Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Still have time to fix stuff


Monday, May 30, 2022

The train drivers to Auschwitz

The cost of school shutdowns.

“If you were looking for some bad news, you’ve come to the right place. This time, the news concerns the fallout from the pandemic school shutdowns. As you know, because you have been reading this blog faithfully, shutting down schools was a very, very, very bad idea. It hurt children, causing cognitive and emotional damage. Not only that, but it was unnecessary; the children who were damaged by the shutdowns were at only minor risk of contracting the virus.

“Anyway, the New York Times offers an extensive assessment of the consequences of the school shutdowns. Naturally, it says nothing about the teachers’ unions and the Democratic politicians who foisted this horror on American children, but at least it recognizes the negative effects of this absurd and sadistic policy. We should ask ourselves, in all seriousness, why the perpetrators of this horror are not being identified and held to account. And yet, as long as the perpetrators do not belong to the oppressor class, no one cares.




Don’t expect anybody to do anything. No officials, anyway. They, after all, are the makers of rules and handers out of money, and since they caused the problems to begin with, they will not apologize or even talk about making amends. They don’t know how to do anything but blame others and deny responsibility.

Do not place too much viability on statements by school counsellors or in academic studies. Those people did not raise any warnings at the time. They are the drivers of trains to Auschwitz, the crew members throwing the switches to make sure the trains arrive on time at the right station. They point out the problems, and at the same time decide on solutions, for the right amount of money.

Sunday, May 29, 2022

You know, I keep telling people that 'We don’t bounce so good at our age'

This is from The Freeholder dot net and talks about some of the same things Priscilla and I have had.

“But I never remember to apply it to myself. I need to rectify that oversight.

“It seems that once one is “over” the Wuflu, the Wuflu may not be over you. While I’ve been able to get around and do a few things, the effort has left me…hammered. Each day that I have done a few things, they’ve been fewer than the day before and the price for the doing, higher. Mowing the grass yesterday was apparently totally inadvisable. By the time I’d finished, I was worn out and trying to cough up a lung.

“The odd thing is that while I was sick, I didn’t cough at all. Now I’m coughing my head off, mostly in the evenings. Getting a decent night’s sleep is problematic at best, or like last night, unlikely. For the most part, I have to sleep reclining. It seems to keep the yuck from settling.

“I have restarted the Vitamin I on the assumption that I wasn’t really better when I thought I was. I’m going to restrict the physical activity for a while, and pay particular attention to breathing. Pulseox is good, and there’s no wheezing in my chest, but there is some tightness that shouldn’t be there. I’m keeping a close eye on all things O2, and I will pull the trigger on an ER trip if necessary. I can do without a lot of things, but breathing isn’t on that list.”

(Priscilla does more than I do; a lot more. Can’t blame the kungflu for all of my inabilities. She is tired, more easily gets tired than before. We had kungflu in January – I think. Like the writer said, you might  be over wuflu, but the wuflu might not be over you. Dr. Bob’s thought: Everybody’s system is different.)

Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait

Men in the Space Force …

Okay. Inclusive and quoted.

Male Space Force Guardians may now “wear inconspicuous concealer or foundation to cover up scars and blemishes.”

‘Space Force – New Grooming Standards and More’



Saturday, May 28, 2022

More ‘You can’t make this stuff up,’ but it’s DC, so not altogether unexpected

Capital City about to require special permit for big SUVs and big pickups.

Says D.C. Council member Mary Cheh, “You can’t ban sales of these things, but you can make them pay their own way.”

Persons of DC residence who need full-size SUVs and pickups for work, well, too bad. No exceptions.

No word yet on American families who drive the family SUV to DC to see monuments to American liberty.



Discoveries indicate US natives were the rednecks of Indian settlement

No one with degree letters or titles has said that, of course, but finds in Central  and South America show those areas had advanced civilizations, while the American Plains Indians were eking out a living in Stone Age hovels. U.S. entertainment – films, TV, magazines, books – often feature romanticized stories and tales of people who “were one with the land,” whatever that means. U.S. Indians were peace-loving tribes and clans until Europeans barged ashore and immediately began exterminating the indigenous peoples.

Recent discoveries in Central America and in the Amazon basin, however, show people who did not leave the land as they found it, but made improvements for civilized living.

From Nature

“Mysterious mounds in the southwest corner of the Amazon Basin were once the site of ancient urban settlements, scientists have discovered. Using a remote-sensing technology to map the terrain from the air, they found that, starting about 1,500 years ago, ancient Amazonians built and lived in densely populated centres, featuring 22-metre-tall earthen pyramids, that were encircled by kilometres of elevated roadways.

“kilometers of elevated roadways,” discovered because of the dreaded “deforestation.”

In schools, dogma said the Amazon forest land was too shallow and lacking in nutrients to grow anything other than 100-foot tall trees. Cutting down those trees has made visible urban centers and transportation networks.

As long as the area was only trees, what we could see was not all of the truth.

“Two of the urban centres each covered an area of more than 100 hectares — three times the size of Vatican City. The lidar images revealed walled compounds with broad terraces rising 6 metres above the ground. Conical pyramids made of earth towered above one end of the terraces. People probably lived in the areas around the terraces and travelled along the causeways that connected the sites to one another.

“These discoveries also counter the narrative that Indigenous peoples were passive inhabitants of the Amazon Basin before the arrival of Europeans. ‘The people who lived there changed the landscape forever,’ Neves says.


Recommended: 1491: New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus,” by Charles C. Mann 

Friday, May 27, 2022

Bride kidnapping, a killing, and now a blood feud

From Caucasian Knot

According to local customs, relatives of the Ingush resident, who was killed after the abducting the bride, can declare blood feud against the killer. Besides, the bride's fate is alarming, since earlier her relatives were against this marriage, and now they can kill her for disobedience, Svetlana Anokhina, a journalist, has stressed.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on May 19, the body of a 29-year-old local resident was brought to the Ingush Republic's Clinical Hospital with gunshot wounds. On May 23, investigators announced the arrest of a suspected killer. According to investigators, he shot the man dead after he had abducted his sister aiming to marry her. The young man and the girl lived in the village of Ekazhevo and had known each other for a long time, but the girl's parents were against their relationship, a fellow villager has explained.

The assassinated Ibragim Dzortov had earlier abducted the girl, and then sent the elders of his clan to her relatives for matchmaking, but they refused to give their daughter to Ibragim and demanded to return her home, and Ibragim was told not even to come close to her, a Dzortov's fellow villager said earlier. According to his story, the young man failed to perceive the seriousness of the warnings from the girl's relatives and abducted her again. She was then returned home again. Dzortov was shot dead; and no one has seen the girl since. According to her relatives, she left home for some unknown place.

According to Svetlana Anokhina, a journalist, who has been covering the problem of women's rights in Northern Caucasus for many years, the first thing that causes concern is the fate of the girl whom Ibragim Dzortov wanted to kidnap. "The girl is in some unknown place; the police don't seek to see her, because such a request needs a relatives' application. But of course there is none. Therefore, the girl is in mortal danger, if she's not dead already. They kill not only for escaping for marriage (and it was exactly an escape for marriage, not an abduction), but even for disobedience," Ms Anokhina told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.

Since the murder of the bride abductor was committed defiantly, there is "a 100 percent probability" of a blood feud, she has added.

Источник: https://www.eng.kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/60247/

© Кавказский Узел

Oh, no! Illegals injured climbing over Trump’s wall!


A new report finds deaths, injuries and hospitalizations increased after the installation of a section of the 30-foot southern border wall in California. The new barriers were added at the direction of President Trump in a 2017 executive order.


Link at Knuckledraggin



Just back from Vietnam, Navy pilot Dan Pederson got a new job

Start a new school.

Navy pilots “had gone into the war thinking we were the best pilots in the world flying the best aircraft armed with the best weapons,” writes Dan Pedersen in Topgun: An American Story’. “The North Vietnamese showed us otherwise. We were ready to do whatever it took to win.”

"The (existing) program lacked combat realism. That’s not how you want to send a young man off to war. The enemy always gets a vote, a wise person once said, and in the skies over North Vietnam the enemy was voting in droves. Finally the time came for the Navy to do something about it."





Thursday, May 26, 2022

Mickey, we hardly know you any more

From Sputnik News

“In 2015, the (Anaheim) city council approved a plan that exempted Disney from sales tax on its ticket sales for 45 years, and then in 2016, the city gave Disney $267 million in tax rebates to build a luxury hotel.




Organizations waking up to danger of woke

By Roger Kimble

Tennessee Star

A few weeks ago, Exxon announced that it was banning the display of Pride and BLM flags at its headquarters in Houston. There was a ripple of unhappiness, but nothing was burned down, the media attention was muted, and the world went about its business as before.

Across the country, school board elections are tossing out woke ideologues and partisans of critical race theory and replacing what amounts to gay pornography in the curriculum with more wholesome fare. The Biden Administration keeps running into roadblocks, most recently a judicial order halting its efforts to rescind Title 42, a Trump-era emergency order that turned away would-be immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border. A few days ago, Biden’s absurd Disinformation Governance Board was shuttered and its pathetic director, Nina Jankowicz, sucked back into the memory hole whence she came.


Link at Knuckledraggin

No one would have objected to hanging

After testimony from the defendant’s oldest daughter, no one in the courtroom would have been surprised if a jury member, say the oldest man or woman, had stood and said, “Your honor, we find the defendant guilty as charged on all counts. There are two or three big oak trees outside, with limbs of a sufficient nature, and we recommend taking up a collection to buy a proper size rope at the hardware store, and that you charge the sheriff to hang the defendant by the neck until he is dead.”

No one would have spoken in opposition. Everyone in the courtroom would have given the jurors a standing ovation.

A Red River County Grand jury had charged Darrell Lee Smythe with 49 counts of aggravated sexual assault on his two oldest daughters, then 12 and 11 years old. As the prosecution pointed out, the only reason D.L. had not yet assaulted his third daughter was that the girl was 8 years old, and the defendant did not consider her old enough.

For the trial, the prosecution brought D.L. up on nine of the aggravated sexual assault charges. The jury, following the law and not what citizens wanted, found D.L. guilty on all charges. Jurors sentenced D.L. to two concurrent life sentences and seven consecutive life sentences. D.L. would begin serving the consecutive sentences after 30 years on the concurrent sentences. He would serve – is serving – the consecutive life sentences in the same manner – a new life sentence kicks in every 30 years. The difference, the prosecution explained, had to do with a change in sentencing law.

That’s OK. Two hundred forty years should be enough.

During the trial, the prosecution alluded to D.L.’s murder of his wife a couple of weeks before the sexual assault charges were filed. Investigators discovered the sexual assaults during the murder investigation. The nude body of D.L.’s wife had been found on a logging road in a pine plantation in Red River County. The oldest daughter said the last time she saw her mother, the woman was lying drunk in the yard, with D.L. spraying her with a garden hose. The mother was reported missing by workers at a café near town.

The prosecution never tried D.L. for killing his wife. There was no reason, the county attorney said, for more taxpayer money to be spent on further trials.

During the trial, too, prosecution witnesses testified that D.L.’s father and an uncle had sexually abused “every female in the family.” Both men were arrested. One died in prison.

Also, a few years before, D.L.’s mother left the father and moved out of state. A witness testified that D.L.’s mother’s sister then moved in with the father.

As the prosecutor wondered during trial testimony, “What kind of family is this?”

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Just like the Old West, Hungary is

 ‘Warning: Bear alert near Budapest!’

According to 444.hu, on Wednesday morning, a resident reported seeing a bear in the forest near Acsa, a town of 1,400 people. The municipality took immediate action, including warning residents via Facebook to “walk carefully and do not approach the forest!”


Also: ‘Gunfight between two families in a Hungarian town!’

A large-scale street fight broke out between two Hungarian families in the town of Kerepes. Three people suffered injuries, witnesses report gunshots.

On the evening of 21 May 2022, people reported gunshots from Gyál Street, Kerepes. The police wasted no time and rushed to the scene. There they found around 100 people in confrontation with each other. It turned out that two local families first started a verbal conflict which escalated quickly and soon some members even opted to use firearms. According to Blikk, police reports suggest these weapons were rifles and gas pistols.

The police intervened and tried their best to separate the fighting crowd, but they were still against each other’s throats.

More here: https://dailynewshungary.com/gunfight-between-two-families-in-a-hungarian-town-photos-video/

A couple of years back, Romania issued a vampire alert, so...

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Minorities head-to-head, goat fans win

From The College Fix

A university in Ontario, Canada deleted from a social media page an image of two women dressed in hijabs kissing due to complaints from the local Muslim community.

According to The London Free Press, Western University had posted the image to its Instagram account for the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. The picture also featured two (black and white) men kissing, a person in a wheelchair with a sexually ambiguous partner, and a black man and woman.


The “firestorm” of complaints noted the image was “inappropriate” and “disrespectful” due to “religious and spiritual” nature of the hijab.


Was a time US politicians and military wanted Canada to ask for membership in the Republic. Aren't we glad Canadians didn't agree?

Monday, May 23, 2022

Two headlines

Gay Community Most Vulnerable to Monkeypox Threat -- US News. 

Monkeypox: Gay and bisexual men aren’t at greater risk -- The Conversation.

Glad news organizations are keeping us properly informed.

Remember this when the government says everybody is at risk and we all must get the vaccine

LONDON (AP) -- A leading adviser to the World Health Organization described the unprecedented outbreak of the rare disease monkeypox in developed countries as "a random event" that might be explained by risky sexual behavior at two recent mass events in Europe.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Dr. David Heymann, who formerly headed WHO's emergencies department, said the leading theory to explain the spread of the disease was sexual transmission among gay and bisexual men at two raves held in Spain and Belgium. Monkeypox has not previously triggered widespread outbreaks beyond Africa, where it is endemic in animals.

The crazies and the criminals

The issue is not the type of firearm, it’s not the magazine capacity, it’s not even the fact that it’s a firearm, and it’s surely not what flavor of politics the killer claims or espouses.  The issue is mental health and criminal behavior.  As long as we are letting the crazies and the crooks run the streets, we’re going to have dead people. – William Lehman, The Hashtag.

Is that the break he deserved?**

From Knuckledraggin

Investigators say a 75-year-old man was in his wheelchair in front of the McDonald’s when one of two women who arrived in a vehicle opened fire on him.


** For the young’n readers: A bunch of years ago, McD’s advertising campaign was “You deserve a break today.” That was after “Two all-beef Patty’s, special Ross… on a Sesame Street bus.”




Sunday, May 22, 2022

Biden administration warns Israelis about that ‘freedom of worship’ thing

From Jihad Watch

Behind the scenes, the Biden administration and its officials have been warning the Israeli government to stop talking about "freedom of worship" and defer to Islamic supremacism.

As one reporter 
described, "cognizant of how talk of 'freedom of worship' can be interpreted, US officials have sought to push Israel to avoid using the phrase and instead focus solely on affirming their commitment to the status quo at Jerusalem's holy sites."

Freedom of worship doesn’t require any interpretation. But here it means that the Israelis allow Muslims to control the Temple Mount despite the fact that they illegally seized the site during the brutal invasion and ethnic cleansing of Israel, and that occasionally Jews are also allowed to enter the holiest site in Judaism and visit it, not to pray publicly, but merely to set foot on it.



Hungary president: Build churches, build communities

From Hungary Today

Katalin Novák, Hungary’s new president, said in Magyarlapád (Lopadea Noua), in central Romania, that ten churches were consecrated at ten localities in Transylvania during Friday

“It is no coincidence that when there is war and ideological destruction, churches are the first to be destroyed because churches are the places where communities start to form,” she said. “We are building and upgrading churches across the Carpathian Basin because this is how we start strengthening our communities,” she added.

The president noted that Lopadea Noua had been established in the year of 1030 and was registered as the property of Queen Gisela, the wife of St Stephen, Hungary’s first king.

“By dedicating ten churches today, we are also sending the message that we will be here after a thousand years, among brothers and sisters, addressing one another in Hungarian,” she said.

The consecrations marked Hungarian Reformed Church Unity Day celebrated on May 20 each year.


If she’d shot better, the DNA pool would be improved.

An Uber driver in Atlanta was forced off the road by a man claiming to be a police officer. The fake po-leece was identified as Tyriq Qwadere Wiggins-Younger, who was charged with aggravated assault, impersonating a police officer, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and possession of drug-related objects. Wiggins-Younger also was treated at a hospital for at least one bullet hole from a gun fired by the driver.


Link at Valor Guardians



From Valor Guardians

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Just can’t send those boys out of town unchaperoned

From RT News

“The Secret Service is aware of an off-duty incident involving two employees which may constitute potential policy violations,” agency spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement“The individuals will be immediately returned back to their post of duty and placed on administrative leave. There was no impact to the upcoming trip.”


The state of government is dependent on morals and ethics of people who work for it.

The old ball game

Asdrubal Cabrera played 15 years in Major League Baseball, with the Indians, Nationals, Rays, Mets, Phillies, Nationals, Rangers, Diamondbacks and Reds. His lifetime batting average is .266.

Asdrubal is a Carthaginian name meaning “Help of Baal.” Baal was the major god of the Canaanites many thousands of years ago. A force of Canaanites established Carthage on the coast of North Africa in the 800 BCE time. Rome defeated and razed Carthage in 146 BCE.

Neftali Feliz pitched in Major League Baseball for 10 years, with the Rangers, Tigers, Pirates, Royals and Brewers. His record was 21-20, with an earned run average of 3.55 and 107 saves.

Neftali is an adaptation of the Hebrew name Naphtali, meaning “Struggle.” The Canaanites and the Hebrews were longtime enemies. God told the Hebrews to cleanse the land of Canaanites.


Lost Texas treasure

The site of the treasure is somewhere in western Lamar County, Texas, bags of gold coins thrown into a shallow lake, as reported by the lone survivor of a burro train attacked by Indians.

The story has everything needed in a Texas treasure tale – Indians, Mexican soldiers, burros and a map drawn on a piece of leather.

Lots of people have looked for the gold, but none have succeeded, as far as people know.

I wrote a couple of stories on the treasure while working at the newspaper in Paris, Texas. The first story was an encapsulation of several parts of the tale, including use of a steam digger in the early part of the 20th century. Use of a state-of-the-art steam-powered digger was supposed to prove that technology won’t always prevail over something buried.

Within a couple of days after the story ran, a soybean farmer called the newspaper. He said he farmed the fields where the treasure is buried. A photographer and I went out a few days after the call and went with the farmer to the fields. There were soybean plants as far as I could see, and due north, about a mile, a line of trees marking the Red River.

The farmer, the photographer and I stood in the field, the farmer recounting the story of a Mexican army burro train traveling through the area before the Texas Revolution. Indians attacked the soldiers. The commander ordered soldiers to throw all the bags of gold into a shallow lake, lest the Indians seize the coins. The soldiers complied. In the ensuing fight, Indians killed all the soldiers but one. He hid and later made his escape.

The story then shifts to the early 1900s, when a Texan in New Mexico meets an old Mexican who has a map drawn on a piece of leather. That map led to the unsuccessful use of the steam digger.

After saying all that, the farmer informed the photographer and me, “I know exactly where the gold is buried.” He pointed. “See that low place there? That used to be part of the shallow lake. The gold is buried right there.”

I thought, Well, dang, dude! How come you don’t have a backhoe out here, digging away? I didn’t say anything, though. Just let it be.

Okie Treasure Hunter wrote about the Lamar County gold 14 years ago. Details vary, as always in a treasure story.

If you’re in Lamar County, he writes, “you might as well keep your eyes open for the gold and silver coins left behind by a Mexican wagon train in the 1840’s. This treasure is supposed to have been worth between $25,000 and $75,000 when it was hidden. The wagon train was headed for St. Louis, MO when they thought they were going to be attacked by a band of outlaws. (At least it wasn’t the Indians this time!) Fearing an attack the Mexicans buried the treasure on the old Spanish Road that ran along the Red River north of Paris, TX. Then they high tailed it back to Mexico. The Mexican War erupted soon after that and the original members of the wagon train all died before they could retrieve the treasure.


Details, details. Wagon train, outlaws, Spanish Road that ran along the Red River. Not likely.

That $75,000 would be worth $2.5 million today.

From Borepatch

Dad Joke CCIV

What do you call a fake noodle?

An impasta.

(I don’t write them, I only copy them.)

It's a whole 'nother country


Friday, May 20, 2022

No communion for Pelosi, archbishop says

True leftist progressives: So?





See no pox, hear no pox, speak no pox

Fauci, WHO Marxist friend, suggests covering eyes, ears and mouth to render monkey pox bananaless

From Babylon Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Monkeypox pandemic has finally breached the shores of the United States, with the CDC confirming a staggering 1 infections so far. In response, America's favorite, most trusted doctor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, issued a statement recommending people stop the spread of Monkeypox by covering their eyes, ears, and mouth.

Fauci accepted 137 TV interviews and a book deal after issuing the guidelines essentially recommending people look the other way rather than investigate the source of this new outbreak.


Since monkey pox was discovered 19 years ago, the US now has three (3) infections. 

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Census Bureau to Americans: You don’t count

Audit to Census Bureau: You can’t count.

From RT News

“The miscounts were large in numerical terms. For instance, the 2020 count missed about 325,000 Tennesseans and 550,000 Texans. The census gave New York credit for more than 670,000 residents who don’t exist, and Minnesota’s population was inflated by 215,000. President Joe Biden’s home state of Delaware, which had the second-highest overcount rate at 5.5%, got the benefit of more than 50,000 extra residents.

Overcounted states – Democratic.

Undercounted states – Republican.

Gee. Who would have thought.

Drugs in the recording studio

From Gun Free Zone

“…there was the one asshole who broke our cardinal rule of no fucking drugs in our studio ever! and was caught coming out of the bathroom with a nose resembling a powdered donut. Let’s say that for a proper “tossing the asshole out of the front door” you must open such metal door first and I “forgot” to do so three times. The rest of the people present became quite productive and enjoyable to work with which is not always the case with musicians.



What people have done to dogs

The most obvious is to the German Shepherd, breeders giving the dogs an angled back and bent legs. Just looking at the new shepherds, you know they will have increased hip problems.


Turned a Prince into a frog, she did

1440** news notes that Prince Harry and that woman were married on this date in 2018. Amazing what she has done in four years, putting the “Me” in “Meghan.” Ireland should sue for a name change, based on the normally liberal allegation of cultural appropriation.

(**Apology and correction. I originally wrote 1410. I sometimes have problems with numbers. You know, believing the NY Times and writing 1619 instead of 1776. NOT!)

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

We live in an interesting time

Victor Davis Hanson

After a year of politicizing the U.S. military and its self-induced catastrophe in Afghanistan, America has lost deterrence abroad. China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia are conniving how best to exploit this rare window of global military opportunity. 

The traditional bedrocks of the American system—a stable economy, energy independence, vast surpluses of food, hallowed universities, a professional judiciary, law enforcement, and a credible criminal justice system—are dissolving.


Link at Knuckledraggin

A good read, but the future is not that dismal. The Republic will stand. But, while mentally sharpening pitchforks and readying bundles of torches, we realize there are no targets whose elimination will set everything right. 

From a newspaper in England

A story in the Daily Mail says Elon Musk “pumped the breaks” on his Twitter offer. Must have been because he couldn’t catch any brakes. 

Story at Valor Guardians

Reference a required course

One thing from an International Relations course that made an impression: No nation will pursue a policy that is against its own interests.

So, what is our reason in Ukraine? What effect does Ukraine have on U.S. national security?


Tuesday, May 17, 2022

WH: No; USA Today: No; Check on the ground: Yes, federal kits have crack pipes

But, who are you going to believe? A spokesperson or your lying eyes?


Link at Knuckledraggin



Actual questions flummox new press secretary

Peter Doocy: How does raising taxes on corporations reduce inflation?

Karine Jean-Pierre: “Well, you know, we have talked about…we have talked about this this past year about making sure that the wealthiest among us are paying their fair share,” she stammered. “And that is important to do. And that is something that, you know, the president has been working on every day when we talk about inflation and lowering costs. And so it’s very important that, you know, as we’re seeing costs rise, as we’re talking about how to, you know, build an America that’s safe, that’s equal for everyone and doesn’t leave anyone behind. That is an important part of that as well.”

Doocy: How does raising taxes on corporations lower the cost of gas, the cost of a used car, the cost of food for everyday Americans?”

KJP: “So, look, I think we encourage those who have done very well, right? Especially those who care about climate change to support a fairer tax code. That doesn’t change. It doesn’t charge manufacturers, workers, cops, builders a higher percentage of their earnings that the most fortunate people in our nation and not let that stand in the way of reducing energy costs and fighting this existential problem, if you think about that as an example. And to support basic collective bargaining rights as well. That’s also important. But look, it is, you know, by not without having a fair tax code, which is what I’m talking about, then like manufacturing workers, cops. You know, it’s not fair for them to have to pay higher taxes than the folks that who are who are who are not paying taxes at all.”

There is more back and forth.


Amazing. Those “who care about climate change” should “support a fairer tax code.” And, rich people “are not paying taxes at all.” And she brought “climate change” the discussion!

Texas cowboy working every day at 89

“Hang on tight. And if you don’t make it back, I’ll tell ’em which way you went.” – Boots O’Neal to cowboys going to work on new-broke horses.




Monday, May 16, 2022

Yeah, that went on his permanent record

On 24 April 1959, Captain John S. Lappo, operating from Lockbourne AFB flew a B-47 with two crewmen on board under the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan. Following a general court-martial, he was grounded for life. – Wikipedia article on B-47.

Lappo had a new navigator for the lake flight, an officer  not yet integrated into the crew. After the flight, asked if any crew member objected, Lappo said, "Yeah, the navigator recommended against it. Of course, I had no idea at the time that he was the general’s son and that he was going to go rat on me once we got back to Lockbourne."


Lappo retired in 1972.


Iceberg in our path

 Last night, a woman on America’s Funniest Home Videos used the non-word “Ima.” Her voice was quite plain; there could be no misunderstanding.

This bodes a setback in saving the language, should the usage increase. When people begin speaking the same non-words as they write, our ship of civilization is about to meet an iceberg.

For a time it seemed “prolly” might topple true American English. "Prolly" is that grating non-word that was used in text “conversations” and in emails. “Prolly,” though, seems to have lessened. How did anyone even come up with “prolly” as replacement for “probably”? Have people become that lazy?

“Supposebly” continues to hold first place as the most irritating non-word, though. Does no user ever think that to have a “supposebly,” the language must first have a “supposeb”?

I’m sorry. I used the word “think.” Abusers of the language do not have that ability.


Sunday, May 15, 2022

New words

There comes a time for some when the usual television volume is not high enough, but turning it up to make actor conversation audible would mean driving others from the room. That is where closed caption comes to the rescue.

As long as the words on the screen bear some resemblance to what is being said. Too often in a news interview someone is saying, “Somboli dasciby three times in the last week, a plivel rascally sud.”

We expect a literal display of what a person says, but too often lately literal has nothing to do with real words.

One of the best non words in British English is “innit.” Or maybe it’s “init.” Whichever, it is not a real word, but accurately compresses “isn’t it” into a quick and understandable reference.

“Innit” now shows up as a closed caption word in some UK television programs. Yes, it is a literal recitation of what someone said, and, if a viewer has a hearing problem it is possible he or she would not hear the actor’s word. But, TV and movie words have a way of wedging into accepted English speech. I do not expect “innit” to become a common word in, say, the Bronx, but possibly more common in American speech.

“Ima” also shows up more frequently than before. That is a large compression, “I am going to” into three letters. “Gonna” is another not-favorite.

Used to be, people Up North decided the difference between acceptable English and how everybody else spoke. Many years ago, a columnist for the former Dallas Times Herald wrote that she had lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth area long enough that she was comfortable with Texasisms and Southernisms in her speech. She wrote that during her holiday visit to her former home in New York City, she said “y’all.” Her mother immediately said, “Don’t say that. It sounds so ignorant.”

Yeah, all y’all in Brooklyn or the Bronx have a monopoly in judging, don’cha. You’s should watch My Cousin Vinny at least one time a year. It’s an instructive movie, innit.

Saturday, May 14, 2022

Be careful what you ask for

“As democracy is perfected, the office of the President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be occupied by a downright fool and complete narcissistic moron.” – H.K. Mencken, The Baltimore Evening Sun, July 26, 1920

At American Digest

Mencken apparently had little trust in “the plain folks of the land.”

More aid! More aid! More aid!

From Hot Air

“While Ukraine is flush with weapons and other military supplies and equipment, however, Ministry of Defense officials and volunteer fighters are both quietly admitting that they lack the capacity to absorb so much aid. Much of the equipment and weaponry requires new training to be used. Even when that is available it takes time. Similarly, the influx of 16,000 or more foreign volunteer fighters would seem like a decisive boon, but in fact almost none of them had any military experience or training. They proved little more than extra mouths to feed in most cases, according to Ministry of Defense staff and some of the volunteer foreign special forces soldiers on the ground.


A month or so back, a US congressman argued that the Air Force needed to send three squadrons of A-10s to Ukraine right now. Anybody with any sense would immediately say, “Who’s going to fly them? Who’s going to maintain them?” Politicians talked, too, about sending howitzer ammunition from US stocks. The US and Ukraine don’t shoot the same ammunition. Our bullets do not fit in their guns.

It’s all smoke and mirrors and thousands of dead Russians and Ukrainians.



Response tells where that 11 cents is

Statistics show women are paid 89 cents for every dollar a man makes. Or 93 cents. Or 78 cents. Or 79 cents. Do a search, find a number.

The column at Assistant Village Idiot was on Youth Softball. The writer said:  “I was a terrible coach myself. I thought, given my 70's college psych training, that the key was to treat the girls the same way you would treat the boys.  This is untrue. Several of the girls still talk about it 25 years later.” A reader asked: “What did they say?” The author responded: “That I hurt their feelings but they were  afraid to tell me.”

In comments, Texan99 wondered about the mettle of girl players who thought the coach was too hard on them. She said:

“Good grief. I suppose they had no idea how much they needed to learn to grow a little bark, so they wouldn't enter the adult working world expecting everyone to avoid hurting their feelings, and therefore completely incapable of being a productive team member instead of an emotional sinkhole. I know women who to this day have absolutely no idea how to broach the idea of getting a raise, or how to make a case for why granting the raise will be advantageous for the boss, not just for her personal needs.

“9/10ths of the complaints I hear about gender pay inequality can be traced to this problem. Guys typically are taught not to sit around waiting in resentment until someone notices their special specialness and rewards them for it.



Brits given another opportunity to turn in guns

Law officials looking for “heirlooms, shotguns and antique revolvers, as well as illegal stun guns and gas-firing blank pistols bought overseas.

That Brown Bess an ancestor used in the American Troubles? It’s a threat to national security. Turn it in. No questions asked.


Link at Knuckledraggin

Thursday, May 12, 2022

82 British skeletons found in Dutch mass grave

From The History Blog

Remains most likely those of soldiers from the First Coalition War (1792-97), “when English, Dutch, Spanish, Austrians and Prussians fought against the army of Revolutionary France.”


Maybe the stupidest thing Biden has said?

From Breitbart

“President Joe Biden blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday for the latest spike in gas prices, suggesting the foreign leader had enacted a ‘gas tax’ on America by invading Ukraine.

In the same talk, Biden also said, “The generic point is we have to invest in ourselves, invest in our people, so that we can, in fact, continue to lead the world on all the things that are so — there are so many incredible opportunities for not only us but for the rest of the world.”



Link at Knuckledraggin