Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Oklahoma, Alley Oop and Stone Age archaeology

Dallas Frazier was born in Spiro, Okla. His parents moved to Bakersfield, Calif. Lots of Okie offspring in Bakersfield – Buck Owens, Merle Haggard – and a genre of music known as “the Bakersfield sound.” Frazier wrote “Alley Oop,” one of the best rock-era songs of pre-Beatles times. “Alley Oop” was recorded by studio musicians. Here is a link, if you are in the mood for silly, yet somehow meaningful, music.

Spiro is also near Spiro Mounds, one of North America’s most important archaeological sites, so Wikipedia says. It is the westernmost border of the Mississippian Culture.

Hmm. Boy born near Stone Age community later writes song about a Stone Age dude. Coincidence?

He shore is hip, ain’t he.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Things I would do if I lived 150 or 200 years ago

Run a freight business, with wagons and mules, maybe oxen.

Run a water-powered grist mill.

Own a few hundred acres with grass and run cattle.

Own and operate a small-town weekly newspaper.

Own and operate a general store.

Ride from town to town and see what was going on.

Stuff I’m getting tired of

I don’t know when it started. The earliest I remember was on Law and Order, when mean old Arthur Branch fired Serena Southerlyn, and Southerlyn’s first remark was: “Is it because I’m lesbian?”

What? What? Where did this come from?

See, the LGBQT-backers just drop that kind of thing on you. There is no previous indication of sodomite activity; just a sudden announcement.

And on Wheel of Fortune – yes, America’s game – when a woman contestant says she has been married for (__) years “to my lovely wife,” or a man contestant says he is married to “my wonderful husband.”

Last week on America’s Game, a contestant gave her job description as “erotic poet” and said she and her “wife” performed at women’s meetings and conventions.

Then, on NCIS New Orleans, two women FBI agents were in conversation, and one said, “Isn’t that why we broke up?”

What? Where did that come from? Again, no previous indication of sodomite activity, but writers/producers suddenly decide: “Hey – Let’s make a character lesbian! We don’t have one on the show. Everybody else has one.”

I guess I’ll just shuffle off to that Old Man Room, the one in my mind, where everybody is straight.

An amazing piece of stupid

Matthew Continetti, establishment conservative: “Many of the conservatives in Washington, D.C., myself included, arrived at their politics through study or experience at university, by encountering a great text, the coherence of natural law, the philosophy of Plato and Aristotle, or the economics of Smith, Ricardo, Friedman, and Tullock.” – The Company Men

Few things are jaw-dropping stupid, but that conclusion certainly is. Calluses on hands? Not for him. A shovel handle? Ditto. Marching through dust, rain and snow? Oh, no! His take is scripted liberal/progressive – You street corner people are too dumb to know what is good for you.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Is Baghdad Bob working for Palestinian Authority?

2003 – Saddam Hussein’s press rep tells news there were no U.S. forces in Baghdad, but video shows tanks a few blocks away. A day later, he said U.S. forces were “dying by the thousands” on the walls of Baghdad.

2016 – A “confidant of PA President Mahmoud Abbas” says the PA is collecting names and photographs of “’hundreds’ of Israel Defense Forces” and will take names and pictures to the International Criminal Court in 2017.

“In 2017, we are going to The Hague,” said Nasser Laham, according to Channel 2.

“We have hundreds of pages of names of IDF officers. Every pilot and every officer and every soldier — we have his photo, we have his name, and we are waiting for him at The Hague.”

(Every pilot and every officer and every soldier. Hundreds of them. Yes, yes, yes. Hundreds, I tell you.)

A real Tasmanian devil

‘Runaway seal’ sounds funny, unless it’s your windshield the 500-pound animal is sitting on.

“Dubbed ‘Mr Lou-Seal’ the animal made its way into the suburb of Newstead earlier today, sitting on cars causing thousands of dollars of damage and nonchalantly lumbering through the leafy streets.”

Link at

Saturday, December 24, 2016

So this ex-employee tries to rob his former boss in Mountain Pine, Ark.

The store owner had a shotgun; the robber fired a pistol.

"I told him 'Get down, drop the gun, everything,'" said Singh. "I gave him fair warning."

Singh took cover behind an aisle, after seeing the gunman was ignoring his commands. He said the two fired at each other. The suspects bullet hit the ceiling, but Singh's ...

"I shot him in his face," said Singh.

"It was pretty bad,' said Singh. "I couldn't believe somebody that I tried to help and they do me like this. It doesn't make sense."

He said Willis has a newborn and he would have helped him had he asked.

Link at

Friday, December 23, 2016

My wife laughed at the way I load a clothes dryer

Tonight I found out why my method is the proper way.

If you were never in a branch that uses hand grenades as a normal business tool, you might not understand. You have my sympathy.

#4 Putting laundry into a front-loading dryer

“I don’t know about you, but my washer and dryer sit right next to each other, so I’m always loading my dryer from the side, and the dryer opening looks very much like a machine gun port on a bunker. So all of a sudden the commonplace act of putting wet clothes into the dryer turns into destroying an enemy bunker with a grenade. The process is simple: reach into the washing machine, grab a handful of wet laundry, take up a good covered and concealed position next to the dryer, peer around the side, visually inspect the opening of the dryer to ensure you have a clear shot, then extend your arm, toss the laundry into the dryer, and roll back and away from the dryer to ensure you’re not caught in your own blast. And my wife wonders why I take so long to do laundry.”

(I don’t roll away from the dryer, but I don’t stand in front while loading it, either.)

The barbarians are no longer at the gate

They are in the garden.

“Angela Merkel’s decision to import a million violent low-IQ barbarians is just the most egregious example of the reckless disregard for their duties by the German rulers and the indifference of the German people to it.” – ‘Europe’s Bloody Future”

Concerning the “low-IQ barbarians.” Those people, Z-Man has said before, result from marriage of first cousins. Forget Sunni-Shia dustups. Keeping things in the family is a long Arab tradition, become Muslim in Afghanistan and Pakistan, among other countries.

In a previous post, Z-Man mentioned IQ as an important part in a nation of successful governance by its citizens. People in Muslim Middle Eastern, Far Eastern and African nations, Z-Man said, do not have an average IQ sufficient for successful representative government.

Or: “(I)t seems like there is a point, somewhere around 97, above which a modern civilization can be maintained and below which things abruptly begin to fall apart.”

A thing to consider: It is incorrect to think those real or media-hyped refugees will become just like us. Incorrect and dangerous. It is wrong to think their children will become Western republican/democrats. See what France has wrought since its acceptance of Algerians, Moroccans and Tunisians since the end of colonialism. See weekly headlines of murders in France.

We got out of Europe, and Europe is on the verge of collapse.

“For close to fifty years, Western Europe was America’s daycare center. Americans did all the heavy lifting with regard to the defense of Western Civilization both militarily and economically. European elites were allowed to play dress up and pretend to be in charge, but everyone knew the Americans were in charge. If something broke, America fixed it. If someone got an ouchy, America would salve their boo-boo. The Pax Americana allowed the West to remain in a state of perpetual adolescence.” (Z-Man link.)

Thursday, December 22, 2016

A ‘Yeah, but…’ headline

‘14-year-old shoots woman mistaken for animal in East Texas’

Rest of story: “Authorities found the woman’s car covered by a tarp and hidden in the backyard (sic) of the abandoned building. The woman did not have permission to be at the location and appeared to be burglarizing the house.”

Link at

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Navy makes ‘course correction’ on ratings

“Navy leaders are reversing their controversial decision to eliminate sailors’ ratings and will restore job titles across the fleet, according to a Navy message set for release Wednesday.

“Effective immediately, enlisted sailors will officially regain their ratings, the traditional job titles that have inspired a deep cultural loyalty and that have defined enlisted career tracks for generations, Navy officials said.

“Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, called it a ‘course correction’ and acknowledged the overwhelmingly negative reaction from the fleet was a key factor in the decision.

Link at

And: Navy’s top officer admits he misjudged backlash before dumping ratings. Same Navy Times link.

Maybe the admiral “misjudged backlash” because he never was a sailor, but a naval officer. “Course correction” is navalese for “I f’d up big time and have got to make it sound like I am a flexible leader.”

Monday, December 19, 2016

Chocolate war in Croatia

“The president of Croatia has issued a public apology for handing out packages of sweets that included Serbia-made chocolate to children in Dubrovnik, the ancient Adriatic Sea resort attacked and damaged by the Serb-led Yugoslav army in 1991.

“President Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic’s made the apology under pressure from Croatian nationalists.

“But Serb politicians responded with anger to her gesture, calling for a boycott of Croatian goods in Serbia. Some even demanded cutting ties between the two neighboring countries.

“Grabar Kitarovic said she was ‘unpleasantly surprised’ to learn the packages distributed in Dubrovnik this week included the Serbian chocolate product after the children’s parents complained.

“’We will apologize to parents and replace the chocolate with Croatian products,’ Grabar Kitarovic said Wednesday.

Of course, it takes two to make a war, and Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said: “I’m unaware that Croatia has declared war on us.”

Link at

Sunday, December 18, 2016

On a sign somewhere

Smoke Turkey Drumsticks
Smoke Turkey Wings
Smoke Cow Feet
Cow Something
Fresh Pork
Salt Pig Feet
Salt Pig Tail
Frozen Fish

(I’m guessing this is not a kosher market.)

And here’s a KISS T-shirt with four guys from Liverpool.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Some ships at Tampa docked near cruise ship

ATC-25 – deck stripped, no equipment visible. Search says ATC-25 is a chemical tank barge, no power, built in 1981, registered in USA. Picture with tug Osprey, 2012, in Galveston, Texas:

USCG 556, in drydock – Joshua Appleby, a Keeper-class cutter, based out of St. Petersburg. Wikipedia link:

American Victory – A Victory-class ship, laid down 30 March 1945, launched 24 May 1945, acquired by the U.S. 20 June 1945, out of service 1969. Now a museum in Port of Tampa. Between 1946 and 1966, American Victory spent 10 years in naval service and 10 years chartered to commercial carriers. The ship delivered cargo to Vietnam from 1966-69. She is one of three Victory-class ships still afloat.

In the interest of security

“Holland America Line

“Dear Guests(s),

“We would like to inform you that your luggage was identified by terminal security for an additional security check onboard therefore, we kindly ask you to proceed to Deck 1, midship, at your earliest convenience, in order for you to be present when we inspect your luggage. Your luggage will then be delivered to your stateroom shortly after.

“Kind regards,

“Guest Services
“ms Oosterdam”

(What it was, was a bottle of medicine. The cruise line has a rule on number of bottles of liquor that may be brought aboard; therefore, people sometimes try to sneak on more stuff. The letter was addressed to “Dear Guests(s), and there was no punctuation between “onboard” and “therefore.”)

Friday, December 16, 2016

Government replacing everything

Where innovation once led America, government now rules.

Modernized winter holiday songs

I saw Daddy Kissing Santa Claus

Illegally Occupied Town of Bethlehem

Judenfrei Night

In the garden of the Hemingway House

He was a well-off man, financially. He had enough money for houses in several places – Florida, Arkansas, Idaho, Cuba, probably others.

Sitting on a bench outside the house, shaded by bamboo, I realized: He didn’t have as much stuff as a 2016 American who lives below the Federal Poverty Line.

Hemingway House, Key West, Florida

Nice place, well-equipped for its time. Pictures of Hemingway, with Ingrid Bergman, with a Cuban in October 1960, on his boat Pilar.

There were no pictures of Hemingway with a dead lion or big horn sheep or elk, or any other animal he was known to have killed on safari or hunting trip. No safari pictures at all, and only one of Hemingway with a big marlin.

Several years ago I saw a short film of Hemingway on safari – Hemingway and his gun bearer at the right-hand side, a black-maned lion charging in a full-out run, intent on killing Hemingway and the gun bearer. Hemingway tracked the lion, shot it at around 20 feet. The lion rolled over, dying close enough Hemingway leaned forward and put a just-in-case bullet into it.

Now that would have been a good thing to show to tourists.

Illusions at sea

Three lights hung in the dark ocean sky, two reds and a white, three inches above the eastern horizon. On a clock face, the reds would have been at one o’clock and four o’clock, the white at 10 o’clock. After I had watched for less than a minute, all three lights began descending, each taking a 45-degree dive toward the ocean. The lights continued to descend long after they should have disappeared. It is understandable, why there are reports of lights going into the ocean – the Underwater Unidentified Flying Objects.

But the lights I saw did not reach the ocean; they just kept descending.

Won’t you let me take you on a sea cruise

That’s what my wife said, sort of. Several months ago she informed me she and three other wives were booking a cruise, and did I want to go? Other husbands had agreed to accompany the wives.

My only other trip on a ship was in early spring, 1965, Oakland to the Republic of Korea, on a Navy troop ship. The trip was uneventful and rather enjoyable. I had no duties, other than keep my area clean (a canvas hammock) and shave every day, as any soldier should. The ship stopped in Pearl Harbor, Guam, Yokohama, Okinawa and then anchored off Inchon, where we soldiers boarded an LCI (Landing Craft Infantry) for the trip to shore. Pacific Ocean, warm weather, lie on deck – what’s not to like? The ship even had a library.

So, 51 (not far from 52) years later, civilian ship, Key West to somewhere in Honduras to somewhere in Guatemala to somewhere in Mexico and return to Tampa. Food was OK, for the most part. The weather was fine.

We got back this morning.

Overall thought, as written by Chuck Berry: I’m so glad I’m living in the USA.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

This should have made the list

of World’s Strangest Airports.

“Phuket International Airport (Thai: ท่าอากาศยานภูเก็ต) (IATA: HKT, ICAO: VTSP) is an international airport serving Phuket Province of Thailand. It is in the north of Phuket Island, 32 kilometres (20 mi) from the centre of Phuket City. … Phuket Island is a popular resort destination.”

Bangkok, Phuket … What is one to make of Thailand?

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Cloud Chief, Okla., and Dale Mitchell

Dale Mitchell played major league ball from 1946-56, all but a few games for the Cleveland Indians. His last year in the majors, Mitchell played 38 games for the Indians and 19 games for the Brooklyn Dodgers. He hit .292 for Brooklyn, and played four games in the 1956 World Series. Mitchell was called out on strikes as the last out in Don Larsen’s no-hitter. Mitchell always said the pitch was a ball. Watching a film of the at-bat, I agree with Mitchell.

Mitchell’s lifetime batting average was .312. In the Indians’ 1948 championship year, Mitchell got 204 hits, then followed with 203 hits the next year.

Mitchell was born in Colony, Oklahoma. He grew up in Cloud Chief and is buried there.

Cloud Chief was county seat of Washita County. The town no longer exists. Here is a link to a picture of the court house in 1898.,_Oklahoma#/media/File:WashitaCoCourthouse1898.jpg

Men in the picture are digging a water well. Oil was still hiding beneath the surface in other parts of Oklahoma.

“The Cloud Chief public schools opened for the 1892-1893 school year. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) built a high school in 1938, which closed after the 1959-1960 school year. The high school was known as the Cloud Chief Warriors. The Cloud Chief post office closed on December 31, 1964. The town also lost its charter in 1964.”,_Oklahoma

Mitchell played college ball at the University of Oklahoma. His career batting average was .467. His senior year, he hit .507.

“The L. Dale Mitchell Baseball Park at the University of Oklahoma is named in his honor.”

Robber: I got a gun. Clerk: So do I

“In Kansas City, Missouri, Tho Van Tran showed his gun to a convenience store clerk in an attempt to rob the store. The clerk had his own gun and shot Mr. Tran in the shoulder and held him down until the police arrived.”

Cause and effect a Western concept

ISIS with RPG in an enclosed room.

RPG – Rocket Propelled Grenade.

An enemy of experts.


Sunday, December 4, 2016

CNN anchor solidifies place as most stupid on TV news

And to hold that position is an achievement of supreme effort.

“By Douglas Ernst – The Washington Times – Tuesday, November 29, 2016

“A CNN host used a segment on Islamophobia on Monday to suggest American non-Muslims may want to start wearing hijabs.

“’New Day’ with Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota featured a piece titled ‘The Trump transition: Fearful Muslim women take steps to be safe’ just hours before Abdul Razak Ali Artan, 20, attempted to use a vehicle and a butcher knife to kill Ohio State University students. The ill-timed story ended with Ms. Camerota discussing ways to ease the fears of Muslim Americans.

“’Maybe there will be a movement where people wear the head scarf in solidarity. You know, even if you’re not Muslim,’ Ms. Camerota said, The Daily Caller reported Tuesday. ‘Maybe it’s the way people shave their heads, you know, sometimes in solidarity with somebody who is going through something.’”

“…the way people shave their heads … sometimes in solidarity with somebody who is going through something.” Going through something. Like, maybe, cancer? This woman suggests President-Elect Donald Trump has made Muslim women as fearful as though they had cancer.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Update on 'Vlad the Impaler'

I read less than half the book. The saying is reinforced: You get what you pay for.

‘There are no more Italians’

More mosques in Italy?

Link at

A book about Vlad the Impaler has violence?

Book shopping, Eastern Europe, an interesting title: “Vlad the Impaler; Son of Dracul,” by Alan C. Baird.


Really? A book about Vlad the Impaler contains violence? An assumption: Any book with “Impaler” in the title probably has some graphic violence, even if quoted from historical documents.

What, I wondered, is “transgressive violence?” Normally, “trans” can refer to movement (transportation) or “on the other side of,” as in “Trans Caucasus.” These days, though, “trans” figures in lots of things – too many things. “Transsexual” or “Transgender” come to mind, since those are things of importance (according to news people) in the so essential, on-going debate and argument and etc. as to who uses which facility to stand or sit while peeing. (All part of the Progressive Social Justice War that one kind of genitalia is no more important than another kind, unless yours is of the kind designated male by the patriarchy, in which case you are doomed to the fires of Hell for having that kind, but if yours is of the kind designated female, then you are an angel of discretion and harbor no ill will toward any human. Or non-human. Or any other thing or molecule.)

A search shows “transgressive” in this case to be “Of or relating to a genre of fiction, filmmaking, or art characterized by graphic depictions of behavior that violate socially acceptable norms, often involving violence, drug use, and sexual deviancy.” That’s from the Free Dictionary.

Still, I wondered why anybody found it necessary to place a warning on a book about Vlad the Impaler. The book is 45 pages. It was free. There is the possibility of “You get what you pay for.”