August 2020 Archives

Didn't take long - part two

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Now that didn't take long

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It's official - Kamala Haris is Creepy Joe Biden's running mate. Cue the Trump War Room in 3.. 2.. 1..

Done for the day

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Nice and productive - taking a break really helps.

Worked for a couple of hours, went out to the farmers market and got salad fixings. Dinner tonight is a baked potato stuffed with the last of the taco meat and beans. Two fresh ears of corn and a small salad.

Quick surf while the spuds are in the oven. I bake several at a time and save the rest to reheat. No sense wasting the energy.

And that is it for a while

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Heading out to run a few errands, get some coffee and back home to work on a project as well as some other paperwork. Back in the saddle again.

Refilling (and cleaning) the hummingbird feeders today too - made some fresh nectar yesterday. Need to do this every five days or so - lots of birds around. Part of the weekly routine.

Woke up to a cold overcast morning - the sun is trying to burn through but no luck yet. Lots of cold marine air off the coast so looking at a couple days of this. Here is the last four days from this buoy off the coast of Westport, Oregon:

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Definite temperature cycles between day and night but an overall drop in temperature. The weather here moves from the west to the east so the offshore buoys let us know what is in store for the coming week.

Visit Portland

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Fun mashup of an Expedia travel video:

Only a small part of the party

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Pat Cross gets it:

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Heh - from Salon Magazine (hint: Salon is very liberal):

"Friday Night Massacre" at US Postal Service: Postmaster General boots top brass ahead of election
Government watchdogs, Democratic lawmakers, and pro-democracy advocates declared it a "Friday Night Massacre" for the U.S. Postal Service after news broke in a classic end-of-the-week dump that Louis DeJoy—a major GOP donor to President Donald Trump and the recently appointed Postmaster General—had issued a sweeping overhaul of the agency, including the ouster of top executives from key posts and the reshuffling of more than two dozen other officials and operational managers.

"Trump is actively sabotaging the election under our noses—this isn't theoretical, it's happening RIGHT NOW." —Brian Tyler Cohen, political commentator. According to the Washington Post:

The shake-up came as congressional Democrats called for an investigation of DeJoy and the cost-cutting measures that have slowed mail delivery and ensnared ballots in recent primary elections.

Twenty-three postal executives were reassigned or displaced, the new organizational chart shows. Analysts say the structure centralizes power around DeJoy, a former logistics executive and major ally of President Trump, and de-emphasizes decades of institutional postal knowledge. All told, 33 staffers included in the old postal hierarchy either kept their jobs or were reassigned in the restructuring, with five more staffers joining the leadership from other roles.

Already under fire for recent policy changes at the USPS that mail carriers from within and outside critics have denounced as a sabotage effort to undermine the Postal Service broadly as well as disrupt efforts to carry out mail-in voting for November's election amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the moves unveiled late Friday were viewed as an overt assault on democracy and a calculated opportunity to boost Republicans' long-held dream of undercutting or privatizing the government-run mail service while also boosting their election prospects in the process.

Where to begin... The most obvious point is that if the Republicans were carrying out a long-held dream of privatizing the post office, why would they be spending so much time and effort streamlining it and making it efficient and cost effective again. If they were going to privatize it, they would just sit back and let it collapse under its own weight.

As for cries such as: "Trump is actively sabotaging the election under our noses" - this is nothing but pure Psychological Projection.

Looking forward to a fresh batch of liberal tears to drink this evening. There is nothing sweeter or more satisfying.

Seattle police chief - I am outta here

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This is a real loss for a once-great city. She has worked there for 28 years coming up through the ranks. She knows the city, she knows the force and she has the support and respect of the officers. From Seattle station KOMO:

Seattle Police Chief Best makes stunning retirement announcement after department cuts
Police Chief Carmen Best announced her stunning retirement Monday evening from the department in the wake of Seattle City Council voting to defund her department by 14 percent.

Best said her retirement from the Seattle Police Department will be effective Sept. 2 in an email to staffers in the department.

The police chief's retirement follows the City Council proposing deep cuts to her pay and the compensation for 12 members of her command staff.

Best, the first Black woman to lead the Seattle Police Department, was appointed the city's police chief in July 2018. She spent 28 years with the Seattle Police Department.

This is going to bite them bad. The Seattle votors need to get some adults in the city council as soon as possible.

And I will leave you with this

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Time for some YouTube and bed. Dipping my big toe back into the waters tomorrow and dealing with my usual responsibilities. Enough lollygagging.

Speaking truth to power:

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Justice in Chicago

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The high-pitched tone you hear is the sound of Elliot Ness spinning in his grave. From The London Daily Mail:

Top Chicago prosecutor Kim Foxx's office has dismissed more than 25,000 felony cases - including murders, shootings, sexual assaults and Jussie Smollett's 'hoax' attack

    • Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx dropped charges against 29.9% of felony defendants during her first three years in office, the Chicago Tribune found
    • Foxx's case dismissal rate is more than 35% higher than that of her predecessor
    • The state's attorney told the Tribune that its analysis gave an 'incomplete picture of her commitment to keeping the public safe'
    • She said she's dropped cases against low-level, nonviolent offenders so prosecutors can focus on violent crimes
    • But data showed Foxx's office has dismissed cases involving murder, shootings, sex crimes and serious drug offenses at a much higher rate than her predecessor
    • Foxx gained notoriety last year when her office dropped felony charges against Jussie Smollett, the actor accused of staging a racist, anti-gay attack on himself

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx has dismissed more than 25,000 felony cases - including many involving charges of murder and other serious crimes - in her first three years on the job, a new report shows.

Foxx gained notoriety last year when she dropped felony charges against Jussie Smollett, the Empire actor accused of staging a racist, homophobic attack on himself in January 2019.

The Chicago Tribune on Monday published an analysis of Foxx's overall record on dropping charges, revealing that she has done so at a rate that's 35 percent higher than her predecessor.

In the first three years after Foxx took over as Cook County's top prosecutor in 2016, her office dismissed all charges against 29.9 percent of felony defendants, the Tribune found.

By comparison, Foxx's predecessor Anita Alvarez dropped charges against just 19.4 percent of felony defendants over her last three years in office.

I thought the idea of being a County Attorney is that you are supposed to prosecute the criminals. It is not your job to be lenient and to drop the charges.

Reading between the lines, the population of Cook County, Illinois is 5,132,000 people. It is interesting to note that for the last five years, the growth rate has been negative with 24,000 people leaving in 2019. Compare this to 362,650 people moving in in 1970 and 620,930 in 1960.

Foxx dismissed about 30% of the total felony convictions - more than 25,000 felony cases. This makes the total number of felony cases a bit under 84,000 (83,333.33). That makes a felony rate of 1.64%. To rephrase this, in a population of 100 Cook County citizens, 1.6 of them have been arrested for felony charges.

I do not see any quick reference for crime demographics but I am betting that this rate is a lot higher than many other urban areas.

Welcome to the third world and it is not getting any better.

A second night of tacos

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Better than the first night. The dehydrated refried beans tasted really good today - the flavors developed over the 24 hours in the fridge.

Next time, I am going to buy a pineapple and char slices when I char the meat. A party in my mouth... Stuff left over for one more meal.

I knew he was giving a news conference today at 2:30 my time but was starting to work on some other stuff and figured I would just get the top bits and read the transcript later. Turns out that the Secret Service hustled him out of the room for a few minutes as there was a live shooter outside the White House. From the U.S. Secret Service twitter feed:

He returned, answered a few more questions and his last question was from OAN News (which I read regularly) and he talks about the Obamagate scandal a little bit - names names:

The photographer's reaction (0:38) as she asks the question is priceless - WTF???

Heh - figured that this would happen

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From Tyler at Zero Hedge:

Police Comb "Thousands Of Hours" Of CCTV Footage, Make Looting Arrests Months After George Floyd Protests
Police across multiple US cities that months ago were scenes of often deadly rioting linked to George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests are pouring through thousands of hours of surveillance footage to nab suspects far after the crimes.

This comes after business owners whose stores were subject of severe vandalism and mass looting pressured authorities to act after many police departments appeared helpless when the mayhem was initially unleashed during those spring and early summer weeks.

Philly Voice reports this is especially the case in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where "Police Chief Henry White announced the arrests Thursday, pointing to a lengthy investigation that relied heavily on video evidence recorded by public and private cameras."

The arrests do not have to happen at the time of the event. They are compiling a list of persons of interest and start rolling it up. The marxists have tried to bring the US down for a long long time. Time to put an emphatic halt to these morons. We really need to reverse the damage they have done to our educational system too with their long march through the institutions.  The link is chilling to read as it has essentially happened and we are reaping the rewards. Read this one too for the background: The Frankfurt School. We can see the genesis of all of todays social problems in these two links.

No surprise there

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President Trump is bad for you - from SKS Cartoon:

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Brilliant idea

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From Yahoo/Reuters:

Samsung Electronics to halt production at its last computer factory in China
Samsung Electronics Co will halt operations of its last computer factory in China, the South Korean tech giant said on Saturday, the latest manufacturer to shift production from the world's second-biggest economy.

Companies are rethinking their production and supply chains amid rising Chinese labour costs, a U.S.-China trade war and the blow from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Around half the 1,700 employees on contract at Samsung Electronics Suzhou Computer will be affected, excluding those involved in research and development, the South China Morning Post reported on Friday, citing a notice to Samsung staff.

The factory shipped $4.3 billion worth of goods out of China in 2012, a figure that had sunk to $1 billion by 2018, the Hong Kong newspaper said.

The world bent over backwards to give China some very favorable trade conditions and they failed to reciprocate. Time to pay the piper.

Heh - senility is showing up all over

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Chick Schumer just had another memory lapse on television - from CNS News:

Chuck Schumer Suffers Mental Lapse: ‘Uh, Um, Uh—I Got to Remember the Words’
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D.-N.Y.) suffered a mental lapse when appearing on MSNBC on Monday morning saying, as he did so, “uh, um, uh—I got to remember the words.”

Biden is obviously the worst-off but Pelosi and Clinton have been showing some major signs recently. Schumer is playing catch-up but doing a good job of it.

Now this is a no-brainer - from Breitbart:

Cuomo: ‘Have to Be Blind’ to See Nursing Home Investigations as Not Political, Dismisses Idea of Independent Inquiry
During a press conference on Monday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) dismissed the inquiries into the state’s nursing home policies during the coronavirus pandemic as something that “you’d have to be blind to realize it’s not political.” And dismissed the idea of having independent experts look into the matter by saying that he already did and there is no one who is trusted by all members of both parties.

In other words, he knows he fucked up by forcing COVID-positive old people to go back to the homes after they were diagnosed and he is trying to cover his ass and deflect.

Cuomo responded to a question on the investigation by state lawmakers, his past characterization of other investigations as partisan, and whether he would support an independent investigation by saying, “I wouldn’t do an investigation as to whether or not it’s political. Everybody can make that decision for themselves. I think you’d have to be blind to realize it’s not political. Just look at where it comes from and look at the sources and look at their political affiliation and look at who wrote the letter in Congress and look at what publications raise it and what media networks raise it. It’s kind of incredible. Look at the basic facts on where New York is versus other states, right? You look at where New York is as a percentage of nursing home deaths, it’s all the way at the bottom of the list of states. So, I don’t think anyone — what’s political, what’s not political, everyone can make their own decisions.”

Lots of 50¢ words, zero content. Typical Democrat CYA

New York City circles the drain

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This is unreal - these people are on the state Sex Offender Registry having been convicted of child molestation.
From the New York Post:

NYC ‘illegally’ placed pedophiles near Upper West Side playground
The city dumped at least six homeless pedophiles, all still on parole, at a luxury Upper West Side hotel just a block from an elementary-school playground — an apparent violation of state law, online records show.

The outrage is only the latest slap in the face to residents of the Manhattan neighborhood — who as The Post reported have had to deal with everything from public urination to open drug use since the city began moving hundreds of homeless into the area amid the coronavirus.

“Completely unacceptable,” seethed Sabina Popovic, 32, who was at the playground with her daughter, 5, and son, 1, Friday.

The six parolees — including a man who had forced sex with a 4-year-old girl — were listed by the state Sex Offender Registry as current residents of the Belleclaire hotel at Broadway and West 77th Street as of Friday night.

The hotel is just under 1,000 feet from the playground of PS 87 — and New York state law bars such high-risk sex offenders on probation or parole from “knowingly entering into or upon” schools or other facilities or other facilities “primarily used” by children if a minor is present. Courts have interpreted that to mean they must keep 1,000 feet away.

The bureaucrats who did this are unelected, they are unionized and there is no accountability - they cannot be fired from their jobs. Life in a Democratic utopia. All told, I would rather live in a third-world shithole because someone there with a modicum of "hustle" can advance and become prosperous. A place like New York City is heading down the drain and taking everyone with it.

It's coffee time

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Coffee and a pastry and read for a little bit.

My kind of town - Chicago is

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The year 2020

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Two memes:

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And another "down" day

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Slept in a little bit today too - must be needing the sleep. Feel really good, just need an extra hour or two. Woke up with the sunrise and rolled over and went back to dreamland.

Cool and overcast today - may work outside as the forecast for precip is zero. Got a couple things that could use my tender ministrations.

Tacos were delicious.  I added some crushed pineapple to them - added a nice acid component to the sweetness of the BBQ sauce. Putting a char on the flank steak really brought out the flavor. Good ol' Maillard Reaction working miracles.

Stuffed and plenty left over for two or three more meals.

Tried reconstituting some freeze-dried refried beans from the restaurant supply store - they came out just fine and take up a lot less room in the pantry. Use the tea-kettle to boil some water; add a little and then let it sit before adding any more. Takes a little while to fully rehydrate. Taste and texture are fine for eating with something. A little bit bland on their own.

Earthquake in North Carolina

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Big 'un too - 5.1 Magnitude and only 3.7km depth   From The Weather Channel:

5.1 Magnitude Earthquake Rattles North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee; Roads cracked, dishes broken
A moderate 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook several states in the Southeastern U.S. on Sunday morning.

The earthquake struck at 8:07 a.m.ET about a mile south-southeast of Sparta, North Carolina, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Sparta is in Alleghany County on the North Carolina-Virginia border about 90 miles north of Charlotte, North Carolina.

It was the sixth earthquake in the area in a little more than 24 hours. A series of small quakes began at 7:05 a.m. Saturday. The strongest of those was a 2.6 magnitude tremor that struck about 2 miles south of Sparta at 1:57 a.m. Sunday, the USGS reported.

The USGS reported that the quake was felt as far south as Augusta, Georgia, and as far north as Staunton, Virginia.

And from the South Carolina Department of Emergency Management:

Earthquakes
Many people are unaware of how common earthquakes are in South Carolina. Approximately 10 to 15 earthquakes are recorded annually in South Carolina with 3 to 5 of them felt or noticed by people. About 70 percent of South Carolina earthquakes are located in the Middleton Place-Summerville Seismic Zone. The two most significant historical earthquakes to occur in South Carolina were the 1886 Charleston/Summerville earthquake and the 1913 Union County earthquake. The 1886 earthquake in Charleston was the most damaging earthquake to ever occur in the eastern United States. In terms of lives lost, human suffering and devastation, this was the most destructive United States earthquake in the 19th century.

Was not aware that the area was so seismically active. I knew about the New Madrid earthquakes in Missouri but those are quite some distance and a completely different system of faults.

Just wow

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Nothing else to say - gives me goosebumps. I do love this country.

The Biden / China alliance

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In one frame - from A. F. Branco:

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Yikes - the plague

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Being that it is still 2020, I am not surprised.

United Press International:

New Mexico man in his 20s dies of septicemic plague
A New Mexico man in his 20s has died from septicemic plague, health authorities say. It is the first human plague death in New Mexico this year and the second case this year in the state.

According to the New Mexico Department of Health, the man lived in Rio Arriba County and died after being hospitalized.

And, of course, our bestest friend and trading partner - from the Express:

China bubonic plague spreads: Beijing orders second lockdown after new horror death
Sadly, a man died in the region's city of Bayannur from multiple organ failure after contracting the deadly disease that caused the Black Death. Authorities tracked the man's movements back to his village and sealed it off. This is the second village to be placed in quarantine within the past few weeks.

And:

Last Thursday another person died from the bubonic plague.

This was in the adjacent city of Baotou.

Not a good thing.

Perfect day for tacos

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Flank steak came out just right. Got the charcoal started for a quick sear and then start making dinner.

Wonderful day - almost cloudless sky. Mt. Baker is standing over the ocean with its majestic snowcap. Lots of people out on the water playing.

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Glad I took the day off - the last week has been busy and with the arts association changes, I will be even busier.

Now this is interesting

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Also, a blatant display of media bias - re-writing history. From Vijeta Uniyal writing at Legal Insurrection:

India Starts Building Temple on Hindu Site Destroyed by Muslim Invaders in 16th Century
While most Western leaders silently watched the conversion of Hagia Sophia, one of Christianity’s holiest churches, into a mosque, India’s Hindus seem to have bucked the trend. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday laid the foundation stone for a temple on the holy Hindu site destroyed by the Muslim invaders in the sixteenth century.

“Centuries of waiting is over today. Some people will not be able to believe that they are seeing this during their lifetime,” the Indian prime minister said at the foundation-laying ceremony. The temple “will be a modern signifier of our ancient culture, it will be an example of our patriotic fervor, it will be a symbol of the strength of will of our citizens,” he added.

The site in the northern Indian city of Ayodhya is regarded by Hindus as the birthplace of their deity Ram. According to medieval chroniclers, the ancient temple at the site was razed in 1528 and a mosque erected in its place. Indian archaeologists who excavated the location in the 1970s found remains of an ancient temple below the mosque. The ceremony took place after the country’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hindus, giving them possession of the site.

Vijeta goes on to cite the media reporting - the Fake News drones ignore that the site was originally sacred to the Hindus so that they can push their narrative:

Washington Post saw this as an insult to Muslims. “India marks another day of erasure and insult against its Muslim citizens,” the newspaper reported. According to CNN, the move was a “blow to India’s estimated 200 million strong Muslim minority.” Muslims make up around 14 percent on the Indian population, while the Hindus account for about 80 percent (Christians are 2.3 percent of the population). 

Rebuilding the “temple is but a symbol of the humiliation of Muslims and liberals,” Bloomberg News complained. While London’s Economist noted that “Narendra Modi cements a victory for Hindu nationalism” by his actions. 

According to NPR the temple is being “built on the ruins of a 16th century mosque destroyed by Hindu extremists.” The broadcaster made no mention of the atrocities carried out by Muslim invaders and rulers. “One prominent Muslim group called today’s events unjust and oppressive,” NPR concluded. 

“Prime Minister Modi provokes Muslims,” German newspaper Der Tagesspiegel insightfully noted. This is not the first time Modi ‘provoked’ India’s Muslims. His Hindu Nationalist government outraged many Muslims when it passed a new law opening a path to citizenship for Hindus, Christians, and others facing religious persecution in neighboring Muslim countries (mainly Pakistan and Afghanistan). Angry Muslim mobs set fire to vehicles and threw fire bombs at police in response to the ‘offensive’ law.

Fake News is real. Liberals are comfortable in their bubble and do not want to wrap their brains around an idea that does not conform to the narrative. Kudos to India and PM Narodi - that is one nation I have never been to and would love to sometime. Definitely on my bucket list - spend 3-4 months traveling...

Time for coffee - hang out for a bit

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Nothing happening online to speak of. Heading out for some coffee, check the mail and sit and read for an hour.

Need some downtime and today is a perfect day to be doing it.

Slow start to today

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Slept in and not planning to do anything except go out for coffee. Last couple of days have been busy and taking a break for a day or two. Putter around here but nothing planned for the nonce.

Quiet day on the internet as well.

Thawing out some skirt steak - sous vide that for tacos tonight. Gorgeous day - sun is out and 0% chance of precip.

Not a conspiracy if

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Something actually happens...  There have been a few interesting comments from our President in the last week or so. A few "unusual" occurrences as well. Joe Hoft at The Gateway Pundit provides a list of them (with links, etc...) and ties them together. Going to be a lot of fun if this is the case but I am not holding my breath.

RUMORS SWIRLING: President Trump’s Recent Actions Indicate Something HUGE Is About to Drop
President Trump’s recent actions indicate the time may be very close where the Deep State and the Obama gang might finally have to face the music.

On Friday we reported that President Trump spoke to workers at a Whirlpool factory in Clyde, Ohio, to tout his efforts to restore America’s manufacturing base. During the speech Trump also spoke about his work to reform prescription drug pricing by the pharmaceutical industry.

While speaking about reducing drug prices by cutting out the middlemen, Trumpdrop this line saying, “So, I have a lot of enemies out there. This might be the last time you’ll see me for awhile.”

This was a very unusual and purposeful statement that he made.

Joe follows up with some facts, some speculation and some conjecture. Could be interesting if this happens - the Obama administration set a record for corruption and the Clintons are in the thick of it. Trump has certainly had enough time to collect the information needed to roll the deep state up and lock it away for a very long time. There is a lot more at the site - makes for some interesting thinking. 250+ comments with some interesting additions.

Got about a half-pound of popcorn in the pantry - should be enough for a week or two.
I may have to pick up some more on my next Costco trip...

Very clever. Congress (ie: the Democrat-run Senate) wanted all kinds of delicious pork included in any aid bill so Trump did an end-run around them. From Powerline:

TRUMP’S POLITICAL MASTERSTROKE [UPDATED]
President Trump says he will sign an Executive Order to ease the suffering of those harmed by the pandemic-related shutdowns and to stimulate the economy. Congress has failed to agree on a new package to accomplish these things.

Trump’s Executive Order would include these four components: (1) a payroll tax holiday until the end of the year, (2) an extension of enhanced unemployment benefits until the end of the year, (3) an extension of the eviction moratorium for federal subsidized housing, and (4) a suspension of student loan payments until further notice.

Questions surround the legality of accomplishing at least some of these things via executive order. Trump’s response to that might be, “so sue me.”

And Paul's analysis?

However, as a political matter, Trump’s move looks like a masterstroke. Since the days of FDR, the public has always seemed to approve of presidents who act to ameliorate suffering while Congress diddles. A flurry of activity, even of the futile or potentially counterproductive kind, makes a president look energetic and caring.

In this instance, Trump’s move might well force congressional Democrats to reach a deal. That outcome, too, would be a political win for the president.

UPDATE: Trump has now signed the Order. The obvious displeasure of The Washington Post is further evidence that Trump has made a smart political move.

Heh - win/win Another victory on the 4-dimentional chess-board while the liberals are still playing checkers.

From Dilbert's creator Scott Adams:

Najaf is a city of over 1,000,000 in central Iraq - the center of Shi'a political power in Iraq.

UPDATE at bottom of post

From the National Arrows and Spears Administration:

NASA to Reexamine Nicknames for Cosmic Objects
Distant cosmic objects such as planets, galaxies, and nebulae are sometimes referred to by the scientific community with unofficial nicknames. As the scientific community works to identify and address systemic discrimination and inequality in all aspects of the field, it has become clear that certain cosmic nicknames are not only insensitive, but can be actively harmful. NASA is examining its use of unofficial terminology for cosmic objects as part of its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

As an initial step, NASA will no longer refer to planetary nebula NGC 2392, the glowing remains of a Sun-like star that is blowing off its outer layers at the end of its life, as the “Eskimo Nebula.” “Eskimo” is widely viewed as a colonial term with a racist history, imposed on the indigenous people of Arctic regions. Most official documents have moved away from its use. NASA will also no longer use the term “Siamese Twins Galaxy” to refer to NGC 4567 and NGC 4568, a pair of spiral galaxies found in the Virgo Galaxy Cluster. Moving forward, NASA will use only the official, International Astronomical Union designations in cases where nicknames are inappropriate.

“I support our ongoing reevaluation of the names by which we refer to astronomical objects,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at Headquarters, Washington. “Our goal is that all names are aligned with our values of diversity and inclusion, and we’ll proactively work with the scientific community to help ensure that. Science is for everyone, and every facet of our work needs to reflect that value.”

The administrators that green-lighted this move should be fired. They are not operating in alignment with NASA's founding principles. Astronomy has no need of political correctness and those that seek to inflict it are not benefiting science.

UPDATEAmerica's newspaper of record published this handy infographic:

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A cool tool - Bullseye Bore

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Attaches to your drill - makes sure you are drilling straight and square: Bullseye Bore

Does not seem to be in stores yet but I would buy one for $40. Looks very handy.

Love it - brilliant lateral problem solving. From The Western Journal:

‘Evangelicals for Trump’ Defy Nevada Church Restrictions by Worshiping in Casino
In Nevada, you can’t have more than 50 people meet for a religious service. However, the state’s lifeblood — casinos — can operate at 50 percent capacity, a much less strict restriction.

If you’re Evangelicals for Trump, there’s an easy workaround to that: Hold a church service in a Las Vegas casino.

The event took place at the Ahern Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas on Thursday, according to Fox News.

The venue is one of Vegas’ numerous facilities that combine hotel and convention space with casino facilities.

These restrictions are 100% politics and 0% public health. These actions are going to change a lot of voter's minds in November much to the detriment of the Democrat narrative. They are just not that smart and do not see the potential consequences of their actions.

Speaking truth to power

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And back home - good day

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Event worked well and then went out to another Craigslist deal. Picked up some electronics stuff - very happy. Rack mounting and shelving.

Surf for a bit and then work - laundry and general housecleaning.

And out the door

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Day two of the event starts in about an hour.  Back later this afternoon...

Just shoot me now:

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Nooooooooooooooooooooooooo...

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Summer just got started:

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Portland, Oregon in the news

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Another Portland story - was thinking about moving there a long long time ago. Settled on Seattle and glad for my choice then and now. Both are beautiful states but both cities are whacko. Seattle? Much less.

From The Gateway Pundit:

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler Now Begs Criminal Antifa Terrorists to Stay Home So Trump Won’t Use His Failed City in His Ads
It’s a toss-up but Democrat Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler may have squeaked out a victory against Democrat Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Democrat New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio as America’s worst mayor.

Just two weeks ago Mayor Wheeler blamed President Trump and federal agents for the 50-plus days of BLM-Antifa rioting in Portland.

But that didn’t work because it was complete nonsense so now Wheeler is begging BLM-Antifa rioters to stay away from Portland because Trump is going to use their violent acts in his campaign ads.

Talk about ten pounds of "Leadership" in a five pound bag. Someone call the whaaaambulence.

The rallying cry for Portland Oregon for the last month or so. One big-ass problem.
From Legal Insurrection:

Violence in Portland Still Rages With No Fed Involvement
Portland, Oregon has long been a hotspot of antifa violence, and that has only intensified in the months since the George Floyd protests began and were quickly turned into widespread riots, looting, arson, vandalism, and murder.

The situation became so bad that the Department of Homeland Security sent in federal law enforcement to protect federal property, particularly a federal courthouse that antifa and its cohorts in BLM were vandalizing and attempting to torch.

Instantly, the leftist narrative became that the violence in Portland was simply a reasonable reaction to “Trump’s stormtroopers.”  And/or that Portland antifa violence was a “myth.”

Absolutely no one believed that for one second.  Not the right, not the left, certainly not antifa and BLM who were well aware of their activities prior to the arrival of federal officers, but the lie kept getting told and retold.

So what happens when the federal law enforcement agrees to leaves Portland?  Yep.  More rioting, looting, arson, and mayhem.

Lots more links, photos and videos and links to other posts about this. The "peaceful protests" have always been violent. The alibi that it was a result of Federal involvement is just a lie. Protect the narrative.

Now this is perfect.

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I can get behind this 100% - from My Pensieve:

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Long long day

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Finished the event, had to head North to do some things, went out for a bowl of pasta and now home feeling rather tired. Staying up until 10PM so I don't wake up at 4AM - need to keep a "normal" sleep schedule.

Had a bit of a wrench in the gears yesterday - I am involved in a local arts group - their Vice President. Last evening, the President resigned unexpectedly. Looks like my plate just went from overflowing to critical mass. Was not expecting this so needing to re-arrange priorities. Life remains interesting.

Anyway, quick surf, a few videos and then to sleep. Get up tomorrow and do it again.

Out the door - for reals this time

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Working at a local event today and tomorrow - starts at 8:30 so heading out for coffee. Got the van packed with lunch. The weather looks nice - clearing up with sun but still cool.

Taking Bear along - people like him and he is comfortable saying in the van. That is his den.

Looks like it will be an interesting fight - from Seattle station KIRO:

With Primary in rearview, Loren Culp gears up for fight against Jay Inslee
With a bulk of Washington’s Primary results now in, Republic Police Chief Loren Culp appears poised to take on incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee in November’s General Election. Culp joined KIRO Radio’s Dori Monson Show to talk about his plans in the days ahead as his gubernatorial campaign continues to ramp up.

“I’m ready for it,” Culp said. “I don’t back down. I love a good challenge, and I have the rule of law, the Constitution, and law and order to bring back to this state. I look forward to the fight.”

Culp first made national headlines in 2018, when he became the first law enforcement leader in the state to announce that he would not enforce new gun laws laid out in Initiative 1639. That marked the beginning of a journey that inspired him to enter the political realm, after 10 years with the Republic Police Department.

“My stand for citizens’ rights back in 2018 is what has led me down this path to being the Republican nominee for governor right now,” he described. “When they restricted 18 to 21 year olds from buying a semiautomatic rifle, I stood up — that was a bridge too far for me.”

A year after that, he announced his run for governor of Washington, which will soon see him pitted directly against two-term incumbent Jay Inslee.

He will be a really good governor and Inslee has shown that he is simply in over his head. He is phoning it in.

I posted earlier about the NY State dingbat who is trying to dissolve the NRA.
Atomic Fungus has some observations that have me grinning:

This is going to go over really well, too. At a time when guns are being sold in record numbers, some New York Democrat hack is suing to have the NRA dissolved.

Even if they're successful and get the NRA dissolved, there is absolutely nothing stopping someone from starting a new NRA; but it's hardly necessary, considering how many pro-gun groups there are out there.

The thing is, the NRA is moderate compared to the other groups.

NRA's been around long enough to be a "country club conservative" organization. How hard has the NRA fought to ease legal controls on suppressors? Has the NRA ever lobbied to loosen the regulations on machine guns? What has the NRA done to try to overturn the federal firearms laws that unduly reestrict our rights to keep and bear arms?

...the organization that rises to replace the NRA might not be so moderate.

When I imagine an organization with the money and reach of the NRA that advocates for a complete repeal of the machine gun ban etcetera, I get all tingly.

I think that owning a machine gun would be a lot of fun. I have no reason to buy one but they are very cool technology. Gopher problem anyone?

Let's see now. Money donated for a political campaign has to be spent on that campaign. It can not be siphoned off and used for personal enrichment.  Oh. Wait. You are a politician - the rules do not apply to you then. From Breitbart:

Karen Bass’s Campaign Gave Nearly $100K to Nonprofit She Co-Founded Which Paid Her $70K+ for ‘Consulting’
Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) nearly doubled her income in 2010 from consulting fees she received from a nonprofit she co-founded, and Bass’s re-election campaign donated nearly $100,000 to that nonprofit between 2008 and 2011, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Bass, a vice presidential contender on Democratic presumptive nominee Joe Biden’s VP shortlist, co-founded a South Los Angeles-based nonprofit called the Community Coalition in 1990. Her community organizing with the Coalition laid the groundwork for her successful run for the California State Assembly in 2004, where she would eventually rise to the position of Speaker in 2008.

A Los Angeles Times review of Bass’s financial disclosures found that her State Assembly campaign committees paid the Community Coalition nearly $100,000 between 2008 and 2011. And in 2010, the Community Coalition paid Bass a total of $70,500 in consulting fees, an amount that nearly doubled her State Assembly salary that year.

The word you are looking for is: Money Laundering and the Federal laws against it were codified in the Money Laundering Control Act of 1986. Yeah - she committed a Federal felony. How come she does this if she is so hot-to-trot for socialists like Castro and Chavez. I thought that socialism was all about living on nothing and giving all the money to help the poor people. Liberté, égalité, fraternité and all that good stuff...

What is in the water there and how can I avoid it. From Press California:

San Fran is crawling with drugs. DA shows more concern for dealers
District attorney Chesa Boudin acknowledges that the Tenderloin District of the city is plagued by drug sellers from Honduras, but frets that arresting them isn’t really worth it.

Boudin, a former public defender who vowed as a candidate to prosecute fewer criminals, is not inclined to address how the surge in drug sales during Covid lockdowns was affecting city residents, and instead focused on the plight of the drug dealers themselves.

Many were trafficked and their families were at risk at home if they cooperated with authorities, Boudin said in a webinar last week.

Therefore, authorities shouldn’t arrest or prosecute them, said Boudin.

Apple - tree. The Chicago Sun-Times has a bit on Chesa's family:

Raised by radicals in Chicago, he’s about to become San Francisco’s new top prosecutor
Chesa Boudin’s life story sounds like something out of a right-winger’s nightmares.

The son of two left-wing radicals convicted for their roles as getaway drivers in an infamous 1981 armored-car robbery, he was raised in Chicago by adoptive parents Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn, former leaders of the Weather Underground, a militant offshoot of the group Students for a Democratic Society.

During graduate school, Boudin headed to Venezuela to explore that nation’s revolutionary upheaval.

A bit more:

On Oct. 20, 1981, just two months after Boudin’s first birthday, his mother Kathy Boudin dropped him off at a babysitter’s house. Then, she and Boudin’s father David Gilbert took part in the robbery of a Brinks armored car to fund their revolutionary activities. The heist resulted in the killings of two police officers and a Brinks guard. Kathy Boudin, sentenced to 20 years to life, was paroled in 2003. Gilbert remains in a New York prison.

Dohrn and Ayers had come out of hiding only a year earlier, following their own involvement with the Weather Underground, a small group that led a campaign of politically motivated bombings in the 1970s.

Dohrn and Ayers are neck deep in Obama's Presidency - Obama made the decision to become a Senator and then run for President in their living room. Both Michelle and Barry had close ties with them when they were starting out their "community organizing" careers. They are still deeply involved in "progressive" (AKA - Communist) politics in Illinois and still seek to overthrow the government of the US. Stories here and here. When Obama was called on his association with these known terrorists, he prevaricated: This is a guy who lives in my neighborhood, who’s a professor of English in Chicago, who I know and who I have not received some official endorsement from. He’s not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis.

Pants on fire. I wonder when and IF California will come to its senses. Beautiful state and some fine people live there but the big cities?

Hit the spot - Thai dinner

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Glad I made the drive - really hit the spot.

Back home, surf and watch videos for a little bit and then an early bedtime. Feeling quite sleepy as I did not get enough last night. Could not fall asleep and finally took an over-the-counter sleep aid around 11PM - they work like gangbusters but I always feel groggy the next day.

Working tomorrow and Saturday - got a potential Craigslist deal Saturday afternoon. Someone is selling off a bunch of commercial audio equipment and they have some electrical power conditioners. These retail for a couple hundred bucks each - see if they are in decent shape and what they will take for them... No need for anything else, already have it.

Points North - Thai

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Thai food sounds really good. Heading up to the food coop and then to get some takeout (restaurant is so tiny that in-house seating is an impossibility).

Found a great history of where I visited today at the Everett Herald:

The ghosts of English Boom stand watch over this Camano park
In the 1920s and ’30s, the bounty of the virgin forest east of Stanwood and Mount Vernon wound up at English Boom, a bustling operation at the island’s north end.

Nearly 75 years later, the desiccated skeleton of the boom clings to a lonesome expanse of tide flats on Skagit Bay. Hundreds of decaying pilings are all that’s left of a log yard that stored up to 15 million board feet of timber at a time — enough to build 1,500 homes.

Thanks to the efforts of Friends of Camano Island Parks, Island County acquired the property that became English Boom Historical Park in 1997. It was the first park on Camano Island that was purchased with Island County Conservation Futures money.

The 6-acre park is modest: a parking area with space for perhaps a dozen cars, a picnic shelter, some interpretive signage and a short trail across a salt marsh. The beauty of the place, however, is not modest. It’s a great place for birdwatching, or just enjoying a quiet stroll. Unless U.S. Navy jets are drilling overhead, birdsong and the occasional distant train horn from across the bay are pretty much the only things you’ll hear.

More at the site - a lot of history in this little island.

The eagles were out in force - could hear them all over. This is a place to visit in the morning for a better light angle - two snapshots:

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Big tidal flats. The clouds really washed out the light - I will definitely be back though. Morning should have better light. The view is towards the Northeast.

From Breitbart:

Michelle Obama: Coronavirus an Opportunity to Change ‘How Wealth Is Distributed’
Wednesday on her new podcast, former first lady Michelle Obama called coronavirus an opportunity to think about “how wealth is distributed” to lower-income essential workers.

Obama noted the “power” that would enable what “we” could do to allow such actions.

Pure Marxism and... wait for it... Marx was dead wrong on this point.  Marx's whole philosophy was constructed on the idea that there is a fixed pool of capital and that all social ills can be traced to an inequitable distribution of said capital.

Unfortunately for poor innumerate Karl, the fixed pool of capital is an absolute myth. Capital is fungible - it can be created and it can be destroyed.

For a good look at the liberal's hero, check out this article: Socialism’s God—Karl Marx: Was He Stupid, Insane…or Possessed? - stuff you will not find out in today's universities or public schools. And the answer is Yes - all of the above.

Quite the legacy - President Obama

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The list - from My Pensieve:

Quit trashing Obama’s accomplishments. He has done more than any other President before him. Here is a list of his impressive accomplishments:

    1. First President to be photographed smoking a joint.
    2. First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.
    3. First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.
    4. First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States.
    5. First President to violate the War Powers Act.
    6. First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
    7. First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.
    8. First President to spend a trillion dollars on “shovel-ready” jobs when there was no such thing as “shovel-ready” jobs.
    9. First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.
    10. First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat.
    11. First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those with criminal convictions.
    12. First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.
    13. First President to tell a CEO of a major corporation (Chrysler) to resign.
    14. First President to terminate America’s ability to put a man in space.
    15. First President to cancel the National Day of Prayer and to say that America is no longer a Christian nation.
    16. First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.
    17. First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.
    18. First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke out on the reasons for their rate increases.
    19. First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state it is allowed to locate a factory.
    20. First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).
    21. First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago.
    22. First President to actively try to bankrupt an American industry (coal).
    23. First President to fire an inspector general of AmeriCorps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.
    24. First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office.
    25. First President to surround himself with radical left wing anarchists.
    26. First President to golf more than 150 separate times in his five years in office.
    27. First President to hide his birth, medical, educational and travel records.
    28. First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.
    29. First President to go on multiple “global apology tours” and concurrent “insult our friends” tours.
    30. First President to go on over 17 lavish vacations, in addition to date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends paid for by the taxpayers.
    31. First President to have personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.
    32. First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.
    33. First President to fly in a personal trainer from Chicago at least once a week at taxpayer expense.
    34. First President to repeat the Quran and tell us the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth.
    35. First President to side with a foreign nation over one of the American 50 states (Mexico vs Arizona).
    36. First President to tell the military men and women that they should pay for their own private insurance because they “volunteered to go to war and knew the consequences.”
    37. Then he was the First President to tell the members of the military that THEY were UNPATRIOTIC for balking at the last suggestion.

The loonies are coming out of the woodwork. Marginally leftist organizations are displaying their true colors.
From San Diego, CA station KUSI:

Los Angeles Teachers Union says public schools should not reopen unless their demands are met
The SDUSD on Monday issued a joint statement with the Los Angeles Unified School District, which also announced it will start the school year with online-only courses. In the statement, the districts acknowledged that schools have successfully reopened in some parts of the world, but said the conditions are different locally.

SDUSD = San Diego Unified School District. But, it gets better:

The Los Angeles Teacher’s Union is one of the largest in the state, and the “United Teachers Los Angeles” say public schools should not reopen unless their demands are met.

Their demands include implementing a moratorium on private schools, defunding the police, increasing taxes on the wealthy, implementing Medicare for all, and passing the HEROES Act, which allocated and additional $116 billion in federal education funding to the states.

The unions demands also took aim at charter schools.

Now the Marxism comes out. We Have Demands and They Must Be Met. Excuse me but you work for the taxpayers in your districts and your job is to educate the taxpayers children. Unfortunately, the Teachers Union has morphed into a political entity directly responsible for this graph from Cato Institute (page two):

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Seriously overdue for some detention time - send the Union leaders to the Principal's Office. They need to sit down, shut up and do their damn jobs.

Unions very much had their day - they were needed 100 years ago. Unfortunately, most of them have failed to keep up with the times and now serve no useful function for either the worker or the employer.

Those Florida COVID deaths

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They are grasping at straws - from the Alachua, Florida  Alachua Chronicle:

Local COVID-19 death certificates all show multiple co-morbidities
Alachua Chronicle has received information from Medical Examiner District 8 about 17 of the 20 deaths that have been attributed to COVID-19 in our county.

Quite the shopping list follows - a few examples:

One woman had already been in hospice for “management of her senile degeneration of the brain” and was admitted to the hospital for “evaluation of altered mental state and a fever” and “acute kidney injury that was likely due to sepsis.” She was transferred back to hospice 11 days later “for continuing end of life care and management of her COVID-19” and died 5 days after the transfer.

And this classic:

Another case at Shands, a 35-year-old male, was listed as a Dade County death from COVID-19: “[The decedent] was working on the roof of a home in Middleburg on 5/28. It started to rain and the decedent and his coworkers stopped working. Bystanders in the neighborhood and the workers on the roof observed a flash of lighting and heard a loud explosion, and several workers were thrown off of the roof. Immediately following the lighting strike, a worker on the roof observed the decedent collapse, fall off of the roof, and land facedown on grass. The decedent’s muscles were reported to be contracted and shaking, and caused the decedent’s body to roll over onto his backside. It was also reported by the workers that the decedent’s eyeballs were rolled back into his skull. Bystanders in the neighborhood observed the decedent on the ground, called 911, and started CPR until EMS arrived on scene. Following the lightning strike, the workers observed a large hole on the roof that appeared burnt. According to medical records, the decedent was transported via EMS to Orange Park Medical Center and was found to have spinal fractures with spinal cord transection, a skull base fracture, and pulmonary contusions. He was transferred on the same day to UF Health Shands Hospital for further management and was admitted to the surgical intensive care unit on mechanical ventilation.

He tested positive for COVID so the cause of death was listed as COVID. They want to keep us locked down until November and this is how they are justifying it. Nothing more than a political power play done by a party that has nothing else to offer.

Looking at the National Rifle Association (yes, I am a member) - they are a pro-2nd Amendment lobbying group.

Two headlines - says it all:

Of course, there are all sorts of Democrat lobbying groups shilling for the various candidates but touch one of them? Heaven's No! (clutching my pearls).

And out the door - take two

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Heading out for coffee, running a few errands and then back home.

Quiet news day so far. The starling found its way out the door with no problems. Spent the morning doing housework - cleaning, etc...

Sun has come out sort-of - trying to be a nice day but still heavy overcast. Going to swing by a place later - supposed to be an eagle's nest with good visibility from a trail. Bring the new camera and see what I can get. Got one of my Moose Filters adapted to the lens but with the overcast, probably will not need it.

Gropey Joe Biden - a bit of history

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Thirty seconds from Johnny Carson - 1987

Thirty seconds from Robin Williams around 2012

Tip of the hat to PowerLine for the links. Comedy gold.

And out the door

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Woke up to the pitter-patter of raindrops - just as forecast. Sooo tempting to roll back over.

Got my crap together and heading over there. Back in six hours but may go out for Thai later. Minimal posting today.

UPDATE: DOH!

The event is Friday/Saturday and not Thursday/Friday - back home.

Came home to find a starling flying around the living room - got the doors open, finishing my coffee and will see what I can do. A broom has worked well in the past. Do not want to give Cat any ideas...

And that is it - busy day tomorrow

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Working two days for a local organization. They do good work and this is a fundraiser. Early morning though - before my usual coffee place opens so I have to shop at Vendor #2 - they make a decent cuppa as well so no hardship. Got a sandwich in the fridge for tomorrow's lunch and my rain jacket out and ready. 60% chance of precip in the forecast.

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Vote by mail, they said

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It's secure, they said. From the New York Post:

Over 80,000 mail-in ballots disqualified in NYC primary mess
The mail-in ballots of more than 84,000 New York City Democrats who sought to vote in the presidential primary were disqualified, according to new figures released by the Board of Elections.

The city BOE received 403,103 mail-in ballots for the June 23 Democratic presidential primary.

But the certified results released Wednesday revealed that only 318,995 mail-in ballots were counted.

That means 84,108 ballots were not counted or invalidated — 21 percent of the total.

New York State was encouraging people to vote by mail (different from registering for an Absentee Ballot) because of the Wuhan Flu. How fscking convenient. You can stand cheek to jowl at a "peaceful" protest but not wait 15 minutes in line (socially distanced of course) at a neighborhood polling place.

Seems that they had caches of it around Europe - from The Jerusalem Post:

Hezbollah stockpiled chemical behind Beirut blast in London and Germany
Hezbollah kept three metric tons of ammonium nitrate, the explosive thought to be behind the mega blast in Beirut this week, in a storehouse in London, until MI5 and the London Metropolitan Police found it in 2015.

The Lebanese terrorist group also stored hundreds of kilograms of ammonium nitrate in southern Germany, which were uncovered earlier this year.

More at the site.  There is still too much missing information. NH4NO3 is the oxidizer, it still needs the fuel (such as the fuel oil or diesel in ANFO).

Still way to early to know what really happened.

Hackers will hack.

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Love it!  The kid who did the big Twitter hack hacked his bond hearing. From Vice-Motherboard:

Twitter Hack Zoom Court Hearing Interrupted by Ass-Eating Porn Video
A judge was forced to suspend the virtual bond hearing of the 17-year-old accused of being the “mastermind” behind the recent massive Twitter hack, after several people got into the Zoom meeting posing as CNN and BBC staffers and played loud music and even a porn video.  Multiple reporters who attended the hearing via Zoom on Wednesday confirmed the incident.

According to independent security journalist Brian Krebs, the problem was that the judge and his clerks did not set up the meeting in a way that would mute attendees and prevent them from taking over the screen (these are features that can be easily set when one creates a Zoom meeting).

Love it. If you are going to hack - go big or go home. This was Graham's résumé and he is going to have a long and prosperous career doing internet security if he so desires.

Getting used to online meetings

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You can actually get work done with these. The group I am involved with has them twice/month and very productive. Not as fun, not as social but more efficient.

Life in San Francisco

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Just wonderful - from Oakland, CA station KTVU:

Meth lab found at San Francisco hotel room used as city COVID-19 shelter
Police arrested two adults accused of operating a low level meth lab at a San Francisco hotel designated as a safe shelter for people on quarantine, at risk for COVID-19, or without housing.

The call came in about a strong chemical odor coming from a hotel room and officers responded to the Civic Center Motor Inn about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Police and residents had to wait for a hazmat team to determine the safety of the site.

"I was just like shocked," said one hotel guest named Samantha who says a police officer knocked on her hotel door. "He's like, there's a meth lab right above your room so we need you to evacuate cause it could explode at any time."

Hey - free lab space and you do not have to bother with decontamination when you are done cooking. Win/Win

And then, there is this:

The hotel is one of the many businesses that are contracting with San Francisco's Shelter in Place program, which pays to provide rooms and meals for people who need to be quarantined, are at risk for COVID-19, or have no home.

Hotel full of homeless people getting free room and board? That is a built-in customer-base. Win/Win/Win

Got a point there - President Trump

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Considering what the media says about the man:

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Fun news from WA State - from The Post Millenial:

Far-left congressional candidate Joshua Collins gets fewer votes than a dead man
A socialist congressional candidate running on the Essential Workers Party platform in Washington State lost to a guy who died in April. That candidate was running on the Congress Sucks Party platform.

The results show that for Washington's 10th congressional district, Joshua Collins came in fifteenth out of 20 candidates, taking 0.9 percent of the vote. This was less than the one percent earned by Richard Boyce, who died on April 20.

Door. Ass. Bang. Take your mental health problems and get off the political stage. Go home to your mommy's basement.

Ed Buck is a major behind-the-scenes figure in the Democrat party. He is from California and has donated large amounts of money to various campaigns. He is gay but is also a sexual abuser and he got busted for the latter.
From the United States Attorney's Office, Central District of California:

Grand Jury Charges Ed Buck with Four Additional Felonies, Including that He Enticed Victims to Travel Interstate to Engage in Prostitution
A federal grand jury today returned a superseding indictment charging Edward Buck with four additional felonies, including that he allegedly enticed victims – including a man who died at his West Hollywood apartment after he administered drugs to him – to travel interstate to engage in prostitution.

Buck, 65, was arrested in September 2019 after being charged in United States District Court with providing methamphetamine to a man who died after receiving the drug intravenously. Since that time, federal authorities have continued to investigate Buck for additional crimes.

The four additional counts charged today – bringing the total number of charges in this case to nine counts – include one count alleging that Buck knowingly enticed 26-year-old Gemmel Moore to travel to the Los Angeles area to engage in prostitution. Buck allegedly provided methamphetamine to Moore, who overdosed on the drug and died on July 27, 2017.

Buck also is charged with another count of enticing another man to travel with the intent of engaging in prostitution.

The superseding indictment also charges Buck with one count of knowingly and intentionally distributing methamphetamine, and one count of using his residence for the purpose of distributing narcotics such as methamphetamine, and the sedatives gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) and clonazepam.

Last year, a federal grand jury returned a five-count indictment charging that Buck “engaged in a pattern of soliciting men to consume drugs that Buck provided and perform sexual acts at Buck’s apartment,” which is a practice described as “party and play.” Buck allegedly solicited victims on social media platforms, including a gay dating website, and used a recruiter to scout and proposition men.

Heh - good riddance to bad trash. Trial starts on January 19, 2021.

Still nothing

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Home for a bit - nothing happening out there.

Slow Joe Biden is still melting down before our eyes. The people (Dr. Jill - looking at you) propping him up need to be cited for elder abuse. He just looks confused and angry.

Big delivery today so taking the van.

Been thinking about the Beirut bomb - the smoke was reddish-brown. HMX? It is used for solid rocket fuel which would correlate with Prime Minister Netanyahu's 2017 and 2018 presentations to the United Nations about Hezbolah's missile factories at that site. Netanyahu's map pinpoints the blast center. Still way to early to tell but looking more and more like a workplace accident. Getting acquainted with their 72 raisins of exceptional purity sooner than expected.

Beirut explosion - ammonium nitrate

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The official story so far - from gCaptain:

Beirut Blast Blamed on Chemical Cargo Removed From Ship in 2014
The volatile chemical that Lebanese authorities blame for Tuesday’s lethal blast in Beirut had been lying in storage at the city’s port for six years in spite of warnings from customs officials about its hazards, documents show.

The ammonium nitrate arrived as cargo on the ship Rhosus in 2014, according to two letters issued by the director general of Lebanese Customs. For reasons that are unclear, dockworkers unloaded the chemical, which can be used to make fertilizers and explosives, and put it into storage.

Customs officials later asked judicial authorities at least twice to issue orders for the ammonium nitrate to be confiscated or re-exported, according to the letters. In one of the letters, dated May 3, 2016, the director general at that time, Shafik Merhe, warned of “the extreme danger” from storing the chemical in a warehouse “in these unsuitable weather conditions.” The material posed a risk to the staff and the port, he said.

Something does not ring quite right - pure ammonium nitrate does not burn very easily. It is an oxidizer and will not combust or explode unless there is a fuel present and mixed throughout. Once fuel has been mixed in, it still takes an awful lot of effort to discharge - dynamite has been used for this. An open flame is not sufficient.

The most common form of explosive is ANFO - ammonium nitrate + fuel oil. This is used for blasting. It is what was used in Oklahoma 25 years ago. Makes me wonder what the real story is...

Nothing much so far today

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Quiet morning. Puttering around the house and getting ready to head out for coffee. Grocery deliveries this afternoon and an online meeting at 6:30.

Back in a couple of hours

Very early but... WA State Primaries

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Looks like Loren Culp is running for Governor. From Seattle's Q13-Fox:

2020 Washington State Primary Election Results
Democratic incumbent Gov. Jay Inslee and Republican challenger Loren Culp advanced Tuesday night through Washington’s top-two primary to the November ballot.

In early returns, Inslee had 52% of the vote. With nearly 17% of the vote, Culp, the police chief of Republic, had the largest share among 35 other candidates.

A good man. I voted for Joshua Freed as he has more business and political experience but Culp is ethical and very smart. He will choose good advisors - unlike Inslee.

There was a series of novels written by Craig Johnson made into a television series called Longmire. Loren reminds me a lot of Walt Longmire. Very happy that Tim Eyeman did not get in. He is too political. One of the swamp creatures.

6:30 minute video of the blast and some commentary:

And do not forget that in 2017 and 2018, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went before the United Nations.
From the August 28th, 2017 Chiang Rai Times:

Netanyahu tells UN Chief Iran Building Missile Production Sites in Syria and Lebanon
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres Monday that Iran is building sites to produce precision-guided missiles in Syria and Lebanon, with the aim of using them against Israel.

At the start of a meeting in Jerusalem, Netanyahu accused Iran of turning Syria into a “base of military entrenchment as part of its declared goal to eradicate Israel.”

“It is also building sites to produce precision-guided missiles towards that end, in both Syria and in Lebanon. This is something Israel cannot accept. This is something the UN should not accept,” Netanyahu said as the two spoke during a joint press conference.

And from the September 27, 2018 Jewish News Syndicate:

At UN, Netanyahu reveals hidden Iranian nuclear site, secret Lebanon missiles
In his address at the U.N. General Assembly’s 73rd session on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, visual in hand, revealed a hidden Iranian nuclear facility and secret missiles in Lebanon’s capital.

And the location:

“Hezbollah is using the innocent people of Beirut as human shields,” said Netanyahu, holding up a photo of a missile site beneath a soccer stadium. “Israel also knows what you are doing.”

The soccer field is very close to where the blast took place. And then, there is this warning from a few days ago:
From July 27th, 2020 - The Times of Israel:

Netanyahu: Hezbollah is playing with fire; any attack to be met with great force
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz issued warnings against Hezbollah and its backers in Iran after the terror group’s failed attempt to infiltrate Israel and attack IDF soldiers on the northern border earlier Monday.

The Israeli military said no IDF soldiers were injured during the border incident, which saw Israeli forces open fire at a number of fighters from the terror group that entered Israeli territory, according to the army. Hezbollah denied the clash took place, calling it “absolutely false.”

So, my guess is either a surgical strike for which the Mossad are well known or a simple workplace accident. My bet is on the latter as Israel respects innocent lives. They are death to terrorists but do not harm innocent civilians.

My bet is that Hezbollah was ramping up to something big and somebody accidentally dropped a wrench on the wrong piece of bangy stuff. Could not happen to a nicer group of people. As always, the best and the brightest.

Fifty-nine seconds of truth

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This tweet:

Tip of the hat to Vanderleun

They are profiting from the lockdown and rioting - from Bloomberg:

Bezos, Zuckerberg Are Taking Tech Wealth to a Whole New Level
The message from Jeff Bezos: Big Tech’s not so powerful.

The message from his personal fortune: Oh yes it is.

As Bezos and three other technology magnates defend their businesses at a Congressional hearing on antitrust worries Wednesday, their fast-growing wealth provides a breathtaking measure of their companies’ economic might. The Amazon.com Inc. founder has seen his net worth soar by $63.6 billion this year. On one day this month, it leaped an unprecedented $13 billion. The world’s richest man is now on the cusp of another record: a fortune exceeding $200 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Another chief executive officer testifying, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook Inc., has grown $9.1 billion richer this year, placing his fortune within reach of the centibillionaire status already held by Bezos and Bill Gates.

Nothing wrong with making money. Weaponizing our nation's Political System to tilt the playing field is wrong, very very wrong. Time for a little bit of anti-trust action. The Congress-critters will scream as they are getting sweet campaign donations but let them holler.

Just makes my day - Antifa

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It is hard to get food into my mouth while I am grinning so much - from FOX News:

FBI has opened 300 'domestic terror' investigations as a result of riots, attorney tells Capitol hearing on Antifa
The FBI has opened more than 300 domestic terrorism investigations since George Floyd's death in Minneapolis kicked off nationwide unrest and riots, a federal attorney revealed Tuesday in a hearing on Capitol Hill on Antifa and violent protests.

Erin Nealy Cox, a U.S. attorney tapped by Attorney General William Barr to lead a task force on violent anti-government extremists, said the feds have opened hundreds of federal criminal investigations surrounding the violence and rioting since May 28.

"They have since May 28 [opened] over 300 domestic terrorist investigations," Cox told a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing on preventing violent protests. "That does not include any potential civil rights investigations or violent crime associated with the riots."

Burn down City Hall or take over a police station, that is one jurisdiction. Touch a Federal building or threaten a Federal employee with bodily harm and you open up an entirely different can of whoop-ass on yourself. I hope that they hand out years like candy at Halloween. 20-30 years in a Federal slammer will shut these children down for a long long long time. I am hoping that enough of them rat out so the Feds can get the propagandists and the ringleaders. Betting that they will.

Massive explosion - no concrete news as to cause, etc... Some of the videos are pretty damn scary.

AMA is a TLA for Ask Me Anything (there is even an RFC). From Medium:

Is the Black Lives Matter Organization a Money Laundering Scheme?
Just yesterday, the Managing director for the Black Lives Matter organization— Kailee Scales — conducted a disastrous Reddit AMA, during which she was hard pressed to disclose where and how exactly the money received from donations to BLM was being used. Interestingly, she refused to answer said questions, and the ensuing controversy was enough for moderators to lock the thread.

The suspicions didn’t die there, however. And the internet got to work to find out what exactly was going on behind the scenes at BLM. It didn’t take long to figure it out.

In other words - they are about as financially dirty as you can imagine. The parent BLM organization is not registered as a 501(c)(3) - they do not want the scrutiny that this entails.

Life in New York City

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People are leaving in droves - from the New York Post:

Business leader says wealthy New Yorkers ‘don’t want to come back’ to the city
Wealthy New Yorkers who fled the city during the coronavirus crisis “don’t want to come back” — and may be further deterred by talk of rising taxes, an economic watchdog warned Sunday.

“They want to go to the office, but they don’t want to come back to the city,” Partnership for NYC President Kathryn Wylde said Sunday on WABC 770 AM’s “The Cats Roundtable” radio show.

“It’s hard to move a company… but it’s much easier for individuals to move,” she said, noting that most offices plan to allow remote work indefinitely.

The top one-percent of earners currently account for 40 percent of New York state tax revenue, according to numbers crunched by Wylde’s pro-business group last month.

New York state faces massive deficits due to the impacts of the coronavirus crisis, leading some left-wing politicians like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to suggest raising taxes on billionaires.

Wylde warned that rich New Yorkers will be even more inclined to stay in the Hamptons or Palm Beach, Florida, if New York raises taxes.

People like Occasional-Cortex are innumerate - they do not have the mental ability to see the consequences of increased taxation. They will get less money. So they raise the taxes more. And they get even less money. They choose to ignore the Laffer Curve at their peril.

Waiting for dinner to heat up

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Worked at home for a while this early afternoon and then went to the market at 4PM - it runs from 3-6. Had a nice conversation with some friends and hung out for a little while - turned into a warm day so had some ice cream while hanging out.

Decided against the left-over spaghetti so doing some Brazilian Feijoada instead - rice and beans with some ham, bacon, tomatoes and onion - all good stuff. Picked up a small cabbage at the market - feijoada is usually served with some steamed greens but using the cabbage instead for tonight - saute with some butter.

Back for the evening. Fix dinner and surf.

Out for a bit - the usual

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Dump and recycling run, get some coffee, hang out and read for a little bit. Finish paying the bills.

Farmer's market later this afternoon, got grocery deliveries Wednesday and volunteering at the local community center Thursday and Friday for an event.

Back in a while - nice cool overcast day today. The marine air has definitely moved in - rain forecast for Thursday morning.

Back in a while - left-over spaghetti for dinner tonight. Yummy!

Increased sunspots = increased overall activity. From the SpaceWeather site:

SOLAR CYCLE 25 STRENGTHENS
There's no longer any doubt. New Solar Cycle 25 is coming to life. The latest sign came yesterday with the emergence of a new sunspot group, AR2770, inset in this magnetic map of the sun's surface from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO):

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AR2770 has two dark cores (each about the size of Mars) and is crackling with minor B-class solar flares. Its potential for even stronger flares will become clear in the days ahead as the sunspot turns toward Earth, more fully revealing its magnetic complexity.

Active regions from Solar Cycle 25 are now strewn across the sun's northern hemisphere. These are places where magnetic fields are intensifying, creating islands of magnetism on the sun's surface.

And this cautionary note::

The appearance of so many active regions at once is a clear sign that Solar Cycle 25 is gaining steam. However, that doesn't mean Solar Minimum is finished. These are just "starter sunspots," pipsqueaks compared to the behemoths expected when Solar Cycle 25 reaches its peak a few years from now. Solar activity should remain generally low despite this uptick in sunspot counts.

We could still be looking at an overall cooling period.

Heh - renaming the Wuhan Flu

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Makes perfect sense to me...

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Poetic justice - removing the police

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From the Chicago Sun-Times:

Student activist killed in shooting weeks after protesting police presence in CPS
A student leader with a youth activist group that has been prominent in the push to remove police from Chicago Public Schools died Sunday morning after he was shot two days earlier in the West Rogers Park neighborhood.

Caleb Reed, a 17-year-old junior at Mather High School on the North Side, just weeks earlier had spoken about his traumatic experience with officers at his school at a news conference with public officials ahead of a Board of Education vote on a $33 million contract with the Chicago Police Department.

Late last week, officers found Reed lying on a sidewalk about 1 p.m. Friday in the 1900 block of West Granville Avenue, authorities said. He had been shot in the head and was taken to St. Francis Hospital in Evanston, according to Chicago police.

Maybe some social workers will have a deep and meaningful conversation with the person who murdered him. Just maybe...

The H-1B program allows people to come in to America to work if there is nobody here that can do the job. A good idea but this program has been seriously misused. People are being hired at significantly lower wages and domestic workers are being fired - Disney did this a while ago and there was a big uproar as outgoing DIsney employees were forced to train their replacements (here, here and here) From Just the News:

Trump bans U.S agencies from firing citizens to replace them with foreigners, fires TVA chief
President Trump on Monday signed an executive order banning federal agencies — with particular attention on the technology sector — from firing U.S. citizens or green card holders only to replace them with foreigners.

The order, which the White House is calling the Executive Order on Hiring American, challenges federal contractors' use of H-1B visas to bring in temporary foreign labor for high-skilled jobs rather than relying on American workers

"This Executive Order follows his Buy American, Hire American Executive Order from April 2017 and takes further action to prevent Americans from being displaced by foreign workers," the White House said in a statement released Monday. "Under President Trump’s leadership, the firing of hardworking Americans in the pursuit of cheap foreign labor will not be tolerated."

And the connection with the TVA?

At the White House signing ceremony Monday, Trump said he's pushing for the removal of authority CEO Jeff Lyash and called on its board to make sure Lyash "does not receive a lavish compensation package upon his departure too."

"He gets $8 million a year, so that was just a succession of deep swamp things happening, and it's a disgrace," Trump said. "So let this serve as a warning to any federally appointed board. If you betray American workers, then you will hear two simple words, 'You're fired.'"

Good - he is not worth that much money. Gaming the system not adding value. Door. Ass. Bang.

Minimal posting tonight - new toy

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Doing a firmware upgrade and spending this evening learning the new camera. Of course, the lens diameter does not match any of my other lenses so none of my filters will fit directly -BUT- I do have some adapter rings which will make this work. Looking at polarizing and neutral density.

Here are three snaps to give you an idea of the zoom range of this lens:

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Now that is what I call some nice telephoto. This is not as fast-acting nor does it yield as good an image as my "better" camera but it will do fine for keeping in the car and taking the critter shots that usually get away. Lots to learn...

Now that you mention it...

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Details keep coming out. What with the three-times lethal quantities of Fentanyl in his system and his heart attack, the cause of death is becoming less and less certain. They released the bodycam videos and George's actions do not fit the popular narrative - do they ever? From the London Daily Mail:

Police bodycam footage shows moment-by-moment arrest of George Floyd for the first time - from terror on his face when officer points gun at his head, sobbing before he's shoved into squad car and begging to breathe as his life drains away

    • The terror on George Floyd's face as a rookie cop points a gun at his head while he sits in his car can be seen today for the first time
    • DailyMail.com has exclusively obtained video from the bodycams of officers Thomas Lane and Alex Kueng, who were part of Floyd's fatal arrest on Memorial Day in Minneapolis
    • Floyd died after Officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for nearly nine minutes on May 25
    • The tapes show in minute detail how Floyd begs 'Mr. Officer, please don't shoot me. Please man,' before the struggle that ended with his death
    • It also shows how Floyd resisted as the cops tried to force him into the back of the squad car, telling them he suffers from claustrophobia and anxiety
    • The video begins with Lane knocking on Floyd's car window with a flashlight and once Floyd opens the door, Lane pulls out his gun and points it at Floyd's head
    • Floyd, 46, begs him not to shoot, saying: ''I'll look at you eye-to-eye. Please don't shoot me man. I just lost my mom, man'
    • He sobs as the officers pull him out of the car and handcuff him, as his ex suggests he was undergoing mental problems and was afraid of police
    • After the struggle to get Floyd in the cop car, he is suddenly on the sidewalk with Chauvin's knee on his neck
    • Floyd says he can't breathe over and over again and calls for his 'momma' but his voice slowly gets weaker as his life drains away, even saying 'I'll probably just die this way'

Bodycam footage from two cops accused in the murder of George Floyd is revealed exclusively by DailyMail.com today — and it shows a rookie officer terrifying Floyd by pointing a handgun at his head and another callously picking a pebble from the squad car tire just inches from the dying man and seconds before he draws his last breath.

The tapes show in minute detail how a very distressed Floyd begs 'Mr. Officer, please don't shoot me. Please man,' before the struggle that ended with his death on May 25.

It also shows how belligerent cops cursed at and manhandled the sobbing suspect, ignoring his pleas for compassion.

No word as to what Aracely Henriquez was saying when Floyd held a gun to her pregnant belly while he was doing a home-invasion robbery. He had been in jail five times and was dealing drugs and passing counterfeit money when he died. And, of course, there were no nationwide protests when Justine Damond was murdered by Mohamed Noor. Damond was Caucasion and Noor was a Somali member of the Minneapolis, Mn police force - a police officer.

Love the ending - tip of the hat to Don Surber for finding this gem:

And back home

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Picked up enough storage bins to last me a lifetime - 200 of them:

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Bear is watching out for them for me. Good dog😊

Also stopped by my favorite camera store - they were processing a bunch of Nikon equipment from an estate and I was looking for specific lenses (extreme telephoto and one specific macro). They did not have these but they did have a Nikon Coolpix 900 that came home with me. I have been curious about these cameras as they have an extremely large optical zoom range (83X) - the 35mm equivalent of 24mm to 2000mm. Cowabunga! The price was right. There are newer models out there but this is a rock-solid design with excellent optics so was able to get a good camera for quite cheap.

Fixing some dinner - a tuna sandwich. Stopped by Trader Joes on the way back home and picked up some fun stuff.

And out the door

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Nothing happening this morning - working on some stuff and got the bills paid.

Heading out for coffee and then up to Bellingham for a possible Craigslist deal. Someone is selling off a bunch of plastic storage bins that are perfect for hardware. Gives me an opportunity to do some more work at the Condo and check in at a couple of vendors.

Slow day on the internets.

Great line

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Was watching the latest from the CrafsMan SteadyCraftin. He was surprised at how well a mold came out and he said:

Well. Dip me in shellac and call me glossy

Cute.

That's all for tonight

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Watch some video, have a pot of tea and an early bedtime.

Spaghetti was delicious. Stuffed and lots of leftover sauce. The local food coop has an in-house butcher shop and they do a good spaghetti blend - pork and beef with spices. Really good. Compliments the San Marzano tomatoes very nicely.

alt.energy - some numbers

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A good essay on the futility of alternative energy and it outlines just how wasteful and resource intensive most of these scams (wind, solar, etc...) are. From the Manhattan Institute:

Mines, Minerals, and "Green" Energy: A Reality Check
As policymakers have shifted focus from pandemic challenges to economic recovery, infrastructure plans are once more being actively discussed, including those relating to energy. Green energy advocates are doubling down on pressure to continue, or even increase, the use of wind, solar power, and electric cars. Left out of the discussion is any serious consideration of the broad environmental and supply-chain implications of renewable energy.

As I explored in a previous paper, “The New Energy Economy: An Exercise in Magical Thinking,” many enthusiasts believe things that are not possible when it comes to the physics of fueling society, not least the magical belief that “clean-tech” energy can echo the velocity of the progress of digital technologies. It cannot.

This is quite a long article, very well footnoted with the data to back up its claims. Here are a few observations:

Among the material realities of green energy:

    • Building wind turbines and solar panels to generate electricity, as well as batteries to fuel electric vehicles, requires, on average, more than 10 times the quantity of materials, compared with building machines using hydrocarbons to deliver the same amount of energy to society.
    • A single electric car contains more cobalt than 1,000 smartphone batteries; the blades on a single wind turbine have more plastic than 5 million smartphones; and a solar array that can power one data center uses more glass than 50 million phones.
    • Replacing hydrocarbons with green machines under current plans—never mind aspirations for far greater expansion—will vastly increase the mining of various critical minerals around the world. For example, a single electric car battery weighing 1,000 pounds requires extracting and processing some 500,000 pounds of materials. Averaged over a battery’s life, each mile of driving an electric car “consumes” five pounds of earth. Using an internal combustion engine consumes about 0.2 pounds of liquids per mile.
    • Oil, natural gas, and coal are needed to produce the concrete, steel, plastics, and purified minerals used to build green machines. The energy equivalent of 100 barrels of oil is used in the processes to fabricate a single battery that can store the equivalent of one barrel of oil.
    • By 2050, with current plans, the quantity of worn-out solar panels—much of it nonrecyclable—will constitute double the tonnage of all today’s global plastic waste, along with over 3 million tons per year of unrecyclable plastics from worn-out wind turbine blades. By 2030, more than 10 million tons per year of batteries will become garbage.

Much much more at the site. The papers are available as PDF files for you to download. Lots of links to reference numbers.

alt.energy is an economic rathole. If we spent the same time and money on liquid salt Thorium reactors, our energy problems would be solved for the next 5,000 years.

President Trump's 404 page

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When someone navigates to a website and types in a URL for a page that does not exist on the site (spelling error, expired page, etc...), the web server will issue an HTTP error code 404. The web designer can creat a generic page to inform the user of their error and to point them to a directory or back to the home page. Sometimes, they can be really cute or funny. Amazon, Google

Check out the 404 page for Donald J Trump:

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Talk about comedy gold...

Could have told you that - liberals

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From Powerline, April 13th, 2020:

DOES LIBERALISM CAUSE MENTAL ILLNESS?
The great Zach Goldberg, the youngish Ph.D student who has been quantifying the explosion of “wokeness” in the news media and elsewhere over the last decade, has been looking through the raw data in the Pew Research Center’s latest American Trends Panel Survey, and unearthed some interesting findings, which you can see here. Top line: liberals are more than twice as likely as conservatives to be found to have a mental health condition.

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Especially notable is the lower chart, which shows that “very liberal” whites are much more likely to have mental health problems than “very liberal” non-whites. I’d love to see this broken out further by income, as I suspect that problem is especially strong with rich white liberals.

Turns out this isn’t an isolated finding. There’s a preprint paper posted in February on ResearchGate from Emil O.W. Kirkegaard of the Ulster Institute for Social Research entitled “Mental Illness and the Left.” The entire paper is available for download, but here’s the abstract:

It has been claimed that left-wingers or liberals (US sense) tend to be more mentally ill than right-wingers or conservatives. This potential link was investigated using the General Social Survey. A search found 5 items measuring one’s own mental illness in different ways (e.g.”Do you have any emotional or mental disability?”). All of these items were associated with left-wing political ideology as measured by self-report. These results held up mostly in regressions that adjusted for age, sex, and race. For the variable with the most data, the difference in mental illness between “extremely liberal” and “extremely conservative” was 0.39 d. This finding is congruent with numerous findings based on related constructs.

Much more at the site. Numbers do not lie - makes perfect sense. Straight out of the DSM-IV.

Blame it on the COVID Wuhan Flu

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Couldn't be anything else now could it? From the New Orleans Times Picayunne:

A disturbing phenomenon: New Orleans' killings, shootings have risen sharply since coronavirus
A 9-year-old boy gunned down in front of his family in Treme. A 34-year-old man shot and killed in a dispute over a car title. Three men shot, one of them fatally, on a sunny afternoon in St. Roch.

The events of the past month illustrate a disturbing phenomenon: Killings and shootings have risen steeply since the coronavirus hit New Orleans, mirroring a national trend that has further rattled communities reeling from the pandemic and its economic fallout.

Non-fatal shootings and gun homicides were already up before the pandemic, but the increase accelerated since then. The rate of gun homicides since New Orleans began allowing more economic activity to resume on May 16 is up more than 50% compared to where things stood in the months before the COVID-19 outbreak, and non-fatal shootings are up 48%, according to an analysis of 911 call data.

And a bit more - looking at numbers nationally:

“It’s been such a weird year in so many ways that it’s impossible to say what’s going to happen the rest of the year and what specifically is driving the changes and what, if anything, can be done about that," said Jeff Asher, a data analyst and consultant for the New Orleans City Council who has detected similar trends nationally. "It’s such a remarkably unique year in so many respects that in a lot of ways it's not surprising to see remarkably unique changes in a host of fields, including crime trends.”

Nationally, violent crime was down 5% in 25 major cities through the end of June, but murder was up 16%, according to Asher's analysis. In New Orleans, major indicators point sharply, but in different directions.

Murder up since May/June?  Got to be COVID - can't be anything else now can it.  Hmmmm...  George Floyd? Died May 25th, 2020? Nevermind. Peaceful protests anyone?

What is it about...

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...the Allium family that makes them smell so wonderful when cooking. Taste is pretty scrumptious too.

Must be all of the Spem

Helping out small businesses

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Small businesses are the lifeblod of a community. They have helped us. Now, it is time to give back:

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And not for our best interests:

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A bit of inconvenient history

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True but they do not want you to remember their legacy:

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Tip of the hat to 90 miles.

Try to rationalize this away Mayor DeBlasio. From The New York Post:

NYC has had more shootings so far this year than in all of 2019
There have been more shootings so far this year in New York City than in all of 2019.

A 24-year-old man who walked bleeding into Lincoln Hospital in The Bronx on Saturday night has pushed the city’s total number of shootings this year to 777 — topping the 776 recorded in all of last year, NYPD data compiled by The Post reveals.

They have five more months to go. Nice job of leadership there Mayor (and Governor).

She is a harridan. President Trump has been minimizing Dr. Fauci's role in the Wuhan Flu because he has shown to be wrong so many times. Fauci is on the side of the lock-'em-up Democrats who are trying to minimize President Trump's chances of re-election. Fauci promoted the use of stunningly bad computer models when predicting the lethanily and spread of the virus.

Dr. Deborah Birx on the other hand is very much fact-based and President Trump is moving her into the spotlight.

Of course, from The New York Post:

Pelosi says she has no confidence in White House COVID-19 adviser Dr. Birx
Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday attacked White House coronavirus task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx — accusing the physician of helping spread misinformation about the pandemic.

“I think the president has been spreading disinformation about the virus and she is his appointee so, I don’t have confidence there, no,” Pelosi told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday morning when asked if she had confidence in Birx.

The salvo comes after a Politico report on Friday leaked that Pelosi (D. Calif) reportedly chewed out Birx during a meeting with White House officials on Thursday night, calling her “horrible.”

The attacks appear to have been prompted by a New York Times article published last month that offered an unflattering portrayal of Birx as someone eager to provide President Trump with only good news about the pandemic.

Only good news? Therein lies the problem. The truth is very good news. We were seriously misled. The disease is pretty benign, the absolute majority of fatalities come from people with some kind of comorbidity or ill health. The overall death rate has been falling since April. The recent increase in new cases are because of the increase in testing. Pelosi does not want the truth to get out as it takes away the Democrats ability to control the population.

From our President:

No more having to pay the Russians to lift us up there.

Chicago - third-world shithole

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Latest numbers from Breitbart show that nothing is getting better, no leadership is being shown.

21 Shot, 6 Dead, Friday-Saturday Afternoon in Mayor Lightfoot’s Chicago
Twenty-one people were shot, leaving at least six dead, between Friday evening and Saturday night in Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s (D) Chicago.

NBC5 reports the first fatal shooting of the weekend occurred at 6:25 p.m. Friday, when someone opened fire on a nine-year-old boy in a parking lot. The boy was shot in the chest and pronounced dead at the hospital.

A 26-year-old man was shot numerous times in the head and chest just at 12:30 a.m. Saturday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Less than 10 minutes later officers responded to the sound of gunshots “in the 100 block of North Laporte Avenue,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Officers discovered a backyard party where a 23-year-old had been shot and his wounds proved fatal.

This is all black-on-black violence so the mainstream media stays silent. Does not fit the narrative. Numbers so far?

Year to Date
Shot & Killed: 415
Shot & Wounded: 1923
Total Shot: 2338
Total Homicides: 454

So glad I do not live or have to visit a city.

Donations to them are routed to a Democratic party fundraising organization. Their brownshirts are shaking down small businesses.  From the Louisville, Kentucky Courier Journal:

Cuban community plans rally at NuLu restaurant in response to Black Lives Matter demands
Members of Louisville's Cuban community plan to gather Sunday in support of a NuLu restaurant owner who says he was threatened by Black Lives Matter protesters during a recent demonstration.

Fernando Martinez, a partner of the Olé Restaurant Group, was one of dozens of business owners in the downtown Louisville district who recently received a letter from protesters laying out demands that aim to improve diversity in the area, which is known for its locally-owned shops and restaurants.

Martinez has publicly denounced the demands on Facebook, calling them "mafia tactics" used to intimidate business owners. And on Thursday, a small group of protesters confronted him outside his newest restaurant, La Bodeguita de Mima, on East Market Street.

A bit more:

The release states that La Bodeguita de Mima was forced to close July 24 during a demonstration that shut down East Market Street, at which several protesters presented Martinez with the list of demands and said he "better put the letter on the door so your business is not f*cked with."

The restaurant remained closed the next two days because "management and staff were concerned about safety," according to the release. "30+ staff members (mostly immigrants) were unable to earn a paycheck."

And the demands:

The demands and an attached contract, which were created by local organizers and activists, ask NuLu business owners to:

    • Adequately represent the Black population of Louisville by having a minimum of 23% Black staff;
    • Purchase a minimum of 23% inventory from Black retailers or make a recurring monthly donation of 1.5% of net sales to a local Black nonprofit or organization;
    • Require diversity and inclusion training for all staff members on a bi-annual basis;
    • And display a visible sign that increases awareness and shows support for the reparations movement.

Phelix Crittenden, an activist who works with Black Lives Matter Louisville, said the demands and related "NuLu social justice health and wellness ratings" were not meant to be a threat but were instead intended to start a conversation with owners about how their businesses can better reflect and support Black people.

Phelix Crittenden is lying. These ARE threats. This is not a conversation, this is nothing but a shake-down.
The problem with paying the Danegeld is that you never ever get rid of the Dane.
As Rudyard Kipling put it so very well:

It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
   For fear they should succumb and go astray;
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
   You will find it better policy to say: --

"We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
   No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
   And the nation that plays it is lost!"

The whole poem is short and worth reading. Now more than ever.
Tip of the hat to Legal Insurrection for the initial link.

Just too nice of a day to spend it driving and packing up crap.  Hung out over coffee for about an hour reading, went to a park I like and took a walk, ran a few errands and back home again.

Picked up some fresh spaghetti so making a pasta sauce for dinner tonight. Using another of my precious cans of San Marzano tomatoes. Really wish that the commercial Costco would stock those again - really delicious and about 1/3 the price of buying other packages. The taste is amazing.

Surf for a little bit, get the tower moved around to the side of the house and do some laundry. Got some bills to pay too. The fun never stops.

Out the door

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Truck unloaded and ready to roll. Coffee and then a nice drive to the farm. Clear day and it is warming up a bit but not as hot as it was last week.

Back sometime this evening.

Problems with China

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China once again proving that China is asshoe. From Yahoo/Associated Press:

260 Chinese boats fish near Galapagos; Ecuador on alert
Some call it a floating city, a flotilla of 260 mostly Chinese fishing vessels near the Galapagos archipelago that is stirring diplomatic tension and raising worries about the threat to sharks, manta rays and other vulnerable species in waters around the UNESCO world heritage site.

Yet the vast fleet is in international waters, outside a maritime border around the Galapagos and also outside coastal waters off Ecuador, which controls the archipelago. That means the fleet, one of the biggest seen in years off South America's Pacific coast, is likely to fish with minimal monitoring until its holds are full.

The Chinese fleet is “very close" to the edge of the exclusive economic zone around the Galapagos, which extends 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers) from the archipelago, said its governor, Norman Wray. He said that, because of overfishing in recent years, “what we're seeing is that each time fewer species return to the Galapagos."

The floods and heavy monsoon has cut into their food supplies so they are looking elsewhere. This is nothing new - from The Guardian:

The Ecuadorian navy has been monitoring the fishing fleet since it was spotted last week, according to the country’s defence minister, Oswaldo Jarrín. “We are on alert, [conducting] surveillance, patrolling to avoid an incident such as what happened in 2017,” he said.

The 2017 incident he referred to was the capture by the Ecuadorean navy within the Galápagos marine reserve of a Chinese vessel. The Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999, part of an even larger fleet than the current one, was found to be carrying 300 tonnes of marine wildlife, mostly sharks.

“We were appalled to discover that a massive Chinese industrial fishing fleet is currently off the Galápagos Islands,” said John Hourston, a spokesman for the Blue Planet Society, a NGO which campaigns against overfishing.

This article at Forbes highlights their domestic food problems:

China Food Crisis? Rising Domestic Prices And Large Import Purchases Send A Signal
China has a food problem. To a nation whose leaders are old enough to have been directly impacted by The Great Famine, the seriousness of food shortages cannot be overestimated. China’s burgeoning population, growing industrial economy, and expanding culture of consumerism are all contributing to a steady rise in demand for agricultural products.

But agricultural production, lest anyone forget, is subject to the biblical forces of floods, fire, pestilence, and a host of other variables, some of which are right now upsetting China’s delicate food stability. The world’s most populous nation will certainly not run out of food, but prices are rising and hints of tightening supplies are beginning to appear. Things may get worse before they get better.

And, lest we forget, The Great Famine was a direct result of Mao's meddling in things he did not understand. Nobody could tell him anything different because if they did, they would be considered disloyal to the communist leadership and they would be murdered before they could spread their capitalist heresy to anyone else. It lasted from 1959 through 1961 and 70 million people died. Socialism and communism never work. Never have. Never will.

Surf's up

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Early bedtime tonight - busy day tomorrow. Unload the tower and head up to the farm. Temps are a lot cooler than they were last Sunday so will be able to move some of the heavy crap down - my good anvil, the big drill press and maybe the vertical bandsaw (yes, I have two horizontal ones as well).

Dinner was a baked potato and large salad. Nothing fancy but good stuff and good for you.

Nothing much on the internet.

True words

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From 90 Miles:

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This is just too easy - like shooting fish in a barrel. From Breitbart:

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s Chicago Sees 139 Percent Increase in Murder
Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s (D) Chicago witnessed a 139 percent increase in murder during July 2020 when compared to July 2019.

ABC7 reported there were 105 murders in July 2020, up from “the 44 reported in July 2019.”

Moreover, there were 406 “shooting incidents” in Chicago during the month of July 2020, an increase of 75 percent “from the 232 last July,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Over a longer span of time, murders were up 51 percent from January 1, 2020, through July 31, 2020, compared to murders for the same period of time in 2019, according to the Sun-Times.

Lightfoot blamed Chicago mayhem and bloodshed on gun friendly states during a July 26, 2020, appearance on CNN’s State of the Union.

According to The Hill, Lightfoot told CNN, “Our gun problem is related to the fact that we have too many illegal guns on our streets, 60 percent of which come from states outside of Illinois.”

Actually Mayor Lightfoot, the facts are very pesky here and they do not support your narrative. 

If these neighboring states were playing so fast and loose with their firearms, how come they do not have increased gun violence. Also, California has gun laws that are downright draconian - just as bad as Chicago. They also have neighboring states with very liberal gun laws - why doesn't Los Angeles or San Francisco have as bad a murder problem as Chicago? Hmmmmm???

I guess to Mayor Lightfoot, Black Lives do NOT matter. She may say differently but it sure shows in her actions.

And out the door - points North

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UPDATE BELOW

Heading out for a couple of errands. Check the mail, pick up some fresh tortillas, Costco (groceries and gas) and then check out the antenna tower I saw on Craigslist. If it is in decent shape, it will be perfect for what I want.

UPDATE
Tower is perfect - deal was for $250 - saved about $1,000 over new cost and it is in amazing condition:

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Weathered but zero corrosion, no bends or cracks. Towers like this normally sell for about $800 and the antenna rotators for about $400 so I got a screaming good deal. From one ham operator to another. Unpack the truck tomorrow before heading to the farm.

From The New York Post:

Barack Obama’s half-brother rips ‘cold and ruthless’ ex-president
A “cold and ruthless” President Obama abandoned his Kenyan family in their greatest hours of need, according to a new tell-all by estranged half brother Malik Obama.

“He got rich and became a snob,” Malik, 62, told The Post via Skype from his home in the Kenyan village of Nyang’oma Kogelo. “What I saw was he was the kind of person that wants people to worship him. He needs to be worshiped and I don’t do that. I am his older brother so I don’t do that.”

The book, “Big Bad Brother From Kenya,” a self-published memoir which Malik Obama spent 22 years writing, hit Amazon with little fanfare on July 11. In its 435 pages, Malik covers the long and gradual falling out between him and the former President, which culminated in Malik publicly endorsing Donald Trump for president in 2016.

Both Malik and Barack Obama share the same father, Barack Hussein Obama Sr., a Kenyan economist who died in a car accident in 1982. Malik first met his half brother in 1985 when Barack was a 24-year-old Chicago community organizer, and they enjoyed warm relations for more than a decade. Malik spent years working in the United States, where he has dual citizenship, and frequently traveled between the US and his homeland. Malik was the best man at Barack Obama’s wedding in 1992. When Barack became president, Malik was a regular visitor to the Oval Office. 

A good long review with some photos of the two of them. Lots of anecdotes. President Obama is not a nice man but we knew this already. On order at my local library.

Those COVID numbers - inflation

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Interesting that this is coming from the Centers for Disease Control - horse's mouth and all that. From Breitbart:

CDC Chief Agrees There’s ‘Perverse’ Economic ‘Incentive’ for Hospitals to Inflate Coronavirus Deaths
United States hospitals have a “perverse” monetary “incentive” to increase their count of coronavirus fatalities, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s director Robert Redfield indicated under questioning from a Republican lawmaker during a House panel hearing on Friday.

Asked to comment on what Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) described as the “perverse incentive” during a hearing by the House Oversight and Reform Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, Dr. Redfield responded:

I think you’re correct in that we’ve seen this in other disease processes too, really in the HIV epidemic, somebody may have a heart attack, but also have HIV — the hospital would prefer the [classification] for HIV because there’s greater reimbursement.

So I do think there’s some reality to that. When it comes to death reporting, though, ultimately, it’s how the physician defines it in the death certificate and … we review all of those death certificates.

So I think, probably it is less operable in the cause of death, although I won’t say there are not some cases. I do think though [that] when it comes to hospital reimbursement issues or individuals that get discharged, there could be some play in that for sure.

According to Congressman Luetkemeyer, Adm. Brett Giroir from the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Department has conceded that there is an economic incentive for hospitals to inflate their coronavirus fatalities.

Giroir “acknowledged that the statistics he is getting from the states are over-inflated,” the Republican lawmakers said.

Follow the money - people (and bureaucracies) will do amazingly evil things for money. Of all of the professions, I would think that Medical Care would require complete honesty. Guess not...

Two memes and then out the door

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Quiet morning

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Nothing much happening online - slow news day.

Got a Craigslist deal happening later this afternoon - ham radio tower for sale. The nice thing with this is that it is already apart and lying on the ground. Too many of these are 60' in the air and need to be taken down. Often, the gin pole has been lost which makes any work problematic. This one is six 8' sections which will give me two 24' tall masts - just what I want. Comes with a rotator which is perfect.

Done working here, heading out for coffee in a few minutes - farm tomorrow.

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