Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Tracking 'Blue Lives Murder' shirt

My wife was checking Amazon for an item and ran across an ad for “Blue Lives Murder” T-shirt. She called Amazon to express her opinion on the Marxist propaganda shirt. The Amazon rep took information. He said Amazon has a team that checks for such items. My wife’s complaint will be investigated by the team. She notified the Amazon rep that she will not buy anything through Amazon until Blue Lives Murder is removed, and she will notify Amazon of each item she did not buy.

Tracking Blue Lives Murder T-shirt.

From PM Tee, in Portland, Oregon.

PM Press website About Us:

“PM Press is an independent, radical publisher of books and media to educate, entertain, and inspire. Founded in 2007 by a small group of people with decades of publishing, media, and organizing experience, PM Press amplifies the voices of radical authors, artists, and activists. Our aim is to deliver bold political ideas and vital stories to all walks of life and arm the dreamers to demand the impossible. We have sold millions of copies of our books, most often one at a time, face to face. We’re old enough to know what we’re doing and young enough to know what’s at stake. Join us to create a better world.

Book subjects include Activism & Organizing; Anarchism & Marxism; Economics & Class; Gender & Sexuality; Race & Ethnicity; Rebellions & Prisons.

Marxist and anarchist? The people at PM Press should do a little history about the murder of anarchists by Marxist Communists. But, history is not a consideration of Marxists, except for propaganda purposes.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Nashville masks

Nashville’s Metro Board of Health voted 4-0 on Friday mandating wearing a face covering or mask for anyone out in public in Davidson County.

But a writer on a web site notes:

The Americans with Disabilities Act:

1. Requires reasonable accommodations to people who cannot wear a mask due to medical conditions.

2. You cannot be forced to reveal any medical condition. SCOTUS recognizes a Constitutional right to privacy.

3. Your right to privacy is included in HIPPA.

Anyone not wearing a mask in Nashville or anywhere else can say he or she has a medical condition. ADA prohibits anyone asking about the condition. 

The Regulator-Moderator War of East Texas

(The strip of land referenced in the first paragraph was between Louisiana and East Texas and was governed by neither the United States nor the Republic of Texas.)

By Kathy Weiser
Legends of America

The first major feud to break out in Texas was born during Texas’ days as a republic. For years, a strip of land in East Texas that bordered Louisiana and Mexico had been ignored by Spanish, Mexican and Texas authorities. By the time Texas became a republic, the swatch of land had developed into a lawless place where land frauds, cattle rustlers, and killings were common.

In an attempt to control the rampant crime, a group of vigilantes formed who called themselves the “Regulators,” but this group was so extreme in their attempts to stop crime, that another group of counter-vigilantes soon formed to “moderate” the Regulators. Before long, each faction grew to include sympathizers from miles away, spreading the “war,” which had been primarily located in just Harrison and Shelby Counties, to involve Nacogdoches, San Augustine and other East Texas Counties.

Leading the “Regulators” were two men by the names of Charles W. Jackson and Charles Watt Moorman. The whole affair began with a dispute between a man named Joseph Goodbread and Sheriff Alfred George in 1840. When the sheriff asked for Charles Jackson’s assistance in the matter, Jackson shot and killed Goodbread. Ironically, Jackson, a former Mississippi riverboat captain, was a fugitive himself from Louisiana. Arrested for Goodbread’s killing, Jackson was released pending a trial. Sometime later, he organized the Regulators to rid the area of cattle rustling. Soon afterward, the Moderators were formed with principal leaders being Edward Merchant, John M. Bradley, and Deputy Sheriff James J. Cravens.

On July 12, 1841, Charles Jackson’s trial for the killing of Goodbread was scheduled before Judge John M. Hansford in Harrison County, Texas. Hansford had been a friend of Goodbread’s and was a well-known supporter of the Moderator faction. Jackson’s friends, figuring that the man would not get a fair trial before Judge Hansford, arrived at the courthouse armed to the teeth. When Hansford saw the armed men, he fled the courthouse, leaving a note for the local sheriff stating: “I am unwilling to risk my person in the courthouse any longer, when I see myself surrounded by bravos and hired assassins.” The trial ended before it even began.

This, of course, enraged the Moderators, who soon took matters into their own hands, ambushing and killing Jackson, as well as an innocent bystander by the name of Lauer. Afterward, the violence escalated, when the Regulators burned the homes of two families siding with the Moderators. Charles Watt Moorman, allegedly a fugitive from Mississippi, now led the Regulators, spreading the reign of terror north into Panola and Harrison counties, hanging Moderators and driving others out of the area. The group soon numbered so many men that Moorman actually considered overthrowing the Texas government and declaring himself the dictator. In the meantime, residents were beginning to live in constant fear.

In October 1841, Moorman led a party to avenge the Jackson-Lauer killing, surprising the assassins 25 miles north of Crockett. “Arresting” the McFadden brothers, all were hanged with the exception of the youngest brother.
In the meantime, articles of impeachment had been filed against Judge John Hansford for his failure at bringing Jackson to trial. On January 19, 1842, Hansford left office to escape the impeachment and retired on his farm near Jonesville. Two years later, a mob of regulators appeared at his house, demanding possession of some slaves that he was holding under a writ of sequestration. When Hansford refused to hand over the slaves, the Regulators killed him.
In August 1844, more than 200 Moderators attacked some 60 Regulators near Shelbyville in what became known as the Church Hill Battle.
Finally, Texas President Sam Houston had had enough. Previous to this time, Houston had stated: “I think it advisable to declare Shelby County, Tenaha, and Terrapin Neck free and independent governments, and let them fight it out.” 

However, by this time, Houston was working to annex the Republic of Texas with the United States. The Civil War taking place in east Texas was not helping matters and on August 15, 1844, he ordered state militia to Shelby County to put an end to the “war.”

There was some initial resistance from both sides, but the show of force by the Republic put an end to the conflict. Leaders from both sides were arrested, including Charles Watt Moorman. Some years later after his release, Moorman was shot and killed in Louisiana in 1850.

Another part of Texas

Every once in a while I run across a Texas town I never heard of before. What is more uncommon is to run across several in the same area.

Gary City I never heard of until yesterday. Gary City is in Panola County, in deep East Texas, up against the Louisiana border. Wikipedia says Panola is derived from a Choctaw word for cotton.

Towns I never heard of around Gary City include Long Branch, Bobo, Caledonia, Brachfield, and Paxton.

The Long Branch Saloon was a hangout for Texas cowboys finishing cattle drives to Dodge City, Kansas. The Panola County Long Branch, though, is named after a sandy arm of the Murvaul Bayou, so says the Handbook of Texas Online. That part of Texas was known as the piney woods and in the late 19th century became part of a tremendous lumber producing industry, providing material to build cities back east and in the Midwest. Timber cutters were quite proficient, leaving the small towns even smaller when lumbermen and railroads went somewhere else. Long Branch now has a population under 200.

Bobo is in Shelby County and lies four miles west of Tenaha. The town grew up as a stop on the Houston, East and West Texas Railroad. The reported population in 1900 was 10. The community is on U.S. Highway 59.

Caledonia is in Rusk County. The Handbook of Texas says:

“Caledonia is nine miles east of Mount Enterprise in extreme southeastern Rusk County. Thomas Williams and William Elliott received land grants there in 1828. A post office was established in Caledonia in 1851, with Sam T. Allen as postmaster. It was discontinued in 1866, reestablished in 1870, and discontinued again in 1905. In 1883 the community reported a population of 150, three steam gristmills, a cotton gin, five churches, and a school. Cotton was the principal product of Caledonia. By 1892 the population had declined to fifty, but by 1896 it had risen to 100. In 1944 Caledonia had a population estimated at twenty-five, and in 1990 it was still listed as a community. In 2000 the population was seventy-five.

Brachfield is also in Rusk County. The county is named after Thomas Jefferson Rusk, a secretary of state for the Republic of Texas. The Handbook has this listing.

Brachfield is five miles southwest of Pinehill in far eastern Rusk County. The community was called Murvall, for its location on Murvall Creek, when it was settled in the 1860s. It was preceded by a settlement called Gibson Town. Gibson Creek runs through the land survey on its way to Murvall Creek. Early settlers in the area included the Watkins, Miller, Brown, Welch, Hannah, and Debard families. In 1853 Archibald H. Watkins was appointed postmaster at Murvall. The old Trammel's Trace from Mount Enterprise to Pinehill may have come right through the site, and the trail probably contributed to the town's settlement. From 1892 to 1905 the Rusk County News called the place Needmore, for the community was said to need more of everything. Needmore had a sulfur springs and spa called Welch Springs, and Nathaniel Johnston built a hotel and store there about 1896, the year he was appointed postmaster. The community was renamed again when it was discovered that there was another Needmore in Texas. In 1900 Charles L. Brachfield stood on a stump and made his first political speech for election as county judge; hence the town's new name. The community had a post office from 1900 to 1906. The highest population recorded for the town was eighty during the 1950s and 1960s, and its residents declined afterward to thirty or fewer. The population in 1990 was thirty. By 2000 the population had increased to forty.

Paxton is in Shelby County. A post office was opened in 1892. By 1914, the community had a population of 100. The Southern Pacific Railroad station was a shipping point for local lumber mills. The 1929 population of 300 was not maintained, with 100 people living there in 1947.

The area was the scene of a Regulator and Moderator War 1841-42. Sam Houston, first president of the Republic of Texas, reportedly stated: “I think it advisable to declare Shelby County, Tenaha and Terrapin Neck free and independent governments and let them fight it out.”

Texans are accused of thinking Texas is a whole ‘nother country. Deep East Texas is a whole ‘nother part of the whole ‘nother coutry.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Some numbers from Tenaha, Texas

Tenaha is in Shelby County. Tenaha’s 2010 population was 1,160.

Demographic breakdown shows: 37.6 percent non-Hispanic African American; 36.6 percent non-Hispanic White; 24 percent Hispanic or Latino of any race; 1.9 percent other.

Earnings: Mean household income -- $31,055. About 33.6 percent of families and 35.9 percent of the overall population lived below the poverty line, including 46.4 percent of those under 18 and 30.4 percent of those older than 64.

Walking while white

Unbelievable. No, this is unbelievable, even though it is from the chancellor of UC Berkeley.

Background: A 19-year-old Berkeley student was killed while on a walk. Someone walked up to Seth Smith and shot him in the back of the head.

Berkeley Chancellor Carol Christ sent a message to the campus community. Before mentioning “the recent murders of George Floyd … and other Black Americans,” Christ said: “It is important to know that individuals may express their grief differently and we need to respect the different ways people react and support each other in the days and weeks ahead.” 

We are to believe, then, that if someone grieving over the death of Floyd shot Smith as a means of coping with that grief, then the killer’s motive must be the primary concern, not his taking of a life. Law be damned; what was he feeling at the moment?

Seth Smith was white. No arrests have been made. Given Christ’s response, it is more than likely that Smith was shot for walking while white.

Clayton, Texas

Like other small towns in Texas, Clayton’s demise began with modernization and the experiences of people who went to town.

“How ya gonna keep ‘em down on the farm, after they’ve seen Paree?” went the opening verse of a song popular after World War I. Songwriter Walter Donaldson and lyricists Joe Young and Sam E. Lewis caught not just the spirit of the time, but accurately predicted what was about to happen all over the United States as several million men returned home after real war service and/or trips to other parts of the world or of the U.S.

St. Louis; Kansas City; Manhattan, Kansas and Dubuque, Iowa, can have as much influence as Armentieres and Paris.

Big city, big job, big dollars. For a while, anyway.

From The Handbook of Texas Online  :

Clayton, at the junction of State Highway 315 and Farm Road 1970, sixteen miles southwest of Carthage in southwestern Panola County, was first settled around 1845 by Jacob Cariker, a native of Georgia. Cariker built a house two miles southwest of Reed's Settlement, one of the earliest communities in Panola County. During the early 1870s most of the white residents from Reed's Settlement moved to the Cariker site. A post office opened in 1874 under the name Clayton. Cariker, who suggested the name, had wanted to call the town Claybourne after one of his former slaves, but there was already another town with that name. Cariker instead chose Clayton, after Clayton, Alabama, said to have been the origin of several early settlers. The first store in Clayton was owned by Pleas Fite, who also opened the first saloon. By 1885 the town had a general store, a steam gristmill and cotton gin, two churches, a school, and a population of 130. The town's population reached 200 in 1914 but began to decline after World War I. In the mid-1930s Clayton had six stores, a factory, a school, and a number of houses; the estimated population in 1936 was 175. During the 1950s and 1960s the town's population continued to dwindle. In 1965 the school was consolidated with the Carthage school, and by the late 1960s the number of inhabitants had fallen to 125. In 1990 Clayton had one business and seventy-nine residents. In 2000 the town had two businesses and the population remained unchanged.

And then, after the Second War came total mechanization of agriculture. With strong backs no longer need as much as before tractors and harvesters and cotton picking machines, even more people went to town.

Dear Democrats: Please continue using BS instead of facts

Democrats talk about people "denied the ballot," yet they offer no proof or examples. It's the same as the Democratic myth, "Women are paid only 75 cents of a man's dollar." Where does this egregious violation of state and federal labor laws happen? Why are Democrats not suing the hell out of every employer who cheats women workers? Facts! Truth! Oh. Those are not in the Democratic Party playbook?

‘She took charge’

'Sister pulls out gun and saves her brother from would-be robbers’

She shot one of the robbers. Her brother was wounded by one of the robbers, but he pulled out the bullet.

Link at Valor Guardians.

Some words of wisdom

As I watch this generation try to rewrite history, one thing I’m sure of … it will be misspelled and have no punctuation. – at Valor Guardians.

Irish protest for removal of Lucky Charms Leprechaun because it’s offensive.
Just kidding. The Irish aren’t offended by jack ----, because they’re not (sissies). – also Valor Guardians.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Doing away with Judah Benjamin

News stories say activists and protesters have declared war on Judah Benjamin, former U.S. senator from Louisiana and attorney general, secretary of war and secretary of state for the Confederacy.

Since the end of the 1861 war, Benjamin was pretty much forgotten, except by historians. Benjamin’s major cause for political damnation was, he backed the wrong side. Had he not, like other Confederates, taken a stand against Northern intransigence and the Federal government’s intrusion into state matters, but stood for the North, Benjamin would be remembered as “the first Jew who …” followed by several accolades.

Benjamin was a wealthy plantation owner in Louisiana, which means he owned a number of slaves. Condemned to Hell now, is Benjamin, if the activists and protesters believed in Heaven and in Hell. Since they have not that belief, their fallback operation is to remove Benjamin’s name from public and private places.

About 18 months ago Benjamin’s name was removed from a wall at a synagogue in California, as were the names of a musician and actor Dustin Hoffman. Plans are to replace the removed with names of prominent Jewish women.

Just a few miles down the road from here is the Judah P. Benjamin Confederate Memorial at Gamble Plantation Historic State Park. Following the 1861 war, Benjamin took refuge at the plantation before his voyage to England, from which he did not return.

I wonder how long it will be before somebody in the public or a state parks official or a state legislator looks up one day and says, “Dang! We’re memorializing a Confederate! We must do away with – whoever he was.”

If the State of Florida decides to remove mention of Benjamin, I will be there with my cane or my walker, advising against the removal of memory and of history. Sometimes I do not advise quietly.

That guy. You know, from the thing

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: George Kirby.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer: Floyd Taylor, George Taylor, Breonna Taylor.

Well, Pelosi and Schumer are white, and all colored people’s names sound the same.

It's a good thing nobody let former Vice President Joe Biden get in on the conversation.

From Legal Insurrection.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Chixie … Uh, Dixie Chicks

The Dixie Chicks dropped Dixie from their name. So, where are The Chicks playing this year?

Ticketmaster says there are no upcoming events for The Dixie Chicks.

Songkick says no upcoming concerts this year.

Bandsintown says no upcoming events.

Okay. How about the new name?

The Chicks own web site has no dates, but says, “Long time gone … but coming soon.”

AXS says, Sorry there are no dates.

The Stock Chop says chicks are coming to Apache Junction. Oh. That’s a schedule for little baby chicks. The cute and fuzzy kind. Sorry.

Wull, dang. All that blowup and “We’re so sorry we ever said we were from Dixie, but we didn’t mean that Dixie” and not one concert? Makes you wonder why Taylor Swift got with The (Dixie) Chicks and cut a single. The Chicks and Swift do see eye to eye when it comes to at least one thing, though -- pissing off their used-to-be fans.


The video is a couple of years old, but the aircraft is somewhat older.

The Spitfire always looked like, “Excuse me, old chap. Do you mind if I shoot you down?” The Hurricane looked like a dock worker. German aircraft were ugly thugs – the Bf-109, He-111 and FW-190 in particular. In pictures and in videos, the 109 always looks like a criminal who has just cut somebody’s throat.

Nashville cops read headlines, know which way the wind blows

From Guns America

May Boyce, 88, owns Murfreesboro Road Liquor and Wines in Nashville, TN. 
Last week Boyce shot a man she believed was trying to rob her store.  Local police are now charging the octogenarian with aggravated assault. 
In talking with media, Boyce believes she acted within the law to defend herself and her property. 
“I did what I had to do, and I hope word gets out on the street that I’m fed up and I’m not taking it anymore,” she told The New York Post on Saturday, when she returned to work after being released from jail on a $10,000 bond.  

“You’ve got to stick up for yourself sometimes,” she added.  
Comment: The man Boyce shot, Ramon Fisher, told police he and a friend were “high on cocaine and alcohol when he entered the store with the intent to steal some bottles.” Next day, though, Fisher changed his story, saying he and his friend intended to pay for the liquor. No charges have been filed on the pair.
To see what is likely the real cause of Boyce’s arrest:
’88-Year-Old Woman Shoots Black Man, Claimed She Thought He Was A Thief’

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Thinking about Flip Wilson and Redd Foxx

And how their routines would be banned these days.

Their audiences would be ROFL and LMAO and saying of Mr. Wilson or Mr. Foxx, “That is one funny MF.”

Why did Queen Isabella send Christopher Columbus west, across the Atlantic Ocean?

ISABELLA (slaps her right hip): Chris goan fiinne Ray Charles.

Mr. Foxx had one of the funniest scenes ever on television when his character Fred G. Sanford refused to pay a traffic ticket and instead, represented himself in a trial. The judge was black, as was the courtroom audience. The po-leece was white.

FRED (questioning po-leece): How come you don’t arrest white people?


FRED: Where they at? (Gestures at court audience.) Look at all these niggers in here. There’s enough niggers in here, make a Tar-zan movie.

Neither of those scenes would be allowed on television these days. And if by some accident those scenes got on the air, the interweb would be characterized as “outraged.” TV people would be fired. Democrats would announce a Congressional investigation.

Ah, progress.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

A dedication to victory

On 22 June 1941, German armies invaded the Soviet Union. On 22 June 2020, Russia dedicated The Church of the Resurrection of Christ, or the Main Temple of the Armed Forces of Russia

From American Digest:

“While Russia’s leaders publicly venerate icons of God and state, America’s elite are lost in an orgy of iconoclasm, rejecting their European founding as an original sin, tearing down statues and effacing their own history in an outbreak of civilisational self-harm swiftly adopted on our own shores. It is difficult to imagine what the equivalent monument would be in the Western world. Will the glittering skyscrapers of high finance (owned by Gulf investment funds) which stud the London skyline still be standing in a century? It is difficult even to feel certainty that the United Kingdom, or European Union, or United States will outlast them.

Tool definition

HOSE CUTTER: A tool used to make hoses too short.

Investigate 'Green River'

We cannot let up in rooting out racism, even though the “noose” in NASCAR driver Bubba Watson’s garage in Talladega, Ala., turned out to be a door pull-down, and several “nooses” in an Oakland, Calif., park were determined to be exercise handholds.

Those are but temporary blips on the journey to eliminate racism and racists.

A good place to start would be the songs of Credence Clearwater Revival, a rock band in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

While all of CCR’s songs might not be racist, particular attention should be paid to “Green River,” released in 1969.

One verse lends itself to modern investigation and possible censorship:

“Wonder if my rope’s still hangin’ in the tree, y’all.”

Rope, hangin’, tree, y’all.

A reference to lynching?

And does the song title have hidden meaning? “Green River.”

Isn’t green a color for racist, right-wing survivalist groups? Green as in forests and uniforms to wear in a forest and a river to cross to gain access to the forest?

An investigation should begin immediaely into band members’ lives and political statements.

A husband and a wife are bicycling on the Cape Cod Rail Trail

From Maggie’s Farm

“(A)at one road intersection I pulled to a stop behind a distinguished professor-looking guy who scolded me ‘Too close, too close.’  I said ‘Sorry, I did not expect you to stop.’ He raised his voice: ‘It's not a fucking joke.’

“By then, Mrs. BD was on the other side of the crossing with that guy's wife, who put her arm over her face and yelled at her ‘Corona, Corona!’ Yelled like a crazy lady.

“Mind you, Mrs. BD and I are fairly polite and refined people, but Mrs. BD had had it and responded to the lady ‘Finally, I have met a real Karen.’ We went off ahead of them to their relief. 

“She may not have known what a ‘Karen’ is. 

“By the way, neither of that couple had a mask on.”

(Comment: I do not wear a mask unless one is required for the place where I am going. So far, the count is “No” at the car dealership, dentist’s office, barber shop and restaurant. One “Yes,” at LA Nails. I certainly would not chastise someone else for not wearing a mask. Somewhat hypocritical.) Yes, I got a pedicure. If you had seen my toe nails ... I am 74.5 years old and no longer can properly reach my toes with a clipper. At another nail place, the manicurist or nail tech broke one of her big clippers on one of my toe nails. Thick nails is a side effect of an anti-seizure medication. I will take big nails over seizures.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Beyond the Kool Aid?

From The Zellman Partisans.

“A Baptist pastor with whom I am acquainted sent an email to church members detailing protocols for reopening. He admonished members to trust and obey his and the leadership team’s decisions. He based protocols on the ‘wisdom’ of local political officials, upon whom he ‘leaned’ along with the word, prayer, and ‘discernment and discretion to lead G-d’s church each step of the way’. He removed 100 chairs from the church auditorium to enforce ‘social distancing’. Considering this church is typically packed out, members arrive early to save seats and even rows for habitually tardy family members and friends, where will they sit? Coffee is no longer available in the Coffee House. Why? Does Red China’s Virus contaminate the boiling hot water? More likely, Church leaders cannot trust adults to obey County edicts limiting human gatherings to ten or less. Apparently, ‘science’ has determined if 10 people or less congregate, they are safe but add one more, and they all die. A ‘Welcome Team’ will be at the entry door, armed with clipboards, taking down names of attendees. Why is that, so the church will know whom to contact if someone later tests positive? Who does the contact tracing, the Church or government officials? The pastor did not say. Forget nursery and Sunday school classes. Canceled.”

Sunday, June 21, 2020

It’s not racist? Aw, hell. Ban it anyway.

From Legal Insurrection.

Despite acknowledging there are no racist ties to the university’s popular “Gator Bait” chant, University of Florida President Kent Fuchs announced the school will end use of the chant at future sporting events because of the phrase’s “historic racist imagery.”

The “Gator Bait” chant is regularly used at UF sporting events. Accompanied by music, it involves fans extending their arms to form what is known as the “Gator Chomp” and is then followed by clapping while fans shout “gator bait.”

The decision to end the use of the chant is part of a larger set of initiatives announced by UF to combat racism in the university community. Some of the other initiatives include mandatory racism training for all students, faculty, and staff and centering the 2020-2021 academic year on the “Black experience, racism, and inequity.”

“While I know of no evidence of racism associated with our ‘Gator Bait’ cheer at UF sporting events, there is horrific historic racist imagery associated with the phrase,” Fuchs said. “Accordingly University Athletics and the Gator Band will discontinue the use of the cheer.”

Comment: Ya know, a lot of educated people are stupid. I went to college, lo, may years ago because I enjoy learning and debating and writing. Today, I doubt I would last a week. One of the dumbest things I have read this year: To “combat racism in the university community,” the University of Florida mandates “racism training,” and centers “the 2020-2021 academic year on the ‘Black experience, racism, and inequity.’” Will that “Black experience” mention that more than 70 percent of black babies are born out of wedlock? That one-third of black men have at least one felony conviction? That the National Football League caters to young black felons as long as those felons can produce millions of dollars for NFL owners?

Do I submit to a robot?

Right in the middle of a search a box pops up with "I am not a robot," and below that another box: SUBMIT. If I click both boxes, am I submitting to a robot? What kind of robot? DANGER WILL ROBINSON robot? The Day the Earth Stood Still robot? A Scarlet Johansson robot? And what if today I identify as a robot? There is no box "I am temporarily a robot. Maybe." I am confused. (Does a robot get confused?)

A good reason for no posts on Saturday

Yesterday evening, my daughter and my wife took me to father's day events of bowling and supper.

I bowled 85. Low, low, but it had been six years, and I was using my walker. I had one strike and two spares. Better scores to follow.

For supper, we went to a Pappas Restaurant. "Fresh Greek Food," said the billing. So, at a Greek restaurant, I had a Tampa Cuban sandwich (good) and an Italian dessert (also good). I also had Greek fries. They were great.

‘Alcoholic killer monkey’ missed by MSM?

Too busy fake newsing the president and scaring the citizenry with assumptions and wrong news on The Killer Virus.

“An alcoholic killer monkey has left one man dead and 250 injured after going on the rampage when his booze supply dried up in India

“The inebriated imp, known as Kalua, was formerly the pet of an occultist who fed him hard liquor at his home in Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh.
“But after his owner died, the bereft animal stopped getting his supply of spirits and began prowling the streets in a furious rage.”
Comment: Shoot, if that had been Texas, at least six bystanders would have blown it into next week.
Story first read at maggiesfarm.

Friday, June 19, 2020

Two British firms promise to pay ‘reparations’

By Michael Lord
The Voice of Europe

Two major British firms, Lloyd’s of London and Greene King, have pledged to pay reparations to “representatives of black people” and other minorities for their past involvement in the slave trade.

Representatives of Lloyd’s of London, an insurance market, and Greene King, the country’s largest brewery, announced their intention to pay reparations yesterday evening. The decisions were made after researchers at the University College London discovered links between the firm’s founders and the slave trade, according to a report by The Guardian. The British Empire abolished the slave trade in 1833.

Simon Fraser, one of Lloyd’s founding members, owned slaves on plantations in Dominica and British Guiana. Benjamin Greene, one of Greene King’s founders, had slaves on plantations in Montserrat and Saint Kitts.
A representative for Greene King said that the firm will “make a substantial investment to benefit the Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic community and support our race diversity in the business,” and that “racism and discrimination have no place at Greene King.”
For its part, Lloyd’s said that the firm shall “invest in positive programmes to attract, retain, and develop black and minority ethnic talent” and will offer “financial support to charities and organisations promoting opportunity and inclusion for black and minority ethnic groups.” They said that they are still working on identifying appropriate groups to which to donate.
Lloyd’s further said that they will check their “organisational artefacts to ensure that they are explicitly non-racist.”
Neither firm has yet said exactly how much they will offer.
The firms’ announcements come as the UK has seen an explosion of violence in recent weeks following similar rioting in the United States that was triggered by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died while being taken into police custody. The UK has been rocked by conflict ever since, with thugs attacking counter-demonstrators in London last weekend who were attempting to protect British landmarks from Leftist extremists after police showed an unwillingness to do so, as previously reported by Voice of Europe.

TV networks checking stars' social media for bad thoughts

Who's watching you watch them?

From gunfrezone, which isn’t.

“A group of big TV networks — including CBS, MTV and VH1 — have hired famed private investigator Edward Myers to probe their own stars’ social media accounts to root out any racist comments, Page Six has exclusively learned.
“The move comes after a spate of celebrities were recently fired over resurfaced racist posts. Last week, Bravo fired ‘Vanderpump Rules’ stars Brett Caprioni and Max Boyens for offensive tweets, and on Wednesday the network canned ‘Below Deck Mediterranean’ star Peter Hunziker for a racist Instagram post. Meanwhile, the CW fired Hartley Sawyer from ‘The Flash,’ and MTV let go ‘Teen Mom’s’ Taylor Selfridge for similar offenses (although Selfridge claims she quit).
“Now we’re told that several networks have hired California-based firm Edward Myers & Associates in an attempt to root out offensive posts from on-air and production talent before they’re made public and embarrass their bosses.”
(“Production talent.” Does that mean people behind the cameras, office staff, actual producers, or all of the above? Just to make sure the wrong kind of audience isn’t watching, maybe networks can install a visual and audial system that will watch and listen to viewers. Viewers caught making certain remarks will be banned.)

California Democrat notes Texas holiday

After ordering the removal of portraits of four former House speakers, Nancy Pelosi noted that Friday is Juneteenth, honoring the day in 1865 when many African Americans learned of the end of slavery after the Civil War. She called Juneteenth ‘a beautiful and proud celebration of freedom for African Americans…’” 

Yep. And Cinco de Mayo (which also began in Texas) is Mexico’s Independence Day.

June 19, 1865, was the day slaves in Texas learned they were free, the announcement made in Galveston by the Union commander of occupation forces. Since then, June 19 has been celebrated by blacks in Texas. 

Removal of the portraits means those men never existed.

Link at knuckledraggin.

Something for everyone in Nashville Metro budget

Well, everybody gets a property tax increase. 34 percent. Yep. A 34 percent property tax increase.

Politician speak from the vice mayor talked about balancing the city budget and “keeping our core services safe.” He also got in terms about teachers, kids and equity. 

And: “We will get through this together.” 

What, no funding The New Normal? Or, maybe a 34 percent increase in property tax is (gag) the new normal. 

And, anybody looking for a big payday with a city check: The council budgeted $229,000 “to hire a Chief Diversity Officer and a Workforce Diversity Manager.”

Link at knuckledraggin.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

LTC Allen West has a message to BLM and Antifa

Simple. Don’t Mess With Texas.

More strongly worded


The European Court of Justice ruled on Thursday that a law adopted in Hungary in 2017 unlawfully obliged NGOs receiving foreign funding to register and label themselves as organisations supported from abroad, or face sanctions for failing to comply with the new transparency rules.

“The legislation forced NGOs to identify themselves as foreign-funded if they received more than 7.2 million forints (€21,615) per year from abroad. It also obliged then to list any foreign sponsors who give them more than 500,000 forints (€1,500) annually.
“The government argued that the changes were part of its efforts to fight money laundering and terrorism. But experts saw it as an attack on NGOs, and as part of the Hungarian government’s wider campaign against the so-called Soros network – organisations linked to the billionaire liberal philanthropist George Soros.”

Balkan Insight is not a fan of Viktor Orban or of Hungary. The story linked above quotes a spokesman from Open Society Foundations, which was created and funded by multi-billionaire George Soros.

EU court slaps Hungary protecting its rights

EU courts and commissions do not see national rights embedded in Eastern Europe history and society. The One-Europe factions of Western Europe still look at the Eastern nations with German eyes.

Hungary has fought back against billion-dollar-backed Non-Governmental Organizations because the NGOs keep private their plans and funding sources. NGOs work at cross-purpose to Hungarian aspirations.

Such a deal!

Homes, apartments available in Minneapolis. 

Who would have thought people would want to move out of a burning city?

Link at knuckledraggin.

Monday, June 15, 2020


An oil leak surrounded by moving parts.

Capable of moving in six directions -- up, down, right, left, forward, back. Sometimes gets a mind of its own and tries to do all six at the same time.

Tool definition

OXYACETYLENE TORCH: Used almost entirely for lighting on fire various flammable objects in your shop. Also handy for igniting the grease inside the wheel hub out of which you want to remove a bearing race.

Friday, June 12, 2020

Tool definition

PLIERS: Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters.

Let’s check in on our nation’s institutes of higher learning

From legalinsurrection.com.

Berkley College of Music apologizes for letting police use bathrooms during protest.

Westerfield State University investigating “disturbing” posts on social media.

Louisiana State U. prof. vows to drop students who are on “hate list.”

Student paper at Temple University calls for “hate speech” to be barred on campus.

Vandal behind anti-black racist graffiti at Salisbury University is black.

U. Florida rescinds admission for student over years-old racist comments on social media.