January 2022 Archives

2:30 of absolute truth from Canada's best known Professor.

Over 6,400 comments - really well worth reading.  Now is the moment to act.

Spot on:

Safe in his bunker

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When tyrants hole up in their bunkers, it is usually a sign that their side has lost.
From Justin Trudeau's twitter account:

Is this the beginning of the Second Revolutionary War?

Amber Alert

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From 90 Miles:


Talk about being willfully ignorant. London Daily Mail:

Outrage as Whoopi Goldberg claims 'Holocaust is not about race': The View star stuns co-hosts by insisting it was about 'man's inhumanity to man' because Nazis targeted 'two white groups'

    • Whoopi Goldberg, 66, made the comment on The View on Monday afternoon
    • She said because the Nazis and Jews were 'two groups of white people', the Holocaust 'wasn't about race'
    • Her co-hosts were stunned by the comment and viewers were immediately outraged
    • Ana Navarro, Joy Behar and Sarah Haines all argued with her that it was an example of white supremacy
    • Whoopi insisted that it was 'man's inhumanity to man'; she earlier said: 'This is white people doing it to white people so y'all go fight amongst yourselves but'
    • ABC declined to comment when contacted by DailyMail.com on Monday
    • Whoopi previously said she 'felt Jewish' and was 'at home in Israel'

Just plain dumb. Or crazy.  Or both.  Wonder how long she will remain on The View.

Some interesting speculation from Ann Barnhardt:

Yes, Justin Trudeau is seriously Fidel Castro’s son. This isn’t a joke. Canada is literally conquered and under a dictatorship of Fidel Castro’s bastard, who is a murderous Communist psychopath just like his padre
Pierre Trudeau started dating Margaret Sinclair in ARSH 1968 when she was 18 and he was the 48 year old Prime Minister of Canada. Margaret Sinclair was psychologically unstable and a sex pervert like Pierre Trudeau, who was also a closet Communist. Trudeau and Sinclair were “swingers” – perverts partaking in orgies, and Trudeau was an enthusiastic cuckold, enjoying watching other men fornicating with his fiancé/wife.

Pierre Trudeau and Margaret Sinclair married in March ARSH 1971 and honeymooned in the Caribbean where they met up with their Communist idol Fidel Castro. Castro, like most Communists, was also a sex pervert and engaged in orgies and cuckoldry with Pierre and Margaret Trudeau ON THEIR HONEYMOON.

Nine months later in December ARSH 1971 Justin “Trudeau” was born.

As anyone can obviously see from the photographs below, Justin Trudeau is Castro’s son. They are nearly identical in physiognomy. It isn’t even debatable.



Much more at the site.  Now, don't get me started about Chelsea Clinton and Webster Hubbell

The Big Grift - Black Lives Matter

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The wheels are starting to come off that bus. Truth is coming out.
From the Washington Examiner:

The Black Lives Matter scam
The Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation did not raise a single penny for the first six years of its existence. It couldn’t.

The foundation wasn’t even registered with the Internal Revenue Service as a charity. But after George Floyd’s murder in May of 2020, tens of millions of dollars were given to this organization from major corporations and celebrities. And now, no one even knows where all that money has gone. Even worse, there doesn’t appear to be anyone in charge of the organization who can provide that information.

A bit more - follow the money:

Unable to accept the avalanche of money sent its way, BLM channeled donations through Thousand Currents and the Tides Foundation until the IRS approved its application for nonprofit status in December 2020. Around that time, Thousand Currents transferred $66.5 million to BLM — a transaction personally signed off on by BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors.

Cullors later issued the organization’s first-ever “impact report” in February 2021, claiming that the organization had raised over $90 million in 2020, spent $8.4 million on operating expenses, and given out $21.7 million to local BLM chapters and affiliated organizations. But these were just top-line numbers in a flashy communications product. No details were given on who was specifically paid what.

Just three months later, Cullors left BLM, claiming that she wanted to focus on other projects. She adamantly denied charges that she left the organization due to media reports that she had recently purchased millions of dollars' worth of real estate for herself.

More at the site.  They raise money but give very little to local chapters and community groups.  It is a scam.  A grift.

Getting windy out there

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Gusting to 45-50MPH - only two customers out on the island but that will probably change soon enough. Got the flashlights and candles out.

Betting that it is NOT the truckers. From The Epoch Times:

‘We’re in This for the Long Haul’: Trucker Convoy to Stay in Ottawa Until Mandates Lifted, Organizers Say
As masses of truck drivers and other protesters demonstrate in Canada’s capital this weekend, rally organizers say they will stay until their demands are met.

“Now it’s a waiting game, and patience is a virtue,” said Freedom Convoy organizer Benjamin Dichter at a press conference in Ottawa on Jan. 30. “We’re in this for the long haul.”

Dichter noted that trucks are designed to be on the road for long periods of time and are often equipped with fridges and other amenities and can serve as shelters for the drivers. He added that the GoFundMe campaign for the protest had collected over $8.7 million as of Jan. 30, and it can fund the truckers’ stay in the city.

“They can sit for weeks and months,” he said.

The convoy’s request, Dichter said, is that the federal government end COVID-19 mandates and remove the vaccination passport requirement. He said they will ask the same of provincial governments.

“They’re next on the list. First, we’re starting from the top down,” he said.

Considering that Trudeau and his family has fled Canada for "an undisclosed location", I think the decision should be coming fairly soon.  A simple Motion of No Confidence would suffice to start that ball rolling.  A fun time to be alive.  I saw men walk on the moon, the Berlin Wall come down and now this.

Slow news day - working on other stuff

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Nothing much happening out there.  Doing some basic domestic stuff here.  The nice weather is gone - rain this morning, high winds this afternoon and we are back to rain.

Got a pot of faro and black beans on the stove - doing some steamed veggies with that for dinner.  Cooking enough for a couple of days.

Got nothing planned for tomorrow either - up to the farm Tuesday for a day.

Looking forward to it - 2000 mules

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Dinesh D'Sousa's newest movie about the egregious cheating in the 2020 election - the trailer:

We got ourselves a Convoy

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Our *Resident tweets

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From His Highness,  the Exalted and Supreme Leader of the Free World, *Resident Biden:

Excuse me for a minute but that does not look like January weather outside the windows.
Does it look like January to you?

Watching President Trump

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UPDATE: Link invalid now that the rally is over. Will put up a good link when I find one.
Don't think I need to bother with YouTube for some reason...

Big rally in Texas:

Now that is true leadership - Canada

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From the London Daily Mail:

Justin Trudeau and his family leave their home in Ottawa for a secret location amid security concerns as thousands of 'Freedom Convoy' truckers march in front his office in protest at vaccine requirement to cross the US-Canada border

    • Justin Trudeau and his family have left their Ottawa home amid security concerns as demonstrators marched up and down the streets in front the Prime Minister's office to rally against the vaccine mandate
    • Protestors could be seen carrying copies of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, while others carried signs reading 'God keep our land glorious and free,' 'Make Canada great again,' and 'we are here for our freedom'
    • The convoy set out from British Columbia on Sunday and was cheered by hundreds of Canadians as it made its 2,000-mile journey to protest vaccine mandates
    • Since mid January, Canada and the United States have imposed a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for foreign truck drivers crossing the border between the two countries
    • Canadian drivers are unable to enter the U.S. unless they are vaccinated, and U.S. drivers are unable to enter Canada
    • Furthermore, unvaccinated Canadian drivers returning home must get tested and quarantine
    • Unvaccinated American truckers are not forced to test and quarantine when returning to the U.S.

What a putz.  A coward.  A little girly-man.

And the truth comes out - Willow

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Spot on - Bill Mahar

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One of the best essays I have read in a long long while.  Too complex to excerpt.
Spend the 20 minutes and go here and read:

No, the Revolution Isn’t Over
At least in the Boswash (the corridor of East Coast establishment power running from Boston to Washington), using January to make public predictions about the year ahead is an ironclad tradition. Usually these predictions end up being completely wrong, because no one here has any idea what they’re talking about. I hope that holds true in my case, because I want to use my mandatory annual forecast to dump a few gallons of cold, contrarian water on what seems to have recently become a fashionable prediction: that the “woke” ideological revolution roiling the West has peaked and will soon be in full blown retreat.

A lot to think about and yes, we would all like to think that the whole WOKE thing has hit peak silliness and is fading away.  No.  They are not fading, they are regrouping for WOKE 2.0 and it will be better fought and harder to counter than their first efforts.

Lisa and I are getting the hell out of dodge.  Best thing is to do the same.

A tale of failure in two stories.  First, from Alex at Marginal Revolution:

Organic Disaster
Sri Lanka’s President abruptly banned chemical fertilizers earlier this year in a bid to become 100% organic. The ban has resulted in reduced production and soaring prices that, together with declining tourism and the pandemic, have created an economic crisis.

According to major Sri Lankan tea conglomerate Herman Gunaratne, one of 46 experts picked by President Rajapaksa to spearhead the organic shift, the move’s consequences for the country are unimaginable.

“The ban has drawn the tea industry into complete disarray… If we go completely organic, we will lose 50 per cent of the crop, (but) we are not going to get 50 per cent higher prices,” he reportedly said.

…Former central bank deputy governor W.A. Wijewardena reportedly termed the organic plan as a “dream with unimaginable social, political and economic costs”. He said Sri Lanka’s food security had been “compromised” and without foreign currency, it’s “worsening day by day”.

And what did they do?  They did what any liberal utopia does, they doubled down:

The government has responded to the soaring prices not by reversing its decree but in the usual way by imposing price controls, attacking “hoarders” and seizing stocks of agricultural commodities like sugar.

Let me know when you find an instance where price controls have worked...  I'll wait...

Fast forward to now - from Aljazeera:

Sri Lanka to pay $200m compensation for failed organic farm drive
Sri Lanka has announced compensation for more than a million rice farmers whose crops failed under a botched scheme to establish the world’s first 100-percent organic farming nation.

The island country is currently reeling from a severe economic crisis that has triggered food shortages and rolling blackouts as the COVID pandemic sent the tourism-dependent economy into a tailspin.

The article goes on to outline some of the cascading tailspin that this one bonehead idea caused:

Rajapaksa told a United Nations food summit last year that the policy was aimed at ensuring “greater food security and nutrition” and encouraged other nations to follow Sri Lanka’s example.

Instead, the lack of imported farm chemicals compounded the island’s economic crisis, with food shortages forcing shops to ration sugar, lentils and other essentials.

The country is short of fuel for the transport sector and power utilities unable to pay for oil have rationed electricity. Cooking gas is also in short supply, forcing households to use firewood to prepare meals.

Despite the end of the chemical ban, importers say they have been unable to replenish stocks because commercial banks lack foreign exchange to pay for new supplies.

Food inflation in Sri Lanka hit a record 21.5 percent last month with vegetables and other staples still in short supply in the wake of the organic drive.

Everything is interlinked - fsck with one thing and the ripples have the potential to take down the whole system. Actions have consequences - something most six year olds learn but something that these liberal elitists fail to grasp.

Accurate then, more so now - the media

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Joseph Goebbels was Adolf Hitler's propagandist. He shaped the world's opinion of the National Socialist Party, casting them in a very favorable light until hostilities broke out. Compared to what is being done today, he was a rank amateur.


Four headlines:

What makes it interesting is that these are at the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The Atlantic & NPR

If you are sick with anything?  Stay the fsck home until you are better.  If you have to go out?  Wear a mask.
Otherwise?  Masks do not do any good - never did, never will.

This news from Russia Today:

Russia records worst harvest in years amid global food crisis
Last year’s grain harvest was the worst in three years, Russian officials have cautioned, as sharp rises in food prices squeeze households across much of Europe.

According to the national statistical agency, Rosstat, the amount of wheat harvested in Russia fell by 12%, or 10 million tons, to 75.9 million tons, while barley production fell 14%, to 18 million tons. Only the corn harvest improved, by 6%, up to 14.6 million tons.

The slim pickings were due to a combination of droughts, the death of winter crops, and a shortage of migrant labor for seasonal work. The US Department of Agriculture had predicted a Russian wheat harvest of 85 million tons at the start of the season but lowered its estimate after several important agricultural regions, including Orenburg and Tatarstan, were struck by bad weather.

Yes, bad weather but also poor planning and inflation.  The disease that is striking the USA is striking other nations as well - stupidity, globalization, clueless leadership. Trofim Denisovich Lysenko died in 1976 but his legacy lives on in people like the Obama and Biden administrations, European leadership, Canadian leadership, Australian leadership. Politically well connected but clueless as to their job at hand.  They stay in office because of their connections.  They follow the party line.  I am reminded of this great quote from Robert Anson Heinlein:

“Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

This is known as "bad luck.”

So true

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Get WOKE, go broke - DC Comics

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Cultural icon but the current leadership blew it.  From PJ Media:

DC Comics’ Bisexual Climate Change-Fighting Superman Is Kryptonite to Sales
Last fall, we learned that DC Comics’ new incarnation of Superman, Jon Kent (the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane), would be less a superhero and more a social warrior, leaving the battling of supervillains to others while he tackled climate change. And in Superman: Son of Kal-El #5, it would be revealed he had a boyfriend.

“The idea of replacing Clark Kent with another straight white savior felt like a missed opportunity,” Tom Taylor, the writer of the new comic, said. So instead, Taylor revealed that the new Superman “had to have new fights — real world problems — that he could stand up to as one of the most powerful people in the world.”

While the left collectively cheered for DC Comic’s “bravery,” others lamented the blatant wokeness of the comic series. In addition to going woke with the social justice nonsense, DC Comics also changed Superman’s longstanding motto from “Truth, Justice, and the American Way” to” Truth, Justice, and a Better Tomorrow.” The company’s direction was enough for the comic’s colorist, Gabe Eltaeb, to quit DC Comics.

And the numbers?  C'mon, there's always some numbers:

Well, it turns out that going woke is kryptonite for comic sales. According to the site Bounding Into Comics, while orders for the comic had an initial boost, it went from the 6th-most comic book sold in November to not even breaking the top 50 in December.

And this comment:

“There’s been a lot of speculation about the health of DC, nothing quite says you are screwed like this,” says YouTuber Comics by Perch. “In terms of health of the company, sit with this for a second. 50 DC titles. The top 50 DC titles, 48 of them are Batman books. It is the Batman company. Just forget the rest.”

Heh - hope that the leadership is canceled and that they get some new, saner people at the helm.  Christ on a Corn Dog, they could have run a simple focus group and saw that this was not going to go over well.  They live in a self-imposed bubble.

Black Lives Matter - in the news again

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Grift (also known as Confidence trick):  an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their confidence, used in the classical sense of trust. Confidence tricks exploit characteristics of the human psyche such as dishonesty, honesty, vanity, compassion, credulity, irresponsibility, naïveté and greed.

Proving once again that Black Lives Matter is just a poorly run grift - Washington Examiner:

Anger over BLM's purchase of $8.1 million Toronto mansion grows as group's finances scrutinized
Canadian Black Lives Matter activists are furious over the group's recent $8.1 million cash purchase of a mansion in downtown Toronto that once served as the headquarters of the Communist Party of Canada.

The U.S. charity that serves as the face of the BLM movement provided the bulk of the funding for the purchase of the 10,000-square-foot property in July. The purchase flew largely under the radar at the time, but anger has now reached a boiling point amid other revelations about BLM's management and its finances.

"For BLM Canada to take money from BLM Global Network [Foundation] for a building without consulting the community was unethical," Canadian BLM activists Sarah Jama and Sahra Soudi said in a recent statement. "For BLM Canada to refuse to answer questions from young Black organizers goes against the spirit of movement-building."

Maybe Ms. Jama and Soudi will be a bit wiser next time a Trained Marxist walks up with a mouth full of gimme, a hand full of much obliged (to quote Bessie Smith).  They will say anything to gain power but once they do?  All bets are off.  The "communities" will never see more than a few percent of BLM contributions.  It's a grift.  It always was a grift. Cullors & Garza were never in it for the community.  They saw an opportunity to make money and they did.

That the previous owners were the Communist Party shows that this was a grift.
Milk it for what you can but take care of your fellow Bolsheviks first.

When your ratings are tanking?

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Distract the masses with a cute kitty:

I grew up there and know the bridge well - Frick Park was a favorite hangout.
From Pittsburgh station KDKA:  Extra special irony in the story.

Frick Park Bridge Collapse: 10 Minor Injuries Reported, 3 People Taken To Hospital
Ten people suffered minor injuries when a bridge collapsed in Point Breeze early Friday morning.

Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire Chief Darryl Jones told reporters that 10 people were injured, three of whom were taken to hospitals. None of the injuries was life-threatening, Jones said.

Irony alert:

Just hours before President Joe Biden’s scheduled speech in Pittsburgh about the historic $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan, Pittsburgh Mayor Ed Gainey said the bridge over Hot Dog Dam Dog Park was inspected just last September.

Biden was made aware of the collapse and has been in touch with state and local officials, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Twitter.

Spending too much money on feel-good social programs and people farming.  Not enough on keeping things running - the boring stuff until it is not.

Flip flop Fauci

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Great commercial from Florida:

Let's hope that she wakes up and smells the cappucino:

A conservative is a liberal who got mugged the night before
Frank Rizzo

From FOX News:

Rep. Cori Bush's car hit by gunfire in St. Louis
Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., said Thursday that she is unharmed after her unoccupied vehicle was hit by gunfire over the weekend in the St. Louis area.

"I'm touched by everyone who has reached out," Bush tweeted. "Thankfully no one was harmed. But any act of gun violence shakes your soul. That's why our movement is working to invest in our communities, eradicate the root causes of gun violence, and keep everyone safe."

So...  In her mind, if they had just gotten rid of all the guns, this would never have happened.

In my mind?  I am betting that #1) - the gun is stolen and that #2) - the shooter has a prior felony conviction. Both of these are breaking the law - something that criminals do without forethought or compunction.  The other fact that escapes her mental dialog is that had some citizen been walking around with a licensed concealed carry firearm, the goblin would have thought twice about firing their gun.  As Robert Anson Heinlein once said:  "An armed society is a polite society"

To remember: There are about as many legally owned guns in the United States as their are citizens of the United States.  If guns WERE the problem, we would know about it.

As a final note, Rep. Bush has no problem spending $200K/year (paid for by her constituents of course - love that tax revenue) for private security but she continues to call for defunding the police.

I am hoping that this would open her eyes and make her re-think her ultra-liberal posture but I guess she is incapable of thinking beyond the narrative that she is being fed by her minders.  She is truly a slave on the Democratic Plantation - she says what they tell her to say, she thinks what they tell her to think, she does what they tell her to do, she acts how they tell her to act.  No ability to exercise free will - she is locked in the bubble known as the Democratic Party.

The last laugh - nature

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Sociopaths come and go.  Their corrupt useful idiots (Pelosi, Schumer, BLM, etc...) come and go as well.
Nature is forever and she has the last laugh:


Regardless, he is right up there with George Soros:
From 90 Miles:


From Amazon - the teaser:

The cool thing is that this was done without CGI - here is their video showing how it was done:

Again, all practical effects - not a computer in the bunch. Gorgeous work. The show is set thousands of years before The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings

And back to the house again...

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Got everything done I needed to today.  Good meeting with the realtor.

Loading the van back up - this time with stuff to donate to the thrift store.

Got two very sleepy pups - they had a nice long run today.

And outta here

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On the road by 8:00AM - meeting at my store with the realtors at 10:00AM

Farm and then back home this afternoon to load up the van with donations for the thrift store tomorrow.

Busy couple of days...

A voice of reason - Nick Freitas

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Excellent speech - short and right to the point.  Call them out:

Nick is currently in the VA House of Delegates
Tip of the hat to Don Surber - loved the standaing ovation at the end.

They Live revisited

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Classic movie - definitely worth watching as it is very relevant for today's times:


God laughs

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From The Hollywood Reporter:

Spotify to Pull Neil Young’s Music After Artist’s Objections to Joe Rogan
Spotify is in the process of removing Neil Young’s catalog of music from its service after the artist published — then took down — an open letter with an ultimatum: Deal with the vaccine misinformation coming from Joe Rogan’s podcast, or lose Young’s music.

Two days after the letter was published, Spotify is now in the process of removing Young’s music from the streaming service, a Spotify spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter.

“We want all the world’s music and audio content to be available to Spotify users. With that comes great responsibility in balancing both safety for listeners and freedom for creators. We have detailed content policies in place and we’ve removed over 20,000 podcast episodes related to COVID since the start of the pandemic. We regret Neil’s decision to remove his music from Spotify, but hope to welcome him back soon,” the spokesperson told THR.

He DID ask for this to happen and it was a very public request.  A variant of The Streisand Effect.

The experts - Climate "Change"

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From NBC News:

Justice Stephen Breyer to retire from Supreme Court, paving way for Biden appointment
Justice Stephen Breyer will step down from the Supreme Court at the end of the current term, according to people familiar with his thinking.

Breyer is one of the three remaining liberal justices, and his decision to retire after more than 27 years on the court allows President Joe Biden to appoint a successor who could serve for decades and, in the short term, maintain the current 6-3 split between conservative and liberal justices.

The confirmation process will be interesting to say the least.

Good news from Georgia - Senate race

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From FOX News:

Trump-backed Herschel Walker reports hauling in nearly $10M since launching GOP Senate bid in Georgia
Republican Senate candidate Herschel Walker is off to a very fast start when it comes to fundraising for his Senate campaign as he tries to unseat Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock of Georgia in the November’s midterm elections.

The former professional and college football star running back, who won a Heisman Trophy and helped propel the University of Georgia to a national championship, announced on Wednesday that his campaign pulled in nearly $10 million in fundraising from his late August launch through the end of last year. Walker’s campaign also reported raking in $5.4 million during the October-December fourth quarter of fundraising.

Warnock is not a good Senator - ineffective.  He has charisma.  He does not have leadership.

He is also being investigated. He has some domestic violence issues. His volunteers have sticky fingers. He is an advocate of Critical Race Theory and an anti-Semitic bigot. His mentor was Jeramiah Wright 

Good riddance.

Neil who?

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Analysis: True

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Meanwhile - from Breitbart:

Ukraine Says ‘Destabilization’ Fueled by Biden Admin Hysteria, Not Russia
Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksiy Danilov told reporters on Tuesday that Kyiv considers – and intelligence reports from the West agree – that “internal destabilization” caused by panic over a potential further Russian invasion is “the number one issue,” not any potential invasion.

With this “destabilization” – leading to generalized panic and the collapse of the national currency, the hryvnia – “the Russians have nothing to do here,” Danilov asserted, according to state outlet Ukrinform.

The remarks follow multiple national addresses from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky urging Ukrainians to disregard agitated statements from the administration of President Joe Biden and its allies predicting an imminent Russian invasion deeper into Ukraine than Moscow already is. Russia invaded Ukraine in 2014, colonizing Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, and supporting “separatists” in the eastern Donbas region. Moscow insists the Donbas war is a “civil war,” but Kyiv has revealed extensive evidence of Russian military support against the Ukrainian army.

And Vladimir says it best - Russian with English subtitles:

Our "leaders" and their useful idiots do not study history. All of this has been done before.
Did not work then, does not work now...

We got ourselves a convoy

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This will be hard for the elites to explain away - from the Toronto Sun:

'Freedom' truckers may form world's longest convoy
According to Guinness World Records, the longest truck convoy ever recorded was 7.5 km long, in Egypt in 2020.

The Freedom Convoy heading from British Columbia to Ottawa is said to be considerably longer.

“It’s 70 km long,” said Benjamin Dichter, spokesman for the Freedom Convoy 2022. “I have seen footage from an airplane. It’s impressive.”

By Wednesday, truckers hope to have taken their protest through to Manitoba and will make it to southern Ontario on Friday.

Plans call for the convoy to arrive in Ottawa on Saturday for a protest.

If it gets there on time — and if the convoy holds together as it has in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan — it could be 10 times larger than the world record.

People have had enough. Enough false pandemic, enough bad leadership, enough rules, enough condescension. Time for the putative leaders to start representing their constituents and to stop chasing Mammon.

Good news from South Carolina - FOX News:

Newly proposed SC law would make it a crime to ask about vaccine status
A newly proposed law in the South Carolina Statehouse would make it a criminal offense for your employer – or anyone – to ask about your vaccination status.

Under the new proposed law, even just asking if someone is vaccinated could be considered a misdemeanor crime. It’s something those who are for it are calling a “don’t ask" bill.

“The government has no place in making you or telling you to take the vaccination, or threatening your livelihood if you don’t," said Upstate representative William “Bill“ Chumley (R, District 35), one of the co-sponsors of the bill.

The focus is on Florida these days because of their rapid turnaround from Liberal to Conservative.  Many other states in the area have been quietly conservative all along.

Talk about her fifteen minutes...  From The Hill:

Pelosi says she will run for reelection in 2022
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced on Tuesday that she will run for reelection in 2022, quelling speculation for now that this year may be her last in Congress.

Pelosi, who was first elected to the House in a 1987 special election, said the U.S. democracy is “at risk,” which makes the upcoming election “crucial.”

“While we've made progress, much more needs to be done to improve people's lives. Our democracy is at risk because of assaults on the truth, the assault on the U.S. Capitol and the state-by-state assault on voting rights. This election is crucial. Nothing less is at stake than our democracy,” Pelosi said in an announcement video posted to Twitter

So far, there are 29 Democrat House members of Congress who announced that they are not running for reelection this year.  Much better for them to retire a winner and get a job at some cushy lobbyist or law firm than to go down in defeat and not be employable. Nancy can't get enough power - she has literally sold her soul and will be paying for it soon. She will have Hillary to keep her company.  That would be Hell enough...

Food shortages in Washington D.C.

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Poor planning - a two-fer from Sundance:

First - Rationing:

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser Asks Residents to Begin Voluntary Rationing of Food at Grocery Stores
For those of you who have prepared it is wise to remember the advice that always accompanies the final stages of preparation.  Once you are prepared, shut up, zip it, run silent and run deep.

The reason is simple comrades, when the “voluntary rationing” phase concludes, those who have prepared are quickly cast as ‘hoarders” and targeted by those who created the desperation.  It has always been thus.

DC Mayor and COVID Compliance Minister, Muriel Bowser, asks residents in/around her region to enter a phase of voluntary rationing.  What comes after the voluntary phase is the part many have been studiously preparing to avoid.

Mayor Bowser's tweet is straight out of the communist playbook:


Yeah citizen - don't hog it all, leave some for the other useful idiots.  We will get more (yeah!), we always have and we always will (and I have a nice bridge in downtown Manhattan, NY you might be interested in purchasing).

Second - Sundance explains why this happened.  Again, poor planning.  Very one-dimensional thinking:

A Note About the DC Metro Area Food Store Shortages That Must Be Emphasized
I know most CTH readers are aware of the issue – the action and consequence side of things.  However, the current conditions in/around our nation’s capitol deserve to be emphasized in order to share with those who are not connecting the dots.

The shortage of food products, in/around the metro-DC area, is a direct consequence of that same area demanding Vaccination Passports to enter any venue providing “food away from home.”

The vaccine passport mandate blocks people from restaurants, dining, bars and other sources of food.  The process forces people into grocery stores where they are encountering shortages.

In essence, what we are seeing in the DC-Metro area is a microcosm of what previously happened nationally with shortages in food supplies and basic essentials.  The retail food delivery system in our nation is not designed or prepared to shift large numbers of people out of the “food away from home” lane and into the “food prepared at home lane.”  It really is that simple.

Even small percentages of demand shift in a very detailed and complex supply chain -already operating at maximum capacity- can have massive consequences.   One fractured gear tooth in a system of thousands of interconnected gears can bring the entire machine to a halt.

Simple really - cause and effect.  Problem is that our elite leaders are incapable of thinking beyond the first element.  They fix that and then have to deal with the consequences of their actions.  A chain of events that neither fixes the problem nor alleviates the overall condition.

Now this will be a fun race - F-35

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I would love to be a fly on the wall at these planning sessions
From the London Daily Mail

Race to beat China to recover $100m US F-35 stealth fighter from bottom of South China Sea after it crash landed on aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson: Fears secret technology from America's most advanced jet could fall into enemy hands

    • The USS Carl Vinson on Monday suffered a 'landing mishap' with F-35C warplane
    • The Navy said the stealth fighter 'subsequently fell to the water'
    • It is packed with the latest technology and advances in radar-deflecting design
    • The ship is currently in the South China Sea, taking part in exercises
    • The pilot of the F-35 ejected safely and was rescued by helicopter
    • Seven were injured: three required evacuation to a medical facility in Manila

It's easy to joke about the F-35's performance issues but China would love to get its mitts on the technology.
We must not let them.

And under the bus - BLM

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They fulfilled their function, helped the Dems install *Resident Biden and now they are superfluous.
From Don Surber:

Dems dump BLM
If you are wondering why BLM co-founder Patrisse Khan-Cullors bought $3.2 million worth of homes last year, she knew Democrats would drop her like a bad habit once Black Lives Matter (nee the Black Liberation Movement) helped put Biden behind the Resolute Desk.

Eric Adams, the new mayor-cop of New York City, made that abundantly clear on Monday after an assassin killed a Hispanic cop and gravely wounded his partner this weekend in Harlem. A third cop shot and killed the perp.

The New York Times reported, "Adams Unveils Ambitious Plan to Confront Rising Gun Violence."

The story said, "Perhaps the most immediate change offered by Mr. Adams on Monday was the highly anticipated revamping of anti-crime police units that were disbanded in 2020 amid social-justice protests that erupted after the police killing of George Floyd."

Social-justice protests are riots.

It is bye-bye BLM.

It is funny that all of these "trained Marxists" fail to read and comprehend their history.  They have no seat at the table of power - never had, never will.  They are useful idiots to be courted and nurtured until the power is absolute and then they are no longer needed.  Under the bus they go...

Gotta push the vaccines.  Can't have a sucessful treatment.
From the Office of Ron DeSantis:

Governor DeSantis Condemns Biden Administration’s Haphazard Decision to Revoke Authorization of Lifesaving Monoclonal Antibody Treatments
Governor Ron DeSantis is demanding the Biden Administration reverse its sudden and reckless decision to revoke emergency use authorization (EUA) for Regeneron and Eli Lilly monoclonal antibody treatments. This abrupt and unilateral action by the Biden Administration will prevent access to lifesaving treatments for Floridians and Americans.

“Without a shred of clinical data to support this action, Biden has forced trained medical professionals to choose between treating their patients or breaking the law,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “This indefensible edict takes treatment out of the hands of medical professionals and will cost some Americans their lives. There are real-world implications to Biden’s medical authoritarianism – Americans’ access to treatments is now subject to the whims of a failing president.”

“Rather than giving Americans the option for various COVID treatments, the FDA and the Biden Administration issued their royal decree, taking away the very thing that is proven to reduce hospitalizations and save lives,” said Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez. “Monoclonal antibody treatments like Regeneron have had a positive impact for thousands of Floridians. For the CDC and FDA, which have been consistently inconsistent throughout the entire pandemic, to restrict treatment does nothing but put individuals at risk.”

More at the site.  Monoclonal Antibodies work.  The track record is proven.  Why?  Because Moderna and Pfizer are not making a profit.

Nice guy - *Resident Biden

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A reporter asked him about the inflation and Biden's reply was classic.
The question: "do you think that inflation is a political liability in the midterms"

The answer?

Russia snubbed Barkey in 2014 and he is still pissed.
From Area Ocho:

Quickly Developing
Now the US has given 8,500 American troops orders to stand by to be sent to Europe. Holy shit, this guy really is looking for a fight. He went from “considering” it to alerting troops for movement in less than 6 hours. We are literally doing more to defend the borders of the Ukraine than we are our own borders.

The Democrats have wanted a war with the Russians ever since they snubbed Obama in 2014. So then we accused them of rigging the HRC defeat in 2016. It seems like they have been trying to pick a fight with them for years. Don’t forget when the Democrats did the “selfie” campaign to save the Ukraine from Russia in 2014.

Here is my theory: There have been rumors that Biden’s strings are actually being pulled by Obama. This situation with Russia and the Ukraine is Obama being pissed because the Russkies bent him over the Ukraine in 2014.

That sound plausible on all counts. This image says it all:


Barry's first two terms were a disaster.  His third is not much better.

Quiet morning so far

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Nothing on the intarwebs - heading out for the usual routine.

Farm on Tuesday - dump run today, some emails and paperwork.

There is always paperwork...

Quite the rally today in D.C.

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Looks like people are getting fed up with the mandates coming out of Mordor on the Potomac

Dr Malone developed the idea and the technologies behind mRNA vaccines:

Journalist Del Bigtree was on fire:

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was excellent:

We The People are taking this government back from the corrupt goblins.

A voice of reason - the Wuhan Flu

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Excellent editorial from The Brownstone Institute but it gets better;
check out the authors' CVs:

The Emergency Must Be Ended, Now
The time has come to terminate the pandemic state of emergency. It is time to end the controls, the closures, the restrictions, the plexiglass, the stickers, the exhortations, the panic-mongering, the distancing announcements, the ubiquitous commercials, the forced masking, the vaccine mandates.

We don’t mean that the virus is gone – omicron is still spreading wildly, and the virus may circulate forever. But with a normal focus on protecting the vulnerable, we can treat the virus as a medical rather than a social matter and manage it in ordinary ways. A declared emergency needs continuous justification, and that is now lacking.

What follows is a very reasoned explanation and they close with these lines:

Given that omicron, with its mild infection, is running its course to the end, there is no justification for maintaining emergency status. The lockdowns, personnel firings and shortages and school disruptions have done at least as much damage to the population’s health and welfare as the virus.

The state of emergency is not justified now, and it cannot be justified by fears of a hypothetical recurrence of some more severe infection at some unknown point in the future. If such a severe new variant were to occur – and it seems unlikely from omicron – then that would be the time to discuss a declaration of emergency.

Americans have sacrificed enough of their human rights and of their livelihoods for two years in the service of protecting the general public health. Omicron is circulating but it is not an emergency. The emergency is over. The current emergency declaration must be canceled. It is time.

The authors have pretty awesome curriculum vitae:

  • Harvey Risch is Professor of Epidemiology in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the Yale School of Public Health and Yale School of Medicine.
  • Jay Bhattacharya, Senior Scholar of Brownstone Institute, is a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University.
  • Dr. Paul Alexander is an epidemiologist focusing on clinical epidemiology, evidence-based medicine, and research methodology.

I am willing to bet good money that these people know what they are taking about...

So true - first graders

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The narrative may be changing but the elites are not letting up:

They will change to Narrative 2.0 this spring but... A new pandemic, a new vaccine, lather, rinse, repeat.

On this day in 1855

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John Moses Browning was born.

Still kicking myself - his house was for sale in 2009

$374K with all original interior.  Gorgeous.

I had posted about this ten days ago here: Railroad strike in the offing?

Looks like it's not just a rumor.  From KFYR TV in Minot, ND:

17,000 union employees for BNSF prepare to strike
A new work policy at BNSF Railway that starts Feb. 1 has prompted more than 17,000 employees to decide to go on strike over what they call “the worst attendance policy ever.”

The SMART Transportation Union released the following statement: “This unprecedented BNSF policy repudiates direct and clear contract language and, in application, will attempt to force our members to report for duty without regard for their medical condition as we struggle to come out of a pandemic,” the presidents said. “It also stands to take away any ability by our members to avoid working fatigued when they are routinely called without warning due to the complete lack of reliable train lineups, thus creating the potential for an even more unsafe railroad operation. So-called ‘forced overtime’ in an industry where safety is so critical not only repudiates our agreements, it stands to enact irreparable harm on hundreds of full-time employees whose non-workplace obligations prevent them from being at work every day of their life.”

You think we have supply-chain problems now? Things are going to get really interesting really quickly.  Gay Mayor Pete is totally out of his depth with this.

Mark Cuban has done it again:  CostPlus Drug Company
From their mission statement:

A letter from Mark Cuban
We started Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company because every American should have access to safe, affordable medicines. If you don’t have insurance or have a high deductible plan, you know that even the most basic medications can cost a fortune. Many people are spending crazy amounts of money each month just to stay healthy. No American should have to suffer or worse - because they can’t afford basic prescription medications.

If you are fortunate enough to have health insurance with a low deductible, the high cost of drugs is driving up the premiums that you or your employer pay, making getting health insurance expensive and challenging.

The Mark Cuban Cost Plus Drug Company takes these problems head on.

This page has a list of what they carry, the MSRP and their cost.  You do have to pay cash out of pocket - they do not go through insurance companies but, with these prices? Zero problem.

Supply chain shortages

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This one gives me the willies - from Redit/r/PrepperIntel

Polymer shortage affecting O-ring and seal availability from Parker Hannifin
Parker Hannifin sent an email out to their supply base, informing us that their raw material supplier has restricted them to 20-50% allocation for a minimum 6 month duration. The email gives the customer base a choice to accept a choice of no new orders for the duration, or a force majeure contract termination. This affects most low temperature O-rings and seals. In our case, we have a bunch of sole-sourced part numbers that we're going to have to scramble to get alternatives for(if they even exist).

Parker Hannifin is the MacDaddy of O-rings - here is a listing which describes O-rings, their use and the various global manufacturers, PH is at the top with nobody else coming close.

Top O-Ring Suppliers in the USA
Although O-rings are small, simple, and low-cost products, they are an absolute necessity throughout a multitude of industries, including automotive, aerospace, marine, oil and gas, healthcare, food and water, pharmaceutical, and chemical, to name a few. O-rings are pressure-resistant gaskets or seals used to prevent the leaks of fluids or gasses.

O-rings are a consumable with a fixed lifespan.  They are used everywhere and if there is a shortage, a lot of things are going to not work very well after a while.  Also, if you take something apart for other service, it is customary to replace all O-rings when reassembling.  The slightest nick and there is a leak.  Good preventive medicine to do when you have it apart anyway.

This is going to really suck...

Has *Resident Poopy-Pants brought us to the brink of World War Three?
Analysis from Hal Turner:

After Failed Geneva Meeting, Military Escalation Happening at Stunning Pace
After the failed meeting between the US and Russia in Geneva this morning, war preparations have escalated to a stunning degree. At this writing at 3:23 PM eastern US time on 21 January, a total of TWO HUNDRED (200) military trains are either enroute to, or have arrived in, Belarus from Russia.

The average number of cars in one train is 50, and the total number of trains with military equipment transferred to Belarus is now 200.

The United States will send additional military aid to Ukraine in the near future, the White House said.

The US DoD is working on military options that could be activated to beef up US military presence eastern Europe as a deterrence if Russian invades Ukraine. This could include “movement of assets and forces already in Europe and also assets and forces available outside of Europe" official sources say.

Romanian NATO Deputy Secretary-General Mircea Geoana on Friday rejected Russia’s “anachronistic” demand for the Atlantic alliance to withdraw from Romania and Bulgaria, members since 2007.

Blinken said after talks with Russia's foreign minister on Friday that Moscow would face a ‘swift, severe’ response if it invades Ukraine.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces Canada is giving Ukraine a loan of $120-million dollars as it faces Russian aggressions at its border.

White House Spox Psaki says the administration has notified Congress of the US' intent to deliver Mi-17 helicopters to Ukraine.

Biden will meet this weekend with his nat'l security team while Biden's at Camp David.

The Czech Republic will deliver artillery shells with a caliber of 152 millimeters to Ukraine. Kyiv asked for them.

Russia vows 'most serious consequences' if US ignores its concerns.

The Democrats fscked up Afghanisan and now they are doing the same to Europe.

Let us hope that cooler heads prevail but... Keep your powder dry, your family close and check your provisions. Moving some of my radio equipment to a faraday cage I built a few years ago.

A daily read: Eaton Rapids Joe has their own thoughts.

Poor Georgie - got his feewings hurt

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From Frontpage Magazine:

Soros Group Objects to Front Page Magazine Headline Linking Him to Devil, Marilyn Mosby
The indictment of Baltimore DA Marilyn Mosby on fraud and perjury charges was reported on The Point at Front Page Magazine shortly after it happened with a number of follow-ups, including this post, "Soros DA Marilyn Mosby's Indictment Blamed on Racism, the Devil."

For unclear reasons, perhaps the mention of the devil, the Soros network was not happy and I received a request for a correction from BerlinRosen acting on behalf of "Justice & Public Safety PAC, the political action committee primarily funded by George Soros", which asserted that "Mr. Soros has not -- directly or indirectly -- backed or supported or contributed to Ms. Mosby."

In response, I pointed out that while "Justice & Public Safety PAC" had not funded Mosby, she was entangled with elements of the Soros network.

More at the site - what's that line:  If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.  Soros is a sociopath.
He collaborated with the Nazis during WWII - claimed to be Christian and led them to his family friends.

Soros and people like him are what is wrong with society today.

A matter of perspective - lies

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From Chris Lynch:


Jamie Zawinski got lucky in the dot.com boom and now owns a music venue and pizza restaurant.
Today, he talks about using Facebook and Instagram for marketing:

Instagram: How not to do messaging
Though Facebook is really good at a few things -- being a rage amplifier; providing a clean, well-lit space for fascists; and allowing unmedicated schizophrenics to find each other and thereby elevate their delusions into national movements -- it's important to remember that they are actually stultifyingly incompetent at just about everything that comprises what most people think their business is.

Sadly, my businesses still have a presence on Facebook and Instagram because choosing not to use those services essentially means choosing not to advertise, and that's not really a stand we can afford to take during this pandemic apocalypse.

And since I still have to manage this shitshow, here's me pissing in the wind again about how terrible it is to try and actually use it.

More at the site.  HeyJamie - tell us what you really think 😁

Viral video - NWO update

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It's been about ten hours since I saw the new Tom MacDonald and Adam Calhoun video.
It has garnered another half-million views since then:


I would call that "Sending a Message"

Great video - New World Order

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Tom MacDonald and Adam Calhoun

Been getting noticed - it was posted today and already:


That's a lot of views in less than 24 hours.   The truth always wins out after all...

Nothing tonight - slow news day

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Nothing really catching my eye.  Got some digging to do through old emails and putting together a file for a lawyer - selling some property so need to get all my ducks in a row.

Lisa is on the road for a month - work.  Back at the end of February.

Feeling a bit drowsy so YouTube and an early bed - thrift store tomorrow as well.

A passing

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From Plum Village:

Thich Nhat Hanh, 11.10.1926-22.01.2022
This morning, the 22 of January 2022 Thay, Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, has passed away peacefully at Từ Hiếu Temple in Huế, Vietnam, at 00:00hrs, at the age of 95.

There is an online ceremony tomorrow at 7:00PM   Ceremony on the Transition of Thich Nhat Hanh

And back home again

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Surf, dinner.  More spew later.

Productive day.

And off to work this morning

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Dog walk, quick coffee and then to the thrift store for a couple hours of sorting through other people's stuff, resisting the temptation to bring choice items home and generally trying to help out.

Back in a few hours - trip to Costco first.

Vladimir Putin - with subtitles - an epic one minute definition of what is happening:

And Author and Accountant Larry Correia:

Joe Biden has been president for a year, and he has sucked beyond all comprehension. He is quite possibly the worst president ever.

Is this going to be a biased, partisan post? Why yes. Because the democrats elected a corrupt dipshit, who has just gotten more pathetic with age. Biden sucks so bad that he is going to drag your entire political party down, and the mid terms are shaping up to be a bloodbath the likes of which American politics haven’t seen in any of our lifetimes. All that demographic inevitability you’ve been crowing about since Obama? Evaporated.

Democrat congressmen are retiring in droves because they see better polling data than we do, and in the polls the public can see, Biden is the kiss of death. Nobody can deny the stink of failure.

This rings true:

Biden has accomplished exactly one thing. And that’s demonstrating beyond a shadow of a doubt to all reasonable, thinking Americans that democrats are total shit at governing. They talk a big game, but it’s all just platitudes, wishful thinking, and magic unicorns farting free shit. Their claimed philosophy is childlike and disintegrates when it touches reality, exposing their actual philosophy, which is draconian control freaks who are compelled to meddle in everything. And the less they understand something, the more they feel the need to fuck with it.

100% correct - don't like it? Change my mind.

Tip of the hat to Peter at Bayou Renaissance Man for the links.

Two news stories from the San Francisco ABC affiliate:

Taxpayers dollars at work.  How is that shiny new train of yours going Gavin?

These people would not recognize good management if it punched them in the face.

Buffering - says it all

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Marxism - mental disorder

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Liberalism - mental disorder

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Another classic case from Seattle of all places.  This is my surprised face...
From The Daily Wire:

EXCLUSIVE: Meet The Seattle Schools Woke Indoctrination Czar Who Married A Child Molester
Spend enough time studying the “racial equity” and “ethnic studies” programs sweeping school districts across the nation and you’ll find that they are following in the footsteps, on a several-year delay, of one of America’s most progressive cities: Seattle.

It’s worth examining, then, how all that worked out in Seattle. Despite decades of the most aggressive equity programs anyone could ask for, Seattle’s racial disparities are among the worst in the nation – and they’re getting worse, not better.

At the forefront of Seattle Public Schools’ (SPS) initiatives was Tracy Castro-Gill, until recently its director of ethnic studies, who represented herself as a fierce Chicana who overcame homelessness and was willing to take on racism no matter who she had to battle, turning schools into vehicles for social change.

Castro-Gill, it turned out, was a perennially unhappy toxic liar, one who misrepresented her background to the point that her own father compared her to Rachel Dolezal, and who was ultimately pushed out of her job for repeated misconduct. A focus on racial oppression did not create resiliency, but rather despondency, with Castro-Gill and three other racial justice leaders going on paid leave from SPS for mental health issues in 2019 alone.

As Castro-Gill used children for politics in the workplace, her personal life also raised questions about the costs that can incur. She married a convicted child molester and moved her young daughter in with him. Then, her previous ex-husband told me, she pressured her child, who had serious mental impairments, to become gender-nonbinary.

The academic achievement of Seattle’s youth plummeted as she implemented initiatives like replacing math instruction with courses on “power and oppression.” But in this world, there was no such thing as failing: Those gaps were used to justify still more jobs and efforts like hers. The following book excerpt is the never-before-told story of America’s first “woke” school system.

And this story is just getting started.  Everything about her is fake.

In a just world, she would be dosed to the gills with Thorazine or some such hypnotic and locked away in a padded cell.  Completely batty. Cray cray.  The idea that she had a kid with someone beggars the imagination.  I guess some guys are just that desperate.  Or predatory. Or mentally ill.

Curious - U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar

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Not a peep in most of the media but this sounds like a big deal.  From the Dallas/Fort Worth NBC affiliate:

FBI Confirm Search Near Texas Home of US Rep. Henry Cuellar
FBI agents searched near the Texas home of U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar on Wednesday as they conducted what an agency spokeswoman called “court-authorized law enforcement activity.”

The motive and scope of the search was not immediately known. But a reporter for The Monitor of McAllen, Texas, which first reported the operation, reported from the scene that more than a dozen federal agents were seen passing in and out of Cuellar’s home bearing cases and other items.

“The FBI was present in the vicinity of Windridge Drive and Estate Drive in Laredo conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity,” spokeswoman Rosanne Hughes said. “The FBI cannot provide further comment on an ongoing investigation.”

Big investigation but no comment.
Of course, Mr. Cuellar is a Democrat.  Figures...

UPDATE: Sundance has it figured out.  Mr. Cuellar has been very VERY critical of *Resident Biden's policy on the Southern Border.  Rep. Cuellar's district:

Prominent Democrat, Publicly Critical of Joe Biden Border Policy, Gets a Visit from FBI Jackboots
The political motives behind this FBI effort are, yet again, brutally transparent.   The FBI are for Joe Biden what the Russian FSB is for Vladimir Putin.  That’s what they are. That’s all they are. That’s what they do.

How many dozens of examples does it take before people realize the FBI are criminal enforcers targeting any voices who rise in opposition to the DC system?

Seriously, when is enough, enough? This should be a bipartisan issue.

They were never fully under legislative control but Obama turned them into our version of the Stasi. J. Edgar Hoover (FBI founder and chief) used to keep dossiers on prominent politicians.  If they threatened his domain, an unmarked envelope with some photographs would suddenly appear on their desktop. Time for this agency to have their funding cut by 70% and for their office to be moved to Gary, Indiana.  Away from the centers of power.

That will be fun to see - CNN

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They should be for sale for pretty cheap these days - ratings are in the terlit


Raw data - now. Totally agree with this

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Why has this not been available from the start.  By law, any research done in the USA that is funded with Federal money has to be open source.  I do not know the situation in England but this is a definite call to arms.
From The British Medical Journal:

Covid-19 vaccines and treatments: we must have raw data, now
BMJ 2022; 376 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o102 (Published 19 January 2022)
Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o102

In the pages of The BMJ a decade ago, in the middle of a different pandemic, it came to light that governments around the world had spent billions stockpiling antivirals for influenza that had not been shown to reduce the risk of complications, hospital admissions, or death. The majority of trials that underpinned regulatory approval and government stockpiling of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) were sponsored by the manufacturer; most were unpublished, those that were published were ghostwritten by writers paid by the manufacturer, the people listed as principal authors lacked access to the raw data, and academics who requested access to the data for independent analysis were denied.

The Tamiflu saga heralded a decade of unprecedented attention to the importance of sharing clinical trial data. Public battles for drug company data, transparency campaigns with thousands of signatures, strengthened journal data sharing requirements, explicit commitments from companies to share data, new data access website portals, and landmark transparency policies from medicines regulators all promised a new era in data transparency.

Progress was made, but clearly not enough. The errors of the last pandemic are being repeated. Memories are short. Today, despite the global rollout of covid-19 vaccines and treatments, the anonymised participant level data underlying the trials for these new products remain inaccessible to doctors, researchers, and the public—and are likely to remain that way for years to come. This is morally indefensible for all trials, but especially for those involving major public health interventions.

Absolutely - what are they trying to hide? To gloss over? Release all of the data now.

Another day, another pile of boxes

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Out for some errands and then back to the house for more sorting stuff and packing things in boxes. Getting a load ready for the thrift store tomorrow.  Up to the farm next week - the ice is finally gone from the driveway so I can move the van around up there.

Dog walk and coffee first...

Zombies in our midst

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Little do they know what they have let into their bodies
From Made By Jimbob published at Arkhaven


Obey - I command you

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This is really bad for both species:


Dogs should never need to wear a muzzle unless their owner is a complete idiot (or psychotic) and could not handle the most basic of education.

Listening to Joe's presser

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Listening to it now - he is in his initial statement and sluring his words, stopping at odd spots.

Making mistakes and repeating.

The guy is not all there...

UPDATE: Been listening for about 20 minutes now.  Word Salad

Going to do something else and listen to the reviews after.

Not worth my time.

Heh - my serious side

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From the New York Post:

Dear Joe … Your first year’s been a total disaster and you’re sleepwalking into re-electing Trump
Dear Joe,

Happy Anniversary.

Can we get a divorce?

Sorry if this isn’t the most effusive of messages as you celebrate your first year in office as president of the United States.

But I fear it’s exactly what many disillusioned Americans, including some who voted for you, are now thinking.

I don’t like to sugar-coat things, so let me be blunt: You’ve been a disaster.

In fact, it’s hard to think of a more insipid, less inspiring, fiasco-ridden opening 12 months to a presidency.

Nor one that has so spectacularly failed to deliver on the promises made at an inauguration ceremony.

All true - more at the site.  The good news is that this overreach will implode the Democrat party.  Their chances of attaining power are slipping through their fingers like sand. Could not be happening to a nicer bunch of people.
Pure schadenfreude. Delicious.

And Narrative 2.0 begins

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From The Epoch Times:

England Ends All COVID Passports, Mask Mandates, Work Restrictions
Restrictions including COVID-19 passes, mask mandates, and work-from-home requirements will be removed in England, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday.

Johnson also suggested that self-isolation rules may also be thrown out at the end of March as the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic becomes endemic.

Effective immediately, the UK government is no longer asking people to work from home.

The COVID pass mandate for nightclubs and large events won’t be renewed when it expires on Jan. 26.

And from Thursday, indoor mask-wearing will no longer be compulsory anywhere in England.

The requirement for secondary school pupils to wear masks during class and in communal areas will also be removed from the Department for Education’s national guidance.

Roaring cheers from lawmakers could be heard in the House of Commons following Johnson’s announcements on masks.

As pockets of reality break out over the world.  Back to normal.

A non-event.  Something ginned up by the liberal media to try to create dissention.
DeSantis' reply? Pure mockery - I love it:

The recent terrorist attack - a theory

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Sundance at Conservative Treehouse has a theory that is spooky:

Was the Terrorist Attack in Colleyville a Replay of the Terrorist Attack in Garland in 2015?
I have intentionally not written about the terrorist attack in Colleyville, Texas, because my initial review saw significant parallels to the first ISIS attack on U.S. soil which took place in 2015 at Garland Texas, carried out by Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi.

In the Garland attack the FBI organized, facilitated and coordinated the attack. The FBI even drove the terrorists to the attack venue and then left once the shooting began. Yes, you read that correctly, the first ISIS attack on U.S. soil was organized by the FBI. {Go Deep} CTH dug deep on the 2015 Garland attack, so it wasn’t too difficult to spot the similarities between Garland 2015 and Colleyville 2022.

♦ Colleyville, Texas – Malik Faisal Akram, who was known as Faisal Akram, had a well known Islamic extremist history to British and American intelligence. Akram ranted, prior to his travel to the U.S, that he wished he had died in the 9/11 terror attacks. He was a regular visitor to Pakistan, and reportedly a member of the Tablighi Jamaat group set up to ‘purify’ Islam. To say the U.S. intelligence system knew Faisal Akram would be an understatement.  The FBI knowledge of Akram has now been confirmed by The Daily Mail.

Lots more at the site and well researched.  A lot to think about and everything seems to point in the direction of a corrupt FBI.  How else could the goblin gotten from England to the USA (convicted cribminal), been transported, housed, armed and then set free to do his handywork. Something smells very rotten here.

It is not a conspiracy theory if it can be documented as true.

Virginia's new Governor

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He was talking about parent's rights to control their children's education.
The Democrats did not like this:

Not standing and applauding is a very churlish thing to do.
Democrats? This is my surprised face.

And got nothing - busy day

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Running errands.  Nothing catches my eye out there.

And out the door - busy day

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Another busy day today - setting up appointments with people, working at home. Getting some of the storage units cleared out.  Fun stuff...

More later - heading out for a belated dog walk and some much needed coffee.

Been cutting way back on sugar consumption.  Had quite the overload about nine days ago when I ate two cookies and a piece of cake.  Rice is easily metabolised by the body, especially after processing.  I had a big dish of Ho Fun (steamed wide rice noodles, stir fried veggies and tofu) for dinner last night and got quite the buzz. Was tired but could not get to sleep until past midnight.  Woke up at 6:30 as per normal but went back for a two hour nap.  Going to wait a week and have a bowl of jasmine rice for lunch - see how that affects me.  Amazing that I used to eat this stuff all the time.


Great comment from Chris Lynch

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Re: Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic - from Chris' substack page:

Seriously think Serbia should expel all Australian diplomats over the way Australia is handling Novak Djokovic. They should let Australia know the diplomats will be welcomed back after Australia elects a Prime Minister who isn't a petty fascist....

So true - he is a star. They are just Stalinist re-treads who never comprehended their history and who still think that communism is cool.

Appaluse for the very dead part - enjoying his 72 white raisins.
According to the news from the Dallas./Fort Worth CBS affiliate:

The suspect also repeatedly said he was not a criminal.

From today's Breitbart:

Brother of Texas Synagogue Terrorist Reveals Akram had a Criminal Record, Questions Why he was Given a Visa
The brother of Malik Faisal Akram, the UK citizen who was shot and killed after an 11-hour hostage standoff at a synagogue in Texas, has claimed that his brother had a previous criminal record.

Gulbar Akram, the brother of terrorist Malik Faisal Akram, who took four hostages at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas on Saturday, has revealed that his brother had a criminal record in comments to UK media, raising questions about how he was allowed into the United States.

According to Inzamam Rashid, North of England correspondent or Sky News, Gulbar Akram said of his brother: “He’s known to police. Got a criminal record. How was he allowed to get a visa and acquire a gun?”

The same FBI that still has people from 01/06 locked in solitary and denied needed medical care. I can think of at least one TLA that needs to be stripped down to the linoleum and rebuilt with people who actually know what their job is and who actually perform it.

Back very late

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Had a couple more errands to run, dinner on the road - just now getting home.

See what happened out there...

Heading out for the usual.  Running to Bellingham to return the utility locator.  Best $50 spent in a while.

Back late this afternoon.

Poor Joe

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Taking care of their own - Michigan

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Unreal - from the London Daily Mail:

Flint officials will not face racketeering charges over poison water crisis after Michigan AG disbanded prosecution team who had been building the case for three years

    • Michigan state attorney general Dana Nessel disbanded the prosecution team
    • The team had filed 15 charges against state officials over nearly three years
    • Many of the officials were reindicted on various charges for their role in the crisis
    • But the racketeering charges filed against at least four officials were dropped
    • Financing for the bungled water supply switch is thought to be fraudulent
    • It is believed over 100,000 Flint residents were affected by the water poisoning
    • Around 20,000 children were affected, with many suffering major health issues

And this about the team and the work they had been doing:

The team had already filed criminal charges against 15 Michigan state and Flint city officials, including four officials charged with financial fraud thought to be behind the public health scandal in which up to 100,000 people were poisoned with tainted water.

So it was corrupt politics as usual and the people being investigated had "their friends" put in a word.  The charges were dropped.  This level of corruption and protection against incompetence has extended throughout our Nation.  The rotten tree needs to be pruned waaay back if not completely uprooted.

Big surprise there - UHaul moving

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Turns out that they publish a list of popular states by year - 2021? Texas

U-Haul Reveals Top 50 Growth States of 2021
Migration to southern states continues to be magnified by the lingering pandemic, and no state netted more U-Haul® customers during the last year than Texas.

The Lone Star State earned bragging rights as the leading growth state of 2021, narrowly besting Florida for tops honors, according to transactional data compiled for the annual U-Haul Growth Index.

Tennessee ranks third, South Carolina fourth and Arizona fifth among the top growth states.

Growth states are calculated by the net gain of one-way U-Haul trucks entering a state versus leaving that state in a calendar year. Migration trends data is compiled from well over 2 million one-way U-Haul truck customer transactions that occur annually.

California is 50th and Illinois 49th on the list for the second consecutive year, indicating those states once again witnessed the largest net losses of one-way U-Haul trucks.

There seems to be a continuing theme here - liberal v/s conservative governance.  What people want and want it enough that they are willing to go through the social and economic upheaval of moving from one state to another one.

Cool tool - VM-550 Service Drop Locator

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I have groundwater problems at my house.  The previous owners had some work done but that system has failed and the problem is back.  There was an electrical wire in the panel labeled "pump" so I was wondering if there wasn't a sump somewhere.  I did locate one near the house and I thought that the wire might lead to that.

I do have a nice metal detector but it doesn't do that well on non-ferrous materials in waterlogged soil and uncertain depth.  I rented one of these VM-550 Service Drop Locator for $50 at my local hardware store (an amazing place - family owned since 1962) and it found the wire right away.  Rather than depend on traditional metal detection, this unit has a transmitter that attaches to the wire where it goes to the panel and I have a wand to find it in the yard.

Completely different place from where I was expecting.  $50 very well spent...

Spent an hour or two digging and located the second sump - full of sand and gravel.  Found the drains and they were full too.  Never maintained.  Oh well - that is the new owners problem now.  Moving out in a few months. Lisa and I are locating out of the area - still deciding where... Lish wist?  Red state, low taxes, warmer climate, 5+ acres

Winsome Sears rocks my world

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We need more people like her in office - from Town Hall:

Winsome Sears Says She Is 'the Embodiment of What We're Trying to Achieve' in America
Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears (R) said Sunday that America is not systemically racist and that she is "the embodiment" of what America hopes to accomplish as the first woman of color to hold statewide office in the commonwealth.

During an appearance on "Fox and Friends Weekend," host Will Cain asked the newly-sworn in lieutenant governor about her thoughts on the idea that her election win signals a rejection of the suggestion that a person is oppressed or an oppressor based on their race and ethnicity.

"I'm just going to repeat what… Biden and our current Vice President Harris has said about racism when they were asked, 'Is racism systemic in America?' Their answer was absolutely no," Sears said. "And so I am the embodiment of what we're trying to achieve in America. We want everyone to have equal opportunity. And here I sit today to say it can happen."

"I am so tired of those who look at life as being the glass is half empty, she continued. "What a negative way to continue to view life because you know, life is going to hit you hard and you have to be prepared for it. You come out of the womb screaming. That ought to be an indication of how things are going to be, the rich suffer-yes- the poor suffer and everybody in between. We can make it."

I love it - she is using the Alinsky tactic of making the Biden camp live up to their own words (Rule #4). The Governor is not doing too badly either. Slowly but surely, America is getting turned around and put back on the right path.

And I am outta here

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The usual morning routine.

Back in a few hours...

From Chris Lynch:


Ding dong, the goblin is dead.  From the Dallas/Fort Worth CBS affiliate:

All Hostages Are Out Alive And Safe At Congregation Beth Israel In Colleyville, Suspect Dead
A hostage situation at a synagogue in Colleyville on Saturday, January 15 ended after nearly 11 hours when law enforcement safely rescued all four hostages.

Local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies worked together to save the hostages.

A bit about the moke:

While the livestream was still active, the man, who used profanities, repeatedly mentioned his sister, Islam and that he thought he was going to die. The suspect also repeatedly said he was not a criminal.

He got his wish - I hope he enjoys his 72 white raisins of exceptional purity (there has been some question as to the translation of the word 'hur')

Propaganda right back in their faces

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The liberal elites are using Propaganda on us - looks like some people are turning the tables and using their weapons right back on them  These are appearing in Washington D.C. From American Conservative Movement:


Rogue Street Art Appears in D.C. That Mocks the Biden-Fauci Covid Regime
The artwork is a brilliant Soviet-style mockery of Joe Biden and Anthony Fauci COVID Mania regime. And seeing it appear in downtown Washington, D.C., the home of America’s ruling class and unquestioning COVID compliance, is the perfect setting for these absolute gems.

Love it - they capture the Soviet Brutalist style perfectly.

The Tsunami hits Oregon

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Ho. Li. Crap - after coming so far.  I pray for Tonga.

Here is a GIF from Japan's Himawari-8 weather satellite:


President Trump's first rally in 2022

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Watching it now:

Stick a fork in him - he's done.  A fun editorial at the NYT:

Frustrated Democrats Call for ‘Reset’ Ahead of Midterm Elections
With the White House legislative agenda in shambles less than a year before the midterm elections, Democrats are sounding alarms that their party could face even deeper losses than anticipated without a major shift in strategy led by the president.

And it goes on in this vein for 26 more paragraphs.  Paragraph #25 says this:

Others say that as president, Mr. Biden has fallen out of step with many voters by focusing on issues like climate change and voting rights. While crucial for the country, those topics aren’t topping the list of concerns for many voters still trying to navigate the uncertainties of a pandemic stretching into a third year.

Not only the *Resident, his handlers too.  Yep - out of touch and impotent.

Been there, got the tee-shirt - from Dilbert:


President Trump's administration

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Great description:


Working retail

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Been a business owner most of my life - I can relate to this one:


Meet Paul Pelosi - Nancy's son.  London Daily Mail:

EXCLUSIVE: Nancy Pelosi's son Paul was involved in FIVE companies probed by the feds as shocking paper trail connects him to a slew of fraudsters and convicted criminals

    • A shocking paper trail shows Nancy Pelosi's son, Paul Pelosi Jr.'s connections to a host of fraudsters, rule-breakers and convicted criminals
    • A DailyMail.com investigation can reveal that Paul, 52, was involved in five companies probed by federal agencies before, during or after his time there
    • He joined the board of a biofuel company after it defrauded investors, according to an SEC ruling, and whose CEO was convicted after bribing Georgia officials
    • Paul was president of an environmental investment firm that turned out to be a front for two convicted fraudsters, documents reveal
    • He served as vice president of a company previously embroiled in an investigation of scam calls that targeted senior citizens
    • A medical company Pelosi Jr. worked for was accused of testing drugs on people without FDA authorization, DailyMail.com can reveal
    • A source close to a firm Nancy's son worked for told DailyMail.com that Pelosi Jr. received $2.8 million of shares allegedly issued as part of a massive $164 million fraud in July 2016

Nancy Pelosi's son was involved in five companies probed by federal agencies – but has never been charged himself, a DailyMail.com investigation reveals.

A shocking paper trail shows Paul Pelosi Jr.'s connections to a host of fraudsters, rule-breakers and convicted criminals.

His years-long repeated business dealings raise two troubling questions Nancy's son has been unable to answer: why did he get mixed up with such unsavory characters over and over, and how involved was he with the criminal investigations into his fraudster colleagues?

While Paul Pelosi Jr.'s mother once pledged to lead 'the most honest, most open, most ethical Congress in history', her son has a staggering wake of criminal colleagues, fraudulent companies and federal investigations.

Investigate the lot of them and throw them in jail.  D.C. has become a playground for grifters and con-men.  Time to clean out the swamp.  Oh yeah - BTW.  Young Paul and CA Gov. Gavin Newsome are cousins.

From Bloomberg:

The ‘Mother of All’ Supply Shocks Lurks in China’s Covid Crackdowns
The world economy could be headed for the “mother of all” supply chain stumbles.

That’s the warning from HSBC economists who caution that if the highly infectious omicron variant which is already swamping much of the global economy spreads across Asia, especially China, then disruption to manufacturing will be inevitable. “Temporary, one would hope, but hugely disruptive all the same” in the next few months, they wrote in a research note this week.

China is the world’s biggest trading nation and its ability to keep its factories humming through the pandemic has been crucial for global supply chains.

While the outbreak of omicron in China is small compared with its Western peers, authorities are taking no chances. In recent weeks scattered infections of both the delta and omicron variants have already triggered shutdowns to clothing factories and gas deliveries around one of China’s biggest seaports in Ningbo, disruptions at computer chip manufacturers in the locked-down city of Xi’an, and a second city-wide lockdown in Henan province Tuesday.

And the fun begins.  It would be prudent to maintain a couple months supply of food staples.  Consider gardening - fresh greens are a lot healthier and more appetizing when served along with your beans and rice.  Looking to get any new cheap chinesium?  Get it now before prices skyrocket.

Yesterday's Supreme Court decisions

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Jeff Childers is a lawyer practicing in Florida.  He writes a daily column: Coffee&Covid
Today, he delivers his "hot takes" on the two decisions from the Supremes:

As I said, I was deep in furious drafting and researching when two strands of messages started coming in from all my contacts over email and in my texts. The OSHA group’s messages were ecstatic; a steady stream of high-fives and champagne emoji’s. The CMS folks were streaming an electronic river of tiny mad faces and that little emoji where the top of the guy’s head is going up in a mushroom cloud.

(I can’t believe I just used the word “emoji” in a serious sentence. Anyway.)

I will have more to say about the two decisions in coming days, as I have more time to unpack them and calculate the effects. Today you get my “hot takes.”

I really like his analysis and his writing - a daily read for me.

The Wuhan Flu - time for Narrative 2.0

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Narrative 2.0 - nothing to see here folks.  Keep moving along.  Keep moving.

Just as Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia, the Wuhan Flu is no longer a pandemic, it is now part of the landscape. We are now waiting for the next pandemic when we will switch back to Narrative 1.0 again.  From USA Today:

Bill Gates says COVID will soon be 'like seasonal flu'
The omicron variant should create a wealth of immunity for at least the next year and annual COVID-19 shots will probably be needed for "some time," Bill Gates says.

"Once Omicron goes through a country then the rest of the year should see far fewer cases so COVID can be treated more like seasonal flu," Gates tweeted during a Twitter QandA with Devi Sridhar, chair of global public health at the University of Edinburgh, earlier this week.

They think that we are suckers.  Too many of us are - that is 90% of the problem.  Believe anything delivered with an authoritarian voice.

Railroad strike in the offing?

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Rumbles about it.  You think we have supply-chain issues now?

UPDATENot just rumbles

Now that you think of it - reflection

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Good questions:


An observation - liberal media

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From Chris Lynch:

With CNN's ratings in complete free fall - I'm reminded how Air America, the supposed liberal answer to Rush Limbaugh, also had ratings so bad that when their flagship station in NYC WLIB switched from the liberal talk radio format to broadcasting "Urban Gospel music" their ratings skyrocketed. Perhaps CNN should do something similar. I guaranty if they went to a Sponge Bob 24/7 format - their ratings would at least triple...

True that

From Newsmax:

Biden All but Concedes Defeat on Voting, Election Bills
All but acknowledging defeat, President Joe Biden said Thursday he’s “not sure” his elections and voting legislation can pass Congress this year. He spoke at the Capitol after a key fellow Democrat, Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, dramatically announced her refusal to go along with changing Senate rules to muscle past a Republican filibuster blockade.

Biden had ridden to the Capitol to prod Democratic senators in a closed-door meeting, but he was not optimistic when he emerged. He vowed to keep fighting but was talking about next year for the sweeping legislation that advocates say is vital to protecting elections.

“One thing for certain, like every other major civil rights bill that came along, if we miss the first time, we could come back and try the second time," he told reporters, his voice rising. “As long as I’m in the White House, as long as I’m engaged at all, I’m going to be fighting.”

Sinema wants to be reelected.  She is listening to her constituents.  This is not about voting rights, this is about giving Democrats a broader opportunity to cheat on elections. Case closed.

And wonderful news - the voting bill

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Looks like some Democrats are listening to their constituants.  London Daily Mail:

'I don't know that we can get this done but as long as I have breath in me I'm going to fight': Agitated Biden accepts defeat on voting rights after Senator Sinema aligned with Manchin and blew up his bid to kill the filibuster

    • President Joe Biden conceded he doesn't know how voting rights legislation will be passed but vowed 'as long as I have breath in me' he will fight
    • Unclear how federal legislation can be passed or the path forward
    • Democratic Senator Kyrsten Simena made it clear she will not support Biden's call to kill the filibuster in order to pass the legislation
    • She gave a 19 minute speech on the Senate floor before Biden came to meet with Democrats in the Capitol and essentially killed efforts to pass the egislation
    • Senator Joe Manchin, who also supports keeping the filibuster, described Sinema's speech as 'excellent'
    • 'Very good. Excellent speech,' he said
    • Republican Leader Mitch McConnell said Sinema 'saved' the Senate
    • 'She saved the Senate as an institution,' he said
    • The House passed a voting rights bill on Thursday and sent it to the Senate
    • Move is a procedural gambit to allow Chuck Schumer to bypass a Republican fillibuster in order to start debate on the legislation

Sore losers...  Loving it.  Agitated?  Reminds me of this old advertisement - even looks the part:


Heh - a new variant

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Coming down to the wire - from the London Daily Mail:

Nancy Pelosi says the House will pass a bill combining both of Congress's voting rights measures TODAY as Biden heads to Capitol Hill to convince Manchin and Senate Democrats to get on board

    • The House held a procedural vote on the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act on Wednesday night, which passed 220 to 201 along party lines
    • After passing the House Pelosi will send it as a 'message' to the Senate
    • That allows Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to bypass a virtually certain GOP filibuster to bring the measure to the Senate floor for debate
    • Meanwhile Biden will be at the Capitol this afternoon trying to convince Senate Democrats to get on board with voting rights and changing filibuster rules
    • So far centrists Manchin and Sinema have been opposed to changing filibuster
    • Republicans condemned Biden's voting rights speech on Tuesday as 'divisive'
    • Mitch McConnell called his remarks 'profoundly unpresidential' and accused the President of calling millions of Americans 'domestic enemy'
    • Obama has backed Biden's bid to change Senate rules and called the filibuster a relic of the Jim Crow era

President Biden will try and save his voting rights legislation from the brink of defeat by meeting Democrats face-to-face on Thursday - while Nancy Pelosi will jam a consolidated bill through the House in a bid to rush it to the Senate.

Biden will head to the Capitol to convince all 50 Democrats in the upper chamber - including moderates Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema - to back his two voting rights bills and get support for eliminating the filibuster.

Keeping fingers crossed.  The Democrats have nothing to offer We The People so they have to cheat.  This bill would give them a blank ticket to do just that.

Louis Rossman runs a technology business in AOCs district.
He has some good words regarding minimum wage and the value of employees:

Heh - Covid - introducing Narrative 2.0

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You see this all over.  A certain phrase or focal point simultaniously appearing in many different places. "Build Back Better" is a classic example with various elites saying that all over the world.

Florida attorney Jeff Childer's publishes a morning newsletter: Coffee & Covid and this morning, he talks about just that:

Coffee & Covid ☙ Thursday, January 13, 2022 ☙ RELENTLESS OPTIMISM
Narrative 2.0 strikes again! Yesterday, AP News ran an article headlined, “Omicron wave prompts media to rethink which data to report.”

Hahahahaha! Well, it might be Omicron. But SOMETHING sure prompted media to rethink which data to report. It gets better.

First, the article quotes Katherine Wu, the Atlantic’s main Covid reporter. “It’s just a data disaster,” she said. Not Covid. The DATA is the disaster. Poor reporters. Next, the article notes the skyrocketing cases over the holidays, but instead of blaming Christmas partygoers, AP calls it “an expected development.”

Expected! Nothing to see here! It’s not even NEWS.

So, what’s the news then? This: “The Associated Press has recently told its editors and reporters to avoid emphasizing case counts in stories about the disease.”

Hahahahaha again! Avoid emphasizing case counts?? Are you kidding me? I mean, it’s great and everything. But to say this without irony or chagrin? The AP explains the reason is because they want to be more NUANCED: “We definitely wanted people to go a little deeper and be more specific in reporting,” said Josh Hoffner, the news editor who helps oversee AP’s virus coverage.

Much more at the site. People are getting sick and tired of the fear being hyped 24/7 and are starting to educate themselves and see the little man behind the curtain - the Great and Powerful Oz. The people in power have to shift their narrative to get people reengaged and with the program again. We are your elites.  We know what is best for you. One world government is the way to go.

Jut say no...

Now more than ever - we need this

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From Representative Thomas Massie (Kentucky):

He is right on all counts. There is nothing that guarantees their continuation. They are not enumerated in the Constitution.

From the London Daily Mail:

New blow for Hunter Biden: Ex-wife Kathleen Buhle will release damning memoir in run-up to midterms about breakdown of their 24-year marriage, his affair with Beau's widow and the 'heavy toll' of his sex, drugs and strip club addictions

    • Hunter Biden's ex-wife Kathleen Buhle will release a memoir in the run-up to the midterm elections about the breakdown of their 24-year marriage
    • People magazine reported Wednesday that Buhle has written a book that will hit bookshelves in June, less than five months before this year's midterm elections
    • The title is If We Break: A Memoir of Marriage, Addiction and Healing
    • The book will discuss the 'heavy toll' drug addiction takes on relationships
    • Hunter Biden spent the couple's money on drugs, alcohol, strippers and prostitutes, and engaged in an affair with his dead brother Beau's wife Hallie


Hunter Biden?  Yeah - that Hunter Biden...  'Ya know, the guy who lost his laptop. The one who is on the board of various companies with no professional or marketable skills.  The one who makes sure that "The Big Guy" gets his 10% share of any deals

Just another day in the life of the Biden Crime Family.

And life is good

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Having running hot water is true civilization.

The house is an old one.  Great bones but the last "remuddling" crew to come through really did a hack job.  The bathroom has the stud wall and cedar siding on the inside — there were sawmills on the island at that time and it was cheap.  Whomever first plumbed the bathroom put down some 1/8" thick asphalt impregnated board on top of the cedar and that was perfectly fine for the shower stall.  I am assuming that there was a metal stall for the actual shower.

The bozo who "upgraded" the bathroom nailed down drywall on top of the asphalt board (not even waterproof drywall) and then put some kind of formica on top.  Fiberglass tub with a plastic laminate for the walls.  Needless to say, I was able to pull the drywall out by hand chunks at a time.  Whomever did the work cashed their check years ago and they are long gone.  Grrrrrr...

Putting this place on the market in a few months - definitely a fixer-upper but gorgeous lot and you can not fault the view from the porch:


A fun day...

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I must have offended the plumbing gods somehow.  First, having the pipes freeze on me.  Second, having the drain for the kitchen sink plug up requiring me to crawl about under the house splicing in a new length of drainpipe.

Last night, I noticed that the hot water was not as hot as it should be.  Water heaters have two elements and I figured that one of them had burned out so my plan was to determine the make and model this afternoon and do a quick run to Home Depot tomorrow after coffee.  The water was hot enough to shower and wash but not as hot as I like it (scalding).

I am working at home today and went into the back bedroom - it is used for dead storage so I do not go there often.  I walked past the back bathroom and was greeted with the sound of running water.  The hot water going to the shower was leaking - faster than the water heater could keep up.  The pipes were damaged in the freeze but not enough for me to notice.  They let go yesterday sometime.

Got the water shut off at the street.  Time to start demoing the wall and find out what is happening...

And a quiet news day

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Heading out for my morning routine - working at home today.

More spew in a couple of hours...

Our "betters" at work - two headlines

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All you need to know:

Time for these people to go back and start doing their jobs.  They were elected to represent us, not party in Sodom.

OK if you keep it in the family

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Two people of national interest.  Their daughters?

From The National Pulse (03/03/2021):

Fauci’s Daughter is a Software Engineer at Twitter, A Company Which Suspends People for Disagreeing With Her Father
In addition to readily censoring conservatives, the social media platform has also cracked down on users sharing COVID-19 “misinformation.”

Amidst the heavy-handed censorship, Alison Fauci has been working at the company since graduating in 2014, The National Pulse can reveal.

“She works as a software engineer and, according to her LinkedIn profile, was focused on developing “ad formats for the Twitter for Android app.” (Her LinkedIn profile has since been made private or deleted),” Heavy magazine summarizes.

Alison Fauci maintains a profile on Twitter’s official blog, with one entry from November 2017 entitled “Introducing Serial: improved data serialization on Android.”

And from the New York Post (11/18/2018):

Chuck Schumer’s daughter weds in Brooklyn
The brides wore white — but hazmat suits might have been better.

Alison Schumer, the younger of Sen. Chuck Schumer’s two daughters, married Elizabeth Weiland on Sunday in Brooklyn, with the couple posing for wedding photos on a bridge over the toxic Gowanus Canal.

And it is not until paragraph six that we get this wee nugget:

Alison Schumer, 29, is a six-figure product marketing manager at Facebook — which has donated about $50,000 to her Democratic Senate minority leader dad, a vocal defender of the social media titan on Capitol Hill.

Six-figure marketing manager? Software Engineer?  Betting that there is a good chance these are make-work jobs.  One big happy family.  Write laws that benefit us and we will take care of your kiddos and kick some moolah into your re-election campaign.

Even the telephones - from Defense One:

Common Office Desk Phone Could Be Leaking Info to Chinese Government, Report Alleges
A major Chinese phone maker could be putting U.S. consumers, companies, and even national security data at risk, and a U.S. senator wants to know what the Commerce Department is going to do about it.

In a Sept. 28 letter obtained by Defense One, Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., described a report that “raises serious concerns about the security of audio-visual equipment produced and sold into the U.S. by Chinese firms such as Yealink.”

Much more at the site - a lot of points that really raise questions.  China is not our friend.

It still amazes me that so many people and businesses use Zoom for online meetings.  Perfectly fine for an arts group or special-interest club but a lot of city governments use it for their meetings, larger corporations, state and federal governments too.  Nothing like giving the commies an inside track on what we are planning.

About those home test kits:

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Just been updated:


Sucks to be you - Fauci

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This is sweet - from the London Daily Mail:

'What a moron. Jesus Christ': Fauci is caught on hot mic attacking Senator Marshall for suggesting he's hiding his finances after Rand Paul accused him of using government resource and $434,312 salary to destroy scientists who disagree with him

    • Fauci and CDC Director Rochelle Walensky are testifying in front of the Senate Health Committee on the government's COVID-19 response
    • Roger Marshall asked Fauci several times to hand over his financial disclosures, which are publicly available documents
    • Marshall released a statement on Fauci calling him a moron, claiming it 'may have alleviated the stress of the least trusted bureaucrat in America'
    • And added that it 'didn’t take away from the facts' about his disclosure
    • Paul accused Fauci of trying to silence scientists over emails published by Republican lawmakers appearing to show Fauci dismissing a COVID origin study
    • Fauci suggested the Kentucky Republican's rampant criticism is responsible for threats against his family, and linked it to a man recently arrested with a hit list
    • The hit list contained prominent Washington, DC figures like Fauci and Biden
    • The man told authorities he wanted to 'fight evil demons in the White House'

Dr. Anthony Fauci was caught on hot mic calling Republican Senator Roger Marshall a 'moron' after he accused him of hiding finances in a heated Senate Health Committee hearing on Tuesday.

Fauci responded to Marshall after telling him many times his financial disclosures, including his $434,212-a-year salary, are public knowledge and following an intense showdown with his nemesis Rand Paul.

After Marshall's time was up, the infectious disease expert could be heard sighing: 'What a moron, Jesus Christ.'

My bet is that Fauci will retire sometime between now and the November elections.  The reason given will be the usual boilerplate: "To spend more time with his family"

That is a better cover-story than leaving town with your tail between your legs.

From the Austin Business Journal:

Meta leases up all office space in Austin's tallest tower in historic deal
Months of speculation have come to an end as California-based Meta Platforms Inc. — the parent company of Facebook — recently leased the entire commercial half of Sixth and Guadalupe, the 66-story high-rise under construction that will be Austin's tallest building when finished.

Meta confirmed to Austin Business Journal that it leased 589,000 square feet of office space across 33 floors at Sixth and Guadalupe, located downtown at 400 W. Sixth St. The lease was signed Dec. 31.

“We first came to Austin over 10 years ago with just seven employees, now over 2,000 of us are proud to call Austin home. We’re committed to Austin and look forward to growing here together,” Katherine Shappley, head of Meta's Austin office and vice president for commerce customer success, said in a statement.

California-based Meta also announced it is looking to hire 400 more people in Austin. As of last summer, <a href="https://www.bizjournals.com/austin/subscriber-only/2021/07/30/the-list-austin-area-employers.html" target="_blank" >the company had about 2,000 local employees</a>, which ranked No. 25 among the largest private-sector employers in the region. Given the new lease and other Meta offices in Austin, the company could grow significantly beyond that mark in coming years.

The 589,000 square feet of office space in Sixth and Guadalupe is larger than the entire Frost Bank Tower.

That is not a branch office for every long.  Makes perfect sense for them - get out of the high corporate taxes. California city planners are probably hitting the bottle about now - losing all that sweet sweet tax revenue.

From those wonderful folks at Project Veritas:

Military Documents About Gain of Function Contradict Fauci Testimony Under Oath

    • Military documents state that EcoHealth Alliance approached DARPA in March 2018 seeking funding to conduct gain of function research of bat borne coronaviruses. The proposal, named Project Defuse, was rejected by DARPA over safety concerns and the notion that it violates the gain of function research moratorium.
    • The main report regarding the EcoHealth Alliance proposal leaked on the internet a couple of months ago, it has remained unverified until now. Project Veritas has obtained a separate report to the Inspector General of the Department of Defense, written by U.S. Marine Corp Major, Joseph Murphy, a former DARPA Fellow.
    • “The proposal does not mention or assess potential risks of Gain of Function (GoF) research,” a direct quote from the DARPA rejection letter.
    • Project Veritas reached out to DARPA for comment regarding the hidden documents and spoke with the Chief of Communications, Jared Adams, who said, “It doesn’t sound normal to me,” when asked about the way the documents were buried.

Project Veritas has obtained startling never-before-seen documents regarding the origins of COVID-19, gain of function research, vaccines, potential treatments which have been suppressed, and the government’s effort to conceal all of this.

The US was sending our tax dollars to China for them to weaponize a bat virus. What we now know as COVID-19.  Pissed off yet?  Ready to vote Republican yet?  Much more at the site.

As the narrative shifts - Covid

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As the truth comes out, it is fun to watch the narrative shift - specifically the 800,000 "deaths from covid" number that the CDC likes to use. Jeff Childers is a Florida lawyer and writes a column every weekday at Coffee&Covid.  His entry for today was fun to read - here is just an excerpt:

It only took 21 months. But the CDC has FINALLY admitted the single most significant fact of the pandemic. Yesterday, often terrified CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, blinking like a surprised owl on methamphetamines, told Good Morning America that “the overwhelming number of deaths — over 75% — occurred in people who had at least four co-morbidities. So really these are people who were unwell to begin with.”

When I heard this, my mouth fell open in dumbfound shock, and I felt just like how Cortez and his men must have felt, staring at the Pacific Ocean for the first time, in a wild surmise, silent upon a peak in Darien.

When I predicted yesterday that — if I was right — the Administration would move fast, I didn’t quite imagine THIS fast. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

I have SO many thoughts. Back in the early summer of 2020, a group of us used public records requests to get ahold of the medical examiners’ notes for the first 40 or so reported Covid deaths in Florida. Shortly after that, the state changed the way they organized the death paperwork so that it became impenetrable to public records. So we never got any more.

But the first 40! I spent WEEKS, maybe months, throughout the summer, going case by case, explaining in C&C just how sick almost every single Covid fatality was — how sick they were BEFORE they got Covid. My favorite example was the roofer who, according to the ME’s notes, was struck by lightning, fell three stories, crushed his vertebrae, cracked his skull, and was taken to the hospital where he died in a coma, never having woken up. But FOR SOME REASON the hospital stopped trying to save his life just long enough to swab him for Covid, thank goodness, and he was included in the first 40 reported Covid deaths in Florida.

But while there were a few — a very few — healthy deaths in the mix, the most common profile was a very elderly person with THREE or more of: chronic heart disease, Alzheimer’s, high blood pressure/hypertension, diabetes, and physical injuries from recent falls. I wrote about this a LOT during Summer 2020.

I had written about three of those Florida deaths back in August of 2020: Those Florida COVID deaths

The CDC did let the comorbidity issue slip quite a few months ago.
Wrote about that in November of 2020: My governor is an idiot

I do hope that Fauci and Walensky get to spend some time in jail. Not holding my breath though...

I am liking the cut of his jib. He pulls no punches. Representative Byron Donalds

Time for the radical libs to admit they have nothing to offer that people want and for them to stand down:

And nothing happening


Pretty quiet out there

Been working at home most of the day - a couple breaks for surfing but nothing out there catches my eye.

Slow news day...

Another quiet day on the island

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Warm and rainy - 48°F outside now and raining lightly.

Working at home today but dog walk and coffee first.  Heading to Bellingham sometime this week - waiting for an email before planning the trip.

More in a few hours...

Like it says on the box:  Old Book Illustrations
One sample (a steam powered forging hammer):


So true - time and again...

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From Pearls Before Swine (full size at the link):


A long strange trip - sugar

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Been eating really healthy the last couple of months and that has included tapering off sugar.  I do have a spoon of it over my morning oatmeal and fruit every so often but that is the extent of it.  I used to eat one or two candy bars at a sitting every day as well as drink Mexican Coca Cola (Cane Sugar, no HFCS) and use sugar in cooking (brings out the flavors).

Someone I know was having a goodbye party yesterday and I went there after work.  A piece of cake and two chocolate-chip cookies later and I was ridin' high.  Talk about sugar buzz.  It is amazing how much we can get used to if we do it on a regular basis.  It was actually a very uncomfortable sensation. I found myself unable to sleep last night so I took an OTC sleeping pill - do not like them as I am still very groggy that next morning - but it worked.  Still feeling the effects after 24 hours...

Needless to say, not having any appreciable amounts of sugar for a long long time.

I know this feeling well

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In 8:55, he lays it out, shows us examples and wraps it all up with a nice bow on top.
This is coordinated propaganda - nothing less.  These people think that they are smarter than us:

In the North? Look up tonight

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Something is coming in - good chance for an Aurora Borealis display tonight.

Planetary K-Index is high right now:


Anyone above the 45th Parallel should have a good view if it is clear tonight.

Supply chain issues

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Thirteen things to watch for and three things to practice - from The Last Refuge:

Things to Look For…
Things that seem disconnected, but ain’t.

(1) A shortage of processed potatoes (frozen specifically).
         And/Or a shortage of the ancillary products that are derivates of, or normally include, potatoes.

(2) A larger than usual footprint of turkey in the supermarket (last line of protein).

(3) A noticeable increase in the price of citrus products.

(4) A sparse distribution of foodstuffs that rely on flavorings.

(5) The absence of non-seasonal products.

(6) Small to little price difference on the organic comparable (diff supply chain)

More at the site and some good suggestions.  Implement these NOW as things are going to keep getting interesting
90+ comments with some good observations and ideas.

Most problems have simple causes - this one?  For this city?
From Oregon Public Broadcasting:

Oregon demands quick fix to high lead levels in Portland’s water
Since the late 1990s, Portland has exceeded the federal safety threshold for lead 11 times

It’s been six years since Dr. Marc Edwards first identified toxic levels of lead in the water in Flint, Michigan.

Since then, the Virginia Tech Professor, credited alongside his colleague with calling the world’s attention to a brewing water crisis in Flint, has grown bewildered by lead levels in a different city: Portland, Oregon.

Edwards, who specializes in water treatment, is blunt: “This is worse than Flint.”

Lead?  From the Environmental Protection Agency:

Even low levels of lead in the blood of children can result in:

    • Behavior and learning problems
    • Lower IQ and Hyperactivity

Certainly seems to describe many of the Portland denizens - both in cerebral function and in maturity.

This truth is plain to see

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From Chris Lynch:


So deadly - got to maintain the fear

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in order to keep driving the narrative:


Great quote - Gun Control

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Gun Control: The theory that a woman found dead in an alley, raped and strangled with her panty hose,
is somehow morally superior to a woman explaining to police how her attacker got that fatal bullet wound
—L. Neil Smith

No pressure... No pressure at all...

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When one person is standing in the way of your plans, sometimes pressure is needed.
Especially if you have nothing to offer except coercion and tyranny - London Daily Mail:

Oprah Winfrey, Barack Obama and Bill Clinton have called Joe Manchin and urged him to back killing the filibuster so the Democrats can pass voting rights legislation, report claims

    • Manchin told colleagues his phone has been lighting up with calls in recent days
    • Moderate Sens. Jon Tester, Tim Kaine, and Angus King, were once leery of doing away with the 60-vote hurdle, now lead campaign to sway Manchin
    • Tester, Kaine and King have reportedly met with Manchin at least three dozen times to discuss filibuster reform
    • Kaine likened the effort to persuade Manchin to him being trapped on Interstate 95 for 27 hours this week: 'Slow progress toward a goal, like my commute'

Sen. Joe Manchin is taking heat from all sides as he resists eliminating the last stalwart against the Democratic agenda, the filibuster, including some of the biggest names in America.

Manchin has told colleagues his phone has been lighting up with calls in recent days, including from former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

Hang in there - November 2022 is not that far away.  900+ comments - some fun reading.

The Democrats traditionally have had nothing to offer their constituents. This is why they are so well known for cheating.  The only way they can get in power.

Some words from a Hospital Nurse with 17 years experience - there is a lot out there that is simply not being reported. Pfizer and Fauci have way too much power here.

And this is the testimony of one Nurse working at one hospital.  How many more people are thinking the same thing but keeping quiet for fear of their jobs, their families, their career.  The pendulum IS going to swing back and there will be repercussions.  The people who stand up NOW to say no will be saving the lives of hundreds of people if not tens of thousands.

A fun settlement - Pfizer

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Great news this morning - from the US District Court - North Texas



This case involves the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”). Specifically, at issue is Plaintiff’s FOIA request seeking “[a]ll data and information for the Pfizer Vaccine enumerated in 21 C.F.R. § 601.51(e) with the exception of publicly available reports on the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System” from the Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”). See ECF No. 1. As has become standard, the Parties failed to agree to a mutually acceptable production schedule; instead, they submitted dueling production schedules for this Court’s consideration. Accordingly, the Court held a conference with the Parties to determine an appropriate production schedule. See ECF Nos. 21, 34. 

“Open government is fundamentally an American issue”—it is neither a Republican nor a Democrat issue. As James Madison wrote, “[a] popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps, both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.” John F. Kennedy likewise recognized that “a nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.” And, particularly appropriate in this case, John McCain (correctly) noted that “[e]xcessive administrative secrecy . . . feeds conspiracy theories and reduces the public’s confidence in the government."

Love the text of the second paragraph.  And the judgement?

    1. The FDA shall produce the “more than 12,000 pages” articulated in its own proposal, see ECF No. 29 at 24, on or before January 31, 2022
    2. The FDA shall produce the remaining documents at a rate of 55,000 pages every 30 days, with the first production being due on or before March 1, 2022, until production is complete.

Heh - that is a little more than the 500 pages/month they were offering.  Get those xerox machines warmed up Pfizer, you got some work to do...

So far? So good but still

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It would be nice to have this option just in case:


From The Washington Free Beacon:

Biden Withholds Annual Report on Deportations
ICE fails to produce annual report for first time in more than a decade

The Biden administration has yet to release a report that details the number of illegal immigrants removed from the United States in 2021, keeping the public in the dark about its handling of the immigration crisis.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement did not release its annual report in 2021, a departure from standard agency practice since at least 2011. In each of the last nine years, ICE released the report in the final weeks of the calendar year, most recently on Dec. 23, 2020 during the Trump administration.

It is unclear whether ICE has completed the report, which provides a lengthy summary of the agency’s enforcement and removal operations, as well as immigration-related security threats. A spokeswoman for the immigration agency told the Washington Free Beacon a release date for the report has not been determined.

The numbers are that bad hunh?  Only reason I can think of.

Trusting the FBI - yet another story

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Shows that their corruption extends beyond political circles - from the London Daily Mail:

Treasure hunters who believe they led FBI to huge cache of fabled Civil War-era gold in Pennsylvania sue the agency for failing to reveal what they found in secret excavation four years ago

    • Fortune seekers Dennis and Kem Parada have filed suit against the DOJ over its failure to produce documents related to FBI's search at remote woodland site
    • The pair say they led agents to the site in March 2018 and were subsequently barred from participating in the ensuing search
    • The Paradas - who together comprise the lost treasure locate and recovery service Finders Keepers - are not buying the agency's claims
    • According to the pair's lawyer, the FBI has dragged its feet on the treasure hunters' Freedom of Information Act request for records for proof of its findings
    • 'There's been a pattern of behavior by the FBI that's been very troubling,' public interest lawyer Anne Weismann said Wednesday of the case
    • The suit asks that a federal judge to order the agency to immediately turn over records detailing the search

A father-son duo of Pennsylvania treasure hunters have sued the FBI for failing to produce records chronicling a top-secret excavation the agency administered in the state nearly four years ago that may have yielded a $400 million cache of Civil War-era gold.

Court documents unsealed earlier this year revealed that the bureau had in fact engaged in the previously undisclosed dig in Elk County in search of the fabled treasure, lost by the US government in 1863.

The filing attested that agents engaged in the dig came up empty-handed.

Fortune seekers Dennis and Kem Parada, however - who together comprise the lost treasure locate and recovery service Finders Keepers - are not buying the agency's claims, after leading agents to the excavation site in 2018.

They are now suing the Department of Justice (DOJ) in hopes of obtaining the bureau's official records detailing the hush-hush dig.

Somehow I am not surprised.  The whole agency was founded on keeping secrets, not policing the USA against foriegn and domestic threats.  It's first director maintained dossiers on all politicians and businessmen and if one of them did not do what he wanted, an envelope with some incrominating photographs would mysteriously show up on their desk.  Not surprised that something like this would happen.

Of course, once the $400 million was dug up, the $300 million was sent to FBI district office where the $200 million was locked up for safe-keeping until agents could figure out what to do with the $100 million in loose coins worth about $47.23 on the open market.  I bet some agents got a nice bonus that year - off the books of course...

Liberal logic and the BSOD

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Great idea - from the office of Ron DeSantis:

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Nearly $10 Million to Support Chip and Semiconductor Manufacturing
Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced nearly $10 million has been awarded through the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund to Osceola County and Valencia College to support semiconductor and other advanced technology manufacturing in Osceola County. Included in this award is $6 million to assist with developing infrastructure connecting the county’s emerging NeoCity technology district with the county’s workforce, and $3.7 million to Valencia College to develop a new program that will train students in utilizing robotics technology for semiconductor manufacturing. These two awards will combine to create manufacturing jobs while developing a talent pipeline that supports industry growth.

“Expanding domestic manufacturing capability is important for Florida and our nation,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “The strategic investments we are making today will help bring microchip and semiconductor manufacturing back to our state at a time when the supply chains are more fragile than ever. Certainly, we cannot allow this important industry to become captive by the Chinese Communist Party.”

Good news.  China currently sources most of the worlds "basic" chips.  There is one company in Taiwan that makes the really high-end stuff as well as operating as a foundry for many fabless chip houses.  China wants Taiwan and they really really want that company.

The $6 Million is for the infrastructure - developing the property, assuring a good source of pure water and transportation and reliable power.  The $3.7 Million is to ensure a good supply of workers who will be familiar with the equipment and processes.  A very good start.

This does not sound good at all...

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Plausible? Yes.  Good? Fsck no. From Trevor Loudon:

Deductive Reasoning: Could the D.A.V.O.S.-CCP Axis Be Plotting a Debt-Trap Takeover of the United States?
Deductive Reasoning: “Reaching an answer or a decision by thinking carefully about the known facts.” – Cambridge Dictionary

KNOWN FACT: Whether through loan sharking, payday loans or national deficit spending and issuing sovereign bonds – debt can equal enslavement, or forfeiture of property by individuals, institutions, even nation states.

KNOWN FACT: Even the “mainstream” media has noticed that the CCP is engaged in “debt-trap diplomacy” in which it loans money to developing nations, and then uses that lender status for influence – and “default” on the loans (granted on such terms as to make default likely) to obtain control of assets and, conceivably, de facto ownership and control of an entire country.

KNOWN FACT: Many of the onerous terms described in the article linked above are not unlike the terms Pfizer has “negotiated” with some countries for the “vaccines” (more on that in “Maybe They Really are Trying to Kill Us,” next in this series).

But could it be that the CCP has merely copied a “debt trap diplomacy” trap that has long been in place in the west; a snare which those western originators are about to spring on us?

KNOWN FACT: As described in the fabulous book The Creature from Jekyll Island, the central bank of the United States – the Federal Reserve – is actually a private entity of mysterious ultimate ownership and control.  It was installed in 1913 under Democrat-Progressive President Woodrow Wilson in 1913.  It is not an entity of the federal government.

KNOWN FACT: The type of currency (it isn’t money) issued by the Federal Reserve – Federal Reserve Notes a/k/a “dollars” – is not provided for under the U.S. Constitution (and so arguably, the Federal Reserve system itself is unconstitutional).

Much much more at the site - some additional history available with these: Archbishop Viganò – The Church’s Churchill?,  Deductive Reasoning: The GOP Was “In” On the Steal and Deductive Reasoning: Who Actually Controls the GOP?

A well researched look behind the curtains of power.  Both sides are corrupt as hell.

Stormy weather - WA State passes

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And the fun keeps getting funner.  From a WA State Department of Transportation email this morning:

Cross-state travel should not be attempted Thursday – passes to be closed until Saturday
As expected, extreme weather has created havoc across much of the state, leading to a number of closures including Snoqualmie, Stevens, White and Blewett passes. Conditions are so hazardous – including snow slides, trees falling and high avalanche concern – that it is too dangerous for our snow plow and avalanche control crews to be in the areas. Because of that, passes will not reopen until Saturday. Due to extreme avalanche danger we’ll need Friday to assess and clear passes once our crews can re-enter the areas.

Additionally, the two other east-west routes – SR 14 and Oregon’s I-84, which run through the Columbia River Gorge – are closed to freight traffic, with I-84 being closed to all vehicles.

The current conditions on the passes include very heavy snowfall, near-zero visibility and debris falling from the mountains onto the highway. Once the snowfall lets up, the forecast calls for heavy rain, including freezing rain, which will increase the avalanche issues.

Once we determine it is safe enough for our crews, there will still be significant work to do before we can reopen.

No place I have to be.  Working at home this afternoon.  Got a zoom meeting later but that is it.

An excellent insight into why he is so popular - from CBS Miami:

Talk about sending a signal - Seattle

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No wonder they lead the nation in people taking anti-depressants.
From Seattle station KIRO:

Stolen car speeds away from police on sidewalk outside KIRO Radio studios
The KIRO Radio news team captured video on Wednesday from directly outside its Eastlake studio in Seattle, showing police with guns drawn on a vehicle, before the car sped away on the sidewalk.

According to Seattle Police Department Sergeant Randy Huserik, the incident stemmed from a call placed by a passerby, who initially told dispatchers there was a vehicle parked on the sidewalk with its engine running.

Officers responded to the scene, and after making contact with the occupant of the car, discovered from the license plate that the vehicle had been reported stolen. Additional units were then summoned, “to assist in attempting to the take the driver who was in possession of a stolen vehicle into custody.”

More at the site - the obvious question:

As for why police didn’t follow the driver, Huserik notes that SPD’s official policy dictates that officers in that particular situation were not permitted to stage a pursuit.

Meanwhile, they are sending a nice clear signal to criminals: Open Season... 
Come and loot.  At worst, you will get your wrist slapped.

The supply chain - Walmart

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I was in there two days ago and took a couple snaps:






That was just on the food side, I did not have anything to get on the hardware or household side.  Did not check prices.

New York City - a moving experience

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Looks like people are bailing out.  Have not done a U-Haul comparison recently so here 'ya go:



Almost half to go from Miami to New York.  Lots of trucks moving South, not that many moving North again.

A Republican Governor, a budget surplus, no state income taxes, good governance and no totalitarian leftist policies.  Sounds like a winner to me.

Now this will be fun - New York City

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I had hopes but it looks like they are going to have to hit bottom first.
From the London Daily Mail:

Rob a bank with a gun in NYC and get just one year in jail! Disbelief at woke Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg as he downgrades serious crime like burglary, carrying a weapon and drug dealing to avoid putting criminals behind bars

    • Alvin Bragg released a memo on Monday telling prosecutors to use prison as a 'last resort'
    • He told them to downgrade some armed robberies to petit larceny cases, and said he would no longer prosecute misdemeanor drugs charges or prostitution
    • NYPD unions say he is emboldening criminals, who are already running rampant
    • NYGOP Chairman Nick Langworthy called it 'pure insanity' and Curtis Sliwa, the defeated Republican candidate said it's now 'open season on crime'
    • He slammed new Mayor Eric Adams who vowed to be tough on crime, but who is now endorsing Bragg
    • 'Beware of Eric Adams who says one thing and then immediately embraces the guy who is advertising: 'come to the borough of Manhattan and commit crime'

George Soros-backed Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg was greeted with growing backlash over his shockingly soft stance on crime that the progressive prosecutor revealed on Monday, less than 48 hours after new Mayor Eric Adams took office.

Bragg, the newly minted prosecutor of the Big Apple's main borough, sent a memo to his staff announcing he 'will not seek carceral' sentences for criminals, unless they were guilty of murder or a handful of other crimes he deemed serious enough to warrant prison.

His sweeping changes call on prosecutors to ditch felony armed robbery charges and instead charge suspects with petty larceny - a misdemeanor which carries a maximum of one year in prison - even when a weapon is involved if the firearm did not 'create a genuine risk of physical harm.'

More at the site - unreal.  Who can think that this is a good idea.  This is lunacy.

From AccuWeather:

What to know about the next winter storm approaching the East Coast
The mid-Atlantic and New England will face the second snowstorm of the week from Thursday night into Friday. AccuWeather forecasters say accumulating snow will be disruptive across a large swath of the Northeast, including major cities from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia, New York City and Boston.

Winter storm watches, warnings and advisories were issued across a large corridor of the United States from the South into the mid-Atlantic on Wednesday in advance of the snowstorm.

Arctic air will surge across the Midwest into Wednesday night, and a storm will form along the leading edge of the cold air as a dip in the jet stream provides enough fuel for a new system to develop. It will be a fairly fast-moving storm that will sweep eastward into the Northeast Thursday night into Friday.

"This will be a disruptive storm, and since cold air will be preceding the storm, snow will accumulate on roads as soon as it starts,” AccuWeather Chief On-Air Meteorologist Bernie Rayno said.

Makes me wonder where Al is these days?  (Gore Effect)

Just Damn - the Scottish Play

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The Tragedy of Macbeth - directed by Joel Coen
Macbeth? Denzel Washington
Lady Macbeth? Frances McDormand

Checking theater listings - so wanting to see this on the big screen.

Quiet morning so far

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Heading out for my usual - more in a few hours.

A lot of people are blaming the new Republican Governor for his handling of the traffic snarl on I-95.  From the Washington Examiner:

Social media blames Glenn Youngkin, not Ralph Northam, for I-95's snowy traffic jam

Some of the tweets:

"Looks [like] Youngkin failed his first test in Va, with traffic stopped for 10-12 hrs on 95 in Virginia," tweeted Jennifer on Tuesday. "Failure for gov."

"Does Virginia's new Governor Youngkin know people have been stranded on I-95 for 15 hours?" Connecticut artist Michele Murelli asked on her account.

Does Virginia’s new Governor Youngkin know people have been stranded on I-95 for 15 hours?
With no help in sight?

— Michele Murelli (@MicheleMurelli) January 4, 2022
"Well this is not a good start or look for Virginia's Gov. Glenn Youngkin," tweeted Georgian political organizer Stacey Hopkins.

Others described the I-95 incident as "collateral damage between Glenn Youngkin and Wrath of God."

Governor-elect Youngkin will not be sworn in until January 15th.  For now, Democrat Ralph (blackface) Northam is the duly elected Governor and is responsible for botching the response to the predicted storm.

From the fake oval office today

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The fake *Resident speaks:

Out of the mouths of the CDC

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From our very own Centers for Disease Control:

Characteristics and Clinical Outcomes of Children and Adolescents Aged <18 Years Hospitalized with COVID-19 — Six Hospitals, United States, July–August 2021

What is already known about this topic?
Pediatric COVID-19–related hospitalization rates increased when the highly transmissible SARS-CoV-2 B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant became the predominant circulating strain.

What is added by this report?
Among children and adolescents with SARS-CoV-2 infection admitted to six hospitals during July–August 2021, 77.9% were hospitalized for acute COVID-19. Among these patients, approximately one third aged <5 years had a viral coinfection (approximately two thirds of which were respiratory syncytial virus) and approximately two thirds of those aged 12–17 years had obesity; only 0.4% of age-eligible patients were fully vaccinated.

So 1/3rd tested positive for Covid but also tested positive for a second different virus of which 2/3rds were respiratory viruses.  On top of that, 2/3rds of the patients were obese.  Obesity seems to be a determining factor in all age ranges.  Don't want the Wuhan Flu?  Loose weight.

Of course, there is also a reason for the push for childhood vaccinations - one of liability for the manufacturers.  This post has those details: Vaccinating children - not a good thing to do    It is nothing about public health and everything about liability for the pharma corporations.


The joke is that Fauci, Pelosi, Schumer think that they are going to retain their positions of power if the communists take over.  They will be among the first to be lined up and shot.  They know too much.

So true - good observation

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The Big Lie - journalism

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From Chris Lynch:


From the Mt. Baker Snow Report:

Yesterday was one for the books. We'd like to give our crew a HUGE shoutout for getting the mountain operational by midday after a blizzard dropped 30" of snow on Baker in 24 hours. It was an epic effort from everyone on the mountain, which then made for an incredibly epic day for all those who stayed to ski and ride that pow!

With the snow continuing to stack up and moderate winds expected today, there’s more sweet powder shredding to be had!

42" in the last 48 hours. From Seattle station KOMO:

Passes reach highest snow total in 20 years, more incoming
The region, especially the passes, has had a lot of snow and more is coming.

"Snoqualmie Pass has received 236" of snow, the highest total at this point in the season in 20 years," meteorologist Kristin Clark said. "The Cascades will get caked in more heavy snow, especially on Thursday, with over 30 inches forecast by the weekend."

Meanwhile, the East coast is still digging out - Virginia has over 217K customers without power The rest of the Eastern seabord is out too - Carolinas, Georga...

Must be something in the water this morning - lots of crazy.
From the RAIR Foundation:

Soviet Canada: Doctor Locked in Psych Ward Who Exposed Stillbirths Explosion in 'Vaccinated' Moms
In November, Dr. Melvin Bruchet and his friend, Dr. Daniel Nagase, filed criminal charges against elected and appointed Candian government officials in British Columbia over a possible conflict of interest regarding provincial lockdowns, vaccine mandates, and vaccine passports. The doctors exposed a severe spike in stillbirths at a Vancouver hospital. The women were injected with the experimental Covid “vaccine” in all cases. In December 2021, the Canadian government targeted Dr. Melvin Bruchet and unlawfully placed him in detention against his will.

The arrest?

Soviet Style Detention
On December 8, Dr. Bruchet had an argument with a tenant over loud music in his apartment building (a relatively common occurrence). It is unclear whether the tenant reported him as a candidate for the mental health act or someone else. Suddenly, Dr. Bruchet was targeted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).

While Dr. Nagase was being interviewed in his home, three RCMP squad cars and six RCMP officers descended on Dr. Bruchet and hauled him off in handcuffs for a “psych evaluation.”

The first diagnosis made by the hospital was “frontal lobe dementia” after taking a PET scan. According to Dr. Nagase, such a situation normally does not warrant detention – just diagnosis and sending the individual home. Since Bruchet is 81, anyone outside the situation might assume that was correct. It was not.

Much much more at the site including this little history lesson:

The Soviet Union notoriously used psychiatric medicine to discredit dissidents. The Soviets often claimed that dissidents had “mental issues” and would lock them up in asylums, keep them drugged, and eventually they would die. How is this any different?

Ironic in that the Soviet Union collapsed thirty years ago.  There is no successful socialist government operating today.  There has never been a successful socialist government at any time in history.  The veneer of socialism is the cover promoted by tyrants who want to rule with an iron fist.  Always has been and it always will be. They always have to discredit their critics as they have no accomplishments to stand on.

It is a real pity that this sort of behavior is showing up in nations like Canada, New Zealand and Australia. The corrupt machinations of a few are taking over the good will and freedom of many.

Not surprised at all - Seattle

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Makes perfect sense - used to be a really nice city.  From The Seattle Times:

Seattle ranks as most medicated metro for mental health reasons
Even in a normal year, a lot of people feel down around this time. The holiday season can be a trigger for anxiety and depression for some. And for those of us who live in the Seattle area, the unrelenting gray skies that are typical don’t help matters.

Of course, 2021 hasn’t been a normal year. The pandemic is still raging, fueled by the highly contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus.

Whatever the reasons, Seattle ranks as the most medicated major metro area for mental health conditions, according to a new survey from the U.S. Census Bureau. It shows that more than 1 in 5 adults in the Seattle area have taken prescription medication to help with emotions, or with concentration, behavior or mental health, in the past four weeks. The survey was conducted from Dec. 1-13.

They included this map - I am really surprised that Portland, Oregon is not even listed - yes, Seattle has serious problems but Portland is a fscking basket case:


And it is not just Demicrat rule either - most cities have a long sucession of Democrat mayors but Miami, Dallas, Houston have had alternating D and Rs for mayor.  Curious.

Global warming? A two-fer

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From the London Daily Mail:

Freezing snow storm Frida slams into East Coast and compounds nation's COVID paralysis: One million are left without power as up to 11 inches of snow falls, closing testing centers and D.C. government offices

A perfect storm! Biden gets SNOWED IN on Air Force One as he arrives in D.C. to disastrous poll numbers, rampant inflation, a stalled agenda, nation paralyzed by COVID, a lackluster VP, and the prospect of GOP landslide in the midterms

Looks like the middle-Eastern states are having some electrical issues too:


Virginia has 317,263 customers without power. Maryland, 39K, North Carolina 41K.

Moving to a warmer climate is a very prescient thing to be doing.  The Little Ice Age, the Dalton Minimum, the Maunder Minimum - those were not flukes.  This stuff happens.  It is one thing to preach doom and gloom and use computer models to back up your narrative.  Another thing entirely to go outside with a thermometer and a notebook and see what is actually happening out there.  It's a big world and what is being reported in the media is not necessarily what is actually happening.  The map is not the territory.

A lab test and the result -

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Curious video - from 90 Miles:

More on Human Coronavirus 229E can be found here:

Human Coronaviruses 229E, OC43, NL63, and HKU1
HCoVs 229E, OC43, NL63, and HKU1 are commonly associated with the common cold, which is typically characterized by rhinorrhea, nasal congestion, sore throat, sneezing, and cough that may be associated with fever.  Together, the HCoVs are the second most common cause of the common cold after rhinoviruses.

Based on data for HCoV-229E, symptoms typically peak on day 3 or 4 of illness and are self-limited.  HCoVs also may be associated with acute otitis media or exacerbations of asthma.  Less frequently, these viruses are associated with lower respiratory tract infections, including bronchiolitis and pneumonia, primarily in infants and immunocompromised children and adults.

Yeah - sent home in a panic for the common cold.  Bet you a dollar that this guy's diagnosis will go down as being COVID.  Keep inflating the numbers - after all, there's a pandemic on don'cha know...

A good read - Dr. Robert Malone

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An interesting number came out last week. A shocking number so I waited for corroboration.
Data plus an analysis from Dr. Robert Malone at his Substack account:

What if the largest experiment on human beings in history is a failure?
A seasoned stock analyst colleague texted me a link today, and when I clicked it open, I could hardly believe what I was reading.  What a headline.  “Indiana life insurance CEO says deaths are up 40% among people ages 18-64”.  This headline is a nuclear truth bomb masquerading as an insurance agent’s dry manila envelope full of actuarial tables.

People frequently write to Jill and myself. People we have never met.  They call, they arrive at the farm by appointment or unannounced, they fill our email in boxes with their inquiries. They all want something; time, attention, an interview.  Many want to tell us about their fear, illness, nightmares, or (what often seems like) outright paranoid conspiracies.  And then, over time, these fears and “conspiracies” keep getting confirmed.  As Jan Jekielek (a senior editor with The Epoch Times) recently said to me, it is getting harder and harder to tell which ones are mere conspiracy theories and which are true reality. 

One farm visitor told me of his foreshadowing massive numbers of deaths within three years consequent to the genetic vaccines, and that this was all about the “Great Reset” and the depopulation agenda of the World Economic Forum (WEF).  I tried to reassure him that, in my opinion, this was highly unlikely- while privately thinking about how easily people fall into this type of conspiracy ideation, and how I need to be careful to avoid going there when confronting so many public health decisions that appear either incompetent or nefarious.  At the time, I only knew of the WEF as the host of a big annual party in Davos Switzerland where the uber rich and the hoi oligoi of the Western nations went to watch Ted talks, drink the best wine, see and be seen.  Silly me.  What a long, strange trip this has been.  I doubt that even Hunter S. Thompson could have imagined it in his most drug and booze addled state.  Suffice to say, I nominate Ralph Steadman as official illustrator of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic.  Or a resurrected Hieronymus Bosch.

But I am wandering from a point that I am afraid to clearly state. 

Dr. Malone cites several other sources including a report - he concludes:

IF this report holds true, there must be accountability.  We are not just talking about running over the first amendment of the Constitution of the United States and grinding it into the mud with an army of artificial intelligence-powered heavy infantry. This article reads like a dry description of an avoidable mass casualty event caused by a mandated experimental medical procedure. One for which all opportunities for the victims to have become self-informed about the potential risks have been methodically erased from both the internet and public awareness by an international corrupt cabal operating under the flag of the “Trusted News Initiative”. George Orwell must be spinning in his grave.

I hope I am wrong.  I fear I am right.

Nuremburg Trials V2.0?   I hope but I am not holding my breath.
The damage to our Nation by the deep state is too great to be undone at this time.

Lots of stuff out there but...

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Nothing really catches my eye.  Busy day today - working at home: paperwork, phone calls, etc...

41°F outside now - most of the snow is gone from the ground. Sun is trying to peek through from time to time.

Some more Wuhan flu memes

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My kind of people

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Great commercial:

Never worn a leash - just like my master.

Speaking truth to power

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Robert Kennedy - 1:44 of pure wisdom:

This time, the FDIC - the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
From FOX News:

FDIC chair resigns after warning Democrats launching 'hostile takeover'
FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams announced her resignation Friday in an open letter addressed to President Biden, just weeks after she warned of a "hostile takeover" of the agency by Democrats. 

Rats in the grain bin.  The tyrants want to impose a Chinese-style system of Social Credit.  March in a protest against a government policy?  Your ATM card stops working untill you submit to a public shaming and "re-education"

The money quote:

"Of the 20 chairmen who preceded me at the FDIC, nine faced a majority of the board members from the opposing party, including Mr. Gruenberg as chairman under President Trump until I replaced him as chairman in 2018," McWilliams wrote in her op-ed. "Never before has a majority of the board attempted to circumvent the chairman to pursue their own agenda."

This is not a matter of oposing viewpoints, this is a hostile takeover plain and simple.
Her letter of resignation is here: FDIC Chairman Jelena McWilliams Announces Her Resignation
She also wrote this - worth reading: A Hostile Takeover of the FDIC

A little more on the Florida scam

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Piece of work - the guy came over as a refugee from Haiti ten years ago.
Thanks a lot bub...  From the Miami Herald:

Feds: South Florida ‘entrepreneur’ used PPP money to buy Lamborghini, luxury watches, clothes
Valesky Barosy — online, at least — was living the high-life in Miami: driving an exotic Lamborghini, posing on a private jet, boasting an Instagram account with over 110,000 followers.

He touted himself as an immigrant success story, arriving from Haiti a decade ago, working his way up from a menial job at Walmart to “regional vice president” of a credit repair company that purportedly racks up “$3.6 million in sales.”

But in reality, federal authorities say, the 27-year-old Barosy and his cohorts were ripping off taxpayers — fraudulently securing $2.1 million in loans to buy the peak Miami status symbols: a Lamborghini Huracán EVO, Rolex and Hublot watches, and designer clothing from Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Chanel.

Couple of his instagram photos at the site.  As they say in Texas:  All hat and no cattle.
A legend in his own mind...

And back - a sucessful day of shopping

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Dogs were walked twice, coffee was drunk, food and assorted merchandise was acquired.

Home now - unpack the van, run the dishwasher and clean the house.  Need to order some stuff online - check a couple of different places. Packing materials mostly.

Nothing catches my eye immediately except the major overuse of force in Holland - a peaceful protest regarding vax lockdowns and they sicced police dogs on them.

Raining lightly, just a thin crust of snow left on the ground. Nice to have some relief...

And out - the usual routine

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Back in a couple of hours more or less.

Same stuff, new year.

Now this looks like fun - Peacemaker

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Great exit strategy you have there...

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How did he think this was going to end?  From the US Attorney's Office, District of Southern Florida:

South Florida Man Charged with Covid-19 Relief Fraud, Buying Lamborghini, Rolex, and Louis Vuitton with Loan Money
A Florida man charged with fraudulently obtaining COVID-19 relief loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) made his first appearance today in federal magistrate court in Ft. Lauderdale.

According to the allegations in the indictment, Valesky Barosy, 27, of Ft. Lauderdale, submitted fraudulent loan applications on behalf of himself and his accomplices, seeking more than $4.2 million in PPP loans. In each loan application, Barosy falsified the applicant’s prior-year expenses, net profit, and payroll, and submitted fraudulent IRS tax forms, says the indictment.

According to the charges, Barosy and his accomplices received approximately $2.1 million in PPP loans from the fraudulent scheme. Barosy used the fraudulently-obtained proceeds to purchase a Lamborghini Huracán EVO, Rolex and Hublot watches, and designer clothing from Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Chanel, it is alleged.

The indictment charges Barosy with five counts of wire fraud, three counts of money laundering, and one count of aggravated identity theft. If convicted, Barosy faces up to 132 years in prison. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

People come up with these "brilliant ideas" but they never have an exit strategy.  I would have hightailed it outta the USA and moved to some nation without extradition. A couple of people could live really well on $2.1 Million.  Instead, they blew it on expensive toys.

Bill messed up again - Arkancide

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Arkancide?  Here


This island is trying to kill me

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Looking forward to moving this summer.  The pipes finally thawed so there is runnning water but then this little nugget shows up in the weather forecast:

High Wind Warning from SAT 10:00 PM PST until SUN 11:00 PM PST
WHAT...Southeast winds 35 to 45 mph with gusts up to 65 mph expected.

And of course:

IMPACTS...Damaging winds will blow down trees and power lines. Widespread power outages are expected. Travel will be difficult, especially for high profile vehicles.

Got the candles out and a book to read.  Weather radio and a ham walkie-talkie (the local repeaters are solid). Flashlights are always scattered around the house. The forecast says 10:00PM but it's blowing pretty hard right now - 20's with gusts to 35.

Hope to hell that nobody is driving over the Deception Pass bridge this evening (here's one reason why)

The much-feared Y2K problem was sort of a nothingburger.
I was working for MSFT then and spent the night in the test lab.  Nothing happened.
Last evening however?  From Bleeping Computer:

Microsoft Exchange year 2022 bug in FIP-FS breaks email delivery
Microsoft Exchange on-premise servers cannot deliver email starting on January 1st, 2022, due to a "Year 2022" bug in the FIP-FS anti-malware scanning engine.

Starting with Exchange Server 2013, Microsoft enabled the FIP-FS anti-spam and anti-malware scanning engine by default to protect users from malicious email.

Microsoft Exchange Y2K22 bug
According to numerous reports from Microsoft Exchange admins worldwide, a bug in the FIP-FS engine is blocking email delivery with on-premise servers starting at midnight on January 1st, 2022.

Security researcher and Exchange admin Joseph Roosen said that this is caused by Microsoft using a signed int32 variable to store the value of a date, which has a maximum value of 2,147,483,647.

However, dates in 2022 have a minimum value of 2,201,010,001 or larger, which is greater than the maximum value that can be stored in the signed int32 variable, causing the scanning engine to fail and not release mail for delivery.

Whoops.  Legacy code base that was expanded on without doing a proper review.  They can run Exchange but not scan for malware.  Sudden "unexpected" increase in Malware in 3... 2... 1...


Happy Public Domain Day

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01/01/2022 - from Duke University's Center for the Study of the Public Domain:

January 1, 2022, is Public Domain Day: Works from 1926 are open to all, as is a cornucopia of recorded music: an estimated 400,000 sound recordings from before 1923!
On January 1, 2022, copyrighted works from 1926 will enter the US public domain, where they will be free for all to copy, share, and build upon. The line-up this year is stunning. It includes books such as A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh, Felix Salten’s Bambi, Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises, Langston Hughes’ The Weary Blues, and Dorothy Parker’s Enough Rope. There are scores of silent films—including titles featuring Harold Lloyd, Buster Keaton, and Greta Garbo, famous Broadway songs, and well-known jazz standards. But that’s not all. In 2022 we get a bonus: an estimated 400,000 sound recordings from before 1923 will be entering the public domain too!

In 2022, the public domain will welcome a lot of “firsts”: the first Winnie-the-Pooh book from A. A. Milne, the first published novels from Ernest Hemingway and William Faulkner, the first books of poems from Langston Hughes and Dorothy Parker. What’s more, for the first time ever, thanks to a 2018 law called the Music Modernization Act, a special category of works—sound recordings—will finally begin to join other works in the public domain. On January 1 2022, the gates will open for all of the recordings that have been waiting in the wings. Decades of recordings made from the advent of sound recording technology through the end of 1922—estimated at some 400,000 works—will be open for legal reuse.

Why celebrate the public domain? When works go into the public domain, they can legally be shared, without permission or fee. That is something Winnie-the-Pooh would appreciate. Community theaters can screen the films. Youth orchestras can perform the music publicly, without paying licensing fees. Online repositories such as the Internet ArchiveHathiTrust, and Google Books can make works fully available online. This helps enable access to cultural materials that might otherwise be lost to history. 1926 was a long time ago. The vast majority of works from 1926 are out of circulation. When they enter the public domain in 2022, anyone can rescue them from obscurity and make them available, where we can all discover, enjoy, and breathe new life into them.

A lot more at the site including links to source materials. Come on now - get mixing. Fire up those samplers... 

The Great ?

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From 90 Miles:


Great news in two headlines

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People are starting to wake up and push back against the tyranny:

From the first story:

A local parents group sued the San Diego Unified School District Tuesday to block the district's recently approved COVID-19 vaccine mandate for staff and students over the age of 16.

Let Them Choose — whose stated mission is "to protect families' rights to make personal medical decisions and students' right to an in-person education" — alleges that the district's vaccine mandate plan approved last month will harm unvaccinated children who will be excluded from the classroom.

The district was proposing that students AGE 5 AND OLDER were to be vaccinated.  This hearkens back to Dr. Malone's video on why they want children to be included in the vaccination program.  It is nothing about public health and everything about liability for the pharma corporations.

Superior Court Judge John S. Meyer made the decision.  He was appointed to his post by California Governor Pete Wilson, a Republican. Elections have consequences.

Looks like this city is having a bit of a problem - from the Los Angeles Times:

Beaches in Long Beach, L.A. and Orange counties closed after sewage spill of up to 4 million gallons
Beaches in Long Beach and elsewhere in Los Angeles and Orange counties were closed Friday after as much as 4 million gallons of untreated sewage spilled into the Dominguez Channel, officials said.

According to the city of Long Beach, the spill of 2 million to 4 million gallons of waste was caused by the failure of a 48-inch sewer main in Carson on Thursday. The channel runs into Los Angeles Harbor.

Yes, accidents do happen but they seem to happen more often under Democrat leadership than under conservative leadership. Money for infrastructure maintenance is often siphoned off into "social justice" scams - paying off the party faithful and lining the pockets of the apparatchiks and nomenklatura.  We see this time and time again.

No wonder history is no longer taught in schools - it is hard for the teachers to advocate for socialism when the students are learning that socialism has failed miserably every single time it has been tried.

2022 so far

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So far, so good - wonderful email exchange with Lisa.  My favorite coffee place was closed but #2 was open so hung out there after a nice walk with the puppers. Currently 32°F outside so waiting for the pipes to thaw out again. Forecast is for 36° and tomorrow 44° so we will see. In the high 30's and 40's for the next ten days so this foolishness seems to be over and done with.

Lunch and surf and then working at home.

And out the door

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First dog walk of 2022 and soon, the first coffee.  So far, so good

Baby steps...


Woke up to frozen pipes this morning.  The forecast was for temps down to the low 20's but it reached 16°F.  I had left water running in the bathtub but that was not sufficient to stop the pipes from freezing again.  Supposed to get up to 34° this afternoon and 42° with rain tomorrow.  We will see...

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