Thursday, March 31, 2016

Comedian Henry Cho

Henry Cho goes on mission trips to Third World countries. He said, "You know what I've never found in a Third World Country? Food allergies." Not one time, he said, when he's handing out sandwiches has a kid said, "That doesn't have peanut butter, does it? I'm allergic to peanut butter."

Sure. Why not?

Tripped over while surfing the net:

“Molecular Analysis and Possible Pleiotropic Function(s) of the T Cell-Specific Serine Proteinase-1 (TSP-1)”

(Does anybody say “surfing the net” these days? Trapped as I am in a stone cell with only a steel bed frame, thin mattress and two wool blankets, a small table and a laptop, I find difficulty in determining the things people say. The internet is not trustworthy, since every philosophy, political belief and pornographic tendency prevail over good reads and common sense. I am allowed unaccompanied latrine trips, and I order sufficient meals from an in-house on-line menu, so things aren’t bad. I mean, it could be worse. I get as much coffee as I want.)

Van Damme loses his cajones

Kick star visits “Jerusalem, Israel,” but quickly backtracks when the geographically challenged say he is in “Palestinia.”

“Van Damme subsequently took out the words ‘Shalom’ and ‘Israel’ from the caption, which now reads ‘Hello from Jerusalem!!’”

‘Van Damme de-Israelizes Facebook post’ --

Yeah, I can believe these

Aliens believe in Chuck Norris.

Chuck Norris watches 60 Minutes in half an hour.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

It’s so easy to get it right …

… you have to wonder why this sort of thing continues to happen.

“The website ‘Everyday Feminism’ is well known as a black whole of insanity …”

‘The Self Admitted Irrationality of Social Justice’ --

(I guess a “black whole” is better than a “black fraction.”

(And, ‘Self Admitted’ should be ‘Self-Admitted.’

(You’re welcome.)

OK, we’re going on with this one.

“However it is not everyday that they outright admit their irrationality, and revel in it.”

Correct: “every day.” Everyday" is an adjective. And, a publication cannot be a “they.” A publication is an “it.”

“Not so long ago, they published an article titles...”

There’s that “they” again. And, perhaps, the author meant the past tense “titled.”

Maybe the writer was angry when he wrote the piece. In a class on editorial writing, students were admonished not to write an opinion piece when angry. And for goodness' sake, if you do write in anger, don't put it in print until you read it at least 24 hours later.

If yours is white, you don’t count

And if you don’t have one … Well, bless your heart.

“Southwestern University in Texas has canceled its annual production of “The Vagina Monologues” because its author, Eve Ensler, is white — and featuring a performance written by a white lady would just not be inclusive to women of other races.

“Cancelling performances of “The Vagina Monologues” has become a bit of a trend on college campuses these days. For example, just last year, all-women’s Mount Holyoke College canceled its own performance on the grounds that the production was not ‘inclusive’ enough to people who identify as women but do not have actual vaginas.

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New colonialists are not white

Colonization is colonization, and money is money.

Indian land grabs in Ethiopia.

“The idea of south-south co-operation evokes a positive image of solidarity between developing countries through the exchange of resources, technology, and knowledge. It's an attractive proposition, intended to shift the international balance of power and help developing nations break away from aid dependence and achieve true emancipation from former colonial powers. However, the discourse of south-south co-operation has become a cover for human rights violations involving southern governments and companies.”

“The Export-Import Bank, India's premier export finance institution, gave the Ethiopian government a $640m (£412m) line of credit to develop the controversial sugar sector in lower Omo. Indian companies are the largest investors in the country, having acquired more than 600,000 hectares (1.5m acres) of land for agro-industrial projects.”

“Most of what is produced is non-food export crops while tax incentives offered to foreign investors deprive Ethiopia of valuable earnings. The promises of job creation remain unfulfilled as plantation work at best offers menial low-paid jobs.”

“Plantation work?” Goodness. If this involved American companies …

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Shortages that threaten civilization

Olive oil. Heat in Spain, disease in Italy.

“European officials have ordered a widespread cull in the worst affected areas of southern Italy, in an attempt to contain the outbreak. But Italy has halted some of the felling to save olive groves featuring trees over 500 years old. They said the EU was given ‘inaccurate information’ about the outbreak.”

However: “Tunisia saw a record harvest in 2014/2015, and it's now the world's second largest producer after Spain.”

Reckon those “European officials” are at EU headquarters or in countries that are in competition with Italian olives? Nah. EU countries don’t compete.


“The prices of beans are at near-record highs — $205 per kilogram, up from $84 last year and $20 in 2011. With the industry paying more than double for extract, experts worry that's going to translate to price increases at right about the time people decide it's ice-cream weather.”

“Near-record highs” at $205 a kilogram. So, what is the record?

Fear mongering. Without olive oil and vanilla, life just won’t be the same.

Well, maybe it will. I never used olive oil until my wife and I were married in 1972. Somehow, I survived until then. (Bacon grease.)

Monday, March 28, 2016

Quick mind shift

The land line rang yesterday, and caller ID appeared on the TV screen – Acme Mortgage Protection. I don’t usually answer telemarket calls, but that one I did just so I could say what I said.

Caller: This is Selma with Acme Mortgage Protection. May I please speak to (my wife)?

Me: We don’t have a mortgage.

Slight pause, then: May I interest you in life insurance?

Me (laughing): No, thank you.

Something is not right here

Link: ‘Best Taco Bell in Brooklyn’

Don’t get me wrong – Brooklynites should have access to the same things other Americans have, but … It’s just not a logical connection.

Like “Best sushi in Butte.” “Best deep fried Oreo in San Francisco.”

Right after the best tacos was a link to “Top 10 Tex-Mex Restaurants in Brooklyn.”

This nonsense has to stop. Here’s a fact: In order to have a Tex-Mex restaurant, there must be Tex-Mexes, and I don’t think Brooklyn has enough for 10 restaurants. Or for a taco truck.

And in what country might this be?

“From Killarney, drive out Tralee Road. Turn left for Aghadoe. Continue up hill and straight on. Pass though Ballyhar (church). Continue over railway bridge. House on your right.”

Directions to house for sale in Co. Kerry.

If you would be interested living in a place named for our estimable secretary of state.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Muslim contributions to the US of A

What with President Obama's successes in Iran-US relations and opening the US to Cuban social and political philosophy, I wondered how to show his statements about the great contributions of Muslims since the creation of this country.

Imagine my surprise when finding that Muslims discovered America. And that's not all.

1178 -- A Chinese document know as the Sung Document records the voyage of Muslim sailors to a land know as Mu-Lan-Pi (America). Mention of this document is contained in the publication, the Khotan Amiers, 1933.

1310 -- Abu Bakari (Abu Bakar), a Muslim king of the Malian Empire, spearheads a series of sea voyages to the New World.

1312 -- African Muslims (Mandinga) arrive in the Gulf o Mexico for exploration of the American interior using the Mississippi River as their access route. These Muslim explorers were from Mali and other parts of West Africa.


Saturday, March 26, 2016

Bedford, Texas, Zip Code 76022

Bedford is in Tarrant County, northeast of Fort Worth. A few numbers –


1960 – 2,706
1970 – 10,049
1980 – 20,821
1990 – 43,762
2000 – 47,152
2010 – 46,979
2014 – 48,908 (estimated)

Below Federal poverty line: 2.4% of families, 3.7% of total population, including 4.2% of those under 18 and 5.6% of those 65 and over.,_Texas

A search on Bedford images shows mostly houses for sale, apartments, restaurants and local government facilities. Most bedroom communities near the Fort Worth-Dallas area are like that.

In case you wondered why the world was created

So PooBah can say this: “One of my proudest moments as president was watching Boston respond after the Boston Marathon attack because they taught America a lesson. They grieved; I was there for the memorial. We apprehended those who had carried this out, but a few days later folks were out shopping.”

“One of my proudest moments.” When the people of Boston showed the love and affection to BHO by shopping after “We" apprehended the murderers.

Oh, he killed ben Laden, too. And then people in Pakistan went shopping.

Why people who don’t know English should be prohibited from writing headlines

Headline: ‘Censured Titanic Pictures Finally Revealed’

“Censured” – faulted, criticized, reprimanded, condemned.

Past tense of "censure” – express severe disapproval, typically in a formal manner.

As opposed to “censor,” which means to officially suppress or remove from distribution.

I did not click on the story.

Bandits, rustlers disrupt Kenyan schools

From 7 July 2000:

Nairobi — Insecurity in Wajir North has disrupted learning in primary and secondary schools. District Education Officer Abdi Badel yesterday confirmed that two primary schools had been closed because teachers and pupils had fled for fear of attack.

He expressed fear that learning in primary and secondary schools in the region would be disrupted if insecurity is not addressed.

21 January 2015:


Learning in more than 20 primary schools in cattle rustling-prone Baringo South and North sub counties is yet to resume due to insecurity.

In Baringo South, the situation has been aggravated by an attack at Arabal Primary School two weeks ago when armed raiders shot dead a security guard before mutilating his body.

This has sparked fear in the area with residents fleeing their homes fearing more attacks.

Other schools in Baringo South where learning has been affected are Kasiela, Chemorokyon, Kapindasum, Ruggus, Mukutani, Chebinyiny and Ng’elecha primary schools.

Residents who spoke to the Nation asked police to beef up security in the area for learning to resume.
“We are resorting to moving our children to relatively calm schools but this will affect them. They are willing to go back to their schools on condition that they are provided with enough security,” said Mr John Wendot, a resident of Kasiela.

There are many more stories, including those of children who every day walk five or more kilometers to school, some crossing streams or rivers. The students sometimes have to turn back because of cattle rustlers.

Just when you thought it was safe to get back behind the wheel

Bouncing tires v. cars. (Spoiler alert: The tires win.)

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The fire is coming from ... Never mind

Somebody called about taking fire? Here are a few JDAM strikes.

My youngest on his first deployment to Iraq said his squad linked up with a British SAS team one night to capture a high-priority target. When the US grunts linked up in a dark alley, the SAS team leader said, “We don’t take prisoners” and called for an airstrike. The USAF laid a 500-pounder right on target. My son said the procedure was not what he wanted, but the outcome was the same.

(If you use the proper working-class accent on “We don’t take prisoners,” you get a better idea.)

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Why do we put a dollop of stuff on stuff?

Dollop is one of those words I always wondered about. What is it? From whence came it? Well, it is a really exciting word.

As a noun, “dollop” means “a shapeless blob of something, especially soft food.”

As a verb, it means “add (a shapeless blob of something) casually and without measuring.”

So says the first pop-up at Google.

Why not just say someone added a spoonful of, say, whipped cream on his/her strawberries? You could even say “a big spoonful” or “a medium spoonful” and have more meaning than “dollop.”

Let’s face it – dollop sounds like what a horse drops. If you’ve never heard a horse drop stuff, trust me. It makes a “dollop” sound when splatting against the ground.

Something to think about the next time you drop whipped cream on your strawberries.

And why is a piece of fried bacon called a “rasher?”

I ran across “rasher” way, way back when I was a teenager and reading books about Bengal lancers and Gordon at Khartoum and other tales of when Britannia waived the rules. Proper British were always taking two rashers of bacon from a warming tray at breakfast.

So why is a piece of bacon a “rasher?”

Well -- A rasher of bacon is a thin slice; rashers were called collops* in the sixteenth century. (Again, the first Google pop-up.)

And, British bacon is not the same as American bacon; no more than Canadian bacon is like American. Canadian bacon I always thought of as “a small piece of ham.” British bacon is more kin to Canadian. And it’s grilled, which in Britain means “broiled.” You don’t get it with a biscuit, because a biscuit is a cookie and a cookie is a biscuit. Or something.

*Good grief! Isn't it enough we have "dollop?" We have to have "rasher" springing from "collops?"

Pay Muslims less in Europe, hire more foreign workers in the US of A

“The International Monetary Fund wants to help businesses in Europe… by getting them to pay Muslim Migrants less than the minimum wage everyone else is entitled to…

“’The International Monetary Fund has highlighted the positive effect of public spending on refugees on European GDP, but has also recommended that employers pay them less than the minimum wage.’”

(That part in the linked story about “attitudes towards the economic, social and cultural integration of migrants took a worrying turn after the events in Cologne” refers to mass rapes of German women by Muslim men of military age who fled their war-torn lands in quest of peace. Or something.)

And for American college graduates:

“The Department of Homeland Security is readying a plan to expand a program that pays U.S. employers to hire foreign STEM students taught in America, a move that could end up punishing American college grads and even the elderly, according to an immigration think tank.

“In pushing to allow more foreign students into the so-called ‘optional practical training program,’ DHS said that it will help businesses and colleges by keeping those foreign students in the U.S. following their American-taught science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, curriculum.”

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‘The more you talk to her, the smarter she gets’

Except when she starts saying the wrong things, and then she’s a racist and must be shut down.

Oh, the horror that alleged Artificial Intelligence Tay has a lot of A but not enough I.

Did these same people develop the Obamacare web site?

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Marines to receive training to counter ‘unconscious bias’

“Marines across the Corps will be challenged on their unconscious prejudices and presuppositions as women get the opportunity to become grunts for the first time.

“The Marine Corps is rolling out mandatory training for all Marines before the first future female rifleman hits boot camp, aiming to set conditions for a smooth transition and head off cultural resistance.

"’You're in the field, you only have this certain amount of space for billeting and you've got three women and six guys. How are you going to billet?’ Weinberg said, describing a potential vignette. ‘Just some of these common sense things that these units probably haven't had to deal with so that ground combat units haven't had to deal with, but we've been dealing with in the rest of the Marine Corps for generations.’"

(You have nine Marines and a “certain amount” of billeting. How much is a “certain amount?” Here’s an answer: You billet your Marines together. Period.)

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North Dakota professor calls 911 on ROTC drill

“I look up from my office computer to see two figures in camo with guns outside my window. My first thought is for my students’ and my safety: I grab my phone, crawl under my desk and call 911. The dispatcher keeps me on the line until someone can see if ROTC is doing maneuvers.

“I can barely talk—first, with fear, and then with rage when the dispatcher reports back that yes, in fact, I’ve probably just seen ROTC cadets, though they’re going to send an officer to check because no one has cleared it with them. They thank me for reporting it.

“[A university officer] also tells me that ROTC will be doing these exercises for the next couple weeks.

“So I reply that I guess I’ll be calling 911 for the next couple weeks—and I will. Every time.

“It’s not my job to decide whether people carrying guns at school are an actual threat. It’s my job to teach and to get home to my family.

“It’s already highly inappropriate to conduct unnecessary military maneuvers in the middle of the quad. But with school shootings on the increase and tensions at UND running high, it’s especially irresponsible.”

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Whole stupid thing here:

‘It was the right thing for me to do because I was raised the right way’

Man interviewing for job holds robber until police arrive.

Devin Washington, 18, was interviewing for a job, when “Pablo Ciscart, 50, asked the cashier to make change for a dollar, reached into the cash drawer, grabbed a handful of cash and attempted to run away.

“Metoyer blocked the exit and Washington grabbed Ciscart in a ‘reverse bear hug.’”

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

The headline explains everything

‘Trump’s foreign policy team baffles GOP experts’

Who picked the “GOP experts?”

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Trump wows rank and file at AIPAC …

… but established leadership doesn’t know why.

Tuesday morning, AIPAC President Lillian Pinkus claimed: “’Last evening, something occurred which has the potential to drive us apart, to divide us,’ Pinkus told delegates, stressing that she spoke on behalf of AIPAC’s leadership, professional staff and board of directors. ‘We say unequivocally that we do not countenance ad hominem attacks and we take great offense at those that are levied against the president of the United States of America from our stage,' she added in a voice shaking with emotion.’”

And yet: “On Monday night, many of the 18,000 delegates cheered enthusiastically when Trump proclaimed that ‘President Obama [is] in his final year — yay!’

“’He may be the worst thing that ever happened to Israel,’ he continued.”

Pinkus made sure the audience understood she “spoke on behalf of AIPAC’s leadership, professional staff and board of directors.” Isn’t that the very reason Trump has won so many Republican delegates, because GOP leadership, professional staff and Congress have lost the message from voters?

Pinkus must not have witnessed the same speech as David Horovitz: “Yet he (Trump) won steadily growing applause because of the sheer unceasing flow of unabashedly pro-Israel rhetoric, before an audience more acutely conscious than almost any other of the rarity of such no-holds-barred support.”

While billionaire Trump spoke to AIPAC, Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders castigated Israel in a speech in Salt Lake City. Sanders “lambasted Israel for its ostensible ‘disproportionate responses to being attacked,’ criticized its ‘bombing of hospitals, schools and refugee camps’ in the 2014 war with Hamas, and demanded an end to Israel’s ‘blockade of Gaza’ (with no acknowledgment of why the blockade is maintained, to prevent the importation of weapons by a terror group declaredly intent on wiping Israel out).”

Peaceful protestor: ‘Die in Hell, Zionist dogs!’

Some folks were having a good old leftist Democratic/Progressive anti-Israel meeting outside the AIPAC convention.

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Monday, March 21, 2016

The Clintons

“These are grubby, vulgar people. That’s clear by the types of scandals we see with them. In Arkansas, Bill was raping women and Hillary was running real estate scams. His corruption was all about sex and her corruption was about money. Politics for them has always been small time, even when they were in the big time. Sex and money is why they got in the game.

“In Washington, the two big scandals were sex and money. Bill was raping interns again and Hillary was selling national secrets for campaign cash. People forget about the Chinese money, the satellite deal and missile technology scandal. They even had that sap Al Gore out shaking down Buddhist monks for cash. On their way out the door they tried stealing the White House furniture.

“This e-mail scandal looks a lot like an influence peddling scandal. Hillary had something valuable, which was access to national security information. In order to monetize it, she needed some way to hide the money and some way to conceal the theft of intelligence. The former was handled by the “charity” they created and the phony-baloney speeches Bill was giving to foreign entities. No one wanted to hear that old hillbilly speak, but they wanted access so they gave generously to the foundation.” – ‘The Clinton Crime Family’

Finland hopes to end welfare, give money to everybody

“This year, the Finnish government hopes to begin granting every adult citizen a monthly allowance of €800 (roughly $900). Whether rich or poor, each citizen will be free to use the money as he or she sees fit. The idea is that people are responsible for their actions. If someone decides to spend their €800 on vodka, that is their decision, and has nothing to do with the government. In return for the UBI, however, the public accepts the elimination of most welfare services. Currently, the Finnish government offers a variety of income-based assistance programs for everything from housing to children’s education to property insulation. Axing these programs should free up enough public resources to finance the UBI. The bureaucracy that currently governs welfare payments will disappear. There will no longer be any need to ask for government help, nor to fill out forms or wait for the competent authorities to examine each dossier to determine eligibility.”

“Remarkably, every major Finnish political party has signed on. The Left is cheered by the socialistic idea of government-assistance-for-all. The Right looks forward to the unprecedented drop in bureaucratic control over citizens, an unheard-of extension of freedom of choice, and an unconditional restitution of part of citizens’ taxes.”

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1925 Philadelphia Athletics player debuts: April 14 – Mickey Cochrane and Lefty Grove; May 7 – Jimmie Foxx. Two other rookies – Jim Poole and Red Smith – also started on April 14, but unlike the other three, did not make the Baseball Hall of Fame.

‘There will not be an unknown soldier’

Ninety-nine IDF soldiers still missing from 1948 War of Independence.

Mount Herzl national cemetery memorial contains names of 179 missing from Israel’s wars.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

‘Buckle from British Isles found in Viking grave’

Danish Viking woman used bronze disc to hold her petticoats together.

Archaeologists “were certain that it didn’t start out as a buckle or brooch. It was a fitting from a shrine of some kind, stripped off a wooden box used to hold sacred objects. It’s therefore not a trade piece. Monasteries and churches weren’t in the practice of prying the decoration off their reliquaries and selling them to Vikings. This was acquired in a raid.”

Mexico’s museum of defeats

“You’d expect a lot of space in the Museum of Interventions to be devoted to all that pre-Cortez shoving and pushing. I did, at any rate. Well, I was wrong. The museum begins with the Spanish Era and ends with Pancho Villa. There’s nothing at all about the Mexicas or any of the Nahuatl until you’re about to leave the museum. Then, at last, you see in a shadowy archway a painting showing Aztec priests offering a sacrifice to Huitzilpochtli, in the Diego Rivera style where you use up all the red and orange way before you even open up any of the less outrage-tinted tubes of oil paint. It’s quite a gory little mural, not even pretending to be sympathetic to the Indios, as you’d expect of a 21st-century museum, especially one in an officially Mestizo nation with a big surplus of anti-colonial artists and intellectuals. You get the feeling whoever painted it really didn’t like those Aztecs much.

“Actually, that was what I saw, to my extreme surprise, everywhere in Mexico City. No one seemed particularly interested in celebrating the pre-Conquest past except as a kind of cultural capital, a proof that the genetic base of the current population had artistic and intellectual creds to spare. That’s the picture you get in the big museum, the National Anthropology Museum in Chapultepec Park: One exhibition after another demonstrating the sophisticated arts ’n’ crafts of the Aztec, Maya, Toltec, Olmec and Mixtec peoples, as if they’d been around forever making the same souvenirs, rather than bargaining, bluffing, and fighting their way up and down in a constantly shifting ethnic tournament that used up contenders faster than the UFC.”

Saturday, March 19, 2016

‘Why did we go into open field like idiots?’

Russian irregular infantry attack Ukrainian army element.

They lost at least two BTRs and at least one soldier wounded.

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500 years away from home

Ship’s figurehead returned to Denmark.

Gribhunden sank near Swedish port of Ronneby in 1495.

“The wooden face, which resembles a monster or a large grinning dog, had been lying on a seabed off the southern Swedish town of Ronneby for more than five centuries. It holds in its jaws a (wooden) human head.”

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Women slave owners, or another thing that never happened

Feminists often compare the servitude of women to that of black slaves in the United States, especially alluding to the U.S. South, where women supposedly must have sympathized with slaves, since both were in similar circumstances.

History, as it often does, disagrees with propaganda.

Women who owned slaves in Fannin County Texas, 1850: Catherine Bain, 3; Elizabeth Bell, 2; Sarah Bush, 1; Matilda Clark, 2; Mary Daugherty, 1; Mabel Gilbert, 9; Mary Lyday, 10; Rebecca McClure, 1; Jane McKee, 10; Mary Rowlett, 2; Louisa Sowell, 4; Nancy Story, 1; and Emily Williamson, 1.

1850 was an important year in Texas history, as the state had its first Federal census.

Proper count of slaves was important. Slaves were personal property and taxed accordingly.

Comparison is also made between American Indians and black slaves concerning treatment of both groups by white men. Those who make that comparison ignore or are ignorant of slave ownership by Choctaw, Chickasaw, Cherokee, Seminole and Muskogee-Creek, the historical Five Civilized Tribes. The five tribes signed treaties with the Confederate States of America in 1861, with both sides pledging cooperation in the war against the Federal Government.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

1st ID commander ‘eager to begin integrating women’ into combat roles

Of course he is. Good grief. He’s a two-star general. Does anybody think a general will go against the accepted future of the Army? Well, maybe when we have a different president and the 07s grow some.

Yeah, me too

I dream of a better world where chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.

West Memphis, Arkansas, Zip Code 72301

By figures from the 2000 census, "median income for a household in the city was $27,399, and the median income for a family was $32,465. Males had a median income of $29,977 versus $21,007 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,679. About 23.7% of families and 28.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.9% of those under age 18 and 22.3% of those age 65 or over.

“West Memphis tends to have crime levels considerably above the national average. For the year of 2006, the violent crime index was 1989.3 violent crimes committed per 100,000 residents. The national average was 553.5 crimes committed per 100,000 residents. For 2008, the total murder risk for the city was over two and a half times the United States average, the same applied when compared to the Arkansas state average. Other forms of crime were roughly the same with the exception of larceny which was slightly above the national average.[18] While the crime within West Memphis is typically high, it is relatively average when compared with its far larger neighbor Memphis, the same applies to other cities throughout the same region of the South.”,_Arkansas

With roughly 26,000 residents, West Memphis ranks 18th in Arkansas city population. Fifty-three percent of residents are renters.

For population 25 and older, 78.1 have a high school education, 9.7 percent a bachelor’s degree or higher and 2 percent have a graduate or professional degree. Thirty-eight percent of the marriageable-age population has never been married. Black population in 2000 was 16,476, with 8,801 whites and 418 Hispanic or Latinos.

West Memphis resident’s salary averages $28,581; the Arkansas average is $41,669.

1 screwup = 12 bad guys dead, 21 wounded

‘Official: Islamic State militants accidentally blow themselves up in Afghanistan’

By Phillip Walter Wellman
Stars and Stripes
Published: March 14, 2016

KABUL, Afghanistan — At least a dozen Islamic State militants accidentally blew themselves up in eastern Afghanistan Sunday during a botched operation to plant a bomb, a local official said.

“They were attempting to move an IED (improvised explosive device) to a crowded area of Achin, but it went off before they reached the planned place,” said Attaullah Khogyani, spokesman for Nangarhar province’s provincial governor.

Twenty-one other militants were wounded, Khogyani said. There were no civilian casualties.

In recent months, Afghan security forces have been battling Islamic State loyalists in Nangarhar’s Achin district on the border with Pakistan.

On Saturday, 24 militants were killed in ongoing operations, the Afghan army said in a statement.

The Islamic State group, which controls large areas of Syria and Iraq and has a growing presence in Libya, has struggled to establish a foothold in Afghanistan. The group’s adherents in Afghanistan have faced strong resistance from security forces and the local Taliban. Most of the estimated 1,000 to 3,000 Afghans pledging loyalty to the group are believed to be former Taliban fighters.

President Ashraf Ghani said earlier this month that the Islamic State essentially had been defeated in the country’s eastern border regions near Pakistan, where the group had overtaken some remote districts over the past year.

Earlier this year, after an attack on the Pakistani consulate in the eastern city of Jalalabad, President Barack Obama gave U.S. commanders the authority to strike Islamic State targets in Afghanistan — the first such order allowing the U.S. military to attack the group outside its strongholds in Syria and Iraq.

Masood Sediqi contributed to this report.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Gluten-free and what?

I’m not going to link to the recipe because it’s stupid propaganda.

The site says the recipe is for “Paleo sweet potato chili.” And for those of Progressive politics and touchy stomachs: “Not only is it Whole 30/Paleo approved (meaning it is gluten, dairy, grain, sugar free) chili, and has very few ingredients, but it takes under 15 minutes to prepare!”

Gluten free, Paleo approved, and quick to prepare!!

But wait! There’s more!

“For more flavor, add shredded cheese, sour cream, or bacon on top. You can also pair with some freshly baked crunchy French bread or your favorite gluten-free, whole grain bread.”

Uh, doesn’t adding crunchy French bread take out the gluten-free part?

Paleo and sweet potato?

As Pogo sort of said, “We has met the enemy and he is …over there! Eating gluten-free, non-meat stuff!”

French army in northern part of Vietnam

Few vehicles, a village burning, a pig shot in the bush and carried to (presumably) night defensive position. Village rebelle incendie.

Image 6-362 shows a machine gun with what appears to be a circular magazine attached vertically on the right side.

Monday, March 14, 2016


Popular saying: What does not kill me makes me stronger.

Reality: Somebody sneaks up behind me, knocks me in the head, I go down. I am not dead, but I certainly am not stronger. I fact, I am somewhat weaker.

Anyway. This afternoon I saw this on a T-shirt:

What does not kill me …

… Should run.

Right on.

Pushing steel

Or iron. Whichever.

This afternoon, 8,770 pounds. Wednesday is a strength test, with six exercises of increasing weight. I told the trainer I would study for the test.

‘We’re going to put a lot of coal miners … out of business’

Nothing like a pro-working man (person) Democratic candidate.

Methinks she sort of caught herself and tried to back up, but failed.

With video.

Almost time to go push around a couple or three tons of steel

On Friday I lifted 7,900 pounds. Not bad for a 70-year-old out of shape man. Last Wednesday my total was 8,600; last Monday was 8,420; and the Friday before was the same. My wife and I have been doing this for two months. I haven't lost any weight, but my jeans are falling off. And, I am not as prone to lose my balance.

Keep moving. It's the best way to stay alive. And, it's more difficult to hit a moving target.

Taurage, Lithuania, Postal Code 72263

Taurage is an industrial city. The name comes from two Lithuanian words, Tauras, which means “aurochs” and ragas, which means “horn.” The aurochs was a type of large cattle that lived in Europe, Asia and North Africa. The aurochs of North Europe stood 61-71 inches at the shoulders and weighed up to 3,000 pounds. An aurochs' horns reached to slightly less than three feet.

Over the centuries, Taurage was kicked around between Czarist Russia, Napoleonic France and Brandenburg-Prussia. Lithuania became independent from Russia following World War I, but the country was first seized by the Soviet Union in 1940 and then by Nazi Germany in 1941. Nazis murdered about 4,000 Jews in Taurage and in nearby villages. The Red Army took Lithuania in the autumn of 1944, keeping the country under Soviet control until 1990.

The 2011 population was 26,444. By the 1897 census, Jews made up 55 percent of the city’s population, 3,634 of 6,655 total. The Czarist army when retreating from German forces in 1915, exiled the Jews to Poltava and Jekaterinoslav.

Twenty-six years later, the next invading German army helped complete the job.

“The German army occupied Tavrig on June 22, 1941, after bombing the town and destroying most of the houses. About 20 Jews were injured. Inhabitants escaped to nearby villages, Shavl and other regional towns in this region. Only a few escaped to Russia. Returning Jews found their homes looted by Lithuanian neighbors. Lithuanian nationalists and Gestapo detained 300 Jewish men and 25 non-Jewish Communists. The Jewish men were kept in the detention barracks of the 7th Infantry regiment of the former Lithuanian army. On July 2, created an aktion to teach how it was to be done elsewhere. The Jews were brought to the nearby village of Vizbutai (Vizhbutai) where anti-tank ditches were deepened. Stripped of clothing and valuables, they were forced to kneel at the edge of the ditch. Then the Gestapo men and their Lithuanian collaborators shot them in the back of their necks and pushed them into the ditch. The next group, 122 Jewish men, was murdered on the road to Shilel (Silale) between July 3 and 10. Arrests of Jewish men and abuse of young Jewish women continued no limits to Lithuanian Nazi atrocities. Forced labor and random murders were daily events. A ghetto was set up in incomplete huts in Vytautas Street started by the Soviet army as sheds for trucks. Surrounded by barbed wire and guarded by Lithuanian auxiliary police, food was scarce and hygiene impossible. On September 13, they were told they would move to a place where their conditions would ‘improve’. On September 16 (24 of Elul 5701), trucks transported all of them to the Tavrig grove, about 6 km NW of the town, 100-150 meters from the road to Shilel where they were shot by drunken Lithuanian auxiliary policemen. Babies were cut in two or their sculls (sic) bashed on trees or rocks and thrown into the pits. They raped girls. 513 old women and children, stripped and robbed, were murdered. Several Jews hid with peasants but were caught. Only a few were left in Tavrig to work at the military command, but several weeks they were murdered. One family was left alive for several more months. About 3,000 men, women and children are buried in the mass graves in the Tavrig grove near the village of Antosunija. Another 900 men and one woman are buried near the village of Vizbutai.

At one time, the Ottoman Empire was a place of safety for Jews. At another time, Jews found safety in Spain. And France. And Germany. And Poland. And Holland. And Belgium.

The Baltic countries, Ukraine and Poland were especially diligent in helping Germany make Europe free of Jews.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Obama, the voice of reason

Republicans are making it so Americans cannot take their children to political rallies, the president said Saturday in Dallas. So, kids, here are some of the president’s previous statements concerning politics and peace:

Who said
“They Bring a Knife…We Bring a Gun

Who said
“Get in Their Faces!”

Who said
“I don’t want to quell anger. I think people are right to be angry! I’m angry!”

Who said
“Hit Back Twice As Hard”

Who said
“We talk to these folks… so I know whose ass to kick.“

Who said
“It’s time to Fight for it.”

Who said
“Punish your enemies”

Who said a Republican victory would mean “hand to hand combat”

Who called Republicans “hostage takers”?

That would be one Barack Hussein Obama, encouraging people to kick asses, get in faces, punch back twice as hard, stay angry and punish your enemies.

Civility? Like when obama’s campaign called Mitt Romney a murderer?

Civility” Like when obama’s Organizing for America said:

“All 50 States are coordinating in this – as we fight back against our own Right-Wing Domestic Terrorists who are subverting the American Democratic Process, whipped to a frenzy by their Fox Propaganda Network ceaselessly re-seizing power for their treacherous leaders.”

More of those things gun grabbers say don’t happen

John Lilyea

“First up this morning – in Salt Lake City, Utah, a 37-year-old resident found a 69-year-old man with a knife in his yard and a confrontation ensued and escalated to the point that the resident felt a need to protect himself with a gun. The intruder was DRT (dead right there) when the police arrived.

“In Santa Clarita, California, an Hispanic man was pounding on doors and windows of folks in an apartment complex, by the time the police got there, he had broken a window, climbed through it and he was shot by a resident. He was DOT (dead over there) at the hospital.

When two men kicked in her door, a woman in Mount Forest Township, Michigan confronted them with her handgun. They fled the scene at a high rate of speed before she could employ her firearm.

“In Coshocton, Ohio, a woman who happened to have a concealed weapon license and a handgun encountered four people she didn’t recognize leaving a relative’s home. She chased them down and caught two of the four and held them for the police. Another relative led police to the other two who hiding nearby.

“A business owner in Atlanta, Georgia, Lance Toland, paid for his employees to train with firearms and bought each of the a Taurus “The Judge” handgun which fires .45 Long Colt and .410 gauge shotgun rounds. None of his businesses have been involved in crimes, but he’s just looking ahead.

“The family of the Miami, Florida teen who was killed during a burglary and an altercation with a woman on Friday is angry about his death. His cousin, Nautika Harris, told the journalists ‘You have to understand… how he gonna get his money to have clothes to go to school? You have to look at it from his point-of-view.’ By stealing, which is perfectly acceptable, I suppose, when his family won’t clothe him or bring him up right.”

Cousin Nautika also said, “I don’t care if she have her gun license or any of that. That is way beyond the law… way beyond. He was not supposed to die like this. He had a future ahead of him. Trevon had goals… he was a funny guy, very big on education, loved learning.”

(Dear Cousin Nautika: Bull. Shit. Trevon had a future? Look at your own statements about how we are supposed to consider his background, where he came from, how he was raised, before we make any judgment. According to you, anybody from (as you said) “the hood” is to have special consideration when it comes to stealing stuff from somebody else. What are you going to do when somebody breaks into your house and steals your stuff? Trevon had a future. Right. A future of stealing, of drug dealing, of robbing convenience stores. Trevon had a future of staring at bars on a door. The woman who shot Trevon had a future, too – a future of wondering when Trevon would come back and rob her house again. Except now she knows when Trevon will come back. Never.)

Problems with links

My friend Joe Rooney emailed and said the links from posts are not working. If you click on a link, Google tells you it's a bad address. Copy and paste works, so the addresses are good. The same gremlins are at work that tell me every time I sign in: "Whoops, that's an error!" when plainly there is no error. I am trying to find a solution. My wife says there is a neighborhood computer fixer who makes house calls.

I apologize for the inconvenience. Actually, I am pissed that Google or Bright House or whichever company it is cannot keep track of everything that inconveniences customers and readers. I go to help locations and enter my problem. Generally, I get nonsense stuff, and when I X out -- "Was this information helpful?" No. No it was not.

White House pushes discount diapers

Really? Really? So there are people who can call on their Obama phone and sign up for Obamacare while changing a baby’s Obamadiaper?

Link at


Except maybe not, considering where it was said.

“I need to read the numbers on the barcode aloud to you because I don’t want any lasers touching my food.”

Link at

(I went to a Whole Foods in Little Rock, Ark., two times. Work people were OK, but other customers … Wow. Talk about self-centered. But, those are the people Whole Foods caters to.)

Link at

Friday, March 11, 2016

CNN bias? Nah

A CNN reporter at Friday night's gathering in Chicago said Donald Trump could have chosen a conservative area near Chicago for his speech, rather than the Progressive area. Oh. It all was Trump's fault??

Goose is right

"Bautista is a f---ing disgrace to the game," Gossage told ESPN. "He's embarrassing to all the Latin players, whoever played before him. Throwing his bat and acting like a fool, like all those guys in Toronto. [Yoenis] Cespedes, same thing."

"I'll tell you what has happened, these guys played Rotisserie baseball at Harvard or wherever the f--- they went and they thought they figured the f---ing game out. They don't know s---.

"A bunch of f---ing nerds running the game. You can't slide into second base. You can't take out the f---ing catcher because [Buster] Posey was in the wrong position and they are going to change all the rules. You can't pitch inside anymore. I'd like to knock some of these f---ers on their ass and see how they would do against pitchers in the old days."

"They have been created from the top, from their computers," Gossage said. "They are protecting these kids. The first thing a pitcher does when he comes off the mound is ask, 'How many pitches do I have?' If I had asked that f---ing question, they would have said, 'Son, get your ass out there on that mound. If you get tired, we'll come and get you.'"

(Bautista's bat flip in last year's playoff game against Texas ... He would not have done that against Bob Gibson or Don Drysdale or any old school pitcher, because his next time at bat, even if it had been the next season, those guys would have drilled him. They would not have simply pitched him inside, Bautista would have had a fastball in his ribs.

(Gossage didn’t mention the clocks introduced into baseball this year – a specific time a batter may stand outside the batter’s box, and limiting visits to the mound to 30 seconds. Ridiculous.

(It is not baseball, but simply another TV program run by advertising.)

Polish hostages murdered

"On this date in 1941, the Germans occupying Poland took revenge for the loss of an artist.

"Handsome Austrian-born silver screen luminary Igo Sym, whose silent film credits included roles opposite Marlene Dietrich and Lillian Harvey, had become a prominent fixture of the Warsaw stage when the Germans overran Poland in 1939.

"Sym collaborated with the German occupation: he worked manicured hand in glove with the Gestapo, even helping to entrap a former co-star.

"This attracted the hostility of the Polish underground, which secretly condemned him to death — and executed that sentence on the morning of March 7, 1941, with a knock at Sym’s apartment door and a sudden 9 mm pistol.

"In punishment for this gesture of national defiance, all of Warsaw was clapped under a harsh curfew and dozens of hostages seized as surety for the public’s promptly rendering the actor’s murderers for punishment. But the assassins were not so delivered: in revenge, the Germans executed 21 hostages at the nearby village of Palmiry.* Two University of Warsaw professors were among those hostages, biologist Stefan Kopec and historian Kazimierz Zakrzewski."

* Palmiry had the sorrow to host numerous similar mass-executions during the German occupation of Warsaw. Over 2,000 bodies have been recovered from the site.

Somebody shot a 3-year-old girl in St. Petersburg Thursday…

… and the mayor immediately started talking about “gun violence.”

The shooter or shooters also hit 23-year-old Terrell Holliman. It was at least the second time Holliman had been shot by people in a passing car. On Jan. 17, 2015 Holliman “was riding on a bike at 14th Avenue S and 19th Street when he was hit by shots fired from a car, (police spokeswoman Yolanda) Fernandez said.”

A community activist said the city was not providing enough opportunities for youths.

“Community activist Theresa ‘Momma Tee’ Lassiter sat in her white sedan outside the crime scene tape and dabbed at tears.

"’When I look at this community, nothing has changed,’ she said. ‘Nothing is better.’

“Lassiter rattled off the names of City Council members..., saying they have failed to provide opportunities and safety for the residents of Midtown.”

Holliman had an arrest record, police said.

More of this sort of thing doesn’t really happen

“AW1Ed sends us a link to a story in Cinncinati, Ohio, where a victim defended himself from a robbery on the street. The thief, James Mixon, was DRT (dead right there) when the police arrived on the scene.

“3E9 sends us a link from Vicksburg, Mississippi, where Rafael McCloud, a capital murder suspect escaped from jail and forced his way into a home. He tied up the man and wife who lived there and stabbed the man. The homeowner escaped his bonds, got his wife free and they both opened fire on McCloud who was DRT (dead right there) when the police arrived, ending McCloud’s last eight days of freedom. The homeowner was treated for minor injuries.

“In Jacksonville, Florida, Joshua Curry arrived at work late, but just in time for a co-worker to shoot another co-worker. Curry got his legal gun from his car and held the shooter at gun point until the police arrived, probably ending a mass shooting situation. A good guy with a gun at the right place at the right time. I don’t expect that I’ll read about that one in the national media.

“In Midwest City, Oklahoma, an eighteen-year-old woman had a protective order against her 20-year-old ex-boyfriend. I guess he thought it was an invitation, so he broke into her apartment while he was armed and forced himself on her. She was pretty certain of the reason she had filed the protective order, so she shot him. He was DRT (dead right there) when the police arrived to enforce the new order. In an update to the story, it seems that the girlfriend had filed a protective order last year when he tried to assault and kidnap her with a handgun. The order was dismissed when neither showed up for the hearing, and then she recanted her story to the police and charges were dropped. And then she had to kill him.

“An update to the story the other day from Torrance, California where a jeweler killed a fellow who tried to rob his store – the dead fellow was Keon Bailey and it turns out that he was a person of interest in the murder of Louis Giuntini, 95, and Rose Giuntini, 92 in February, 11 days after he was released on parole from prison for burglary, possession of stolen property, rape, grand theft, trespassing and sexual battery. So now he’s gone on to his Great Reward.

“Tim sends us a link to the story in Glendale, Arizona, a teenager was forced to arm himself when a pair of thieves forced their way into his home when he was alone. He pointed a gun at the two and they ran away.”

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Gun grabbers will tell you these things don’t happen

The number of homeowners or property owners or citizens using guns to defend themselves against murder and/or robbery is overblown and over-estimated.


“In Nashville, Tennessee, an apartment resident awoke to the sounds of someone busting in through his door. He grabbed his gun and closed his bedroom door. When the intruder entered the bedroom, the resident yelled for him to freeze. Instead, the criminal reached for his waistband. The resident sent some rounds center mass – the thief tried to run, but collapsed outside the bedroom. When the police arrived, the perp was DRT (dead right there).

“Near San Francisco, California, Joe Balistreri shot an intruder who had forced his way into Balistreri’s parents’ home back in 2012. Joe is facing a civil lawsuit for shooting the intruder despite the fact that the local prosecutor decided the shooting was justified.

“In Wills Point, Texas, the Van Zandt County Sheriff’s Department responded to a home invasion call and found the intruder DRT (dead right there). The homeowner was also injured, but his injuries aren’t life-threatening.

“In Selma, Alabama, a woman was at the local ATM machine when she was approached by a masked gunman. Her grandson saw the events unfold and pulled out his own gun they engaged in a brief gunfight and the thief took off – Selma police got a call from nearby Prattville police to report that thief was in a hospital there being treated for a wound.

“Hack Stone sends us a link to the story of a 15-year-old boy in Spotsylvania, Virginia whose mother’s boyfriend was pounding on her. The boy went a got a gun and put an end to the domestic dispute. When police arrived, the boyfriend was DRT (dead right there) and since Virginia considers all gun deaths to be second-degree murder until proven otherwise, the boy is cooling his heels in the Rappahannock Regional Juvenile Detention Center until the prosecutor decides it wasn’t murder.”

This Ain’t Hell has one to six self-defense stories every day. Every day.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

When it comes to apartheid, Israel is a failure

Nancy Chayn Fogelman

It is completely unlike me to post something anti-Israel but when it comes to Israel Apartheid Week I have to speak up. I am so proud of my little country for so many reasons but apartheid isn’t one of them – despite all the credit that people around the world give us for being an apartheid state, I have to admit, that when it comes to apartheid, we are really bad at it.

I was thinking about this on vacation with my family in Eilat just after Hanuka vacation. We took the kids and went to spend a week in a popular family resort. I would guess that the majority of the guests in this hotel were Arab. Sure there were some other Jewish families that had forgotten to take their vacation during Hanukah itself when the kids were actually supposed to be out of school, but most of them were Arabs – Christians and Moslems. So here we are, in this Israeli resort, on an Israeli kibbutz, and we’re waiting in line at the buffett with Arabs, swimming in the pool with Arabs, watching the same entertainment at night, heck, we even shared a jeep with an Arab couple on our desert jeep tour. Now none of this bothered me at all but I did think to myself that this did not resemble Apartheid as I understand the word. It didn’t even resemble the American South of the early 1900s.

After our vacation, I literally went straight back to work — I dropped off the rest of my family at home and went to Hadassah hospital for an evening shift and there it was even worse. There I was, as I am almost every day, in a Zionist Jewish hospital in the Jewish Apartheid state of Israel, taking care of Arabs, yes, Moslems and Christians, side by side with the Jewish patients. And some of these Arabs aren’t even Israeli citizens! And what’s worse is they smile at me and thank me and even give me chocolate. What is this, like Stockholm syndrome?! Excuse me, I’m oppressing you, don’t you know.

But it gets worse, because my fellow nurses are Arabs also and some of them I have to take orders from. And one of them is a young student studying in the same Zionist nursing school that I studied in – and we actually hug a lot, since I know what she is going through – and the fact that her head is covered in her way and mine in my way doesn’t make a bit of difference to anyone. The nurses I work with are Muslims and Christians. Some of them live in the dorms with Jewish nurses as well and some of them rent apartments in the same Jerusalem neighborhood as my very Jewish brother in law and his family! Tell me, how any self-respecting apartheid country can let this happen?!

And then we have the doctors – in my department we have both pediatricians and gynecologists. And in both fields we have both Arab and Jewish doctors. Again, Moslems, Christians, Jews, all working together, and working with us, and you know, even smiling and laughing and getting along. It’s pathetic. I mean here we are “the start up nation” forerunners in technology, medical research, agriculture. Turning out world class artists and poets and musicians and all kinds of great people and we cannot get a simple thing such as apartheid right?! We don’t even come close. We can’t even compete with all the other states in our neighborhood who despite lacking in other accomplishments, certainly excel in oppressing their minorities. But still the rest of the world insists on calling us an Apartheid state, so what can we do but hang our heads in shame, for when it comes to doing apartheid, we fail miserably.

Muslims killing Jews, Americans

Israeli stabbed by Palestinian terrorist pulls knife from neck and kills assailant

“An Israeli man who was stabbed multiple times Tuesday afternoon in a terror attack in Petah Tikva managed to remove the knife from his neck and use it to stab and neutralize his attacker, aided by the store owner, police said.

“The attacker, a Palestinian, died a few minutes later, police said.”

U.S. Army veteran murdered in stabbing attack by Palestinian terrorist

“The American tourist killed in Tuesday’s terror attack in Tel Aviv was identified as 29-year-old Taylor Force, a graduate student at Vanderbilt University, the school said in a statement.

“Force, a Lubbock, Texas native, was killed and at least 10 people were injured Tuesday evening when a Palestinian man carried out a stabbing spree in Jaffa. Five of the injured were described as being in critical condition.

“The attack was the third of the day; two policemen were badly hurt in a Jerusalem shooting earlier, and a 40-year-old father-of-five was stabbed repeatedly and moderately injured in an attack in Petah Tikva before managing to stab his assailant with his own knife.”

West Point, Arkansas, Zip Code 72178

West Point is in White County on the Little Red River. The river is 102 miles long. Here is a map of the river:

The 2000 census counted 164 people in West Point. By 2010, the town had grown to 185. Demographics of 2000: 91.46% white, 3.66% black.

The median income for a household in West Point was $23,125 in 2000, and the median income for a family was $24,375. Males had a median income of $20,208 versus $23,333 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,657. About 26.1% of families and 26.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.1% of those under the age of eighteen and 33.3% of those sixty five or over.

For every 100 women, there are 95.2 men. Hmm. What does 2/10ths of a man look like?

Before arrival of the railroad, West Point was a commercial center in White County. The town was the farthest point accessible by steamboats on the Little Red River.

West Point Cemetery has approximately 1,000 marked graves and about 400 not marked.

Here is a satellite picture of the area:,-91.6167249,2854m/data=!3m1!1e3

Bald Knob Wildlife Refuge is northeast of West Point.

Here is a government statement concerning West Point: “The percentage of young adults, adults, middle aged, and seniors in this area are slightly larger than average, slightly larger than average, slightly less than average, and small, respectively.”

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Sherrill, Arkansas, Zip Code 71252

Sherrill is in Jefferson County, about 10 miles northeast of Pine Bluff. The 2000 census listed the town’s population at 126. says the 2000 population for the zip code was 656, decreasing to 429 in 2010 and estimated at 351 in 2013.

Seventy-three percent of Sherrill’s residents have a high school education or higher; 8.9 percent have a bachelor’s degree; 0 percent have a graduate or professional degree.

In 2000, 16.2 percent of families and 21.8 of the total population lived below the federal poverty line, including 30.3 percent younger than 18 and 26.7 percent of those older than 64.

Sherrill has never been much of a town. Wikipedia says the population peaked in 1950 at 263. The 1990 population was 55.

Compared with the rest of Arkansas, Sherrill is below: in median house value; in unemployment rate; in Hispanic population; in number of college students; and percentage with a college degree. Sherrill ranks higher than state average in: black population, median age and house age.

Sherrill had one registered sex offender as of March 8, 2016.

Percentage of households with unmarried partners totaled 0. No homosexual households were reported.

Churches include: Watkins Chapel, Antioch Church, Corinth Church, Cottonwood Church, New Hope Church, Morris Chapel Church, Saint Lukes Baptist Church, Saint John Church and Reynolds Church.

A plurality of residents have two vehicles. Estimated median value of condo or house is $47,292 in Sherrill, $109,500 state average.

There is this: “During the day Sherrill, Arkansas is a regular United States city, but this city has terrifying enigmas masked in the night. Things occur in this town that can't be explained by science. A number of residents say these accounts are not true, but anyone who has stayed a day in Sherrill, Arkansas knows better.”

But the stories that follow are from Pine Bluff.

This was surprising:

Christmas again

Two months and around 12 days ago, our daughter gave to my wife and me a clear plastic box containing a couple or three hundred cards with dinner party discussion topics “to inspire fun conversations with your family and friends!”

Or (although the intro card does not say this), topics for when blog subjects hide behind that fence in the back of the mind, refusing to make an appearance. So, at random …

“what are you grateful for” – too serious for this early in the morning.

“do you have a lucky number” – several, but they don’t work. So, no.

“is trust a na├»ve or sophisticated quality” – what?

“who’s the best teacher you ever had” -- If anyone can mention only one, then his experiences are limited. My older sister Carolyn taught me to read when I was 4. In high school, Miss Juanita Koon, my speech teacher, taught me how to stand before a room of people, knowing they would listen. Also in high school, FFA teacher Robert Bearden taught Greenhand parliamentary procedure, and I have watched councils and commissions and boards do things wrong since. Staff Sgt. Campbell Reid showed me what a leader is. My wife, Priscilla, taught me how a true Christian conducts her daily life.

“what’s the best way to deal with stress” – If I knew, I wouldn’t be taking blood pressure drugs.

“what indulgency would you enjoy of there were no consequences” – There are always consequences. That question might as well be “how high could you jump if gravity didn’t exist?” No one could jump, because without gravity, there would be nothing.

“what’s the best speech you’ve ever heard” – A tie. The Rev. Martin Luther King’s August 1963 speech in Washington, and President Kennedy’s inauguration speech.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Probably been around for a while …

… but I read it only yesterday:

If all others around are losing their heads while you are keeping yours …

… it’s obvious you are not aware of the situation.

Here’s a headline

‘What a McDonald’s drive-thru worker wants you to know.’

Response from not reading the story: No I don’t.

It’s a female glacier

"Take in this abstract from the obviously mis-named journal Progress in Human Geography:

Glaciers, gender, and science: A feminist glaciology framework for global environmental change research

Mark Carey, M Jackson, Alessandro Antonello, Jaclyn Rushing


Glaciers are key icons of climate change and global environmental change. However, the relationships among gender, science, and glaciers – particularly related to epistemological questions about the production of glaciological knowledge – remain understudied. This paper thus proposes a feminist glaciology framework with four key components: 1) knowledge producers; (2) gendered science and knowledge; (3) systems of scientific domination; and (4) alternative representations of glaciers. Merging feminist postcolonial science studies and feminist political ecology, the feminist glaciology framework generates robust analysis of gender, power, and epistemologies in dynamic social-ecological systems, thereby leading to more just and equitable science and human-ice interactions.

"Yes, I too was sure this was a parody, but in fact the lead author is the associate dean at the University of Oregon. Do they really sit around and say, 'Gee—the gender of that glacier is uncertain to me. It might be a trans-glacier, perhaps reversing course in the next cycle. I’ll have to cross-reference it with my post-colonial epistemology thesaurus.'

"Well why not? I notice the recent Paris Agreement on climate change has, among other nonsense, this paragraph:

Acknowledging that climate change is a common concern of humankind, Parties should, when taking action to address climate change, respect, promote and consider their respective obligations on human rights, the right to health, the rights of indigenous peoples, local communities, migrants, children, persons with disabilities and people in vulnerable situations and the right to development, as well as gender equality, empowerment of women and intergenerational equity. . .

"This is why you get Trump."

Link at

(I'm still pondering "human-ice interactions."

With cissers, you get haircut

From somewhere in Japan:

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Our concept is “having fun”.
We’ll make greate effort to serveyou “the best hair style”.
Never forget the passion for cissers and colmbs,
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Don’t miss it,
To ladies and gentlemen in suita-city,
we are looking forward to meet you soon.
thank you.

--presented by JOY-BOX.

One of these days I will learn copy and paste.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

A You Tube title

“My Everyday Makeup Routine.”

I did not click. The thing is, the video might really be of a woman putting on makeup for three or five or fifteen minutes. There are enough oxygen thieves in the world; I don’t need to support any of them.

'The flag is coming back'

I have mentioned my brother-in-law John a few times. John is 59 physical years old, and 5 or 6 mental years.

Yesterday (Saturday) my wife, John and I drove past a restaurant when returning from the barber’s. John said, “They’ve got flags.” The restaurant flies flags of the U.S., Britain, the European Union and Italy.

My wife said, “That’s right, John. They have lots of flags.”

“The flag is coming back,” John said.

My wife said, “I didn’t know the flag had gone away.”

“That man on TV said the flag is coming back.”

“Which man is that?”

John did not reply to that question, but said, “We’re getting a new president.”

“That’s right,” my wife said. “Who do you think will be our new president?”

John quickly responded, “That man with the orange hair.”

The man who said the flag is coming back.

Oh, no! Trump affects deserter’s ‘right to fair trial!’

Bergdahl lawyer claims Trump said deserter is “a traitor, a no-good traitor, who should have been executed,” and the statement might prejudice military judge.

Yeah, right.

Anti-religion group overjoyed at removal of bible from VA clinic POW/MIA display

No one really complained, clinic director says, but, well, you know ...

“MRFF’s veteran client soldiers and we at the MRFF as well, applaud this VA Clinic Administrator’s sage wisdom and courage in recognizing that the U.S. military is comprised of hundreds if not thousands of diverse faiths as well as no faiths. We heartily commend his taking decisive and swift action to remedy the situation so that the MIA/POW table truly honors all.” – statement from Mikey Weinstein, head of Military Religious Freedom Foundation, following removal of bible and bible verse in POW/MIA display at Akron, Ohio, VA outpatient clinic.

(“Sage wisdom” if you agree with MRFF; religious bigot if you disagree.)

Simplicity in big words

U.S. military aviation developers like to put several words in the title of new programs – Long Range Bomber Program and Very Long Range Bomber Program of the late 1930s, for example.

Was a time things were more simple, and, surprise, the German Air Service of World War I sometimes stuck to simplicity. The Allgemeine Elektricit├Ąts-Geselschaft G. II of 1915, for example. G stood for “Grossflugzeuge,” or “Big Aircraft.”

Friday, March 4, 2016

How crazy are these people?


Hot Air head: ‘Whole Foods sells peeled oranges in plastic containers, world revolts.’

Jamie Feldman
Associate Style Editor

Whole Foods encourages shoppers to bring their own shopping bags and prides itself on an ability to provide healthy options to shoppers in the best possible way. But a recent packaging flub is making us shake our heads.

A photo of peeled oranges sitting in plastic containers at a Whole Foods location in California, or rather, an utter misuse of packaging, sent the Internet abuzz when it was posted to Reddit with the caption, "Are people really that lazy nowadays?"

Much like the reaction to the asparagus water debacle of 2015, when the brand came under fire for briefly selling water with stalks of asparagus submerged inside, many Twitter users were quick to question the brand's motives. Nathalie Gordon tweeted: "If only nature would find a way to cover these oranges so we didn't need to waste so much plastic on them."

Among the over 17,000 retweets which included other instances of stores foregoing produce's natural casing for something synthetic, came a response from the brand itself. In a Tweet, Whole Foods apologized for the unfortunate packaging, vowing to pull the oranges from the shelf and "leave them in their natural packaging: the peel."

A spokeswoman from Whole Foods further explained to The Huffington Post, "a lot of our customers love the convenience of our cut produce offerings, but this was a simple case where a handful of stores experimented with a seasonal product spotlight that wasn't fully thought through. We're glad some customers pointed it out so we could take a closer look."

Look, we get it. Peeling oranges can be a daunting task, almost as much as say, boiling your own eggs or chopping up your own celery. But orange you glad this product got taken off the shelf?

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A recent poll said millennials don’t have cereal and milk for breakfast because cleaning up is inconvenient. Washing a bowl and a spoon??

How do you say that in Russian?

Something passengers in Army trucks used to say to drivers:

‘Where’d you get your license, f’n Sears and Roebuck?’

Some of the contacts are hard strikes. Amazing, how many pedestrians and other drivers ignore wreckage and injured people.

Modern 850-hp John Deere vs 18-hp steam tractor

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Mouse on a plane!

(Where are snakes when you need them?)

Incident: Zhejiang Loong A320 near Hangzhou on Feb 26th 2016, in need of a cat.

By Simon Hradecky, created Friday, Feb 26th 2016 21:09Z, last updated Friday, Feb 26th 2016 21:09Z

A Zhejiang Loong Airlines Airbus A320-200, registration B-1868 performing flight GJ-8823 from Hangzhou to Bijie (China), was enroute at 9200 meters about 200nm westsouthwest of Hangzhou when the crew decided to return to Hangzhou after a mouse had been spotted on board of the aircraft. The aircraft landed safely back in Hangzhou about 75 minutes after departure.

A replacement Airbus A320-200 registration B-8148 reached Bijie with a delay of 5 hours.

The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground about 21 hours after landing for being disinfected.

And, not so funny.

Incident: France A320 at Paris on Feb 19th 2016, near collision with drone

By Simon Hradecky, created Wednesday, Mar 2nd 2016 15:53Z, last updated Wednesday, Mar 2nd 2016 15:53Z
An Air France Airbus A319-100, registration F-GKXT performing flight AF-1149 from Barcelona,SP (Spain) to Paris Charles de Gaulle (France), was on approach to CDG's runway 26L descending through 5500 feet while on downwind about 17nm eastsoutheast of CDG Airport, when the first officer spotted a drone at their 11 o'clock position, disconnected the autopilot and initiates an evasive maneouver calling out the drone to the captain. The captain sighted the drone, too, and estimated the drone passed about 5 meters/15 feet underneath their left hand wing. The crew continued the approach, reconnected the autopilot and performed a safe landing on runway 26L.

On Mar 2nd 2016 The French BEA reported, the occurrence was rated a serious incident and is being investigated by the BEA. The crew immediately advised ATC of the presence of the drone, the aircraft was descending at a vertical rate of 1000 fpm and 220 KIAS at that time.

When not knowing history leads to incorrect information

Looking at pictures on the 1,000 Aircraft Photos site, I came across a Coast Guard training airplane from the 1940s, a time when many trainers were painted yellow. Caption information stated the pictured aircraft was known as the “yellow pearl.”

Maybe that one was a “yellow pearl,” but other USCG and USN trainers were called “yellow peril” because of the color and the risk of damage by student pilots.

“Yellow peril” in the late 19th and early 20th centuries referred to immigrants from China and Japan. As often happens in the military, the civilian phrase was carried over to another terminology.

I didn’t write the specific airplane link, and now am unable to find it.

Translation, please!

Le francais correct pour les nuls

I don’t want to sound like a dummy, but …

Hey, speaking of France …

A person with a very high degree here mentioned her husband was in France, heading a group of Americans involved in sports. My wife asked how the husband liked France. The professional said, “He doesn’t. He said the French are as rude as we have been told.” Also, she said, “He told me that trip to Paris I wanted to take is not going to happen.”

Take that, Les nuls!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

At last, some sanity

A few days ago I picked the right half inning of a college baseball game to watch.

2 runs on:

2 walks

2 hit batters

1 wild pitch

1 sacrifice bunt

1 sacrifice fly

The ruling class still doesn’t get it

“The shocking part for many Americans is seeing people who have spent decades claiming to be their champion, suddenly turn on them and call them morons and fascists. But, it’s what happens when the lines break down and there is no longer anyone around to maintain order. We see the true nature of the combatants. In this case, most of the people in conservative media never cared much for their customers. The audience is just there to be farmed, like cattle.” – ‘The Attack of the Dirt Monster’

(Listening to talking heads tell each other what happened on Super Tuesday only reinforces the disconnect. Sen. Bernie Sanders says he wants America to be the country it is capable of being. Well, Senator, Sweden is the country you want America to be, but most Americans don’t want to be any kind of Europe. That’s why our ancestors came here.)

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Portuguese journalists’ organization defends Israel

Palestinian Authority complained journalists said terrorists “murdered” Israelis, and IDF “killed” terrorists. The PA said Israeli soldiers “murdered” Palestinians.

Televised caption read “22 Israelis were murdered and roughly 100 Palestinian assailants were killed.”

“Twenty-eight Israelis and three foreign nationals have been killed in a wave of Palestinian terrorism and violence since October. Nearly 170 Palestinians have also been killed, some two-thirds of them while attacking Israelis, and the rest during clashes with troops, according to the Israeli army.”

You must believe and follow this …

… or else you are racist, sexist and every other known non-Progressive label:


(Any mention of “SMASH” brings reminders of Soviet history, when the ruling (non)class demanded the people SMASH wreckers and anti-Soviet thinkers and bad thinkers and any other man or woman who thought for himself or herself.)