Tuesday, April 30, 2013

In Syrian Kurdistan, Israel is not an enemy

“I have said this many times: Israelis never killed or slaughtered Syrian people the way the current regime is doing. We have no issues with the Israelis. We want to solve our problems peacefully through dialogue and negotiations. Israelis, like Kurds, are targeted for elimination by the tyrannical regimes in the Middle East, so we are natural allies.

“We ask Israel to help the Syrian people—all the Syrian people—and to use its political influence in the world to support the revolution and promote democracy in the region. We need all the help we can get from every country willing to help us.

“Look, 400 Syrian men, women, and children were just slaughtered by the regime. Aside from the Salafists and the Muslim Brotherhood, who wouldn’t want help from Israel? The Israelis don’t kill people arbitrarily or oppress anyone in Syria the way most Arab governments do.

“For fifty years Middle Eastern dictatorships turned Israel and the West into excuses to oppress people. We need to move beyond these failed dictatorial regimes and construct decentralized democratic systems where both minorities and majorities enjoy peace and freedom.”

-- Dr. Sherkoh Abbas, leader of the Kurdistan National Assembly of Syria.


(The article is from September 2012, but quite relevant.)

Is there a rational explanation

why the president of the United States should have an opinion on a professional basketball player’s announcement of queerness?

And how smart is the said basketball player when he said he hopes one day to get married and have children?

Dude, you have sex with other men. You and your queer friends will not produce children by having sex with each other.

Thieving bastards

After more than an hour of stuffing envelopes, I am now ready to send dozens of letters to the thieving bastards who want to steal my mother-in-law’s Social Security.

The envelopes do not contain money, but demands from other thieving bastards. For example, the postage-paid envelope going to The United States Investigating Unit has a letter from The National Campaign to Impeach Obama.

Also, the Post Office says I do not have to accept letters, so I have marked “Return” on 18.

Seventeen envelopes have been repurposed.

Those 35 letters were addressed to my mother-in-law but delivered to my address between March 20 and April 20.

The thieving bastards include:

The Seniors Center.
Campaign to Limit Congressional Terms.
Capitol Watch.
National Retirement Security Task Force.
The Club for Growth.
National Tax Limitation Committee.
Americans for Tax Reform.
Emergency Committee to Save Medicare.
US Citizens Association.
Americans for Prosperity.
The 60 Plus Association.
The National Campaign to Impeach Obama.
National Senior Action Council.
Larry Klayman Attorney at Law.
American Federation of Senior Citizens.
Impeach Obama Campaign.
The Joint Committee for Investigation and Impeachment.
White House Watch.
The National Center for Public Policy Research.
Political Headquarters 2013.
The National Campaign to Guarantee Social Security.
Health Care Reform Task Force.
United States Investigative Unit.

There also were letters purpotedly from Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX); former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; and Alan Keyes, who twice sought the Republican presidential nomination.

Two of the thieving bastard letters contained money ($1 in one and 50 cents in another) to pay for stamps. The money is going back. A couple others had stamps, which are going back.

I doubt any of this will cause the thieving bastards to stop sending demands for money. But I will smile every time I write “Return” on an envelope.

I hope all the thieving bastards get what they deserve. I almost wrote “I hope all the thieving bastards burn in Hell,” but that is not within my purview.

Some of the named thieving bastards are:

Dan Perrin, Seniors Center.

Denise Singleton, National Senior Action Council.

Amy Ridenour, National Retirement Security Task Force.

Douglas Ramsey, Emergency Committee to Save Medicare.

Steve Ralls, Capitol Watch.

Lori Klein, former Arizona state senator.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Service academies focus on cyber war

“AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. » The U.S. service academies are ramping up efforts to groom a new breed of cyberspace warriors to confront increasing threats to the nation's military and civilian computer networks that control everything from electrical power grids to the banking system.

“Students at the Army, Navy and Air Force academies are taking more courses and participating in elaborate cyberwarfare exercises as the military educates a generation of future commanders in the theory and practice of computer warfare.”


(Does defense include constant monitoring, scanning, looking around in the ether, waiting for something to pop up? What is the level of cooperation between, say, bank security and military cyber defense? Some must be like normal recon – go out, take a look around – except cyber scouts can stay a lot longer.)

Sunday, April 28, 2013

But the new dolls are so much nicer

No more learning about slavery and other parts of American history. American Girl dolls are now into gymnastics and organic gardening.


From www.fark.com

Some thoughts on defense against Muslim attack

If President Obama orders ground operations into Syria, repercussions in other countries are possible. Or, as Obama said when Assad began defending his government, “There will be consequences.”

A few thoughts from the perimeter:

• Kill them as far out as possible. Air and artillery are very good at this.

• Kill with machine guns as soon as the Muslims are in range.

• Remember than a machine gun is not an automatic rifle. Fire the machine gun in bursts of six to nine rounds, not two or three. This is important.

• In a mass attack, machine guns are best used firing at an angle to your front. Firing straight ahead limits the gun’s killing ability, since you have a small kill zone. Firing at an angle enables Muslims to walk into your fire and greatly increases your kill zone.

• If Muslims attack in small maneuver groups, you still fire bursts of six to nine rounds, at the point of greatest danger. The gun becomes a point weapon rather than an area weapon.

• Use grenade launchers at maximum range and come in as close as necessary. M203, Mark 19, XM25, RPG or AT4 – farthest as possible, closest as necessary. Whether the round is armed or not, getting smacked by one will do.

• With a rifle and the Muslims are a distance away, fire aimed shots. If the Muslims get too close, you might have to go to snap shots. Make every shot count.

• Center mass is best, but other places count.

• Stay as calm as possible. With adrenaline running, the body tends to race. Slow it down.

• Give no quarter. A Muslim who appears to surrender is lying. Kill him.

• Withdraw into yourself. Bring everything into a small place – breathing, heart beat, vision, hearing – but know where the outside is. When you are inside yourself, become a cold, hard, killing machine. Whatever is necessary, do it. You can bite out a man’s throat if you have to.

• Survive.

Marine dead from 1942 raid returned home

“The August 1942 Makin Raid by Carlson’s 2nd Raider Bn killed a large number of Japanese on the island, but the raid was not really a success. as no prisoners were taken, and no Japanese forces diverted from the Solomons to the Gilberts. Nonetheless, the Butaritari people honored the sacrifice of those Marines, and protected their slain comrades from the hated Japanese until they were liberated in November of 1943.”


(1999 video.)

There must be an explanation

From http://moonbattery.com/

‘Mysterious Motive’

“On Tuesday a maniac of Iranian origin slashed a rabbi and his son in a Paris synagogue with a box-cutter. From the Washington Compost, we learn that an investigation is ‘underway to determine a possible motive.’

“Can you guess the motive? Here’s a clue:

“’The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which monitors anti-Semitic incidents worldwide, said in a statement that the assailant screamed “Allah-u-Akbar” — or “God is great” — during the attack.’

“If this leaves you stumped, you qualify as a ‘mainstream’ journalist.

“On a tip from Jester. Hat tip: Hot Air.”

(An explanation other than a Muslim trying to kill Jews, of course.)

Friday, April 26, 2013

do U have NE nice eZ jobs 4 me 2 do?

Brit yoots want to work in sports, social stuff.

On time? Nobody said nuffin uhbout bein on time.

Prime Minister David Cameron “expressed his own frustration about many British children’s lack of ambition.

“On a trip to a school in Liberia in February, children told him they would like to become doctors, lawyers and government ministers.

“Mr Cameron joked: ‘If you ask children in the UK, all they want to be is pop stars and footballers.’”


Link from www.fark,com

Teacher suspended for exposing kids to pliers, wrenches and other dangerous weapons

“Attorneys for The Rutherford Institute have filed a civil rights lawsuit against a Chicago public school district on behalf of a second-grade teacher who was suspended and charged with possessing, carrying, storing or using a weapon after he displayed garden-variety tools such as wrenches, pliers and screwdrivers in his classroom as part of his second grade teaching curriculum that required a ‘tool discussion.’ Despite the fact that all potentially hazardous items were kept out of the students’ reach, school officials at Washington Irving Elementary School informed Doug Bartlett, a 17-year veteran in the classroom, that his use of the tools as visual aids endangered his students. Bartlett was subsequently penalized with a four-day suspension without pay.”


Entire story: https://www.rutherford.org/publications_resources/on_the_front_lines/rutherford_institute_sues_chicago_school_after_teacher_is_suspended_accused

The three worst jobs in the US, and I've had 2.5 of them

“Careers that ranked the lowest included enlisted military personnel, lumberjack and newspaper reporter.”


(The .5 was running a saw in a sawmill. Logs came already cut, but the job was a lousy job – low pay, constant whine of saws, supervisors whose reverse cranial insertion was unbelievable … “You’re the college guy. Yeah. You’re gonna work the summer and then go back to college, huh. Me, I have to work for my pay. You college guys …” I quit and got a job driving a taxi.

(The reporter who spent six years as a crime reporter? That’s an easy newspaper job. You show cops (1) you can be trusted; (2) they can’t push you around; (3) you are fair, it’s a piece of cake – except for the bodies and families of bad guys who insist their little darling was always misunderstood and cops planted evidence and somebody else killed the woman or man. One time I almost had the phone hung up when saying to a family member “Kiss my ---, ------------r.” Almost.)

Full story: http://www.careercast.com/jobs-rated/worst-jobs-2013

WSJ link at maggiesfarm..

Thursday, April 25, 2013

It’s Arkansas, so the headline writer doesn’t understand

‘Panelists in Benton backing ex-Texan’

The story in today’s online Arkansas Democrat-Gazette has to do with a “former Texas businessman” recommended for appointment to the Benton city personnel committee.

There is no such thing as an “ex-Texan.” Unless somebody voluntarily gives up his/her citizenship, in which case he/she would be considered for a stay at the state hospital in Terrell. The best treatment for attempting to surrender Texas citizenship would be to let the disturbed person live somewhere else for a while and then welcome him/her with open arms when sanity returns.

Nothing to see here

“Chris Crane, head of the immigration officers union, was pulled out of a Senate press conference today when he tried to question Sen. Chuck Schumer during the televised roll-out of the 844-page immigration rewrite.

“’Will you take a question from law enforcement?’ Crane asked, repeating the question twice before being removed."


Link http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/04/20/there-are-no-questions-here-this-is-a-press-conference/

And http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

More on 'Everything is political except my yard work'

I dragged out the cherrywood logs and the other utility pole yesterday (Tuesday), and when looking at the poles decided they are too big around for a flower bed border. So, I googled “uses for utility poles” and discovered:

• I am going to die any day now from creosote-caused cancer.
• I am going to die any day now from CCA-caused cancer.
• Rainwater runoff will contaminate a nearby creek.
• If I cut the poles, I will release carcinogens into the air.
• As a good citizen, it is my duty to call a hazardous waste landfill and pay numerous dollars to have the poles taken away.
• I am condemned to environmental Hell for even thinking about using the poles.

So, I will consider a way of using the poles as a wisteria trellis. If I can do that, I will have the largest wisteria trellis around.

Pelosi speech

Nancy Pelosi is scheduled to speak in Little Rock on May 2. Comments are not gentlemanly at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette online edition. Or gentlewomanly, either.


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Never grocery shop when you are hungry

Yeah, but that 42-ounce bag of M&Ms with peanuts sure looked good. And the 1-3d cup beside the computer tastes good, too.

In case you're interested, a serving size is 1-4th cup.

Some things in life you cannot overcome …

and being German is one.

‘Merkel says euro members must be prepared to cede sovereignty’

“(Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday that euro zone members must be prepared to cede control over certain policy domains to European institutions if the bloc is truly to overcome its debt crisis and win back foreign investors.”


"’We don't always need to give up national practices but we need to be compatible,’ Merkel said. ‘It is chaos right now.’

"’We need to be prepared to break with the past in order to leap forward.’"

(Europe needs order. Europe needs discipline. Europe needs the leadership only one people is capable of providing, that only one people has experience in demanding.

(Our recent exchange student said, “No one trusts the Germans.”)

Monday, April 22, 2013

Beats Richard 3 beneath a parking lot

“Archaeologists, excavating near the Royal Borough, have discovered the 4400 year old gold-adorned skeleton of an upper class woman who was almost certainly a member of the local ruling elite.”

“The discovery is part of a still ongoing excavation which started a decade ago. The elite gold-and-amber-adorned Copper Age woman is merely the most spectacular of dozens of discoveries made at the site – including four early Neolithic houses, 40 Bronze Age burials, three Bronze Age farm complexes and several Iron Age settlements.”


(The lead archaeologist said the woman “was probably an important person in her society, perhaps holding some standing which gave her access to prestigious, rare and exotic items. She could have been a leader, a person with power and authority, or possibly part of an elite family - perhaps a princess or queen.” That’s all speculation, of course, and “probably” a deduction based on modern ideas that archaeological women have to be assigned positions of power. Just as likely, she could have been somebody’s favorite girl friend.)

Link at www.gatesofvienna.net

Back in March, I sent this to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.):

“The Honorable Senator Rand Paul

“Senator Paul:

“Would you please explain why you sent a letter to my 87-year-old mother-in-law asking her to contribute $25 to $1,000 to the National Association for Gun Rights? She receives a monthly Social Security check of less than $1,500. Does your political philosophy include badgering widows for part of their Social Security? I find your letter most distasteful. Worse, your attempt to get money from an almost 90-year-old woman indicates the state of the modern Republican Party.

“Robert Merriman”

Today I got a reply:

“Dear Mr. Merriman,

“Thank you for contacting me regarding the correspondence you received in support of the Second Amendment. I appreciate hearing your thoughts on the matter.

“You might hve received a letter from a gun rights organization seeking support for the efforts to defend the Second Amendment. I strongly support the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

“There are many in Washington who give lip service to the Second Amendment, but vote to restrict gun ownership once they begin serving in public office. Gun control laws only restrice access to responsibkle gun ownership. High risk individuals will still be able to acquire firearms even with an increase in prevention. I do not support any proposed gun control law which would limit the right to gun ownership by those who are responsible, law-abiding citizens.

“Rest assured should this issue be debated before the Senate, I will keep your thoughts in mind.”

“Rand Paul”

Well. Looks as though the senator’s mail readers have as much understanding of what they read as do those who buy mailing lists … None at all.

Everything that happens is political

And I am tired of all of it – the bombing and the bomber wasn’t read his rights; he is Muslim; don’t read anything into his religion – it doesn’t mean anything; he is from the Caucasus region, which means he is Caucasian.

Everything that happens is political … except my yard work.

Sunday afternoon I pulled a 31-foot-long utility pole from the tree line and into the open and I can do something with it and the other pole still to be moved.

In the front of the front yard are three six-inch diameter oak trees, two in line and the third centered and behind the others. I figure to make a diamond-shaped flower bed, about 30 feet wide. The three trees make three-fourths of the points I need.

Ten years ago, pulling the utility pole would have been relatively easy. I have the right equipment – a four-wheel drive pickup, a nylon tow strap, a trailer hitch to tie the strap to and a shovel to dig beneath the poles and run the strap under and tie it off.

What I don’t have is 10 years ago strength and stamina.

Pulling the first pole required digging a while and then stopping for rest. After an hour or so, I went back to the job and tied the strap to the pole and to the pickup trailer hitch and pulled the pole out of the woods. That was enough for Sunday work.

This morning I went to the pole and, with a bolt cutter, snipped off 20 feet of 1-8th inch copper wire. I wanted the wire whole, but somebody had done a good job stapling the wire to the pole. So now I have six pieces of copper wire.

The first pole was pointed in the direction of an open area. The second pole is not. Today, after digging and using a shovel to pry with, I pulled two six-foot cherry logs from near the second pole. Now I need to cut down a four-inch diameter gum tree so I can back straight to the second pole and pull it out. Even when the pole is out of the woods, I will have to some maneuvering to get it where I want it.

I will cut both poles to as-yet-undetermined lengths. To do that, though, I will have to get the poles off the ground, because I do not want my chain saw contacting dirt. I have two floor jacks, so if I can get the poles high enough, I can set the jacks in place.

I’m probably making this whole thing more complicated than it should be, but that is far from unusual.

This thing might take a while.

Death of Baen Free Library?

There used to be this place called Baen Free Library, where readers could download free books. Then Jim Baen died, and the Free Library doesn’t work anymore.

I downloaded a few books from the Free Library. I bought more from bookstores than I downloaded. That means Baen’s idea worked. Some writers argued that giving books away was not a serious free-market idea. Baen reportedly replied that readers at libraries did not pay for books. (They do, in the form of city or county taxes, but Baen’s argument is, on the whole, logical.)

Sometimes ideas die with the originator.

People who run to the sound of gunfire

“FORT CARSON, Colo.-- Gunshots rent the afternoon air at Roy P. Benavidez Park, April 7, resulting in five young men springing to action without a second thought to their own personal safety, saving the lives of two men.”


(That’s what Soldiers do.)

And a retired soldier got killed doing the same

“He seen the danger that was about to come in and he wouldn’t let that young man come in to hurt anyone else. He was not going to let that young man come back in there.”

“By that time I hit the door and Mario was fighting the guy. He had…he’s been shot and he still had the man’s arm…the man can’t get (to his gun).”


PC food causes writer to wax lyrical

“For a full sense of how elitist much of today’s food activism is, consider Pollan’s argument that shopping at Whole Foods is a ‘literary experience.’ Much of the food, he observes, is

“’certified organic’ or ‘humanely raised’ or ‘free range.’ But right there, that’s the point: It’s the evocative prose as much as anything else that makes this food really special, elevating an egg or chicken breast or bag of arugula from the realm of ordinary protein and carbohydrates into a much headier experience, one with complex aesthetic, emotional, and even political dimensions.”


(How about, Does the food taste good? And, Do you get necessary vitamins and stuff?

(On Current TV’s “Marijuana Outlaws” the other night, one of the growers explained his farming method, including the use of what he called a “growth hormone.” Wait a minute!! Growth hormone? You mean the dope is not organic?)

Sunday, April 21, 2013

A dream from which I woke up this morning

A mob of screaming Muslims is chasing a young man – 17 or 18. The Muslims intend to kill the young man. He is not the same religion or ethnic background as they are.

The young man manages to evade the mob, but not to completely escape. The Muslims continue searching, even as the young man runs down a nearby street.

At some point a young woman aids the young man. Then, the Muslims capture both of them. The young man and the young woman escape, but are recaptured.

And then, just as the mob pulls the pair to a place for killing, a rescuer arrives. He is the former king of Rumania and has left his throne in order to instruct the world of a new Islam.

Followers of the former king and followers of the mob leaders face each other in a wide green valley. The mob holds the slope as followers of the former king attack uphill.

I woke up.

As Priscilla says whenever a news person or politician says the United States is not at war with Islam, “They know they are at war with us.”

‘Thoroughly a man of the left’

On The Second Amendment and Presidential Anger

By Slublog

"Charles C.W. Cooke is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers at NRO. ... On twitter, he displays a similar talent for making coherent responses to lefty tweets.

"The tweet from Caldwell illustrates part of the reason I don't trust the left when it comes to issues related to the second amendment - most of their arguments are based in a combination of emotionalism and ignorance. I don't mean ignorance in the insulting sense, but the descriptive. They are ignorant about how guns work. They don't know the history or meaning of the second amendment. They have no idea how gun sales work, whether in a store or at a show. They do not understand why people would want to own a gun, and have no understanding of what it's like to live in rural America, where the police aren't just minutes away.

"What makes it worse is that they don't seem to want to know. They are perfectly content in their little bubble of ignorance, speaking to each other in the language of cliche and falsehood. They use phrases like "gun show loophole," "assault weapon," and make utterly laughable statements about what weapons are legal and which are not and they believe their parade of nonsense justifies the limit of a freedom guaranteed by the constitution. They are eager to ban something they don't understand and have no
intention of learning anything about.

"This has been linked before, but for a thorough and excellent overview of guns and gun control, read this post by author, firearms instructor and former gun dealer Larry Correia. In it, he lays out the reasons why the left calls for gun control, then eviscerates those arguments with facts and reason.
Much has been written about the president's press conference/temper tantrum last night. In his statement, Obama showed why the left seems to have no interest in understanding guns, gun owners and gun culture. The reason is pretty simple: they hate us.

"Go watch Obama's statement again - the utter contempt he displayed for those who have the audacity to claim a right protected by the constitution is breathtaking in its nakedness. It's tempting to believe liberal lawmakers don't like us having the ability to own guns because they don't think we can be trusted with them. That is part of it, but based on what we saw yesterday, that might be giving them too much credit.

"When the left talks about gun owners, one of their favorite tactics is to make them seem like a strange species - an 'other.' Well, Obama 'otherized' the hell out of gun owners and second amendment advocates yesterday, refusing to even acknowledge their ability to make an argument in good faith and sneering at members of Congress for the earnest belief in the second amendment that influenced their votes against the gun control amendments.

"Still, the president wasn't just angry because he lost. He was angry because he lost to people who hold an opinion he's unable and unwilling to understand and who he seems to regard as beneath him. Last night, Obama showed us the anger that lurks under the no-drama exterior and revealed what we on the right have known for years - he's thoroughly a man of the left, and shares the left's contempt for those who believe that the second amendment is not a collective right, but an individual right for a collective purpose - ultimately, the preservation of a "free state." Our belief in individual liberty makes us inconvenient, and our refusal to acquiesce to the Benevolent and All-Knowing, All Providing Nanny State makes us barriers to the goals of the left.


(He nails it, nails it.

(Links at ace.)

Friday, April 19, 2013

Gun control

VP Biden: "Look I know you're going to say that I'm just being an optimist and I'm trying to put a good face on this. But you know I've been around here a long time and we've already done, because of you, some really good things. Number one, the president is already lining up some additional executive actions he's going to be taking later this week."


Link at http://www.drudgereport.com/

And: Pelosi counting on “public outrage.”

“House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday said passage of tougher gun controls is ‘inevitable,’ projecting optimism less than 24 hours after the Senate voted down legislation central to President Obama's strategy to reduce gun violence.

"’It's a matter of time," Pelosi said Thursday during a press briefing in the Capitol. ‘It might be inconceivable to the NRA that this might happen; it's inevitable to us.’

“Pelosi did not put a timeline on her prediction but suggested public outrage over the failed Senate effort will eventually force the opponents of tougher gun laws to reconsider.”


In the Pelosi story, The Hill writer claims 93 percent of Americans favour increased background checks. But in a story at The American Interest, we learn: “A Gallup poll on Monday found that after weeks of heated MSM coverage only 4 percent of Americans regard gun control as the nation’s most pressing issue. We would not be surprised if many people in that 4 percent opposed gun control.”

Now, the Gallup poll asked about “the nation’s most pressing issue.” From the 4 percent return on gun control, the polled public has a far different view than do newspeople and the White House.


A few days ago another man who had done a Vietnam vacation told me that when Australia decided to be a Gun Free Zone, blue-helmeted soldiers went in and seized guns from those citizens who declined to give up their pistols, rifles, shotguns and etc. Amazing what you can find out at Walmart.

Observation on news reporting

Every news person reporting on the Boston bombing and manhunt has stepped on his d(u)ck or her c(a)nt. Every one. Only one thing you can believe in all of this: There are some dead people and some wounded people. I lost count of throw-outs and retractions on day one. Well, retractions if anybody bothered making any.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

A sign of the (broke) times

“Bribery isn’t what it once was,” said an official with one of the major gun-control groups. “The government has no money. Once upon a time you would throw somebody a post office or a research facility in times like this. Frankly, there’s not a lot of leverage.”

http://ace.mu.nu/ by way of breitbart and politico.

Absolutely. Positively. Indeed.

“’Because of these milbloggers’ relentless assault on our First Amendment-protected right to lie about brief, unglamorous or nonexistent military service,’ PVFW chairman Michael Spurwick told reporters, ‘several of our members have suffered irreparable damage to their reputations, and a few have even had their businesses and careers ruined, after being exposed as frauds. Something had to be done.’

“Spurwick, a former Army sergeant, who was promoted to General before retiring as a Captain, has a long and impressive career of made-up military service.”

“One trick I recommend if you’re about to get busted is to claim your records were classified ‘above top secret’ or lost in a fire. If all else fails, threaten to sue. That usually works.”


Forced from a bunker at www.thisainthell.us

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

‘How Many Ways Can California be Stupid?’

That’s a rhetorical question, right?


A good account of ‘Hey, we can do whatever we want’

Self-identified feminist discovers truth about federal law

“… Title IX, that so-called guarantor of equality between the sexes on college campuses, and as applied by a recent directive from the Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, has obliterated the presumption of innocence that is so foundational to our traditions of justice. On today's college campuses, neither ‘beyond a reasonable doubt,’ nor even the lesser ‘by clear and convincing evidence’ standard of proof is required to establish guilt of sexual misconduct.”


At maggiesfarm.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Nuclear tension? Not from here.

Drophead in story of CH-53 crash near North Korea: ‘The aircraft carrying 21 people comes down during an exercise with South Korea, just as nuclear tensions are high in the region.’

I don’t know about high nuclear tensions. We have 150 million nukes and the Norks have, what, 2?


Say again all after 'We demand'

‘Musims Complain British History Curriculum Doesn’t Teach About Muslim “Contribution” To UK’

April 14, 2013 By Daniel Greenfield

“I suppose living on the dole while plotting terrorist attacks didn’t merit an entire chapter. But really writing a history of the UK without including the enormous Muslim contribution is like writing a history of World War II without mentioning the otter.”

“Islam’s contribution to the UK does deserve special mention in a way that will prepare students for life in 21st century Britain. And there can be no better example of that than the Muslim slaver raids on coastal towns in Europe from 1500 to 1800 resulting in the enslavement of one million Europeans.

“Not content with attacking ships and sailors, the corsairs also sometimes raided coastal settlements, generally running their craft onto unguarded beaches, and creeping up on villages in the dark to snatch their victims and retreat before the alarm could be sounded. Almost all the inhabitants of the village of Baltimore, in Ireland, were taken in this way in 1631, and other attacks were launched against coastal villages in Devon and Cornwall.”


Link at www.gatesofvienna.net

This happened on The Big Bang Theory, too …

except on TV, the spy was North Korean and when Sheldon, waving the roommate agreement, interrupted an incident of pending coitus, the spy put on her clothes and left the apartment.

‘Former officer allegedly leaked
U.S. secrets to Chinese girlfriend’


Maybe we should have more Sheldons in counterintelligence.

Bedded at maggiesfarm.

Cultural appropriation? That's a new one.

“Officials at the Universal Society of Hinduism have demanded an apology from Selena Gomez, 20, after the former Disney star performed at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday sporting a bindi symbol on her forehead.

“According to Hindu statesman, Rajan Zed, the bindi on the forehead is an ancient Hindu practice that has a religious significance sometimes referred to as ‘the third eye and flame’ and is not meant to be used as a fashion accessory.”


OK. No more crosses (Orthodox, Coptic or other Christian), no more feathers (Native AmericanIndian), Egyptian ankh and etc. etc.

The right way

“We were reminded and petitioned at the conference to continue getting the message out that the answer for African churches to grow is not the presence of more Americans nor their money, but of Africans stepping up to take the challenge of ‘making disciples’.” – ‘Africans Claiming Africa – Zambia 2012’


Monday, April 15, 2013

Gun control compromise gives $100 million for each of four years to states

“The Background Check 'Compromise' put forward by Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) creates $100 million in grants for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2017’ for the federal government to disperse to states if those states implement the expanded background check system contained in the bill.”


Link from www.theospark.net

So now the Gosnell trial will get more coverage

But MSM writers aren’t looking at the murder aspects? Not so much as how Gosnell’s actions will affect abortion rights.


Megan McArdle, The Daily Beast: I can't bring myself to describe them … The truth is that most of us tend to be less interested in sick-making stories—if the sick-making was done by "our side." Moreover, surely those of us who are pro-choice must worry that this will restrict access to abortion: that a crackdown on abortion clinics will follow, with onerous white-glove inspections; that a revolted public will demand more restrictions on late-term abortions; or that women will be too afraid of Gosnell-style crimes to seek a medically necessary abortion.

And, McArdle said, descriptions made her ill. “I can't bring myself to describe them … The truth is that most of us tend to be less interested in sick-making stories—if the sick-making was done by ‘our side.’"

So McArdle discovered something: Bad things happen in an abortion. She would not admit that a “baby” died. “It suggests that sometimes, those fetuses are delivered alive.”

As John Nolte says at breitbart, “the left-wing media” will “spin the Gosnell horrors into a pro-choice argument for safer abortion clinics.”

But, he adds, “What is also likely to happen is an increased public knowledge of the act of outright infanticide known as partial-birth abortion. For over a decade now, the media has tried to turn that horror into a ‘right-wing myth.’ But now we not only have an example of a doctor eagerly engaged and made wealthy by the practice, but other doctors referring patients to him.”

Link at www.maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com

Apology and correction

A few posts down, I busted the head, misspelling "Gosnell" as "Gossner." I wasn't paying attention. I apoliogize for that.

If you like to study numbers

Take a look at http://www.usdebtclock.org/ -- lots of running numbers.

Eliminate mortgage interest deduction

Thinking about the country running out of money and what to do lessening the day, you have to consider getting rid of some tax deductions as well as cutting pay to government workers, Social Security, government retirement and a host of government programs.

Eliminating home mortgage deduction is a place to start.

“According to the Treasury Department, the budget for 2012 projects that the mortgage interest deduction will cost the budget around $100 billion. But Eric Toder, co-director of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center in Washington, estimates that elimination of the deduction would only generate $70 billion to $80 billion, because some people would pay off their mortgages early if the law is changed.

"’Most of the deduction is going to the people who are itemizing -- relatively high-income people who would be home owners anyway,’ Toder says. ‘People on the margin -- who might be thinking about renting or buying -- can't use the deduction.’"


The deduction is a tool of the real estate industry.

Admittedly, gnashing of teeth, wailing and beating of chests would follow eliminating the mortgage deduction. The populous – those who use the deduction, anyway – might even take torches and pitchforks and march on the Capital City.

There is no easy way for politicians to cut or eliminate deductions. But, elected people are the ones who made deductions part of law, from pressure by citizens or by lobbyists. And, Treasury would gain only $70 billion to $100 billion. With the deficit now around $17 trillion, what’s $100 million here or there?

A beginning.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

1913 IRS income tax form.

“This return shall be made by every citizen of the United States, whether residing at home or abroad, and by every person residing
in the United States, though not a citizen thereof, having a net income
of $3,000 or over for the taxable year, and also by every nonresident alien deriving income from property owned and business, trade, or
profession carried on in the United States by him.

“The normal tax of 1 per cent shall be assessed on the total net income less the specific exemption of $3,000 or $4,000 as the case may be.”


$3,000 in 1913 equals $69,767.44 today


At www.fark.com

Saturday, April 13, 2013

On the Gosnell trial

“One rich white girl missing in Aruba? WALL TO WALL COVERAGE! Hundreds of poor black babies murdered, their feet saved as trophies? Crickets.”

“That's pretty much it, right? When you boil off the bullshit, this isn't a ‘national story’ because the left views the victims as expendable. Yet they're the ‘compassionate’ and ‘caring’ ones ... my ass.”


Friday, April 12, 2013

Nine Maryland counties may now tax property owners for rainwater runoff

That’s a joke, right? Taxing someone for the rainwater that runs across his property?

Remember: It’s in Maryland.

“Approved by the Senate and House of Delegates minutes before the end of the legislative session, the bill, HB987, requires nine counties and Baltimore City to establish a watershed protection and restoration program.

“Local governments would charge property owners a fee based on the amount of pavement on their property.

"It would be at the jurisdiction of the local governments to determine the size of those fees.”


(A pavement tax. Sidewalk, parking area, who knows what else. And see how the reporter calls the tax a "fee?" How the hell can anybody in his right mind write a story like that and call a tax a fee?

(Henry 8 taxed windows. Maryland taxes rain. )

Link at http://ace.mu.nu/

Correction. William 3 taxed windows beginning in 1696. Henry 8 taxed beards in 1533.


Smoking is a pre-existing condition

That’s what the DC Health Board Exchange says.

Nonsense. Smoking is not a condition; it is a choice. Is drinking whiskey and/or beer a pre-existing condition? Snorting coke?

More dangerous to democracy than the illogical decision is the fact that a group of politically-appointed people made the decision.

“Obamacare eliminates the option for democratic response. Instead, it creates a body of political appointees immune from being held accountable at the ballot box.”


“Obamacare was sold as a way to help poor people and sick people get health insurance, but, as the D.C. decision shows, the actual intent of the law is the abolition of health insurance.

“There will be thousands and thousands of decisions like this in the coming years, and voters will have very little recourse against them. That is part of the genius of bundling the welfare state with the regulatory state …”

Link from www.maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com

Thursday, April 11, 2013

US warns North Korea

A TV newsperson, quoting an administration official: "There will be consequences" if the Norks do something or the other. The same administration said the same thing to the Syrian government. "There will be consequences."

From the smartest man in Nevada

“The events of the last few months has been very tragic. People going to a movie theater to watch a movie and they’re gunned down? And more would have been gunned down but for the fact that the man’s 100-clip magazine jammed.”


Link to twitchy www.thisainthell.us

You have more retirement money than you need

“Obama’s budget plan … would prohibit taxpayers from accumulating more than $3 million in an individual retirement account. That proposal would generate $9 billion in revenue for the Treasury over the next decade, according to a White House statement …”

“’Under current rules, some wealthy individuals are able to accumulate many millions of dollars in these accounts, substantially more than is needed to fund reasonable levels of retirement saving,’ the statement said.”


(So the government – White House – will decide how much you need … Wait! Wait! From each according to his ability, to each according to his need?)

Link from www.poorrichardsnews.com

through www.gatesofvienna.net

In the same neighborhood:

“French central bank governor Christian Noyer said on Wednesday that France should freeze pensions, civil servant salaries and social benefits to save €40 billion by 2014 as it tries to cut a swollen public deficit and jumpstart growth.”


Also gatesofvienna.

Wood not so great as sustainable energy source

But it’s still listed, and with grants/tax deductions, there is gold in those trees.

“At current prices, calculates Roland Vetter, the chief analyst at CF Partners, Europe’s largest carbon-trading firm, Drax could be getting £550m a year in subsidies for biomass after 2016—more than its 2012 pretax profit of £190m.

“With incentives like these, European firms are scouring the Earth for wood. Europe consumed 13m tonnes of wood pellets in 2012, according to International Wood Markets Group, a Canadian company. On current trends, European demand will rise to 25m-30m a year by 2020.

“Europe does not produce enough timber to meet that extra demand. So a hefty chunk of it will come from imports. Imports of wood pellets into the EU rose by 50% in 2010 alone and global trade in them (influenced by Chinese as well as EU demand) could rise five- or sixfold from 10m-12m tonnes a year to 60m tonnes by 2020, reckons the European Pellet Council. Much of that will come from a new wood-exporting business that is booming in western Canada and the American south. Gordon Murray, executive director of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada, calls it “an industry invented from nothing”.

“So is it efficient? No.”


Link at www.maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com

(Too much is predicated on this modern question: "What is its value?" You might ask, "What is its worth?" and be on a more logical line of thought.)

Remains of LTC Don Carlos Faith, Jr., MOH, identified; Arlington burial scheduled

“Lt. Col. Don Faith, Jr. was the unfortunate leader of one of the biggest disasters in American military history, taking over command of the Army regiment on the east side of Chosin after the commander of the 31st Infantry Regiment was killed and the other two battalion commanders were badly wounded. The regiment, badly outnumbered and hampered by inept general officers, suffered a 90 percent casualty rate. Its colors now are displayed in Beijing, I am told.

“However, the sacrifice of the Army regiment bought much-needed time for the Marine division consolidating on the west side of the reservoir.”


Notice at www.thisainthell.us

OK. Funny joke. Now give the real reason.

“… Beyoncé and Jay-Z may have 99 problems but the State Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Ain't One.

“OFAC, which enforces sanctions against Cuba, assured Republican Representatives Mario Diaz-Balart and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in a letter Tuesday that the pop power-duo's recent trip to the island on their fifth anniversary had the governmental green light. The Florida lawmakers had written to the Treasury Department demanding to know whether the trip fell afoul of Cold War-era restrictions on Americans' travel to Cuba.

"’It is our understanding that the travelers in question traveled to Cuba pursuant to an educational exchange trip organized by a group authorized by OFAC to sponsor and organize programs to promote people-to-people contact in Cuba,’ Alastair Fitzpayne, Assistant Treasury Secretary for Legislative Affairs, wrote in the letter, which was obtained by Yahoo News."


U.S. tax money joins Swedish, SF groups in promoting overseas homosexuality

Monday, April 8, 2013
USAID Press Office

“WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new LGBT Global Development Partnership, a public-private partnership between the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Institute (GLVI), the Williams Institute, and Olivia Companies, which further promotes foreign assistance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality in emerging markets and developing countries.

“Starting its work in Ecuador, Honduras, Guatemala, and expanding to even more countries, the partnership will strengthen the capacity of LGBT civil society organizations, train LGBT individuals to participate more fully in democratic processes, and undertake research on the economic impact of discrimination against LGBT individuals.

"’We are thrilled to bring our 35 years' expertise and leadership to this unprecedented partnership,’ said J. Bob Alotta, Executive Director of the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. ‘Together, with each of the partners, we will collectively address some of the most critical human rights issues faced by our communities.’"


(What about heterosexuals who want to fornicate but who do not have money to go to clubs or go on dates or pay hookers?)

Notice at www.moonbattery.com

Link from my search.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

If you are against laws on homosexual marriage, you are for liberty.

“It is those who oppose same-sex marriage who are the true champions of liberty. Indeed, if gay ‘marriage’ is ever legalized, it is likely to result in unprecedented restrictions on freedom of speech and even thought.” – Robin Phillips

“In short, individuals, organizations, and institutions in most states are currently free to treat same-sex unions as marriages, or not. This, of course, is the truly liberal and tolerant position. It means letting the people concerned make up their own minds about how to treat these relationships. But this freedom is precisely what the advocates of same-sex ‘marriage’ want to destroy; they want to use the government’s power to force everyone to recognize same-sex unions as marriages whether they want to or not.” – S.T. Karkick


Danger close

An Air Force photo-journalist in Afghanistan:

“Our room continued getting pounded and we soon found ourselves taking three RPGs back to back, nearly destroying our northern defenses. Sheppard knew it was time to move and planned to lay down squad-automatic weapon fire to cover movement to the next room and he'd soon follow.

“Before he had the chance to do so, the insurgents shot an RPG straight through the makeshift doorway in the front of our ruins, and I watched, as if in slow motion, as the grenade went straight over Bradley's head, skimmed within inches of my face and impacted the ground a few feet behind me.

“When the grenade exploded I was thrown into the front wall and saw nothing but sharp white light. I couldn't smell, feel, see, and couldn't comprehend what was going on for moments ... then I heard clear as day, Sheppard screaming, "God damn it! Medic ... Medic ... Medic!"

“I stumbled and regained my footing and found that I had all extremities and knowing Lee was dead, shuttered to look back. When I did, I learned he was alive, but Valdo was in really bad shape.

“The RPG struck right behind Valdo and the heroic dog took most of the blast. Lee seemed extremely concerned for Valdo. Sheppard had shrapnel to the front of his arm, Bradley had shrapnel in his leg, and I caught some in my upper back and also had a concussion. “


Link from www.thisainthell.us

Denmark faces expensive immigrant payouts

An EU court has ruled ”that EU nationals have the right to Danish student grants if they have had a job in Denmark for several months before their course starts, or work while they are studying.

”The government has estimated that the EU Court decision means that Denmark will have to find an extra DKK 200 million each year in student grants, but Rørvig fears that an increased number of foreign students will mean that much more will have to be found.”


(It isn’t just education grants. Every EU citizen has rights to whatever education, housing, medical and unemployment are available in the country in which he/she lives, as do natural-born citizens. With Crotia soon coming into the EU, and Romania and Bulgaria already involved, countries in Western Europe will see an influx of people demanding, ”We want our stuff!” but not willing to work.

(Perhaps comes a time when citizens of Denmark will wish for danegeld, rather than see their own money going to waste.)

Giving back electricity

So I plug in my car to get power, and when necessary I plug in my car and give back the same stuff.

Wouldn’t that be like pouring gasoline back into the tank at the gas station?

“The idea is that, if millions of electric vehicles can be sold, not only can their batteries be charged during the 95 percent of the time they are on average off the road, absorbing much of that surplus wind energy at night, they can also be used, by way of ‘smart meters’, to reverse the flow, providing back-up for the windmills by feeding power back into the grid when needed.

“And, for this fantasy, the EU is prepared spend serious money, with no less than €5 billion being set aside for the ‘green cars initiative’, made available through European Investment Bank (EIB) loans, Seventh Framework Research Programme (FP7) grants and ‘demand-side measures and public procurement’.

“At least €220 million in EIB funding has gone to the Nissan plant to fund the production of the Leaf, and there have been substantial funds allocated from the €197 million initial research budget on electric cars, to develop the V2G concept.”


At maggiesfarm.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

No word yet if B52s invited to participate

HANOI, April 8 (Xinhua) -- Jungle Marathon Vietnam, the first of its kind in Vietnam, will be held in central Quang Binh province from May 31 to June 9, reported local Vietnam News on Monday.
To date, around 30 athletes from countries and regions have registered to compete in the race, which is reserved for a maximum of 60 competitors.

The race will cover six stages through forests of the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park - one of Vietnam's world natural heritage sites recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) - and the border with Laos. Competitors then will return to Quang Binh's Dong Hoi city for a stunning finish on beach, according to Jungle Marathon's website.

Competitors will run through jungle, spend nights in caves where military and villagers often hid, and across mountains and waterfalls, the website said


At www.gatesofvienna.net

You’re giving away free meat? You aren’t a government agency. Destroy the venison.

“The Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission (SBRM) in Louisiana has been serving specially-prepared venison, or deer meat, to hungry folks throughout the region for many years. The state's deer management program actually encourages hunters to donate their extra venison to this and other non-profit endeavors, as deer meat is high in protein, full of nutrients and best of all, clean and untainted by concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).”

(Everything was going along just fine and dandy until … A government agency found out SBRM had nothing to do with Big Daddy Government.)

“According to officials from DHH, deer meat is apparently "not permitted to be served in a shelter, restaurant or any other public eating establishment in Louisiana." So, without a second thought, the soulless agency swooped in like a vulture and demanded that the program end immediately. DHH even went so far as to declare that the 1,600 pounds of deer meat in SBRM's possession be immediately thrown into a dumpster, and have bleach poured all over it in order to ensure that nobody ate it.”


(You know what? It’s about time those bureaucrats learned which state they live in.)

To help support the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission in this time of distress, visit:

To contact the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals to share your thoughts on its aggressive behavior against SBRM, visit: http://dhh.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/3/n/3

At www.gatesofvienna.net

Does this mean we have reached the goal set by every president since Carter?

U.S. passes Saudi Arabia in oil production.

“The U.S. passed Saudi Arabia as the world's largest petroleum producer in November 2012, according to recently released data of the federal Energy Information Administration.

“Over the last five years, domestic oil output has risen 40% and continually outpaces projections. Last year, domestic output increased by 800,000 barrels per day. This is the largest increase in annual production since the first oil well was drilled in 1859 in Pennsylvania.”

“Imports of foreign oil will fall from 60% in 2008 to likely 30% in 2013.”


(I trust oil companies as much as I trust Obama, so I am not holding my breath.)

Link at http://ace.mu.nu/

Limbaugh steps on it again

Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh accused “the U.S. Army” of listing "evangelical Christianity, Catholicism and some Judaism” in a manual on extremists. Limbaugh was wrong, but no radio talk person (or Progressive/Democrat) has ever let facts stand in the way of a good story.

Today in a diatribe against Hillary Clinton, Limbaugh said the former secretary of state gave up her Ivy League education to move “to the swamps, the sticks, of Arkansas … where Deliverance was filmed.”

Well, Mr. Limbaugh, there you go again, playing fast and loose with facts. Deliverance was filmed in several places in Georgia and South Carolina, both states a considerable distance from Arkansas.

The bigger part of Limbaugh stepping on it, though, probably does not set well with his supporters in The Natural State. People here do not like to be told they live in swamps or in the sticks. I am not a supporter, but as a resident of Arkansas, I will tell Mr. Limbaugh: “Bugger off.”

Monday, April 8, 2013

Mr. Limbaugh should apologize

An open letter.

Mr. Limbaugh:

The “U.S. Army” did not produce a manual listing evangelical Christians, Catholics and Jews as extremists. An unnamed person gave an EEO briefing to an Army Reserve unit. The unnamed person, not the Army, manufactured the slide.

This story is an example of a tale that takes wings and flies all through the internet, aided by people who do not do fact checks and who not know how the Army operates.

Bob Merriman

Green blues in the bluegrass state

There is this Kentucky non-profit that in 1979 decided to join up with the state pension system. Good decision, since retirement would be guaranteed by Kentucky tax payers.

What? A $227 million shortfall? And we’re supposed to pay it?

“KRS has unfunded pension liabilities of around $37 billion, while the separate teachers’ system has another $11 billion in unfunded liabilities. Kentucky’s unfunded pension liabilities are growing at a rate of $500 million a year, while the unfunded obligations of its retiree health-care plans are growing at $600 million a year. Which is to say, Kentucky needs to cough up more than $1 billion a year just to keep the situation from deteriorating further.”


(They are all in it together, Republicans, Democrats, state and county electeds, city councils. It’s only money.

(But it isn’t only money, is it. It’s a philosophy, a truly-held belief, that we can approve pay and retirement now, borrow when the funding isn’t there, and just roll that debt down the road. Except … There’s a roadblock. Here. Now.

(Every state California. Just like 50, 60 years ago.)

At maggiesfarm.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

How Americans Live Today

Courtesy of the other Lil’ Kim.


I would make some coffee, but I don’t have any snow. I DON’T HAVE ANY SNOW!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Obama says good-looking woman looks good; conniption of stupid ensues

“Tannenbaum explains that when men endorsed benevolent sexism in a culture, ‘men also lived longer, were more educated, had higher literacy rates, made significantly more money, and actively participated in the political and economic spheres more than their female counterparts.’”

(Where are those places?)

And the final say-so on Obama’s “That attorney general can handle my case any time she wants”: “Obama has done so much good work in leaving a better world for his daughters and all other young women: He's passed equal pay legislation, put two great women on the Supreme Court and made contraception access easier for women with health insurance. It's a shame to see him undermine his enlightened policies with comments that highlight women's ever-present decorative duties …”


(Having read the entire column, I must now go call some Blatz at the toilet.)

Link at maggiesfarm.

(Top) Gear Heads in Iran

“The BBC cannot operate freely in Iran, so Top Gear's popularity is hard to measure. But last year, when PTV dropped an episode to air an exclusive interview with then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the audience protested bitterly.

“When the Top Gear season ends, PTV replaces it with its sister programme Top Gear USA, and this too has prompted complaints, one viewer objecting - with Clarkson-like bluntness - that the presenters were ‘not funny’.”


(The US version does not approach funny, especially when so much of the program is contrived. I might as well be watching a drama-queenish so-called reality program.

(About 15 years ago, the ruling Islamists were all in a tizzy because so many of “their” people were watching Baywatch through satellite TV, so the government decreed registration of all satellite dishes.

(Old Jeremy Clarkson and bouncing women lifeguards – Bringers of protest.)

Link at www.theospark.net

Friday, April 5, 2013

'The War Within: Meet the Sniper Who Killed 2,200 People in Iraq'

“Before he was a dad and friendly landscaper in suburban Philadelphia, he was a Marine assassin, one who estimates he killed more than 2,200 enemy soldiers while fighting our wars in the Middle East. The government calls him a hero. He thinks he’s going to hell.”


Philly Magazine conned by phony Marine

(Let's see ... 2,200 kills. One every day would take six years and a few days. One every other day would take 12 years. Obviuosly, math and common sense are no longer required for newspaper writing people.)

69 years later, veteran gets back Normandy dog tag

“The archives gave information on Kelson’s life but nothing on the circumstances of his death. When he searched death records and burial registers, Lamache found no mention of a James Kelson. He contacted a genealogist network in the U.S., who discovered a daughter, named Joan.

“’And then, she told us that her father was still alive,’ says Lamache. The 91-year-old veteran lives in a retirement home in Washington DC.”


At www.maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com

The job you want is not the job that is available

“The problem is not the number of new jobs – there are lots of those, confounding the sceptics, and could be even more if the labour market doesn’t become over-regulated. The issue is that an obscenely large number of young people with a university education will not be able to find a job that matches their expectations.

“Research from the US government, which without doubt applies equally to Britain, suggests that just one out of the top nine occupations expected to create the most jobs this decade requires a university degree.”


At www.maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Coming to a country near … me?

What I know about Cyprus: (1) It’s an island; (2) It is the opening scene of Leon Uris’ Exodus, something about “Welcome to Cyprus, goats and monkeys.” Recent events there could bring the same results as the Creditanstalt bankruptcy in 1931.

“The one thing that went wrong for Cyprus was its bankers expecting that Euro zone politicians could be trusted to pay back their loans.

“There are very few limits to what you can do to people in the modern interpretation of democracy. A version where only majority rule is required, but where there is no longer a respect for personal negative rights – as we know them from the American Constitution.

“The easiest target will always be wealthy people, or even just working people and savers who did the right thing all their lives. As the bloated welfare states begin to collapse under their irresponsible promises, their crumbling value systems and their unsustainable demographics, it will be easy to convince more than 50 percent of voters that confiscating and stealing other people's money is OK for the greater good. Boston Consulting Group calculated that 28 percent of ALL private wealth is needed to meet just existing debts – not future obligations , mind you – and the money can only come from one place… Your pockets. Beware.”


Found at maggiesfarm.

Dumb question of the day

‘How Did Syria’s Rebels Get This Gun?’

“New YouTube video from the Syrian battlefield shows rebels firing the same high-powered sniper rifle favored by U.S. Navy SEALs, leaving some experts wondering who the ragtag army of insurgents might train the guns on in the future.

“The British-made AS-50, accurate from a distance of 20 football fields, is made for British Special Forces and Navy SEALs. Video showing Syrian rebels, who are aligned with Al Qaeda, firing the guns and shouting ‘Alahu akbar,’ has also raised questions about who is supplying such devastating hardware.”


(Possible answer: There is an international arms market, and maybe somebody bought the rifle from somebody else?)

This war we are in

"Find the enemy that wants to end this experiment (in American democracy) and kill every one of them until they’re so sick of the killing that they leave us and our freedoms intact." -- USMC Gen. James Mattis


“Their plan is to return the entire world - not just the Middle East - to the days of the caliphate and either convert all of us so-called infidels into born-again Islamic believers or kill us.” – Col. David H. Hackworth


Fatwa says it’s OK to rape non-Sunni women …

… as well as Druze, Alawites and all others.

“Indeed, even some Muslim women advocate the enslavement and rape of fellow (non-Muslim) women. Kuwaiti political activist, Salwa al-Mutairi, for instance, is working to see the institution of sex-slavery return. In a video she posted online, she explained how she once asked Islam’s greatest authorities living in the city of Mecca, the city of Islam, about the legality of sex-slavery and how they all confirmed it to be perfectly legitimate. According to Mutairi:

“’A Muslim state must [first] attack a Christian state—sorry, I mean any non-Muslim state—and they [the women, the future sex-slaves] must be captives of the raid. Is this forbidden? Not at all; according to Islam, sex slaves are not at all forbidden. Quite the contrary, the rules regulating sex-slaves differ from those for free women [i.e., Muslim women]: the latter’s body must be covered entirely, except for her face and hands, whereas the sex-slave is kept naked from the bellybutton on up—she is different from the free woman; the free woman has to be married properly to her husband, but the sex-slave—he just buys her and that’s that.’”


And: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/apr/3/islamic-cleric-decrees-it-ok-syrian-rebels-rape-wo/

Link at maggiesfarm.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

For laughs and ‘Holy cow! Did you see that?’

Google “Russian traffic video.”

Winter, spring, summer and fall; cars come out of nowhere, and a tank, too; drivers going at it with baseball bats, hatchets, tire tools … One site asked, “Is there not a single sober driver in Russia?”

Former soldier sees UFO

The Dallas Morning News – April 19, 1897 – Page: 5

"Wortham, Freestone Co., Tex., April 18 – Capt. John A. Lilly, a prominent and reliable citizen of this place, a Mexican war veteran, claims that he saw the mysterious airship last night at 9:30. He says it was going straight up. The captain is noted for his truthfulness."


Man shoots woman, surrenders to law officers

Dallas Morning News - Nov. 25, 1895 - Page: 6

Leon County Difficulty

"Buffalo, Leon Co., Tex., Nov. 23 – News was received here this afternoon that a sewing machine agent by the name of W.C. Hicks of Freestone county had a difficulty with a white woman by the name of Mrs. Sallie Schaver of this county, living nine miles south of this place. The woman was shot in the foot and the ball ranged upward and lodged in her ankle. Amputation is thought necessary. Mr. Hicks came in and gave himself up to the officers this afternoon. The cause is about some trouble the parties had several years ago. Mr. Hicks was put under $1,500 bond to appear Tuesday a week, Dec. 3, for preliminary trial."

(You have to wonder -- What was going on between Mr. Hicks and Mrs. Schaver, that he would shoot her in the foot?)

Kill live-birth babies, Planned Parenthood says

“Ms. Alisa LaPolt Snow, representing the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, testified against the bill. Florida representative Jim Boyd, apparently unsure that he had understood her correctly, asked:

"’So, um, it is just really hard for me to even ask you this question because I'm almost in disbelief. If a baby is born on a table as a result of a botched abortion, what would Planned Parenthood want to have happen to that child that is struggling for life?’"

“Ms. Snow responded that her organization ‘believes that any decision that's made should be left up to the woman, her family and the physician.’ In short, as the Weekly Standard summarized, Florida Planned Parenthood is in favor of ‘post-birth abortion.’ This is consistent with the position of the president of the United States and most members of the caring party.


“Dr. Kermit Gosnell is on trial for murder in the deaths of one woman and seven second trimester babies. The 41-year-old woman had sought an abortion and was given an overdose of narcotics at Gosnell's clinic. The seven babies were all born alive, according to the indictment. Gosnell then used scissors to ‘snip’ their spinal columns. One of his assistants, who pled guilty to third-degree murder, said that such ‘snippings’ were ‘routine’ for late-term abortions — so there were probably many more than seven.”


The New York Times could have asked a simple question

"Where's your name?"

The New York Times published a length study entitled Social Class in America which factored in education, income and occupations. It's much simpler than all that. In America, you're in the upper class if your name is on the building, you're in the middle class if your name is on your desk, and you're in the working class if your name is on your shirt.” – Argus Hamilton, Jewish World Review

The VA is broken. We can fix it.

Florida Congressman Tom Rooney: "One step the VA can take to ensure its employees better understand the difficulties our veterans face, and are more motivated to serve them, is to hire more veterans.”


No, no, no!! Everybody! Every VA employee a veteran! Every f’n one!

And the congressman toots horn: “For example, I have personally worked across the aisle and with the VA to cut through some red tape and make it easier for TRICARE beneficiaries to see licensed mental health counselors …" yadda yadda BS.

“A source from the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs confirmed that among some of the 300,000 VA employees there is a culture of complacency. His solution is to stop transferring those poorly performing employees and managers to other offices, and instead ‘to remove them from the VA altogether. That is why last year, as part of the Honoring America's Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act we passed legislation mandating regular training and assessment of VA employees in an attempt to bring more accountability to the system.’”

More BS. Yeah, it would be good to get rid of the incompetent, but Congress just passes “legislation mandating regular training and assessment of VA employees in an attempt to bring more accountability to the system.”

“Regular training,” “assessment” and “accountability.” Sounds like really solving a problem.

You want to fix VA? Put veterans in charge, veterans and families of veterans, real people who did real jobs, and not a retired four-star or some other high-ranking dude and politicians say, "See? We appointed a veteran. He knows about war and stuff."

Our exchange student, whose father and grandfather were in a NATO army said she greatly respects American soldiers, but added: "I cannot believe how the country uses you and then tosses you aside."

Well, if travel agents say there won’t be a war in Korea …

“A senior North Korean official has assured Chinese tour operators that there will be no war on the Korean Peninsula. The assurance came at a time when the North is ratcheting up its belligerent rhetoric.

“Visiting Xian in Shaanxi Province in mid-March, Kim To-jun of the North's General Bureau of Tourism, told Chinese tour operators, "’Don't worry. There'll be no war on the Korean Peninsula, so send as many tourists as possible.’"


Three generations working in a four-generation shop

Central Texas Tool Co.

“… we try to drink that sody pop at nine-thirty.”


Texas Country Reporter is one of the best programs ever devised for TV. But we cain’t git it up here in Ar-kin-saw.

Linked from maggiesfarm.

Only 50?

Bergman and Loren.


Link at maggiesfarm.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

In which I tell a Washington city how to solve a problem

‘City Considering Closing Park’

“The Shelton City Commission will be briefed Monday night on possibly closing Sixth Street Park. According to a briefing document, the City’s Parks Department has been receiving complaints about the activities at the Park over the past year. Staff reports the park has become a popular place for youth and at times as many as 30 youth are in the park at a time. This has led to behavior affecting the quality of life for neighbors (graffiti, drinking), vandalism and destruction of park amenities and landscaping. The Parks Advisory Committee is recommending closing Sixth Street Park to rehabilitate its facilities. This closure would be effective at the end of the month and last until next June. The Shelton City Commission will be briefed on the situation and request during their 6 PM meeting Monday in the Courtroom at the Shelton Civic Center.”


OK, Shelton, Wash., here’s what you do: Arrest the yoots causing the problems. Put the offenders on community service cleaning up the park, because you know the yoots have trashed it, if the Parks Department has had a year’s worth of complaints. Get adult volunteers to supervise, which is what the yoots needed to begin with. Although … If you look at the link, you will see that the city does a lot of legislating what people will not do, so it could be the citizenry doesn’t take initiative on things. Link from www.hotair.com, ‘Bikini baristas busted.’

Looking at some genealogy stuff

and found somebody who probably isn't an ancestor (Virginia, 1646), mostly because he spelled his name "Merryman." He lived in interesting times. But, we all do.

“Whereas it appeareth to the Court by Attestacon out of Holland as ----- by the oath of John Merryman that Capt Derrickson carryed home in his shipp a maide servant by name Trinity Slough belonging to Mr. Richard Glover, the Court doy therefore order that the sd Richard Glover shall have an attachment against the estate of ye sd Capt. Derrickson for satisfacon of ye sd Maide servant & damages yereby sustained.” – November 1646.


A couple of cases before, John Merryman was on the other side of the court, to wit:

“Whereas it appearey to the court by the confession of John Merryman that he stands indebted to Thomas Harrwod the sume of one thousand powndes of tob: for consideration of a man to keepe his booke & rec. tob: in ye imployment of Capt. Derrickson as alsoe twoe hundred powndes of tob: more wch he paid to Capt. Chri: Calthropp at ye request of ye sd Merryman for ye sd Derrickson's debt. The Cort doy Therefore order yat ye sd Merryman shall make payment of ye sd twelve hundred powndes of tob: to ye sd Thomas Harrwod with Courth charges within tenn dayes ells exec.”

This one flies in the face of feminist history, which has said for the last 40 years that women could not own property.

In the last will and testament of Wm. Pryor: “I give & bequeath to my eldest daughter Margareth my whole pte of the ship Honor and five hundred and ninety one powndes sterling.

“I give & bequeath to my daughter Mary five hundred pownds sterling.”

“I give & bequeath to my eldest daughter Margaret the whole divident of land where I now live with all the appurtenances thereto belonging as howses, orchards or the like, but for the rest and remainder of my land, I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary.”

This makes too much sense. We must make sure it does not receive nationwide exposure.

“Racism is a resource and like every other resource, it's in danger of running out. We hit Peak Racism decades ago. Peak Sexism peaked even earlier. Even Peak Homophobia peaked a while back. The cool kids are trying to push Islamophobia while peddling worn copies of Edward Said's Orientalism that the campus book store refuses to buy back at more than 10% of the sale price, but once you get past the keffiyahs and a 10 year-old photo of what looks like a guy in black Klanwear in Iraq, (which looks like the world's most confusing hate crime), the calm waves of the Pacific Ocean are there telling you that maybe it's time to put away that thesis on "Othering in The Simpsons" and enjoy your job as Director of Sensitivity Innovations in the Department of Human Resources.

”The system isn't white power or black power. It's just the system. It's a bunch of white guys who despise the South and wish they had a black friend, deciding which black guy to use for their diversity quota. They're doing it for the same reason that they display books they never read and invite interesting people over for boring dinner parties. Because it makes them seem smart. Because it makes them feel like something more than the overseers of the same repressive dreary system that exists to implement unfairness for the benefit of a few.”


At www.maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com

Monday, April 1, 2013


Organizations that use fear and intimidation to convince elderly people to give money, claiming to save Social Security and Medicare and promising to impeach Obama:

Americans for Prosperity – Arlington, Va.

National Senior Action Council – Arlington, Va.

The National Campaign to Impeach Obama (a project of Federation of Responsible Citizens) – Washington, D.C.

Campaign to Limit Congressional Terms (a program of Our Generation) – Washington, D.C., although the mail permit is from Frederick, Md.

Political Headquarters 2013 (a project of FRC) – Washington, D.C.

Emergency Committee to Save Medicare – Washington, D.C.

The Seniors Center – Washington, D.C.

Impeach Obama Campaign (a project of Policy Issues Institute) – Washington, D.C.

The following sent fear letters in mail tubes, all under mail permit #16, Fredericksburg, Va.:

American Federation of Senior Citizens (a project of FRC) – Alexandria, Va.

The National Campaign to Guarantee Social Security (FRC) – Alexandria, Va.

National Retirement Security Task Force (a project of the National Center for Public Policy Research) – Washington, D.C.

Emergency Committee to Save Medicare (a project of Policy Issues Institute) – Irvine, Calif.

National Senior Action Council – Washington, D.C.

United States Investigative Unit (Policy Issues Institute) – Irvine, Calif.

The last one has a rather ominous sound. Google search shows:

Policy Issues Institute
Mailing Address:
C/o Law Offices Of Maureen E. Otis, PC
4850 Wright Road, Suite 168

Street Address:
30011 Ivy Glenn Dr
Ste 223

Apparently, a lawyer named Maureen E. Otis runs the thing, somehow from Stafford, Texas, and Laguna Nigel, Calif., with mailouts using the same permit from Fredericksburg, Va., as several others.

Stafford is a town of about 18,000 and is surrounded by Houston and Sugar Land.

See “American Caging America’s Premier Private Lockbox Company”


Maureen E. Otis, President.

“A former Certified Public Accountant and an attorney, is a nationally recognized non-profit law expert. Maureen has served as a member of the faculty for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (formerly NSFRE) International Conferences. Her law firm, Law Offices of Maureen E. Otis, P.C., represents non-profit organizations, professional fundraisers and fund raising consultants in their efforts to comply with state charitable solicitation laws.

“In addition to overseeing the operations of American Caging, Maureen is responsible for managing our Escrow and Accounting department and coordinating client relationships with various depository banks.”

I read a few other sites mentioning Otis, and I am disturbed. She runs numerous political action committees. She is making millions.

Listening to Blonde on Blonde

The album is a two-record set. That’s right – record. Vinyl. Bought in 1971. Or 1972. Played today on a turntable that also plays CDs and thumbdrive thingys.

For Christmas, Priscilla, the smartest woman in the world, gave to me the turntable/CD/thumdrive thingy/AM-FM radio device.

I haven’t played vinyl albums since … Yeah, it’s been that long.

Archaeologists find Thor’s hammer

“The hammer was found in the granite bedrock of Södermalm island in Stockholm, where engineers are excavating a tunnel to redirect the suburban commuter trains in one of the capital's biggest infrastructure investments since the metro was built.

"’It was a case of shock and awe when one of my engineers recognized engravings on the object to be Norse runes,’ Citybanan project manager Johan Leber told The Local.”


No. 1 Thought I: Wow.

No. 2 Thought I: What day is it? Oh.

Found at www.fark.com