Wednesday, January 31, 2018

To the barricades! Denmark broke the cheese rule!

European Commission accuses Danish cheese companies of selling feta outside the Single European Market. Only Greek cheese may be called “feta,” just as only sparkling wine from the Champagne area may be called Champagne.

Cheesemakers say the feta agreement applies only to the European Market.

Link at

You’re eating food! You’re going to die!

Well, in California, anyway.

“A judge in California will soon decide whether coffee should carry warnings stating that it contains chemicals known to the state to cause cancer.

“A long-running lawsuit that claims Starbucks and about 90 other companies, including grocery stores and retail shops, failed to follow a state law requiring warning signs about hazardous chemicals found everywhere from household products to workplaces to the environment.

“At the center of the dispute is acrylamide, a carcinogen found in cooked foods such as French fries that is also a natural byproduct of the coffee roasting process. The coffee industry has acknowledged the presence of the chemical but asserts it is at harmless levels and is outweighed by benefits from drinking coffee.”

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Unbelievable payout of $18 million to two fired football coaches

“Arizona's two largest state universities have fired their head football coaches ‘without cause’ in the past six weeks, meaning the schools are on the hook for paying out the full amount of their remaining contracts.

"The University of Arizona's payout to Rich Rodriguez is $6.28 million” while Arizona State University's payment to Todd Graham is $12 million. That's more than $18 million going to the dismissed coaches, with Rodiguez's contract running until May 31, 2020 and Graham's expiring June 30, 2021.

"Under the terms of their contracts, both men are entitled to 100 percent pay for the remainder of their contracts. That applies even if they take other coaching jobs."

Link at

Sunday, January 28, 2018

The queering of NCIS New Orleans

A couple of seasons ago, the show’s producers, or whoever makes the decisions, got rid of Agent Brody, “for creative reasons.”

That phrase (“for creative reasons”) can cover many events, but always leads to questions. Did Brody’s actor Zoe McLellan want more money? Did McLellan piss off the wrong people? Did she question scripts or directors? The stated definition of “creative reasons” in this case, as reported by TV Line, parroting show “executives”: “The reason for McLellan’s exit was a creative decision, seeing as her character had been compromised in the Season 2 finale, due to her association with a Homeland Security agent who turned out to be a misguided zealot.”

Okay, maybe.

But the executives’ decision on Brody’s replacement too closely follows Joe Bob Briggs’ note that in every production meeting he ever attended, someone always stated, “We need a strong woman in this role.” So, some women actors got roles because someone decided a certain character should be “a strong woman.”

That’s all changed now. Too many TV shows now have one gay, lesbian, queer character.

Someone in the NCIS NO hierarchy decided Brody’s replacement should be a lesbian. So, the audience got Agent Tammy Gregario, played by Vanessa Ferlito.

One of Hollywood’s greatest fantasies is that about 25% to 50% of Americans are queer, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or whatever other kind of sexual sodomite exists in minds or reality.

Politics of sex drives far too many decisions. Some day it will come crashing down.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

This will be the funniest show of the year

“Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) is slated to deliver a televised address immediately following President Trump’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday.

“Waters, one of Trump’s most vocal critics, will appear on ‘Angela Rye’s State of the Union’ on BET, according to BuzzFeed News.

“Rye, a Democratic strategist and commentator, is set to produce quarterly news programs for the network focused on issues affecting black Americans.

“A spokesperson for BET told BuzzFeed that activists and other elected officials will join Waters to discuss the first year of the Trump presidency following his speech, and will discuss ‘building black politics and the value of engagement across today’s socio-political landscape.’”

Friday, January 26, 2018

Woodson, Arkansas, population 403

Woodson is a predominantly black town (71%) few miles southeast of Little Rock.

My wife and I lived a few miles west of Woodson from February 2009 until November 2014. The Woodson-Hensley area once was cotton farms, with swamps in some places. Lots of cypress trees in the shallow swamps.

Woodson Lateral is a main road from Arkansas Highway 365 to U.S. Highway 167. When my wife and I lived there, we were not aware of The Ghost of Woodson Bridge. Here is a link to a not well-written or well-acted video called The Ghost of Woodson Bridge:

Here is a link to written accounts:

The Encyclopedia of Arkansas says of Woodson:

“Early in the twenty-first century, residents of Woodson began an effort to revitalize their community. They participated in a National Night Out program, applied to the Central Arkansas Planning and Development Commission for a sewer system, and called for stricter law enforcement from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. At that time, the community included eight churches and one store and had recently built a new post office and a park. It also had paved its streets and built a line providing natural gas to homes. The population in the early twenty-first century was about 450 and was mostly African American.”

That account is putting the best face on accomplishments by others. “The community” did not build the post office or pave the streets or build a natural gas line. The State of Arkansas paved streets, USPS built the post office, and a gas company laid in gas lines.

Is there no concept of ‘boat’?

Motorcycle rider takes 500-meter-long bridge across river in Siberia.

Typical construction for wooden bridge in rural Russia. Easily repaired, if one has the balance to carry beams and boards on foot.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Extraterrestrials and American TV

Somewhere out there in the Great Unknown, sentient beings monitor the galaxies, looking for worlds of possible settlement.

All kinds of electronic signals pass through receivers, and on their screens the ETs watch “My 600-pound Life,” “Say Yes to the Dress,” “Pitt Bulls and Parolees,” “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” the Kardashians and many other reality television shows. Seinfeld, as well.

The ET monitors must think, and maybe report, “The inhabitants of this world are insane and therefore simple for conquest.” Or, “These beings are totally, completely crazy as a Krall and should be let alone, lest they infect true intelligence.”

Sex in the Middle Ages

“In the popular imagination, the history of sex is a straightforward one. For centuries, the people of the Christian West lived in a state of sexual repression, straitjacketed by an overwhelming fear of sin, combined with a complete lack of knowledge about their own bodies. Those who fell short of the high moral standards that church, state and society demanded of them faced ostracism and punishment. Then in the mid-20th century things changed forever when, in Philip Larkin’s oft-quoted words, ‘Sexual intercourse began in 1963 … between the end of the Chatterley ban and the Beatles’ first LP.’”

Well, history paints a different picture, as it usually does.

Cases from the Middle Ages indicate men could die from too much sex.

“On the other hand, medieval medical authority held that too little sex presented a medical problem: celibacy was potentially detrimental to health, particularly for young men. Long-term celibacy meant the retention of excess semen, which would affect the heart, which in turn could damage other parts of the body. The celibate might experience symptoms including headaches, anxiety, weight loss and, in the most serious cases, death. Although celibacy was highly valued as a spiritual virtue in medieval society, in medical terms the celibate was as much at risk as the debauchee.”

Nor, of course, were women immune from such needs and cravings.

“For women lacking regular sexual relations, they offered a variety of treatments, including, stimulation of the genitals (either by the patient or by a medical professional). Such treatments were particularly suitable for women who were suffering from suffocation of the womb. If such a woman could not marry (for example, because she was a nun), and if her life was in genuine danger, then genital massage might be the only solution, and could even be performed without sin. The 14th-century English physician John of Gaddesden thought that such a woman should try to cure her condition through exercise, foreign travel and medication. But ‘if she has a fainting fit, the midwife should insert a finger covered with oil of lily, laurel or spikenard into her womb, and move it vigorously about’.”

Link at maggiesfarm.

French prison guards on strike

"Before, every morning, I was afraid to discover a guy hanging in his cell. You know what I'm dreading today? To be slaughtered, stripped, stabbed in the back. In the name of Islam and ISIS. Every day, on my way to work, this fear gnaws at my belly." — 'Bernard,' a French prison guard.

Islamists unleash “hatred and violence…against (our) authority, our society and its values.”

Link at

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

White man replaces black woman as mayor of San Francisco

Revolt of some kind to follow.

From audience at board meeting:

“As soon as it became apparent that the first African-American woman to lead San Francisco was being replaced by a white male representing some of the city’s wealthiest neighborhoods, the board chambers erupted.

“Some members of the audience, infuriated by the turn of events, chanted, ‘Shame, shame, shame.’

“’This is war!’ some shouted as board members left the chambers.”

“Race and ethnicity. As of the 2010 census, the ethnic makeup and population of San Francisco included: 390,387 Whites (48.1%), 267,915 Asians (33.3%), 48,870 African Americans (6.1%), 4,024 Native Americans (0.5%), 3,359 Pacific Islanders (0.4%), 53,021 from other races (6.6%), and 37,659 from two or more races (4.7%).”

At the 2020 census, I will claim Romulan racial status.

Who knew?

"There is talk that I am Jewish - just because my father was Jewish, my mother is Jewish, I speak Yiddish and once studied to be a rabbi and a cantor. Well, that's how rumors get started." - Baseball Clown Prince Al Schacht in My Own Particular Screwball (Al Schacht, Doubleday Publishers, 1955)

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Easter vacation in Egypt. It’s a joke, right?


‘Find The Best Egypt Easter Offer Through Charming Of Egypt’

“Easter is an ancient holiday that is celebrated in Egypt. When most people are thinking of Egypt Easter Offer, they likely picture themselves visiting the Pyramids of Giza, setting their eyes upon the Great Sphinx, or perhaps taking a camel ride through the desert.”

It’s an ad for a travel company, so I won’t link to it.

A comment or two: Christianity has been in Egypt since the beginnings of Christianity. Egyptian Christianity is older than Roman Christianity. So, the religion is close to 2,000 years old.

In the world of now, though, Christians in Egypt serve as targets for jihadists and the Muslim occasionally angry at something, so he makes Christians carriers of a foreign religion, even though Islam is a late-comer to Egypt.

Examples from December 2017: “Egypt’s Coptic Christians targeted in deadly attacks”

“Gunman kills 11 in attack on Coptic church”

“Islamic State claims responsibility for attack on Christians in Egypt”

“Christian persecution: Egypt Copts terrified by 1,000-strong mob”

Headlines don’t do justice to facts, but you get the idea

Haynes, Arkansas, down to about 130 people

Here is a link to a satellite image of Haynes and the surrounding area. The surrounding area is mostly fields.,-90.7934497,621m/data=!3m1!1e3

Haynes is in Lee County. The St. Francis River is the county’s east border. In 2000, Haynes had a population of 214. Per capita income was $8,057. Poverty level numbers were 30% of families and 42% of the overall population, including 54% of those under 18 and 50% of those 60 and over. Figures such as those indicate President Lyndon B. Johnson’s much-heralded War on Poverty isn’t working, even after 54 years.

Haynes’ 2010 population was 150. The 2016 population was estimated at 131.

Demographic breakdown of Hayne’s population show 85.05% black and 14.95% white.

Here is a link to a more detailed account of Haynes.

That account makes it seem that Haynes is simply wandering away.

Lots of farmland there, though.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Tax the rich! Tax the rich!

“In 1916, 206 families or individuals filed returns reporting income of $1 million or more.” Enter President Wilson’s wartime tax. In 1917, 141 returns noted income of $1 million or more. By 1921, 21 families reported a million-dollar income.

In the 2016 presidential election, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton said she would pay for her free college proposal by going where the money is; that is, taxing wealthy Americans even more.

What happens when there are no more wealthy people to tax?

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Mental Police need to find this guy

Or girl, whichever.

Internet Poster: “I am mentally dating you.”

It’s at “L(heart)”

It might be a porn site, so I’m not looking.

He was against gun ownership …

… until a robber pointed one at him.

"Young said six to seven people witnessed the attack, but no one tried to help him while it was going on. Two people called 911 after it was over and the “rest of the folks walked off.”

“'They just stood by and watched as I was yelling for help. ‘Help, I’m being robbed!’ They stood by and watched,' recalled Young.

"Now, he said he absolutely plans to apply for a concealed carry permit in D.C., but it won’t be easy. The District is one of the toughest places in the country to get a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

“'When you’re in an instance where there’s a gun is pointed at you and your life is being threatened for your property and no one’s going to help—and now I know that no one’s going to help—I want to feel more secure. I want to feel safe, and I have something to defend myself with,' he said."

Link at

Man shoots woman 10 times in argument over scrambled eggs

"An argument between a woman and her neighbor's boyfriend about a skillet of scrambled eggs led to the first homicide of 2018, Louisville Metro Police say.

"Michael Renee Hamblen, Jr. was arrested Wednesday, 11 days after Jasmine Newsome, 26, died from multiple gunshot wounds. Hamblen, 21, is charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

Police say shortly before Hamblen killed Newsome at her home, the two fought at her neighbor's house.

"She had cooked scrambled eggs while there and the suspect, who police say was Newsome's neighbor's boyfriend, argued about the breakfast food. No other details about the argument were provided.

"Later, Newsome and her roommate were at Newsome's home when Hamblen came over with a skillet of scrambled eggs. He dumped them on the floor and demanded Newsome clean up, according to an arrest warrant from Louisville Metro Police.

"Hamblen then came over a second time and walked in without permission, before firing a weapon at Newsome. Police say 10 shots were directed at her "pelvis and vagina area." The weapon has not been recovered.

"The shooting took place on the 2300 block of West Ormsby Avenue, near the Park Hill and California neighborhoods, police said.

"Hamblen was previously convicted of domestic violence in 2017. In 2014, he was also charged with domestic violence but pleaded guilty to a lower charge of harassment with no injury. He also plead guilty to charges that include fleeing police and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

"Hamblen entered a not guilty plea to his charges in connection with Newsome's death at his arraignment Thursday morning. He's being held on $500,000 bail."

Link at

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Cleaning 5.6 metric tons of copper coins

Archaeologists in China have begun “the daunting task of cleaning, derusting, classifying weighing, cataloging and studying 5.6 metric tons of coins.”

The coins were found Oct.13, 2007, during construction work on a house in Chalian Village in Jiangxi Province and date from the Song Dynasty, 960-1279.

The process is expected to take at least two or three years.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Greenfield, Oklahoma

Here is a link to a satellite photo of the Greenfield area:,-98.4718936,19679m/data=!3m1!1e3

Those white dots are oil fields.

Greenfield is the only town in the picture. At the 2010 census, the town’s population was 93. The highest population was 303 in 1940. The racial makeup of Greenfield in 2000 was 88.6% white; 9.7% Native American; and 1.6% African American. Twenty percent of families and 17.6% of the overall population lived below the poverty line.

Greenfield was established April 19, 1892, “when the Cheyenne-Arapaho Reservation was opened for non-Indian occupation.”

That same entry says Greenfield serves “as a ‘bedroom’ community.”

Last January, the “partially burned body” of a 30-year-old mother of four, was found in an open field west of Greenfield. The woman’s father found the body during a search by family members worried about her safety. The woman’s 35-year-old boyfriend was later questioned at a hospital emergency room. Police said the boyfriend had been in an altercation with several of the dead woman’s family members after the body was found. Police said the man’s hands had been burned. After an investigation lasting several days, the boyfriend was charged with murdering the woman. The boyfriend told police he was angry because the woman had gone out with another man.

The whole story here:

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Everything is politics

To newspaper opinion writers, anyway. (Who to a large degree wouldn’t know an “average American” from a fire plug.)

Hallmark movies -- a Red State idea, not to be exported to Blue States.

“(S)erving the Trump voter is turning out to be a big winner, as Crown Media’s family networks, the Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, have proved. Amid declining viewership and revenue at many TV networks, the Hallmark channels are on a roll.

“In 2016, viewership for the Hallmark Channel was up 36%, while the Movies & Mysteries channel notched a 46% gain. The momentum continued into 2017, with a big payoff coming during November and December, when both networks show wall-to-wall Christmas movies, including dozens of new productions and favorites from the Hallmark archives. In mid-November 2017, the Hallmark Channel was the third most-watched network on cable television, averaging more than 2 million viewers per day. Only ESPN and Fox News did better.”

What is Hallmark’s secret?

Movies and Mysteries does not depend on gore and violence to hold an audience. Romantic movies “have happy endings.” Or, as the LA Times writer admits, programs “that once defined mainstream television.”

Hollywood has a warped sense of America. We are not sex-crazed, nor drug addicts drugs. We treat people nice because it’s the right thing to do. We don’t look for payback when doing a good deed. And, we do good deeds.

Hollywood works on power, drugs and sex. Hollywood would not exist were it not for people who abuse power, who see people as a sexual necessity. Hollywood props up much of the illegal and legal drug industries.

Hollywood could learn lessons of financial success from Hallmark. But, as the LA Times writer notes, Hollywood prefers and promotes “dark shows,” such as “American Horror Story,” “True Blood” and “The Walking Dead.”

Those shows reflect the way Hollywood sees the rest of America, when, in fact, those shows are reflective of the Hollywood establishment.

Idiots in California kill 200,000 bees

Sierra Starks

PRUNEDALE, Calif. — A bee killer toppled 100 beehives in Prunedale and sprayed hundreds of thousands of honey bees with gasoline over the weekend.

The honey bees were being kept on Mike Hickenbottom's Prunedale property along Eacho Valley Road during the winter. The bees are owned by a man who lives in the Central Valley, where it's too cold during winter months, and they like feeding from eucalyptus trees that flower on the Central Coast during this time of year.

Hickenbottom believes his neighbors were behind the incident, partially because they had complained to him three times.

The bees are allowed to fly freely around the property, and Hickenbottom's neighbors said their children were too scared to go outside.

Hickenbottom said the Italian and Russian honey bees are not aggressive.

"I go up around the bee boxes without any protective clothing on. I've never been stung," he said.

The vandals struck sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday.

"Somebody came here, and tipped over all the boxes, and sprayed them with diesel fuel. It killed a whole bunch of bees," beekeeper Alfonzo Perez.

An estimated 200,000 bees died.

Perez leases the hives to pollinate almond trees growing on farms across Californian.

The bee killing cost Perez more than $50,000, a huge chunk of his annual salary.

"I just feel really bad for Alfonzo because he work so hard to support his family. Then somebody goes and does something like this," Hickenbottom said.

A police report was filed with the Monterey County Sheriff's Office. No arrests have been made.

Link at

There are two kinds of countries …

Those that use the metric system,

And those that have landed on the moon.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Russia really did do this

The “Russia-Trump” conspiracy is BS, but this is true.

“The implication is that the Russians have been pouring tens of millions of dollars into willing environmental advocacy groups in an effort to spread propaganda directed against fracking in the U.S. and the technology that makes it possible, according to evidence presented in the letter.”

Oh, no! Saving the sawgrass wart is a Russian plot?

Link at

You will have a revolver

“In 1910 King Nicholas I of Montenegro proclaimed that all male citizens were the Militia and had a right and a duty to own a Gasser Pattern revolver. The standard issue in the Montenegrin military was the Austrian Gasser Model 1870 in 11.2mm which became known as the Montenegrin Gasser.”

How to make a .75-caliber black powder pistol.

The gunsmith added a below-barrel hand grip because he decided the recoil might be a little more than normal.

Link at

Monday, January 15, 2018

More registered voters than qualified citizens

“Authored by Mike Shedlock via,

“The Election Integrity Project California provides a list of 11 California counties that have more registered voters than voting-age citizens.

“In addition, Los Angeles County officials informed the project that ‘the number of registered voters now stands at a number that is a whopping 144% of the total number of resident citizens of voting age.’”

Link at

How does that happen?

Well, “voter fraud” comes to mind. Unless you are a California Democrat. Then, it’s known as “Business as usual.”

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Jasper, Arkansas, surrounded by history and animals

Jasper is county seat of Newton County. Jasper’s 2010 population was 466. The county population was 8,330. A county with that small a population, people won’t let government go overboard.

Within 20 or 30 miles or so of Jasper are Aurora, Deer, Bass, Boston, Parthenon, Dogpatch, Venus, and Mount Judea.

Terrain in that part of Arkansas is kind of squiggly, with creeks curlicuing along valleys and lots of pushed together hills and small mountains.

Southeast of Jasper is “Arkansas Grand Canyon,” a national park in Newton County. People who put designations on things might consider that the park looks nothing like the Arizona Grand Canyon, and while the Arkansas park might be “deepest in the Ozarks,” it still is covered with trees and has nothing like the Colorado River running through it.

Don’t get me wrong. There is lots of pretty countryside to see and hike through, creeks to cross and caves to explore. But the other Grand Canyon it is not.

Despite the scenic beauty of the area, Jasper has a high poverty rate, 25.9% of families and 31.6% of total population under the official poverty line.

Jasper’s highest population was 519 in 1980. Ten years later, the population had dropped 36%, to 332. At the 2000 census, population was up by 50%, at 498.

Newton County is the official “Elk Capital of Arkansas.”

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Waterbury, Nebraska

Population in 2010, 73. Median age from 2000 population of 89 was 31.5. Of those 89 residents, 55% were men. Sounds like they could use some mail-order brides.

In 2000, 13% of families and 20% of the overall population was below the official Federal poverty line. The town had its largest population in 1940, when 204 people lived there.

“In the early days, the village had about 40 buildings and 125 inhabitants. The railroad made it a number-one market for grain, produce, and livestock. At first there were both passenger and freight trains. About the turn of the century the line, running from O'Neill to Sioux City, was acquired by the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad. Passenger service was discontinued in 1942, but
especially long ‘corn trains’ in season.”

Otter Creek is southwest and west of Waterbury. Here is a link to a satellite photograph:,-96.7362539,1116m/data=!3m1!1e3

As of 2000, the population of Dixon County was 6,000. Ponca is the county seat. The Missouri River separates Dixon County from South Dakota. The county’s highest population was 11,815, in 1920.

Waterbury has Storm’n Norman’s Rock ‘n Roll Auditorium.

Today’s high in Waterbury is predicted at 13, with an overnight low of 7. Sunday forecast is a high of 30, with a 40% chance of snow showers. Northern Nebraska. Winter cold.

Copan, Oklahoma

Copan is in Washington County, within a few miles of the Kansas state line. Copan’s population was 733 at the 2010 census, a decrease of 33 people since 2000.

Racial makeup of Copan is 81.5% white and 13.07% Native American. About 6.8% of families and 12% of the total population is below the official Federal poverty income level.

Washington County is the smallest county in Oklahoma. It is short and thin. The 2010 population was 50,976. Wikipedia says the Civil War “caused most of the inhabitants to move away …”,_Oklahoma

Although no accepted major battles were fought in what is now Oklahoma, there were battles of Confederate tribes vs. Union tribes. Forces in those battles were more diverse than in forces farther east, involving Indians, blacks and whites on both sides.

“Archaeologists have identified sixteen Archaic (6000 B.C. to A.D. 1), twenty-three Woodland (A.D. 1 to 1000), and eight Plains Village (A.D. 1000 to 1500) sites in the county. Mounds similar to those of the Mississippian Culture are located in northern Washington County and date from circa A.D. 960. Various Caddoan-speaking peoples inhabited the region to about 1760 when the Osage of Missouri displaced them. Spain, France, and England claimed Oklahoma before the United States acquired the region in the Louisiana Purchase of 1803.”

“Displaced” in the above article means the Osage invaded the area and ran the Caddeon-speakers farther south. Modern historians sometimes do not admit Indian tribes warred against each other. Only invading Europeans are allowed war-like qualities.

“Copan was devastated by fire in 1906, 1911, and 1912. Its population increased from 305 in 1907 to 521 in 1930, 549 in 1940, and 675 in 1970, reaching a high of 960 in 1980. The town had 796 residents in 2000 and 733 in 2010. Because of nearby Hulah and Copan lakes, Copan's present economy is based upon tourism and recreation. Impounded in 1951, Hulah Lake attracted new residents to Copan, many of whom constructed homes. The 1983 completion of Copan Lake brought renewed community growth, including a new post office and improved water and sewer lines.”

NJ denies drunk snowplow driver works for state

(Allegedly) drunk snowplow driver (allegedly) hits two parked cars. What is not unalleged are his three (3) previous DWI arrests.

NJDOT spokesman Steve Schapiro alleged, "Mr. Attieh is an NJDOT employee and the Department has begun its investigation required for disciplinary action."

The (alleged) drunk snowplow operator must be an employee of a company contracted to clear streets of snow and the occasional parked car that is in the way.

“Schapiro hasn't yet responded to questions about the DOT's hiring and employment policies.”

Link at

Friday, January 12, 2018

Film about Russian soldiers in first Chechen War scores big

Film has more than 2 million viewings in three days.

Some viewers “believe that it is incomplete and one-sided, as there are no comments of the Chechens who went through the war.”

It’s a film about Russian soldiers. Anybody wants Chechen viewpoints, make your own film.

Knoxville, Ark., is a growing town

Knoxville grew by 220 between the census of 2000 and the count of 2010. That number might not seem much by some city counts, but the solid numbers are 511 population in 2000 and 731 in 20210.

Knoxville is in Johnson County, barely in the northwest corner of Arkansas and three counties east of Oklahoma. Johnson County was formed in 1833, three years before Arkansas became a state. The 2010 census count showed 25,540 people lived in the county. Bill Doolan, founder of The Wild Bunch outlaw gang was born in Johnson County in 1858 and killed in Oklahoma in 1896. Arkansas used to be a wild kind of place.

According to the 2000 census, 93.68% of Johnson County’s residents were white. Poverty level was roughly 15%-20%. Knoxville was about the same for racial background, with 95.89% white, but with a better poverty level of 9%-18%.

“The first white man to own the land on which Knoxville would be established was Thomas May, who has been described as Arkansas’s first millionaire. May owned nearly 800 acres of bottomland in Johnson County, on which he established a town he called Mayville. Records from 1850 indicate that May owned fourteen slaves and that his land produced corn, wheat, oats, potatoes, cotton, and hay. He also owned a sawmill, a lumberyard, a general store, a hardware store, and an ice plant.”


“Businesses in Knoxville as of 2010 included manufacturing, stone, concrete, steel, and natural gas establishments. There are two flea markets, two boat companies, a trucking outfit, and a ceramics store, as well as restaurants and a country store. The Methodist congregation has disbanded, but the Baptist church remains. Knoxville Elementary School, once part of the Lamar (Johnson County) school district, is closed.”

Palestinian protesters offended by ‘provocative’ display of Israeli flag in Vienna

Three pro-Israel, anti-Semitic counter demonstrators arrested by Austrian police.

“Berlin -- The Vienna police are pursuing criminal charges against three pro-Israel activists for waving an Israeli flag in protest of antisemitic slogans at a demonstration against Jerusalem having been recognized by the US as the capital of the Jewish state.

“The police are seeking a €100 fine or two days in jail for the activists, who showed support for Israel at the December 8 anti-Israel rally near the US Embassy in Austria’s capital.

“The criminal notice, dated January 3, states that the activists ‘showed an Israeli flag at a rally in an extremely provocative way and manner that was visible for participants at the rally and thereby produced considerable offense and provocation among the Palestinian protesters.’”

Palestinians were yelling “Death to Israel,” but it’s the pro-Israelis police want. Typical European logic.

Link at maggiesfarm.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Weight of ocean water pushing down seabed

That’s why NYC is not under water. Newsweek says so, anyway.

“So much extra water is being added to the world’s oceans from melting glaciers that the ocean floor is sinking underneath the increasing weight. This ocean floor deformation also means we have miscalculated just how much ocean levels are rising, and the problem could be far worse than previously believed.”

OK. Glad to know that. Now I understand.

But isn’t that a good thing? Otherwise all coastal lands would now be under 2 or 6 meters of seawater, right?

Do the global warmists want NYC flooded? Well, yes. Anything to prove they are right.

Back in the day

Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Burleigh Grimes on why he didn’t hesitate to throw at batters: “When I was a teenager, I decided that the best I could make back home was thirty-five dollars a week driving horses in a lumber camp. Baseball was my answer. … There was only one man standing between me and more money, and that was the guy with the bat. I knew I’d always have to fight that man with the bat as if he were trying to rob me in a dark alley.”

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

NY governor wants food pantries at every state/city college

Gov. Cuomo says this free food must be “stigma-free.” Damn! Just when “gluten-free” is accepted as a sham, the Democratic Progressives come up with another victim allergy.

Link at maggiesfarm.

Red Robin Restaurants eliminating busboy jobs

"On Monday, the national restaurant chain Red Robin announced it would eliminate busboys at all of its 570 restaurants, as the company expects it will save $8 million in 2018 by doing so. Red Robin’s chief financial officer Guy Constant told attendees at the ICR retail conference, 'We need to do that to address the labor increases we’ve seen.'”

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Pizza-delivering robots mean end of world as we know it

Robots mean “bad news for the Fight for 15 movement, which keeps forgetting that the actual minimum wage is $0.00. No business is going to pay a human to do a job that can be done by a gadget that doesn't need bathroom breaks or vacation days. No matter how many modern-day Luddites unironically complain about it on the Internet, automation is just a synonym for civilization. If something can be done by a machine, it will be done by a machine. Whether it's transporting you across town or washing your underwear or making you a cup of coffee or bringing you a Meat Lover's Special on gluten-free crust because you're watching your weight, machines make your life easier.”

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Boycotters of Israel boycotted

And the anti-Semitic left-wing supporters of terrorists are furious, saying their “right to enter Israel” is a “human rights” issue.

“Israel has decided that enough is enough, and just issued a list of 20 groups, most of them European, whose top leadership and activists are barred from further entry. The announcement makes clear that criticism of Israel is not a ground for exclusion, the list is limited (to) the leaders devoted to delegitimizing and destroying Israel.”

Kind of mixing the metaphors

I didn’t read all of the story, but the headline is interesting.

‘China’s Hi-Tech Missile Ambitions Are Marching Ahead at Warp Speed’

Anybody’s army that can march at warp speed, the rest of the world (or universe) should watch out.

The story:

Pretty much more of the same US vs. China stuff.

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Bad dudes in baseball

Some of these players made lots of money, but that did not keep them from doing time.

Then there is Ed Clark, who was convicted for “Trying to join Boer army.”

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Meanwhile, back in Petersburg

“Camp Sports. 13th New York Heavy Artillery playing ball.”

During the war, the 13th had 3 killed in action; 2 wounded; and 147 who died “of disease and other causes.”

Saturday, January 6, 2018

How cold is it in Central Florida?

There is official cold, and then there is experience cold.

This morning, a cardinal landed in a crape myrtle tree in the back yard.

Cardinals do not winter in warm areas. In Northeast Texas, it was not unusual in winter to see herds of a dozen cardinals.

Could be the one this morning was a scout. Could be others are on the way.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Johannesburg? Rio de Janario?

Nope. Los Angeles, Christmas Day, 2017.

Like the videographer says, many organizations get millions of dollars to "help" the homeless.

Keep those dollars coming in by keeping the homeless homeless.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

PM Orban said Hungary is and will remain a Christian nation

So why the surprise?

‘Government awards $2.9 million to Sándor Németh’s Faith Congregation’

“The government has allocated HUF 758 million (USD 2.9 million) to Hit Gyülekezete (Faith Congregation) from the amount it allotted for church development at home and abroad in October 2017, according to the December 28 edition of the Hungarian Gazette, reports

“HUF 394 million is to be used to build a conference center within Hit Park.”

Someone always seems to find a way to screw it up

In the case of Nuclear Launch Codes the someone was at the White House, and he lost the codes.

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(The story does not claim Clinton lost the codes. The president does not have possession of the launch codes. Still, the fact of lost codes is another part of the Clinton’s approach to national security. They don’t have one.)

Monday, January 1, 2018

'Safe Area' not safe for some Berlin women

Sexual Assaults Reported in Berlin Despite ‘Safety Area’ For Women

At least 13 cases of sexual assault were reported in Germany’s capital on New Year’s Eve — despite the city’s creation of a “safety area” for women to celebrate the arrival of 2018 near Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate.

Police made seven arrests, according to Fox News and multiple German media reports, but no information was released about the suspects.

A local police spokeswoman told Fox News that police were still gathering information about the night’s reported crimes, but did not disclose more information about the detained people.

As midnight neared in Germany, Berlin police tweeted that they were receiving reports of sexual assaults, but warned that the force does not tolerate such crimes.
After being asked on Twitter about the nationality of the perpetrators, police declined to provide the information — saying ethnicity or national origin would have no bearing on the cases.

The seven arrested were Afghan and Syrian.