Thursday, April 30, 2020

De Blasio answered the question the way most of us thought he would

A post on this very site, April 15, 2020:

“Ramadan starts in a week. Will the same governors and mayors who prohibited Christians gathering at churches for Easter and Jews gathering at home and at synagogues for Passover also ban Muslims from gathering at mosques?”

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio in a tweet:

“To the Muslim New Yorkers beginning their celebrations tonight who need halal meals, we have them across our 400+ grab and go meal sites, and are bringing in hundreds of thousands more to the 32 sites most frequented by our Muslim communities. Go to for more.”

Is the City of New York paying for those meals? For transporting the meals to “grab and go” sites? For the people handing out the meals? You know the argument from there: Favoring one religion over all others. And, mixing religious stuff a little: The mayor believes at the depths of his Democratic Party heart, that he can buy Muslim votes with the pottage of halal meals.

Tweet at gunfreezone.

No matter the body count, we’re here for you

From Daily Mail U.K.
By Francis Mulraney

Police discovered 100 bodies stacked in unrefrigerated trucks outside a funeral home in Brooklyn Wednesday after police responded to 911 complaints from neighbors who had been complaining for weeks about the smell.
Authorities found two unrefrigerated U-Haul box trucks being used to store the bodies outside of Andrew T. Cleckley Funeral Home in Flatlands after neighbors filmed body bags being dragged into them in recent days.
There were as many as 50 corpses being stored in each truck, according to ABC News, as the facility struggled to keep up with the overwhelming surge of bodies due to the coronavirus outbreak. 
Police found the bodies in various stages of decomposition. 
The owner told city officials that its freezer had stopped working and they were forced to use the trucks as storage while bodies awaited burial or cremation. 

(The owner was “forced to use the trucks.” No, the owner chose to use the trucks. There were other options, such as contacting other funeral homes, or searching the internet for funeral home rental equipment. The owner decided to go the U-Haul way because it was cheaper.)

From the funeral home web site:

“The caring and experienced professionals at Andrew T. Cleckley Funeral Services, Inc. are here to support you through this difficult time. We offer a range of personalized services to suit your family’s wishes and requirements. You can count on us to help you plan a personal, lasting tribute to your loved one. And we’ll carefully guide you through the many decisions that must be made during this challenging time.
“You are welcome to call us at any time of the day, any day of the week, for immediate assistance. Or, visit our funeral home in person at your convenience. We also provide a wealth of information here on our web site so you can learn more from the privacy of your own home.”

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

China, American conspiracists attack Army sergeant as Patient Zero

SFC Maatje Benassi participated in 50-mile bicycle race in the 2019 Military World Games last October in Wuhan. Chinese propagandists say SFC Benassi was a spy-carrier and brought the virus from the US to Wuhan. American conspiracists say SFC Benassi brought the virus from Wuhan to the US. Neither group has yet accused her of eating a bat.

US Navy band, IDF band surprise 92-year-old Dachau survivor

Today is the 75 anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi Dachau death camp and the 72nd birthday of the State of Israel, sundown 28 April—sundown 29 April.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Too good to pass up

“My girlfriend bough a smart car. It won’t let her in.”

“I love long walks on the beach with my girlfriend, until the LSD wears off and I realize I’m just dragging a stolen mannequin around a Wendy’s parking lot.”

Stolen from knuckledraggin.

Hey, I used to know those dudes. They’re probably dead.

Flak Bait

Air and Space Museum preserving 206-mission B-26.

From Smithsonian Magazine

“The preservation of Flak-Bait ensures that future generations of museum visitors will be able to see the beat-up old bomber. . .that Americans used to help save the world in the 1940s,” says Kinney. But he adds, they'll also be able to see its battle-damage patches, its chipped and splotchy paint, and all the exhaust and mud stains that it wore during its days of battle.

“Flak-Bait’s survival over the long and bitter air war from 1943 to 1945 symbolizes the patriotism, service and sacrifice of not only the crews that fought in the air, the mechanics that kept it flying and the people back home that made the bomber, but all Americans that made up the national war effort,” Kinney says.

Link at woodpilereport.

Monday, April 27, 2020

Last known message from Kim Jong Un

“I have information that will lead to the arrest of Hillary Clinton.”

At aceofspades.

Taylor Swift slams Soros family, leftists whining

From Voice of Europe

By Arthur Lyons

“American pop star Taylor Swift is drawing criticism from Hollywood leftists and globalist journalists for a social media post where she slammed the Soros family for their ‘shameless greed’.

“In a post on Twitter, Swift criticized her former record label, Big Machine Records, for releasing an ‘album’ of her live performance without first seeking her approval.”
(There are “good” multi-billionaires and “bad” ones. The good ones, Soros, Bill Gates and others, support the right causes – multi-culturalism, no borders, propagandizing that all ideas are equal. Except Western, Judeo-Christian ideas, that is.)

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Arrest his mama

Jaquarius Oqeyth Johnson, arrested April 22 in Sulphur Springs, Texas, for evading arrest or detention with previous convictions. Po-leece said Johnson was illegally parked and then ran from officers who approached.

Johnson is 26. So on a day in 1993 or 1994, the mother of the newborn said, “I’m on give my baby uh name ev’rbody ‘member. I think … Yes, you name Jaquarius Oqeyth Johnson.”

Democrats were crazy before Pelosi’s ice cream rant

Jackson, Miss., Mayor Chokwe Antar Lamumba on Saturday issued an executive order overriding the state’s constitution on open carry of firearms. The mayor might believe the current coronavirus “pandemic crisis” gives him the authority to do as he damn well pleases, but Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch says, “No way, Chokwe.”

“Cities can’t usurp the authority of the State’s elected Legislature and violate the Constitutional rights of the people. I support the 2nd Amendment and will enforce the laws of this State.

Lamumba is a favorite of socialist progressive Democrats, and why shouldn’t he be? A Southern black mayor with not one, but three African names.

IN 2018 Lamumba’s Jackson was favored by Massa Michael Bloomberg with a $1 million award to “help address nutrition and food equity through public art.”

That's right. $1 million to draw pictures and make talks telling poor people to cook more nutritious food.

A big problem there, besides wasting a million dollars is, many poor people can't cook. They can use a microwave, but not a stove. They know nothing of recipes and mixing bowls, of measuring spoons and cups. All food is wrapped and ready to me microwaved, or in a can or bottle.

Those Democratic governors and mayors signing executive orders are using former President Obama’s usurpation of the other two branches of government don’t know what else to do, so they make unconstitutional and illegal orders. Obama had a pen and Congress did nothing to stop him. Therefore, Obama's legions can do what they want, and no one will say a thing.

A day of reckoning is coming.

‘The most Florida headline you will ever see’

The above is a headline and is true:

‘Florida authorities warn of road rage among mating gators’

And from miamicbslocal:

“The Manatee County Sheriff's Office warned motorists that it's that time of year when alligators, um, fall in love but might not always be so affectionate. ‘It's gator mating season. This means they could be more mobile and aggressive than usual,’ the sheriff's office wrote in a Facebook post.”

Comment: We live in Manatee County and are nowhere Miami’s CBS local. We do not want in any way to be associated with Miami. Also, the SO talks about alligators “could be more mobile” than usual. Does that mean the amorous reptiles are hitching rides? We’ll be sure to watch out for gators on the side of the road and holding up an extended claw.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Keep your eye on the ball. Which one?

“(Sammy) Taylor was behind the plate for one of the odder moments in baseball history, when two baseballs were in play at the same time. The Cubs were hosting the Cardinals on June 30, 1959. Stan Musial was at bat, and the 3-1 pitch from Bob Anderson bounced off Taylor and umpire Vic Delmore and rolled to the backstop. Musial ran to first for the walk. Taylor, instead of retrieving the ball, argued that Musial had fouled it off. That ball was picked up by the Cardinals batboy who handed it to field announced Pat Pieper, who realized it was in play and dropped it. Meanwhile, Delmore took out a new ball and handed it to Anderson. Musial, seeing that nobody had retrieved the original ball, took off for second base. Anderson threw the new ball toward second but fired it into the outfield instead. Musial saw the ball headed to center field and ran to third. He was surprised to be tagged out by shortstop Ernie Banks, who had the original ball that had been tracked down by third baseman Al Dark. It was ultimately determined that since Musial was tagged with the original ball, he was out.

A fix for college football

From gunfreezone

Fix #1: "Colleges should create a BA in Football.  Any student who makes the team should be allowed to major in Football.  Forget making college football players pick a degree in some other subject.    Teach them game strategy, some sports medicine, the economics of football, personal money management, etc.  The stuff that a pro ball player needs to be successful.  Just admit that those kids are there to try to be pro ball players and stop bullshitting them and us with having them cheat to pass classes they don’t care about in degrees they might never use.  If they don’t get drafted, it sucks to be them, but lots of kids graduate with useless degrees too.  Not every kid with a journalism degree ends up a talking head on CNN or MSNBC."

Fix #2: "End college football the way we know it altogether.  Spin it off as minor league like baseball.  I like this idea more because I really hate the fact that in many states, the highest-paid state employees are the millionaire salaries of the state’s big-school football coach.  In Alabama, Nick Saban is a state employee making an $11.125 million in salary.
"Let the NFL create a minor league that young players can join out of high school and let it be easier for cities to create minor league franchises.  The let those coaches and players earn their money in the private sector.
"I’d prefer the latter approach, but whatever we do, we need to stop treating college football players like they are pros getting screwed.  They are not.  They are students training for the pros and should be treated accordingly."

The writer makes a good point: College football players are students majoring in football.

Of course, to recognize that, with a football major, would take away left-wing arguments that African-American college football players are but a step above the plantation. Anti-football faculty and administrators could no longer argue against football programs. Well, they could and probably would, but Football 101 and advanced classes would take much steam from the arguments.

Mark Knopfler

We can have ourselves a party before they come:::
In the meantime, I’m cleaning my gun

Some prince and his wife

From Ace of Spades HQ

The pair have released a statement telling four British newspapers that they are barred from all future access, but the papers have confirmed to the Velvet Hamster that they don't want it anyway.

"To be honest, they won't stop pitching us stories and sending grainy photographs" said a spokesman for the papers in question. "When they left for Canada, we thought maybe we'd stop hearing from them, then certainly when they moved to Los Angeles, but here they are. We're honestly really confused by this statement and would like to reiterate that nobody actually cares what the second-in-line's brother does. Most of the time, we can't remember the first-in-line's brother's name. Not the Epstein one, the other one."

Prince Edward could not be reached for comment.

CHiP: No more anti-lockdown protest permits

OK. A guess: We the People will protest anyway, under the inherent right to peaceably assemble.

Link at knuckledraggin.

Friday, April 24, 2020

A baseball feat I considered about impossible

On May 13, 1952, Bristol Twins pitcher Ron Necciai struck out 27 opposing batters in a nine-inning game. Necciai’s feat was not a perfect game. Four Welch (W. Va.) Miners reached base – a walk, a hit batter, an error and a passed ball by Twins catcher Harry Dunlop in the ninth inning. Only two Miners put the ball in play, Bob Ganung grounded out to first base in the fourth inning, and a batter named Whitehead got on base on an error in the ninth inning.

In his next start, Necciai gave up two hits and struck out 24. That’s 18 innings, two hits, no runs and 51 srikeouts.

The Pittsburgh Pirates called Necciai to the bigs in August. In 54 2/3 innings, he posted a 1-6 record, with a 7.08 earned run average and 31 strikeouts. He suffered from stomach ulcers and a rotator cuff injury. Wikipedia says Necciai “later began a successful career in the sporting goods industry.

Put America to work again

To err on the side of caution is generally a good thing. Bear droppings indicate there might be a grizzly down that trail, so I won’t go there. But when the gloomiest predictions turn out to be based on incorrect conclusions, it is time to put fear aside. Tucker Carlson, of Fox News, says supermarket workers are the people most exposed to coronavirus, yet those workers are not falling out at their cash registers. (Link at knuckledraggin.)

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Talking coronavirus fake news in Russia will get you 5 years in prison

From The Moscow Times

Russian Supreme Court makes ruling. 

Law applies to mass media outlets, speakers at rallies and other meetings, and to people who hand out leaflets and hang posters.

Prosecutors claim to have uncovered more than 300 incidents of fake news on coronavirus since February.

US mainstream media?

 “Mainstream media…play a major role in forming public opinion and usually reflect the dominant narrative of the ruling class, enforcing divides, fueling internal and external conflicts and attempting to construct national cohesion on stories of...suffering and victimhood…”

Sounds like the US of A, right? Maybe so, but the article in balkaninsight is talking about Serbia, the country that used to be Yugoslavia and before that was known as Serbia.

Do mainstream media in the US of A fit the example of MSM in a Balkan country? Sometimes. Often, maybe.

A note on balkaninsight: To the news site, all Serbians are war criminals.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

You think your hunker down is difficult?

Larry Gaskin, my best friend from high school, sent these on Tuesday.

Some thoughts about the virus.

The recession has hit everybody really hard.

My neighbor got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.

CEO's are now playing miniature golf.

Exxon-Mobil laid off 25 Congressmen.

A stripper was killed when her audience showered her with rolls of pennies while she danced.

I saw a Mormon with only one wife.

If the bank returns your check marked "Insufficient Funds," you call them and ask if they meant you or them.

McDonald's is selling the 1/4 ouncer.

Angelina Jolie adopted a child from America.

Parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their children's names.

My cousin had an exorcism but couldn't afford to pay for it, and they re-possessed her!

A truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico.

A picture is now only worth 200 words.

When Bill and Hillary travel together, they now have to share a room.

The Treasure Island casino in Las Vegas is now managed by Somali pirates.

And, finally...

I was so depressed last night thinking about the Chinese Flu, the economy, wars, jobs, my savings, Social Security, retirement funds, etc., I called the Suicide Hotline. I got a call center in Pakistan, and when I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited, and asked if I could drive a truck.

Flying car vendors ‘to strut their stuff’ for DOD, DOT

From Breaking Defense

By Theresa Hitchens
April 21, 2020

WASHINGTON: The Air Force is pulling out all the stops next week to demonstrate the potential utility of ‘flying cars’ to military users across the services, as well as civil agencies within the US government including the Department of Transportation.
The Agility Prime program’s virtual event, being held April 27-May 1 will open with speeches by Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett, Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, and Air Force acquisition head Will Roper, who has been championing the idea since last summer. 
Some 50 vendors of electric vertical take off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft will be given a chance to strut their stuff to potential buyers across the military services and the US government, Col. Nate Diller, Agility Prime team lead, told reporters today.
(We’ll see.)

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Maybe we will just do take-out

I figured once this is all over, it might be three or more months before we went to a restaurant, what with long lines and all. From what I’ve read just today, though, I’m not sure more than three months is long enough. Masks and gloves will be part of wait staff uniforms, writers say. I really do not want to go to a place where the waiters/waitresses wear masks and gloves. Are they taking orders and serving food, or about to go into surgery?

Texians defy government

Today is San Jacinto Day. In 1836 a band of Texians, loosely termed an army, defeated a part of the army of Mexico, led by President General Santa Anna, the Napoleon of the West. The fight lasted 18 minutes. The capture of Santa Anna meant legal independence for the Republic of Texas.

Yoots defy government

City of San Clemente dumps tons of sand over skate park, citizens decide, “Looks like a dirt bike track to us.”

A peaceful demographic

Elizabethton, Tennessee, ratio of women to men: As of the 2000 census, for every 100 females there were 82 males. For every 100 women over 18 there were 77 men. – Demographics from:

Monday, April 20, 2020

Wisconsin girl threatened with arrest for posting she has COVID-19

If this is true, a few somebodies need to find out the punishment of public stocks.

Starting with Sheriff Joseph Konrath and Patrol Sergeant Cameron Klump from Marquette County Sheriff’s Department, followed by the supposed adults running the high school.

Short version: kid got sick, doctors decided she had the Wuflu, she posted about it, and the uniformed thugs demanded …remove Amyiah’s Instagram posts. If they refused, Klump said the family faced charges for disorderly conduct and Klump told them he would “start taking people to jail,” according to the suit.

What the hell, you may ask, was their supposed justification for this?

Konrath’s justification was that there had been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in
the county. He found out about the Instagram post from Amyiah’s high school. The Cohoon family had contacted the school to let them know about Amyiah’s infection, but nobody ever contacted them back to get more information. It appears that instead the school contacted the police.

But wait!  There’s MORE!

That evening the family would discover that a school administrator sent out an alert to families accusing Cohoon of making it up and assuring families that any information of infection was just a rumor. “Let me assure you there is NO truth to this,” the message read. “This was a foolish means to get attention and the source of the rumor has been addressed. This rumor had caught the attention of our Public Health Department and she was involved in putting a stop to this nonsense.”

Well then…

I hope every clown involved in this loses their ass.

Not surprisingly, the school says that is not what happened.

The school says she made up the whole thing, alleging her posts were a “’foolish means to get attention’” and that “’the source of the rumor has been addressed.’”

Somebody got an A in Doublespeak 101 with that “the source of the rumor has been addressed.” The source of the “rumor” was the 16-year-old girl.

Canadian police charge 12 for being too close

From Atlantic CTV News

HALIFAX -- New Glasgow Regional Police charged 12 people in three separate incidents Saturday, for violating the Nova Scotia Health Protection Act in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Police say on Saturday evening, four people from separate households had gathered behind the Trenton Minor Sports Community Centre. They were charged with not maintaining physical distancing.
Also on Saturday night, four people from three separate addresses were discovered in a single vehicle drinking alcohol beverages. They were charged with not maintaining physical distancing.
Later that night, four people travelling in a vehicle were pulled over for burnt out headlights. Upon investigation, police discovered the four people all lived in different households, and they were charged with not maintaining physical distancing.

Each of the people arrested is likely to be charged a $1,000 fine. Good thing the fine is in Canadian dollars. In U.S. dollars, that's almost like real money.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Right hand, left hand

Express Scripts handles prescription drugs for my wife and me, through Tricare for Life and Medicare. Express Scripts is not the easiest firm to do business with, far from it.

In 2016, Express Scripts had revenues of $100.752 billion. I do not expect good customer relations from any organization with that kind of money running through its little corporate hands in one year.

This post, though, does not concern Express Scripts’ user unfriendly, but correspondence that made me wonder whether one part of the business knows what another part is doing.

A few months back, Express Scripts sent me an email stating the company would no longer fill generic Zantac, as a part of the drug was a carcinogen. The email said I might want to talk with my doctor about prescribing another drug that would replace generic Zantac. I did just that.

Not too long after discussing a Zantac replacement, I got a refill for the generic Zantac. "Wait a minute,” I thought. “Express Scripts first tells me it will not refill any more generic Zantac, and now it has done so.” Whatever, I decided, and continued taking the drug.

A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from Express Scripts stating the company had contacted my doctor concerning refilling prescription *****2959, but had not received a reply from my doctor. Perhaps, Express Scripts said, I might contact the doctor and have his office send a prescription refill order.

I had not done that before receiving another email stating the same as the one from several months ago, that Express Scripts would no longer refill prescriptions for the generic Zantac and, therefore, would not refill prescription *****2959.

I think I will just get over-the-counter famotidine. Same drug, less hassle.

If journalists from today interviewed FDR on 7 December 1941

Why do you insist on calling it “the Japanese attack” on Pearl Harbor?

You’ve had years to prepare. Why wasn’t our Navy ready?

Do you feel guilty for all the sailors we lost today?

Many say your oil embargo on Japan led to war. Is there blood on your hands?

What about the sailors trapped on the Oklahoma? What are your plans for getting them out?

Will you resign because of this attack?

What is your exit strategy from this war?

Then and now, and what about later?

The 35-month Spanish flu infected 500 million people and killed somewhere between 17 million and 50 million. The world population in 1918 was less than 2 billion. Many more people lived outside cities then. And, the world had been at war since August 1914. Crowded military camps, crowded battle lines and crowded cities contributed to the spread of what was called “the Spanish flu.” Governments locked down information and made inaccurate, propagandist statements about the flu, when any mention was made at all.

Now, there are many more of us, 7.8 billion by most estimates. The majority of people live in cities, many crowded beyond our imaginations. We think we know what a crowded city looks like, but search for satellite pictures of the world’s largest cities, and you will find your imagination limited in its belief about crowded.

In no way is this round of sickness as deadly as the World War I variety. More might be infected, but there are around 6 billion more people that in 1918. Determining an infected-to-killed percentage is not possible, given the range of estimated dead from the 1918 flu.

Upon first reading, several years ago, that scientists had dug up bodies of Spanish flu victims from permafrost areas, I was of the “Wait a minute, you don’t know what’s going to happen” thought. Researchers assured us that their methods of research guaranteed none of the virus would be released.

Just like operators of the Chinese labs?

Stuff sticks around.

“Well, somewhere out in the wild there is a pocket of smallpox or something similar, just waiting to be picked up by some explorer and brought back to a population that has never been exposed to it or vaccinated for it, ever. The CDC, in answer to an e-mail I sent them about it several years ago (because I had the vaxx twice, once in infancy and once again in boot camp, and they both took), responded with ‘both of them fade after XX years’. In plain English, nothing lasts forever, including immunity. I didn’t ask CDC about the polio vaxx, but we got that at school as soon as the Salk vaccine was available, once as an injection and again (twice) with the sugar cube version.
“Nothing lasts forever.” -- valorguardians

44 suspected Boko Haram found dead in Chad jail cell

Men were captured in operation in late March.

Prisoners had been denied food and water for two days, human rights group says.

From The Guardian

“A group of 44 suspected members of Boko Haram who had been arrested in Chad during a recent operation against the jihadist group have been found dead in their prison cell, apparently poisoned, Chad’s chief prosecutor has announced. Speaking on national television on Saturday, Youssouf Tom said the prisoners were found dead on Thursday.

“Autopsies on four dead prisoners revealed traces of a lethal substance which had caused heart attacks in some victims and severe asphyxiation in others, he said. The dead men were among a group of 58 suspects captured during a major army operation around Lake Chad launched by the president, Idriss Déby Itno, at the end of March.

“’Following the fighting around Lake Chad, 58 members of Boko Haram had been taken prisoner and sent to [the capital city] N’Djamena for the purposes of the investigation. On Thursday morning, their jailers told us that 44 prisoners had been found dead in their cell,’ Tom said, adding that he had attended the scene. ‘We have buried 40 bodies and sent four bodies to the medical examiner for autopsy.’
“A security source, speaking on condition of anonymity told AFP that ‘the 58 prisoners were placed in a single cell and were given nothing to eat or drink for two days’”.
“Mahamat Nour Ahmed Ibedou, secretary general of the Chadian Convention for the Protection of Human Rights (CTDDH), made similar accusations.
“Prison officials had ‘locked the prisoners in a small cell and refusing them food and water for three days because they were accused of belonging to Boko Haram,’ Ibedou told AFP. ‘It’s horrible what has happened.’
“The government denied the allegations. ‘There was no ill-treatment,’ Chad’s justice minister, Djimet Arabi, told AFP by telephone.
“’Toxic substances were found in their stomachs. Was it collective suicide or something else? We’re still looking for answers,’ he said, adding that the investigation was still ongoing.
“One of the prisoners was transferred to hospital on Thursday, but he was ‘faring much better’ and had rejoined ‘the other 13 prisoners still alive and who are doing very well,’ the minister said.
“The military operation against Boko Haram killed more than a thousand of the group’s militants and cost the lives of 52 soldiers, a Chadian army spokesman said. The operation ran from 31 March to 8 April.
“It was launched in response to a devastating attack on Chadian troops on 23 March on a base at Bohoma, in the Lake Chad marshlands, which killed 98 soldiers. It was the largest-ever one-day loss suffered by the army.
“Idriss warned his allies in the region that Chad’s army will no longer take part in operations outside the country.”

Story first found at

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Well, maybe

“Carry a 25 if it makes you feel good, but do not ever load it. If you load it you may shoot it. If you shoot it you may hit somebody, and if you hit somebody, and he finds out about it, he may be very angry with you.”
– Col. Jeff Cooper
I have never fired or even held a .25. It probably makes a loud noise. Sometimes noise will send your attacker running. For that matter, there are many incidents when the mere sight of a defense firearm sent running the potential attacker. In order for the pistol to make noise, though, the operator must pull the trigger. That action sends a slug somewhere. Your target is the preferred place to put the slug.
There are many, many studies and writings on the best defensive caliber and weapon, from .22 lead to 12 gauge slug or shot. Every caliber and every firearm has its defenders and its detractors.
What it comes down to, you want: a particular pistol that fits your hand and your needs; a pistol that will fire, eject and chamber every time you pull the trigger; a pistol with which you can place lead in a specific target at least 80% of the time, preferably 100% at distances less than 50 feet; a pistol you are ready and willing to use.
So carry a .25 if that is your choice. And, learn to use it. Learn to use it properly.

A different Russian traffic video

 All by his lonesome, a St. Petersburg driver sends his speeding Hyundai slamming into the guardrail. Russian construction worked in this incident, since only steel and concrete went into the river. The Hyundai caught on the steel. Police pulled the driver from his car and sped him off to jail.

Red River

My friend Jim Clark lives close to the Red River, on the Texas side. The river is the northern border of his land. Jim’s family first moved into Red River County before there was a county by that name, before there was a Texas. His great-great-great grandfather, James H. Clark, and great-great-great grandmother, Isabella, were members of the Wavell Colony.

The Red is known for its floods, not as many as before the Lake Texoma Dam went in, but still some good ones now and then. It gets low during summer, too. Drive across any bridge in the summer and you will see long sandbars.

Jim said the Red went down so low one year that even he got surprise one day. “I went out and there was a place, must have been a thousand musket balls in the sand.”

The sand was too wet to get out in at that time, Jim said. “And then a little while later, we got a rain and that part was covered with water again.”

There is also a story about a paddle wheeler that hit a snag one day in the late 1800s. All passengers and most of their luggage got off the steam boat before it went down. Not rescued were barrels of whiskey, said to be several hundred or a thousand, depending on the story teller.

That boat has been seen at least three times since it sank. But water always came back up before anybody could rescue the barrels of whiskey. One story says a finder got a barrel from the wreckage, and shared the whiskey with friends. When they sobered up, not a one could remember where the boat was.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Internet wisdom

If you don’t buy at least one firearm with your stimulus check, you’re a commie.

Can we get an Amen?

My summation of this whole thing

We don't know anything, and as soon as we figure out we don't know anything, then we will know something.

Flying cars in three years?

From Breaking Defense

Will Roper, in charge of Air Force acquisitions, sees flying cars “using electric takeoff and landing (eVTOL) technology could be in full-up production for the Air Force … within three years.”

The Air Force has a name for its eVTOL program: Agility Prime. The service is working with commercial companies already involved in developing flying cars.

“The Agility Prime program will hold a ‘virtual launch event’ April 27 to allow vendors to showcase their capabilities and interact with potential investors from both the private sector and the military, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) announced earlier this week.

"Mark my word: a combination airplane and motorcar is coming. You may smile, but it will come.” – Henry Ford, 1940.

The flying car conception has been around since the beginning of aviation and automobile industries. The period immediately after World War II was filled with ideas of taking a car from its garage, unfolding the wings, starting up and flying off to work.

Fans of flying cars have not developed assurances of safe flying; of mechanical abilities of the average driver; of hundreds, if not thousands, of flying cars in the air.

Landing on my street in a few years? I hope not.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

No Reds, thank you

“Do you remember what Vladimir Putin said - whoever does not miss the Soviet Union has no heart. I would add that whoever wants it back has no brain.” – Aslan Bzhania, president-elect of Abkhazia.

Blood-covered man says he killed the terminator

Police claim the body found in his apartment was not a terminator.

Arrested and taken to a hospital, William Bradley then “assaulted an ER doctor, two security guards, and an SLCPD officer.

Link at knuckledraggin,

Gun-grabbers surprised at laws they put in force

“An employee of a Florida Gun Shop called me last week to let us know that a very liberal customer was quite angry that he could not pick out a gun, pay for it and walk out of the store with it.  This is the story he shared in pretty much his own words: 
“’After filling out the 4473 Form, and showing his drivers license, the customer was annoyed that he had to go through a background check.  He angrily questioned, “Don’t you know who I am?”  (He is a City Commissioner) When I told him it didn’t matter, he said it was a waste of resources to do background checks on law-abiding people and said the law obviously “needed exceptions.” 
“He got more angry that the background check took almost 20 minutes, and said, ‘there is no excuse for it to take this long.’  Once he cleared the background check and paid for the handgun, he about blew a gasket when he found out that he had to wait 3 days and come back before being allowed to take possession of the handgun and walk out with it.  
“He DEMANDED to know ‘Why can’t I take it now? I need it now.’ He was not happy to hear that it was the LAW.  He then explained, ‘I hate guns and I have supported gun control in the past but this is damned ridiculous. When you need a gun you should be able to get it.’ 
“He then stormed out of the gun shop.”
And in California:

“More than a dozen of these buyers (men and women) actually thought that since they filled out and signed everything, they could just walk out and go home with the firearm. Several actually said they saw how easy it was to buy a gun on TV and why did they have to fill out all these forms.
“The majority of these first timers lost their minds when we went through the Ammo Law requirements. Most used language not normally heard, even in a gun range. We pointed out that since no one working here voted for these laws, then maybe they might know someone who did. And, maybe they should go back and talk to those people and tell them to re-think their position on firearms – we were trying to be nice.
“Most were VERY vocal about why it takes 10 days minimum (sometimes longer if the DOJ is backed up) to take their property home with them. They ask why do I need to wait 10 days if I need the protection today or tomorrow? We pointed out again that no one working here voted in support of that law.”

Standing between the Russians and the Germans

“The diocese of Vilkaviškis suffered greatly during World War II. People suffered a terrible terror during the first Soviet occupation, and the torture of priests in the Budavone forest near Vilkaviškis was particularly brutal. The Nazi occupation returned few rights to the Catholic Church. She was severely persecuted, but was not frightened. When. Mykolas Krupavičius signed a memorandum against Nazi colonial policy and immediately in 1942. Nazis deported to Germany. Imprisoned, interned. Priests and lay believers rescued Jews, urging young people not to join the Nazi army. At the end of the war, when the front stopped for a long time near the German border, 32 churches were completely destroyed or demolished, 12 of which were successfully rebuilt shortly after the war. As the second Soviet occupation approached, about 100 priests moved to the West, including Bishop Vincentas Padolskis, Bishop of Vilkaviškis. Of the remaining, about 70 were imprisoned and deported, and some were killed. The Soviet government closed the Vilkaviškis seminary, 12 churches and abolished the respective parishes. The painful blow to the diocese was the closure of the monasteries that were quite active in it, the registration of parishes by entrusting their administration to so-called committees in order to control them as much as possible, reducing the influence of the priests. The teaching of religion in schools was banned, the catechesis of children was restricted, and atheism was forcibly crushed* - there was a struggle against the faith and Christian values ​​that had existed in people for centuries. The second Soviet occupation destroyed everything until 1940. established order: political pluralism, freedom of religion, private property, etc. Hatred of the Catholic Church was particularly pronounced.

 *The writer means the opposite, that atheism was forcefully enforced.