Thursday, September 30, 2021

Chimp and human DNA 98%...

Hang on a minute. 

The first time I saw that figure, I wondered why chimps didn’t have trains and boats and planes. Well –

Lies, Damned lies,..

"Junk DNA" has a purpose, something most of us probably guessed was true from first principles, though we couldn't predict what it would be. The link tells of some progress they're making on figuring out what its roles are.

But one sentence jumped out at me:

“If you look at the chimpanzee genome and the human genome, the protein coding regions are, like, 98 percent, 99 percent identical,” she says. “But the junk DNA part is very, very different.”

You've heard that 98% stat over and over again, haven't you? But unless you dig into the details, you never learn that said "98%" covers only 1.5% of the DNA. I'd never dug into it before myself. I need to be more suspicious--I figured it was just a matter of complexity. Nope, hubris: "If we don't understand it, it doesn't matter."

Link at Assistant Village Idiot.

Chicago installing bleeding control kits

Prediction: They’ll all be stolen.

From Gun Free Zone

Chicago has begun installing “Bleeding Control Kits” across the city under the new Safe Chicago program amid an increase in gun violence.

The city will install 426 Bleeding Control Kits in 269 Chicago buildings, including City Hall and Chicago Public Library locations. Each kit can treat up to eight victims.

Every kit comes equipped with a tourniquet, gauze, shears, gloves, and an instruction manual on how to best use it in instances of “life threatening bleeding emergencies” that can result from falls, penetrating injuries (such as stabbings), gunshot wounds, and more.




Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Florida housing

(Note: S = Standard cost; M = More) 

My wife and I bought our house here in Florida for $S, plus M because we have the best-looking lot in the neighborhood, with a two-acre retention pond and a 200-yard by 100-yard wooded area of old oak trees and native undergrowth and a wide concrete path winding through. behind the pond. We also paid M for a swimming pool and tiled hot tub, M for additional paving stones around the pool and another M for a lanai screen. The total, then, would be S+M+M+M+M. We will say S+4M for ease of typing.

My wife keeps track of real estate prices in our area. After a couple of years here, she one day said a national company had our property at S+4M+$50,000. That was a goodly figure. We had no intention at selling, because if you sell for an additional $50,000, that means for your profit you can buy a house just like the one you are living in, or a smaller house for your initial purchase price.

A couple of days ago, my wife said another house in the neighborhood, with the same floor plan as ours, was on the market for S+4M+$150,000. Wow. That is a lot more money.

Yesterday, my wife said the house sold for S+4M+$170,000. Double Wow. Then my wife said the owners had been offered S+4M+$230,000, but had declined the higher offer because it was a VA loan and would have taken longer to process. Triple Wow.

We saw the same sort of thing happen Texas in the 1970s, when Rust Belt immigrants flooded in. Because of higher prices Up North, the new invaders got more cash for comparable houses. They were quite willing to pay S+3 or 4 or more Ms for Texas houses. Texas has been undergoing another Up North influx for a few years now, plus a California influx. Cities and towns around all major Texas cities have seen growth of 25,000 or 30,000 or more each decade between census years 2000 and 2020.

I remember a time when a man was truly successful (in a monetary sense) if people said, “Yeah, he’s got himself a $10,000 brick home.”

Dang, I must be getting old.

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Armenian POWs reported killed while in Azeri custody

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has adopted a resolution demanding from Azerbaijan to release all the Armenian prisoners of war (POWs), and urging both parties to conduct an inquiry into the committed war crimes.

The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that on September 27, marked one year since the start of the Karabakh war in 2020.

80 PACE members voted for the resolution; the delegations of Azerbaijan and Turkey voted against it.

"The PACE is concerned about the information of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), addressed to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, about 188 Armenians allegedly held in Azerbaijan. Some of them have been returned to Armenia since then. The fate of 30 Armenians, whose captivity, according to Armenia, is supported by video and photo evidence, and who may have been killed, is causing concern and worry. Azerbaijan should investigate the facts and provide information to the ECtHR and Armenia," the resolution states.

The PACE has also expressed concern over the fate of 48 Armenian POWs, most of whom were prosecuted. "The PACE calls on the Azerbaijani authorities to release all the remaining captives and return them to Armenia without any further delay," says the document.

The PACE has also expressed concern over the war crimes and other illegal acts, both against Armenia and against Azerbaijan, committed during the autumn war. "The PACE calls on Armenia and Azerbaijan to investigate the charges and bring to justice anyone, including at the command level, who is found guilty of such crimes," says the resolution.

© Caucasian Knot


One side in Chechen blood feud accused of violating rules

From Caucasian Knot

Blogger Tumso Abdurakhmanov and his brother claimed that the Chechen authorities had passed a blood feud warning to their relatives in the village of Starye Atagi. Armed men appeared in the village after the dispute between Tumso and the speaker of the Chechen parliament in a voice chat.

Mokhmad Abdurakhmanov, a Tumso’s brother, said that a top-ranking Chechen official “sent dozens of people to the village of Starye Atagi, a my mother’s ancestral village where her brothers live, and threatened them: ‘If you do not stop your man within two days, then we will return, we will declare a blood feud on you, and we will wipe up you’.”

Mokhmad Abdurakhmanov emphasizes that those threats contradict the rules of blood feud. (Emphasis added.)

“In the Chechen traditions, there has never been such a practice for the mother’s side to be held responsible for the actions of a person,” Mokhmad Abdurakhmanov explained in the video “Iudov threatens our maternal relatives”, posted on the “AbdurakhmanOFF” YouTube channel on September 26.

Tumso Abdurakhmanov noted that about 30 armed people appeared in the village of Starye Atagi.

He associates the threats against his relatives with the recent dispute between him and Magomed Daudov. “I think the repressions against my relatives were a logical continuation of our conversation with Daudov in the voice chat. He openly announced that he would make my relatives answer for my words,” stated Tumso Abdurakhmanov as quoted today by the “Kavkaz.Realii”.

© Caucasian Knot

Monday, September 27, 2021

A few accomplishments by followers of that Religion of Peace

‘Facebook turned blind eye to Islamic slave trading on its Arabic platform so as not to ‘’alienate buyers’’

From Jihad Watch

“One document from earlier this year suggested the company should use a light touch with Arabic-language warnings about human trafficking so as not to ‘alienate buyers’—meaning Facebook users who buy the domestic laborers’ contracts, often in situations akin to slavery.”

“So while Facebook ruthlessly moves to suppress voices that speak out against jihad violence and Sharia oppression, it turns to a blind eye to Islamic slavery so as not to “alienate” Muslim slave traders.”

From Google search on Facebook carries slave ads, one screen:

‘Slave markets found on Instagram’, owned by Facebook.

‘Facebook, Google, Apple accused of enabling online slave markets’


LA's favorite team

A neighbor who was born and raised in Brooklyn said she remembers a day in 1957 when drivers of all cars passing in the street were blowing horns, all at one time and continuously. 

Jeanne said, “I asked my mother what they were doing that for. She said the Dodgers were moving to Los Angeles. I said, ‘Why are they doing that?’”

For the same reason the Los Angeles Rams became the St. Louis Rams became the Los Angeles Rams, of course. Greener pastures in the form of millyuns of dollars, as Granny Clampett would put it. The same reason the Chicago Cardinals became the St. Louis Cardinals became the Arizona Cardinals.

These are litigation times, though, and with what seems to be the entire state of Missouri filing suit against the Rams and the National Football League, the move could cost defendants more than to $10 billion (or billyun, Missouri-born Granny would say).

 “If the judge allows the jury to consider the valuation increase along with the $550 million relocation fee, punitive damages — which multiply damages as a deterrent — could surpass $10 billion,” says Front Office Sports, a self-styled “media brand covering the $614 billion business of sports.

$10 billion from the NFL? Chump change. With higher than ever TV ratings – What’s that? Seven percent decline? Well, you know. Pandemic and everything. This season, all will be forgiven, and fans will flock to stadiums to watch their favorite felons fight for their own muillyuns and tens of millyuns.

Sunday, September 26, 2021

More inclusive action from a US-backed government

Iraq government promises to arrest all who announced plans for peace with Israel. 

Aaron Boxerman, The Times of Israel

“Baghdad says it will arrest all 300 participants at event in Kurdistan that called for peace, once it can establish who they are; Sahar al-Ta’i, Wisam al-Hardan were main speakers.”

“Israel today, as you know, is a strong country and an inseparable part of the world and the United Nations. Iraq cannot neglect this fact and live in isolation from the world,” Sahar al-Ta’i, a senior official in Iraq’s Culture Ministry, told the attendees.

Iraqi Shi’ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr was not as conciliatory, stating, “Erbil must prevent these Zionist terrorist meetings. If not, the government must arrest all the participants.”

Saturday, September 25, 2021

78 non-vaccinated LSU students ‘resigned’ by school, will get back 50% of money already paid

From Tennessee Star 

Meanwhile, LSU announced “that its president, William Tate, was invited by the Biden administration to discuss the school’s COVID-19 regulations. Executives from Disney, Microsoft, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and other organizations were also present.

“’It is an honor to present our successful COVID mitigation strategies to President Biden and the COVID Response Team, and we are proud that our multi-tiered approach to protecting our students, faculty and staff has been recognized at such an incredibly high level,’ said Tate in the release. ‘Our strategies have worked, with more than 81 percent of our student body currently vaccinated, a monthly testing protocol that monitors the presence of the virus on our campus, wastewater testing that allows us to intervene before an outbreak occurs, and a vaccine/testing mandate at Tiger Stadium to keep our fans safe, too.”

Link at Knuckledraggin.

Boy, I tell you what. LSU has hit the big time, knobbing with the Prez, Disney and Microsoft. Not that they’ll actually meet Prez Joe, and no doubt if they do, the Prez will remember everybody’s name and maybe what day of the week it was.


Footprints, seeds show humans at White Sands before last Ice Age

“The footprints at White Sands were dated by examining the seeds of an aquatic plant that once thrived along the shores of the dried-up lake, Ruppia cirrhosa, commonly known as ditchgrass. According to research published Thursday in the journal Science and co-authored by Bustos, the ancient ditchgrass seeds were found in layers of hard earth both above and below the many human footprints at the site, and they were radiocarbon-dated to determine their age. 

“The tracks at one location have been revealed as both the earliest known footprints and the oldest firm evidence of humans anywhere in the Americas, showing that people lived there 21,000 to 23,000 years ago — several thousand years earlier than scientists once believed.

Link at Maggie’s Farm.

The dates keep getting pushed back. Not many years ago, archaeologists decided beyond any doubt that humans first inhabited the Americas 10,000 years ago. There could be no argument, the experts said. Other finds and other methods of dating pushed the time back to 12,000 years and then 15,000 years. Now, before the last Ice Age? That means humans had more capability at boat-building than thought, and a more developed wandering gene than experts imagined.

Congratulations, ancient folks!

Friday, September 24, 2021

These rules are self-evident

“More than three thousand years have passed since Moses presented the Decalogue, a.k.a. the Ten Commandments, to the wandering Hebrews. Billions of people have made those commandments the central moral-ethical tenets of their lives. While their lives have not been 'perfect' in any sense, those who were faithful to the dictates of the Decalogue (or the Noachide Commandments which preceded them) succeeded in forming coherent, enduring societies capable of progress. While it cannot be proved that adherence to the Decalogue is a necessary condition for forming such a society, history records no examples of successful societies that have lacked them.

“An inquiring mind would note that pattern and say, ‘Hmm! There might be something to this.’”

Link at

15,000 'immigrants' show up at Del Rio by chance?

By Joshua Trevino

Texas Policy


“Todd Bensman of CIS did what virtually no member of the media has done — excepting one Los Angeles Times reporter I’m aware of — and crossed into Ciudad Acuña to talk to directly to the migrants on the Mexican side. What he found was surprising, and shocking. The Haitians reported that they, longtime residents of Mexico, were abruptly released by Mexican authorities to proceed north and cross into the United States in mid-September. The reason given: a gift in celebration of Mexican Independence Day. So they did — by the thousands.

“Someone orchestrated this.

"Who? To what end? These are questions a press corps competent to its putative purpose might pursue. These are questions to which a government genuinely concerned with the welfare and sovereignty of the United States might demand answers — and accountability. Neither media nor the federal government will do anything like that. We are left to ask it ourselves, and we start with the understanding that if Bensman’s account is accurate, then the Haitian incursion and encampment, stupendous and alarming as it is, is not the real crisis. Don’t misunderstand me: it’s a crisis in full, but it’s a crisis covering for something else.

“It’s a feint.”

“The Border Patrol no longer comes to Border Patrol Hill. From this ranch … to the little house in upriver Comstock whose owner was told to move, because the Border Patrol could offer no protection … to uncounted homes and communities and territory all across the thousands of miles of border, there are places and people who are in and of the United States — and whom the United States no longer protects. Slowly, imperceptibly, federal authority surrenders sovereignty over a ranch here, a crossing there, a community there. Bit by bit, the interstitial network of ungoverned America expands until the day comes that we awaken to find that fifteen thousand foreign nationals have set up camp and a logistical network on the north bank of the Rio Grande.



Thursday, September 23, 2021

Some proverbs for these modern days

Marxism is the opiate of the elite.

Socialists boast of their righteousness, but their desire is only power.

Libertarianism is a bridge that is only half-built.

Progressives hate normal life, and a city that is not in upheaval they abhor.

A couple of Ace of Spades HQ funnies

My wife asked me to take her to one of those restaurants where they make food right in front of you. I took her to Subway.

It turns out that being an adult now is mostly just googling how to do stuff.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

State fair to decide top pot in California

Was a time California tried something new, other states said, “Hey! Let’s try that!” Okay. The California State Fair this year will have a Best Marijuana competition. The Golden State has 7,000 licensed cannabis growers. Farmers, I guess they’re also called.

Maggie’s Farm contributor banned from Twitter

Suggesting Victoria premier meet active volcano violates ... something.

From Maggie’s Farm (of course).

“So I'm banned from Twitter again. They have at least sped up the appeals process. Where it used to take a week for a bot to automatically reject your appeal, it now takes less than 24 hours.

“I only really used it to mock the stupid - because that's where they congregate - and it turns out the stupid didn't appreciate it.

“Specifically I was banned for suggesting that Comrade Dan Andrews - Premier of Victoria - should resign or be thrown into a volcano, whichever works. And this morning Melbourne got hit by a 5.6 earthquake, so while Twitter might have banned me it appears that someone was listening.”

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Coma, space or hyphen

Monday night my wife, our youngest and I went to a Tex-Mex restaurant for supper. The place does not advertise itself as Tex-Mex, but it’s the nearest thing in this part of Florida. 

I ordered Chili Colorado. The item was advertised as “tender pieces of steak and chorizo in red hot sauce” with beans and rice. I took “red hot sauce” to mean a sauce that was red, as means the title, but of no more chili heat than an ordinary menu item. As in “red (space) hot sauce” or “red (comma) hot sauce.

Not so, not so.


The item should have been defined as “red-hot sauce,” as in, “Senor, this is gonna burn.” And it did, especially aggravated by diagnosed Burning Mouth Syndrome, which increases the effect of chili-hot or fire-hot foods. As in, “Can’t eat that.” The doctor who several years ago diagnosed the symptom said, “We don’t know what causes it, so there is no treatment.” He also said, “I can give you a cortisone injection, but that will destroy your sense of taste.” No, thanks; I can give up eating hot spicy foods rather than not taste anything.”

Our son Casey, who ordered a pork menu item with a yellow-green sauce, likes hot-hot food. He insisted I take his plate, and he took mine. The pork was okay.



Monday, September 20, 2021

Free (money to the) press

From Weasel Zippers 

“On September 13, Democrats on the House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee — which plays a key role in drafting tax policy — introduced a proposal to raise $2.9 trillion in new federal revenue over the course of ten years. The proposal centers upon drawing more funds from wealthy Americans by raising the corporate tax, the capital gains tax, the estate tax, and the income tax.

“However, the proposal also includes a ‘Payroll Credit for Compensation of Local News Journalists.’ As summarized by Editor and Publisher — a journalism industry publication — the tax credit ‘will provide local newsrooms the opportunity to receive a five-year tax credit of up to $25,000 per journalist in the first year and up to $15,000 in the subsequent four years.’”

Are Dems taking a page from the (now-defunct) ACORN, which before being forced into defunctness pending investigations, bragged about funding (paying for) several reporter positions in Arkansas newspapers?





He never met a horse he didn't like

“Time spent dismounted can never be regained.” – English cavalry officer Alfred Wintle.

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Orange Man appointed you to a board. Quit or be fired.

WASHINGTON DC, September 17 (C-Fam) President Biden fired the father of a Down syndrome teen from a presidential advisory council on disabilities. 

Previous presidents have always allowed appointees from previous administrations to carry out their terms to conclusion. The councils are non-partisan and do not have any executive power, only an advisory role.





Well, that settles the argument

I ran across this while searching parallel universes. Story: In 2009 a man in California knocked himself unconscious while chasing his dog. He woke up in another place and secured a cassette of Beatles music, unknown on Earth.



Saturday, September 18, 2021

2A Russian wedding


Ace of Spades joke

A cold seat in a public restroom is unpleasant. A warm seat in a public restroom is worse.

A political general's art of war

From Babylon Bee

U.S.—Sun Tzu's The Art of War is a pretty good book, but General Mark A. Milley says he can make it even better. Milley believes the book needs to be updated to integrate all the advancements America's modern military has made in military tactics and strategy. To that end, he's releasing his own version of the book.

And here at The Babylon Bee, we're legit journalists, so we've got the exclusive scoop. Here are some excerpts from the upcoming revision of The Art of War:

"If you think you might attack an enemy, pick up the phone and give 'em a heads up. It's only fair."

"You have to be careful not to surprise your enemy. They really don't like it."

"Treason is not treason if it is the lesser of two treasons."

"Know thy pronouns, and know thy enemy's pronouns."

"The supreme art of war is to surrender to your enemy without fighting."

“All war is white rage.”

"If you surrender, you can never lose."

"If thy commanding officer sends mean tweets, thou need not follow orders or the chain of command."

"The enemy of my friend is my friend."

“Keep your friends close and your enemies on speed dial.”

“You can not betray the one to which you were never loyal.”

“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for China.”

"When retreating, leave most of thy armaments behind so you know what you'll be up against next time."

"Chinese bros before American hoes."

"He who turns on bad orange man gets big book deal."

Friday, September 17, 2021



No joke, this is how it starts

The Hollywood Reporter says movie studios are under pressure from the LGBT community for greater representation onscreen. This is how it starts. Soon, movies on TCM like When Harry Met Sally will be preceded by a classification label that reads Warning: Historical Gender Representations. – Argus Hamilton, Jewish World Review.

I want to be a White House reporter... an alternate universe, where Pete Buttigieg is elected president just so in a press conference I can say, “So, President-elect Buttigieg, you gonna suck dick in the White House?” 

General Lee and General Li

"To Mark Milley, the General Lee who has been dead for 151 years is a dire threat, but the General Li who commands the world's largest army on behalf of a murderous tyranny is a chum." – Dan McLaughlin, National Review, quoted by Josh Hammer at Jewish World Review.

Milley is a stupid general

What has not been said of Milley is how utterly, absolutely, unbelievably stupid was his remark to PLA Gen. Li: “If we’re going to attack, I’m going to call you ahead of time. It’s not going to be a surprise.”

Was Milley looking for a first in a four-star, chief military advisor to a head of state? He certainly achieved that. At no other time, in any army, has a general of Milley’s position told another general, “I’ll let you know in advance if we’re going to attack you with our full arsenal.”

But, some of Milley’s previous statements were lacking in what country people would call “smarts.”

There were his comments on “white rage” and he stayed up late at night studying that great threat to national security.

On June 11, 2020, he apologized for walking with the president, the commander in chief, his boss, at the president’s request. “My presence in that moment and in that environment created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics.”

Oh, okay. But calling a Chinese Communist Party general and assuring the general that he would let the general in on US war plans was not involving the military in domestic politics?

We are not that stupid, General, and if you have surrounded yourself with people who believe you acted within your oath of commissioning, We The People need and deserve a JCS chairman with a few more smarts.

Unbelievably stupid.


Thursday, September 16, 2021

Chechen leader threatens to burn political opponent ‘in a blue flame’

From Caucasian Knot 

The leader of Chechnya promised to burn Akhmed Zakaev, living in Great Britain. Ramzan Kadyrov stated that Akhmed Zakaev promised to return to Chechnya from emigration, but did not keep his word.

The “Caucasian Knot” has reported that in late January, after an Akhmed Zakaev’s appeal in support of the people killed by law enforcers in Katar-Yurt, Shamsail Saraliev, a State Duma member from Chechnya, demanded the extradition of Akhmed Zakaev from Great Britain to Russia. In March, in Chechnya, investigators instituted a criminal case against Akhmed Zakaev under the article on justifying terrorism.

In his joint broadcast with Speaker of the Chechen Parliament Magomed Daudov on Instagram, Ramzan Kadyrov voiced threats against Akhmed Zakaev.

“If you mention the name of my father again, then you will see what will become of you [...] I will burn you in a blue flame, if you mention my father’s name,” said the leader of Chechnya on the video as translated by the “Kavkaz.Realii”*. On September 15, the video was posted on the Instagram page lord_095 with two million followers.

Ramzan Kadyrov accused Akhmed Zakaev of not keeping his promise to return to Chechnya with his associates.

The leader of Chechnya also called Akhmed Zakaev a traitor and referred to the opinion of Aslan Maskhadov.

Then Ramzan Kadyrov declared that he was not going to kill his critics, who “received political asylum in different countries” after the threats. “We need you alive and healthy. We will bring you home and bring you to your knees in front of people. Do not die yet, beware of the coronavirus there,” the leader of Chechnya said.
© Caucasian Knot




Wednesday, September 15, 2021

C.S. Lewis had a concise and studious answer

From Never Yet Melted


Written by CS Lewis in 1948.

“ ‘How are we to live in an atomic age?’ I am tempted to reply: Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of chronic pain, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.

In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways.

It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.

The first action to be taken is to pull ourselves together. If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about death. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds.”



Somebody had to own slaves

It’s not like nobody owned them. Might as well have been Biden’s ancestors as anybody else’s. 

From Weasel Zippers

Genealogists have reportedly found evidence that President Biden’s paternal colonial ancestors owned slaves.

The reported finding, detailed in an adapted excerpt from Politico correspondent Ben Schreckinger’s upcoming book “The Bidens: Inside the First Family’s Fifty-Year Rise to Power,” was recently discovered by Alexander Bannerman, a genealogist in West Virginia, and lineage expert Gary Boyd Roberts.

After the 2020 presidential election, Bannerman worked alongside Roberts to put together Biden’s genealogy for the winter 2021 issues of American Ancestors magazine.

Bannerman told Schreckinger that during their research, the pair found that two of Biden’s ancestors on his father’s side enslaved people while living in Maryland.



Christian Hungary, European Parliament at odds on what makes a family

From Hungary Today 

“In her English-language comments published on Facebook on Tuesday evening, (Hungarian Justice Minister) Judit Varga said: ‘It seems like they (the EP) don’t give up. It still hurts the EP that Hungary, thanks to its Child Protection Act, does not let any sexual propaganda into our educational institutions, schools and kindergartens. They are frustrated because we resist their pressure and the LGBTQ lobby’.

“She reiterated the Hungarian government’s position that raising children remains the sole responsibility of parents, and this concept is enshrined in Article 14 of the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights.

“’With the resolution voted by the European Parliament today, they want to tell what shall we consider as a marriage, a family and child-parent relationship. Again, they want to instruct us from above on issues that fall within national competence. It is only icing on the cake that the EP once again points at the Article 7 procedure,’ Varga said.

The European Parliament has called for infringement procedures, judicial measures, and budgetary tools against Hungary, Poland and Romania for failure to enact and practice laws dictated by other member states.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Was a time Australians didn’t have shit for brains**

From Ace of Spades HQ 

An Australian city council has banned men from applying for a $63,000-a-year street sweeper operator job in order to create an "inclusive" organization.

Darebin City Council, in Melbourne, the capital of Victoria (Vic) state, opened the job to people identifying as "non-male" to apply for the position before it closes on September 16.

In the job advertisement, the city council asked for a street sweeper operator and stated it was open to women, non-binary and transgender persons.

**(But that was before Australians gave up their guns in order to have a more peaceful society.)

Monday, September 13, 2021

Biden's speech

Biden's Sept. 11 memorial speech was words grabbed from a bag of phrases and strung together. Meaningless. Load up the teleprompt, put the subject behind a podium, turn on the action and speech motors.

His election was a conspiracy. First, a message to the world: See how easily those Americans are manipulated? See how easily their system is infected by a few thousand dedicated to the cause?

Second, see, Americans, what we can make you believe? 

There is not one Geppetto; there are many.

Unfortunately, this Pinocchio will not become a Real Boy.

Embarrassing as never before.

Sunday, September 12, 2021

From Ace of Spades HQ

 “You will hit every cone on the highway before I let you merge in front of me because you saw that sign 2 miles ago like I did."

(I have had drivers lean on horns and gesture angrily at me for not letting them in after they ignored the "Lane Ends" sign two miles back. I returned the gestures.)

Saturday, September 11, 2021

US military and foreign policy formula since the end of the Korean War

 From Maggie’s Farm

“What did the U.S. government actually do in Afghanistan and Iraq? Only the things it really cares to or knows how to do--namely, richly to hire its favorite people to try reshaping mankind in their own image. Since WWII, whether in the name of anti-communism, anti-terrorism, democracy, or humanitarianism, it's always the same: dismiss the substance of local quarrels; recast the local scene in terms of American elites' concerns; find locals who agree, and form "coalition governments" that, supposedly, represent the people's aspirations, regardless of what these might be; send in the American experts on everything from education to women's rights, with their recipes and their billions of dollars; and treat as terrorists any locals who disagree strongly.” – Angelo Codevilla, Graveyard of Narratives.

Remember this from Firefly?

“Sure as I know anything I know this, they will try again. Maybe on another world, maybe on this very ground swept clean. A year from now, ten, they'll swing back to the belief that they can make people…better.” – Malcom Reynolds.

 Every part of the federal government took part in the war in Vietnam. Every part. The federal government has done the same since. We lost that one, but maybe it was because we didn't do it right.




Perfumed princes


Operation Peter Pan

 My VA doctor was born in Cuba. At Tuesday’s appointment, Dr. R mentioned he came to the US as part of Operation Peter Pan. “That was when 15,000 Cuban children were flown out,” he said. Most came to Miami and then went to foster families until their parents arrived, often a year later.

 I asked an American question, “Who paid for it?”

“The Catholic Church and the CIA,” Dr. R said.

He is my third Cuban doctor. The first, Dr. C, a civilian doctor, was born in the US, but his parents left Cuba as teenagers. Their parents sent them out of Cuba. They did not know each other in Cuba. His future mother went to Ecuador, his future father to Chicago. His mother later moved to Chicago.

My second Cuban doctor, Dr. P, also was with VA. His parents sent him to relatives in New Jersey, then later got out themselves. The family moved to Atlanta, where he grew up.

 “The Air Force sent me to medical school,” Dr. P said. Then, he went to an abbreviated officer course and was stationed at an Air Force base in San Antonio. After his Air Force time, he established a practice in San Antonio.

I told Dr. R I had never heard of Operation Peter Pan. He said, “You should look it up.” He smiled and said, “Google will probably send you to Disney sites.” I said I could write around Disney in my search.

Left-wing Wikipedia says Operation Peter Pan was an attempt by the CIA and the State Department to discredit the Castro government and a plot to transfer the Cuban middle class to the US. Children were flown to the US, with parents following when they could. More than 90 percent of kids were later reunited with their parents in the US.

Wikipedia also says most of the children flown out later became liberals and supported the civil rights movement and anti-Vietnam War organizations. Wikipedia does not mention Cuban-American voting patterns for anti-Castro candidates.

Two interviews found in the search discredit Wikipedia, but the left-wingers at Wikipedia would ignore things such as facts. One interview is at a Smithsonian site, the other is at the NPR site. Both interviews state that Operation Peter Pan was successful in moving kids from a Communist country to the United States. The plan had overwhelming support from the Cuban middle class. Castro later destroyed that middle class through seizure of businesses, arrests and government-sanctioned murder.

There are many, many stories in the Cuban exile. Florida is a good place to hear them.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Orban: ‘Woke’ neo-Marxism taking hold in America

Hungary Today 

“Hungarians have never lost sight of their mission,” Prime Minister Viktor Orbán declared in a speech on Thursday at Budapest’s Mathias Corvinus Collegium.

Orbán said the 21st century belonged to Asia though Europe was proudly bearing “its spiritual primacy”. The United States, meanwhile, was used to global economic and military leadership role, he added.

He said the West had bestrode the globe for 400 years with a sense of exceptionalism and a mission which gave it inspiration and self-confidence. But at the start of the 21st century Western civilisation had started to confront serious challenges, he added.

A “woke” neo-Marxism, he said, was taking hold in America, while Europe was beset by a Muslim demographic, political and economic tide, creating a new state of affairs in France, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Austria.

The West, said Orbán, was not up to the task of providing adequate political solutions to such problems.

“We central Europeans, in short, believe that the West has gradually lost faith in its own mission,” he said. It no longer seeks meaning in its own history but instead reinterprets or obliterates certain periods with a sense of shame, while failing to discover alternatives.

Recalling Karl Popper’s ideas on the “open society”, Orbán insisted that Popper saw any special value or historical mission attached to the nation or political community as open society’s enemy. This, he said, was perhaps the most influential and destructive Western kind of thinking after the second world war.

The concept of an open society robbed the West of its belief in its own values and historical mission, the prime minister said. Amid the current “Muslim tide” and the rise of Asia, the West is unable to confront its own mission, he added.

Orbán argued that central Europeans believed that, without a mission, they were destined to failure. He said that historically, Hungarians had taken on the mission of ensuring the coexistence and prosperity of the peoples living in the Carpathian Basin and to make sure it was not enfolded in the political and cultural framework of the German or Ottoman world.

He noted the Tatar invasions, Muslim invasions in the Middle Ages, the Nazi occupation, the Soviet occupation and the anti-Christian nature of the decades of communism. The protection of the Carpathian Basin and Christianity was a mission of national, central European and even European significance, he said.

The prime minister said Christianity was about faith and the ways of life inspired and formed by faith; Christian democracy was about ways of life that had grown out of societies imbued with the Christian faith, he said.

Accordingly, central Europe, he said, had a different outlook on life and its esteem of the nation.

Orbán said western European leaders saw differences of opinion over gender, migration and national sovereignty as developmental backwardness. “But they don’t get that we’re talking about a deep cultural, geopolitical and philosophical difference.”

Orbán said western European leaders saw differences of opinion over gender, migration and national sovereignty as developmental backwardness. “But they don’t get that we’re talking about a deep cultural, geopolitical and philosophical difference.”

Orbán said Hungarians saw their work as a personal profession on which their life depended, “bringing us together towards a common fate”, providing “endless self-esteem”. Addressing the students, he said the duty of a spiritual people was to understand this mission and to reflect on it and its changing forms in public affairs, he said.