Friday, July 31, 2020

NBA likely to end its half-billion-dollar income from Red China?

Sen. Tom Cotton doesn’t think so.

Forty years ago, US companies were instilled with the idea that Chinese factories making American goods would lead to democratic capitalism in China. What? Yeah, well. Dollars often override common sense, whether involving a Communist or a capitalist.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Lafayette, Tennessee

Lafayette is in Macon County, which is in North Central Tennessee and smack up against the southern border of Kentucky. Lafayette is the county seat.

The 2010 population was 4,474, an increase of 589 residents from the 2000 census. Federal laws and such say we don’t see race or color, but the feds calculate the racial makeup of Lafayette as 97.87 percent white. Feds don’t see sex, either, but they know that for every 100 women age 18 and over, there are 81.2 men. Feds probably don’t recognize a partial man, but no doubt somebody could tell what that .2 man is.

Lafayette’s estimated 2019 population was 5,332. That’s near 900 new residents.

Wikipedia says Macon County is one of the top producers of Burleigh tobacco in Tennessee and the United states.

Rita Coolidge was born in Lafayette in 1945. She was on the Mad Dogs and Englishmen album in 1972.

If you get down on street level, Lafayette is a nice looking town, not too much jammed up. There are groups of cookie-cutter houses, but that is to be expected when your population goes up almost 1,500 people in 20 years.

God Save the Tsar

The last tsar, Nicholas II, was murdered with his wife, four daughters and son in 1918. Russians still stand for the former national anthem. Link at lonestarparson.

That pre-Kung Flu

Old Fashioned Chinese flu knocked me down, made me kind of loopy. Getting better, though.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Concerning the post two down

A fortune cookie tonight read: Be concerned, but not obsessed, about your health.

(My fingers are not back 100%. I first typed: "A fortune coolie...")

Lone Star Law

A game warden on Lone Star Law said, if you have trouble putting on new rubber boots, put plastic bags on your feet, and they'll slide right in.

Talking with a man who was believed to have shot and killed a deer in Montana, but with no hunting license, the same game warden said: "Justice sometimes rides a slow horse."

The hunter was fined $1,035 for killing a big game animal without a license, a crime that carries a mandatory lifetime hunting ban.

Id old-fshinws flu syo; wxtitws...


Exactly as I wrote it. 

What I meant: If old-fashioned flu still existed, that is what I would have now. 

I'm gping to take some nkykyl and go to bwed.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Saw this on "This Ain't Hell"

In Nam with the Marines, I discovered that there were unauthorized BS channels at the top of the frequencies on our PRC radio. Being unauthorized, everyone chose a handle to avoid getting busted.” Anybody know this?

Florida cab driver to drunk passenger

“You idiots are the reason I carry spare magazines.”

(This was on a web site, but I neglected to copy and paste the address a bunch of months ago.)

Just thinking

International Relations 101 said a nation would never take an action unfavorable to its own national interests. That was right around Nixon’s first visit to China and before the European Union was complete. The books had not yet been rewritten, nor was there a New World Order. Economic opinion articles were nearing the concept of global dependency, but countries still retained enough nationalism to keep away the boogerbear of World Government. Kung Flu is showing people we need to look out for the US of A. We can stand on our own, as we deplorables have been saying for some time. Philosophical economics studies do not take into account the gut-level reality of experience by the people doing the work.

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Best big guy moments in US sports

No David Wells or C.C. Sabathia, but the video does lead with a surprising home run from a pitcher who is a few cheeseburgers above his best playing weight.

Viking burial mound

Digital reconstruction of Viking ship burial site in Norway.

Link at thehistoryblog.

If I had a name and location, the guy would soon be dead

My daughter writes: I have been called by the "Social Security Administration" all day and I finally told the caller they are a scam and to stop calling me. His response to me? "Fuck off!" Then he called me back from another number and told me, "Bitch, I will find you and I will fuck you hard. Will you find me?"

And later: I called the Sheriff and they told me the best I can do is let it run its course and ignore him because eventually he will quit wasting his time with me when he sees I am not giving him money or information since I am getting called by ghost numbers from who knows where.

Be this guy

Giants pitcher Sam Coonrod: “I believe that I can’t kneel before anything besides God.

I had hoped MLB would not go down for this nonsense. Part of a continuing fantasy of what baseball is, I suppose. I am reading “Our Game: An American Baseball History.” The book was published in 1990. Its focus is on the game. More modern baseball “histories” tell us early players spent as much time in saloons and brothels as they did on baseball fields. Early players smoked cigars and cigarettes. (Gasp!) They were racists. I am not interested in a player’s private life, but what he did between the white lines and how he did it. Soon, we will be hit with accusations that Babe Ruth once said something bad about somebody, that he drank to excess and he was a womanizer. Take him down! Off with his head! Cap Anson, Ted Williams, Cy Young – dig deep enough and find a statement proving each might have said something bad, oh bad, about something or somebody.

Top five Covid death states

Deaths per 100,000 people.

New Jersey – 177
New York – 168
Connecticut – 124
Massachusetts – 123
Rhode Island – 93

So where is Florida in all this? Florida, whose governor, Republican Ron DeSantis, is accused by SE Florida news organizations of killing thousands of people, old and young?

Here is a link to a graphic of Covid deaths per 100,000 people:

Florida is tied at #23, with South Carolina and Iowa, with 26 deaths per 100,000 people.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Naw, this is just too much

From CNN, (and those people probably went “Ooh” and “Oh, isn’t she just lovely!”)

‘A mom threw a belated gender reveal party for her transgender son 17 years after she “got it wrong”'

(CNN) -- Love and Brandon Gwaltney's gender reveal party started out like any other.
The couple from Akron, Ohio, wore matching outfits of pink and blue. There was a cake decorated with pink and blue sprinkles and a big question mark on top. And then, of course, there was the big box that typically contains the pink or blue balloons that serve to reveal the gender of their baby.
But as they counted down to one, what popped out were balloons of yellow, white, purple and black -- the colors of the nonbinary flag -- followed by their 17-year-old child, coming out to the world with his new pronouns of he, him and his.
"We wanted to announce that we got it wrong 17 years ago when we told the world we were having a little girl, and named that child McKenzie," Gwaltney, the mom, wrote in a Facebook post on Saturday. "So we'd like to introduce you to our SON: Grey."
Schoolcraft, a rising high school senior, helped organize the party. He chose the colors of the balloons to represent his nonbinary gender identity and the colors of the cake to be pink, white and blue to represent the colors of the transgender pride flag.
"I wanted the transgender flag in there because I still feel that going from whatever you are originally to nonbinary is also a transition and it doesn't just have to be straight female to male," Schoolcraft told CNN.
He said it's been a long journey for him to discover his new identity as nonbinary. When he came out to his parents a couple months ago, they supported him, but he was nervous other relatives wouldn't feel the same.
Turns out, he had nothing to worry about as the rest of his extended family also took it well and are doing their best to use his correct pronouns, according to Gwaltney.
To have that burden lifted off his shoulders felt "refreshing," the teen said.
"You've been going by one name all your life and to suddenly go by a new name, especially when your parents call you by it, it's weird and has to register in your brain. But it's definitely 100% worth it and I'm glad we had (the reveal party)."
The teen's happiness was captured in heartwarming pictures taken by Sarah Bride Photography, which Gwaltney shared to her Facebook page. After forgetting to make the post private, it blew up, being shared more than 50,000 times and garnering thousands of comments.
"What a world this would be if all parents reacted this way, to their LGBTQ+ Children," one person commented.
Gwaltney said she's been receiving lots of direct messages from people who are sharing their own stories of coming out to their family.
"A lot of people have been reaching out to me through messenger telling me their own stories of coming out to their family," Gwaltney told CNN. "I've even had people ask me for advice, saying 'I think my child might be nonbinary or transgender. How did you know?' Those kinds of questions."
Her best piece of advice for these parents would be to "have an open mind."
"Don't try to put them in a box. Regardless of what stage your kids are in, always support them," said Gwaltney, who is now pregnant with her fourth child.
As for Schoolcraft's advice for others who might be questioning their gender identity or are too scared to come out, he said they should remember that only "you get to make life what you want it to be."
"So no matter what happens, even if someone doesn't accept you, that's not your fault because you're loved and you're going to find people who will love and support you," Schoolcraft said.
Link at knuckledraggin.

The Wayback Machine

The one of remembering, anyway. A real Wayback Machine doesn’t exist. Right?

Our daughter-in-law went out this morning to buy new tires. Four of them.

Was a time, people bought tires as needed. That is, a driver seldom needed four tires all at once. You had a flat, you put on the spare, which was a real tire and not a pretend tire like nowdays. The spare was not good enough to run all the time, but you hoped it would stay up long enough to get you to a used tire place. Yes, a lot of us bought used tires and ran on them until time to buy another used tire. 

Our engines ran on used oil, too. Reconstituted oil. When you got an oil change at a service station, the old oil went into a big barrel or concrete container and every so often a truck would come by and pump out the used oil. At a refinery, the oil went through a filtering and reconstituting process, was canned and went back to service stations. The price usually was 25 cents. If your car used oil, and it likely did if your replacement oil was reconstituted, you ran it that way until time for an oil change, when you put in new oil.

Back then, if your car motor had 50,000 miles, you had nothing to look forward to but engine problems. Your engine was going to burn oil or leak oil soon. So, there were a lot of trade-ins, used car for a car used not as much. For instance, a 1961 Bel-Air and $250, payable at $25 a month, for a 1963 Fairlane. A low price, sure, but minimum wage was $1.60 an hour.

Gas was around 15.9 cents a gallon at non-brand name stations. In 1973, my wife and I were at Harding College in Searcy, Ark. We bought gas at 17.9 cents a gallon at a two-pump gas station. Our income was my $344 a month GI Bill check. In the fall, Egypt, Syria and Jordan invaded Israel. Iran then kicked in an oil embargo, because the U.S. sided with Israel. Within a week, gas at our buying place was 25.9 cents a gallon. Within two weeks, the place was closed.

Before that first oil embargo, it was not unusual to hear somebody say, “Man, I just got four new tires, paid $25 apiece. Twenty-five dollars each. I don’t know what this country’s coming to.”

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Ropesville, Texas – It’s out there

Ropesville is in Hockley County, two counties over from New Mexico.

From The Handbook of Texas Online (paragraphs inserted):

Ropesville is on U.S. Highway 62/82 and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, in the southeast corner of Hockley County. It was the first settlement of Hockley County, developed when the Spade Ranch opened for colonization in the early 1900s.

Early homesteaders were led into the area by Jim Jarrott in 1901. Later, when the South Plains and Santa Fe Railroad Company ran a line from Lubbock to Seagraves, the company agreed to build stock pens, switches, a sectionhouse, and a depot on land donated by Isaac L. Ellwood of the Spade Ranch. The Spade cowboys who constructed rope corrals to hold cattle for shipment wanted to name the depot Ropes, but the name was rejected by the post office officials since it was similar to another Texas settlement called Ropers. The name Ropesville was submitted and accepted. The depot still displays the name Ropes and is now a permanent part of the Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock.

The actual townsite was laid out in 1917, the same year the Ropes school district was established. The first business was a general store opened by J. R. Evans, who also became the first postmaster when the post office was established in 1920. Eventually the Whitehorn Hotel and Cafe, a gin, and a theater followed. The First State Bank, the first bank in Hockley County, was organized on November 21, 1924. The first school, built in 1920, also served as a church. A high school was built in 1925. The First Baptist Church, the first church organized in the county (in 1921), was followed by the Methodist church, the Church of Christ, and the Church of the Nazarene.

In 1926 editor Nyles Morris started the first newspaper, the Ropes Hustler. It became the Ropes Plainsman and was sold to the Plainsman of Lubbock around 1968.

The Ropesville Resettlement Project began in 1934 in conjunction with Franklin D. Roosevelt's Federal Emergency Relief Administration. The project eventually encompassed more than 16,000 acres divided into eighty-one farms of 140 to 160 acres to grow cotton, sorghums, and other crops. In 1943 federal funds in support of the project were transferred to the war effort, and participating farmers were allowed to purchase the land they worked. Seventy-six farms resulted, ranging in size from 146 to 300 acres.

Ropesville increased from a population of 500 and fifteen businesses in 1930 to a peak of 950 residents and forty-eight businesses in 1965. By the late 1980s it had a population of 500, nine businesses, and a post office. In 1990 the population was 494. The population was 517 in 2000.

'Quick thought'

Quick thought…

I’m getting really fucking tired of the whining about anonymous federal LEOs “kidnapping peaceful protesters” for things like smashing windows and trying to set a federal courthouse on fire when they are the same fucking people who have repeatedly said that they want anonymous federal LEOs to kick in your door, flashbang your family, shoot your dogs, and arrest or kill you because you didn’t register or surrender whatever arbitrary firearm or accessory they decided to ban.

Lego Osprey shot down when officials have OMG moment

OMG, as in, “OMG! It’s a military aircraft!”

Or as the OMG officials said:

“The LEGO Technic Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey was designed to highlight the important role the aircraft plays in search and rescue efforts. While the set clearly depicts how a rescue version of the plane might look, the aircraft is only used by the military. We have a long-standing policy not to create sets which feature real military vehicles, so it has been decided not to proceed with the launch of this product.

“We appreciate that some fans who were looking forward to this set may be disappointed, but we believe it’s important to ensure that we uphold our brand values.”

The announcement came after a German NGO told Lego that the Osprey “was used by the US Army in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said Reuters. Despite the mythology of German and Reuters’ accuracy, the statement is wrong. The US Marine Corps, not the US Army, uses the V-22 Osprey.

“This is not the first time the toy building set manufacturer has changed
its practices following a backlash. Amid anti-racism and police brutality protests in the US, Lego suspended digital ads for its White House set and kits featuring police-themed pieces. This led to accusations of corporate virtue-signaling by the company.

It’s great that organizations are looking out for children and keeping the young minds from acceptance of things military. Cancellation of military toys also cuts into Lego sales, because boys from every country want toys that have soldier application.

Old bulls

 Antifa thugs, criminal looters need not be “the new normal.”

“Let’s be clear: Some of those unruly bastards need to be shot. They can’t be fixed. The penalty for a son who cracks the skull of a police officer (read: God-ordained authority) with a skateboard or jumps him in a Wendy’s parking lot is death (Exodus 21:15). You play stupid games assaulting God-appointed authority, you might just win the stupid prize of getting shot.   
“I don’t blame the cop, in that case. I blame the fathers who either weren’t there or refused to discipline their sons. Any father too negligent to inflict physical punishment upon his son with the rod has already sentenced him to death (Proverbs 19:18).”

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

MLB personages draw closer to the craziness

I thought Baseball would keep above the craziness, but that was fantasy thinking.

Gabe Kapler takes knee to 'amplify the voice of the Black community'

Yeah, yeah, another white person doing a Kaepernick to show his solidarity or something. The country (well, every white person, anyway) has colluded with police in police brutality. Every WP is guilty.

Years ago in history graduate school, I stated: “I will not feel guilty for what a bunch of dead white dudes did 150 years ago.”

UPDATE: I am not guilty for what a bunch of white po-leece did a few months ago.

Is every black American guilty for the actions of black looters? No? Then why are WPs supposed to apologize for whatever dead white people did or live WP’s supposedly do now?

Cisco fires workers for non-approved remarks about BLM

“Kristen Clarke, the president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said: ‘Employers should be striving for zero tolerance when it comes to racism and discrimination, period. The protests we’ve seen in the streets have become part of our new normal and will eventually make their way inside workplaces if employers fail to meet the moment.’”

(Sounds as though MS. Clarke is threatening all employers to toe the approved line, or those people burning and looting will be inside your businesses' doors.)

A headline at Bloomberg: “Cisco Fires Racist Workers.”

Why not start at the top?

“According to Cisco’s (NASDAQ: CSCO) latest diversity report, 3.8% of its overall workforce is Black, along with 2.2% of its ‘leadership and people managers.’ No board members are Black: Cisco’s report states the board is 90% white and 10% Asian.

Name change

In keeping with these times of nothing can be what it was, I propose a change to the name applied to bad dreams

Those dreams presently are called "nightmares." We must change that title, lest we offend persons of color, or POCs. "Nightmares" occur at night. Night is dark. Dark is a color. (It isn't really, and at one time, referring to people as "having dark skin" was the same as saying "darkie," -- Nothing is accurate or factual now, so never mind that explanation.) 

Anyway. Nightmares occur at night. Night is dark. Nightmares are bad. Therefore, dark is bad.

We can't have that.

We must change "nightmare" to "whitemare." All things white are bad. By calling a bad dream a "whitemare," we eliminate the idea of bad being applied to "night," which is "dark," and replace "bad" with its natural owner, "white."

From  now on, then, conversations will be like this:

"Did you sleep well?"

"No, I had a whitemare."

You're welcome.

Tool definition

Vise Grips -- Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.

Tomato, Arkansas – a town on the move

The Mississippi flooded, and the town moved. And moved. But no tomatoes were available.

From The Encyclopedia of Arkansas

The small, unincorporated farming community of Tomato in Mississippi County, located near the Mississippi River in eastern Arkansas, was once touted as being home to the nation’s smallest post office and has been called Arkansas’s only “portable town.”

The small but busy river community was established in the late 1800s on high ground inside an 1836 river levee. Cotton farmers were attracted to the area due to the rich soil created by regular flooding. Little information exists regarding the founding of the town; however, a post office was established in 1898. At the town’s peak in the early 1900s, it consisted of three stores, three churches, a schoolhouse, and residential homes.

In the early days the town was called Canadian Reach and Cedar Landing. How it became known as Tomato is documented in two varying local traditions. When the town was being considered for a post office, a postal representative was sent to inquire into the name. In the midst of the discussion, the owner of the local store, a Mr. Coleman, asked for his daughter Letty’s opinion. While holding a can of tomatoes in her hand, she is reported to have said, “Oh, why not just name it Tomato.” A second tradition states that a crate was attached to a post or tree near the river bank for the delivery of items by riverboat captains. The crate reportedly was decorated with a colorful picture of a tomato. Riverboat captains began to refer to the stop as Tomato.

The post office was once touted as the smallest in the United States. The original building was swept into the Mississippi River during the Flood of 1937. Postmaster Joe Jones rebuilt the post office. When he later moved his house to avoid flooding, he moved into the post office building and relocated the postal operations into a small smoke house. By 1990, the Tomato facility was the second-smallest post office in the nation, with only twenty-three rented boxes.
The community was prone to major flooding due to its location so near the Mississippi River and inside the levee. Out of necessity, the town buildings were put on log rollers and moved away from the flood waters on several occasions. As a result of the Flood of 1937 and the crumbling riverbank, the town was relocated approximately one and a half miles from its original site. After several such moves, many people began to call Tomato a “portable town.”

In 1952, the town consisted of a church, a schoolhouse, a post office, two stores, and several houses. One of the last stores, owned by A. J. Mitchusson, had to be moved away from the banks of the river. Though river bank stabilization work by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1960s made the area safer and more secure, the town slowly declined. The post office closed in 2002. By 2010, the town, which once claimed 350 citizens, had all but disappeared into the river.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

China taking organs from prisoners of conscience

From endtransplantabuse.

The Tribunal’s members unanimously and beyond reasonable doubt, concluded that in China forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience has been practised for a substantial period of time involving a very substantial number of victims. While the PRC has changed its rhetoric about the sources of organs for transplantation, the Tribunal found that its claims are unbelievable and that official statistics have been falsified.

The Judgment includes the following conclusions:
“Forced organ harvesting has been committed for years throughout China on a significant scale and … Falun Gong practitioners have been one – and probably the main – source of organ supply.” 

“In regard to the Uyghurs the Tribunal had evidence of medical testing on a scale that could allow them, amongst other uses, to become an ‘organ bank’.”

“Commission of Crimes Against Humanity against the Falun Gong and Uyghurs has been proved beyond reasonable doubt…”

“Governments and any who interact in any substantial way with the PRC [People’s Republic of China] ……   should now recognise that they are, to the extent revealed above, interacting with a criminal state.”

Vietnam Veterans Reunite More Than 50 Years After Serving Together

By Alanna Quillen

Two Texans who served their country together have reunited after more than 50 years apart.
Delbert Johnson of Conroe, near Houston, and David Anderson of Navarro County both grew up in small Texas towns.
“Two guys who had never traveled much out of town,” said Johnson.
They first met in their late teens during basic training at Fort Hood in 1966. Johnson was drafted with several other men from his town but never went through service with any of them. Anderson was the only person he stayed with through to the finish.
“We went through basic training together and all of the different other trainings that the Army put the new recruits through at that time,” said Anderson. “Then we went to Vietnam together, we were assigned to the same battalion, the same company and the same squad.”

A powerful friendship formed as they both fought to survive.
“During this time our friendship strengthened. We were both just trying to survive,” said Johnson. “I would describe David during this time as funny with an incredible laugh but also quiet.  He seemed to just sit back and take everything in."
Both men eventually made it back home to Texas. However, they lost touch over the years.
“Some years back, I started wondering whatever happened to some of the guys I served with in the Army. For some reason, I don’t know exactly why but the memory of Delbert stuck with me more than most,” said Anderson.
Once the age of computers began, Anderson said his kids helped him get in touch with Johnson. They made intentions to meet up, but life got in the way.
“I kind of got busy living and raising kids. Fast forward some twenty plus years and for reasons I don’t know why, Delbert got on my mind again. It has now been better than 52 years since I had seen Delbert,” said Anderson.
Both Johnson and Anderson said they thought often of their friendship and experience in the war together. All of these years, they lived hours apart, with Anderson in Duncanville and Johnson in Conroe.
“I thought I’d better try to see this guy before we’re done,” joked Anderson.
Now in their 70s and with a pandemic presenting another year of uncertainty, the men said they couldn’t wait any longer. They decided to reunite – masks and all – over a steak dinner with their wives this past week.
“I don’t know how to adequately describe that feeling, seeing him after more than 52 years and remembering some of our shared experiences we had. I can tell you I enjoyed the heck out of it,” said Anderson.
The men spent several hours talking about their families and their time together. 
“I am 74 years old and I can't remember when I have been so excited about anything. I felt like a kid, all smiles and butterflies in my stomach,” said Johnson. “It was great to have someone to talk to about your time in the military that truly understood your thoughts and feelings because he was right by your side through it all,” said Johnson.
Link at knuckledreaggin.

No more men in black

Not the movies, but the suit color, because designating the operatives as wearing black suits sets them apart. So, the alphabetical agents (Agent J and Agent K and Agent etc.) should wear suits of a different color.

Not white, goodness no. Bringing attention to white takes attention from black, and that just will not do. And what kind of undercover agent would wear a white suit with white shirt and white tie? Such an agent would look more like a pimp than an uber-government agent, and drawing attention to the pimp-appearing agents, especially if an agent were black, would be counter-productive to governmental mandated “We don’t see color, except when enumerating private and government employees; city, county, state and national populations; tracking education demographics; and a host of other programs too numerous to mention.” White suits? No, no. The cleaning bills alone …

So, no men in black or men in white. Men in neutral colors? Gray. Not too closely associated with a race of aliens, of course. Men in blue? Men in tan? Men in pinstripes? Men in red?

No color is without its drawbacks.

Ooh, ooh, as Gunther Toody used to say. Here’s an idea: Let agents decide their own suit color, with approval from a supervisor, of course. And give supervisors free rein in approval. Easy decision.

End the men in black. And women in black. Hmm. Women in black. That brings in a whole ‘nother world of color possibilities. In suits.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Woodpile Report

“The Woodpile Report will no longer be updated.

“His family regrets to announce that Ol’ Remus recently met his demise.”

“In accordance with his desire for anonymity as author of The Woodpile Report, his identity as well as details about his life will not be provided.

“An archive (at the site) of available past issues is pending.

“Stay away from crowds.”

“H/T to all for the kind comments in your blogs, pages and comments.”

The coming election is an extinction event

If America returns Trump to office, we will survive.

From Bookworm Room


“(Scott) Adams had a very interesting observation about voter enthusiasm. According to Adams, his sense about many Democrats is that, while they despise Trump and know that they ought to vote for Biden, watching the Black Lives Matter / Democrat party agenda go into effect is frightening them. This level of fear might keep them away from the polls or even lead to their voting for Trump.

(We cannot assume that, though. We must vote, and we must talk to our friends and neighbors about voting.)

“Meanwhile, Republicans know what will happen if Biden wins: They will be facing what Adams calls an “EXTINCTION EVENT.” If the Democrats win this election, between open borders and amnesty, a shift to permanent voting by mail, and the end of American suburbs, the Democrats will ensure that a Republican never wins again. 

“We’ve already seen how the Jacobins on the left are busy purging their party of people who are insufficiently passionate in their support. The daily firings and forced resignations are, for now, the left’s guillotine.
“Think of the McCloskeys, stalwart leftists who are being persecuted for exercising their Second Amendment right to defend their home when a mob marched onto their property.
“Think of Gary Garrels, a very left senior curator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art who was forced out because he said that the museum still had to accept works from white artists to avoiding engaging in racial discrimination.
“Think of Bari Weiss and Andrew Sullivan, both forced out of their jobs in the New York media because they were soft leftists, rather than hard. (Weiss and Sullivan were laughably categorized as “conservatives.” Neither is. They are conservative only to the extent that they are not from the hard left.)
“Think of Leo Terrell, a lifelong Democrat and civil rights attorney, who happens to be black. He is now being ostracized by everyone who was once part of his world because he’s called out the Black Lives Matter movement for its criminal acts, whether destroying cities, killing cops, executing fellow blacks, or shaking down corporations for millions of dollars.
“If the Democrat party and its fellow leftists are willing to do this to the people already on their side, just wait to see what they have in store for “the enemy” (that’s you — the white man, the white woman, the Jew, the Trump supporter of any race, sex, or faith).
“Think of Nick Sandmann, a 16-year-old boy, who was slandered across America and now lives under constant threat because he wore a MAGA hat. He was targeted because, after being insulted by racist Black Israelites and then having a scarily unkempt man pound a drum in his face, he offered a tentative smile to the man, trying to defuse the situation.
“Think of Goya foods, which Democrats in Congress targeted for a boycott aimed at destroying a company that employs thousands of people, simply because the company’s president expressed a preference for the Republican candidate instead of the Democrat candidate.
“This year, … we truly face an EXTINCTION EVENT. The left is no longer keeping it secret that it wants you dead. Your choice, therefore, is the choice that, if made wrong, always precedes a country’s collapse: VOTE OR DIE.

Link at

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Headlines from Balkan Insight

June 2-July 17, 2020

War Criminal Seselj Fails to Enter Serbian Parliament

New Website Highlights Serbia’s Role in 1990s Wars

‘The family that owns The New York ‘Times were slaveholders: Goodwin’

By Michael Goodwin
The New York Post

It’s far worse than I thought. In addition to the many links between the family that owns The New York Times and the Civil War Confederacy, new evidence shows that members of the extended family were slaveholders.

Last Sunday, I recounted that Bertha Levy Ochs, the mother of Times patriarch Adolph S. Ochs, supported the South and slavery. She was caught smuggling medicine to Confederates in a baby carriage and her brother Oscar joined the rebel army.
I have since learned that, according to a family history, Oscar Levy fought alongside two Mississippi cousins, meaning at least three members of Bertha’s family fought for secession.
Adolph Ochs’ own “Southern sympathies” were reflected in the content of the Chattanooga Times, the first newspaper he owned, and then The New York Times. The latter published an editorial in 1900 saying the Democratic Party, which Ochs supported, “may justly insist that the evils of negro suffrage were wantonly inflicted on them.”
Six years later, the Times published a glowing profile of Confederate President Jefferson Davis on the 100th anniversary of his birth, calling him “the great Southern leader.”

Ochs reportedly made contributions to rebel memorials, including $1,000 to the enormous Stone Mountain Memorial in Georgia that celebrates Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. He made the donation in 1924 so his mother, who died 16 years earlier, could be on the founders’ roll, adding in a letter that “Robert E. Lee was her idol.”
In the years before his death in 1931, Ochs’ brother George was simultaneously an officer of The New York Times Company and a leader of the New York Chapter of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.
All that would be bad enough given that the same family still owns the Times and allows it to become a leader in the movement to demonize America’s founding and rewrite history to put slavery at its core. As part of that revisionism, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln are suddenly beyond redemption, their great deeds canceled by their flaws.

But shouldn’t such breathtaking self-righteousness include the responsibility to lead by example? Shouldn’t the Times first clean out the Confederates in its own closet?
That was the question last week. It is now more urgent because of the new information.
A week ago, I was “aware of no evidence or claims that any members of Bertha’s family owned slaves or participated in the slave trade.”

That statement is no longer accurate. I have found compelling evidence that the uncle Bertha Levy Ochs lived with for several years in Natchez, Miss., before the Civil War owned at least five slaves.
He was her father’s brother and his name was John Mayer because he dropped the surname Levy, according to a family tree compiled by the Ochs-Sulzberger clan some 70 years ago.

Mayer was a store owner and prominent leader of the small Jewish community in Natchez and, during the war, organized a home-guard unit, according to family letters and historians.
Neither the 1860 census nor its separate “slave schedule” lists the names of Mayer’s slaves. They are identified as two males, ages 70 and 26, and three females, ages 65, 45 and 23.
That makes it likely that Mayer had slaves when niece Bertha lived with him for several years before she married Julius Ochs in 1853. Mayer and his wife had 14 children and were affluent enough that it would have been unusual if they didn’t own slaves, according to Robert Rosen, author of “The Jewish Confederates.”
Bertha, who came from Germany as a teenager, might have been horrified by the experience of witnessing and being served by human chattel. Instead, she fully embraced the barbaric practice and became devoted to the “peculiar institution.” She was a charter member of a Daughters of the Confederacy chapter and requested that a Confederate flag be draped across her coffin, which it was.

Separately, there is also compelling evidence that the brother of a Revolutionary War-era ancestor of the Sulzberger branch of the family was involved in the slave trade.
His name was Abraham Mendes Seixas, and he was born in New York City in 1750. He was an officer in the Continental Army during the war, then stayed in South Carolina, where accounts describe him as a slave merchant and/or auctioneer.

The Final Victims,” a 2004 book about the slave trade by James McMillin, reprints a poem published in a Charleston newspaper in 1784 advertising an upcoming sale.
It reads in part:
“Abraham Seixas . . . He has for sale, Some Negroes, male
“Will suit full well grooms,
“He has likewise Some of their wives
“Can make clean, dirty rooms.
“For planting, too, He has a few
“To sell, all for cash, . . . or bring them to the lash.”
A few lines later, Seixas adds, “The young ones, true, if that will do.”
The discovery of these lurid histories gives me no pleasure. The Ochs-Sulzberger family is a great American family that has served our nation in war and peace since its founding. Ochs himself turned the struggling New York Times into the gold standard of journalism and the paper under his heirs often took great risks to defend the First Amendment.

I will forever be grateful to the lessons I learned during my 16 years there. But it was a different paper then, one where standards of fairness were enforced and reporters’ biases were left on the cutting-room floor.
Now the standards are on the cutting-room floor, with every story dominated by reporters’ opinions. The result is a daily train wreck that bears little resemblance to the traditions of what used to be a great newspaper, trusted because it was impartial.
Even worse, the Times has moved beyond overt partisanship to declare itself the decider of all things relating to race. Its 1619 Project insists that slavery was the key to the nation’s founding, and that the war for independence was primarily about perpetuating white supremacy.

This narrative is deeply misguided, according to a long list of top historians. Yet the paper is not deterred, and has ramped up its demonization of any who disagree with that or its reckless support for the Marxist-inspired Black Lives Matter agenda.

Handcuff the cops, tear down the statues, rewrite the textbooks, make America the world’s bad guy — that’s what today’s Times is selling.
Anyone with such an activist agenda better be purer than Caesar’s wife. The Times clearly fails that test and owes its staff, stockholders and readers a full account of the slave holders and Confederates in its past.
My hope is that after taking a dose of their own medicine, the owner and editors will focus their efforts where they belong: on making The New York Times a great newspaper again.

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