January 2021 Archives

Suckers

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Found at Instapundit:

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People honestly believed that guy?  I mean c'mon man.  Are you really that stupid? You lying dog-faced... something...

Turning into another gorgeous day

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Started off cold with a hard frost and low-lying fog but that has burned off and the sun is shining.

Time to take the pups out to a local agricultural field to run their brains out.  Get them good and tired.  Coffee, check the mailbox and run into the nearby town for a few things (about five miles).

Working at home today.

Day four of the interegnum - 1,458 more to go.   From The Marshall Report:

TRUMP ODE TO THE CORPORATION!
D.C. is fenced off and  the President is never going back to the White House. But not for reasons you may be thinking.

Fear not, there will be a new capitol built and an end to income taxes paid to the tax collectors of the Corporation that is now in the hands of a new administration. They went to all the trouble to steal a corporation whose assets are in the process of being seized.  Most did not see this coming for they did not even know their nation was a Corporation. But, it is indeed but now, no more are the states subject to it. Please read on to understand  the nature of the battle we are in.

In 1871 a seditious act was performed by the Government. A coup was made to rewrite the constitution and put WE THE PEOPLE in all capitals, under a new corporate contract transferring the United States of America into the new Corporation of the United States of America which transferred the power of We The People and the constitution over to the new corporation. When they did that, it placed the citizens in the United States as property of the Corporation which was centered in Washington D.C.. This action made Washington D.C. a FOREIGN ENTITY on American soil of sovereign states. It was established through a loan from the Vatican when D.C. was transferred into a city-state, and this corporate entity then ruled over the people. Citizens rights were taken from them in this process. No one realized this.

When they did the broker deal to get the loan from the Vatican, they did so via the Bank of London. At that time, they transferred all the property in D.C. Columbia over to the Corporate entity of D.C. a foreign corporation.

So far, so good.  In 1871, our new Republic wanted to build a Capital City. Something big - to make a statement.  Unfortunately, we did not have the capitol to pay for it.  A loan was arranged. The Vatican and the Bank of London were the people who fronted the money.

The forming of this corporation in D.C. is of major importance to understand, for when President Trump signed an executive order in 2018 on Election Interference/Fraud for entities both foreign and domestic, it outlined how assetts would be seized. The President and the people knew and had the proof that a coup transpired out of the Corporation of the United States of America along with other foreign nations and was ignored by the Corporation in D.C.. They continued with their illegal steal, and the military is now in the process of seizing the assets of this foreign country known as THE CORPORATION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. It appears that President Trump’s executive order was actually directed at the Washington D.C. corporate swamp/cabal all along. D.C. is now walled in and filled with military guard.

President Donald J. Trump has moved out permanently for he cannot be president over a Sovereign Nation in a Foreign land, which is what the White House and Capitol are. President Trump was voted in by We The People. Not the Corporation.

This is something that us happening around the world as well - I had mentioned it here and here earlier. Here is the list so far:

Makes for some interesting reading. If only 5% of this is true, it is a major story. Still waiting for the Obamagate files to be released - that will be interesting to say the least.

From England's Socialist Worker's Party:

Press release: Facebook shuts down major left wing group in Britain
Facebook has shut down the accounts of one of the biggest left wing organisations in Britain, the Socialist Workers Party (SWP). The Socialist Workers Party Facebook page – as well as account of local pages – have been removed from Facebook with no explanation given. Those targeted say it amounts to a silencing of political activists.

Facebook took the action on Friday, shutting down the Socialist Workers Party page and removing dozens of leading SWP activists from the platform.

The SWP Facebook page regularly posts in support of Palestine, Black Lives Matter and against Boris Johnson’s Covid policies. It also hosts dozens of online events every week that activists across the country take part in.

The SWP say they have been silenced for speaking out on these issues and that the action taken by Facebook amounts to an attack on political activists to organise. They are demanding to be reinstated immediately.

And from The New York Post:

Twitter suspends ‘Antifa’ accounts with more than 71K followers
Twitter has suspended several popular accounts with alleged ties to Antifa — which have more than 71,000 followers combined — following the Inauguration Day riots.

At least four accounts tied with the militant group have been yanked offline — including @TheBaseBK, the account for the anarchist center in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Archived web pages of the accounts show they shared more than 71,000 followers and dated as far back as 2012.

Their pages now read “Account suspended” for violating Twitter rules.

Guess what kiddies.  You are no longer useful to your masters.
You actually thought that you would be getting a seat at the Adult's Table?

Excuse me while I mop my morning coffee off my keyboard and screen.

Welcome to the real world of socialism and communism. Dissent is not tolerated. On either side.

Be careful what you wish for.

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I wish there was a "Lemon Law" for used politicians. Xiden would be recalled in 30 seconds.
From The Western Journal:

3 Unions That Endorsed Biden Seem Like They're Already Regretting It
Three unions seemed to be regretting endorsing President Joe Biden after his first day in office.

Biden revoked the construction permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline on Wednesday, destroying thousands of union jobs.

“Leaving the Keystone XL pipeline permit in place would not be consistent with my Administration’s economic and climate imperatives,” Biden said, according to The Associated Press.

Keystone XL President Richard Prior said more than 1,000 unionized jobs would also be eliminated in the next few weeks as it slowly shuts down the construction of the 1,700-mile pipeline.

A bit more:

The United Association of Union Plumbers was one group that endorsed Biden last year, saying he would help it “win more work with good wages and benefits.”

“This endorsement is about putting UA members to work and fighting for fair wages and good benefits,” General President Mark McManus said in August.

And:

North America’s Building Trades Union, which also endorsed Biden last year, said it was “deeply disappointed” in the decision to revoke the permit.

And:

The Laborers’ International Union of North America “proudly” endorsed Biden in September.

Four months later, the LIUNA called Biden’s decision to revoke the construction permit “insulting and disappointing.”

Sorry people.  You knew that Biden represented the socialist elements in America.  You seriously thought he would represent the working man?  C'mon man. Do you still believe in Santa Claus too?

Got Taiwan?

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Looks like China is rattling their sabers again - From Reuters:

Taiwan reports large incursion by Chinese air force
Eight Chinese bomber planes and four fighter jets entered the southwestern corner of Taiwan’s air defence identification zone on Saturday, and Taiwan’s air force deployed missiles to “monitor” the incursion, the island’s Defence Ministry said.

China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, has conducted almost daily flights over the waters between the southern part of Taiwan and the Taiwan-controlled Pratas Islands in the South China Sea in recent months.

However they have generally consisted of just one or two reconnaissance aircraft.

The presence of so many Chinese combat aircraft on this mission - Taiwan said it was made up of eight nuclear-capable H-6K bombers and four J-16 fighter jets - is unusual.

I was expecting things to fall apart under the Biden presidency, I was not expecting them to fall apart so quickly.

Got generator?

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Reliable power might be a negotiating point from now one - from The National Pulse:

Biden Rescinds Trump Order Banning Chinese Communist Involvement In US Power Grid
President Biden has revoked a Trump-era executive order that sought to keep foreign countries and companies out of America’s bulk power systems – principally entities associated with the Chinese Communist Party – as part of his “Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis.”

The executive order, which executes key tenets of President Biden’s climate change agenda, was released on the former Veep’s first day in office.

Section 7 of the massive order, which includes the revocation of the permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline, also revokes several climate and energy-focused executive orders penned by the Trump administration.

Subpoint C notes that “Executive Order 13920 of May 1, 2020 (Securing the United States Bulk-Power System), is hereby suspended for 90 days.”

The Trump-era order sought to ban, replace, and set new criteria on bulk-power system (BPS) electric equipment coming from a foreign country or national that poses a national security threat.

Not only does this give China access to the Big Red Switch - the ability to shut down our grid with a few keystrokes, this also give China access to our power technology. Something they need for their own infrastructure. Win/win for Bejing but nothing gained for the USA except some political contributions. Disgustingly venal.

A cold day in paradise

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Overcast and low fog but a hard frost on the ground - we are due for some cold weather for the coming week. Working at home most of today.

That would be Nancy Pelosi's district, right? From the San Francisco Chronicle:

699 people died of drug overdoses in San Francisco last year compared to 235 from COVID-19
San Francisco saw nearly three times as many people die from drug overdoses than from the coronavirus last year, a staggering data point that highlights the city's dire drug epidemic fueled by the powerful painkiller fentanyl.

A record 699 people died of overdoses from January through December in 2020, according to a new report from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. This number may seem surprising amid the global COVID-19 pandemic when San Francisco has shuttered schools and businesses to prevent deaths. In S.F., 235 people passed away from complications of the coronavirus in 2020.

Democrat Mayor? Check!
Democrat Governor? Check!

Any questions?

Tacoma, WA loses out

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They implemented some large taxes on gun dealers and manufacturers.  Guess what happened next?
From The Truth About Guns:

Aero Precision Moves Out of Tacoma In Response to Gun and Ammo Tax
Aero Precision, one of the nation’s leading firearm parts and accessories manufacturers, warned Tacoma, Wash., city officials their proposed punitive gun and ammunition tax would have consequences. Officials passed the proposed increases and instituted the taxes and fees.

Aero Precision answered back. The company and its 800 employees announced plans to expand and grow their manufacturing base in nearby Lakewood, Wash. Instead of investing in more jobs, more infrastructure, and more taxes paid to the City of Tacoma, Aero is literally sending their business elsewhere.

Heh - a bit more:

Aero Precision kept its word. The Tacoma City Council passed the tax proposal in 2019 to take effect in July 2020, which was later delayed until 2021 due to COVID concerns. Still, Aero Precision followed through, announcing an expansion to nearby Lakewood.

“We are very excited to be working with the City of Lakewood on our relocation,” Dover said. “The city representatives have been extremely welcoming, and we foresee Lakewood as the long-term home for Aero Precision as we continue to position ourselves as a top tier manufacturing facility in the State of Washington.”

Lakewood’s gain is Tacoma’s loss and a sizeable loss at that. Aero’s new facility is 268,000 square feet and will welcome some of the existing 800 employees and newcomers who will sustain the new growth. That’s a huge loss for Tacoma whose council members were looking for $30,000 in extra taxes.

Sounds like the City of Tacoma needs to elect a new City Council.  The ones they currently have aren't that bright. They can not seem to grasp the idea of cause and effect.

And nuttin' out there

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Chuck the Schmuck's little Freudian slip, a couple of other things, restaurants in NYC and CA opening soon (that Joe Xiden is such a miracle worker).

Nothing really caught my eye.  Time to make a pot of tea and surf for some more, maybe a couple videos and then to bed.

Working at home tomorrow - looks to be a nice day so taking advantage of it.  Maybe get together with L and do something fun.

Go Texas!  From Trending Politics:

Texas AG Hits Biden Admin With Huge Lawsuit
Well, that didn’t take long.

Joe Biden hasn’t been president for a full three days yet and already his administration has been put in legal crosshairs by the Lone Star state.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has filed suit against the Biden administration after the president signed an executive order – one of many as his first official acts – placing a 100-day moratorium on the deportation of illegal aliens.

“Border states like Texas pay a particularly high price when the federal government fails to faithfully execute our country’s immigration laws,” Paxton wrote in a letter.

“I won’t tolerate unlawful acts from Joe Biden’s administration. Today, I am taking action,” Paxton — who was obviously anticipating Biden’s action — said.

Good - tie them up in the courts.

Back home now

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Unloaded the van, took care of some emails and got the pups fed.

Time to toast some bread and nuke some of yesterday's beef stew for dinner.

Eight ideas from Stilton Jarlsberg

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He normally does graphics but today, he posted this list of What You Can Do:

The Cheerful Monkey Wrench
Okay, we've had a day or two of mourning. Now it's time to get down to business.

The naysayers aside, all hope is not lost. To quote the old cliché, “Where there is life, there is hope”. You can step outside today and notice that the world has not actually ended. The sun is still rising and setting, the air is breathable (for the most part), the food producers are still delivering milk, bread and eggs, and Clan MacGregor may still be purchased by the pint, quart, gallon and barrel.

So you've had a setback? Not your first, won't be your last. “Man is born to toil and sorrow,” or words to that effect.

So what can you do?

1) Turn their words against them. “Think globally, act locally.” You can fulminate about the swamp dwellers in seats of power all you like, but the hard, cold facts are that you, as an individual, have little to no effect on what actions they take (unless you LIKE dressing up in buffalo horns and swiping lecterns, which isn't ending well for that chap). So, make a difference in your neighborhood. Even something as small as picking up a piece of litter improves your immediate environment. It might not make much difference to the world at large, but it'll make YOU feel better.

2) Comfort the afflicted. Nothing gives you a lift more than giving a helping hand to those worse off than you are. I do volunteer work at a railroad museum, as that happens to be one of my interests, and watching the folks' eyes light up when they see the electric trains rolling... well, that's why I spend my time and treasure doing it.

3) Afflict the comfortable. It's fun annoying libs, which is one reason my home page on Faecesbook features “Stilton's Place” and similar material. Wanna know the fun part? The angry comments. I get, “Mitch, why do you keep POSTING this shit?” They just don't seem to realize that they've answered their own question.

4) Do not respond to anger with anger, as that's what they want. Back in the pre-Internet days, some of the dialup bulletin boards I frequented had something called “P.I.S.S.”, which stood for “Passively Ignoring Silent Strike”. Even before the Net, we knew feeding the trolls only encouraged them, and if PISS was declared on a user, that user was effectively sent to Coventry, which tended to shut them up quite nicely.

Four more at the site - the last one is simple and beautiful.

Ted Nugent writes a letter to Mr. Biden

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I remember these as well and have the same conclusion:

Dear Vice President Biden,

Although I refused to listen to it, I understand that during your presidential acceptance speech, you were calling for the unity of Trump supporters.

I remember four years ago my President Trump also called for unity.

I remember how Congressional members of your Democratic Party responded by boycotting his inauguration.

I remember how you and your Democratic party cheated and used the greatest law enforcement institution of this country to spy on my President Trumps campaign.

I remember how you and your Democratic Party created a fake Russian dossier to try and impeach my President Trump.

I remember how your speaker of the house ripped up my President Trumps beautiful State of the Union speech on National TV.

I remember how you and your Democratic Party tried to impeach my President Trump over a Ukraine phone call. You accused my President Trump of pay to play. Come to find out Joe, it was really you and your son Hunter.

I remember how you and your Democratic Party blamed my President Trump over a pandemic that he had nothing to do with.

I remember how you and your Democratic Party encouraged rioting and looting of my great United States of America.

I remember how you and your Democratic Party used the media to spread lie after lie about my President Trump.

I remember how you and your Democratic Party stole the election from my President Trump.

This Trump supporter remembers all that Joe and will NOT be unifying with your Democratic Party.

This Trump supporter will be giving you the same respect you gave my President Trump.

Your abject criminal dishonesty is treasonous.

🖕 So Fuck off!!!

Succinct and to the point.

Given the current power of the deep state, I am reminded of Memo from Turner - Mick Jagger from Performance: You all work for me.

Time to get going with my day

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Shower, breakfast, quick surf, load some tools, dog walk, coffee and up to Bellingham.

Day three of the interregnum

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Donald Trump Jr. reveals the reason for the Keystone XL pipeline stoppage:

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The oil will be transported.  Warren Buffett will make a lot of money with this deal -- Warren Buffett contributed a lot of money to the Democrats. Pay for Play.

Second, this bit of class from ex-President Trump - from Gateway Pundit:

President Trump Gives Permission for US Troops to Stay at Trump Hotel in Washington DC
As reported earlier by Cristina Laila – A military source in DC told TPUSA Chief Creative Officer Benny Johnson that for the last week his battalion had been sleeping on the floor in the Senate cafeteria in preparation for Biden’s sham inauguration.

One day after Biden’s inauguration, 5,000 soldiers were moved to a cold parking garage.

There is one power outlet and one bathroom for 5,000 soldiers.

This morning OANN reported that President Trump gave permission for the troops to stay at his lavish Trump Hotel in Washington DC.

Trump loves the troops.
It’s just too bad Democrats stole his military vote.

Day three.  1,459 more to go.

A new day

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Woke up around 6:00 AM and caught the start of the sunrise - some nice colors.  Went right back to bed and slept for another two hours. Delicious.

Bellingham later this afternoon. Nothing much else planned.  A semi-day of rest.

And that is it for me

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The beef stew came out really well - hit the spot.  Was craving it.

Been eating a LOT of sugar recently - several candy bars/day.  Four to five times more than my usual intake. Starting today to greatly limit it.  I had some brown sugar in my oats for breakfast this morning and I will put some honey in my tea tonight but no candy at all.  Really have a desire for it though. I have both diet Coke and some sugar-based Ginger Ale in the fridge in Bellingham and it took force of will to go for the diet Coke this afternoon.

Nothing more catches my eye on the web so watching a few videos and having a pot of tea. Put the rest of the stew away and cleaned the kitchen.  The electrician showed up this morning and will be emailing me a bid. We will see. He also talked about a new boat he is getting soon.  We will see just how much of that boat I might be paying for.

Going to Bellingham tomorrow as well - otherwise, a lazy day. Sleep in if I feel like it. Talk about luxury...

Well of course. He is a miracle worker.

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From America's Newspaper of Record - the Babylon Bee:

Joe Biden Wins Nobel Prize For His Incredible First Day As President
According to sources in the media, President Biden had an incredible first day in office. After signing executive orders to end racism, global warming, and Republican domestic terrorism, the Norwegian Nobel Committee agreed that this was possibly the best first day in office of any president in history. To recognize this groundbreaking achievement, Biden will be awarded the Nobel Prize in all 6 categories:

    • Physics - For miraculously causing the sea levels to lower by signing the Paris Climate Accord
    • Chemistry - For his incredible chemistry with the American people 
    • Medicine - For administering life-saving vaccines to millions of people after Trump selfishly hoarded them in his basement 
    • Literature - For writing some of the most compelling speeches and most beautiful tweets ever written
    • Peace - For ensuring a peaceful transfer of power with 30,000 National Guard troops
    • Economic Sciences - For raising the minimum wage-- something no one has ever tried before

"This is astounding. It feels so good to finally have a competent president again," said White House Correspondent Jim Acosta with a tear in his eye.

Biden was scheduled to give an acceptance speech but was rushed to the hospital after swallowing one of the Nobel Prize medals.

Such a light-bringer. America is saved.

Rule 13 - Senator McConnell

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Looks like We The People are giving doses of Rule 13 to both McConnell and Cheney. I wrote about Sen. McConnell's censure two hours ago here.

Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney voted for the second Impeachment of President Donald Trump and she was roundly censured for her act.

Rule 13?  From a very evil but very intelligent man: Saul Alinsky  The progressives have been using his rules to great effect but now, the conservatives are learning that they work just as well the other way around.  More on Alinsky at Town Hall.

Rule 13? Thought you would never ask:

13) - Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.

Every RINO and Neocon in Congress, everyone in politics in general needs to be singled out. Frozen in the public's view. Their actions need to be made public and the public needs to know howmuch these turncoats are hurting our Nation as well as hurting their consituents. Get them out of office.

It is worth noting that Hillary Clinton's college thesis was on this man and his techniques.  She corresponded with him.
Obama studied under several of Alinsky's diciples when he was an "activist" in Chicago.
Explains a lot.  Time to turn the tables.

Two observations - two presidents

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From Woodsterman:

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Many more at the site.  C'mon man, where's your sense of humor...

Some Palindrome Days

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Started yesterday:

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A bit of push-back - Senator McConnell

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Good - from Lousiville, KY station WHAS:

Nelson Co. GOP leaders censure Senator Mitch McConnell after floor speech saying Capitol riot was 'provoked' by Trump
On his last day in the role before becoming minority leader, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell pointed fingers at President Trump, directly accusing him of playing a role in the January 6th insurrection of the U.S. Capitol.

"The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people," he said.

This is the same Senator McConnell who prostrated himself before Senator Schumer so he could hang on to some shred of power. This was just two days ago.

And back home

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Good trip - another load into storage.

Quick surf and then fix some beef stew for dinner - doing a big batch. Going to be cold weather for a week or so.  Good time for a hearty stew. Thinking of reserving some of the beef (a nice tri-tip - my favorite cut) for some beef barley soup - also good for cold weather.

Waiting for the electrician

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Got someone coming to bid on replacing the main electrical panel for my house.  Long story. Will be nice to have it done.

Up to Bellingham later today after coffee.

UPDATE: Done.  Coffee and heading to points North.

Title?  Firesign Theater Classic.

From War Correspondent, Michael Yon - at Rumble:

Washington, D.C. — Now Effectively Under Martial Law
I am looking at the the White House now. The flag is up. President Trump just gave a pep talk and flew to Florida.

I am a war correspondent. Many years experience across the world. I am American.

My Mother’s side landed in Jamestown in 1610 after being shipwrecked on Bermuda in 1609. We know this because an author was aboard. Wrote about it. Shakespeare created a play about it called “The Tempest.”

I’ve spent more than half my life overseas. Not “half my adult life,” but more than half my entire life. Some as a Green Beret, other times as War Correspondent, or doing other things. Lived or travelled in 74 other countries — this does not mean airport stops.

I’ve learned many things. Such as that not all fish will co-exist in the same aquarium.

Spent a great deal of time with communists or in communist countries. You don’t want that. It’s worse than the old people describe.

When I was a kid, old people would say that tyranny was inching to America. That paper money would be abolished. That everything we did would be tracked by tyrants if we do not stand up. They sounded crazy. They sounded crazy then.

But after I lived around the world, they began to sound wise.

Now, troops are everywhere. D.C. is locked down tighter than Beijing or Hong Kong. I got kicked out of Hong Kong last year, and greatly doubt China will let me back into Mainland, or back to Tibet without arrest.

D.C. and this mayor are like something from 1984. Which I decided to read again during pandemic 2020. Read it.

This is my first post on Rumble. I am targeted elsewhere.

This is it. You either Stand and Demand. Or kneel and beg.

Many of these National Guard do not seem happy with this duty.

I am American.

Tough times ahead.  Fortunately, tough times breed tough people.

The cycle continues...

Newspeak writ large - from The Tennessee Star:

Michigan State Professor: ‘Wuhan Virus’ Is an Example of ‘Linguistic Racism’
Michigan State University recently highlighted linguistics professor Peter De Costa’s study about “linguistic racism.”

To explain the concept, De Costa cited the phrase “Wuhan virus” as an example.

The university’s official news service, MSU Today, interviewed De Costa following the publication of his study, “Linguistic racism: Its negative effects and why we need to contest it.”

De Costa said that “linguistic racism” is “magnified when a speaker is multilingual and shuttles between different languages and language varieties.” He explained that “nationalist and hate-mongering efforts to label the virus as the ‘China virus’ or the ‘Wuhan virus’” are an example of linguistic racism.

He told MSU Today that the term “Wuhan virus” “fueled xenophobic resentment toward people of Chinese ethnicity across the globe.”

Picked the worst example.  There has been a long historical precedent for naming diseases after their place of origin. Spanish Flu, Ebola (a River in Zaire), Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. The Chinese wanted to save face and not have this new coronavirus be named after them. Especially since they developed it and that it escaped their lab by accident.

This moke is a University Professor? Who approved that hire?

The war against the 2nd

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Looks like they are already coming for people's guns.  From here:

I Said They Would Go After The Tactical Trainers, And They’re Doing It
Wired did a hit piece on The Gunsite Academy.  We already discussed this – they’re going to go after tactical trainers.

DTG was a WordPress blog, and he was taken down.  I had seen screen shots for a few days over reddit/firearms but didn’t want to jump until I was sure.

David Codrea links another troubling bill.  According to Mom-at-Arms.

Going after those that teach gun safety now. In short, if someone teaches a firearm safety class in the safe handling of weapons and a student later goes out and commits a crime or “domestic terrorism” during a time of a civil disorder, the instructor will be held liable.

https://nmlegis.gov/Sessions/21%20Regular/bills/house/HB0070.pdf

David has some thoughts as well.  This sort of training is needful, and while making the prediction that they will go after such training, I’ll also make this prediction.  This training will happen whether official and formal or recognized by any specific entity.

Where there is a need, there will be a product or service to fill that need.

Not to late to join the Alliance to Restore the Republic.

And yet, we are trying it again.  Angelo Codevilla writing at American Greatness.
Just an excerpt - the whole thing is wonderful but this stands out:

By the 21st century’s first decade, little but formality was left of the American republic. In 1942, Joseph Schumpeter’s Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy described the logic by which government and big business tend to coalesce into socialism in theory, oligarchy in practice. But by then, that logic had already imposed itself on the Western world. Italy’s 1926 Law of Corporations—fascism’s charter—inaugurated not so much the regulation of business by government as the coalescence of the twain. Over the ensuing decade, it was more or less copied throughout the West.

In America, the 1890 Sherman Antitrust Act’s authors had erected barriers against private oligopolies and monopolies. By maintaining competition between big business, they hoped to preserve private freedoms and limit government’s role. But the Great Depression’s pressures and temptations led to the New Deal’s rules that differed little from Italy’s. No matter that, as the Supreme Court pointed out in Schechter Poultry v. U.S., public-private amalgamation does not fit in the Constitution. It grew nevertheless alongside the notion that good government proceeds from the experts’ judgment rather than from the voters’ choices. The miracles of production that America brought forth in World War II seemed to validate the point.

President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who had come to understand large organizations that feed on government power and dispense vast private benefits, was not shy in warning about the danger they pose to the republic. His warning about the “military-industrial complex” that he knew so well is often misunderstood as a mere caution against militarism. But Ike was making a broader point: Amalgams of public and private power tend to prioritize their corporate interests over the country’s.

Setting the stage for this:

By 2016, America was already well into the classic cycles of revolution. The atrophy of institutions, the waning of republican habits, and the increasing, reciprocal disrespect between classes that have less in common culturally, dislike each other more, and embody ways of life more different from one another, than did the 19th century’s Northerners and Southerners precluded returning to traditional republican life. The election would determine whether the oligarchy could consolidate itself. More important, it would affect the speed by which the revolutionary vortex would carry the country, and the amount of violence this would involve.

And in walks the GEOTUS:

Trump’s candidacy drew the ferocious opposition it did primarily because the entire ruling class recognized that, unlike McCain in 2008 and Romney in 2012, he really was mobilizing millions of Americans against the arrangements by which the ruling class live, move, and have their being. Since Cruz’s candidacy represented the same threat, it almost certainly would have drawn no less intense self-righteous anger. Nasty narratives could have been made up about him out of whole cloth as easily as about Trump.

But Trump’s actual peculiarities made it possible for the oligarchy to give the impression that its campaign was about his person, his public flouting of conventional norms, rather than about the preservation of their own power and wealth. The principal consequence of the ruling class’ opposition to candidate Trump was to convince itself, and then its followers, that defeating him was so important that it legitimized, indeed dictated, setting aside all laws, and truth itself.

Particular individuals had never been the oligarchy’s worry. In 2008, as Barack Obama was running against Hillary Clinton and John McCain—far cries from Trump—he pointed to those Americans who “cling to God and guns” as the problem’s root. Clinton’s 2016 remark that Trump’s supporters were “a basket of deplorables,”—racists, sexists, homophobes, etc.—merely voiced what had long been the oligarchy’s consensus judgment of most Americans. For them, pushing these Americans as far away as possible from the levers of power, treating them as less than citizens, had already come to define justice and right.

Donald Trump—his bombastic, hyperbolic style, his tendency to play fast and loose with truth, even to lie as he insulted his targets—fit perfectly the oligarchy’s image of his supporters, and lent a color of legitimacy to the utterly illegitimate collusion between the oligarchy’s members in government and those in the Democratic Party running against Trump.

In the bottom of Pandora's box was one last thing: Hope

Joseph Biden, Kamala Harris, and the people they appoint to positions of official responsibility are apparatchiks, habituated to currying favor and pulling rank. They have neither the inclination nor the capacity to persuade the oligarchy’s several parts to agree to a common good or at least to a modus vivendi among themselves, never mind with conservative America. This guarantees that they will ride tigers that they won’t even try to dismount.

Oligarchies do not have staying power.  They do not last and when they implode, it is nasty for the Oligarchs. It is going to be an interesting four years to say the least.

...to bed.  Got an electrician coming tomorrow at 9:00 AM to bid on some major work on the house - putting in a new main panel.

Surf for a bit and then to bed. Not watching as many videos as I used to - now able to get through 3-4 and used to watch a dozen or more.

After all, President Joe got 80,000,000 votes - didn't he?

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Only 42K views? 

Oh. Right. The dead do not "do" YouTube.

Got to love the 4.9K thumbs down.

Chronicling Day One of the Interregnum

Moving money

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Drastically reducing my investment in a Vanguard stock Index Fund and moving it over into Bonds - less income but much more stable for the next couple of years.

You waltz in here with a handful of gimme

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And a mouthful of much obliged. And the first to the trough is New York State. Demanding $15 Billion of our hard-earned tax dollars.  Coumo is going to hold his breath until he turns blue and falls over if he doesn't get it. From Politico:

Cuomo warns of tax hikes, dire cuts if feds can't find $15B
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had one overriding message Tuesday as he delivered his annual budget address from New York's state Capitol: If Washington doesn’t send New York $15 billion as part of a pandemic relief package, he’ll have no choice but to slash public payrolls, cut services and raise taxes on the rich.

Cuomo argued that the state is uniquely entitled to those funds because the pandemic hit New York so hard last spring and was comparatively defenseless thanks to federal government bungling.

“New York paid a bill for Covid that no state in the nation paid for and it’s not even close in many ways,” he said. “The remaining cost is $15 billion.”

He went one step further and threatened to pursue litigation if the federal government did not acquiesce to his ask, though officials, when asked, did not immediately say whom the state might sue or what legal arguments New York could employ.

So we all need to pay for his lack of basic leadership and failure to govern properly.  Title? The great Fred Neil as well as Ella Fitzgerald. These words have been used before at the beginning of another Presidency (which was also poised to promote healing and reunite the divisions in our society).

And it is done

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Sworn in. Say hello to #46 and an interesting four years.

The groceries I deliver every wednesday are not going to deliver themselves so heading out for a dog walk, get some coffee and wait for that phone call. Got a major meeting tonight for my arts group - we do a Studio Tour every spring.  Cancelled last year. Doing it this year but later in the year - last weekend in June. Life continues.

A little writ

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This could be interesting:

Quo warranto
Latin for "by what warrant (or authority)?" A writ quo warranto is used to challenge a person's right to hold a public or corporate office. A state may also use a quo warranto action to revoke a corporation's charter.

Wise words

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From My Penisive:

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Joe's place

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On Mt. Rushmore - that didn't take long:

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Listen up maggots

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Looks like we are in for four interesting years:

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A message from God

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Looked out and saw an Otter playing in the water a few yards offshore.  This is a beautiful planet that we live on and Washington D.C. is a long long way away. A beautiful sunrise. A dear friend and more. Life is good.

A quiet morning

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Two things cahught my eye.

First, President Trump issued a series of pardons and clemency grants last night (143 of them). Steve Bannon was listed. Julian Assange was not. I am a bit ticked at this as although what Assange was illegal and he took full credit for it, he took the time to redact names and identifying information before releasing the information.  Something that the little puke and leftist idol Bradley Manning did not resulting in the torture and death of numerous of our allies in the middle-east.

Second, President Trump issued an Executive Order that countermanded and revoked his earlier E.O. 13770.
Executive Order 13770 reads in part:

Executive Order: Ethics Commitments by Executive Branch Appointees
By the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including section 301 of title 3, United States Code, and sections 3301 and 7301 of title 5, United States Code, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Ethics Pledge. Every appointee in every executive agency appointed on or after January 20, 2017, shall sign, and upon signing shall be contractually committed to, the following pledge upon becoming an appointee:

“As a condition, and in consideration, of my employment in the United States Government in an appointee position invested with the public trust, I commit myself to the following obligations, which I understand are binding on me and are enforceable under law:

“1. I will not, within 5 years after the termination of my employment as an appointee in any executive agency in which I am appointed to serve, engage in lobbying activities with respect to that agency.

There were some other requirements that were good but this one is what he was looking to get rid of.  He made some very good appointments and if these people are subsequently let go by the incoming administration, they are now free to become lobbyists and to work within for change. If the system takes a bad turn, those within the system are more likely to restore its course.

President Trump has thirty more minutes in office - time to surf and see if we will still have a republic in an hour.

One year ago today - Wuhan Flu

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A bit of history from Hot Air:

One Year Ago: Wuhan Went From Calm To Panic As China Clamped Down On Reporters
Yesterday an independent panel set up by the World Health Organization concluded that China and the WHO itself had failed to act quickly enough to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

In a report issued to the media Monday, the panel led by former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark said there were “lost opportunities” to adopt basic public health measures as early as possible.

“What is clear to the panel is that public health measures could have been applied more forcefully by local and national health authorities in China in January,” it said.

Exactly one year ago today, a Chinese journalist traveled to Wuhan to report about the outbreak of a new pneumonia. He quickly found that police were preventing any reporting about the Wuhan wet market or what was happening inside local hospitals. He filmed what he could anyway, using his cell phone to record his frequent interactions with police. The reporter could never publish his video in China. In fact, he was warned by his boss to follow the party line. Eventually, he gave his video to Al Jazeera which published it yesterday as part of a 50-minute long investigative report.

Al Jazeera is doing an anniversary retrospective here: New videos show Wuhan during earliest days of COVID outbreak

President Trump addressed this in his State of the Union speech two weeks later (February 4th).  He said:

“Protecting Americans’ health also means fighting infectious diseases,” Trump said during the State of the Union address in early February.

“We are coordinating with the Chinese government and working closely together on the coronavirus outbreak in China. My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat”

This is the same speech that Pelosi tore up when he was finished speaking. Petulant little entitled bitch. So much about these people has been revealed. Dark forces at work.

Now that he sees which way the wind is blowing, he follows right along.  Got to keep getting that glorious pork. From FOX News:

Schumer looking for 'power-sharing' agreement with Republicans after meeting with McConnell
Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., pushed in a meeting Tuesday for the Senate to adopt the 2001 power-sharing agreement utilized under then-Democratic leader Tom Daschle and Republican leader Trent Lott.

"Leader Schumer and Leader McConnell had a substantive meeting and made progress on the issues of quickly confirming President-elect Biden’s nominees and conducting a fair impeachment trial," a Schumer spokesperson said in a statement. "On an organizing resolution, Leader Schumer expressed that the fairest, most reasonable and easiest path forward is to adopt the 2001 bipartisan agreement without extraneous changes from either side."

Yeah - go along to get along.  Unfortunately, McConnell had the ability to negotiate from a position of power but he spread his legs for Chuck the Schmuck without even getting a nice dinner out of the deal.

The wonderful thing that has happened with all this is that now, the majority of people in the United States can see clearly just how venal and corrupt our government has become and how urgent the need for reformation. Sooner rather than later.

People whom we once considered reliable members of the Conservative cause have shown themselves to be cheap whores who sell themselves to the person promising the most power.  Now is the time to clean house and senate.

Off to a good start - the Biden Legacy

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As summarized by Dilbert creator Scott Adams:

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Can't argue with the facts...

And the fun begins

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Two memoranda from President Trump:

And, a little clarification and amplification to the last item. Making sure that everybody gets the memo...

That last one was from President DJT himself so there is no misunderstanding at all. Chapter and Verse.
The Awan Brothers are long gone but who is in there now?

The Awan Brothers were yet another Obama-era scandal that you never heard about.
Here, here, here, here and here for starters.

What a wonderful idea - build a wall

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One might almost say that this is a Capitol Idea - from America's Newspaper of Record - The Babylon Bee:

Study Finds Most Americans Support Making Wall Around Capitol Permanent To Keep Politicians In
Authorities in D.C. have erected a large 12-foot fence around the Capitol, which will be guarded by thousands of soldiers. A study has found that the majority of Americans support making the wall around the Capitol permanent to keep the politicians corralled in there.

In spite of the precautions, many Americans are worried that still may not be enough to keep the politicians confined safely inside or prevent them from interfering in everyone's lives.

"I would feel much better knowing that all the politicians are safely locked away in the Capitol building where they can't bother anyone," said local citizen Bart McNally, "but is the fence really enough? Sure, it may be hard to climb over it, but what's gonna stop one of them from slithering underneath it like a little lizard?"

Many citizens across the country are proposing greater safety measures to ensure none of the slimy swamp creatures are able to escape. Suggestions include drone patrols, electrified razor wire, and 50-foot solid concrete walls with giant steel doors that lock from the outside.

"We can't be too careful," said McNally. "If even one of them manages to escape, the destruction could be catastrophic"

We should have thought of this years ago. Keep them safe from harm in their own little playpen. They don't react well when confronted with facts or reality so better off for everyone.

And back home for the night

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We both love to cook - dinners are a lot of fun. Both of us are busy too so I am back home for an early bedtime. Staying up past Midnight D.C. Time to see what might happen.  See what President Trump is up to...

Points North

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Run a few errands and meet up with L later.

First his epic tweet and now this - from the Wall Street Journal:

Genocide in Xinjiang
The U.S. has concluded that the Chinese Communist Party’s actions against the Uighurs also constitute crimes against humanity

The Chinese Communist Party, like other authoritarian regimes, has never cherished human life. That’s clear from the well-known horrors the party inflicted on the Chinese people during the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution, the Tiananmen Square massacre and the decades of repression of Tibetans and Falun Gong practitioners. Yet the free world has become dangerously inured to this bloody history. So long as we remain silent, party elites will continue to commit human-rights abuses against the people of China with impunity. We cannot allow this cycle of evil to continue.

Today, after careful deliberation, I have determined that the People’s Republic of China, under the direction and control of the Chinese Communist Party, has committed genocide and crimes against humanity against the predominantly Muslim Uighurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups, including ethnic Kazakhs and Kyrgyz. This announcement is the result of an exhaustive yearslong investigation that has spanned the globe and benefited from the efforts of government and nongovernment partners to document this nightmare, as well as the bipartisan support of Congress.

The facts are chilling. Since 2017, the Communist Party has forced more than a million people into internment camps in the Xinjiang region, on the pretext that they need “re-education.” Arbitrary and indefinite detentions lasting months or years at a time are common inside this modern gulag. Survivors tell of torture, sexual abuse including rape, forced labor, the use of electric shock to extract false confessions, and unexplained deaths in custody. Uighurs scarcely fare better outside the camps—Xinjiang has become a proving ground for an Orwellian surveillance state.

Of particular repugnance to pro-life Americans—and key in my determination that the atrocities in Xinjiang rise to the level of genocide—is the Communist Party’s efforts to stop Uighur women from giving birth via forced abortion and sterilization. Involuntary contraception measures, such as forced insertions of intrauterine devices, are also deployed. “They want to destroy us as a people,” said one such victim. The party has coerced Uighur women to marry non-Uighur men, and separated Uighur children from their families. Birthrates in Xinjiang dropped roughly 24% from 2018 to 2019, compared with a 4.2% decline across China overall. Not every campaign of genocide involves gas chambers or firing squads.

The rest is behind a paywall.  China is asshole:

Mitch McConnell great reveal

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Not a Republican.  He is a creature of the swamp. He sees the potential for a Biden presidency and is looking to keep his rice bowl full.   A screen-cap from C SPAN's tw!tter feed:

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Pants on fire.  Read the transcript - President Trump said absolutely nothing of the kind.
Brings to mind this passage in Matthew 7:16-23

16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. - Case in point? Rep. McConnell - a self-serving coward. Corrupt at heart.

Back home again for a while

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Heading out later today for some errands and to meet up with L. Quick lunch and surf...

And out for a little while

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Dump run and then to the storage locker to see what video they have.  My unit was robbed over the weekend so need to see if they can catch any license plates or faces.  Calling the popo this morning as well.

Coffee, mailbox and then a run to Bellingham to load up more crap in the van.  To take to one of my storage units. So it can be robbed? Sheesh.  What gets me is that the crooks only got $100 or so for what will be at least $3,000 of tools to replace.  Start totaling it up this morning...

From Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's tw!tter account - a screen cap:
(not giving twitter any links these days)

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Those who know their history will find this an interesting choice of image.

ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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Time to sleep - took care of a mountain of paperwork this afternoon and now, thanks to the bozos who broke into my storage unit, I have even more to deal with tomorrow.  Was planning on sleeping in but no rest for the wicked...

And that is it for the night

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Finished dinner, cleaned up the kitchen and surfed for a bit.  Lots of political speculation out there but nothing concrete. Spending tomorrow and Wednesday dealing with local issues - police report, meeting prep, trying to find an available licensed electrician.

I would love to see our President let a Military Tribunal step in, reset every State's voting laws to those enumerated by the constitution and hold a second election sometime in February or March but I do not know what will happen and it is useless to speculate. We are living through an historic time to be sure.

Out for a little bit - and back again

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Did a metric ton of paperwork today. Epic.

Glad I went out.  Went to one of my storage units and discovered that sometime between this morning and 5:00PM, someone broke into another one of my units.  Stole $3K worth of tools and my PA system. Spending tomorrow dealing with the local police department as well as the storage unit people.

Looks like 2021 is turning into another wonderful year.  Took a look at 2020's accomplishments and then said: "Hold my beer and watch this"

Curious - building up their strength

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From The Epoch Times:

2,000 National Guard Troops in DC Sworn In as Special Deputy US Marshals
About 2,000 National Guard troops were sworn in as U.S. Marshals before Inauguration Day, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Chief Lamont Ruffin from D.C. District Court swore in the 2,000 National Guard troops as special deputy U.S. Marshals prior to the presidential inauguration, according to the federal law enforcement agency’s Twitter page.

The “deputation gives the guardsmen temporary, limited, law enforcement authority pertaining specifically to the safety and protection of the inauguration and related events,” the U.S. Marshals said in a caption on its Flickr page, showing the Guard troops being deputized at night.

That's their cover story anyway.  Going to be an interesting few days.  I am fully expecting the internet to go down for a day or two as well. Laptop and hand-held radio batteries are sitting on their chargers as I type.  Generator has been run for a couple of hours and has fresh gasoline.

Just the headline - you can guess what people's reaction will be.  This is Texas after all.

I am wondering if you can still buy tar and feathers.

Another entry for our little list

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Karl Rove. The "Architect".  A lousy never-Trumper and not a Patriot. From Breitbart:

Rove: If Trump Continues to Claim Election Fraud, There Will Be Bipartisan Conviction in the Senate
Republican strategist Karl Rove said on this week’s broadcast of “Fox News Sunday” that President Donald Trump will be convicted in the Senate with Republicans voting for impeachment if his defense is there was widespread voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

Anchor Chris Wallace asked, “Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell says that he is keeping an open mind about the second impeachment trial of Donald Trump, a big difference, sharp difference, from his clear opposition from the very start of the first impeachment trial just a year ago. What do you think, Karl, are the chances that 17 Senate Republicans, and that’s what it would take if all of the Democrats vote for conviction, 17 Senate Republicans would vote to convict Donald Trump and to keep them from running again?”

Rove said, “Normally we say not much chance, but I think Leader McConnell’s statement is a sign that every Republican Senator needs to take this seriously. I think it’s all going to boil down what’s the president’s defense. Rudy Giuliani charted a very bad course for the president in the morning papers when he suggested that the argument was going to be in there couldn’t have been incitement because all the charges of widespread voter fraud are true. Well, those charges and the so-called experts that the campaign has mustered to advocate them have been rejected by over 50 courts with judges appointed by President Trump, President Obama, Present Bush, President Clinton, and I think even one Reagan justice. So if it’s the Rudy Giuliani defense, there is a strong likelihood that more than 17 Republicans will because essentially that argument is this was justified, the attack on the Capital and the attempt to end the congressional hearing on certifying the election was justified because all these charges are true and frankly they aren’t. They have been given every opportunity to prove them in a court of law and have failed to do so. I think it really boils down to what’s the defense that the president is going to make, and if it is Rudy Giuliani’s defense, I think it raises the likelihood of more than 17 Republicans voting for conviction.”

He had me at "Leader McConnell’s statement" - McConnell is in the pocket of China through his wife. Rove is betting that the swamp will continue and he is triangulating the shifting landscape and seeking to hold what shreds of power and money has has left. Let him sink along with the rest of the deep state.  Rove's questions in the coming weeks should be: "Do you want Fries with that". 3,400+ comments to this article - a lot of the back story. He is part of the problem.

And out the door

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Got to return the trailer before 10:00AM - running a bit late...

Useful information - ham radio

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Licensed? This would be handy to print out and keep in a binder in your shack. From DropBox.

Two memes for the morning

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Glorious morning - sunrise with lots of color. No rain.

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+1 on the last one. I talk with people who think that things are getting worse.
They have just been Red Pilled. That is all.

A matter of timing - Washington D. C.

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This is an example of progressive rhetoric - from The New York Post:

The left’s ‘urge to purge’ response to the Capitol assault
Once again refusing to let a crisis “go to waste,” the left is looking to use the Capitol assault to purge anyone who doesn’t agree with it.

The feds have charged more than 70 people and opened nearly 200 files. That’s all to the good: Rioters should face arrest and even prison time. (That should hold for Antifa rioters too, of course, and for thugs who took advantage of Black Lives Matter protests to become violent, destroying businesses and even lives. Too bad the left doesn’t see that.)

President Trump is also paying for his two months of over-the-top, evidence-free noise about a “stolen election” and his summoning of the rally that led to the attack: He’s the only president to be impeached twice, his political career is likely over, and — perhaps worst for him — he’s banned from Twitter for life.

But progressives want to do far more, crushing all opposition. It’s an unbalanced, cynical and fundamentally anti-democratic drive.

Of course, they are operating in panic mode.  Must suppress dissent. Can't have the truth come out. If they were not running scared, why would they be so insistent.

Now, let's take a look at the 25K National Guard who are there to protect the people during the Biden Inauguration.  How long does it take to call up 25K people.  Especially the National Guard who are living reasonably normal lives and not living in a barracks somewhere doing daily soldier stuff. The "riots" on the 6th were only 11 days ago.  It takes a lot more time to mobilize 25K anything, let alone human beings.  This was set in motion well before the 6th.

Curious that she held on for so long

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From The New York Post:

Kamala Harris will resign Senate seat Monday in run-up to inauguration
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will resign her Senate seat on Monday – two days before she and President-elect Joe Biden are sworn in on Inauguration Day.

Harris’ stepping down will allow California Gov. Gavin Newsom to appoint Alex Padilla, a Democrat who serves as secretary of state, to fill the final two years of her vacated position.

“She’s notified Governor Newsom, and has sent her formal indication that she will be resigning. And then she will make a formal announcement on Monday,” said a Harris aide, The Hill reported on Sunday.

I am thinking that I will be awake until the wee smalls on Tuesday evening. Things will either be interesting or it will be time to sit down and be grumpy for four years.  We are living through an historical time.

For them to cover this list would blow their cover.  They have been painting President Trump as a bumbling a**hole if he is not channeling his inner Hitler. Turns out, the last four years have seen a huge (or is that YUGE!) improvement in standard of living/quality of life for people in the United States.  From The White House:

Trump Administration Accomplishments:
Unprecedented Economic Boom

Before the China Virus invaded our shores, we built the world’s most prosperous economy.

    • America gained 7 million new jobs – more than three times government experts’ projections.
    • Middle-Class family income increased nearly $6,000 – more than five times the gains during the entire previous administration.
    • The unemployment rate reached 3.5 percent, the lowest in a half-century.
    • Achieved 40 months in a row with more job openings than job-hirings.
    • More Americans reported being employed than ever before – nearly 160 million.
    • Jobless claims hit a nearly 50-year low.
    • The number of people claiming unemployment insurance as a share of the population hit its lowest on record.
    • Incomes rose in every single metro area in the United States for the first time in nearly 3 decades.

And that is a small fraction of the entire list. The entire list is 603 entries.  This is only eight of them. Just 1.3% of the entire list. What our President did in only four years is downright amazing.  Imagine what he could have done if the media had been favorable.  Imagine what he could have done if the politicians were willing to work with him for the betterment of this Nation. 

For all that he was reviled, his legacy stands up there with the best. The media and politicians who worked to oppose him deserve to have their names go down in infamy. These are the people who held us back, who prevented us from reaching even higher. The halls of Congress need to be plowed under and the land salted to remain forever barren.  Let that serve as Pelosi's and Schumer's legacy.

Go and read.  And remember. And weep for what we could have done.

That the media have not covered.  Events like the Prime Minister of Germany stepping down.  Problems with the governments of Italy, Holland, Estonia. The Russian government resigning. But wait, there's more...

From Busted Knuckles - the first bit is from The Liberty Ledger:

There Is A Whole Lot Going On Right Now
There is some major chaos going on Globally right now. Where is the MSM? Not 1 major news network is even reporting any of this! They are ignoring the massive military occupation of our country and focusing on a man that doesn’t even know his name. I can’t wait for him to be taken down publicly. SO here is what’s new.

The Dutch government has resigned. The press gives different reasons. This has to do with Trump cleaning up the swamp and getting rid of the Deep State.

Estonia’s Prime Minister resigns amid a corruption “scandal”. Which of course he denies.

Germany’s Angela Merkel steps down. This amount of resignation, going around globally NEVER happens at the same time. This definitely coincides with what is going on right now.

The entire Russian Government has resigned. They state it is due to Putin’s changes. We know that Putin is an ally of ours, and so I am sure he is working alongside Trump to get rid of the corruption.

Due to all the arrests in Italy, the government is in complete collapse! This is getting real and all in the last week! Anyone who is still in disbelief about what is going on, this pretty much clinches it. Never has there ever been this much chaos globally or domestically. Why in the hell would there be over 20k troops in DC for a virtual inauguration? Why would there be troops being deployed in most of the country? This is escalating and it is escalating rapidly. I hope you have your popcorn, this is getting good.

Really interesting and the media are very silent. Add to this, all the National Guard - specifically, the National Guard who answer to the President and nobody else. A lot more at the site.  This is going to be a very "kinetic" few days - a good time to avoid cities.

And yay!!!!!!

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From PARLER.COM

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They were deplatformed by Amazon Web Services for being conservative and for not toeing the liberal narrative.  Looks like they are back.  The Internet does not tolerate cencorship very well - it will always find a way to route around it. Even censorship by its supposed elites.

Jeff - you do not win this one buddy... Pick your fights better next time - truth will always win over corruption and dishonesty.

And gone to ground

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For tonight anyway, got some shelving put up in the new storage unit - a 10X20 became available so closing down two 5X10 units and concentrating a lot of stuff into that one. Lots of papers to go through. 99% toss and 1% incredible keepsakes and they are all comingled. Lots of stuff to keep me occupied through the next couple winter months...

Do not feel like cooking tonight but have some fresh pasta and will make a primavera sauce for dinner tonight and for the next couple of nights to follow. Clean out the fridge and it's filling.  Using some soy protein to add nutrition.

More later

A pause that refreshes...

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Home for a few minutes - loading up some shelving for the storage unit.  Done two trips to Bellingham today. Plumb tuckered out.

Back home around 5:00PM or so - dinner for the pups and me, kick back for a little bit and then to bed. Spending tomorrow working for a local arts group - we have a big meeting this Wednesday so getting the agenda ready. Lots of stuff to go over. If we still have a nation.

Have not been looking at the news - figure there will be plenty of time to clap my hands with glee or fulminate about the next four years when I am back home and fed.

I have the trailer for one more day so making two trips up to Bellingham. Get the last of the furniture down to the storage unit.

Out the door shortly.  Nothing caught my eye on the internet - lots of theories but nothing concrete.

And I am outta here

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Some videos and some sleep.  In that order.  Dogs have been fed and played with, I have been fed. Long day tomorrow.

Nothing on the internet to speak of once you apply the 48-hour rule. We will see in a few days.

Got a point there - feeling confident

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I am really wondering what is going to happen in a few days.  A Reichstag fire? There are a plethora of scenarios. The number of troops in D.C. (20+K) is good fodder for speculation. The fact that these are National Guard is also interesting.  The Military has some measure of autonomy but the National Guard are direct reports to FEMA who reports to DHS who reports to President Trump. Nobody else.

This caught my eye:

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From Breitbart.  Someone studied their history.

U.S. Bishops Urge Shift in Focus from Skin Color to Character
The leader of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference (USCCB), Los Angeles Cardinal José Gomez, lamented Friday that unfortunately, in America it is still true that skin color often matters more than the “content of our character.”

“For much of the past year, America has been reckoning with the legacy of slavery and the persistence of racial injustice in our country,” Archbishop Gomez said in his January 15 said in his January 15 message for Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

“Sadly, it is still true that the ‘color of our skin’ often matters more in our society than the ‘content of our character,’ as Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., said a half-century ago,” the archbishop noted.

As Rev. King said in his 1967 speech “Where Do We Go from Here?”: “Let us be dissatisfied until that day when nobody will shout ‘White Power!’—when nobody will shout ‘Black Power!’—but everybody will talk about God’s power and human power.”

But that would put all the race hustlers, warlords and poverty pimps out of work.  Can't have that now can we (paging the Reverends Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson - Reverends Sharpton and Jackson to the White Courtesy Phone please).

And back home.

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Not six days on the road, more like five hours but a long haul nonetheless.  Display fixtures to Mt. Baker, furniture to the storage unit, trailer back to Bellingham for more moving tomorrow morning.

Time to fix dinner, surf and crash.

Been a busy couple of weeks.  Next two weeks will be busy as well.

More spew in a couple of hours...

Our tech elite

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They think that they will be on top when the communists sieze power.  Poor deluded fools.
But, they still keep trying - from Breitbart:

Facebook Censors Mexican Cardinal for Denouncing ‘New World Order’
Facebook has censored a video of Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, archbishop emeritus of Guadalajara, for suggesting that globalist leaders are exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to bring about a new world order.

In place of the cardinal’s weekly video, Facebook exhibited a greyed-out screenshot emblazoned with the banner “False information.” Underneath, Facebook added, “This publication repeats information about COVID-19 that independent fact checkers deemed false.”

On its Facebook pageSemanario Arquidiocesano Guadalajara, an information service run by the Archdiocese of Guadalajara, posted the following screenshot on January 13, along with the text “Cardinal Juan Sandoval denounced the imposition of a new world order, hours later his video was censored”:

When they sieze power, the bones of facebook and twitter will be ground to ashes to make the New State Media - bits and pieces will be recognizable but all the people behind the "power" (Dorsey, Zuckerberg, etc...) will have been sent to the re-education camps and their billions will have been taxed and rendered to the State.  The State knows all.  The State sees all.  The State gives to everyone.  The State is everything. All Hail the State.

A long essay but the more you read, the more you can see where we are today and how we got here.
From New Discourses:

Psychopathy and the Origins of Totalitarianism
Many of the greatest horrors of the history of humanity owe their occurrence solely to the establishment and social enforcement of a false reality. With gratitude to the Catholic philosopher Josef Pieper and his important 1970 essay “Abuse of Language, Abuse of Power” for the term and idea, we can refer to these alternative realities as ideological pseudo-realities.

Pseudo-realities, being false and unreal, will always generate tragedy and evil on a scale that is at least proportional to the reach of their grip on power—which is their chief interest—whether social, cultural, economic, political, or (particularly) a combination of several or all of these. So important to the development and tragedies of societies are these pseudo-realities when they arise and take root that it is worth outlining their basic properties and structure so that they can be identified and properly resisted before they result in sociopolitical calamities—up to and including war, genocide, and even civilizational collapse, all of which can take many millions of lives and can ruin many millions more in the vain pursuit of a fiction whose believers are, or are made, sufficiently intolerant.

And a bit more - two root causes.  Here, a classic example of the first is Adolph Hitler and of the second? Today's liberals - the product of our educational system after it has been corrupted by the liberal teachers who flocked to it in the 1970's - the long march through the institutions.  This work has been reinforced by the complicit media (another target). They did their work well and we are all now reaping the harvest.

Only two propositions are needed to understand this ladder exists from a single deluded person with a small cult around him to a massive and devastating political movement. The first is simpler: it is that otherwise psychically, emotionally, and intellectually healthy people can be manipulated into pathologies in these domains. That is, such a ladder exists because pseudo-realists are sometimes able to persuade people that the presumptions underlying their pseudo-real construction provide a better read on reality than others, which obviously happens all the time. Cults arise and can grow quite large.

The second is that cults can become ideological, and, more specifically, Utopian. This also happens with some documented frequency, especially in situations where some oversimplification of how to arrange the entire social order in which we all live takes on a glorious vision with a Utopian endpoint—literally, nowhere, in the original Greek (there are no Utopias, only dystopias). A reliable symptom that this is occurring is a vision over a very long time period (often a millennium), after which time all social ills will be cured, that nevertheless requires a revolution in the here and now to begin. These cults of pseudo-reality are very dangerous and threaten us and our civilizations even today.

Much more at the site.  A good psychological explanation and James presents some tools on how to recognize this and how to refute it. The 120+ comments are worth reading as well. Good stuff...

National Rifle Association

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Great idea but the CEO is a fool so not a member.  Good thing too - they are bankrupt. From Reuters:

National Rifle Association files for bankruptcy, seeking to escape New York lawsuit
The National Rifle Association on Friday filed for bankruptcy, a sudden development that could help the gun rights group escape a lawsuit by New York’s attorney general seeking its dissolution.

The NRA filed for Chapter 11 protection in federal bankruptcy court in Dallas, and said it plans to reincorporate in Texas to escape “a corrupt political and regulatory environment” in New York, where it is now incorporated.

“Texas values the contributions of the NRA, celebrates our law-abiding members, and joins us as a partner in upholding constitutional freedom,” Chief Executive Wayne LaPierre said in a letter to members. “We seek protection from New York officials who illegally abused and weaponized the powers they wield against the NRA and its members.”

The NRA was sued in August by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who accused LaPierre and other senior leaders of self-dealing and mismanagement, and said the group’s activities violated state laws governing nonprofits.

James said NRA officials diverted millions of dollars to fund luxury lifestyles, including vacations and private jets, and to buy the silence and loyalty of former employees, costing the group $64 million over three years.

There is more at the site.  The last sentence covers a lot of the complaints about the NRA - complaints that have been going on for quite some time.

From The Washington Post  November 25th, 2020:

NRA reports alleged misspending by current and former executives to IRS
After years of denying allegations of lax financial oversight, the National Rifle Association has made a stunning declaration in a new tax filing: Current and former executives used the nonprofit group’s money for personal benefit and enrichment.

From FOX News  May 2nd, 2019:

NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre questioned on $240G travel expenses
National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre charged the organization’s ad agency more than $240,000 for expenses related to trips he took to Italy, Hungary, the Bahamas and other locales without providing adequate documentation, according to a letter from the ad agency given to the group’s board last week and described by people familiar with the matter.

There is even a website dedicated to saving the NRA from Wayne LaPierre.

Much more if you do even the simplest of Duck Duck Go searches. Reformation is a very hard thing to go through but it is very powerful and very cleansing.  Time for the NRA to reform and get back to doing their job.  Representing us - the members of The Nation of Riflemen.

Three to think about

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From Feral Irishman:

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I do love #2 - it would be so easy to slip in and so difficult for them to explain to the general public as they tried to claw their way out of it.

Time for a Convention to propose amendments to the United States Constitution. Otherwise known as an Article V Convention. This is a safety valve that our founders placed into our Constitution for when the deep state became too entrenched. As it is now. There are people working on this now - more here (two-minute video)

The facts are coming out and yes, it was definitely a false flag operation. A few headlines:

Surprised?  I am not.  It was obvious from the start.  Trump supporters simply do not use these tactics. The liberals are too stupid to change their tactics so they "outed themselves" by their actions. The coalition of the dumb.  The convention of idiots.

Back home for the night

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Farm tomorrow, not Sunday. Bellingham Sunday.

Picked up some more chicken from the local grocery store - have some oven roasted veggies left over from last night. Dinner is ready to roll.

Feed the pups, run the microwave for a few minutes and then surf while I eat. The fun never stops around here...

My work day begins - Rev. II

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Pick up the trailer at 3:00 PM. Drive to thrift store to pick up gondola shelf unit.  Up to Bellingham tomorrow morning to get furniture, back down to storage unit.  Farm on Sunday.

A moving experience...

Defang the Goolag - here.

Lots of good stuff, alternate sites, scripts to defang Google's intrusions into your privacy. Good stuff but more geek oriented.

FaceB**k alternatives - here.

Some alternatives I was not familiar with. I use one of them for communications and MeWe for general connectivity.

Zero need to put food into the mouth that bites our hand.

Got another one - communist at MIT

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From the Department of Justice,  U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts:

MIT Professor Arrested and Charged with Grant Fraud
Defendant allegedly failed to disclose his work for the People’s Republic of China to U.S. Department of Energy
A professor and researcher at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was charged and arrested today in connection with failing to disclose contracts, appointments and awards from various entities in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Gang Chen, 56, was charged by criminal complaint with wire fraud, failing to file a foreign bank account report (FBAR) and making a false statement in a tax return. Chen will make an initial appearance today before Magistrate Judge Donald L. Cabell.

According to charging documents, Chen is a naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in China. He is a professor and researcher at MIT where he serves as Director of the MIT Pappalardo Micro/Nano Engineering Laboratory and Director of the Solid-State Solar Thermal Energy Conversion Center (S3TEC). Since approximately 2013, Chen’s research at MIT has been funded by more than $19 million in grants awarded by various U.S. federal agencies.

Since 2012, Chen has allegedly held various appointments with the PRC designed to promote the PRC’s technological and scientific development by providing advice and expertise – sometimes directly to PRC government officials – and often in exchange for financial compensation. This includes acting as an “overseas expert” for the PRC government at the request of the PRC Consulate Office in New York and serving as a member of at least two PRC Talent Programs. Since 2013, Chen allegedly received approximately $29 million of foreign funding, including $19 million from the PRC’s Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech).

It is further alleged that Chen’s efforts to promote the PRC’s scientific and economic development were partially detailed in a February 2016 email that Chen sent himself using his MIT e-mail account. The email read:

    1. promote chinese collaboration
    2. China places innovation (scientific) as key and core not fashion [sic], but because we must do it, from historic trend as well from our stage
    3. our economy is no. 2, but from technology (structure of economy) and human resources, we are far from no. 2
    4. we are paying big price in environment, not sustainable, as well as from labor cost
    5. environment protection and development in same place, environment even higher, clean energy if higher cost, reduce steel, cement. We must count on technology, cannot grow as past
    6. communist 18th convention, scientific innovation placed at core. We realize not just independent innovation; but also internationalize to plan for and facilitate. Closed door innovation does not work; innovation as driving force

From at least 2017 to 2019 when Chen was serving in several advisory roles for the PRC and PRC entities, Chen applied for and obtained a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) grant in order to fund a portion of his research at MIT. In doing so, it is alleged that Chen failed to disclose information about his ongoing affiliations with the PRC as required by DOE.

Good - these deep moles need to be rooted out and publicly disciplined. One wonders just how many of these cases will happen during the Xiden administration...  His legacy? Don't make me laugh.

And another long day begins

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Out the door for a dog walk, get some coffee and pick up some new books from the library.  Bank. Working at home today - weather is nice so working a bit on the drainage as well as the garage.

Out around 3PM to pick up a rental trailer - get something from the local thrift store (a large "gondola shelf" unit for the store) - doing a run to the farm sometime this weekend. Drop it off up there and pick up some more crap to take back home. The fun never stops...

More spew in two hours or so...

And that's it

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Some video.  Some sleep. Get up and do it again. Renting a trailer this weekend to move furniture from Bellingham down to the storage unit (these are all pieces I want to keep - sold the rest) as well as do a load or two from the farm. L is busy with her new schedule - we text a couple times/day and are planning to spend some quality time together soon but we are both working a lot.

No shit Sherlock - masks and complience

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Getting a bit of push-back are we?  From our local fish-wrap:

County ends talks about COVID-19 civil penalties
The Skagit County Board of Health canceled plans Thursday to consider civil penalties for violating county health orders, including those related to COVID-19, as the Public Health department shifts its focus to vaccinations.

Public Health Director Jennifer Johnson said at a meeting that her department's priorities have changed significantly since the idea of civil penalties was proposed Dec. 22.

She said she is concerned that creating a financial penalty — proposed as a $50 fine for first-time violators — would anger the public and reduce compliance with such health precautions as masking, social distancing and limiting occupancy in businesses.

Decision was not just a majority - it was unanimous:

All five members of the board agreed to no longer consider civil penalties. 

Good - they need to spend their time doing county-related business.  Not wasting their time with virtue signaling.

Study your history

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There is a lot of good stuff there - which is why the left is trying so hard to erase it.  This for example:

“If a political party does not have its foundation in the determination to advance a cause that is right and that is moral, then it is not a political party; it is merely a conspiracy to seize power.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

And that's it for the night

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Did some good work today.  Happy with what I did.  Picked up a chicken for dinner, make some gravy and roast some veggies for a side. Also filled up the propane tank for the garage heater.  Been working on a diesel heater but have not installed it yet - need to put the exhaust pipe through the wall of the house.  Got the sheet metal on order for that.

Quick surf and then dinnertime.

Memes - four of them

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From Woodsterman:

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And I am outta here

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Walk the pups, coffee, deliver some groceries, work in the storage unit and then back home to clean house.  Full day.

More spew in a couple of hours...

Governor Cuomo at his finest. From FOX News:

New York health website deletes Cuomo's order linked to nursing home fatalities
New York officials have scrubbed Gov. Andrew Cuomo's March 25 order requiring nursing homes to take in COVID-19 patients from the state health department website -- even as Cuomo's office insists that the order, which has been linked to thousands of nursing home deaths, remains in effect.

The web page that once contained the order now directs to a page indicating that the file is "not found." The archive indicates that the deletion occurred sometime after May 5, around the time that criticism over New York's nursing home fatalities intensified.

copy of the page saved by the Internet archive Wayback Machine, however, shows that Cuomo's order stated: "No resident shall be denied readmission or admission to the NH [nursing home] solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. NHs [Nursing homes] are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission."

Heh - they can try to "memory hole" the order but the internet is forever.  Only problem is with the low-information votor - they will look for the website and not think to check the Archive. Therefore, it did not happen. This is how we got into this mess in the first place.

Sadly, so true

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From the web:

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Recovering from the storm

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Power was restored here about 3:00 AM - still about 10,000 households without in the local area. 1,150 in Western Washington (this is down from over 400K - great work!!!), Oregon is at 221 and BC Hydro at around 3,000.

Quite the storm.  The rain was forecast perfectly. The wind caught them by surprise.

Take a nice hot shower, a quick trot around the internet and get on with my day.

Just lost power

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The wind has been picking up a lot in the last two hours.  Power has been bumping but it went out for good a few moments ago.

Shutting down everything - time to batten down the hatches. Showing 39,779 outages for Snohomish, 284,693 for Puget Sound Electric, 25,749 in Oregon and over 60K for BC Hydro.

This is big and it is coming from the North - a concern with the ocean.  Got King Tides happening this morning and tomorrow.

Two highway alerts - WA State

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SR = State Route = major highway but not an interstate.

    • WSDOT ALERT: SR 14 - CLOSED in both directions at milepost 55.0 due to a debris slide – 7-miles east of Carson, WA
    • WSDOT ALERT: SR 4 - CLOSED in both directions between mileposts 13.0-13.7, due to flooding – 4-miles west of Grays River

These are both in the South of the state near the border with Oregon.  This is where the Atmospheric River was forecast to hit and hit it did. The Columbia River is not showing that much of an increase but its water flow is tightly regulated by the dams. Keeping an eye on this - not done yet...

Of course, Cliff has more:

Heavy Precipitation and the Mid-Winter Water Update for Our Region
As promised, a potent atmospheric river has hit our region, with very heavy precipitation on the upwind (windward) sides of regional terrain.

Let be begin by showing you a satellite-based view of total atmospheric moisture from late yesterday. Purple and red are the highest amounts. Satellites can sense water vapor content based on the emission of radiation by water vapor.

You can see the plume of moisture heading into us from the southwest. Amazingly, our moisture plume can be traced back thousands of miles to the western Pacific near the Philippines and Indonesia: the region of the warmest water on the planet, known as the warm pool.

Much more at the site.

The Streisand Effect - publishing

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Someone got lucky. From the New York Times:

With ‘I Hate Men,’ a French Feminist Touches a Nerve
If it hadn’t been for a man, Pauline Harmange’s literary debut, “I Hate Men,” might have gone unnoticed.

The feminist essay, which makes a case for shunning men as a legitimate defense mechanism against widespread misogyny, was initially published in French by the nonprofit press Monstrograph. It only printed 400 copies. On the day it was released last August, however, an employee of France’s ministry for gender equality, Ralph Zurmély, emailed Monstrograph from his government account.

The book was obviously, he wrote, “an ode to misandry.” Zurmély, who hadn’t read the book, likened it to “sex-based incitement to hatred,” and concluded: “I ask that you immediately withdraw this book from your catalog, subject to legal prosecution.”

The threat backfired. No sooner was it made public than “I Hate Men” became a cause célèbre in the French news media — and brought attention to misandry, the dislike or mistrust of men, as a social phenomenon. Since Monstrograph couldn’t keep up with demand, a major French publisher, Seuil, won a bidding war to reprint the book, which has sold 20,000 copies since. The translation rights for 17 languages have been sold. In the United States, HarperCollins will release “I Hate Men,” translated by Natasha Lehrer, on Jan. 19.

The Streisand Effect? From Infogalactic:

The Streisand effect is the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet. It is an example of psychological reactance, wherein once people are aware something is being kept from them, their motivation to access the information is increased.

It is named after American entertainer Barbra Streisand, whose 2003 attempt to suppress photographs of her residence in Malibu, California, inadvertently drew further public attention to it. Similar attempts have been made, for example, in cease-and-desist letters to suppress numbers, files, and websites. Instead of being suppressed, the information receives extensive publicity and media extensions such as videos and spoof songs, often being widely mirrored across the Internet or distributed on file-sharing networks.

Heh, yeah.  Best way to boost publication is to have it banned somewhere. I hope that she celebrates her fifteen minutes and invests the proceeds wisely.  It will be interesting to see how her second book sells.

An interesting list - firearms

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From Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man:

If you need a gun, time may be running out to buy one without problems
I've posted many times in these pages about firearms, security and self-defense. Fortunately, many of my readers already understand these issues, and others have come to do so through the discussions we've had here. Over the past year alone, I've helped more than 20 people upgrade existing firearms or buy them - sometimes multiple firearms. Over the more than two decades since I came to this country, I daresay I've helped over 500 people in that way, plus taught at least as many disabled and/or handicapped people to shoot defensively. I'm quietly pleased about that.

Peter references a list of bills that have been pre-filled in Congress.  They are sitting there on Madame Speaker's desk waiting for Xiden to be sworn in as pResident:

    • H.R. 130: To require the safe storage of firearms and ammunition, and to require the investigation of reports of improper storage of firearms or ammunition.
    • H.R. 135: To require the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to report to the Congress semiannually on the number of firearms transfers resulting from the failure to complete a background check within 3 business days, and the procedures followed after it is discovered that a firearm transfer has been made to a transferee who is ineligible to receive a firearm.
    • H.R. 121: To provide for the hiring of 200 additional Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents and investigators to enforce gun laws.
    • H.R. 127: To provide for the licensing of firearm and ammunition possession and the registration of firearms, and to prohibit the possession of certain ammunition.
    • H.R. 125: To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide for a 7-day waiting period before a semiautomatic firearm, a silencer, armor piercing ammunition, or a large capacity ammunition magazine may be transferred.
    • H.R. 167: To prohibit the transfer of a firearm at a gun show by a person who is not a federally licensed firearms dealer.
    • H.R. 30: To increase public safety by punishing and deterring firearms trafficking (which almost certainly means no more private, unrecorded firearms and/or ammunition sales from person to person).
I still regret that stupid boating accident of mine a few years ago when the damn thing caught a rogue wave and overturned. Why did I bring all my firearms with me on what was just going to be a three-hour cruise... Lucky to be alive.

Barbera Boxer's time as Senator (D-CA of course) was 24 years from 1993 to 2017 (a perfect case for term limits). Since retiring, she is now working for a consulting business.  From Just the News:

Ex-Democratic Sen. Boxer registers to lobby for Chinese firm blacklisted for surveillance of Muslims
Former California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer has registered as a foreign agent for an American subsidiary of a Chinese company blacklisted by the U.S. government for conducting surveillance of Muslim Uyghurs in China's Xinjiang province.

Boxer, who spent nearly 25 years in Congress before leaving the Senate in 2017, has joined Hikvision USA, The Daily Caller reported Tuesday.

The 80-year-old Boxer has registered to work through Mercury Public Affairs, a lobbying firm she joined early this year as a consultant.

Boxer's registration form, filed through the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act, says she will be "providing strategic counsel" to Hikvision, which produces surveillance equipment for the Chinese government and Chinese military, the Daily Caller also reported.

In October 2019, the Commerce Department added 28 Chinese firms — including Hikvision — to a trade blacklist, saying they have abused Muslim minorities in China's northwestern Xinjiang region.

Question: Has she no decency? No shame?
Answer: Bro - you should have warned me.  I had wine snort out through my nostrils all over the keyboard.

One of the good things about censorship

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The primary good thing is that they have revealed themselves for what they are and for where their allegiances lie. They did this before Biden has been inaugurated - who knows what might happen.  Even if we do have to suffer through four years of communism, our Nation will come to its senses and recover in 2024.

The side effect of this is also wonderful - from America's Newspaper of Record - The Babylon Bee:

Conservative Mental Health Up 300% After They All Get Banned From Twitter
A recent report from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) revealed a huge spike in mental wellbeing among one segment of the American population—the tens of thousands of conservatives who were kicked off of Twitter last week. The report showed increases as high as 300% for those who are no longer engaging on the Orwellian social media platform.

“For years we knew Twitter wasn’t great for mental health, but we didn’t think it was this bad,” said NIMH Director Dr. Joshua Gordon. “Some of these people are showing levels of good mental health that we’ve never even seen before.”

Users whose accounts were shut down only took a few days to experience the benefits of their newfound freedom.

“At first I was upset,” said Chet Bradman, one of many right-leaning Americans de-platformed by Twitter. “But after a few days, I realized how much better my life was. The sun was brighter, the birds’ songs were more beautiful. I just wish Twitter would have overstepped its reach and shown its true colors on free speech years ago.”

While the NIMH report is available to the public, Twitter, Google, and Facebook are doing their best to suppress the information in an attempt to keep users under their control and keep Americans in a toxic state of mental health.

And speaking of Orwellian - this has been making the rounds:

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Sadly true. 1984 was supposed to be a cautionary tale and not an instruction manual.

And back home again.

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Her schedule has been increased from two days/week (she just started there) to five. Nice dinner (we both like to cook) but back home as we both have early days tomorrow. Sweet lady.

And I am outta here.

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Run a few errands (Costco, food coop, etc...) and then meet up with L.

UPDATE Below:
From The Daily Caller:

PBS Fires Former Employee Following Project Veritas Video Exposing ‘Hateful Rhetoric’
PBS is distancing itself from a former employee featured in a Project Veritas video who appeared to defend violent attacks on the White House, proposed re-education for the children of President Donald Trump supporters, and praised the COVID-19 deaths of GOP voters.

And of course, a re-writing of the facts was done:

“This employee no longer works for PBS,” a PBS spokesperson told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “As a mid-level staff attorney, he did not speak on behalf of our organization, nor did he make any editorial decisions.”

'Scuse me?  "mid-level staff attorney"  -  Michael Beller was not a mid-level staff attorney, he was Principal Council for PBS.  Talk about a Stalinist revision of history. Of course, Part Two is going to be released tomorrow.  Should be fun. Again, it is our tax dollars that pay for these people.  They need to have their budget cut by 30% and have their offices moved to Topeka, Kansas. That would be a good start.

UPDATE: Project Veritas released the video - this guy is a real piece of work. So full of himself:

Also, this putz is a perfect example of what will happen. He will be very publicly fired. Some business adjunct to PBS will quietly hire him in about a week or two at the same or slightly higher salary.  After about six months, he will reappear at PBS with a better job description and a much better salary and benefits package. They do this all the time.  They need a "fall guy" but they make sure that he is well compensated for his stupidity.  Accountability? Do not make me laugh.

Censorship - some push-back

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Alas, not in the United States. From The Epoch Times:

World Leaders Denounce Big Tech Censorship of President Donald Trump
Political elites worldwide have criticized big tech companies for banning President Donald Trump from their social media platforms.

At present, the president has been banned from Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Snapchat, Reddit, and Instagram.

Germany:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Twitter’s ban on Trump “problematic,” and said that freedom of opinion is an essential right of “elementary significance”...

France:

Clement Beaune, the junior minister for European Union affairs, said he was “shocked” a private company made this kind of decision.

“This should be decided by citizens, not by a CEO,” he told Bloomberg TV on Monday. “There needs to be public regulation of big online platforms.”

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire also condemned the move and said that tech giants were part of a digital oligarchy that was a threat to democracy.

Also, the European People’s Party, Norway, Australia, Mexico (AMLO no less), Russia. Everywhere but Washington D. C.

This is funded with our taxpayer dollars. It is in the best of hands.
Some bullet points from its main lawyer (Principal Council) - from Project Veritas:

PBS Principal Counsel Lays Out Violent Radical Agenda; Says Americans Are ‘F*cking Dumb’ … ‘Go to White House & Throw Molotovs’ … ‘Put [Children] into Re-Education Camps…Watch PBS All Day’ … ‘COVID Spiking in Red States…[Red State Voters] Are Sick & Dying’

    • Michael Beller, PBS principal counsel: “We go for all the Republican voters and Homeland Security will take their children away…we’ll put them into the re-education camps.”
    • Beller: “Enlightenment camps. They’re nice, they have Sesame Street characters in the classrooms, and they watch PBS all day.”
    • Beller: “Americans are so f*cking dumb. You know, most people are dumb. It’s good to live in a place [Washington, D.C.] where people are educated and know stuff. Could you imagine if you lived in one of these other towns or cities where everybody's just stupid?”
    • Beller: “What’s great is that COVID is spiking in all the red states right now. So that’s great…a lot of them [red state voters] are sick and dying.”

The 2:19 recording is at the Project Veritas website. We pay these people millions of our own tax dollars every year for this?

Needless to say, this being Project Veritas, Part Two is being released tomorrow morning.

An then picking up something - busy day today.

Meeting up with L later today.

'Ya got a good point there - Biden

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Not the brightest and best.  Not by a long shot.

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Our great governor - Inslee the liar

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Covid deaths in particular.  Inflating them. To "justify" his policies. Grossly inflating them.
One story from The Freedom Foundation

Inslee is using these false numbers to maintain his power and his hold over the state.

In the last election, a nobody, a police chief from a town of just over 1,000 people, was able to get 43% of the vote for Governor. A lot of people are tired of his politics and his simple lack of leadership.  He cuts deals for the big money interests - Boeing, Amazon, Microsoft, etc... but he does not represent us.  He regards us as being inconvenient.  Noise.

A quote from a great President

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A thought for today from My Pensieve:

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And time for a few videos

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Decompress a bit.  Some things materialized on the island that needed my immediate attention.  Nothing bad, just another squeaky wheel. Fortunately, I do not need to be out of the condo in Bellingham for another 2-3 weeks.  They are not closing until end of February so that is a load off.

Ham radio emergency drill tomorrow morning - good stuff. Stay trained and learn new things. This one is at a local Yacht Club so I get to sit and watch the rain on the ocean and talk to people all over Western Washington.

Feeling downright sleepy. Of course, L is a night owl.

Great video - My Way

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Pitch perfect. Be sure to turn the sound on (the little speaker icon: 20210111-speaker.jpg ):

It is amazing what President Trump was able to accomplish. Can you imagine? Can you even imagine what he could have accomplished if he had had the support of the media?  What he could have accomplished if Congress were not so corrupt and so afraid of having that corruption revealed in a way that the general public could understand?

An Earth-shattering Ka-Boom

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Mark Levin spent the first 10 minutes of his show excoriating Paul Farhi, the reporter in this story: As the long march continues - talk radio

The memo is a complete and total fabrication and has been picked up by the usual suspects (NYT, etc...)

His show is on now but he offers them as a podcast for later listening at his site: Mark Levin Show - if you are not familiar with him, this would be a great introduction.  He was in fine form tonight...

Earth-shattering Ka-Boom? Marvin the Martian of course.

And "stuck" on the island

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Some things came up that needed attention.  Taking care of a squeeky wheel.  Got a ham radio network tomorrow morning which will be fun.  Doing it remote which will be even funner than doing it at home. Bellingham tomorrow. Dinner with L. after.

UPDATE BELOW:
What long march do you ask? This long march: The long march through the institutions

In the early 1970's the communists realized that a direct approach would never work. Who in their right minds? Right?  Instead, this:

To extend the base of the student movement, Rudi Dutschke has proposed the strategy of the long march through the institutions: working against the established institutions while working within them, but not simply by 'boring from within', rather by 'doing the job', learning (how to program and read computers, how to teach at all levels of education, how to use the mass media, how to organize production, how to recognize and eschew planned obsolescence, how to design, et cetera), and at the same time preserving one's own consciousness in working with others.

From The Telegraph (originally published in The Washington Post but they are an Amazon paywalled site):

Talk-radio owner orders conservative hosts to temper election fraud rhetoric
After months of stoking anger about alleged election fraud, one of America's largest talk-radio companies has decided on an abrupt change of direction.

Cumulus Media, which employs some of the most popular right-leaning talk-radio hosts in the United States, has told its on-air personalities to stop suggesting that the election was stolen from President Donald Trump - or else face termination.

And a bit more:

"We need to help induce national calm NOW," Brian Philips, executive vice president of content for Cumulus, wrote in an internal memo, which was first reported by Inside Music Media. Cumulus and its program syndication arm, Westwood One, "will not tolerate any suggestion that the election has not ended. The election has been resolved and there are no alternate acceptable 'paths.' "

The memo adds: "If you transgress this policy, you can expect to separate from the company immediately."

A Cumulus representative did not respond to repeated requests for comment on Sunday.

I like to listen to Mark Levin and Dan Bongino - both are on Cumulus.  Levin is one of their top stars.  This will be interesting and I bet some of the other networks are salivating at the chance to pick up some of these "A" List people. Mark's on-air comments:

"It appears nothing has changed in 24 hours," he said on the air. "Not a damn thing. The never-Trumpers, the RINOs, the media - same damn thing."

He went on to add: "I'm not stirring up a damn thing. Everything I say is based on principle and mission. Everything is based on liberty, family, faith, the Constitution. . . . My enemies and my critics can't say the same."

So true.  Like I keep saying, the Democrats have nothing to offer.  That is why they always cheat.

UPDATE: Listened to Mark Levin's show tonight and according to him, the entire article is a fabrication...  There never was a memo. He heard nothing pro or con about his shows. Inside Music Media did publish an article about "Cumulus Censors 416 Stations" but it is behind a paywall. No linky-love for you. A lot of other major networks picked it up but none of them bothered to verify or check their source.  IMM is published by this guy - a motivational speaker and writer with a broadcast career. Mark's site will have his show available as a podcast - he was very much on point tonight.  This show would be a great introduction.

But of course - China deletes the truth

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Expect nothing less. From the London Daily Mail:

New cover-up fears as Chinese officials delete critical data about the Wuhan lab with details of 300 studies vanishing - including all those carried out by virologist dubbed Batwoman
The Chinese government is facing fresh accusations of a cover-up after officials deleted crucial online data about the laboratory suspected of being the source of Covid-19.

The Mail on Sunday can reveal that hundreds of pages of information relating to studies carried out by the top-secret Wuhan Institute of Virology have been wiped.

Details of more than 300 studies, including many investigating diseases that pass from animals to humans, published online by the state-run National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) are no longer available.

The deletion of key evidence has reignited fears that China is trying to whitewash the investigation into the origins of the virus.

It comes after President Xi Jinping last week blocked investigators from the World Health Organisation entering the country in a move that drew international condemnation. Meanwhile, state media outlets have published hundreds of stories claiming that the virus did not even originate in the city of Wuhan.

As part of the NSFC’s purge of online studies, it has deleted all reference to those carried out by Shi Zhengli, the Wuhan-based virologist who has earned the nickname Batwoman for her trips to gather samples in bat caves.

The Daleks were just a bit ahead of their time - EXTERMINATE, EXTERMINATE, EXTERMINATE

If it does not fit the narrative, DELETE, DELETE, DELETE

I do hope that some brave soul somewhere has a thumb drive and is making plans to get it to WikiLeaks.

True words

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From Old NFO who has a bunch more at his site:

I’m getting tired of being part of a major historical event. 

And hello Walmart Plus

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Checking out their 30-day free trial:

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They are like Amazon in that they serve as the gateway to a whole bunch of independent small retailers. You are not just shopping the contents of the WalMart stores, there is a lot more variety out there.

We will see...  At least, they do not meddle in progressive politics and censorship.

Look what the weather fairies brought for me today.  From local Weather Rock-star Cliff Mass:

A Strong Atmosphere River Approaches
The most powerful atmospheric river of the season so far is now imminent and will reach our coast later tomorrow (Monday).

Atmospheric rivers are fascinating creatures. Why does atmosphere concentrate water vapor into fast moving narrow currents? And why do such currents provide such bountiful precipitation and are so optimal for promoting floods and landslides? These questions are among those that I and others have researched over the past decades and pretty much understand.

Below is a graphic showing the key parameter that characterizes atmosphere rivers, something called Integrated Water Vapor Transport (IVT),that is forecast for Monday night at 10 PM. IVT is essentially the magnitude of the water vapor being moved by the atmospheric. Mathematically, water vapor constant times wind speed.

In this figure, the blue areas are locations with very high values of IVT (over 800 in the units shown)

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Looks like Portland and Southwest WA will get hit the most but we will certainly get wet up here. Looks actually OK for moving this afternoon - it will hit here late today/early tomorrow. Got another one coming in Wednesday morning. The fun never stops around here...

The truth is out there - so is the pork

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In the Stimulus Bill?  From CNN:

US intelligence agencies have 180 days to share what they know about UFOs, thanks to the Covid-19 relief and spending bill
When President Donald Trump signed the $2.3 trillion coronavirus relief and government funding bill into law in December, so began the 180-day countdown for US intelligence agencies to tell Congress what they know about UFOs.

No, really.

The director of National Intelligence and the secretary of defense have a little less than six months now to provide the congressional intelligence and armed services committees with an unclassified report about "unidentified aerial phenomena."

It's a stipulation that was tucked into the "committee comment" section of the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, which was contained in the massive spending bill.

A document to form and to govern this nation? Four pages.
A document to provide relief against the actions of the current political despots? Five thousand pages.

Tell me again why we do not need serious government reform.

See what's happening on Parler

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Twitter replacement.  Log in this morning and:

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Oh. Yeah. Amazon Web Services kicked them off their servers.  Which they were paying for. Because politics.
Screw Amazon. Going to try the Walmart Plus for a month or so and see how it goes.

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I just deleted my Amazon Prime account. I liked them but if this is how they feel, then this is how I feel.
Buh Bye...

Up early

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Solid seven hours and feeling fine so not going back to bed. Guess I am a morning person now.

Quick surf and then to Bellingham again. See if I can get in two trips.

And a long day tomorrow.

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Time to watch some video. Another full day in Bellingham on the horizon.

A screen-cap from his twitter account (not linking to them any more):

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That line about: to defeat the NRA and end our epidemic of gun violence

Any fool knows that legal gun owners are not the problem. Never have been. Never will be.

Creating a "gun-free zone" is only a promise to some mentally ill goblin that they will not meet significant resistance if they want to go there and shoot up the place.  Knowing that there might be an armed civilian on the premises is a strong deterrent.

Fscking idiot.

Or just poor maintenance of their infrastructure.  I would actually bet on the latter.  From Al Jazeera:

‘Countrywide blackout’ plunges Pakistan into darkness
A breakdown in Pakistan’s national power grid plunged the country into darkness on Saturday night, according to officials, leaving tens of millions of people without electricity in all main cities including the capital, Islamabad.

The electricity distribution system in the nation of more than 210 million people is a complex and delicate web, and a problem in one section of the grid can lead to cascading breakdowns countrywide.

“A countrywide blackout has been caused by a sudden plunge in the frequency in the power transmission system,” Energy Minister Omar Ayub Khan said on Twitter.

Just single point of failure (bad engineering) and dominoes.  Unlike five years ago:

In 2015, an apparent rebel attack on a key power line plunged around 80 percent of Pakistan into darkness.

No news either way.

And Joe Xiden's legacy starts:

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From NBC News:

North Korea's Kim threatens to build more nukes and bring U.S. to its 'knees' as Trump's term ends
Days before the end of President Donald Trump's time in office, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un called the United States his country's "arch-enemy," while threatening to expand its nuclear arsenal, state media reported on Saturday.

"Our external political activities must focus on our arch-enemy and the fundamental obstacle to our revolutionary development, the United States," Kim told the 8th Congress of the Workers' Party of Korea, the state run Korean Central News Agency reported.

"The efforts will focus on overpowering and bringing them to their knees," he added.

And of course, this really helps a lot.  Thanks Joe.

Biden, who will take office on Jan. 20, has previously called Kim a "thug" and criticized his summits with President Trump. He is unlikely to hold direct meetings with Kim unless the North Korean leader takes significant denuclearization steps first.

President Trump recignised that President Kim just needed a little schmoozing first.  Buy him flowers, dinner.  Take him out someplace nice. They were talking. Biden will just get the cold shoulder and maybe a bomb or two being sold to Iran. That certainly is a nice legacy to leave to the rest of the world.

We really need to get some adults back in the room. We had it for four years and the children never stopped throwing tantrums. Unfortunately, the low-information voters listened to the tantrums and now we have this to deal with...

From My Pensieve:

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Vox Day was right again...

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Another quote from another post but this is true.  Here, Vox links to a different writer who outlines what is going to happen to the Republicans who cucked and who supported the Xiden election steal.  This is only the beginning.  I am posting this in full because it is worth spreading and spreading wide.  The Communists have never tried to hide their writings.  What they have been planning (infiltrating our educational system), what they are doing now and what they will implement when they have full power is writ plain for anyone to see.
From Vox Day:

They will not tolerate you
Alexander Macris explains why you will not be spared the repressive tolerance, no matter how beautifully you cuck or how slavishly you denounce everyone to your right:

If you’re reading this, you’re probably right-of-center. But perhaps you feel safe from repressive tolerance because your view are so, well, gosh-darn tolerable. You obviously don’t advocate right-wing violence. You’re not a racist or misogynist or homophobe or bigot. You just want America to have a healthy free market, a strong military, fair trade, low taxes, equality of opportunity, and protection of every citizen’s constitutional rights. You’re just a mainstream, moderate, right-of-center conservative!

Do not fool yourself into believing that because you are a moderate, you are safe from the doctrine of repressive tolerance. Herbert Marcuse explains that the plan is:

withdrawal of tolerance from regressive movements before they can become active; intolerance even toward thought, opinion, and word, and finally, intolerance… toward the self-styled conservatives [Tactics] would include the withdrawal of toleration of speech and assembly from groups and movements which promote aggressive policies, armament, chauvinism, discrimination on the grounds of race and religion, or which oppose the extension of public services, social security, medical care, etc.

Anyone who opposes any extension of public service, social security, or medical care, or who supports freedom of religion, is to be completely and utterly deplatformed. No freedom of speech, no freedom of assembly, no communication in word, print, or image.

This is the plan; this has always been the plan; all that has been lacking were the means to effectuate the plan. Those means are now at hand. If the President of the United States can be silenced, anyone can be.

And what happens if conservatives resist having their voices suppressed and repressed? Well that’s a problem that requires a solution. And as Herbert Marcuse explains:

[The solution] may require apparently undemocratic means…

I will leave it to the reader to ponder what sort of “undemocratic means” might be justified to solve the problem of conservative thought, opinion, word, action, or being.

This is why they begged for freedom of speech in the first place. To put themselves in a position where they could deny it to everyone else. They demanded the toleration of evil so that they could eventually refuse to tolerate good. The Sin of Jeroboam leads invariably to the destruction of the nation that is foolish enough to commit it. 

Be sure to visit the site and read some of the comments - these times are going to be interesting to say the least.

And back again - good work was done

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First storage unit is getting full. Second one is ready. Should be zero problem finishing by Thursday. L. is coming over for dinner here Friday so we will celebrate.

From what I gathered, the Nation of Pakistan also lost power recently - some curious things happening around the world.  Will look around and see what I find.

Heading North for another load from the condo. Getting things cleared out.  Feels good.

No posting until much later today.

Some strange things happening in the Vatican today - power blackouts, gunfire. The beginning of the end of the New World Order?  One can only hope.  And Pray.

A thought from Candace Owens

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Screen cap since her twitter account may be cancelled:

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Gruesome Newsom and the 'rona:

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Straight out of the National Socialist playbook - from The Federalist:

ABC News Political Director Calls For Cleansing Of Trump Voters
ABC News Political Director Rick Klein called for the “cleansing” of Trump supporters Thursday following the Capitol Hill chaos, which featured the president’s loyal followers storming the complex.

“Trump will be an ex-president in 13 days. The fact is that getting rid of Trump is the easy part,” Klein wrote in a since-deleted post on Twitter, which already banned the president for 12 hours after the riots and teed up a permanent suspension. “Cleansing the movement he commands is going to be something else.”

Klein's post is "since-deleted" but, since the internet is forever, there is a screen-cap.  Before and after.  A number of other political luminaries also weigh in. History is not repeating itself but it sure the hell is rhyming a lot.  Do not like it one bit.

Georgia - where else.  From The Gateway Pundit:

FBI Claims Jurisdiction and Yesterday Took Control of Shredded Ballots Being Analyzed in Georgia – Sends Them Back to Shredder
The FBI in Georgia stopped the forensic analysis of shredded ballots, took the ballots away from the forensic team and brought them back to the shredder.

The Deep State is stealing evidence in Georgia related to the 2020 Election.

48 hour rule is in effect but this is monumental if true.

Time to erect a gibbit and put it to use. As a suggestion to anyone looking to enter government work.

Life in New York City

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A perfect example of zero leadership and/or management skills - from The New York Post:

Here’s how New York can get its shot together — and finally beat COVID-19
In a single day, Israel immunizes more people against COVID-19 than New York City has in total since receiving its first vaccine shipment on Dec. 14. The two have similar populations, but 1.6 million Israelis have gotten jabbed and just 168,000 Gothamites have.

The problem is less supply than stupidity: Gov. Cuomo’s complex rules on eligibility have left clinics tossing good vaccines rather than risk fines for administering it “out of order.” And the paperwork burden slows everything down, too.

It’s madness. To reach herd immunity — and get our lives and jobs back — we need to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible. Quit the micromanaging over exactly who gets it when and focus on getting it done.

To think that some people were seriously touting Governor Cuomo as Presidential material.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  About as ludicrous as WA State Governor Inslee thinking that he had a chance at the oval office.  He can not even run a state let alone a Republic. Neither of them can.

Four headlines:

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Fuck Google:

Google removes Parler app from Play Store

Fuck Apple:

Apple tells Parler it has 24 hours to clean house or be removed

Fuck Reddit:

Reddit Bans r/Conspiracy Moderator and r/DonaldTrump

Fuck Twitter:

Twitter permanently bans Trump

I am reminded of this wonderful line:

To quote Tyrion Lannister from the Game of Thrones,
"When you tear out a man's tongue, you are not proving him a liar.
You're only telling the world that you fear what he might say."

The Internet - an observation

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From Allum Bokhari's twitter account:

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

A full van and a productive day

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Cleared out a lot from Bellingham - brought a full van back to the storage units. Empty van now.

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The Foreman is just visible to the right - note the ears.  Checkin' everything out.  The Shop Steward is asleep on the passenger's seat.

Got another couple of days and that will be it - closing the door on another bit of personal history.

Time to fix dinner and surf.

What the media did not tell you:

Joe Biden and his first wife, Neilia, had three children: Hunter, Beau and Naomi.
In 1972, Neilia and Naomi, died in a car accident. Joe eventually married a woman named Jill (his current wife).

He already knew her because she had been Hunter’s babysitter at the time of the car accident. (Yeah, THAT seems normal- marry the babysitter). They had a daughter named Ashley. Ashley lives ‘a quiet life’ and is frequently in and out of rehab for various substance abuse issues.

Now sadly, the sanest, most normal one of the 3 surviving kids, Beau, dies in 2015 from a brain tumor. He had been married to Haillie and they had 2 children, a boy and a girl named Natalie, who was 11 yrs old when her dad died.

Enter Hunter Biden, in 2015, to “comfort” his brother’s widow. Mind you, Hunter is married at the time, to Kathleen Biden, since 1993. He starts screwing around with his dead brother’s wife in 2015…his wife Kathleen finds out about it and they separate. Hunter moves in with his dead brother’s wife, Haillie,and her two kids and they have a grand old time. He ultimately gets divorced from Kathleen in 2017. Meanwhile, he starts screwing around with a stripper, while still shacking up with his dead brother’s wife, before his divorce is finalized, and gets the stripper pregnant. Haillie kicks his butt to the curb supposedly for this indiscretion in 2018. He denies the stripper’s baby is his, although a paternity test proves otherwise and eventually marries a woman named Melissa in 2019 after knowing her for 6 days…

Does the tale end there? Why no, no it doesn’t.

That just sets the stage…

Enter the laptop from hell…loaded with emails, text messages, photos, child pornography, videos, and other sordid digital images of drug use and rampant weirdness….

Hunter Biden dropped the laptop off in Delaware, his home state, to get it repaired. It seems he dropped it in some water while in a meth-induced state of mind. He then neglected to pay the $85.00 repair fee and the laptop became the repair shop owner’s property for non-payment. When the owner saw what was on it, he was ao disturbed that he contacted the FBI. No response. The DOJ? No response. Eventually, it landed in Rudy Giuliani’s possession and he turned it over to the Delaware State Police AFTER making 4 copies of the hard drive. Turns out, there’s quite a lot of child pornography on there…much of it involving children on Hunter’s many trips to China. The Chinese Communist Party uses this as a blackmail tactic… They supply the young girls, they film you, unknowingly, and then they can keep you “in line”, while paying you the big $$$ to do their bidding, like lucrative deals with your VP father.

Millions of dollars were paid to Hunter Biden for favors with the US Govt while Joe Biden was VP under Obama.

For 8 years Hunter made the contacts and split the money with his father, referred to as the “Big Guy” in all emails detailing how their ill gotten gains would be split up amongst all the criminals involved.

Joe Biden sold out his country and used his meth head son to do it. …

But, IT GETS WORSE. Today, on the laptop, emails were released between Beau Biden’s widow, Haillie, and Joe Biden in 2017 and more in 2018 when she and Hunter were still living together. They were casually talking about the continual “sexually inappropriate behavior” she had witnessed from Hunter toward her 14 year old daughter, Natalie, HIS NIECE!..

She told Joe that she felt she had put her children in a dangerous situation by getting involved with Hunter Biden. Joe knew his son was screwing around with his niece and he advised his daughter-in-law to go to therapy…..No one went to the police and the abuse escalated. THAT is the main reason she broke off her relationship with Hunter. Among the pictures of Hunter having sex with young Asian children, there were hundreds of provocative pictures of a 14 year old girl, mainly topless, and hundreds more of Hunter Biden, in sexual poses with her, HIS NIECE. She was 14 yrs old and HE WAS 48!!

BOTTOM LINE: ANY MAN WHO CAN’T TAKE CARE OF HIS OWN HOUSE, HAS NO BUSINESS BEING IN THE WHITE HOUSE.

THE END…..but, is it? Nope. Rudy says there is more to come, primarily involving Joe Biden getting rich off laundering foreign money through our country, using his son as intermediary. Biden is as dirty and crooked as they come. Hillary looks clean compared to him. Now it makes sense why Obama REFUSED to endorse him as the DNC candidate until he was the last man standing!

More to come…

Dear God, how much worse can this get?

That is the man the Democrats are bringing into the White House to serve as a meat puppet for the Chinese Communists.

Two memes and a photo

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First, two memes from the internet:

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And then, this photo has been making its way around the internet - Mark Cook and it was supposedly taken at a Sacramento, CA warehouse:

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The Made in China stamp gives me the blue-blind paralytic willies.  Even if Dominion was totally up-and-up (choking down laugh here), having the machines manufactured in China is a big red flag. Literally.  Dominion might have sent plans, specifications, code and such over there but there is zero guarantee that the received machines match those specs 100% - a secret back door somewhere? Hmmmm? So easy to do and do hard to check for. If this was an innocent mistake on Dominions' part, they are patsies and fools of the highest order.

Of  the People, By the People and For the People? Hasn't been one of those for the last 60 years or so.  Not fully.  We had glimpses during Ronald Reagan's administration and glimpses of it for the last four years but now? Not likely.

Best description - a comment to a forum:

One party is the Vichy French.
The other the Maoists.

Not correct? As the meme says: "Change my mind"

Very good point - documents

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Something we need to return to:

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Deleting Facebook. Deleting Twitter.

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Was never a very active user but joined to keep track of other people.

Deleting both today. Moving to Rumble, Gab and Parler and a few others - links soon.

Why?  Here is one reason - President Trump's twitter account:

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And yes, it is retractive to all of his prior tweets: here, here, here, here, here for just a few.

And, looks like they got L. Lin Wood and Sidney Powell too:

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Fascist scum. The only good news is that they will be coming after Twitter and the like next.  The left always eats its own - look at Mao's purge of the teachers and professionals.

Back home for the night

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Fun times were had, work was done, lunch was good and Bellingham was explored.

Sweet woman.  We get along well.

Out the door for several hours

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Bellingham again.  L. is meeting me there and we are going to have lunch, work a little bit and then go and discover the city.  She is not only new to the Nation (lived here three years) but also new to this area.  Fun times.  Love playing tour guide.  Getting the last of the lunch fixings packed and heading out.

A tale of two states - NY, FL

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Can not argue with the facts:

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You can't handle the truth

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She knows her manufactured narrative will not stand scrutiny - from Breitbart:

Michelle Obama Calls on Big Tech to Ban Donald Trump
Former First Lady Michelle Obama is calling on the Big Tech Masters of the Universe to ban President Donald Trump from their platforms, insisting that such a move would “to prevent their technology from being used by the nation’s leaders to fuel insurrection.”

“Now is the time for Silicon Valley companies to stop enabling this monstrous behavior — and go even further than they have already by permanently banning this man from their platforms and putting in place policies to prevent their technology from being used by the nation’s leaders to fuel insurrection,” said Michelle Obama in a statement on Thursday.

Who is she again? Remind me?

China's most Eastern province

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A great two-fer from Don Surber this morning - here in full:

ITEM 1: The National Post reported, "The Economist Refers To Chinese Businessman Disappearance As 'Regulation' And 'Boosting Competition.' "

Purported billionaire Jack Ma criticized Red China this fall and no one has seen him since. The Epoch Times said the official word is Ma went into "voluntary supervision."

Ma is not a billionaire because to be rich you have to be independent, and he cannot leave Red China and live elsewhere. This means he has all the independence of a Uighur slave.

His lot in life was to pose as a billionaire to foster the belief that Red China has converted from communism to capitalism.

ITEM 2: The Federalist reported, "Facebook and Instagram are banning President Donald Trump from their platforms beginning Thursday.

"'We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great. Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete,' Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote."

If they can do this to Our President, no one is safe.

We are all Jack Ma now.

And, unless President Trump is able to pull a rabbit out of his hat, perhaps our only option is the fourth box if we want to get rid of communism.

Time for some escapism...

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Watch some videos and an early bed.

Heading to Bellingham and meeting L. there tomorrow.  Fix some lunch, work a bit and then check out
the City Of Subdued Excitement.

This is so bad - it is unreal

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Not President Trump's message.  I am talking about the horrible attempt at CGI and Deep Fakery.  Look at his neck-line.  Look how sharp the edges of his face and jacket are against the background.  His eyebrows? Seriously???

So true - 2021

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A few good things - one very wonderful one in particular ( L. ) but overall? There was a serious automobile accident last weekend that claimed the life of the driver and seriously injured the daughter of a good friend.  Having to process that...

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And of course:

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Heh - package theft & instant Karma

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The deep-state may be taking over but

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Local life goes on.  Heading up to Bellingham today and tomorrow to do some maintenance and repairs on the condo before the new owners take possession.  I will be joined tomorrow by my new friend L.  She came over from Mainland China a few years ago so our conversations have been lamenting the state of America.  She fled socialism and communism to come here and what happens?

Back early this evening.

Two stories - first, from Associated Press:

Hong Kong mass arrests chill democracy movement
The sudden arrest of dozens of pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong, in the most sweeping use of a new national security law to date, is a clear sign of Beijing’s determination to rein in political opposition in the former British colony.

The Wednesday morning roundup, widely condemned by Western government officials and human rights groups, will likely further chill an already dwindling protest movement in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory.

And, The Beeb:

Hong Kong rounds up 53 pro-democracy activists
More than 50 of Hong Kong's most prominent pro-democracy activists and politicians have been arrested in the biggest crackdown since China imposed a draconian security law last year.

About 1,000 police took part in morning raids on 72 premises across the city.

Those held helped run an unofficial "primary" to pick opposition candidates ahead of postponed 2020 elections.

They are accused of trying to "overthrow" the government. Activists say the new law aims to quash dissent.

Lest we forget - from Hong Kong, October 2019

Eaton Rapids Joe hits it out of the park this morning - here it is in full:

Joe and Jill went up the Hill
It is over.

I intend to spend today taking pictures of full shelves at the grocery store and prices. Prices of gasoline at gas stations, footwear, loaves of bread, winter coats...you know, the luxuries of life. I intend to post those pictures on the blog.

It might be a novelty to see gasoline for less than $2.00 a gallon and full shelves in two and four years.

But for the young people, it will quickly become "normal" and they will call me a liar when I claim it was so.

A good idea - I will be doing this too.  He is one of my daily reads - excellent observation and writing.

Facial recognition and all that - from The Washington Times:

Facial recognition firm claims Antifa infiltrated Trump protesters who stormed Capitol
Trump supporters say that Antifa members disguised as one of them infiltrated the protesters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

A retired military officer told The Washington Times that the firm XRVision used its software to do facial recognition of protesters and matched two Philadelphia Antifa members to two men inside the Senate.

The source provided the photo match to The Times.

Zero surprises there.  Antifa is the militant wing of the Democrat/Communist party. Follow the money.

Hypocrisy explained

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The great Mark Steyn talking with Tucker Carlson:

It was deleted from the Fox website but other people keep posting it.

Word to the wise

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From Racontour Report - a lot more good ones there:

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Over at BitChute - all 1:03 of it:  I do not see how to embed it but go here and watch.

Recorded this afternoon.

Alea iacta est

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From Infogalactic:

Alea iacta est ("The die is cast") is a Latin phrase attributed by Suetonius to Julius Caesar on January 10, 49 BC as he led his army across the River Rubicon in Northern Italy. With this step, he entered Italy at the head of his army in defiance of the Senate and began his long civil war against Pompey and the Optimates.

A civil war that Caesar won although he was assassinated shortly after becoming "dictator in perpetuity" of the Roman Empire.

Fun times. Done for the evening, dogs run, kitchen cleaned, food put away.

Making a pot of tea and settling in for a night of surfing.  Bellingham tomorrow morning - pressure washing (supposed to be a nice day) and a load to the storage units.

Twitter? Bias?

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They just suspended President Trump's account over a benign video:

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Back home again.

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What a stinking shit-show today.  The rioting.  It will be interesting to see who these people really were.  (hint: Antifa under false-flag)

Got a big meeting later this evening so preparing for that.  More later tonight.

Out the door - take two

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Got some paperwork done. Heading North for a few hours.

Voter registration fraud in Georgia

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From Project Veritas:

The Dems have nothing to offer so they have to cheat to win.

Out the door for a while

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Costco, some shopping.  Dog walk and coffee first.

Got some errands to run in preperation for the final push on the condo.  It sold, now I have to do some pressure washing and clear out the garage. Picking up some shelving for the new storage units.

Tomorrow should be interesting to say the least - the Rebirth of our Republic.

Interesting times - Tibet

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Remember all those "Free Tibet" bumper stickers from about ten years ago?  They were everywhere.  It was a cause célèbre for the liberal hive mind. Well, it looks like You Know Who might actually be doing something about it.  From The Federalist:

Trump’s New China Policy Earns Praise From Tibet And Fury From Communists
President Trump has signed into law a series of measures creating sanctions for Chinese Communist Party officials assaulting religious rights in Tibet, as well as blocking all new Chinese consulates in the United States until the ancient state is allowed an American consulate.

The bill, which was first spearheaded by Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., was officially signed into law by Trump on Sunday. Entitled the “Tibet Policy and Support Act,” the forceful policy is already winning praise from the democratically elected Tibetan government-in-exile — and enraging Communist China.

“This bill instilled a deep hope for all the Tibetans around the world and especially for those Tibetans who are continuously suffering under the repressive Chinese policies,” the speaker of the Tibetan Parliament, Pema Jungney, stated in a formal letter of gratitude to Vice President Mike Pence. “We Tibetans are deeply indebted to the government and people of the United States of America for their unwavering support and kindness extended until now.”

The ancient mountain state of Tibet has been under an iron-fisted Chinese occupation since it was invaded and annexed by China in the 1950s. It has since been the victim of numerous atrocities against its people from the Chinese government, with the People’s Republic rolling in the tanks when widespread demonstrations against the persecution occur.

The newly passed policies altogether encompass some of the most actively pro-Tibet moves in recent American history.

Biden would just go along to get along and kowtow to his Chinese paymasters. Trump is a leader.

The four horsemen

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Slightly updated: Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

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We are here - stand

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Curious dealings in Georgia

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Two things catch my eye - I hope that Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is not making any long-term plans as he might have a change of address at some point in the not to distant future. From National File:

CAUGHT ON TAPE: Brad Raffensperger Begged For Chinese Votes
Georgia Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger was placed into office in the Georgia House of Representatives in 2015 by a powerful network of Mandarin-speaking Chinese people in the United States of America. NATIONAL FILE has obtained video of Raffensperger speaking at an event with Mandarin-speaking Chinese people, begging the Chinese people to get him more than 100 votes to secure his victory in the election (which he ended up winning by 159 votes). A Mandarin-language newspaper that actively coordinates with United Front, a network controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, even explained the strategy to place Raffensperger into office by use of “absentee ballots” that could be obtained by one Chinese person and distributed to others. Raffensperger is trying to stop Communist China’s geopolitical foe President Donald Trump from gaining a proper accounting of the votes in the 2020 presidential election.

HERE IS A LINK TO RAFFENSBERGER MAKING A CALL IN MANDARIN CHINESE THANKING THE CHINESE FOR ELECTING HIM TO THE STATE LEGISLATURE IN 2015.

HERE IS A LINK TO A MANDARIN-LANGUAGE ARTICLE FROM 2015 in the “Atlanta America Chinese Life” publication at Americachineselife.com, a publication supporting Democrats in the January 2021 Georgia U.S. Senate runoffs. THIS NEWSPAPER ACTIVELY COORDINATES WITH UNITED FRONT, A CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY NETWORK, AS EVIDENCED BY THIS ARTICLE DOCUMENTING THEIR MEETING.

I find it a bit ironic that the second link has this image at the top of their front page:

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Talk about hanging out with the wrong crowd...
Second, someone is getting out from underneath the Sword of Damocles.  Just in time.
From Georgia's Atlanta Journal and Constitution:

U.S. Attorney for North Georgia abruptly resigns due to ‘unforeseen circumstances’
U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak resigned his position Monday, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia.

In 2017, Pak was appointed the top federal prosecutor in the Northern District of Georgia by President Donald Trump, making history as the first-ever Korean American to hold the position of U.S. Attorney. He previously served six years in the Georgia House of Representatives, representing a portion of Gwinnett County, and is widely seen as a rising star in the state Republican Party.

The online news site Talking Points Memo, which first reported Pak’s resignation, said it obtained a memo dated Monday in which Pak said “unforeseen circumstances” were the cause of his departure. TPM reported Pak originally intended to stay with the office until Inauguration Day on Jan. 20.

Yeah - either a strong will to live (Arkancide) or a strong desire to get out before the hammer falls.  I have a feeling that Georgia and Pennsylvania will be made examples of for the rest of the States in our Republic. They played stupid games.  They will win stupid prizes.

Working in the garage - sorting and populating the three rolling toolboxes that I will be using as my workbench.

Me in a nutshell

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From Odysseus at By Other Means:

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Communications Security

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An excellent primer here:

COMSEC for 2021
A lot of folks are wondering what happens if things get spicy.  Big Country has been posting tactical tips, as did Aesop last year (it doesn't look like he has a blog post tag for these so you'll have to dig).  Other folks are posting, and they have an expertise there that I simply don't.

On the other hand, I do have a (professional) background in COMSEC - Communications Security.  This post is how to pull off a level of COMSEC and OPSEC that will make it harder for you to end up on The Powers That Be's radar.  Note that I said harder, not impossible.  Ross Ulbricht messed up OPSEC, and he was very good at it.  A professional grade level of paranoia is not just desirable, it's probably mandatory.

One thing that I keep seeing repeated is the phrase "Be the Gray Man".  That's the primary objective here.  That will limit the sorts of communications that you will be able to (hopefully) keep off TPTB's radar.  And so what I'm going to write about here is not useful for voice or email protection (mostly), and won't help with GPS geolocation tracking.  It's purely a thought experiment on how to transmit decently large quantities of information without TPTB being likely to understand the content, or even know that information is likely being transmitted at all.

That last point is the key. Traffic Analysis is pretty terrifying, at least to those in the know, and was by far the biggest issue in the whole Snowden/NSA brouhaha.  I'm not sure that this solves that problem, but it takes some steps in that direction.  Remember, your mileage may vary, void where prohibited, do not remove tag under penalty of law.

Lots of great advice and links to open source applications.

Out for a while

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Nice relaxing morning - heading out for dog walk (in between the raindrops) and coffee.

Got another tranche of the atmospheric river moving through so quite wet out.

Working at home today.

Something bothering me... False flag?

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I saw a mention of this somewhere but forgot the link.
Trying to distance themselves from Antifa?  Remember this from two days ago?
Nancy Pelosi's San Francisco house.  Not the one she lives in, the one she uses to claim residency in her district.

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Something caught my eye.  Paint is essentially impossible to get off of brick. So nice then, that Antifa would be so careful as to mask when they were spray-painting her garage door. Look at the left:

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And look at the right margins - notice the straight lines as though someone held a piece of cardboard or used masking tape.

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Looks like a classical False Flag operation.  Make it look like it was done by the enemy. They own Antifa lock stock and barrel.  These days,, it is not politically convenient for them to admit this so they distance themselves. Create a diversion.  Oh. Look what that nasty Antifa did to me.

Same thing as the manufactured "hate" crimes perpetuated by the likes of Smollett and that race car driver.

Certainly had me going...

A very good analysis - Office Space

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We are nice.  Until we're not. From Black Pilled.

35 minutes but excellent. Use the little gear option and run the playback speed up to 1.5 and it is perfect.

So true - the perpetually aggrieved

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The triggered. The offended. From Knuckledraggin'

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Now this could be really interesting - wonder if Hilton is going to build a wing.  From PRNewswire:

Houston Spaceport Slated to Become Home to the World's First Commercial Space Station Builder
Houston Spaceport, the nation's 10th commercially licensed Spaceport, will be home to the world's first commercial space station builder, Axiom Space. The aerospace company announced plans to create a 14-acre headquarters campus to train private astronauts and begin production of its Axiom Station—the world's first free-flying, internationally available private space station that will serve as humanity's central hub for research, manufacturing and commerce in low Earth orbit.

"While we have confronted the challenges of a global pandemic this year, our work to move our city forward never stops. Today's announcement is another leap that demonstrates how Houston embraces humankind's boldest challenges and lives-up to every bit of its namesake - The Space City," Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said. "With Axiom Space at the Houston Spaceport, we expect to energize our workforce by adding more than a thousand high-quality jobs and engage our communities that are focused and dedicated to the STEM fields."

The new Axiom Space Headquarters campus will be located in phase one of the 400 acres Houston Spaceport at Ellington Airport, EFD. The first phase, 153 acres, was completed in December and includes vital infrastructure like streets, utilities, robust communications systems. The Houston Spaceport is ideally located minutes from downtown Houston.

They are not thinking small either:

Axiom Space's Houston Spaceport headquarters campus will include the construction of approximately 322,000 square feet of facility space to accommodate Axiom Station modules and terminal building space to house private astronauts, operations, engineering and other requirements. The campus will have ease of access to the Ellington airfield.

Texas-sized...  Makes a lot of sense - the International Space Station has shown that there is a use for these.  The ISS is nearing its End-Of-Life and will be splashed down sometime around 2028.

Their website: Houston Spaceport

I still want my jetpack.  Dammit - they promised us a jetpack. Hilton? 2001 - A Space Odyssey:

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Go Stilly go!

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Looks like the Stillaguamish River has been running pretty high. Yesterday's peak was a little over 9,000 cu. ft./minute - last night's was up to 20K cu. ft./minute - getting near flood territory.

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And more rain in the forecast...  Flood stage is 13 feet.  Currently running around 11 ft.

110% correct - what really matters

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From Woodsterman:

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Do not know about that but this - from Yahoo News - certainly is interesting:

Parade viewing stands dismantled near White House as Biden team seeks to discourage inauguration crowds
Workers on Tuesday broke down the inaugural parade reviewing stand in front of the White House ahead of what President-elect Joe Biden's transition team plans for a mostly virtual inauguration.

Aides to the president-elect say that such infrastructure will not be necessary for the "reimagined" event.

“When the JCCIC first organized in June of 2020, its membership committed to planning ceremonies that were as safe and traditional as possible," the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Committees said in a statement.

"In light of the ongoing pandemic and in order to keep everyone safe, we strongly encourage people to stay home and view the virtual program in addition to the traditional broadcast," it continues.

Wonder when they will concede in exchange for widespread amnesty and pardons. Going to be a long hot summer in some cities.

And back home - good day

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Had a fantastic walk with the dogs. Got a bunch of stuff I had been meaning to get.  Some specialty tea for my new friend, some stuff for the house and for the shop (organizational bits), groceries.

Having the Black Eyed Peas over rice with sauteed rainbow chard for dinner tonight.

Time to unpack the truck and feed the dogs and then unpack the truck. They are eyeing me and licking their chops.  Nice tibia 'ya got there kid - be a shame if anything happened to it...

Taking a day off.  Back in a couple of hours. Picked up the latest Clive Cussler action/adventure novel from the library. Start it over my coffee.

Segregation - an interesting comment

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I love Candace Owens.  Smart and not afraid to say what she thinks. From her twitter account:

So true - the progressive's whole tactic is to Balkanize our culture.  Instead of We The People, they want us to be US and THEM and we don't much like THEM because of these reasons. Hence the rise of all the seperatist groups - gays, people of color, Bitter Little Marxists, cultural appropriation, and we all hate The Orange Man.

If we were a unified people, all marching together, the progressives and the marxists would not stand a chance of gaining any power.  Their only route to power is through divisivness.

From My Penseive:

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And up for the day - taking a day off

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Been working hard for the last week or so - time for a day of sloth.  Paying bills, taking care of some emails, laundry, Coscto and some other shopping. All the little stuff that had fallen through the cracks.

Breakfast and then out for a dog run and then a leisurely coffee and read for a while.

Just wow - go here and read - China

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A long essay but an incredibly good one.  Dan is able to communicate the thinking of the Chinese government.
Long but well worth reading to understand current events and how they might unfold - from Dan Wang:

2020 letter
I. Inspiration
It’s difficult to identify a great economic reason to explore space. There are easier ways to extract minerals, doing anything at all is terribly expensive, and Mars is a hard place to make a living. The benefits of space exploration are instead mostly inspirational. Few other human activities are so grand to captivate the imagination, and doing these uneconomic projects have pulled forward technological capabilities that may otherwise have languished.

It’s difficult to identify a great economic reason to practice socialism. Its historical results have ranged from catastrophic misallocation of talent at best to mass deaths at worst. But socialism still retains appeal to broad segments of many populations, which shows that it has considerable inspirational value. For better or for worse, there are still many advocates for the creation of some form of a more equal society.

This year, I read every issue of Qiushi (translation: Seeking Truth), the party’s flagship theory journal, whose core task is to spell out the evolving idea of socialism with Chinese characteristics. For those not familiar, Qiushi reads like a cross between the New Yorker and the Federal Register. Published twice a month, the magazine features lengthy essays, thick pages, and some of the finest writers in the party. Each issue starts in the same way: a reprint of a speech or essay by Xi Jinping—in a font distinct from the rest of the magazine’s—and then commentary and reports from the rest of the party state. Accompanying pictures feature either the country’s leaders making inspections, scenes of the people, or major pieces of infrastructure and heavy industry.

Its audience? People with nothing better to do than read the party center’s commentary (like retired cadres), or those who are keenly interested in Beijing’s priorities, like local officials. Reading party speeches with its various annexes and cross references echoes my main professional activity these days. That is the study of the US sanctions regime—namely Commerce’s Export Administration Regulations and Treasury’s IEEPA-based authorities. Party speeches and US regulations are both made up of arcane, formal language that make references to more obscure texts, which themselves hint at still more distant and terrible truths. US sanctions lawyers, I suspect, can have a splendid time with Qiushi.

Steady engagement with the journal throughout the year has forced me to think more deeply about the Chinese Communist Party. There are many things that Xi wants to do, I believe that his most fundamental goal is to make this Marxist-Leninist party an effective governing force for the present century. His patient work to reshape the bureaucracy are aided by a distinctive feature of the Chinese system: the use of propaganda to create centralized campaigns of inspiration. Some of Xi’s efforts have borne fruit: the country’s governance capabilities have markedly improved, a trend that is observable in daily life. At the same time, the state has grown much more repressive. A focus on repression shouldn’t neglect the improvement in the country’s institutional and commercial strengths; and appreciation of this improvement ought to be tempered by the party center’s growing mania for control.

And this is barely scratching the surface.  The English Language website of Qiushi  can be found here: CPC Central Committee Bimonthly - Qiushi

I would expect that this version has been someone "laundered" for Western sensibilities.

And it has a ring of authenticity.  I can see a bunch of retired farts getting together online to pool their resources and inside contacts. Something tells me that there is going to be a major "Disturbance in the Force" in the next couple of weeks. They were right - 2020 did not compute in a lot of cases.  Not that Mittens would have been any better. From The Epoch Times:

More than 400 Ex-intelligence Officers to Investigate Election Irregularities
Over 400 people from the Intelligence Community (IC), military, law enforcement, and the judiciary have formed a loose network to investigate irregularities in the 2020 election.

Robert Caron, one of the organizers of this network, began his intelligence career with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). He later worked for the Special Situation Group, a task force established by President George H.W. Bush that includes strategic planning, technologies, and foreign and domestic investigations.

He told The Epoch Times that he was recruited to the network in 2014, during which time many in the intelligence community (IC) were seeing an increase in improper operations. Many IC officers were withholding information from their leaders, and their leaders were withholding information from the public. Caron mentioned that in 2014, Lt. General Michael Flynn called out then-President Barack Obama for “not acting properly on intelligence.”

In the same year, Obama fired Flynn over management issues. On Aug. 7, 2014, Flynn left his post as the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and ended his 33 years of an army career. After President Donald Trump pardoned Flynn last month, Flynn said in an interview with The New York Post that he was framed via the Russia-collusion investigation partly because Obama was afraid of Flynn’s ability to expose his corruption.

“President Obama was not acting properly on intelligence that he received concerning Benghazi,” Caron said, referring to an attack of U.S. government facilities in Benghazi, Libya, that resulted in the deaths of several U.S. officials. He said he believes it was then that a lot of people from the intelligence community got together and started recruiting people to join the network.

Time will tell.  I think that things will be getting very spicy in the next month or so.  A giant reset to the Republic.  Not the reset that the WEF was expecting. A smash in the teeth is what they are going to get hopefully. That is the only thing a bully or tyrant will understand.

Fun times - local weather

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Ho. Li. Crap. - from Cliff Mass:

An Intense Front, Strong Winds, Heavy Precipitation, Flooding and Big Waves: The Northwest Will Be Hit By Everything
Today will offer something for every meteorological taste, except for sunny and warm.

The front page of the National Weather Service's web page is lit up with almost every imaginable meteorological warning and advisory (see below). High wind warnings, storm warnings, winter weather advisory, high surf advisory, flood warnings, and more.

Been pretty hairy out there. Lots of wind. 74 out in our local area3,600 for Puget Sound Electric.   69 in Oregon.   About 3,350 in British Columbia.  This is not the first storm of the season and the first one usually shakes down anything that can cause an outage.  By now, power is pretty much bulletproof. The mighty Stillaguamish has peaked but it is still raining so there should be another peak as the groundwater percolates in.

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Fun times indeed.

Those who cannot remember the past...

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...are condemned to repeat it.   George Santayana

History never repeats itself but it rhymes.   attrib. Mark Twain

So many people take on the mantle of famous figures from the past without bothering to learn the real story.
Case in point - from The American Conservative:

A Lesson From Robert E. Lee
There once was a general who fought a war to protect slavery. That’s not how he would have described it. He would have said he was fighting to protect his way of life from a foreign invader. Whatever construction he put on it, his so-called way of life rested on the sweat wrung from forced labor on plantations and gold earned from buying and selling black flesh.

That general was Samori Touré. The West African chieftain is honored today by black nationalists for resisting French imperialism in the Mandingo Wars of the late nineteenth century, but thousands of Africans were enslaved by Samori’s raiders in the course of building up his empire. After his final defeat in 1898, for more than a decade, columns of refugees tramped into French Guinea to return to their home villages as they escaped or were liberated from Banamba or Bamako or wherever Samori’s men had sold them.

Ta-Nehisi Coates named his son Samori, after the great resister. That means that Between the World and Me, the best-selling anti-racist tract of the current century, which takes the form of letters from Coates to his son, is addressed to someone named after a prolific enslaver of black Africans.

History is complicated, isn’t it?

I always find it amusing when "black power" agitators take a muslim name and convert.  They are assuming the identity of those barbarians (and I am using the term quite correctly) who enslaved their ancestors and sold their ancestors to the slave traders in the first place.  And also, not to forget that it was only 30% of the slave trade that made it's way to America. The other 70% was to French and Spanish interests in the Caribbean and South America. History is indeed complicated.  There is not one narrative that can be pushed through the media.  History is a complicated sticky mess. On the plus side - this makes for a fascinating study.  On the minus side - people looking for a quick narrative will often cherry pick a few bright and shiny points of interest to bolster their narrative and are later surprised to know that they were rooting for the wrong side all along.

Con - the opposite of Pro

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From 90 Miles:

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Happy Palindrome Day

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It is 1/2/21

A great line - from a great article

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Don Surber on what passes for "edgy" humor these days:  What happened to fun, America?

His whole post is well worth reading but he distills it down into one short sentence right here:

In the 1970s, we had one late night host. He was funny. Now we have 7 hosts. They aren't as funny because they make angry affirmative action hires.

As the meme says: Change my mind.

They are making this worse for themselves as there will be a backlash and it will not be good for the tech/media conglomerate. From The Epoch Times:

Facebook Shuts Down Page for GOP Senate Campaigns Just Before Georgia Runoffs
Facebook shut down a fundraising page for Sens. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) just days before voters head to the polls to decide between the Republicans and their Democratic challengers.

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) runs the Georgia Battleground Fund, a joint fundraising committee for the NRSC and the campaigns for Loeffler and Perdue.

According to a screenshot from the committee, Facebook alerted them that the page for the fund was disabled “for policy violation.”

The page allegedly violated a policy against unacceptable business practices.

“We don’t allow ads that promote products, services, schemes, or offers using deceptive or misleading practices, including those meant to mislead or scam people out of money or personal information,” the alert said.

Before AT&T was broken up into the Baby Bells, all they were doing was price fixing and gouging - not allowing private equipment (personally owned telephones) to be attached to Bell lines, egregious pricing, etc...  This was enough to trigger an anti-trust action and to break the company up.  What Facebook et. al. are doing is 1,000's of times worse.

I am not a fan of government regulation but sometimes, it can be called for - we are witnessing the perfect example in this current election cycle.

And back to a normal sleep schedule

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Woke up around 10:00AM this morning. Lots of wind and rain today so working inside.  Dump first, coffee and then back home.

And it's time for videos

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Time to wind down the day.  Watch a few videos and then, to bed. Had a few pieces of chocolate for desert, got a pot of tea ready and time to zone out.

A couple of normal days until next Tuesday, then things pick up a little bit...

100 Tips For A Better Life

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Like it says on the box - from Conor Barnes at ideopunk

A really well thought out collation.  Here are ten that caught my eye:

1 .If you want to find out about people’s opinions on a product, google <product> reddit. You’ll get real people arguing, as compared to the SEO’d Google results.

18. Keep your desk and workspace bare. Treat every object as an imposition upon your attention, because it is. A workspace is not a place for storing things. It is a place for accomplishing things. 

25. History remembers those who got to market first. Getting your creation out into the world is more important than getting it perfect.

35. Noticing biases in others is easy, noticing biases in yourself is hard. However, it has much higher pay-off. 

57. There are two red flags to avoid almost all dangerous people: 1. The perpetually aggrieved ; 2. The angry.

58. Some people create drama out of habit. You can avoid these people.

59. Those who generate anxiety in you and promise that they have the solution are grifters. See: politicians, marketers, new masculinity gurus, etc. Avoid these.

73. In relationships look for somebody you can enjoy just hanging out near. Long-term relationships are mostly spent just chilling.

79. When dating, de-emphasizing your quirks will lead to 90% of people thinking you’re kind of alright. Emphasizing your quirks will lead to 10% of people thinking you’re fascinating and fun. Those are the people interested in dating you. Aim for them. 

92. You have vanishingly little political influence and every thought you spend on politics will probably come to nothing. Consider building things instead, or at least going for a walk. 

Some really good thoughts there.

Times Square was empty of revelers (lockdown 'ya know. The 'rona 'ya know.) but the Mayor was out there dancing with his wife. From the NYC Mayor's Office twitter account:

Times Square for the rest of us (from here):

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On the heels of Pelosi's "house" getting vandalized (She doesn't actually live there - she lives about 90 minutes away - much nicer digs. This is the house she uses to claim residency in her district so she can run for office.), She and Representative James P. McGovern (D-MA) rammed this through the House:

Pelosi and McGovern Unveil Details of Rules Package for the 117th Congress
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Rules Committee Chairman James P. McGovern (D-MA) today unveiled the rules for the 117th Congress. This package, which will be introduced and voted on once the new Congress convenes, includes sweeping ethics reforms, increases accountability for the American people, and makes this House of Representatives the most inclusive in history. More information on these changes, text, and a section-by-section summary of the rules package are available here.

Yup - Congress gets "woke"

It promotes inclusion and diversity. That includes changes that would: establish the Select Committee on Economic Disparity and Fairness in Growth; require standing committees to include in their oversight plans a discussion of how committee work over the forthcoming Congress will address issues of inequities on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, or national origin; honor all gender identities by changing pronouns and familial relationships in the House rules to be gender neutral; make permanent the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to facilitate a diverse workforce that is reflective of our Members and the districts they represent; and survey the diversity of witness panels at committee hearings to ensure we are hearing from diverse groups of experts as we craft legislation.

Just wunnerful. I think I threw up in my mouth a little bit.  How about all you woke hipsters cut the crap and get back to doing what you SHOULD be doing.  What WE PAY you for. Represent your district. Stop playing power games.  She and Chuck the Schmuck are the best advertisements for term limits that there ever were.

Heh - the elites do not understand

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The Communists will use the help of the elites to seize power. Once they have power, the elites will be purged right along with all of the other kulaks.

From Maggie VandenBerghe's twitter account:

I wonder what is going through Pelosi's head right now - perhaps a small feeling that maybe, just maybe she overreached a bit. This is just the beginning.  You abdicated all power when you stopped representing your constituents and started playing power games with the marxists.  Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

2020's advice to 2021

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Taking a break - cooking

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Doing good work in the garage as well as a general (much needed) cleaning of the house.

Got a pot of Black-eyed Peas on the stove.  A bowl of these on New Year's Day is supposed to bring good luck so I am going for it. They have been soaking for a while. Cooking them with bacon and some greens and that will be dinner for tonight.  Good stuff.

Back to work.

Corning's new glass

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An interesting behind the scenes look at a new glass from Corning.  From Hack-a-day:

THE HIGH-TECH VALOR GLASS VIALS USED TO DELIVER THE CORONAVIRUS VACCINE
As the world waits for COVID-19 vaccines, some pharmaceutical companies stand armed and ready with an exciting improvement: better vials to hold the doses. Vials haven’t changed much in the last 100 years, but in 2011, Corning decided to do something about that. They started developing an alternative glass that is able to resist damage and prevent cracks. It’s called Valor glass, and it’s amazingly strong stuff. Think Gorilla glass for the medical industry.

Traditionally, pharmaceutical vials have been made from borosilicate glass, which is the same laboratory-safe material as Corning’s Pyrex. Borosilicate glass gets its strength from the addition of boron. Although borosilicate glass is pretty tough, it comes with some issues. Any type of glass is only as strong as its flaws, and borosilicate glasses are prone to some particularly strength-limiting flaws. Pharmaceutical glass must stand up to extreme temperatures, from the high heat of the vial-making process to the bitterly cold freeze-drying process and storing temperature required by the fragile viral RNA of some COVID-19 vaccines. Let’s take a look at how Valor glass vials tackle these challenges.

Much more at the site including photos and videos.  I love glass.  I have taken classes in fused glass techniques and want to incorporate this into my blacksmithing. Being into photography and astronomy, lenses and glass in general have always fascinated me. This is downright cool.  Hackaday is a daily read for me.

The coffee place is open

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Heading out for some chemical motivation. Great coffee: Shipwreck

Time to get to work...

What a difference - New Year's Eve

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From NOQ Report - photos of Time's Square and the city of Wuhan:

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From NOQ Report:

COVID-19 originated in Wuhan, China. It likely came from the Wuhan Virology Lab where it was carelessly or intentionally released into the wild. Then, the Chinese Communist Party either carelessly or willfully covered it up so it could spread around the world.

As of an hour before the “ball” was supposed to drop in Times Square, New York City, the scene was as depressing as the overall mood of the nation. Instead of a million-plus people crowding the streets, frolicking and bringing in the new year, the perennially largest venue for the New Year’s celebrations in the United States is empty.

We were conned from the start. We are being conned now. And many of our leaders are part of the con. Authoritarians do not see destruction from COVID-19. They see an opportunity and they’re taking it. They’re taking everything from us.

Time to stand up for our rights.  The globalists talk about a Great Reset.  I hope that President Trump unleashes the Holy Hell of Reset's on their pasty white asses and brings the world back to a sensible and sane footing. The Communists have come way too close to taking over.  Time to stop them in their tracks.  Serious prison time needs to be meeted out to a large number of conspirators and weaklings. The useful idiots need to be mocked and driven out of town. Their days of influence are over.  Let them flip burgers for the rest of their lives - that is all they are good for.

Wide awake and it is Zero-Dark-Thirty.

All the work in Bellingham turned me into a morning person.  I'll try to adjust my schedule over the next month back to something more normal. See what happens.

My new friend is more of a night owl - like I used to be.  

Quick surf, hot shower, breakfast, drop off a thumb drive and spend the day working at the house. She is thinking of coming over Tuesday so doing a deep cleaning and decluttering. Panic mode.

A new year - time for rebirth and adventure. Life is always interesting.

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