Thursday, June 30, 2016

Greens vs. Reds

Vegan restaurant owner claims attacks by meat eaters in Tbilisi.

“Proprietors at an embattled vegan restaurant, the Kiwi Café, say they feel compelled to close doors at the establishment’s current location following a May 29 incident, in which alleged nationalists stormed the restaurant and peppered patrons with sliced meat. The suspected assailants are regulars at a war-themed bar.”

Not surprisingly, the writer, Giorgi Lomsadze, takes the side of the Vegans, or boys who “wear flower-print pants.”

The Vegan place is the Kiwi Café; the “war-themed bar” is the “Military Bar, where meat, beer and nationalism are revered …”

The Kiwi owner says he will have to “move to a larger place somewhere.”

Wait, wait. Business has been bad because of attacks from the war-themed bar, but Kiwi needs a larger building?

That Transylvanian actor

Blasko, Be'la Ferenc Dezso – Hungarian army officer World War I, wounded three times before discharge in 1916. Later went to Hollywood and became a vampire.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The sponsors tell just about all you need to know

The Center for Race and Gender at the University of California at Berkeley and the Council on American-Islamic Relations put out a study on “Islamophobia.”

Verdict: Racist, racist, racist not-Muslims need to just shut up.

Oh, and since when is Islam a race or a gender?

Maybe ‘Rifle operating specialist’?

New USMC titles:

* Basic infantry Marine.
* Riverine assault craft Marine.
* Light-armor vehicle Marine.
* Reconnaissance Marine (to include three other recon-related jobs that include the word "man").
* Infantry assault Marine.
* Basic field artillery Marine.
* Field artillery fire control Marine.
* Field artillery sensor support Marine.
* Fire support Marine.
* Basic engineer, construction and equipment Marine.
* Basic tank and assault amphibious vehicle Marine.
* Armor Marine.
* Amphibious assault vehicle Marine.
* Amphibious combat vehicle Marine.

“Others on the list — like manpower officer or vertical takeoff unmanned aerial vehicle specialist — will still include the word ‘man’ because it's part of a word that doesn't describe the Marine doing the job.”

So much for “We’re looking for a few good men” thing. Maybe “We’re looking for a few good persons.” Nah. Doesn’t have the same oomph. And, “persons” is speciesist. “We’re looking for a few good mammals.” Same neighborhood as “persons.”

Here’s the deal with Democratic/Progressive/Socialist/Genderless/GlutenFree Party: Whatever works, get rid of it.

Link at

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Just because your vehicle weighs 27 tons doesn’t give you right of way

Well, yeah, it kind of does.

“Interesting accident has happened in one of Russian cities. As witnesses report a road conflict arised between Toyota Camry driver and a soldier driving 2S4 ‘Tyulpan’ (‘Tulip’) self propelled mortar. Then Camry driver as said didn't want to yield to the soldier, then soldier just ran over the Toyota on his 27-ton tank.”

More table topics

Who’s the most famous person you’ve met? – Herman Wouk, in 1972, while working for The Texarkana Gazette.

If you could live on any beach, which would you choose? – I have not visited enough beaches to make a decision. Vung Tau, Vietnam; Galveston Island, Texas; Mustang Island, Texas; Lake Erie beach, Rochester, N.Y.; Crippled Children’s Landing, Lake Wright Patman, Texas; three or so here in Florida.

Where is change needed in your life? – Not enough room to write about those. Yeah, dodging the question. But it’s too serious.

Where were you on Sept. 11, 2001? – Covering police beat at The Paris News in Paris, Texas.

Who is the most inspirational person alive today? – My wife.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Hitler finds out the British voted

Things are not happy, happy in the Fourth Reich ... uh, the EU.

The gator ate the dog

In Ragin’ Cajun Redneck Gator, one of the big bad, blue moonshine monster-morphed gators ate the helpless, coddled dog named Baby.

That is against the rules. Well, used to be.

At one time in monster movies, monsters did not eat children, dogs or bikini babes.

But we live in a new world now, and all things are fair game.

In one of the Shaknado flicks, a shark ate bikini babes. Volleyball-playing bikini babes. But not a dog one fell victim to the flying great whites and hammerheads.

One thing held true in Redneck Gators, though: The Brother died. LL Cool J said it in Deep Blue Sea: "I've seen this movie. The brother always dies." (Or something near enough.) In Redneck Gator, though, the only black man in Vernon Parish, apparently, and he was swallowed by an alligator.

One of these days Hollywood will lose its structure, and a brother will walk away, alive, in a monster movie.

Friday, June 24, 2016

What will Olympics do about 'transgender' athletes?

Forty years ago, East German women in Olympics competition, you looked at them and you said, “Something is not right here.”

The East Germans went from 20 gold medals at one Olympics to 40 the next Olympics. Runners, swimmers, putters of the shot – word was there might be a question of sex (or, gender as it is called these days.)

Another thing about these days, what will Olympics rules makers do when persons born male decide female identification and demand to participate on women’s teams?

Brexit: Yeah, it's that voting thing to blame

UK ex pat Michael Booth: “We should never have left a decision as important as this to the English provinces who are stubbornly in thrall to a print media largely owned by tax exiles and porn pedlars. It is a catastrophe for everyone, not just the UK, but Europe, and that of course includes Denmark.”

Well, of course people who disagree are “in thrall” to someone. It isn’t as though opposition can think for themselves, is it? And “the English provinces”…! Good grief, they are rural! “We” in cities and universities and of literature should have been given the right to make the decision.

Aliens, Abraham Lincoln and Adolph Hitler

Program synopsis, Ancient Aliens: Aliens assisted Lincoln in the American Civil, saving the United States.

Same series: Aliens assisted Hitler in developing weapons far advanced of Allied types.

Brexit: An interesting concept

We voted to join; we can vote to leave.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy sites follow Mrs. Clinton's lead

I've been reading Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy sites for several years now, and an amazing thing this year is:

Donald Trump is saying the same things the VRWC has been saying about Mrs. Clinton since her days as a U.S. senator from New York, yet most VRWC sites are saying Trump should not be president. I am confused. If you don't want Trump, that means you want Mrs. Clinton in the White House.

Like Tom Thumb in Juarez:

"You must pick one or the other

"Though neither of them are to be what they claim."

-- Bob Dylan, Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues

Dems don’t get gun control, but by golly they get to sing ‘We Shall Overcome’

Pimp and circumcision, as a friend called it.

Democratic representatives continuing to pimp old ideas while cutting any possible meaningful legislation.

“We shall get a bill someday.”

Right. And keep on with that “We need gun control so no more people of color are murdered.” Because we know white Republicans gun down not-white people by the dozens every day. Reports are chock-full of white Republicans who Cadillac into not-white neighborhoods, indiscriminately spraying lead bullets from assault rifles and other machine guns.

Pictures of the House Democrats show people oh-so angered and disgusted, faces with true righteous indignation because the Republican majority will not listen to the will of the people.

I am laughing.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Muslim extremist bumper sticker

My 12-year-old can blow up your honor student

Manly man rule

If a buddy is out-numbered, out-manned, or too drunk to fight, you must jump into the fight.

Exception: If within the last 24 hours his actions have caused you to think, "What he needs is a good ass-whoopin'", then you may sit back and enjoy.

Po-leece jokes

For some reason, all from Pennsylvania.


An Erie, PA policeman had a perfect spot to watch for speeders, but wasn't getting many. Then he discovered the problem.

A twelve year old boy was standing up the road with a hand painted sign, which read "RADAR TRAP AHEAD". The officer then found a young accomplice down the road with a sign reading "TIPS" and a bucket full of money.


A motorist was mailed a picture of his car speeding through an automated radar post in Pittsburgh, PA. A $40 speeding ticket was included. Being cute, he sent the police department a picture of $40. The police responded with another mailed photo of handcuffs.

Absolute Best

A young woman was pulled over for speeding. As the Pennsylvania State Trooper walked to her car window, flipping open his ticket book, she said "I bet you are going to sell me a ticket to the State Troopers Ball". He replied, "Pennsylvania State Troopers don't have balls". There was a moment of silence while she smiled, and he realized what he'd just said. He then closed his book, got back in his patrol car and left. She was laughing too hard to start her car.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Keeping the faith

Larry, my best friend from high school, for some reason is working Up North for a while. Sunday he sent an email, which had a picture of a flag and Army things. He wrote:

I am driving around in Millbury, Oh this week watching Fiber being blown in and I see this very neat Memorial in a yard right across the Street from the Millbury Veterans Memorial City Park which has a Nice Granite Monument with the names of all the Local Residents killed in VN.

So I thought the Memorial in the Yard was very unique and interesting, so I stopped and knocked on the Door of the House.

Out comes a old, fat, and grouchy Man wearing a "Viet Nam Veteran and Proud of It" Cap. (Hasn't stayed YOUNG like you and I!).

So I introduced myself and Said "Me Too" and pointed to his cap. Then I told him I would like to get a picture of his Memorial.

He said that was fine and as we looked it over he began to tell me his and the memorial's story.

The Memorial has Wooden Rifles carved very accurately depicting the Rifles used in each War Depicted. (WWI, WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, and Iraq/Afghanistan). On top of each Rifle which is stuck in the ground upside down is an authentic Army Helmet for the Period.

All the Rifles and Helmets represent the Wars that the 1st Inf Division has fought in.

The Memorial is surrounded by 93 Sand Bags. Each Sand Bag represents a member of his unit who was killed in VN.

Here is how the conversation gets really interesting. I asked him when he was there. He said '65 and 66. Went in late '65 came home late '66. I told him I went in late '66 and came home in late '67.

I ask him what unit he was in and he said 1st Inf Div. I told him I was in the 9th and ask him if he was at Ft Riley when the 1st Deployed. He said yes, that he trained there with the 1st most of '65 and left with them in '66. I told him I did the same thing in '66 & '67 with the 9th.

He asked me where my Barracks was and I told him Camp Forsythe. He said his was too. He said his barracks was just across the Bridge coming down Washington Street in Junction City. I told him mine was too.

He ask me if I was close to where they kept that "Damn" Calvary Horse. I said Yes, I was near there and went to see Chief, the last living Calvary Horse, a lot. He said all he remembered was the Drunk Sergeant that took care of him. I said I remembered him too, but liked the Horse anyway.

He ask me where my Base Camp was in VN and I said Bearcat. He said, he had helped set up Defenses around Bearcat just before he came home.

So I said small world isn't it, shook his hand again and took my Pictures.

Thought you would enjoy that,


OK, everybody who didn’t know Snopes was a liberal mouth piece, raise your hand

What many of us always suspected.

Snopes’ main political fact-checker is Kim Lacapria.

“She described herself as ‘openly left-leaning’ and a liberal. She trashed the Tea Party as ‘teahadists.’ She called Bill Clinton ‘one of our greatest presidents.’ She claimed that conservatives only criticized Lena Dunham’s comparison of voting to sex because they ‘fear female agency.’”

More good stuff at the story:

Link at

What is "female agency?"

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Boo-hoo-hoo. A new victim

This TV ad really pissed me off.

A young woman talks about her migraine headaches and nobody understands, not even her mother. So her mother puts on virtual reality goggles and sees her daughter’s migraines, a bunch of out-of-focus and blurry things and people and she takes off the goggles and says, “I didn’t know” and she hugs her daughter and everything is OK.

The ad was for a pain killer; I don’t remember which one.

But what the ad really presented was the migraine as victimhood. I hurt; nobody understands; I am a victim.

Give me a break.

(DISCLAIMER: I am not making fun of migraine headaches. I do not have migraines, but I did have a vein burst in my brain 30 years ago. It felt like somebody hit me in the head with a sledge hammer. Maybe that's how a migraine feels. If so, I can honestly say, I feel your pain. But there is no victimhood.)

'Father's Day in the Ghetto'

“Kids coming out of the tough neighborhoods in American cities never learn the basics of behaving in a civilized society. The school don’t bother teaching them much of anything. With no useful role models, even kids with something on the ball are condemned to life in the urban reservation. For boys that means crime and then the cemetery if they are lucky. The unlucky head off to prison. The girls are just baby mills and a conduit to send tax dollars into the ghetto so white liberals can feel special.”

Thoughts from the last couple of days:

Way long time ago when my wife and I were college, this large-scale living together before marriage thing was all the rage and talk on TV and newspapers. The argument given by all pro-fornicators was, “If you live together before marriage, you will get to know each other and decide if you want to get married.”

By that logic, all couples who lived together and then were married would not get divorced, because they already knew each other’s foibles and strengths.

The real reason people put forth the idea of living together was to give approval to shaking up and fornicating.

So, despite the idea of “We’ll learn about each other,” the number of divorces went up and up and up. A Fox News story this morning said divorced Americans in 1970 made up 2.9% of the population. Today, the number is 9.9%. The numbers are deceiving, though, since not counted were married-divorced-married people.

The Fox story was about people getting pissed off because the Pope said most marriages today are invalid, because men and women going into marriage have no intention of remaining married. Marriage idea of the last 40 years has been, if they do stay married, hey, that’s great, but if they don’t, well, that’s the way things are.

Those go along with the Z Man’s writing that kids never learn the basics of behaving in a civilized society.

If those yoots never learn, doesn’t that mean they were not taught? So, blame parents and grandparents. The yoots are innocent.

Not so, says my wife. The word is out there. She means the “Go into the world and preach the good news …” She is a big proponent of “You live with the choices you make.” And, “You cannot control everything that goes on, but you can decide what your reaction is.”

Free will carries responsibility.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

What to do when a bus overturns? Pick it up

“CWORet sends us a link to the story of a pair of Army Sergeants First Class who happened to come across a bus accident on the George Washington Expressway near Fort Belvoir, Virginia the other day. The bus was packed full of Chinese tourists and it had turned on it’s side after skidding on the wet roadway. From the Washington Post;

‘Cooper said he ran to the back of the bus to throw open the rear door, but to his horror found it bolted.

‘Cooper returned to the bus hatch, helping the Coast Guard officer who by then had crawled insideto reach passengers and get them off.

‘But it would take more to free those remaining, Cooper said he eventually realized.

‘“We have to lift the bus up!” Cooper recalled shouting.

'Cooper said he, the Coast Guard officer and two other men counted down and then heaved. The bus slid a couple of feet.

'They positioned themselves again.

‘“This time it seemed like the bus didn’t weigh anything,” Cooper said.

“Army Sgt. Gracie Vaughan said she arrived on the scene at that moment as the bus was righted, hearing it land back on its wheels with a thud.

‘“To me, it was amazing,” Vaughan said of the feat.

'When asked how four men were able to lift the bus, the brawny Cooper was at a loss.

‘“Adrenaline,” he said. “Grace of God. I don’t know.”’

Friday, June 17, 2016

Things drill sergeants said in basic training

I will be on you like ugly on a ape. (Yes, a ape.)

I will be on you like white on rice. (These days, using “white” in a disparaging remark would be OK; “rice” might have ethnic identity.)

I will be on you like stink on s**t.

You turdheads look like a monkey f’ng a football. (Visualization of the attempt brings no indication of why the act is remarkable in its ineptness.)

You turdheads are as f’ed up as a Chinese fire drill. (I have never seen a Chinese fire drill, and neither had any of the soldiers so addressed and am unable to understand the f’edupness.)

That was as f’d up as Hogan’s goat. (Again, I plead lack of education and know neither Hogan nor his goat.)

Regarding the monkey attempting sex with a football:

A soldier named Connelly was in the Aero Rifle Platoon at Fort Meade and in Vietnam. One night on ambush in a rubber plantation, Connelly was minding his own business, waiting for gooks to come down a trail and die, when a monkey jumped from a rubber tree and onto Connelly’s back. The monkey stated humping Connelly’s back pack**. When Connelly reacted in a negative manner, the monkey ran away and up another tree. That is the only instance I know of a monkey attempting sex with a back pack.

(**The back pack was the kind worn attached to a pistol belt and suspenders and generally known as a “butt pack,” since that was the part of the anatomy the pack bounced against when a soldier was running. So, more accurately, the monkey humped Connelly’s butt pack. However, I did not want to use the words “humping” and “butt” in so close proximity.)

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Cartoons and Spock in MLB

A couple of baseball pitchers have a new kind of changeup known as a Bugs Bunny Change. “Like in the cartoon,” a player said, “when the batter swings three times before the ball gets to the plate.” The player was not yet 30 years old, which means: (1) he watches old cartoons; and, (2) he found a station that shows old cartoons.

Another changeup is called a Vulcan Change. To throw the change, a pitcher holds the ball between his middle and fourth fingers.

Throw a good change and prosper.

So how is this a change from, like, war?

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2016 – U.S. forces in Afghanistan now will be able to boost support for Afghan conventional forces with more firepower and by accompanying and advising them on the ground and in the air, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said this morning in Brussels.

Based on his recommendations and those of Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Carter said, President Barack Obama decided to grant more flexibility to U.S. forces in Afghanistan this year.

The new authority means U.S. troops can more proactively support Afghan conventional forces in two critical ways: with more American firepower, especially through close air support, and by accompanying and advising Afghan conventional forces on the ground and in the air, he explained.

"In practical terms, this means U.S. forces will have more opportunities to accompany and enable Afghan conventional forces, just like we have already been doing with Afghan special operations forces," the secretary said.

Hey, Afghan army bros! The prez of the US has granted me, an advisor, more flexibility in our struggle against the Taliban and Al Qaeda and other enemies of peace and stuff. That's right! Because of my far-seeing president and equally prescient SECDEF, I can now more proactively support you! Now I can call firepower and air support and actually go with you on operations! Ain't life grand?

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

The government needs to look at Datto, Arkansas, Zip Code 72424

Datto is in Clay County, which touches Missouri with its northern and eastern boundaries.

The 2010 census counted 100 people in Datto, an increase of three from the previous census.

Datto demographics are completely out of synch with the rest of the United States, racially and economically.

Datto is 100% white. No families and 8% of the total population is below the Federal poverty line. Again, no families. Also, no one under age 18 lives below the poverty line. However, 41.2% of citizens older than 64 are making do below the poverty line.

For every 100 women over age 18, there were 105.4 men. Where or what that 40% man was, reports do not say.

IN 1930, Datto had 275 people. The Great Depression took its toll on quite a few small towns, and by 1940 the population was 198.

More on Datto here:

Datto is an interesting kind of place because it is so out there, yet for a time was a place people moved to.

A Coldwell-Banker site says 57% of Datto residents are married, and 10% are families with children. says 81.7% of residents are married.

Some figures you have to wonder about, how accurate the government is.

One day in Arkansas, a woman came into the Girls Scout office to register her daughter. She told my wife the girl was 8 years old. She said, “We don’t have a birth certificate. And don’t even think about asking for a Social Security number.”

(I just accessed an Arkansas state government site, which said it had information on Datto, but I figured it was just an automatic listing, like for every town and city and county in the state. I was right; there was no information on Datto. The site did request that I allow to track my physical location. On that kind of thing, I’m with the “And don’t even think about asking …” mother.)

Shout out to Malahoo Forte!!

Jamaican attorney general says U.S. embassy “disrespectful” in flying homosexual rainbow flag.

"I strongly condemn #OrlandoNightClubShooting but find it disrespectful of Jamaica's laws to have #RainbowFlag flown here. #MyPersonalView."

The U.S. embassy got its nickers tangled: "We're listening. Explain the legal reasoning? It was an attack of terror !!and!! hate, targeting the LGBT community".

Homosexuality activity is against the law in Jamaica. Chances are, the U.S. embassy believes every man, woman and child in the world is supposed to see homosexuality as normal, in spite of facts to the contrary.

Normal people, of whom Ms. Forte is, are supposed to just shut up and go about our daily business. The queering of the U.S. is not our concern.

Link at

Constitution expert loves the document … except …

Those not-social-justice things are kind if squishy?

“I teach the Constitution for a living. I revere the document when it is used to further social justice and make our country a more inclusive one. I admire the Founders for establishing a representative democracy that has survived for over two centuries.

“But sometimes we just have to acknowledge that the Founders and the Constitution are wrong. This is one of those times. We need to say loud and clear: The Second Amendment must be repealed.”

Link at

(If someone wants to be taken seriously by a diverse audience – liberal, conservative, Republican, Democrat – The Rolling Stone is not the venue to use.)

This empty argument:

“When the Second Amendment was adopted in 1791, there were no weapons remotely like the AR-15 assault rifle and many of the advances of modern weaponry were long from being invented or popularized.”

So it’s OK if I own a Brown Bess or a Kentucky long rifle or any other rifle/pistol/smoothebore from 1787. The framers did not foresee Henry rifles or Spencer repeaters or the .45-70 Springfield, so ownership of those should be illegal. Or, maybe Mr. Cohen means to outlaw only semi-automatic weapons. Or maybe he wants the Federal government to make a list of acceptable firearms. Would the list be amendable?

How long before Mr. Cohen wants repeal of housing troops? Or eminent domain? Or the rights of individual states?

Anyway, Mr. Cohen, follow the Constitution, convince the House and Senate and the required number of State legislatures to approve an amendment repealing the Second.

(I just have to laugh at someone who loves the Constitution only for the part he or she agrees with – promoting social justice and making the country more inclusive.)

Bell Barton, 6, decided to help homeless veterans

Girl raises $90 at lemonade stand.

“Dozens of neighbors came by to support her. By the time she was done, she had around $90 raised for veterans.

“Bella dropped off the jar of cash to the Phoenix VA on Monday.

“’On behalf of the resource center, we want to thank you for all your hard work and collecting all these great donations that we can use to help our veterans,’ said Melissa Meierdierks, Community Resource and Referral Center Coordinator.

“Bella rewarded for her good deed with a T-shirt and was named an ‘honorary veteran.’

“’I was just amazed that someone in such a small package has such a huge heart,’ Meierdierks said.”

NYC reporter: Please stay away from my neighborhood

Reporter fires AR-style rifle for fist time.

The gun was so scawy!! It hurt my shoulder!

“The recoil bruised my shoulder. The brass shell casings disoriented me as they flew past my face. The smell of sulfur and destruction made me sick. The explosions — loud like a bomb — gave me a temporary case of PTSD. For at least an hour after firing the gun just a few times, I was anxious and irritable.”

Temporary case of PTSD? You (self-edited). You edited edited. The explosions were loud like a bomb? You edited edited. If I could, I would say those words to the reporter’s face. And maybe add “idiot” and “stupid.” My reaction to Kuntzman’s dumbassness … I have to stop now.

The whole story:

The reporter’s response to responses.

You have to wonder: (1) did Kuntzman get more than five or 10 minutes' instruction; and (2) is it possible he went into the story with possible pre-conceptions?

‘Transgender’ fighter badly beats woman in match

Loser of fight: “I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life, and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right.”

“Fox threw knees to Brents (sic) face and torso right at the beginning, to kick off the fight. Brents ultimately turned her back to avoid more damage–and took almost a minute of hard strikes from Fox’s elbows and fists, before the referee stopped.”

Teleprompter glitch? ‘Glock which had a lot of clips in it’

Gunsmith in charge explains … something.

From the same pitcher of Kool Aid, California Rep. Alan Grayson, educating the public on scary black AR15, “that shoots off 700 rounds in a minute…”

Both links at

Has any of those people ever corrected a statement after an error of fact was pointed out? Not that I have read or heard. Do not hold your breath, either, because as in most things Progressive/Democratic, facts do not matter. Scary black guns matter. Assault-rifle-carrying White Christian Terrorists matter. The Orlando murderer was Muslim, but maybe he was a White Muslim, the way George Zimmerman was a White Hispanic.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Injustice to the dead

A TV news personality tonight said France was showing sympathy for the murdered in Orlando by flying the American rainbow flag.

Dear TV News Reader: The American flag is composed of 13 horizontal stripes, alternating red and white, and a field of 50 white stars on a blue background.

Also, TV and other news people refer to the Orlando murdered as “victims,” the same as cancer “victims” or traffic accident “victims” or bullied “victims.” The 49 dead in Orlando were murdered. The only accurate way to refer to them as “victims” is “victims of Islamic murderers.”

A election that sounds familiar

“I am genuinely unsure how this will work out. I hope it will only destroy our two dead political parties, stiffened corpses that have long propped each other up with the aid of BBC endorsement and ill-gotten money.”

Link at

Except for the BBC part, and even then with ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News, etc., maybe proving the British establishment does with one network what five or more here are necessary to hammer down U.S. opposition.

Polls say British voters will tell Parliament “Get us out of the EU” and then break out the paddles and move farther away from Europe. Germany and France run Europe and have since the Henries lost claim to part of France. If not for William the Bastard, England, Wales & etc. would never have considered alliance with all of Europe.


We really can’t blame Romneyites and Jebites for voiding all over Trump. He is the biggest threat to those Republicans since … forever. A Democrat could only beat Romney et all, while a Trumpite win renders them meaningless.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Headline: Entertainers comment on Orlando shootings

Not found: NASCAR drivers comment on Orlando shootings

Accountants comment ...

Physicists comment ...

Gynecologists comment ...

And etc.

The news business recognizes its kinship to film and TV people. They all are entertainers.

Dinner conversation topics turn to Sky King

Questions from Table Topics Dinner Party.

What makes someone a success? – Beats me. I’m relatively happy. Does that count?

Who’s your favorite celebrity right now and why? – Here’s what I’ve learned from watching/reading interviews with “celebrities”: They are actors trying to better their careers, and people who interview celebrities are the same. You cannot believe anything the actor or writer/interviewer says or writes.

Should everyone be required to work in the service industry at some point in their (sic) lives? – First, “everyone” is not “their.” “Everyone” is singular; “their” is more than one. Second, what is “the service industry?” Wikipedia lists “accounting, mechanics, plumbers, computers, tourism, etc.” as service industries. I don’t want someone drafted by the government to work on my computer or plumbing.

Is it more charitable to spend your money or time? – Depends on which you have the most of.

What indulgencies would you enjoy if there were no consequences? – There are always consequences.

How does technology increase your enjoyment of life? – I have a keyboard, monitor and access to the world-wide web. I have access to just about every kind of news, history and literature I can think of, and a loyal fan base taking in my pearls of wisdom.

(Speaking of pearls. Bruce at the dog park said he read this of Dorothy Parker: One day in New York, Miss Parker approached a door. A man opened the door, gesturing for Miss Parker to proceed. “Age before beauty,” he said. Miss Parker replied, “No. Pearls before swine.”)

Back to table topics.

What’s your favorite joke? – A cartoon from National Lampoon magazine in 1972: A young bearded man watching television says, “She’s not really your niece, Sky King! Rip her blouse off!”

From out of the clear blue of the western sky comes ……. Sky King!

“King and his niece Penny (and sometimes Clipper, his nephew) lived on the Flying Crown Ranch, near the fictitious town of Grover, Arizona. Penny and Clipper were also pilots, although they were inexperienced and looked to their uncle for guidance. Penny was an accomplished air racer, rated as a multiengine pilot, whom Sky trusted to fly the Songbird. In the third TV episode, Penny referred to Clipper as ‘my brother.’"

Hey, I know! Let’s see who can fastest cut a car apart with an axe!

Sans drive shaft. Gas in tank? Fa-gidda-bout it.

“(T)hese are Basques. Cutting crappy econoboxes in half with an ax is apparently a sport there.”

Link at

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Dry shaving, no-fly weather and wet dogs

Life in The Sunshine State

A few days ago we had “The third named tropical storm” of the season. I never saw or heard what the name was.

Here south of Tampa, we got some rain from the edge of the tropical storm, but nowhere near as much as in Korea (1965) or Vietnam (1967) or even several thunderstorm seasons in Texas. I’m not complaining; I don’t want to see that much rain again.

In 1965 Korea, water points flooded, bringing announcement water would be used for cooking and washing dishes, nothing else. But, all soldiers were expected to continue shaving every day. “Use water in roadside ditches,” the first sergeant said. I dry-shaved. Used a razor blade a day, but it got the job done.

In 1967 Vietnam, tropical storms brought not only rain, but also days of no flying. Helicopters then were fair weather machines. Probably still are, but navigation equipment is much better.

Friday afternoon, there was light rain when the dogs said to me, “We really, really need to go outside and do what we normally do outside.”

I said, “It’s raining.”

“We really, really …” and they were hopping from foot to foot.

“Okay, okay.” I put on my shoes and pulled on a wet weather jacket, leashed up the dogs, and out we went for the 100-yard walk to the dog park.

We were about half way there when the clouds opened. By arrival time, the dogs were hanging their wet heads, my shoes were soaked, as were my jeans, and I had discovered the wet weather suit was not water proof.

The dogs did their business, and as I was bagging their business, they were saying, “It’s wet out here. We want to go back to the house.”

Well, who doesn’t?

Back home, my wife said, “You need a hot shower.”

She was right.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

ISIS kidnap prank pulled on Egyptian actress

(Those people should be taken out and shot.)

BY SUE SURKES June 10, 2016, 5:02 am

In a cruel and tasteless prank, an Egyptian actress and singer was forced to beg for her life by actors dressed as Islamic State terrorists, who “kidnapped” her and tried to drape a “suicide belt” over her shoulders.

Video footage aired this week shows the actress, Heba Magdi, trembling and in tears as the terrorists surround her. One of the actors, his face hidden by a balaclava, points an automatic weapon at her head and orders her to pose for pictures in front of an Islamic State flag.

Magdi is then seen trying to hide behind a chair as she hears shouts of “get the suicide belt!” She resists the terrorists’ attempts to seize the chair and drape the belt over her shoulders, and then cowers in horror as a “battle” breaks out behind beyond the door, and the Islamic State fighter gears up to fight back, pointing something that resembles a rocket-propelled grenade launcher at the door.

At the end of the video, the horror is revealed to be a prank, but the poor actress nonetheless appears to be deeply unsettled.

Heartless Egyptian celebrity pranks appear to be something of a Ramadan month tradition. Last year, in a sick Egyptian TV prank, a well-known Syrian singer was taken on a pleasure cruise off the Egyptian coast, and then arrested by purported Israeli naval forces, interrogated at gunpoint at an elaborately constructed faux Israeli army base, and led out for execution, with a gun put to his head.

A week earlier, in a similarly vile prank by a different Arabic TV station, an Egyptian actress named Lucy was persuaded that the small plane in which she was flying over Dubai had lost its engine and was crashing, and that she would die if she did not parachute out.

California feel-good gun laws

Self-defense not a good enough reason for concealed carry.

“SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In a victory for gun control advocates, a federal appeals court said Thursday people do not have a right to carry concealed weapons in public under the 2nd Amendment.”

And in more victories for gun control advocates:

“The state Senate on Thursday approved sweeping new restrictions on using guns in California in response to the December mass shooting by two terrorists that left 14 dead in San Bernardino.

“Lawmakers approved 11 bills including measures mandating background checks for Californians buying ammunition and outlawing the manufacture and sale of semiautomatic rifles with detachable magazines.”

Had the laws been in effect, of course, the terrorists would not have been able to buy ammunition for their illegally purchased weapons, since the two would have recognized their inability to pass a background check.

But, hey, if it makes people feel good, it must be a good law.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

William Thomas “Mox” McQuery

Baseball player and Kentucky police officer, played for Cincinnati Outlaw Reds (Union Association) in 1884; Detroit Wolverines (National League) in 1885; Kansas City Cowboys (National League) in 1886; Syracuse Stars (American Association) in 1890; and Washington Senators – or Statesmen -- (American Association) in 1891.

McQuery’s career batting average was .271. He is credited with 33 stolen bases. He played 417 games at first base and one game in left field. He stood 6’1” and weighed 195 pounds, a big man for the times.

McQuery was gunned down by two wanted murderers in Covington, Kentucky, on June 12, 1900. He was 38 years old.

"Big Mox was a patrol officer for the Covington Police Department. He was killed in the line of duty in 1900. He had stopped a horsedrawn streetcar on the suspension bridge, heading to Cincinnati. There were two men on this streetcar who were wanted for murdering a hobo in Ludlow, Kentucky. It was reported in the paper that Mox was greeted on the streetcar with a hail of bullets from the two men. Mox was shot in the chest. Before he died on the sidewalk, Mox fired a shot and struck one of the men in the leg. Mox died in a Cincinnati hospital a couple days later. He was the most popular policeman on the Department. There was a huge crowd at his funeral. He was killed in direct site of Cincinnati's Riverfront Stadium and their new Great American Ball Park. One of the men jumped into the Ohio River and was captured by the Covington Police. The second man was killed trying to escape prison in Kentucky." - Retired Covington Police Captain Steve Wills (email sent to Baseball Almanac)

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Satellite dishes, chimneys, balconies removed lest visiting dignitaries be ‘offended’

Lookin’ good there, Uzbekistan!

“With a major international summit approaching, authorities in Uzbekistan’s capital have taken to dismantling satellite dishes and tinted windows along a main city thoroughfare.

“The Shanghai Cooperation Organization heads of state summit scheduled for June 23-24 has sparked a frenzy of tidying up in Tashkent.

“Over the past weekend, brigades of city employees went up and down Prospekt Kosmonavtov, exhorting local residents to take down balcony awnings, chimney stovepipes, satellites dishes or anything else that might offend the view of visiting dignitaries. In some cases, the city workers did the work themselves.

“Prospekt Kosmonavtov, or Kosmonavtlar Prospekti to use its Uzbek name, is otherwise known as the ‘presidential road’ and links President Islam Karimov’s city residence, Oqsaroy, to his country residence on the outskirts of the city.”

(Can’t have stuff clogging the view of the president’s highway, now.)

Boy wins all-state honors in girl’s track meet

No one saw this coming, huh.

“He” is “transgender.”

It’s not fair! The (real) girls practice and practice against other (real) girls, and this boy comes along and he gets named to the state meet … It’s just not fair!


Monday, June 6, 2016

The chatterers

“Today, of course, there is an army of chattering skulls, experts and commenters we see on TV and on-line. Unless you live in one of the guarded combines around Washington or in a swank building in Manhattan, you will never run into these people on the street. They live apart from the rest of us. That’s why they sound like grad students on an anthropology study. They peer out at us and then describe to each other what they think is happening. To them, we’re just talking monkeys in a game park.”

The Umman Manda

The Z-Man has a way of finding the central part of a thing and describing the thing in manner accurate and understandable.

I have long contended that the TV heads and other D.C. types talk only to each and pay no mind to those of us outside the circle.


Sticks, swords, ball and chain, shields – Stuff is padded; otherwise players might get really banged up.

Some equipment from Wikipedia entry: staff, longsword, short sword and shield, chain with handle, polearm/spear, flail, two-handed sword.

“Ball” is a dog’s head, foam representation.

Link at "I have no idea what's going on"

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Childress, Texas: Conservative and out yonder

Childress is the county seat of Childress County. The county is nestled in the southeast corner of the Panhandle.

In 2015, a Seattle newspaper named Childress as ninth among 10 most conservative cities in the United States, based on political contributions. Three other cities on the list are in the area – Hereford (1), Monahans (5) and Dalhart (8).

The newspaper story says staff looked at all towns of 6,000 population and up, but also says some of the towns listed do not have 6,000 people. OK.

By official 2000 count, 6,778 people lived in the town of Childress. The racial breakdown was 64.5% white, 15.65 African-American and 22.4 percent “Hispanic or Latino of any race.” Nice thing about the Federal headcounters and race assigners – You can be African-American and Hispanic or Latino, as well as white and Hispanic or Latino. You are not allowed to be white and African-American, though. Doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. On the census form, I’d like to put “Texan” or “Texian,” but I don’t get that choice. I wouldn’t count in Texas anyway, since I am a Florida resident (temporarily, until such time as I can assign whatever might be left of my land-enhancing properties to Texas soil).

Here is a 1910 picture of downtown Childress during cotton-baling time.

Of the 7,688 people in the county, 67.7% are white, 14.1% Black or African-American, 20.5% Hispanic or Latino of any race and 15.7% in the Federal category of “other.” When you figure in 0.33% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.05 Pacific Islander and 1.83% “from two or races,” that almost 16% “other” is a large amount. Statistically. In a Texas Panhandle County. Of less than 7,000 people.

The Texas Association of Counties has numbers somewhat different: 87% white; 10% black.

Another example of State/Local numbers not matching Federal counts.

In 1930, the county population was 16,044.

Given where Childress County is and the low population, there is a goodly amount of land for sale. More than likely, the county is one of those Texas places where cattle and deer outnumber people.

The Dixie Chicks are still performing?

And people pay?

‘Dixie Chicks mock Donald Trump with photo at concert’

The last time I heard Dixie Chicks on the radio was …

My short-term memory and long-term memory are just fine, thank you, but the Chicks haven’t been on any station I listen to since probably 2003.

Here’s a headline: Blogger mocks Dixie Chicks with sarcastic post.

The other side is ‘fully committed to the end of you’

‘They hate you, so you better be prepared to hate them back just as hard.’

(I do not hate those people. They are uninformed; they know history only in a warped, disinformed way; they do not know how to think. They are more mentally maladjusted than anything else. Those people make me angry. It is that way between me and stupid. There was a time when stupid embarrassed me; now, stupid makes me angry because it is correctable, but those people are too lazy to make the fix.)

Religion of hate

Imagine that you can go back in time and have a conversation with your younger self, maybe explaining events of today. Since my audience is getting younger all of a sudden, I’ll keep this bit of make believe relatable for all ages. Imagine you go back to 2005 and meet your 2005 self with all the knowledge and experience of your 2016 self. I’m picking 2005 because that precedes the collapse of the Bush presidency and the beginning of the manic phase of the Great Progressive Awakening that started in the 90’s.

Now, 2016 you sits down with the 2005 you and says, “In a decade, our black Muslim president, who may be bisexual (Google Reggie Love), will issue an edict forcing schools to let mentally ill men in dresses into restrooms, so they can watch your daughter pee. The Republican Party will sneak a provision into a mammoth budget bill legalizing this edict. When challenged, the President will claim the Christian Bible requires it.”

It is reasonable to assume that your 2005 self would think your 2016 self had gone insane or was pulling some absurd joke. A normal person in 2005 could not imagine that serious people would be talking about trannies at all, much less allowing them a free shot at children in restrooms. Think about it, in 2005, Obama and Hillary Clinton were against homosexual marriage. Now, Clinton is a click away from coming out as a lesbian.

How in the hell does this happen?

One way to understand the threat to civilization from the neo-puritan cult we call liberalism is to look at the language. Somewhere in the mists of time, the cult started insisting we say “gender” instead of “sex.” No one thought much of it. It just felt like one of their goofy ticks so they can feel special. Normal people are not obsessed with waging war against society so they tend not to assume these ticks are part of a larger plan.

Biology tells us there are two sexes so claiming there are three or four is never going to fly. Humans don’t have genders so once you get outside the world of the real, you are free to make up whatever you like. That’s how we ended up with 85 “genders.” Once you expand the definition of something, you can start to include other stuff that was never part of the original definition. That subtle shift from “sex” to “gender” opened the gates of Hell.

Similarly, it was not so long ago when men had wives and women had husbands. Now, we have “intimate partners” which means nothing, so it can mean anything. This sounds like a harmless neologism to dodge the whole queer couple issue, but that’s not where it ends. It’s never the end. By conflating all sexual relations into this formless term, there’s no distinction between marriage and an orgy or porn shoot. All of a sudden, your marriage is no different from a random hookup.

I was reading about the Baylor “sexual assault” scandal the other day and it became clear that sexual assault is a term that means nothing and everything, depending upon the social justice warrior’s inclination. Rape is a real word with real meaning. When a woman is raped, we know it means non-consensual sexual intercourse. There are degrees of rape, but they are based on the degree of violence involved. The sex is still sex and non-consensual.

Sexual assault, on the other hand, means anything from an unkind word on-line to violent rape. In the Baylor case, one of the two players involved was accused of sexual assault. He spent the night drinking with a girl, who invited him into her apartment in the late hours. He says sex was consensual and she says she did not want sex. There’s nothing more to it beyond that, but it is in the same bucket as violent rape, because of the language.

Again, normal people think sexual assault is just a polite way of saying rape, but normal people are not nursing elaborate revenge fantasies against all men. The whole point of creating this new expansive term was to accuse otherwise innocent men of horrible crimes. It lets unhinged coeds turn a college campus upside down by making reckless accusations of sexual assault. It makes it easy for the demented harpies of the Cult of Modern Liberalism to wage war on normalcy.

Think about the kind of people who cook up the phrase “undocumented worker.” These are not just dishonest people. These are crazy people. They are so committed to their cause, which always involves immiserating normal people and pulling down civil society, they will endlessly plot to pervert the language as a part of the longer term goals. Everything about their lives is directed at destroying what you consider to be normal, including you.

It’s an important part of our reality. The people on the other side, call them liberals, globalists, moonbats, commies, whatever, they are fully committed to the end of you and everything that defines you. It’s a religion for them, a religion based on hatred of you. Whatever it was or whatever it may claim today, it is just a religion of hatred, mostly a hatred of white people and specifically a hatred of white men.

There’s no reasoning with fanatics. There are no bargains that can be struck. The lesson your 2005 should learn from your 2016 self is that every deal struck with these people was broken. They never stopped demanding more and more, because they will never stop until they pull the roof down on all of us. The folks cheering on the Mexican mobs attacking people in San Jose are never going to consider you a friend. They hate you, so you better be prepared to hate them back just as hard.

Bizarre headline

‘Richard Simmons hospitalized after “bizarre conduct”: report’

Fark dot com says: How could anyone tell?

A York Daily News reporter says her cousin’s BF’s brother-in-law saw a TMZ story saying Simmons “was hospitalized Friday after his ‘bizarre conduct’ caused concern” at his Hollywood mansion.

“It remained unclear whether the exercise guru was still in the hospital, according to the gossip site.”

I dunno. This kind of thing usually happens in threes, and with Muhammad Ali taking a 10-count …

The NY Daily News calls TMZ a “gossip site?”

Link at

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Why does it matter that the man was a former Marine?

Headline: 'Former Marine charged with stabbing 11-year-old boy'

Could have said: Homeless man charged with stabbing 11-year-old boy

Could have said: Black man charged with stabbing 11-year-old boy

Could have said: Black man charged with stabbing 11-year-old Mexican-American boy

Could have said: Man charged with killing 11-year-old boy

'Trump could only be American'

“Trump could only be American. And much as elite opinion despises his banausic tribe, America really would not be America without them. The country owes its success to the fact that, for a few hundred years, it became the natural homeland for the world’s overconfident loudmouths, blowhards, wiseacres and minor assholes. It didn’t get rich through agonising about safe spaces and the gender assignment of bathrooms. It got rich because of people called Vinnie building things.” (Emphasis added.)

(Those are called “Irish,” I believe. Except for the “Vinnie” part.

(The dude is a British a$$hole, not Scots or Irish or Welch, even though he alludes to Scots and Welch ancestry.)

Not A War Story

This happened in Vietnam, and was told as true, but it does not fit the strict parameters of A War Story.

A War Story: (a) has no moral, no axiom, no lesson learned; and, (b) at the end of A War Story, no one can ask, “What happened then?” In The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien gives as an example of A War Story: Three grunts are walking through the jungle. One trips a trip wire, and the trip wire is attached to the biggest explosive ever, tons of C4, two 500-pound bombs, four 155mm rounds. The blast blows up everything within a 100-meter radius – trees, bushes, monkeys, birds. The three grunts go flying into the air, and just before Finality, two look at the one who tripped the trip wire. “The fuck, man?” both say. The third shrugs, says, “Story of my life, man. Story of my life.”

See? No moral, no questions asked. Like if somebody says, “Why are you in Vietnam?” and the reply is “Story of my life, man. Story of my life.” That’s all there is.

This was in late December 1966, early January 1967. A platoon from one of the 11th Armored Cavalry’s tank companies was busting jungle with a cav troop, when a gook machine gun opens up from a bunker. ACAVs return fire -- M60 machine guns, .50-cals, M79s -- and the tanks join in with .50-cals and 90mm main guns. But this is a strong bunker, really strong, with big logs and sand bags – really thick. Everybody shoots at everybody else for a while, but neither side is getting the upper hand.

After a while, the TC on one of the tanks goes into “I’m tired of this shit” mode. He tells his driver to drive to the bunker. The driver goes as fast as terrain allows and then presses the brake pedal when the TC says, “Driver stop.” Machine gun bullets are bouncing off the tank, and you know the two or three gooks inside the bunker must be passing rice like there’s no tomorrow. And for them, there isn't.

With his TC override control, the TC lowers the main gun tube and says, “Driver forward. Slow.” The TC places the gun tube as close to the firing aperture as possible, says “Driver stop” and squeezes the trigger.

The man who relayed this story said, “Man, there was logs and dirt and gooks and shit flying everywhere!”

This has a moral, so it isn’t A War Story.

The moral is: Don’t fuck with a tank when all you’ve got is a machine gun.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Remember when Schwarzenegger brought fascism to California?

You don’t? Camille Paglia does, and that’s why we should elect Bernie Sanders for president.

“I am still amazed at the election of Arnold Schwarzenegger to governor—a man who has never held political office and who participated in only one serious debate. It is a disturbing sign in any nation when politics have become so inefficient and corrupt that the people turn to an outsider as ‘strong man’ for leadership. This is how fascism is born. Because it is Schwarzenegger’s machismo—represented on a superhuman scale in his films—that California voters want to attack the entrenched special interests in Sacramento, his behavior toward women was irrelevant. Or rather, his behavior actually reinforced his virile image as a forceful personality who pushes through barriers.”

Who is Camille Paglia? Wikipedia says she is “an academic and social critic.” I’ve known academics who occasionally drifted into social criticism when not doing academic things – teaching. But to make a living at being both, one must have friends in Established places.

Anyway, the point of that being at Ricochet is that as with a number of other Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy sites, Ricochet has become angrily anti-Trump. For years, those organizations – Red State, Never Yet Melted, Flopping Aces, Hot Air – railed and rent garments and poured ashes in anti-Clinton 1 and Obama and We need a Conservative Republican to Save the Republic. Or, when donning a patriot, non-party demeanor, a True Conservative, and the Republican Party is closer to True Conservatism than those other guys.

But now … Now those organizations don’t run the Party, and they don’t know what to do.

This guy Trump … He says he’s a Republican, but he’s not one of us! He doesn’t listen to us! Doesn’t he realize we are the Party?


With internet and cable, we got a landline phone. That means telemarketers. I got tired of just letting the call run out its 10 rings and tired of getting mad at real people and madder at recorded sales pitches, especially the ones that are made as though a real person is conversing.

"Hey, this is Fred with customer service! How are you today?"

ME: Which customer service.

FRED: That's great! I'm calling from Walt Disney Tours ...

Now I say : "Thank you for calling the Red Pony this glorious afternoon. How may I be of assistance?"

What I have learned: A -- By saying that, I do not get angry. B -- The telemarketing aspect is not engaged unless you say "Hello?" or "Hola?" or some such.

So far I have said that to one (1) real, live human-type person, and she started her spiel about delivering a religious tract as though I had said nothing. Hey, lady. You're interested in where I will spend Eternity, but you don't listen to what I said?

1st Infantry Division loses its cajones

“The Army Times reports that special operations icon, retired Lieutenant General William Boykin was disinvited from a breakfast at Fort Riley, Kansas during the 1st Infantry Division’s ‘Victory Week’ celebration because perpetual whiner, Mikey Weinstein doesn’t like the general. It seems that Boykin is a Bible-thumping Christian, which should earn him protection from the actions of the mis-named Military Religious Freedom Foundation, Weinstein’s group of hand-wringing Godless heathens.”

The division will reschedule the breakfast, but the general will not be invited.

“However, citing Fort Riley's ‘diverse community,’ (MSG Mike) Lavigne said 1st ID ‘will pursue the invitation of a different speaker for the prayer breakfast once it is rescheduled.’"

“Weinstein's group, which claims more than 41,500 clients, recently succeeded in efforts to remove Bibles from several ‘missing man table’ displays, designed to honor prisoners of war and troops missing in action, that are located on military and Veterans Affairs Department property. Boykin, in a piece at the FRC Action website, called one VA official's decision to remove the Bible ‘disgraceful’ and showed ‘a poor knowledge of the Constitution.’"

(This Ain’t Hell has Weinstein’s press release proclaiming yet another victory. My breakfast is where it should be, and I see no reason to make it disgorge.)

‘Most reasonable people’ believe Trump will lose in November

Probably the same people who knew in their hearts that Jeb Bush or some other reasonable person would easily take the Republican nomination.

Link at

It's a snarky interview. The writer is smarter than Trump, which is why he works for The Hollywood Reporter, and Trump ... Well, he's Trump.

Hey, let’s be like Europe!

Or, If you like your independence, you can keep your independence.

EU bureaucrats to Poland: Dudes, about that Constitutional Court of yours …

(I read the whole thing, but: I didn’t go to law school; nor am I European. Recent news stories have the more western-located government spokespersons and the EU bureaucrats all in a tizzy over Poland and Hungary electing “ultra-conservative” parties to parliaments.)

“But Poland’s justice minister, Zbigniew Ziobro, claimed the commission was using the rule of law issue to force Poland to ‘take tens of thousands of refugees and migrants’.

“’The commission intervenes when it is convenient for the commission,’ he said, accusing Brussels of blackmailing Poland to force the country to take more than the 7,600 Syrian migrants agreed.”

(You knew the downtrodden, war-fleeing, pacifist refugees were involved somewhere.

(Serbia doesn't want any refugees crossing its land. Maybe Hungary and Serbia remember Muslim invaders; Poland, too, since it was a Polish army that saved Europe from Muslim invaders in 1683. Western Europe was too busy with internal problems then to pay attention to the Muslim threat.)

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Dalai Lama: Send refugees back to home countries

Wait, wait! Isn’t he the symbol of peace and love and correct thinking and kumbaya?

“The spiritual leader told a German newspaper this week that ‘too many’ refugees are seeking asylum in Europe and putting the identity of some countries at risk.

“’Germany cannot become an Arab country,’ he told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in an interview. ‘Germany is Germany. There are so many that in practice it becomes difficult.’”

Link at

(Why the surprise? The major problem in Tibet is too many immigrants from China.)

Ukraine removing vestiges of Communist past

Nathan Bedford Forest believed next on schedule.

By Vitaly Shevchenko BBC Monitoring, Zaporizhya

“Ukraine has been trying to break free from its communist past, and the campaign is changing the face of whole cities.

“Zaporizhya is typical of eastern Ukraine in that it was full of communist monuments and street names. But new laws say they must be removed because they symbolise the country's repressive past.

“The campaign has triggered controversy, with critics saying that it is a crude assault on Ukraine's past.”

Gone in Zaporizhya are Lenin Lake, Lenin Dam, Lenin Square, Lenin Avenue and a big statue.

Mostly photographs.

Link at

Yeah, you’ll look

(It's really a G+ rating. I just invented that, so there'll be something between G and PG-13. Or whatever the next one is.)

The video is nine years old, but the title is as good as tomorrow.

It was a great night for women and for the men who write for them.

(Stumbled across while reading The Onion review of Captain America – The Civil War. SPOLIER ALERT from a movie seen 28 days ago: The movie sucks.)

Reality of transgenderism bathroom rights bites head of Georgia ACLU

Interim director Maya Dillard Smith quit after her two daughters encountered “three transgender young adults, over six feel (tall) with deep voices” in a woman’s bathroom. Maya Dillard Smith also gave as a reason for her resignation her realization “that the ACLU has become ‘a special interest organization that promotes not all, but certain progressive rights’ and that the ‘hierarchy of rights’ the ACLU chooses to defend or ignore is ‘based on who is funding the organization’s lobbying activities.’”

Or, follow the money.

Link at

Next thing you know, people will be leaving the Southern Poverty Law Center because it has outlived its usefulness and is now only a mouthpiece for Progressive/Democratic propaganda.

Los Indios Tabajaras

When the two men had the hit song Maria Elena, I read they were Indians who found a guitar in the jungle …

My first thought was not “Why was a guitar in the jungle? Did it fall from an airplane? No. If it had fallen from an airplane, it would have been smashed going through the trees or when it hit the ground and the two Indians would have found pieces of the guitar. One would have asked, ‘Why is there a broken guitar here?’ The other would have said, ‘Beats me. We’ve got a pig to track.’ ‘Right,’ the first Indian would have said. ‘Hey, bet we can use these steel strings.’”

I did not think any of that when reading of two Indians who found a guitar in the jungle and they then taught themselves to play. I wondered: Why wasn’t the guitar warped? You put any kind of laminated wood in the jungle for a few days, it warps. Heat and humidity work quickly on glue. And jungles have ants, ants that would feast on glue, given a nice laminated guitar that suddenly appears. And if the guitar was warped, Dos Indios would have had one heck of a time getting proper sound from it.

Wikipedia says of Natalicio and Antenor Lima: “… most stories have them becoming accomplished guitar players after finding a guitar near Ceara, Brazil.” Wikipedia also says, “Their beginnings are not clear …”

Or, per

“Indians from the Tabajara tribe, they left Ceará with their people in 1933, traveling on foot the almost 2,000 km to Rio de Janeiro. During the three years spent on the journey, they collected a number of regional musics. In Rio de Janeiro they were registered and baptized by the lieutenant Hildebrando Moreira Lima, from whom they took their Christian names.”

Why did the Ceara leave their homes and travel to Rio de Janeiro? Did somebody say, “Hey, let’s go to Rio! They got good beaches there!”

Anyway, here’s a link:

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Tutankhamun’s iron dagger made before Iron Age

Archaeologists say iron was of extra-terrestrial origin.

No, not that kind of ET origin. From a meteorite. Probably. Maybe.

Link and shorter version: Tutankhamun’s dagger made from meteoric iron

Update on ‘Fat Leonard’ and Navy ‘leadership’

“Three current and former Navy officers were charged in documents unsealed today (May 27) for their roles in a massive bribery and fraud scheme involving a Navy contractor.

“Including those charged yesterday, 13 individuals have been charged in connection with this scheme; of those, nine have pleaded guilty, including U.S. Navy Captain (Select) Michael Misiewicz, U.S. Navy Capt. Daniel Dusek, Lieutenant Commander Todd Malaki, NCIS Special Agent John Beliveau, Commander Jose Luis Sanchez and U.S. Navy Petty Officer First Class Dan Layug. Former Department of Defense Senior Executive Paul Simpkins awaits trial. On Jan. 21, 2016, Layug was sentenced to 27 months in prison and a $15,000 fine; on Jan. 29, 2016, Malaki was sentenced to 40 months in prison and to pay $15,000 in restitution to the Navy and a $15,000 fine; on March 18, 2016, Alex Wisidagama, a former GDMA employee, was sentenced to 63 months and to pay $34.8 million in restitution to the Navy; on March 25, 2016, Dusek was sentenced to 46 months in prison and to pay $30,000 in restitution to the Navy and a $70,000 fine; and on April 29, 2016, Misiewicz was sentenced to 78 months in prison and to pay a fine of $100,000 and to forfeit $95,000 in proceeds for the scheme.”

Feds tell local schools to monitor soldier’s kids

Associated Press | May 31, 2016 | by Jane Meredith Adams

CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Schools across the country are preparing to formally track students from military families, monitoring their academic progress as they move from military base to military base and state to state, under a new provision in the federal education law.

The change comes in response to concerns raised by the Department of Defense that the children of active-duty members of the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and Marines have academic and emotional needs that schools are ill-equipped to meet.

(It’s so the government can help the kids, don’t you know, because the children are our future. And about "the federal education law" -- Did Congress add the monitoring to a present law, or did bureaucrats in some federal agency make the decision?)

‘Fat Leonard’ and Navy ‘leadership’

“In December, Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, summoned about 200 admirals to a special gathering in Washington.

“Without naming names, he revealed that about 30 of them were under criminal investigation by the Justice Department or ethical scrutiny by the Navy for their connections to Francis, according to two senior Navy officials with direct knowledge of the meeting.”

This investigation has been going on for some time. Initial news stories mentioned the criminal’s use of naval ranked Commanders and Lieutenant Commanders changing routes and dates of arrival of U.S. Navy ships so “Fat Leonard” could resupply and/or refuel the ships.

Political writers never get it right, so they should just stop guessing

Here’s a 2-year-old piece from The Unz Review on how Mrs. Clinton’s whiteness spells DOOM for the GOP.

‘GOP’s Biggest 2016 Problem: Clinton’s Numbers Among White Voters’

“Hillary Clinton’s strength among white voters is the key to 2016—and it spells nearly certain defeat and disaster for Republicans.

“Culture will likely shape the 2016 presidential elections, and this is bad news for the Republican Party. Recent polls show Hillary Clinton running well among white voters overall, showing real strength among white non-evangelical Protestants, and running competitively among white Catholics. Trailing only among evangelicals, Clinton is poised to move beyond the upstairs-downstairs coalition that brought Barack Obama to the White House, and that continues to characterize his policies and presidency to this day.”

(So, Mrs. Clinton is a white culturist. As the lady herself might say: Ah am a leadeh in white cultcha? Why, shut my mouf! Ya shuah coulda fooled me!)

Well, don’t go there

The supposed most dangerous roads in the world.

Two are in Norway, so don’t go there.

One in Brazil has bad maintenance, missing pavement, big potholes, bandits and a prostitution ring. So, don’t go there.

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Could be more dangerous roads in, say, Africa have worse landslides, more attacks by bandits, and wild animals. But that is only a guess.

In 1968, one of the most dangerous roads in the world ran south from Xuan Loc, RVN, to Vung Tau. A 9th Infantry Division 3rd Squadron 5th Cavalry platoon was ambushed just south of Blackhorse Base Camp, with every one of the platoon's seven organic ACAVs, mortar track and both supporting M48 tanks hit by RPG and/or recoilless rifles.

Of course, Vietnam at that time probably would have scored 10 of 10 on most dangerous roads.

Why is ESPN losing subscribers?

The network has no idea. Probably what will happen: An announced policy of "increased diversity."

Ideas on why people are canceling subscriptions: Out, Mike Ditka. Out, Curt Schilling. In, some woman doing “color” for Major League Baseball games, explaining how and why men play baseball.