Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Don't try this at home

 Found at knuckledraggin.

Monday, September 28, 2020

Truck diver’s lunch log

 Driver for Buddy’s Plant Plus in Ballinger, Texas, October 2019.

 Monday – Veggie meatball sub with salad.

 Tuesday – Cauliflower wings with salad.

 Wednesday – Asian sesame zucchini noodles with Tofu.

 Thursday – Fish tacos, cauliflower tacos.

 Friday – Camp.

Buddy’s manufactures agricultural chemicals. The log was a photograph from Google on Buddy’s.



Saturday, September 26, 2020

The Promised Land calling**

Amy Alkon

“An hour and a half after I’d called 911, officers arrived. And it was then—noon, on Thursday, August 20th that I had an upsetting revelation: We citizens can no longer rely on the police to show up. And then the thought hit me: I need to get a gun.

“You’ve got to love the irony. It’s the Democrats who push for gun control, yet it’s the Democrats in power in my city who are leaving me with no choice but to arm myself.

“As I told the cops who came out to try to help us, this will end in violence. The mayor and council members have security details protecting them and their homes. But absent an empowered police force, the rest of us have only hoses, fists, and—in some cases—guns.”

Link at maggiesfarm.

** Chuck Berry's 1964 song, when California was considered truly the Golden State, before Democratic politicians and voters went all bat-shit crazy.

A good breakfast

Last night my wife and our daughter fixed two homemade pizzas for supper. Crust from flour, water and yeast in a mixer; sauce cooked from crushed tomatoes. The hamburger was not homemade, but was home cooked. Cheese, from a package.

We ate less than one pizza, which meant:

Pizza for breakfast!

My wife does not believe pizza is a breakfast food. I do.

For lunch yesterday, my wife and I went to the only Tex-Mex restaurant we have found in the Bradenton area. I was barely able to eat two chicken fajitas. That means:

Fajitas for today’s lunch!

Friday, September 25, 2020

California burning

Every year we see hundreds of videos of dozens of California fires burning tens of thousands of acres.

And, each year we read accounts and opinion columns on why fires are bigger than ever. For the last decade, we have been hammered with proclamations that big fires in California are caused by climate change, aka global warming.

From The Spectator.

"Because loggers weren’t allowed to thin overcrowded stands of trees. Because grazing animals weren’t there to thin out the undergrowth. Because anytime the Forest Service or large landowners tried to start a project to manage the land, they got tied up in court and buried under years of environmental impact ‘studies.’ Because any fire, regardless of cause or location, was put out as quickly as possible for decades. Because any controlled burns were restricted by overzealous and shortsighted pollution thresholds set by the California’s Air Resources Board.  Because politicians and bureaucrats stopped listening to the people that actually lived in the forest. 

“And all of those things happened because well-meaning morons at organizations such the Sierra Club and the National Resources Defense Council managed to get a stranglehold on state politics and the courts. It’s because of ‘concern for natural conditions’ that we’re in this mess; because of a myopic focus on certain species, entire ecosystems are being overtaken by flames. But they’ll never accept responsibility.

"They persist in blaming fire conditions in today’s West solely on climate change. Even if every single thing that they claim about climate change were to be true, it wouldn’t undo the consequences of decades of mismanagement driven by their ‘advocacy.’"

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Aliens on vacation

That is what makes up most UFO reports. George Jetson and family – his wife, Jane; daughter, Judy; son, Elroy; and Elroy’s dog, Astro. Or the equivalent families from universes as yet to be discovered.

Vacationing aliens do not land and tour Earth because their credit cards do not work here. Also, aliens on holiday usually just take a look, and photographs, lots and lots of photographs, and then leave, bound for another look-photograph world.

The aliens are much like visitors to the Grand Canyon, looking around but seldom taking a trip to the bottom.

The aliens who are not vacationers cause all the problems. Flying around nuclear missile bases and nuclear power plants, at least in the United States. We have no record of aliens visiting Soviet or Russian bases or power plants, but then, the Soviets were never exactly open about their nukes, and the Russian government has followed the Red example.

Alien physiologists also cause problems, with their kidnapping and probing and such. Those are not so different from our wildlife investigators, who drop nets on running animals or shoot darts into swift antelope just trying to get away from a helicopter.

Vacationing aliens play tricks on us Earthers. They know how to stir up controversies and give “alien astronaut theorists” air time on television. They are not stupid, our alien visitors. If they were, they would be unable to travel so far across space.


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Doucette Texas -- not quite in the middle of nowhere

Doucette is an unincorporated community in central Tyler CountyTexas, United States. It lies along U.S. Route 69 north of the town of Woodville, the county seat of Tyler County. Its elevation is 331 feet (101 m). Although Doucette is unincorporated, it has a post office, with the ZIP code of 75942. -- Wikipedia

A few miles southwest of Doucette, is a Starbucks, on U.S. Highway 287. The Starbucks might be said to be in the middle of nowhere, but it is just off a U.S. highway, so nowhere isn’t where the Starbucks is.

Photos at the Starbucks show pickups and cars waiting in line to by what has been described as “burned and overpriced coffee.” Given the location, I cannot imagine a Texan ordering a double latte spritz cappuccino with chocolate and cinnamon no sugar. Or however Starbucks coffee is ordered. The one time I went to a Starbucks, I ordered coffee. That’s it. That cup of burned coffee cost $6.

In another photo, a blonde barista is at work behind a sign that says “Blonde Espresso.”

The Handbook of Texas has a bit more information than does Wikipedia, but no mention of a Starbucks.

“Doucette is on U.S. Highway 69 and the Southern Pacific Railroad three miles north of Woodville in central Tyler County.

"In 1834 Elijah Hanks received a land grant in the area. A community coalesced around a sawmill built in 1890 by Alva Carrolls and for a while was known as Carrolls' Switch.

"In 1891 Carrolls was bought out by William McCready, a Mr. Bodev, and Pete Doucette, for whom the community was renamed. A post office was established in 1893, and sawmill operator William McCready was the first postmaster. The sawmill was eventually bought by Samuel F. Carter and his brother, whose partnership firm was called the Emporia Lumber Company. Before Emporia ceased operating the mill in 1906, Doucette had become one of the leading towns in East Texas.

"The Emporia Lumber Company was followed at Doucette by the Thompson Brothers Lumber Company, which later sold out to Fidelity Lumber Company. Fidelity was succeeded in 1911 by Long-Bell Lumber Company and in 1956 by International Paper Company, which still maintains an office and yard in Doucette. However, the sawmill there has been closed down since 1944.

"During Long-Bell's ownership of the mill, Doucette prospered. The company had a commissary where everything "from bassinets to caskets" could be purchased. The town also had a drugstore, a doctor, a bank, a railroad station, and a post office.

"Civic and cultural aspects of the town included groups like the Masons, the Woodmen of the World, the Boy Scouts, and the PTA. There were traveling circuses and medicine shows, a little theater group, baseball, and church revivals and picnics. On the darker side, the Ku Klux Klan was active locally.

"During the 1920s the population in Doucette reached its height at 1,800. In the 1930s it fell to around 500 people, served by about eight businesses.

"From 1943 to the late 1960s the population remained 250, and from 1970 to 1988 Doucette had 130 residents and four businesses.

"Though the heyday of lumber production at Doucette was during the early decades of the twentieth century, as late as 1946 the mills there were producing thirty cars of poles and piling each week. Doucette managed to retain a small amount of lumber and shipping business, which with the addition of newer sources of small business income kept it a small but viable community. In 1990 and 2000 it had a population of 131."


Many Southeast Texas towns were established because of timber and associated railroads, prospered for a time and then became low-populated places where people live.



Alyssa Milano should buy a network and show her face 24/7

Alyssa Milano just can’t get enough attention. She has been trying to prove She’s the Boss since debuting on television in 1984. On a segment of a late night TV show some years later, she complained that someone had posted nude pictures of her on line without her permission. Her demeanor at the time was not anger that the pictures were posted online, but that the poster had done so before getting her permission.

Milano also is a big fan of defunding police departments. But as happens with others who want police done away with, when trouble strikes, Milano calls 9-1-1.

From Gun Free Zone.

Alyssa Milano was full #DefundThePolice, emphasis in “was.”

Poor Alyssa, she or somebody in their household saw an evil man with a rifle in their property and had to call the cops she wants defunded.

Alyssa and her talent agent husband Dave Bugliari, 39, they said, had dialed 911 when they heard what they believed to be gunshots on their 1.39-acre property.

They allegedly told the emergency hotline the sound ‘scared their dogs’ and made them feel like the gunman was nearby.

A description was given of a suspect to the officers who was ‘male, 40-years old, with long rifle’.

You got that description? You know that had to be a White Supremacist Trumper after her and her family. SWAT team was out, choppers flying to save the enlightened Hollywood princess. And the culprit was found…more or less.

The search by air and street level lasted over three hours and ended abruptly at 12.20pm.

Alyssa and her husband Dave Bugliari were also concerned that it may be someone stalking the former Charmed and Who’s The Boss star

It turned out it was a neighborhood teen with an air gun shooting at squirrels,’ a resident told the

The male teenager witnessed the emergency response and later realized he was the cause and turned himself in.

From an adult in his 40s with a long rifle and ended up being a kid with a BB gun.

I know, it was the Wuhan V that made them see things, damned Trump! How come he did not do his duty and forbade the virus from entering the country? He needs to be impeached!

Dear God, she is nuts beyond help.

Monday, September 21, 2020

Water bird, water bird

 This afternoon while sitting on the patio and writing, I saw a crane flying against the wind, a stiff breeze from the northeast. Like the eagle from earlier, the crane hovered for a second or so and then descended into the top of a large pine tree.

It is always strange to see a wading bird land in the top of a tree.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Missing infant in Wells, Texas

Armaidre Antwan Marquie Argumon.

1 month old. Descriptions include “Black” and “Mixed race.” The baby is pink. The father is believed to have been arrested, but the baby is still missing.

Ah, those 'experts'

From Balkan Insights.

Headline: “Serbia’s Blacklisting of Hezbollah ‘a concession to Israel, US.”

“Belgrade’s decision to declare Hezbollah in its entirety ‘a terrorist organisation’ is a purely diplomatic move – and does not reflect any previous security assessments, experts told BIRN.

A reader can peruse the entire article, looking for the experts, and discover in the very last paragraph of the story:

“Experts say countries’ decisions to list Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation are often more of a friendly diplomatic act than a reflection of strategic realities.

Given the publication’s anti-Serb history, no other country in the area would have received negative treatment.

 Journalism 101: Identify sources by name and position. Otherwise, your story is meaningless. Less than meaningless, actually. A waste of time and space.




Saturday, September 19, 2020

Pulling logs out of a river with some scaly interlopers

 "Go away," he says. And "Stay," just before grabbing the croc by its muzzle.


Cancelling Beethoven

Beethoven’s music led to “a stuffy elitist classical culture that bolsters the rule of white males and suppresses the voices of women, blacks and the LGBTQ community.” So say a couple of music experts I never heard of, but I do listen to Beethoven and am somewhat carried away by his genius.

Link at maggiesfarm.




Friday, September 18, 2020

Now I am from Somewhere Else

A couple of Christmases ago, my wife gave to me an ancestry find kit. Spit in the vial, send it off and find out where you are from.


Yesterday I got Report No. 3. My family is 56% English and Northern European (the map shows England, Wales and a piece of France, Belgium and Holland); 24% Scot; 12% Irish; and 8% Swedish.

Report #2 had us as majority Scots/Irish and the remainder English/Welsh.

Report #1 said we were Scots/Irish, Northern European, English/Welch, Scandinavian, Spanish/Portuguese, Greek/Italian, and Eastern European.

Why the changes? I am glad you asked. says:

“As you may know, we’re constantly evolving the technology and methods behind AncestryDNA®. Using a combination of scientific expertise, the world’s largest online consumer DNA database, and millions of family trees linked with DNA results, we’re releasing our most precise DNA update yet.”

New science! Well, evolving old science. And “our most precise DNA update yet.” When Report #4 comes in, who knows where we will be from?


Thursday, September 17, 2020

‘Gators in the streets


A lecture you must not miss

 At 9:30 a.m. Friday, Duke University professor Luciana Parisi is scheduled to deliver a talk on “Recursive Colonialism and Speculative Computation,” which is described by the university: “Recursivity is a generic dispositif of power at the core of the colonial logic of capital. It defines the entanglement of algorithmic functions in computational prediction with the rules of knowing. Recursive algorithms give us the droste effect of a spiral of the same. Today, recursivity returns in the automated condition of planetary incarceration through hyperdisciplinary confinement and necropolitical killing enmeshed with algorithmic solutions of self-governance packed in our mobile phones. However, since speculative computation has indeterminacy as input, it has the capacity to trans-originate collective, cosmotechnical, abolitionist conditions of knowing. The COVID-19 contingency summons us to refuse the recursive violence defining immunity and to embrace the mutations of collective desire demanding the total abolition of the exceptional auto-immunity of the Universal Man.” – found at Never Yet Melted.

You’re spending how much to send your kids to college?

Wednesday, September 16, 2020


The eagles nesting in a tall dead tree in the woods just north of the pond out back must have taken up permanent residence. That would be good, for they entertain us humans.

A few months ago, the two adults were flying all over the place, climbing high, soaring on Gulf winds, making a race track circle. Then, one dived down, flew between several trees and flapped its wings until gaining altitude, joining the other adult. Then, the first dived again. The second followed into the trees, both climbing from the far side.

(As I write, two appear, an adult and a juvenile, over the trees, the adult dropping down and then turning east, the juvenile flying up and landing on a limb in the big dead tree. Also as I wrote, the juvenile took off again, but I did not see its departure.)

Several times over the last few months, my wife and I have seen an adult bringing fish to the nest.

I did not know whether the birds were golden eagles or bald eagles until a couple of weeks ago, when one flew by, about thirty feet above the water. Its white ruff was very visible, answering my question.

Last week, both adults and the juvenile were flying at the same time. The juvenile took perch in the dead tree. One adult flew into the trees, followed by the second. Then, one flew rapidly away from trees, screaming a raucous stream of sounds that would be considered bad language were it a person.

One thing notable, an eagle has a single look in its eyes. “You are prey and I am going to eat you.” Definitely a bird without humor.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

New study! New study!

 'For the average 50-64-year-old, chance of dying from COVID-19 is 1 in 19.1 million.’

 Or as we in the non-math area say, ‘Not bloody likely to happen.’




Edwin Leonard Waller, Texas Revolutionary

November 4, 1800 – January 3, 1881

Edwin Leonard Waller, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence, was born in Spottsylvania County, Virginia, on November 4, 1800, the son of William and Susanna (White)Waller.

In April 1831 he arrived in Texas from Missouri, where his family had moved. A few months later, on July 20, 1831, Waller received one league of land (4,428 acres) from the Mexican government in what is now Brazoria County. Soon thereafter, as owner of the Sabine, a vessel used to transport cotton from Velasco to New Orleans, he refused to pay custom duties at Velasco and was arrested by Mexican authorities.

After being held but a short time, he was released without punishment.

He participated as a member of Henry S. Brown's unit in the battle of Velasco on June 26, 1832, and was wounded in the head. In 1833 Waller became alcalde of Brazoria Municipality. He represented the municipality of Columbia at the Consultation in San Felipe de Austin in 1835 and was chosen by its members to serve in the General Council of the Provisional Government of Texas. Waller was elected on February 1, 1836, as a delegate from Brazoria to the Convention of 1836, which met at Washington-on-the-Brazos and adopted the Texas Declaration of Independence.

As a member of the convention he served on the committee that framed the Constitution of the Republic of Texas. Afterward Waller returned to his plantation in Brazoria and in 1838 served as president of the board of land commissioners for Brazoria County.

In 1839 he was chosen by President Mirabeau Lamar to supervise the surveying and sale of town lots and the construction of public buildings at the new capital at Austin, located on the fringe of the Texas frontier. After being bonded on April 12, 1839, Waller, protected by a group of armed citizens, began in earnest to carry out his new duties.

While in Austin he helped organize Austin Masonic Lodge No. 12 at his residence in 1839. In December of that year he was appointed Texas postmaster general; the Senate confirmed him on December 10, and he resigned the next day.

Waller was elected Austin's first mayor on January 13, 1840, but gave up that position before his term expired.

On August 12 of that year he participated in the battle of Plum Creek. Afterward he moved to Austin County and engaged in farming and merchandising. In addition to his private economic endeavors, Waller served as chief justice of Austin County from 1844 to 1856.

Meanwhile, he campaigned unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor in 1847.

In 1861 Waller was elected to represent Austin County at the Secession Convention. Because he was the only delegate present who had signed the Texas Declaration of Independence, the members voted to allow him the honor of signing the ordinance of secession immediately after the president of the convention signed. The delegates also elected him major of the mounted defense regiment mandated by the secession ordinance. Waller returned to Austin County after the conclusion of the convention.

In 1873 the legislature formed a new county from Austin and Grimes counties and honored Waller by naming it for him. When the Texas Veterans Association was organized in 1873, he was elected its first president.

At the time of his death Waller was in Austin working as a commissioner to submit names of Texas Revolution veterans entitled to special recognition by the state.

Waller married Juliet M. de Shields, a native of Virginia. They had seven children, including Edwin Waller, Jr. Waller died on January 3, 1881, and was buried in the family cemetery in Waller County. In 1928 his remains, along with his wife's, were moved to the State Cemetery in Austin.


Waller’s great-great-great-grandson, Randy Waller, served in Vietnam in the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

John H. Chrisman, a man who saw some history

John H. Chrisman, pioneer settler in Coryell County, was born in Charleston, Indiana, on May 25, 1821. He married Samantha Minnis in Illinois and moved by 1846 to Arkansas, where his wife died.

Leaving his two children temporarily, he returned to Illinois and married Sarah Mitchell. The couple reclaimed his children in Arkansas and moved to Texas, where they arrived at Fort Gates on April 4, 1854. With his second wife Chrisman had nine more children. He surveyed the original townsite of Gatesville in 1854 and made a plat map of Coryell County.

He built the first Coryell County Jail in 1855 and served as justice of the peace from 1855 to 1861. At the same time, he sold dry goods and groceries for a period of three years, buying goods in Houston and hauling them to Gatesville in ox wagons. He carried mail between Gatesville and Comanche beginning in 1858. In 1859 Chrisman drove a herd of cattle to Shreveport, Louisiana.

During the Civil War he served with the Frontier Regiment under James M. Norris and J. E. McCord.

He was admitted to the bar on March 29, 1866, and practiced law in Gatesville, where he died at the age of 100 in February 1922.





Yesterday was another day, too


Sunday, September 13, 2020

College president: Sorry we identified the suspect as ‘black.’

 University of Louisville made the apology a week after the school sent out an alert “warning the campus of a ‘Black Male wearing a red hoodie’ who had run away from Clark County Indiana Police.

OK, folks. Here is the approved format for warning when a possible thief/burglar/gunman/rapist is on campus:

“Social officers say they believe, based on descriptions given by the alleged victims, that the alleged assailant was a person, not too tall, not too untall; of a weight not considered obese or skinny; hair color possibly brown or black or blonde or some other color; wearing clothing possibly red in color, possibly purple. Anyone who thinks or feels or believes they/she/he/them knows the alleged assailant should call 1-800-HEP-MEDO. Callers need not give their names or any other possibly identifying information."

A Google tour of Lozene, Romania

Lozne is a small town surrounded by farm land in Transylvania. The town has an old wooden church, the Church of St. Demetrius. Demetrius is a military saint.

Highway DJ109E is less than two lanes of thin pavement. Empty fields mark almost all of the scenery for several miles outside of town. The fields appear not to have been used in more than a year. There are no plow markings.

The road has many twists and turns. In places, trees grow quite close to the pavement.

In one place, you turn a 225-degree corner and see buildings several miles away to the north. The first buildings since leaving Lozna. Two more 45-degree turns, and you must be nearer civilization; the road has aluminum safety rails, almost obscured in the underbrush.

More twists and turns. The cluster of buildings no longer is in sight. You wonder if the road will take you anywhere but to witness bare fields and wooded hills. A long turn, and this time the safety rail is almost all visible. Going downhill now. Another 90-degree turn. The ditch near the road is concrete-lined. A sure sign civilization is not far away.

Just ahead – Farmhouses! The first is off to the left, 20 yards from the road. The house is used and worn, the roof tattered. A man and a women stand near the house, watching the car. Trees about 15 years old denote the perimeter of the yard. One tree is painted white for about five feet above the ground. 

A hard turn to the left and then one to the right a dozen or so yards later. The road spans a stream. Concrete safety barriers are about a foot high. Ahead and to the left is another house, and a barn. The house is larger and in better shape than the first house. The barn has a rock foundation. Its boards are weathered gray. The house sits about 30 feet away. It has a concrete foundation wall about three feet high. The walls of the house are a pinkish-gray plaster. The roof appears to be wood shingles. A gray door is centered on the front wall. In front of the house a woman carries something toward the house. A bare wood picket fence stretches for about 70 yards in front of the barn and the house.

Now there are more houses and barns, newer and clustered together. A tractor is parked near a house. A nearby barn is packed with hay. Five cows graze not far away. Twenty yards northeast are more houses, and a red car parked in the shade across the road. South of the road is a field of corn in need of picking. Farther along are several ricks of hay in a field.

These are the houses and barns and fields of poor farmers.

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

Branch covidians

“Like the Branch Davidians waiting for David Koresh to finish interpreting the seven seals, liberal America is hunkered down in their little compounds and they are perfectly ready to continue sheltering in place forever — or at least until they sit through the election results in November.”


Biden: Trump is bad for Israel

 From Gun Free Zone

Uh-huh. The same Trump who recognized Jerusalem as capital of Israel and who moved the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem? The same Trump who negotiated relations between the United Arab Emirates and Israel for the first time ever and between Bahrain and Israel for the same first time ever? The same Trump who has a settlement named after him in Israel?

What is Biden’s logic for claiming Trump is bad for Israel? Why, President Trump had the audacity to withdraw from the Obama/Biden proclaimed nuclear deal with Iran, the same Iran to which Obama/Biden sent billions of dollars, stacked on pallets and fork-lifted into airplanes, the same Iran that is buds with China, recipient of Obama/Biden sweetheart deals, plus cash, perhaps some of the same billions of dollars sent to Iran.

Biden wants to go back to dealing with the Palestinians, who are the enemies of peace in the Middle East.

But, as Gun Free Zone says: “The rest of the Arab world f****** hates the Palestinians.  They see the truth, which is that the Palestinians are the most corrupt group of a******* in the Middle East.  Every time there has been an attempt at brokering peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the Palestinians squander it and resume the terrorist attacks.

Just saying.



Friday, September 11, 2020

Every day

 One step at a time. Put this foot in front of that foot, that foot in front of this foot. Forget about the heat. Ignore the pain that started five minutes after you moved out, the pain in the lower back, the pain that worked its way up your back, to your shoulders and you want to arch your back and transfer the pain somewhere else, except there is no other place, because every place hurts. The hurt is the same hurt you put up with yesterday, the day before yesterday, the same pain you will put up with tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. You will put up with the pain until the day, the hour, the minute you climb the ramp and get on the plane that takes you home. And when you climb the stairs on the ramp, you will take the pain with you, a passenger on your back.

You put up with the pain because you don’t have a choice. You put up with the pain just as you put up with the cuts and scrapes and bruises, chipped fingernails and the dirt and grime beneath what’s left of your fingernails, the dirt and grime that won’t wash out maybe until you’re in a place where civilized people don’t have that dirt, that grime.

Every part of you hurts, places you didn’t think could hurt. Your feet and ankles and knees, sure. You walk for a living, don’t you? That’s your sole purpose, to go from here to there, and the only way to get there is to walk. Every part that supports your feet and ankles and knees -- those parts hurt. Your fingers hurt. Your ears hurt. And your eyes, when you haven’t had enough sleep, when you know you could sleep all day and most of the night.

 Every part of you hurts, okay?

 Ben Nunnery one day said, “My face hurts, Man. My face hurts.”



Thursday, September 10, 2020

Corner Windmill, Texas

Corner Windmill is in Val Verde County. And in Brewster, Culberson, Jeff Davis, Frio, King, Midland and Oldham counties.

Texas also has Four Corner Windmill and Sixteen Corner Windmill. And a Three Corner Windmill. Parks Corner Windmill.

There are just too many Corner Windmills to check them all.

You are on your own.


Oberlin College: ‘we can’t just hire another white woman from the Midwest with a husband’

From Legal Insurrection

Alice Blumenfeld was a visiting associate professor of dance at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. She applied for a tenured position. At a July 7, 2019, meeting with the dance department chair, Blumenfeld was advised to look for a new position and told, “we can’t just hire another white woman from the Midwest with a husband.”

Blumenfeld has since filed suit against the college, saying she was denied the tenure-track position because of her race, the color of her skin, her sex, her sexual orientation, her national origin and her ancestry.

“While Ms. Blumenfeld was more qualified for the tenure-track position than the individual Oberlin hired, she failed to meet the identity-based qualifications that the defendants required, which included qualifications based upon race, skin color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin and ancestry,” the lawsuit alleges.

The suit further states that the college hired “a non-Caucasian, gay man of Filipino descent who does not appear to be from the Midwest or in a heterosexual marriage over Ms. Blumenfeld, even though Ms. Blumenfeld was more qualified for the position.”



Plantation mentality

 A woman who worked for my wife in the local council of a national non-profit took a higher paying and more prestigious job at a black college in Little Rock, Ark. Her job was to take care of the money.

Several months later, the woman in conversation said what bugged her most was when classroom teachers asked for money for projects. The woman always replied that the money for those projects was not presently budgeted and that the teachers should have requested the money when budgets were being prepared.

Invariably, she said, the teachers would say, “Well, you’re up here in the big house while we’re down there working in the fields.”

More plantation mentality was evident in a recent video when a black woman accosted a black police officer, who was arresting a black man. “You’re a house n*****!” the woman shouted. She continued to shout, “You’re a house n*****! You’re a house n*****!” The police officer made no reply, but continued with his job.

Plantation mentality. Get over it.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

It’s almost shocking, but it is Hollywood

New rules for best picture:

At least one of the lead actors or significant supporting actors must be from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group:  Asian; Hispanic/Latinx; Black/African American; Indigenous/Native American/Alaskan Native; Middle Eastern/North African; Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander; Other underrepresented race or ethnicity.

Those are only in the first paragraph. There are a bunch more, having to do with professional crews, creative leadership and department heads, training opportunities, internships, and etc. into infinity.

 Link at Ace of Spades HQ.

A thoughtful question

The Left controls every major institution in America. Mainstream media, academia, administrative government, Hollywood, big tech. So if “institutional racism” really does exist, whose fault would that be? – At Ace of Spades HQ.

Los Angeles health dictator sets Halloween rules

 “Door-to-door trick-or-treating is not allowed because it can be very difficult to maintain proper social distancing on porches and at front doors especially in neighborhoods that are popular with trick or treaters,” the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said in its recently released guidelines. “‘Trunk-or-treating’ events where children go from car to car instead of door to door to receive treats are also not allowed.”

Gatherings or parties with non-household members are not permitted, even if held outdoors, and neither are carnivals, festivals, live entertainment or haunted house attractions. – CBS News.

Story at gunfreezone.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

It's not just here

Russian teacher Natasha: “They can tell you to go to hell, and you cannot tell if they do it to you as a person or as a teacher.”

Russian teacher Pasha:” In two or three months we got used to each other and I heard ‘F*** you’ for the first time addressed to me from a student.”

Monday, September 7, 2020

Cleaning up after the war

Trucks, tanks, airplanes, midget subs, cruisers, aircraft carriers, and etc.

Chemical weapons by the thousands of tons, including sarin, soman and tabun, which, the article says, the Allies were not even aware of until Germany surrendered and “What’s all this, then?” when discovered.

Lots of “I would like to have that” pictures.

Link at



Cancelling Darwin?

BLM protests at London Museum; staff goes all “OMG! We need to review everything to determine if we are racist!”

From Legal Insurrection:

Michael Dixon, the director of the Natural History Museum, explained to staff: “The Black Lives Matter movement has demonstrated that we need to do more and act faster, so as a first step we have commenced an institution-wide review on naming and recognition.”

He added: “We want to learn and educate ourselves, recognising that greater understanding and awareness on diversity and inclusion are essential.”



How to commit political suicide through stupid

 “Ho Chi Minh liberated an entire poor, colonized nation from 2 of the most powerful imperial military forces in the world (the US and France) and won full independence for the people of Vietnam.” – Jeff LeTourneau, Former vice chair, Democratic Party in Orange County California.

Link at knuckledraggin.

Longer story at

Sunday, September 6, 2020

University of Rhode Island removing WW2 veteran murals

The images are too white.

VP of student affairs, Kathy Collins,  says the decision was made because of “concerns over the murals’ impact on students of color.”

In 2017 when Dunkirk was released, a film critic got all bent out of shape because there were no soldiers of color shown in the British or French armies. The critic had nothing to say about the lack of diversity in the German army. The critic also got all hissy about the Normandy invasion four years later, somehow deciding a conspiracy in film-making, since, she said, both battles began with a D.

Rhode Island’s Collins said family members of the painter of the too-white murals will be invited to a dedication of the properly diverse murals “to thank them for their contributions to the university.”

Maybe the university will go all out and demand an apology from family members for their ancestor’s racism in not showing POCs in the original paintings.

A deprived childhood

Yesterday we learned our daughter-in-law:

Had never seen or heard of “A Christmas Story;

Had never heard the expression, “You’ll shoot your eye out”;

Had never seen or heard of “Flight of the Navigator”;

Had never seen or heard of “Better off Dead”;

Had never seen “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

Of the latter she said, “That’s Jimmy Steward, right?”

Our daughter said, “You are un-American.”

I said. “When somebody says, ‘You’re not from around here,’ they don’t mean just the state.” I made a big circle with my arms. “They mean the planet, as in, ‘You are not from Earth, are you?’”

A younger neighbor, Sarah, had the best remark, though: “Did you even have a television growing up?”

Our youngest said he has a DVD of “A Christmas Story” and he will get DVDs of “Flight of the Navigator” and “Better off Dead” and bring them when he is back for Christmas leave.

An education is a fine thing.


Talking last night with a young woman who has lived in the neighborhood more than two years, and she recounted a short conversation with a woman who moved in about six months ago.

“She said that from her house she could see my bathroom window and that I had too many bottles in the window. She said the sight of all those bottles spoiled her and her husband’s dinner every night.

“I told her she should close her curtains if she doesn’t want to see my bathroom window.”

That’s the way, girl.

Bathroom windows in all the houses begin around five feet above the shower floor. Each window is at least four feet long. In most places, the window facing would be called a “shelf.”

People who were busy bodies in the places they moved from think they can just pick up the same habits here. West Central Florida is not New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts … Take your pick. 

People who move down here do so because of the weather and no income tax. They don’t need to bring their yankee ways of telling everybody else what to do.


Saturday, September 5, 2020

Had enough of the NFL yet?

The league and the players association will sponsor an hour-long program on social justice on NBC the day before the 2020 season begins. Some teams already have offered stadiums as polling places and to recruit election judges.

Link at Gates of Vienna.

PTS and justice

Former Marine Staff Sergeant Robert l. Thomas died last October in Wasilla, Alaska. Thomas was awarded the Silver Star Medal for capturing the Arch Tower in Hue, South Vietnam, during the 1968 Tet battle.

I did not know Thomas, but ran across his obituary while searching for someone else.

Of interest, in addition to his USMC service, was this statement from his widow, Cindy Caserta: “He never avoided a fight. He was a tough Marine, a warrior even after he had to retire from the Marine Corps, often with a heightened sense of justice to fight for what was right and to protect the defenseless from anyone who tried to take advantage of them.”

That last part – “a heightened sense of justice” -- is an indicator of post-traumatic stress. Military veterans with PTS have an intense sense of justice, I have read in several publications.

For some time before reading those publications, I wondered why, when reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at meetings, I always put emphasis on the part “and justice for all.”

Ms. Caserta’s statement is the first recognition I have read from a person who is not a veteran. She is observant to have seen that sense in her husband’s makeup.

Friday, September 4, 2020

Keeping blood pressure down

 I got tired of reading the news. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Keep talking, Joe. Keep talking.

In a campaign speech in Pittsburgh.

“Covid has taken this year, just since the outbreak, it’s taken more than 100 year. Look. Here’s, the lives, it’s just, I mean, think about it, more lives this year than any other year for the past hundred years.”