Saturday, October 30, 2021

I'm Lucky To Not Be At Work

Apparently American Airlines has had 1000 flights cancelled, leaving thousands of passengers stranded. My hotel takes distressed passengers in a limited way - - we have no airport shuttle, so everyone arriving from and returning to the airport has to take cabs (the airline vouchers the cab companies for payment). Because of the lack of a shuttle we only take a limited number of distressed passenger rooms - - typically ten per night. We've taken as many as 30 per night, but there just aren't enough cabs to service all those passengers, and the passengers tend to take out their frustrations on hotel staff for the lack of cabs.

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Music That Makes Me Sob

Some music is so beautiful that it makes me weep. Mike Oldfield has written several pieces that can have me in tears, most recently this one, which is from his album Music Of the Spheres, and features the angelic voice of New Zealand's Hayley Westenra:

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Rittenhouse Hearing Update


Judge ruled that Rittenhouse's attackers may not be described as victims by the prosecution, but that they could be described as arsonists, rioters and looters by the defense. Pretty cool!

Monday, October 25, 2021

If You're A Fan of the Brother Cadfael Mystery Books... might wish to check out this long YouTube video on the background history of England at the time, called "The Anarchy." It's a fun telling with some good animation of battles and skirmishes. To summarize it, Henry I, son of William the Conqueror, was predeceased by his legitimate son (Henry had numerous bastards, but they couldn't inherit). So Henry secured promises from his vassals to acknowledge his daughter Matilda as queen of England after he died. One of them, Stephen of Blois, usurped the throne after Henry's death, and a civil war ensued that lasted over ten years, with the issue only being settled when Stephen agreed to adopt Henry's grandson Henry Plantagenet as his heir (Stephen's own son Eustace had predeceased him). This was acceptable to all parties, and when Stephen died, Henry Plantagenet became Henry II.

Rittenhouse Use of Force Hearing


Basically the prosecution wants all mitigating factors to be ruled inadmissable as evidence. They don't want the riot called a riot or the people Rittenhouse shot described as rioters, criminals or arsonists, and they particularly don't want the criminal records of the men Rittenhouse shot admitted as evidence.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

How Is Usurper Biden Handling This Situation?

2,000 Migrants Continue Walk Through Southern Mexico.

The caravan was confronted by Mexican police and just pushed them aside. How will Usurper Biden and his people handle it?

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Maher Speaks Truth On National Divorce/Civil War

"You want a real war, liberals? Really? You think you're going to win the 'I want you dead!' war? You're not. You're gonna lose. They have way more guns and they know how to use them. And with all due respect, no one can do hate like a right-wing conservative."

Took You Long Enough

Shelley’s eagle-owl shows its face in Atewa forest, Ghana, after 150 years.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Human Remains Found In Florida Confirmed To Be Brian Laundrie


Presumably he committed suicide and saved the State the cost of trying and imprisoning him. That's definitely Doing the Right Thing. It's probaby a better outcome for the parents of Gabby Petito, who now won't have to endure the publicity of a trial and the knowledge that their daughter's probable murderer lived while their daughter was dead. A life for a life. Probably the best outcome available.

Follow-up story.

My belief is that Laundrie's parents knew exactly where he was and even provided him the means of committing suicide, since it seems likely that is what has occurred. Not likely via a gun, since that would remain with the body unless later retrieved, but perhaps via sleeping pills or an opened vein. The Florida wildlife has seen to the destruction of most of the evidence, apparently.

Monday, October 18, 2021

Colin Powell, 1937-2021: R.I.P.


Powell was a moderate Republican during George W. Bush's term of office, which we see now was purely pandering, because after Bush left office Powell, more often than not, sided with the Left/Democrats, and was an Obama supporter/voter. By the time Trump was elected, Powell was one of those "conservatives" that the MSM would trot out to bash Republicans, and was a faithful dog at doing this. Totally a creature of the Deep State.

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Must. Post. Daily.

Need to get back in the habit of posting daily. This is technically Sunday's post, even though Sunday will end in 20 minutes.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Gary Paulsen, 1939-2021: R.I.P.

NPR Obituary.

Paulsen wrote a fine series of outdoor survival books, beginning with Hatchet. My nephew brought that book home from school, and I read it, and found it a great book in the old-fashioned manner of Ernest Thompson Seton. I read a bunch of the sequels to Hatchet, although possibly not all of them. They impart essential survival skills in an easy-to-digest way, without being pedantic, boring or condescending. Fine books.

If You're a US Capital Policeman and You've Just Murdered a Trump Supporter... can go give the Official US Capital Police Emotional Support Dog a hug and weep into its doggy fur.

Who Knew?

Minnetonka, the maker of moccasins, isn't owned by Native Americans.

You mean my Minnetonkas weren't softened by a squaw chewing on the leather? I"m devastated.

Remember Early In Trump's Term...

...when he identified a judge who ruled against one of his policies as an "Obama Judge?" And Chief Justice John Roberts got on his high horse and claimed that judges weren't owned by the presidents who appointed them, and they were all totally objective, just calling balls and strikes, and shouldn't have a presidential association attached to their names? And the MSM went wild and high-fived each other because Roberts (a George W. Bush appointee, BTW) rebuked Trump.

Well, here we are four years later. In just about any story where a federal judge plays a significant role, (s)he is almost always identified in the story as a President ________ appointee - - so you know whether to cheer them or jeer them, apparently.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Buck Fiden

Before the chants of "Fuck Joe Biden" and "Let's Go Brandon" became popular, I made a couple of memes, based on an anagram of Biden's name and the word "fuck," so I ended up with "Buck Fiden." I found a pic of Biden in a cowboy hat to complete the image:

It's All About My Big Sixteen-Inch...Guns

Yet another article proposing that the Iowa-Class battleships be brought out of mothballs and modernized.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Paddy Moloney, 1938-2021: R.I.P.

Paddy Moloney, the Uillean Piper and leader of the Irish roots band The Chieftains, has passed on at age 83.
A funny anecdote - - when my son was an infant, I used to play Mike Oldfield records all the time on the stereo. Two of them featured Uillean Pipe solos by Moloney. When the sound of the pipes began, my son would screw his face up and scream. Don't know why.

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Filthy Traitors

Navy Nuclear Engineer and Wife Arrested in Counter-Espionage Raid.

Giving away the secrets of our nuclear submarines. The country they were spying for isn't even mentioned.

Monday, October 04, 2021

Scheller Wants An Angel

USMC Lieutenant-Colonel Stuart Scheller, who is in the brig awaiting court-martail for speaking out after the disastrous Afghanistan pull-out, has some harsh words for former President Trump and his family:

"President Trump. I was told by everyone to kiss the ring because of your following and power. I refuse. While I respect your foreign policy positions, I hate how you divided the country. I don’t need or want your help. You do not have the ability to pull US together. You may even win the next election. But your generation’s time is running out. Tell your son to stop tweeting about me. Your whole family knows nothing about US or our sacrifices. I could never work with you. I’d rather sit in jail and be released with a dishonorable than make compromises in my beliefs."

When that statement got lots of negative commentary, Col. Scheller doubled down:

"I’ve had such a strong reaction to my comments against President Trump I felt a follow up clarification was required. No, President Trump didn’t divide the country. But President Trump, in my humble opinion, is incapable of bringing us back together. Did he expose the corruption in the DOJ, media, and other places… yes. Was he the right person to expose the corruption at that time… maybe. Is he honest, accountable, and full of integrity… no. Would I want to work for a leader like that… no. I want a leader that will bring US together. Someone who has the courage to defend our country when called. My sons deserve that type of leader running the country in the future. That type of person is the only leader who I want in my corner. I respect all opinions. I’m not asking you to agree with me, but to at least consider my perspective. Much love."

In a famous debate between TV talk show host Phil Donahue and economist Milton Friedman, Friedman asked "Tell me, just where will you find these angels who will organize society for you? I don't even trust you to do that." In his second statement, Scheller is obviously looking for just such an angel. The problem is that such angels are in very short supply here on Earth where they are most needed, and so we must muddle along with lesser mortals.

Saturday, October 02, 2021

Blonde Rattlesnake?

Apparently so.

Two Cultures, One Country

A poll has found that 52% of Trump supporters favor seceding from the Union. Interestingly, 41% of Biden voters feel the same way. It makes one wonder how the percentages would look if Trump had won and Biden had lost - - would there be more support for secession among Biden voters than Trump voters in such a scenario?

Unfortunately there's no real provision in the Constitution for the Union to be broken up, other than perhaps the Article V "Convention of States." Given the Civil War precedent, it's unlikely that any president, current or future, would wish to go down in history as the person who allowed the Union to dissolve peacefully. And how would it even work? Presumably a vote would be taken to dissolve the federal government, allowing the individual states to resume sovereign power with the governors as heads of government. The various states could then form smaller unions as they see fit, or not. California, New York and Texas, for example, might wish to exist as separate nations rather than join with smaller states and have to compromise. It's difficult to see how the smallest states, such as Rhode Island and Delaware, could avoid being invaded and absorbed by larger neighbors.

A lot to ponder.

The Winner Brought a Knife To the Fistfight

In Schaumburg, IL, a Chicago suburb, two Usual Suspects engaged in what amounted to a duel, with the winner stabbing the loser to death.

The father of the dead combatant seems less concerned with his son's death than with the niceties not being observed, i.e., his son wasn't also armed with a knife.

It's very important in a duel to fix the terms beforehand, so both sides are sastified with the results of the duel. If you're willing for your son to be beaten to death with fists but not stabbed, you ensure that the duellists are not armed prior to starting the proceedings.

It's difficult to have any empathy for anyone involved in this stupidity.

Speaking of Dr. Fauci...

...he just announced that a pill successfully treats the coof.

The Coof Causes Restless Anal Syndrome...

and is treated with traquilizers.

Ain't that reassuring?

The Deplorables and Blacks Hate You, Dr. Fauci

And Fauci isn't having it.

Chipman Whining That He Was Left Twisting In the Wind By the Biden Administration


Friday, October 01, 2021

The FBI Is the KGB

Breaking: FBI Arrests Retired Green Beret Jeremy Brown for Attending Jan. 6 Protests and Standing Outside Capitol — AFTER HE REFUSED TO BE THEIR INFORMANT!

If the FBI, DHS, ATF or other federal police agencies knock on your door for a "friendly" visit seeking information/cooperation and you refuse to give it to them, you may be assured that they will return with a tactical team to take that information and haul you off to jail. Are you prepared for such an eventuality?

Should I Resurrect It?

It's been dead for years now, but Facebook is hardly a viable choice any longer, since they have imposed 30-day bans on my account for simply typing the word whore. And Blogger is still owned by Google, which gave up its "Don't Be Evil" motto long ago. Let's see if anyone replies, that might be an indication that the memory of the blog is still valued.