Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Defendants plead ‘not guilty’ in murder trial; witness says he wants to change his testimony

Witness in Kosovo trial: “’I did not promise anyone that I would change my statement but I am not insane enough to risk my family… there is something called fear and I do not want to talk about that,’ said the witness, who claimed that he used to be a good friend of Ivanovic.”

The vice president of Ivanovic’s party “declined on Tuesday to tell the court the names of organised criminal groups which the slain politician had warned her about before his murder.


Like Russia, the Balkans is, and always has been, a criminal enterprise. Citizens are blocs to be pushed, threatened and bribed into voting, or, as ethnic blocs, are expected to vote as their ancestors would want.





Correction to Another Monday

Two neighbors volunteered to help my wife in giving medicine to Winston. They are in their early 30s. It took all three to hold Winston sort of still and his head in the right position. I sat in my walker and watched.

Thank you, good neighbors.

Monday, November 29, 2021

Another Monday

My wife and I have two dogs, Winston, a 3-year-old English bulldog/pug mix and Baker, an 11-month-old standard poodle. Winston weight 62 pounds; Baker weighs 45 pounds.

Today my wife took Winston to the vet. She thought she saw a scratched eyeball. She was right. Winston also has conjunctivitis. The vet prescribed drops for the scratched eye and another set of drops for the conjunctivitis.

My wife said, “It took the vet, the vet tech and me to hold him down while the vet put in the drops.”

Dang, I thought. The dog must be handful.

Then my wife informed me: “We are going to put in the drops. You hold him secure, and I will put in the drops.”

Wait, wait. In the vet’s office, it took a 20-something vet tech, a 30-something vet and my 69-year-old wife to hold down a short, chunky 62-pound round dog, on an exam table. I am two months short of 76 years old. And now my wife (see above for age) and I are going to do the same thing, but on a couch, not a waist-high medical examination table.

Winston is more than a handful. At least four handfuls. I did my best holding the dog still and keeping his wide, short head in the proper position. Sat here, sat there, sat at another place on the couch. No good.

My wife and I switched jobs. She would hold Winston and I would drop in the drops. She slid off the couch trying to hold him. She got back on the couch and took another hold on his body and on his head. I squirted drops. Three times. “Got it,” I alleged. We had to wait five minutes before applying the single drop to Winston’s right eye. Same wrestling match. “Okay,” I announced. My wife said, “Did you get the drops in?” I said, “I got the drops in something.”


For tomorrow, Winston and my wife have an appointment at the vet’s office, where younger people and my wife will do the job. I was going to suggest that. Hey, $20, $40, I don’t care. It will be worth it.

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Let's go … You know, the guy

AKA, Ace Saturday Night Joke

Biden finally breaks down and visits a remote northern native village. With news crews following him around as they tour the place, Biden asks the chief if there was anything the people need.

"Well," says the chief, "We have three very important needs. First, we have a medical clinic, but no doctor."

Biden whips out his phone, dials a number, talks to somebody for two minutes and then hangs up. "I've pulled some strings. Your doctor will arrive in a few days. Now what was the second problem?"

"We have no way to get clean water. The local mining operation has poisoned the water our people have been drinking for thousands of years. We've been flying bottled water in, and it's terribly expensive."

Once again, Biden dials a number, yells into the phone for a few minutes, and then hangs up. "The mine has been shut down, and the owner is being billed for setting up a purification plant for your people.

“Now what was that third problem?"

"We have no cellphone reception up here," the chief says.


Saturday, November 27, 2021

Good news, bad news, we’ll wait and see news

Part 1 -- Samsung announces plans to build $17 billion chip plant in Texas.

Part 2 -- Near Austin.

Part 3.


In 1990, the US produced 37% of the world’s computer chips. Today, 12%.

Really? More stuff that doesn't work?

 Stories say another kind of COVID has sprung up somewhere and governments are making plans to combat the Alpha or Omega version, whatever it's called. This time, governments will get a handle on the thing before having to tell people "Stay at home" and "Wear masks in the shower." 

I am holding my breath. (Snark.)

Are TV networks and the NFL involved in government propaganda?**

From Maggie’s Farm:

“I spent some time on Thanksgiving doing what I haven't done for in a long time, that is, watching an NFL game. In this case, it was the Raiders-Cowboys game, played in Dallas. Notably absent were the usual audience shots I was used to seeing, cheering crowds, fans decked out in goofy attire, faces painted with their team's colors, and holding up signs and props (like that 'D' fence thing), etc. I knew the stadium was full, because sometimes I'd see the crowd in the background, like when the camera would have to follow the ball kicked on a punt return, but I thought the lack of close-up crowd shots was just odd.

“The game was in Dallas, in the free state of Texas, and by 'free', I mean no mask mandates, and people generally don't wear masks. So the stadium was filled with happy, unmasked people enjoying themselves, living normal life. Somebody at the network made the deliberate, considered decision that close-up shots of happy, unmasked people enjoying themselves would not be shown to a nationwide audience. Why his decision was made I leave as an exercise for the reader.”

**If you said “No,” you haven’t been paying attention. You know, like “Is the NBA a front for Chinese Communist Party propaganda?” Duh.


Friday, November 26, 2021

Watch for US interference in 2022 Hungary elections

 From RT

“Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has expressed concerns that the United States will attempt to interfere in next year’s general election. The purpose of the underhand interference, Szijjarto believes, is to have sitting Hungarian PM Viktor Orban replaced by the United Opposition candidate Peter Marki-Zay, who is more ideologically aligned with the Biden administration.


Biden doesn’t like Hungarian PM Viktor Orban. Trump and Orban were and still are, allies. Orban believes in national borders as a means of national security. Orban has said Central Europe nations are Christian and will remain so. Orban was instrumental in ending undue influence by George Soros’s millions of dollars pumped into opposition parties and anti-Orban groups disguised as Non-Government Organizations.

Last August, Orban told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that US interference "will happen,” but “we are not worried about it, we are prepared for it.”

Mosaic of Achilles and Hector found in Rutland

From The History Blog

Mosaic depicts several scenes from the fight at the walls of Troy. “This is the first mosaic depicting Achilles and Hector ever discovered in the UK.” Four panels cover 36 by 23 feet. The last panel “proves that the source was not actually The Iliad, because Homer’s account of the death of Hector has Priam ransoming the body with a cart full of rich gifts after he begs Achilles to think of his own father and have mercy. Before that plea softened his heart, Achilles had said he would never give the body back not even for its weight in gold. The story of the scale with Hector’s body on one side and a pile of gold on the other comes from a lost play by Aeschylus (Phrygians, or the Ransom of Hector) now known only from marginalia and fragments.


Large villa was in use between the 3rd and 4th centuries. Other ruins have been noted by overhead devices.




Wednesday, November 24, 2021


“Let every man honor and love the land of his birth and the race from which he springs and keep their memory green. It is a pious and honorable duty. But let us have done with British-Americans and Irish-Americans and German-Americans, and so on, and all be Americans... If a man is going to be an American at all let him be so without any qualifying adjectives; and if he is going to be something else, let him drop the word American from his personal description.” – Henry Cabot Lodge.

At Maggie’s Farm.

Lodge made that statement in 1888, when "race" referred to countries, as in the "French race" or the "German race" or the "American race."

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

‘Pre-Christmas Pillaging of San Francisco Stores Continues for Third Day’

From Legal Insurrection

San Francisco Bay Area recorded its third consecutive day of pillaging by gangs of thieves filmed smashing glass cases at a jewelry store and emptying them as staff screamed in terror.

The latest incident happened at a Sam’s Jewelers store at the Southland Mall in Hayward around 5:30pm PST Sunday evening, and was caught on camera.

Robbers – said to have been part of a gang of around 40 to 50 teens who entered the mall – wielded hammers to smash display cases at Sam’s, before making off with goods.

Dramatic footage shot from a nearby store showed shop workers screaming with fear as the disturbing scene unfolded.

Also on Sunday, another gang of looters snatched garments from upmarket yoga clothing brand Lululemon’s San Jose store, KPIX reported.

It’s unknown how much was taken from the jewelry store or the other retailers during the event.

CBS San Francisco spoke with two women who work near Sam’s Jewelers. They and other mall workers said some kids ran into other stores and left with shoes and clothing.

“We saw all the other stores closing. They were panicking, so we were panicking and quickly closed our store and barricaded ourselves,” said one of the women.

“It was very scary,” said one mall worker. “People with no morals, no sense for other people’s safety. I feel helpless. It’s disturbing.”

Police couldn’t immediately say how much jewelry was taken or how much merchandise other stores in the mall lost. 


Great headline.


‘What Chinese Colonialism Looks Like in Europe’

From Maggie’s Farm

How European/Chinese agreements work: Sign construction contract with Chinese company; borrow money from Chinese bank to pay contract; watch while Chinese workers get the jobs you thought would go to your people.

Or: “It looks much the way it does in Africa with Chinese companies striking deals and then importing their own factories and a foreign slave labor force to do the actual work. The only difference is that people are shocked when the same thing happens in Europe.”


China has done such a job on Africa and is beginning to make inroads into the Caucasus and in Eastern Europe that at first reading the words “yellow peril” might come to mind. But, rid yourself of that 19th and 20th century thinking. China does what is best for China, without any regard for the countries in which it works. Or, as someone wrote a few years back, when discussing deals, China does not inquire into the individual rights record of a country, only “How much will this cost?” 

You brought your lunch to school, you must eat outside

From Valor Guardians

“Pictures of Normandale Elementary School in Edina [Minnesota] show students eating their lunch outside with hats, coats and mittens on.

“’Since the beginning of school, I learned that essentially if you brought a lunch from home, you were eating outside,’ said Carissa Palm, the mother of a third-grader at the school.

“Palm’s daughter frequently brings home lunch, although Palm says she won’t be anymore after realizing her daughter was still eating outdoors in November.

“’I felt silly for not realizing that she was sitting outside when it was 36 degrees,’ Palm stated.

“Edina Public Schools says outdoor lunch is an element of its COVID-19 mitigation strategy and says it is optional.

But 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS found it is not optional at all schools.

“At Normandale, if you bring cold lunch — like Palm’s daughter — you eat outdoors.”


Because of COVID, BLM, Democratic madness and other means of repression, parents are paying more attention to what goes on at schools. Administrators, school boards and teachers have run things for such a long time that they believe themselves above supervision or questioning. School boards are elected and can be un-elected. Pay attention, too, on rulings from the federal department of education, state school boards and state teacher organizations.


Monday, November 22, 2021

Today Is Monday

I cut my hair this morning. Second time DIY. Seems OK on the front, all even and everything. The back, I don’t know. Feels even, except for small patch shorter than the rest.

I butchered my eyebrows. It is difficult to trim eyebrows while wearing glasses. Not possible. So, I gave it a shot out of focus. Looks like it, too.

I told my wife of my adventures. I said, “I thought maybe you could later do a repair on my work.” She said, “Oh.”

I’ll just let it go, leave everything as it is. I can’t see any of it.

After the haircut debacle, I went to the kitchen and put on coffee. I keep some of my drugs in the kitchen. The instructions say “Take with food.” After shaking out the pills from two bottles, I reached for the empty glass near the sink.

It wasn’t empty. It was, in fact, full. But not for long. The spilled water missed access to the countertop plug in.

Monday, Monday, can’t trust that day.



Way to go, Brandon

Yesterday, my wife bought four and one-half gallons of peanut oil for deep frying a turkey on Thursday. She got a turkey, too. The oil cost $50.

The Bidens say investigations of petroleum companies are forthcoming. Prices are too high. Let’s face it – Except for complaints received every day about prices, the Bidens do not care what you and I pay for gas, diesel, food and Thanksgiving things.

And another thing: From news stories and political BS, you would think inflation had never before happened in the US. Never. Ever.

Sunday, November 21, 2021

A difference between South and North

Here is a link to a story about a B17 pilot from Graceville, Minn. Frank Valesh flew with the 8th Air Force out of England from September 1943 until August 1944 with the 100th Bomb Group.


Unusual to a Southern or Texan mind is this paragraph:

“His mother's maiden name was Burns, which explains why a family of Bohemians would live in a predominately Irish neighborhood.”

Most of us raised in Texas or in another state with Southern influence, would say, “What the heck does that have to do with anything?” and, “What the heck is a Bohemian? Is that some kind of Baptist? Maybe a Holy Roller?”



Saturday, November 20, 2021

The best Army training story

 My brother Bill was drafted in 1970. After basic training at Fort Lewis, Wash., he went to Fort Jackson, S.C., for Military Police advanced individual training.

One day, Bill's company was trucked to a range. When the platoons of recruits were turned over to the range NCOIC, the sergeant said, "Now, I want all your Southern boys to go to the back, find some trees to sit under. The rest of you, come on up here, we're gonna teach you how to use a shotgun."

Facts don’t translate from English to Italian?

From HuffPostItalia:

“Shock sentence in Kenosha, Rittenhouse acquitted of killing two black activists.”


Easy to see how fascists took Italy in 1922, but Italians did not protest until 1943, when the country was losing the war big time.




Friday, November 19, 2021

Rittenhouse in the news

Rittenhouse stories in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus.

Balkan Insight – 0.

Daily News Hungary – 0.

Hungary Today – 0.

Georgian Journal – 0.

Civil Georgia – 0.

Sputnik News – 1. Kenosha Jury Rules Kyle Rittenhouse to be Not Guilty on All Counts of Protest Shooting. A Sputnik reader responded: “Another white supremacist murderer gets away with his crimes in israel's fascist american colony. A judge biased towards the killer, a prosecution that deliberately botched many aspects of their case and a massive neocon propaganda campaign promoting the murderer, made it quite clear the fix was in. The usa is still a confederate sh*thole.

RT – 5. Biden ‘angry and concerned’ after Rittenhouse verdict; Verdict aside, the embarrassing Rittenhouse trial should be a warning; Kyle Rittenhouse found not guilty by Kenosha jury; The ‘horrible’ message Democrats got from Rittenhouse verdict; Rittenhouse jurors’ concerns taken seriously, judge says.

The Moscow Times – 0.

Caucasian Knot – 0.

The RT stories are professionally written.

Fair and balanced?

Fair and balanced

MSNBC on Rittenhouse: “The nearly all-white jury…”

LA Times on Biden plan: Build Back Better “sweeping measure” will “strengthen the nation’s social safety net programs and begin to respond to the climate crisis…” (So all the s(tuff) bureaucracies and politicians and environmentalist wackos have done until now was not a response “to the climate crisis?" Billions of dollars spent enriching certain segments of the population was not a response? Good Grief! How expensive will a response be?)

Apparently, the Kaiser believed him

There’s a famous story the Swiss like to tell:

“In 1912, the German Kaiser visited Switzerland and asked a Swiss minister what the quarter of a million strong Swiss army would do if Germany invaded with 500,000 troops. The minister replied: “Shoot twice and go home.”




If you play with pigs...

Trump was/is a threat to society as usual, politics as usual, bureaucracy as usual.

“The ascendancy of Donald Trump did not lead to that agency's corruption. The problem is the FBI has always been a corrupt, highly politicized institution that, like every other bureaucracy, has one and only one mission: perpetual growth and the accrual of more power. Its actions in taking an active role in sabotaging his campaign, his presidency, and then his re-election bid were standard operating procedure that his mere presence revealed. That said, no other GOP or rare conservative president ever was an existential threat to the agency or to the globalist enterprise it defended. Trump was and so they, along with every other bureaucracy were forced to go nuclear on him, and of course on all of us who elected him, thereby revealing for all who have eyes to see the sham/illusion of two-party electoral politics as it was.

“It and its parent agency the Department of Justice are acting as official instruments of political repression and will use every means at its disposal, up to and including physical violence and terror to preserve itself from the enemies of The State. And that state is NOT the United States of America as founded.”


 When Trump became president, entrenched DC bureaucracies and government agencies mobilized to (1) get him out of office; and (2) make sure he never again has a chance at the White House.



An Ace of Spades Joke

I miss the 90’s when bread was still good for you and no one knew what kale was.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Ban everything blowing alongside the highway

Isn’t that why there is a war on plastic bags?

Well, guess what.

“(Life Cycle Assessment) analyses are done by government agencies in the US, Canada, UK, Australia and Denmark. They all agree that the single-use polyethylene bags we use today have much lower environmental impact than potential replacements such as bioplastics, paper, unbleached paper, cotton or organic cotton. . . . To replace plastic bags with paper bags requires 2.7x more energy, 1.6x more carbon dioxide emissions and 17x more water usage. It has also been estimated that replacing the plastic bags in the EU would require cutting down an astonishing 2.2 million more trees per year and require 60 000 Olympic swimming pools more water.”


Of course, we’re dealing with environmentalist millionaires, MSM capitalists millionaires, political millionaires, and etc., whose operating motto is: Don’t confuse me with facts.

Link at Maggie’s Farm.

A new philosophy

Thirty-five years ago my wife bought a 1920s edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica. In that edition, many articles were written by people who had participated in the events listed. J.F.C. Fuller and B.H. Liddell Hart wrote of military history; Lon Chaney wrote of motion pictures; and Leon Trotsky wrote the main article on Vladimir Lenin.

Impressive to me were changes in the English language between the 1920s and the middle-1980s, when my wife gave the books to me. Articles on nations, languages and cultures spoke of those in terms of “race.” I was surprised to learn every country was considered to consist of a “race.” There was the “French race,” the “German race,” the “British race.” One article considered “The future of English-speaking peoples.” That would be labeled “racist talk” these days, promulgating English-speaking people as different from the rest of the world. Another article titled “The American Negro” certainly would be labeled “racist," no matter its statements of fact.

Coupled with today’s news and screechings, that almost 100-year-old collection of the world’s wisdom and history led me to this:

I am tired of race. I am tired of everything having to do with race. I do not want to hear “He/She is the first African-American” to do whatever. I do not care that someone is “the first Hispanic-American” to do something.

Apparently, everything that can be done has been done by a white person, and every person not white who also does the thing must be lauded and his/her accomplishment pointed out solely because the person is brown, black or tan, and somewhere in his/her background was a Chinese or Mexican or African.

I have reached 75 years, battled bigotry, what passes for racism, the ugly term genderism, a whole bale of isms. And now, I can have another philosophy:

I don’t care.

On a 60 Minutes interview several years ago, Mike Wallace asked actor Morgan Freeman how the US could stop racism. Freeman’s response was immediate and accurate:

“Stop talking about it. I’m going to stop calling you a white man. And I’m going to ask you to stop calling me a black man. I know you as Mike Wallace. You know me as Morgan Freeman. You’re not going to say, ‘I know this white guy named Mike Wallace.’ Hear what I’m saying?”

Thank you, Mr. Freeman.

College Democrats manage to be both right- and left-wing fascists

From Poitico

College Democrats of America leaders slinging accusations all along the political spectrum, threatening impeachment because one of these is not like the other.

“The group’s leaders are publicly firing off accusations of anti-Blackness, Islamaphobia and anti-Semitism at each other. Impeachment proceedings are now in the works against the organization’s new vice president, Nourhan Mesbah, who is Muslim. College Democrats say that screenshots of tweets that their peers sent in adolescence spread rapidly through group texts, which already caused a student running for president of the group to withdraw their candidacy in September. And national advocacy groups for Muslim and Jewish Americans are now weighing in with criticism.



Here is a really good indication of a half-baked philosophy:

“Some CDA members argue that the internal frictions constitute a turbulent but morally necessary reckoning with systemic racism.

Sounds like BLM or Atifa searching for a shimmering high ground. Or a sign in the tree house, a long list and “If you don’t believe these, don’t even touch the ladder.”

In some ways, the usual stuff from an American Progressive movement. Blacks say bad things about whites, vice versa. Muslims say bad things about Jews, vice versa. Any mention of sex (that is, the gender idea) is anti-feminist or anti-woman or anti-trans.

Typical. Revolutionary movements almost always consume their members. May the feast be large and quick.



Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Send smallpox vials to Wuhan; lab people there are familiar with virus security

“A batch of vials labeled ‘smallpox,’ a deadly disease eradicated since the 1970s, was found in a freezer and immediately quarantined, the Centers for Disease Control told NBC10. An investigation into why they were there is underway.”


Link at Weasel Zippers.

For what it's worth

“Every month, another alert, a hustle to synthesize vaccine, another hustle to distribute it. You can’t keep immunizing needlessly. … One day the vaccines’re going to start reacting with each other, and there’ll be nothing we can do.” – Interlude 03, by Bill Fawcett, in The Fleet, David Drake and Bill Fawcett, editors.

Monday, November 15, 2021

Azeri court sentences government opposition figure to 10 years for ‘hooliganism’

From Caucasian Knot

A Baku court has found Agil Gumbatov, a member of the oppositional Popular Front Party of Azerbaijan (PFPA), guilty of hooliganism and sentenced him to 10 years of freedom deprivation.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on November 11, at the Baku Grave Crimes Court, the prosecutor demanded to sentence Agil Gumbatov, a PFPA member, to 10 years in prison.

Agil Gumbatov was detained on August 11 and accused of stabbing a resident of the dwelling settlement of Zira located near Baku. His advocate complained to the prosecutor's office that his client had signed his confession after beatings. Later, Gumbatov refused from his testimonies, claiming that he had given them under torture. Human rights defenders recognized him as a political prisoner.

"Gumbatov himself stated that he was prosecuted for political reasons because of his criticism of Azerbaijani leadership," Nemat Kerimli, his advocate, has noted.

The court imposed the same punishment as demanded by the prosecutor, and this "does not often happen in Azerbaijan's practice," the advocate has added. "Usually judges award 1-2 years less than demanded by the state prosecutor. This is also an evidence of bias towards Gumbatov," Mr Kerimli has concluded.

Let us remind you that Gumbatov had stated at trial that a provocation was staged against him. According to his version, he was engaged in collecting garbage on his motorcycle, and arrived at the victim's yard at the latter's call to pick up his garbage, but the man started shouting that Gumbatov had hit him with some piercing object, “and an ambulance and the police immediately appeared." His defence believes that doctors and policemen had been invited in advance to be closer to Mamedov's yard."


© Кавказский Узел

Gumbatov was released from a psychiatric hospital on July 1, 2020. “He was forcibly placed there on 2 April after he criticized the authorities’ handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.” – Amnesty International statement, July 13, 2020.

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Lies, damned lies and the MSM

This piece lays out most of the MSM, co-joined at all parts, lies and false stories. The author, Andrew Sullivan, holds British and American citizenship.


Link at Maggie’s Farm.

For many years, I have maintained MSM liberals/Progressives talk only to each other and listen only to each other. All opinions outside that box are false, incorrect and from the uneducated, to the MSM.



Hey, let’s be like China and cover our mountains with solar collectors!

From Gun Free Zone

“They destroy a mountain range.

“They scrubbed the life from a mountain rage and glazed it with photovoltaic cells.

“They made the world an uglier place.

“This is infinitely more of an abomination than a natural gas facility that emits plant food.

“And you know that none of the mountains the elite vacation on will be glazed.

“They will put this in Appalachia and other places where the poor live and work so that we have no green spaces to enjoy, just the giant carbuncle of green energy monstrosities disfiguring our land.”


Elect and elect and elect Progressives and your “trip to the mountains” will be to a museum with photographs and videos of what used to be and a government-approved explanation on “Why the New Way Is Better.”



Saturday, November 13, 2021

Oklahoma adjutant general says ‘No’ to DOD COVID mandate

From Valor Guardians

“The new commander of the Oklahoma National Guard has declared the organization will not enforce the Defense Department’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate on its troops, according to local media outlets.

“Army Brig. Gen. Thomas Mancino was announced as the state’s new adjutant general Wednesday, though he has not yet been confirmed by the state Senate, according to a press release from Gov. Kevin Stitt’s office.

“On Nov. 2, Stitt formally requested that DoD not enforce the mandate on the state’s Army and Air National Guard members. In the letter, which his office posted online, he said that 10% of the state’s troops had refused the vaccine and that the mandate was ‘irresponsible.’


DOD cannot force a National Guard unit to do anything, unless the unit has been called into federal service. DOD can order, but it cannot replace any person appointed by a state governor. DOD response will make an interesting story.

Satchel Paige and TV ads

Now that President Biden has mentioned the “great Negro, Satchel Paige,” it might be okay for me to mention an increasing number of dancing Negro ads on television. Progressive Hollywood and Madison Avenue ad producers are well-versed in Negro roles in film: Steppin Fetchit, Snowflake, Aunty, Janitor, Mammy with a head kerchief, what the Wikipedia article on Fred Toones describes as “a prime example of racial and social stereotyping in the Hollywood film industry.” Democratic inventions all. Present-day ads have not presented the Negro as frightened of snakes, ghosts, cemeteries at night, but that is only a matter of time. Oh, and throw in some watermelon, too. Just to keep things Progressive.





Friday, November 12, 2021

The 5,000-year-old man, 30 years later

From National Geographic

“Ötzi was wiry, short (5’2”), and about 46 years old when he died. He was left-handed and wore a U.S. men’s size 8 shoe. His eyes—still preserved in their sockets—were long thought to be blue, but genomic analysis has revealed otherwise. ‘We could prove he had brown eyes and dark brown hair, and he had a typical Mediterranean skin tone,’ says Albert Zink, head of the EURAC Institute of Mummy Studies in Bolzano, which has done much of the core research on Ötzi. 

Much more information at:


Link at Maggie’s Farm.

Thursday, November 11, 2021

‘Students of Color minus Asian’

University of Maryland designations for student populations.


Uh-huh. Reckon the US Census will pick up on that?

I have had a problem with “Asian-American” since the first time I saw the term. “Asian” is pretty much all people east and south of the Caucasus Mountains, right? So Kazaks are Asian. Israelis are Asian. Arabs are Asian. Turks are Asian. Indians and Pakistanis are Asian. I have never heard of a Turk or Kazakh or Uzbek identifying as a Person of Color. Or an Arab making that self-description.

In college, my wife had a friend from Madagascar. The young woman was black. Not brown, not tan. Black. Her features were Caucasian, much like many Sudanese and Ethiopian. She became angry when black students labeled her as “Black.” She was not a Northeast Texas African-American. Her family was upper-middle class Madagascar.

That was off-subject.

The point is, I don’t remember ever reading a poll of “Asian-Americans” on what they want to be called. My guess is “American.”

&%$!!! *&(^^!

How in the world did this multi-millionaire muff become CEO of anything???

From Hot Air

“I don’t think the administration is on top of it at all,” said the CEO of one of the U.S.’s largest companies who spoke on condition of anonymity out of concern over angering the administration. “How many people inside this White House really know what inflation is or how it impacts businesses? It’s not really their fault. It’s been so long since we really had it.”…

A CFO: “It doesn’t seem that on a bipartisan level our government is actually interested in doing anything about this.”


The first guy is concerned about “angering the administration”? Really? So, this dude (assuming dudeness) became CEO of one of the country’s largest companies – how? Did he come from the US of A Unicorns and Rainbows? Concerned about angering the administration. What, you going to buy a gun or something? Say bad things about electric cars? Deny global warming?

^&*%$!! @^)%!! – Thomas Jefferson.

Chicken Little took care of that

 On the Weather Channel last night, some kind of expert said “we” are “on the verge of catastrophic, universal climate change.”

Universal? So that includes like Mars and Mercury and everything else we see in the sky? Dang. We best send out a warning to all the Sun’s planets and to all the stars.





Wednesday, November 10, 2021

A headline to wonder about

‘Hungarian album heads the British blues hit list’

“Sugar Hip Ya Ya” from the album.


Link at Daily News Hungary

After about a minute of the “blues” song, one might wonder whose definition of blues the Hungarian instrumentalists and the English Jamaican singer were following. It ain’t Muddy Waters or Robert Johnson or Taj Mahal, that’s for sure. 

Russians don't like COVID mandates

From Caucasian Knot

In their video appeal addressed to the President of Russia, Volgograd residents claim that the requirement for QR codes violates the constitutional rights of citizens. The activists who took part in recording the appeal said that they spoke not against vaccination, but against coercion to it.

Starting from November 8, the Volgograd Region cancelled the non-working day regime, while the requirement to produce QR codes when entering cafes, fitness centres, and a number of shops. Besides, the regional authorities imposed a requirement to produce certificates on vaccination or certificates on survival after COVID-19 for the purchase of social tickets for travel and long-term travel passes.

The video appeal to Russian President Vladimir Putin, posted on social media today, was recorded by activists in seven districts of Volgograd and in Volzhsky. Volgograd residents declared “the inadmissibility of restricting the human rights and freedoms.” “Article 2 of the Constitution provides for that a person, his or her rights and freedoms are the highest value in the Russian Federation and the duty of the state to protect them,” the appeal says.

“We claim that an open mass segregation and discrimination of Russian citizens is currently taking place, and our constitutional rights are being violated. Not a single regulatory act of the Russian Federation provides for a person to have a vaccination certificate or a QR code to exercise his or her rights and freedoms,” authors of the appeal to the Russian President emphasize.

Volgograd residents noted they were outraged that the authorities were “trying to impose (additional) documents for admission to basic rights and freedoms.” The activists demanded from President Putin “as a guarantor of constitutional rights” “to stop the illegal actions of the Russian government, the governor of the Volgograd Region, the “Rospotrebnadzor” (Russian Federal Agency for Consumer Supervision) and restore the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution on the territory of Russia.”

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Our World in Data says 40.4% of Russian population is fully vaccinated. US is 58.5%.

30 years of falsified test results on submarine steel

From Valor Guardians

Metallurgist Who Falsified Navy Submarine Steel Test Data Pleads Guilty


“A metallurgist in Washington state pleaded guilty to fraud Monday after she spent decades faking the results of strength tests on steel that was being used to make U.S. Navy submarines.

“Elaine Marie Thomas, 67, of Auburn, Washington, was the director of metallurgy at a foundry in Tacoma that supplied steel castings used by Navy contractors Electric Boat and Newport News Shipbuilding to make submarine hulls.

“From 1985 through 2017, Thomas falsified the results of strength and toughness tests for at least 240 productions of steel — about half the steel the foundry produced for the Navy, according to her plea agreement, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma. The tests were intended to show that the steel would not fail in a collision or in certain ‘wartime scenarios,’ the Justice Department said.

“Thomas faces up to 10 years in prison and a $1 million fine when she is sentenced in February. However, the Justice Department said it would recommend a prison term at the low end of whatever the court determines is the standard sentencing range in her case.







Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Louisiana veteran’s body donated for science, cut up at Portland hotel for show

By Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

PORTLAND, Ore. — The widow of a decorated World War II veteran thought she was donating his body to science. Instead, she was horrified to learn that her husband’s body was dissected in front of a paying audience at an Oregon hotel last month.

When David Saunders, 98, of Baker, Louisiana, died on Aug. 24 from COVID-19, his wife tried to carry out his wishes and donate his body to further medical science research, The Advocate of Baton Rouge reported.

Instead, Elsie Saunders, 92, learned that 70 people gathered at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront hotel on Oct. 17 to watch her husband’s autopsy, The Oregonian reported. Some of the spectators paid up to $500 to watch the dissection at an “Oddities and Curiosities Expo,” according to the newspaper.

The expo is an annual traveling event marketed toward “lovers of the strange, unusual and bizarre,” according to The Oregonian.

Colin Henderson, a former University of Montana anatomy professor, conducted the autopsy, according to Medpage Today. Henderson could not be reached for comment, the website reported.

“As far as I’m concerned, it’s horrible, unethical, and I just don’t have the words to describe it,” Elsie Saunders told The Advocate. “I have all this paperwork that says his body would be used for science -- nothing about this commercialization of his death.”

Kimberly DiLeo, Multnomah County’s chief medicolegal death investigator, said she contacted the Portland Police Bureau and Oregon Medical Board before the event to warn them about the autopsy, according to The Oregonian.

“It’s devastating to families,” DiLeo told the newspaper. “On top of grieving the death of their loved ones, they have to deal with the fact that their loved one was desecrated, and that’s the last memory that they have.”

DiLeo said the public display could be considered abuse of a body, a Class B felony in Oregon. However, Lt. Nathan Sheppard, a Portland police spokesperson, said detectives consulted with the Oregon Department of Justice, the Oregon State Police and Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office and determined no crimes were committed during the autopsy, according to The Oregonian.

Sheppard did concede that civil laws may have been broken, including those that forbid certain postmortem examinations of bodies.

Only private citizens can press civil charges, The Oregonian reported.

“I didn’t know he was going to be … put on display like a performing bear or something,” Elsie Saunders told NBC News. “I only consented to body donations for scientific purposes. That’s the way my husband wanted it. To say the least, I’m upset.”

David Rodney Saunders was the son of a New Orleans tugboat captain, according to The Advocate. He was born in New Orleans on Dec. 5, 1922, according to online military records. He was dove hunting with a group of friends when Pearl Harbor was attacked, Saunders recalled in a taped interview with the National WWII Museum in New Orleans.

He later joined the Merchant Marines and eventually served in the Pacific theater, including Australia, according to The Advocate. He worked as a railway electrician and later helped transport Japanese prisoners of war before seeing combat action in the Philippines, the newspaper reported.

He also served during the Korean War, according to The Advocate.

David Saunders had planned to donate his body for science for many years, his wife told the newspaper. She told the newspaper on Wednesday that she tried to donate her husband’s remains to LSU, but the university declined because he was COVID-19 positive.

Elsie Saunders was then connected to Med Ed Labs, a private company based in Las Vegas, The Advocate reported. Elsie Saunders told the newspaper she thought the company had similar objectives to a research institution.

Med Ed Labs then sold David Saunders to Death Science, a media company, for use in a “Cadaver Lab Class” during the Oddities and Curiosities Expo, according to The Oregonian.

Death Science founder Jeremy Ciliberto said in a statement Wednesday that he bought Saunders’ body from Med Ed Labs, which told him the company had done a serology test to rule out any infectious diseases.

But he said Med Ed Labs did not tell him Saunders died of COVID-19, according to The Oregonian.

Greg Clark, the owner of Louisiana-based Church Funeral Services, said he had never heard of a ticketed public dissection, adding that he was “totally disgusted” with the idea, The Advocate reported. The funeral home helped prepare the body for transport to Med Ed Labs, but Clark said he stopped working with the company after learning about the public autopsy, the newspaper reported.

“We are extremely saddened for the loss of the widow and what she is going through,” Clark told The Oregonian on Tuesday.

Ciliberto apologized for “undue stress” the event caused Saunders’ family and said Death Science would no longer work with Med Ed Labs, the newspaper reported.

“Death Science is currently conducting an internal review to create stronger vetting processes when partnering with future businesses and organizations,” Ciliberto said.

DiLeo said Multnomah County officials will work to enact legislation that would prevent similar events from occurring. The Oregonian reported.

“It’s very difficult for families,” DiLeo told the newspaper. “It discourages people from donating their bodies to science, and it may also give them a lack of trust in the death investigation profession.”

Elsie Saunders said she hoped people will honor her husband’s life after hearing the story of his death.

“He was very patriotic,” she told The Advocate. “He figured his body donation was an act of patriotism, too, because it would be used to help somebody else maybe.”

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