Friday, December 31, 2021

Everything you want in a Texas story

A seasoned raccoon for bait and a 580-pound alligator

LIVINGSTON -- Livingston Mayor Judy B. Cochran bagged a 12-foot alligator—the same creature, she believes, that ate her miniature horse a few years ago. “Typically the gators don’t bother us, but we’ve been looking for [this one],” Cochran told the Houston ChronicleCochran, who recently became a great-grandmother, used a seasoned raccoon to attract the 580-pound animal to her pond, where she shot it. She plans to mount its tail in her office and make several pairs of boots from its hide. – Texas Monthly

Also distinctly Texan – a great-grandmother who knows how long to season a raccoon, as well as where to properly place a bullet to ensure quick death to the targeted animal.



Take it from a professional

From Comments at Maggie’s Farm

“I used to work with drunks who stayed home on New Year's because it was Amateur Night, and therefore dangerous.” – Assistant Village Idiot




Thursday, December 30, 2021

Y’all not from around here are you

SAN ANTONIO -- A pair of hikers in Government Canyon State Natural Area called 911 to report that “an animal had been following and growling at [them], so [they] had taken refuge by climbing a tree.” A park police officer arrived and, according to the Texas Game Wardens’ Field Notes newsletter, found the couple flinching at the source of the threatening noise—the sound of cars passing over rumble strips on a nearby road. “The lost hikers were reassured by the officer that the unknown can be scary,” the newsletter concluded. – Texas Monthly

Victimhood is the mother of invention

From Gun Free Zone

A Spanish actor chosen to play Desi Arnez, Cuban, apparently is cultural appropriation, because Spain is a Western country, while Cuba is … something else? Like what?

A reply and another reply:

Giancarlo Sopo: “My wife was born and raised in Cuba. I just asked her and her friends what they think of this “controversy.” Verbatim response: “Los americanos no tienen problemas entonces se los inventan.” (Americans don’t have problems, so they invent them.”)

Gun Free Zone:

“Los americanos no tienen problemas entonces se los inventan.” (Americans don’t have problems so they invent them.)

That is unequivocally true.

Every problem facing America today is either directly caused or exacerbated by bored, neurotic, privileged people, who have never had any serious challenges in their life, and have a deep and compelling need to fill their vacuous existence by meddling in the lives of others.

Everyday I think Robert A. Heinlein was right in Starship Troopers, that the franchise should be restricted to those people who are civic-minded.  Not necessarily or exclusively through military service, but some method of separating those who understand the gravity and responsibility of participating in the civic process and those bored neurotics who should probably have no more authority than being allowed to take care of stray cats.

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Accused murderers released on bond ‘don’t have fear’

Harris County Texas judges release more than 110 accused murderers on bond, 150 citizens killed by felony suspects.

Link at Ace of Spades HQ




Will the animals wear masks?

Got an invite to a circus tomorrow night. I don’t get around too well, but a circus invite sounded okay. A walker keeps me upright. Sitting for more than 30 minutes makes my legs all hurty, but if I stand up for a few minutes, or, even better, walk a couple hundred steps, I’m okay.

Admission to the circus requires proof of vaccination. A small “Arrgh.” All spectators must wear a mask for the entire performance, and, one presumes, onto and from the circus area.

At that point, I said to my wife, who was coordinating with the inviter, “I’m not going.” My wife got the “He’s being that way again” look and relayed my declination.

Here’s the thing. Some places I know I will wear a mask. A doctor’s office, a restaurant from the front door to a table. Those are the only places I have worn a mask in more than a year. I bought a hair clipper, so I don’t go to a barber’s. My wife does all the shopping.

I don’t see any sense in wearing a mask to begin with, and I refuse to let anybody think I am going to “Baa-baa-baa” my way through the years I have remaining.

For former KGB, he’s on course

“I am a proponent of the traditional approach that a woman is a woman and a man is a man. A mother is a mother, a father is a father.” – Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Link at Ace of Spades HQ

Are internet ad designers stupid?

 OK, OK. Stop laughing.

Anyone with any sense would realize the best way for me not to buy a product or even look at an ad is for the ad to pop up while I am reading a story. Here is the number of times I have clicked an internet ad: ___.

Yep. That many times.

Ad people and those who enable pop-up and text-over ads, you all have been found enemies of the people and will, upon success of the coming Revolution, be put up against a wall and shot.

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Hoax college essay on colonization of black coffee by white milk receives praise

By Igor Kuznetsov

From Sputnik News

Among other things, the essay suggested that white milk takes away the unique properties of black coffee, "domesticates", and "controls" it, making a point about "drink-based colonisation". The author of the essay went on to rhetorically ask readers "what on earth was happening to our bastions of education".

A hoax paper in critical whiteness that problematises the use of white milk in black coffee as racist, has been accepted by Stockholm University and even received some praise.

The essay called "Black and white drinks" was written by 27-year-old Arvid Haag and framed as an "account of what happened from the early 20th century in the struggle between coffee and milk".

In the essay, Haag described how the marketing of coffee has been characterised by highlighting the "black and exotic elements" of the drink. With milk, however, "the local and the white" was emphasised, the news outlet Fria Tider reported.


(The author said, "It took about three hours to write the text, and I added links to books I haven't read.")



Monday, December 27, 2021

Some people you almost feel sorry for

Somebody tweeting as Jeninoveralls:

“This year, after many years, I didn’t make cookies from the recipe my racist grandma gave me. She’s been gone a long time. Been thinking a lot about the legacy of pain that she left us, that I didn’t even consciously recognize until recently. I don’t feel bad about it.”

At Ace of Spades HQ.

My response: My, gosh, lady! How do you sleep at night, knowing that before your realization of family racism, you ate cookies prepared by a racist old woman!!! Have you made pilgrimage to a nearby statue or mural of Black Criminal Killed by the Po-Leece? Have you donated a month’s salary to Black Lives Matter?

Almost feel sorry for? Nah. Stupid angers me.

R.E. Lee responds to folderol over statues


A vow easily kept

 I will not read any more COVID stories.

Sunday, December 26, 2021

And I thought the new Navy was nothing like the old Navy

Two sheriff’s deputies, two sailors jailed after Key West sidewalk brawl

KEY WEST, Fla. – Two sheriff’s deputies have been suspended after they were arrested for an off-duty brawl with U.S. sailors in Key West early Saturday, leaving one of the sailors injured, officials said.

Monroe County deputies Connor Curry, 23, and Trevor Pike, 25, remained jailed Saturday morning, charged with disorderly conduct, jail records show. Pike faces an additional charge of felony battery.

The two uninjured sailors, whose names were not released, were charged with disorderly conduct, Key West police said in a press release. They are part of a squadron visiting U.S. Naval Air Station Key West.

Police said the deputies and sailors began arguing shortly before 2 a.m. on Duval Street, a popular area that has bars and restaurants.

Police officers said they witnessed Pike punch a 27-year-old sailor in the face while Curry pushed him, causing the sailor to fall and strike his head. The sailor was flown by helicopter to a hospital near Miami. His condition was not released.

Monroe County Sheriff Rick Ramsay said in a statement that he was suspending the deputies without pay. He said he “saddened by this incident and it will be fully investigated.”

Jail records show that Pike and Curry were released Saturday — Pike on $55,000 bail and Curry on his own recognizance. No attorneys were listed.

Link at Knuckledraggin

Saturday, December 25, 2021

Christmas supper

My daughter made Rachel’s Trifle and cucumber sandwiches for supper. Rachel’s Trifle was a new meal to me; cucumber sandwiches constitute a movie and TV joke, something containing no food at all, and served by rich women at tea lunches.

Rachel’s Trifle, I am told, came from an episode of Friends, when Rachel Green decided to make a Thanksgiving dessert, but did not realize two pages of her cook book had stuck together, and she combined a dessert and a meat pie.

Kathleen’s version was okay, pretty good, in fact. Custard topped by banana slices, then a bunch of lady fingers, raspberry preserves, browned hamburger, peas and onion. She made the custard, which pleased her three dogs and our two. The six egg yolks not used made a good addition to dry dog food.

Cucumber sandwiches I had never had before. I thought of them as sliced cucumbers on bread. No nutritional value, or taste. I was wrong. It seems there is a spread of chopped green onions, horseradish, and some things I don’t remember, on the bread before adding cucumber slices. The sandwiches were not bad. My apologies to TV and movie comedies.

So, out with turkey and goose and standing rib roast or whatever your family tradition is. For at least one meal, anyway. Turkey dressing with gravy is still the best.

Here be barbarians

“Never before has such terror appeared in Britain as we have now suffered from a pagan race ... The heathens poured out the blood of saints around the altar, and trampled on the bodies of saints in the temple of God, like dung in the streets.” – Alcuin of York, scholar in Charlemagne’s court, on the 793 Viking raid of Lindisfarne Island.

Gold and copper and bronze. Oh, my!

From The History Blog

“A large tomb in the suburbs of Xian City, northwest China, has been identified as the mausoleum of Emperor Wen of the Western Han Dynasty (r.180 – 157 B.C.).

The emperor’s tomb was believed to be a mile or so away. During a 2017 emergency evacuation to counter looting, archaeologists discovered a tomb 230 feet long and 130 feet wide. Eight of 110 offering pits and tombs have been excavated so far.

“(I)n them archaeologists have discovered massive quantities of artifacts from the Western Han Dynasty, including more than 1,000 painted ceramic figurines, guardians of the imperial tombs, iron swords, copper gears from chariots, seals of government officials, gold ornaments, animal burials, bronze rings and coins.”

There is common sense, and then there is Massachusetts

 From Discourse Gun Free Zone

“I talked with my sweet Aunt last night for Christmas, and realized something was different. She’s a blue person in a very blue state (Massachusetts) and while doing our once or twice a year catching up on how everyone has been, she asked how we in FL were doing with covid. We do live on different planets all right.

“She gets her picture of reality from the legacy media, and seems to think that the covid dead are being stacked like cordwood and ‘we all have to get our shots’. I tried to keep it on an even keel, but how do you gently tell someone they need to look at reality instead of MSNBC/CNN/NPR?

“The last time our side of the family got together was a cousin’s wedding in Ohio back in the late Fall of 2019… I don’t think they’re going to understand why I won’t / can’t go flying up to visit the northeast without a DHSS internal covid passport. Oh well.


Friday, December 24, 2021

Ambushed woman breaks attack with ‘The Popsicle Shot’

I never heard it called that.

From Gun Free Zone 

So. There I am, in the Wal-Mart parking lot earlier, taking deep breaths before venturing into the Heart of Darkness, when I notice a smartly-dressed young lady, probably college-aged, moving with a rapid stride down the centre of the driving section of the parking lot.

This strikes me as a bit odd — most people walk closer to the bumpers of the parked cars — and as I take a closer look, I notice that she has her right hand buried forearm-deep in her purse.

Oh, ho, think I, we have three anomalies here …

And then Chew Toy Of Interest #1 pops out between two pickups, spins her half around by her upper left arm whilst bellowing something that sounded suspiciously like, “You mucking bore!”, before Our Wee Damsel grabs the collar of his sweatshirt with her left hand, jerks a hot-pink Comtech Stinger out of her purse (rather than the pistol I was expecting), and hammers it into his taint area with three lovely looping uppercuts.

As an aside, being a dilettante in the Sweet Science, I have a great deal of admiration for the loving papa or uncle who taught her how to put her weight into her punches. Damn.

Anyhoo, apparently getting punched in the gooch by a healthy girl with some skill will turn out the lights, because he dropped like a sack of dead trout and laid there for at least five minutes longer than it took her to hurry into the store.

Looks like the Christmas holiday this year is getting off to a rollicking start.

(Well, okay, then. Gun-carrying ladies, you don’t have to shoot an attacker to take him out of the way. Using your carry pistol as a firearm would make the world a safer place, but then there is all that paperwork and some po-leece will try and make you the bad one. Whatever works best.)

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Polar bears always make good picture subjects

 Also, they have one facial expression: “You are food. Come closer.”




Ho, ho who?


Yeah, buddy


Demographic accuracy in advertising?

An on-line ad for the University of Texas Liberal Arts college might be hedging just a bit on the ethnic and sex makeup of the school.

The ad claims, “We Are Liberal Arts.”

That claim is followed by photographs of attractive persons, to wit:

White women – 4.

White men – 2.

Black women – 1.

Black men – 2.

Student photo in class:

White women – 1

White men – 1

Black women – 1.

Black men – 1.

Asian men – 1.

Asian women – 2.

Photographs labeled “Our Students”:

White women – 1.

White men – 0.

Black women – 2.

Black men – 2.

Asian women – 2.

Asian men – 0.

Go here to see a list of areas of study.

I ran across the ad while searching "steppe archaeology."

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Cough, COVID, untested stuff works, or try ice cream

COVID Trials and Tribulations

By Sheila Stokes

Zellman Partisans

I read a statement from the CEO of Baskin Robbins. They have conducted an extensive 2 week test and it shows that mint chocolate chip ice cream will prevent the moronic variant. You won’t get it and you can’t spread it. To keep everyone safe every American is required to eat 1 scoop of mint chocolate chip ice cream weekly. It’s safe and effective.


Two weeks and millions of dollars later:


The CEO of Baskin Robbins has announced the addition of a midweek scoop is now required. Dr. Floaty said it was always planned to be a two scoop dosing.


Two weeks and millions of dollars later:


The CEO of Baskin Robbins has announced that due to the variants a booster scoop is now recommended. Dr Floaty announces two weeks later the booster is now required to be considered “fully dosed” and that they had always thought a booster scoop might be necessary.


A month later and millions of dollars and increased stock value:

The CEO of Baskin Robbins has announced that the people not eating their ice cream have caused a spread of the corona flu. To keep those who are eating the ice cream safe from those who aren’t eating the ice cream everyone will be forced to eat ice cream. And another scoop will now be required on Tuesdays.


It’s safe and effective.


Baskin Robbins denies any of the side effects of obesity and diabetes have any relationship to the ice cream mandate.

It’s safe and effective.

They go to the same parties, cash the same donor’s checks

 From Daniel Greenfield

“(Senate Majority Leader Chuck) Schumer, along with a number of other top Democrats, is a beneficiary of campaign contributions from top Democrat fundraiser Vincent Roberti whose lobbying firm was paid over $8.5 million by Nord Stream 2 which is owned by Putin's state-run Gazprom energy monopoly.

“Roberti, a former Dem politician, has maxed out his donations to Schumer and to Rep. Eric Swalwell, who may have been cheating on Fang Fang with Vladimir, and threw in a generous $171,000 to the DCCC, as part of the over $545,000 
donated to the Democrat political machine.

“The top Dem bundler is reportedly lobbying on ‘issues related to the U.S. position toward the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, including potential financial sanctions affecting the project.’”

“But the real lobbying effort to stop the Nord Stream 2 sanctions is coming out of the Biden White House with top associates of the notoriously corrupt politician pushing Senate Dems to let Putin have his pipeline. And that’s after Biden shut down the Keystone XL pipeline for America.

“Biden falsely claimed that waiving sanctions on Putin's pipeline was in ‘U.S. national interests.’"

If Hitler’s Nazi descendants ran Germany, those Democrats would be taking NSDAP money and claiming the millions were for national security.



California legal dope dealers want lower taxes, more stores

 Well, who doesn’t want those?

“We’re collapsing! We’re collapsing!” cry the wicked marijuana sellers of the west. “The government must do something!”

The tax-paying, legal sellers do have a point. Up to a point.

Illegal dealers are undercutting the legals, and do not pay taxes. Hmm. Sort of like illegals who sneak across the border and who don’t pay taxes?

Legal dealers admit illegal dealer prices “are far lower and sales are double or triple the legal business.

But shouldn’t state government tax people be able to find the illegal dealers? You’re doing two or three times the business of the legals, someone should notice.

“The industry leaders asked for an immediate lifting of the cultivation tax placed on growers, a three-year holiday from the excise tax and an expansion of retail shops throughout much of the state. It’s estimated that about two-thirds of California cities remain without dispensaries, since it’s up to local governments to authorize sales and production.

“’The opportunity to create a robust legal market has been squandered as a result of excessive taxation,’ the letter said. ‘Seventy-five percent of cannabis in California is consumed in the illicit market and is untested and unsafe.’”




Tuesday, December 21, 2021

But wait – There’s more!

President Biden’s guarantee: “If you’re vaccinated, and you have your booster shot, you’re protected from severe illness and death, period.”

Link at Knuckledraggin

There you have it, folks. A guarantee from the President of the US of A. Get vaccinated and boosted, you will not get severe COVID, nor will you die.

Spoken straight through his ever-present COVID-proof mask.

First vaccinated, boosted person to die from COVID, you best believe survivors will file a big ol’ multi-multi-million-dollar law suit. Heck, let’s make it “billion,” just to get the government’s attention.

Ho, ho, ho from the White House!

 “For the unvaccinated, you’re looking at a winter of severe illness and death for yourselves, your families, and the hospitals you may soon overwhelm.”

Hey, nothing like giving rabid mask-wearers license against bare faced Americans. If the message came from somewhere other than an official Biden site, it would be in the area of humor. But a threat from the President of the United States of America? Come on, man.

Post also on Facebook, but FB won’t allow a link to Lone Star Parson. Its Truth Sayers slapped a writ of “Violates Community Standards” on the Parson.

Sunday, December 19, 2021

Resident of Dagestan confesses to murder of a sorceress

Suspect claimed woman “drove genies into him and they made his life terrible and did not let him sleep”

From Caucasian Knot

The police detained a man suspected of murdering a woman in Makhachkala. He explained that the woman had driven genies into him.

The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that in December 2020, journalist Vladimir Sevrinovsky posted a study on Islamic medicine clinics. In his study, the journalist reports that Islamic exorcists are very popular in Dagestan and Chechnya. They drive out genies and fight sorcerers who bedevil people. At the same time, they work with the support of local authorities.

The police detained a man suspected of murdering a 56-year-old woman. The suspect said that the deceased woman “drove genies into him and they made his life terrible and did not let him sleep,” the press service for the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of Dagestan reported.

“In a house in Makhachkala, the police found a body of a 56-year-old mistress with multiple knife wounds to various parts of the body,” the Dagestani MIA reports on its Instagram page.

Let us remind you that in the summer of 2019, the authorities of Chechnya, neighbouring Dagestan, intensified the persecution of people providing occult services. So, on December 19, 2020, the “Grozny” TV Channel broadcast a report in which two men repented of having addressed a sorcerer in Dagestan for help.

Despite the detention of “charlatans” in Chechnya and their public apologies, the people’s interest in the occult services in the republic does not fade away.


Saturday, December 18, 2021

Drug cartels didn’t get rich by being stupid

From Valor Guardians

Lured by America’s push toward legalized cannabis, cartels have abandoned many decades-old marijuana farms in Mexico, moving their operations to Northern California where they can blend in seamlessly alongside legitimate grows, said Mike Sena, executive director of Northern California’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area task forces.

“Why try to bring that bulk marijuana into the United States, when you can just grow it in the United States in remote locations like Mendocino County and then move it across the entire country?”

“Lured” is the wrong word. Isn’t it likely the Mexican cartels might have begun planning movement to California when Sacramento started buzzing about legalization? Or, maybe cartels funded the buzz?

Search for ‘monkeys kill dogs in indian village’

Believe it, don’t believe it. Lots of hits.

Link at Gun Free Zone


The Army magazine story was about a piece of new-fangled equipment that would make a soldier’s job easier and contribute to defeating an opposing force, should such be necessary. The concluding paragraph stated the equipment would now be sent to Fort Hood for “soldier-proofing.”

I read it again. Soldier-proofing? Appreciative laughter followed. Somebody had some sense. The Army is going to put the equipment in the hands of soldiers not associated with schools at Benning or Knox or labs at Fort Detrick. Soldiers who will actually use the equipment, if it is approved for use, play with the equipment, take it to the field for days or weeks, and maybe break it.

Soldier-proofing. Let’s see if normal, everyday soldiers, can break this in everyday usage.

Of course they can. Soldiers can break anything, most often without even trying. “I don’t know what happened, Sergeant. I took it out of the bag, and it was in pieces.”

Soldier-proofing. Give a soldier an anvil, he’s likely to give it back broken.

Maybe today’s soldiers are more careful of equipment than in days long gone, but I doubt it. Soldiers are soldiers. Rifleman Dowd has a flintlock? Guarantee he will break the flint or lose it at some point in his army career. That’s why sergeants exist – to check every piece of every soldier’s equipment. Every day if necessary, until soldiers learn to take care of their stuff. Well, the Army’s stuff, actually, but a soldier has signed for everything he has. His signature, along with Army rules and traditions, makes him responsible.

At the beginning of an Annual Training period at Fort Hood, Texas, in 1985 I signed for a deuce-and-a-half load of MILES gear. MILES – Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System -- is/was an Army training systems that gave instant feedback for being shot or near-missed. Each soldier’s issue consisted of a laser transmitter attached to a weapon barrel and sensors attached to a soldier’s helmet and over his suspender straps. When a near-miss laser beam was fired near a soldier, a loud, shrill beep sounded, informing the soldier he had almost been hit. When the laser beam engaged a sensor, the beep was continuous, informing the soldier he had been hit. The wounded soldier could turn off the beep  by removing a key from his transmitter and inserting the key into the sensor control box on a suspender.

I liked using MILES. Somebody gets a solid beep, he has no argument that he was missed. None.

That Annual Training, every soldier in the battalion drew a full MILES set, battalion commander down to the PVT in mess or maintenance just returned from AIT. Issuing the stuff was a bitch. The transmitters and sensors came in squad-issue containers, plasticky metal boxes about three feet square and protected by a bunch of foam rubber. Each piece was serial-numbered and required a nine-volt battery, three batteries per soldier.

I signed for a mechanized infantry company’s worth – three platoons and headquarters section. Cost more than I would make in a couple of years or so as an E7. I drove the M35A2 2 ½ ton truck to the company assembly area.

SFC Richard Porter, a platoon sergeant friend, asked, “How are we going to get all of this unloaded?”

I already had an answer. “Every piece of Army equipment is designed to withstand a fall from the back of a deuce-and-a-half. We’re going to drop the tail gate and then back up the trick as fast as we can and slam on the brakes. The boxes will slide out of the truck.”

Richard grinned. “Don’t tell me that unless you mean it.” Richard was always ready to try something nobody else had thought of before. Besides, I was a full time Training NCO and platoon sergeant. That gave me some consideration above other Guard soldiers.

I said “I am serious. That is what we’re going to do.”

“All right,” Richard said. “You drop the tail gate, I’ll back up the truck.”

We did exactly as I said. When Richard slammed on the brakes, the boxes moved maybe three or four inches. We wound up unloading the MILES the old fashioned way, with PVT and SP4 soldier muscles. I was so looking forward to validation of my "fall from a deuce-and-a-half" theory. 


Friday, December 17, 2021

‘Monty Python Legend Cancelled By Old Vic For Recommending Chapelle Special’

By Steve Watson

Summit News


Director and Monty Python legend Terry Gilliam has found himself the latest victim of cancel culture as the Old Vic Theater in London dropped plans for a production of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods after Gilliam merely suggested on social media that people should watch Dave Chappelle’s latest Netflix special.


Essentially Gilliam was canceled by the Old Vic for engaging in wrong think.

Not one to keep his opinion to himself, Gilliam blasted the move as the theater caving to a minute mob of woke complainers.


Link at Gates of Vienna




Hey, let’s pay doctors for not being racist!

Bureaucratic Book of Truth: If you have a written plan, you pass the test.

From The Daily Caller

The Biden administration is proposing bonus payments to physicians who incorporate “anti-racism” plans into their practices.

Among the proposed “Clinical Practice Improvement Activities” for calendar year 2022 by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is to “create and implement an anti-racism plan.” Completing a certain number of improvement activities helps physicians qualify for Medicare’s Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).

According to the proposal, clinics should have value statements and policies that are “aligned with a commitment to anti-racism and an understanding of race as a political and social construct, not a physiological one.” It also states that “this activity begins with the premise that it is important to acknowledge systemic racism as a root cause for differences in health outcomes between socially defined racial groups.”

So, do doctors, nurses and PAs first have to admit they are racist and then list the steps they will take in order to purify themselves? Will the medical field now identify racists and refuse treatment to those so identified?

You know there will be or are consulting firms that will make goodels of money showing medical folks how to comply and get paid. Hey, look! Here’s a plan! We will tailor this for your office/hospital/clinic!

Maybe all medical persons can take a cue from Red Green’s Possum Lodge Pledge, and change “man” to “racist?”

“I’m a racist, but I can change, if I have to, I guess.”

I would say the pay for not being racist is the dumbest move ever by the Biden administration, but – No, that is the dumbest move yet by Biden’s administration.

Why is a 1970s American soldier in a 1914 World War I photograph?

Five British soldiers on the right are in 1914 uniforms, more suited for parades and field exercises in peacetime than in a full-scale war. Uniforms changed as the battles in Europe developed into four years of trench warfare.

The soldier on the lower left, though, is from another army, as shown by his uniform. He wears the U.S. M1 helmet, which was issued from 1942-85. What marks the soldier as being from the 1970s, he is wearing what was commonly called a “flak vest,” capable of sometimes stopping had grenade and mortar fragments. The soldier also appears to wear a jungle fatigue type shirt and a pistol belt.

The Battle of Mons, Aug. 23, 1914, was the first between the British army and invading Imperial Germany forces. With the presence of 1970s American soldiers, maybe the British had more help than historians know.

Trump: Have a big ‘ol full-pressure shower. Biden: Not so fast.

Inflation? Not a problem. High gas prices? Not a problem. Iran with nukes? Not a problem. Thieves ransacking stores? Not a problem. More water pressure for your shower? Oh, hell no.


Israeli police seize spoils of war 2,000 years old

Discovery comes after car stopped driving wrong way on one-way street

By Luke Press

The Times of Israel

Israeli archaeologists believe ancient artifacts recently seized by police were spoils of war taken by Jewish rebels from their Roman enemies nearly 2,000 years ago.

Israel’s Antiquities Authority said Wednesday that the artifacts, including ornamental incense burners and a wine jug, may be battle loot dating back to the Bar Kochba revolt in 132-136 CE.

Police found the items during a routine patrol in Jerusalem’s Musrara neighborhood last week when detectives stopped and searched a suspicious vehicle that was driving the wrong way on a one-way street. In the trunk they found a box containing the archaeological artifacts.

The IAA’s Robbery Prevention Unit arrived at the police station and quickly determined that the finds date back to the Roman era.

The artifacts include bronze incense burners, which likely belonged to wealthy Roman homes or temples, and a bronze wine server decorated with a banquet scene depicting a person reclining with a jug of wine.

Authorities also found an ornate three-legged stone bowl, Roman clay lamps and hundreds of coins from the late Roman period in the 2nd-3rd centuries CE.

Bronze artifacts are rare in Israel because the metal was a valuable commodity and was often melted down and reused. Ancient bronze items are usually found at sites where they were deliberately hidden, or in complexes used for hiding after battle during the Bar Kochba revolt, the Antiquities Authority said.

The IAA carried out a criminal investigation against the three suspects who were found with the artifacts, which strengthened suspicions that the trove was brought to Jerusalem to sell to a dealer.

The authority believes the artifacts were stolen from a Bar Kochba hiding complex located near the Tarqumiya border crossing in the southern West Bank.

The site has been under recent surveillance after authorities found unauthorized excavations at the site, and launched an operation to capture suspects, but “unfortunately the robbers managed to escape,” said Amir Ganor, director of the Robbery Prevention Unit.

“When they fled, they left behind ancient finds that are similar to those now recovered in the suspects’ possession. We believe that the finds that were recently recovered in Jerusalem were taken from this site,” he said.

The authority said the items were likely taken by the rebels but not used by the Jewish fighters themselves, since they were decorated with pagan imagery, violating the Jewish prohibition against idolatry. If the Jews had wanted to use the items, they would have defaced the imagery.

Also, by the time of the rebellion, the Second Temple had been destroyed and Jews were no longer practicing the rites of sacrifice and incense burning.

“These ancient finds embody the country’s history, but for robbers and dealers they are merely a commodity, sold to the highest bidder for pure greed,” said Eli Eskozido, director of the Antiquities Authority. “It is tremendously important to prevent any attempts to deal in illegal antiquities, to recover valuable finds and to return them to the public and the country.”

The Bar Kochba revolt, which lasted three and a half years, was the last and arguably greatest of several Jewish uprisings against foreign rulers in ancient times.

The rebels prepared well ahead of time and, according to the third-century historian Dio Cassius, Roman legions were brought from other empire outposts to quell it.

Dio Cassius wrote that by the revolt’s end, some 50 Jewish fortresses and around 1,000 settlements were destroyed, along with hundreds of thousands of Jewish lives lost.