Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Brexit will lead to … stuff we don’t like, ‘trade organizations’ say

Dudes, you should have got out the vote. You didn’t, you lost, and now you get all pissy, like U.S. Democrats.


I suspect the writer is a millennial

Clue: She buys at Whole Foods.

‘This Is the Stupidest Mistake You Can Make at Whole Foods’

“I recently had the misfortune of discovering the most expensive item in the ready-made hot foods section of Whole Foods. Knowing everything is priced by the pound, I thought I was being smart and conscientious when I filled up the smallest container with mashed potatoes. ‘They surely couldn't charge more than $5 for a small box of potatoes, right?’ I told myself.

“I proudly walked the items up to the cash register, and the cashier weighed my tiny box. My stomach flopped when "$14" appeared on the screen. ‘Excuse me, sir. Did you accidentally rest your hand on the scale? I couldn't possibly have just scooped $14 worth of potatoes into that container,’ I said, trying to ease my discomfort. He chuckled and shook his head, ‘There's no mistake. The hot bar is the 'Whole' in 'Whole Paycheck,' hon.’ There was no chance I could abandon the container either. Once scooped, must purchase. I simultaneously felt robbed and like a complete idiot.

“FYI, everyone, the hot bar is $8.99 a pound. Let it be known that the smallest container fills approximately 1.6 pounds worth of mashed potatoes. Also worth noting, the mashed potatoes from the hot bar are the same price in the hot deli: $8.99. I'm never, ever, ever going back to the Whole Foods hot bar . . . that is, until the 365 by Whole Foods store opens in my neighborhood and the hot bar is priced by the container size, not by weight. The same container at a 365 store would cost me $5.50, a MUCH more reasonable price for mashed potatoes.”


(Okay. She knew “everything is charged by the pound.” Therefore, the smallest container, which holds … Wait! She doesn’t know the weight the container holds; she knows only that the container she chose is the smallest available. Clue to writer: The more mashed potatoes you cram into a container, the heavier is the content. Another clue: How hard is it to fix your own mashed potatoes?

(Bless her heart.)

We have met the future, and it is here

On not presenting the annual Vagina Monologues:

“’At its core, the show offers an extremely narrow perspective on what it means to be a woman,’ wrote Erin Murphy, a representative of Mount Holyoke’s student-run theater board, in an email. ‘Gender is a wide and varied experience, one that cannot simply be reduced to biological or anatomical distinctions, and many of us who have participated in the show have grown increasingly uncomfortable presenting material that is inherently reductionist and exclusive.’”


So someone not born with a vagina, but who thinks he is a woman, might feel bad after watching the monologue. Huh. I “feel bad” after reading about stupids. Does that make me a victim?

Of course it does! Of course I am a victim! I am offended by stupid people. They make me feel bad because their stupidity means I am smarter than they are and I have more common sense, and knowing I am smarter is so not nice in these years of the Progressives.

All the people who wore “pussy hats” at demonstrations and in court rooms and etc., weren’t they offending men who say they are women but don’t have a vagina? (Except the one worn on the head, that is.)

Who’s going to pay the emotional bill for all this nonsense?

“And, as usual with liberal social engineering, it’s women who have to make the biggest adjustments to the new order. They are being told that they are no longer unique as a sex, and that someone who was a biological man for thirty years of his life before transitioning to becoming female can now not open compete with them in sports but is, apparently as much a woman as they are.”

Link at maggiesfarm.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Too many people!

Edmond, Okla., has never had a population decrease from census to census, rocketing from 294 people in 1890 to 81,405 in 2010.

The city has had especially big increases since the 1960 census.

1960-70: 93.9%

1970-80: 108.2%

1980-90: 51%

1990-2000: 30.6%

2000-2010: 19.2%

Estimated 2015: 10.7% increase.

Top three employers in Edmond: Edmond School System – 2,558; University of Central Oklahoma – 1,178; City of Edmond – 667.


Texas-Israel pact a giant step in the right direction

“Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller signed the first-ever trade agreement between the Lone Star State and Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

“’I’m here in the Shomron [Samaria] — Israel — to create a revived Texas-Israel exchange,’ Miller declared, according to the (Jerusalem) Post.

“’I think the Jewish community, the Jewish state needs to reclaim all of its land. … The sooner the better.’”


Link at http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/

We need some new bumper stickers: Don’t Mess With Israel, Either.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Living way out there takes grit

Vinson is in Harmon County, which is smack dab up against the Texas Panhandle in Southwest Oklahoma.

Land around Vinson is pretty much empty. The Salt Fork of the Red River starts not too far west, in Texas, then flows south before cutting southeast and then east into Oklahoma.

The 2016 population was 178. The average household size is 2.7 people. I think we could round that up to 3. Only statisticians believe in decimal-people. Median age in Vinson is 44.1. United States median age is 37.4.

More numbers here: http://www.bestplaces.net/people/zip-code/oklahoma/vinson/73571

Here is a short video on Vinson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuIz5jV1upg

Hollywood actor and radio showman Rufe Davis was born and raised on a farm in Vinson. He was one of 12 children of William M. Davidson and Didama Tittle Davidson. Davis was railroad conductor Floyd Smoot on Petticoat Junction. He was also in a bunch of movies – Under Texas Skies, Lone Star Raiders and The Trail Blazers, all in 1940; seven more Westerns in 1941; and three in 1942. Wikipedia says Davis was in 30 movies between 1937-69. He died in 1974, at the age of 66.

Funny sometimes how things work out. A man gets a job and then another job and those jobs lead to something else, and pretty soon he’s looking back at 30 movies as he looks forward to television. I guess Rufe Davis learned grit and determination on that farm in Vinson, Okla.

(I might have already written about Vinson. This time sounds different, though.)

Free science from the shackles of straight white people!

March for Science (April 22):

“Jacquelyn Gill, a biology and ecology professor at the University of Maine, told STAT that she quit the organizing committee in recent weeks because of leaders’ resistance to aggressively addressing inequalities — including race and gender. . .”

“In another (corner) are those who argue that the march should also bring attention to broader challenges scientists face, including issues of racial diversity in science, women’s equality, and immigration policy. . .”

All the infighting does not take away from aversion to common enemies: “(M)ore than 400 cities worldwide will host simultaneous events on April 22 to repudiate science policies of the new White House and Congress.”

And (always) a Tweet: “Science without intersectional feminism is white supremacy.”


All the principles from which science sprang, fully grown, like The Birth of Venus, somehow came about with no input from LGBT women or LGBT men, or anyone from other sexual choice/gender determination.

Oh, but had all the rules of physics, chemistry, math and other real sciences been developed by homosexual women or homosexual men or in-betweens or neithers, then the world be a place where all is peace and joy and love, where the soul of man never dies. Oh. Strike that last phrase. It exemplifies belief in something not scientifically proven.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

White Rabbit, a cappella

Grace Slick and nothing else.


A face from 700 years ago


Link at americandigest.org

A friend messaged from London yesterday

She was in Westminster, near the bridge, across the river from Parliament. She said she was OK. She did not say anything else.

K stayed with my wife and me more than three years ago, as a Rotary International exchange student. She is from Denmark. She would always be safe. Nothing bad happens in Denmark. Or in London, for that matter.

Who knew Chuck Berry was so conservative?

Up in the morning and out to school
The teacher is teaching the Golden Rule
American history and practical math
You studying hard and hoping to pass
Working your fingers right down to the bone
-- Hail, Hail Rock and Roll

And: Looking hard for a drive in, searching for a corner cafe
Where hamburgers sizzle on an open grill night and day
Yeah, and a jukebox jumping with records like in the U.S.A.
-- Back in the USA

Well, maybe not so conservative.

From Sippican Cottage:

Chuck Berry's dead. He was 90. Bonne chance at Saint Peter's gate, Chuck, you're going to need it. You were a magnificent mean weird wonderful hack genius AMERICAN.

He was all those things, surely. He wasn't American. He was AMERICAN. Only America could possibly produce him. The rest of the world loved him, as you can see by watching this video from France in 1965. Europe loved him, but they could never cobble a guy like that together. The important part of his career was already over when this video was made, though few knew it at the time, including Chuck. Europe was already an off Broadway production.

Europeans sent us a bronze broad to stand in the granite harbor outside Ellis Island. It was allegedly a gift, but I suspect they sent it so they'd have something familiar to look at after they bolted the doors on their dusty museum of cultures and fled. We sent them Chuck Berry records in return as a way to show them This is how we roll.

To Europe, America has always been a bad man. The pecksniff attitude their governments have always heaped on us has a dash of cowardice in it. Chuck was a bad man. It made him all the more American to a toff, I imagine. I don't mean he was a bad man in just the figurative sense, though. Chuck was a real live criminal. If you read Chuck's bios, you're bound to find fans desperately trying to pooh-pooh his criminal background. The gun he used in a carjacking was broken, so it doesn't matter...

Don't buy it. Chuck was what he was, and he never really made any bones about it. He really was kinda mean, edgy, hypersexual, pushy, grasping and grabby. Who cares? He went to jail occasionally, and that was that. Chuck had a chip on his shoulder after he got out of jail, but then again, he had one before he went in.

Chuck Berry was important in the context of the 1950s. He was a big star for half of the 1960s, too, but after Nadine, he mostly traded on the fact that a whole lot of British Invasion bands adored him. He made a little money in the seventies by making a damn fool of himself with songs like My Ding-A-Ling. It was simply dreadful, and not very fun for a novelty tune. After a while, Chuck just showed up to his gigs in varying states of sobriety with an untuned guitar. He plugged it in and started blasting away without first bothering to count four with an endless procession of ad hoc bands he didn't have to pay or acknowledge. Occasionally it was a few Beatles or Stones, most often a bar band. He didn't seem to acknowledge the difference. The checks only had one name on them.

But the fifties, man; he defined America in the 1950s. Forget Elvis. Elvis went up the front stairs and asked your big sister to go to the movies. He really wasn't all that subversive. It was Chuck Berry that came up the back stairs, round about midnight, and asked your mother if your father was home. He went up the back stairs of the whole damn world before he was through. I offered that video with the underwater sound and the band that doesn't know the arrangement to show you what the fuss was about. Look at Chuck. The stage is too small for him, even though the world is his stage.

America was the most important thing in the world at the turn of the twentieth century, but no one knew it yet. It took World War I to demonstrate what paper tigers the European empires had become. America flipped the 19th century script and went to Belleau Wood with all the fury of a father turning the car around. When it was over, we shirked the big mantle and went back to our cornfields. We avoided the responsibilities of a great power until the hakenkreuz and the rising sun were waved right in our faces. We shrugged and rolled up our sleeves and pounded the world flat again, because that's the way we liked it. It's easier to drive on.

Then came the fifties. The Soviets stood there, leering over half the globe, and said they would bury us. We yawned. We had the sobriety of Eisenhower on our side. We had the muscle of finned cars rolling off assembly lines uncounted with a sunburned arm out the window on day one. We minted legions ready for the next version of America from public schools with the mortar still setting. Jonas Salk and a thousand others like him beat not only microbes, but fear of sickness itself. Hollywood gilded the country in pictures, and then gilded itself. Something raucous or fun or serious or thoughtful came bubbling out of our radios, projectors, and TVs in an endless stream. Broadway shone like a thousand Folies Bergere.

And then came Chuck Berry, from Saint Louis, the center of our universe. He stood up like a man and looked you straight in the eye. He was full of the optimism of a card sharp and his own unsavory brand of charm. I'll strut, thank you, like the peacock I am. He didn't wink or pinch. He winked and pinched, and he meant every one. There were no idle threats, no meaningless boasts. Chuck don't flirt. Chuck asked for what he wanted, flat out, with a twinkle in his eye and an angel on his shoulder and the devil in his heart. He'd put up his fists if you wanted it, and laugh with you afterwards, too -- when you've said you've had enough.

Chuck Berry outlasted the Soviet Union by a quarter of a century. Bury us? We Berryed you.


Link at http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Climbing through barbed wire

When I was 5 (1951), my mother took my older sister and me with her when she went to gather pecans near Rock Creek. We had to climb through a tight barbed wire fence.

My mother told Carolyn and me we would have to watch out for soldiers patrolling the area.

While we were picking up pecans beneath a large tree, my mother said, “Hide! The soldiers are coming!” I got down in the grass, but peeked up and saw a jeep with two soldiers drive by on the gravel perimeter road.

We gathered pecans until my mother decided we had enough. We climbed back through the fence, which had signs KEEP OUT and MILITARY INSTALLATION plainly posted.

Racist media

How come nobody has asked President Trump about his NCAA final four choices? For seven consecutive Marches, news reporters (snark, snark) fell all over themselves to get President Obama’s basetball picks.

Isn’t it racist to believe only a black African-American president knows anything about basketball?

People in the Northeast and on the West Coast going ‘What???’

Last weekend the Paris, Texas, Police Officers Association held its second annual varmint hunt, with points for possums, raccoons, foxes, coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions and wild hogs.

Misleading headline

‘Chelsea Clinton Gets Lifetime Achievement Award for Doing Nothing’


Now, now. She did something. She got born by Bill Clinton through Hillary Clinton. Other than that … Well, other than that doesn’t matter.

Oh, she did say something about “I tried to care about money, but I couldn’t.”


She is becoming the elite of the elite through simple knowledge of "I have always received what I deserved."

Thoughtful British soldiers leave empty bottles for archaeologists

“Ron Toueg, an archaeologist with the IAA who headed the salvage operation, told The Times of Israel that the trove included three intact bottles of Gordon’s Dry Gin, a bottle of Dewar’s whisky, beer bottles, wine bottles, and bottles of mineral water, including one from Johannesburg, South Africa.”


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Almost everybody died

In 1645, rebel leader Zhang Xianzhong, in revolt against the Ming Dynasty, began killing people he thought conspired against his rule in Sichuan. How many people he killed is unknown, but the 1758 Ming census showed the province with a population of 3.12 million. In 1661, the population was 16,096 men. Famine might have taken most of those people, but Zhang was responsible for thousands of deaths.

Archaeologists have recovered more than 10,000 items from Zhang’s treasure ships.

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OldLfbNG8qg

Story at http://www.thehistoryblog.com/

‘Treasure if Ming Dynasty uprising leader found.’

Monday, March 20, 2017

Dean Hallmark, murdered by Japanese army

By Bob Merriman

On April 18, 1942, 1LT Dean Hallmark sat in the left hand seat of a B-25 bomber, brakes locked, throttles pushed farther and farther forward, running engine speed far past normal RPMs for takeoff. At a signal from a sailor on the flight deck, Hallmark released the brakes and sent his twin-engined aircraft down the flight deck of the USS Hornet.

Hallmark was pilot of the sixth B-25 to leave the Hornet that day. The flight would be his last.

Five planes ahead was a B-25 flown by then-Lt. Col. James H. Doolitle, commander of 80 aircrew and 16 medium bombers that would drop high explosive and incendiary bombs on military targets in five Japanese cities.

Tokyo, Yokohama, Kagoya, Kobe and Osaka received American bombs that day. The bombs caused little physical damage, but leaders of the country that bombed Pearl Harbor four months before and brought the United States into war, were horrified that enemy air and naval forces could come so close to the home islands.

Dean Hallmark moved to Paris, Texas, from Greenville in 1935. He played football two years at Paris Junior College.

“He was a big guy, about six-four,” retired Lt. Col. (USAF-R) Henry Lee Somerville said almost 20 years ago. Somerville knew Hallmark from classes at PJC.

“He went on to play football at the University of Alabama,” Somerville added.

Somerville was in the Army Air Force in World War II and in the Air Force for the Korean War after recall to active duty.


Legend has it the Doolittle raid was sketched out on a white table cloth in a Washington, D.C., restaurant in early 1942. To Navy and Army Air Force tacticians and planners in the know, the idea was insane – loading 16 bombers on an aircraft carrier. Even more insane was that the bombers, loaded with bombs and fuel, could somehow stagger into the air after lumbering less than 500 feet down a wooden flight deck. Aircraft carriers were made to carry Navy airplanes, and those had only one engine, and wings that folded to save space in hangar decks and on the flight deck.

The United States, though, had suffered the ignominy of losing almost all its Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, and Gen. Douglas Mac Arthur’s air strength had been destroyed on the ground at Clark Army Airfield in the Philippines several hours after the attack on Hawaii. To strike back at the Japanese was of political and military importance.

Crews for the attack practiced at Eglin Army Airfield in Florida until each B-25 could lift off from a runway marked the length of an aircraft carrier flight deck. Because of the long flight involved, bombers were stripped of bottom machine gun turret, tail guns and waist guns. Removal of almost all defensive armament meant each B-25 would fly with a crew of five. Since the bombers would operate at an unusually low altitude, the normal bomb sight was useless. An expedient bomb sight was developed, made of a block of wood with nails and string.

The original plan called for the B-25s to leave the Hornet well within Japanese waters, bomb their targets, then fly to an area in China not occupied by the Japanese army. When in the safe area, crews were to look for lights marking a landing strip, land and refuel, and then fly out of China.

On the morning of April 18, all those plans changed when the Navy task force sighted Japanese fishing boats and patrol boats. Naval gunfire sank the boats, but no one knew if radio warnings had been sent to Tokyo. Doolittle and the task force commander, Adm. William F. Halsey, decided to launch the B-25s from 750 miles out. Earlier launch time meant increased flight time and increased fuel consumption.

What had been a risky raid became, in Somerville’s words, “a suicide mission.”
Of the 16 B-25s in the raid, 15 crashed in China, some with crews aboard, others after crewmembers jumped. The pilot of the 16th plane flew his B-25 to the Soviet Union after deciding he did not have enough fuel to fly to China.

Hallmark’s crew was one of two captured by the Japanese – 10 Americans foreigners, who had attacked the homeland. The remaining Americans were rescued by the Chinese and later flown back to the United States.


In 1951, Somerville was billeted at the former Tokyo Athletic Club. There, he said, “a respected Japanese acquaintance … told me about Dean’s head being cut off by Japanese captors across the street. … Taigi said he watched the beheading.”

“But,” Somerville said, “those people were not Dean and his crew.” Injured in the crash of their B-25, Hallmark and his crew were deemed unlikely to survive a trip to Tokyo, where the Japanese military would try the Americans for war crimes.

“So the Japanese captors just shot them,” Somerville said. He was told by Gen George C. Kenney, “The Japs found tall, healthy-looking Caucasians, dressed them up in Army uniforms, (and) staged public beheadings in five different cities to assure the Japanese citizens they would never be bombed again.”

Japanese military record show three captured Doolittle raiders were executed. Dean Hallmark was one of the three.

On Jan. 18, 1946, United Press International correspondent Walter Rundle filed a story from Shanghai, telling of the executions of Hallmark, 1LT William G. Farrow and Sgt. Harold Spatz. Rundle interviewed Japanese army CPT Sotohiro Tatsuta, who was chief jailer of the Japanese military prison in Shanghai when Hallmark, Farrow and Spatz were shot on Oct. 16, 1942.

The day before the killings, Tatsuta said, his “seniors told me three of them had been sentenced to death and would be executed tomorrow, so I removed the three from their original room in order to avoid confusion. … At dawn this next morning, Oct. 16, the 15 men of the firing squad were ready. The previous afternoon I had prepared crosses and boxes for their ashes and bones.

“The very moment I marched them out on the execution ground, I told them the execution was ready and that they had been sentenced to death by a court-martial.

“The flyers told me: ‘Okay we expected that all the time.’
“Just before they died, I called out to them: ‘You are dying a heroic death for your country. Your names will be outstanding in American history.’”

After Hallmark, Farrow and Spatz were killed, Tatsuta said he “burned all three bodies and put their charred bones and ashes in the boxes previously prepared and forwarded them to my seniors for delivery to their respective homes in America.”

(Originally published in The Paris News, August 1999. Minor editing done.)

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Anti-Israel UN official quits

While US media focus on President Trump taking their lunch money, a small victory occurred in the Middle East.

“Rima Khalaf, a Jordanian who served as executive secretary of the Beirut-based Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), announced her resignation at a hastily arranged press conference in the Lebanese capital.”


Khalaf quit rather than follow UN secretary general’s instruction that the anti-Israel document be removed from the ESCWA web site.

“The secretary general asked me yesterday morning to withdraw (the report). I asked him to rethink his decision, he insisted, so I submitted my resignation from the UN,” Khalaf said.

Ever fair in her organization’s treatment of Israel, Khalaf added, “We expected of course that Israel and its allies would put huge pressure on the secretary general of the UN so that he would disavow the report, and that they would ask him to withdraw it.”

(Israel’s “allies” include, after an eight-year absence, the United States.)

Friday, March 17, 2017

Machines are taking over, but that’s not all bad

My wife bought a robotic vacuum cleaner. She named it Hazel. The machine does a very good job of vacuuming. It works for around two hours to do the whole house, recharging two times. When its power becomes low, little round Hazel makes its way to the charger and glides into position.

(I just had a thought: My wife named several machines after women. The GPS she bought for me several years ago she named Eleanor because it was bossy, like Franklin Roosevelt’s wife. The on-board GPS in my wife’s Ford Flex is called Lucy, because it often has some ‘splanin’ to when it shows an illogical route and then commands the driver toward that route instead of going a commonsense way.)

Hazel is persistent. Encountering an obstacle, it turns 90 degrees, moves a few inches, turns back to its original direction, attempting to move around the obstacle. The robot will do that until it is successful in going the direction it wanted in the first place. Just visualize a couch, with the robot moving, turning, moving, again and again until it clears the obstacle.

The first time we used the machine, it stopped after about 20 minutes and announced it was not on a level surface. It asked to be leveled. It had dropped into the sliding door slots. Later, it got underneath the bed and could not find its way out. Then it vacuumed the shower, but could not climb back into the bathroom.

Our two dogs put up with the robot, but they do not like it. When Charlie sees the robot, he goes somewhere else.

Victor, the larger dog, watches the machine make its way across the floor. The look on his face shows he thinks Hazel is a malevolent creature, intent on doing harm. Victor keeps his place on the floor until the robot is moving directly toward him and is close, and then he gets up and goes to the safety of a cave, i.e., a bedroom.

Hazel always finds him.

(Edited to fix a not-paying-attention mistake of calling the robot the wrong name.)

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Washington Post Headline: Massive cuts to the arts, science and the poor

The story is about Trump’s budget. Well, I guess the Post has its own recognition of who the government is supposed to give money to: arts, science and the poor.

Sen. Marco Rubio (Rino-Fla.) said Trump can write and talk all he wants about the budget, but, "We do the budget here. The administration makes recommendations, but Congress does budgets."



Sen. Rubio, a suggestion: Fish, cut bait or get out of the boat. (If the boat is in a swamp, there probably are alligators, so if he's not going to fish, Mr. Marco might want to consider cutting bait.)

The golden goose of all triggers

As Lawrence Welk said: Wunnerful, wunnerful.

By The_Donald

“Stay with me Pedes. Let me preface this by saying I have friends that are cucks. I don't hold it against them. I tend to believe they will come to their senses one day.

“So I am talking with one of my cuck friends that is a Facebook shill reposting a bunch of Huffington articles. I was talking to him about his kids and school and which school they are going to attend because they go to private schools. He starts talking shit about Trump and Betsy DeVos and how they are going to ruin the school systems. And I say, ‘well you made your decision to go to private schools long before Trump and DeVos had any influence.’ He chuckles sheepishly and says the public schools in his area suck.

“So I give him a little shit and say, ‘Oh yeah, so you are all about open borders as long as those kids don't go to the same schools as your kids.’


"Fake American"

“And this guy that I knew and loved absolutely loses his shit on me. I am talking epic meltdown. I thought at one point he was literally going to attack me.

“I don't know what it is with the left and that label ‘fake.’ They really really hate it. I mean #fakenews is driving them f-ing insane.

“So I walked away from that conversation not really realizing I had stumbled onto something. I told my based wife and she laughed at his meltdown. Then, I told my cucked mother-in-law, who I also have a really good relationship with, and she got very upset over that term ‘fake.’ ‘You can't just throw that word around.’

“Huh? So this got me scratching my head. I don't watch CNN so maybe somehow they've poisoned the minds of the masses to believe that ‘fake’ is an evil word.

“So I started dropping the label ‘fake American’ every chance I got when I knew I was talking to a leftie, in a very casual sarcastic joking manner. And you know what? Sure as shit, each and every one of them had a strong visceral response - they were TRIGGERED!

“So I bring this information to this patriotic community because there is power in triggering cucks and I truly believe this ‘fake American’ label is the mother of all triggers.

I suggest you also start using it at every chance you get, every tweet, every text, every post.


Link at http://americandigest.org/

Democratic comments on Republican proposed budget

Republicans don't care about poor people.

Republicans want to destroy working families.

The Republican budget will kill children.

(Well, hell. Why not follow Obama's suggestion: Take a pain pill and wait to die.)


UN board composed of Arab countries posts anti-Israel tirade

UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia is composed of 18 Arab countries and lists “the state of Palestine as a full member.

These non-biased Arabs say “available evidence establishes beyond a reasonable doubt that Israel is guilty of policies and practices that constitute the crime of apartheid as legally defined in instruments of international law.”


Who would think that a UN organization whose purpose is “to strengthen cooperation and promote development” would ever denigrate the only non-Arab country in the Middle East?

Massive winter storm to affect 50 million!

“And why is it a routine winter snowstorm can cross the whole country unremarked until it reaches the east coast, then it becomes a blizzard emergency with a name and 'round-the-clock national breaking news?”


Link at http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/

Somebody at some site a few days ago, talking about constant non-news on the news networks, mentioned weather as an example of local news gone national. News folks have to dress up the javelina, adding a bit of lipstick and a dash of perfume, in order to make it news, therefore the 50 million affected. As for giving names to the storms, why not something simple? 2017 Freeze Your A** Off #1, #2, etc.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

About that federal money my office sent you …

“Obama's Federal Transit Administration chief Carolyn Flowers approved a federal grant for the electrification project two days before President Obama left office. She is now employed by a contractor for the Caltrain project.”

And: The Transbay Transit Center (train station) is scheduled to open this year. Backers of high-speed rail hope trains will one day arrive at the station. Until then, the three-block-long “dynamic hub” will be “little more than the world's most expensive bus station -- serving mainly the 14,000 transbay bus commuters who roll in and out daily on AC Transit.”

‘If you build a train station, will trains come?’


Yeah, it’s easy to poke fun when dollars in the hundreds of millions are spent in order to make something that will be too expensive to tear up when it isn’t finished or becomes too expensive for construction to continue, especially when the something is in California and my only investment is a few tax pennies. But, the project has something for everybody, except maybe opposing farmers and small business owners mentioned in the column. Nobody really knows what the “something” is for everybody, because politicians and builders are doing most of the talking.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Small county seat

The official 2010 census for Jasper, Arkansas, counted 466 people within the city limits. Jasper is county seat for Newton County, in the northwest part of the state, two counties down from Missouri and three counties east of Oklahoma.

Newton County’s 2010 population was 8,330. At least two other towns in the county have more people than does Jasper, but bigger does not always signify more important.

The 2000 census noted Jasper’s racial breakdown as 99.98% white, 0.01% Native American, 0.01% from “other races,” and 0.00% from two or more races. The “Hispanic or Latino of any race” official federal category showed 0.00%. Newton County is 99.29% white.

Overwhelmingly white populations are normal in mountainous areas of the South. Farms were small and in valleys and required no more labor than a farm family could provide, with maybe a farm hand or two. Food crops prevailed over cotton. Unlike in the lower, flatter areas of the state, slave labor was not a necessity.

What that meant during the American Civil War was a split in political loyalty or disloyalty in the area. Wikipedia says men from the Newton area served in both the Confederate and Union army regiments.

Depending on how you look at things

“Newton County as a whole mostly supported the Union; however, in 1863, while searching for (Confederate guerilla leader John) Cecil, Union troops burned Jasper to the ground and moved their sympathizers to Springfield, Missouri.”


Or: “Violence took a severe toll on the civilian population, and at one point, Captains McCoy and Vanderpool escorted 20 wagons of Unionist families from Newton County to Missouri to seek refuge.”


Newton County is in that part of Arkansas that has scenery. The county lies in the Boston Mountain range of the Ozarks. The Buffalo River runs west-east through the county.

http://www.arkansas.com/places-to-go/cities-and-towns/city-detail.aspx?city=jasper says, “More than one third of the county is owned by some government entity (National Park Service, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, State of Arkansas and county government).”

Probably, the New Deal Resettlement Administration moved people from some of those areas now designated state parks or wildlife areas. Poor farmers got to go, deer got to roam.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

A telephone call

Caller ID said someone from Los Angeles was calling. I answered:

“Los Angeles give me Norfolk Virginia,
“Tidewater four ten O nine …”*

No one replied. What happened to telephone manners?

*Lindsey/Verges/Anderson, “Promised Land”

An internet link not read because I have a different lifestyle

“A Timeline of LGBTQQI History.”

That is way too many things for me to try and figure out.

The authors were “2013 SMC BHRS Cultural Competent Stipend Recipients.”

I did search just enough to discover: SMC BHRS is San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. “Behavioral Health and Recovery Services provides mental health services to individuals who are eligible for Medi-Caland/or members of the Health Plan of San Mateo…”


San Mateo County is in California, so maybe taxpayers don’t mind that some of their money is spent to pay a couple of people to write a book about LGBTQQI history.

There are just all kinds of things wrong with that.

Oh, my different lifestyle is straight heterosexual monogamy.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Woman wants 'same rights as guns'

First, Miss Lady, a gun has no rights, no more than a car or a bicycle or a television. Then, as Maggie’s Farm says:

"I guess that means...

"- you to have to wait 72 hrs after you go out and buy a woman to have your background investigation completed
"- women to be banned from entering school and college campuses?
"- women to be banned from any establishment selling alcohol?
"- women to be banned from polling places on election days
"- women to be banned from any official government group meetings?
"- all women to be banned from all airports?
"- you to have to pay a fee to the state before you can carry a woman on your person?
"- some women to be banned outright simply because they look too scary?
"- all women to be locked up at all times that they are not in use?

"Hmmmm. And does she think that all guys should have more than one?"


Sunday, March 5, 2017

TBM gunner Lloyd Edward Dean, KIA 5 November 1944

“The Avenger’s pilot, Lt Robert Cosgrove, managed to return to his carrier, the USS Essex. Both Deen and the plane had been shot up so badly that it was decided to leave him in it. It is the only time in U.S. Navy history (and probably U.S. military history) that an aviator was buried in his aircraft after being killed in action.”

Video: http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=70677

China’s military

Biggest in the world means more problems than any other country’s.


Hand grenade range failups are always funny.

Downrange is THAT way, Gomer.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

‘Call me Chaos’

The Secretary of Defense does his own laundry at the Pentagon, and as for carrying his own luggage: “I have two hands, don’t I?”


Link at http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=70646

Chuck Norris wasn’t born in Texas, but pretty close

Norris was born in Ryan, Okla., 10 miles north of the Texas border. Ryan is in Jefferson County, in south central Oklahoma. The county seat is Waurika. Jefferson County’s 2010 population was 6,472, a 5% decline from 2000. Since the state’s first census in 1910, Jefferson County has shown an increase in population two times. The largest population was 17,664 in 1920.

Ryan’s population was 816 by the 2010 census, a decline of 78 from the 2000 counting. Racial demographics show the population is 87.5% white, 3.2% Native American, 0.67% African-American, 6.8% “other races” and 1.6% of the people said they were from two or more races. Hispanic population was 12.3% in 2010. About 27% of families and 25% of the total population lived below the poverty level, including 32% of those under the age of 18 and 13% of those 65 and older.


Country singer Floyd Tillman was born in Ryan, in 1914.

Norris was born Carlos Ray Norris in Ryan going on 71 years ago. His parents divorced when he was 16. His mother moved him and his two brothers to Prairie Village, Kan., and then to Torrance, Calif. His brother Wieland was killed in Vietnam. Wieland was a month and nine days short of his 27th birthday when he was killed. Cause of death was listed as “Gun, Small Arms Fire.”


Wieland was with Co. A, 2nd Bn, 506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. He arrived in Vietnam on April 24, 1970, and was killed June 3.

Chuck Norris joined the Air Force in 1958. He was an Air Policeman at Osan Air Force Base, Republic of Korea. He was discharged in 1962. He later moved to Texas and for a while was a reserve police officer in Terrell.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

'Historic' cartoons for which history said, 'Not so fast.'

“A lot died when Donald Trump won the presidency—facts, optimism, our will to exercise. Not least of which were some incredible Hillary Clinton victory cartoons that never saw the light of day. The following illustrations were commissioned by magazines ranging from The New Yorker to our very own GQ.com to the Clinton campaign itself. They were made with the historic first female president of the United States in mind, and would have run in print and online the morning after the election. Instead they were left unpublished, until now.”


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

(Click heels. “There’s no place like home.” Click heels. “There’s no place like home.” Oh, my! Oh, Madame President! It was such a nightmare, but now I am home and you are in the White House!)

If you read all of the GQ story, you are a better man than I, Gunga Din.

Erick is in Oklahoma

In Beckham County, the far west part of the state, a few miles east of Texola, which is a jackrabbit run from the Texas border.

Erick is on Business 40 and U.S. 66, not far south from I-40. The 2010 population was 1,052. Racial demographics show the 2000 population around 93% white, 0.1% African-American and 0.88 Native American. About 22% of families and 25.7% of the total population lived below the poverty line.

The largest population was in 1930, when 2,231 people lived in the town. By 1940, the population had dropped by more than 600. Depression, Dust Bowl and all that.

John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath was not popular with Erick residents.

"I can remember plainly when the book came out my parents and other people who stayed here were just real upset,” City Clerk Nyla Tennery said. “That book gave all Missouri, Arkansas and Oklahoma people a shiftless, bad name, like that was the only kind of people who were here.”


The Roger Miller Museum is at the corner of U.S. 66 (Roger Miller Boulevard in town) and Oklahoma (Sheb Wooly Avenue). Wooly was born in Erick; Miller grew up there from age 3. Whatever else somebody might think or say about Erick, it’s kind of evident there is something about a town that produced Flying Purple Eater and You Can’t Roller Skate in a Buffalo Herd.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

TV actors need to speak more clearly

Heard on police show the other night:

Character 1: ASA gobbily gobbilly.

Character 2: What's going on?

Character 1: You'll have to lap dance this time.

Rewind, jack up volume, replay.

Character 1: Internal Affairs wants to see you.

Character 2: What's going on?

Character 1: You'll have to make up your own mind.

Lab says Subway chicken isn’t, Subway claims ‘Is, too’

“A recent study conducted by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation has found that the sandwich chain's chicken meat contains about only about 50 percent chicken DNA — or about half as much as fresh chicken from a supermarket.”

(For the math challenged, the claim that 50 percent is “about half as much as fresh chicken” might come as a surprise.)

Subway says it uses “only 100 percent white meat chicken in their chicken products,” but did admit to “using soy as a stabilizer.” Hmm. Is Subway saying its chicken sandwich is 100 percent chicken, except for the soy stabilizer? No. Subway says the chicken in the chicken sandwich is 100 percent chicken. Except for the soy stabilizer. In PR and roadblocking, that is known as an honest statement. Which says a lot about PR.


Link at http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/

Fake news, real news? Who knows? Somebody is telling the truth, so somebody else is lying? Well, yes and no. You know Canadian Broadcasting Corp. is less than friendly toward corporate foods, especially American corporate foods. And you equally know Subway spends big bucks to head off and deflect bad press.