Thursday, January 30, 2020

Living in a small town


From The Clarksville (Texas) Times Facebook page:

Anyone know an appliance repairman in the Clarksville area?
(Gary Tucker has retired.)
My clothes dryer has broken down.

David Moss Fred Tucker. Lives next door to me.

          Clarksville Times Fred came by today and fixed it for me!

Cities that voted for Hillary have higher STD rates


At sultanknish.com

“The causal link between getting gonorrhea and voting for Hillary Clinton may seem incidental, but it’s what the cities with the worst rates of sexually transmitted diseases in America have in common.

Blue cities “all share progressive politics and progressing social diseases.

Take Baltimore, an ultimate Blue city.

“Baltimore is the nation’s capital of STDs. The failed city, whose murder rate reached stratospheric rates after former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake admitted during the race riots that she, ‘gave those who wished to destroy space to do that’, not only broke its own crime records with a homicide rate of 57 per 100,000, but also pulled off an STD rate of 2,004 per 100,000. If the bullets don’t get you, the viruses will.

“Democrats have not only given Baltimore space to destroy, but also space to infect.



Want to buy a gun? First get a mental health evaluation


At knuckledraggin.com

New York – -(AmmoLand.com)- The march for more gun laws in New York continues with on another assault on the rights of the citizens in what is truly becoming the Empire State. The latest is sponsored by state Senator James Sanders Jr. of the 10th Senate District which low and behold is over seventy-five percent Democrat and is in southeast Queens, some of the more crime-ridden parts of New York City.
The bill (S7065) (A01589) would make it mandatory that every gun owner in the state of New York get a mental health evaluation before they could purchase a firearm. This wouldn’t be a one-time thing, this would be for every gun and of course, these evaluations would have to be held at a location of the state of New York’s choosing and would be at the expense of the person looking to purchase the gun.


20 is the new 16


At knuckledraggin.com

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A California state senator wants people 19 and younger accused of crimes to be tried as juveniles.
California’s current law says people ages 16 and 17 can only be tried as adults in certain circumstances. Sen. Nancy Skinner, a Democrat from Berkeley, announced a bill on Tuesday that would raise the age at which people are automatically tried as adults to 20.
Skinner said brain science research shows the part of the brain that inhibits impulses and enables organized, planned behavior is not fully developed in people as young as 19.

‘San Francisco official in charge of cleaning up city's filthy streets arrested

Fox News


The head of San Francisco Public Works, which is in charge of cleaning up the city’s feces-filled streets, has been arrested by the FBI on suspicion of public corruption.
San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru was arrested Monday alongside Nick Bovis, the owner of a popular sports bar in Fisherman’s Wharf, Lefty O-Doul’s. Sources told NBC Bay Area that Nuru was arrested on suspicion of accepting bribes for airport concession contracts.
Link at knuckledraggin.com.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Pioneer, Go Home!


The Florida of this book is kind of the Florida I thought I would be moving to when my wife and my daughter told me I was moving to Florida. I figured my wife and I would buy a 1950s-style concrete block house with an angled roof and a carport, set back a ways from the highway, with a big oak tree in the front yard and two big trees in the back yard, each tree with its shawls of Spanish moss. We would have a front porch big enough for some lawn chairs, and we would have breakfast there and at the end of the day watch the sun set in the semi-tropical sky.

That is not the Florida we wound up settling in, not the 1959 version of the book. Not at all.

The Florida of Pioneer, Go Home! existed at one time. The book is based on a factual event that happened from the State of Florida’s decision to put a highway from the mainland to Pine Island. Construction required removal of some underwater land. That land was piled up and made level on either side of the highway. People settled on the fill land. The State of Florida tried to get the people to move away. The people sued, and won.

That Florida, and the courts of that time, don’t exist any more. Well, maybe you would find a facsimile if you got away from construction along the coasts. But even in the interior you would have to look for old Florida.

Pop Kwimper has the right idea about people vs. the government.

“Oh, I get it,” Pop said. “I’ve run into this before. The government is telling you folks what to do, instead of you telling the government what to do. It don’t do no good to let the government get out of hand and uppity.”

My wife and I do not live in a little concrete block house set back from the highway. We live in a gated community. There are rules, and I knew that when we moved. There is a homeowners association. My wife is in her third year as a member of the board. She has been a general member, treasurer, and this year is president of the board. I don't go to board meetings. The board does not need me telling other residents that if they want to complain so much they should run for the  board and fix what they don't agree with. Some of the neighbors don't have the sense God gave a manatee.  

(Pioneer, Go Home! Was written by Richard P. Powell and published in 1959.)

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Liberal Hungarian Democratic Coalition identifies enemy


Not surprising, the enemy identified.

“(I)f you strip away these hated delineations that we have listed: non-Hungarians, others, migrants, Roma, I don’t know what, then there is this frightening formation left in the middle: white, Christian, heterosexual men – and there are of course (some) women among them. That’s the family concept. And this is terrible, because if we look at what the so-called white nationalists are made up of all over the world: that’s it…” – Peter Niederm├╝ller 

Got it, Mr. Niedermuller. The “family concept” is the same as “white nationalists,” or, “white, Christian, heterosexual men” and “of course (some) women…”

He later claimed he was talking about the government’s concept of family, “namely that only white, Christian, and heterosexual relationships count …” That concept “is frightening to him. He said he doesn’t accept this family concept as it is unrealistic, and, for example, same-sex marriage and same-sex parenting don’t have a place there.”


This “frightening formation” has led Western civilization for centuries. Greek and Roman Christians made Western civilization, and Western civilization made the modern world. It was only when humanity took its mind off Judeo-Christianity that the world stopped logical progression and turned onto the road to barbarism.

Media created anti-gunner gets even more stupid


David Hogg: “This is a tweet for the founders of the gun violence prevention movement started centuries ago by almost entirely black, brown and indigenous lgbtq women and non binary people that never got on the news or in most history books.

“We may not know all your names but thank you.

At ace.mu.nu.

I can’t begin to list the number of Native American First Peoples Indians who demanded Europeans not bring firearms into the New World, or the number of African tribes that refused to accept guns in their wars of slave acquisition. And they were all homosexual lesbian trans-gender non-binary people, too. Oh, and they never made television news programs in 1586, either.

Why clowns are scary


In juggling common sense vs. progressivism, we everyday Americans lose.

Headlines from legalinsurrection.com:

UCLA Student Government Cannot Account for $3 Million

New U. of Missouri Students Required to Participate in Tracking Program

Report: Washington State Cannot Afford Its New “Washington College Promise” Law

Northwestern Student Gov. Tables Bill That Protects Free Speech

Calls for Reparations at Notre Dame: “Everything at this school is extremely white”

Concordia College’s MLK Day for White Students: ‘How to Embrace Your Inner Racist’


Exploring with Google


Sometimes I type in five numbers to see if a Zip Code pops up. I prefer smaller towns, unincorporated communities or census designated places. Most of the time Google has visited the area, so photographs are available. Some towns are still very much alive; others have more empty buildings than occupied ones downtown. Many small towns have the same chain restaurants you’ll find at any interstate highway exit or intersection.

Ranch House Restaurant in Harrison, Arkansas, is a chain, but has local knowledge, advertising “Ribs, Brisket, Fried Bologna and More.” As Priscilla said, “They know their clientele.”

Harrison’s population is around 14,000. Alpena, population 392, is the town I was searching for.

Zip Code search works for towns outside the U.S. I have driven roads from towns in Poland, Lithuania, Hungary and Ukraine, courtesy of Google.

One of these days the network will be DNN, Defunct News Network


But what do CNN people really think about Trump supporters? Other than we are rubes and goobers?


We are illiterate rubes and goobers. Oh. OK.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Politics now and in a universe far away

Politics makes strange bedfellows. (Mid-19th century saying.)

Bedfellow today, different bedfellow tomorrow. (Fred Johnson, leader of Tycho Station.)

From the land of Parliament


“The migrant populations that destroyed the English working class, displacing them and taking their jobs, leaving men without purposeful work, wives without husbands, and children with broken homes, then completed the hat trick by drugging, raping, and killing the daughters of the working class. And the authorities shrugged because the girls were the worthless leavings of broken homes and a declining populace, the Mohicans and Incas, the Bushmen and the Picts, ragged remnants of defeated tribes brokenly making way for a new conquest, their daughters subjugated by the arrogant colonizers.


“Constable B … said, ‘What had a massive input was the offending target group were predominantly Asian males and we were told to try and get other ethnicities.’”

Get other ethnicities. Find men other than Asians. Do not piss off the ones who are raping our girls.


“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” Dickens wrote in A Tale of Two Cities. For the girls kidnapped, drugged, abused, raped and cast aside, there was nothing but the worst of times.

England is guilty. Its punishment waits.

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Don’t assume anything


Or, something I learned today.

Len Barry is white.

 We have to go all the way back to 1965 to understand why I thought Barry was a black singer. That year, Barry released “1-2-3.” The song sold more than 4 million copies. That is a lot of records.

I was in Korea in 1965. Armed Forces Radio network was a soldier’s most listened-to entertainment. Soul music was big then, especially the Detroit version, and had been for at least a year. The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder. Barry’s songs fit into the rhythm and music of Detroit Soul. Ergo, to my mind and ears, he was black.

This morning, placing the TV on the 1950s music channel, I see a picture of this white dude, identified as Len Barry, singing “1-2-3.”

“Well I’ll be dogged,” I said. “He’s not black.”

Fifty-five years of assumption. How about that.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Steven Wright


“My theory of evolution is that Darwin was adopted.”

Po-leece tases his own dog


Probably called for, since the dog bit a cow, which then struck the po-leece and and a property owner. And this wasn’t even in Florida.

From Georgetown County, South Carolina:

“A check on a reported burglary in Pleasant Hill ended up involving a charging K9, a mad cow and two people with minor injuries.

“At about 4 p.m. a deputy responded to a report of a possible burglary in progress on Drivers Lane in the Pleasant Hill community, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

“The deputy took his K9 out of his patrol car while waiting for backup to arrive.

“’A cow nearby distracted the dog, and he subsequently bit the cow. In an attempt to protect the cow from injuries, the deputy tased the K-9. The dog was taken into leash control and returned to the deputy’s vehicle,’ the information states.

“Reacting to the dog, the cow struck the deputy and a female property owner. Their injuries were determined to be minor.

“To make matters worse, the burglary that was reported was unfounded.


Link at knuckledraggin.com.



Thursday, January 23, 2020

Archaeologists plan on reassembling 15th century ship


From The History Blog

The Newport Ship, the largest, best-preserved 15th century ship ever found, is being pieced back together like a giant jigsaw puzzle in a warehouse in Newport, Wales.
The remains of the massive merchant ship about 400 tons displacement and 100 feet long were discovered in June 2002 during construction of an arts center on the banks of the River Usk. Archaeologists from the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust (GGAT) built a coffer-dam around the site and excavated the remains of the large vessel capable of carrying a load of about 200 tons.
The ship was not laden with cargo, belongings or even ballast. It was in dock when it gave up the ghost, slated for repair or demolition. One coin – a French petit blanc — placed in the keel likely for good luck, dated the ship to the late 1440s. A smattering of other artifacts were found, including a gaming piece, a brass fitting from a helmet, stone shot for a swivel gun, a bilge bump and the ubiquitous nit comb. The artifacts and tree-ring analysis of the timbers indicate the ship was built in the Basque Country in 1449, and carried wine on the Lisbon-Bristol trade route for the next 20 years. While it was docked in Newport, the ship collapsed and the hull flooded. The part of the ship that could be easily accessed was disassembled leaving the lower part of the hull for archaeologists to discover 600 years later.

Whole story and photographs at: http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/57655

Meanwhile, on pollution outside the US …


A streamer on Fox News yesterday said the government of China decided to do something about one-use plastic bags. The streamer also said the Yangtze River carries more polluting plastic than any other waterway in the world. People who have been paying attention the past few decades know the government of China does not give a shit what anybody else thinks. The “do something about one-use plastic” is China’s attempt at PR.

Here is a video of garbage disposal in Ecuador:






Wednesday, January 22, 2020

‘How to distinguish a Russian AK-47 from a Chinese copy’


Graphic with characteristics.


The best part, though, is in the comments:

One works, the other doesn’t.

You know, everything in China can explode, except their grenades.

Cheap and plentiful everywhere except America.



Old Christmas


From Appalachian Magazine

Christmas Day was January 7 by the old calendar, and that day is still celebrated in some places in the Appalachian Mountains.

“(B)y the late-1500s, Roman Catholic Pope Gregory XIII felt that it was time to modify leap years and get things back on track with the astronomical calendar — this was primarily done so that the Easter holiday would be restored to the time of the year in which it was celebrated when first introduced by the early Church.”
Gregory’s revisions “removed ten days from the calendar.”
Most European countries eventually came around to the Roman revision.
“Staunchly anti-Catholic, the fiercely independent Scots-Irish who had, by the mid-1700s, began settling the Appalachians were adamantly opposed to the notion of embracing a new calendar — a new calendar invented by Catholics and adopted by some distant government on the far side of the ocean.
“The people of the mountains were unwilling to allow the government 'to steal eleven days' from their lives.  Christmas had long been celebrated weeks after the winter solstice and the Appalachian settlers didn’t take kindly to the thought of celebrating Christmas, the premier ‘winter holiday’ only four days past the close of autumn.
“Thanks to being isolated from the rest of the nation, the men of the mountains continued to celebrate Old Christmas 12 Days after the December 25th celebration date set by the new calendar.
The article was published on Jan. 6, but I just now found it. Keeping the Old Christmas is another aspect of Americanism, throwing off the trappings of royalist Europe. Something many Europeans still do not understand about us. If we would only be more like them, they and some Americans argue.


Kyrilla’s curse


About 1,700 years ago a woman in Jerusalem was so angry with someone that she wrote (or hired the writing of) a curse tablet.

Kyrilla “’calls upon the Greco-Roman gods Hermes, Persephone, Pluto and Hecate, the Mesopotamian goddess Ereshkigal and Gnostic Abrasax amidst magical words connected with Judaism and the Hebrew language.’ She asks that the gods and goddesses “’strike and strike down and nail down the tongue, the eyes, the wrath, the ire, the anger, the procrastination’ of the subject of the curse.”




Gun site gets it all wrong


From me to a gun website:

Get your stuff straight. A month or so ago you advertised a Springfield Armory M1A: “Springfield Armory carefully remade this World War II classic, like only they can, only better.” Today you advertise the Springfield Armory M1A: “Springfield Armory carefully remade this Vietnam classic, like only they can, only better.” For a web site “written by gun experts,” it is hilarious that nobody knows the difference between an M1 Garand and an M14.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

'Obama's very real fear is that he is irrelevant'

http://sultanknish.blogspot.com/2020/01/obama-vs-bernie.html

If Obama mattered, he would by now have backed somebody in the Democratic field. He doesn't like Biden. Warren and Sanders are too socialist. And the supporters of all three wonder what happened to their Chosen One of 2008.

Here is an answer: He got rich.

‘After Senseless Murder Of Goliath, Philistines Call For Ban On Fully Automatic, High-Capacity Slings’


From The Babylon Bee

VALLEY OF ELAH—After local homegrown terrorist David slew Goliath with a fully automatic, high-capacity sling, Philistine activists began calling for common-sense bans on the dangerous weapons of mass destruction.

"Nobody needs a sling that holds five rocks just to go hunting or protect their sheep," said one Philistine woman with pink hair and several face piercings. "This tragedy could have been avoided if only David were forced to use one of the old bolt-action model slings."

Investigators believe the shepherd boy, radicalized by religious texts, built up an arsenal of approximately five hollow-point, armor-piercing rocks, "a deadly stockpile."

"Can you imagine if he had opened fire in a crowded market or around the village well?"
Many Philistines offered "thoughts and prayers" to Dagon, but activists continue to insist "your thoughts and prayers are not enough."


(Babylon Bee enemies include Snopes and CNN, both of which accuse the satire site of spreading fake news.)

Physical therapy

10-minutes on stationary bicycle: No problem.

Standing on angled board to stretch leg muscles: No problem.

Stretching forward while seated: No problem.

Leg lifts with weights while seated: No problem. I could do that for hours.

Leg lifts while lying on back: Problem. Difficult to do.

Leg lifts while lying on side: Difficult, but not as much as the above.

Reverse leg lifts, standing, with weights: No problem.

Lifting each foot and placing on wooden box: Problem. Lots of groaning and temptation to lift right leg with hands. Three-inch and two-inch lift really difficult. One-inch lift no problem.

Walking out of clinic: Difficult.

I do this only three one-hour sessions each week.

Monday, January 20, 2020

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Was a time all news stories referred to King as "the Rev.," that is, "Reverend" because of his bachelor's degree in divinity from Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester, Pa. King was a Baptist preacher.

Somewhere along the modern line of history, King's theology degree was shuffled off into a dark corner or a closet, as the folks who make decisions for the rest of us decided religion did not now, nor had it ever, played a part in American life. Except, maybe, among white racists who used their concept of religion to keep the black man down. 

That still is the case. I cannot remember the last time anyone referred to King as "Reverend King." For the last 40 or more years, King lost his preacher title and became "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," or just "Dr. King." 

How did King become a doctor? What kind of doctor was he? No one ever says.

I had to look it up. King received his Ph.D. in systematic theology from Boston University in 1955. His dissertation was entitled "A Comparison of the Conceptions of God in the Thinking of Paul Tillich and Henry Nelson Wieman." 

So, King's doctorate is about religion.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Bomb … Yeah, that place


Vince Vance and the Valiants


Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran
Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb
Bomb Iran
Let's take a stand
Bomb Iran
Our country's got a feelin'
Really hit the ceilin', bomb Iran
Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran

Went to a mosque, gonna throw some rocks
Tell the Ayatollah, "Gonna put you in a box!"
Bomb Iran. Bomb, bomb, bomb
Bomb Iran
Our country's got a feelin'
Really hit the ceilin', bomb Iran
Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran

Ol' Uncle Sam's gettin' pretty hot
Time to turn Iran into a parking lot
Bomb Iran. Bomb, bomb, bomb
Bomb Iran
Our country's got a feelin'
Really hit the ceilin', bomb Iran
Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran

Call the volunteers; call the bombadiers;
Call the financiers; better get their *** in gear
Bomb Iran. Bomb, bomb, bomb
Bomb Iran
Our country's got a feelin'
Really hit the ceilin', bomb Iran
Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran
(Let's nuke 'em! Whoo!)

Call on our allies to cut off their supplies
Get our hands untied, and bring em' back alive
Bomb Iran. Bomb, bomb, bomb
Bomb Iran
Our country's got a feelin'
Really hit the ceilin', bomb Iran
Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran

Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran
Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb
Bomb Iran
Let's take a stand
Bomb Iran
Our people you been stealin'
Now it's time for "keelin", bomb Iran
Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb Iran

Saturday, January 18, 2020

‘Deaf New Yorker sues porn sites for lack of closed captions’


Well, he’s already a victim of Audial America. Why stop at single victimhood?

From Yahoo News

New York (AFP) - A deaf man in New York has filed a class action lawsuit against three pornographic websites on grounds he cannot enjoy their content fully without closed captions.
In a filing Thursday in Brooklyn federal court, Yaroslav Suris sued Pornhub, Redtube and YouPorn and their Canadian parent company MindGeek, arguing they violated an anti-discrimination law called the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Suris, who already sued Fox News over similar violations, named several racy-sounding videos that he said he wanted to watch in October and this month.
"Without closed captioning, deaf and hard of hearing people cannot enjoy video content on the defendants' websites while the general public can," Suris wrote in his 23-page complaint.
Suris said he wants the porn sites to provide closed captioning and is also seeking undisclosed damages and interests.
Pornhub Vice President Corey Price sent AFP a statement asserting that the website does in fact have a closed captions category and provided a link to it.


Link at gatesofvienna.org.

From what I understand, dialog in a porn flick might lose some impact if written on the screen. I mean, after you read “Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes” a dozen times, there’s  not much left.



In a few years, the chest binders will want to rule the country


From Legal Insurrection

Penn student government calls for free ‘chest binders’ for female students

The University of Pennsylvania’s Undergraduate Assembly will call on the school’s insurance provider to offer free “chest binders” for female students, elastic bands that help compress and constrict breasts so that the wearer can appear to be male.

The UA “plans to launch a new initiative pushing Penn’s health insurance provider to cover the cost of chest binders for transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming students by fall 2020,” The Daily Pennsylvanian reports.
Chest binders are popular among “transgender men” and “transmasculine” individuals, who were born female but who claim to identify as men or who opt to “present” as “masculine,” respectively. Purpose-built binders are traditionally wide bands of elastic material that can stretch tightly around the wearer’s chest, flattening the breasts and making the wearer’s body appear closer to that of a man’s.

The student government will petition the university’s Student Health Insurance Advisory Board when it meets in the spring to determine benefits for next year, The Daily reports.


In almost 48 years of marriage…


…there have been times my wife thought me strange. As in part of a conversation years and years ago:

Her: What are we going to do with all this leftover pizza?

Me: Breakfast!

Her: I cannot imagine you would eat cold pizza for breakfast.

Me: Who said anything about cold? I’ll put it in the oven until it’s good and crispy and then it will be perfect.

Or, three days ago she got such a deal on blackberries at Costco. She made a big blackberry cobbler, from her grandmother’s recipe. Yum. Last night, all three kids and our daughter-in-law were here for supper. After dessert, my wife asked oldest son and daughter if either or both wanted to take some cobbler home. She said, “Otherwise, I don’t know what I’ll do with all this cobbler.”

I had an answer: “Breakfast!”

That is what I had for breakfast, a small bowl of blackberry cobbler and two eggs. That’s what my wife had, too.

The more things change


My wife enjoys watching The West Wing. I do not. Charlie Sheen plays the president. Charlie Sheen is a knee-jerk liberal. Generally, I do not watch any TV program in which he appears.

This morning, I sat through the opening scenes of an episode of The West Wing. In one scene, the principals discussed alternative energy sources, and in another scene, casualties among an American peace-keeping force in Gaza. The West Wing ran from September 1999 through May 2006. So far, no president has been dumb enough to put U.S. soldiers in Gaza, but those two scenes gave an indication of problems that come up again and again (and again) because politicians will not leave them alone.





Thursday, January 16, 2020

The jokers and the clowns did their tricks …

… and it is now the Senate’s turn to give articles of impeachment all the respect they deserve.

From The Babylon Bee

'We'll Take Good Care Of These,' Says Mitch McConnell While Placing Impeachment Articles In Special Rectangular Filing Bin

WASHINGTON, D.C.—After yesterday's solemn impeachment procession across the Capitol Rotunda, a procession that was accompanied by 37 elephants, 42 jugglers, three fire sword-swallowers, and one tiny clown car, Mitch McConnell took possession of the articles of impeachment.

McConnell promised to take good care of the impeachment articles, solemnly vowing to place them in a very special rectangular filing bin reserved for impeachment proceedings.

"Madam Speaker, I assure you, we will treat these with all the respect and care they deserve," McConnell said. "We will put them right here along with all the bills the House sends over. We always carefully consider the wacky legislation you send, putting it in this holy, revered shrine as we think about what to do with such fine legislative proposals."
Pelosi breathed a sigh of relief, recognizing the filing bin as the same type she uses to store the Constitution.
https://babylonbee.com/news/mitch-mcconnell-solemnly-places-impeachment-articles-in-special-rectangular-filing-cabinet

Do sports writers consider themselves above us common fans?


Mike Dowling’s Linked In post says he is self-employed and a media consultant.  Below his photo at forbes.com, he writes: “I will share with you my unique perspective on the Boston Red Sox.”

Coming up from copy boy to newspaper editor, I was told to avoid the word “unique,” because it is a misused word. Few things are unique, especially a baseball writer’s “perspective.”  But then, Dowling does work in Boston, were the smart folks live. That is smart as in “chic,” not necessarily as in “intelligent.”

I worked on five daily newspapers in Texas. Yes, sports writers consider themselves more intelligent than other newspaper writers and certainly more intelligent than their readers. It is ingrained. It cannot be purged.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

A suggestion to Democrats


From Kurt Schlichter at Town Hall
Maybe you should not back and excuse the gay-hanging, women-stoning, airline-downing, Obama check-cashing, Israel-threatening, American-murdering cultists ruling Iran. Just a thought.
It’s kind of crazy, but it just might work.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking what your man-bunned grad student TA taught you, that “Hey, America sucks and these foreigners have a good point about America’s history of imperialism and general badness.” Well, this is a stupid thing to think and you Democrats should stop thinking it. Instead, you should stand with your own country all the time, no matter what.

Mr. Schlichter is too kind. Hey, Democrats! Keep doing the things you are doing. Now that your Persons of Color candidates have dropped out, let your Privileged White candidates continue to accuse straight, white, religious voters as the cause of all the problems in the world. We like it.

Link at maggiesfarm.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Texas soldier killed in 1945 identified


Penn C. Franks was born on Nov. 26, 1924, in Elm Grove, Fayette County, Texas. He was killed on Feb. 10, 1945, near Strettoia, Italy, where his unit, Company G, 371st Infantry Regiment, 92nd Infantry Division, attacked German positions on the Gothic Line in the Northern Apennine Mountains. Following the battle, his unit was unable to identify his remains. He was buried in the Florence American Cemetery and Memorial. His remains were identified on June 24, 1919.

Photograph of Pvt. Franks:




MIT professor took money from Epstein

But, so did the university, and so did at least one other professor.


Mechanical engineering professor Seth Lloyd says he is sorry, it was a mistake to take the $225,000 “research money,” a mistake to take a personal gift of $60,000 and a mistake not to tell the university about the money.

Yeah, just like a murderer who says he’s made bad decisions, his decisions hurt some people, but he has learned from his mistakes and he won’t make those mistakes again.


And, Epstein told Lloyd he was sorry for what he had done, “and assured me he would not re-offend.”

“Re-offend.” Such a nice way of saying he would no longer have sex with underage girls, nor would he provide underage girls to his wealthy and powerful friends.

To reinforce his confession, the MIT professor said he “participated in a system of privilege and entitlement.” That means he was in with a bunch of rich white men.

Overall, Epstein gave $850,000 to the famed university.

“Three MIT vice presidents were also aware of Epstein's donations to the MIT Media Lab and his convicted sex offender status in 2013, the report said. The report does not specify if they were disciplined.

MIT says it was OK for the university to take the money, because "MIT had no policy or processes for handling controversial donors in place at the time,” meaning “the decision to accept Epstein's post-conviction donations cannot be judged to be a policy violation." But, “it is clear that the decision was the result of collective and significant errors in judgment that resulted in serious damage to the MIT community."


Ah. The famous “errors in judgment.” Just like “I’ve made some bad decisions.”

There is no telling the depth of Epstein’s influence, nor the number of people he paid off with 14- and 15-year-old girls.