” In the South, farming of crops other than cotton meant the local economy was not dependent upon a single market price, and declines in cotton prices did not have the same effect.

By 1912, “Grannis had six stores, two hotels, a livery stable, two planing mills, two custom mills, and three churches.”

In the mid-1970s, Grannis “embraced 238 Vietnamese refugees who had previously been housed at Fort Chaffee following their escape from Vietnam.”

Grannis is one of those places people live because it isn’t anywhere else. Independent people. Red State people through and through.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Smallpox-infected blankets a myth

“As part of the construction of the New American Identity in the years following WW2, it was decided to demonize the Western European population and praise the Siberian immigrants who had come before them. As a means to this end, the noble savage myth was created, along with the notion that the poor Amerinds were victims of genocide when Europeans gave them smallpox-infected blankets.

“This too turns out to be false because no documented evidence of smallpox blanket distribution exists except for a suggestion in a letter, but we know they got smallpox after attacking a hospital.”

Link at

The idea of European destruction of noble savages predates the 1950s, first appearing in the very late 1800s and early 1900s as upper-middle classes of the Northeast United States began demands for civilized treatment of defeated Plains Indians. Agricultural Indian tribes of the Northeast and Mid-West had already been eliminated, and slave-owning tribes of the Southeast shipped to Oklahoma, by treaties voted on by members of the Five Civilized Tribes. The slave-owning tribes suffered another defeat from the Civil War, so their nations faced destruction by the Great White Father in Washington. With no Indians of their own to save, Northeast Progressives decided Westerners must be held to account for destruction of the Abanaki, Assateague, Erie, Etchemin and others.

The idea of “smallpox-infected blankets” flies in the face of logic. Which presidential administrations approved the idea? From where were the infected blankets procured? How were they delivered, and by whom?

Biological warfare against the Noble Savage …. another Progressive myth.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Post, Texas

Post is not a surprising name for a town in West Texas, wide open spaces with barbed wire fences and fence posts.

But the name Post, Texas, is much more related to corn flakes than to fence posts.

“POST, TEXAS. Post, the county seat of Garza County, is on the Santa Fe Railroad at the junction of U.S. highways 84 and 380, east of the Caprock escarpment near the west central part of the county. The town began under the name Post City in 1907 as a colonizing venture of cereal manufacturer Charles William Post, who sought to develop a model town. He purchased 200,000 acres of ranchland and established the Double U. Company to manage the town's construction. The company built trim houses and numerous structures, which included the Algerita Hotel, a gin, and a textile plant. They planted trees along every street and prohibited alcoholic beverages and brothels. The Double U. Company rented and sold farms and houses to settlers. A post office began in a tent during the year of Post City's founding. Two years later the town had a school, a bank, and a newspaper, the Post City Post. The railroad reached the town in 1910. The town changed its name to Post when it incorporated in 1914, the year of C. W. Post's death. By then Post had a population of 1,000, ten retail businesses, a dentist, a doctor, a sanitarium, and Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches. The Post estate pledged $75,000 and the town raised $35,000 in 1916 to bid unsuccessfully to become the site of the proposed West Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College, later known as Texas Tech University. Postex Cotton Mills, which began production in 1913 with 250 employees, has remained the town's leading industry. When the Post interests sold the business to Ely and Walker Dry Goods Company of St. Louis in 1945, the plant was producing six million yards of cloth a year and employed 375 workers who manufactured Postex cotton sheets and Garza pillow cases. Ely and Walker sold Postex in 1955 to Burlington Industries, the world's largest textile manufacturer at that time. By 1973 the company employed 450 persons. Oilfield service companies have been important to the economy, as have farming and ranching. In 1989 Post had two libraries, a hospital, a nursing home, an airport, the Post Dispatch (founded in 1926), and ninety businesses. The population reached 3,400 in 1928, declined to 2,000 in 1940, and increased to 3,100 during the 1950s. With the development of the local oil industry, the town's population attained its highest level of 4,800 in 1964. The 1980 census showed a population of 3,864, but by 1988 the Texas Almanac reported 4,162. In 1990 the population was 3,768. The population was 3,708 in 2000.”


Wikipedia says rancher John Slaughter sold 200,000 acres to Post in 1906. The Wikipedia article has photographs of Post.,_Texas

Post is the county seat of Garza County. In 2010, the county population was 6,461. Garza County is named after Jose Antonio de la Garza, the first elected mayor of San Antonio de Bejar.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Boy Scouts decide to let girls into the tree house

“As Martin van Creveld, the Israeli military historian has noted, the more women enter any professional field, the more men leave it. And as the men depart, so to do the prestige and the economic rewards provided by the field. This creates a vicious cycle that both expels existing men from the field while repelling new men from entering it.”

Link at maggiesfarm.

Why are fewer men going to college? Because women (and especially women social justice warriors) have taken over.

Not too far away is achievement of the objective: The first woman CEO of Boy Scouts of America.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

If your action looks good and feels good, you are saved from Hell

“Nationalists like to cook up complex theories as to why our rulers are wedded to the idea of mass immigration. Some say it is cheap labor. Other say it is cheap votes. Still others see it as spite. All of those things are true, but the real motivation is virtue. Instead of a public ceremony where they sacrifice a bull or consecrate a church, inviting in the poor and downtrodden is the big public act of virtue. The consequences are down the road. The grace is today.”

Monday, October 9, 2017

Davis, Oklahoma

Davis is in Garvin and Murray counties, in South Central Oklahoma. The 2010 population was 2,683.

When your town is in two different counties, it is distinctly possible you and a neighbor pay two different county tax rates.

Davis was established in 1898. “By 1900, Davis had fifty-seven businesses, two banks, ten doctors, three dentists, and three lawyers. Cotton farming was a common occupation in Davis, which was in one of the best cotton producing sections in Oklahoma.”,_Oklahoma

Here is a link to a satellite image:,+OK+73030/@34.4609948,-97.215762,15364m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x87b2d8435afe31e3:0x4c379c2fe62dcbdf!8m2!3d34.5045317!4d-97.1194637

There are good-size sand pits west of town.

For the romantically-inclined, Joy, Katie, Tussy, Velma and Purdy are not far away.

Rocky Branch, Texas

I grew up in Rocky Branch, Texas, living about a mile north on U.S. Highway 259 from age 9 until I joined the Army at age 18.

The Texas State Historical Association says of Rocky Branch:

“Rocky Branch is on U.S. Highway 259 five miles northeast of Daingerfield in east central Morris County. It was named for the site of a sawmill and gristmill established in the late 1870s. A post office opened in 1890 and remained in operation until 1904. In 1896 the community had a population of fifty. By 1915 it had a population of 100, the sawmill operated by Nat Wright, and a general store operated by J. P. Forsyth. By the 1930s the population had declined to fifty and the businesses to two. From 1974 through 1986 the population of Rocky Branch was reported as 120. The community had two churches and a community center but no businesses. Nearby was the Primitive Baptist Church of Christ, which was organized in April 1854. The church obtained a building that year that was used as a meetinghouse and school and was still in use as a church in 1989. In 1990 the population of Rocky Branch was 135. The population remained the same in 2000.”

Anybody who lived in Rocky Branch back then would not give its location in relation to Daingerfield, but from Omaha (to the northwest) or Naples (to the northeast.)

Here is a link to a satellite image of the Rocky Branch area:,-94.7154932,5080m/data=!3m1!1e3

Those long rectangular silver structures are chicken houses, each with a few thousand chickens. My family had a chicken house. My father and I built the chicken house from scrap lumber he scrounged somewhere. Daddy and I dug post holes and put in posts and strung chicken wire to keep our 20 chickens where they belonged, in the chicken yard and away from the people yard. Chickens are nasty birds. If you have 20 with access to your yard, you will have chicken droppings all over the yard.

Our chickens laid enough eggs for two adults and five kids. Each hen had her own nest, built from scrap lumber or apple boxes taken apart and then rebuilt and filled with grass or hay.

The place we lived was a bit north of the second grouping of chicken houses, the four at an angle to Highway 259. The house that sits there now is about three times larger than the house we lived in. Ours was a two-bedroom, one bath. All five of us kids slept in one room – my three sisters in one bed and my brother and me on a couch that let down into an uncomfortable bed. Around my 14th birthday, my parents moved the dining room pieces into the kitchen, giving Bill and me our own one-bed bedroom.

The house was the first we lived in with indoor plumbing.

A little farther north on Highway 259 is County Road 4212, Spring Hill Road, which leads through Spring Hill Cemetery. That’s where my parents are buried.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Correction, correction, correction

The first thing that popped into my mind when I woke up this morning was the headline on the post below this, mentioning the 2018 presidential election.

On this Earth, there is no such election. Perhaps my mind was thinking of elections on another Earth.

I have fixed the mistake.

Think! Think!

(Verbal slap to the back of my head.)

Saturday, October 7, 2017

2020 maybe Dem presidential candidate on functions of government

“A government has three functions: public health, public safety and public education.” – Kamala Harris, D-Calif.

The Preamble to the Constitution, explaining why the document exists, lists: union, justice, domestic tranquility, defense, general welfare, and "secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”

Doctors and hospitals, police forces, public schools? Not there.

Florida dugout canoe could be 400 years old

Or not.

Winds and waves from Hurricane Irma “churned up” the canoe in Brevard County.

“According to the Florida Division of Historical Resources archaeologist who examined it and performed the radiocarbon analysis, there is:
“• A 50 percent probability the wood used to make the canoe dates between 1640 to 1680.
“• A 37.2 percent probability the wood dates between 1760 to 1818.
“• An 8.6 percent probability that it dates to 1930 or later.”

“’The canoe has some interesting features, like the presence of paint and wire nails, that indicate it may have been made in the 19th or 20th century, so this adds to the mystery,’ she (Sarah Revell) said.”

Revell also said the canoe might have been made in the 1600s or 1700s, “saw use for many years, and was modified over time.”

Friday, October 6, 2017

NFL players ‘historical illiterates’

Not a surprising statement. Almost all NFL players attended college for four years, but what was their major activity? Practicing football and playing football.

Link at

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Students reported a strange odor

OMG! OMG! Evacuate the school!

“It turns out, the source of the irritant was a pumpkin spice air freshener, fire officials told 11 News.

“But that might be in dispute, as the school's president told 11 News the odor might have been a burned-out light bulb.”

Link at

(Yeah, I can’t count the number of times I mistook a burned out light bulb for pumpkin spice air freshener.)

That’s $7 million 250 thousand of YOUR DOLLARS

“The IRS will pay Equifax $7.25 million to verify taxpayer identities and help prevent fraud under a no-bid contract issued last week…

“Equifax disclosed a cybersecurity breach in September that potentially compromised the personal information, including Social Security numbers, of more than 145 million Americans — data that security experts have described as the crown jewels for identity thieves.”

Link at

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Middle Class white women and kneeling black NFL players

“Peak professional football was probably a dozen years ago. It was around then that white mothers, especially divorced middle-class mothers, started turning against youth football. They did not want their little baby being run over by black kids. That’s why the concussion hysteria gained traction. It’s a ready made excuse for pulling the white kids out of football, that lets white women pretend it is not racism driving their decision. After all, they loved Will Smith in the concussion movie!

“It’s why the NFL’s decision to let their blacks kneel during the anthem is going to be a disaster for them. The owners signed off on it thinking it added drama and would therefore draw in girls, because girls and girly-men like drama. Instead, those kneeling black players are a stark reminder to white women that the sport of football is for violent black men, not nice suburban white boys. Youth participation in football is collapsing and this will only serve to accelerate it. The NFL has now made football anti-white and un-American.

“The root cause is not the inherent danger of playing sports like football. The root is the same as it is for everything in the current crisis. The feminization of the West is turning politics into a never ending soap opera for no purpose than the perpetuation of petty gripes among the participants. Nothing gets done, because girls don’t care about deeds. They care about attention. Swedish women have turned their country into rape land, in order to get the attention of their men, who have been feminized to the point of no return.”

Yakabag, Turkey

Hits on Yakabag are mostly for tourism.

“Look, look! We have Greek ruins! See, here used to be a temple! There are columns and pieces of statues. Of course the temple was destroyed, most likely in an earthquake. But not to matter! There has not been an earthquake here since maybe five years. And, see! We have Roman ruins! Here was an amphitheater! Yes, most of it has fallen. Again, probably from an earthquake. And, look! Here is a mosaic floor, possibly from a Byzantine church, perhaps from a wealthy Byzantine merchant. Do I think he was a Christian? Perhaps. Possibly. Or he could have been a pagan, living as a Christian and perhaps became a True Believer when the Army of Allah – praise be upon him – entered the area at the behest of the downtrodden and freed them from Christian tyranny.”

None of the hits say that. But all of Turkey was Greek, Roman or Byzantine Christian at one time. Christian far longer than any other.

From one hit I did learn that ZIP Code stands for Zone Improvement Plan. How government-sounding.

Europe will reach a shouting point: Enough! No more!

‘Intersectionality’ and the Left’s Anti-Semitism

“There are likely to be further waves of refugees in the next few years, then more from Syria now that Islamic State is all but finished in Raqqa. The civil war in Syria, with the ISIS threat to a large extent removed, is certain to intensify; then more will flee Iraq with the recapture of a battered Mosul and further clashes between Sunni and Shi'i militias; then more from Libya, where ISIS-affiliated groups clash with a multitude of other Islamist fighters; then more from other failed and failing states in North Africa, the Middle East, the rest of Africa and Afghanistan, where the Taliban are again resurgent -- more, in fact, from everywhere as social structures break down further, now that so many qualified people such as doctors, teachers, scientists have vanished to Europe. According to a leaked German government report, up to 6.6 million migrants -- both refugees and migrants seeking a better life -- are currently waiting to cross to Europe from Africa.”

Link at

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Good friends don’t let you bleed out in the back of a car

Burglar shot with his own gun; body found in car four days later.

“Stokes bled to death in the car while Mackey drove to Lake Worth, police said. There, Mackey and another man put the body inside another car, where it sat for three days, according to the report.

“The car then was moved to Australian Avenue, about 2 miles east of Interstate 95 and just north of 45th Street in Lake Park, the report said. A passerby discovered Stokes’ body inside and thought he was sleeping.

“Investigators say they found a cellphone in the car that led them to Mackey. It helped show that Mackey was an associate of Stokes’, and investigators used cellphone records to track Mackey and Stokes from Lake Worth to Broward County and back around the time of the shooting, a report showed.

“Mackey was arrested Saturday and is being held without bond at the Palm Beach County Jail, charged with second-degree murder in Stokes’ death and armed home invasion.

“Under Florida law, an accomplice can be held responsible for a death if it occurs while committing a crime.”

Link at

Honor among thieves? Not bloody likely.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Even a Zip Code is political?

Wikipedia says Zip Code 71917 is in “Disputed territory. Palestine.”

Here is something for Wikipedia to consider, in the interests of accuracy: Palestine does not exist. There is no such entity and has not been since May 14, 1948, when Israel declared its existence and was immediately invaded by the armies of Egypt, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan, as well as forces from Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Israel’s statehood ended the League of Nations Mandate of Palestine.

A site called says the Zip Code is “A Postal Code in Palestine.”

Towns in the “Disputed territory” include:

Bil'in -- a “Palestinian village” located in the Ramallah and al-Bireh Governorate, west of the city of Ramallah in the central West Bank.

Modi'in Illit (lit. "Upper Modi'in") -- a Haredi Israeli settlement and city in the West Bank, situated midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Modi'in Illit was granted city status by the Israeli government in 2008.

Bil'in -- a “Palestinian village” in the West Bank.

Lapid (lit. Torch) -- an Israeli communal settlement. Located near Modi'in, Lapid falls under the jurisdiction of Hevel Modi'in Regional Council.

Matityahu -- a moshav and Israeli settlement in the West Bank, located approximately midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, near the settlement of Modi'in Illit and the city of Modi'in-Maccabim-Re'ut. Matityahu was initially founded in 1981 by a group of English-speaking immigrants from the United States.

Saffa -- a Palestinian town in the Ramallah and al-Bireh Governorate, located 18 kilometers west of Ramallah in the northern West Bank.

Kfar Ruth (lit. Ruth's Village) -- is a moshav in Israel, located just west of the Green Line near Modi'i.

Kfar HaOranim (. lit. Village of the Pines), also known as Menora or Giv'at Ehud -- a communal Israeli settlement in the West Bank. It is contiguous with Lapid and near to the major city of Modi'in, it falls under the jurisdiction of Mateh Binyamin Regional Council.

Maarava Machon Rubin -- an Orthodox yeshiva high school located in the town of Matityahu, near Modi'in, midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The yeshiva was founded and is headed by Rabbi Baruch Chait who is originally from the United States.

Student organization demands fewer Africans on campus

Black Students United says: “The Black student population at Cornell disproportionately represents international or first-generation African or Caribbean students. While these students have a right to flourish at Cornell, there is a lack of investment in Black students whose families were affected directly by the African Holocaust in America. Cornell must work to actively support students whose families have been impacted for generations by white supremacy and American fascism.”

Just proves some people are more equal than others. In their open, collegiate minds, anyway

Link at

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Gowen, Oklahoma

“There is an old house, that this man had lived in his whole life. He lived there with his parents, then lived there after they passed. He raised his children and died in that house. He lay dead in his house for days before anyone discovered him, and in the early evening time and later at night, if you walk by the house, you can either see the figure of an elderly man staring out the front window, sitting on the porch, or hear the mournful moans of someone.”

Gowen has had a post office since 1894. has the latest population at 298. Of those, 235 are white, 51 are Indian, 2 are Hispanic, and 1 is Other. By my math, that totals 289. Maybe somebody transposed the 8 and 9. The same site says the population is 140 men and 158 women. Those numbers total 298. lists 10 mines in the Gowen area.

The nearest Social Security office is in McAlester, 21.5 miles away.
says “There are 0 Affordable Apartment in or near Gowen, OK." Note to government writers: The grammatically correct notice would be “0 Affordable Apartments.” echoes, with “No Matching Listings Found,” but lists several in Wilburton.

Here is a link to a satellite image of the Gowen area:,+OK+74545/@34.8677634,-95.4889106,2166m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x87b5118784c1d669:0x6d569f04457706fd!8m2!3d34.8698173!4d-95.4897335

Gowen is in Latimer County, in Southeast Oklahoma.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

We have reached the point where facts don't matter

Many of us knew some of these things from first-hand experience, while we learned others only through passage of time and years of reading and studies.

'Five myths about the Vietnam War'

For others, the certainty of their lies and misbeliefs still give Kerry, Fonda, et al, first place in the pantheon of Liberal Heroes.

Won’t hire Americans? Here’s a DOJ lawsuit

By Jake Gibson, Fox News

The Department of Justice announced Thursday it has filed a lawsuit against a Colorado corporation for allegedly discriminating against U.S. workers.

The complaint alleges that in 2016, Crop Production discriminated against at least three United States citizens by refusing to employ them as seasonal technicians in El Campo, Texas, because Crop Production preferred to hire temporary foreign workers under the H-2A visa program.

“In the spirit of President Trump’s Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American, the Department of Justice will not tolerate employers who discriminate against U.S. workers because of a desire to hire temporary foreign visa holders,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “… Where there is a job available, U.S. workers should have a chance at it before we bring in workers from abroad.”

This is the first complaint filed stemming from the “Protecting U.S. Workers Initiative,” which was launched on March 1.

A Civil Rights Division official told Fox News that since the initiative’s launch, the division has opened 29 investigations of “potential discrimination against U.S. workers based on a hiring preference for foreign visa workers.”

DOJ officials also told Fox News the department has reached at least one settlement with a company discriminating against U.S. workers in favor of foreign visa workers, and distributed over $100,000.

Link at

Thursday, September 28, 2017

British liberal shows her knowledge of things military

She says Prince Harry does not know how to fly an Apache helicopter.

"Somebody else will tell me whether or not that's true but I've been told that's an absolute fact that somebody sits beside him and drives the helicopters for him."

If the gentle lady from Kensington knew anything about the Apache attack helicopter, she would realize the two pilots sit in tandem (one behind the other) and it is impossible for someone to sit beside Harry and drive the helicopter for him.

Drive the helicopter?

Never underestimate the stupidity of a British liberal.

Link at

NFL will 'pay a financial price'

“Sadly, the NFL has, you know, I think gone out very, very far on a limb here — has disrespected America, disrespected cops, disrespected the military — and thankfully it is gonna pay a financial price. This is also a league, an organization, which is receiving enormous amounts of corporate welfare, frankly … from the American taxpayer, which I think is despicable.”
-- Steve Cortes, Trump Hispanic Advisory Council

Link at

Woman uses gun in self-defense, fired from job

Her mom set up a GoFundMe account, which has raised more than $64,000.

By Emily Crane For
PUBLISHED: 16:48 EDT, 27 September 2017 | UPDATED: 18:10 EDT, 27 September 2017

Donations are pouring in for a mother-of-three who lost her job at a New Mexico gas station after she shot an armed robber.

Jennifer Wertz was held up at a Circle K gas station in Albuquerque last Monday while she was working behind the counter.

She said the suspect, identified by police as 23-year-old Ferron Mendez, ran into the store and pointed a gun at her.

'He pointed the gun at my face, I grabbed my gun from my pocket, I cocked it and I shot,' she told Fox News.

Wertz was initially suspended for two weeks by Circle K after the shooting, but they have since fired her for breaking company policy that bans employees from carrying guns at work.

A GoFundMe page set up for Wertz after she was fired has since raised more than $64,000 in donations. The page was set up by her own mother who wrote that Wertz would never ask for help herself.

'She has always been a good person, mom and daughter. She is in need of dire help to support her family. She was already living pay check to pay check and now has no savings or nothing to fall back on,' the page reads.

Wertz said she had been bringing her gun to work lately due to a recent spate of crimes in the area and claimed her employers weren't doing enough to make her feel safe.

'Robberies have been going on like this for the past few weeks,' she said. 'They have done nothing to protect me... and I felt the need to protect myself.'

She said she chose not to follow protocol because she was tired of being a 'sitting duck'.

'We are not to chase. We are not to provoke. We are not to do anything we just stand there and give them what they want and they leave,' she said of the policy.

'What if he would have come in and just shot me just because I wasn't behind the counter?

'I'm sick and tired of being a sitting duck.'

Mendez was hospitalized but has since been jailed. He is facing a string of charges including attempt to commit armed robbery and aggravated assault.

No charges have been filed against Wertz.

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Zip Code 72755 -- Arabia and an African Safari in Mexico

That code is in Saudi Arabia. Here is a link to a satellite image:,+Saudi+Arabia/@30.4322087,39.5576166,20902m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x15129fa3c6b097e9:0x718657e58c24fcf6!8m2!3d30.4173924!4d39.6311688

All that red stuff and tan stuff is sand. You can focus in as close to the ground as possible in all directions, and you are looking at sand. Or sand and rocks.

There is a 72755 in Mexico, too. Here is a link to a map:

In the northeast corner of the map there is a large lake, and a notation for “African Safari.”

Here is a link to a satellite picture of the wildlife area:,-98.2412,22930m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en-US

Guadalupe-Hidalgo and San Baltazar Campeche are nearby.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Another reason why the rest of the US doesn’t like the Northeast

“What’s been hardest is the way our legal system is structured to favor private property. I think people all over this city, of every background, would like to have the city government be able to determine which building goes where, how high it will be, who gets to live in it, what the rent will be. I think there’s a socialistic impulse, which I hear every day, in every kind of community, that they would like things to be planned in accordance to their needs. Unfortunately, what stands in the way of that is hundreds of years of history that have elevated property rights and wealth to the point that that’s the reality that calls the tune on a lot of development.” -- Bill de Blasio

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(Da Mayor knows not American history. This country was built on private property and real property. Here’s truth: Government serves two functions – to maintain order and to protect property. Anything else is illegal.)

‘Left-wing corporate managers have declared war on our freedoms’

‘YOUTUBE Suspends, Deletes Pamela Geller’s Account’

By Pamela Geller - on September 23, 2017


What a day. First Berkeley, now this.

YouTube has deleted my account. Why? Ask the leftist authoritarians. I haven’t a clue.

I have been posting videos to YouTube since 2006. Over a thousand videos of rallies, events, interviews and the like. Now my account has been deleted, suspended — poof! Gone.

All that history — gone. Like Aamon Goeth said before he deleted the Warsaw Ghetto, “They never happened. Today is history.”

Months ago, YouTube demonetized my videos. Last month, YouTube blocked me from posting videos because of a video I posted in 2007. The video was up ten years without incident, but suddenly it warranted a suspension?

Left-wing corporate managers have declared war on our freedoms.

Facebook has blocked my newsfeed from my one million plus followers. Pinterest has blocked links from my website. PayPal suspended me until an outpouring of condemnation and outrage forced a reversal. My twitter account is shadowbanned. My website and posts have been scrubbed from Google search. Fourteen years and over forty thousand posts. Google Adsense has banned my account. Google is blacklisting and has admitted to working with alt-left smear groups to silence opposition. And it’s not just me, it’s all criticism of jihad and sharia.

Is this really America?

Joseph Stalin airbrushed photos to erase the presence of those who had fallen out of favor. Left-run social media titans are doing the very same thing. They are disappearing me.

Send a letter to YouTube if you want to reach their customer service department. Write to “YouTube, LLC, 901 Cherry Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066.” Do not expect a prompt reply.

• Alternatively, you can fax a letter to 650-253-0001.

Tweet at those goons – leave comments on Facebook. These mindless savages are out of control.

This is a war on our freedoms. We must fight back.

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(YouTube is in business to make money. YouTube sees people like Geller and you and me as a threat to the stability of its money-making. YouTube is not a public service. However, the people who make decisions tend to be asshole leftists.)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Rush Limbaugh was right…

… but not in the way he expected.

About five years ago, radio entertainer Rush Limbaugh stated that the Progressive-leftist-Democrats would not rest until the National Football League was nothing but a memory.

Limbaugh was right about the Progressive objective, but wrong concerning Progressive tactics. Limbaugh thought Progressives would hammer Congress and other law makers about football injuries as the means of ridding the country of the many-times-over billion-dollar sport.

He never thought the NFL, bowing to Progressive politics, would commit suicide.

Navy leadership sold out to keep careers

Why fast naval combat ships run into slow commercial vessels.

“First, there was a failure by the nation and particularly the executive branch of the government to recognize that by using the armed forces as a social change agent, as well as denying them the tools (forces) to do the job, will always cause the forces to break. We are at the breaking point and it shows.”

Monday, September 25, 2017

Dear Mrs. Clinton,

Despite what your book claims, here is why you lost the 2016 U.S. presidential election:

“The Democrats had allowed themselves to believe that they were so innately superior that they couldn’t lose an election except through fraud or dirty tricks. The humiliating defeats of McGovern, Carter, Mondale and Dukakis were all in the past. They had gone so far to the left that they couldn’t lose.

“They had confused ideology with electability. The fallacy of fanatics is the conviction that their beliefs explain reality. And that following their beliefs must therefore lead to a successful outcome.”

(Overall, the best piece I have seen on why the shrill, shrieking old woman from Illinois/Arkansas/New York lost.)

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Dear Amazon: Are you serious or just seriously crazy?

An email: ‘Starting this Week: Thursday Night Football live on Prime Video.’

You are serious, aren’t you, Amazon. And seriously stupid. You are not yet aware of suicidal tendencies running loose in the NFL. The crazies have broken out of the backfield and are running unopposed toward the End Zone of Death. You don’t have enough problems of your own? You have to take on someone else’s guilt by association?

(That was my reply to Amazon. We’ll see what Amazon replies, if anything.)

Reply from Amazon:

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(So, Amazon does not know why I am replying to an email that cannot be replied to. Hey, Amazon! Your email had a clickable "Reply.")

Raccoon hitches ride on police car

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – You’ve probably heard of a police ride-a-long, but we guarantee you haven’t seen one like this.

A police officer in Colorado Springs was on his way to a car crash Thursday night when, out of nowhere, a raccoon jumped onto the windshield of his patrol car.

In a post on Facebook, police said the officer was “pawsitively surprised” to see the animal on his windshield.

The officer pulled the car over and the raccoon jumped off and went on its way.

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(The po-leece could have ticketed the coon for interfering with a police officer.)

Yea, me

I got 10 million points in solitaire. 13 million if I count a previous 3 million total, lost when I had my computer de-bugged.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Teacher: You're not allowed to learn that

You're white. Just shut up and go to the back of the classroom.

College professor urges ‘destruction’ of ‘whitestream intellectual habits’

“A University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley professor recently called for the ‘destruction.’” of what he calls ’Whitestream cherished knowledge.’

“Such knowledge, Jupp explains, ‘refers to Whitestream subject area content and related whitened intellectual habits that form the basis of much mainstream learning and teaching in U.S. schools.’

“Jupp then cites K-12 history lessons as an example, noting that many K-12 students are taught through the lens of ‘white privilege,’ which creates problems among the future educators in Jupp’s classes, whom he teaches to ‘resist critical race and whiteness pedagogies.’”

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(I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism, completed 27 hours graduate school, worked for five daily newspapers in Texas and spent 16 years in the Army, including three years as an intelligence analyst/Intelligence Section S2 NCO. One thing I learned in all that was immediate recognition of bullshit. “Whitestream subject area and content”?)

Beaver, Oklahoma

Beaver is in Beaver County in the Oklahoma Panhandle. The Panhandle is three counties long and separates Kansas from Texas. Beaver is also the county seat.

The town’s population was 1,515 by 2010 census figures. About 6.8% of families and 10.2% of the population were below the poverty line.

Beaver’s greatest population was 2,087, in 1960. The smallest population was 112 in 1900.

Each April, Beaver hosts the World Cow Chip Throwing Contest.

The Jones and Plummer Trail Museum is in Beaver. The museum “offers a glimpse into early day Beaver Country and the beginnings of the town through displays of historical artifacts and prototype rooms.”

(I’m not sure what a “prototype room” is. More than likely, it is a room made up as an example of how people’s houses looked long ago. I’d expect people writing a tourist publication to do better than “prototype room.”)

The Jones and Plummer Trail was a route laid out from Dodge City, Kans., to Texas and originally carried buffalo hides.

“The Jones and Plummer Trail was established in the fall of 1874, when two former buffalo hunters turned merchants and freighters, Charles Edward (Dirty Face) Jones and Joseph H. Plummer,qqvestablished a store at the head of Wolf Creek. They had seen the need for a convenient place for buffalo hunters to sell hides and obtain supplies after Quanah Parker's raid had convinced the Dodge City merchants to abandon the Adobe Walls trading post. Jones marked the trail, and the partners' trips to and from Dodge City to deliver hides and buffalo meat and to purchase goods cut ruts into the sod deep enough for others to follow.”


“In the 1870s and 1880s the nation's pressure to expand the West created a recognizable region that included the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles and southwestern Kansas, best described as a ragged, imperfect triangle with Dodge City the hub and anchor. The Jones and Plummer Trail was founded by hunters Charles Edward "Dirty Face" Jones and Joe H. Plummer. They formed a short-lived partnership and opened a dugout store at the mouth of Wolf Creek in the Texas Panhandle, between Dodge City and Mobeetie, Texas. Jones staked a trail to both locations for his own use, but it was open to all comers.

“Known from the beginning as the Jones and Plummer Trail, the route stretched 168 miles from Dodge City to Mobeetie. The trail crossed the Cimarron River at Miles Landing, located east of present State Highway 23 in Meade County, Kansas, before entering the Oklahoma Panhandle. The trail then ran south-southwest to the site of present Beaver and forded the Beaver (North Canadian) River. Continuing south, the trail entered the Texas Panhandle north of Booker.”

Here is a link to a satellite image of the Beaver area:,-100.5143081,2248m/data=!3m1!1e3

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Miami-Dade County ticket residents cleaning up hurricane damage

“Mere hours after Hurricane Irma, Miami-Dade County was ticketing residents for building code violations on their wrecked properties.

“Celso Perez was helping his neighbors remove some fallen trees blocking their street when a county code enforcer rolled up and issued him a safety notice for having a downed fence. "I laughed," Perez tells WSVN-TV. "I thought he was kidding. 'You are kidding right? We just had a hurricane six hours ago.'"

“It wasn't a joke. The official told Perez that the downed fence—which encloses a pool—was a safety hazard, and that if it wasn't fixed by the time he returned, Perez would be hit with a fine. The official then hung the safety citation on the portion of Perez's fence that remained standing, leaving him and his neighbors to finish clearing the debris from their street.”

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(County officials weren’t admitting anything at first, but then perhaps decided silence was not golden. “The safety notices given to property owners identify the hazard, steps that should be taken to correct the hazard, and who to contact for additional information.” Hazard identification? That’s not what residents said they were told.)

No redeeming social value

Last night I called up a movie from Netflix. I said to my wife, “It’s got Antonio Banderas. How bad can it be?”

Answer: Really bad. Really, really bad. Maybe in Bob’s Top 20 Worst Movies of All Time bad.

I won’t bother you with details. The movie is bad. We’ll just leave it at that.

Oh. The name of the movie is Gun Shy.

Rotten Tomatoes gives the movie one star. Is there no half star rating?

Roger Ebert agrees with me.

“’Gun Shy’ is an action-comedy starring Antonio Banderas that is lacking only action, comedy and a performance by Antonio Banderas that is anything other than a complete embarrassment. At least with a good number of bad movies, you can sometimes see what they were attempting to go for and then analyze where and how they went wrong. In the case of this film, not only does it not work by even the most basic of entertainment standards, it is impossible to grasp what the result might have been like if it had actually worked, unless it was meant to be a part of an experiment designed to make 92 minutes seem as if they are lasting forever.”

It is bad, folks. Bad, bad, bad, bad, bad.

Kansas, Oklahoma

Kansas the town is much closer to Arkansas than it is to Kansas the state. Kansas the town is in Delaware County, the second Oklahoma county south of Kansas the state, but right up against the Arkansas state line.

Kansas’ population in 2010 was 802. Demographic makeup was 46.42% Native American; 45.84% White; 0.15% Pacific Islander; 0.15% from other races; and 7.45% from two or more races.

Just wondering: How does one become part of “two or more” races? If someone is, and somebody else asks, “Are you black, brown, red, white or yellow?”, does he answer, “I am two or more races.”? Maybe I’ll start checking that box when the 2020 census forms come around. Probably, the Census Bureau would call me on it and tell me I checked “White” in 2010. If so, I’ll just say, “I changed my mind.”

Darrell Winfield, aka “The Marlboro Man” was born in Kansas in 1929. He died in Riverton, Wyo., in 2015, six months before his 86th birthday.

Even though Kansas is in Delaware County, that part of the country was the Cherokee Nation.

Here is a link to a satellite image:,-94.7701752,4095m/data=!3m1!1e3

In the Flint Creek area, southeast of town, there are lots of roads running along the ridgelines, but few houses. Somebody expects growth. That expectation might not be too far from reality. Kansas had its largest-ever population in 2010. The previous high was 685, in 2000.

Why is a small town in Oklahoma called Kansas?

“There are several versions of the way in which Kansas received its name. One claims that the town was named after a popular housewares peddler from Kansas City, Kansas. A second asserts that so many of the town's inhabitants migrated from Kansas that they named their town after the state. Census records do not bear this out. Regardless, Kansas existed as a thriving boomtown while still a part of the Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory.

“On December 2, 1902, the federal government chose Tom Caywood and A. K. Wright to plat the town. The government paid the Cherokee Nation twenty-five dollars for the forty-five-acre town site. At the end of the twentieth century the actual city limits encompassed more than five square miles.

“Early businesses included two general stores, hardware and drug stores, a gristmill, sawmill, pool hall, hotel, rooming house, print shop, the Cherokee Land Company, a doctor, and a dentist. Many of these concerns were in operation before 1906. Two short-lived newspapers served Kansas: the Cherokee Hummer, from 1906, and the Delaware Tribune, from 1910. In 1911 there were an estimated two hundred residents. In 1930 the census showed 22. The next available census figures indicate a population of 317 in 1970.”

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Man who Burned

Willie Joe yelled at Tom for shooting the man who was on fire.

“What the fuck you want to go and do that for, huh?” Willie Joe waved his arms. The M-16 in his right hand went up and down when he waved his arms. “The fucker was gonna die, Man. What you want to go and shoot him for?”

“He was on fire,” Tom said.

The answer didn’t do anything for Willie Joe’s anger.

“Exactly what I’m talkin about, Man.” Willie Joe got close to Tom’s face. “Why d’you think we called in air support, huh? Why?”

“Because we couldn’t get them out with what we had. Our own fire, I mean.”

“Riight,” Willie Joe said, and his head went up and down in fast nods. “We couldn’t get the motherfuckers out. So we call in air support, they drop napalm, and the gooks fry.”

“He was on fire,” Tom said.

“He was well on his way to being a crispy critter, Man.”

Tom looked across the open space between the rice paddies and to the clump of trees, where there were bunkers and trenches and the black thing lying not fifty meters away. The thing that was the man Tom shot looked like a line drawn in the grass, small and insignificant.

Tom said, “He’s a crispy critter now. What difference does it make, whether I shot him or not?”

Willie Joe got closer to Tom’s face. “The difference is, he was supposed to suffer. The difference is, he’s supposed to be a fuckin example. Anybody fucks with us, he gets fried. He doesn’t get shot, he doesn’t get put out of his misery. He fries.”

Tom looked at the black line. Small wisps of smoke rose from the body. “In New Guinea,” he said, watching the smoke rise and diffuse in the hot air, “they call it long pig.”

Willie Joe was no longer in Tom’s face. “Do what?” he asked. “What you talkin about?”

“People,” Tom said. “People cooked for eating. In New Guinea, they call it long pig.”

Willie Joe’s face squinched up. “That’s fuckin disgusting, Man. That’s -- ” He waved his arms. “That’s the most disgusting thing I ever heard.” He turned then, and walked away.

From When I Went to Vietnam

Bureaucrats, Lord love 'em

My wife answered the phone Monday evening. The caller said she was with a state-sponsored agency that provides services to John, my wife’s brother. She asked if she could speak to John. My wife said, “John does not live here. I am his sister; how may I help you?” The state person asked my wife’s name, and when given that, said, “You are not on the list of people authorized to speak for John.” My wife said, “I am his legal guardian.” The woman said, “You are not on the list. We need to speak with John personally.” My wife said, “You do realize John has the mental capacity of a 5-year-old.” Silence from the state person. Then: “We need to speak with John.” My wife said, “All right. If you will call tomorrow, I will be at John’s assisted living home, and you can talk to him.” The state person and my wife agreed for 10 a.m. today.

How this has gone in the past: The state person calls. My wife holds the phone. The state person says, “Can you tell me your name?”

My wife: “John, tell the woman your name.” John does.

State person: “What is your birthday?”

My wife: “John, say Ten.” John says Ten. “Twelve.” John says Twelve. “Nineteen Fifty-Six.” John says Nineteen Fifty-Six.

State person: “What is your Social Security Number?”

My wife: “John, say Five.” And then the remaining numbers, one at a time.

This year would have some additional remarks from John. First additional remark: “We had a hurricane. Wind blew big. Wheew, wheew! And it rained real hard.” Second additional remark: “My bowels move good. I go and go.” This has been a good year for John’s bowels. He tells everyone.

Like telemarketers, bureaucrats work from a script. Say A, get response. Say B, get response. Not on script: ““You do realize John has the mental capacity of a 5-year-old.”

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Today’s news brought to you by …

“The young people you see in the mass media are just are fogy-ish as an old fogy. They are positive that the old model is still relevant. They create the news and supply it to you in doses they believe you can handle.”

(It’s not news until we say it is.)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Wiergate, Texas

Wiergate is in far East Texas, on State Highway 63, between Farrsvile and Burkeville, not far from the Louisiana border.

Wiergate had a population of around 1,000 in 1936. Today, 450 people live there.

The town was established in the middle of thousands of acres of never-cut forest. The area was prime for logging.

“It had the last large lumber mill built in East Texas in 1917 by Houston lumberman Robert W. Wier, for whom it was named. The Wier Long Leaf Lumber Company was to clearcut an 86,000-acre tract of virgin longleaf pine in northern Newton, Jasper, and Sabine counties owned by the heirs of early lumbermen Henry Jacob Lutcher and G. Bedell Moore. The Lutcher and Moore heirs, who considered cutting and transporting the lumber to already established mills too expensive, gave Wier a contract to build a large sawmill on the site.”

Reportedly, Wier wanted to build the big sawmill at Burkeville, but landowners there didn’t want “rough sawmill workers” wondering around in town. In other words, “We’ll take the money the lumber brings, but we don’t want those people upsetting Burkeville.” Wier built a new town, carrying his name, four miles west of Burkeville.

The mill had a cutting capacity of 200,000 board feet every ten hours.

“In its heyday Wiergate was in all respects a company town. With a peak population of perhaps as many as 2,500 persons, it had a company-owned commissary, a drugstore, a barbershop, an ice plant, a depot, a swimming pool, a movie theater, and two schools and community houses (one for blacks, one for whites). … Wier also built the fifteen-mile Gulf and Northern Railroad, which connected his town to Newton.”

With lumber pretty much gone in the early 190s, Weir “dismantled the large mill, and abandoned the railroad. The population of Wiergate, estimated at 1,000 in 1936, fell to 350 by the end of the 1940s. However, a smaller mill, with a daily capacity of 50,000 board feet, was still in operation in 1990, using lumber from the region's second-growth forests.”

(Same link.)

Here is a satellite image link:,-93.7251869,5200m/data=!3m1!1e3

There are a lot of trees around Wiergate. They do grow back.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Tom Quick – 18th century hero, 20th century genocidal maniac

“The story is told that young Tom was out with his father and brother-in-law one day on some errand across the river, when the senior Quick was felled by a round from a marauding Indian’s rifle. Young Tom and the brother-in-law tried to drag the elder wounded Quick to safety, but he was dying and commanded them to run for their lives. The two men then frantically made their way back across the frozen river. Tom paused after reaching the bank to see if they were being pursued and saw to his horror his now-dead father being scalped.

“Something snapped in him and from this point on, Tom Quick swore vengeance on all Indians.”

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For a similar character, see

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

In case you are wondering if stupids are still in charge of the Democratic Party

MSNBC newslady says Democrats should have more of their people move to Wisconsin and Michigan.

"Why would the Democratic Party not just recruit people from California to move to Michigan and to Wisconsin?" Tur asked, adding it seemed like a "simplistic answer."

Tur said her friends had "brought this up repeatedly whenever we've talked about what's going on with the Democrats."

"Democrats have more voters, but they're in the wrong places," New York Times reporter Nicholas Confessore said.

Liberal guest Zerlina Maxwell interjected that there are policies in red states that "marginalize communities and that's why we choose to live in places like California and New York."

"Got it," Tur said.

(Got it? I don’t think so.)

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Facebook users exposed to new ideas

Zuckerberg promises error will never happen again.

“MENLO PARK, CA—Assuring users that the company’s entire team of engineers was working hard to make sure a glitch like this never happens again, Facebook executives confirmed during a press conference Tuesday that a horrible accident last night involving the website’s algorithm had resulted in thousands of users being exposed to new concepts. ‘Unfortunately, late Monday evening, a major failure in our news feed program allowed a significant number of users to come into contact with concepts unfamiliar to them,’ said CEO Mark Zuckerberg, appearing contrite as he emphasized to reporters that the issue had been resolved and that it was now safe to visit the social media site again without fear of encountering any opinions, notions, or perspectives not aligning with one’s existing worldview. ‘To those who were forced to read a headline they did not agree with when they visited Facebook yesterday, we are deeply sorry. It’s an inexcusable failing on our part if your viewpoints were not reinforced by what you saw onscreen. I want all Facebook users to know that you’ll never again encounter any ideas on our site that are in any way novel or ideologically challenging to you—that’s my personal promise.’ Zuckerberg then concluded the press conference by thanking users for their support, assuring them that a news article confirming their own individual political and personal biases would be directed to their news feeds with more information on Facebook’s policy.”

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Sunday, September 10, 2017


Sitting at this machine in my West Central Florida, rain blowing and falling outside. Steel shutters on windows. Sounds like a storm. Not even close to the catastrophic disaster predicted (and hoped for) by TV news and weather people.

12 September 1683

Why Poland and Hungary say ‘Never again.’

“With the cry of ‘Jezus Maria ratuj’ (Jesus Maria help), the whole Polish line rode down upon the Turks. Encased in glittering steel that covered head to thighs, with their tiger and leopard pelts fluttering in the wind and eagles’ wings affixed to their backs, the leading units of hussars presented an almost unearthly spectacle. Armed to the teeth with a 19-foot pennon-tipped kopia lance, a curved and a straight saber, four pistols, and a battle hammer, and mounted on a powerful armored steed, the hussar was the epitome of the Polish cavalier.

“Following the hussars were pancerny and kwarciany. Likewise made up of Polish aristocrats, the cavalrymen of the pancerny wore helmets, mailed shirts and shields and wielded short lances, falchions, the handzar dagger, poleaxes, and musketoons or bows. The kwarciany light cavalry of the poor Polish gentry and foreigners wore little armor and brandished short lances, sabers, and the occasional pistol. Leading the whole attack was Sobieski himself, his armor decked out in blue, luxurious semi-Oriental garb, his hand holding the bulawa marshal’s baton. On his side, curved saber in hand, rode 14-year-old Prince Jakób.”

Polish cavalry broke the Turkish attack, ended the siege of Vienna and saved Central and Western Europe from Muslim conquest.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Don’t want chickens and ducks around? Move TF back to town

Some “frustrated people” near San Jose, Calif., want told Stanislaus County planning commissioners to outlaw roosters, noisy ducks, geese and other pesky “small livestock farming” animals from many unincorporated areas near cities and towns.

Owners of said “pesky animals” say remember where you are and just STFU.

One woman complained of “hundreds of roosters” crowing.

“’It’s a nightmare,’ Connie Goesch said. ‘The noise is ridiculous. You can’t open your windows when it’s nice out, to have the air come in, because of the noise.’”

“In addition to roosters, the proposal would prohibit ‘quacking ducks, geese, guinea fowl, peafowl, worms (except for personal use), or any other small domestic animal determined by the Planning Director to have the potential to cause a nuisance.’ It also would clarify limits on chickens, turkeys, pigeons, rabbits and beehives.”

(Worms, except for personal use? If you keep worms, they're for fish bait or plowing the underground in a flower garden. Or feed for those hundreds of roosters.)

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Italian-Americans out, indigenous peoples in

LA City Council replaces Columbus Day with celebration to commemorate “indigenous, aboriginal and native people.”

Okay. If you are not an IANP, you must not celebrate their achievements, because to do so would be cultural appropriation.

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Tex Vache – police officer, WWI naval NCO, MLB player at 35

Vache had one year in the majors, 1925 Red Sox. He hit .313, with 3 home runs and 48 runs batted in.



No scroll, no credit

Sorry, folks, but this “oral law” has no basis in the written law.

“The chain of transmission of the Oral Torah is recorded in the first mishna in Avoth: Moshe received he Torah from Sinai, and entrusted it to Yëhoshua‘ bin Nun, his successor. Yëhoshua‘, in turn, entrusted it to the zëqénim (literally ‘elders’), who were the first Sanhedrin. They in turn entrusted it to the shofëtim (‘Judges’), who formed successive sessions of the Sanhedrin. And then they to the Prophets, who in turn handed it over to the Anshei Kënesseth haGëdola (the ‘Men of the Great Assembly,’ the last three prophets were actually members of this august group). They, under the leadership of ‘Ezra haKohén, reconstituted Jewish life after the disaster of the Babylonian Exile.”

The writer says the majority of the Jewish people, or the “ordinary Jewish people of the country, called the ‘am ha’aretz (‘people of the land), (were) also generally Orthodox in their observances but less learned and therefore less careful due to their ignorance.”

So, the “ordinary people” wanted to do the right thing, but needed more-educated men to tell them what the right thing was. Sounds like Progressive Democrats. “Listen to me. I have numerous degrees, and, therefore, I am smarter than you.”

He also says the Essenes “were not so much a separate sect(,) as a group steeped in the lore of herbal healing.” Source?

The Karaite have the more accurate, common-sense version of Judaism: The law given to Moses is a written law, and the claim to an unwritten, or oral, law is spurious and has no support in the written law. Claims that G-d gave Moses an additional law, a law to be used in later centuries because the Israelites were not yet ready for this additional law, is a scam visited upon Jews after the Babylonian captivity, a con developed by (probable) well-meaning, educated men who, by their studies alone, were more knowledgeable than the ‘am ha’aretz. That scam continues today.

Too crazy for Charlie

“Back in the Sixties the thing to do was go out to California and join a hippie Commune. My Judo instructor's cousin did that. One day he gets a call at his Dojo in Houston from the leader of the Hippie commune who says ‘You have got to come out here and pick up your cousin - she is too crazy for us.’ My Sensei replied ‘Yeah, my cousin was always a few cards short of a full deck - OK I'll come pick her up.’ So he drives out to LA, spends a few days at the commune playing guitar with the hippies then drives his cousin back to Enid OK - drops her off - then drives back to Houston.

"You're probably thinking ‘You senile old fart, why did you tell us that pointless story?’

“Oh no, you don't understand: The hippie commune leader was Charles Manson, and the cousin was too crazy to be a member of the Manson family. This was about six weeks before the Tate - LaBianca murders. So up in Enid Oklahoma there is a little old lady who makes the members of the Manson Family look sane.”

A metaphor that doesn’t quite fly

“When it comes to dealing with unwanted turkeys, it’s not the ODFW’s first rodeo.”

‘Pilot Rock City Council looks to ODFW for turkey solutions’

(Maybe Oregon has turkey rodeos?)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

In which nursing school were they taught that?

‘Denver Health nurse suspended after opening body bag to see man’s genitals’

“DENVER – Five nurses at Denver Health Medical Center were suspended for three weeks after they inappropriately viewed a deceased patient’s body and talked about it, a hospital spokesman confirmed to Denver7 Investigates Tuesday.

“A tip to Denver7 said the nurses disciplined admired the size of the deceased patient’s genitals and at one point opened a body bag to view parts of the body. A hospital spokesman confirmed details of the incident.”

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Tom, Oklahoma

Tom is an unincorporated community in McCurtain County in Southeast Oklahoma.

At one time, the area around Tom was settled by former slaves of the Choctaw Tribe. Robert M. Jones, a Choctaw politician and planter, had four plantations in what is now the Choctaw-McCurtain County area of Oklahoma, but before statehood was in the southeastern part of the Choctaw Nation. By 1861, Jones “had acquired 227 enslaved men, women, and children who lived and labored upon his four cotton plantations along the Red River. The Colonel also operated three steamboats that conveyed thousands of bales of Choctaw cotton to New Orleans before returning to Jones, laden with products to dress the shelves of the general stores that he ran in the large towns of the Choctaw Nation.”

Additional indications of Jones’ wealth are included in the Oklahoma Historical Society Encyclopedia.

“At the peak of his success he ran approximately twenty-eight trading stores, six plantations along the Arkansas and Texas borders, and a sugar plantation in Louisiana. The two largest plantations were Lake West, with almost five thousand acres near present Oberlin, and Rocky Comfort, with approximately ten thousand acres. He was the largest slaveholder in Indian Territory, owning approximately 225 slaves at any given time.”

Other sources said Jones had 250 slaves or 500 slaves and two steamboats.

Jones maintained headquarters of his farming operations at Rose Hill Plantation, southeast of today’s Hugo. A family cemetery marks the location of the plantation. The big house burned in 1912 (or 1911 or 1915, depending on sources).

Tom is one of those places you aren’t there unless you intend to be or you are lost. Tom is not West Oklahoma out there, but the idea is the same.

Here is a satellite image of Tom and the surrounding fields and woods:,-94.5729863,5042m/data=!3m1!1e3

Facebook has a page established for Tom, but posts on the page are not related to the community.

Here is a You Tube video of a German band and singers doing something about Oklahoma and Tom:

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tonkawa massacre

The eastern half of what is now Oklahoma was not a good place to live during the Civil War.

Factions in the Five Civilized Tribes brought personal and political animosities with relocation from the Southeast United States. Those animosities resulted in physical altercations and even murder.

The American Civil War gave legal purchase for continued killings. The Five Civilized Tribes joined the Confederacy in its fight against Northern forces. Confederate Indians fought Union Indians throughout the area. While not one of the Five Civilized Tribes, the Tonkawa discovered that supporting the Confederacy could spell disaster.

“On the morning of October 24, 1862, pro-Union Indians attacked the Tonkawa tribe as they camped approximately four miles south of present Anadarko in Caddo County. Roughly 150 Tonkawa died in the assault, a blow from which their population never recovered.

“The Tonkawa had been relocated from Texas to Indian Territory in 1859. Placed under the authority of the Wichita Agency, they settled along the Washita River near Fort Cobb in the Leased District. Rumored to be cannibals, the Tonkawa were outcasts among the southern plains tribes. This macabre reputation, and their loyalty to the Confederacy during the Civil War, led to their destruction. On the night of October 23, 1862, a roving Union force of Delaware, Shawnee, Osage, and other Indians attacked the Wichita Agency. Once the facility was destroyed, the marauders unleashed their fury upon the Tonkawa. Fleeing east toward Fort Arbuckle, the Tonkawa were overtaken and massacred the following morning.

“The Tonkawa were resettled in Texas after the Civil War. In 1884 they occupied their last reservation in present Kay County, Oklahoma. Impoverished, their population continued to decline. Numbering some 367 individuals at the time of the massacre, the Tonkawa tribe was almost nonexistent less than one century later.”

Wikipedia notes: “In the 15th century, the Tonkawa tribe probably numbered around 5,000, with their numbers diminishing to around 1,600 by the late 17th century due to fatalities from new infectious diseases and warring with other tribes, most notably the Apache. By 1921, only 34 tribal members remained. Their numbers have since recovered to close to 700 in the early 21st century. Most live in Oklahoma.”

Monday, September 4, 2017

Red Bird, Oklahoma

“An Opportunity for the Colored Man.”

Before the 1920s, Red Bird had two cotton gins, a blacksmith shop, a casket shop, a lumber yard, a cement block factory, grocery stores, dry goods stores, a hotel, a delicatessen, a soda pop factory, a broom maker and two syrup mills.

Red Bird was one of 50 all black towns in what is now Oklahoma. Wikipedia says Red Bird is now one of 13 surviving communities in Oklahoma.

In 2000, the town’s population was 153. By the 2010 count, 137 people lived in Red Bird. Demographic breakdown of the 2000 census showed 87.58% African American, 5.88% Native American, 4.58% White, 0.65% from other races, and 1.31% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.96% of the population.

“About 27.3% of families and 36.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 44.6% of those under the age of eighteen and 43.5% of those sixty five or over.”,_Oklahoma

Red Bird reached its largest population in 1950, with 411 residents.

Red Bird is in Wagoner County, in East Central Oklahoma. Here is a link to a satellite photograph:,-95.5953198,2456m/data=!3m1!1e3

Texas A&M grads

In 1991, the small-town newspaper where I worked hired two recent Texas A&M journalism graduates.

One, John, had intended to be a Marine Corps officer. After his junior year he spent summer at Quantico in the first phase of USMC officer candidate school. Had all gone as planned, he would have completed OCS and been commissioned a second lieutenant. That did not happen.

Back at A&M, John was riding his bicycle from the library to his dorm one night, when two other students on bicycles ran a stop sign and hit John. He suffered a head injury, which led to some physical problems and an inability to pass the USMC physical. So, instead of leading a Marine platoon, John wrote feature stories for a newspaper with circulation under 10,000. He would have made a good Marine officer. He listened, he asked questions, and he had common sense.

The other A&M graduate, Jim, was assigned to cover city and county schools and other reporting as needed. Unlike John, Jim did not live up to the expectations of an A&M graduate.

One day when writing a story, he asked me, “A heifer is a male cow, right?”

I said, “Doesn’t the A in A&M stand for ‘Agricultural?’”

He replied, “Oh, that doesn’t mean anything these days. They don’t teach that any more.”

I said, “If you have to ask me if a heifer is a male cow, I’d say they need to return to teaching that stuff.”

After less than a year at the small newspaper, John got a job with the PR department of a major Texas university. It wasn’t A&M, but it was out of the small newspaper.

Jim on a day before he left the small newspaper told me he had an interview in two weeks with the Tyler newspaper. He said, “Should I tell them (management) I’m going for an interview with another paper?”

I said, “Would they give you advance notice if they were going to fire you?”

“Probably not,” Jim said.

“Well, there’s the answer.”

Jim got the job in Tyler. I did not miss his presence. One day before his Tyler interview, he said, abruptly, “What this country needs is a war to get things going.”

I said, “Then get yourself down to a recruiting station.”

“No, no,” he said. “In didn’t mean I want to go to war.”

“Hunh-unh,” I said. “That’s not the way it works. You want the country to go to war, you get your ass to a recruiting station and enlist.”

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Never thought that would happen

I was greatly surprised to see in the blog Referring URLs the link to Rep. Maxine Waters’ Twitter. Must be some sort of automatic thing that happened when I linked Rep. Waters with fellow-Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sens. John McCain and Susan Collins as old people who need to leave the government.

Amazing. A link to her Twitter stuff.

Dacoma, Oklahoma

Dacoma is in Woods County, which is five counties east of Colorado and touches south Kansas.

Dacoma’s 2010 population was 107, a drop of 41 from the 2000 census.

The Oklahoma Historical Society notes: “The community is located on land homesteaded by two African Americans, Nathan Dedman and Frank Kinberling. The town was platted, with a locust tree marking each block's corner, in August 1904. The original post office name of Zula was changed to Dacoma, a combination of Dakota and Oklahoma, in October 1904. Postal officials used a ‘c’ instead of the proposed ‘k’ in the name.”

Dacoma’s population reached 332 in 1930 and declined thereafter. Many towns in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas saw peak populations that year, and then declined during the Great Depression and when population shifted to defense factories during World War II.

Woods County population peaked in 1910, at 17,567, the first year of a federal census in the new state of Oklahoma. The nearest the county would again get to that number was in 1930, when census takers counted 17,005 residents. Population has declined since.

Here is a satellite image of Dacoma and nearby:,-98.5561346,3874m/data=!3m1!1e3

Lots of farmland and quite few oil wells.

In Dacoma, you can see a long way.


With Priscilla’s surgery scheduled in Tampa for Tuesday morning, she said we should get a hotel room near the hospital, since five miles of signal-light traffic would be easier than 40-plus miles of freeway traffic.

So on Monday night we checked into a hotel near the hospital and went to Cracker Barrel for supper. At a nearby table sat a well-dressed black couple, in their mid-60s. When we got our bill, the waitress asked something about our plans for the next day. Priscilla said she was having surgery at Moffitt. The waitress said, "Nothing serious, I hope." Priscilla said, "I have breast cancer." The waitress went silent.

At that moment, the well-dressed black woman stopped beside Priscilla, gave a hug and said, "God will bless you." Her husband took my hand and said, "God bless you." He then put his hand on Priscilla's shoulder and leaned in and said something. Then he said, "God bless you." They left.

When we were walking to the cash register, we both agreed that was an unusual thing to happen. And, we both said it was a very nice thing for someone to do. Priscilla said, "He whispered a prayer in my ear."

The couple had just finished paying when we got to the cash register. I said to the man, "Sometimes people come along..." I could not go any further. I mean to say, "Sometimes people come along, and you don't know why."

When I stopped talking and choked up and threatened tears, the man put his hand on my shoulder and said, "It's all right. Take your time."

Priscilla laughed and said, "He's taken this worse than I have."

The man said, "He's supposed to. He's a man." He then said to Priscilla, "You are already healed. The Bible doesn't say you will be healed. It says you are already healed in his name." The couple left.

As we walked to the car, Priscilla said, "God sent them." And, "You needed to hear what he said."