Monday, December 11, 2017

Chuck should take his tax-funded salary and STFU

Prince Charles: “Let’s Remember Muhammad on Christmas”

Is Prince Charles willfully blind? Or evil?

While speaking on the British radio show “Thought for the Day,” the future King of Britain, Prince Charles, said that Christians should be more mindful of Islam and Muhammad during the holidays.

Christians are quite mindful of Muhammad and Islam during the Christmas season. Tis the season of jihad, rivaled only by Ramadan in the spike in Islamic terror attacks. Yes, Prince Charles, Christians remember Muhammad while their churches are burned, their children kidnapped and forcibly converted and their villages burned — all in the cause of Allah.

We remember Muhammad at the Christmas markets that were attacked, the Christmas parties in San Bernardino, the canceled Christmas festivals, and in Berlin, who could forget? We remember Muhammad when we see the concrete barriers, the hole in the NYC skyline, the endless travel lines, the security protocols just to get into a NYC building — oh, yes, we remember Muhammad.

What an intellectual ape this Prince has turned out to be. Let’s pray the Queen had some good sense left and skips a generation when crowning the next King.

The fourth stage of American history

American history is the story of political and economic competition between Virginia and Massachusetts. To see that, simply begin a line between Pennsylvania (the southernmost part of Massachusetts influence). Draw the line west. North of the line is Massachusetts’ Pilgrim philosophy of “We decide what you will do.” South of the line is the old Virginia idea of “What you do is your business, as long as you do not cause disorder.”

The Continental Congress recognized the battle between Massachusetts and Virginia when deciding the commander of the army must not be from Massachusetts. That is a primary reason George Washington was named commanding general.

And, consider the first six presidents of the United States: Washington, from Virginia; John Adams, Massachusetts; Thomas Jefferson, Virginia; James Madison, Virginia; James Monroe, Virginia; John Quincy Adams, Massachusetts.

“This geographic split has been erased from the modern mind, as the people who won the Civil War slowly, but surely, erase everything but the history of the North from the nation’s memory. That last bit is critical. One of the distinguishing features of 20th century American conservatism was its Yankeeness.”

This map shows the development of regional political thought.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

What’s the difference …

… between Aeroflot and the Scud missile?

Aeroflot has a larger body count.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

What sometimes happens when you freely enter an ISIS zone

‘Relatives report death of Chechen singer Bataeva in Mosul’

“In September 2017, together with the Chechen pop singer Aza Bataeva, in the Iraqi city of Mosul, her husband and her sister, who came to Iraq to return Aza home, also perished, Bataeva's relatives have stated.

“The ‘Caucasian Knot’ has reported that in April 2016, a video clip appeared on social networks, informing that the famous Chechen pop singer Aza (Khazan) Bataeva had joined the ‘Islamic State’ (announced as terrorist organization and banned in Russia by the court) and was staying in the territory controlled by the IS*.

“According to Aza Bataeva's relatives, about two years ago, she moved to Turkey with her husband; and from there, they moved to the territory under IS* control. In autumn 2017, Aza Bataeva perished in Mosul, along with her husband and her sister, who came to Iraq hoping to return her sister home, the ‘Kavkaz.Realii’ reported on December 8, quoting Bataeva's relatives.

“Bataeva died in September, but it became known only now, the ‘IslamNews’ specifies.”


© Caucasian Knot
The war gods do not care if you are a non-combatant.

Friday, December 8, 2017

If you’re driving at night, turn on your headlights

The po-leece are suspicious when it’s after midnight and you’re driving on complete blackout.

HEMPSTEAD COUNTY, AR (KSLA) - A Southwest Arkansas sheriff's deputy knew something was amiss when a car with no headlights on drove by about 18 minutes past midnight.

But what ultimately was found in that vehicle turned out to be more than one likely would have imagined.

It happened early Thursday morning as Deputy Derick Bunn was standing outside the Hempstead County Sheriff's Office.

The gold-colored car with no headlights on was heading west on 4th Street when it stopped at a stop sign at Washington Street and turned north toward 3rd Street.

Authorities say that's when the driver accelerated to a high rate of speed and blew through a stop sign at 3rd at Washington.

He was traveling fast enough that the car went airborne.

And sparks flew from underneath the vehicle when it landed on the north side of the intersection.

That's when Bunn begain chasing the vehicle.

He reportedly saw it run stop signs on Ferguson Street at 3rd and 4th streets before coming to a stop on Ferguson between 4th and 5th streets.

The driver identified himself as a Litchfield, Ill., man by the name of James Wesley Anderson.

And Bunn thought he smelled marijuana.

Authorities say Anderson refused to get out of the car when asked to do so first by Bunn and then by Hope, Ark., police Officer Hunter Halliday.

When two more Hope police officers arrived and asked Anderson to get out, he reportedly said he did not feel safe doing so.

When he was forcibly removed from the car and handcuffed, an officer noticed Anderson was wearing an empty holster.

Anderson reportedly told officers the gun was in the car's center console.

And after asking Anderson if there was anything else in the vehicle, officers confiscated:
• a small jar of suspected marijuana,
• a pistol with a full magazine and a round in the chamber, and,
• drug paraphernalia.

In a bag in the back seat they reportedly found:
• a large glass jar partially filled with marijuana,
• a glove containing a white ball with a brown tar-like substance, and
• a contact lens case containing a small usable amount of suspected methamphetamine.

That was not all.

Further search of the vehicle led to the seizure of $11,963 in cash and 20 guns.

Those firearms were:
• 4 Para 1911 .45-caliber semi-automatic handguns,
• 3 AK-47 semi-automatic rifles,
• 3 Mag 9mm semi-automatic pistols,
• 2 Colt 45 semi-automatic handguns,
• 1 Ruger 9mm semi-automatic pistol
• 1 SWD Inc. M11 9mm semi-automatic pistol,
• 1 Kimber 45-caliber handgun,
• 1 Colt government 45-caliber handgun,
• 1 Kimber 45-caliber semi-automatic handgun,
• 1 Ruger .22-caliber semi-automatic handgun,
• 1 Remington .22-caliber bolt-action rifle, and,
• 1 Remington 30.06 Springfield bolt-action rifle.

Also seized were about 1,000 rounds of AK-47 ammunition and several hundred rounds of ammunition and loaded and empty clips for all the weapon found in the vehicle.

Now Anderson is being held in Hempstead County Detention Center on charges of:
• simultaneous possession of drugs and firearms,
• possession of methamphetamine,
• possession of marijuana,
• possession of drug paraphernalia,
• careless and prohibited driving,
• disobeying a stop sign, and,
• what started it all, driving with no headlights.

Copyright 2017 KSLA. All rights reserved.

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Thursday, December 7, 2017

Po-leece! Lock your cars!

You don't lock your car, somebody will steal your guns 'n ammo!

Quack, quack

Our neighbor has started feeding the (wild) ducks. Three days ago after taking Victor and Charlie out and then letting them back in, I went out with plastic bags to gather the dogs’ leavings. Two ducks swam across the pond, climbed the embankment and walked to within three feet of me.

“What?” I said.

“Quack, quack.” (Duck for ‘Where da food?’)

“I don’t have any food.”

“Quack, quack, quack, quack.” (‘Yu da man. Where da food?’)

“You’re talking to the wrong man. I don’t have any food.”

“Quack, quack, quack.” (‘Yu da man. Man got food.’)

They didn’t believe me. They were still waiting when I walked away.

One of those days I’m sort of glad the alligator left the pond. The neighbor probably has more sense than to feed an alligator. But you never know.

Last week, a story said a Chicago alderman has sent messages to his alders, suggesting they stop feeding coyotes. You feed wild animals, they associate you with food. When you don't have food, you are food.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

In the wilds of East Texas

Lions and cougars and bears, oh my, yes.

There are woods no one ever goes into, places where people hunt deer. Plentiful small and medium wildlife means there will be something bigger looking for dinner.

From a blog where a writer wonders if there are “mountain lions/Cougars in the area.” One response:

“I live in Teasaville,Texas,ive noiticed big cat tracks around my house,thats scary,i live around eight miles from Bullard,Tx.,i know some of the screams are big scetch owls,there very loud,but i have alot of small animals around my place,i go out every once in awhile and check out the tracks in my yard,ive seen some buck tracks,doe's,small cats and some very large cats,ive even seen some very large wolf tracks in my yard,i use to have a part wolf and german shepard mix,so i know the difference in the wolf tracks verses a big dogtrack,these prints are as big as my hand and im a big man with large hands,although i dont have a dew claw but they do,i have always heard we dont have wolves in east texas area,but we do,ive seen them around the Troup area on the roadside,many people say there big cyoties or wild dogs,that we do have around the bullard area,ive heard that for many years,i also have hogs around my house theyve been small tho,not real big,i noiticed someone hit one down the road from my house on 346 north,it was a huge one,probably around three to four hundred pounds a month ago,but i have also seen a panther around the first bridge going down 110south going to troup after passing the Bullard cut off,he was walking across the bottom area,my dad was hunting in the Price,Texas area and a panther walked up on him,while deer hunting he was around ten foot in a tree,the dew was out,he said every step he made he would shake his paws off,i guess because of the dew on the ground,he didnt like them wet,he stayed very still and gun ready,he said after that he never went back to that stand,but there here whether we like it or not,we just have to keep an eye out for them,or stay away from them.Stay safe everyone”

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

We live in interesting times

“How extraordinary to see a world-historical revolution unfolding before one’s eyes and not know how it will turn out: that’s what’s happening right now in Saudi Arabia. Mohammad bin Salman, a 32-year-old too young to be a partner in most law or finance firms, has managed, by intrigue not yet fully disclosed, to supplant his cousin Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef as heir to the throne and to carry out a purge of the royal family breathtaking in its sweep. Imagine: not only did bin Salman order the arrest of at least ten other princes and a score of former government ministers, now held in luxurious restraint in Riyadh’s Ritz Carlton; he also supposedly had Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, one of the world’s richest men and a major shareholder of 21st Century Fox, Citigroup, Apple, Twitter, and a host of other giant Western corporations, hanged upside down and beaten in an ‘anti-corruption’ investigation.”

Link at

There was a time I thought the period 1914-22 was the period of greatest change in world history. Most nations participated in The Great War; millions of soldiers died from wounds and diseases; millions more civilians died from disease, starvation and government bullets; three empires collapsed in blood and more deaths; and the world’s diplomats set the stage for an even greater blood-letting 20 years later.

We now live in an age of great change, a time of events set in motion by the Great War. Where these events take us is a place unknown by anyone.

Syrians want someone else to change their country

“By way of illustration, he tells me how last week he tried to get a job at a workshop in Marzahn, a grim Berlin suburb.

“The German boss asked him where he came from. When he answered Syria, there was an immediate riposte.

“'You should have stayed there,' he told him.

“'You should have fought with the army to make your country take the right path.'

“He then refused Mohammed work, saying he was already paying for him to live free in Germany out of his taxes.”

Almost all the Syrian “refugees” in Germany are men of military age. Rather than change their country, those young men ran away. Not for them the dangers of military service. No taking up arms in a rebel group and fighting the dictatorial Assad. No defending a recognized government against a rebellion.

Those young men ran, believing the nations of Western Europe would give them free housing, would give them jobs. They believed all that because the governments said so. The governments lied to their own people as well, promising (based on what, no one knows) that the refugees would become hard-working, peaceful German, Swedish, Italian, Dutch, Belgian citizens.

Link at maggiesfarm.

So there, you fascist Progressives!

President Trump’s Warsaw speech on Western civilization: ‘We write symphonies. We pursue innovation. We celebrate our ancient heroes, embrace our timeless traditions and customs, and always seek to explore and discover brand-new frontiers. We reward brilliance. We strive for excellence, and cherish inspiring works of art that honour God. We treasure the rule of law and protect the right to free speech and free expression. We empower women as pillars of our society and of our success. We put faith and family, not government and bureaucracy, at the centre of our lives. And we debate everything. We challenge everything.’

Link at maggiesfarm.

Monday, December 4, 2017

You’re gonna get caught

“The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that five Minor League players have been suspended following their violations of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.”

Suspensions Range from 50 games to 100 games. Three of the players tested positive for Boldenone. Former Mets pitcher Jenry Mejia in 2016 was suspended for life after a third positive for Boldenone.

And another thing about Utah

“Despite being run by a cult, Utah is a wonderful place to raise a family. It is like the set of Leave It To Beaver, but the size of a European country. At the other end, a state like Massachusetts is wildly expensive and hostile to family formation. Those who do choose to marry and start families, often move to other states. The decades long migration, north to south and east to west, has largely been driven by cost of living.”

Americans, have more children! Lots and lots more children!

(That "run by a cult" thing? Z-Man more often than not has intelligent, thought-out ideas, but he sometimes fails to pull his head all the way out before striking the keys.)

Trump frees public land from heavy federal hand

The president in Utah: 'Your timeless bond with the outdoors should not be replaced with the whims of regulators thousands and thousands of miles away. They don't know your land, and truly they don't care for your land like you do.'

Link at

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Last time we used the thrusters was 1980

Let’s see if they still work.

13 billion miles out, Voyager I receives command.

“Voyager 1, NASA’s farthest and fastest spacecraft, is the only human-made object in interstellar space, the environment between the stars. The spacecraft, which has been flying for 40 years, relies on small devices called thrusters to orient itself so it can communicate with Earth. These thrusters fire in tiny pulses, or ‘puffs,’ lasting mere milliseconds, to subtly rotate the spacecraft so that its antenna points at our planet. Now, the Voyager team is able to use a set of four backup thrusters, dormant since 1980.”

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Available soon in a city near you

If you live in the US of A or Canada or Western Europe, where nations are Progressing to judgment.

'Gay Americans Arrested for Exposing Themselves at Buddhist Temple in Bangkok'

You’ve heard of the Ugly American? These two are butt-ugly Americans:

Immigration police arrested two US citizens at Don Mueang airport Tuesday night on warrants that charged they posed for pictures showing their naked bottoms at Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn).

Wat Arun is a centuries-old Buddhist temple in Bangkok.

The culprits were identified as Joseph and Travis, both 38 years old, a “self-professed gay couple.” They were arrested at the airport while trying to leave Thailand, and charged with public nudity.

According to Pol Col Choengron Rimpadee, deputy spokesman for the immigration police, tourists should show respect for places of cultural importance. The whole world isn’t San Francisco — or a Melbourne train platform — quite yet.

'Cultural Bullies Set Up “Gaytivity” Scenes'

For the arrogantly belligerent LGBT community, ’tis the season for in-your-face blasphemy:

“Our neighbor’s two Joseph nativity is up & I’m beaming,” posted Cameron Esposito, host of Queery Podcast, on Friday, along with a photo showing two models of Joseph dressed in pink surrounding baby Jesus.

See how many likes he received for his celebration of desecration:

Other persons of preferred perversity favor lesbian Mary gaytivity scenes.

But don’t forget, if you push back in any way, you are a bigot and a hater.

On a tip from The Lieberal Media.

People may put up whatever Nativity scene as desired, but depravity leads to judgment. I hope the backside baring queers get a good caning in Bangkok.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Planet Nine in inner space?

In 1959, Valiant Pictures unleashed upon the world Plan Nine from Outer Space, a throat-sucking space vampire picture. So awe-inspiring was the movie, that in 1980, “authors Harry and Michael Medved dubbed the film the ‘worst movie ever made’ in their book
The Golden Turkey Awards. Wood and his film were posthumously given two Golden Turkey Awards for Worst Director Ever and Worst Film.”

Not so fast, Medveds. It could be science is imitating art (or versa vice, as is appropriate).

“Planet Nine: Theories About the Hypothetical Planet”

By Nola Taylor Redd

“A massive ice giant may be traveling through the outer solar system. Dubbed ‘Planet Nine,’ the hypothetical world was proposed to exist after scientists noticed that a handful of objects beyond Pluto had been shaken up in unusual orbits. Search parties have formed to find the unseen planet, with optimistic hopes of spotting it within a year.

"’It's not crazy; this is the kind of stuff people are finding all the time,’ co-discoverer Mike Brown, at the California Institute of Technology, told earlier this year. Brown and lead author Konstantin Batygin, also at CalTech, published a paper in January 2016 suggesting that a massive planet could be stirring up the icy bodies of the Kuiper Belt, a ring of material at the edge of the solar system.

"We just need to go out and cover a good swath of the sky."

(I don’t think Brown means “go out there” in his “go out there” statement, but rather take a long, long look out there. Or, maybe he gives “go out there” literal meaning.)

Pluto has been de-planetized, so maybe Planet Nine can take its place.

If queer is a day-to-day choice, why not POC?

Seems as though some students got all hurty when not invited to the right parties.

“Brown University to Allow Students to ‘Self-Identify’ as Persons of Color”

“Brown University is implementing a change to its graduate school application that will allow applicants to ‘self-identify’ as persons of color. Multiple efforts by The College Fix to clarify the details of this change were ignored by campus officials.

The policy comes as a result of complaints made by graduate students on the Graduate School advisory board that international and Asian American students are not treated as members of historically underrepresented groups by the university, according to The Brown Daily Herald.

One graduate student, Lydia Kelow-Bennett, told The Herald that this decision has led to ‘institutional invisibility’ for these students. Brown defines historically underrepresented groups as ‘American Indian, Alaskan Native, African American, Hispanic or Latinx and Native Hawaiian and/or Pacific Islander.’ The school’s diversity initiatives are intended to benefit members of these groups.

Brown’s criteria for historical underrepresentation ‘caused some students to not receive invitations to certain events, such as a multicultural student dinner,’ The Herald reported.

How allowing applicants to self-identify as persons of color will affect policy relating to the diversity initiatives, and whether the university will take any steps to verify applicants’ self-identification, remain unclear. The Fix reached out multiple times to Brown’s graduate admissions office to inquire into how Brown would ensure that applicants were telling the truth about their self-identified ethnicity. The office did not respond.”

Thursday, November 30, 2017

African countries agree with Hungary FM on immigration

“Szijjártó told the summit that Hungary understands if some European countries want to become immigrant countries but it does not belong to them.

“’Hungary wants to remain Hungarian. We do not want to become an immigrant country. For this reason, we firmly oppose all European decisions that even slightly encourage migration from Africa or from any other direction,’ he said.

“Szijjártó met the prime minister of Ivory Coast and the foreign ministers of Egypt, Libya, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Seychelles, Botswana and Niger. Several countries share the Hungarian position and are willing to cooperate, he said. For security reasons, African countries oppose masses of people crossing them and it is also against their interest that a significant part of their best workforce leaves, he added.”

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Central Europe to Brussels: Keep immigrants in your house

"The majority of central Europeans oppose the European Union’s migration policy and more people in the region support Hungary’s policy than oppose it, a recent survey by Nézőpont Institute said. The survey prepared in eleven countries, including Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia, showed that 74 percent of respondents consider European policies bad for Europe. Hungarians and Slovaks are especially opposed to migration from beyond the continent, with 89 percent holding a negative view. Czechs and Bulgarians follow, with 88 percent and 80 percent opposed respectively. Even 63 percent of Austrians and 58 percent of Germans said migration is, on balance, bad for Europe rather than positive."

German lockstep

“It was clear as far back as 2006 when oil prices were skyrocketing that Russia planned to rearm. Despite this, Germany continued to disarm and unarm. And by 2015, Britain saw the EU for what it was becoming – a Franco-German alliance with deep interests in telling local merchants in Barcelona to do things the way they were done in Bavaria. The EU regulations set how many paper towels could be used in a public bathroom or which diesel cars met EU standards (answer: German). Germany was calling the shots in public and behind the scenes whether you lived in Leyden or Leicester. The EU could not challenge the one nation that generated all the positive export balance for the EU in total. The EU needed Germany and Germany knew it. It alone still manufactured things that could be sold around the world.”

Link at

When France and Germany both want to run Europe, nothing good happens.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Unbanking terrorism

By Ari Lieberman

“Mohammed al-Ghoul had no idea that loading cash-stuffed, leather suitcases into the trunk of his sedan would be one of the final acts of his life. Al-Ghoul was Hamas’s money man, responsible for distributing cash to the terror group’s members.

“It was August 24, 2014 and the Gaza War wasn’t going well for Hamas. The Israeli Army (IDF) was wreaking havoc on the terror group, systematically knocking off its field commanders with unprecedented intelligence and accuracy. Hamas terror tunnels, some of which had taken years to construct, were being uncovered and destroyed by the IDF while the terror group’s rocket arsenal was dwindling rapidly.

“But of even greater import for Hamas was the fact that its operatives weren’t getting paid. Some of its members hadn’t been paid for a month. Those that weren’t killed, wounded or captured began contemplating desertion. It was an untenable situation for Hamas.

“Wiring money to Gaza wasn’t an option. Banks were on notice that wire transfers to the terror entity was a venture that carried high risk and little reward. But al-Ghoul had a plan that would provide a lifeline for Hamas.

“Thirteen million dollars, secured from a friendly Muslim country, would be wired to the account of a moneychanger in Sinai. Once the moneychanger received confirmation that the funds were safely in his account, he would give a courier the cash. The courier would then smuggle it into Gaza via one of the many smuggling tunnels connecting the Gaza Strip to northern Sinai. Once in Gaza, the cash could be distributed to the fighters to stave off sagging morale and desertion.

“Everything went according to plan. The courier delivered the cash to al-Ghoul, who along with his bodyguards began loading the trunk. Unbeknownst to al-“Ghoul however, Israeli intelligence had been monitoring the entire sequence of events.

“Lurking beyond visual range was an IDF AH-64 Apache Longbow armed with Hellfire missiles. A missile struck home instantly transforming al-Ghoul’s vehicle into a ball of flame and the car’s occupants into smoldering corpses. More importantly, most of the cash vaporized or otherwise became unusable. Hamas was unable to pay its fighters. Forty-eight hours later, Hamas, after losing 1,000 of its men, agreed to a ceasefire without a single of its demands being met.”

Link at Maggies Farm.

And if you can’t blow them up, file lawsuits

“Lawsuits were brought against Iran, Syria, North Korea, the PLO, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Amman-based Arab Bank, the Lebanese Canadian Bank (LCB) and other entities based on variety of legal theories including the Anti-Terrorism Act, the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, the Alien Torts Claims Act and even New York State tort law. Some of these lawsuits are still pending while others succeeded in extracting sizable sums from the defendants. Banks and other financial institutions suddenly became cognizant of the fact that doing business with terrorists could cost them a fortune and even bankruptcy. Other banks doing business with banks tainted by terror could also potentially be liable for damages as was the case with the New York-based American Express Bank, which acted as a correspondent bank for LCB and lost its jurisdictional argument.”

Same link.

All Western money-handling institutions know non-Israeli multi-million-dollar transfers from Middle Eastern sources are involved in direct or support operations of Muslim terrorist. But, hey, it’s only business.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Hillary: What about meeeeeeeeeeeeee???

The former presidential candidate is soooo saaaaad.

Other Democrats are not asking her about their plans to run for president in 2020. How can that be?

‘Hillary Clinton: No One Has Asked Me For My Advice About Running for President in 2020’

Friday, November 24, 2017

Well, they tried

On a box of tissue in Korea:

Scent of a Woman

Your smiles twinkling with a brimful of sunlight,
Your lompid tone of voice likeas a dew,
With your sequestered song,
I feel very happy endlessly this moment now.
Like as a sky after rain,
In your fragrance hanging down from the brimful of sunlight,
Today, I feel every beautiful day again.

(So go blow your nose.)

Black Friday

That term has always had a negative connotation.

In history texts, the 1929 Stock Market Crash, Tuesday, Oct. 29, is referred to as “Black Tuesday.”

The Aug. 17, 1943, bombing of ball bearing plants in Schweinfurt, Germany, cost the U.S. Army Air Force 60 B-17s shot down, with 600 crewmen killed, missing or prisoner of war. More men were wounded or killed on aircraft that managed to return to England. Additional aircraft were so damaged that they were never flown again. The attack is known as “Black Thursday.”

Here in the U.S., though, “Black Friday” is supposed to be positive, since some ad agency three or so decades ago decided the day after Thanksgiving was “the busiest shopping day of the year.”

Well, some of us say, “Show me the numbers.” Prove the assertion.

Doesn’t happen. TV news shows somehow use Black Friday not only as established fact, but also as real news.

Eventually, people who descend on retail stores will figure it out – We’ve been had.

I have never gone out to buy anything the day after Thanksgiving. I hope I never do.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving to all the world's people

"Proclaim ye liberty throughout the land and unto all the inhabitants thereof." -- Leviticus 25"10.

AF colonel suspended for not knuckling to gay mafia in Pentagon

Col. Leland Bohannon, “who received the Bronze Star for his service in Afghanistan, is a devout Christian and has served in the Air Force for 20 years. But the colonel found himself slapped with an Equal Opportunity complaint after he declined to sign a certificate of spouse appreciation' and affirm the same-sex marriage of a retiring master sergeant. Bohannon, who was the commander of the Air Force Inspection Agency at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico at the time, said he was moving toward a promotion to one-star general before his suspension.”

Link at

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Georgian patriarch baptized 30,000 children since 2008

By Bradley Jardine

“To mark St. George's Day this week, the head of Georgia’s Orthodox Church (GOC) Patriarch Ilia II will baptize nearly 700 children in a mass ceremony. It will be the 51st such mass baptism he has carried out since 2008. And according to a new study, the Patriach's involvement has had a measurable, positive effect on Georgia's birthrate.”

Georgian anti-terror operative killed in firefight

By Bradley Jardine

“A counter terrorism operation launched by Georgia’s State Security Service (SSG) turned into a deadly firefight on the capital’s outskirts.

“In the early hours of November 22, a counter-terrorism unit of the SSG launched an offensive against what authorities called terrorist suspects in an apartment building in the Isani district, on Tbilisi's eastern edge. After negotiations broke down, the suspects began a fierce gunfight, according to the authorities, throwing grenades out the windows and injuring an SSG operative. The 41-year-old operative was later pronounced dead at 17:09 local time.”

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Underwater submarine battle

"On February 5, 1945, the U-Boat U-864 slipped from its quay in Bergen as it departed on a secret mission known portentously as Operation Caesar.

"U-864’s compartments were filled with key technology and resources that Nazi Germany planned on transferring to Japan. These included schematics and components for Jumo 004 turbojets to aid in the development of a Japanese jet fighter, and even two engineers from the aviation manufacturer Messerschmitt. There were also guidance components for V-2 ballistic missiles and two Japanese technical experts. U-864 also carried more than sixty-seven tons of liquid mercury, carried in 1,857 steel flasks. The mercury had been purchased but not entirely delivered from Italy in 1942, and was a key material for manufacturing explosive primers.

"Capt. Ralf-Reimar Wolfram’s mission was to sail the long-range submarine north around Norway, then across the Arctic Circle past Soviet territory to deliver the goods. Germany was only months away from falling, but Berlin hoped that the technology and materials would allow Japan to stay longer in the fight and divert Allied combat power."

Link at

Well, obviously they’re racists

Euro-centric, nationalistic, belief in a homeland …

"Europe belongs to us, and we belong to Europe. These lands are our home; we have no other."

"The true Europe expects and encourages active participation in the common project of political and cultural life. The European ideal is one of solidarity based on assent to a body of law that applies to all, but is limited in its demands."

"The true Europe has been marked by Christianity. The universal spiritual empire of the Church brought cultural unity to Europe, but did so without political empire."

"Over the last generation, a larger and larger segment of our governing class has decided that its own self-interest lies in accelerated globalization."

Link at

Monday, November 20, 2017

Chicago, take note

“The St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating the parish's fourth murder this year after authorities said a 25-year-old Metairie man was shot dead Sunday morning. The man, identified by authorities as Anthony Fletcher, was found lying in a driveway in Destrehan.”

Her it is, almost December, and St. Charles Parish in bad, Old South state of Louisiana, has had its fourth (4th) homicide of 2017. St. Charles is in Southeast Louisiana, a couple of counties over from Mississippi. In the last 10 presidential elections, the parish has voted Democrat two times, in 1980 and 1996. Demographics of the 2000 census show the parish population as 72.4% white and 25.23 African American. About 9.3% of families and 11.4% of the overall population lived below the poverty level.

As of today, 609 homicides have been reported by the Chicago Police Department. The total for all of 2016 was 791.

From 2010 census figures, Chicago’s population was 2.695 million. That is a drop of about 1 million from the 1950 population.

Demographics from the 2010 census show: 45.0% White (31.7% non-Hispanic whites); 32.9% Black or African American; 28.9% Hispanic or Latino. Metro Chicago’s poverty rate in 2016 was 12.4%, down from 13.3% in 2015.

Comparing a rural Louisiana parish and big-city Chicago is not altogether apples and oranges, with one part of the country recording four (4) homicides and another with 609 … There must be a reason.

Flea market photograph believed to include Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett

Alabama attorney bought tintype for $10 in 2011.

Link at

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Central Europe threatened by EU ruling

The European Parliament ruled a month or so ago that Germany and Italy had taken in more than their “fair share” of immigrants, and that other countries in the union must accept some of those invaders. The EU ruling countries will tell smaller countries how many thousands the less-powerful nations must take in.

Hungary, Poland, Serbia and Austria don’t see things through glasses made in Brussels.

“Central Europe is the region the most threatened by the EU’s mandatory migrant settlement quota because immigrants must be directed to countries where the level of immigration is still low,” Gergely Gulyás, the ruling Fidesz party’s parliamentary group leader in Hungary said Sunday.

“Behind the Brussels decision were the various associates of US billionaire George Soros, and the committee’s vote was a key part of the implementation of the ‘Soros plan’, he added.”

2 California towns find new way to bilk citizens

Indio, Coachella hire outside attorneys to sue citizens, then lawyers bill residents for thousands of dollars for prosecution.

“An example of what happens when the government looks at you as a subject, and not a citizen.

“And also an example of why our second amendment rights are so very important. In these jurisdictions, it's clearly time for tar and feathers, or even more radical solutions. This is just outrageous.

“A couple of cities in the California desert have found a novel and remarkably cruel way to make money—force citizens to pay for the privilege of being prosecuted by the attorneys contracting with these cities.

"We've seen cities across the country abuse their own citizens—particularly its poorest residents and visitors—with vicious enforcement of petty laws designed to create a revenue stream via a cascade of fines and fees.

“But I don't think we've seen an enforcement mechanism as nasty and cruel as the one the Desert Sun has uncovered out in California's Inland Empire. The cities of Indio and Coachella partnered up with a private law firm, Silver & Wright, to prosecute citizens in criminal court for violations of city ordinances that call for nothing more than small fines—things like having a mess in your yard or selling food without a business license.

“Those cited for these violations fix the problems and pay the fines, a typical code enforcement story. The kicker comes a few weeks or months later when citizens get a bill in the mail for thousands of dollars from the law firm that prosecuted them. They are forcing citizens to pay for the private lawyers used to take them to court in the first place. So a fine for a couple of hundred dollars suddenly becomes a bill for $3,000 or $20,000 or even more.

“In Coachella, a man was fined $900 for expanding his living room without getting a permit. He paid his fine. Then more than a year later he got a bill in the mail from Silver & Wright for $26,000. They told him that he had to pay the cost of prosecuting him, and if he didn't, they could put a lien on his house and the city could sell it against his will. When he appealed the bill they charged him even more for the cost of defending against the appeal. The bill went from $26,000 to $31,000.

“TFRP = Tar, Feathes, Rope, Pole.”

Desert Sun story:

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Police viewing body cam video violates civil rights


Seems that if a police officer looks at video of what happened, facts could influence his initial written report.

So … Black Lives Matter and a whole bunch of other organizations demanded police use body cams in order to record “the truth,” but now for some reason, a po-leece looking at his/her own video might be influenced to write what really happened.

Link at

1997: Man reports car stolen

2017: Frankfurt police find car right where man parked it, but sort forgot where that was. Story does not say if theft report was during Oktoberfest or some other drunk German holiday.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

Attacking a politician is not nice …

… but did the news maybe kind of inflate the incident?

Headline: ‘Tajikistan: Opposition Figure Attacked by Mob.”

Story: “Rahmatillo Zoirov, head of the Social Democratic Party, said on his Facebook account on November 14 that he was attacked by a group of two men and one woman while he was taking his dog for a walk.”

Perhaps inflation is so bad in Tajikistan that three people constitute a mob.

In Lotsee, Okla., you won’t see lots of people

The U.S. Census Bureau says the population of Lotsee dropped substantially between 2000 and 2010. From 11 to 2.

Yep. Lotsee has a grand population of two people.

“In 2010, the only residents were Lotsee Spradling, daughter of the founder, and her husband Mike. They have no plans to dissolve the town.”,_Oklahoma

Well, heck. Why should the town’s owner dissolve the town? It’s an inheritance.

“The entire town is a 2,000 acres (8.1 km2) family-owned cattle and pecan ranch, the Flying G Ranch, whose owner, George Campbell, incorporated it in 1963.” (Same link.)

Of course, a small population never stops federal bureaucrats from making determinations on racial makeup, per capita income, poverty levels and such.

From 2000 census figures:

“As of the census of 2000, there were 11 people, 3 households, and 3 families residing in the town. The population density was 576.1 people per square mile (212.4/km²). There were 3 housing units at an average density of 157.1 per square mile (57.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 27.27% White and 72.73% Native American.

“There were 3 households out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, all were married couples living together, and none were non-families. No households were made up of individuals and none had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.67 and the average family size was 3.67.

“In the town, the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 36.4% from 25 to 44, and 36.4% from 45 to 64. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 83.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.
“The median income for a household in the town was $152,338, and the median income for a family was $152,338. Males had a median income of $11,250 versus $51,875 for females. The per capita income for the town was $41,917. None of the population and none of the families were below the poverty line.”

Whoo, doggies! See that male-female income disparity? A man’s median income of $11,250, while a woman’s median was $51,875? Where are the protest marches?

Lotsee is a few miles west of Tulsa.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Some people just can’t think


‘Student excited dad got head job’ – The Daily Kansan.

‘One-armed man applauds the kindness of strangers’ – Tulsa World.

‘Lady Jacks off to hot start in conference’ – The Lumberjack, college newspaper in Nacogdoches, Texas.

‘Jets-Patriots jumphead goes herey barllskdjif fkdasd fg asdf’ – New Orleans Times-Picayune, so maybe it’s in Cajun.

‘Girls’ schools still offering ‘something special’ – head’ – This is Glouchestershire.

‘Utah Poison Control Center reminds everyone no to take poison’ – The Daily Utah.

‘Chick Accuses Some of Her Male Colleagues of Sexism’ – The L.A. Times. The “Chick” mentioned was Councilwoman Laura Chick.

’17 Remain Dead in Morgue Shooting Spree’ – The News and Observer.

‘Woman in sumo wrestler suit assaulted her ex-girlfriend in gay pub after she waved at man dressed as Snickers bar’ – Evening Herald.

(There are others, but they are just a bit too much to print.)

Outlaw at Fort Smith, Ark.

Here is a link to a picture of outlaw Belle Starr in Fort Smith, Ark., in 1886.,_Fort_Smith,_Arkansas,_1886.jpg

I can’t tell if she is wearing a Colt’s pistol or a Smith and Wesson.

Starr was born Myra Mabelle Shirley in 1848 near Carthage, Mo., and was shot to death two days before her 41 st birthday near King Creek, Okla. She reportedly was married three times, to Sam Starr, James C. Reed and Jim July Starr.

In 1883, Starr and her second husband were arrested by famed Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves on a charge of horse theft. Star spent nine months imprisoned in a federal jail in Detroit.

“On February 3, 1889, two days before her 41st birthday, she was killed. She was riding home from a neighbor's house in Eufaula, Oklahoma, when she was ambushed. After she fell off her horse, she was shot again to make sure she was dead. Her death resulted from shotgun wounds to the back and neck and in the shoulder and face. Legend says she was shot with her own double barrel shotgun.

“According to Frank ‘Pistol Pete’ Eaton, her death was due to different circumstances. She had been attending a dance. Frank Eaton had been the last person to dance with Belle Starr when Edgar Watson, clearly intoxicated had asked to dance with her. When Belle Starr declined, he later followed her. When on the way home, she stopped to give her horse a drink at a creek, he shot and killed her. According to Frank Eaton, Watson was tried, convicted and executed by hanging for the murder.

“However, another story says there were no witnesses and no one was ever convicted of the murder. Suspects with apparent motive included her new husband and both of her children, as well as Edgar J. Watson, one of her sharecroppers, because he was afraid she was going to turn him in to the authorities as an escaped murderer from Florida with a price on his head. Watson, who was killed in 1910, was tried for her murder, but was acquitted, and the ambush has entered Western lore as ‘unsolved’".

Starr’s relatives were Confederate guerrillas, or terrorists, depending on definition.

To Choctaw and Cherokee: Let my people go!

“Freedom had already come to Ft. Smith by late 1863, when a combination of abolitionist activities, and the occupation of the Ft. Smith fort by Union soldiers, occurred, and many once enslaved black people inhaled their first breath of Freedom. In nearby Indian Territory--in both the Cherokee and Choctaw Nations, many men got the word that if they could make their way to either Ft. Gibson, or Ft. Smith---they too, would be free. Some took their chance and escaped, mostly in the dead of night. They would eventually find their way to the Federal line---and if able bodied, they enlisted.

“After the war, many wished to return to Indian Country---but several indicated that they had been prevented from returning----as slavery had not yet ended.”

A treaty signed in 1866 ended slavery in the Indian nations.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

‘Kyrgyzstan: Sheep Sacrificed to Stem Car Crash Scourge’

“Local officials and religious leaders in southern Kyrgyzstan ritually sacrificed a sheep this week in the hope of stemming the persistent scourge of car accidents along the country’s highways.

“Their ceremony was only partly symbolic. An imam from the town of Toktogul, in the south of the country, said that as local administration officials handed out meat to passing drivers on the road from the capital, Bishkek, to the city of Osh, they pleaded with them to drive more carefully.

“’We gave meat to everybody that passed, explaining that the food was from God. We prayed so that everything would be well with these drivers and we urged them to pay attention on the road and to abide by the rules,’ the imam, Alipbai Boroshbayev, told”

Through October, 695 people died in car crashes in Kyrgyzstan, police said. In the same time period last year, 771 people were killed on the nation’s roads.

Bill would do away with 90% of lawyers

Azerbaijan amendments passed by parliament require approval of country’s president.

“Under the amendments, an estimated 8,000 registered lawyers stand to be barred from representing clients in any Azerbaijani court, leaving a nation of nearly 10 million people with only 934 registered legal professionals.”

One of two things happens: The country collapses, or it gets better.

Okay. A third possibility: “The amendments could turn out to be an attempt to bully independent-minded hüquqşünaslar* into submission, rather than legislate them out of existence. They also may constitute a test case in which Azerbaijan is pushing the boundaries to see how far western governments will permit Baku to stray from its international norms governing basic rights without facing serious consequences.”

Registered lawyers who have not passed the bar but who represent clients in non-criminal cases.

One more thing: Apparently, the government could not be reached for comment.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Tanks, but no tanks

During the Allied summer 1918 counter-offensive: “Lieutenant J.M. Mackay was shooting at German infantry when they hit his Camel and he came down 300 yards behind the enemy lines. Making a dash for freedom, he met one of our tanks and got inside. Finding it to be going further into action he opened the doors at the side and hopped out again and, under sporadic rifle fire made off westwards, and eventually rejoined the squadron at Bertangles.” – Lieutenant Ronald Sykes, 201 Squadron, RAF, quoted in Aces Falling, by Peter Hart.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Caucasian sheep dog and Caucasian wolf

While both are canines, you get the idea the sheep dog would not be impressed if a wolf said, “Hey, Cuz.”

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Gender and Thought Police take over Nashville TV news

“The suspect was transported to the hospital where they are in critical condition.”

Headline: “Buyer shoots seller trying to rob them during sale near West Nashville Kroger”

Here’s how it goes: The reporter doesn’t know which pronoun the robber prefers, “he,” “she,” “they,” “it,” “whatever,” so rather than possibly offend, insult or otherwise brand the robber, the reporter expels centuries of grammar and refers to the single individual as “they,” just as she (and I am making an assumption that “Kaylin Searles” is a woman (or “female” as is preferred by politicians, newspeople, educators and other right-thinking persons these days) refers to the buyer as “them.”

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Portraits of dead white guys will stay up, Yale says

“Yale College Dean Marvin Chun said that while he is very excited by the conversations about how public art around campus can reflect Yale’s mission, he is also committed to historical preservation.

“’In the case of portraits on display in the residential colleges, I think it’s important to keep them hanging, both for preserving the colleges’ histories and for honoring the intentions of alumni, fellows and friends who generously commissioned these portraits,’ Chun said. ‘The two goals of reflecting Yale’s community today and honoring its past are not mutually exclusive.’”

Some Yalies with big check books must have called and said, “WTF do you think you are doing?”

USA Today ‘clarifies’ chainsaw bayonet video

Well, sort of.

“USA Today replied to its video with the tweet, saying: ‘To clarify, the video shows both the shooter's modifications, as well as other possible modifications. The shooter did not use a chainsaw bayonet.’"

Link at

But he could have added a chainsaw bayonet! It’s out there, for sale at your local gun store, along with all kinds of assault guns! We need laws against chainsaw bayonets!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Hey, Kids! Be the first on your block …

… with a Chainsaw Bayonet for your AR-15!

That’s right! You can increase your killing power by a factor of 10 with the Ranko Chainsaw Bayonet!

Fits easily onto the bayonet lug!

No modifications necessary!

Comes with easy-to-follow instructions.

(Batteries not included.)

That other America


The election of 2016. A whitelash. Nazis. Slavery. The unthinkable. People are crying. Etc. and etc.

Rachel Maddow wanted to know if there was "a Doomsday Plan."

Why do these people still broadcasting their version of "news?"

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Former deans disappeared from Yale's Pierson College

Yale group decided to take down and store somewhere photographs of former deans to “prompt conversation on what it means to create common spaces where everyone has a sense of belonging and ownership.”

Hey, it’s Yale, a private school, and they can do whatever they want, but recognition of stupid apparently is no longer necessary at the Ivy League bastion of thought and education.

“The initiative comes amid wider conversations about how the abundance of images of white men around campus affect Yale’s inclusivity. During a ‘Popeyes and Public Art Study Break’ on Monday night, Pierson students will gather with Sam Messer ART ’82, associate dean at the Yale School of Art and chair of the Committee on Art in Public Spaces, to discuss what kinds of values, identities and accomplishments are important to honor in public art. During the event, students will also paint portraits of each other that will temporarily hang in the dining hall. For the time being, Davis said, the portraits of former heads of college will be mounted in the Pierson Fellows’ Lounge, and the college will soon create plaques describing the historical context of each portrait.”

Everybody gets his…their portrait painted and those will be hung, replacing the portraits of (dead white) men who founded the college that now is glad to pass out more and more Supreme Degree of Idiocy papers.

“Usha Rungoo GRD ’18, a resident Pierson fellow, said that she, as a woman of color, has ‘long been uncomfortable’ entering common spaces at Yale filled mostly with the portraits of white men and is glad that Davis has begun a conversation about diversifying public art. She added that she appreciates that the college community has opened a dialogue about the significance of traditionally underrepresented Pierson affiliates.” (Same link.)

“Usha is a 6th year PhD candidate in French Studies and African American Studies. Her work centers on postcolonial literature and culture, more specifically from the Mascarenes and the Antilles. Her academic interests include notions of space and cartography in literature as well as narrative experimentation and formalistic approaches to the novel.”

A “6th year PhD candidate.” Damn, that’s a long time to occupy space in college.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Havana, Arkansas

Havana is in northwestern Yell County, west of Little Rock, the state capital. In 2010, Havana’s population was 375.

Havana is the birthplace of three major league baseball players – Johnny Sain (1917-2006), James Elton Walkup (1909-1997) and James Huey Walkup (1895-1990). All three were pitchers.

Havana’s largest population was recorded in its first census, 621 people in 1910. The closest the town has come to that number was in 1940, when 449 people lived there.

Wikipedia says, “About 20.2% of families and 24.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.1% of those under age 18 and 20.3% of those age 65 or over.” Those numbers are from the 2000 census. Median family income then was $27,500.,_Arkansas

Of the three major league pitchers born in Havana, Sain was the most notable, as a pitcher and as a pitching coach. In 1942, Sain pitched in 40 games for the Boston Braves. With military needs for men for World War II, Sain did not again pitch for the Braves until 1946, when he was 29 years old. His first year with Boston, Sain’s record was 4-7, with an ERA of 3.90. He started three games.

In 1946, Sain posted 20 wins and 14 losses, and had an ERA of 2.21. He won 20 or more games in 1947, 1948 and 1950. In addition to Boston’s Braves, Sain also pitched for the New York Yankees (1951-55) and Kansas City Athletics (1955). His overall record was 139-116, ERA 3.49. He started 245 games and completed 140. He was a good hitter as well, in his 11 years batting .245 and driving in 101 runs. He walked 24 times and struck out 20 times. Sain pitched in three All-Star games and in four World Series. He is buried in the Havana Cemetery.

James Huey Walkup was 31 years old when he made his big league debut in 1927. He pitched in two games for the Detroit Tigers. His record was 0-0, with an ERA of 5.40.

James Elton Walkup played six years in the majors, five years and part of a sixth with the St. Louis Browns (1934-39) and part of 1939 with the Tigers. James Elton finished with a 16-38 record and an ERA of 6.74. In 462 innings, he walked 260 batters and struck out 134. For those six years, he was paid $21,500. In today’s money, that would be more than $336,000, about $200,000 less than minimum pay for a 2017 major league player.

Statistics from

Odes to Bob Gibson

“(Hank Aaron told me) ‘Don’t dig in against Bob Gibson, he’ll knock you down. He’d knock down his own grandmother if she dared to challenge him. Don’t stare at him, don’t smile at him, don’t talk to him. He doesn’t like it. If you happen to hit a home run, don’t run too slow, don’t run too fast. If you happen to want to celebrate, get in the tunnel first. And if he hits you, don’t charge the mound, because he’s a Gold Glove boxer.’ I’m like, ‘Damn, what about my 17-game hitting streak?’ That was the night it ended.”
—Dusty Baker

“Gibson was so mean, he’d knock you down and then meet you at home plate to see if you wanted to make something of it.”
—Dick Allen

“Between games, (Willie) Mays came over to me and said, ‘Now, in the second game, you’re going up against Bob Gibson.’ I only half-listened to what he was saying, figuring it didn’t make much difference. So I walked up to the plate the first time and started digging a little hole with my back foot…No sooner did I start digging that hole than I hear Willie screaming from the dugout: ‘Noooooo!’ Well, the first pitch came inside. No harm done, though. So I dug in again. The next thing I knew, there was a loud crack and my left shoulder was broken. I should have listened to Willie.”
—Jim Ray Hart

“I’m in the league two weeks, playing in St. Louis. [Bob] Gibson hits a double, I’m playing second base. I go over and say, ‘What’d you hit, Gibby, a fastball?’ And he stood there like this, not moving, not saying anything. So maybe I didn’t say it loud enough. ‘What’d you hit, Gibby, a fastball?’ Nothing. Now the inning’s over, my manager’s Fred Hutchinson, I went over and said, ‘Hey, skipper, let me ask you a question.’ He said, ‘What do you want, rook?’ I said, ‘Is Bob Gibson a deaf mute?’ He said, ‘Why?’ I said, ‘I asked him what he hit, and he won’t talk to me.’ He said, ‘No, he don’t talk to the opposition.’ So the next day I’m out there early hanging on to the cage watching Groat and Boyer and Musial and Julian Javier. And Gibson comes out of the dugout. In those days there wasn’t fraternizing, and I’m watching batting practice. And he walks by me and says, ‘It was a slider, rook.’ It took him 24 f–king hours, but he talked to me!”
—Pete Rose

Tim McCarver once went to the mound when Bob Gibson was pitching and was quickly told to return. “The only thing you know about pitching is that you can’t hit it.”

“Barry Bonds? I’ll tell you what, if he hit a home run off Gibson or (Don) Drysdale and stood and admired it, they’d knock that earring out of his ear the next time up.” – National League Umpire Doug Harvey

One night Dusty Baker saw Gibson eating in a restaurant. His teammates encouraged him to walk over and say hello. “It’s OK,” they told him. “It’s away from the field. This is a good time. Bob will be happy to talk.” Then, while those teammates snickered, Baker and his wife walked over and, Dusty said, “Excuse me, Mr. Gibson.”
And Gibson looked up and without even a hint of a smile he snarled, “Why the *$*#&$* should I talk to you?” Then he looked past Dusty, to his wife, and said, “It’s very nice to meet you Mrs. Baker.”

Bob Gibson on Bob Gibson

“Have you ever thrown a ball 100 miles an hour? Everything hurts. Even your ass hurts. I see pictures of my face and say, ‘Holy shit’, but that’s the strain you feel when you throw. I had one of those faces you look at it, man, and say, ‘Man he’s an ass-hole.’ Could be, depends on if you pissed me off or not.”

“When I knocked a guy down, there was no second part to the story.”

“Why do I have to be an example for your kid? You be an example for your own kid.”

“I’ve played a couple of hundred games of tic-tac-toe with my little daughter and she hasn’t beaten me yet. I’ve always had to win. I’ve got to win.” Source: The Summer Game by Roger Angell

Saturday, November 4, 2017

The NFL pushing gun control ...

... makes as much sense as the league announcing it has a domestic violence policy.

The NFL makes it so easy to drop the hammer

Jed York, CEO of the San Francisco 49ers: “It seems insane to me that a citizen can buy something like that (meaning a gun),” concluding that a ban, “is something that is common sense.”

The 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles will be “making donations to push for a full federal ban of bump fire stocks, suppressors, and, ‘armor piercing bullets.’ The 49ers said that they would be partnering with organizations across cities like Oakland, Santa Clara, Los Angeles, New York City, and Portland to push gun control on both a local and national level. The nearly half-a-million-dollar donation would also be used for anti-gun public service announcements in those communities.”

(The story does not mention “Hundreds of Millions” as indicated by the headline, but NFL owners seem to see nothing wrong with pissing off a lot of fans.)

The funniest thing ever on Antiques Roadshow

The program was in Seattle several years ago. A woman brought what she said was a slave collar, given to her great-great grandfather during the siege of Vicksburg in 1863.

The Roadshow evaluator listened to the woman’s story and then said, “When I saw this, I racked my brain, trying to decide, ‘What is this?’”

His decision, reached after talking with other period experts was: “This is not a slave collar. It’s a dog collar.” The woman was shocked. The evaluator noted the collar was silver and that it bore the name of a known plantation owner in Vicksburg, but it was a dog collar.

And then the bombshell: “My colleagues and I have determined there is no such thing as a slave collar.”

Oh, but the Progressive Democrat Seattle resident was deflated. For lo these many years, she had been told a grateful black man, a former slave, had given as a gift to the white man who freed him, the collar he wore during his years of enslavement. Her look was probably the same as the night she learned Mrs. Clinton had been defeated, whipped, cast aside by enough votes from the Deplorables to make Donald Trump the top dog in town.

I laughed. And laughed.

It was on the internet ...

… so it must be true.

Last night while searching for information on Cossacks, I came across a site so unusual I failed to copy the address or remember the owner of the blog.

The writer said: “Last night there was a movie on TV – Fiddler on the Roof. It was about the Cossack revolt against the Tsar in the early Twentieth Century.”

Uh, I have watched Fiddler more than a half dozen times, but do not remember any part of the movie specified by the blogging dude.

Then he wrote: “I did not watch the movie …”

No kidding?

He had this to say: “The Cossacks hated the Jews because of what they had done to them when they were serfs.”

Let’s break that down into parts. First group, Cossacks. Second group, Jews. Both nouns. Now to the pronouns: First pronoun, “they,” should reference the first noun, “Cossacks.” Second pronoun, “them,” should reference the second noun, “Jews.” Third pronoun, another “they,” should reference … Another, not mentioned, noun? Cossacks? Jews?

For simplicity, we’ll say both uses of the pronoun “they” references Cossacks.

So, linguistically, the sentence says: “The Cossacks hated the Jews because of what the Cossacks had done to the Jews when the Cossacks were serfs.”

But that is not what the writer means, is it. He means: “The Cossacks hated the Jews because of what the Jews had done to the Cossacks when the Cossacks were serfs.”

I think that is what he means, but I am not certain.

Whatever his meaning, the writer is as wrong with that statement as he is saying Fiddler is a story of Cossacks in revolt against the Tsar.

The Cossacks hated the Jews because that’s the way things were in the early 20th century and had been since the first Cossacks formed in Russia and the first Jews arrived there.

It is the European way.

Friday, November 3, 2017

New Orleans Saints say veteran at fault for not accepting award

Retired Commander John Wells has declined an award offered by the New Orleans Saints. The Saints replied with a BS-loaded missive, to include a self-congratulatory acclimation of “unwavering 50-plus year commitment to honor, support and recognize our servicemen and women and veterans.” The football team flaks also try to shift blame to Cdr. Wells, saying, “We will not allow Mr. Wells’ decision and subsequent media appearances to distract our players and organization from continuing to honor and support our military and veterans.”

Is that “honor and support” part of this?

Old dude had the biggest gun

"Whoever got the biggest gun and fastest will be boss when it is all said and done. ... In this case, it was me." – 81-year-old homeowner in Genoa, Ark.

The homeowner again: “I walked outside the door, and he was standing right there with a big pistol. I had my hand in my pocket on my pistol, and the battle was on."

(I’ve been to Genoa. It’s a few miles northeast of Fouke, through thick woods across a couple of swamps. People there take seriously family, property, and the means of protecting both.)

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

She’s lucky she lives in the bad old US of A

Somebody named Sally Kohn tweeted/twitted a picture of former President Obama with this message: “Once, this great human being was our president. We didn’t deserve him.”

Ms. Kohn, if this were one of those liberated socialist/communist countries, you would already be in a cancer ward or a mental ward. But this is the US of A, which, because of a bunch now-dead white men, decided we would not be like other countries. You, Ms. Kohn, are proof we do not imprison people for being stupid.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

When an 80-year-old woman with a gun says ‘Get out of my house’

Well, in Marion, Ark. …

“A woman shot a home intruder Sunday morning, killing the 19-year-old man, authorities said.

“The Crittenden County Sheriff’s Department said ADT alarm company received a burglar alarm call at a house on Marion Lake Road at 3:31 a.m. Sunday.

“The alarm company made contact with the homeowner, who is in her late 80s and lives by herself. They called officers in Marion and Crittenden County, who responded.

“The woman told authorities she called out to the intruder who forcefully entered the home and ordered him to leave her home. She said he advanced toward her and that’s when she shot him in self-defense.”

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Paul Newman’s Rolex auctioned

“Observers knew that Paul Newman’s Rolex watch, estimated to sell for around $1 million, would be the highlight of Phillips’s first ever New York watch auction yesterday. But no one expected the hand-crafted Daytona watch—which the late actor wore in movies, magazine shoots, and at parties—to sell for $17.8 million, going to an unidentified buyer after 12 minutes of heated bidding.

“The sale smashed the previous record for a watch, $11.1 million for a stainless steel Patek Philippe, which sold at Phillips last November.

“The ‘Paul Newman’ has won legendary status in the watch community, both because it is considered to be one of the most coveted timepieces in the world—the New York Times compared it to the Mona Lisa for the watch collecting world—and because, until the sale’s announcement in August, few people outside of the Newman family knew where it was. It was first given to Newman by his wife, actress Joanne Woodward, who inscribed it with the message ‘DRIVE CAREFULLY ME.’”

Yep. $17.8 million. Godfrey Daniels!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

John Greenig

Civil War soldier at 16, major league baseball pitcher at age 40.

John A. Greenig played one game, starting pitcher for the Washington Senators on May 9, 1888.

Of that Senators team, a baseball writer for The Washington Post said: "a pitcher and catcher and Mr. Hoy constitute the Washington Baseball Club. The other six men who accompany them are put in the field for the purpose of making errors."

In that May 9 game, Greenig faced the Chicago White Stockings, in Chicago. “The Chicago batters pounded his curve balls and scored nine runs in the first two innings. Greenig settled down after that and pitched a complete game, but after the 13-2 loss he was released.”

Twenty-four years before that May 1888 baseball game, “John A. Greenig… enlisted in the Indiana 132nd Infantry, Company K…”

Sixteen-year-old soldier, 40-year old major league baseball player. Obviously, a determined man.

Greenig statistics:

As a cross-country truck driver said ...

When you pass an 18-wheeler or it passes you, remember the tires are mostly bald and the brakes don't work.

Worse than that: You are driving in Russia and you see a truck.

I'm going to be ethnically insensitive: Considering the video is Russian, alcohol might have been involved in some of the crashes.

A’s catcher who wouldn’t stand for the anthem?

Busted for (allegedly) pulling a gun on “a female food delivery driver.” Charges of aggravated assault pending.

Link at

Last week Maxwell had some horseshit story that a restaurant in Alabama refused to serve him because of his courageous anthem stance. Turned out his bud tried to use an expired ID to get a beer. A server said "No can do," and Maxwell got all self-righteous.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Hungary MP speaks truth

Jobbik Party MP Dora Duro: “I do not support the marriage of homosexuals, nor the registration of their civil unions, which has unfortunately already been written into law, and I also oppose the adoption of children in their case. I would ban the provocative [Budapest] Pride, which causes mass hooliganism. Furthermore, I would ban homosexual propaganda from cinemas that belong to the Budapest municipality, where it receives a platform year after year courtesy of Fidesz. I think ensuring the rise of Hungarians can be done by men and women having children in marriages based on free decisions. The biggest current problem for Hungarians is the catastrophic demograpJhic situation, which is why we cannot promote anything that exacerbates it.”

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

So I’m working on my house …

“A couple remodeling an old home in north-central France found a cache of ammo, grenades and submachine guns hidden under a granite floor, The Lyonne Republicaine reported.

“The find was made in July by the couple in the Quarré-les-Tombes area, about 150 miles away from Paris. Cached under the floor were three STEN guns, over a dozen Britsh Mills bomb type fragmentation grenades, three handguns, more than 1,000 rounds of ammo, and several Bren light machine gun magazines.”

The story does not speculate on whether the previous owners were captured by the Gestapo or just left the weapons, ammunition, grenades, et al, in place.

Lavon, Texas

Lavon is out by Dallas. Lavon has a Sonic (“Half-Price Shake After 8 p.m.”) and a Big Daddy’s Roadhouse BBQ, Established 1999 (“Nationally Acclaimed”). There is even a barn barely standing. Lots of good-size house on decent lots, too. Lake Lavon is near by.

One housing area is on Corn Silk Drive. The concrete streets and the brick houses most likely grow on what used to be a big corn pasture. There are streets named Austin, Crockett and Bowie. Outside of town there are even some farms remaining.

Wikipedia says the 2010 population was 2,219. That makes Lavon a small town. That number also is a 473.4% increase from the 2000 population of 387.

The city web site says Lavon “is a growth community with a vision and strategic plan focused on maintaining a rural atmosphere while encouraging commercial and residential development.”


“In 1980 the newly incorporated Lavon had one business serving 306 residents. In 1990 the population was 303.”

How is it …

That SAT, ACT and IQ tests are biased in favor of whites, yet “Asian-Americans”* score higher than do the racial descendants of those who designed the tests?

We all time hear complainings from one other racial/ethnic group that tests are biased for white folks, but no one ever gives examples of biased questions.

*Americans whose ancestors came from somewhere east of the Bosporus and west of Guam.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Two Americas

One has guns, but low shooting deaths; the other has no guns, but lots and lots of people shot to death.

“We don’t really have a single America with a moderately high rate of gun deaths. Instead, we have two Americas, one of which has very high rates of gun ownership but very low murder rates, very comparable to the rest of the First World democracies such as those in western & northern Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, South Korea. The other America has much lower rates of gun ownership but much, much higher murder rates, akin to violent third world countries.”

Link at

Old and older

Here kitty, Cosmos- A jawbone that was found in a trawler net in the North Sea in 2000 and identified by shape two years later as belonging to a sabre-toothed cat. The fossil was dated to 28,000 years before present. Doubts lingered about the identification of the genus – mainly because other Homotherium fossils were much, much older, suggesting that the big cats vanished perhaps 300,000 years ago. The University of Potsdam has confirmed the identification and the date of the jawbone, establishing that the extinction of sabre-toothed cats, at least in Europe, was much more recent than previously thought.”

Lucy's older sister, Ancient Origins - Archaeologists have made a discovery so sensational that they have waited 1 year to announce it as they had to be sure they had the dating correct. A set of teeth belonging to an early hominin species has been found in Germany that dates back 9.7 million years. The teeth are believed to belong to a species that is most similar to the famous ‘Lucy’, one of the first known relatives of humans, only known before to have existed in Africa some 4 million years later. Could this finding be another nail in the coffin for the out-of-Africa theory of human origins? It was only one month ago that scientists made the surprising announcement of 5.7 million-year-old hominin footprints on the island of Crete in Greece.”

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(The picture with the German tooth story is of a gorilla with a Mona Lisa smile. Assigning human emotion to a gorilla does not make the ape a human precursor. Some day archaeologists, sociologists and others will admit: The more we learn, the more we know we don't know much.)

(Link to the cat story at Cosmos did not work.)

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Hungarian town building sausage-based theme park

Yeah, I would buy an annual ticket.

“739 million HUF (~2.4million euro) of EU support was given to the town of Békéscsaba for the third phase of the development of CsabaPark program centre – announced the city council. During the planned improvements the old building of hotel Trófea will be renewed and office buildings will be established in the facility as well.”

Not to worry, tasteless food/health nuts. Plans also include a “5.2 km walk path and a 3.5 km tartan running track…”

60 years ago

“U.S. military personnel suffer their first casualties in the war when 13 Americans are wounded in three terrorist bombings of Military Assistance Advisory Group and U.S. Information Service installations in Saigon. The rising tide of guerrilla activity in South Vietnam reached an estimated 30 terrorist incidents by the end of the year and at least 75 local officials were assassinated or kidnapped in the last quarter of 1957.”

Link at

Whatever happened

to Lindsay Lohan?

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The queering of Stitchers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As good as Ken Burns in getting it wrong

This piece at Maggies Farm has a lot wrong.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Highest-ever recorded temperatures

Highest temperatures in 25 states occurred in the 1930s.

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

Choosing a survival knife

If you don't have one, get one.

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

-- Luke 22:36, NIV.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Knives more popular weapon of death than are rifles

By a factor of more than four.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, October 16, 2017

Goodbye, adios, do svidaniya, go, leave

Things to say to California Leavers.

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

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

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

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Grannis, Arkansas -- Surviving well

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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