I am siding with Putin on this one.  I feel incredibly sorry for the citizens of Ukraine but its government is corrupt as hell.  The deep-state has turned it into a place for money-laundering and human and narcotics trafficking.  They need to protect this - can not have the truth get exposed.  Since the deep-state is so embedded in the core of our Federal Government, they are sending in the FedGov foot soldiers to preserve their playground.  From the New York Times by way of the Internet Archive (bypasses their paywall):

Commando Network Coordinates Flow of Weapons in Ukraine, Officials Say
As Russian troops press ahead with a grinding campaign to seize eastern Ukraine, the nation’s ability to resist the onslaught depends more than ever on help from the United States and its allies — including a stealthy network of commandos and spies rushing to provide weapons, intelligence and training, according to U.S. and European officials.

Much of this work happens outside Ukraine, at bases in Germany, France and Britain, for example. But even as the Biden administration has declared it will not deploy American troops to Ukraine, some C.I.A. personnel have continued to operate in the country secretly, mostly in the capital, Kyiv, directing much of the massive amounts of intelligence the United States is sharing with Ukrainian forces, according to current and former officials.

At the same time, a few dozen commandos from other NATO countries, including Britain, France, Canada and Lithuania, also have been working inside Ukraine. The United States withdrew its own 150 military instructors before the war began in February, but commandos from these allies either remained or have gone in and out of the country since then, training and advising Ukrainian troops and providing an on-the-ground conduit for weapons and other aid, three U.S. officials said.

If they are saying "hundreds", the real number is thousands.  A lot more at the site - we are in very deep for what is being touted as a regional dispute.  Wonder why?  Follow the money.  This is the deep-state's playground and they do not want it disturbed...

By way of Dinesh D'Sousa at Truth Social - quite the blast:

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Another day in paradise

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Gorgeous sunrise this morning - cloudless sky.  Got up to 90°F yesterday and expecting the same today.

Open house from 1PM to 3PM and got someone driving up from Seattle to buy my six original Space Needle chairs.  Purchased those at auction 30 years ago when they renovated the restaurant. A fun bit of history.

Nothing much happening out there - liberal heads are still melting down. How can you go through life with such a poor understanding of how it works.  People have been dumbed down to the point where they act like little children.  If they don't get their way, they bully people until they do.

The latest "talking point" is that the Supreme Court is illegitimate.  The Court is one of the three co-equal branches of government.  If you are going to posit that the Court is illegitimate, you then have to accept that the Presidency can be illegitimate too. Election fraud anyone?

Science project anyone?

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Sweet little girl - from Canadian Broadcasting Company:

'She's perfect and she's beautiful': Frozen baby woolly mammoth discovered in Yukon gold fields
A perfect storm of events has led to a once-in-a-lifetime discovery for a gold miner, a First Nation, a veteran paleontologist and a territory.

"I don't know how to process it all right now, to be honest with you. It's amazing," said Dr. Grant Zazula, the Yukon government's paleontologist.

A little after noon on June 21, National Indigenous People's Day, a young miner working in Yukon's Eureka Creek, south of Dawson City, was digging up muck using a front end loader when he struck something.

He stopped and called his boss who went to see him right away.

When he arrived, Treadstone Mining's Brian McCaughan put a stop to the operation on the spot.

Within half an hour, Zazula received a picture of the discovery.

According to Zazula, the miner had made the "most important discovery in paleontology in North America."

It was a whole baby woolly mammoth, only the second one ever found in the world, and the first in North America.

"She has a trunk. She has a tail. She has tiny little ears. She has the little prehensile end of the trunk where she could use it to grab grass," said Zazula.

"She's perfect and she's beautiful."

Great photo - almost expect her to wake up, shake off the mud and start romping around.  Probably been through a few freeze/thaw cycles so no word (yet) on the quality of the genetic material - if they are able to do somatic cell nuclear transfer.  That would be very cool.

First showing of the house this morning in four hours.  Open house after that.
Lots of interest according to my listing agent.

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/58-W-North-Camano-Dr-Camano-Island-WA-98282/2068226902_zpid/

Anyone wanna buy a house?

Voting with your feet - Chicago

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Another one leaves - from The Western Journal:

Chicago's Wealthiest Man Pulls His $22 Billion Company from the City Following Crime Complaints, Will Relocate to DeSantis' Florida
Chicago’s wealthiest man is saying farewell to the Democrat-governed state of Illinois.

Hedge fund billionaire Ken Griffin is moving his company to the state of Florida.

Griffin, whose net worth is almost $29 billion, announced that he had personally moved his residence from Illinois to the Republican-governed Sunshine State in a Thursday letter to his employees.

Griffin said that Florida would become the new primary home of his company, Citadel Securities. The investor touted Florida’s business environment.

While he didn’t reference crime in his letter to employees, Citadel officials said that it was a factor in the move.

They do not say which city in Florida but just for the hell of it, let's use Miami. 
Time for another UHaul Index - Chicago to Miami and back again:

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Yep - $903 more to rent a 10' box truck. More of them are leaving Chicago than Miami. And do not forget that this only looks at the subset of people who do their own moving in a rented truck. It ignores those who hire it out and those who move in a personal vehicle.

Break time - personal best

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Biggest load to the transfer station yet - 860 pounds 'o crap.  Tipped into the big pit and on its way to Landfill Camp.

If anything, this has been a wonderful object lesson in acquisition.  Not always a good thing. Rule #135 comes to mind:

The only value of a collectible is what you can get somebody else to pay for it

Learning that...  Like I said, an object lesson

Let the fun begin - part deux

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Now this is going to be fun - London Daily Mail:

SCOTUS Justice Clarence Thomas says court should 'now reconsider' gay marriage and contraception in wake of Supreme Court decision to overrule Roe v Wade

    • Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas called on fellow jurists to overturn previous landmark rulings after the court nixed Roe v. Wade on Friday.
    • The changes, aired in a concurring opinion of the decision penned by Thomas, would see limits put on gay marriage, same-sex activity, and birth control access
    • It comes as the Supreme Court controversially elected to strike down Roe v. Wade, a nearly 50 year-old decision that allowed women to have abortions

Liberal heads are exploding:

Let the fun begin

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So glad I do not live in a big city anymore.

Roe v. Wade...

Down the 'ole memory hole

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A report from MSN (Microsoft News) published an inconvenient truth - unvaccinated people had fewer cases of "severe" COVID-19.  Needless to say, the link to the story redirects to the MSN Homepage.

See for yourself: https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/severe-covid-19-rare-in-unvaccinated-people-survey-reveals/ar-AAYr5fF

Fortunately, The Internet Archive remembers:

Severe COVID-19 ‘Rare’ In Unvaccinated People, Survey Reveals
A survey has found that people who did not get the vaccine had a lower rate of suffering severe COVID-19 amid the pandemic.

The survey uploaded to the preprint server ResearchGate presented data from more than 18,500 respondents from the “Control Group” project with more than 300,000 overall participants. An analysis revealed that compared to those who got jabbed, unvaccinated people reported fewer hospitalizations.

The international survey also found that the unvaccinated people from more than 175 countries were more likely to self-care to prevent and manage COVID-19 infection. They used natural products like vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc, quercetin, and drugs, such as ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine.

The paper can be found here: Self-reported outcomes, choices and discrimination among a global COVID-19 unvaccinated cohort

Our *Resident

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Biden's mental facilities are not that good these days.  He uses cheat sheets to guide him through press conferences and meetings.  Zero problem with this.  Everyone has notes and refers to them.  Makes a lot of sense as forgetting something would not be good.

*Resident Biden's sheets however, are something you would give to a 4-year old. 
From the New York Post:

‘YOU take YOUR seat’: Very specific cheat sheet reminds Biden how to act
President Biden on Thursday inadvertently held up a comically detailed cheat sheet prepared by his staff instructing the gaffe-prone leader of the free world to “take YOUR seat” and to limit his remarks to “2 minutes.”

A photographer snapped an image of the document when Biden held it up backward at a meeting with wind-industry executives, which he attended after skipping his administration’s morning meeting with oil companies about combatting record gas prices.

The prepared instructions for Biden — titled “Offshore Wind Drop-By Sequence of Events” — tell Biden to “enter the Roosevelt Room and say hello to participants.”

Then, the paper says, “YOU take YOUR seat.”

The typed-up note says that after reporters arrive, “YOU give brief comments (2 minutes).”

When reporters depart, “YOU ask Liz Shuler, President, AFL-CIO, a question” and then “YOU thank participants” and “YOU depart.”

We are being "governed" by idiots in a bubble chamber and our "leaders" are immature bullies who lash out if they do not get their own way.

More at the site including a picture of the cheat sheet and 450+ comments. Some good reading there too...

Break time

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940 pounds of mixed ferrous to the recycler.  Spot prices are a lot higher than they were a year ago.  Thinking of all the scrap metal and offcuts I have at the farm and salivating...

540 pounds of household trash that went to the transfer station - had to pay $43 to get rid of that — win some / lose some.  Sitting down for a little while - back to work...

Open house this weekend.  Could not ask for better weather - been unseasonably cool and wet all spring but supposed to be warm and sunny for this weekend.

Place is lookin' pretty good - got the pressure washer guy and some cleaners coming this afternoon to finish off their work.  Trailer and van loaded for the dump - heading there after my morning coffee.

Minimal posting today.  Back to the farm for a month or two - get that place sorted out and then?
Move to North Carolina.  A big change but a good one.

They are starting to roll up the Democrat cheaters. 
I am wondering when one of them will plea-bargan for a reduced sentence... 
This latest from Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General:

San Anto­nio Elec­tion Fraud­ster Arrest­ed for Wide­spread Vote Har­vest­ing and Fraud
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the arrest of Rachel Rodriguez for election fraud, illegal voting, unlawfully assisting people voting by mail, and unlawfully possessing an official ballot. Each charge constitutes a felony under the Texas Election Code. Rodriguez was exposed in a Project Veritas video last fall while she engaged in vote harvesting leading up to the 2020 election. The Election Fraud Division of the Office of the Attorney General reviewed dozens of hours of unedited, raw footage, which led to this arrest. In an uncharacteristic moment of honesty, Rodriguez acknowledged on video that what she was doing is illegal and that she could go to jail for it. If convicted, Rodriguez could face up to 20 years in prison.

Yeah - she knew it was illegal and she still did it.  And there are two other stories (first, second):

AG Pax­ton Suc­cess­ful­ly Pros­e­cutes Woman Who Pleads Guilty to 26 Felony Counts of Vot­er Fraud
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced his office’s latest election integrity prosecution in Victoria County. Monica Mendez of Port Lavaca pleaded guilty to 26 felony counts of voter fraud, including three counts of illegal voting, eight counts of election fraud, seven counts of assisting a voter to submit a ballot by mail, and eight counts of unlawful possession of a mail ballot.

Pax­ton Helps Secure Fair and Safe Elec­tions for Gregg County
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that Shannon Brown and his wife, Marlena Jackson, each pleaded guilty to one count of election fraud, a Class A misdemeanor, for their role in illegal vote harvesting in the March 2018 Gregg County Democratic Primary election, where Brown was elected Gregg County Commissioner, Precinct 4 by just five votes.

These people are being coordinated - their actions are being directed from higher up.  Wonder when the first person with actual concrete data will start to sing...  Go Ken go!!!  Make it painful for these scrotes to cheat.

The top voter issues

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Compared to the top issues as defined by the mainstream media.
In other words, what they are telling us to be concerned with versus what We The People are really concerned with.
From Don Surber - the deep state in one image:

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One picture is worth 10,000 words... Source

Two memes for today

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From Knuckledraggin'

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Those two about cover the last year of this nation.

High gas prices? *Resident Biden:

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So true

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90% of the politicians out there:

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Longest day of the year  —  quiet ceremony at home tonight.

House is getting ready for market - listing it in a few days.

Unh oh... The Best Korea

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What is happening there?  From The Jerusalem Post:

North Korea reports outbreak of unidentified disease alongside COVID-19
North Korea has dispatched medical crews and epidemiological investigators to a province battling the outbreak of an intestinal disease, state media reported on Sunday.

At least 800 families suffering from what North Korea has only called an "acute enteric epidemic" have received aid in South Hwanghae Province so far.

Enteric refers to the gastrointestinal tract and South Korean officials say it may be cholera or typhoid.

The new outbreak, first reported on Thursday, puts further strain on the isolated country as it battles chronic food shortages and a wave of COVID-19 infections.

Not good.

So true - quantum mechanics

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From Chris Lynch:

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So true...

Excellent essay from Sundance:

Zelenskyy Officially Bans Ukraine’s Largest Opposition Political Party
The definition of the modern “western democracy” in Ukraine is increasingly showcased as the goal for modern totalitarian government.

The inflection point away from representative democracy was first evident in the way COVID-19 was leveraged by “western” governments in the U.S, Canada, Australia and the European Union. Totalitarian minded leaders within those democracies, including governors in the United States, began operating without any elected representative feedback. Everything shifted from legislative representation to a system of dictatorial fiats with no opposition allowed in the arbitrary rules and regulations.

From forced lockdowns and arbitrary determinations of “essential workers,” various western government leaders were drunk on their new power. Those who were already predisposed to the benefits of communism (aka Justin Trudeau) and various shades therein, dropped all pretense of believing there were limits to their power and began dispatching opposition views.

It did not take long before we saw things escalate into lockdowns, travel bans, forced business closures, quarantine camps and ultimately forced vaccinations and checkpoints for transit. Collectively, none of these efforts ever went before a representative body for debate and consent; they were done through brute force and power of a top-down centralized authoritarian government. It did not seem as if most people realized how ‘western democracy’ changed overnight through the use of the pandemic.

What we see taking place in Ukraine is an outcropping of this newly defined ‘western democracy.’ Using a declaration of emergency power, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has now banned all opposition voices, taken control of broadcast media and now today banned the second largest political party in Ukraine. [Radio Free Europe Link]

Ukraine’s Opposition Platform For Life (OPPL) was the second largest political force in the Ukraine Parliament. As of today, the party is officially banned by a Ukrainian court at the request of the Zelenskyy Ministry of Justice. All assets, funds and property belonging to OPPL have been seized and transferred to the state.

“The court satisfied the claims of the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine: the activities of the Political party Opposition Platform – For Life were banned; the funds and other assets of the party, its regional, city, district organizations, primary organizations and other structural entities were transferred to the ownership of the state,” the statement reads.

As Ukrainian News Agency reported, the Cabinet of Ministers proposes to the Verkhovna Rada that the ban on the party be the basis for depriving the mandate of members of local councils. (link)

That one line: "have been seized and transferred to the state" gives me the chills.  We are not heading in a good direction and history will excoriate those in power.  This is not a good time for mankind.  Crazy times. So many narcissists in DC concerned about their "legacy".  These scrotes only legacy will be cinders and ash.

Good news from Breitbart:

Populism Rising: Le Pen’s National Rally Makes Historic Gains as Macron Loses Parliamentary Majority
Roundly rebuking his neo-liberal globalist political philosophy, the French public has refused to grant President Emmanuel Macron a parliamentary majority as Marine Le Pen’s populists on the right and an ecological alliance on the left surged at the ballot box to strip the once self-described ‘Jupitarean’ leader of his ability to govern France firmly.

Just under two months after securing a second term as President of France, Emmanuel Macron and his Ensemble! coalition have suffered a disastrous result in the final round of voting in the parliamentary elections on Sunday, securing just 245 seats, far short of the 289 necessary to maintain a governing majority and at the low end of polling projections leading up to the vote.

The night’s true victor — at least in terms of exceeding expectations — was perhaps Marine Le Pen’s National Rally (RN), which saw a surprising result of 89 candidates elected to the National Assembly, the most in the history of the party, including its predecessor National Front. Le Pen’s party, which previously only boasted eight representatives, will now have enough representation to form a parliamentary group, providing a major boost to the party in terms of prominence in the national discussion and the ability to fundraise.

We The People is not limited to the United States - it is a human demand.

We do not tolerate the yoke of tyranny.

A fun Engineer story

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I love engineers but sometimes they can be a little too literal.
One such story from the wonderful Not Always Right:

And He’s An Engineer?!
I developed both a website and an intranet solution that approximately fifty civil engineers log into in order to submit files, reports, and other internal reports.

One of the engineers called me.

Engineer: “The solution you developed is absolutely worthless! I can’t even log in!”

I had sent a very detailed set of instructions in a PDF file, something I thought was absolutely idiot-proof.

After a step-by-step set of instructions over the phone, he resorted to calling one of the secretaries to see if she could log herself in.

As soon as she sat down in front of his computer, I heard her giggling, followed by bursts of laughter by several people surrounding his station. It was minutes before I could get someone to reply on the phone.

Turns out he was trying to log in on the PDF file’s screenshot.

I worked for an ocean engineering company for a couple of years.  I can so see this happening.

Get a load of our clueless governor - from The Post Millenial:

WA Gov. predicts summer full of 'blackouts, destruction, and death'
Governor Jay Inslee (D-Washington) sent an eerie letter to his supporters on Monday predicting that they are in for a summer of "blackouts, destruction, and death" over the alleged climate crisis.

The letter was sent directly after Gov. Inslee gave tacit support for destroying four dams along the Snake River which account for 8 percent of Washington's annual electricity generation, Environmental Director of Washington Policy Center Todd Meyers reports.

"Last week, @GovInslee gave implicit support to destroying the Snake River dams and 8% of Washington's electricity generation. Today he sent an email warning about electricity shortages this summer. #waleg," Myers tweeted Monday.

And the numbers to back up your narrative?

... crickets ...

This is not leadership.  Inslee is highly credentialed but he is not that smart.

Bill Maher is turning into a National Treasure - his latest
Tempest in a teapot - love his line: "the unlicensed day-care center that is today's newsroom"

Don't you have anything better to do?  Classic.  Nails it.

Nicely done - tranny athletics

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Channeling King Solomon there - from the London Daily Mail:

Lia Thomas and other transgender athletes are banned by world swimming's governing body FINA from competing against women: Separate 'open category' will be set up

    • FINA, world swimming's governing body, adopted a new policy to prohibit transgender women from competing in women's races
    • Under the new rules a transgender women can only compete in women's races if they have completed their transition by age 12
    • They will then have to prove that they are continuously suppressing their testosterone levels
    • A separate open category will be created for swimming competitions in future
    • The decision came after the International Olympic Committee left it up to individual sports federations to develop rules about transgender athletes
    • A task force concluded that biological women 'cannot compete' against anyone who went through male puberty who will have higher testosterone levels
    • The rule will prevent Lia Thomas from competing against women in international events leading up to the Olympics

There 'ya go.  Puberty is when the body starts differentiating so is an excellent demarcation point.  Very good call.

Hopefully, the more people that get indicted, the more momentum will build.
From the Gateway Pundit:

Minnesota Senate Ethics Committee Unanimously Votes to Investigate Democrat on Voter Fraud Allegations
A Minnesota Senate ethics committee, comprised of conservatives and liberals, voted unanimously to investigate Democratic Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) member, Senator Omar Fateh for voter fraud.

Fateh allegedly tried to secure taxpayer funding for a nonprofit that helped his campaign.

Fateh’s brother-in-law was found guilty for lying to a grand jury.

“The subcommittee decided Wednesday to formally investigate Fateh for his possible involvement in a voter fraud scheme and an incident in which he tried to secure taxpayer funding for a nonprofit that helped his campaign. The subcommittee also decided without objection to issue subpoenas, bringing in witnesses to share what they know”

Crap like this is standard operating proceedure for these people. 
Cheat, cheat and cheat some more. No morals, no ethics.  Just a grab for power.

This behavior is not painful so they keep doing it.  Time to make a big change. Make it hurt.

Get WOKE? Go broke... Disney

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Looks like the mouse is taking it in the chops...  From Deadline:

Dinosaurs Toss ‘Lightyear’ Out Of Orbit At Weekend Box Office As ‘Jurassic World Dominion’ Feasts On $68M+ 4-Day – Sunday AM Update
Blame the fact that it doesn’t appeal to girls, blame Disney+ for stealing family moviegoers, blame the lack of an ensemble Toy Story cast, heck, blame everything as Disney/Pixar’s Lightyear didn’t do its magic by internal studio or industry standards this weekend with $51M, close to a third below its lowest $70M pre-release projection.

Interesting in that the article runs all over the place trying to explain the poor weekend take.  Not one mention of the lesbian characters or the WOKE-ness in the story line.  The majority of people out there: #1) - don't give a flying fsck about other people's sexual orientation;  #2) - regardless, do not want to have it shoved in their faces and #3) - do not want it as content in a family film.

Simple as that. Wonder if/when the groomers at Pixar will wake up and realize that they are in a very very small minority and not the center of everyone's universe. Narcissism is considered a mental disorder, not a virtue to be amplified.

Voter fraud? Case in point - from the office of the Texas Attorney General:

AG Pax­ton Suc­cess­ful­ly Pros­e­cutes Woman Who Pleads Guilty to 26 Felony Counts of Vot­er Fraud
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced his office’s latest election integrity prosecution in Victoria County. Monica Mendez of Port Lavaca pleaded guilty to 26 felony counts of voter fraud, including three counts of illegal voting, eight counts of election fraud, seven counts of assisting a voter to submit a ballot by mail, and eight counts of unlawful possession of a mail ballot. Mendez ran a vote-harvesting operation on behalf of a subsidized housing corporation in order to influence the outcome of a utility board election.

Not just fraud - felony fraud. Like I said though, this is just the tip of the iceberg.  We need to roll these people up and make it painful.  They have nothing that we want so they have to cheat to hold their power.

Quiet Sunday

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Nothing much happening out there - heading out for coffee in a while.  Someone is coming by the house to purchase some furniture this afternoon.  Final push to get it emptied out.

Slow news day...

We all know about it - he was riding with toe clips (stupid move at his age) and his foot got stuck.
From the NY Post:

Joe Biden falls off bike as he rides near Delaware beach home

President Trump had this observation - five seconds of pure video comedy gold.

And America's Newspaper of Record has this worrying news:

Aides Worried Biden May Have Concussion As He Starts Speaking Coherently
Aides are fearful President Biden may have suffered a severe concussion from his bike wreck this morning, as he has suddenly begun speaking coherently.

"He got into the presidential limo and said verbatim, 'I think rapidly adding trillions of dollars in liquidity could be accelerating inflation!'—that's when I knew something was wrong," said Secret Service agent Paul Mancuso. "If he doesn't start slurring his speech and mumbling incoherently soon, we'll have to get him to a doctor."

Reporters on the scene of the crash said Biden could be heard screaming 'Putiiiin!' as his bike toppled sideways. Dr. Jill Biden immediately rushed to her husband, prepared to give a lecture on education. "I'm ok, I'm ok!" said Biden, quickly getting back to his feet. "In fact, I was just thinking how selecting people for nationally significant roles based on intersectionality as opposed to merit will likely lead to harming minorities due to leadership incompetence," said Biden to a stunned crowd. "What? Why is everyone staring at me?"

More at the last site.

A double benefit as these are usually the lowest-performing workers.  You are hired to benefit the shareholders.  Not for anything else.  If you seek to change the corporate culture, this is not productive and needs to be stopped aggressively so that others do not get the same idea.  The object of a business is not to go broke (as in: get woke, go broke)

Elon Musk knows this and he took action - from Reuters:

SpaceX fires at least five over letter critical of Elon Musk
Private rocket company SpaceX fired at least five employees after it found they had drafted and circulated a letter criticizing founder Elon Musk and urging executives to make the firm's culture more inclusive, two people familiar with the matter said.

The good news is that other corporations are doing this as well - from the London Daily Mail:

CEO of crypto firm Kraken offers woke workers four months severance pay to QUIT after warning staff 'being offended doesn't make you harmed' - and 30 take up his offer

    • Kraken CEO Jesse Powell issued the new policy in a company memo this week
    • Warned staff to stop accusing each other of being 'toxic', 'hateful', or 'racist'
    • Powell is offering staff who are unhappy with the rules four months severance
    • They have until Monday to decide, and 1% of 3,000 workers have taken the offer

Good way to do it.  Give them a four-month cushion and get rid of them.  1% have taken the offer.  3,000 employees so we are looking at 30 troublemakers.  The company is not going to fail because of their absence.  In fact, it will do much better (see my opening thesis).

Jeff Childers writes the excellent Coffee & Covid morning newsletter and he had this to say:

Yesterday, in a short note, I reassured liberal C&C readers noting that to me, we are all on the same team — whatever you want to call it. Surprisingly, that remark generated the majority of yesterday’s comments. After some thought, I’m betting it resonated so much because it reflects a broader social realignment.

Someone commented that the labels “republican” and “democrat” don’t even matter anymore. They meant a lot of republicans are legacy RINOs who supported mandates and, rather than being principled and values-driven, are rudderless voids following the same corporate-media playbook as democrats.

I generally agree with that, but it’s even bigger. There was a halcyon time before 2020 when we could afford to think of the world in terms like “republicans versus democrats versus libertarians versus greens.” Those traditional parties are gone now, even if most folks can’t see it yet. Now, there are only two teams: human beings and globalist kleptocrats.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a “republican” or a “democrat.” Either way you lose, badly, if the WEF/WHO/UN/CDC/FDA/NIH/WB/Gates/Soros team wins. Unfortunately, and I really mean it’s unfortunate, the democrat party is now 100% owned by the WEF+ team. Republicans are a mixed bag; and we still have a viable chance to replace a lot of the bad Liz Cheney-like ones. That’s why the Republicans are our last, best hope.

Replacement won’t fix the democrat party right now. It can’t. There’s no bench of pro-freedom democrat candidates left anywhere to replace the current ones with. And even if they did pop up somewhere, the machine would snap online and grind them into bits.

Call it what you want, but we’re all on the same team now. Some people just don’t know it yet, but they will, hopefully before it’s too late. I think it WILL happen; I think it is already happening. It’s just hard to tell because corporate media has been WEFfed and they don’t report on their own losses.

So very true - subscribe to his newsletter.  You will not be unhappy with his daily reports.

An excuse to implement draconian restrictions on its citizenry - from Vice:

Chinese Officials Are Weaponizing COVID Health Tracker to Block Protests
Chinese bank depositors planning a protest about their frozen funds saw their health code mysteriously turn red and were stopped from traveling to the site of a rally, confirming fears that China’s vast COVID-tracking system could be weaponized as a powerful tool to stifle dissent.

A red health code designated the would-be protesters as suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients, limiting their movement and access to public transportation. Their rallies in the central Henan province this week were thwarted as some were forced into quarantine and others detained by police.

A 38-year-old software engineer was among hundreds who could not access their savings at four rural banks since mid-April. She had planned to travel from her home in Jiangxi province to Zhengzhou, Henan’s capital city, to join a group petition this week to demand her money back. But her health code turned from green to red shortly after she bought a train ticket on Sunday. She said a nucleic test for COVID she took the night before came back negative and her hometown has not reported any infection recently.

How quickly it changed from "for your benefit" to "all the better to control you" - the word you are looking for is Tyranny and we are about a year from implementing this here.  The 'elite' need a second pandemic to drive it home.  Monkeypox is proving to be too little, too late and the wrong demographic.

Turns out that conservative Glen Beck has taken up painting and he is really good at it.
artnet.news unleashed quite the biased report (scroll down - they did not give a link):

Art Industry News: We Regret to Inform You That Glenn Beck Is an Artist Now, and His Paintings Are Just as Bizarre as You Suspected
Glenn Beck Is a Painter Now – We regret to inform you that the latest right-wing figure to reinvent himself as an artist is Glenn Beck (though he rejects the label “artist”). The conspiracy theorist and political commentator picked up painting during the pandemic and is now displaying his work at Park City Fine Arts in Utah. Proceeds from the sales will fund Beck’s charitable work. Subjects include Teddy Roosevelt, a 1936 boxing match between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling, and, um, depictions of Jesus Christ as a prisoner in Mao’s China and a concentration camp. “I don’t want to make [art] about politics,” Beck said. “This history counts to all of us.”

Classic logical falacy - an ad hominem attack.  They can not find fault with his painting which is actually quite good so they resort to calling him names. "conspiracy theorist" ???  really???  These days, a conspiracy theorist is only a few months away from a spolier aleart.  They do link to this article at Deseret News which is unbiased and actually shows some of his work.  The Deseret News story does not tell you what to think; they present the facts, Glen and a few of his paintings and let you decide for yourself:

A dispatch from inside Glenn Beck’s art show
Glenn Beck is dressed comfortably — light-colored jeans and a T-shirt that reads “Love Thy Neighbor,” underneath a dress shirt left unbuttoned to add a hint of formality. This is Beck’s art show, which took place in Park City over the weekend, and the man of the hour dresses as he pleases.

Beck isn’t sporting a hat tonight, though he’s accustomed to wearing his many: radio host, author, controversial pundit. But don’t call him an artist. I made that mistake, and Beck was swift to correct me.

“I don’t consider myself an artist,” Beck says, as we stand in a room with two dozen of his original oil paintings flanking us.

Here are two of his paintings - both of Jesus.  First being put through a Communist Chinese "struggle session" - being indoctrinated, the second as a Jew in a National Socialist concentration camp.

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Powerful stuff.  Well done.  Looks like I will be taking artnet.news with a serious grain of salt from now on.  Their business needs to be art and not political commentary or deep-state narrative boosting.  Children...

Can't get a break - power outages

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Was checking the US Power Outage website and saw that the midwest was still having problems.  There was a Derecho that knocked out Ohio four days ago - looks like they are going through another tranche of stormy weather:

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Actually looking forward to moving there soon.  Grew up with weather like this - the weather out here is wimpy.  I miss a good t-storm...

Long day - over

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Get up and do it again...

Getting towards the home stretch.  Yard crew coming Monday for three days.

Sleepy...

alt.energy - in Texas

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Working out just as planned.  Oh? What? You expected it to be cheaper?  Silly prole...
What part of "necessarily skyrocket" did you fail to grasp?

From The Dallas Morning News:

Texans are getting stuck with high electricity bills
With such pain at the pump right now and our struggling economy, it has been easy to miss what is happening with Texas electricity prices, which, unfortunately, is even worse. While gasoline prices are about 60% higher than a year ago, retail electricity rates are up even more, about 70% over this time last year.

They are a liberal news outlet so they are quick to blame the Russians and Ukraine when in reality, Biden campaigned on getting us off fossil fuels and during his first day in office, he signed: "Executive Order on Protecting Public Health and the Environment and Restoring Science to Tackle the Climate Crisis" which set us back 20 years and included this gem: "Sec. 6.  Revoking the March 2019 Permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline"  The oil still moves from Canada to the refineries in the US but it does so now by railroad.  This costs about six times more than a pipeline.  Profits? Warren Buffet and Blackrock. Biden's buddies.

We will own nothing and we will be happy.  Riiiggggghhhhhhtttt...

The roots of our cure - CW2

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Civil War #2 has been talked about increasingly over the last ten years.  It is happening now in some theaters. Irons in the Fire offers this quote attributed to Soviet Dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn. Solzhenitsyn grew up under communism.  He knows it inside and out.  His voice is a warning to We The People about the deep-state:

"The most terrifying force of death, comes from the hands of men who wanted to be left alone. They try, so very hard, to mind their own business and provide for themselves and those they love. They resist every impulse to fight back, knowing the forced and permanent change of life that will come from it. They know, that the moment they fight back, their lives as they have lived them, are over.

The moment the men who wanted to be left alone are forced to fight back, it is a form of suicide. They are literally killing off who they used to be. Which is why, when forced to take up violence, these men who wanted to be left alone, fight with unholy vengeance against those who murdered their former lives. They fight with raw hate, and a drive that cannot be fathomed by those who are merely play-acting at politics and terror. TRUE TERROR will arrive at these people's door, and they will cry, scream, and beg for mercy... but it will fall upon the deaf ears of the men who just wanted to be left alone."

Word...

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