January 2023 Archives


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Worked hard today - did a run into town later this afternoon.

Sleepy - more snow due tomorrow.  Fun fun fun 🤣

Who ordered this? Snow

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Woke up to snow coming down.  About an inch on the ground - supposed to taper off by this afternoon but...

Heading out for coffee and then working at the farm.

The 'ole rumor mill - Memphis

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The beating death of Tyre Nichols at the hands of five Memphis police officers is heinous.  The time that it took the ambulance crew to respond and the fact that they stood around for up to fifteen minutes before rendering aid is seriously questionable.

It turns out that Tyre's home was only a few blocks from the incident.  That is why he tried to run away.

Word is that several of the cops who beat him were members of the Vice Lords gang and that this was a payback.  Tyre was known to them.  Word is too that there were photos of other beatings on some of the officer's phones.

If any of this is true, expect the whole story to be memory-holed in 3... 2... 1...

Not a female. Not a figure skater.

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Tip of the hat to Vox Day for this hilarious attempt from Finland:

As Vox says

Why We Call it Clown World
If you are ever asked what you mean by “Clown World”, simply refer the questioner to this video. It should suffice to comprehensively answer their question.

Clown World is devoted to inversion. When the “female figure skater” is neither female nor a figure skater, you know Clown World is involved.


ABL - Always Be Learning

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Motto of my life in some senses - I love learning new things.
Found this at Chris Lynch's and it really resonates with me:


This should be interesting - from their website:

Please Pray for The Gateway Pundit – We Are Releasing Documents in Coming Days that Reveal Numerous Criminal Acts by the President and His Son Hunter
Earlier today, Joe Hoft at The Gateway Pundit reported on newly discovered classified documents and content found on Hunter Biden’s laptop computer.

This was the second report in our exposé revealing the classified material on Hunter Biden’s computer.

This comes after The New York Post’s Miranda Devine reported on an email last week from the laptop that appeared to include classified material from the US government.

The Gateway Pundit released these two reports in the last 24 hours.

And what's next?

The FBI has been holding the Hunter laptop since 2019. They have failed to act on this classified material that was shared by Hunter Biden with his business associates and foreign operatives. This was criminal conduct. The FBI knows this and covered it up… UNTIL NOW!

The Gateway Pundit will expose this information in a series of reports this week.

Should be fun - they are working with the initial image of the laptop as saved by the repair shop.
As they say:

The chain of custody is known and complete. This is the only source that has chain of custody verification, has been authenticated and came from the original image from the Hunter Biden laptop.

Time for a big bowl of popcorn.  *Resident Joe is goin' down...

Slow couple of days

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Great weather so working on packing the conex boxes for shipment.

Slow news days too - more later tonight.  Maybe.

A bit of a problem - Captcha

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Speaking truth to power - Memphis

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There is no way to rationally argue these points.
Not only Memphis.

Out of frying pan - Adam Schiff

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Noted liar and serial President Trump-hater decided he was washed up in the House.
Time to run for the Senate - one slight problem...
From The Epoch Times:

Adam Schiff Hit With Ethics Complaint Over Opening Senate Campaign Ad
The campaign video Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) released to announce his 2024 Senate campaign became the subject of an ethics complaint within a single day.

On Thursday, Schiff announced he is running to replace Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) in the Senate in 2024. By Friday, a nonprofit organization called the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust (FACT) had filed an ethics complaint against Schiff’s very first Senate campaign ad.

Adam Schiff a liar?  Here is the Wall Street Journal:

What Are the Consequences for Adam Schiff’s Lies?
In the good old days if a member of Congress was caught in a major lie, knowingly misleading Congress and the American public, there were consequences. His own party would denounce him, the electorate would surely vote him out of office but perhaps he would resign in disgrace beforehand. But not today. Rep. Adam Schiff was playing to the base with a calculated lie, cheered on by fellow party members and supported by most of the media. He is a hero—to some. There are not, nor will there be, consequences for him. How times have changed. Any wonder the approval rating of Congress is at such an abysmally low rating?

When a useful member of the Democrat Politburo is called out by the Wall Street Journal, you know that there is a problem. He made his bed, he can lie in it...

Heh - took long enough

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I will admit that I live a lifestyle that is more cluttered than average.  I am clean and maintain my home in an orderly fashion but I am not a neat freak - it does not disturb me to have something out of place or a pile of papers to be sorted later.  A friend of mine tried very hard to get me interested in minimalism and turned me on to the writings of Marie Kondo.

Good enough for some people but not for me.  One reason why we divorced after only a few months of marriage.

Now?  Looks like Marie has seen the light - from The New York Post:

Marie Kondo has ‘given up’ on being tidy: ‘My home is messy’
The queen of spring-cleaning has lost the spring in her step.

“Up until now, I was a professional tidier, so I did my best to keep my home tidy at all times,” she said in a recent webinar via an interpreter, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

“I have kind of given up on that in a good way for me,” she added. “Now I realize what is important to me is enjoying time with my children at home.”

Cue the sigh of relief: The authority on neatness admitted that even she has trouble keeping up with clutter.

The 38-year-old organizational guru, who gave birth to her third child in 2021, is known for the Netflix series “Tidying Up,” where she instructs eager cleaners to keep what “sparks joy” and trash the rest.

Works for some people — not for me.  Not for Ms. Kondo either.
Welcome aboard - reality is a lot more relaxing isn't it 😁

Modern Monetary Theory is smoke and mirrors.  Academics love it but it is not working in the real world.
The Austrian School (Mises, Hayek, Menger, et. al.) works every time.
It is the truth that underlies the way we value work and "capital"
Reminds me of Vox Day's aphorism:

In academia there is no difference between academia and the real world; in the real world there is


The latest two releases from Project Veritas showed someone high-up in Pfizer saying that Pfizer was mutating the virus so that they could be on top of development of new vaccines.  A "Cash Cow" as it were (those specific words).  The second video was James O'Keefe confronting the guy and the guy throwing a hissy tantrum and smashing some of the PV equipment.

Trying to search for the guy's name on Google is entertaining at this time.  Now?

The social media's prime directive.

That would be my reaction too

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Very wise words - Gavin Newsom

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Antifa is making a stand in the State of Georgia. The Governor of Georgia is having nothing of it.
From PJ Media

Gov. Brian Kemp Declares State of Emergency to Deal With Atlanta's Domestic Terrorists
In the wake of a shooting between Antifa terrorists and law enforcement at the site of a future public safety training facility and domestic terrorist activity in downtown Atlanta, Gov. Brian Kemp (R-Ga.) declared a 15-day state of emergency that allows him to call up the National Guard to deal with these out-of-town insurgents if need be.

Kemp wrote in his five-page executive order:

WHEREAS: In consultation with public safety officials and emergency preparedness officials, I have determined that the following actions are necessary and appropriate to protect public peace and provide for the safety and welfare of Georgia’s citizens, visitors, and property.


ORDERED: That because of unlawful assemblage, violence, overt threats of violence, disruption of the peace and tranquility of this state and danger existing to persons and property, a State of Emergency is declared in the State of Georgia.

The order comes as tensions could ratchet back up this weekend after five Memphis police officers face murder charges in the beating death of a suspect.

Text of the E.O. can be found here: State of Emergency Declaration

Good - push back with full force of the law.

Good news from New York State

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Liberal state but the jurors had their heads on straight for this one.
From Law and Crime:

New York City Truck Attack Terrorist Guilty on All Counts, Could Face Death Penalty
The man who drove a Home Depot rental truck into a New York City bike lane in 2017 has been found guilty on all counts, in a rare death penalty trial that took place in the Empire State. The attack killed eight people and wounded 12.

The penalty phase of his trial is set to begin on Feb. 6, where a jury will decide whether he will be put to death.

On Oct. 31, 2017, Sayfullo Saipov, a then-29-year-old New Jersey resident, rented a flatbed truck, drove it over the George Washington Bridge, and got onto the West Side Highway. Once he reached the vicinity of Houston Street, Saipov swerved the truck into the bike lane and pedestrian walkway for several blocks. The truck stopped after colliding with a bus, prosecutors say.

As he got out of the truck, Saipov was heard shouting “Allahu akbar,” Arabic for “God is great.” Law enforcement shot him at the scene, before taking him to Bellevue Hospital for medical treatment.

And he is quite the choirboy:

Prosecutors said Saipov did, in fact, ask to fly the ISIS flag in the hospital where he was being treated — and told authorities that he would have flown the banner on his truck if he weren’t worried about drawing attention to himself before the attack.

Hope they award the death penalty - this guy is not mentally ill, he is a willing member of his culture and the message needs to be sent.  Fsck around, find out.

Smart technology

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Do not have any.  Do not want any.

From Project Veritas:

Pfizer Executive: ‘Mutate’ COVID via ‘Directed Evolution’ for Company to Continue Profiting Off of Vaccines … ‘COVID is Going to be a Cash Cow for Us’ … ‘That is Not What We Say to the Public’ … ‘People Won’t Like That’ … ‘Don’t Tell Anyone’

    • Jordon Trishton Walker, Pfizer Director of Research and Development, Strategic Operations - mRNA Scientific Planner: “One of the things we're exploring is like, why don't we just mutate it [COVID] ourselves so we could create -- preemptively develop new vaccines, right? So, we have to do that. If we're gonna do that though, there's a risk of like, as you could imagine -- no one wants to be having a pharma company mutating f**king viruses.”
    • Walker: “Don’t tell anyone. Promise you won’t tell anyone. The way it [the experiment] would work is that we put the virus in monkeys, and we successively cause them to keep infecting each other, and we collect serial samples from them.”
    • Walker: “You have to be very controlled to make sure that this virus [COVID] that you mutate doesn’t create something that just goes everywhere. Which, I suspect, is the way that the virus started in Wuhan, to be honest. It makes no sense that this virus popped out of nowhere. It’s bullsh*t.”
    • Walker: “From what I’ve heard is they [Pfizer scientists] are optimizing it [COVID mutation process], but they’re going slow because everyone is very cautious -- obviously they don’t want to accelerate it too much. I think they are also just trying to do it as an exploratory thing because you obviously don’t want to advertise that you are figuring out future mutations.”

Much more including the incriminating video at the site.

A public hanging would be an appropriate punishment for management.
The pillory for everyone else down to the interns.

Follow the money - Nancy Pelosi

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If this was anyone else, they would be spending the next couple of years in jail.
They did this to Martha Stewart for far far less of a crime:

Social Media Censorship

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Stickin' to his guns - the new Speaker

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UPDATE below:

He is turning out a lot better than I thought — Speaker McCarthy's Twitter account:

Gotta love the line in his letter: "Integrity matters more"
Classic mic-drop moment...

UPDATE:  Check out his words to the reporter.  From CSPAN

Life goals - indeed...

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Pearls Before Swine (link):


Whew - that's a relief. Oh. Wait.

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Rep. Schiff is a known liar.  From The Daily Wire:

Schiff Claims He Never Took Classified Docs Home
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) says he never took classified documents back home amid a growing scandal over the handling of secret material by top government executives.

As chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Schiff had access to all sorts of classified information, but the congressman asserted Tuesday he was too paranoid to take any of it with him.

“This is what’s so astounding, I think, for all of us on the Intelligence Committee. I never take classified documents to my house,” Schiff told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, who asked if he had taken any records home. “I don’t know any reason why people would.”

Then he has nothing to fear from a search.  OK Adam? (here, here, here, here and here for starters)
When the Wall Street Journal notices that you are a liar, you have a serious credibility problem.

A very good point

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And if you plant endangered species on the grave, nobody will be allowed to dig it up...
Tip 'o the hat to Aesop at Raconteur Report

Tucker Carlson goes into a bit of history - Presidents Kennedy and Nixon.

No wonder schools do not teach history:

By A. F. Branco - from 90 Miles:


Got a book coming out.  From The Post Millenial:

Secret Pope Benedict book is published blasting progressive Pope Francis, reveals US Catholic seminaries are havens of 'gay clubs'
In a book by the late Pope Benedict XVI, published posthumously, the pontif wrote that homosexual clubs openly operate in Catholic seminaries, which prepare candidates to become priests. Much of this activity is specifically in the United States, he wrote.

Benedict's posthumous writings also heavily criticize current Pope Francis, who Benedict says is pushing a progressive agenda. Benedict, who died on December 31 at 95, wrote that the church was on the verge of "collapse" and said that priests and bishops were being permitted to watch porn at the seminaries.

More at the site.  This is being translated from the Italian by Twitter user @pope_head

Here is the series unrolled through Threadreader

@pope_head is promising more at their Substack page

As they say: Developing...

Banning guns - the aftermath

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Banning guns will never stop crime.  From the Gateway Pundit:

China Is Using QR Codes On Kitchen Knives In Order To Track Them
Throughout the last decade, China’s technological surveillance systems have strengthened the grip of control the CCP has on its citizens.

Its facial recognition systems can track the majority of its citizens and even fine them for petty violations such as jaywalking but people aren’t the only thing that the CCP is tracking.

Since 2017, China has been tracking kitchen knives by putting QR Codes on them.

Knives are predominantly tracked in the Xinjiang region which mostly consists of the Uighur ethnic group.

Cold dead fingers...

From Associated Press:

Lights out in Pakistan as energy-saving move backfires
Most of Pakistan was left without power Monday as an energy-saving measure by the government backfired. The outage spread panic and raised questions about the cash-strapped government’s handling of the country’s economic crisis.

It all started when electricity was turned off during low usage hours overnight to conserve fuel across the country, officials said, leaving technicians unable to boot up the system all at once after daybreak. The outage was reminiscent of a massive blackout in January 2021, attributed at the time to a technical fault in Pakistan’s power generation and distribution system.

Many major cities, including the capital of Islamabad, and remote towns and villages across Pakistan were without electricity for more than 12 hours. As the electricity failure continued into Monday night, authorities deployed additional police at markets around the country to provide security.

Liberals sputter and fume when we call their cities "shithole" but they are certainly heading in that direction.  The leadership of Pakistan is probably just as corrupt as the current leadership of California - they have had longer to sink. California will be there soon enough.

From Cal Matters:

Race to zero: Can California’s power grid handle a 15-fold increase in electric cars?
As California rapidly boosts sales of electric cars and trucks over the next decade, the answer to a critical question remains uncertain: Will there be enough electricity to power them?

State officials claim that the 12.5 million electric vehicles expected on California’s roads in 2035 will not strain the grid. But their confidence that the state can avoid brownouts relies on a best-case — some say unrealistic — scenario: massive and rapid construction of offshore wind and solar farms, and drivers charging their cars in off-peak hours.

Under a groundbreaking new state regulation, 35% of new 2026 car models sold in California must be zero-emissions, ramping up to 100% in 2035. Powering the vehicles means the state must triple the amount of electricity produced and deploy new solar and wind energy at almost five times the pace of the past decade.

Much more at the site but it can be distilled into two points:

#1) - NO  and
#2) - Get the hell out of the state while you still can

A beautiful state with many wonderful people but it is ruled by the elites as their playground and they give fsck-all to We The People.  This is spreading north - Oregon and WA State are also infected.  I'm moving and I am not alone.

Got paper?

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168 years ago today

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Was born John Moses Browning

A true genius - I own a few of his designs.

Right on the money - healthcare

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From 90 Miles:


The anti-vaxxers were right - an excerpt from him from a larger podcast:

I disagree with his comments at 1:35 when he says that the anti-vaxxers were "just distrustful of big companies and big government and that's never wrong"  It goes way beyond that. Moderna had not brought any product to market and all of a sudden they have a vaccine using new technology.  The reports of people collapsing and suffering medical episodes after vaccination were well reported and documented on the VAERS website.  The CDC's own website showed that the numbers of Covid Deaths were grossly overinflated - that 96% of the reported Covid Deaths were deaths of people WITH covid but also with an average of more than two other co-morbidities (here and here)

Oh, by the way - from the Doctor's Mouth to your ears:

This is true

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UPDATE at the bottom:

From FOX News:

DOJ seizes more classified docs from Biden's Wilmington home after 12-hour FBI search
The Justice Department seized additional classified records from President Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware home after an FBI search on Friday, Fox News has learned.

"On Jan. 20, 2023, the FBI executed a planned, consensual search of the President's residence in Wilmington, Delaware," Joseph D. Fitzpatrick, an assistant U.S. attorney to U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois John Lausch, told Fox News Saturday.

Lausch was the DOJ official running the investigation into Biden's improper retention of classified records ahead of the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Hur. Fox News has learned Lausch is still playing an integral role in the probe as Hur gets up to speed.

The FBI search began Friday morning at 9:45 a.m. and concluded Friday night around 10:30 p.m.

That is a long time to be looking for a team of people. This is a single home and garage. Even with breaks, that is more than 10 hours of work.  A bit more:

"DOJ took possession of materials it deemed within the scope of its inquiry, including six items consisting of documents with classification markings and surrounding materials, some of which were from the President’s service in the Senate and some of which were from his tenure as Vice President," Bauer said. "DOJ also took for further review personally handwritten notes from the vice-presidential years." 

Six items - this could be six cartons, six documents - they are not clear on this.

They knew about these well before the last mid-term elections - they are bringing this up now to move Joe out of the White House and move Gavin Newsom (Nancy's nephew) in at some point. It's his turn after all.  Or Michelle O.

UPDATE - his consigliere is resigning.  New York Times:

Ron Klain Expected to Step Down as Biden’s White House Chief of Staff
Ron Klain, the White House chief of staff who has steered President Biden’s administration through two years of triumphs and setbacks, is expected to step down in coming weeks in the most significant changing of the guard since Mr. Biden took office two years ago.

Mr. Klain has been telling colleagues privately since the November midterm elections that after a grueling, nonstop stretch at Mr. Biden’s side going back to the 2020 campaign, he is ready to move on, according to senior administration officials, and a search for a replacement has been underway.

In other words - I did my job.  I was his King-maker and I got him into the office.  Now?  It's your responsibility - I am outta here before things get really bad.  Don't want to be tainted with what is going to be coming out.

Looking at the elites from a distance, I see little children playing with matches.

Seems like Jack Posobiec has the same feeling (Truth Social):

It's a gas - the truth

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There is an excellent look at the source for this foolishness at A Chemist in Langley

Are Gas Stoves Really Responsible for 12.7% of Current Childhood Asthma Cases in the US?
The news has been full recently with stories about the risk of childhood asthma caused by natural gas stoves. As someone who specializes in risk assessment and has experience with indoor air chemistry this seemed like it was right up my alley. As I went digging through the research; however, I discovered that the research seemed less about providing a good scientific examination of the topic and and more about generating a lot of headlines and press discussion of the topic.

The furor is all derived from a recent study published in an open-source journal called Population Attributable Fraction of Gas Stoves and Childhood Asthma in the United States (Gruenwald et al., 2022). The paper itself doesn’t present any new data but rather applies a rather arcane type of mathematical attribution analysis (Population Attributable Fraction or PAF) to the results from a ten-year-old meta-analysis that summarized work from the 80’s and 90’s. Needless to say, the paper absolutely doesn’t advance the science in any useful manner and appears designed instead to induce political change rather than inform policy.

Blair goes in to a lot of the reasons why this is a bad study - they used a bad statistical tool to do the analysis and they cherry-picked the data.  Cherry-picking to the extent that they ignored the definitive research paper on this very subject:

By making this editorial choice the authors managed to exclude the definitive research on the topic: Cooking fuels and prevalence of asthma: a global analysis of phase three of the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC). The ISAAC study was

a unique worldwide epidemiological research program established in 1991 to investigate asthma, rhinitis and eczema in children due to considerable concern that these conditions were increasing in western and developing countries. ISAAC became the largest worldwide collaborative research project ever undertaken, involving more than 100 countries and nearly 2 million children and its aim to develop environmental measures and disease monitoring in order to form the basis for future interventions to reduce the burden of allergic and non-allergic diseases, especially in children in developing countries

The ISAAC study collected data from 512,7070 students between 1999 and 2004. It has incredible statistical power due to its massive sample size and one of its signature conclusions was:

we detected no evidence of an association between the use of gas as a cooking fuel and either asthma symptoms or asthma diagnosis.

Like I said, cherry picking.  They are pushing the narrative and not doing real science.

Just as a heads up, this kind of activity is also prevalent in "climate science" these days.
They are just as shameless.

Listening to the kitchen sink - SIGpi

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This project goes way beyond amateur radio.  This takes a Raspberry Pi computer and allows it to listen to everything.
I mean everything.   From RTL-SDR:

Thank you to Joe NE2Z for sharing his Linux distribution called SIGpi. SIGpi is an installable Linux distribution for Ubuntu and Raspberry Pi 3/4 that focuses on providing multiple open source SDR programs that can be used for signal intelligence. Support for RTL-SDR and other SDRs is included.

The distro is actually created via a bash script that installs all the programs automatically on a fresh OS install. It also provides a system for easily upgrading software as developers work on them.

For a full list of the software that comes with SIGpi check out their Wiki.

SIGpi is a "go-kit" for Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) enthusiasts with emphasis on capabilities in the VHF, UHF, and SHF spectrum. For completeness, HF spectrum related software is included for optional install.

Clever build with off the shelf hardware.  Some nice design went into making everything interoperable.

A project for when I am settled in the new QTH

Just wonderful - still going on

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From the London Daily Mail:

Dangerous gain-of-function research continues to go on in US because of poor oversight, says damning congressional watchdog report prompted by DailyMail.com revelation

    • A federal watchdog criticized the government's weak oversight of risky research
    • Gain of function research has been thrust into the spotlight thanks to Covid-19
    • The group also called out a lack of transparency when it came to funding labs

Poor oversight and loopholes mean risky virus research feared to have started the Covid pandemic in China continues to go on in the US.

That is the damning conclusion of a report — prompted by an explosive DailyMail.com revelation — into rules around 'gain of function' studies.

The Congressional watchdog group the Government Accountability Office (GAO) concluded that federal oversight of the most sensitive scientific experimentation was far too weak and ineffective.

In October, this website shockingly revealed that a Boston University team had created a new Covid strain with an 80 percent kill rate in mice, even though questions remain about whether similar experiments led to the release of Covid.

Much more at the site.  The article goes on to mention that there are 40 more of these labs in the planning or in construction stages. How many are needed?  Yet another advantage of living several hours from a large city.

Dear "peaceful protestors"

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So true - almost hope that someone tries something...


Markets in everything - Canada

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The fscking ghouls...  MAID is their version of the "death panel" - if you are having troubles with your health, the Canadian healthcare system will offer you Medical Assistance In Dying. MAID.

From CTV News:

Canada performing more organ transplants from MAID donors than any country in the world
A growing number of patients who request medical assistance in dying are asking to donate their organs for transplant, says an international review that found that Canada is performing the most organ transplants from MAID patients among the four countries studied that offer this practice.

The report is the first-ever review of the growing use of this new practice around the world. The review was conducted in 2021 and the results were formally published in December 2022.

“We saw everyone is working in different directions. And then we said ‘OK, well, let's start an international (discussion) of all the countries involved,’” said Dr. Johannes Mulder, a physician and MAID provider in Zwolle, Netherlands, in an interview with CTV News.

Data collected for the paper shows that in Canada, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain, combined, 286 assisted-death recipients provide lifesaving organs for transplant to 837 patients in the years up to and including 2021.

I love the sense of detachment in the phrase: "the growing use of this new practice"

Good Lord - they are talking about murdering inconvenient people (non-elite people who are costing the health system too much money) and harvesting their organs to keep more convenient people (the elites) alive.  Shades of China with their on-demand death penalties.

This is the end-game of government health care.  People who are advocating for free health care need to be aware of the history and aware of what is happening now under their noses...

Mayor Pete for example.  Biden's Press Secretary for another.


Mike Rowe on Davos

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Pitch perfect:

That Supreme Court leak

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The answer is no answer - from The Epoch Times:

New Supreme Court Report Fails to Identify Leaker of Roe v. Wade Draft Opinion
The Supreme Court released a report stating that, after a months-long internal investigation, the leaker of a draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade last year couldn’t be identified.

The leak shattered the image of the Supreme Court, which has long prided itself on maintaining proper decorum and on keeping as confidential the deliberations of the justices in cases argued before the court.


Twenty-three pages - IT security at the court was not good.

Interesting look at our economy from Political Calculations:
Tip of the hat to Bayou Renaissance Man for the link.

The Price History of Campbell's Tomato Soup
Campbell's Condensed Tomato Soup is one of America's most iconic consumer products. First introduced to American consumers by Campbell Soup (NYSE: CPB) in 1898 after having been formulated by John Dorrance the year before, it now ranks as the company's second-most popular soup, selling 85 million cans each year.

That's quite an achievement for a 126 year old product. Campbell Soup sells 440 million cans of soup each year, so its sales of tomato soup represent over 19% of its sales. Only the company's Chicken Noodle soup, introduced in 1934, outsells it with annual sales of more than 250 million cans.

Political Calculations has tracked the price history of Campbell's Condensed Tomato Soup over the past 126 years because of its remarkable consistency as an identifiable product over time. In fact, if you had a time machine and could travel to nearly any point in time from January 1898 to the present, you could likely find a 10.75 ounce size (Number 1) can of Campbell's condensed tomato soup stocked for sale in American grocery stores.

That long-running consistency makes Campbell's Condensed Tomato Soup an ideal product to follow to understand how inflation has affected American consumers through its history. Today, we're updating our chart visualizing that history from January 1898 through January 2023.


What gets me is where it starts to take off around 1975.  That is when President Nixon took the USA off the gold standard, and exited the Bretton Woods system, in 1971.  Since then, the dollar has steadily lost its buying power.  It's not that tomato soup has become more expensive:  it's that the dollar is that much weaker today than it was then.

Fun times...

And off - coffee, farm, etc...

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What it says - no rain today so working out in the conex boxes, getting them secured for shipment.

Coffee first though - got my priorities.

From the London Daily Mail:

Jacinda Ardern shocks the world and RESIGNS as New Zealand Prime Minister: Says she's got 'nothing left in the tank' and tells her fiancé Clarke 'let's finally get married'

    • Ms Ardern became NZ's youngest-ever prime minister on October 26, 2017
    • Led her country through Covid pandemic and Christchurch mosque massacre
    • Resignation shocked everyone as she denied speculation she would leave
    • Insisted she was just burned out and had nothing left in the tank to continue

Jacinda Ardern has choked back tears as she announced her resignation as New Zealand Prime Minister in an emotional press conference.

Her resignation comes into effect on Sunday if the Labour Party can elect her replacement in a two-thirds vote on that day, or on February 7 if the process was drawn out.

Ms Ardern said she hoped to find the energy and heart during the Christmas break to stay in the job, 'but I have not been able to do that'.

'Once I realised that I didn't, I knew unfortunately there was not much alternative other than to hand over now,' she said at the Labour Party's traditional January caucus meeting in Napier on Thursday.

Her handling of Covid was inept at best.  Tyrannical at worst.

For the sake of New Zealand, I hope they elect an adult this time around. She was in waay over her head.

Over 3,300 comments at the site - this one capsulized the general train of thought:

If only Canadian authoritarian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would take her cue, things would start lookin' up. Two truly dictatorial zealots..

Really - too much to hope for but it would be nice.  I can think of a few people here in the USA that need to take the hint as well.

Climate claims - the new indulgences

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Climate change happens - our Sun is a variable star and its output drives the heat-engine that makes our weather and long-term climate.  Where I am sitting (Pacific Northwest) was once under the half-mile thick  Laurentide Ice Sheet.  This was only about 22,000 years ago.  An eyeblink to the cosmos.  Our planet has been home to at least five major ice ages in its history.

To think that us humans could upset this natural cycle is pure hubris on our part.  Influence it a few percent? Yes. Be the sole cause for a catastrophic perturbation? No.

The people who preach that we are doing this are a cult.  A cult which unfortunately is useful to other people who want power and are willing to use the claim of Global Warming to manipulate people to their own ends.  At times, this makes for interesting stories. 

Here is one from SourceMaterial.   First, from their About page:

SourceMaterial was founded in 2017 to carry out investigations around climate change, corruption and democracy. We look for stories where these topics intersect, and for gaps where public-interest stories have been underreported.

Our aim is always best-practice reporting: we work to a strict editorial code and our partners in the mainstream media rely on us for accuracy, fairness and a commitment to ethical journalism.

And the article that caught my eye:

The Carbon Con
The world’s biggest companies, from Netflix to Ben & Jerry’s, are pouring billions into an offsetting industry whose climate claims appear increasingly at odds with reality

In 2019, Elias Ayrey, an idealistic scientist freshly armed with a doctorate in forest conservation, flew from his home in Maine to California and drove deep into the woods. In a timber-framed house dwarfed by giant redwoods, he and his host sat late into the night thrashing out the blueprint for a business with real impact on climate change.

The owner of the house was Diego Saez-Gil, an Argentinian tech entrepreneur who would become chief executive of Pachama, a company that offers to help industry reduce harmful impact by offsetting fossil fuel emissions with carbon credits.

Ayrey was filled with excitement when Saez-Gil invited him to sign on as Pachama’s chief scientist. “It was beautiful,” he said.

But a year later alarm bells were beginning to sound, even as Pachama’s business boomed. Ayrey was becoming uneasy that the soaraway success was built on a fundamental conflict of interest—one that meant Pachama, far from providing a solution to climate change, was fuelling an industry fast becoming part of the problem.

Fast forward and:

A nine-month investigation by SourceMaterial, The Guardian and Die Zeit suggests that the flaws identified by Ayrey at Pachama—which he continues to believe is one of the more conscientious offsetters—are rife in an industry whose claims to mitigate climate change are significantly at odds with reality.

Our analysis of nearly 100 million carbon credits found that only a fraction of them resulted in real emissions reductions. It raises questions for the organisations that many of the world’s biggest companies, and the consumers who buy their products, rely on to set the standard for effective carbon offsetting—in particular the biggest of them, Verra.

“The implications of this analysis are huge,” said Barbara Haya, head of the Carbon Trading Project at the University of California, Berkeley. “Companies are making false claims and then they’re convincing customers that they can fly guilt-free or buy carbon-neutral products when they aren’t in any way carbon-neutral.”

And some numbers:

Our analysis suggests that only 5.5 million of those credits, or 6 per cent of the total, were real emission reductions. Of the 29 projects, only eight reduced any emissions at all.

And this:  Verra is a Swiss company now based in Washington, D.C. with 80+ employees.  They independently "verify" or bless the offsets.

SourceMaterial then used Verra’s database to compare this with the number of credits each project actually received in the same timeframe. The disparity is stark: 94 per cent of those credits are likely to be worthless, the calculations showed.

Companies who bought the credits include Disney, United Airlines, Air France, Samsung, Liverpool Football Club, Ben & Jerry’s, Netflix and Chevron.

What these corporations are doing is selling Indulgences.  Disney, United Airlines, Air France, et. al. are paying serious money to these corporations to gain a veneer of green.  There is no real science happening here.  There is no real effort to practice what they preach.  It's all about the Benjamins. The money.

The name of this business caught my eye: Pachama.  As they were founded by an Argentinian, I can only assume that this is a reference to Pachamama.  I have a big problem with that.  There is a lot of evil walking this Earth these days.  Satanic churches, various signs and sigils in public view. The lives of our elites are proving to be rife with corruption and dissipation.

Pachamama is being billed today as a benevolent "Earth Mother" but this is a mother with sharp teeth.  If you look into the history, child sacrifice (The Capacocha Ritual) was an intrinsic part of her cult. 

From the entry:

In pre-Hispanic culture, Pachamama is often a cruel goddess eager to collect her sacrifices

Sacrifices which were massive in scope:

Hearts Ripped from 140 Children and 200 Llamas in Largest Child Sacrifice in Ancient World
The largest child sacrifice on record took place after a torrential rainfall, when about 140 children and 200 young llamas likely had their hearts ripped out by the ancient Chimú culture in A.D. 1450, in what is now Peru.

An entity that has fed on that much innocent blood will be very very thirsty for more

From the X Files - some 25 years ago:

Our new Robot Overlords

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Latest from Boston Dynamics:

So true - costs

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Got too many interests - blacksmithing, wood and metal working, electronics, ham radio, music (synthesizer), photography, astronomy, cooking, etc...  This really rings true:


Ho. Li. Crap.  Newsweek - famous for their We Are All Socialists Now front cover about ten years ago.

They got it right this time:

Climate Activism Isn't About the Planet. It's About the Boredom of the Bourgeoisie
The downfall of capitalism will not come from the uprising of an impoverished working class but from the sabotage of a bored upper class. This was the view of the Austrian economist Joseph Schumpeter in 1942. Schumpeter believed that at some point in the future, an educated elite would have nothing left to struggle for and will instead start to struggle against the very system that they themselves live in.

Nothing makes me think Schumpeter was right like the contemporary climate movement and its acolytes. The Green movement is not a reflection of planetary crisis as so many in media and culture like to depict it, but rather, a crisis of meaning for the affluent.

Take for example a recent interview with Stanford biologist Paul Ehrlich on CBS's 60 Minutes. Ehrlich is most famous for his career as a professional doom monger. His first major book, The Population Bomb, gave us timelessly wrong predictions, including that by the 1980s, hundreds of millions of people would starve to death and it went downhill from there. Ehrlich assured us that England would no longer exist in the year 2000, that even modern fertilizers would not enable us to feed the world, and that thermonuclear power was just around the corner.

Ehrlich, who recently turned 90, is in the lucky position to have witnessed the complete failure of all his predictions—only to double down on them in his 60 Minutes interview Ehrlich has been wrong on every public policy issue he pontificated on for almost 60 years, yet the mainstream media still treat him like a modern oracle.


The best answer to this question comes courtesy of New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who in 2019 famously said that, "I think that there's a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually and semantically correct than about being morally right." In other words, no matter what nonsense one spews, as long as it is "morally right," it does not matter what the facts show.

Much more at the site.  110% spot on.

The author has quite a bit of cred:

Ralph Schoellhammer is an assistant professor in economics and political science at Webster University, Vienna.

Going to see if he has any books out...  Looks like someone with a good head on their shoulders.  Always been an Austrian economist.  J. M. Keynes has gotten too much traction much to the detriment of the world.  Modern Monetary Theory is bunk.  Trash. Discredited.

Just wonderful - copycat

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From CBS News:

Another North Carolina power substation damaged by apparent gunfire weeks after grid attacks left thousands without power
Another power substation in North Carolina has been damaged because of apparent gunfire, energy officials said Tuesday. The damage occurred at a power substation in Thomasville, about an hour away from Moore County, where just weeks ago two other substations were attacked by gunfire.

EnergyUnited said that company officials learned of an "equipment issue" at the Pleasant Hill Substation on Tuesday morning, at which time crews were sent to assess the situation. There, they found that a transformer had been damaged "from an apparent gunshot" and law enforcement was notified.

No customers who get their power from the substation experienced an outage, the company said.

I hope the people who did this get caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.  Lots of unintended consequences and people like you and me losing property and food not to mention people on respirators and oxygen machines losing their lives.

I love how she is wearing sunglasses in the followup interview.

Hiding something? Bell's Palsy?

Says it right there - WEF

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A two-fer


Currently at 13.7% Yes and 86.3% No - 20 more hours in the poll. 1,156,388 votes so far.


Coffee and then working at the farm today - packing the conex boxes and getting them ready for shipment.

Nothing caught my eye this morning - more later tonight...

Greta gets arrested - behind the scenes

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Quite a difference between the reality and what you see in the mainstream media:


Mainstream media? How DARE you...

Something to think about - firearms

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Compare and contrast - John F. Kerry

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To think that he thought he could be President.
First, a quote:

“Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.

Second, this bit of video:

I rest my case...

Covering their bases - Secret Archives

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Looks like they are covering for Obama ahead of the coming scandal.
Nothing to see here folks - keep moving along...   From Front Page:

National Archives Issued 3 Statements Claiming Obama’s Records Were Fine
The National Archives issued three statements, one on August 12, one on September 8 and one on September 23, supposedly rebutting claims that there were any issues with Obama’s presidential records.

The September 8 statement specifically denied that any records from the Obama administration were missing. Or, very specifically, NARA “is not aware of any missing boxes of Presidential records from the Obama administration.”

Not aware is of course ‘lawyerese’ for plausible deniability.

In November, the first tranche of classified documents was found at Penn Biden.

NARA’s only statement on Nov 9 involved Trump’s documents. Ditto for another Dec 20 statement.

Was NARA really unaware of the Biden documents at that point?

There are still no statements on Biden’s materials. After issuing 10 statements on Trump’s materials and issues involving them, NARA has become really why when it comes to Biden.

If there were any doubt as to what the NARA leadership is all about, it’s been resolved.

CYA since 1934 - it is a fairly new division of the FedGov: National Archives and Records Administration

Originally, each branch and agency of the U.S. government was responsible for maintaining its own documents, which often resulted in records loss and destruction. Congress established the National Archives Establishment in 1934 to centralize federal record keeping, with the Archivist of the United States as chief administrator. The National Archives was incorporated with GSA in 1949; in 1985 it became an independent agency as NARA (National Archives and Records Administration).

Another weaponized branch of the Government - the staff is appointed, not elected. These people do not represent us, they have their own agenda.

An excerpt from his speech “Where Do We Go From Here?” delivered at the 11th Annual SCLC Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, August 16, 1967

There are forty million poor people here. And one day we must ask the question, Why are there forty million poor people in America? And when you begin to ask that question, you are raising questions about the economic system, about a broader distribution of wealth. When you ask that question, you begin to question the capitalistic economy. And I’m simply saying that more and more, we’ve got to begin to ask questions about the whole society.

“We are called upon to help the discouraged beggars in life’s marketplace. But one day we must come to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring. It means that questions must be raised. You see, my friends, when you deal with this, you begin to ask the question, Who owns the oil? You begin to ask the question, Who owns the iron ore? You begin to ask the question, Why is it that people have to pay water bills in a world that is two-thirds water? These are questions that must be asked.”

His whole speech is powerful and still relavent:  Where Do We Go From Here?  

They had to silence him.  This was during (1960's-1980's) the formation of the deep state in the USA and they had to eliminate any and all threats.  President Kennedy was another example. The deep state began with Woodrow Wilson and the rise of the Frankfurt School in the USA after WW II.

Good question...

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News from the environment

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Heads up - the environment is doing just fine.  The environmentalists however...
From California's The Mercury News:

California storms: A 2-inch fish is limiting how much water can be captured for cities and farms
The most drenching storms in the past five years have soaked Northern California, sending billions of gallons of water pouring across the state after three years of severe drought.

But 94% of the water that has flowed since New Year’s Eve through the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, a linchpin of California’s water system, has continued straight to the Pacific Ocean instead of being captured and stored in the state’s reservoirs.

Environmental regulations aimed at protecting a two-inch-long fish, the endangered Delta smelt, have required the massive state and federal pumps near Tracy to reduce pumping rates by nearly half of their full limit, sharply curbing the amount of water that can be saved for farms and cities to the south.

The move has angered Central Valley politicians of both parties along with agricultural leaders, who have been arguing for many months that someone must help farmers suffering terribly during the drought. Now they are frustrated that the state Department of Water Resources and the federal Bureau of Reclamation aren’t capturing more water amid the record rainfall.

“It’s like winning the lottery and blowing it all in Vegas,” said Jim Houston, administrator of the California Farm Bureau Federation. “You have nothing to show for it at the end of the day.”

Add to this that California has not built any new infrastructure to retain water in over forty years.  This despite an increase in population from 23.8M to 39.2M - a 164% growth.

Sure, we should go out of our way to preserve the environment but the Delta Smelt fish is not unique to that particular area - it is found in lots of places.  The environmentalists are saying that this is a special sub-species that deserves it's own protection.

Watermelon - green on the outside and red on the inside.  Very self-righteous about proclaiming their love for the environment but their real agenda is to use environmental legislation to cripple industry and capitalism.  Classic Cloward-Piven move from the socialists - overwhelm the system, crash it and in the ensuing chaos, institute their own form of tyranny.  They love their Goretex and Starbucks and their iPhones and laptops but they want Western productivity to go back 200 years. Useful idiots.

From my cold dead fingers

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Under the wheels of the bus - Joe Biden

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When you lose Adam Schiff, you have lost. Period.
From Breitbart:

Possible National Security Was Jeopardized with Biden Documents
Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” that Congress could not “exclude the possibility” that national security was jeopardized by the handling of President Biden’s classified documents.

Anchor Jonathan Karl asked, “You were on the show just after Attorney General Garland appointed a special counsel in the case of the Trump documents. You said it was the right move. Do you feel the same way about this special counsel?”

Schiff said, “I do think it’s the right move. The attorney general has to make sure that not only is justice evenly applied, but the appearances of justice are also satisfactory to the public, and here, I don’t think he had any choice but to appoint a special counsel. I think that special counsel will do the proper assessment.”

And I love the way he "outed" himself by saying: "but the appearances of justice are also satisfactory to the public"  Not what really happens but the appearance of what happens.  I am reminded of the old saying:

Our appearance of careful management is just a careful management of appearances

Over 3,000 comments at the original post - I am not the only person to think this way...

Heh - a fun decision; Biden and Obama

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Great observation by Andrea Widburg writing at American Thinker
Read the whole thing but this is what caught my eye:

Now you can see the Hobson’s choice Obama is being forced to make. As I noted, the uncontested facts show that Joe Biden violated national security laws and, worse, put those same documents in an unsecured environment to which the Chinese had access. When they learned that Trump had documents in the Secret Service-secured environment of Mar-a-Lago, Dems thought execution was too good for him. I guess that’s the appropriate punishment for Biden, too, given that he committed the crime years before he gained the White House.

There is only one way to say that Biden is innocent, and that is for Obama to announce, “I told Joe he could take the documents.” However, if Obama makes that announcement, he has conceded, and all the Dems will be forced to concede, that a president can declassify documents simply by walking them out of the White House or authorizing someone else to do so.

In other words, to exonerate Biden, Obama must also exonerate Trump from the disgraceful, deeply (criminally?) dishonest charge leveled against Trump. I get a real kick imagining Obama sitting in the lavishly decorated office of one of his three luxury homes, cursing to himself that you can always trust Joe Biden to “F” things up.

And of course, the spin masters are trying to deflect:

Biden Admin Officials Blame National Archives for Joe Biden’s Classified Document Scandal

Next week is going to be interesting.  If they want to get him out by the January 21st so Harris can serve two additional terms, things will start to move very very soon.

Speaking truth to power - WOKE

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Tip of the hat to Chris Lynch.

One little comma

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From Gina Carano:

So true - both of them

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I'm about 90% vegetarian  - animal protein accounts for about 10% of my total protein intake.
Vegans are holier-than-thou. I have stories.
Bicycle drivers have to be the worst - willfully ignore the rules of the road. 
Even worse when they are in a pack:


If he decides to step down on or before 1/21/2023, Kamala Harris will be able to finish off his two-year term but she will still be eligible for two more terms of office if she manages to be elected (see: party, Democrat).  I know that Gruesome Newsome is angling for the spot - he has ruined California and wants to expand his grasp.

Kevin McCarthy is currently the third in line of succession.

Who is planning what?   Eight days if they want to do this.

A lagniappe:

There is also a theory floating around that airlines are seeking pilots who have not been vaccinated.
Waiting for corroboration on that one but it makes sense...

I watch Prime video as I already subscribe to Amazon but this would be fun to watch:

Yeah - because I say so. Chicago

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Someone has a problem with reality - from Breitbart:

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot Says Crime Plan ‘Working’ While Major Crime Rises 41% in 2022
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) stated Tuesday her plan for addressing crime is “working” despite recent data showing major crime increased by 41 percent in 2022.

As Lightfoot prepares to run for reelection the upcoming mayoral race, with the first round set for 28, she has recently claimed her administration has done an adequate job handling the city’s crime crisis.

On January 10, Lightfoot shared a campaign ad on Twitter, claiming that she is putting more police officers on the streets while getting more guns off them. “When it comes to addressing crime in our city, I’ve got a plan — and it’s working.” the incumbent mayor stated in the tweet that promoted the ad.

And the reality?

However, the Chicago Police Department released data for major crime complaints in 2022, showing that crime increased by 41 percent. Furthermore, since Lightfoot came into office three years ago, crime has risen by 33 percent.

And that's just the complaints.  How many victims don't bother filing a report as they know nothing will happen.
Democrat run for how many years?  Chicago has some of the most draconian gun laws in the nation too...


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From Chris Lynch:


Well crap - RIP Lisa Marie Presley

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The word "suddenly" is used and it was a cardiac arrest - no word on jab status.
From TMZ:

LISA MARIE PRESLEY DEAD AT 54 After Cardiac Arrest
Lisa Marie Presley has died according to family sources ... TMZ has learned.

Sources tell TMZ ... Lisa was pronounced dead at the L.A. area hospital where she was taken after suffering cardiac arrest Thursday morning.

TMZ broke the story ... Lisa was rushed to the hospital after her housekeeper found her unresponsive at her Calabasas home. Her ex-husband, Danny Keough, was there and performed CPR on her until paramedics arrived and took over -- they administered at least one dose of epinephrine during resuscitation efforts.

A lot of that happening in the last three years.  Dare I say a "spike" in sudden deaths.

Much more than the actuarial tables consider normal. Wonder what could be the cause...  Hmmm...

Twitter Files - #14 Russiagate

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From Matt Taibbi this time:

And here is the link to the whole thread at Threadreader.

I found the whole Russian collusion to be absurd.  Of all the people, President Trump was the last person that the Russians wanted.  He was strong and stood up to Putin.  No reason in the world for Putin to want him in office - Putin wanted weak Presidents like Bush or Obama or Biden.

Long day - farm

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Working at the farm today - coffee first.

They found another collection of classified documents in the garage of *Resident Biden's Delaware home.  Talk about double standards.  President Trump would have the FBI raiding the house. Biden gets to sweep it under the rug.

More later this evening.

A good way to put it - trans

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Perfect analogy:


No bueno, eh?

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Reading the press release, this walks like a treaty, talks like a treaty, smells like a treaty, looks like a treaty.
Under our Constitution, all treaties have to be confirmed by a two thirds (66% vote) of our Senate.
*Resident Biden's handlers are trying to slipstream this into existence without any formal confirmation or ratification.
From the horse's mouth: The White House : Briefing Room : Statements and Releases

Declaration of North America (DNA)
Today, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, President Joseph R. Biden, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met in Mexico City for the 10th North American Leaders’ Summit (NALS). The leaders are determined to fortify our region’s security, prosperity, sustainability and inclusiveness through commitments across six pillars: 1) diversity, equity, and inclusion; 2) climate change and the environment; 3) competitiveness; 4) migration and development; 5) health; and 6) regional security.

North America shares a unique history and culture that emphasizes innovation, equitable development, and mutually beneficial trade to create inclusive economic opportunities for the benefit of our people. We are not just neighbors and partners. Our people share bonds of family and friendship and value – above all else – freedom, justice, human rights, equality, and democracy. This is the North American DNA.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Diversity, equity, and inclusion is foundational to the strength, vibrancy, and resilience of our countries. We focus on providing marginalized communities opportunities for their full, equal, and meaningful participation in our democracies and economies. To advance these objectives, President López Obrador, President Biden, and Prime Minister Trudeau reiterated their joint commitment to protect civil rights, promote racial justice, expand protections for LGBTQI+ individuals and deliver more equitable outcomes to all.

And it goes on from there, the whole catalog of WOKE Marxist bullshit.  If this is allowed to come into force, it will set the USA down a path from which it might not recover.  These people are operating in a world without consequences.  They have no brains, no sense of history and no vision of what they are doing.

Getting off to a good start - 2023

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Looks like 2023 will be just as much of a dumpster fire as 2020, 2021 and 2022
From the Beeb:

Jeff Beck: British guitar legend dies aged 78
Jeff Beck, one of the most influential rock guitarists of all time, has died at the age of 78.

The British musician rose to fame as part of the Yardbirds, where he replaced Eric Clapton, before forming the Jeff Beck group with Rod Stewart.

His tone, presence and, above all, volume redefined guitar music in the 1960s, and influenced movements like heavy metal, jazz-rock and even punk.

Beck's death was confirmed on his official Twitter page.

"On behalf of his family, it is with deep and profound sadness that we share the news of Jeff Beck's passing," the statement said.

"After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis, he peacefully passed away yesterday. His family ask for privacy while they process this tremendous loss."

Speaking when he was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for the second time in 2009, Beck - said: "I play the way I do because it allows me to come up with the sickest sounds possible."

"That's the point now, isn't it? I don't care about the rules.

"In fact, if I don't break the rules at least 10 times in every song, then I'm not doing my job properly."

A genuine genius.  The heavenly choir just got an amazing lead guitarist.
And yes, you read the statement correctly:  "After suddenly contracting bacterial meningitis"

Travelling by air - an update

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Mayor Pete had the perfect response to today's meltdown:

Love the quote:

"This gives us a really important data point at a really important moment to understand what we're going to need moving forward." 

Lots of words; zero meaning.  No real action there, just bureaucratic buzzwords.
To think that this moke actually ran for President in 2020.  What planet is he living on?
He is not competent to be mayor of a small town let alone Transportation Secretary.

Funny thing about Mayor Pete.  Before his tenure, most Americains were unaware that we had a Secretary of Transportation.  If they were aware of this Cabinet post, they were hard-pressed to remember the name of the occupant.

Now? Everyone knows who he is.  From FOX Business News:

FAA lifts airline ground stop as flight delays, cancellations pile up across the country
The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ground stop order Wednesday morning after suffering a nationwide technical outage causing mass cancellations and delays.

The travel chaos was caused by the failure of the FAA's Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system, which alerts pilots and other personnel about airborne issues and other delays at airports across the country. More than 740 flights were canceled in the U.S., and more than 4,300 more flights in the U.S. were delayed, as of 9:20 a.m. ET.

Of course, this will never affect Pete - from FOX News (12/12/2022:)

Pete Buttigieg often flies on taxpayer-funded private jets, flight data show
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, an advocate of increased government action to curb carbon emissions, has taken at least 18 flights using taxpayer-funded private jets since taking office, Fox News Digital has learned.

Must be nice to be so insulated from the chaos that his mismanagement is causing.

Gives me goosebumps - National Anthem

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If this is such an obvious problem, why isn't more being done about it?
The reason is too hard for some people to admit to and the solution would raise a storm of protest.
From NBC News:

San Francisco police halt release of most mug shots in effort to stop fueling racial bias
Publication of police booking photos ... vastly overstates the propensity of black and brown men to engage in criminal behavior,” SFPD Chief William Scott said.

No, the majority of street-level criminal activity is perpetrated by black males in the 13 to 25 age range.
Simple as that.

The primary reason?  The destruction of the black family unit - the household.
The primary solution? Get rid of welfare and any incentive for having more children without a father living in the house.

Lyndon Johnson did this specifically with his Great Society - he was quoted as saying that: "My plan will have those ni**ers voting Democrat for the next 200 years"

Infrastructure - San Francisco

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Sorely lacking - driving I-5 makes that painfully obvious.
Seems that the sewers have quite the story of their own - from the San Francisco Chronicle:

San Francisco isn’t doing enough to stop supercharged floods
San Francisco’s Adopt-a-Drain program, where residents volunteer to monitor and clean out a designated catch basin, has gotten lots of social media attention — and new sign-ups — during recent storms. 

It’s easy to see the appeal of this kind of civic action, especially when it comes with the right to give “your” storm drain cutesy names, like Lana Del Drain or Drainmond Green. The feel-good PR campaign obfuscates a grimmer reality, though. San Francisco’s antiquated stormwater system is prone to flooding, particularly in low-lying areas, and specifically flooding that contains raw sewage. The problem will only get worse in the face of storms enhanced by climate change. Which makes Adopt-a-Drain the paper straw of flood management, a gesture that's as lovely as it is inadequate.

San Francisco’s sewer system is nearly unique among California cities: It combines raw sewage and stormwater runoff into a single system. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, which operates the system, touts this as a greener option because most stormwater goes through sewage treatment facilities rather than being discharged directly into the bay. But it also leaves the city far more vulnerable to system-wide backups. When those bottlenecks happen, San Franciscans are confronted with flood waters that contain sewage overflow, which is as disgusting and harmful as it sounds. As one San Francisco resident succinctly described their neighborhood’s stench after witnessing massive flooding in 2015: “Feces. It’s feces.”

Their sewer system is a mess - undersized for the population and poorly maintained.  These floods are a regular occurrence every ten years or so. Last big ones were in 2015 when the Orroville Dam had its issues with the spillway. Drought and rain, drought and rain - an endless cycle.  Up until about 40 years ago, they built dams and catchment basins to "calm" the floodwaters and to keep the water for agriculture, hydro power and recreation.  The enviros put a foolish stop to that.

San Francisco has other problems - they instituted a program to install low-flow toilets without thinking.  The water from each flush was needed to keep everything in the sewers "moving" and when the volume of water was lessened, huge jams occurred.

Low-Flow Toilets Backfiring in San Francisco
Low flow toilets are causing problems for the City of San Francisco

Lots more on this story online.

Perfect example of liberals doing stuff that "sounds good" rather than something that actually "does good" - the people making the decisions are not elected, there is no accountability for their actions and if they f*ck up publicly, they are reprimanded and then quietly moved to a different office - often with a pay raise "for their troubles"

Now this will be fun - Republican House

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They do not have that much real power but they can do some things to make the Democrats very very uncomfortable.
From The Liberty Daily:

Every House Republican Voted in Favor of New “Church Committee” Except Eyepatch McCain Who Didn’t Even Show Up
There isn’t a whole lot the GOP-led House can do from a legislative perspective with Democrats controlling the Senate and White House, but their control of the committees plus subpoena power means we should get revelations as Republicans investigate and hold hearings. The newly created Church-style committee will almost certainly bring the fireworks.

House Republicans may not be able to enact anything that sticks, but they can definitely keep things interesting if they wield their reacquired power properly. According to ABC News:

Despite concerns from Democrats, Scalise said the new select subcommittee on the weaponization of the federal government will serve “to protect every American’s constitutional rights.”

In a straight party-line vote, the House voted 221-211 to establish the panel.

Dan Crenshaw (Eyepatch McCain) started off really good - had high hopes for him.  What do the Dems have on him? What is their leverage.  I do not know but if it was me, I would come clean with the event AND with documentation of the Dems using this material to blackmail me.

Having this committee will at least bring out all the dirty laundry of the deep state.  Most of the media will spin but this will only wake up even more people. The Truth shall set you Free...

And off to the big city

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Heading in to Bellingham today for some plywood and other stuff...

Big storm in CA making landfall tomorrow.

What he says:

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Twitter Files - from Alex Berenson

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Pfizer using Twitter to suppress debate on vaccines:

And unrolled with Threadreader

Alex has a lot more at his Substack site:

From the Twitter Files: Pfizer board member Scott Gottlieb secretly pressed Twitter to hide posts challenging his company's massively profitable Covid jabs
On August 27, 2021, Dr. Scott Gottlieb - a Pfizer director with over 550,000 Twitter followers - saw a tweet he didn’t like, a tweet that might hurt sales of Pfizer’s mRNA vaccines.

The tweet explained correctly that natural immunity after Covid infection was superior to vaccine protection. It called on the White House to “follow the science” and exempt people with natural immunity from upcoming vaccine mandates.

It came not from an “anti-vaxxer” like Robert F. Kennedy Jr., but from Dr. Brett Giroir, a physician who had briefly followed Gottlieb as the head of the Food & Drug Administration.Further, the tweet actually encouraged people who did not have natural immunity to “Get vaccinated!”

No matter.

By suggesting some people might not need Covid vaccinations, the tweet could raise questions about the shots. Besides being former FDA commissioner, a CNBC contributor, and a prominent voice on Covid public policy, Gottlieb was a senior board member at Pfizer, which depended on mRNA jabs for almost half its $81 billion in sales in 2021. Pfizer paid Gottlieb $365,000 for his work that year.

Gottlieb stepped in, emailing Todd O’Boyle, a top lobbyist in Twitter’s Washington office who was also Twitter’s point of contact with the White House.

The post was “corrosive,” Gottlieb wrote. He worried it would “end up going viral and driving news coverage.”

Not surprising. Prison time is appropriate for these people.

He he he he he... ITER delays

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Don't make me laugh - ITER is the acronym of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor
Pronounciation is like "eater" - appropriate as it has been consuming massive finances and resources with zero guarantee of performance.
And now this - from The Daily FInancial Trends:

ITER Fusion Reactor Faces More Delays
In an interview with the AFP news agency this week, Pietro Barabaschi, Director-General of ITER, said it may be years before the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), currently under development in France, produces any useful energy.

First launched in southern France in the 1980s, the project was designed to produce commercial electricity through nuclear fusion. It had been anticipated it would become a major large-scale source of carbon-free power by 2025.

Barabaschi has now conceded that the startup date, “wasn’t realistic in the first place,” and that now two new challenges impeding the project have emerged.

The first of the two new challenges is that the measurements for the joints of blocks which must be welded together for the reactor’s chamber have turned out to be wrongly calculated. The second issue is the recent discovery of traces of corrosion in a thermal shield which is required to contain the heat required to sustain the nuclear fusion reaction.

Barabaschi noted that fixing these issues “is not a question of weeks, but months, even years.”

But then again, this is nothing new - some headlines:

2009 - Schedule Concerns Delay ITER's Go-Ahead
2010 - Budget Red Tape in Europe Brings New Delay to ITER
2021 - Fusion Reactor Waylaid by Latest Waves of Covid Pandemic
2022 - ITER Reactor Assembly Delay Will Be at Least One Year

Like I said, nothing new...  And yes, our tax dollars are paying for this boondoggle.

From the Kentucky Lantern:

Pfizer gives $1 million to Republican Party of Kentucky to expand its headquarters
In what may be the largest political contribution ever given to a political party in Kentucky, the drug maker Pfizer Inc. gave $1 million last month to the building fund of the Republican Party of Kentucky.

A report filed by Republican Party of Kentucky Building Fund last week with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance listed the $1 million from Pfizer along with five other big corporation contributions in the final quarter of 2022 totalling $1.65 million.

That is an extraordinarily large haul for the fund which had raised only $6,000 during the first three quarters of 2022.

The other large corporate donors to the fund in late 2022 were:

    • Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., New York, $300,000;
    • Altria Client Services LLC, of Richmond, VA., $100,000;
    • Comcast Corp., of Philadelphia; $100,000;
    • AT&T, of St. Louis; $100,000;
    • Delta Air Lines, of Atlanta, $50,000.

State and federal campaign finance laws set limits on how much a person or political action committee can give to the executive committee of either political party. (A person can give no more than $15,000 per year.) And corporation contributions to a party’s executive committee are prohibited.

But part of a campaign finance bill passed by the General Assembly in 2017 allowed each party to establish a building fund that can accept contributions of unlimited amounts. It also allowed the building funds to accept contributions from corporations.

All 'legal' but highly irregular. Mitch is smiling.  President Trump's taxes were a giant nothingburger.
I want to see Mitch's IRS returns - Same with Nancy and Chuck.  Hunter and Joe while we are at it...

The fools keep telling us to use more and more but they have no positive plan to upgrade the infrastructure.
Leads us to obvious outcomes like this - from the Institute for Energy Research:

Trend toward Forced Electrification Resulted in Rolling Blackouts during Arctic Blast
Do you remember the days when the United States had reliable power? When the U.S. power grid had enough excess capacity to deal with weather issues and plant outages? When electric rates were reasonable? Those days may be over due to forced electrification of heating systems and automobile sales as President Biden, Governor Newsom, and other politicians force mandates and goals at the U.S. electric grid to make it carbon-free. The recent holiday weather is an example of rolling blackouts and outages that occurred in California and the U.S. south from such policies. States hit hardest by blackouts in last week’s winter storm have significantly increased reliance on heating homes with electricity over the last decade, putting more strain on the power grid when temperatures drop. The number of households using electric heat in Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina increased by about 20 percent from 2009 to 2020, while the generating capacity of power plants in the region remained relativity flat and increasingly dependent on renewable energy.

Much more at the site - a good timeline of this winters events and an analysis of where we are heading if we continue on this trajectory.  The people pushing the narratives and making the plans are not elected.  There is no accountability for their actions and if they f*ck up royally, they will be "demoted" to another agency - frequently with a pay raise for their troubles.

Got a big bucket full 'o nothing...

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Quiet news day today with the exception of events in Brazil.

The previous conservative President (Jair Bolsonairo) is in Miami and apparently having some health issues. AOC issued a press release calling for him to leave the USA.  The communist president (and convicted felon) Lula is in hiding.

Back to work — more later this evening...

Yup - right there with 'ya

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More on Adelbert Ames, Jr. - quite the interesting life.
His dad was no slouch either: Adelbert Ames

Compare the lives of people like these with your popular TikTok influencer...
No comparison - today's snowflakes would not last a minutes.

Another corrupt election and We The People are pissed.
From the Gateway Pundit:

ENORMOUS CROWD – TENS OF THOUSANDS of Brazilians Descend on Brasilia, Storm Congress – SHOTS FIRED (VIDEO)
Massive crowd of Brazilians have descended on the capital of Brasilia to protest the stolen elections and are currently storming the National Congress. Police are using tear gas, Gunfire has been reported.

Reports put the number of protestors in the capital in the millions.

A lot of links and media at the post. The deep-state is trying to reinstate a very liberal president. The Brazilians elected a conservative - he got in for one term and was making some good changes for the nation.  The same liberal was elected in the next election.  Under strange circumstances. People are not happy.

More at Breitbart:

Chaos in Brazil: Protesters Storm Capital, Destroying Supreme Court and Congress
Thousands of opponents of socialist convicted felon President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva stormed his offices and the headquarters of the Congress and Supreme Federal Tribunal (STF) of Brazil on Sunday, reportedly demolishing the facades of two of the three buildings and causing “irreparable” damage to priceless artifacts in the chambers.

The riot in Brasilia occurred while Lula himself was in Sao Paulo state assessing the damage of recent floods. Lula, in a public statement following police action to subdue the protesters, announced an official “federal intervention” in Brasilia – consolidating the public security powers of several agencies into the hands of a hand-picked, top-level official – and accused police of acting in “bad faith” in failing to prevent the protesters from storming the buildings.

The incident is an offshoot of months of protests following the October presidential election that saw Lula narrowly defeat then-incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro in two rounds of voting. Most protesters support Bolsonaro but, more broadly, oppose Lula’s victory as illegitimate on several grounds, including his multiple convictions on charges of corrupt acts occurring during his first two terms as president. An audit of the 2022 runoff presidential election, which featured only Bolsonaro and Lula as candidates, by the Armed Forces of Brazil concluded that no guarantee could be made of the absence of fraud or irregularities.

Prayers going out to the freedom fighters.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime to stop the spread of tyranny.  The World Economic Forum, the communists, the fascists are all salivating at the prospect of having this planet under their control.  They simply must be defeated.  There is no other recourse.

A quiet Sunday

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Nothing much happening "out there"

Spent the day working at the farm - doing some computer work tonight.

Surf a little bit - see if anything catches my eye...

Bicycle riders

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Most of them obey the laws and share the road.  Some of them though.
They are so special...


A man is known by the company he keeps

This truism was known as far back as 500 years before the Birth of Christ.
Still the same today:


Starting off with a bang - Nevada

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Things are changing for the better - from The Epoch Times:

Nevada’s New Governor Rescinds All COVID-19 Mandates
Nevada’s newly minted Gov. Joe Lombardo, a Republican, said Friday that he signed his first two executive orders, including one that repeals all COVID-19 mandates from the prior administration.

Lombardo, former sheriff of Clark County, was sworn into office as the state’s 31st governor on Jan. 2, pledging to “follow the Nevada Way.”

The first of the two executive orders Lombardo signed on Friday rescinds all COVID-19-related directives issued under the administration of former Gov. Steve Sisolak, a Democrat.

The other EO was: I called on state leadership to address state workforce vacancies and get state workers back to in person, normal office operations by July 1

So no more work slack from home.

And it's done - Vote #15

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The best reporting is from America's Newspaper of Record:

After 15 Grueling House Speaker Votes, America's Long National Nightmare Can Finally Begin
After a week of grueling votes for Speaker of the House — 15 in total — Kevin McCarthy was finally handed the people's gavel and took his rightful place as Speaker. He lifted it up to the raucous applause of both Democrats and Republicans, signaling that the week of Congressional inactivity was over and the long national nightmare of taxing, spending, and corruption could finally begin.

"Finally, we will get down to the people's business of stealing all their money for our pet projects, making backroom deals, and holding meaningless investigations where we yell and point angrily at people to get some sweet sound bytes for our reelections," said McCarthy to the assembled warmongers, rapists, and half-dead geriatrics in the room. "Our long congressional nightmare is over, and the long national nightmare is finally here! Huzzah!"

Those in the crowd who were still sober enough to stand then stood and cheered.

A bit too close to the truth...

Yawn - House Speaker vote #14

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Supposed to be happening now.

It's all in the backroom deals - We The People will get shafted and the uni-party goes on doing what it does.
They rule us, they do not represent us. There is a big difference.

Time to watch some video and go to sleep...

Truer words:

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Coming out of the woodwork

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Massive give-away - from Breitbart:

California’s Reparations Task Force Chair: Blacks Are Owed $1M Each, Homeless Should Be First in Line
Black Californians should each receive $1 million and black people who are homeless should be first in line, according to the state’s Reparations Task Force chair.

Kamila Moore claimed during an interview with Al Sharpton that the group found the state’s past redlining housing practices affecting the black community hurt people who are currently living on the streets, the Daily Mail reported Friday.

This despite the fact that California entered the union as a free state.  Slavery was outlawed.

Thinking that I should stop showering for a few months, head down there and claim my gib-me-dat
If Steve Martin can get away with it, I should be able too:

Happy happy joy joy - 2023

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Encouraging words from Sarah Hoyt:

A much longer essay but these lines popped out at me:

This year is going to be hell o’ weird. The speaker votes are just the beginning. It’s going to get odd. D*mn odd.

And the left — talking to my readers now, so you lefties shut up. I’ll offend you again in a minute. Just wait — is divorced from reality at the best of times. Very divorced from reality and in cloud cuckoo land the rest of the time. They’re going to start getting spooked.

You see, their creedal revelation changes but it always pretends to foretell the future, and the future is always precisely according to their plans of the moment.

If I’m right 2023 is not going to go according to anyone’s plans. Hold on to your hats, strap on your seat belts, because we’re riding this fiery basket through a dumpster fire that collided with a clown cart. Making sense of this is going to be weird.

Much more at the site.
Me? Laying in more ammo and beans.

And he keeps trying - McCarthy

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From The Right Scoop:

McCarthy claims he HAS the votes and expects to clinch on lucky 14th try – TONIGHT
Marathon loser of House speaker votes Kevin McCarthy told CNN shortly after the 13th ballot — in which he finally had the most votes but still did not get the majority — that he thinks 14 will be his lucky number.

“Mr. McCarthy, do you think you have the votes to be elected Speaker tonight?” asked Manu Raju as McCarthy was leaving the chanmber Friday afternoon.

“Yes,” said McCarthy.

“You do?” asked Raju.

“Yes,” McCarthy said again.

We will see.  So many other candidates - Steve Scalise would be at the top of my list. 
Well respected by both sides, a moderate but not a backstabbing RINO. He has ethics.

So true - Facebook

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With all the dirt coming out about Twitter, it bears remembering that other social media sites are far far worse.
From Knuckledraggin'


Just like the city - full of shit

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From The San Francisco Standard:

Mayor Breed Claimed SF Wasn’t Warned About Last Week’s Big Storm. The National Weather Service Says Otherwise
One day after Mayor London Breed accused the National Weather Service (NWS) of misleading city officials into a false sense of security ahead of a New Year’s Eve storm, the agency has shot back, claiming it gave San Francisco considerable warning—well over a week in advance, in fact.

“We were under the impression [by the National Weather Service] that we could anticipate not even an inch of rain [that weekend],” Breed said at an emergency press conference Tuesday afternoon. “The information we had was not sufficient in helping us prepare in the capacity we needed to respond to this issue.”

But according to communications shared with The Standard, the NWS had alerted local officials and broadcast media as far back as Dec. 21 of “a significant rain event that would bring high impacts and hazardous conditions.” 

Susan Buchanan, a spokesperson for the National Weather Service, said that forecasters even emailed daily briefings to the Mayor’s Office and attended the virtual citywide planning meeting for New Year’s Eve on Dec. 28.

By Dec. 29, NWS raised the threat level for heavy rain on New Year’s Eve in San Francisco to high—forecasting for 2 to 3 inches of rain, with the potential for up to 6 inches in surrounding areas.

Then, a day before the massive storm arrived, it warned: “This will be a dynamic and potent system … Expect rain rates to intensify, with periods of heavy rain to develop overnight tonight and through midday on New Year’s Eve.”

She is trying to pull the same line that (EX) Mayor Ray Nagin of New Orleans tried to pull when he said that he was not given sufficient warning about Hurricane Katrina.  Most of the delay in recovery of New Orleans was because he did not ask the Federal Government for emergency help until after the storm made landfall.  Federal organizations like FEMA can not move into a state without being asked first - a matter of states rights.

Mayor Breed's attention was elsewhere and she failed to protect the citizens under her care and administration.

From The Gateway Pundit:

Kevin McCarthy FAILS 10th Vote for Speaker — FIRST TIME SINCE 1859 – Prior to Civil War!
On Tuesday, Trump-endorsed Kevin McCarthy failed three times to win the vote for US Speaker of the House. It was the first time in 100 years that Speakership was not decided in the first vote.

Kevin McCarthy lost the third vote for House Speaker on Tuesday afternoon, with 20 Republicans voting for Rep. Jim Jordan.

The winning Republican can only afford to lose four votes! He must reach 218 votes to win the Speakership. And the GOP holds a narrow 222 to 212 majority in the chamber.

Good - hold the RINOs feet to the fire.  McCarthy is not owed the speakership after all he did to President Trump.
He is owed nothing - his record stands for itself...

UPDATE: Yup - he still thinks he deserves the job...
There is suposedly a deal in the works — we will see.

A word to the wise - history

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And out for my Thursday

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Nothing happening "out there" that I can see.

McCarthy still thinks it is "his turn" to be speaker - RINO

If I didn't have ethics, I would run for Representative - these people do not do anything and they make a lot of money for their efforts.  Must be nice. I want to see some of their tax returns starting with Pelosi and Schumer.

Drop some stuff at the library and then up to the farm to work.  Coffee first - got my priorities.

Useful compilation - the Twitter Files

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The primary journalist - Matt Taibbi - is maintaining a site with a précis of each Twitter Files release as well as a good glossary of terms and acronyms.

Check out: Capsule Summaries of all Twitter Files Threads to Date, With Links and a Glossary

This would be a good site to bookmark as he notes: 

This page will be kept open and updated as needed.

Looks like the usual suspects are trying to do damage control:


The must know that the majority of us are on to them.
Yet, they still continue pushing the "official" narrative as though it was news.
Whatever happened to journalism?

Two stories:

McCarthy Loses Round 4, Will Look to Democrats to Boost Him as Conservatives Float a New Option

This shows that if he doesn't get what he wants, he will go behind his constituants and pander to the other side. -and-

Top McCarthy Henchman Threatening to Vote for Jeffries

His "allies" are more than willing to burn the place down if McCarthy does not get his way.
Don't forget, it is his turn - he has earned it.

Yeah... Riiiight...   He needs to step aside and do what is best for the Nation.  Will he?

I read Terrierman's Daily Dose almost every day.  We both love dogs and nature.
He is a die-hard liberal so we do not agree on that aspect but today?  Hits it out of the park:

Death By Feral Chihuahua
Congressman Kevin McCarthy wants to be Majority Leader of the US House of Representatives, but there’s just one problem:  he’s not a leader.

McCarthy wants to negotiate his way to leadership.  

He’s trying to compromise, shade, fold, and wheedle his way into the Top Dog position.

It’s not going well.

To be fair, Kevin McCarthy suffers from a common foible.  The notion of "leadership" runs riot in a lot of people's heads.

In the modern world, too many people eschew leadership. They want everyone to be equals, and they want every little thing to be talked out and negotiated.

What does that mean for children or the infantile Republican caucus?

It means if you tell your teenager they need to be home by 10 pm, but move the hour to 11 pm after a half hour of argument, you are teaching your child that arguing works -- and you are sure to get a lot more of it!

The same goes for QAnon crazies.

Kevin McCarthy has folded to lunatic minority demands and is perplexed that he has *lost* ground and not gained it.  

But think about it:  he’s been *rewarding* bad behavior.

He’s “click and treated* every chaos agent, attention-whore, and fuck-wit in his party.  

More at the site but I just love the last line here - "click and treat" is a very good method for dog training when the dog is wanting to learn and is working with you.  A small hand clicker provides an immediate signal regardless of where the dog is and the dog knows that the click means that a treat is forthcoming soon.

This is exactly what has happened with McCarthy during his years in the House - he bends over and concedes to the other side with the vague hopes that he might get them to do the same for something that he is interested in. History has proven otherwise but he continues to do so.

There never were any "Russians" - it was all a Democrat psy-op
Both from Matt Taibbi.

First: Twitter and the FBI Belly Button

Read it unwound on Threadreader
(Link opens in a new window)

And second: How Twitter Let the Intelligence Community In

And, of course, Threadreader
(Link opens in a new window)

From Conservative Treehouse:

After Three Failed Attempts to Elect a Speaker, The House of Representatives Adjourns Until Noon Tomorrow
The House of Representatives failed to elect a House Speaker through three rounds of voting. Approximately 20 members of the Republican conference will not vote for Kevin McCarthy, as a result there is a stalemate. The Republican caucus requested adjournment until noon tomorrow, Wednesday January 4th.

Essentially Kevin McCarthy needs to: (1) step aside and accept he will not be Speaker, or (2) continue the House voting in futility, or (3) find a way to convince the Republican holdouts to support him.

He considers that "he's earned it" so he will stick it out and let Democrat radical Hakeem Jeffries get the position. 

Rope. Tree.  Some assembly required.  Time to start with a clean house.  And senate.

And back...

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Uneventful and productive day.  Got shit done.

Quick surf and see what's happening out there

Spending today in town

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Running errands today. 

The new Congress is being sworn in today - should be interesting.

See if RINO McCarthy gets to be Speaker of the House - after all, as he says, it's his turn... (accckkkkk spit)

The Truth

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Believe anything else and you are a candidate for an AFDB:

Life in the city of Oxford, England

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Beautiful and historic city.  College town.  From Ian Miles Cheong:

Especially interesting that Reuters fact checked this and found it to be 100% correct.

The Deep State protects its own

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From the Virgin Islands Consortium:

Attorney General Denise George Has Been Terminated
Attorney General Denise George was terminated on Saturday after serving four years with the Bryan administration, the Consortium can confirm.

The decision by Governor Albert Bryan to fire the A.G. came just days after Bloomberg News revealed that Ms. George in her capacity as V.I. attorney general had filed a lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase — the largest bank in the United States and the world's largest bank by market capitalization — without first informing Governor Bryan of such a major action, said a person with knowledge of the matter.

The lawsuit claims JPMorgan Chase facilitated convicted felon Jeffrey Epstein's abuse of women and girls, alleging that the bank should have known about Epstein’s illegal activity and as part of its anti-money laundering procedures, should have reported their client to authorities.

George accused the bank of turning a blind eye to the sex trafficking operations that went on on Epstein’s private island in the USVI, Little St. James.

That lawsuit would ask too many questions - make too many people vulnerable to the discovery process.

I am sorry to hear about her impending suicide...

VP Pence - chose money over patriotism

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Plain to see:


From the California Air Resources Board:

Truck and Bus Regulation
The Truck and Bus Regulation is necessary to meet federal attainment standards. This regulation requires heavy-duty diesel vehicles that operate in California to reduce toxic air contaminants (TACs) emissions from their exhaust. Diesel exhaust is responsible for 70% of the cancer risk from airborne toxics. Therefore, by January 1, 2023, nearly all trucks and buses will be required to have 2010 or newer model year engines to reduce particulate matter (PM) and oxides of nitrogen (NOx) emissions. To help ensure that the benefits of this regulation are achieved, starting in 2020, only vehicles compliant with this regulation will be registered by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Emphasis mine - you will not be able to register a truck in California if the engine is older than eleven years. Large trucking companies will register their vehicles out of state.  This ruling disproportionately hurts the small independent truck owner/operator.

Supply chain problems?  Just beginning...  How much Chinese stuff comes in from California ports?

This "Board" is a perfect example of an unelected body making rulings which are just as potent as legislation.  They have no accountability and answer to no one. Cut their budget by 95% and move their office to some small town far far away from Sacramento.

Power outage - update

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California's power outage has gotten worse.

Last night at 8PM? CA - 146K and NV - 48K customers without power 

Today? 203K for California and 35K for Nevada

Again, nothing on the news that I can see...

First post of 2023

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