Saturday, February 29, 2020

Yeah, more egg rolls should end racism at Syracuse

“In the last few months, Syracuse activists have demanded everything from the right to deny a roommate based on his/her race, to more counselors, multicultural offices, and a mandatory ‘unified’ curriculum on anti-racism. An interim provost even suggested a greater selection of Chinese food offerings could be part of the solution to bias incidents.

All those foods vegans get ‘I’m better than you’ about? B-A-AD

Tofu, almond milk, palm oil, quinoa? Production and transportation make for a bigger carbon footprint than meat and milk.

From The
So it turns out almond milk is actually really damaging the planet. It’s putting tonnes of pressure on bees causing them to die and 130 pints of water are needed to produce just one glass of wholesome almond milk.
And now you thought ok well I’ll change to oat milk and I’m still being really good to the planet because I eat tofu instead of chicken. Well turns out tofu is pretty bad too.
new study by Dr. Graham McAuliffe has revealed tofu could be more harmful to the planet than chicken, beef and pork. Speaking at the National Farmers Union Dr. Graham McAuliffe of the Rothamsted Institute said after researching  tofu, he’d concluded it potentially causes more environmental damage because of the production to make the processed protein source.
He said: “But if you look at tofu, which is processed so there is more energy going into its production, when you correct for the fact that the protein in it is not as digestible compared to the meat-based products, you can see that it could actually have a higher global warming potential than any of the mono gastric animals.
“To get the same amount of protein, tofu is worse.”​

Link at maggiesfarm.

I have never had tofu. Never. I don’t eat anything with soy as an ingredient. Soy has high levels of estrogen and contributes to feminization of Western Civilization and low sperm count.

And what the hell is “almond milk” or “oat milk?” I guarantee you can squeeze an almond or an oat grain as much as you want, you won’t get any kind of milk.

Google traveling through rural Lithuania

What looks like two ammunition bunkers beside a highway wide enough for a transport aircraft to land. Years have given natural camouflage to the bunkers.

A nearby airport is labeled “Siauliy Oro Uostus.”

Phony soldiers

Not “dog face pony soldier” as an accusation Joe Biden threw at a woman who had the audacity to ask the once and future president … uh, once vice president and soon to join Hillary as a not-president …

Phony soldiers. Men and women who lie about their military service, some who have had none, others who inflate their actual service above and beyond believable limits.

Take this man Craig “Doc” Glynn, who claimed not only to have been a medic in Vietnam, but also in Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan. Such service is possible, spanning 1972-2003 or 2005, but not likely.

But the real unbelievable part of Glynn’s claim is this: a Distinguished Service Cross, two Silver Stars, 10 Bronze Stars (that’s right, 10) and nine Purple Hearts (yes, nine).

Apparently Glynn was a medic in Vietnam, but the rest – made up.

You would think that people who have this man at ceremonies would know something smells like an unclean latrine when Glynn mentions his four wars and 10 Bronze Stars over a period of 31 or more years.

Nine Purple Hearts? Really, people.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Marines plan purge of Confederate stuff


Commandant Gen. David Berger last week instructed top Marine leaders to remove Confederate-related paraphernalia from the service's bases worldwide. The directive is one of several forward-leaning initiatives Berger said he is "prioritizing for immediate execution."

And, along with doing away with mention of Confederates, the commandant ordered commanders to “find ways to move more women into combat jobs, to review the possibility of year-long maternity leave and, and to extend parental leave policies to same-sex partners.”

That "extend parental leave policies to same-sex partners." I assume that at least one of the "partners" has to be a Marine. Two women "partners," one has a baby. Can the baby's father (aka, sperm donor) file for military benefits based on the mother's and her partner's benefits? And, two men with a baby. One assumes the child adopted, since, stupid beliefs to the contrary, a man cannot physically birth a baby. Why would a man receive parental leave for an adoption? Just wondering.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Checking out of California

Bums living in river beds, old people defecating in the shrubbery, retired hippies – Goodbye to all that.

From The Burning Platform.

Let us talk about the authorities for a moment.  What exactly are they doing to help?  First, they threw open the borders and created sanctuary cities so that people that do not belong here can not be molested by law enforcement.  Next, they decriminalized camping in public.  People camping in public need something to do to while away the hours so they decriminalized drugs even going so far as to give away free needles.  If that were not enough, they decriminalized theft up to $950 per day.  This way any homeless person can walk into any business and brazenly steal whatever they wish without any fear of being sent to jail.
Finally, they’ve arranged things such that the police will no longer respond to 911 calls pertaining to vandalism or burglary.  You can watch from your bedroom window as a homeless person smashes your car windshield with a rock so as to ransack your car and if you call 911 it will be YOU that is in trouble for tying up their emergency line as someone vandalizing and robbing your car is a non-emergency and not worthy of any kind of response.  Isn’t that wonderful?

Link at 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

French flea market yields Continental dollar

Used to be a saying in the 18th century, “It ain’t worth a Continental,” describing something of little value as equal to a Revolutionary War paper dollar.

A pewter Continental dollar was bought for one-half Euro (56 American cents) in June 2018 at a flea market in northern France.

The value has gone up almost 100,000 times from the coin's issue date.

From The History Blog:

A 50 cent flea market find has been certified as a rare 1776 pewter Continental Currency dollar valued at $97,500. The buyer spotted it in a junk box full of assorted coins at a market in Northern France in June 2018. He was curious about this unusual American piece and agreed to shell out half a euro (56 American cents). He Googled it, took it to a local coin dealer who didn’t know what it was and recommend he ship it to the US for expert assessment. The Paris office of the Professional Coin Grading Service was easier to get to and well-versed in the ways of this very rare, never-circulated issue.

Monday, February 24, 2020

I'll have 40 Happy Meals, please

Sergeant Humphrey served a couple of years in a mechanized infantry company in the 40th Infantry Division, California Army National Guard. He was a specialist fourth class when transferring to my mech infantry company in the Texas Army National Guard. As a native West Texan, he knew how things were supposed to be done. He was placed in a leadership position in my platoon and soon promoted sergeant.

One summer at Fort Hood, my platoon was attached to a tank platoon from the Kentucky Army National Guard. The attachment worked well, since the tank company commander knew what he was doing, and he expected his soldiers to do their jobs.

Late one afternoon the tankers and my platoon occupied an assembly area. Some of my sergeants gathered at my armored personnel carrier (APC) while we waited for the chow truck to arrive. The day was hot and dusty, as are all summer days at Fort Hood.

Sergeant Humphrey said his California platoon one annual training was attached to a tank company. After a long day of cross-country movement, formation training and training on react to contact, the company went into assembly area operations, just as my platoon was doing.

“When the chow truck got there,” Sergeant Humphrey said, “the tank company executive officer told our platoon leader that the tankers would eat first, and then our platoon.” That is not an altogether unknown arrangement. Somebody has to eat last.

“When all the tankers had gone through the line,” Sergeant Humphrey said, “the tanker XO came back to our platoon and said all the food was gone, that they had brought only enough for their soldiers, so we would have to find our own food.”

At that point, I said, “If that ever happens to us, I’ll tell everybody to load up on the APCs, and we’ll drive to the nearest McDonalds.”

Sergeant Humphrey said, “The nearest McDonalds was more than 20 miles away.”

“I don’t care how far it is,” I said. “We’ll load up and drive out of here, on the highway, up to the drive-through window, and I’ll order forty Happy Meals and tell ‘em to charge it to the National Guard.”

Sergeant Humphrey said his platoon leader managed to contact the infantry company executive officer, who contacted battalion headquarters. Cooks managed to scrounge up enough food to put on a mess truck and sent to the infantry platoon.

Somebody should have taken the tank company XO behind a tank and beat some sense into him. And the company commander, and especially the tank company first sergeant.

You just don’t allow that to happen. One of the main rules in the Army is, don’t mess with soldiers’ pay or their food. Ever.

And, yes, I would have done just what I said. Nobody would have done anything except lock my heels and chewed me out to a fare the well. Anything else, and they would have been looking at headlines about “National Guard platoon drives to McDonalds when unit runs out of food.”

I didn’t have to do that, but you always want to be prepared when something stupid or dangerous happens.

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Yeah, yeah, yeah. And Baghdad Bob’s your uncle

From Sputnik News.

“’At 23:25 pm on Sunday, 23 February 2020, Israeli warplanes from outside our airspace, and over the occupied Syrian Golan, targeted the vicinity of Damascus with more than a wave of guided missiles. [The Syrian air defences] caused the missiles to deviate from their path, destroying most of the remainder before reaching their goals, and the results of the aggression are still being examined’, a military source told SANA.

The Syrian air defence repelled the missiles that exploded in the sky in the south of Damascus, a Sputnik correspondent said later.

What killed the crew of the H.L. Hunley?

“The submarine is now housed at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, South Carolina, where visitors are invited to 'solve the mystery' at the end of their tour. The museum exhibits offer four theories: (1) that the torpedo damaged the hull and sank the boat, (2) that the crew was somehow trapped inside, (3) that the submarine collided with another object and sank, or (4) that a lucky shot fired from the crew of the Housatonic struck the captain.

Remains of the crew members, though, indicate all died while seated at their stations.

Naval engineer Rachel Lance notes: “The author Kurt Vonnegut once spoke in an interview about his time in the military in Germany during World War II, right after the firebombings that devastated Dresden. His job had been to excavate the bomb shelters and basements to remove the rotting corpses before the entire city started to stink of human putrefaction. The people he found had usually died without moving, without any signs of struggle, and were often still seated in their chairs. They were not outwardly wounded; they were not blown wildly across the room.

Lance’s research led her to a conclusion different than what has been suggested in previous works.

Link at

The country was different then

Coalgate is county seat of Coalgate County Oklahoma. Coalgate was the second county seat, selected by special election in 1908. Lehigh was the first county seat, designated with the backing of Boone Williams, Democratic representative to the first seating of the Oklahoma Legislature in 1907. Williams was a resident of Lehigh, so it is not surprising that he wanted his hometown as county seat. Williams was also a member of the convention that wrote Oklahoma’s constitution, so he was a man of some influence.

Williams did not, however, have enough influence to override opinion in all of Coalgate County. “(M)any individuals objected” to Lehigh as the county seat, so a special election was held in Coal County in 1908. A majority of voters said they wanted Coalgate over Lehigh.

However, some people got a hold of voter records and noticed something strange. More people voted in the election than were registered to vote. “Lehigh sued, but the courts refused to hear the case.”

How could that be? Well, consider Oklahoma politics. Consider, also, that what was now the state went through some harrowing times transitioning from an area of Indian reservations and the former five nations of the Five Civilized Tribes, whose authority was wiped out when the U.S. Congress approved Oklahoma as a state.

People were shot and some killed over the question of statehood. Oklahoma needed some time of peace and reflection.

Unfortunately, the state got neither. But Coalgate got to be the county seat.

“Coalgate celebrated its victory with a visit from Socialist Party leader Eugene V. Debs and a barbecue on July 4, 1908.

That’s the way things were back then. Your town wins an election, you get a visit from the head of the Socialist Party.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

A tussle of bugs

Bug Tussle, Okla., and Bug Tussle, Texas, are a bunch of miles apart and on opposite sides of the Red River.

Both bear odd names, but names not all that uncommon. There is a Bug Tussle, Ala., and a Bug Tussle, Wisc. There must have been a whole lot of bugs tussling back in the 19th century.

Wikipedia doesn’t have much to say about Bug Tussle, Texas, other than it is an unincorporated area in Fannin County and that the community was named “from an incident in the 1890s when a swarm of insects spoiled an ice cream social." 

Had Wikipedia’s writers done a little more checking, they might have come across Bug Tussle as the birth place of former U.S. Rep. Dale Milford. After attending Bug Tussle schools, Milford went into the Army, where he attained the rank of captain and flew artillery spotter aircraft during the Korean War. Milford was an early TV weatherman in the Dallas-Fort Worth area before serving three terms in Congress.

Milford also built his own airplane, the Milford Buckaroo, pictured here:

The Oklahoma Bug Tussle is not the birth place of a U.S. congressman, but does sit near Eufala Lake. The name comes from Alabama, where the Eufala were part of the Creek Tribe. The town of Eufala, Ala., has several blocks of the finest Southern homes you will ever see.

Without reference, a Wikipedia writer states: “Bugtussle was also the name of the town where the fictitious Beverly Hillbillies, of TV series fame, lived before moving to California (according to some episodes; other episodes alluded to other possible places of origin).

It would have been difficult for Jed and Elly May Clampett, Granny Moses and Jethro Bodine to have lived in Bug Tussle, Okla., since their cabin and subsequent oil wells were in the Ozarks, not far from Silver Dollar City.

But, never let inaccuracy stop a little PR for your town.

Florida weather

I woke up this morning, and it was col’! I knew the morning called for wool foot socks, because I did not want to walk on the cold bathroom tiles in my bare feet. So I got some wool foot socks and put them on my feet. A good thing, because even with the wool socks, my feet felt the cold tiles. Not as much as bare feet would, though.

Even though most of my mind was on my col’ feet and wool socks, I still remembered to thank God for giving me another day on Earth. I try to remember to do that every day, but am not always successful early in the morning when I get up. Sometime in every day I remember. Even though my legs hurt and my left ankle and left hip and right hip are in constant pain, living with pain is better than not living at all, and I thank God for giving me life and for keeping me around for as long as he has, which is 74 years and one and a half months.

Friday, February 21, 2020

California inmate kills two child molesters after telling counselor he was likely to do violence

CORCORAN (AP) – A California prison inmate confessed in a letter that he beat two child molesters to death with a cane while behind bars just hours after his urgent warning to a counselor that he might become violent was ignored, a newspaper chain reported Thursday.
Jonathan Watson, 41, confessed in the letter to the Bay Area News Group in Northern California that he clubbed both men in the head on Jan. 16 at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran.
Prisoner David Bobb, 48, died that day. Graham De Luis-Conti, 62, died three days later at a hospital. Both were serving life sentences for aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14.
“We can’t comment on an active investigation,” Dana Simas, spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, wrote in an email.
Watson is serving a life sentence for a 2009 murder conviction.
Days before the attack, he said his security classification was changed and he was transferred from a single-person cell to a lower-security dormitory pod at the Central Valley facility. Watson called the switch a “careless” mistake and said he had protested the decision.
Watson wrote that six days after he arrived at the prison, a child molester moved into the pod. Watson believed the man began taunting other inmates by watching children’s television programming. Watson said in the letter he couldn’t sleep that night “having not done what every instinct told me I should’ve done right then and there.”
Two hours before the attacks the next day, Watson told a prison counselor that he urgently needed to be transferred back to higher-level security “before I really (expletive) one of these dudes up,” but the counselor “scoffed and dismissed” him.
Watson said he returned to his housing pod.
“I was mulling it all over when along came Molester #1 and he put his TV right on PBS Kids again,” he wrote, according to the newspaper chain. “But this time, someone else said something to the effect of ‘Is this guy really going to watch this right in front of us?’ and I recall saying, ‘I got this.’ And I picked up the cane and went to work on him.”
Watson said he then left the housing pod to find a guard and turn himself in, but on the way, he saw “a known child trafficker, and I figured I’d just do everybody a favor,” Watson wrote. “In for a penny, in for a pound.”
Watson said he then told a guard, who didn’t believe him “until he looked around the corner and saw the mess I’d left in the dorm area,” Watson wrote.
Watson is in segregated housing while he is under investigation for the killings. He hasn’t been charged yet.
“Being a lifer, I’m in a unique position where I sometimes have access to these people and I have so little to lose,” Watson wrote. “And trust me, we get it, these people are every parents’ worst nightmare.”
Copyright 2020 The Associated Press.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

NYC deli worker killed because he refused to sell loose cigarette to woman

From NBC New York.

When a deli clerk repeatedly refused to sell a woman loose cigarettes, she became irate and threatened to "get her man" then return — which is exactly what happened, as the clerk was shot not long after


By Marc Santia    February 19, 2020 at 3:23 am

Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting death of a Bronx deli worker following a dispute over a cigarette, officials said.
A female customer walked into the deli on the corner of White Plains Road and East 216th Street on Tuesday and demanded the clerk sell her a loose cigarette. When he repeatedly refused to do so, she became irate and threatened to "get her man" then return.
"He wouldn't sell her those cigarettes so she started behaving erratically. She started cursing at him," said one man who witnessed the incident.
The witness said a man showed up shortly after and coldly told the 20-year-old clerk "You're gonna be dead." He then fired multiple times, striking the worker in the face first, then in the back, according to the witness.
"After they killed him, they took the cigarettes, couple cartons, and they took money," the witness, who did not wish to be identified, said.
The community was distraught over the death of the clerk, who many said was a beloved fixture in their neighborhood.
"Every time you come into the story, he’s just really nice,” said Victoria Spaulding of the young man who had moved to the city from Yemen, and had just started working at the location a few months ago.
Hours after the attack, police charged Adrien Topping with murder, manslaughter and criminal possession of a weapon. It was not known if the woman who demanded the cigarettes in the first place would face charges.
The alleged shooter is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning in the Bronx.
(I would not live in New York City for any amount of money.)

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Cossacks on patrol looking for coronavirus

From The Times of Moscow

Cossacks have begun patrolling a predominantly Chinese neighborhood in Russia’s fourth-largest city of Yekaterinburg in search of signs of the coronavirus, the news website reported Wednesday.

Russia temporarily banned entry to Chinese nationals starting Thursday in an attempt to prevent the spread of the disease, which has killed more than 2,000 people in mainland China.

Members of the “Urals Cossacks” volunteer association started roving the streets of northwestern Yekaterinburg twice a week beginning Feb. 2, its chief Gennady Kovalyov told 

Those found to be coughing or sneezing are advised to visit the hospital, he said. Others are given face masks.

“There’s no data on the success of our campaign,” Kovalyov said. “But thanks to the masks, at least some people won’t get infected.”

Kovalyov vowed to press on with the patrols for as long as there is a high risk of contracting the coronavirus. Outside China, five deaths and 827 cases have been reported so far, including one Russian passenger of a cruise ship quarantined off the coast of Japan. There have been two confirmed cases within Russia, both Chinese nationals in Siberia who have since recovered.

Similar coronavirus patrols are active in at least two towns south of Moscow, Kovalyov added.

Russian respondents are three times more likely to “avoid contact with people of Chinese origin or appearance” or “avoid eating in Asian restaurants” to protect themselves from the virus than respondents from other countries, a recent Ipsos poll said.

The Cossacks survived near-extinction after losing to the Bolsheviks in Russia’s 1917 civil war and have undergone a state-backed revival since the early 1990s. Since then, the government has frequently hired them to enforce security at public events, where they have developed a reputation for vigilantism and extralegal actions.

Democratic debate

I watched maybe 20-25 minutes.

Observation: Much shrieking by all speakers and by the media questioners.

Observation: Sen. Elizabeth Warren looks and sounds like an elderly aunt giving a “Come to Jesus” speech, and she is at the point of tears because you refuse to accept what she preaches and will not go down to the river for immediate baptism.

Observation: All those people shouted their ideas and plans for what they will do when elected president. Every idea or plan is of Number 1 Priority, and if not approved by Congress will lead to the destruction of the country. If those plans are so necessary for the continuation of the nation, why has none of those people introduced legislation in Congress or used their influence in those nation-saving plans?

If those people are the best the Democrats have to offer, the party will go down to a huge defeat come November.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Have you or someone you know spontaneously combusted?

Well, you have not spontaneously combusted, of course. If you had, you would be dead. A pile of ashes on the carpet or the tile. A preparatory funeral waiting only for a dust pan and broom and a funerary urn. Or plastic storage bag, or whatever is your burial choice.

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

‘Cambridge Academic Says Human Race Must Become Extinct To Save The Planet’

I am sure she is ready to do her part. Immediately, perhaps?

Patricia MacCormack warns “white, male, heterosexuals are to blame for all the world’s ills.”

Are humans not part of the world? Yet people like MacCormack preach that the last piece of God’s creation should die.

“MacCormack said her ideas were first inspired by her interest in ‘feminism and queer theory.’”

Link at

CNN has its head in the usual place

From RT.

CNN readers anxious to get updates on the Syrian war have been treated with a fresh report on the “regime’s atrocities” citing the usual suspects… or it would only seem so, as the network reran a two-year-old story instead.

Citing the UK-based and rebel-linked Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the story claims that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad killed at least 71 people and injured 325 others in a series of airstrikes on rebel-held Eastern Ghouta. Published this week, the report is featured on CNN website’s ‘World’ and ‘Middle East’ sections. 

The only problem is that Ghouta has been under the control of Assad’s government for nearly two years. Homes in the region are being rebuilt, not leveled by bombs.
In fact, CNN ran the same story, word for word, back in February 2018. The same paragraphs detailing the horrendous bombing appeared, along with a handy get-out-clause: “CNN could not independently verify the claim.”

So why tell old news again? Did the network feel the need to remind its readers again which side they should take in Syria’s eight-year civil war? Did its editors slip in an old story under the radar to bulk up its weekend coverage?

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Chechen families agree to reconcile quarter-century blood feud

From Kavkaz-uel.

The Chechen authorities have initiated a reconciliation of two families, who were in blood feud for 25 years.
A report of the "Grozny" TV Channel told that 25 years ago a man from the Gakaev family in a quarrel killed a member of the Iderbaev family in the village of Tevzan, Vedeno District. It is especially noted that a request for reconciliation of the blood feudists was expressed by local residents during the direct communication line with the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, in 2019.
Arbi Djafarov, Qadi of the Vedeno District, has announced, on behalf of the victims, that they agreed to reconciliation. After that, "the guilty man has personally asked for forgiveness from the relatives of the deceased."
The reconciliation of blood feudists depends on many factors and can take decades, the residents of Chechnya, interviewed by the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent, have noted.
"If the killing was deliberate, then there will be no forgiveness at all, or it will take years and even decades," Lechi said.
Residents of the republic have noted that the ceremony of blood feudists' reconciliation has greatly simplified over the past decade.
"My grandfather told me that hundreds of people gathered and prayed for forgiveness of the blood feudist ... After the rite of forgiveness, the eldest member of the family of the person killed by him shaved the killer's head, and the latter had to spent the night in that family," Yakhya said.
Alexei Malashenko, the head of scientific studies at the "Dialogue of Civilizations" Institute, has treated the reconciliation decision of the blood feud as a positive fact.

"However, it's the 21st century now! And people are still finding out who is a blood feudist to whom! It turns out that Chechnya doesn't fit into the framework of a modern state," Mr Malashenko has added.
Reconciliation often happens by force, if a state servant is involved, Ruslan Kutaev, President of the Assembly of Caucasian Nations, believes.
"Chechens are so conservative that sometimes they kill an innocent person. For example, relatives can take revenge not on the killer himself, but on his children," Mr Kutaev has noted.
Chechen authorities are campaigning for reconciliation of blood feudists; and Kadyrov and his entourage need this aiming to "raise the authority of those in power, said Mikhail Roschin, an Orientalist.

© Caucasian Knot

Taking care of the dogs

Was a time dogs did not come in the house. Well, country dogs lived outside. I don’t know about city dogs.

Back then, dogs walked the perimeter of the cleared area around the house. Some went ranging into the woods, but not many. In warm and hot months you almost always knew where the dogs were – in the shade of a tree, or in a shallow hole scraped out in the dirt in the shade of a tree. In winter, dogs slept together, sometimes in the shelter of bushes, sometimes underneath the house. Back then, almost all country houses were pier and beam, which meant the house was off the ground anywhere from a foot to three feet, depending on the slope of the land. Lots of room for dogs to burrow up in.

One thing from dogs never staying in the house, people often were not aware when a dog became sick. You would find out when the dog became lackadaisical or it threw up or didn’t show up at the back porch at feeding time. When a dog got sick, you would keep an eye on it, and if things got really bad, if the dog was in bad pain, you would shoot it and bury it somewhere away from the house.

Another thing about dogs staying outside, you didn’t have fleas in the house, nor did the house sometimes smell like dirty dog.

Then America got richer and richer, more veterinarians began taking on dogs as patients, and dogs started developing problems owners never heard of before. Dog breeding became a multi-billion-dollar business. People wanted specific kinds of dogs. And, where there is a demand, there is a market. Pet care stores became the norm, where people would spend more billions of dollars buying things they didn’t know their dogs or cats needed.

Now we have dogs that get sick, veterinarians who charge thousands of dollars for procedures and cures, and people willing to pay those thousands of dollars.

My wife and I have two dogs. One was diagnosed with Addison’s disease in 2009. For eleven years, we have spent I don’t know how much keeping Charlie alive. At one time, Charlie’s daily cost in medicine alone was about $10 a day. Whatever kind of math you do, $300 a month is a good chunk of change. But we had the money and were willing to spend it to keep Charlie alive. Now, his medicine cost is about $4 a day. Compounded drugs are a lot less expensive than name-brand pharmacy drugs.

I’m not sure what the upshot of all this is. Do I think dogs should be put outside again? No. Not unless that’s where you want your dog or dogs to stay.

Veterinarian visits and monthly trips to a groomer, well, we pay what we’re willing to pay.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Addition to 'Depravity'

Thinking about the "throuple" on HGTV Network's House Hunters.

A man and two women constituted the "throuple." The three also have two children, a girl and a boy.

Acceptability of the threesome seems normal to HGTV and to much of America. A man and two women decide to make house together, who's to say they are wrong?

Okay. What if the man and the two women decided on marriage, man-woman, man-woman, woman-woman? 

Under laws of many states, the woman-woman marriage is legal. So is one of the man-woman marriages. But a man marrying two women at the same time? Abominable. Immoral.

Strange. A man and two women shaking up? Not a problem.

A man marrying two women at the same time? No, no. Can't have that.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020


HGTV’s House Hunters tonight had a “throuple” looking to buy a home in Colorado. I did not watch the program, only read the synopsis, which I mentioned to my wife. She asked, “What is a throuple?” I said, “It’s three people. Man-man-woman, woman-woman-man.”

Was a time when queers and lesbians were not part of TV programs that showed couples looking for houses. Unmarried man-woman couples were not uncommon, but the overwhelming pairs were married.

Then, queer couples and lesbian couples became common on the shows. So far, no trans couples have been featured, not that I know of.

I do not watch shows that feature queers and lesbians. Two queers want to buy a vacation home on a Caribbean island, they have the right. And I have the right not to watch.

God said in the Hebrew scriptures and Christian scriptures that queer sex and lesbian sex are abominations. On the same level as fornication, witches and child sacrifice.

We have all those. Each is considered normal, at least by people who know their job is to do all thinking for us. Actually, though, those people do not know how to think, they know only how to repeat statements.

The house hunters turned out to be man-woman-woman.

The “throuple” has two children, a boy and a girl. Since all things sexual are normal, when the boy and the girl are older, whatever they do with each other will be normal and not punishable by law. If adults need not deny their desires, why should children?

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

A thousand years ago, they would have been shield maidens

Danish Twins who enjoy hunting called killers on social media.

After the stories of Astros stealing signs...

... I wondered about the team away records, in other parks without access to the video equipment.

In 2017, the Astros road record was 53-28. That is a percentage of .654, while (cheating) home percentage was .593.

In 2018, the Astros won 11 more games on the road than at home – 57 on the road and 46 at home.

In 2019, the road record dropped to 47-34. The home record was 60-21.

The Astros did not have to cheat in order to win.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Haven’t picked on AOC for a while

From The Babylon Bee

Ocasio-Cortez Disappointed To Learn The 'Free Market' Isn't A Grocery Store Where You Don't Have To Pay For Anything

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has struggled to get by on her new six-figure salary, given the high cost of living in her luxurious Washington, D.C. crib.

So when she heard in passing that the United States has a "free market" economy, she was ecstatic. She immediately set out in an Uber to try to find one of the free markets, assuming they were grocery stores where you don't have to pay for anything.

"I'm really, like really excited," she said on a live Instagram video. "I thought the U.S. was all about oppressive capitalistic systems of inequality, but when I heard about these free markets, I realized we were in better shape than I had thought."

However, after her Uber had driven her all over the city for several hours, she hadn't found a single free market anywhere and had to settle for going to some stores where people are free to buy, sell, and exchange goods and services with one another.
"This is basically Nazi Germany," she said. "All these people spending money they earned doing work to buy things of their own free will? Without the government allocating resources as they see fit?"

(Yeah, it’s old, but I hadn’t read it.)