Thursday, August 17, 2017

If you drive your car …

Oops. Not allowed today in Ashgabat, capital of Turkmenistan.

To press for physical fitness ahead of the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov changed traffic laws.

“From 7 am to 7 pm, only public transport – including taxis and emergency vehicles – will be permitted to circulate around the city. Anybody unable to cram into the packed buses or pay for a taxi will be free to cycle, as Berdymukhamedov has advised, in temperatures of around 40 degrees Celsius (105 degrees Fahrenheit). Those who do not own a bicycle – which is most people – will just have to walk.”

More stuff to ban and/or tear down

All statues of Gen. Phil Sheridan -- "The only good Indian is a dead Indian."

All statues of Gen. W.T Sherman -- "Nits make lice," on killing Indian children.

All flags of the states that seceded from the union.

Any mention of "Confederate States of America" or "the Confederacy."

Break up the Choctaw, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Muskogee Creek and Seminole tribal nations. The nations owned slaves and backed the Confederacy 1861-65.

More to come.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Just about ready to give up

I'm coming closer to not reading any more news stories. The stupids are on the verge of winning. Not that the majority of Americans agree with the stupids, but idiocy gets news coverage. Giving up is not the problem it might seem. I am working on at least five stories about transfer to other worlds or times, worlds like Earth, but not altogether the same. There are pretty women with guns, good guys and not good guys, army trucks and pickups. Main characters fight Nazis and Red Commie hordes, as well as alien invaders. The worlds are mine, and I am welcome to them. Lock and load, Galina. Today is a good day for a fight.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Otis, Louisiana

Otis is in Rapides Parish and is surrounded by woods. Surrounded.

Here is a link to a satellite photograph of Otis and its surroundings:,+LA+71466/@31.215459,-92.7454346,5185m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x863ac0920b88a579:0xf99a7c5e3853f72f!8m2!3d31.2154607!4d-92.727925

See? Surrounded by woods. Louisiana Highway 121 makes a line through the woods, but other than that highway and a few dirt roads and drives, not much else. Alexandria is a few miles to the northeast.

Wikipedia says this: “Otis is an unincorporated area in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, United States. Its Zip Code is 71446.”

Rapids Parish is pretty much in the center of the state. For people who are not from around there, Wikipedia helpfully informs that Rapides is the French spelling of “rapids” and is pronounced “Ra-peeds.”
Wikipedia also notes Rapides’ 2010 population was 131,613. Of those, 66.51% are white; 30.43% Black or African American; 0.74% Native American; 0.86% Asian; 0.04% Pacific Islander; 0.42% from other races; and 1.01% from two or more races. 1.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. The parish had its largest population in 1980 – 135,282.

The Otis Facebook page has no listings or posts.

gives Otis’s 2010 population as 591 and says they all are white. The median age is 39.7. Sex breakdown shows 54.3% women and 45.7% men.

A lawyer website has no (zero, 0) lawyers practicing in Otis.

Monday, August 14, 2017

'The Left Owns Racism'

Ace’s Prologue before links to news.
“Good morning kids. The good news is the hair-trigger tensions on the Korean peninsula are off the headlines for the time being. The bad news is, violent, racists rioting in the streets of Charlottesville, VA and elsewhere have taken its place. Let me say in no uncertain terms that what happened on Saturday is the direct result of the rhetoric spewed out from the cake-holes of the ex-president, ex-attorny general, scores of racialist crackpots and terrorists in politics and the media and in virtually every college campus across the country. Just last week alone, Maxine Waters opined that it might be time to form a blacks-only political party. La Raza, literally ‘The Race’ preaches the reconquest of the southwest and the banishing of all non-Latinos. And on and on and on.
Whether they are ‘neo-Nazis,’ the KKK, the Aryan Nations etc. etc., who they are and what they believe in have absolutely nothing in common with who we are and what we believe in (and please do not get me started on Timothy McVeigh). Racism, racialism and identity politics were, are and always will be the stock in trade of the Left. The attempt to paint what happened over the weekend as the fault of President Trump, his supporters, conservatives and others is a blood-libeling of epic proportions. Bereft of ideas, with a record of societal and economic destruction spanning decades and culminating in the lost years of 2009-2016, the only thing they have left is to lash out violently, foment hatred and use am incident that in fact was started by the direct inheritors of their own ideology as a pretext and distraction to somehow regain relevancy if not the levers of power. This is going to be milked for all its worth to further delegitimize us and our agenda. What is even more detestable is that the NeverTrumpers will join forces with the Left to use this as a ‘see-we-told-you-so’ moment." I'm looking directly at your fat f**king face John Podhoretz.
Lest we forget, it was a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat who attempted to assassinate Steve Scalise and a couple of dozen other unarmed Republicans at a softball practice, while only a few days ago a rabid anti-Trump activist shot and killed a GOP leader in PA and the reaction from all quarters on the left has been nothing or worse; blame the victims.
I am sick to death of this. And frankly, I am sick to death of the statement and proposition of ‘condemning the violence on both sides.’ Our side had nothing to do with what happened at Charlottesville. There is no morally equivalency, because there is no Left-Center-Right paradigm. You either believe in the principles of America as founded or you do not and want to seek its dissolution and/or destruction ‘by any means necessary.’ The latter is the Left, and I reject the premise of their arguments now and always. "F**k you. War."

(If you “condemn the violence on both sides,” you are standing in the middle of the road where traffic is non-existent. In other words, you are doing nothing. At Charlottesville, the Left got what it wanted –a dead body.)

Blair, Oklahoma

Blair is in far southwest Oklahoma, in Jackson County, not far from the elbow of the Texas Panhandle. The 2010 population count was 818, an 8.5 percent drop from the 2000 census.

In three consecutive census counts, Blair posted increases in its citizens – 1950, 22.8 percent; 1960, 27.6 percent; 1970, 24.7 percent. Now Blair is about back to where it was when it first started growing.

2000 Census demographics showed a population of 894 -- 86.69% White; 1.79% Native American; 0.34% Asian; 0.11% Pacific Islander; 7.49% from other races; and 3.58% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.40% of the population.

(The feds fudge on the “Hispanic or Latino” counting. In the Western part of the United States, the term fits mostly citizens and non-citizens of Mexican ancestry. Other parts of the country slot persons whose ancestry is Puerto Rican, Dominican, Mexican, Colombian, Venezuelan – Any place south of the US of A.)

In Blair, almost 12 percent of families, 14.6 percent of the overall population and 16.4 percent of people 65 and older are beneath the federal poverty line.

Wikipedia lists two notable natives of Blair – executed murderer Clarence Ray Allen and former major league baseball player Bob Stephenson.

Allen was a bad dude, who got the needle at age 76 at San Quentin State Prison in California.

Here is a link to a satellite image:,-99.3259181,5983m/data=!3m1!1e3

Just about in the middle of town you’ll see a baseball field and a softball field. A civilized place.

There are pictures here of Blair and other Oklahoma places:

We believe in free speech. You’re fired.

AUGUST 14, 2017 8:31 AM

A hot dog restaurant in Berkeley, California, fired one of its employees after a photograph circulated of him reportedly marching alongside white nationalists during the unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia, that left three dead and dozens more injured.

The restaurant, Top Dog, posted an orange sign on their front door that announced the firing of Cole White, who was reportedly photographed carrying a flaming tiki torch during a gathering of white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

“Effective Sat. 12th August, Cole White no longer works at Top Dog,” the sign read. “The actions of those in Charlottesville are not supported by Top Dog. We believe in individual freedom and voluntary association for everyone.”

Twitter user @YesYoureRacist first posted zoomed-in pictures of white nationalists gathering in Charlottesville, asking others to identify those in the photographs. Some users asserted that White was one of those pictured, according to SFgate, and they had seen him working at Top Dog in Berkeley.

@YesYoureRacist later celebrated the firing of White, posting the image that allegedly shows White in Charlottesville alongside a statement from Top Dog announcing his dismissal.

Ansel Deng, a student at U.C. Berkeley, stopped by Top Dog to take a picture of the brightly-colored sign, according to ABC7.

“It's good that Top Dog is taking a stand against this kind of stuff,” Deng said. "It's crazy it's 2017 and we still have people who are just so backwards who just can't seem to wrap their heads around inclusivity.”

Melissa Caen, a legal analyst for KPIX5, told the media outlet that Top Dog had a legal right to fire White.

“It’s not a First Amendment issue,” she said. “Remember, that only protects you from actions by the government based on your speech. It doesn’t protect you from actions by your private employer. It’s also probably not a discrimination issue, because going to a rally like this, participating like this, doesn’t make you a member of a protected class.”

The unrest in Charlottesville began with a Friday night demonstration against the city’s decision to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee, a Confederate general. A crowd of white nationalists marched on the University of Virginia campus with tiki torches, which some viewed as an homage to the Ku Klux Klan.

Tensions were high the following day, when counter protesters descended on the city.

Later that day, a car sped into a crowd of protesters Saturday, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. Two police officers also died when their helicopter crashed as they were surveying the riots, according to East Bay Times.

Link at

(Yep, the hot dog stand you work at can fire you for anything, anytime. Unless you are a woman or a government-recognized minority. But any business that then says “We believe in individual freedom and voluntary association for everyone” – Are the bosses so stupid they don’t see the outright bullshit in that statement?)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

A scary letter


WARNING: $2,000 fine, 5 years imprisonment, or both for any person interfering or obstructing with delivery of this letter U.S. Mail TTT 18 U.S. Code

To be opened by addressee only.

(My goodness! I must open this letter! It is a FINAL ATTEMPT! And such punishment if anybody interferes with delivery.

(Okay. Here goes.

(“This letter is to inform you that your factory warranty may be expired.”

(Ya think? I’d bet the 185,000 miles on the odometer was a dead giveaway. Except the sender of the letter has no idea of the odometer reading, only that my wife bought the 2010 Ford Flex seven years ago. How does the scary letter company know that? We are supposed to call an 866 number and speak with a vehicle coverage specialist. Nah. We’ll pass.)

Friday, August 11, 2017

A military disaster by natural means

“On Easter Monday, 13th April 1360, a freak hail storm broke over English troops as they were preparing for battle with the French during the Hundred Years’ War. So brutal was the storm that over 1,000 men and 6,000 horses lost their lives that night. Convinced it was a sign from God, King Edward rushed to pursue peace with the French, marking the end of the first phase of the Hundred Years’ War.”

The Hundred Years’ War lasted 116 years and, like other wars of the time, caused by two guys who both wanted the same throne.

Link at

Thursday, August 10, 2017

War on Christians all made up, huh

Not if you are a North Korean Christian.

“Documented incidents against Christians include being hung on a cross over a fire, crushed under a steamroller, herded off bridges, and trampled underfoot. A policy of guilt by association applies, meaning that the relatives of Christians are also detained regardless of whether they share the Christian belief.”

Link at

(Yeah, but, you know, those North Korean Christians should remember they live in a country that was predominantly Buddhist until the Stalinists took over. Christianity is a Western religion and has no place in Asia. Because, as everybody knows, Buddha was Asian. Indian, Chinese, Tonkinese, Japanese, Indonesian, Korean … Something like that.)

(And: All Communist governments are run by criminals.)

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Don’t try Danish

The language. The pastry you can try.

A Facebook post from a Danish friend, referencing a friend of hers who had updated her profile. In Comments was this: “Smukke pige.” Okay. I would never call an attractive woman smukke pige, but my ancestors left that part of the world more than three centuries ago, maybe longer, on their way to becoming Scots-Irish and eventually American. So, I clicked “Translate.” Smukke pige translates as “Pretty girl.” Another nice Danish phrase: “Flotte smukke dig.” Means “Beautiful beautiful you.” So Facebook says.

3 Florida dumbasses killed after wrecking stolen cars

Mugshots on all six "teens."

“Several teenagers who were involved in a deadly crash after stealing two cars had a whopping 126 arrests between the six of them.

“Keontae Brown, 16, Jimmie Goshey, 14, and Dejarae Thomas, 16, died after allegedly racing a stolen car through a red light going 100mph and smashed into another car.

“Keontae Brown's younger brother Keondrae, 14, was also in the car but survived after the vehicle was launched into the air before bursting into flames in Palm Harbor, Florida on Sunday morning.

“They were allegedly playing a 'cat-and-mouse' game with Kamal Campbell, 18, and Deyon Kaigler, 16, who were in a second stolen car, police said.

"The three surviving boys were arrested and could face murder charges over their friends' deaths, as new reports reveal the teenagers had 126 arrests between them.

“Police released video from the horrific car accident on Monday, revealing the final moments of three of the boy's lives.”

Link at

Just some kids out for fun, you know? To quote the cousin of another Florida dumbass, shot and killed a few months ago by a woman he tried to rob: How he suppose to get anything, he ain’t got a job?

Baby rattle snakes and eye glasses

My parents moved to a house southwest of Boston, Texas, in 1953. The house was the newest we had ever lived in. There were two bedrooms, a kitchen and a living room. There was a well out back, and an outhouse rather than a bathroom. We didn’t yet have television. I didn’t know anybody who did. There was radio, but I spent most of my time outside.

The land sloped west into a pasture, with a cow pond not far away. There was a sand road in front of the house, leading from the paved road about a mile north, curving through some trees, and then up a hill and into woods to the south.

Northeast, a big house sat on a hill. The house was not painted. A lot of houses weren’t back then. Paint cost money most people didn’t have. Our house was yellow, but it was a rent house, and the builder had painted it. A widow woman, or maybe two widow women, lived in the big house on the hill. I was never invited into the house, so I don’t know what it was like inside.

Just south of the house, the hill sloped sharply down, making about a 10-foot cliff. At the top of the hill there were cans and jars thrown out over several decades. I used to climb the hill and go through the cans and jars, looking for anything interesting.

One day I found three eye glass cases with eye glasses inside. The glasses were wire framed. I don’t know why the glasses had been thrown away. Maybe whoever used them had died and the family saw no reason to keep the glasses.

I walked down the hill and to the road and put on a pair of the glasses. The sand road seemed to split in two, with one side falling away, like a cliff. That was unsettling. I took off the glasses and let the road come back together and then put the glasses on again. The road split again, so I took off the glasses.

I figured Moma and Daddy would make me throw the glasses away if I took them home, so I climbed the hill and just below the top dug out a small place (a cave, I called it) and put the three cases inside and covered the opening. After that, I went to the cave just about every day and took out the glasses and put on each pair. The world looked different with each one, a different-different.

One summer day I went up the hill and pushed the dirt away and then quickly backed up and almost went rolling down the sharp incline.

A snake sat on my three cases of eye glasses. I crept back and looked. The snake just sat there, its serpent tongue flicking in the warm air. My mind decided it was a baby rattle snake. I knew poison from a baby rattle snake was worse than from an adult, because it was more concentrated.

I did not stick my hand inside and get the snake out. I pushed dirt into the hole and walked away and never looked for the glasses again.

That fall, my parents moved again, to a big old house west of Omaha, Texas. There weren’t any houses around or hills or cases of eye glasses or baby rattle snakes. There were tarantula spiders, though, bigger than my hands. But they were out in the tall pasture grass, along with ground bees.

Somebody is always looking to make money after a storm

We had quite a bit of rain a week ago when Tropical Storm Emily made landfall at Anna Maria Island, a few miles up the coast. Growing up in Texas, my wife and I saw a bunch of thunderstorms every year, so heavy rainfall was nothing new.

What was new to us was receipt of a card from Florida Water Analysis, out of Winter Haven. This company, through its altruistic benevolence, warns me that because of “flooding, contaminated runoff, and water main breaks, it is recommended you have a water quality inspection as soon as possible.”

The Florida Attorney General’s office says: “Fraudulent sellers that advertise ‘free home water testing’ may only be interested in selling you their water treatment device, whether you need it, or not.”

Well, golly, Florida Water Analysis wanted to test my water for free. Do I think the “free” offer might be a scam?

At least one Florida resident is dissatisfied with FWA, stating he is “stuck with a reverse osmosis system costing me 1,700 PLUS interest!!!” (I guess that means FWA was happy to fund his purchase of their system, plus a bunch of bucks carrying charge and administrative costs.)

Another: “Heads up on this company, they are probably ripping off people for as long as they have been in business. This company is a scam.”

The company’s response: “It is very difficult to please everyone. We try, but in the end, you will find some folks just are unhappy with everything you do.”

That site states it has had 11 reviews of FWA, with $4.8K claimed losses, one company response and 0 issues resolved.

And that response from FWA – you can’t please everybody? Come on. That’s a loser response. That shows you don’t have a defense.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

You had to be from there to know where it was

Old Boston, Texas, is not the same as Boston, Texas, or New Boston, Texas. Each is on Texas Highway 8, but each is an independent community. Coming north along Highway 8 from its intersection with U.S. Highway 67, the first big cluster of houses is Old Boston. Go on up the highway and you will come to Boston. It and New Boston have pretty much conglomerated into one sort-of urban area. But if you are from there, you know the difference.

Boston used to be the county seat of Bowie County, which used to be part of Red River County, as did all of North Texas, all the way out to where Wichita Falls is today. A new county courthouse was built in New Boston in 1986. The old courthouse was not large enough for renovation into a modern facility, and (just a guess) the folks who mattered wanted a new courthouse, preferably near enough Interstate 30 that drivers by could see the progressive nature of Bowie County.

Wikipedia says an arsonist burned the old courthouse on the night of August 13, 1987. The burning solved the problem of what to do with the old white brick building. Preservationists wanted the building restored; others said it was old and would cost too much money, and, besides, the county had a brand-spankin’ new courthouse five miles away.

That fire was about five and a half years before the Hill County Courthouse fire, an event that caused preservationists and the Texas Legislature to get together and put up quite a few hundreds of millions of dollars for restoring old courthouses.

Here is a link to a map of courthouse restoration:

The old Bowie County Jail still stands in the courthouse area.

Here is a link to satellite images of the Old Boston-Boston-New Boston area:,-94.414058,1999m/data=!3m1!1e3

My family lived in Old Boston and Boston. My father’s parents lived in Boston and New Boston. They are buried in a cemetery not far southwest of the old courthouse area. I don’t remember anything about Old Boston and very little about living in Boston. They are okay places to visit.

Not a media-defined hate crime

Two men, ages 73 and 23, beaten and shot to death in home invasion near Piedmont, Ala. Police arrest two suspects – Jeffrey Jamall Briskey and Sicondria Michala Carter. Third suspect Rhimington Otarvis Johnson still evading police.

The victims flew Confederate flag at their house, but if that means anything it is only that the dead men were haters.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

An insurance company wants to do a favor for me at no obligation

For my last seven birthdays, the government has given me a Medicare update guide, free of charge. I was surprised this past week to receive a nice form letter from somebody called Frank DeJiulio, concerning Medicare update.

Mr. DeJiulio said, “I just received a shipment of the brand new updated free Medicare Guide, and I put one aside for you, thinking you would definitely want to have this.”

Why, how altruistic of Mr. DeJiulio, that he thinks enough of me to save a thick book I get every year for free.

Mr. DeJiulio went on: “Will you please let me know if you want it so I can hold it for you?”

And: “Just send in the RESERVED COPY request below. There’s NO obligation! It’s yours for the asking, no strings.”

Mr. DeJiulio says he is regional sales manager, but he does not say for what or for whom. The “RESERVED COPY request” form mentions American Senior Benefits at “Your Local Office,” 2437 SE 17th St. in Ocala. An enclosed postage paid envelope for the “RESERVED COPY request” goes to Booklet Fulfilment Center, PO Box 289, Mount Laurel, NJ.

Let’s first see if we can find Mr. Frank DeJiulio.

Turns out there are three Frank DeJiulios – An actor born in 1986; an insurance company owner in Ocala, Fla.; and a Frank DeJiulio, Jr., professional baseball pitcher from Florida. My bet is the friendly and altruistic Frank DeJiulio who owns an insurance agency in Ocala sent the letter saying he has set aside a copy of the free Medicare Guide.

He is listed at ASB Financial site as regional manager. Surprisingly (not) Frank Jr., the baseball pitcher, is listed at another site as Recruiting Manager for ASB Financial in Tampa.

Okay. Next, we will look for Booklet Fulfillment Center in Mount Laurel, N.J.

Google did not return any hits for that search, but did link to around eight sites for Social Security.

The Post Office Box 289 address is listed for T.H.E.M of New Jersey, a “Manufacturers: Distributor,” and for Universal Synergetics Inc. What those companies have to do with booklet fulfillment is beyond my guess.

At the least, Mr. DeJiulio’s letter is misleading. To claim he “put … aside” a free government publication borders on a mistruth. A lie, in other words.

And I wonder, too, does the federal government ship boxes of Medicare Guide to insurance and investment firms? Your and my tax dollars well spent? I think not.

Antibiotics in your milk less likely than a real 'gluten allergy’

‘There Never Were Antibiotics in your Damn Milk!’

“Maybe the title is a little aggressive. I tried finding a way to get the point across kindly. But, it sure ‘grinds my gears’ when marketing campaigns use hippy language to convince the general public that they have found a NEW idea (that has been a regulation for quite some time). Antibiotic Free! Like the idea of not allowing humans to consume antibiotics given to animals, through their meat or other products, wasn’t something people already thought of.”

Link at

(Marketing has all the honesty and morality of politics and cable news. A cereal manufacture declared “You demanded gluten-free, and here it is!” The cereal was made of oats and had no wheat. Was a time cereals advertised sugar. Kellogs Sugar Corn Pops, for example. Marketing. Another name for lying.)

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Not-hot jalapenos and the demise of Western Civilization

With special emphasis on the not-Catholic Catholic Church.

Selling jalapenos that taste like lettuce because some customers complained about the hot in hot peppers, and the Church follows suit “with managers (who) have been redesigning what they must think is ‘their product,’ for people who don’t like it. It began with a Mass for people who don’t like the Mass. Now we have doctrines for people who don’t like doctrines.”

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(My wife and I attended an evangelical Christian college. A teacher in a bible class one day said that while he (and, by extension, God) found fault with many of the Catholic Church’s teachings and doctrines, “I admire their dedication to their religion, wrong though it is.” Times change. And so do religious teachings.)

Friday, August 4, 2017

CNN made up story on Russia giving arms to Taliban

CNN’s excuse: But the Taliban told us they got the guns from Russia. Why would they lie?

Uh, maybe the Taliban watch CNN?

CNN claimed that “two separate groups of Taliban fighters have received ‘improved weaponry … that appears to have been supplied by the Russian government.’”

“Improved weaponry?” Ah, no.

“’I’ve watched the video and frankly can’t see anything that is particularly unusual,’ James Bevan, a weapons specialist, and director of Conflict Armament Research Ltd, told Task & Purpose in an email. ‘There are Russian weapons, and derivatives of those weapons manufactured in other states, circulating among state and non-state groups in every country in that region.’”

CNN admits “that the videos presented as ‘suggesting’ a link between the Taliban and Moscow ‘don’t provide incontrovertible proof of the trade.’”

The most trusted name in propaganda.

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What to do when you intercept/receive an ET message

1. Is it really extraterrestrial?

2. Get confirmation from other astronomers. (If extraterrestrial, tell your government.)

3. If convincing: announce to International Astronomical Union, Secretary General of the UN, inform SETI groups.

4. Make the first public announcement.

5. Make data available to all.

6. Everyone carefully record & disseminate signals.

7. Protect frequencies.

8. Don’t broadcast back to the ETs! Requires debate.

9. Study signals. The SETI Committee of the International Academy of Astronautics keeps a list of experts to call on.

(As for No. 2, "tell your government," I've seen those movies. That never works out well. And No. 8 -- If I can broadcast back, you better believe I'm sending a "Dude, got your message!" Or, "Dudette." Depending.)

You call it a synagogue; Aussie govn’t says it’s a potential target

Regardless of your religious needs, you can’t just go building something that (an unnamed group) might blow up. It’s just too dangerous.

“The Land and Environment Court backed the decision by Waverley Council to prohibit the construction of the synagogue in Wellington St, Bondi — just a few hundred metres from Australia’s most famous beach — because it was too much of a security risk for users and local residents.”

The decision couldn’t be because Jews want to build something, could it? No, of course not. But …

“Its implications are enormous. It basically implies that no Jewish organisation should be allowed to exist in residential areas. It stands to stifle Jewish existence and activity in Sydney and indeed, by creating a precedent, the whole of Australia, and by extension rewarding terrorism.” – Rabbi Yehoram Ulman.

Link at

Wull, damn. Based on Aussie logic, let’s put a stop to airplanes, because, after all, (an unnamed group) might blow them up. Let’s stop everything that moves. Stay home. Do not go outside. You are a potential target.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

I was mean to a woman on the phone this morning

I thought the call was from a telemarketer. We get a lot of those, mostly recorded messages concerning car warranty, insurance and free sea cruises. Sometimes the identifying area code is 501, which is the part of Arkansas in which we lived before moving here. The ruse there is to make us think the call is from a local number.

This morning’s call was from 941, which covers this area. The caller ID also had a name. At first I thought the caller was a recording. The woman said, “Hi. My name is Sherry, and I am calling about a free…” I couldn’t understand what was “free,” but as an experienced recipient of marketing calls, I know there is no such thing.

I said, “I’m sorry, but you are who?”

“Sherry,” the caller said. “I live nearby, and I want to offer you a free bible study …”

I said, “No, you are not. The caller ID says you are Dorothy Smith.”

The woman laughed and said, “Well, I am calling from Dorothy’s house.” She then went into why she offered free Bible study. “People often have questions as to why bad things happen …”

I interrupted. “I have several bibles, the accepted Christian version, and the tanakh, or Jewish texts, and, quite frankly, I don’t have any questions.”

“I see,” the woman said. “I am Jehovah’s Witness, and when we come to visit …”

“No, you will not,” I said.

“Oh,” she said.

“Thank you for calling,” I said.

I was short and at least a little mean spirited. I could have handled the call with patience and grace. I did not. I apologize to the caller for my lack of manners.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

We are the enemy

They are the smart ones.

CNN employee Fareed Zakaria: “The election of Donald Trump is really a kind of class rebellion against people like us, educated professionals who live in cities, who have cosmopolitan views about things.”

“educated” – I have a bachelor’s degree in journalism, completed 27 hours of graduate school and taught freshman history at a Texas university for two years. My wife has a BA in journalism, completed several graduate courses in government and non-profit management.

“professionals” – My wife was CEO of a multi-million-dollar non-profit and senior vice president of another multi-million-dollar non-profit.

“who live in cities” – We did. Now we do not.

“who have a cosmopolitan view of things” – Well, now, there you might have us, Mr. Zakaria. We have a commonsense, experienced-based view, not one in which everybody toes the line.

All those, and yet we voted for Trump. How gauche of us.

The Zakarias of the world are too educated and too cosmopolitan to realize their day is gone. They no longer matter. Except in speaking the same words over and over to each other. No one else is listening.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Russia cracks down on draft dodgers

‘Cossacks to Hunt Down Draft Dodgers in Moscow’

“’Cossacks are concluding deals with [Moscow's military] enlistment offices to conduct raids to bring military conscripts into the army,’ said Sergei Shishkin, head of the Southeast District Cossack Organization, in comments carried by ‘We can join representatives of military enlistment offices and police in going door-to-door to hand the conscripts their draft papers.’

“Some 1,400 Cossacks — members of a quasi-militant group predominantly found in Russia and Ukraine — are available to hunt the draft dodgers, Shishkin said, adding that the group had already made agreements with two of Moscow's 27 military enlistment offices.”

‘Russian Draft Dodgers Banned From Public Sector Jobs for 10 Years’

“Draft dodgers will be barred from working in the public sector for at least 10 years after they fail to join the Army, according to an amendment published on the government's legal portal on Thursday.

“An earlier version of the law passed in 2013 imposed a lifetime ban on draft dodgers.

“Following an appeal by parliamentarians in the North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, however, Russia’s Constitutional Court ruled the measure unlawful in October 2014, demanding a limit to the ban.”

Monday, July 31, 2017

Dumb question from a modern writer

From something called

“Is it acceptable for writers to incorporate aspects of cultures outside of their own into their writing? Where is the dividing line between a respectful use of other cultures and cultural appropriation?”

Who is to define “respectful use?” By that thinking, I cannot write about any character who is not male, white, a Baby Boomer, born and raised in Texas.

Here’s the thing: Anyone who writes, creates.

Here's another thing: Anyone who asks a question concerning "cultural appropriation" has no business claiming to be a writer.

‘According to a highly respected medium…’

That is a quote from the site.

10 haunted highways in Texas.

Laboring in obscurity

There was this baseball player, pitched four games for the St. Louis Maroons between May 28 and June 3, 1885. By calendar count, that is a seven-day major league career. The pitcher started all four games. He completed all four games. He lost all four games. His earned run average was 3.44. In 34 innings, he gave up 46 hits, 33 runs; 13 of those runs were earned. He walked 20 batters and struck out 9. He threw 6 wild pitches. He went to bat 11 times. He got 1 hit. He knocked in 1 run.

The pitcher’s name was Palmer. First name, unknown. Date and place of birth, unknown. Date and place of death, unknown. Bats/throws, unknown. Height/weight, unknown.

In these times, when we can find out just about everything on anybody, the lack of knowledge about a major league baseball player seems strange. Unknown Palmer shows up and suits out for the St. Louis nine, and seven days later, he is gone.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

The president we elected is doing things, and the Establishment is going nuts

“People should not be upset; they should be enjoying this. The Trump effect is a good thing. He is doing exactly what he said he would do and exactly what people elected him to do. Newsflash to the Beltway establishment: Americans who elected Trump do not worship the current gods of the city. They know you’re responsible for killing the old ones and they wish to return the favor now. We want your gods dead. That is sort of what ‘drain the swamp’ means. And, as Trump points out repeatedly: in America (at least in the middle part) we don’t worship government; we worship God. As in the one true God.

“Think of the glory of it all. This is the fight we have been waiting for. This is the turmoil we need.”

Link at

August 1910 on a beach in New Jersey

“Presented for your contemplation: One wave breaking over a group of Americans who have waded into the Atlantic on the Jersey shore sometime around noon on a hot day in August in 1910.”

(Comment: The man running from the camera, slightly right of center, has been in other photographs of the time, five years either side. In at least two photographs, he appears to be talking on a hand-held telephone. In another photograph, he is using an electronic tablet or pad. A vacationer from afar, perhaps.)

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Rail gates will be timed, so there’s nothing to worry about

During “the peak hour” of high speed commuter rail in the San Francisco Bay area, a train will pass through every three minutes. Neat, huh? Except – The rail line will cross 41 streets. Every three minutes, a train will bring traffic to a stop at 41 different places. That means “the number of vehicles that can cross the rail grade in gate up periods between trains during the peak will decrease by 60%. During peak hours, gate down times will approximately double.” And, the trains crossing city streets will be running at speeds up to 110 miles an hour.

The system is expected to cost only a little more than $100 billion. BILLION.

Link at

Friday, July 28, 2017

Police can’t figure out why this guy wanted to kill people

‘Machete-wielding man “screaming Allahu Akbar” kills one person and injures several others during rampage in Hamburg supermarket’

There doesn’t seem to be a motive.

“One officer said there was 'no valid information on the motive of the attacker' who has yet to be identified.”

Wull, dang, Wolfgang. Whadda ya think made ol Abdul do somethin like that?

Link at

These days, Trumann makes its own kind of music

Baldwin pianos used to be made in Trumann. Baldwin opened its factory in 1980, and sold out to Gibson in 2001. Gibson closed its piano line in 2006 and moved all the jobs to China. Baldwin made banjos for a couple of years in DeQueen, Ark., and then shut down that plant. The company does not have a good record of longevity in Arkansas, nor did the company leave good memories to its unemployed workers.

Parker Hannifin also had a plant in Trumann, but closed in 2005 and sent those jobs to its site in Apodaca Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Parker Hannifin’s web site claims the company is “the global leader in motion and control technologies.” The site also says the corporation values its “empowered workforce operating in a supportive environment (that) fosters innovative ideas and solutions. We encourage our employees to pursue ideas, and more importantly, we listen to them.”

Former Parker workforce members in Trumann might say “Bullshit” to corporate propaganda, but such is industrial employer vis a vis employee reality.

In 2010, Trumann had a population of 7,243, its highest-ever head count. Of those residents, 94.3 percent were white. Median household income was $26,533. About 21.2 percent of the overall population lived below the poverty line.

Trumann is in Poinsett County in Northeast Arkansas. The county is named after Joel Roberts Poinsett (1779-1851) first American Minister to Mexico and a former Secretary of War. While in Mexico, Poinsett saw the flor de la noche Buena – Christmas Eve flower. He sent samples to the United States, where the plant became known as Poinsettia.

A Facebook page on Things to do in Trumann lists several restaurants. Trumann has a Walmart, too.

I-555 goes through the west side of town.

Here is a link to a satellite image:,-90.5421516,13591m/data=!3m1!1e3

Lots of fields surround Trumann.

Auditors were surprised because …??

Hey, it’s New Orleans! You expected something else?

“New Orleans is taking federal taxpayers for a $2 billion ride in Hurricane Katrina spending, the inspector general who oversees the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Thursday, concluding that the city is charging the government for repairs that had nothing to do with the 2005 hurricane and flooding that devastated the Gulf Coast.”

“The city claims records were destroyed during Katrina …”

Sounds like approving FEMA officials went all Louisiana, a’ la H.P. Long School of Politics.

Link at maggiesfarm.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Bula, Texas – It’s out there

Bula is in Bailey County in far West Texas. Baily County is about halfway down Texas’ long straight-line border with New Mexico. In 1980, Bula’s population was 105, but had dropped to around 35 in 2000. Bailey County’s population stood at 7,165 by the 2010 federal census.

There are two keys to any kind of success in West Texas: oil or ground water. Bula had the second, with water available at 20 to 40 feet.

The Handbook of Texas says: “Bula, on Farm Road 54 in southeastern Bailey County, was established in 1924 and named Newsome, for W. B. Newsome. The Newsome Ranch of W. B. and Tom Newsome was sold and subdivided into farms of 177.7 acres in 1924–25. Since the name Newsome duplicated another post office name, the name Bula was chosen in 1925, in honor of either Bula Maude Oakes, daughter of Methodist preacher Roma A. Oakes, or Bula Thorn, wife of William H. Thorn, the first postmaster. In 1925 Bula also opened a school and in 1929 a cotton gin. Its school later moved and was closed in 1975. Bula remained a farming community with a population of 105 in 1980 and 1990, when it still had its post office.”

Lots of towns, when you go looking for why they’re named that, the story is, “Well, it might have been this way, or it might have been some other way.” So, Bula Maude Oakes or Bula Thorn, you have a town in West Texas named after you.

Here is a link to a site that has more information and a picture of what remains of the Bula School:

Here is a link to a bigger picture of the school:

And the old cotton gin:,_Bailey_County,_Texas,_2011.jpg

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

T. rex downgraded from king of the reptiles

'Improved computer modelling suggests that the leg bones of a T. rex would have snapped under the pressure of a sprint.’

“In a paper published in PeerJ, William Sellers of the University of Manchester and colleagues demonstrate a model that shows that a true running gait would have placed intolerable stress on the T. rex frame and led to snapped leg-bones.

“This reduces the range of possible speeds the dinosaur could have moved at, the authors write, and ‘essentially limits adults of this species to walking gaits’”.

Link at

It could, it couldn't. Everything is a guess, absent eyewitness Video at 11. This year, yes. Next year, no.

Wait a minute! How many transgenders did you say?

President Trump this morning announced "that the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military."

A very stupid BBC newsreader this afternoon asked, "What does this mean for the thousands of transgender military personnel?"

Wait a minute! Thousands? Are you serious? Thousands of transgender military personnel?

If we go by percentage of U.S. population reportedly/allegedly men masking as women and women masking as men, that means there are millions of homosexuals in the military.

Hooray for President Trump, who realizes a military is not a vehicle for social change, but an organization dedicated to cause confusion and bring death to our enemies.

Sam Adams, Vietnam veteran

The latest edition of Thunder Run, newsletter for the 11th Armored Cavalry’s Veterans of Vietnam and Cambodia, says Sam Adams (Air Cav Troop, 1966-70) died in Lakewood, Ohio, in October 2015. That 1966-70 is correct. Sam must have found Vietnam more peaceful or meaningful or something, than the Cleveland he was from.

Sam was in the original Aero Rifle Platoon, assigned I think sometime in May 1966 while the regiment was still at Fort Meade, Md. When the platoon was reorganized into Long-Range Reconnaissance Platoon in early 1967 in Vietnam, Sam, as did a lot of us in the rifle platoon, declined to volunteer for the crazies. For some, the decision was, “Hey, the army already drafted me, sent me through 11B AIT, assigned me to an airmobile infantry platoon in an armored cavalry regiment, sent me to Vietnam, and now I’m expected to volunteer for LRRP?”

One night on ambush, while the Rifle Platoon still existed, I was beside a rubber tree, waiting for whatever might happen (or not happen), and all of a sudden a grenade goes “KA-WHUMP!”, dirt and twigs and leaves and stuff falling from the sky, and Sam is yelling, “I got him! I got him!” He had seen something/somebody moving in the dark darkness, too far out to be one of us, and it was moving, so he pulled the pin on a grenade and waited until the whoever was closer, and then he bowled the grenade along the ground. Throwing it, he explained at daylight, would have been too dangerous, because it might have hit a tree and come back. We didn’t find sign of anybody or any thing. No one was injured in the making of the ambush.

Sam was assigned to aviation maintenance after declining LRRP. At a reunion quite a few years ago, somebody asked when I was in RVN. I replied ’66 and ’67. The other man said, “You must have known Sam Adams.” I said I did, indeed. He said he was there in ’69-70 and Sam was still there. Sometime in 1970, he said, the army made Sam go home.

Sam was OK, entertaining, never at a loss for words. He made life interesting.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

3,700-year-old vase has smiley face

“A team of Turkish and Italian archaeologists have discovered what may be the first known smiley face in the ancient city of Karkemish in Turkey’s southeastern province of Gaziantep near the border with Syria. The terminally cheery curved line topped by two dots was painted on the side of pitcher around 3,700 years ago.”

Looks like the Kool-Aid jug, as a couple of comments say.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Surprise, surprise, surprise

French government “reintroduces” brown bears.

Bear chases 200 sheep over cliff.

‘Rivalries’ led to South Carolina shootings

Po-leece note “concerns with the school system … security at the ballgames and whether or not to play Stanly County in football and things like that.”

Things like that included drug dealings and “teenagers involved” in shootings.

Right. Everybody knows teenagers involved in football rivalries often shoot up people’s homes.

Oh, and police also mention a chapter of the United Blood Nation as well as the Money Chasin Gang.

United Blood Nation sounds like some neo-Nazi right-wing survivalist domestic terrorist organization. Here are the names of the suspects in the shootings: Derias J’Shawn Little, Tyron Elijah Daquan Steele, Raekwon Tariq Graham, Jarvez Datwan Graham, Keshawn Datavis Steele and Jimmy Jaquavis Parker.

I would say those are names rarely found among neo-Nazi, and etc., organizations, but to say that would mean I am racist.

Link at

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Not the way it works

I got a Facebook thing the other day asking if Trump should sign a bill placing congresspersons under coverage of whatever replaces Obamacare.

Uh, does the writer of the thing not know bills are passed by Congress and then sent to the president? Did the writer think Congress would voluntarily end its super-Cadillac/Rolls Royce coverage? Does the writer think a president can pass bills on his own?

I am often amazed at the lack of knowledge by people who stick things on the internet. Like the so-called story of Charles Manson paroled, to Fairfield, Conn., in one tale, to Joshua, Texas, in another.

Here’s your card, as Bill Engvall says.

Friday, July 21, 2017

News from crybaby colleges

College course too difficult? Get rid of it.

(HINT: It’s a civil rights issue.)

“Algebra is one of the biggest hurdles to getting a high school or college degree — particularly for students of color and first-generation undergrads.

“It is also the single most failed course in community colleges across the country. So if you’re not a STEM major (science, technology, engineering, math), why even study algebra?

“That’s the argument Eloy Ortiz Oakley, chancellor of the California community college system, made today in an interview with NPR’s Robert Siegel.”

College getting rid of dead white founders

“King’s College London is to swap portraits of some of its founding fathers with a ‘wall of diversity’ amid pressure from students, a dean says.

“The plans to move portraits of former faculty staff from the main entrance wall and replace them with more BME [‘Black and Minority Ethnic’] scholars are being implemented by the world famous Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, following concern among academics that the current classroom environment is too ‘intimidating’ for ethnic minorities.”

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Rodents fall from restaurant ceiling

Spokes-un says incident “extremely isolated and rare incident.”

Said a (former) patron: “If we would have been sitting at the table next to that it definitely would have fell on top of our food because it was literally right there.”

(Grammar exam not required for dining.)

Checked that menu lately? (Yeah, that’s an obvious comment.)

Link at

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

More stuff you can’t make up

Andrea Mitchell twits Bastille Day the 100th anniversary of U.S. entry into WWII.

If only the 800-pound gator had met the 820-pound hog

ORANGEBURG -- An 800-pound alligator has been captured in South Carolina, one of the largest caught in the state in recent years.

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reports that Jonathan Smith and finance Melissa Davis pulled in the gator after fighting it for hours on Lake Marion last Saturday. It was 12-feet 10-inches long and weighed 806 pounds.

Link at

You can’t pass up a town called Monkey Run

Monkey Run, Ark., is in a narrow valley on the western border of Baxter County.

Baxter County is in the very center of North Arkansas and abuts Missouri. By official count, the county population in 2010 was 41,513, with 95.96 percent white of non-Hispanic lineage.

The Encyclopedia of Arkansas
says Monkey Run used to be called Pilgrim’s Rest. At least three versions exist as to why the name was changed to Monkey Run. You can read the three versions here:

Whatever the reason, a town’s name does not change to something as unusual as Monkey Run unless a lot of people agree to the change.

All Wikipedia has to say about Monkey Run is, it “is an unincorporated community in Baxter County, Arkansas, in the United States.”

roadsidethoughts dot com has this to say about Monkey Run: “As far as we can tell, Monkey Run has not been included in past Census counts, so there is no population information for this community.”

Does that mean people in Monkey Run opted out of the latest census?

There is a Facebook page on Things to Do in Monkey Run. It’s blank.

Suburbanstats dot org? Nada.

Sotheby’s International Luxury Homes listings? None.

Found something!

Population: 3,147. I think that is for the whole Zip Code. Average income: $29,797. Ditto.

Limousine service in Monkey Run is listed at a St. Louis, Mo., company. My guess is, you call the company in St. Louis and tell somebody you want to be picked up in Monkey Run, Arkansas, the somebody will reply: “Do what?”

Here is a link to Pilgrim’s Rest Cemetery near Monkey Run:

There are four photographs.

Alabama man kills 820-pound wild hog in front yard

This sucker is huge. Huge.

“As he was about to get up and check on his dog, his daughter began screaming. ‘I jumped up to see what was going on,’ Wade explained. ‘I looked out the back window and saw nothing, so I ran to the front of the house where my daughter was looking out the window. I couldn't believe what I was seeing.’

“The dog had a huge wild hog bayed in his front yard, about 5 yards off of the front porch. ‘Cruiser had this huge hog confused with all of the barking and movement,’ Wade continued. ‘It was not a good situation.’"

Link at

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Maybe the government needs to spend more money on education

Or: What is wrong with the over-educated moonbeams running the schools.

“In this article we contribute to this literature by considering citation as a problematic technology that contributes to the reproduction of the white heteromasculinity of geographical thought and scholarship, despite advances toward more inclusivity in the discipline in recent decades. Yet we also suggest, against citation counting and other related neoliberal technologies that imprecisely approximate measures of impact, influence, and academic excellence, citation thought conscientiously can also be a feminist and anti-racist technology of resistance that demonstrates engagement with those authors and voices we want to carry forward.”

Link at

Comments: Geography is not a science, but long-term measurement. “Social sciences” aren’t. “Political science” is a contradiction. A graduate school professor referred to his class as “historians,” even though none of us had published a book or articles. Reality was, we were people studying history, nothing more.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Might be the dumbest tweet ever

"April H. @AprilHathcock

"Were there no POC soldiers who landed at D-Day cuz that #Dunkirk movie is looking white af."

5:12 PM - 15 Jul 2017


(Well, both start with D and Dunkirk is in France, which is where the D-Day landings occurred.)

Why do they have to pay for anything?

Here’s an undisputed fact: You dumb fuckers in NYC voted for Obama and for Clinton. You are getting on a local level what you tried to push off on the rest of us.

“The movement to stop prosecuting subway fare-beaters, announced recently by the Manhattan district attorney and soon to be adopted in Brooklyn, must be expanded citywide, public defenders argue.

“The Legal Aid Society, the Bronx Defenders, Queens Law Associates and other groups have joined efforts to pressure prosecutors in Queens and the Bronx to get onboard with the cause, which advocates say will help unclog the courts.

“Advocates say arresting turnstile jumpers unfairly disadvantages the city’s poor population.”

Disadvantages the poor? Isn’t everybody who uses a public service supposed to pay for it?

Let’s see. Poor New Yorkers should get free passes on city buses. And give every poor person an unlimited taxi card. Oh, and a card so they don’t have to pay at restaurants. Socializers tell us poor people buy an inordinate amount of fast food, so give the underclass free meals at New York’s finest restaurants.

And, of course, “an arrest for fare evasion could mean the threat of deportation for undocumented immigrants.”

Link at

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Record label drops Texas band

Dream Machine is based in Austin. In an interview with a French webzine, band founders Matthew and Doris Melton hurt some feelings with their not-nice comments on immigration and feminism.

Castle Face dropped the band.

Said the record label: “Castle Face does not agree with the statements on ICE, immigration, feminism, and sexual assault and they are in no way representative of Castle Face or the other artists on the label.”

Okay. Band members have the right to say what they think, and the record label has the right to get all sissy-faced and fire the band. A business runs on PR almost as much as on talent, sometimes more.

And, the company has let other bands know, “You say stuff we don’t agree with, you’re gone, too.”

Here is a Dream Machine song:

Comments support the band, with questions “How can I get your stuff and not pay the record company one cent?”

Link at

Saturday, July 15, 2017

I am not a conspiracist, but …

“Klaus Eberwein, a former Haitian government official who was expected to expose the extent of Clinton Foundation corruption and malpractice next week, has been found dead in Miami. He was 50.

“Eberwein was due to appear next Tuesday before the Haitian Senate Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission where he was widely expected to testify that the Clinton Foundation misappropriated Haiti earthquake donations from international donors.

“According to Miami-Dade’s medical examiner records supervisor, the official cause of death is 'gunshot to the head.'Eberwein’s death has been registered as 'suicide.'

“Eberwein, who had acknowledged his life was in danger, was a fierce critic of the Clinton Foundation’s activities in the Caribbean island, where he served as director general of the government’s economic development agency, Fonds d’assistance économique et social, for three years.”

“’The Clinton Foundation, they are criminals, they are thieves, they are liars, they are a disgrace,’ Eberwein said at a protest outside the Clinton Foundation headquarters in Manhattan last year.”

Link at

Friday, July 14, 2017

The world’s oldest virus makes a comeback

Antisemitism is not a sign, a symbol, a bullet or a gas. It is a Virus. It is the oldest known virus to infest the human soul. In those infected, the virus is clever enough to mask its existence by renaming itself as ‘anti-Zionism.’ Through the renaming of this ancient disease as a ‘political problem,’ infected souls can transmit the virus to their friends, families. They can spread their disease at their schools and in their community, church, or nation. The virus is also transmitted by exchanging infected fantasies with infected ideologues. By changing its name the disease made it possible for many to deny that they have contracted the virus, and that their souls are chancre-ridden and rotting. This facilitates the current outbreak.”

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Workers find large, old Madeira collection

“Workers renovating Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University in Union, New Jersey, discovered a rare collection of Madeira wines, some dating back to Colonial times. Museum staff knew the Kean family had wine storage shelves in the cellar, but they were obscured by a plaster and plywood wall built during Prohibition. When workers broke through the wall and the locked wooden cage behind it, they found a collection of 18th and 19th century wines far larger than they realized. There are three cases containing more than 50 bottles of Madeira, the oldest of which date to 1796. The attic held an unexpected wine cache as well, not in bottles but in 42 demijohns dating to the 1820s. It’s the oldest and largest known collection of Madeira in the United States.”

Link at

Otzi agrees with me

The Paleolithic Diet says our hunter/gatherer ancestors did not eat grains or nuts. My contention has always been my ancestors ate anything that didn’t eat them first.

Otzi the iceman backs me.

Otzi was killed around 5,300 years ago in the Alps. His body has been studied and photographed and CT-scanned since found in 1991. Scientists say his last meal was: deer meat, herb bread, wheat bran, roots and fruit.

Link at

Don't mess with Texas women

A couple of days ago, the wife of a friend back in Texas put her groceries in her car and then got in. She was about to start the car when a young man tapped on her window. She said his mouth was moving, but she couldn’t understand him. She rolled down the window and said, “I didn’t understand what you said.” The young man said, “I said give me your purse, bitch.” The friend’s wife reached into the door pocket and brought out her pistol, which she then positioned near the young man’s nose. She said, “You best get your punk white a$$ away from me before I blow your head off.” She said the young man stood stock still for a couple of seconds – Long enough for her to see he was peeing in his jeans. And then he was gone, in his car and leaving rubber in about two and a half seconds. The message, she said, is: Don’t mess with older Texas women. They will blow you away.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Kit Carson's last words (maybe)

“I just wish I had time for one more bowl of chili.”

(Carson died at Fort Lyon, Colo., and was more a New Mexican than anything else, so he probably meant he wanted New Mexico chili, and not real chili, which comes from Texas.)

Wikipedia disagrees with the above last words.

"His last words were 'Goodbye, friends. Adios, compadres.' Carson died from an abdominal aortic aneurysm in the surgeon's quarters of Fort Lyon, Colorado."

Monday, July 10, 2017

Sgt. Kristie Ennis, USMC

“I honestly miss deploying. I think that's something all of us feel when we get back from overseas, or get out of the military. It was simple in a lot of ways. There was no worrying about how I did my hair or what I was going to put on. You know what you're doing immediately. You know where you need to be, how you need to get there, and who you need to be looking out for. You protect your ship, your helicopter, the men around you. It's very simple. In some cases, it's kill or be killed and that's it. You just have to be so conscious of everything around you that you don't have to worry about everything that's going on back at home. My deployments were also very entertaining. I loved being over there and knowing I could help those that couldn't protect themselves. I was helping the boots on the ground. In a way, it's one of the most rewarding things you can say that you've done.”

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Grubbs Arkansas

Grubbs is Jackson County, up there in rice-growing country. Arkansas grows a lot of rice, 49 percent of the nation’s total, says Arkansas rice farms average more than 7,300 pounds per acre. Think about that many one-pound bags of rice, grown on an acre of land. That is a lot of bags.

The land around Grubbs is good for rice farming – flat, easily flooded and with plenty of water from Arkansas’ rivers. Here is a satellite image:,-91.0604641,2844m/data=!3m1!1e3

Grubbs is a small town. I’ve never heard of a town called Grubbs that had a big population. In 2015, Grubbs’ zip code population was estimated at 465, an increase of 64 over the 2010 census. Grubbs’ male/female ratio is 271/194. A better ratio would have those numbers reversed. Almost 95 percent of Grubbs’ residents are white. Almost 12 percent of families and more than 15 percent of the population overall lives below the official federal poverty level. The town’s highest population was 546 in 1980.

Here is a link to a floor plan for the Frisco Lines 1920 railroad station in Grubbs:

The plans show a “Negro W. Rm” and a “White W. Rm.”

Here is a link to a video made by an ass named Grubbs from Illinois:

Here is another video, “The 10 Worst Cities in Arkansas Explained,” by Nick Johnson, an asshole who judging by his comments, voted for Her. Johnson has another video called “The 10 Most Redneck Cities in Arkansas Explained.” I think Nick Johnson is a smartass who likes telling other people how dumb they are.

Nick Johnson has nothing to do with the small town of Grubbs, it's just that I ran across links to his dumbass videos while searching for things about Grubbs.

Michigan union bleating over use of goats

“The grievance alleges that the university did not notify the union that it was planning to use goat crews on campus, according to a chief steward report supplied to the Battle Creek Enquirer.

“University spokeswoman Cheryl Roland said a small goat crew has been on campus this summer, but not to cut grass.

“’For the second summer in a row, we’ve brought in a goat crew to clear undergrowth in a woodlot, much of it poison ivy and other vegetation that is a problem for humans to remove,’ Roland said. ‘Not wanting to use chemicals, either, we chose the goat solution to stay environmentally friendly.

“’The area is rife with poison ivy and other invasive species, and our analysis showed the goats to be a sustainable and cost-effective way of removing them,’ she added.

Message to union: Oh, shut up.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

President Trump vs. those who breathe old air

A couple of headlines on President Trump’s trip to Poland and Germany:

Reuters: ‘Trump, risking isolation over climate, arrives for G20.’

Politico: ‘Merkel warns Trump against protectionism.’

NBC News: ‘Trump faces ‘uncomfortable conversations with world leaders.’

The writers of those and many other stories were greatly overshadowed by the response of Poles to the president’s speech in Warsaw:

Old feminists ruining life as we know it

“We tend to think of feminism as a young woman’s game, but the real damage done to society is by the middle-aged feminists. They are like the post-graduate drug dealers that hang around high school kids, offering them booze and drugs. Not content with having thrown their own lives away, they give meaning to their lives by helping the next generation destroy itself. That’s the modern feminist. Her singular purpose is to pass the virus onto the next generation, while simultaneously ruining the lives of her peers.”

Hostile takeover of nations

Rule by syndicate on the way out.

“For the most part, the world is a being ruled by syndicates. Gangster states. China is a syndicate. Russia is a syndicate. Their outward forms do not reveal their inner power structure. You simply watch what they do to identify what they're driving at. Russia wants a port on the Black Sea. They will keep the Crimea. That's not fair, say the Ukrainians. Fair? What's fair got to do with it? It's going to happen.

“It appears that America is being run by a syndicate. There was a hostile takeover by an outsider who understood a proxy battle. The in crowd is attempting to put humpty dumpty back together again by any means they can muster. Looking for a head for this hydra is a waste of time. They do not need marching orders. They simply understand, as a group, that power is slipping away from them, so they might as well go all in, because if they don't, they'll be on the outside. You know, in the dreaded private sector.”

Comment by former intelligence analyst: The present Democratic Party and many, many Republicans have the same mission: Make President Trump meaningless. But they forget, Trump has something to say about their objective.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

There are fireworks, and then there are deadly fireworks

Two men robbed a fireworks stand of $600* in Tulsa County Oklahoma. The rightful owner of the money got into a shootout with the robbers. The robbers jumped in a pickup and took off.

“As the robbers tried to get away, the stand owner's son jumped into the bed of the pickup and continued firing, before the owner got out.

“A passenger was shot in the chest. A woman later found the body in the truck.

“Investigators believe he was one of two suspects. They identified him as 15-year-old Jake Ulrich.”

Link at

A couple of things: The link writer at the TV station needs to read a story before writing the link. Story says body found in “truck”; link says “trunk.”

Second thing: 15 years old? That boy had a double dose of stupid. Robbing an established business is dumb in the first place, but robbing a business in Tulsa County Oklahoma? Note to potential robbers in Oklahoma: Somebody in the story is carrying a gun.

* Written story says $600; broadcast story says $600 in fireworks.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Hot air balloon, Florida, alligators …

This cannot end well.

“A hot air balloon has made an unexpected landing into a Florida pond filled with alligators on Monday, not far from Disney World.

“Some 16 people were on board, Fox 35 reported. One boy was rushed to the hospital after swallowing water but nobody else was hurt, according to the news station.

“The pilot told troopers that issues with the wind prevented him from landing on a strip adjacent to the pond, investigators said.

“The basket tilted into the pond, causing it to fill with water.

“A crew spent about an hour removing the hot air balloon from the pond, which contained multiple alligators, WFTV reported.

“Traffic wasn't affected during the incident.”

Comment the First: Well, thank goodness car and truck drivers weren’t discommoded whilst others floated amongst alligators.

Comment the Second: Do the words “16 people on board” and “hot air balloon” not indicate lack of common sense?

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Happy Independence Day

July 4th is a date on a calendar of days.

Independence Day is not a date.

On this day in 1776, Martin Johnston, my wife's great-grandfather times five, had been a private in the 3rd Virginia Line for just more than four months. Before Johnston's two-year enlistment was done, he had marched to New York, backtracked to Pennsylvania, fought in the Battle of Trenton, and then with most of the remainder of the Continental Army, entered winter encampment at Valley Forge. The next February, he took his discharge and went home, becoming a member of the Virginia militia, as was required by state law. His widow, Nancy Wright Johnston, said in her widow's pension application in 1821, a year after Johnston's death, that he had been a member of Morgan's Rifles for a time and that, with other Virginia militia, fought in the Battle of King's Mountain in South Carolina in 1780.

Martin Johnston was one of the men who made this country. Thank you, Martin Johnston, for giving us an Independence Day.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Greco-Roman Jasper, Arkansas

Jasper lies northeast of Parthenon and a much farther distance from Venus. Jasper is in Newton County, in the northwest part of the state.

The 2010 census lists 466 residents. The 2000 census had the population at 498 residents, 99.98% of whom are white. That comes out as 497.9 people. Census showed 0.01% Native American and 0.01% “other races.” Federal math at work. Jasper’s biggest ever population was in 1980, when 519 people lived there. The smallest population was 91 in 1880.

Jasper is not a wealthy place, with 25.9% of families and 31.6% of the population overall living below the poverty level.

The Encyclopedia of Arkansas says Jasper was settled as a village along the Little Buffalo River by 1840. “Today, it is the hub for outdoor enthusiasts enjoying the Buffalo National River, one of the last free-flowing waterways in the United States, and the Ozark Highland Trail.”

Well, ain’t that nice – Outdoor enthusiasts enjoying one of the last free-flowing rivers in the United States. Let’s all go up to Jasper, mix and mingle with the almost 500 residents and then take our kayaks down the Buffalo River.

How did the town get its name, you ask?

“At least three different stories are told about the origin of the name Jasper. One oft-repeated legend says that Cherokee Indians traveling west on the torturous Trail of Tears gave the town its name after being surprised by the village’s warm hospitality. A second version of this same story tells of a precious ring, containing a jasper stone, given to the postmaster in gratitude for care given to the Cherokee travelers. Yet another account states that postmaster John Ross coined the name by comparing the mellow color of the local stone to jasper, one of the twelve precious stones mentioned in Revelation.”

Interesting, that John Ross part. There might have been lots of men with that name, but the most famous John Ross was principal Cherokee chief from 1828-66. Kind of coincidental, maybe, “Trail of Tears” and Postmaster John Ross?

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Biggers and Peach Orchard Arkansas

Biggers and Peach Orchard are not too far apart, although to get from one to the other you would have to backtrack to Pocahontas and then take U.S. Highway 62 or Arkansas Highways 304 and 90, depending on whether you started from Biggers or Peach Orchard.

Or, you could take the shorter route, on foot or horseback, through the woods and over the Black River. Here is a satellite image, which gives an idea of the distance and terrain involved:,-90.7164016,22582m/data=!3m1!1e3

Biggers is in Randolph County; Peach Orchard is part of Clay County. The latest census data at Wikipedia shows Biggers’ 2000 population at 355, while Peach Orchard’s 2010 population was 135. Biggers is 95.5% white; Peach Orchard’s population is about 97.5% white. Not unusual for that part of Arkansas.

In Biggers, 17.3% of the total population and 13.5% of families live below the poverty line. In Peach Orchard, things are not quite as good, financially, with 24.5% of families and 18.3% of the total population below the Federal Government’s official poverty line.

Biggers’ largest population was 466 in 1930. Peach Orchard had 484 residents in 1920.

The Encyclopedia of Arkansas says the area of Peach Orchard was explored and, to a very limited extent, settled by French before the 1903 Louisiana Purchase. The town was incorporated in 1910.

Go home. You are too old

At least two U.S. senators and two members of the House of Representatives need to step down, retire, get out D.C., go home and leave the rest of us TF alone.

Sen. John McCain, Sen. Susan Collins, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Maxine Waters are too old to do the job. All suffer from CRSD (Can’t Remember Stuff Disorder), make outrageously stupid remarks (President Trump will kick 700 billion Americans off Medicaid -- Waters), confuse Bush and Trump (Pelosi) or sometimes just say stupid stuff (McCain and Collins).

I am 71 years old. I know what I can do and what I can’t do. It is obvious some people Congress have been in office way too long, so long they think anything they say is truth.

Old movie posters of interest on the internet

El Alamo -- Buen Estado. Doblado. Restos de cinta adhesiva en las esquinas superiores. Agujeros de chincheta en los márgenes. Mínimas roturas en márgenes, pliegues e intersecciones.

El Ultimo Pistolero -- Muy Buen Estado. Doblado. Pliegues de menor importancia en el centro de la imagen.

El Alamo -- Cartel de cine original de la primera reposición de la película en España en 1971. Medida aproximada 70x100 cm.

El Dia Mas Largo -- Cartel de cine original del estreno de la película en España en 1962.

One poster advertised the James Stewart movie “El Valle Del Violencia.” In the US of A, the movie was titled “Shenandoah.”

Saturday, July 1, 2017

New! Must have for that studio apartment!

“Studio apartments aren't big, so you want to make the most of the space you get.

“One company is using so-called robotic furniture to turn tiny spaces into more functional living areas. If a closet, TV cabinet and bed had a lovechild, it would be the Ori system.”

Maggie’s Farm says: “You invented a Murphy Bed with buggy software added. Yes, you're all geniuses.”

Thursday, June 29, 2017

His teachers must be so proud

I’m guessing this is from a blog about some sort of something-con, from a Stephen David Thomas.

“STOP COMPLAINING YOU UNGRATEFUL PEOPLE! its always busy dont like it dont go? One pearon hurt them self due to a cosplayer messing around hes a douche not everyone else yes the ques are long but its popular! What you expect a red carpet and no one to be there? Yes the security where harsh but they were under orders like every other member of staff! Geez stop complaining and start being grateful for the work the staff do to make the event it is today!

“Yours faithfully a grateful assassin!

“As for the guy who fell in the water its because he was being an idiot!”

COMMENT: Put ‘em behind a wall and put in another brick, cause we don’t need no edjucayshun.

There was a link to the site, but ye bloggo decided to protect you from the idiots.

Kids have to have something to do, eh?

That degree in “Comparative Religions in Transgender Communities” doesn’t go far paying the bills when Mom and Dad say your basement room is okay for an emergency, but you graduated high school nine years ago, and the electrical has gone up considerably since then.

“Posted by Dustin McGladrey at Monday, January 18th, 2016 11:58am

“A major push is underway to create a Museum of the North American Holocaust in Moscow. A counterpoint to the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington DC, the Russian Museum would highlight the grim history of the genocide that eliminated, pushed aside, and repressed First Nations on territories that gave rise to the existence of the United States and Canada.

“The plan for the Museum is timely given the spotlight put on the genocidal history of North America as featured in the new Hollywood blockbuster, Revenant.”

When your spokesmen are Leonardo DiCaprio and (the late) Marlon Brando, your audience is indeed small.

You’ll find Freedom in Oklahoma

As much freedom as The People demand and vote for, anyway.

If you are looking for the town of Freedom, it's in Woods County, in the northwest part of Oklahoma, a couple of counties before the Oklahoma Panhandle.

Hometown Locator ranks Freedom as No. 502 in terms of population (499 for Zip Code 73842 as of July 1, 2016), but No. 95 in per capita income ($34,297) and No. 92 in median household income ($61,016).

Kansas is a few miles north of Freedom. Or, if you’re looking to make a funny – You’ll find Freedom a few miles south of Kansas. Some towns not too far away and still in Oklahoma include Buffalo, Gate, Laverne and May. Appropriately, streets in Freedom include Saddlehorn Drive, Lasso Lane, Dusty Trail, Sand Burr Lane and Tumbleweed Lane. Somebody had a sense of humor.

Rhodes Park, just off Cimarron Pass, has a rodeo arena.

Wikipedia says Freedom’s 2010 population was 289 – 96% white. Eight miles west of Freedom, Cargill has an evaporative salt works. Freedom State Bank started business in 1919 and stayed around until Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. regulators shut it down in June 2014. The bank, investigators said, was “critically undercapitalized” and its capital position was “rapidly deteriorating.” I think that means the bank was running out of money. The bank reopened as a branch of Alva State Bank and Trust.

Area attractions include Alabaster Caverns State Park six miles south and the annual “Freedom Open Rodeo and Cowhand Reunion," which started in 1938.

A search for “Freedom Oklahoma” brings links to queer-support sites. They just can’t leave us alone.

Transgender gang members in shootout

Po-leece are going to have to come up with a new set of initials. Used to be the terminology was AKA (Also Known As) for somebody who used an alias. But now … Well, here are some facts known by police:

Jalen Breon Brown 21, shot and killed Rayquann Denote Jernigan, 17, in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Athens, Georgia. Jernigan’s chosen transgender name is Ava Le’Ray Barrin.

The killing, police said, was “linked to a feud between transgender groups.”

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Because of increasing “gender changes,” maybe police need an identification such as “UTBKNA” – Used to be Known As.

Damn! News stories led me to believe the trans community was all like, “You leave us alone, we’ll leave you alone.” I guess not.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Why a Darfur refugee is converting to Judaism

Terrorists killed his parents when he was 3. Other Darfur refugees took him and his younger brother to Libya. He was not allowed to go to school. “In Benghazi, the people often humiliated us because of the color of our skin.” A Darfur family took him to Egypt. Life there was even worse than in Libya. “Egyptians were kidnapping African children and forcing them into slavery.” His new family decided to cross the Sinai and go into Israel. He was shot by Egyptian soldiers, but rescued by Israeli soldiers and taken to an Israeli hospital.