A new gun design from Ruger

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On the island

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Our local amateur radio club is participating in the world-wide Field Day today and tomorrow. Planning to show up there tomorrow morning. It ends at 11:00AM local time so I will hang out for a while helping people to pack up. Done a bunch of these and there always seems to be a shortage of help when it shuts down...

There is also a local car show - The Twin City Idlers. Should be fun to check out. They had quite the parade this evening.

Great analysis from Don Surber:

Sanctuary city opposes housing illegal aliens
Concord in Contra Costa County, California, is a sanctuary city.

"There are 2.3-2.6 million Californians who are undocumented. The concept of a sanctuary city goes back thousands of years when cities in the Old Testament agreed to be a place for those seeking safety," the county says.

President Trump said good.

We'll re-open a shuttered Navy base in the city and house 47,000 illegal aliens there.

Over the dead body of County Supervisor John Gioia.

"This is crazy. We're going to fight it. We're not going to let this happen," Gioia said.

Plenty of politicians in the Bay Area are up in arms over importing illegal aliens into their sanctuary city.

"This is not a solution, but evil policy. It reminds me of WWII, Japanese put in internment camps. We don't want that, Democratic Congressman Mark DeSaulnier told KGO.

Concord Mayor Edi Birsan told the Mercury News, "This is so bizarre and a topic that is always in such flux. At first I thought it was Fake News."

The kneejerk opposition to illegal aliens is hilariously hypocritical. City spokeswoman Jennifer Ortega told the newspaper, "Last September, the City of Concord passed a resolution affirming (its) commitment to being a welcoming, inclusive, tolerant and supportive community for all. We do not feel that a detention center within city limits represents those values."

The good citizens of Concord are missing out on the one thing that this will bring them. Jobs. Feeding, housing and supporting 47,000 people is going to take an army of workers with all sorts of skills. Liberals do not think things though to their logical end.

From Bloomberg comes this horrible tale:

Kentucky Bourbon Warehouse Collapses, Spilling 9,000 Barrels of Whiskey
Thousands of whiskey barrels crashed into a massive heap Friday when a large section of a decades-old storage warehouse collapsed at a distillery in the heart of Kentucky bourbon country.

The damaged warehouse at the Barton 1792 Distillery in Bardstown held about 18,000 barrels, and it appeared that up to half the barrels inside were affected, the distillery's owner said.

Thank God no injuries - the photo brings a tear to my eye:


Classical allusion in the post title.

An interesting shift - North Korea

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From the Beeb:

North Korean propaganda changes its tune
Banners and posters displayed across the capital and other towns have typically featured the US as a brutal imperialist aggressor and South Korea or Japan as Washington's willing allies.

But visitors to the country say they've seen those posters replaced by propaganda pushing economic progress and the inter-Korean rapprochement.

Leading newspapers in the tightly controlled country have also seen a shift in tone, a sign the country is starting to reflect its recent diplomatic thaw to the people.

Wonderful news - 68 years of war finally coming to a close. Lots of propaganda posters at the site but older and current. Quite the shift!

Another domino falls - Peter Strzok

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From Zero Hedge:

Strzok Subpoenaed, Must Appear Before Congress In Five Days
FBI special agent Peter Strzok is having a very bad June. After being  physically escorted out of his FBI office last Friday and losing his security clearance this week, per Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the anti-Trump "lovebird" has been subpoenaed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-IA).

A bit more about the case:

Strzok, was in charge of both FBI investigations into both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, harbored extreme animus towards the latter - as revealed within a batch of 50,00 text messages he sent to his mistress - FBI attorney Lisa Page, including one in which Strzok says he will stop Trump from becoming President.

That was in the Inspector General's report - makes for amazing reading. Rot at the top of the FBI. The reason you are hearing about all the poor chillun right now is the liberal media need something to deflect from the IG Report - keep it out of the public discourse.


18 U.S. Code § 2384 - Seditious conspiracy
If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.

Hypocrite - David Hogg

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From The American Mirror:

Anti-gun protester David Hogg — protected by armed guards?
David Hogg is a VIP now.

The 18-year-old attended the Parkland, Florida school where a student murdered 17 people in February, then made himself famous with relentless calls for gun control in the wake of the tragedy.

Now he’s got a book deal, and publicists — and armed guards.

Sean Di Somma snapped some pictures of Hogg strolling the streets of New York City recently with his new entourage in tow.

Hogg is just as much a media whore as Stormy. A convenient tool who will be thrown away as soon as their usefulness to the deep state is over.

Heavy rains in the Black Rock River

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Inexorable is the word that comes to mind.

Force of nature.

From the Washington State Department of Transportation:

Road to Artist Point: Open for the season
Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 09:50

 The summer hiking season is kicking off near Mount Baker. Crews opened the gate to the seasonal section of State Route 542 at 12 p.m. on Thursday, June 21.

Three weeks of hard work plus a few days of blue skies and soft snow helped Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews clear the 2.7-mile seasonally closed section of State Route 542, known as the road to Artist Point, faster than usual.

This is a huge tourist draw. Businesses up here make the majority of their money in the summer. The ski season is nice but it is mostly daytrippers coming up in the morning and heading for home at 3:00PM cold and tired with no desire to stop for groceries or a beer. Summer, we get the people who come up for a week and hike, camp, fish, boat, etc...

Our Southern Border - three stories

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Three great stories today courtesy of Andrew Wilkow:

From the NYC ABC affiliate:

Mayor de Blasio turned away from detained migrant children's facility in Texas
Mayor Bill de Blasio and mayors from more than a dozen other U.S. cities gathered near a holding facility for migrant children on the Texas border with Mexico -- and were turned away from going inside.

The New York City mayor and his counterparts from Los Angeles, Seattle and beyond pilgrimaged to the Tornillo facility Thursday to push for the immediate reunification of migrant children with their families, even as President Donald Trump ordered a halt to the policy separating them.

Heh - they tried to do a little virtue signalling and got blocked.

From Newsweek:

The United States has been the subject of intense international scrutiny for its immigration practice that has resulted in immigrant families being separated at the border. But it appears that neighboring Canada has done the same

This is not an immigration issue. If a parent is pulled over for driving erratically and there are kids in the car, these children will be put into care if that parent fails a field sobriety test. Tell me one jurisdiction where a child will not be placed into protective custody if an accompyning parent is arrested. Remember, these adults are breaking the law by coming across the border. They are cutting in line - trying to come in ahead of all the people trying to immigrate here legally. If you seee someone trying to cut in line do you get pissed?

And, from Gateway Pundit:

Stormy Daniels Says She’s Headed to the Border Next Week As Soon as She Figures Her Best Course of Action
Porn actress and Trump antagonist Stormy Daniels says she is heading to the border to help with the migrant crisis–but in a week as soon as she can figure out her best course of action. Daniels’ grandstanding Trump-hating attorney Michael Avenatti already jumped on the border crisis and is representing detained migrants and also claims to represent ICE whistleblowers. But first Daniels had to hang out in Boston with psycho Trump-hater Kathy Griffin where they posed togther flipping the bird at President Trump.

Well, she started her career as a whore - now she is just a media whore. In her 40's and seeing the career slipping away. Always classy!

Reorganizing the Federal Government

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Great idea - he actually uses the word accountable:

10,000,000 patents

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Wow!  Talk about being a productive nation. The US Patent Office just issued it's 10 millionth patent three days ago.

Here is a link to the patent: Coherent LADAR using intra-pixel quadrature detection

Here is a link to the US Patent Office's commemoration page: 10 million patents

That is it for the evening

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Watching some TV and going to bed early. Busy day tomorrow.

On the island for a night

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Had to bring some things down here so making a night of it. Internet was out at the farm so headed down about 3:00PM.

Mow the lawn tomorrow morning and then drive back up. Love it down here.

Aw crap - RIP Koko

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From The Gorilla Foundation:

The Gorilla Foundation is sad to announce the passing of our beloved Koko
Koko — the gorilla known for her extraordinary mastery of sign language, and as the primary ambassador for her endangered species — passed away yesterday morning in her sleep at the age of 46.

Koko touched the lives of millions as an ambassador for all gorillas and an icon for interspecies communication and empathy. She was beloved and will be deeply missed.

Koko, a western lowland gorilla, was born Hanabi-ko (Japanese for “Fireworks Child”) on July 4, 1971 at the San Francisco Zoo. Dr. Francine “Penny” Patterson began working with Koko the next year, famously teaching her sign language. Dr. Patterson and Dr. Ronald Cohn moved Koko and the project to Stanford in 1974 and went on to establish The Gorilla Foundation. While at Stanford the project expanded to include a second western lowland gorilla, Michael. In 1979 Koko and The Gorilla Foundation moved to the Santa Cruz Mountains where Ndume joined them as a fellow ambassador for their species.

Koko’s capacity for language and empathy has opened the minds and hearts of millions. She has been featured in multiple documentaries and appeared on the cover of National Geographic twice. The first cover, in October of 1978, featured a photograph Koko had taken of herself in a mirror. The second issue, in January of 1985, included the story of Koko and her kitten, All Ball. Following the article, the book Koko’s Kitten was published and continues to be used in elementary schools worldwide. Her impact has been profound and what she has taught us about the emotional capacity of gorillas and their cognitive abilities will continue to shape the world.

The foundation will continue to honor Koko’s legacy and advance our mission with ongoing projects including conservation efforts in Africa, the great ape sanctuary on Maui, and a sign language application featuring Koko for the benefit of both gorillas and children.

I remember reading about her and was intrigued at her abilities with sign language. Animals may not be able to articulate speech but they certainly have thoughts and emotions. Normal lifespan is 35-40 in the wild so she had a good run.

Oh this is wonderful

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True leadership:

Attention whore - Michael Avenatti

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Talk about jumping the shark a long long time ago. From My San Antonio:

Celebrity lawyer takes cases of 50 immigrant women, children separated at the border
Porn star Stormy Daniel’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, made an impromptu appearance at the Catholic Charities RGV’s respite center Tuesday afternoon.

That’s because Avenatti, in addition to representing the woman who is suing President Donald Trump and his lawyer Michael Cohen, is now also representing about 50 immigrant women and children who were separated from each other after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

What a putz. He is not doing it for the children. He is doing it for his own ego and publicity. Anything to keep his name in the media. When is the book coming out Michael?

Still pissed at him for taking over and subsequently gutting Tully's Coffee - I liked their coffee.

Nelson is not a working dog

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Just wants to play

Too cute!

Interesting project in New York

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From the New York City FOX affiliate:

Fixing a massive NYC plumbing leak, 55 stories underground
New York City is in the midst of a plumbing repair job of monumental proportions.

Hard-hat workers are toiling deep underground, 55 stories beneath the Hudson River, to eliminate gushing leaks in an aging tunnel that carries half the city's water supply over 85 miles from Catskill Mountain reservoirs. Using a cylindrical, space-rocket-size borer, they are carving through solid rock to create a 2.5-mile bypass tunnel around the worst of the leaks.

When they finish the $1 billion tunnel in 2022, the entire Delaware Aqueduct will be shut down for months to prepare for the diversion. And if they do it right, New Yorkers turning on their faucets will never even notice.

"It's really the largest and most complex water tunnel repair that the city of New York has ever done," said Vincent Sapienza, commissioner of the city Department of Environmental Protection. "There's a lot of moving parts that we've been wrestling with for several years now."

Big engineering projects fascinate me a lot. They are losing 18 million gallons of water each day - too big to ignore.

Another day at the farm

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Getting ready to recycle a whole bunch of ferrous metal that I have accumulated through years of blacksmithing and other projects. I was initially thinking of having the recycling place bring out a small dumpster but they no longer do this - their box is 20 feet long and they charge $250 to bring it out. Instead, I will rent a flatbed truck for a day, load it up with the tractor and drive it in the next morning.

Fixing some pulled pork tacos for dinner tonight. Got a bunch frozen and I thaw out a pound every so often - enough for a couple of days and very delicious. Costco has the whole pork butt (actually from the shoulder) and I smoke it, portion it out and freeze it.

Go do nothing somewhere else

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President Trump read the riot act to Republican members of congress yesterday. From DC Whispers:

BREAKING: Trump Just Tore Into Republican Leadership Over Children In Cages Hoax
“You really want to try and win your election in November without me? I don’t think so.”

UPDATE: “I’m following the law as it’s written. If you don’t like the law then Congress needs to change it. It’s simple. Simple. I’m with you but if you don’t like it you need to do something about it…It looks bad. Sure. Really bad. If you want to change that then change the law. DO SOMETHING. You people (Congress) have to change it. That’s how it has to be done.”

UPDATE #2: “We all know what it is. It’s fake. Fake news. CNN…it’s fake. The pictures…that was Obama’s, during his administration, not mine. You can’t let it scare you. That’s what they want. That’s why they do it. This law, you just need to change it if you don’t like it. And that’s the way it is. I’m not here to save you. I’m here to let you know I’ll support you but you have to do something. Or not. But if you don’t do something don’t come crying to me about it okay? Right?”

UPDATE #3: “Why is this coming up now? I mean, it’s so obvious am I right? Mitch knows. The economy, jobs, North Korea, there’s so much great news they had to do the fake news. I’m not saying the pictures aren’t bad. They’re bad. Certainly not good. They make it look bad. You have to do something. You have to work together. It could be such a big, beautiful thing if you did that. The Democrats won’t help. We all know that. They think this is good for them. We’ll see about that. But doing something, working together, isn’t that why you’re here? It should be. And if you don’t do that and November doesn’t work out for you then I’m sorry but you shouldn’t be here. Go do nothing somewhere else. You bring me something (a bill) that makes sense and I’ll sign it. It’s so simple. It should be. But it has to make sense. It has to be good for the American people. This isn’t rocket science folks. It really isn’t. Figure it out.”

Hat tip to Peter Grant at Bayou Renaissance Man for the link. Classic leadership.

Don't you know you never go full retard. From The Boston Globe:

In an about-face, hospital will disperse portraits of past white male luminaries, put the focus on diversity
The employees and students who regularly gather in the Bornstein Amphitheater at Brigham and Women’s Hospital include women, blacks, and Hispanics. The 31 gold-framed portraits of medical luminaries that cover the walls do not.

The portraits are all of men. Thirty are white, and one is Chinese.

On Thursday, the Harvard Medical School teaching hospital plans to remove the paintings of the former department chairs, as part of its broader diversity initiatives.

Many of the paintings have spent decades in the prestigious spot. They hang in a room that hosts a growing array of cultural events, including the hospital’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. Now they’ll be dispersed to department conference rooms and lobbies throughout the hospital.

Good God - these morons are re-writing history. Whitewashing.

The United Nations needs to be kicked out of the USA and the real estate converted into a Trump Tower. It is a scandal-ridden and corrupt body. The founding idea was a very good one but the participants soon found that it was easy to do whatever they wanted. We fund them to the tune of $8 Billion per year and get nothing for our efforts.

Seems like we are finally growing a pair - from Reuters:

U.S. withdraws from U.N. Human Rights Council: U.S. Ambassador Haley
The United States withdrew from the U.N. Human Rights Council on Tuesday after no other countries “had the courage to join our fight” to reform the “hypocritical and self-serving” body, said U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

“In doing so, I want to make it crystal clear that this step is not a retreat from our human rights commitments,” Haley said.

What Reuters did not say is that we are also cutting our funding for the Council. Good!

First here, then here and now this from Zero Hedge:

FBI Agent Strzok Was Escorted Out Of FBI Building
In the aftermath of the publication of the Inspector General's report on FBI abuse, if there was one thing that was made abundantly clear, it was that FBI special agent Peter Strzok - who was in charge of the Clinton email investigation and then probed Trump for "Russian collusion" while texting his lover Lisa Page that "we'll stop" Trump from becoming president -  was acting out of pure, political bias and anger at Clinton's loss. It was certainly not lost on Trump, who made his feelings on the subject abundantly clear on twitter:

    • Comey gave Strozk his marching orders. Mueller is Comey’s best friend. Witch Hunt! (source)
    • “The highest level of bias I’ve ever witnessed in any law enforcement officer.” Trey Gowdy on the FBI’s own, Peter Strzok. Also remember that they all worked for Slippery James Comey and that Comey is best friends with Robert Mueller. A really sick deal, isn’t it? (source)
    • The IG Report totally destroys James Comey and all of his minions including the great lovers, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, who started the disgraceful Witch Hunt against so many innocent people. It will go down as a dark and dangerous period in American History! (source)
    • FBI Agent Peter Strzok, who headed the Clinton & Russia investigations, texted to his lover Lisa Page, in the IG Report, that “we’ll stop” candidate Trump from becoming President. Doesn’t get any lower than that! (source)

And while Lisa Page had the wits to quit shortly before the publication of the OIG report, Strzok did not and in fact was still employed at the time of the report's publication last Thursday. But maybe not much longer because as CNN first reportedStrzok was escorted out of the FBI building on Friday, even though he is still technically employed and, as we reported some time ago, he has been stationed in Human Resources since dismissal from Mueller team.

And the story gets better - there is a letter from Strzok's lawyer. Comedy gold!

Water usage - Iceland

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A fun observation from Iceland's The Reykjavík Grapevine:

Household Water Use During Argentina-Iceland Game Looks Like You’d Expect
Capital area utilities company Veitur tracked household water usage during the Argentina-Iceland match, and the results are pretty unsurprising.

According to their data, household water use took an unusually high upwards spike at about 11:00, some two hours before the match, and steadily declined until the match started. At that time, it dropped precipitously.

At halftime, water use spikes back up, just slightly higher than average levels for a typical Saturday, before dropping like a stone again once the match resumes. At the match’s conclusion, water use then returns to normal.

Contrary to popular myth, Iceland’s plumbing system was not overburdened with thousands of simultaneously flushing toilets during any part of this day.

And here is the data:


One more night

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Was going to do a bunch of yard work and then head to the farm.

Temps got to over 90°F this afternoon so I bagged it after about ten minutes and did some stuff in the garage and hung out and read a new (to me) library book. Staying up here another night and will take care of the yard tomorrow morning.

It was hot here but it didn't feel bad unless I was doing something strenuous - sitting in a lounge chair was downright comfortable and the roof vents in the house did their job keeping it nice and cool inside.

I resemble that:

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Three headlines

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Caught my eye - each headline is a link to the original story:

The space force is an excellent idea - there is too much inter-agency quibbling over who has jurisdiction. Navy flyers v/s Air Force - so much duplication and waste. The 50 Media Mistakes is a fun read. 

Fake Media indeed!

Rolling up the deep state

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First it was this: Former Senate Intelligence Committee director of security indicted, arrested for lying to FBI about leaks to reporters

Now we have this - from The Daily Caller:

Former FBI director James Comey is under investigation for mishandling classified information, DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz revealed Monday.

He is specifically under investigation for his handling of memos he wrote about interactions with President Trump while FBI director.

“Comey said he did not expect a report on his handling of classified information because, ‘That’s frivolous.’ I don’t happen to think that it is frivolous,” Sen. Chuck Grassley said during a Senate hearing Monday.

This is #2 in a long line of dominoes. Draining the swamp one bad actor at a time.

Three years ago yesterday

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And it just keeps getting better and better and better:

Island blogging

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Had a wonderful Fathers Day dinner - the first of many!

Came back to the island house. It faces due North and one of the minor disappointments was that the sunsets were always beyond a ridgeline. Not today - we had precessed enough for the sunset to be fully visible from the deck. Probably will not last a long time - I am guessing a few weeks. We are too close to the solstice and that marks the Southern journey of our sun. Still, glorious for the few weeks that we have it!

Moved a lot of boxes yesterday and today - back is talking to me and I am self-medicating with a jar or two of red wine.

Says it all:

The photos look like a nice dormitory - from the second article:

The facility is not a “cage.” It is a comfortable facility providing lodging, meals, clothing, medical care, education, recreation, counseling, and other services.

A bit more:

They are also given toiletries and lessons in hygiene — literally how to flush a toilet, brush their teeth, and operate the shower, which some of the children may have never seen in their lives.

And this:

The children receive six hours of education daily, which include lessons in English and physical education. The boys interact with girls who are housed offsite and brought to the shelter during the day to access its services.

They have limited access to telephones to call relatives, both in the U.S. and abroad. They receive therapy, both as individuals and in group sessions. They enjoy field trips to local museums, parks, and the zoo, where they can explore the city beyond the shelter. And they also have social activities, including a recent “prom” for which they dressed up.

Sounds like the democrats have a big nothingburger and that these children are being taken care of very well.

A bunch of democrat lawmakers visited their future voting block. From The Hill:

Dem lawmakers make surprise visit to ICE detention center
Several Democratic lawmakers on Sunday paid a "surprise Father's Day visit" to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center in New Jersey, capping off a week of heightened tensions surrounding the issue of migrant family separations.

A bit more:

According to Jeffries, the lawmakers were blocked from entering the facility after meeting initial resistance from ICE staff.

Maloney tweeted that the group was allowed in more than an hour later after "banging on the door" and telling ICE staff and local police that they would not move until they were let in.

"After being made to wait over an hour. After having to deal with local PD. After banging on the door and making it clear that we WILL NOT MOVE until we're allowed in, ICE is finally granting us access to see individuals who have been separated from their families," Maloney tweeted.

The word you are looking for is Showboating

In other news - this from March 11, 2015's issue of The Washington Post:

Mexican kids held for months as punishment for border-crossing
Last spring, as Central American children flooded into Texas in a way he had never seen in his three-decade career, Border Patrol agent Robert Harris decided to experiment.

His intelligence analysts estimated that 78 percent of the guides smuggling other migrants were Mexicans younger than 18 — teenagers often hired or conscripted by drug cartels that knew they would not be prosecuted if caught — and he wanted to attack this loophole.

“Why don’t we remove these juveniles from the smuggling cycle?” Harris, the outgoing commander of the Laredo sector of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, recalled thinking.

Now, as a result of that decision, young Mexicans are being held for months without charge in shelters across the United States, sometimes without their parents’ knowledge. Since the program began in May, 536 juveniles have been held — 248 of whom have been deported to Mexico after an average stay of 75 days, according to Border Patrol statistics. Mexican authorities say some of these repeat border-crossers have spent as much as six months in U.S. custody while they await an appearance before an immigration judge.

And this happened under Obama's watch.

Busy couple of days - 2

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T is on her way into town to unload and I am staging boxes ready for a second or third load. Feels great to get stuff moved out!

Minimal posting next couple of days

Busy couple of days

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T is coming up in a few hours to help with the packing. Was going to use the store van to move some tables and furniture into the condo but it has a flat tire.

Plan B

The Mediterranean Diet - an update

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Whoops - the New England Journal of Medicine paper has been retracted. From National Public Radio by way of Retraction Watch:

Errors Trigger Retraction Of Study On Mediterranean Diet's Heart Benefits
Ask just about anybody, and you'll probably hear that a healthy diet is one full of fruits and vegetables, olive oil, nuts and fish — what's called Mediterranean diet. A lot of research has suggested people who eat this way tend to be healthier, but it's been harder to prove whether that is because of the diet or some other factor.

So in 2013, many took notice of a study in the New England Journal of Medicine that seemed to provide some proof. The study found that people eating the Mediterranean diet supplemented with olive oil were 30 percent less likely to experience a heart attack, stroke, or death from cardiovascular causes than people assigned to a low-fat diet. People who stuck with a Mediterranean diet supplemented with mixed nuts had a 28 percent lower risk than those asked to follow a low-fat diet.

The results got wide media attention, including from NPR.

But the New England Journal of Medicine retracted the paper Wednesday because of problems in the way the study was carried out.

It was a problem with the randomization of the data:

It turns out approximately 14 percent of the more than 7,400 study participants hadn't been assigned randomly to either the Mediterranean diet or a low-fat one. When couples joined the study together, both had been picked to follow the same diet. At one of the 11 participating study sites, the lead investigator had assigned the same diet to an entire village and didn't tell the rest of the investigators.

Oops - a lot of work went out the window just to make things easier for the participants.

Great news from Haaretz:

World Cup 2018: Israel Wishes Saudi Arabia 'Good Luck' in Opener vs. Russia
The Israeli Foreign Ministry's official Arabic Twitter account wished Saudi Arabia good luck ahead of Thursday's opening match against Russia in World Cup 2018.

"The Saudi team is about to play the opening match in the World Cup against Russia after 12 years of absence. The team's star is Mohammad Al-Sahlawi. The Saudis suceeded in reaching the round of 16 in the 1994 World Cup. Best of luck!"

The tweet comes four days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a major Jewish gathering in Jerusalem on Sunday that Israel’s relations with Arab nations were “improving beyond imagination” and predicted that “this will ultimately help achieve peace with our Palestinians neighbors.”

Excellent news - peace with the palestinians will have to be brought about by external force. The palestinians are being controlled by the terrorist group Hamas who is funded by Iran. Make things uncomfortable enough for Iran and true peace can flourish.

Busy day - packing

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Been spending the last couple of days boxing stuff up prior to getting the farm on the market.

Breaking for the day - time for dinner.

Nice guy - Andrew Medina

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Remember him? He was the security monitor who let the Parkland school shooter walk into the building carrying a bag and did nothing - not even a radio call. Turns out he is a real piece of work - from the Deerfield Beach, FL Sun-Sentinel:

Stoneman Douglas coach kept his job after district found he sexually harassed students
A discipline committee wanted to fire Marjory Stoneman Douglas coach Andrew Medina last year for sexually harassing two students. But someone overruled them.

Instead, Medina was suspended just three days from his duties as a security monitor – a job he was working months later when he spotted Nikolas Cruz walking onto campus. Medina failed to stop Cruz, and the gunman soon killed 17 staff and students and wounded 17 more.

Among the dead was Meadow Pollack, one of the students Medina, 39, was accused of harassing in February 2017.

Rope. Tree. Some assembly required.

Immigrants - the best and brightest

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Sobering story from The Washington Times:

‘A ticking time bomb’: MS-13 threatens a middle school, warn teachers, parents, students
The boys had once been friends before MS-13 began recruiting one of them. Now, as other students streamed to class one April morning at William Wirt Middle School in Riverdale, Md., the two teens squared off in the third-story bathroom — a fight captured by another student on his cellphone.

The MS-13 recruit threw a punch at his former friend’s head. His opponent ducked and tackled the 15-year-old, their sneakers squealing as they tumbled to the green tile floor.

“I like that,” someone shouted off-camera as the recruit tried to cover his head.

But of course, there is no problem:

Although administrators deny Wirt has a gang problem, the situation inside the aging, overcrowded building has left some teachers so afraid that they refuse to be alone with their students. Many said they had repeatedly reported incidents involving suspected gang members to administrators, only to be ignored — claims supported by documents obtained by The Washington Post.

Let the cover-ups begin:

Rhonda Simley, the principal at Wirt, declined repeated requests for an interview.

“The principal is aware of concerns about gangs in the community, but has not experienced any problems in school,” John White, a spokesman for the county school system, wrote in an email.

Prince George’s police, which have an officer stationed at the school, declined to discuss the allegations of gang activity.

The last line is especially galling because:

As of May 1, police had been called to the school 74 times this school year, according to a police tally requested by The Post.

Much more at the site. The administrators aren't doing anything because that would interfere with the progressive narrative. They might actually have to do their jobs! Time for a wall and to enforce the law on people who are already here. We already have a process for people to immigrate legally, stick to that and stop the illegals. Oh yeah - William Wirt Middle School is about ten miles from The White House.

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