Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Archaeologists search two B-25s off Papua New Guinea

“The second B-25 was actually known to have crashed in Papua New Guinea’s Madang Harbor. Residents and scuba divers had seen the wreck over the past 30 years, but no archaeologists had surveyed the site. Six crewmen were on board that aircraft when it went down. Five of them survived and were taken as prisoners of war by the Japanese. The sixth is believed to have gone down with the plane and is listed as MIA.

“It’s because of that sixth crew member that Project Recover made it a priority to properly document the wreck site. Their scientifically precise documentation will be of paramount importance to the US military should they attempt to locate and recover potential remains of the missing airman or any other soldier associated with the information about the wreck.

“Project Recover also enlisted the aid of oral histories from local residents who heard the wartime stories passed down from their fathers and grandfathers. These accounts proved invaluable to researchers. Not only did they learn about the downed B-25s, but they also learned of burial sites on Papua New Guinea and another airplane that crashed on land instead of in the ocean.

“In the cases of the B-25 wrecks as with all such finds, Project Recover forwards all information about the craft, any identifying information and all possible crewmen associated with the wreck to the Department of Defense’s Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA). It is the DPAA that pursues all potential recovery and repatriation of MIA remains and that notifies surviving family members.”


Tiny houses

My wife said of the tiny house craze on TV: "In five years most of them will be parked in the back yards of real houses, as storage buildings."

Hank Hill and his mistake about George W. Bush

Hank Hill (King of the Hill) was a supposed big fan of Gov. George W. Bush. In one episode, Hank had the opportunity of meeting Gov. Bush in person. Hank stood in line with his wife, Peggy, all excited at meeting the governor. Hank’s time came; he and Gov. Bush shook hands. Hank walked away, stricken, saying, “George Bush has a weak handshake.”

Watching from my chair in the living room at my house in Sulphur Springs, Texas, I said (loudly), “He does not! I have shaken hands with George W. Bush, and he does not have a weak handshake!”

Weird thing: At no time did I consider it strange to yell at a cartoon character on a TV show. Hank Hill was wrong, and he needed to be told so.

Weird dream

I was making my way through a crowd at a filled-stadium baseball game, when former President George W. Bush appeared in front of me. We shook hands. I said, “Mr. President. How are you doing?” Bush said, “I’m doing fine, just fine. How are you doing?” I said I was doing fine. Bush clapped my shoulder and we both went on our ways.

I came upon a woman I knew. She was sitting down. I shook her hand. She said, “Bob, do you remember when you were in jail and I brought you peanut butter cookies?” I said, “I sure do.” She said, “I’ve been there. You were right. You didn’t do anything wrong.”

Right then, Bush walked up. He heard the conversation. He said, “What was that all about?” The woman said, “Bob was in jail and I took him peanut butter cookies.” I said to Bush, “We were both in jail,” and then quickly added, “Not at the same.” Bush said, “Why were you in jail?” I said, “I was a voting judge, and the justice of the peace wanted me to close voting an hour early so the votes could be counter quicker. I told him voting hours had been set by the State of Texas, and he did not have the authority to change them. So he had me arrested. He had me released next day, so no charges were ever filed.”

Woke up.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Hemingway and the Russians

Saturday evening I watched a C-SPAN rerun in which a historian talked about Ernest Hemingway. Some of the talk was on Hemingway as a well-known seeker of danger. Much of the address concerned the possibility that Soviet intelligence agents recruited or attempted to recruit Hemingway after the Spanish Civil War. The speaker concluded Soviet intelligence put out feelers, but were unsuccessful. An FBI file, the speaker said, had in Director J. Edgar Hoover’s handwriting a note that Hemingway was not a Soviet agent.

Phrasing of all too many questions from the audience indicated a belief that some sort of logic permeated Soviet NKVD, NGB and KGB. Doctrine and Stalinism, yes. But logic? No.

Other questions from the almost all over-55 audience showed that some people cannot let go. The enemies of the past – Eugene McCarthy, the House Un-American Activities Committee – are the enemies of now, in those old minds.

Hector -- A small town

Hector, Ark., was hometown for PO2 Kevin R. Bewley. The town’s Facebook page -- https://www.facebook.com/CityOfHector/ -- has a picture of PO2 Bewley, who was killed 5 November 2007 in Iraq. Bewley was with Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 11. Read more on PO2 Bewley here:


PO2 Bewley is buried in Crossroads Cemetery, Appleton, Ark., southeast of Hector.

Other towns near Hector include Buttermilk, Jerusalem, Bullfrog Valley, Tag and Lost Corner. Hector is in Pope County and sits just south of the beginning of the mountains that reach all the way into Missouri.

In 1950, 23,291 people lived in Pope County. Estimated population for 2013 was 63,390. Hector has not seen the same growth percentage. The 2010 census counted 450 residents, a drop of 56 from the 2000 census.

Almost 97 percent of Hector’s residents in 2000 were white. In Pope County, the white residents totaled about 94 percent. Nine percent of the families in Hector lived below the federal poverty line in 2000. For Pope County, the family poverty percentage was a 11.6 percent.

Glenn S. Pound, former acting chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was born in Hector in 1914. He graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1940. He was dean of the UW College of Agriculture from 1964-79. He died in La Jolla, Calif., in 2010.

The town’s web site -- https://www.hectorar.com/ -- notes Hector “is situated in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains surrounded by beautiful forests and clear streams.”

Sunday, May 28, 2017

So glad my ancestors left Britain

Cambridge party-goer:

“It was about 10pm and the music may have been a little loud but it was before 11pm. Someone must have made a complaint, and a police officer attended our address, at which time a song from YouTube called the Bin Laden Song came on.

“This police officer said she took offence at the song and pressed her panic button on her body cam and that’s when about ten police turned up and the police helicopter.

“They are now investigating it as a racist crime. It is ridiculous.”

Police have seized the karaoke machine.


Link at http://knuckledraggin.com/2017/05/police-helicopter-deployed-karaoke-machine-confiscated/

Heineken’s open world

From the Huffy Post:

“Instead of tackling the topic of protest, however, the beer company’s ad speaks to the political shifts that have become apparent, with recent events such as Brexit and Donald Trump demonstrating the serious divisions in countries across the world.”

“It feels, more than anything, like a literal interpretation of Obama's words from his farewell address: ‘If you're tired of arguing with strangers on the Internet, try talking with one of them in real life.’"


It feels like a literal interpretation of Obama's farewell address. Like, literally.

I've heard and read many speeches, but not one felt like anything.

Bigfoot doesn’t keep people from moving to Fouke

Fouke, Ark., has been growing the last few years, with the largest ever population – 859 – in the 2010 census. The first census in Fouke was in 1910, when 246 people lived in the Southwest Arkansas town. The only drop in population occurred between 1940 and 1950, with the latter census count of 336 a whopping 32 people less than the former enumeration. The town quickly picked up, though, registering an increase of 58 by the 1960 census.

Fouke is 11 miles southeast of Texarkana and 17 miles north of Louisiana. Interstate 49 now runs across the western part of town.

Fouke is best known as home of the Fouke Monster, presumably a Southern Sasquatch. The monster lived in the Boggy Creek area near Fouke and terrorized a few residents in the early 1970s. After those sightings came several “Oh, yeah. That thing” statements, locals wondering why media people were only then aware of the furry creature.

“In 1851, the Memphis Enquirer reported a creature spotted by hunters in Greene County:

“’He was of gigantic stature, the body being covered with hair and the head with long locks that fairly enveloped his neck and shoulders.’”


Greene County is way up in Northeast Arkansas, in a less boggy area, but still within the forested terrain so favored by Sasquatch. And, Greene County is located on Crowley’s Ridge, a long rocky wooded line that runs from Missouri to near Helena, Ark. The Ridge is good habitat for big furry creatures.

The 1851 report was not the only story of an Arkansas Sasquatch.

“Five years later in 1856, the Caddo Gazette reported the following beast in the Upper Red River region:

“’...A stout, athletic man, about six feet four inches in height, completely covered with hair of a brownish cast about four to six inches long. He was well muscled, and ran up the bank with the fleetness of a deer.

“’...In an instant [he] dragged the hunter to the ground and tore him in a most dreadful manner, scratching out one of his eyes and injuring the other so much that his comrades despair of the recovery of his sight, and biting large pieces out of his shoulder and various parts of his body.’

“The ‘wild man’ then stole the hapless victim's horse and rode away on it.”

(Same link.)

As with other legends and myths and possibly accurate stories, people who live in such an area learn to, well, live with the recounting. And with the subject.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

UFO trapped in Antarctic ice identified

It’s a rock.

The story is in Pravda; therefore, it must be true.

“Specialists denied reports about a flying saucer that had been found in Antarctica. It turned out that the saucer was just a rock. The ice on top of the rock started melting and revealed the grey rock.

“Indeed, Google Earth photos showed that the rock was very much reminiscent to a flying saucer. An expert of a Russian scientific station assumed that it could be possible. He said that a 600-meter alien ship had struck the rock and found itself in internal captivity of the Antarctic ice. The man analysed a series of pictures that had been taken on the site from 1989 till 2013 and came to conclusion that they all depicted one and the same ‘alien object.’

“However, the geologists, who studied the pictures, then said that the ‘flying saucer’ was just a rock of natural origin.


Friday, May 26, 2017

Angry shop owners use baseball bat, stick to dissuade robbers

Surveillance video shows the terrifying moment masked men storm the Markanda Market while armed with knives on Monday.

Gurchran Singh and his wife Parvinder Chahal simply weren’t in the mood, however.

“They jumped in and said give me the money!” Singh told WRBG. “My wife said, ‘Take it, take the money!'”

But instead off fleeing in fear, the husband and wife teamed up to beat back the onslaught.

In the video, Singh is seen grabbing a metal baseball bat from behind the counter. Chahal then follows him, picking up a stick to defend the store.

Thanks to the couple’s bravery, the encounter lasted only a few seconds and the suspect made off only with a pack of cigarettes, cops say.

Even when the robbery attempt ended, Singh’s pursuit continued. He and a friend chased down the suspects and followed behind their vehicle until cops arrived.

Police then arrested 21-year-old Ryan Kelly Jr. and 20-year-old Brandon Ehlers.


(A bit inflated, the “terrifying moment” writing.)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Okeene, Oklahoma

Must be a keen place, Oklahoma. Some parts are OK. Yeah, a lot of puns in those sentences.

I will say this for Oklahoma: Sometimes it’s as close to Texas as can be, and I don’t mean just because it sits north of the Red River.

Okeene is in Blaine County, three counties east of the Texas Panhandle. In case you were wondering, Keene is Out There – 23 miles north of Watonga; 20 miles southeast of Fairview; 24 miles west of Hennessey; and 17 miles west of Canton. So, if you are in Okeene, it’s because you want to be. Lot of places in Oklahoma and Texas like that. Lot of people journeyed to Oklahoma and Texas, seeking fortune, leaving fame or infamy back where they came from. Some wound up with different names, too. Their last name back home might be recognized by somebody who wore a star pinned to his shirt. Sometimes, too, the new arrivals took the last name of someone well known in the new area. There wasn’t necessarily any claim to kinship, but if people wanted to think so …

Okeene’s 2010 population was 1,204. Its highest ever population was 1,601, in 1980. According to the 2000 census, 97.34 percent of the people were white.

Blaine County’s 2010 population was 9,785.

In the Okeene Zip Code, 98 percent of the people live in housing units, with the remaining 2 percent (36) in nursing facilities. Interestingly, a plurality of houses were built before 1940. Forty-five percent of the population works full time; 26 percent work part time; and 29 percent report no earnings.

Here is a link to a satellite image covering a large area around Okeene:


Skeletal remains of Rollo’s grandson, great-grandson, aren’t

“Last year, a team of French, Danish and Norwegian researchers exhumed skeletal remains from the tombs of two medieval dukes of Normandy, direct descendants of Rollo, the 10th century Viking raider who so effectively plundered the towns along the Seine that King Charles the Simple had to bribe him with great swaths of property. Those lands would become the Duchy of Normandy, and one of those dukes, Rollo’s three times great-grandson William the Bastard, would conquer England.

“The bones in the ossuaries do not belong to Richard I and Richard II of Normandy. They long predate the Richards. In fact, they long predate Rollo himself.”


The bones are older. Much older.

Non-Western immigrants overwhelm Danish tax income, mental health, police

In Denmark, immigrants constitute 84% of all welfare recipients; ethnic Danes’ tax payments constituted a 56-billion crown surplus in 2014, but non-Western immigrants brought a 28-billion crown loss. So finds a study by Denmark’s Ministry of Finance.


However, money is not the main problem.

“When you look at what is happening to Europe, there are some similarities to the Arabs and Persians in late antiquity. The attempts to replace Christianity with the sterile bureaucratic super state have largely failed. Falling birth rates and an unwillingness to resist invasion are signs of a people who have no purpose. The average European today lives for carnal pleasures and the acquisition of goods. There’s a void in the center of European life and perhaps Islam is what is going to fill it.”


Link to both at maggiesfarm.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 explains Marvel money problems

Galaxy 1 was a Space Western. In Galaxy 2, everybody has to explain their feelings (In keeping with Marvel PC BS, I refrained from using the generic neutral “his” or the more accurate “his/her.” But only this one time.)

Here is a basic synopsis of a Space Western: The good guys have something the bad guys want. The bad guys will use any subterfuge and weapon to get the something. The good guys will fight fair.

Galaxy 2 synopsis: Girl characters -- When I was a child, my father liked my sister better than he liked me. Boy characters – My father gave me away and my foster father was cruel to me.

That is why Marvel has money problems. Its product sucks.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Average household income

Normally, by fronting a solitaire time bonus with 7, search results in a zip code. With 72991, however, search first hit on Sugar Grove, Ill., where the $72,991 is the average household income. So, instead of a small town in Arkansas or Oklahoma, we will look at Sugar Grove.

Wikipedia says Sugar Grove is “a far west suburban Chicago village in Kane County, Illinois.”

Wikipedia does not say how far Sugar Grove is from Chicago, but a good guess is close enough for a good number of people to flee “my kind of town.” Recent census counts look like this:

3,909 in 2000
6,016 in the 2003 special census
7,958 in the 2005 special census
8,997 in the 2010 census
9,512 estimated in 1915

Information is lacking on the two special census. I remember getting an announcement from the government telling me the feds were counting people between the 10-year counts mandated by the U.S. Constitution, but the only justification was “because we said so.” The announcement also said that since the U.S. Congress passed a law stating there would be a census other than what the Constitution decreed, failure to answer questions would make me a law breaker and could mean a fine and prison time.

“Fuck you,” I said when returning the blank form. I said it in a nice way. So far, no federal lawmen have knocked on my door and carried me away for refusing to comply with a law that is not in the Constitution.

When talk of census arises, I always remember the one mandated by David when he was king of Israel.

1 Chronicles 21

“Satan rose up against Israel and caused David to take a census of the people of Israel. So David said to Joab and the commanders of the army, ‘Take a census of all the people of Israel—from Beersheba in the south to Dan in the north—and bring me a report so I may know how many there are.’

“But Joab replied, ‘May the LORD increase the number of his people a hundred times over! But why, my lord the king, do you want to do this? Are they not all your servants? Why must you cause Israel to sin?’

"But the king insisted that they take the census, so Joab traveled throughout all Israel to count the people. Then he returned to Jerusalem and reported the number of people to David. There were 1,100,000 warriors in all Israel who could handle a sword, and 470,000 in Judah. But Joab did not include the tribes of Levi and Benjamin in the census because he was so distressed at what the king had made him do.”

David’s decision cost the lives of 70,000 Israelis.

Anyway, Sugar Grove grew by a bunch between 2000 and 2010. By the 2000 census, Sugar Grove was 95.86 percent white. That’s another reason to think the increased population fled Chicago.

Here’s a thing I don’t understand about places Up North. “All residents within (specified boundaries) are Sugar Grove Township residents even though they may also be residents of Aurora, North Aurora, Montgomery and the Village of Sugar grove. All residents are eligible for township services administered by the supervisor’s office.” What that says to me is, if I am a resident of two places, each one will expect me to pay taxes and fees.

Here’s an example, from the Sugar Grove Assessor’s web site: “The Assessor is responsible for assessing property at one-third of fair cash value with the exception of farmland, railroad or coal properties which are properties valued by the State of Illinois Department of Revenue.”


One-third of fair cash value? Why are citizens not firing up torches and sharpening their pitchforks? So close to Chicago, maybe citizes are not allowed to own torches and pitchforks?


I will play computer solitaire and work on An Incident in Luna County rather than read news.

The book is 76,000 words right now, which means it needs another 24,000 words. In the story, the federal Department of Homeland Security goes up against the Luna County Sheriff's Department. And there is overlap of parallel universes, a transfer of a dozen people and three vehicles from here to there, and aliens who were transferred from their world to what appears to be medieval England.

Here is a small passage from An Incident in Luna County, Sheriff Ben McCulloch speaking to Homeland Security official Harry St. John:

"I have here a case of two vehicles that wrecked and then disappeared. I have a citizen whose husband quite likely was driving one of those vehicles. That citizen will be very angry and somewhat vengeful if she learns you people knew about the possibility of such an event, yet kept it secret.” He leaned forward, “I don’t know how much you know about Texas women, Mr. St. John, but you better remember this: A Texas woman gets real pissed off when somebody messes with her family. Real pissed off.”

Oh, my goodness! Deputy Carroll thought. Mr. Harry St. John has no idea what he just stepped in.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

This is funny

I gave up on life when I picked up this girl’s phone and saw my contact name as “Free Food.”

Friday, May 19, 2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Rattlesnake bites man on tongue

Yep. That’s what it says.

"PALATKA, Fla. (WGFL) — A Putnam County man was airlifted to a Jacksonville hospital Tuesday after he was bitten on the tongue by a venomous rattlesnake.

"Putnam County Fire and EMS Battalion Chief Paul Flateau said they responded to a snakebite call around 4:30 p.m.

"Flateau said they treated the man and had him airlifted to him UF Health in Jacksonville.

"Flateau said he never saw a snake while at the scene and didn't know if it was a pet.

"The man's name has not been released and his current condition is not known.

"The Putnam County Sheriff's Office says deputies were not called to the scene because it was dispatched as a medical call."


Link at http://knuckledraggin.com/2017/05/wait-what-6/

(The headline says ‘Florida man critically injured …’ even though the story says the man’s “current condition is not known.” My guess – The headline writer decided a rattlesnake bite is a critical injury. Not pleasant, surely, but a rule in journalism is the headline should match the story.)

Earth greener than Chicken Littles predicted, thought, believed

CO2, warmer temperatures “blamed” for increased forestation.

Michael Bastasch

“Scientists looking at forest cover in some of the world’s driest places found something astounding — ‘lost’ forests covering an area nearly seven times the size of Texas.

“’We found new dryland forest on all inhabited continents, but mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, around the Mediterranean, central India, coastal Australia, western South America, northeastern Brazil, northern Colombia and Venezuela, and northern parts of the boreal forests in Canada and Russia,’ biologists Andrew Lowe and Ben Sparrow wrote of their study, which had 28 other co-authors.

“’In Africa, our study has doubled the amount of known dryland forest,’ Lowe and Sparrow wrote in a recent oped for The Conversation detailing how they ‘found’ millions of acres of ‘lost’ forests not accounted for in previous research.”


(These forests were not “lost,” but not seen in previous studies. Or maybe not counted because the increase would counter “Man is killing the Earth” argument?)

Link at http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/archives/29964-Thursday-morning-links.html

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

So I clicked on a link at the knuckledraggin site

… figuring on a quick connection to something called Home on the Range.

I did not get a connection. What I did get was this message:

“This blog is open to invited readers only.

“It doesn’t look like you have been invited to read this blog.”

The blog is https://www.blogger.com/blogin.g?blogspotURL=http://mausersandmuffins.blogspot.com/

So, here is my message to Mr./Miss/Mrs./Ms. Mausers and Muffins: And the horse you rode in on.

You put up a blog, but you decide who gets to read it? My guess is, you want to read comments on how great you are.

This is the interwebnet, dufus. Free and open to all.

Biggers, Arkansas

As with many other small towns in the area, Biggers had its largest population in 1930. The Great Depression hit hard, and people moved away from failing farms, falling prices, and government intrusion that sometimes took land and removed people, or plowed crops into the ground.

In some cattle-producing and hog-producing areas, the federal government hired shooters to kill a designated number of meat animals in order to raise prices. The best and the brightest brought to Washington’s new New Deal agencies must not have considered that people without jobs were also people without money, and what good were higher prices when no one could pay?

Biggers population was 466 in 1930. By 1960, the population had dropped to 274. The 2010 official population was 347. According to figures from the 2000 census, 13.5 percent of families and 17.3 percent of the overall population lived below the poverty line.

Biggers is in the eastern part of Randolph County. Randolph is in the northeast part of Arkansas and sits against Missouri. Pocahontas is the county seat. In 2010, 17,969 people lived in the county. The county’s largest population was in 1940, when 18,319 people lived there.

Whiskey and a railroad built Biggers.

“In 1889, B. F. Bigger, the namesake for the town, bought land, established a ferry crossing over the Current River, and built a distillery. Due to the completion of the Southern Missouri and Arkansas Railroad line from Hoxie (Lawrence County) to Poplar Bluff, Missouri, in 1901, the town of Biggers coalesced around the train depot. That same year, the St. Louis–San Francisco Railway (Frisco) system purchased the line and carried it on to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, thus creating a number of market opportunities for the citizens of Biggers.”


Facebook says there is nothing to do in Biggers.


A satellite view is here: https://www.google.com/maps/@36.3358611,-90.798788,2441m/data=!3m1!1e3

Farmland. Lots and lots of farmland.

Yeah, I’m going to hire a lawyer whose grammar sucks

First thought: This is a joke, right?

Cause of thought: Lawyer ad that said, “It wasn’t easy finding clients for my law firm. Now, with Pacific Injury Network, it is!”

If you get hurt and it’s somebody else’s fault and you don’t have insurance to pay the doctor and/or hospital and you have to miss work but your job won’t pay for what someone else did to you, then you have cause to sue the wrongdoer. It’s a whole ‘nother thing if you decide to sue because the wrongdoer has more insurance than you and can give you a sack full of money if you have a good enough lawyer.

The company’s web site says: “Pacific Injury Network will help connect you with a personal injury lawyer who understands the type of accident you were involved in and the injuries you have suffered. Our accident attorneys have the experience needed to get you the money you deserve for your accident.”

“… the money you deserve for your accident.”

Huh. You were in an accident. You deserve money. Someone was at fault. You are a victim. Someone must pay.

Yeah, well.

These lawyers are part of Progressive America. You are a victim. You deserve money.

PIN has a video, too. The lead-in says: “Attorney’s standing by now call …"

What in that phrase references possession? “Attorney’s” means a lawyer owns something. What does he/she own?

Maybe a client?

BWAHAHAHA! You are mine! I own you!

Sliding down the greased rail, en route to down the tubes.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Hillsdale rising

The population of Hillsdale, Okla., grew by almost 20 percent between the 2000 and 2010 censuses, 19.8 percent federal numbers show.

The town increased from 101 people to 121. Any way you look at it, an increase of almost 20 percent is a good jump.

Hillsdale is in Garfield County, in the western North Central part of the state. Garfield County was named after President James A. Garfield. Before the Great Land Grab of 1893, the area was known as O County and was part of the Cherokee Outlet. As of 2010, the county population was 60,580.

In Hillsdale, 14.3 percent of families and 16 percent of the total population has income below the federal government’s official poverty line, including 20.6 percent of those younger than 18. All of the over-64 population has income higher than the poverty line.


Land in Oklahoma was an easy sale for speculators.

“The Coldwater (Frisco) Townsite Company promoted and in January 1905 platted a new town 3.5 miles southeast of Coldwater and 2 miles southwest of Hillsdale. The first train arrived in February. The company ran an excursion train from Alabama and Georgia, and nearly two thousand town lots were sold on March 23, 1905. Most of 'old' Coldwater's businesses, including the post office, moved to 'new' Coldwater on the railroad, and Hillsdale inhabitants also relocated. After some juggling of the postal designation, the name 'Hillsdale' became permanent after the town incorporated on June 6, 1910. By 1910, 226 people lived in Coldwater/Hillsdale.”


Hillsdale is out there, as shown in satellite imagery.


The nearest towns are Kremlin to the east, Nash to the northwest and Pond Creek to the northeast. All three towns are a ways off from Hillsdale. Kremlin’s population is 255; Nash has 204 residents; and Pond Creek has a whopping 856 residents.

Back in March, Kremlin-Hillsdale High School girls defeated strong favorite Lomega 53-45 for the Class B state basketball championship.


Remember: Oregon is filled with smart people

“I was watching the basketball game and I heard all these sirens go by," said neighbor Larry Cutler. "So I opened up the window and I seen all these cops flying in and all the ambulances. I seen one person get carried out on a stretcher."


Link at http://knuckledraggin.com/2017/05/drugs-are-bad-3/

As smart as people in Memphis, anyway.

“A Memphis, Tennessee, man set himself on fire on Facebook Live before running inside a crowded bar early Saturday and later died of severe burns at a hospital, authorities said Sunday.”


Also at knuckledraggin.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

What might happen if you enter a wrong number

I intended to enter a search for Zip Code 72641, but instead entered 72541. The latter number is for Rozivka, a village in Zaporiz’ka oblast, Ukraine. Search for that village gives little information, but one of the hits was for a Hans Keller. A decided German name, a somewhat unusual return for a village in the Ukraine.

A search showed that Hans Keller was, indeed, from Rozivka. He was born March 2, 1881, and died October 14, 1918. At first, I figured Keller was killed in the Russian Civil War, or starved or succumbed to some disease associated with war and/or famine.

I was partly right. Keller was one of more tha 20 million who died from the 1918 influenza epidemic. Keller died in Sedan, Ardennes, Champagne-Ardenne, France. He was buried in Freiburg, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. Geni.com says his occupation was divisionspfarrer. The nearest English word to “pfarrer” I could think of is “farrier.” So, was Keller, born in the Russian Empire, a blacksmith in the Kaiser’s army?

No. Keller was an army chaplain.

How was it that someone born to German parents in a village in the Ukraine, became a chaplain in the Kaiser’s army?

His life must have been an interesting journey.


Another liberal rag apologizes … because

Victimized people might have been offended.

Here’s a novel idea – Fuck your offended.

Hal Niedzviecki, editor of Write, took on the idea of cultural appropriation, a thing The Better People oppose, and paid the usual price. Loss of job and ostracism because he does not think proper thoughts.

The people who feared being labeled with Niedzviecki were, as is usual, “exhaustingly white and middle class.” Such people cannot be offended, but are exhaustingly capable of deciding who might be offended, a decision made because of white middle class fears of someone thinking all whites are right-wing colonialists.

Well, fuck your self-appointment, too.


As a good white liberal should, Niedzviecki apologized for his dumbness in not recognizing “how deeply painful acts of cultural appropriation have been to Indigenous people.”

Yeah. The dude said something that might possibly have hurt someone’s feelings, so he had to quit his job and apologize and promise never, never to do such a thing again.

Overall, though, none of it matters. Everybody involved is Canadian.

Linked from http://www.coyoteblog.com/

Saturday, May 13, 2017

You really will die without coffee

The research is in, the science is settled. Well, no, because there still exist “scientists” who believe, “If people like it, it’s bad for them.”

“Listen up, coffee drinkers. This is the day of our vindication. It turns out we were right all along — we actually would die without our coffee.”

But … “To get the health benefits of coffee, you have to drink it like you mean it.”


The article says 3-5 cups a day. Heck, I call that “breakfast.” Plus oatmeal or whole grain cereal or a couple of eggs.

Link at maggiesfarm.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Wideman, Arkansas

From the name, you might think Wideman is a wide place in the road. You would be right.

Wideman is in Izard County, not far south of the Missouri state line. The town is not incorporated. U.S. Geological Survey has Wideman on the map sheet marked Pineville.

In 2010, Izard County’s population was 13,696. The highest ever population was 14,561 in 1910. In 1960, the population was down to 6,766.

Bear Creek runs into Indian Creek just north of Wideman, Arkansas. Explanation isn’t necessary as to how the creeks got their names. Bear Creek begins northeast of Wideman, runs into a lake, and then southeast for a few miles before turning just about due east. The creek bears slightly to the northeast before entering Indian Creek.

Indian Creek starts in the hills northeast of Wideman and flows southwest quite a few mils before joining Piney Creek just north of a quarry.

Bestplaces dot net has Wideman’s 2016 population as 336. That site says the median age is 19.9. The U.S. median age is 37.4. A questionable figure has the community’s 1990 population as 32. Marriage figures show 49.83% married; 50.17% never married. Two-third of married couples have children; one-third of single (women? Persons?) have children.

The Facebook page on “Things to do in Wideman” is blank. Not necessarily a bad thing.

The Uber website says the company needs drivers in Wideman, but I wouldn’t bet on it.

Here is a satellite photograph:


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Squirrels, posthumanism & feminist food scholarship

Or, Somebody got publicity and credit and maybe even taxpayer money for writing this shit.

“Eastern fox squirrels (Sciurus niger), reddish-brown tree squirrels native to the eastern and southeastern United States, were introduced to and now thrive in suburban/urban California. As a result, many residents in the greater Los Angeles region are grappling with living amongst tree squirrels, particularly because the state’s native western gray squirrel (Sciurus griseus) is less tolerant of human beings and, as a result, has historically been absent from most sections of the greater Los Angeles area. ‘Easties,’ as they are colloquially referred to in the popular press, are willing to feed on trash and have an ‘appetite for everything.’ Given that the shift in tree squirrel demographics is a relatively recent phenomenon, this case presents a unique opportunity to question and re-theorize the ontological given of ‘otherness’ that manifests, in part, through a politics whereby animal food choices ‘[come] to stand in for both compliance and resistance to the dominant forces in [human] culture’. I, therefore, juxtapose feminist posthumanist theories and feminist food studies scholarship to demonstrate how eastern fox squirrels are subjected to gendered, racialized, and speciesist thinking in the popular news media as a result of their feeding/eating practices, their unique and unfixed spatial arrangements in the greater Los Angeles region, and the western, modernist human frame through which humans interpret these actions. I conclude by drawing out the implications of this research for the fields of animal geography and feminist geography.”


Link at http://moonbattery.com/

Because Trump or something. Or climate change. Maybe Brexit.

Interview with 94-year-old Azeri soldier

Ershad Jabbarov was drafted into the Red Army in 1942.


Ocean returns beach to island near Ireland

Storms took the beach in 1984. Heavy tides this spring returned the sand.

“A beach that was swept away more than 30 years ago from a remote island off the west coast of Ireland has reappeared after thousands of tons of sand were deposited on top of the rocky coastline.

“The 300 metre beach near the tiny village of Dooagh on Achill Island vanished in 1984 when storms stripped it of its sand, leaving nothing more than a series of rock pools.

“But after high spring tides last month, locals found that the Atlantic Ocean had returned the sand.”


Probably climate change. Evil, evil climate change.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Idiots shot at the wrong homeowner

Wrong, as in the bad guys shot at a better shot.

“Officers said late Friday night, three suspects in a four door car opened fire in front of a home on Glenburnie Drive and Mercedes Lane.

“The owner of the home returned fire and hit all three suspects inside the vehicle. Two of the suspects died from the gunshot wounds, officers said.

“The homeowner was not injured in the shooting.”


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Things are different when it’s your own back yard

Denmark’s parliament recently approved a bill increasing residency and employment requirements on immigrants who want permanent residence.

Naturally, immigrant supporters were upset at the result.

“Naqeeb Khan, executive member of lobby group Danish Green Card Association, which campaigned against the bill from its inception in August 2016, told The Local that he was disappointed in the lack of support for the amendments.

“’We are extremely disappointed with the Social Democrats, who we feel have betrayed the red block and the whole immigrant community. They cheer for the [US] Democrats who fight for undocumented immigrants while ignoring the existing legal highly qualified immigrants in Denmark,’ Khan said.”


Danish politicians have, in the last couple of years, taken a long and different view of immigrants, especially those from Muslim countries where violence is part of daily life.

Supporting the Green Card Association were Alternative Party, the Social Liberal Party, the Red-Green Alliance and the Socialist People’s Party.

Who controls the language controls all

Or, The decline continues.

All from http://thisainthell.us/blog/?p=71881

“According to the report the male resident reported shooting the suspect after he forced entry into the apartment.”

As written, the resident forced his way into his own apartment.

“The male robber pointed a gun before the ring seller pulled out their own gun and fired a ‘self-defense’ shot at him, Holmes said.”

The “ring seller pulled out their own gun.” How many is the “ring seller?” Answer: One. How many is “their?” Answer: More than one.

“There was also drugs found in the car.”

How many is “drugs?” Answer: More than one. What does “was” signify? One. Here is a suggestion: Police said drugs were also found in the car. Or, Police also found drugs in the car.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Town on the rise

Knoxville, Ark., has grown by more than 500 in the last 47 years. In 1970, the Johnson County town was home to 202 people, by official Federal census. Estimated 2015 population was 746, that figure an increase of 15 from the 2010 census.

Johnson County is on a southwest corner of Northwest Arkansas. The county has been growing since 1970, after a four-decade decline. Before 2000, the county’s highest population was in 1920, when 21,062 people lived there. The 2010 official count was 22,781. The estimated 2015 population was 25,540.

Bill Doolin was born in Johnson County in 1858. He went on to found the Wild Bunch of train robbing and Hollywood fame. Doolin was killed by Deputy U.S. Marshal Heck Thomas in 1896 in Lawson, Oklahoma Territory. Doolin’s Wild Bunch did not include Kid Curry or the Sundance Kid.


Knoxville is about 95% white. About 9% of families and 12% of the overall population has income below the official Federal poverty line. The town is just a little west of I-40 and a few miles east of the Arkansas River. Women outnumber men by 4%. About 30% of employed men in Knoxville work in manufacturing, compared to a statewide average of around 18%. For employed women, the figures are 20% locally and 8% statewide.

Tornado activity is at normal for Arkansas, or 91% greater than overall U.S. average. An F4 tornado went through Knoxville on Feb. 5, 2008, killing 13 people, injuring 139 and causing $119 million in property damages.


Local government workers in 2012 were: four fulltime at total monthly salaries of $9,645, and 11 part-time employees, paid $8,826 each month.

More bronze axe heads found at Norway site

“The first finds were made by metal detecting brothers Joakim and Jørgen Korstad on January 25th of this year. Scanning a field in the village of Hegra, about 25 miles east of Trondheim, Norway, they discovered nine socketed axes (known as Celts), a spearhead, a casting mould and a fragment that may be a piece of an ancient horn called a lur. Realizing they had stumbled on an archaeological mother lode, the brothers called Nord-Trøndelag County Council archaeologist Eirik Solheim, who immediately had the area secured and inspected the finds on the spot. He dated the axe heads and other artifacts to the Late Bronze Age, between 1100-500 B.C.”


TV president gets it wrong

On the latest edition of Designated Survivor, the president remarked that government is supposed to “make people’s lives easier.”

Well, of course that president believes the government has moral responsibility to make life easier for its citizens. He is a liberal president on a liberal TV network.

We could get into a debate, or even an argument, over the meaning of “easier,” since application of the word does not mean the same to a warehouse fork lift driver and the owner of the warehouse. But we want to keep it simple here.

Government has no business in making people’s lives “easier,” and certainly not the moral imperative. Government does have the responsibility to make people’s lives less difficult, and that mainly by staying out of the way.

Government has two functions, and only two.

First: Maintain order.

Second: Protect property.

Anything government does other than those two infringes on liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

It’s Denmark, where everything is wonderful

In the bad USA, we don’t point out race or apparent national origin when sipping Coke at a Dairy Queen. It’s OK to do that in a Starbucks in Denmark, though.

‘Why an afternoon at a Starbucks shows the best of Danish multiculturalism’

“The women next to me speak Serbian, and two friends across me speak in Danish; one has the pale skin and blond hair of a Scandinavian native and the other has the olive skin and brown hair of someone from a warmer climate. In the queue, there’s an Arab couple talking about what they should entertain their children with during the winter break. I know because they are speaking in Danish.

“The girl behind the counter is transgender, only discernible by her completely flat chest. Outside, a black man is enjoying his coffee in solitude and watching people pass by. A couple of Asian youngsters defy all stereotypes and look like something from the 1970s British punk scene, the guy teaches the girl to say ’straw’ in Danish: ‘sugerør’ which directly translates into “sucking pipe”. They laugh and leave.”


The writer has a Master’s degree in English literature, with emphasis on post-colonial fiction and multicultural literature. But isn’t she drawing an improper conclusion concerning the girl behind the counter, whose transgenederism is “only discernible by her completely flat chest”? Maybe the person in question is a girl with a flat chest.

The Donner Party musical

Another joke, right?

Only in California.

“It's the spring of 1846, and hundreds of people have made the choice to leave behind their homes, their friends, their lives… to cross an uncharted continent in search of new lives in the California territory. Inspired by actual history, The Donner Party tells the story of 16 of those people. They have a variety of reasons for going, but they are all just plain folks with a dream of something better.

“Together, they ford flooded rivers, trudge across prairies, hack trails through overgrown canyons, struggle across barren deserts, and scramble up steep mountain peaks. Along the way they find the worst of human nature and the worst of nature's elements. There is jealousy, anger, fear, stupidity, pride, ... death, despair, starvation, and even – unspeakably – cannibalism. But they also find joy, optimism, faith, love, determination, and triumph. In dire circumstances, these sixteen people are just trying to do their best along the road of life.

“Who among them will survive the ordeal and make it to California?”


Question: Why didn’t the producers go whole hog on atrocious taste and make the play for dinner theater?

So this weight-lifting woman, who used to be a man …

I think that’s the way it happened. With adjective-identifying pronouns flying around these days, I’m not certain who was what.

Anyway, Laurel Hubbard, a “transgender” weight lifter from New Zealand, “shot out to an early lead” in the women’s division of the Australian International. “Laurel” used to compete as “Gavin,” which means as a he in men’s competition. But Gavin “transitioned” to Laurel “in her mid 30s.”

A(nother) woman lifter said, "She's so genuine, she loves all her team-mates and her teammates are all really supportive."


(That “transitioned” is a new one. We’ll probably see more use of the word.)

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

Monday, May 1, 2017

This is a joke, right?

An internet ad for the (cough, cough) band 1910 Fruitgum Company, specifically a CD (a CD!) entitled Golden Classics.

Oh, where do I begin to tell the story of one of the most blatant bubble gum (cough, cough) bands of all time?

Golden Classics? Yes, who can forget those wondrous songs, Simon Says; May I Take a Giant Step?; One, Two, Three, Red Light; and Sticky, Sticky?

Here’s Wikipedia on the (cough, cough) band:


What, you say, is bubble gum music? Simple. Men in their 20s singing songs aimed at underage girls.

The guilty parties included: The Archies; Tommy James and the Shondels; Ohio Express; and others.