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 …”

Link at

Study on murder leaves out one important word

“One of the most interesting findings in the report is that areas with the highest gun ownership rates have low murder rates.

“’While many factors explain these concentrated murders, it is also striking that the counties with zero murders are the counties with by far the highest gun ownership rates,’ Lott said.”

The word left out is "legal," as in "highest legal gun ownership rates."

Link at

Michelle Malkin says what she thinks

Straight talk about women and the workplace…from the Little Brown Woman with a Big Mouth

by Michelle Malkin for

I am a woman who has worked in the media industry for 25 years – in newspapers, television, and on the Internet.

I’ve worked for big corporations and family-owned companies and independent start-ups and founded two of my own websites.

I am here to tell you that there is nothing stopping women from blowing the whistle if they don’t like how they are treated.

The most important career advice I give to young women is to learn to say NO. The world won’t end if you walk away from an awkward or ugly situation and head for the door if managers won’t support you.

I speak from experience. My conflicts with various media bigwigs and personalities – both men AND women – who crossed the line with me are well known. I don’t wait years to call people out. And I do it out in the open. Not behind closed doors.

If you’ve been sexually harassed and you CHOOSE to keep quiet about it because your career ambition is more important to you than your self-respect, blame yourself.

If you’ve been insulted or dissed by colleagues and you CHOOSE to suffer in silence because getting on air is more important to you than defending your integrity, that’s on you.

If you go along with the corporate ladder-climbing game and collect your paycheck and smile for the cameras while you sit across from the table from some creeper or pig or jerk, don’t expect sympathy 3 or 5 or 10 years later when you suddenly feel compelled to share a tale of hurt feelings to ingratiate yourself with your new bosses.

And if you LIE about sexual harassment or rape for fame, money, revenge, or political score-settling, you are the lowest form of female crapweasel on the planet.

Don’t blame The Patriarchy or Institutional Sexism for your own choices and failures and falsehoods.

Get off the Victim Bandwagon and hold yourself accountable.

That’s what TRUE feminist empowerment is all about.

My wife has said the same thing for years.

Thursday, April 27, 2017


My daughter asked me for a pet spider for her birthday, so I went to our local pet shop and they were $75!!! Blow this, I thought, I can get one cheaper off the web.

I was at an ATM yesterday when a little old lady asked if I could check her balance, so I pushed her over.

Statistically, 6 out of 7 dwarves are not Happy.


(Spell check red lined "dwarves," suggesting perhaps I meant "wharves." No, I know the difference. However:

("Dwarfs is the standard plural of the noun dwarf. Dwarves is a newer variant popularized (though not invented) by English author J.R.R. Tolkien in his fantasy fiction works, including The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. The Tolkien spelling is appropriate when referring to little people in fantasy worlds." from

Cherokee County, Ga., SO escorts unclaimed remains of five Vietnam veterans

“The unclaimed cremated remains of 5 Vietnam Vets were buried today at the Georgia National Cemetery. The Cherokee Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement Unit was honored to participate in a portion of the escort for these fallen heroes.

The veterans buried were –

1LT Charles J. Hodapp Jr., USA
SGT Garry L. Criswell, USAF
SP4 Christopher A. Gunter, USA
SP4 Lewis H. Klaer Jr., USA
SP4 Michael S. Nicolo, USA”

Link at

Rudy nowhere near Notre Dame

Rudy, Ark., that is.

One of the funniest TV lines ever was delivered by Randy Hickey (Ethan Suplee) on My Name Is Earl: “This is just like when Rudy the Hobbit walked on campus the first time.”

Hobbitville is an additional “nowhere near” for Rudy, Ark.

Rudy, Ark., reached its population pinnacle in the 1960 census, with 113 residents. The 2000 official population count was 72, further demographed at 95.83% white and 4.17% native American. Twenty percent of families and 19.2% of the overall population lived below the official poverty line. Per capita for the town was $11,842.

The town was named after Eric Rudy, part-time town treasurer and historian.,_Arkansas

The official 2010 population was 61, a 15.3% drop from 2000.

Somewhat ironically, Rudy has an Earl Street. There is a Hinkley Street, too, and that’s pretty close to “Hinkey.”

Frog Bayou runs along the southwest side of town.

The Zip Code 75952 incudes Cedar Creek, Jasper, Lancaster and Oliver Springs.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Somebody arrest his mother

For giving him a name that put him on an escalator to dumbassness and crime.

“Responding officers discovered 19-year-old Damelvian Evans critically injured behind the business. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died.”

Link at

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I want one of those 10-shot revolvers

“The San Bernardino elementary school gunman fired 10 shots before stopping to reload his six-shot revolver midway through, a report noted. This gave a teacher’s aide time to lead pupils out of harm’s way.

“Some experts think restrictions on high-capacity ammunition magazines, rather than assault weapons bans, may be the best way to limit mass shooting casualties.”

Hmm. Fired 10 shots from a six-shot revolver, and if there had been a large-capacity magazine ban in effect, he would not have had access to a revolving magazine at all. Surely a news writer cannot be that dumb.

Link at:

Desert One

“The only difference between this and the Alamo is that Davy Crockett didn’t have to fight his way in.”

Link at

(The writer doesn’t care for Col. Beckwith.)

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Parents give kids names guaranteeing jail time

“In 2015, Paris resident Christroyvius Mason, then 19, was arrested and charged with murder in the shooting death of Quenton Montrel Grundy, 20 of Paris.”

Sometimes I think there should be a Bureau of Names, where parents would be counseled, and counselors given the authority to say, "Are you kidding me? Just take the child to jail right now."

913 gold coins found in old piano

“Last November, piano tuner Martin Backhouse was having a hard time with some sticky keys on a 1906 Broadwood & Sons upright piano he was overhauling for The Community College of Bishops Castle. Martin found the problem when he removed the keys: eight parcels full of gold coins.

“…Inside seven cloth-wrapped parcels and one suede drawstring pouch, they counted 913 gold sovereigns and half-sovereigns ranging in date from 1847 to 1915, issued in the reigns of Queen Victoria, Edward VII and George V. The weight of the coins total more than 6 kilos (13+ pounds) of gold bullion.”

Friday, April 21, 2017

No reparations for me

Well, shoot. I miss out on all the good stuff offered or protested.

Well, not all. Four years in the Army and 12 years in the Texas Army National Guard did give me access to pretty much free medical care. And there was the GI Bill for college.

But on other stuff, not so much. I can’t claim Indian/Native American ancestry, so any share in federal monies going to the various Nations in Oklahoma is out of the question. No Osage oil money, no Choctaw food bank goodies, no Cherokee tears shed for whatever (allegedly) was done to long dead ancestors by equally long dead white persons. I guess I could move to Massachusetts and claim (pick a tribe) ancestry and run for the U.S. Senate. But I am a bit more honest than the (fake Indian) Democratic Party junior senator from the state that gave us John Adams and Paul Revere.

My wife of almost 45 years gave to me access to DNA testing. The overall result is: I am 100% European extraction. Further breakdown:

33% Ireland (includes Scotland)
30% West Europe (a big swath of land)
25% Great Britain (England and/or Wales)
6% Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden and/or Denmark)
3% Iberian Peninsula (Spanish and/or Portuguese)
2% Italy/Greece
1% Eastern Europe (Polish, Slovakian, Czech, Austrian, Russian, Slovenian, Hungarian, Romanian, Serb, Ukrainian, Belarus, Moldavan, Lithuanian, Latvian, Bosnian, Herzegovinian, Croatian – Take your pick, but don’t tell any of the others, because they don’t get along. You do not want to tell a Croat he is Serb. Or vice versa; not vice any versa. Not mentioned: Albania, Bulgaria, Macedonia or Estonia.)

The generic Western Europe part probably covers places where Vikings landed and took gold and stuff and left (shall we say) buns in the ovens. They were known for that.

Don’t try this at home

Unless you are Russian and know the neighborhood bears and have lots of cookies.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I used to read Jewish World Review every day

But the web site now produces grammatically wrong headlines in attempts at gender neutrality.

To wit:

‘5 tips to help your child uncover their (sic) talents’

‘Every parent wants their (sic) child to grow as a successful person’

(I don’t even know what that second one means. A “successful person?” What is that?)

Portland, Ore., city council throws away $539 million

Can’t have any corporate investments from their city funds.

Or as a supporter of poverty said: “We can rest assured in Portland that our money won’t be funding prisons, pipelines, and the occupation of Palestine.”

Link at

'Paleolithic diet is a myth’

It makes sense that our long, long ago ancestors ate what didn’t eat them first. To claim, as pro-Paleolithic dieters do, that humans many thousands of years ago did not eat cereals or grains is not supportable.

“Food choice is as much about what’s available to be eaten as it is about what a species evolved to eat.”

Can I get an “Amen!”

You will eat what keeps you alive.

Link at maggiesfarm.

Compared with real news (North Korea's plans to nuke LA, or the latest love swoon for Chelsea Clinton's plans for 2020), Stone Age diet is not news for some people. I, however, am more interested in way back when stuff than I am in the doings of Bill and Hillary's overpaid and under-worked daughter.

Thursday, April 13, 2017


CNN grab: “Sheen sets the record straight.”

Somehow, the words “Sheen” and “straight” do not co-exist in the same plane.

The video is a 2011 interview with Piers Morgan.

Hmm. Piers Morgan and Charlie Sheen and CNN. Who could doubt truth and accuracy?

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Banning cars will stop terrorism and male dominance

That’s what a couple of Swedes see as a solution, anyway.

Swedish editorialist Eva Franchell says cars “have turned into deadly weapons” and should be banished from cities. Of course a ban on cars would stop Muslim terrorists and other criminals from running over people, just as gun control laws keep criminals from buying guns and killing people.

If stopping Muslim terrorist attacks is not your thing, there is the idea that driving a car is “a gender equality issue.” Swedish Interior Minister Karolina Skog made that connection.

“Cars are driven largely by men so by giving a lot of space to cars, we’re giving a lot of space to men – at the expense of women,” Krog said.

Last year, the incoming Swedish foreign minister announced the country’s foreign policy would now be “feminist.” No definition given.

Car ban link at

‘Swedish Journalist’s Response to Stockholm Attack: Ban Cars’

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

All you need is love, huh

Saw this today: When somebody asks, “What would Jesus do?” just remember, turning over tables and chasing people with a whip is not out of the question.

More doomed than I thought

Three decades of Thought Police and Gender Police attacks on American speech has not rendered me oblivious or ignorant of grammar. I know like-minded people who shudder at the sheer ignorance or don’t-care attitude of those who see no need for distinction between "their," "there" and "they’re;" "can’t" or "cant;" "your" and "you’re." The ones who know language defines a culture continue anger at the substitution of “their” for the generic singular pronouns “he” and “his.”

My initial finding that the Thought Police were victorious occurred more than 20 years ago when in Texarkana, Texas, I saw in front of a florist shop a sign stating:

“Surprise your
“boss give them

Today on the internet were two even more egregious examples of language idiocy:

A real estate ad, saying “The owner want’s…”

A picture of a model, and a lead-in: “America’s most smartest model.”

Sunday, April 9, 2017

One of these days will come a clap of thunder

Windows shake in houses and offices. Doors rattle. The sound of the thunder will be the loudest sound ever heard. Animals will flee deeper into the forest, into the grassland, deeper into their burrows. Voices filled with fear will ask, "What was that?"

And a voice will come from a dark cloud. "Do I have your attention now?"

My wife just said, "Wow."

"What?" I said.

"These two people are both trans and they are getting married."

The program is Say Yes to the Dress.

My wife said, "They are both men who say they are women, and they are getting married."

That took a little bending of my mind, (2) the idea two men believe they are women; and (2) they are getting married as women.

Thunder, thunder, thunder.

Saturday, April 8, 2017


Yesterday (or whenever it was the doctor decided I have Type A flu), as my wife and I left the doctor’s office, Cylla announced: “Plague! Plague! Keep away!”

I had to get in on it, too, so I called out: “Bring out your dead!” as collectors of bodies reportedly did 600 years ago.

When awakening from my first nap yesterday, I thought, “We should put a sign on the door, saying “FLU!”

Our daughter called last to catch up on things. My wife told her of our battle with the flu. Kathleen asked: “Have you put a warning on the door?”

My wife said, “I was thinking maybe we should tape a notice. FLU! KEEP AWAY!”

Goes go prove – Great minds think likely.

Still sick. Getting that bed rest, though. The flu is at the stage of I can’t stay up, but I don’t want to lie down.

Send in the Democrats!

Loveland, Okla., had a population of 13, according to official 2010 census returns. Yes, 13. IN 2000, the population was 14; estimated 2015 population was 12. In 1920, the first year of a census in Loveland, 191 people lived there. The number has been going down since.

The 2000 census returns determined 100% of the households had married couples living together. That is a good figure, percentage wise. “For every 100 females there were 133.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.”,_Oklahoma

I guess that means there are more boy kids in Loveland than there are girl kids. When the boys get older, they will have to go somewhere else and find wives. Or maybe advertise.

With all of the population in families, the median income and median family income were the same in 2000 -- $25,000. Here is a really interesting statistics somebody of a Progressive/Democratic bent might want to interfere with: The median income for men was $17,500; for women, the median income was $0.

That’s right. The women of Loveland, Okla., are not paid. Could be, they don’t have jobs. Also interesting is: None of the population lives below the official federal poverty line.

Loveland is in Tillman County. At its peak, in 1930, the county had a population of 24,390. The 2010 population was 7,992. The Depression and dust hit hard.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Hack, hack. Cough, cough

This afternoon the doctor said I have the flu. "Type A," he said. "The worst."

Well, thanks a lot, Doc. Of course if I wanted to hear only good news, I wouldn't go to a doctor.

I am weak. I fell when getting out of bed this afternoon. (I take seriously the doctor's advice -- "Get lots of bed rest.") I managed to get back to my feet. I don't remember being this weak in all of my adult life.

The doc prescribed something I am to take one of two times a day. He said it won't kill the flu, but will convince it to go away sooner.

When writing the prescription, he said, "Wow! One hundred forty-three dollars."

My wife picked up the prescription. It was $7.

Thank you, Tricare for Life.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Are MOMA staff liberal?

Or only ignorant of American history?

Regarding a work entitled F-111:

“Rosenquist began the painting F-111 in 1964, in the middle of the Vietnam War (Emphasis added). He positioned his main subject, the F-111 military plane, which was in development at the time, flying through fragmented images of consumer products and references to war. Through its expansive network of colliding visual motifs, F-111 addresses the connections between the Vietnam War, income taxes, consumerism, and advertising.”

“…in the middle of the Vietnam War.” has American military in Vietnam 15 years -- 1959-73. For 1964, the total of US forces was 23,300.

Well, why let some silly facts get in the way when one’s focus is on the self-decided connection between “the Vietnam War, income taxes, consumerism, and advertising.” The MOMA writer might well have agreed with Mick Jagger on “who killed Kennedy.”

A way to look at Democratic/Progressives: “I am not pleased to meet you, because I know your name.”

Town in decline

The population of the Desha, Ark., area has dropped by about 85 since 2005, from 642 to around 560 in 2014.

Wikipedia does not list a population for Desha itself, but does show Independence County with a 2015 population of 37,052. Independence County is in the eastern part of North Central Arkansas and was the ninth county formed in Arkansas Territory, in 1820. Independence is a dry county.

Desha is 97% white, a figure that closely corresponds to Independence County’s 95%. In the county, 10% of families and 13% of the entire population has income below the federal poverty line.

Desha is in Zip Code 72527. Fifty-two percent of the population are women. Forty-eight percent live in husband-wife households, meaning man and woman in Arkansas.

By figures, 100% of the population lives in “occupied housing units.” The plurality of houses in the Zip Code were built in the 1980s. Sixty-two percent of employed people work full time; 27% work part time; and 11% report no earnings. Average household income in 2014 was $42,246. Eighty-five percent of the working people get their money through wages paid by an employer. One hundred percent of the workers get to the job by car, van or truck. No public transportation, no taxis, no motorcycles, no bicycles or walking. Two hundred-forty-eight workers get to work within 10 to 19 minutes. Ninety-two percent of the population 25 and over has a high school diploma.

Desha is on Arkansas Highway 14/25, a few miles south of the White River. Here is a satellite image:,-91.765883,159m/data=!3m1!1e3

Just a little north of due east from Desha, you will see a dam on the river, at the end of Lock 2 Road. The south side of the dam has a lock for river traffic.

In the satellite image, a cluster of house trailers has taken root on Moody Street, while on Hulsey Street, quite a few cars, trucks and other metal items have gone to die.

Batesville Regional Airport is just east of Desha.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Remains of warrior, chariot, two horse skeletons found in East Yorkshire

Buried warrior lived 2,200-2,300 years ago.

“The Pocklington chariot burial, excavated over the past two months, was the final resting place of an upper-class Iron Age Briton – probably a warrior – who lived in the third or fourth century BC. It is possible that he was a member of an ancient British tribe called the Parisi (or their ancestors) – a culture related to other Iron Age peoples in Northern France.”

“Researchers will now study any DNA they are able to extract from the remains of the chariot burial and some of the other remains found in the burial ground. They hope to confirm the chariot driver’s gender, health and, thanks to stable isotope analysis, his place of origin.”

Link at maggiesfarm.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Brexit will lead to … stuff we don’t like, ‘trade organizations’ say

Dudes, you should have got out the vote. You didn’t, you lost, and now you get all pissy, like U.S. Democrats.

I suspect the writer is a millennial

Clue: She buys at Whole Foods.

‘This Is the Stupidest Mistake You Can Make at Whole Foods’

“I recently had the misfortune of discovering the most expensive item in the ready-made hot foods section of Whole Foods. Knowing everything is priced by the pound, I thought I was being smart and conscientious when I filled up the smallest container with mashed potatoes. ‘They surely couldn't charge more than $5 for a small box of potatoes, right?’ I told myself.

“I proudly walked the items up to the cash register, and the cashier weighed my tiny box. My stomach flopped when "$14" appeared on the screen. ‘Excuse me, sir. Did you accidentally rest your hand on the scale? I couldn't possibly have just scooped $14 worth of potatoes into that container,’ I said, trying to ease my discomfort. He chuckled and shook his head, ‘There's no mistake. The hot bar is the 'Whole' in 'Whole Paycheck,' hon.’ There was no chance I could abandon the container either. Once scooped, must purchase. I simultaneously felt robbed and like a complete idiot.

“FYI, everyone, the hot bar is $8.99 a pound. Let it be known that the smallest container fills approximately 1.6 pounds worth of mashed potatoes. Also worth noting, the mashed potatoes from the hot bar are the same price in the hot deli: $8.99. I'm never, ever, ever going back to the Whole Foods hot bar . . . that is, until the 365 by Whole Foods store opens in my neighborhood and the hot bar is priced by the container size, not by weight. The same container at a 365 store would cost me $5.50, a MUCH more reasonable price for mashed potatoes.”

(Okay. She knew “everything is charged by the pound.” Therefore, the smallest container, which holds … Wait! She doesn’t know the weight the container holds; she knows only that the container she chose is the smallest available. Clue to writer: The more mashed potatoes you cram into a container, the heavier is the content. Another clue: How hard is it to fix your own mashed potatoes?

(Bless her heart.)

We have met the future, and it is here

On not presenting the annual Vagina Monologues:

“’At its core, the show offers an extremely narrow perspective on what it means to be a woman,’ wrote Erin Murphy, a representative of Mount Holyoke’s student-run theater board, in an email. ‘Gender is a wide and varied experience, one that cannot simply be reduced to biological or anatomical distinctions, and many of us who have participated in the show have grown increasingly uncomfortable presenting material that is inherently reductionist and exclusive.’”

So someone not born with a vagina, but who thinks he is a woman, might feel bad after watching the monologue. Huh. I “feel bad” after reading about stupids. Does that make me a victim?

Of course it does! Of course I am a victim! I am offended by stupid people. They make me feel bad because their stupidity means I am smarter than they are and I have more common sense, and knowing I am smarter is so not nice in these years of the Progressives.

All the people who wore “pussy hats” at demonstrations and in court rooms and etc., weren’t they offending men who say they are women but don’t have a vagina? (Except the one worn on the head, that is.)

Who’s going to pay the emotional bill for all this nonsense?

“And, as usual with liberal social engineering, it’s women who have to make the biggest adjustments to the new order. They are being told that they are no longer unique as a sex, and that someone who was a biological man for thirty years of his life before transitioning to becoming female can now not open compete with them in sports but is, apparently as much a woman as they are.”

Link at maggiesfarm.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Too many people!

Edmond, Okla., has never had a population decrease from census to census, rocketing from 294 people in 1890 to 81,405 in 2010.

The city has had especially big increases since the 1960 census.

1960-70: 93.9%

1970-80: 108.2%

1980-90: 51%

1990-2000: 30.6%

2000-2010: 19.2%

Estimated 2015: 10.7% increase.

Top three employers in Edmond: Edmond School System – 2,558; University of Central Oklahoma – 1,178; City of Edmond – 667.,_Oklahoma

Texas-Israel pact a giant step in the right direction

“Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller signed the first-ever trade agreement between the Lone Star State and Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

“’I’m here in the Shomron [Samaria] — Israel — to create a revived Texas-Israel exchange,’ Miller declared, according to the (Jerusalem) Post.

“’I think the Jewish community, the Jewish state needs to reclaim all of its land. … The sooner the better.’”

Link at

We need some new bumper stickers: Don’t Mess With Israel, Either.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Living way out there takes grit

Vinson is in Harmon County, which is smack dab up against the Texas Panhandle in Southwest Oklahoma.

Land around Vinson is pretty much empty. The Salt Fork of the Red River starts not too far west, in Texas, then flows south before cutting southeast and then east into Oklahoma.

The 2016 population was 178. The average household size is 2.7 people. I think we could round that up to 3. Only statisticians believe in decimal-people. Median age in Vinson is 44.1. United States median age is 37.4.

More numbers here:

Here is a short video on Vinson:

Hollywood actor and radio showman Rufe Davis was born and raised on a farm in Vinson. He was one of 12 children of William M. Davidson and Didama Tittle Davidson. Davis was railroad conductor Floyd Smoot on Petticoat Junction. He was also in a bunch of movies – Under Texas Skies, Lone Star Raiders and The Trail Blazers, all in 1940; seven more Westerns in 1941; and three in 1942. Wikipedia says Davis was in 30 movies between 1937-69. He died in 1974, at the age of 66.

Funny sometimes how things work out. A man gets a job and then another job and those jobs lead to something else, and pretty soon he’s looking back at 30 movies as he looks forward to television. I guess Rufe Davis learned grit and determination on that farm in Vinson, Okla.

(I might have already written about Vinson. This time sounds different, though.)

Free science from the shackles of straight white people!

March for Science (April 22):

“Jacquelyn Gill, a biology and ecology professor at the University of Maine, told STAT that she quit the organizing committee in recent weeks because of leaders’ resistance to aggressively addressing inequalities — including race and gender. . .”

“In another (corner) are those who argue that the march should also bring attention to broader challenges scientists face, including issues of racial diversity in science, women’s equality, and immigration policy. . .”

All the infighting does not take away from aversion to common enemies: “(M)ore than 400 cities worldwide will host simultaneous events on April 22 to repudiate science policies of the new White House and Congress.”

And (always) a Tweet: “Science without intersectional feminism is white supremacy.”

All the principles from which science sprang, fully grown, like The Birth of Venus, somehow came about with no input from LGBT women or LGBT men, or anyone from other sexual choice/gender determination.

Oh, but had all the rules of physics, chemistry, math and other real sciences been developed by homosexual women or homosexual men or in-betweens or neithers, then the world be a place where all is peace and joy and love, where the soul of man never dies. Oh. Strike that last phrase. It exemplifies belief in something not scientifically proven.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

White Rabbit, a cappella

Grace Slick and nothing else.

A face from 700 years ago

Link at

A friend messaged from London yesterday

She was in Westminster, near the bridge, across the river from Parliament. She said she was OK. She did not say anything else.

K stayed with my wife and me more than three years ago, as a Rotary International exchange student. She is from Denmark. She would always be safe. Nothing bad happens in Denmark. Or in London, for that matter.

Who knew Chuck Berry was so conservative?

Up in the morning and out to school
The teacher is teaching the Golden Rule
American history and practical math
You studying hard and hoping to pass
Working your fingers right down to the bone
-- Hail, Hail Rock and Roll

And: Looking hard for a drive in, searching for a corner cafe
Where hamburgers sizzle on an open grill night and day
Yeah, and a jukebox jumping with records like in the U.S.A.
-- Back in the USA

Well, maybe not so conservative.

From Sippican Cottage:

Chuck Berry's dead. He was 90. Bonne chance at Saint Peter's gate, Chuck, you're going to need it. You were a magnificent mean weird wonderful hack genius AMERICAN.

He was all those things, surely. He wasn't American. He was AMERICAN. Only America could possibly produce him. The rest of the world loved him, as you can see by watching this video from France in 1965. Europe loved him, but they could never cobble a guy like that together. The important part of his career was already over when this video was made, though few knew it at the time, including Chuck. Europe was already an off Broadway production.

Europeans sent us a bronze broad to stand in the granite harbor outside Ellis Island. It was allegedly a gift, but I suspect they sent it so they'd have something familiar to look at after they bolted the doors on their dusty museum of cultures and fled. We sent them Chuck Berry records in return as a way to show them This is how we roll.

To Europe, America has always been a bad man. The pecksniff attitude their governments have always heaped on us has a dash of cowardice in it. Chuck was a bad man. It made him all the more American to a toff, I imagine. I don't mean he was a bad man in just the figurative sense, though. Chuck was a real live criminal. If you read Chuck's bios, you're bound to find fans desperately trying to pooh-pooh his criminal background. The gun he used in a carjacking was broken, so it doesn't matter...

Don't buy it. Chuck was what he was, and he never really made any bones about it. He really was kinda mean, edgy, hypersexual, pushy, grasping and grabby. Who cares? He went to jail occasionally, and that was that. Chuck had a chip on his shoulder after he got out of jail, but then again, he had one before he went in.

Chuck Berry was important in the context of the 1950s. He was a big star for half of the 1960s, too, but after Nadine, he mostly traded on the fact that a whole lot of British Invasion bands adored him. He made a little money in the seventies by making a damn fool of himself with songs like My Ding-A-Ling. It was simply dreadful, and not very fun for a novelty tune. After a while, Chuck just showed up to his gigs in varying states of sobriety with an untuned guitar. He plugged it in and started blasting away without first bothering to count four with an endless procession of ad hoc bands he didn't have to pay or acknowledge. Occasionally it was a few Beatles or Stones, most often a bar band. He didn't seem to acknowledge the difference. The checks only had one name on them.

But the fifties, man; he defined America in the 1950s. Forget Elvis. Elvis went up the front stairs and asked your big sister to go to the movies. He really wasn't all that subversive. It was Chuck Berry that came up the back stairs, round about midnight, and asked your mother if your father was home. He went up the back stairs of the whole damn world before he was through. I offered that video with the underwater sound and the band that doesn't know the arrangement to show you what the fuss was about. Look at Chuck. The stage is too small for him, even though the world is his stage.

America was the most important thing in the world at the turn of the twentieth century, but no one knew it yet. It took World War I to demonstrate what paper tigers the European empires had become. America flipped the 19th century script and went to Belleau Wood with all the fury of a father turning the car around. When it was over, we shirked the big mantle and went back to our cornfields. We avoided the responsibilities of a great power until the hakenkreuz and the rising sun were waved right in our faces. We shrugged and rolled up our sleeves and pounded the world flat again, because that's the way we liked it. It's easier to drive on.

Then came the fifties. The Soviets stood there, leering over half the globe, and said they would bury us. We yawned. We had the sobriety of Eisenhower on our side. We had the muscle of finned cars rolling off assembly lines uncounted with a sunburned arm out the window on day one. We minted legions ready for the next version of America from public schools with the mortar still setting. Jonas Salk and a thousand others like him beat not only microbes, but fear of sickness itself. Hollywood gilded the country in pictures, and then gilded itself. Something raucous or fun or serious or thoughtful came bubbling out of our radios, projectors, and TVs in an endless stream. Broadway shone like a thousand Folies Bergere.

And then came Chuck Berry, from Saint Louis, the center of our universe. He stood up like a man and looked you straight in the eye. He was full of the optimism of a card sharp and his own unsavory brand of charm. I'll strut, thank you, like the peacock I am. He didn't wink or pinch. He winked and pinched, and he meant every one. There were no idle threats, no meaningless boasts. Chuck don't flirt. Chuck asked for what he wanted, flat out, with a twinkle in his eye and an angel on his shoulder and the devil in his heart. He'd put up his fists if you wanted it, and laugh with you afterwards, too -- when you've said you've had enough.

Chuck Berry outlasted the Soviet Union by a quarter of a century. Bury us? We Berryed you.

Link at

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Climbing through barbed wire

When I was 5 (1951), my mother took my older sister and me with her when she went to gather pecans near Rock Creek. We had to climb through a tight barbed wire fence.

My mother told Carolyn and me we would have to watch out for soldiers patrolling the area.

While we were picking up pecans beneath a large tree, my mother said, “Hide! The soldiers are coming!” I got down in the grass, but peeked up and saw a jeep with two soldiers drive by on the gravel perimeter road.

We gathered pecans until my mother decided we had enough. We climbed back through the fence, which had signs KEEP OUT and MILITARY INSTALLATION plainly posted.

Racist media

How come nobody has asked President Trump about his NCAA final four choices? For seven consecutive Marches, news reporters (snark, snark) fell all over themselves to get President Obama’s basetball picks.

Isn’t it racist to believe only a black African-American president knows anything about basketball?

People in the Northeast and on the West Coast going ‘What???’

Last weekend the Paris, Texas, Police Officers Association held its second annual varmint hunt, with points for possums, raccoons, foxes, coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions and wild hogs.

Misleading headline

‘Chelsea Clinton Gets Lifetime Achievement Award for Doing Nothing’

Now, now. She did something. She got born by Bill Clinton through Hillary Clinton. Other than that … Well, other than that doesn’t matter.

Oh, she did say something about “I tried to care about money, but I couldn’t.”

She is becoming the elite of the elite through simple knowledge of "I have always received what I deserved."

Thoughtful British soldiers leave empty bottles for archaeologists

“Ron Toueg, an archaeologist with the IAA who headed the salvage operation, told The Times of Israel that the trove included three intact bottles of Gordon’s Dry Gin, a bottle of Dewar’s whisky, beer bottles, wine bottles, and bottles of mineral water, including one from Johannesburg, South Africa.”

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Almost everybody died

In 1645, rebel leader Zhang Xianzhong, in revolt against the Ming Dynasty, began killing people he thought conspired against his rule in Sichuan. How many people he killed is unknown, but the 1758 Ming census showed the province with a population of 3.12 million. In 1661, the population was 16,096 men. Famine might have taken most of those people, but Zhang was responsible for thousands of deaths.

Archaeologists have recovered more than 10,000 items from Zhang’s treasure ships.


Story at

‘Treasure if Ming Dynasty uprising leader found.’

Monday, March 20, 2017

Dean Hallmark, murdered by Japanese army

By Bob Merriman

On April 18, 1942, 1LT Dean Hallmark sat in the left hand seat of a B-25 bomber, brakes locked, throttles pushed farther and farther forward, running engine speed far past normal RPMs for takeoff. At a signal from a sailor on the flight deck, Hallmark released the brakes and sent his twin-engined aircraft down the flight deck of the USS Hornet.

Hallmark was pilot of the sixth B-25 to leave the Hornet that day. The flight would be his last.

Five planes ahead was a B-25 flown by then-Lt. Col. James H. Doolitle, commander of 80 aircrew and 16 medium bombers that would drop high explosive and incendiary bombs on military targets in five Japanese cities.

Tokyo, Yokohama, Kagoya, Kobe and Osaka received American bombs that day. The bombs caused little physical damage, but leaders of the country that bombed Pearl Harbor four months before and brought the United States into war, were horrified that enemy air and naval forces could come so close to the home islands.

Dean Hallmark moved to Paris, Texas, from Greenville in 1935. He played football two years at Paris Junior College.

“He was a big guy, about six-four,” retired Lt. Col. (USAF-R) Henry Lee Somerville said almost 20 years ago. Somerville knew Hallmark from classes at PJC.

“He went on to play football at the University of Alabama,” Somerville added.

Somerville was in the Army Air Force in World War II and in the Air Force for the Korean War after recall to active duty.


Legend has it the Doolittle raid was sketched out on a white table cloth in a Washington, D.C., restaurant in early 1942. To Navy and Army Air Force tacticians and planners in the know, the idea was insane – loading 16 bombers on an aircraft carrier. Even more insane was that the bombers, loaded with bombs and fuel, could somehow stagger into the air after lumbering less than 500 feet down a wooden flight deck. Aircraft carriers were made to carry Navy airplanes, and those had only one engine, and wings that folded to save space in hangar decks and on the flight deck.

The United States, though, had suffered the ignominy of losing almost all its Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, and Gen. Douglas Mac Arthur’s air strength had been destroyed on the ground at Clark Army Airfield in the Philippines several hours after the attack on Hawaii. To strike back at the Japanese was of political and military importance.

Crews for the attack practiced at Eglin Army Airfield in Florida until each B-25 could lift off from a runway marked the length of an aircraft carrier flight deck. Because of the long flight involved, bombers were stripped of bottom machine gun turret, tail guns and waist guns. Removal of almost all defensive armament meant each B-25 would fly with a crew of five. Since the bombers would operate at an unusually low altitude, the normal bomb sight was useless. An expedient bomb sight was developed, made of a block of wood with nails and string.

The original plan called for the B-25s to leave the Hornet well within Japanese waters, bomb their targets, then fly to an area in China not occupied by the Japanese army. When in the safe area, crews were to look for lights marking a landing strip, land and refuel, and then fly out of China.

On the morning of April 18, all those plans changed when the Navy task force sighted Japanese fishing boats and patrol boats. Naval gunfire sank the boats, but no one knew if radio warnings had been sent to Tokyo. Doolittle and the task force commander, Adm. William F. Halsey, decided to launch the B-25s from 750 miles out. Earlier launch time meant increased flight time and increased fuel consumption.

What had been a risky raid became, in Somerville’s words, “a suicide mission.”
Of the 16 B-25s in the raid, 15 crashed in China, some with crews aboard, others after crewmembers jumped. The pilot of the 16th plane flew his B-25 to the Soviet Union after deciding he did not have enough fuel to fly to China.

Hallmark’s crew was one of two captured by the Japanese – 10 Americans foreigners, who had attacked the homeland. The remaining Americans were rescued by the Chinese and later flown back to the United States.


In 1951, Somerville was billeted at the former Tokyo Athletic Club. There, he said, “a respected Japanese acquaintance … told me about Dean’s head being cut off by Japanese captors across the street. … Taigi said he watched the beheading.”

“But,” Somerville said, “those people were not Dean and his crew.” Injured in the crash of their B-25, Hallmark and his crew were deemed unlikely to survive a trip to Tokyo, where the Japanese military would try the Americans for war crimes.

“So the Japanese captors just shot them,” Somerville said. He was told by Gen George C. Kenney, “The Japs found tall, healthy-looking Caucasians, dressed them up in Army uniforms, (and) staged public beheadings in five different cities to assure the Japanese citizens they would never be bombed again.”

Japanese military record show three captured Doolittle raiders were executed. Dean Hallmark was one of the three.

On Jan. 18, 1946, United Press International correspondent Walter Rundle filed a story from Shanghai, telling of the executions of Hallmark, 1LT William G. Farrow and Sgt. Harold Spatz. Rundle interviewed Japanese army CPT Sotohiro Tatsuta, who was chief jailer of the Japanese military prison in Shanghai when Hallmark, Farrow and Spatz were shot on Oct. 16, 1942.

The day before the killings, Tatsuta said, his “seniors told me three of them had been sentenced to death and would be executed tomorrow, so I removed the three from their original room in order to avoid confusion. … At dawn this next morning, Oct. 16, the 15 men of the firing squad were ready. The previous afternoon I had prepared crosses and boxes for their ashes and bones.

“The very moment I marched them out on the execution ground, I told them the execution was ready and that they had been sentenced to death by a court-martial.

“The flyers told me: ‘Okay we expected that all the time.’
“Just before they died, I called out to them: ‘You are dying a heroic death for your country. Your names will be outstanding in American history.’”

After Hallmark, Farrow and Spatz were killed, Tatsuta said he “burned all three bodies and put their charred bones and ashes in the boxes previously prepared and forwarded them to my seniors for delivery to their respective homes in America.”

(Originally published in The Paris News, August 1999. Minor editing done.)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Anti-Israel UN official quits

While US media focus on President Trump taking their lunch money, a small victory occurred in the Middle East.

“Rima Khalaf, a Jordanian who served as executive secretary of the Beirut-based Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), announced her resignation at a hastily arranged press conference in the Lebanese capital.”

Khalaf quit rather than follow UN secretary general’s instruction that the anti-Israel document be removed from the ESCWA web site.

“The secretary general asked me yesterday morning to withdraw (the report). I asked him to rethink his decision, he insisted, so I submitted my resignation from the UN,” Khalaf said.

Ever fair in her organization’s treatment of Israel, Khalaf added, “We expected of course that Israel and its allies would put huge pressure on the secretary general of the UN so that he would disavow the report, and that they would ask him to withdraw it.”

(Israel’s “allies” include, after an eight-year absence, the United States.)

Friday, March 17, 2017

Machines are taking over, but that’s not all bad

My wife bought a robotic vacuum cleaner. She named it Hazel. The machine does a very good job of vacuuming. It works for around two hours to do the whole house, recharging two times. When its power becomes low, little round Hazel makes its way to the charger and glides into position.

(I just had a thought: My wife named several machines after women. The GPS she bought for me several years ago she named Eleanor because it was bossy, like Franklin Roosevelt’s wife. The on-board GPS in my wife’s Ford Flex is called Lucy, because it often has some ‘splanin’ to when it shows an illogical route and then commands the driver toward that route instead of going a commonsense way.)

Hazel is persistent. Encountering an obstacle, it turns 90 degrees, moves a few inches, turns back to its original direction, attempting to move around the obstacle. The robot will do that until it is successful in going the direction it wanted in the first place. Just visualize a couch, with the robot moving, turning, moving, again and again until it clears the obstacle.

The first time we used the machine, it stopped after about 20 minutes and announced it was not on a level surface. It asked to be leveled. It had dropped into the sliding door slots. Later, it got underneath the bed and could not find its way out. Then it vacuumed the shower, but could not climb back into the bathroom.

Our two dogs put up with the robot, but they do not like it. When Charlie sees the robot, he goes somewhere else.

Victor, the larger dog, watches the machine make its way across the floor. The look on his face shows he thinks Hazel is a malevolent creature, intent on doing harm. Victor keeps his place on the floor until the robot is moving directly toward him and is close, and then he gets up and goes to the safety of a cave, i.e., a bedroom.

Hazel always finds him.

(Edited to fix a not-paying-attention mistake of calling the robot the wrong name.)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Washington Post Headline: Massive cuts to the arts, science and the poor

The story is about Trump’s budget. Well, I guess the Post has its own recognition of who the government is supposed to give money to: arts, science and the poor.

Sen. Marco Rubio (Rino-Fla.) said Trump can write and talk all he wants about the budget, but, "We do the budget here. The administration makes recommendations, but Congress does budgets."

Sen. Rubio, a suggestion: Fish, cut bait or get out of the boat. (If the boat is in a swamp, there probably are alligators, so if he's not going to fish, Mr. Marco might want to consider cutting bait.)

The golden goose of all triggers

As Lawrence Welk said: Wunnerful, wunnerful.

By The_Donald

“Stay with me Pedes. Let me preface this by saying I have friends that are cucks. I don't hold it against them. I tend to believe they will come to their senses one day.

“So I am talking with one of my cuck friends that is a Facebook shill reposting a bunch of Huffington articles. I was talking to him about his kids and school and which school they are going to attend because they go to private schools. He starts talking shit about Trump and Betsy DeVos and how they are going to ruin the school systems. And I say, ‘well you made your decision to go to private schools long before Trump and DeVos had any influence.’ He chuckles sheepishly and says the public schools in his area suck.

“So I give him a little shit and say, ‘Oh yeah, so you are all about open borders as long as those kids don't go to the same schools as your kids.’


"Fake American"

“And this guy that I knew and loved absolutely loses his shit on me. I am talking epic meltdown. I thought at one point he was literally going to attack me.

“I don't know what it is with the left and that label ‘fake.’ They really really hate it. I mean #fakenews is driving them f-ing insane.

“So I walked away from that conversation not really realizing I had stumbled onto something. I told my based wife and she laughed at his meltdown. Then, I told my cucked mother-in-law, who I also have a really good relationship with, and she got very upset over that term ‘fake.’ ‘You can't just throw that word around.’

“Huh? So this got me scratching my head. I don't watch CNN so maybe somehow they've poisoned the minds of the masses to believe that ‘fake’ is an evil word.

“So I started dropping the label ‘fake American’ every chance I got when I knew I was talking to a leftie, in a very casual sarcastic joking manner. And you know what? Sure as shit, each and every one of them had a strong visceral response - they were TRIGGERED!

“So I bring this information to this patriotic community because there is power in triggering cucks and I truly believe this ‘fake American’ label is the mother of all triggers.

I suggest you also start using it at every chance you get, every tweet, every text, every post.

Link at

Democratic comments on Republican proposed budget

Republicans don't care about poor people.

Republicans want to destroy working families.

The Republican budget will kill children.

(Well, hell. Why not follow Obama's suggestion: Take a pain pill and wait to die.)

UN board composed of Arab countries posts anti-Israel tirade

UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia is composed of 18 Arab countries and lists “the state of Palestine as a full member.

These non-biased Arabs say “available evidence establishes beyond a reasonable doubt that Israel is guilty of policies and practices that constitute the crime of apartheid as legally defined in instruments of international law.”

Who would think that a UN organization whose purpose is “to strengthen cooperation and promote development” would ever denigrate the only non-Arab country in the Middle East?

Massive winter storm to affect 50 million!

“And why is it a routine winter snowstorm can cross the whole country unremarked until it reaches the east coast, then it becomes a blizzard emergency with a name and 'round-the-clock national breaking news?”

Link at

Somebody at some site a few days ago, talking about constant non-news on the news networks, mentioned weather as an example of local news gone national. News folks have to dress up the javelina, adding a bit of lipstick and a dash of perfume, in order to make it news, therefore the 50 million affected. As for giving names to the storms, why not something simple? 2017 Freeze Your A** Off #1, #2, etc.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

About that federal money my office sent you …

“Obama's Federal Transit Administration chief Carolyn Flowers approved a federal grant for the electrification project two days before President Obama left office. She is now employed by a contractor for the Caltrain project.”

And: The Transbay Transit Center (train station) is scheduled to open this year. Backers of high-speed rail hope trains will one day arrive at the station. Until then, the three-block-long “dynamic hub” will be “little more than the world's most expensive bus station -- serving mainly the 14,000 transbay bus commuters who roll in and out daily on AC Transit.”

‘If you build a train station, will trains come?’

Yeah, it’s easy to poke fun when dollars in the hundreds of millions are spent in order to make something that will be too expensive to tear up when it isn’t finished or becomes too expensive for construction to continue, especially when the something is in California and my only investment is a few tax pennies. But, the project has something for everybody, except maybe opposing farmers and small business owners mentioned in the column. Nobody really knows what the “something” is for everybody, because politicians and builders are doing most of the talking.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Small county seat

The official 2010 census for Jasper, Arkansas, counted 466 people within the city limits. Jasper is county seat for Newton County, in the northwest part of the state, two counties down from Missouri and three counties east of Oklahoma.

Newton County’s 2010 population was 8,330. At least two other towns in the county have more people than does Jasper, but bigger does not always signify more important.

The 2000 census noted Jasper’s racial breakdown as 99.98% white, 0.01% Native American, 0.01% from “other races,” and 0.00% from two or more races. The “Hispanic or Latino of any race” official federal category showed 0.00%. Newton County is 99.29% white.

Overwhelmingly white populations are normal in mountainous areas of the South. Farms were small and in valleys and required no more labor than a farm family could provide, with maybe a farm hand or two. Food crops prevailed over cotton. Unlike in the lower, flatter areas of the state, slave labor was not a necessity.

What that meant during the American Civil War was a split in political loyalty or disloyalty in the area. Wikipedia says men from the Newton area served in both the Confederate and Union army regiments.

Depending on how you look at things

“Newton County as a whole mostly supported the Union; however, in 1863, while searching for (Confederate guerilla leader John) Cecil, Union troops burned Jasper to the ground and moved their sympathizers to Springfield, Missouri.”

Or: “Violence took a severe toll on the civilian population, and at one point, Captains McCoy and Vanderpool escorted 20 wagons of Unionist families from Newton County to Missouri to seek refuge.”,_Arkansas

Newton County is in that part of Arkansas that has scenery. The county lies in the Boston Mountain range of the Ozarks. The Buffalo River runs west-east through the county. says, “More than one third of the county is owned by some government entity (National Park Service, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, State of Arkansas and county government).”

Probably, the New Deal Resettlement Administration moved people from some of those areas now designated state parks or wildlife areas. Poor farmers got to go, deer got to roam.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A telephone call

Caller ID said someone from Los Angeles was calling. I answered:

“Los Angeles give me Norfolk Virginia,
“Tidewater four ten O nine …”*

No one replied. What happened to telephone manners?

*Lindsey/Verges/Anderson, “Promised Land”

An internet link not read because I have a different lifestyle

“A Timeline of LGBTQQI History.”

That is way too many things for me to try and figure out.

The authors were “2013 SMC BHRS Cultural Competent Stipend Recipients.”

I did search just enough to discover: SMC BHRS is San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. “Behavioral Health and Recovery Services provides mental health services to individuals who are eligible for Medi-Caland/or members of the Health Plan of San Mateo…”

San Mateo County is in California, so maybe taxpayers don’t mind that some of their money is spent to pay a couple of people to write a book about LGBTQQI history.

There are just all kinds of things wrong with that.

Oh, my different lifestyle is straight heterosexual monogamy.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Woman wants 'same rights as guns'

First, Miss Lady, a gun has no rights, no more than a car or a bicycle or a television. Then, as Maggie’s Farm says:

"I guess that means...

"- you to have to wait 72 hrs after you go out and buy a woman to have your background investigation completed
"- women to be banned from entering school and college campuses?
"- women to be banned from any establishment selling alcohol?
"- women to be banned from polling places on election days
"- women to be banned from any official government group meetings?
"- all women to be banned from all airports?
"- you to have to pay a fee to the state before you can carry a woman on your person?
"- some women to be banned outright simply because they look too scary?
"- all women to be locked up at all times that they are not in use?

"Hmmmm. And does she think that all guys should have more than one?"

Sunday, March 5, 2017

TBM gunner Lloyd Edward Dean, KIA 5 November 1944

“The Avenger’s pilot, Lt Robert Cosgrove, managed to return to his carrier, the USS Essex. Both Deen and the plane had been shot up so badly that it was decided to leave him in it. It is the only time in U.S. Navy history (and probably U.S. military history) that an aviator was buried in his aircraft after being killed in action.”


China’s military

Biggest in the world means more problems than any other country’s.

Hand grenade range failups are always funny.

Downrange is THAT way, Gomer.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

‘Call me Chaos’

The Secretary of Defense does his own laundry at the Pentagon, and as for carrying his own luggage: “I have two hands, don’t I?”

Link at

Chuck Norris wasn’t born in Texas, but pretty close

Norris was born in Ryan, Okla., 10 miles north of the Texas border. Ryan is in Jefferson County, in south central Oklahoma. The county seat is Waurika. Jefferson County’s 2010 population was 6,472, a 5% decline from 2000. Since the state’s first census in 1910, Jefferson County has shown an increase in population two times. The largest population was 17,664 in 1920.

Ryan’s population was 816 by the 2010 census, a decline of 78 from the 2000 counting. Racial demographics show the population is 87.5% white, 3.2% Native American, 0.67% African-American, 6.8% “other races” and 1.6% of the people said they were from two or more races. Hispanic population was 12.3% in 2010. About 27% of families and 25% of the total population lived below the poverty level, including 32% of those under the age of 18 and 13% of those 65 and older.,_Oklahoma

Country singer Floyd Tillman was born in Ryan, in 1914.

Norris was born Carlos Ray Norris in Ryan going on 71 years ago. His parents divorced when he was 16. His mother moved him and his two brothers to Prairie Village, Kan., and then to Torrance, Calif. His brother Wieland was killed in Vietnam. Wieland was a month and nine days short of his 27th birthday when he was killed. Cause of death was listed as “Gun, Small Arms Fire.”

Wieland was with Co. A, 2nd Bn, 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. He arrived in Vietnam on April 24, 1970, and was killed June 3.

Chuck Norris joined the Air Force in 1958. He was an Air Policeman at Osan Air Force Base, Republic of Korea. He was discharged in 1962. He later moved to Texas and for a while was a reserve police officer in Terrell.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

'Historic' cartoons for which history said, 'Not so fast.'

“A lot died when Donald Trump won the presidency—facts, optimism, our will to exercise. Not least of which were some incredible Hillary Clinton victory cartoons that never saw the light of day. The following illustrations were commissioned by magazines ranging from The New Yorker to our very own to the Clinton campaign itself. They were made with the historic first female president of the United States in mind, and would have run in print and online the morning after the election. Instead they were left unpublished, until now.”

Link at

(Click heels. “There’s no place like home.” Click heels. “There’s no place like home.” Oh, my! Oh, Madame President! It was such a nightmare, but now I am home and you are in the White House!)

If you read all of the GQ story, you are a better man than I, Gunga Din.

Erick is in Oklahoma

In Beckham County, the far west part of the state, a few miles east of Texola, which is a jackrabbit run from the Texas border.

Erick is on Business 40 and U.S. 66, not far south from I-40. The 2010 population was 1,052. Racial demographics show the 2000 population around 93% white, 0.1% African-American and 0.88 Native American. About 22% of families and 25.7% of the total population lived below the poverty line.

The largest population was in 1930, when 2,231 people lived in the town. By 1940, the population had dropped by more than 600. Depression, Dust Bowl and all that.

John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath was not popular with Erick residents.

"I can remember plainly when the book came out my parents and other people who stayed here were just real upset,” City Clerk Nyla Tennery said. “That book gave all Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma people a shiftless, bad name, like that was the only kind of people who were here.”,_Oklahoma

The Roger Miller Museum is at the corner of U.S. 66 (Roger Miller Boulevard in town) and Oklahoma (Sheb Wooly Avenue). Wooly was born in Erick; Miller grew up there from age 3. Whatever else somebody might think or say about Erick, it’s kind of evident there is something about a town that produced Flying Purple Eater and You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

TV actors need to speak more clearly

Heard on police show the other night:

Character 1: ASA gobbily gobbilly.

Character 2: What's going on?

Character 1: You'll have to lap dance this time.

Rewind, jack up volume, replay.

Character 1: Internal Affairs wants to see you.

Character 2: What's going on?

Character 1: You'll have to make up your own mind.

Lab says Subway chicken isn’t, Subway claims ‘Is, too’

“A recent study conducted by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has found that the sandwich chain's chicken meat contains about only about 50 percent chicken DNA — or about half as much as fresh chicken from a supermarket.”

(For the math challenged, the claim that 50 percent is “about half as much as fresh chicken” might come as a surprise.)

Subway says it uses “only 100 percent white meat chicken in their chicken products,” but did admit to “using soy as a stabilizer.” Hmm. Is Subway saying its chicken sandwich is 100 percent chicken, except for the soy stabilizer? No. Subway says the chicken in the chicken sandwich is 100 percent chicken. Except for the soy stabilizer. In PR and roadblocking, that is known as an honest statement. Which says a lot about PR.

Link at

Fake news, real news? Who knows? Somebody is telling the truth, so somebody else is lying? Well, yes and no. You know Canadian Broadcasting Corp. is less than friendly toward corporate foods, especially American corporate foods. And you equally know Subway spends big bucks to head off and deflect bad press.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Economics wakeup from Hillaryville

Silicon Valley voters backed Mrs. Clinton big time. Valley employers want more H1b visas so more immigrants can take jobs Americans won’t do. You know, those $160,000 a year jobs?

“’I didn’t become a software engineer to be trying to make ends meet,’ said a Twitter employee in his early 40s who earns a base salary of $160,000. It is, he added, a ‘pretty bad’ income for raising a family in the Bay Area.”

Oh, and there is that threat to free speech from President Trump:

The Twitter dude “was one of several tech workers, earning between $100,000 and $700,000 a year, who vented to the Guardian about their financial situation. Almost all of them spoke only on the condition of anonymity, or agreed only to give their first names, fearing retribution by their employers for speaking publicly about their predicament.”

Okay, so it isn’t Trump directly, but he has lots and lots of money, and tech employers have as much money as does Trump, so what one does the others also do, right?

And a real boo-hoo to the poor baby making $700,000 a year, yet bitches because his “more mundane day-to-day costs” include “spending $8 on a bagel and coffee or $12 on freshly pressed juice.”

The writer throws in a few comments on how bad the techs feel because they walk past homeless people every day and those guys with the real money ought to be spending some on social issues.

Link at

Monday, February 27, 2017

Hey, let’s go rob that dude in a police uniform

Or, One removed from gene pool.

“One man is dead after an officer-involved shooting Friday evening in Little Rock (AR).

“Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner said that a uniformed off-duty Little Rock officer in an unmarked car was approached by at least three people trying to rob the officer.

“Buckner says there was an exchange of gunfire between the suspects and the officer. One witness described the suspect vehicle pull up behind the police car and at least one suspect ran up to the car when the gunfire erupted.

“At least one suspect was shot and killed in the parking lot. The police officer was not injured. Two other suspects have reportedly been captured.

“The officer was working security at a business when the attempted robbery occurred.”

Link at

(I don't like that "officer-involved shooting." The way most news organizations use the term, it always seems to place blame on the police.)

What is news, what is not

These days, the term “fake news” is as common as ticks on a stray dog. Especially so on TV news programs. “Fake news” comments, not ticks.

I used to think fake news as something made up. Years ago I would say, “That’s horse hockey. Nobody believes that.”

As the air waves and space waves become more and more filled with more and more electronic voices, though, the world’s billions face more facts and more horse hockey. A lot of that horse hockey reinforces bull hockey political thoughts and movements, so a lot of it is believed. More stuff spoken plus more ears to hear equals more stuff taken as truth.

Much of what is labeled “fake news” contains facts, maybe even truths. That is the way of effective propaganda – a smidgen of facts is required.

Another web site the other day had a piece on how to recognize opinioned news. The easiest way is watch CNN or MSNBC or Fox panel programs. Or PBS, NPR, BBC, RU TV or a legion of others.

Recognition comes from differentiating fact from a writer’s bias.

Here is an example, taken from a piece at moonbattery dot com, about the European Parliament giving its president authority to end live broadcasts if a member says racist things in a speech. The AP story:

“With the specter of populism looming over a critical election year in Europe, the European Parliament has taken an unusual step to crack down on racism and hate speech in its own house.”

There is one news fact in that sentence – this is an election year in Europe. All the rest of it is opinion – “the specter of populism,” “critical election year,” “unusual step,” “crack down on racism and hate speech …”

Moonbattery has three paragraphs of the AP story. Almost all of the story is opinion, not news reporting.

A few days ago, a CNN anchor led off an interview by mentioning “President Trump’s racist statements, anti-woman actions and anti-Muslim laws.” Nothing opinionated there.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

1905 photograph with man talking on cell phone

Caption: “Hoboken, New Jersey, circa 1905. ‘Holland America Piers with Manhattan across Hudson River.’”

At lower right are three men. Two are sitting on the steps of a building, the third man is standing holding something in his right hand, against his cheek and ear. His pose is the same as anyone today talking on a cell phone.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Echoing why the Democratic Party lost

UC San Diego has invited the Dalai Lama as principal commencement speaker.

The Chinese Students and Scholars Association is threatening to do something. The Association said in a statement: “(I)f the university insists on acting unilaterally and inviting the Dalai Lama to give a speech at the graduation ceremony, our association vows to take further measures to firmly resist the university’s unreasonable behavior. Specific details of these measures will be outlined in our future statements.”

Or, “Our definition of diversity and inclusiveness is the proper definition. Anybody else’s definition sucks, and we won’t listen.”

Other students “firmly resisted” in Tiananmen Square. Fortunately for the UCSD students, their firm resistance will happen here, and not in their homeland.

Link at maggiesfarm.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Amnesty International attack on Hungary about what was expected

Attack by “pro-migrant” NGO “financed by George Soros” only to be expected, Civic Alliance official says.

Balazs Hidveghi, the CA spokesman, is right. By standing up for the rights and safety of its citizens, Hungary has come under condemnation by non-governmental organizations and by the European Commission.

Amnesty International claimed populist movements are “taking politics by storm” and “use scapegoating and fearmongering for propaganda purposes.” AI also blasted Hungary for its “crackdown on NGOs.”

As for Civic Alliance, Hidveghi said the party will remain resolute even in the face of attacks on Hungarian politics “from international organisations stuffed with foreign monies.”

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

There's not been much going on

I want to talk about. Still planning a Wheel of Fortune application video. Going to spit in a vial and send off to Last time I did that, I got an email saying they couldn't pull any DNA from my donation. So, maybe I'm not really here. I figured the result would have been: Your primary DNA match is coffee. Oh, well.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Confusion in Arkansas

Arkansas has 15 populated places and one ghost town named Midway. One Midway is a town; the other 14 are unincorporated communities.

The town named Midway is in Hot Spring County. The town was incorporated on May 3, 2000, and has a population of around 200.

NOTE: Hot Spring County is not where the city of Hot Springs is located. Hot Springs is in Garland County. Before there was a Garland County, Hot Springs was in Clark County, as was the area now known as Hot Spring County.

Other places of confusion in Arkansas include the town of Searcy, which is in White County and not in Searcy County. The City of Searcy is about 70 miles southeast of Searcy County. Searcy City population was around 24,000 three years ago, while Searcy County had a 2010 census population of 8,195.

And others: Benton, Arkansas, is in Saline County, not in Benton County. The town’s population was 33,625 in 2014. Benton County’s 2010 population was 221,339. For some Arkansas-logic reason, the county seat of Benton County is Bentonville.

As adjudged by the federal government, Benton County is part of the Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers-AR-MO Metropolitan Statistical Area. You can go to Northwest Arkansas and tell the people there that the federal government considers them and Missouri-across-the-mountains people all the same. Just be ready to argue, to duck, or just go ahead and run.

(Statistics and such from various Wikipedia entries.)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Something wrong here

An internet link to "Best tofu and broccoli in the world."

Thursday, February 16, 2017

No meat for you, climate assassin

“This is a landmark moment for school food. We were so excited to see how the data showed that we could reduce our carbon and water footprint by serving healthy, delicious food –– like the vegetarian tostadas with fresh made in-house salsa, that kids absolutely love –– all while saving money.”

That “kids absolutely love” part? Like staff officers and company commanders telling a battalion commander, “Yes, sir, the men will love that."

Five-mile road march Oh, you betcha! More PT? Bring it on!

No hamburger at school? Uh ...

Links at


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Licensed kayaks & canoes will bring in more revenue

"If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet." -- Lennon and McCartney.

Florida group considers tax (licensing) on non-motorized things that ply the waters. “No more than $20,” says one proponent.

Right. And how much the next year?

Links at

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

1971 MLB draft

First five: Danny Goodwin, White Sox; Jay Franklin, Padres; Tommy Bianco, Brewers; Condredge Holloway, Expos; and, Roy Branch, Royals.

No. 29 pick, George Brett, Royals.

No. 30 pick, Mike Schmidt, Phillies.

Also in the Hall of Fame: Jim Rice, pick 15, Red Sox.

Not in the Hall of Fame, but hit .296 over a 17-year career and had a .994 fielding average at first base, picked at No. 776 in the 42nd round – Keith Hernandez. Also the lowest pick to make the majors.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Don’t take an electric drill to a gun fight

This Ain’t Hell put it this way:

“About 7:45 a.m., a man was doing maintenance on a residence in the 1400 block of Marion, near North Nellis and East Washington, when the suspect attempted to attack the homeowner with a knife and an electric drill, according to Metro Lt. Grant Rogers.

“’The homeowner pulled out his firearm and shot the suspect once in the leg,’ Rogers stated in a text. ‘The suspect took off running and neighbor called 911. The suspect was transported to UMC with nonlife-threatening injuries.’”

Some of what happens in Vegas does not stay in Vegas.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

It must be true, Wikipedia says so

In an article on Salina, Okla.:

“Kylie Arthurs and Braden Jackson started dating in early 2016.”

There is no footnote, so believe it or don’t.,_Oklahoma]

Save refugee women and children! There aren’t any? Oh.

“In between cooking and chatting on their smartphones to relatives back home, these men told me they were utterly convinced that, as long as they kept trying, they would soon be enjoying free housing and all the attendant benefits of Western Europe. No one I spoke to was fleeing war or imminent death.

“Instead, they were simply hellbent on reaching ‘rich’ countries where they believe they will be miraculously provided with a life beyond their wildest dreams.”

Link at

Saturday, February 11, 2017

St. Francis – smaller and smaller

St. Francis, Ark., is in Clay County, way up in northeast Arkansas and smack against Missouri.

In 2001, the city’s population was 250. In 1920, 501 people lived in St. Francis. Population declined just about each decade, reaching a low of 201 in 1990.

Racial makeup of the city is about 97% white, a little more than 1% native American, and 2% of two or more federally-recognized ethnicities. Living below the federal-defined poverty level are about 17% of families, 20% of the overall population, 25% of those younger than 18, and 38% of those 65 and older.

About two miles upriver of St. Francis is the ghost town of Chalk Bluff. The town was destroyed during the Civil War. says St. Francis’ population is 55.4% women and 44.6% men. Median house value is $61,433, with Arkansas’ median $120,700.

Historical tornado activity is near the state average, or 90% above average for the United States. Historical earthquake activity is also near state average, or 72% smaller than U.S. average, even though the New Madrid fault is not far away.

Percentage of households with unmarried partners is a full 1% above state average, but with a small population, percentages sometimes don’t mean so much.

In the latest presidential election, 73% of the votes went to Donald J. Trump, 23% to Hillary R. Clinton, and 4% to “other.”

There’s a lot more information here:

Some of it doesn’t mean much.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Milfay, Oklahoma, where almost 15% of the population is not from around there

Milfay is an unincorporated community in Creek County. Creek County is northeast of Oklahoma City and southwest of Tulsa, just a little nearer Tulsa. The 2010 census counted of 69,967 people in Creek County.

Milfay got a post office in 1911. Its Zip Code is 74046. Other nearby small places include Ritts Junction, Gypsy, Iron Post and Micawber. Wikipedia and Podunk both say Milfay was named after two railroad officials, Charles Mills and Edward Fay.

Bestplaces says Milfay’s population is 138, up 23 from the 2000 census. By count, 82.6% of the population is white, 2.9% native American, while 0% are Hispanic, Asian, African-American, Asian or of two or more races. That means 14.5% are of non-Earth origin, since all Federal ethnic and racial designations were used in determining origin. Somebody should look into that.

Bestplaces also says:

Women outnumber men 55% to 45%. Hey, that equals 100%!

The largest single age grouping is 45-54, almost 24%.

Here are some numbers that might be questioned:

Married: 42.16%; single, 57.84%.

Never married: 28.43%. Divorced, 25.53%.

Married, with children: 0%; single, with children, 44.12%; single, no children, 0%.

Three years ago a natural gas pipeline exploded out in the middle of nowhere.

Here are pictures from near Milfay, including some of overgrown US 66.

Milfay was where Ben Hawkins joined up with Carnivale. That might explain why almost 15% of the population does not fit in any federally-recognized ethnic group.

‘This decision will not stand’

Airport Authority suspends Orthodox Jew five days because she took off last two days of Passover. Federal court uphold suspension.

We all know – “If she were Muslim …”

Put down food or drink before reading

In 2015 a woman ran a London marathon during her cycle and not wearing a feminine hygiene product.

“Gandhi found fame while running the London Marathon in 2015 as she let her period flow down her athletic pants for 26 miles. As she and her stained self crossed the finish line, feminists praised her ‘courage’ and ‘resilience’ for running without a tampon.”

That’s a big “euw” or however it’s spelled.

Innocent pigs in Berlin

“Near Berlin's Tegel airport, an errant herd of wild boar attacked several people, injuring three on Saturday, police announced.

“At about 2 p.m. the panicked herd attacked people at Kurt-Schumacher-Platz before bolting into the nearby Volkspark Rehberge, a 78-hectare (193 acres) lightly forested memorial garden.

“There they attacked a woman and two men. By this stage police had arrived to control the situation.

“Local media reported that it took authorities 18 shots to down one 200-kilogram boar, while the rest of the herd escaped.”

Yes, the link alleges the “wild boars” went “on the rampage,” but the story takes the side of the pigs. Descriptives of pigs: “errant herd” and “panicked herd.”

Injuries must have been the fault of humans in the lightly forested memorial garden.

Somebody teach the Berlin police to shoot better. Eighteen shots to kill one pig?

Link at

Monday, February 6, 2017

China’s territorial development plan

“China has issued its first strategic plan for territory development and preservation, outlining the protection of arable land reserves and islands.”

One of those things that, in literal sense, can mean anything to any reader. Could be a plan in “This is what we would like to do” or “This is what we will do” to “Get out of the way, unless you have tons of tourist or development dollars.” Might even be “We are no longer playing around with capitalist ideas.” Could be “Make China Great Again.”

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Wiesensteig, Germany, postal code 73349, scene of witch executions

Population 31 December 2010: 2,138. Largest-ever population: 27 May 1970 --2,632.

First mentioned in 861, concerning a Benedictine monastery.

“Count Ulrich XVII of Helfenstein (1524-1570) and his brother Sebastian († 1564) introduced in 1555 the Lutheran confession in Wiesensteig. 1562/63 in the rule Wiesensteig a great witch-hunt took place in which at least 63 women and men were executed.”

Another site says 67 women were executed for sorcery. Ulrich von Helfenstein signed the warrants of execution. He was “originally Catholic, a Lutheran during the trial and converted to Catholicism in 1567, which thereby also turned the religion of the city. Wiesensteig experienced more witch trials in 1583 (25 dead), 1605 (14 dead), 1611 (5 dead).”

Wiesensteig in that time “suffered from religious turmoil, war, severe hail storms and epidemics.” Helfenstein blamed witches.

Here is another account, typos and all:

“Although poorly documented, the witch-hunt in the small southwestern German territory of Wiesensteig was one of the first in the great wave of witchhunting that swept Germany in the second half of the sixteenth century. In 1562, Wiesensteig was a Lutheran territory ruled by Count Ulrich vetn Helfen-stein. After a severe hailstorm on August 3, 1562, von Helfenstein had several women arrested as witches. Under torture, they implicated others, including several people from the neighboring city of Esslingen who they claimed to ha’e seen at the sabbat. Much to the chagrin of von Helfenstein and Esslin-gen’s Lutheran preacher Th(tmas Naogeorgius, this disclosure was not followed by a witch-hunt in Esslingen. Wiesensteig itself, where von Helfenstein cooperated with the local Lutheran leader Leonhard Cuimann, was a different story, of course, and a sensationalistic pamphlet dated 1563 claimed that Wiesensteig had executed hy burning no less than 63 witches. Under outside pressure, von Hclfcnstein converted to Catholicism in 1567, and nineteenth-centtiry German historians spent much time armiinp whether Wiesensteig was Catholic or Pn,)testant at the time of the witch-hunt. Althoufth it seems clear that durin, tt this hrst Wiesensteig witch-hunt the state and church were Lutheran, the hahit C)f witch-hunting survived von Helfenstein’s and the territory’s return to the Catholic fold. There were suhseeiuent flare-tips in 1583 (about 25 dead), 1605 (14 dead) and 1611 (5 dead).”

REFERENCE; H. C. Erik Midelfort. Witch-Hunting in Southivestern Hcrmany, 1562-1684- Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1972.