Sunday, May 31, 2020

Stop spending government money on fireworks celebrations, opposition says

From Hungary Today

Hungary’s Green Party wants money spent on “troubled artists.”

The opposition LMP party has called on the government to cancel the traditional fireworks in Budapest on the August 20 national holiday, and use the funds to help troubled artists, LMP co-leader János Kendernay told an online press conference on Saturday.
“There is no room for spending on luxury amid an economic and social crisis,” Kendernay said.
Kendernay said that the fireworks, a tourist attraction, would increase coronavirus-related risks, too. He went on to say that the spectacle was “old fashioned and harmful for the environment, and a source of trauma and physical harm to many pets and people”.
The funds should be used to help actors, musicians, and other artists whom the epidemic has stripped of all their income, Kendernay said.

On Aug. 20, Hungarians celebrate the foundation of the Kingdom of Hungary by St. Stephen.

The LMP is Hungary’s Green Party.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Telephone, Texas

Telephone is at the intersection of Farm roads 273 and 2029, twelve miles northeast of Bonham in northeastern Fannin County. While settlers had moved into the vicinity as early as the 1870s, the community was not established until around 1886. It was named for the fact that the only telephone in the area was in the local general store owned by Pete Hindman. Apparently postal authorities had repeatedly refused Hindman's applications for a post office in his store because the names he submitted for it were already being used by other Texas post offices. The merchant finally submitted the name Telephone. The name was accepted, and the post office was opened in 1886. By 1890 the community population had reached thirty, and it reached 100 on the eve of World War I. The number of residents remained at about that level through the mid-1930s, when the population stood at ninety-nine. The community had eight businesses in 1936. Unlike many rural communities, however, Telephone grew noticeably during the late 1930s and early 1940s. By the mid-1940s it had ten businesses and 280 residents, a population that was reported through the 1960s. Eleven businesses operated locally by 1967. In 1990 Telephone reported a post office, six businesses, and 210 residents. The population remained the same in 2000.

If you do a Google on Telephone and access photographs, you will see downtown Telephone with fallen down buildings and old houses, weeds growing in the streets. One building is signed Dew Drop Inn Bakery, but the place looks closed. There are newer buildings, churches and a post office. Monkstown is six miles away.

 Northeast Texas was a long way away from the fights of the Texas Revolution in 1836, but the area did send fighters south. After the Revolution, the northeast got the names of several Revolutionaries -- Lamar County for Mirabeau M. Lamar, second president of the Republic of Texas; Bowie County for James Bowie, who was killed by Santa Anna's soldiers at the Alamo; Fannin County for James Walker Fannin Jr., murdered by Santa Anna's soldiers, along with more than 300 other Texians after surrendering at Goliad; and the city of Bonham, for James Butler Bonham, killed at the Alamo on March 6, 1836.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Chicago Gang Member Relieved To Discover All These Cops Just Here To Raid A Church

From Babylon Bee

May 29, 2020

CHICAGO, IL—The Devil's Thugs are a notorious Chicago gang, dealing mostly in money laundering, people-shooting, and graffitiing their gang's name onto signs so you'll know they're legit. Their leader and founder, Bob Thug, was frightened this past Sunday as he heard police sirens coming toward their secret hideout, which is an abandoned warehouse that says "No Gangs in Here" on the sign out front.

When the violent gang member saw the flashing lights and SWAT teams heading his direction, he figured he was done for, so he was relieved to discover they were just raiding a dangerous church service nearby.

"Cheese it! It's the po-po!" he cried to his fellow gang members. They dropped their guns and stuffed bags of money into their pants as they fled the scene. But the cops never came into their abandoned warehouse. Peeking out the window, Thug saw the cops busting into a church across the street to stop the service from happening. "False alarm -- they're just taking out the Christians!"

Thug praised the police officers for their bravery. "You know, the cops and I don't always see eye to eye, but I'm glad they're stopping people who aren't social distancing, like churchgoers." He says the Devil's Thugs have strict rules to prevent the spread of coronavirus, such as making sure their criminals are always wearing masks when carrying out robberies and encouraging gang members to attack people with six-foot poles instead of the traditional baseball bat.
"We're even laundering the money twice to be extra-sanitary, yo."

He had been under the floor all that time

About 1,500 years.

From The History Blog

A Viking grave has been discovered under the floor of a private home in Bodø, central Norway. The Kristensens were renovating the family home and pulled the floorboards to install new insulation under the bedroom floor. After digging up a layer of sand and the stone rubble underneath that, something shiny caught their eye. At first they thought the small dark circular object might be the wheel from an old toy. A little more digging turned up a heavily corroded iron axe and a few other iron pieces.
At this point Mariann Kristensen contacted Nordland County officials and they dispatched archaeologists from the Tromsø Museum to investigate the finds. The bead, axe and other objects appear to date to the early Middle Ages, around 950-1050 A.D. They have been transferred to the museum for study and conservation.
Archaeologists have begun a larger excavation of the find site; ie, under the Kristensens’ house. County archaeologist Martinus Hauglid thinks it’s most likely a grave from the Iron Age or Viking Age. The stones the Kristensens found under the sand layer are probably part of a burial cairn.
[Hauglid] said he had never heard of a find being made underneath a house.
“I never heard of anything like that and I’ve been in business for nearly 30 years,” he said. “They did a magificent job, they reported it to use as soon as they got the suspicion that it actually was something old.
The house had been in the family since it was built by Mariann’s great-grandfather in 1914. There is no family legend of Vikings in eternal slumber under the bedroom floor.

LA school rules

When schools eventually reopen:

Students will be required to wear masks at all times.

No more than 16 students in a classroom.

“Under the plan, school lunches would be served in classrooms instead of cafeterias, hallways would be one-way only, and each student would be assigned one ball to play with alone.” – CBS Local.

(Delivering meals to every classroom. That would be something to see. One supposes students may uncover mouths in order to eat. Also assumed: “Miss Lewis! Miss Lewis! Taikwan has his mask off!”

At a linked story, the LA County school superintendent said: “Unfortunately some of the things that children could enjoy in the past, they’re not going to able to do that.” (And you can bet the schools will be slow in reinstating permission for kids to be kids.)

At Gun Free Zone, with this addition: “It’s an admission that schools are just minimal security prisons that teach s*** math and Leftist indoctrination.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Joe Biden: Look at my record. Cal Thomas: Okay.

From Jewish World Review

“Biden claims the NAACP has supported him every time he has run for office. Not so, says current NAACP president, Derrick Johnson: ‘We want to clarify that the NAACP is a nonpartisan organization and does not endorse candidates for political office at any level.’

“Biden's ‘record’ of putting down minorities is also part of his pattern. In 2007, speaking of Barack Obama, Biden told Jason Horowitz of The New York Observer: ‘I mean, you got the first mainstream African American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy, he said. ‘I mean, that's a storybook, man.’

“Last August, while speaking to the Asian and Latino Coalition in Des Moines, Iowa, Biden associated black people with poverty: ‘Poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.’

“In 2006 while contemplating a run for president, Biden said, ‘You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.’"

More on cemeteries

When working for the Paris, Texas, newspaper, I wrote quite a few stories on rural cemeteries. In the Bogata Cemetery a five-foot-tall narrow tombstone marks the grave of a man who died in 1882, or as is inscribed on the stone: MURDRED. A day or so after the cemetery story ran in the newspaper, I got a call from a woman who said the murdered man was her grandfather. She said, “All we know is that one night he answered a knock at the door and when he opened the door, someone shot him with a shotgun.” The man’s wife was named on the tombstone, but the woman who called me said, “We do not know what happened to his wife.” That was an unusual way to refer to a grandmother.

A similar tombstone for William R. Lay in Simmons Cemetery near Ben Franklin in Delta County notes the deceased was MURDERED on 13 June 1876, but news stories and historians all agree that the killer was Texas gunman Bill Longley. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Loon kills bald eagle in Maine

The eagle “died by a quick stab the heart from what appeared to be a loon beak …”


‘Canada v US: Loon stabs eagle through heart’
As with global affairs, nature has its pecking order.
And in a contest between the bald eagle, America's national bird, and a common loon, which is featured on Canada's dollar coin, few would bet on the latter to come out the victor.
But sometimes the underdog comes out on top, as was revealed when an eagle was found dead in the water near a dead loon chick in a Maine lake.
A necropsy revealed he was killed by a stab to the heart from a loon's beak.
Baby loons are common prey for eagles, which are fearsome hunters.
Bald eagles are protected in the US, and typically their remains are sent to the directly to the National Eagle Repository in Colorado.
It is a crime in the US to kill an eagle, possess one or disturb its remains, except for special exemptions, such as in the use of Native American ceremonies.
But after seeing a dead baby loon chick so near the carcass, scientists began to wonder if the eagle could have been killed by an enraged mother loon in an avian equivalent of David and Goliath.
So they sent the eagle not to the eagle repository, but to the National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin where it could be examined by a loon specialist.
There, a pathologist found that the eagle died by a quick stab to the heart from what appeared to be a loon beak, and the chick had eagle talon marks, indicating it had been captured by an eagle.
A nearby neighbour also told wildlife investigators she heard a "hullabaloo" the night before.
Wildlife biologist Danielle D'Auria, who works for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, shared the news on the department's blog, noting it is the first confirmed case of a loon slaying an eagle.
"Who would think a loon would stand a chance against such a powerful predator?" she wrote.

Link at maggiesfarm.

(Way overwritten in an attempt at making the US a permanent aggressor, and poor Canada defending the bullied everywhere.)

From the wayback machine

I remember times when the children were all at home, Sunday nights, and my wife would whip up some little smoked sausages, fancy crackers, black olives and green olives, cubed cheddar cheese and Swiss cheese, and we would sit around the camp fire – uh, in front of the TV and sing camp fire songs – uh, watch America’s Funniest Home Videos, and all agree, dang, we’re not nearly that screwed up.

NYC school system’s Director of Mindfulness, a.k.a., yoga dude

From Gunfree Zone
Posted on May 27, 2020

I fail to understand just how much of a piece of shit Democrat leaders can be.
It’s shocking to me that people can be such human garbage and not feel bad about it.
According to the New York Daily News:
Congress must give New York at least $61 billion in federal aid as part of the next coronavirus stimulus bill or the state will have to slash funding for schools, hospitals and first responders, Gov. Cuomo said Tuesday.
The governor delivered the dire warning during a briefing in Binghamton, saying state and local governments across New York will have no choice but to enact the “devastating” budget cuts unless federal lawmakers step in.
Once again, a Democrat governor holding critical services hostage.
Now this from the New York Post:
While Chancellor Richard Carranza plans to cut hundreds of millions from NYC classrooms, his little-known yoga czar — the school system’s first “Director of Mindfulness” — makes nearly $200,000 a year while organizing retreats for educrats in the Berkshires.
Barnaby Spring, the Department of Education’s chief yogi, is trying to expand yoga and meditation for students, staffers and execs, deeming the contemplative practices and body-bending postures like the Downward-Facing Dog as important as academics.
Spring’s salary is $183,781, but he collected $194,947 last year as a principal on special assignment.
One of the first steps Spring took as mindfulness director was to forge a partnership with the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, which Forbes in November named among “the best meditation retreats in the world.”
Spring helped arrange for top DOE administrators, including principals, managers, superintendents and deputies, to undergo “leadership resiliency training” at the Berkshires retreat.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, a yoga practitioner and ally of Watson-Harris, awarded the DOE a $111,000 grant in April 2019 to train Brooklyn educators in yoga and mindfulness.
The DOE said it spent $57,075 from that grant to send 30 administrators to Kripalu at a cost of $1,900 each. Kripalu offered free classes to 480 other staffers, officials said.
City comptroller records show DOE schools spent $101,000 at the Kripalu Center in the 2018-19 school year and $18,000 this school year.
Your kids won’t be taught math, and the police will have an hour-long response time when you call 911 but school administrators will get junkets to take a yoga retreat to one of the most exclusive luxury yoga spas in the country on the taxpayer dime.
This is on top of Cuomo killing your kid’s grandparents in a nursing home.
I wonder how all those out of state first responders who went to New York City to help, just to find out that they will have to pay New York State income tax on any salary they collected in their home state while volunteering in New York feel about the fact that they are funding bureaucrat mindfulness retreats while their fellow New York first responders get laid off?
I feel like guillotines should be working round the clock in New York.
(Every day I wait for the most recent piece of Democratic dumbassery.)

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Obituary for resident of unmarked grave in Texas

“L. M. Fite, age 50, of near Dike, died of gunshot wounds received near Cumby at 2:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon. A man who allegedly fired the shot-gun blast which killed Mr. Fite was released under a $1000 bond pending the action of the grand jury in August, after the examining trial. Justice of Peace E. T. (Doc) Gafford set the bond after the man had made a voluntary statement. Several other witnesses to the slaying also signed statements. Mr. Fite is survived by three sons, Woodrow, Aubrey, and L. M. Fite, and one daughter, Juanita Fite, all of Hopkins County. Final rites were conducted and interment made at Stouts Creek cemetery. (Sulphur Springs Daily News-Telegram, Mon. June 6, 1938)

Stouts Creek Cemetery is near Saltillo, Texas. Mr. Fite was from Dike, northwest of Saltillo, and was shot in Cumby, which is west of Sulphur Springs. Saltillo is 13 miles east of Sulphur Springs. You have to figure there is an interesting story in Mr. Fite's shotgun death, but it is not likely any of us will ever know what led to the killing. 

‘Mammoth’ feral cat eats 13-pound lizard in Australia.

Australia has a problem with feral cats, maybe Texas could send a few thousand feral hogs to eat the cats.

Link at gatesofvienna.

He was faster then, too

The Wall Street Journal warns the relief money could cheapen the dollar's worth. When I was a kid, I could take a dollar to 7-Eleven and come home with four bags of chips, five candy bars, two packs of Starburst, an RC Cola and Superman comic book. But today they've got cameras everywhere. – Argus Hamilton at Jewish World Review.

Republican judge in Illinois speaks truth

Chief Judge Michael McHaney, who is handling the daily call in Clay County, had this to say at the conclusion of the case he heard Friday afternoon (Mainer v Pritzker) in the Clay County courtroom. This was printed in the publication, The Villager's Voice, and authored by Kathy Sands: 
“Since the inception of this insanity, the following regulations, rules or consequences have occurred: I won't get COVID if I get an abortion, but I will get COVID if I get a colonoscopy. Selling pot is essential, but selling goods and services at a family owned business is not. Pot wasn't even legal and pot dispensaries didn't even exist in this state until five months ago and, in that five months, they have become essential, but a family-owned business in existence for five generations is not.
A family of six can pile in their car and drive to Carlyle Lake without contracting COVID but, if they all get in the same boat, they will. We are told that kids rarely contract the virus and sunlight kills it, but summer youth programs, sports programs are cancelled. Four people can drive to the golf course and not get COVID but, if they play in a foursome, they will. If I go to Walmart, I won't get COVID but, if I go to church, I will. Murderers are released from custody while small business owners are threatened with arrest if they have the audacity to attempt to feed their families.
These are just a few of examples of rules, regulations and consequences that are arbitrary, capricious, and completely devoid of anything even remotely approaching common sense.
State's attorneys in this state, county sheriffs, mayors, city councils and county boards have openly and publicly defied these orders followed by threats to withhold funding and revocation of necessary licenses and certifications unless you obey. Our economy is shut down because of a flu virus with a 98 percent plus survival rate. Doctors and experts say different things weekly. The defendant cites models in his opposition. The only thing experts will agree on is that all models are wrong and some are useful.
The Centers for Disease Control now says the virus is not easily spread on surfaces. The defendant in this case orders you to stay home and pronounces that, if you leave the state, you are putting people in danger, but his family members traveled to Florida and Wisconsin because he deems such travel essential. One initial rationale why the rules don't apply to him is that his family farm had animals that needed fed. Try selling that argument to farmers who have had to slaughter their herds because of disruption in the supply chain.
When laws do not apply to those who make them, people are not being governed, they are being ruled. Make no mistake, these executive orders are not laws. They are royal decrees. Illinois citizens are not being governed, they are being ruled. The last time I checked, Illinois citizens are also Americans and Americans don't get ruled. The last time a monarch tried to rule Americans, a shot was fired that was heard around the world. That day led to the birth of a nation consensually governed based upon a document which ensures that on this day in this, any American courtroom tyrannical despotism will always lose and liberty, freedom and the constitution will always win."
Judge McHaney offered similar comments at the conclusion of the Bailey v. Pritzker hearing earlier this month.

But they know what they are doing!

Listen to governments and media? Last week, for the second week in a row, jobless claims numbers were wrong by 10 percent. “Fat finger entry” from Connecticut blamed. Forexfactory and Zero Hedge, as per Woodpile Report.

And CDC, which had been scaring the daylights out people with estimates of 3 percent or 4 percent COVID-19 death rates now has a corrected rate of death for those infected: 0.3 percent. Bad numbers (THE SCIENCE! THE SCIENCE!) were quickly believed by politicians who saw the numbers on TV news reacted as you might expect: OMG! We’re all gonna die! Close the churches! Close the  synagogues!

Monday, May 25, 2020

Tool definition

WIRE WHEEL: Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprints and hard-earned calluses from fingers in about the time it takes you to say, 'Oh shit!'

Which is worse …

Saying, “We don’t yet know, but we are looking at all aspects of the problem,” or, “This is the most dangerous disease ever to affect the world and everybody should remain at home until we develop a cure.”

Every government agency from the federal U.S. D.C. government to state governments, county governments and city offices put out all kinds of rules and requirements, when  in actuality, none knew what was going on and all made rules based on guesses by so-called scientists and by hysterical rants from news organizations.

‘The CDC’s New ‘Best Estimate’ Implies a COVID-19 Infection Fatality Rate Below 0.3%’
“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the current ‘best estimate’ for the fatality rate among Americans with COVID-19 symptoms is 0.4 percent. The CDC also estimates that 35 percent of people infected by the COVID-19 virus never develop symptoms. Those numbers imply that the virus kills less than 0.3 percent of people infected by it—far lower than the infection fatality rates (IFRs) assumed by the alarming projections that drove the initial government response to the epidemic, including broad business closure and stay-at-home orders.

What we will not hear from any government spokesman or agency: “We are sorry for the inconvenience our mistakes caused, for the billions of dollars lost to workers and companies and especially for the needless deaths of those who did as we recommended.”

In each of the four Army NCO academies I attended, leadership instructors told students: “Don’t think you have to know everything. If your soldiers ask a question you don’t know the answer to, don’t try to bullshit an answer. Say, ‘I do not know the answer to your question, but I will find the answer and let you know.' And then, do what you said you would do.” Army leadership is big on “Don’t bullshit your soldiers.” Too bad civilian politicians aren’t as honest.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Tool definition

From maggiesfarm

DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Minaret speakers play – Songs of revolution?

From Balkan Insight

By Hamdi Firat Buyuk

In last two days, unknown persons in Turkey have hacked mosques’ digital audio systems in the coastal city of Izmir and played the anti-fascist song Ciao Bella and other songs with revolutionary messages.

After videos of the stunt were widely shared, Izmir police announced that they had started an investigation on Thursday and detained several people for insulting religion.
The detainees included Banu Ozdemir a former city official of main opposition Republican People’s Party, CHP.
The Turkish Religious Authority, the Diyanet, announced that it had filed a criminal complaint about the hacking.
“These people are unknown and evil-minded. They insulted our sacred religious values in the holy month of Ramadan. We have filed a criminal complaint at the city prosecutor’s office,” the chief cleric in Izmir, Mufti Sukru Balkan, said on Thursday.
The Diyanet had to suspend all calls to prayers, known as adhans, in Izmir because of the attacks until further notice.

The digital attacks and the playing of songs from minarets angered local politicians.
“We condemn these attacks on our mosques. Whoever has a problem with mosques also has problems with the nation,” Omer Celik, the spokesperson of the ruling Justice and Development Party, said on Thursday.
Tunc Soyer, the Mayor of Izmir, from the CHP, also called the incidents provocative. “The incidents made me and the people of Izmir very sad. This is a provocative and villainous act to set us against each other. We should not fall into this trap,” Soyer told the media.

Redhack previously hacked several Turkish government websites, including the Ankara city police department and the Turkish parliament. The group also hacked the email account of Berat Albayrak, the Finance Minister and son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

President Erdogan’s Islamist government had close links to the mosques, which have backed the government’s policies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Aegean seaport of Izmir is an industrial, touristic and agricultural centre on the coast and is a stronghold of the main opposition CHP.

(Hackers should have played The Who’s “We Won’t Get Fooled Again.)

Wikipedia probably figures nothing ever happened there

“Aikin Grove is an unincorporated community in Red River County, Texas, United States.”

The Handbook of Texas Online has a few more words about the community.

“AIKIN GROVE, TEXAS. Aikin Grove is a small farming community located on Farm Road 910 about four miles south of Clarksville in south central Red River County. The settlement was established during the latter half of the 1800s and named for the Aikin family. In 1870 a one-room school was built. On March 5, 1897, J. D. Aikin and his wife sold two acres to the Aikin Grove Missionary Baptist Church and to the Methodist Episcopal Church South for use as a cemetery. Residents in the early 1900s included the Hall, Lyons, Perrin, Hubbard, and Aikin families. The community's best known native son, prominent Texas legislator and education advocate A. M. Aikin Jr., was born in 1905. By World War I Aikin Grove had grown to include about 100 families, three stores, churches, and the cemetery. The school was eventually expanded to a four-room structure, and 165 students were enrolled in 1933. The town declined during the second half of the twentieth century, however. Aikin Grove's last store, owned by W. J. Hubbard, closed in 1957. By the mid-1960s the community reported a population of forty. That figure dropped and remained steady at twenty-six from 1970 through 2000. The Baptist church remained active in the area.” – Laurie E. Jasinksi

Friday, May 22, 2020

Another case of they mamas should have taken the babies straight to jail

Why do people give children Go to Jail names?

From the Texarkana Gazette.

“Bosnia Delease Taylor, 21, and her brother Demarius Dejuan Taylor, 20, were indicted Thursday for murder in the March 31 death of Notorious Crabtree. The siblings are expected to appear for arraignment next month before 202nd District Judge John Tidwell.”

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Cunningham, Texas

Cunningham is in southeastern Lamar County and north of the Sulphur River. The population is around 100.

Wikipedia has this to say: “Cunningham is an unincorporated community in Lamar CountyTexasUnited States.
“The Prairiland Independent School District serves area students.”

Not much. Here’s a bit more about the community:

History in a Pecan Shell
Named for early settler and landowner Sam Cunningham, who was responsible for luring other citizens, the first event worth mentioning was the establishment of a post office in 1912.

The first population figures are from 1915 when 350 people called Cunningham home. The town had its own doctor, three general stores as well as a saw mill and a newspaper. The community had two churches at that time.

The Great Depression hit the town hard and by the 1940s it had decreased to just 200. Cunningham had added an additional church by the 1980s, even as the businesses and population declined. The community showed 110 people for the 1990 census – and remained the same for the 2000 count.
That site has several photographs of buildings in Cunningham.

The land is mostly farmland and grazing land. There are some wooded areas and quite a few pecan trees.

In Northeast Texas counties, you can often drive a mile outside town and see nothing but land and woods and an occasional house for a long time.

Hungary to EU court: Our border, our fence, our country

From Voice of Europe

The Hungarian Defense Ministry said both the armed forces and Hungarian government would do all they could to defend the country’s border and maintain its border fence despite a new ruling from the European Court of Justice that Hungary illegally detained asylum seekers in transit zones.

The statement from Hungary comes at a time when the vital Western Balkans route has seen a sharp increase in crossing from illegal migrants. Despite a sharp fall in April due to the border closures prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, illegal border crossings in the Western Balkans rose by 60 percent in the first four months of the year compared with the same period of 2019, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency Frontex said in its April migration update.

“There were fewer than 100 detections of illegal border crossings recorded on this route in April, down 94% from the previous month. However, in the first four months, the number of illegal border crossings increased by 60% from the same period of last year to nearly 6,000,” the Frontex report wrote.

Hungarian State Secretary of the Defense Ministry Szilárd Németh said on Sunday at the Röszke border crossing with Serbia that with the national lockdowns coming to an end, Hungary will again face increased pressure from illegal immigrants. He was speaking at the transit zone which served as the focus of the European Court of Justice (ECJ)’s ruling last week that Hungary illegally held asylum seekers there.

He reiterated the Hungarian position that the ruling intends to force Hungary to stop defending its border with a fence and allow immigrants into the country. He said that the country would do all its power to continue defending its borders.

"The Fidesz-KDNP parliamentary majority and the government will do everything in its power to maintain the [border] fence, live military and police patrols and keep the transit zones operational," Németh said.

In its update of the weekend's events, Hungarian police said officers apprehended 151 illegal immigrants and transported them back to the countries they came from as well as further 37 that have been prevented from crossing the Serbian border into Hungary.

Just last week, Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó warned of a new migration wave threatening Europe in a videoconference meeting with 14 EU foreign ministers.

More idiocy from the governor of California

Newsome tells Republicans that police, fire, EMS and other first responders will be the first layoffs if GOP doesn’t help him get more federal money.

The governor says California has money to pay illegals and sees no problem with releasing violent criminals, but with fire season near, he is ready to lay off firefighters.

Iranian parliament bans Israeli technology

Might as well just turn off the lights and park all the cars and trucks. And throw away cell phones and computers.

From The Times of Israel

“Ahead of its annual al-Quds Day orgy of Israel-bashing on Friday, Iran’s parliament has unanimously passed legislation banning ‘any cooperation’ with Israel — specifically including the use of Israeli computer hardware and software — as a crime against God.

Woking Sun Maid

With regards to Land O’Lakes woking to ethnic insensitivity, today I wrote to Sun-Maid:

Sir or Madame or your preferred non-gender-specific pronoun:

In this post-colonialist era, many corporations have developed a progressive philosophy regarding genderism in their advertising logos and in corporate philosophies concerning perceived threats to social safety. For example, many of the largest retailers in the country no longer sell handguns, assault rifles, ammunition and other items related to dangerous firearms.

The most recent corporation to recognize its responsibility in ending genderism in this country is Land O’Lakes, which last month removed from its packaging the 92-year-old stylized “Indian maiden,” who knelt in a subservient position while holding butter in her hands. The symbolism was dangerous, according to North Dakota Rep. Ruth Buffalo, who said the image “goes hand-in- hand with human and sex trafficking of our women and girls.”

With this spirit of change and progressive transformation, I insist that you remove from all your packages, pouches and boxes of raisins the ethnically incorrect “Sun Maid.”

The reasons for this demand include, but are not limited to:

Your Sun Maid obviously is a young woman of East European background. Or Ukrainian or Russian. Or Greek or Italian. Possibly Spanish or Portuguese. Maybe, but maybe not, French. She is an ethnic minority within the Caucasian grouping. Her Caucasian subset has undergone prejudicial laws and pressures at some time in history in some location.

Like the Land O’Lakes Indian Maid, your Sun Maid kneels in a subservient position. Your Sun Maid holds grapes. Grapes have long been a symbol of fertility. The combination of a young woman in a subservient position, holding symbols of fertility could lead other Caucasian girls and young women to believe their only reason for life is to work at jobs of drudgery and to utilize their fertility in producing more young girls to follow in their footsteps. In other words, their lives are without meaning in a Progressive world.

Your Sun Maid wears a bonnet, which is a symbol of servitude. Throughout history, the only women who wore bonnets were those in subservient positions within rural, agricultural societies, and whose labor was utilized in planting, caring for and harvesting crops.

Your Sun Maid also wears a white blouse. This is a Euro-centric mode of dress, in which white symbolizes purity and virginity, both demanded of women but not of men.

As you can see, your continued use of a “Sun Maid” in marketing places your corporation in a backwards, neo-colonialist grouping, in which, I am certain, you do not wish to remain. Your only recourse in removing your corporation from such coterie is to remove the sexist “Sun Maid” from your products.

A consumer interested in your well-being.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

16-year-old boy accused of beating girl shot dead in NYC

From Breitbart.
"A teen accused in March of attacking a 15-year-old girl and stealing her Air Jordans was shot dead on Tuesday in New York City, police said.
"Tyquan Howard, 16, was shot around 1 p.m. in front of a building on St. John’s Place in Brooklyn and died hours later at a local hospital, the New York Post reported."

A group of “teenagers” beat and kicked the 15-year-old girl on March 5. One of the “teenagers” stole the girl’s shoes.

“It is unclear what caused the shooting…” Really? A reporter wrote that with a straight face? How about “Tyquan Howard was known to run with a gang of animals in Crown Heights.” That is all the “cause” that was needed.

The Golden State

California’s governor wants to: close two state prisons; cut 20 percent of the inmate firefighting camps; spend $240 million for Blackhawk firefighting helicopters; give cons more credit so they can get out of prison quicker; shorten parole time; and close all juvenile prisons. And gun laws will at least remain as strict as now, if not become more authoritarian.

Link at knuckledraggiin.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Ohio sheriff’s department busts ‘barn full’ of Amish

Sheriff says, “We won’t tolerate this.”

From News of the Weird

Geauga County (Ohio) Sheriff Scott Hildenbrand told WJW his office was called to break up a large party of Amish late on April 18 in Huntsburg Township.

"When we got there, there was a barn full of people and some of them ran," he said.

One partier was arrested for disorderly conduct, two were charged with underage drinking and another was issued a summons for violating the state's stay-at-home order, according to the sheriff.

"We won't tolerate this," Hildenbrand said, "and we have to keep everybody safe."

Amish people are reportedly continuing to gather in large groups, and the county health commissioner has sent a letter to Amish bishops about an increase in COVID-19 cases in that community. [WJW, 4/20/2020]

79 years later, not much has changed

Germany invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, going on 79 years ago. Russian roads, or lack of them, was instrumental in stopping German mechanized movement. Of course, the Red army had to move on the same roads, but historians usually mention only German problems. So, here we are in 2020, and in some parts of Russia, roads are still bad.