Friday, March 30, 2018

It’s not even safe to rob a church these days

In Chicago: “Police said a 27-year-old gunman burst into the Maypole Avenue Church of Christ and announced a robbery. He was immediately confronted by a 57-year-old security guard, who is a concealed carry cardholder.

“The two exchanged gunfire, ending with the offender critically injured with multiple gunshots to the chest. He remains in critical condition at Stroger Hospital.

“The security guard suffered a single bullet wound to the left arm and is expected to recover.”

Somebody (the older dude) was much more adept with the tool of his job, since the bad man has “multiple gunshot wounds to the chest.”
Center mass.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Tomorrow is Opening Day

“As long as we have Opening Day every Spring and the World Series every Autumn, I will continue to believe to the adamantine rock bottom of my soul that God blesses America and has an exceptional plan for this nation.”

This will be one of the greatest seasons ever in the 142 years of Major League Baseball.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Mausoleum for Suleiman found in Hungary?

“How archaeologists trying to locate the final resting place of Suleiman the Magnificent uncovered the remains of a crucial outpost of the Ottoman Empire”

Lt. Frank Fazekas Sr. no longer MIA

“Lt. Frank Fazekas will be laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery this week after years inside his P-47 Thunderbolt in the French field where he came to rest after succumbing to German anti-aircraft fire 74 years ago.”

“Frank Fazekas Jr. was just six months old at the time, living with his mother in a tight-knit Hungarian community in Trenton, New Jersey.

“Fazekas Jr. would pore over letters written between his mother and father, focusing on his father’s signature. ‘I would practice signing my name like he did,’ he says.

“Because his dad flew, he loved airplanes. He got a degree in aeronautical engineering and became an Air Force pilot, serving in the Vietnam War. He later worked with Department of Defense contractors and now, at 74, he’s in his third career as a tour business owner in New Hartford, New York.

“’For a lot of years I felt like I was trying to complete something for him … the whole aviation thing, the flying, it was all cut short, I mean so abruptly at age 22.’”

TV news stations need to keep up

One of the local anti-Trump news pieces this morning was all about how the president’s tariff policy would cost consumers billions of dollars and effectively End the World as We Know it.

That station (Channel 9 in the Tampa-Sarasota area) needs reporters and editors who keep up with what’s really going on.

By S.A. Miller - The Washington Times - Monday, March 26, 2018

“President Trump’s aggressive trade policies are forcing some tough customers to cut new deals, with China talking about opening its market to U.S. companies and South Korea nearing a deal to reduce steel exports and buy more American cars.

“The threat of a trade war gave Wall Street the jitters when Mr. Trump rolled out big tariffs and other get-tough measures, but it also rattled Beijing, Seoul and other trading partners.

“Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Monday that Beijing wanted trade talks and not a trade war with the U.S. He stressed his country’s willingness to remove barriers to American business and reduce the U.S. trade deficit with China, which is the chief demand from Mr. Trump.

“’With regard to trade imbalances, China and the United States should adopt a pragmatic and rational attitude, promote balancing through expansion of trade, and stick to negotiations to resolve differences and friction,’ Mr. Li told a conference in Beijing, state radio reported.

Link at

Every time President Trump says, “We’re not doing this (stuff) any longer,” leftist TV news people go all “OMG! You have to do what we approve!” The people President Trump is talking to, though, within a few days decide maybe they should talk about making the changes he wants.

We Deplorables like that.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Clinton politics v John Bolton

'Iran today is, in a sense, the only country where progressive ideas enjoy a vast constituency. It is there that the ideas that I subscribe to are defended by a majority.' -- President Bill at a Davos economic meeting

Steyn’s column is about John Bolton. Steyn says of Bolton:

“I first met the new National Security Advisor a decade and a half or so back, in a roomful of European prime ministers and foreign ministers. He delivered a line that stunned the joint:

“’International law does not trump the US Constitution.’

“I was standing next to the Finnish Prime Minister, Paavo Lipponen, who had a genuinely puzzled looked on his face and eventually inquired of me: ‘He is making a joke, no?’"

Link at

Sunday, March 25, 2018

The Left wants a timid president

We incorrigible deplorables do not.

“Within the stretch of a week or two, I see this many times with President Trump, who supports many policies that could be legitimately criticized for a number of reasons. But the deliberations about PDJT’s latest antics never seem to get too far, certainly not into the realm of honestly inspecting the implications of what he wants to do. They so often veer off into a bunch of tongue-clucking about some ‘tweet.’ It seems to me like our current culture may be incapable of having a diligent discussion about these things. President Trump is utterly lacking in pusillanimity — as well as, depending on the setting, refinement & manners. But mostly the pusillanimity. Here & there, now & then, he’s shown those other things. But who among us can tell the difference? So many of these arguments about Trump devolve into inspections of mannerisms. It’s irritating to people like me who don’t care one way or another about the mannerisms. Speaking for myself, I’m not holding out Trump to be some kind of role model for adults, or children, or anybody else; it’s not what I’m looking for when I vote for a President, and his name isn’t going to be on a ballot anytime soon anyway. But as people continue to make a big deal about mannerisms, the thought occurs to me that maybe the problem is precedent. We’ve become so accustomed to pusillanimous politicians, that we’re incapable of processing the information when we come across one who isn’t. This guy is far from perfect, anyone who goes looking for flaws can certainly find them. Why obsess on the thing that isn’t one.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Poem to a pig

Not just any pig, mind you, but to Maggie, mascot of the Oakland Oaks.

The Oaks represented Oakland in the Pacific Coast League from 1903 until 1955.

Now to the pig.

“To mark the Oakland Oaks 1916 home opener, J. Cal Ewing, generally known as 'The Godfather of the Pacific Coast League' presented Oakland Manager Harold 'Rowdy' Elliott with a gift: The Oakland Tribune said:

“’Ewing gave to the Oaks a mascot in the shape of a real ‘rooter,’ a yearling pig, which was kept on the players’ bench throughout the game.’”

“The Oaks cruised to a 10-2 victory over the Portland Beavers in front 15,000 enthusiastic Oakland fans, and the superstitious among the ball club and their fans attributed the win to ‘Margaret,’ the new mascot.

“The Oaks played well in April, and were in first place until the end of the month, but by mid May they were 16-21, fifth place in the six-team league—and it was noticed that no one had seen ‘Margaret’ for some time.”

The newspaper composed a poem to the absent Maggie.

O Maggie, dear, and did ye hear
The news that’s goin’ round?
The Oaks are losing day by day
And soon they won’t be found.
They’ve ingestion badly.
And they’re looking for the hook
They can’t play ball at all, at all
Since you went to the cook.

Was Maggie really victim to a hungry ball team?

Well, see here:

Some places, you just don’t mess around

Another of those armed homeowner incidents Progressive gun-grabbers say never happens.

“A news release issued by the SCSO states that before the shooting happened, deputies had been called to investigate a report of an intoxicated person on Cedar Creek Rd. who was making threats over the phone to the homeowner and was armed with a gun. It was later learned that the intoxicated person was a Marshall resident.

“A few minutes later, deputies headed to the scene were told that the homeowner, who was still on the phone with dispatchers, feared for his safety and the safety of his family and had fired shots at the intruder.

“When deputies arrived moments later, they saw through the open door of the home, that a man was lying dead on the floor several feet inside and that what appeared to be a rifle, was lying next to him.

“During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the deceased suspect had unlawfully entered the home and was confronted by the homeowner.”

Stone County is in way North Central Arkansas. Mountain View is the county seat. The 2010 population was 12,394, with 97.3% identifying as White. That percentage of White people in that part of Arkansas, you can bet the percentage of gun owners is way high, and the number of legal firearms is near or greater than the total population.

The dead dude was intoxicated and armed, two-thirds of the way to totally stupid.

Friday, March 23, 2018

120 arrested at cock fight in Arkansas

“Immigration agents and sheriff’s deputies broke up an illegal cockfighting ring in Arkansas over the weekend, arresting more than 100 people including several suspected illegal immigrants, federal officials announced Thursday.”

“Based on information gathered in the course of the investigation, officers initially expected to find between 30 and 40 people at the event, ICE officials said. Instead, they encountered an astonishing 134 people watching the cockfight, and ultimately took 120 into custody.”

Link at

Sevier County is in SW Arkansas. About 20% of the population is Hispanic. The county seat is DeQueen. About 39% of DeQueen’s population is Hispanic. Those numbers account for “several suspected illegal immigrants.”

Cock fighting is part of the Mexican culture. How can we expect immigrants to just give up their culture?

Well, it’s really simple. We are not Mexico. Here, cockfighting is illegal.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

At 3:20 p.m., my phone said I had a voice message

I accessed voice mail. The recording said the message was sent at 2:50 p.m.

Question: What was the message doing for the 30 minutes between being sent by the Weather Service and received by my phone?

Is there some quantum or dark matter reason a speed-of-sound or speed-of-light transmission would take 30 minutes to arrive?

Monday, March 19, 2018

The new religion is on a roll

“Today, we live in a post-Christian age, where most of ruling class is unfamiliar with traditional religion and often hostile to it. Instead, our rulers believe in a grab bag of fads that define multiculturalism. Political correctness is the enforcement arm of this amorphous new faith, so signaling agreement with the current PC causes is how our rulers try to tell us they are moral people. People hoping to rise into the upper ranks, invest all of their time in public acts of piety, often on-line, to prove they are worthy of admission.”

“Reality is the natural barrier between the fanatics and their desired utopia. Their inability to reach the promised land, however, does not cause them to reconsider the project. Instead, they re-double their efforts, staking out even more bizarre positions. Thirty years ago, homosexual marriage was a punch line for popular comics. Today, laughing at those jokes gets you thrown in jail. Just take a moment and consider what comes after the compulsory acceptance of transvestites. The new religion moves quickly.”

A society that fails to understand its history is a society rushing to its doom. If we do not know how we got to where we are, we cannot wisely decide where we are going.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Well, some people were ambushed, but it wasn’t too bad

For a time in the 1920s, Rosie, Arkansas, did not quite live up to its name.

Rosie was formed in the second decade of the 19th century, with the opening of a post office in 1819. The town was first known as White Run, after the nearby White River. As with most rural Arkansas towns, Rosie had its ups and downs, name changes, good times and bad. The name Rosie was affixed to the town in 1888 with the opening of another post office. The White Run post office had closed in 1833.

“One of the deadliest episodes in Independence County history occurred in the early 1920s and concerned the Kickers, an organization against the government-ordered dipping of cattle for the eradication of ticks. Rosie was touched by this grassroots vigilante movement when barns were burned and a young Finis Wyatt (later the noted physician of the area) was fired upon while standing in his yard. Other parts of the county saw even more violence. On March 20, 1922, Charles Jeffrey, one of the inspectors, was killed from ambush on Hutchinson Mountain on the Jamestown Road, and his partner, Lee Harper, was wounded but survived.”

Also: “Dissidents in Arkansas, known as ‘kickers,’ usually hailed from a yeoman group that actively asserted their resistance to change in agricultural practices in the only way available to them, through violence. Opposition was noted in several publicized incidences, most of them resulting in a court case and fine for refusal to dip, which was a relatively tame act of defiance compared to more aggressive actions in the form of destroying vats, damage to property and murder. Several counties reported the use of dynamite to demolish dipping vats - a common occurrence throughout the quarantined areas of the South - and Independence County cattle inspector Charles Jeffery was shot to death in 1922 by a posse of dipping opponents. The barn of another federal inspector in the county was destroyed by fire and he reported that he had previously received death threats, as had an inspector in Rosie, whose barn was also burned.”

-- Holly Hope, Dip That Tick: Texas Fever Eradication in Arkansas, 1907-1943, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Little Rock, 2005.

In the early part of the 19th century, farmers saw more and more of what they believed to be “federal intervention” in long-established ways of doing things. Opposition was natural, especially considering the expense of building dipping vats and herding cattle from farms to a central location and back to the farm. Some of the opposition, too, might have been caused by the federal government’s decision that cow tick quarantines applied only to states of the former Confederacy.

Federal supremacy became even more concrete when Washington took advantage of the Depression of 1929-40 to remove people from failing farms with the Federal Resettlement Administration and other New Deal agencies, all designed to “assist” U.S. citizens in their daily lives.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Georgian artist was so talented, Soviets put him in an asylum

From an interview with brother of Fridon Nizharadze.

-Fridon was once placed in an asylum in Tbilisi.

Yes. He spent several months there and, as he himself claims, was drained of great amounts of blood and given lots of pills. The way he behaved, lived and painted was not acceptable to the general standards established by the communist government. Subsequently, everyone perceived him as a madman. Those were, as he calls it, dark ages in our country. Dissenting opinions were prosecuted and regarded as a mental disorder. Sometimes even Fridon’s own family members, including myself and relatives with whom he stayed in Tbilisi, could not understand what he wanted to convey through his paintings. For instance, when he drew a man with a single eye, similar to a cyclops, people would react negatively and say that it wasn’t normal. We wanted him to draw standard things; personally, I told him to paint ordinary towers of Svaneti - something that we could understand - instead of the strange things. Now I regret saying that, honestly. He would always answer that he couldn’t stop the unusual ideas coming to his mind day and night; he said he had to release them by transferring them onto paper. And then he went and painted collapsed and ruined towers and there were some who took it as a very bad omen. People didn’t really appreciate it. This hostility left a mark on both his life and personality. Today, he is a well-respected person and everyone in the village knows him. He never exhibited his works, though; he thinks it’s expensive and a hassle.

Friday, March 16, 2018

You’ll take that moldy beer and pungent salt beef and like it, sailor

No refrigeration, a long sea voyage … What else would you expect?

“After their stint in the Elissa’s hold, many of the provisions still seem edible. For safety reasons, nobody will actually be tasting the experimental results, but the baked ship biscuits are in the best shape by far, a testament to their legendary hardiness. The salted beef, however, has taken on a pinkish center resembling prosciutto. It has a pungent smell, says Tsai, though it isn’t rotten.

“A big exception is the natural spring water, which has turned cloudy with greenish bits and 'smelled pretty disgusting,' Tsai says. 'Sailors may have preferred quenching their thirst with beer and wine, which remained more palatable. Still, a surprising amount of lingering yeast fermentation and carbonation caused the beer barrel to leak and grow mold.'”

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Freemason clerics ‘out of church’

(ANSA) - Rome, March 14 - Priests and bishops who are Freemasons will be ejected from the Catholic Church, Italian Bishops Conference (CEI) Secretary-General Nunzio Galantino said Wednesday. He said the Church had always had the same stance on freemasonry: "everything that undermines the common good to the advantage of a few cannot be accepted". Galantino said "shadowy powers" sometimes poisoned Italian political and social life and sometimes insinuated themselves into the ecclesiastical world.

Link at

I didn’t know Masonic bishops and priests were ever allowed. I guess I haven’t been keeping up with things Roman Catholic, other than the Pope’s kumbaya speeches on how wonderful is Islam.

Galantino says the church had always had the same stance on Freemasonry. If that’s the case, why is he making an announcement that Freemason priests and bishops “will be ejected”? How did the Masons sneak past the church’s vetting?

Chicago training prepares Navy corpsmen for war

Shibani Mahtani
March 14, 2018 8:00 a.m. ET

CHICAGO—Konrad Poplawski, a 22-year old Navy hospital corpsman, is about to be deployed as a battlefield medic with the 2nd Marine Division, which has served in deadly battlegrounds in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But first, he is making a pit stop at Cook County’s Stroger Hospital, which the Navy says is among few places here in the U.S. that provide experience treating the types of wounds he will inevitably see on the battlefield.

(Remainder of story blocked by pay wall.) has some of the story:

“For so long ‘the first time a corpsman got any trauma experience was when they were deployed, and some would just freeze up,’ said Captain Paul Roach, a U.S. Navy surgeon at the Lovell Federal Health Care Center north of Chicago. ‘We don’t want that to happen anymore,’ said Capt. Roach, who heads the program in the Great Lakes region.

“The Navy is working to formalize a pilot program that has been tested here for three years, rotating newly enlisted hospital corpsmen—the combat medics for the Navy and Marines—and those needing a refresher while they are back home, for six to eight weeks through Stroger Hospital’s trauma center. The 14-bed unit treats over 6,000 trauma patients yearly, many of them with penetrating, life-threatening wounds akin to those on the battlefield.”

Famed archaeologist faked murals, inscriptions

“In a shocking development, researchers have discovered that James Mellaart, the archaeologist who first excavated one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world, the 9,000-year-old Neolithic proto-urban settlement of Çatalhöyük in Turkey, for decades fabricated murals and inscriptions, passing them off as genuine finds and publishing them extensively.”

James Mellart “created some of the ‘ancient’ murals at Çatalhöyük that he supposedly discovered; he also forged documents recording inscriptions that were found at Beyköy, a village in Turkey, said geoarchaeologist Eberhard Zangger, president of the Luwian Studies Foundation. Zangger examined Mellaart’s apartment in London between Feb. 24 and 27, finding ‘prototypes,’ as Zangger calls them, of murals and inscriptions that Mellaart had claimed were real.”

I was sorry to hear about faked findings at Catalhoyuk, especially as the site proved archaeologists and historians do not know as much as they think. Or, maybe the fakes don’t take away from the ancient site.

Link at


Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Re Stephen Hawking

For a time, commenters will praise the famed atheist and presumed smartest man in the world. Or, perhaps the “smartest person in the world,” since we don’t want to dis another sex.

After all the plaudits, though, will come articles from physicists who have hidden opposing theories lest they be hounded for disagreeing with the smartest man/person in the world.

That’s the way things work. If you go against an Anointed One, you will receive condemnation from those who know where their money comes from.

Sign on a business in Sarasota, Florida

“The Law Place”

“We are here 4 you.”

Bless their hearts, isn’t that nice?

I wonder how a judge would react if the “Law Place” briefs are written the same way?

“Az ur no dout aware …”

Monday, March 12, 2018

A light switch away from winking out the whole ship

“The Navy is canceling a program to install fuel-efficient hybrid electric drives in 34 destroyers, leaving only one destroyer with the technology, the Navy confirmed in a statement.

“The main issue was the intense electrical load that running the drive system on the ship’s two running generators was putting on the ship.

“‘At that point you are a light switch flipping on away from winking out the whole ship,’ the official said.”

Damn! You mean the Navy has to go back to what works? But that means the unicorns won’t show up and give their blessing to the Obama climate change plans.

Hey, kids! Go to college so you can learn to write like this!

“Earlier this week, some graffiti was spotted on campus that sought to counterpose intersectionality and the sciences, equating the latter with white supremacy. Facilities staff have completed the chore of cleaning up the graffiti.

“The slur against the sciences, however interpreted, is offensive and disappointing to see given the values we espouse and our shared commitment to equity and interdisciplinarity.”

-- George Bridges, Evergreen State College president

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Oakland coffee shop refuses to serve police

Some people might disagree, an Instagram post says, “because they have a friend or relative who is a police, because they are white or have adopted the privilege whiteness affords, because they are home- or business-owning …”

“(A) police …” Is that like being “a black,” or “a Hispanic,” or something?

And, when the bad guys show up (and they will, now that the coffee shop advertises its “No Police” policy), go ahead and call 9-1-1. But don’t be surprised when the dispatcher says, “Fuck you. Call your ‘community.’”

Link at

Friday, March 9, 2018

When Bigfoot visited Vici, Oklahoma

Or maybe it was a case of mistaken identity.

© (AP) The Houston (Texas) Post; Thursday, April 15, 1982

Vici, Oklahoma (AP) - What has reddish-brown hair, stands a stocky 4 feet to 5 feet high and smells like a sewer? That's what some folks around here would like to know.

Billy Parry, a 15-year-old high school freshman, says he saw such a creature while scouting for coyote tracks along Trail Creek near his home south of Vici. His family says it prowled on their property and near their house for more than a month this winter.

Hair samples found by Parry's house were sent to Hayden Hewes, director of Sasquatch Investigations of Mid-America. Was it from a "Big Foot"?

"The hair sample looked very interesting. At this point, we cannot confirm what kind of animal it came from," Hewes said, adding a sample was being forwarded to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation forensic lab in hopes of analysis. "I feel it's just a matter of time before a Big Foot is captured alive," Hewes said.

Dewey County Sheriff Larry Pike, on the other hand, says he has heard only rumors about the strange animal, but nothing official. Sightings also have been reported in nearby Roger Mills County. In 1977, search parties were formed after similar sightings of an unidentified creature were reported in eastern Oklahoma near Bristow and Stilwell. Nothing was found.

© The Houston (Texas) Post; Thursday, April 15, 1982

Several years ago reality TV Bigfoot hunters went looking for the elusive creature in the Kiamichi Mountains in Southeastern Oklahoma. To ensure proper appreciation of the land (and no doubt add a little reality to their reality), hunters hired three Choctaw as guides. As they are wont to do around White Men Who Will Believe Anything, the Choctaw talked about tales of Bigfoot from their fathers and grandfathers and even further back.

The Choctaw and the hunters had separate camp fires. My guess is, the Choctaw spent some time hooraying about the white hunters.

The hunters, of course, heard things in the night. (Anybody who spends a night in the Kiamichi will hear something.) The sounds might have been a Bigfoot, could have been a Bigfoot, fit the description of Bigfoot sounds the hunters had heard before. But, as with all Bigfoot shows, the hunters had another location to check out and could spend no more time in the Kiamichi.

The Choctaw, probably quite a few dollars richer, went home.

Tuckerman, Arkansas

Tuckerman is in Jackson County, in central Northeast Arkansas, in level farm land east of the Black River.

Tuckerman’s 2010 population was 1,862, an increase of 105 from the 2000 census. The town’s highest population was in 1980, when 2,078 people lived there. About 90 percent of the population is white, with 9 percent counted as “Black or African-American.” Median income in 2000 was $27,000. About 89% of families and 86% of the total population lived above the poverty line.

Baseball coach and manager Bobby Winkles and basketball player Jim Barnes were born in Tuckerman.

“Tuckerman was named for a railroad executive who seems to have made no other notable contributions to the railway industry or the history of Arkansas.”

So there.

Boley, Okla., Progress

“All Men Up – Not Some Men Down”

Armed black men stop bank robbery, kill two, wound another

Gene Curtis
World Staff Writer

The little bank in the quiet all-black village of Boley probably looked like an easy target to bank robber Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd's gang.

They were wrong.

Before the end of what a bank employee called "a regular war" on Nov. 23, 1932, two of the bank robbers had been killed, one by a bank bookkeeper and the other by townspeople who grabbed their own weapons and opened fire as the robbers tried to flee. All the money was recovered.

The heroes of the gunbattle were Farmers & Merchants Bank President D.J. Turner, who was killed after he set off a bank robbery alarm, and bookkeeper H.C. McCormick, who grabbed a rifle in the bank's vault and mortally wounded Turner's killer moments after Turner was shot.

The dead robbers were identified as George Birdwell, Floyd's chief lieutenant who was considered the brains of the gang, and novice robber Charles Glass, the driver of the getaway car. Robber C.C. Patterson suffered multiple bullet wounds but recovered and was sent to prison for his part in the robbery.

Floyd didn't participate in the robbery in the town that was one of 29 all-black towns established before statehood. There were reports that he had his henchmen stage the robbery as a ploy to divert lawmen's attention to allow him to visit his wife in a Tulsa hospital where she had undergone an appendectomy or at her father's house near Bixby.

Other reports were that Floyd had warned his gang members against robbing the Boley bank because there wasn't much money there, the people of Boley all had guns, knew how to shoot them and weren't afraid to use them.

There's no way to determine if the robbery was a diversionary tactic, but there's proof that the Boley residents had guns, knew how to use them and did.

Birdwell, armed with a .45-caliber pistol, and Patterson, armed with a shotgun, burst into the bank early that morning. Birdwell, always the speaker in the gang's bank robberies, announced they were robbing the bank and warned "don't pull no alarm."

Bookkeeper McCormick saw the robbers enter, slipped into the bank's vault, retrieved the rifle kept there for such events and aimed it at Birdwell as he watched the robbers scoop up cash. Turner hit the robbery alarm and Birdwell demanded, "Did you pull that alarm?"

"Sure I did," Turner admitted. Birdwell responded "I'll kill you for that," and shot the bank president to death. As Turner fell to the floor, McCormick fired a shot at Birdwell, who fell mortally wounded at Turner's feet.

Hearing the gunfire, Glass rushed into the bank, picked up the $600 Birdwell had dropped and ordered two customers to carry Birdwell to the getaway car. He and Patterson also returned fire at McCormick.

The robbers were met by a rain of bullets from a sheriff's deputy and vigilantes as they left the bank. The two customers dropped Birdwell on the sidewalk and took cover inside the bank. Patterson fell wounded, but Glass reached the getaway car and was fatally shot as he tried to drive away.

Police set a trap for Floyd when reports surfaced that he planned to visit an Earlsboro funeral home to view Birdwell's body.

Although Floyd didn't appear, his wife was one of about 50 mourners who attended Birdwell's graveside funeral service at Seminole.

More than 50 Okemah and Tulsa police officers, none in uniform, provided security at the funeral for Turner that was attended by more than 3,000. There had been rumors that Floyd would attend the funeral to claim revenge for the killing of his aide.

McCormick received a $500 reward from the state for killing Birdwell and was made an honorary major on Gov. William H. "Alfalfa Bill" Murray's staff. Townspeople who participated in the shootout split another $500 reward.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Are Rooster and Butch trying to prove how liberal they are?

A woman looking for money from Rooster and Butch lied to the pair at least five times. Near the end of last night's program, the Buffalo, N.Y., woman was lying so fast I lost count.

She played the race card, she played the evil po-leece card, she played the black woman card and she played the single mother card.

Yet despite learning of the woman’s lies, Rooster and Butch decided to work with her in developing her video device, which can (depending on which lie she wanted to promulgate at the moment): track evil po-leece who are killing young black men, or, give instant viewing of a truck driver and his cargo, in case there is an accident and you would have your own evidence to counter evil insurance companies.


I’ll give the woman credit for one thing: She dropped more black victim theories than I’ve ever heard from one person in a short period of time.

Rooster, even after finding out her lies, said something along the line of “We’ve either got to start lovin’ each other or killin’ each other.”

Rooster and Butch is on A&E Network, Wednesday at 10 p.m.

Classical art in everyday Russia

This is funny. And somewhat educational as well.

Hungary ‘will not allow any illegal migrants to enter’

Foreign minister says “sovereignty demands that the country should have the sole right to decide who enters the country” following UN High Commissioner of Human Rights calling Prime Minister Viktor Orban “a racist and xenophobe.”

UN Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein cited Orban’s statement “we do not want our colour… to be mixed in with others” which a “clear-cut statement of racism”. That statement is an insult to Africans, Asians and Middle Easterners, Hussein said.

Does Mr. Hussein assume there are tens of thousands of non-white non-Hungarians clamoring to get into Hungary and breed with indigenous Hungarians?

And, if Africa, Asia and the Middle East are such lovely places to live, why do we not see Hungarians clamoring to move there? Why are there not tens of thousands of Hungarians demanding entry to Saudi Arabia?

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

(The N-Word) from a white man’s perspective

“The N-Word is the carrier of a strange disease. It is a disease that those who would benefit most from its eradication seek desperately to maintain. After all, if the scourge of racism were ever allowed to fade from our land, where would all the people with jobs and investments in the continuance of racism go? How would they live? How would their mortgages be paid and how would their car, boat and second-home payments be met?”

I was brought up in Northeast Texas, where (The N-Word) was an every-day noun, pronoun and adjective. Except as a quote, I have not used the word in conversation since enlisting in the Army at age 18 in 1964. (The N-Word) was demeaning, and I do not degrade any entire group of people.

But that was then. As Mr. Vanderleun said, though, as a white man I am forever forbidden from saying (The N-Word), lest my Permanent Record have a new entry. As I said, I do not use the word, as I find it demeaning and degrading. Others are allowed to use the word, indeed have become wealthy from saying (The N-Word) over and over and over.

One of these days the space ship will arrive and a voice will say, “Hey, Bob. Ready to be transferred up?”

John Adams: ‘I really wish the Jews again in Judea an independent nation’

And: “If any founder deserves to be celebrated in Israel, it is Adams. Thomas Jefferson thought little of the Jewish intellectual legacy. But the Jews were ‘the most glorious nation that ever inhabited this Earth,’ Adams insisted. ‘The Romans and their Empire were but a Bauble in comparison of the Jews. They have given religion to three quarters of the Globe and have influenced the affairs of Mankind more, and more happily, than any other Nation ancient or modern.’”

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In reading about Adams the president, I gathered he was self-centered, too much interested in how people perceived him at the moment and how he would be seen by generations to come. In his remarks about Jews, though, Adams shows his belief in God and the future of both the United States and the to-be nation of Israel.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Neena-neena, you’re under arrest

“Neenahjah Rae-Kwon Purvis of Stone Mountain, Georgia shot and killed Maliki Jawuan Holt during a home invasion last week. DeKalb County Sheriff Deputies arrested him the other day for the murder when they discovered that he is also a deserter from the US Navy according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

“’Purvis, 22, was armed when he entered a motel room in the 4800 block of Memorial Drive, according to arrest warrants. He and Holt shot at each other and Holt was fatally wounded, Williams said.

“’Though Purvis faces felony murder and first-degree home invasion charges in DeKalb, he will also be held for extradition to federal authorities on the military desertion charge.’

“Picking up deserters on military warrants can save lives.”

Going out on a limb here, but I’d guess the gentlemen knew each other.

When the protective order doesn’t work, use a gun

Black Lick, Pa. -- State police say a Pennsylvania man who broke into a house from which he had been barred by a protection order was shot and killed by a resident.

Police in Indiana County said 48-year-old Stacy Livingston had been evicted from and excluded from a home in Burrell Township but returned early Saturday and broke in through a basement window.

Police said the intruder’s wife and five other family members were inside, and an adult family member shot him in the chest. No charges have been filed and the investigation continues.

Another of those home defense things denied by Progressive Democrats.

Where ships go to die

Gadani Beach, Pakistan.

The ships’ steel is recycled at Pakistani steel plants.

At 11:57, the captain and the crew cut a hole in the ship’s bow as an exit.

The method for cutting up a big steel ship seems to be an A, B, C job, one of exact procedure – Complete A before even thinking about B.

Five biggest chunks of gold still in one piece

I figured maybe 40 pounds. Was I wrong, or what?

The story is at, so it could be a Putin plant or a Trump-Russia conspiracy. (Sarcasm.)

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

‘The most beautiful base ball game in the history of the league’

Aug. 17, 1882, Providence Grays 1, Detroit Wolverines 0, in 18 innings.

The box score is at the end of the story. The 18-inning game took 2 hours and 40 minutes to play.

Too many egg labels

One day while looking at all the egg choices in the grocery store, I realized how far-seeing and progressive most rural families were in the 1950s and 1960s.

Cartons labeled “Eggs” contained eggs. No descriptives necessary.

There were “Free-Range Eggs.” Okay. When I was growing up near Rocky Branch, we had a chicken house. The chickens were kept in place by a chicken-wire fence. They had access to outside the chicken house, but they were not, strictly speaking, free-range chickens.

The store had “Organic Eggs,” too. I’m not really certain what makes an egg “organic.” Seems any egg that comes from a chicken is organic, since laying eggs is what chickens do. It is a natural thing for chickens to do. These days, though, “organic” has an exploded definition, so I guess an “organic” egg is one laid by a chicken that is fed “organic” chicken feed.

The real confusing label, though, was “Vegetarian Eggs.” As far as I know, eggs don’t eat anything. An egg is a step away from requiring gathered food. Our chickens (or any non-free-range chicken) were hardly vegetarian. I suppose bugs and worms come under the non-vegetable label.

Chickens not kept in cages are, through no choice of their own, vegetarian. Caged chickens do not have an opportunity to eat worms or bugs.

Was a time people had chickens, the chickens laid eggs, people ate the eggs. Pretty much the way God intended – Label-Free Eggs.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Spring must be on the way

Going through Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, I saw some red buds and dogwood in bloom. Not nearly as many as in East Texas, but enough to remind me of how to know spring is on the way. Northern Florida has few red bud and no dogwood that I saw. Get a few miles into Florida, and there are no red buds. Must be because we have two seasons -- spring and summer, and the transition doesn't require a reminding.

A big “F You” to Arcata, Calif.

City council votes to tear down statue of former President William McKinley.

Of course McKinley should be disremembered. He was, you know, like a racist or something.

“The 8 1/2-foot monument and a nearby plaque have long been a point of contention among Arcata residents, some of whom say McKinley’s expansionist policies were racist toward indigenous people. During his presidential tenure at the turn of the 20th century, McKinley annexed tribal lands in the western U.S. and Hawaii in the name of Manifest Destiny.”

“’The statue doesn’t symbolize what we want in our living room, the center of our plaza, to symbolize,’ said councilmember Susan Ornelas, per the North Coast Journal.”

The city should have a contest to name a person, plant or animal to represent what citizens want in their living rooms.

I mean, William McKinley? Attacking McKinley is like attacking William Henry Harrison.

Recent finds indicate wine-making began in Georgia

“’Chemical analysis of ceramics found on early Neolithic monuments has proved that this is the ancient wine remains in Near East. Wine acid in huge volume on clay pot, along with other indicators, represents one of the key biological markers of grapes and wine. This signifies that people on this territory used to make wine 6000 years B.C. – bout 500 years earlier of the previous discovery. According to this finding, wild Eurasian grape was firstly used in this region,’ the magazine reads.

“The findings are the earliest evidence so far of wine made from the Eurasian grape, which is used in nearly all wine produced worldwide.”

Russian soldiers on attacking U.S. forces: ‘We got our fucking asses beat rough’

“’One squadron fucking lost 200 people … right away, another one lost 10 people … and I don’t know about the third squadron but it got torn up pretty badly, too … So three squadrons took a beating,’ a man believed to be a Russian contract soldier said in the first of three audio recordings obtained from a source close to the Kremlin by, a fact-checking website affiliated with Voice of America.

“’They beat our asses like we were little pieces of shit,’ the man said.”

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Sounds like the early months of Wehrmacht vs. Red Army.

On I75 south yesterday

A Prius with four "Trump/Pence" stickers.

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I was attending a funeral in central Tennessee, 900 miles one way.