October 2020 Archives

Prayers going out to the Philippines

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From GCaptain:

Philippines Evacuates 1 Million As Super Typhoon Goni Approaches
Officials have evacuated almost a million residents in the southern part of the Philippines’ main island of Luzon as a category 5 storm – the world’s strongest this year – makes landfall on Sunday.

Super Typhoon Goni, with 215 kph (133 miles) sustained winds and gusts of up to 265 kph (164 mph), will bring violent winds and strong rains, state weather and disaster officials said.

They get about 20 typhoons each year but this is an exceptionally large one. Luzon accounts for about 50% of the total Philippine GDP.  Had the great pleasure of visiting there for a few days during a visit to China and Taiwan in the 1980's Did not stay long but met some genuinely wonderful and friendly people. Would love to visit there again. Beautiful place too.


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I prefer Samhain (pronounced SOW-when (sow - female pig; same as how))

As Mostly Cajun says:

A very dimmocrat holiday – you act like something you’re not and get free stuff.

Quite the costume:


And of course, a new tranche of Hunter Biden laptop data were released today - from the London Daily Mail:

National security nightmare of Hunter Biden's abandoned laptop containing phone numbers for the Clintons, Secret Service officers and most of the Obama cabinet plus his sex and drug addictions - all secured by the password Hunter02

    • Businessman and self-confessed drug addict took the laptop to a back-street IT store in Delaware in 2019
    • Scale and sensitivity of its contents – easily accessible to a hacker – is only revealed for first time today
    • Included Joe Biden's personal mobile number and numbers for former President Bill Clinton and wife Hillary
    • Were also personal documents including Hunter's passport, driver's licence, social security and credit cards
    • Laptop also showed he spent $21,000 on one 'live cam' porn website. Were also sex act 'selfies' of him

The son of the man expected by many to be America's next President abandoned a laptop containing a treasure trove of top-secret material, including his father's private emails and mobile phone numbers, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

In an astonishing lapse, Hunter Biden chose to protect his MacBook Pro computer – crammed with what an IT expert last night described as a 'national security nightmare' and 'classic blackmail material' – with a single, simple password: Hunter02.

Remarkably, the 50-year-old businessman and self-confessed drug addict took the machine to a back-street IT store in Delaware in April 2019 to get it repaired – yet never returned to collect it.

Its existence was revealed by the New York Post last month, but the staggering scale and sensitivity of its contents – easily accessible to a hacker with a modicum of skill – is only revealed for the first time today.

The material, none of which was encrypted or protected by anything as basic as two-factor authentication, includes:

Needless to say, there is a lot more at the site.  Photos, phone numbers, credit card information, a major security risk for a lot of highly placed people.

The Daily Mail also reiterates what I have been seeing:

...neither Hunter nor his father have questioned that the laptop was left at the Delaware store nor the authenticity of material from it that has so far appeared in the media.

If this was fake, they would deny it.  If this was fake and could be traced to the Republican Party, they would be justified in launching such a major defamation suit as to shut down the Trump candidacy and possibly the Trump administration.

The Biden response so far? Crickets.

Lastly, I stumbled onto an image so scary, I thought about posting it but will not.  Too many tender hearts out there.  This was really scary. It was a formal portrait of Joseph Biden, seated in front of an American Flag with the caption (brace yourselves): President Joseph R. Biden

Now that gives me a case of the blue-blind paralytic willies.  Sends shivers up my spine.

Brilliant campaign video

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Wonderful homage to Kubrick's great movie:

In the next video, Joe Biden smashes through a door with an axe, "HERES..... UH.... you know, the guy!"

Full moon tonight

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Blue moon (second full moon in the same calander month) as well as The Hunter's Moon  (more)

Mars is very close to Earth now and will be near the moon - brighter than usual.
Skies are supposed to be clear so good seeing.

Wow - CNN does a volte-face

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Two tweets: First, from Jack Posobiec:

And Second, also from Jack:

Looks like CNN is actually reverting to doing journalism instead of promoting the liberal agenda. Of course, we will remember who they are and what they did against President Trump. Never take them seriously ever again. Their partisan pandering destroyed their brand.

Volte-face? From InfoGalactic:

Volte-face is a total change of position, as in policy or opinion; an about-face.
The expression comes through French, from Italian voltafaccia and Portuguese volte face, composed of volta (turn) and faccia (face).
In the context of politics a volte-face is, in modern English, often referred to as a U-turn or a flip-flop in the UK and the US respectively.

The second word for today is Schadenfreude - and yes, I am guilty.

And out for a little bit

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Coffee and taking the doggos for a run.  Hope I can negotiate the turn-around a bit better than yesterday.

Hope in a deep-blue state

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Minnesota has not voted Republican in 48 years. Here is some hope from The Washington Times:

6 Minnesota Democratic mayors endorse Trump, slam Biden as 'out of touch'
Six Democratic mayors from Minnesota’s Iron Range endorsed President Trump’s reelection Friday, signing an open letter that praised the president as a champion for working-class people and slammed Democratic nominee Joseph R. Biden as “out of touch.”

“Today, we don’t recognize the Democratic Party,” the mayors wrote. “It has been moved so far to the left it can no longer claim to be advocates of the working class. The hard-working Minnesotans that built their lives and supported their families here on the Range have been abandoned by radical Democrats. We didn’t choose to leave the Democratic Party, the party left us.”

“Lifelong politicians like Joe Biden are out of touch with the working class, out of touch with what the country needs, and out of touch with those of us here on the Iron Range and in small towns like ours across our nation,” the mayors wrote.

Every word of this is true - the American people see it.  The people living in their bubble in the big cities and in D.C. do not. They are in for a rude awakening in a few days.

The dirty little secret - electric cars

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People do not look at (they do not want to know) what goes in to making those batteries:


The rare earths are not mined in the USA because the environmentalists do not want it.

The production is shifted to China where any environmentalists are rounded up and placed in re-education camps.

Same problem with solar panels, flat-screen televisions, cell phones and most other electronics. Not only is the mining bad, the chemical processing and refining are bad too.  We could do such a good job of it here - we have huge resources - but no.  The environmentalists do not want this.

Re-education camps do not sound like that bad of an idea...

2020 strikes again - RIP Sean Connery

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Had a good run - 90 is nothing to sneeze at but still. From One America News Network:

Former James Bond Actor Sean Connery Dies Aged 90
Scottish movie legend Sean Connery, who shot to international stardom as the suave, sexy and sophisticated British agent James Bond and went on to grace the silver screen for four decades, has died aged 90.

“His wife Micheline and his two sons Jason and Stephane have confirmed that he died peacefully in his sleep surrounded by family,” family spokesperson Nancy Seltzer said on Saturday.

A nice obituary at the site.  He had a very rough childhood but did well - never forgot his roots.  A man's man.

President Trump at work

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He is doing so much good for this nation all the while the media are spinning fake news.  Here is one such example from his twitter account:

President Biden (ugghhhh) would have had some buffoon like John Kerry try to negotiate for their release. It would have cost taxpayers millions of dollars in monies which would then be spent on terrorist activities. President Trump went in and got the guy out.

And... There is a second Biden laptop

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From Breitbart:

Second Hunter Biden Laptop Seized by DEA
A second laptop belonging to Hunter Biden, son of former Vice President Joe Biden, was reportedly seized in February during a raid on a psychiatrist by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Hunter Biden was reportedly not the target of the raid.

Looks like a lot of people need to be in jail.  We are learning about this now?

He is turning out to be quite the leader:

I would not wish Polio on anyone - I grew up in Pittsburgh when it was still a major fear. Pittsburgh is where Dr. Salk was working on his first vaccines - my school was involved in his testing program. Got a lot of jabs growing up but did not contract it so am happy.

Daylight savings time

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This is going to be brutal this year.  It is already deep twilight at 6:30PM - having this at 5:30 is going to really suck.

Usually wake up around 6:30-7AM so still getting enough light - still...

A buffoon - John Forbes Kerry

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To think that this jackass thought he could be our President. Couldn't even be Secretary of State. Clueless:

This is from just four years ago. As President Trump said: "Hold my beer and watch this."  I love too that the palestinians are fading into irrelevance.  Good for them. They played their hand wrong every time and are paying for it now.

The Streisand Effect - Twitter

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Heh... From the New York Post:

The Post’s Twitter account gained about 190,000 followers during blackout
The Post gained about 190,000 Twitter followers while it was locked out of its primary account by the social media giant, data shows.

That number represents a 10.6 percent increase in just about two weeks, according to analytics tool Social Blade.

The spike came as Twitter blocked the news organization from posting during that time period.

A tweet announcing The Post’s return to the social media site on Friday evening quickly went viral, racking up more than 17,000 retweets and close to 50,000 likes in about an hour.

Streisand Effect? From InfoGalactic:

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

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

The Joe Biden scandal just got that much more widespread. They could have denied it and the complicit media would have gone along. They tried to hide it and everyone wondered why. 100% true of course - the emails are real and the Biden family is corrupt as Hell.

Twitter blinks

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From the New York Post:

How tweet it is: Twitter backs down, unlocks Post’s account
Twitter backed down Friday in its battle with The Post and unlocked its main account after a two-week stalemate over the Hunter Biden exposé.

The move came after The Post refused Twitter’s demand that it delete six tweets that linked to stories that the company claimed — without any evidence — were based on hacked information.

The Post never budged, and kept the tweets on the account during the standoff — even as Twitter obscured them from view.

Twitter is paying the price - shares of its stock have fallen over 20% in value.

Some wonderful news - Florida

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Things might be interesting in a few days - from Breitbart:

Florida Democrats Panic as Election Day Approaches: ‘We’ve Got to Stop the Bleeding’
Democrats are expressing unease as the election enters its final stretch, acknowledging that progressives are not seeing sufficient voter turnout in Florida’s Miami-Dade — the county in which Democrats need a strong showing to flip the state blue — particularly among young, minority voters.

Statewide, Republicans have outpaced their opposition in early voting, holding a 474,229 early voter advantage and narrowing the Democrats’ overall lead (which they hold because of a sizeable increase in absentee voting) to less than 164,000 on Friday. As of Thursday, 53 percent of Democrat voters had turned out to vote in the crucial blue county compared to the 59 percent turnout for Republicans. The six-point lead is “twice the margin Republicans had at this point in 2016,” according to Politico.

“Among Hispanic voters, who make up nearly 70 percent of the county’s population, the deficit is even bigger — 9 points,” the outlet reported.

Could not be happening to a nicer group of marxists.  The Democrat party has swung too far to the left. Maybe this will wake them up to reality.

Busy day - an oopsie

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Finished with my coffee and went North to run some errands.  Drove by my favorite dog walk area and went to turn around before taking the pups for a run.  Went a little too far over the edge. DOH!  Got a tow truck out to pull me back but still... embarrassing...


Bear and Truffle had a nice long run while we were waiting for the truck.

And out for a little while

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Run the pups at a local park, do a little shopping and then get some coffee.

Turning into a gorgeous day - perfect indian summer. Working outside and in the garage.

Back in a couple of hours.

Get woke - go broke - twitter

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The latest in a long line of stupid business decisions - here is the Twitter stock price for the last month:


Doing pretty well until they decided to censor the Joe Biden corruption story. Again, get "woke", go broke.   It never works out well to kowtow to the marxist socialist mob. These people are very vocal but they are a very small minority.  The proper response is to mock them, to laugh at them and to keep on doing what you were doing.

And that is it

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Got some paperwork piling up so sorting through it - process it in a day or so. Opening envelopes and organizing it for now.

Been using GnuCash for about two years now and it has become a wonderful accounting program.  Similar to QuickBooks but customizable, true double-entry and free.  Did I mention free. Up to Version 4.2 now. Here is the website: GnuCash

For the programming and logic geeks out there:


Boolean logic? Here and here for starters. First codified in 1847 and an absolute foundation of modern computing. Bedrock.

Heh - that has to sting - ACB / Hillary

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From Daniel Desrochers' twitter account:

Biden - some headlines and a tweet

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This is a big thing and the media is simply ignoring it.  Doesn't fit the narrative. Some headlines:

And this tweet from James Rosen:

The PornHub link is damning - they have photos from the hard drive and screen caps from the PornHub site and they are identical.  This is 100% verified. The second item? The Biden Center is the same sort of money laundering/tax dodge scam that Hillary and Bill were running with the Clinton Foundation.  The foundation pays for their fancy lifestyle and only gives out a few percent of the donations to charitable causes.

Winding down for the day

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Got a bunch of stuff done - happy with the results. Making a dent in the clutter.

Left-over lentil stew for dinner - make a salad too.

And back to work for this kid

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Enough surfing around - finished lunch.  Time to get stuff done.

Fact Check: True

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No wonder the media are so quiet on this - don't want to upset their masters:


She does not represent her people:


Delusional - Governor Andrew Cuomo

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A two-fer from Breitbart:


Gov. Cuomo: I’m Holding Trump ‘Responsible for Every’ Coronavirus Death in This Country
Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) said Thursday on ABC’s “The View” that President Donald Trump was responsible for “every death” in the country from the coronavirus pandemic.

Co-host Whoopi Goldberg said, “Coronavirus is now the third leading cause of death in America, and you say, and rightfully so I think, but I’m going to ask you, you’re holding you-know-who responsible for every death in New York from COVID. I’m going to say to you. Why?”


Gov. Cuomo: Criticism of New York Nursing Home Deaths a ‘Conspiracy’
Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) said Thursday on ABC’s “The View” that New York State’s more than 6,000 nursing home deaths allegedly caused by his order to put patients infected with coronavirus back in facilities was a conspiracy theory.

Co-host Sunny Hostin asked, “There has been a lot of confusion about an alleged March 25th order that directed nursing homes to accept in New York, infected COVID patients, possibly leading to the death of more than 6,000 seniors. Now you say in your book that that was a lie, that New York state never demanded or directed that any nursing home accept a COVID positive patient. The Department of Justice however is now supposedly looking into this issue. Can you explain what really happened?”

Cuomo said, “What a shock that the ‘Department of Injustice’ sends a letter a few days before an election trying to advance a political theory. I was shocked and amazed that the Trump administration was capable of such a thing. Sunny, they have played politics on this from day one, right? They have done a terrible job on Covid from day one, and they want a counter defense and what they were saying was, well, a lot of people died in nursing homes in Democratic states. It’s not just New York it’s all the Democratic states. The truth is a lot of people did die in nursing homes in Democratic states. The truth is people are dying today in nursing homes in Republican states. It’s just that Democratic states had the disease worse and earlier, and older people are more vulnerable to Covid, right? We were introduced to covid in the state of Washington in a nursing home.”

Hey Andrew - you own those deaths.  They were caused by your policies. Nobody else was responsible.
Stop trying to shift the blame.  Again, you own this.

Turned into a decent day

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Clouds morphed from a solid cover to puffy white floofs and sunshine. Temps in the mid-50's. I'll take it.

Late lunch - working in the garage for the rest of the afternoon.

The running of the dogs

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Heading out for a run with the pups and then get some coffee and read for a little while.

Working at home today - laundry, cleaning and working in the garage. Little Truffle is fitting in perfectly - starting to train very well. Still needs work on the separation anxiety but she had spent a lot of time locked up in a crate and that leaves a mark (8-10 hours/day while previous "owner" was at work). Really sweet little critter - wish I could spend about 30 minutes with previous "owner". Locked room and a baseball bat.

Cloudy and cool - typical fall weather.

Girl Scout Cookies - don't think so

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They posted a wonderful tweet and then, caved to the "woke" mob and took it down - from Jon Levine:

Mary Chastain writing at Legal Insurrection takes a look at this as well as some of the earlier Girl Scout tweets (hint: hypocrisy alert)

Girl Scouts Cave to Rabid Leftist Mob, Deletes Tweet Congratulating Barrett for SCOTUS Confirmation
Girl Scouts, an organization that supposedly aims to celebrate females and develop girls into strong adults, deleted a tweet congratulating now-Justice Amy Coney Barrett on her SCOTUS confirmation because of the leftist mob.

The Girl Scouts then said the tweet “was quickly viewed as a political and partisan statement which was not our intent and we have removed the post.”

They reaffirmed it”is a nonpolitical, nonpartisan organization” that is “not red nor blue” but remains “Girl Scout GREEN.”

Mary posts a bunch of earlier tweets from the organization extoling the virtues of liberal judges as well as a tweet instructing people on how to run for office (and GSA is non-political?) Here are five:






There are more but you get the general idea.  Girl Scouts of America - hypocrisy much?

Senator Joseph Biden - 1987

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Johnny Carson:

Johnny was an American Legend - Jay Leno also fits that mold. Few and far between.

Got nuttin' - so far anyway

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Slow news day this morning.  The Biden story is running 24/7 but nothing new - Hunter is sleaze. We already know this.

Taking the pups out for a nice run and then get some coffee.  Working at home today - garage and getting some stuff photographed for Craigslist.

And that is it for me for tonight

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A bit sleepy.  Did the grocery deliveries today. Also unloaded the van and got the garage all cluttered and full again.  Different crap though so progress is being made.

Did a big pot of lentil stew for dinner - good stuff for cold weather. Stick to your ribs food. Lots of onion and garlic and some smoked chipotle pepper for a little heat.  Some tomato paste sauteed with the onions for umami.

Time to watch some videos and do an early bedtime - supposed to be nice for the next couple of days so want to get more work done on the drainage system.

Gorgeous moonrise through scattered clouds - very autumnal and halloween-y

There have been several more tranches of Hunter Biden emails and photos released - the guy is dirty and it looks like Dad is as well.  Presidential material? I do not think so.

Just wonderful - Seattle

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A once-nice city hits bottom - keeps digging. From Seattle station KOMO:

Seattle City Council mulls law that could result in dismissal of many misdemeanor crimes
The Seattle City Council is considering new legislation that would create a legal loophole that would make substance addiction, mental illness or poverty a valid legal defense for nearly all misdemeanor crimes committed in the city.

The council's consideration of the plan has occurred with virtually no public discussion about the proposal, which has been included in the municipal budgeting process. The council has not, so far, conducted a standalone meeting to discuss the idea.

Scott Lindsay, the former public safety advisor for the city, said Seattle would be in a class of its own if it ultimately enacted the ordinance.

"I'm not aware of any legislation like this anywhere in the United States (or) even globally," he said Monday. "All cities have criminal codes to protect their citizens from criminal acts. This would essentially create a legal loophole that swallows all those codes and creates a green light for crime."

Not only will this create more crime, it will attract even more grifters and criminals to feed off the public trough.

Anonymous uncovered

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A senior administration official.  Nope. From Breitbart:

New York Times and CNN Hoaxed World with ‘Anonymous Senior Official’ Story
Oh, look, another day, another massive media hoax, this one having to do with that “senior administration official” who spilled the beans on President Donald Trump as “Anonymous” in a highly publicized New York Times op-ed and later a book.

Well, guess who the New York Times offered the “senior administration official” moniker to…? Some nobody named Miles Taylor who worked in the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as chief of staff to former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and acting Secretary Chad Wolf.

Taylor wasn’t even senior at DHS.

The way the far-left New York Times hyped “anonymous,” we were  deliberately misled to believe this was someone in Trump’s cabinet. There was even talk it could be Vice President Mike Pence!

This was a pretty big deal at the time, another one of those week-long, highly-coordinated, everyone in the national media singing from the same hymnal of five-alarm freakouts, and it was all a hoax, a lie, a con — more fake news from the fake news freaks at the New York Times.

Riddle me this, everyone…

How many “senior administration officials” do we see used as anonymous sources in the national media? Well…

Now that we know that a “senior administration official” can be some guy who’s not even in a leadership position at a government agency, that should give you a good idea of just how much the national media have lying to us about their high-placed sources, probably for decades.

Oh, it gets worse…

It gets so much worse…

Much more at the site.  It gets worse. The Deep State is alive and well. Miles Taylor was a nobody who peddled a fake story.  That story fit the progressive narrative so the Fake News media ran with it. The low information voters out there lapped this shit up like it was caviar.

True then. True now - Margaret Thatcher

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Great quote:

"Do you know that one of the great problems of our age is that we are governed by people who care more about feelings than they do about thoughts and ideas."
--Margaret Thatcher

More wonderful Thatcher quotes here: Margaret Thatcher > Quotes - she was a world treasure.

Be like Susie

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Jack did not come out well - he lied.

Would not mind his running for office in 2024.

Jack Dorsey needs to practice some better grooming. Looks downright homeless - he needs to show some respect for the people he is talking with.

So true - COVID

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All those diagnoses:


And... To work

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Enough slacking - time to get some stuff done.  Back in a few hours.

Big bust in Mexico City

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Good - from the Tampa, Florida Bay News:

Mexico seizes industrial-scale meth, fentanyl lab in capital
Soldiers and police in Mexico seized an industrial-scale meth and fentanyl lab that was so big it startled investigators, federal prosecutors announced Sunday.

The lab had chemical preparation vats about two stories tall that could process 11,000 pounds (5,000 kilograms) of raw material at a time, said Felipe de Jesus Gallo of the federal Attorney General’s Office.

“In the Attorney General's Office, we have no record of any seizure of equipment of this size before,” Gallo said.

The mega-lab was uncovered this past week in a storefront advertising industrial cleaning products on the outskirts of Mexico City.

Behind the storefront was a warehouse, with tall stacks of drums and 265-gallon (1,000 liter) tanks holding precursor chemicals, which Gallo said could be used to produce methamphetamines and the synthetic opioid fentanyl.

Code-named “Blue,” the coordinated series of raids also hit other properties in the northern state of Durango, Mexico City and the surrounding State of Mexico.

Get these off the street. No place in society.

An interesting site - Winston84

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A project of Center for American Greatness:

Announcing Winston84: A Directory to Suppressed Content

"And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed—if all records told the same tale—then the lie passed into history and became truth."
— Winston Smith in Nineteen Eighty-Four

This week the Center for American Greatness is pleased to announce a new resource for lovers of the First Amendment. A searchable directory—Winston84—to online content that has been censored.

The phenomenon of online censorship, which has steadily increased over the past few years, hardly requires explanation. Beginning in earnest in 2016, the censorship disproportionately impacts conservatives and nationalists, who find their social media content “shadowbanned,” “deboosted,” “throttled down,” “demonetized,” or, in the ultimate (and very common) sanction, “deplatformed.” All too often, these content providers even have their websites taken down by their ISP providers, and their online fundraising accounts terminated.

For those of us paying attention, these attacks by online communications monopolies have been unrelenting, but the censorship has reached new extremes. Last week, Twitter made it impossible to post a link to an article about content potentially embarrassing to candidate Joe Biden, published by one of the oldest newspapers in America. Meanwhile, Facebook and Twitter have now censored social media accounts belonging to the Trump reelection campaign 65 times. 

The recent wave of censorship goes well beyond presidential politics. 

Really good stuff and needed for these times. The website again: Winston84

Another morning in paradise

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No rain in the forecast but cloudy. Warmer than usual. Unpacking the van from yesterday's trip to the condo. The garage was nice and clean and organised - will not be in a few hours.

Coffee later this morning and then the usual Wednesday grocery deliveries. Quick surf first - bowl of oatmeal for breakfast; maple syrup and lots of blueberries.


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That is it for me - happy 17th blogiversary.

Catch you all tomorrow...

A truly wicked person - Nancy Pelosi

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She is not budging on the relief unless she gets to bail out the floundering cities.  These cities (Chicago, Portland, San Francisco, etc...) created their own problems, they get to be the ones who clean them up.


From the New York Post:

Hunter Biden venture eyed Gov. Cuomo, Chuck Schumer for deals: documents
A failed Hunter Biden business venture — which an ex-partner said involved Joe Biden — targeted “key domestic contacts” including Gov. Cuomo for potential projects across the country, documents reveal.

A May 15, 2017, memo naming potential contacts was sent by Joe Biden’s brother Jim to his nephew and three other men who all formed a limited liability company to partner with another firm on “global and/or domestic” projects involving “infrastructure, energy, financial services and other strategic sectors,” the documents show.

The other company was backed by a since-vanished Chinese energy tycoon and was to “be primarily responsible for arranging financing and execution” of the projects, according to the documents released by Tony Bobulinksi, who was CEO of the joint venture.

The memo, titled “Key domestic contacts for phase one target projects,” noted that Cuomo “is moving forward with major infrastructure projects such as the long-stalled Tappan Zee Bridge replacement and the much-needed redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport.”

Much more at the site as it keeps unfolding. Teapot Dome was a peanuts operation compared to what has been in place since around the 1990's - I would count Bill Clinton's administration (1993-2001) as the point where this all started taking off. They tried it and found that they could get away with it.  Obama, Joe and Hillary just got too greedy. People started to notice.

Back home - productive day

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Got a lot done.  Was planning to have Thai food for dinner but the restaurant was unexpectedly closed through Thursday.  Oh well - go up Friday if I still feel like it.  Got some leftovers in the fridge and heating some of those up.

Been away from the internet for a whopping eight hours.  Got the shakes bad.  Can't focus...  Deep breaths...

On the road again - Bellingham

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Heading up there for a couple of hours - clearing out the condo and stopping at a few places: Trader Joe's, Hardware Sales, etc...

Now this is amazing - the Boston Herald

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Quite the public endorsement from them:

Editorial: The Herald endorses Trump
The 2020 presidential election is about what people don’t want as much as what they actually do want.

For the left, getting Donald Trump out of office tops the wish list. It’s been that way since the day after the 2016 election. For them, everything the president has done is bad, every move sinister, and every policy one more nail in the progressive coffin.

To be fair, Trump hasn’t done himself any favors with his incessant Tweets, revolving door cabinet and mixed messaging on the coronavirus.

Biden allegedly offers a return to “normalcy.” But, what’s normal in 2020?

Biden’s platform is a risky love letter to social justice warriors and those who believe capitalism is the root of all evil.

They cite Quid-pro Joe's track record and close with this:

The Dow hovered around 19,000 when Trump was first elected — last year it hit above 26,000 — good news for everyone with a 401(k). Trump didn’t spend his way to a robust economy — he cut regulations and got tougher with trade negotiations.

He’s against defunding police, for holding China accountable for COVID-19 negligence and putting America first on trade, defense, the courts and, again, the economy.

He’s what America needs right now, decisive action to get us back to pre-pandemic strength — not an unfeasible spending spree in the name of a progressive utopia.

The Boston Herald endorses Donald Trump for president.

Well written and a wonderful endorsement. They see the reality and are not swayed by the loud cries of a small percent of "activists".

Happy blogiversary to me

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Seventeen years ago today, I posted this:  


35,648 entries and 1,846 comments - thank you dear readers!


Been a long and fun ride - here's to another 17 at least.

And that is it...

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Nothing much on the internets - the rumor mill is running overtime. Did Hunter Biden just fatally overdose? Did Joe have a small stroke from all the drugs they were pumping into his system? Nothing substantive.

Got some nice bones for the pups - wide short ones so lots of marrow. Got two very happy and very noisy dogs grinding away.

Heading up to Bellingham - want to get the old condo listed and sold in the next couple of months.  Pay for a couple of remodeling projects for the house as well as building the new shop. Proceeding as planned.

Time for some videos - see what the internet fairies brought me tonight...

And it is Justice Barrett now

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Congratulations - I love that Clarence Thomas was the one who swore her in.

The votes were as to be expected - right along party lines with the usual suspects. Term limits anyone?

Changing the course of history in less than two minutes - do not get to see that every day...

Paraphrasing Benjamin

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A new take on an old (and perfect) quote from America's first polymath:


Good - Hillary

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From FOX News:

Hillary Clinton 'sick to my stomach' over possible second Trump term
Former Secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said the thought of President Trump winning reelection makes her "literally sick to my stomach" on a podcast released Monday.

"I can't entertain the idea of him winning, so let's just preface it by that," Clinton told journalist Kara Swisher while a guest on her podcast. "Well, because it makes me literally sick to my stomach to think that we'd have four more years of this abuse and destruction of our institutions, and damaging of our norms and our values, and lessening of our leadership, and the list goes on."

That sour feeling in your stomach is not President Trump's landslide victory in eight days.  It is your 72 years of service to evil.  It is your chronic alcoholism. You own this Hillary - do not try to blame anyone else.

Russian collusion - Biden

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Why would Putin say something like this if he didn't want Quid-pro Joe in the White House. From NBC News:

Putin rejects Trump's criticism of Hunter Biden's business
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday that he saw nothing criminal in Hunter Biden's past business ties with Ukraine or Russia, marking out his disagreement with one of Donald Trump's attack lines in the U.S. presidential election.

Putin was responding to comments made by Trump during televised debates with Democratic challenger Joe Biden ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

Again, the idea that President Trump was colluding with the Russians is just a joke. What would they gain? How would they benefit? Trump's foreign policies have not been good for Russia unlike Hillary's disasterous sale of 20% of the USA Uranium deposits to Rosatom when she was Sec. State. And yes, Bill was subsequently flown over to Moscow where he delivered a speech and was paid almost a million dollars for his effort.

And out the door

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Meeting with some people in 20 minutes.  Back in a little while.

The American people can see the difference and are not swayed by the media as much as the media would like to believe. From Eric Trump's twitter:

Some of the businesses were put into trust - Donald or any other family member can not access these funds or make business decisions.  This sidesteps any problems with the emoluments clause. This is one of the plain and simple facts that the TDS sufferers choose to ignore. After the current landslide election, Donald John Trump serves us for another four years and becomes a businessman again.  These trusts are disolved and he will regain control of his empire. Simple (and 100% legal) as that.

Sunday worship

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The politicians have tried to close the Churches (COVID 'ya know...) but this happened on the National Mall earlier today.
From Abigail Marone:

And another view of the event from Major Patriot:

I am certainly no expert on estimating crowd sizes but I would guess 40-70 thousand people. NBC is calling it 15,000 people.  I have been at events where the venue would seat 15-20K people and this looks like a lot more. More than double that estimate. The Washington, D.C. CBS affiliate WUSA had this to say: "'Worship protest' on National Mall draws hundreds calling for churches to be reopened".  Have they no shame? Did they send a blind reporter to cover the event? From The Hill: "'Worship protest' expected to draw thousands to National Mall" - yeah - thousands.  Riiigggghhht...

Fake news pure and simple.

Busy day - a lot done

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Got back from Chinese food in Mt. Vernon.

Got some things from Lowe's - garage electrical and some fittings for the pressure washer. Part of my work on the drainage is rehabilitating the existing system  I have a jet that fits on the end of the pressure hose and will clean out any mud, gravel and roots that infiltrate the pipe.  Need to get these attached correctly. Clever idea but if you do not get it attached properly, it can snag on a root or something and then detach under a lot of pressure.  Say bye-bye to your jet nozzle and buy-buy to Amazon for a new one. Got to get these threaded tightly onto the end of the hose and not use a quick-disconnect fitting.

Quick surf, some videos and an early bedtime - early morning tomorrow - arts group business...

Social media lies - edition #3,471

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From NOQ Report:

Wikipedia absurdly declares Hunter Biden laptop scandal a ‘debunked right-wing conspiracy theory’
Joining the chorus of evidence deniers, Wikipedia has officially declared the Hunter Biden laptop scandal to be a “debunked right-wing conspiracy theory pushed by Donald Trump and his allies concerning Biden business dealings and anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine.”

While some Wikipedia editors tried to fight against this designation, recognizing that hard evidence substantiates the narrative, the site’s left-wing politicos eventually won out in getting the entry to read in favor of the Bidens.

“Wikipedia says that the Hunter Biden emails have already been debunked,” tweeted Ian Miles Cheong. “Nothing to see here folks. Wikipedia says it’s debunked. The science is settled.”

Wikipedia is just another social media mouthpiece for the progressives. They all lie when it supports the narrative.
That is why I love InfoGalactic - they do a lot better job vetting their editors.

Talking about TDS and the left in general - from his blog:

How Liberals Became Blinded By Trump Hatred
Today’s Must-Read article is from the New Neo blog, where the anonymous female blogger (a former Democrat-turned-conservative surrounded by liberals in NYC) examines how liberals have become so blinded by groundless Trump hatred that they can no longer see dangerous realities, such as the rising anti-Semitism in their own party.

In particular, she cites a column in the Jewish magazine Tablet by Bari Weiss, whom you’d think might understand where the real danger is, since she was driven out of the New York Times for daring to express non-leftist groupthink-approved thoughts. She recognizes the dangers of the fascistic, anti-Semitic radical left, and that Biden will allow it to gain more power, but she can’t even bring herself to consider the possibility of doing the only thing to stop it: voting for Trump. She describes him in purple prose as an “obscenity” who has “normalized bigotry and cruelty in ways that have crippled American society.” As the blogger notes, she offers no specifics as to how he’s allegedly done that.

She then quotes Weiss describing the attributes of the classic liberal that she fears are being lost in the Democratic Party: “…the belief that everyone is equal because everyone is created in the image of God. The belief in the sacredness of the individual over the group or the tribe. The belief that the rule of law—and equality under that law—is the foundation of a free society. The belief that due process and the presumption of innocence are good and that mob violence is bad. The belief that pluralism is a source of our strength; that tolerance is a reason for pride; and that liberty of thought, faith, and speech are the bedrocks of democracy…”

As the blogger points out, those things aren’t under assault in the Democratic Party; they’ve been dead there for years. What Weiss is describing is a conservative Trump voter, but her visceral hatred for “Orange Man Bad” has blinded her to seeing it.

Some good thoughts.

Heading out for my usual routine - spending today working at home; garage and yard. Cold out - woke up with frost on the ground. Plants will be going dormant so great time to readjust the existing landscaping and get that project underway.

Looks like some photos of Hunter Biden are being released - the Chinese have that family over a barrel.  All sorts of incriminating documents and the net is starting to widen.  Pelosi is entering the picture. Remember President Obama saying “This is the most transparent administration in history”

Pants on fire.

And that is it for tonight

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Watch a few videos, listen to the surf and the wind and enjoy the last of this evening.  Took the day off today and was luxuriously lazy. Took the dogs for two walks, ran a few errands, enjoyed a nice long coffee break. Lisa and I email back and forth a couple times/day - that seems to be doing really well. Makes the heart grow fonder as they say.

Work? Nada. Start that stuff back up tomorrow morning...

Looks like people in Portland are calling in any and all reinforcements for the upcoming craziness.
From the Catholic News Agency:

Portland archdiocese holds rosary, Eucharistic procession for peace
The Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon held a Eucharistic procession through the city on Saturday for the intention of peace in the city.

Praying before the exposed Blessed Sacrament during the Oct. 17 event, Archbishop Alexander Sample said: “Mary, your son is the Prince of Peace. Through your intercession, may he bring peace to our cities and our communities, may his peace reign in our hearts.”

All well and good but then, they slipped this little bit into the story:

The prayers began with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, followed by a procession to the North Park Blocks, where the archbishop led a rosary and performed an exorcism. Archbishop Sample prayed over the city the “Exorcism Against Satan and the Fallen Angels” from the Roman Ritual.

Emphasis mine.  I have to say this.  They are certainly on the mark here.  Talk about forces of darkness. There is a 1964 version of this rite but I prefer the traditional one - one line from the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel comes to mind:

On men depraved in mind and corrupt in heart the wicked dragon pours out like a most foul river, the poison of his villainy, a spirit of lying, impiety and blasphemy, and the deadly breath of lust and of all iniquities and vices.

This is an excellent one as well:

Beseech the God of Peace to crush Satan under our feet, that he may no more be able to hold men captive and to harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that the mercies of the Lord may quickly come to our aid, that thou mayest seize the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and satan and that having bound him, thou mayest cast him into the bottomless pit, so that he may no more seduce the nations.

We are seeing this with the Democratic Party in the last 20 years. They have lost their way. Globalization and centralized banking are other manifestations of this corruption. This truly is a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil. The lines are clearly drawn and it is time to choose our destiny. It is especially telling that Satan has routinely quoted scripture and here, on October 6th, Joe Biden said during a campaign speech at the Gettysburg Battlefield (17:46 in):

Today, we’re engaged, once again, in the battle for the soul of the nation, the forces of darkness, the forces of division, the forces of yesterday are pulling us apart, holding us down and holding us back.

Who are these forces of darkness Joe?  You and Obama created the racial divide - you own this.  You enabled Antifa. The hatred towards the police is all your doing. Joe - you own this.

This is a time for cleansing but it is not the sort of cleansing that the Democrats want or expecting.
They are looking to clean up - all the way to the bank.

At least he is open about it - Biden

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Comedy gold from Kayleigh McEnany:

Comes clean finally. Nice that he references the Obama elections too. Visit the link above to the original tweet to read some of the comments. Especially those from the people trying to defend him. Wrong side of history. Obama's Legacy?  Toast.

Whoopsie - a fine whine

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Fun story from The New York Post:

Couple at NYC eatery served $2,000 Bordeaux in error after ordering cheap wine
A young couple who ordered an $18 bottle of wine at a popular Soho brasserie instead got served a $2,000 bottle meant for a table of businessmen — who didn’t even notice that they ended up drinking the cheap stuff, the restaurant’s owner said.

Managers at Balthazar had poured the pricy 1989 Chateau Mouton Rothschild Bordeaux and the budget pinot noir — the restaurant’s cheapest wine — into identical decanters, the eatery’s owner, Keith McNally, recounted on Instagram this week.

A bit more:

The two wines got switched, and the managers accidentally delivered them to the wrong tables.

Still, the Wall Streeter who had ordered the Bordeaux for himself and three friends tasted the cheap pinot and — fancying himself a connoisseur — promptly praised its “purity,” McNally wrote in his post, reported by Decanter, a wine review and news site.

Likewise, the lovebirds didn’t notice they had been served the highbrow wine, the most expensive bottle at the restaurant.

“They jokingly pretended to be drinking an expensive wine” while poking fun of themselves for ordering the cheap stuff, McNally recalled.

The restaurant owner ate the difference and both parties had a fun time when it was explained to them.

Talk about having a pen and a phone

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This is going to make the deep state go thermonuclear. From The White House:

President Donald J. Trump Is Taking Action to Promote Good Governance and Accountability Within the Federal Workforce

To empower our civil servants to best help others, the government must always operate more efficiently and more securely.
--President Donald J. Trump

ENHANCING ACCOUNTABILITY: President Donald J. Trump is taking action to increase accountability for Federal employees who make substantive contributions to executive branch policy.

    • Today, President Trump signed an Executive Order giving Federal agencies more flexibility to hold career employees in critical positions accountable.
    • The order establishes a new classification within the Federal workforce titled “Schedule F” for employees serving in confidential, policy-determining, policy-making, or policy-advocating positions that are not normally subject to change as the result of a presidential transition.
    • Under the order, Federal agencies will have more flexibility to hire “Schedule F” employees and will also be able to remove them without going through a lengthy appeals process.
    • This action will enhance accountability for Federal employees who are responsible for making policy decisions that significantly affect the American people.

Much more at the site. It used to take six months to one year to remove someone who was not doing their job. This is not his first act of this sort but this one is nuclear. Do not perform your job? Clean out your desk now. The sweet taste of liberal tears - the most wonderful drink in the world.

You have to love the self-identifying aspect.  Anyone complaining about this is someone who thinks that it is OK to have underperforming people working for us.  We The People.

Those pesky emails - Biden

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Heh - the internet is forever.  From Townhall:

Oops: Photograph of Joe Biden and Hunter's Business Partner Found on Burisma's Website
A picture is worth a thousand words.

An email was sent in 2014 to Hunter Biden and Devon Archer, Hunter's former business partner, from another associate, Eric Schwerin, asking the two men for help removing a photograph of Devon and then-Vice President Joe Biden from Burisma's website.

Burisma is the corrupt Ukrainian energy company that paid Hunter Biden over $80,000 a month when Joe Biden was vice president and the point man on Ukraine for the Obama administration.

"Hey guys," the email begins. "There is apparently a photo of Devon and the VP on Burisma 's website (I can't see it - the website isn't working very well right now) but Demetra (VP Counsel) called and asked that we tell Burisma they need to take it down (legally they aren't comfortable with the VP's picture being up on the site as what seems like an endorsement)."

The email goes on to ask Hunter and Devon if either of the two men could ask Bursima to take down the photograph of the vice president or provide contact information for someone who could. The email says Demetra, identified in the email as the vice president's counsel, was the person who called and asked for the photograph to be taken down.

Internet archives unearthed a photograph of Joe Biden and Devon Archer that previously appeared on Burisma's website.

Here is the link to the photo in question from the Internet Archive. Here is a screen-cap I took in case it gets chucked down the memory hole:


The word you are searching for is:  "busted"

Slow morning

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Nothing much online - actually feel like going out for coffee so heading out shortly.  Running up to Costco and a couple other places.

An interesting idea - Antifa

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Someone who visits some of the larger Democratic controled cities needs to pony up a couple hundred bucks and start working on this. Portland? Seattle? Lookin' at you. From Gun Free Zone:

Better misery through chemistry
I’ve been mulling over an idea.

Antifa has been spray painting on and posting online “spicy air, don’t care.”


I have a background in Chemistry and a total lack of morals.

Allow me to introduce you to a family of chemicals called thiols, also known as mercaptans.

Same chemistry as makes the smell of rotten eggs and skunk spray. Thioacetone is listed as the world's smelliest chemical and Derek Lowe has a wonderful edition of his series "stuff I won’t work with" dedicated to trithioacetone

The post closes with this offering:

So if you are picking up what I am putting down, it’s time to do away with the pepper spray and CS gas.

Start hosing down Antifa with thioacetone.

Absolute, non-stop, uncontrollable crippling, wrenching and vomiting.

Thiols penetrate the skin (anyone who has been sprayed by a skunk knows what I’m talking about) so that smell will stick to them for days and weeks making their life unlivable.

Since the government has decided that Antifa isn’t yet ready to be shot with real bullets, but they’ve developed an immunity to pepper spray, it’s time to go with a bit rougher chemistry.

A fantastic idea - just checked and thioacetone is available with no restriction for under $200 for 25 grams.  Considering its potency, that is more than enough for several large-scale applications. Anyone have a drone they are not using?  The chemicals involved have very low toxicity as well - no poisoning or being overcome by fumes.  Just the smell.

I remember in high school, one of our organic chem labs involved butyric acid - relatively benign chemically but what a vomitous reek.  An oily acid too so it took about a week before I stopped stinking.  Nasal fatigue started in almost immediately so I did not know what was up at first. (And yes, I did get that person back - KMnO4 can leave very dark purple stains on the skin. Fun and epic story.)

From Quartz, January 24th, 2016:

The secret history of GM’s Chinese bailout
When US taxpayers footed a $50 billion bill for the bailout of General Motors in 2009, few could have guessed that the biggest of the Detroit “Big Three” (GM, Chrysler, Ford) would go on to import Chinese cars to the United States. Yet just seven years after its publicly-funded and highly-politicized rescue, GM says it will do exactly that: early next year the automaker will begin shipping Chinese-made Buick Envision crossovers across the Pacific for sale at its US dealerships, with a plug-in hybrid version of Cadillac’s CT6 flagship sedan to follow. Anyone who believed that GM’s bailout would create a bulwark against a long-feared flood of Chinese cars might be puzzled to find the very same automaker championing Chinese imports. In fact, this move is just the latest in a pattern that dates back to 2009, when GM received a secretive Chinese “bailout” that appears to have turned America’s largest automaker into a Trojan horse for its Chinese partner.

In his 2011 book American Wheels, Chinese Roads author Michael Dunne explores GM’s profound success in the Chinese market, dating back to the founding of its 1995 “Shanghai GM” partnership with the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC). He describes the relationship between the two firms as being mutually-beneficial through the early 2000s, but when the 2008 downturn brought GM to the point of bankruptcy the partnership took a troubling turn. Because the US auto task force refused to let GM spend TARP aid on its foreign operations, GM was forced to turn to SAIC for help. The resulting deal would forever alter the delicate balance of power in the Shanghai GM joint venture and drive GM to restructure its entire global strategy around its partnership with SAIC.

A long and very well researched (and cited) article.  China did what China does, offer the first "deal" on very favorible terms but now...  You owe us a favor and the requests never stop coming.  The bribes come along with it but that is just the velvet covering on the iron fist. Don't trust China. China is asshoe.

President Trump is putting a stop to this and China does not like it.  They are calling in the favors from their toadies in politics (Biden? Kerry?) and in the media to try to stage a Communist Coup. They have had forty years to teach our children well - the long march through the institutions. Time to pull the wool from our eyes and just say no.

Nothing much out there

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The usual weekend slowdown for news.  The Biden stuff should explode next week - looking forward to it.

Heading out to check the mail and pick up a library book.  Nothing scheduled for tomorrow so sleeping in and taking a day of rest.

Made some nectar for the hummingbirds - there is a resident population through the winter and they really appreciate having food out. Refill the feeders tomorrow when it cools down. I pressure cook it for six minutes to guarantee sterilization. They like the flavor too - I ran a test with four feeders and the pressure cooked nectar got a lot more traffic. Use my Instant Pot.  Love it.

Peace is breaking out

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President Trump is the first president in a long time to not start any new wars. Quite the opposite. From FOX News:

Trump announces peace deal between Sudan and Israel, says more nations will normalize relations
President Trump on Friday announced a peace deal that would normalize ties with between Israel and Sudan, claiming there "would be many more peace deals to come in the Middle East."

Trump invited reporters into the Oval Office while he was on the phone with the leaders of Israel and Sudan to discuss the latest U.S.-brokered deal in the run-up to Election Day.

"Three months ago, no one thought this was possible. Even Bibi didn't know if this was possible, right Bibi?" Trump asked his ally, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Trump said Sudan had demonstrated a commitment to battling terrorism. "This is one of the great days in the history of Sudan," Trump said, adding that Israel and Sudan have been in a state of war for decades.

Nobel Peace Prize anyone?

Racism on parade - King County

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Reverse racism but still racism. A tweet from Christopher F. Rufo:

Be sure to visit the link to the tweet so you can read the comments - some really good ones.

Six months ago - Ted Nugent

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Was totally valid six months ago.  It is totally valid today. Prescient even...  From Ted Nugent's Facebook Page:

Why do I have to stay home just because you are scared? How about you stay home.... you stay in your house indefinitely, you wear a mask, you socially distance yourself from me, you avoid restaurants, you avoid baseball games, you stay off the roads, you avoid malls and beaches and parks, you believe the made up death numbers, you believe the media hype, you Get your toxic vaccine while avoiding vitamin C, sunshine and the things God gave us to actually heal.

I'm done playing your dumb game. We are not “all in this together.” I'm not wearing your dumb tin foil hat anymore. I’m no longer going to be a prisoner of your fear. I'm no longer staying in my house or catering to you because you are scared. I'm not wearing a mask and I'm not staying 6 feet away from you anymore because I'm not afraid of you. You are not my enemy and if I get sick, it's not because of you, it's because of me and my system, which not only have I been addressing for quite some time, but I also know how to treat if I get sick.

This virus (or whatever it is) is already circulating. Millions of people have already encountered it, as it's been circulating around the world probably since last September. You WILL have to confront this thing, if you haven’t already. There is no way around it, unless you lock yourself up in your house and it somehow doesn't manage to hop on some mail or some groceries that you ordered online.

YOUR fear is not an excuse to destroy America. YOUR fear is not my fear and your fear does not have the right to interfere with my life, my job, my income or my future as a free American citizen. So if you're scared, you can just put your tin foil hat on, or even wrap foil all around your whole body - or around your whole house if you wish - but please keep your fear contained to your little corner of the world and don't contaminate me or my family or my Country. I copied & pasted this from Grey Havens' page it's perfect

Out for a little bit

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Running a few errands and heading out for coffee - feeling a lot better today.

Got someone coming by here around 3:00PM for some arts related stuff.

This looks good - Uncle Tom

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Trailer here:

Movie website here: Uncle Tom

He's got a point there - Scott Adams

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Creator of Dilbert - from his twitter account:

Who ordered this? Local weather

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First, from the National Weather Service:

Freeze Watch for Island County, WA

WHAT...Sub-freezing temperatures of 27 to 32 degrees possible. Coldest temperatures expected away from urban areas.

WHERE...Portions of northwest and west central Washington.

WHEN...From late Saturday night through Sunday morning.

IMPACTS...Frost and freeze conditions could kill crops, other sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.

Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold. To prevent freezing and possible bursting of outdoor water pipes they should be wrapped, drained, or allowed to drip slowly. Those that have in-ground sprinkler systems should drain them and cover above-ground pipes to protect them from freezing.

Raining and cold right now - was gloriously clear last night but the rain moved in around 4AM and has not let up. Supposed to be nice and clear tomorrow - lots of radiative cooling.

And now, I ran into this little bundle of joy - from weather.com:

Gale Warning from FRI 9:00 PM PDT until SAT 1:00 PM PDT
Affected Area: East Entrance U. S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca and Northern Inland Waters Including The San Juan Islands


WHAT...Northeast winds 20 to 30 kt, increasing Friday night to 30 to 40 kt.

WHERE...East Entrance U. S. Waters Strait Of Juan De Fuca and Northern Inland Waters Including The San Juan Islands.

WHEN...For the Gale Warning, from 9 PM this evening to 1 PM PDT Saturday. For the Small Craft Advisory, from 7 AM this morning to 9 PM PDT this evening.

IMPACTS...Strong winds will cause hazardous seas which could capsize or damage vessels and reduce visibility.

Happy happy joy joy

Joe Biden did not lie last night

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Wound up watching the debate.  President Trump mopped the floor.  Joe Biden was surprisingly articulate but he was probably wired for sound and very well rehearsed.

Biden did say: "I did not take one penny from the Chinese" which is 100% correct.  He took many millions of pennies.

This is cute - Weekend at Biden's

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And he is a life-long Democrat.  This is big - from FOX News:

First the laptop and now this. I love seeing the media squirm. No wonder Barky was so hesitent to endorse Joe Biden - he was in on the corruption and knew about it.

Back to work

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Enough goofing off - putting another couple hours in on the garage.  The debate tonight should be interesting but going to watch the after-action reports instead of sitting through the whole thing. It will be 100% rigged against President Trump.

Three Google Searches

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Screen caps because this will probably get "fixed" down the memory hole soon:





If I were 18 years old again

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Sign me up - the first recruitment video for the United States Space Force:

UPDATE at the bottom

National Public Radio drops the veneer of good journalism with this tweet:

We don't want to waste our time on stories that counter the progressive narrative. This is my surprised face.

Our tax dollars at work.  If I were King, they would be defunded in a heartbeat.

UPDATE: Vox Day nails it with the following:

It's just hard to work in the time to cover all the criminal shenanigans of the Biden crime family when you've got to run very important pieces on maple syrup, black cellists in the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra, juice-drinking Tik Tok stars, and structural racism in historical Sesame Street episodes.

And out for a little while

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Feeling a lot better today - from the symptoms, I am guessing I had a light case of classic strep throat.

Might even be up for some coffee in a little while.

Turning into a gorgeous day so working in the garage some more.

Two rules in life

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So true:


A mirage this morning

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The view from my porch - the land is over five miles away so picture quality is not super good but:


The "islands" in the foreground are actually a mirage - bits of the woodlands from the distant shore magnified by the effect of the morning fog.

Turning into a glorious day.

This puppy is unraveling before our eyes - from FOX News:

Harris, prominent Democrats listed as 'key contacts' for Biden family business venture projects
A list of “key domestic contacts” for a joint venture involving Jim and Hunter Biden and now-bankrupt CEFC China Energy Co. included former Vice President Joe Biden's current running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, among other prominent Democrats, Fox News has learned.

An email exclusively obtained by Fox News, with the subject line “Phase one domestic contacts/ projects” and dated May 15, 2017, Biden’s brother, Jim Biden, shared a list of “key domestic contacts for phase one target projects.”

The email is unrelated to the laptop or hard drive purportedly belonging to Hunter Biden, the former vice president's son.

Reread that last line again - unrelated to the laptop or hard drive purportedly belonging to Hunter

And the names on the list are very familiar - talk about an "A" List:

The list, included Harris, D-Calif.; Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.; Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo; New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio; former Virginia Gov. Terry McCauliffe, among others.

More at the site - the emails are verifiable.

Post title? From Family Guy by way of Gilbert and Sullivan

I am in love - RFinder B1

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FINALLY - amateur radio and cellular telephones converge. This is a bit pricey right now - $999 - but in a year or so, when it comes down to $499, I will seriously look at getting one.  The battery on my older Motorola is starting to get weak - charge is only good for two days, used to be five. From their website:

Rfinder B1 Dual Band DMR 4G/LTE (Unlocked version)
The RFinder B1 is the most advanced Dual Band (VHF/UHF) DMR Transceiver combined with an embedded powerful smartphone. It delivers up to 4 Watt of RF Power out of its very robust case.

Compatible with most worldwide cellphone providers, including Verizon, AT&T, T-mobile, Google FI, etc

The RFinder B1 is the most advanced Dual Band (VHF/UHF) DMR Transceiver combined with an embedded powerful smartphone. It delivers up to 4 Watt of RF Power out of its very robust case.

Running Android, you can install all the available Play Store apps. This means that you can install Zello, Team Speak, EchoLink and many others and use the built-in PTT button to key the transmission on such apps. Can you imagine that? If you don’t reach an EchoLink node, just use your RFinder 3G, 4G or even WiFi, and you are connected. Never miss a QSO again just because there isn’t a nearby repeater. And because the RFinder has an updated database of worldwide repeaters, EchoLink nodes and DMR talk groups, you never have to memorize anything. You just search the station or repeater you want to connect, and the RFinder will change all the settings for you, either using DMR or conventional analogue FM. The RFinder is so advanced that will allow you to see on a map all the available DMR/EchoLink/Conventional repeaters nearby. Just click on your selected station, and your radio settings are changed: RX and TX frequency, Tones, offsets, splits, color codes. Everything! Welcome to the first Click & Talk transceiver. If this is not phenomenal what is it then?


A little bit big but I do not mind that at all. Has all of the "normal" cell phone goodies plus the latest and greatest ham radio stuff - DMR, built-in repeater database. Programmable from your computer. Hits all of the right buttons for me. Much prefer Android over iOS or iPhone. More 'hacker friendly'.

UPDATE below

From the New York Post:

Senate report links Hunter Biden to ‘prostitution or human trafficking ring’
Hunter Biden allegedly sent “thousands of dollars” to people who appear to be involved in the sex industry, according to Wednesday’s report released by Senate Republicans.

The report claims unspecified records show that Biden “has sent funds to non-resident alien women in the United States who are citizens of Russia and Ukraine and who have subsequently wired funds they have received from Hunter Biden to individuals located in Russia and Ukraine.”

“The records also note that some of these transactions are linked to what ‘appears to be an Eastern European prostitution or human trafficking ring.’ ”

Maybe this is why Doug Emhoff - Kamala Harris' husband - is saying:

"I Am Married to the Next President of the United States" - let us hope not. Let us really really hope not.

UPDATE: Turns out the video is a little bit old.  It is from the Presidential Primaries when Harris had her hat in the ring. The uploader (Grabien News) removed it from YouTube.

Well crap - 2020 - R.I.P. James Randi

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From the James Randi Foundation:

From Penn Jillette:

And here:

He was an incredible magician and skeptic. He enjoyed debunking so-called psychics. We lost a great one.

Must be a day for memes

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From Vanderleun:



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I could have used these for a couple relationships. From Knuckledragging:


The COVID vaccine

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A great meme from Woodsterman:


Underage child pornography - from Delaware Republican Senate candidate Lauren Witzke:

And of course:

Twitter Censors Senate Candidate Lauren Witzke’s Immigration Views as ‘Hateful Conduct’

I would expect nothing less.

Fun article from Revolver:

From Bernie Bro to Deplorable: This Trump-Hating Bernie Sanders Fan Had a Big Change of Heart
November 9th 2016 took me by surprise. I’d stayed up watching the results of the election the night before, and I had a strong feeling it wasn’t going in the direction I expected, but the news that Wednesday morning still came as a shock. Every news source I trusted had told me Hillary had this in the bag. And now Donald Trump was president.

How could this have happened? A reality TV star was going to be handed the key to the nation’s nukes. “Good Lord” I thought to myself, “I sure as hell didn’t want Hillary, but now there’s a chance I’m going to get drafted to die in Northeast Asia because the ‘YOU’RE FIRED’ guy pissed off the North Koreans.” I was genuinely worried, it seemed like anything could happen in the next four years. But the one thing 2016 me could never have foreseen, is that I’d be happily voting for Donald J. Trump in 2020. How’d that happen?

There are a lot of people out there like Forrest.  I am suspecting that this will be a landslide.  When you look at what he has actually accomplished, President Trump has had a very good four years as president and has gotten a lot of things done that other president's just paid lip service to. We are a lot better off.  Imagine what he could have accomplished if the media had been operating in his favor.

Great quote - medicine

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"To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead."
--Thomas Paine

And out for some errands

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Picking up some stuff, dropping some stuff off. Back in a couple hours.

From the local events calander:

TREBUCHET FIRING: Saturday, Oct. 24 at Kristoferson Farm, 332 NE Camano Drive, Camano Island. Saturday, Oct. 24, at Kristoferson Farm, 332 NE Camano Drive, Camano Island. The farm can't let October go by without a bit of pumpkin chucking launched from the trusty trebuchet. Masks and social distancing required.

Halloween costume

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Gotta say, that would be an easy one to do:


Told 'ya - COVID

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It is politics and not public health. From James Delingpole writing at Breitbart:

Nobel Winner Michael Levitt Cancelled for Coronavirus Wrongthink
A Nobel Prize-winning chemist and Stanford professor has been cancelled for wrongthink on coronavirus.

Professor Michael Levitt, who won the Nobel prize for Chemistry in 2013, was due to be the keynote speaker in December at a virtual conference on his areas of special expertise – computational biology and biodesign.

But the First International Biodesign Research Conference withdrew his invitation – according to Levitt because they had received ‘too many calls’ from other speakers ‘threatening to quit’ because of his views on Chinese coronavirus. He has long maintained that the threat is overblown and that ‘we’re going to be fine.’

From Dr. Levitt's twitter account:

A New Dark Age indeed. Science and politics need to be divorced from each other.

Heading out into the real world

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Picking up a thumb drive with some data for a project, dropping some stuff off and visiting two places.  No coffee yesterday and none today - maybe stop for some tea if I feel sociable.

The nice day is going away - the clouds have returned and it is sprinkling rain. Good day to come back home, hunker down and get shit done. Going to make some spaghetti for dinner tonight - stick to the ribs.

Quick surf - nothing out there

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Except for a very disturbing Hunter Biden story - photos of an underage family member. Daughter of his deceased brother.  Waiting for confirmation before saying anything more.

Time to get on with my day - stuff to do.

Slept a solid ten hours again.  Nothing in the lungs but sore throat and body aches.

The day awaits... (and it looks like a nice one - clouds are burning off)

That's it for tonight

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Woke up with a sore throat and some body ache and rolled over and clocked in ten hours of sleep. Took a bunch of vitamin C, aspirin and drank a lot of tea and water today but still feeling wiped.  Going to watch some videos and call it an early bedtime.

It did turn into a really nice day so took the pups out to a local park to get their ya-ya's run off. Here is Bear in a more pensive mode.  Truffle would not sit still for a photo.


More spew tomorrow...

The laptop - a meme

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A simple request from our next President:


Nothing important. Just some mementos - some keepsakes.

A joke for our times

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Over at Denny's - just go and read the whole thing: Grouchy Old Cripple

The best humor has an element of truth.


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Love it - been a font geek for a long long time:


A perfect example of bad Keming (more here and here)

Making a choice - this election

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A good visualization:


Tip of the hat to Woodsterman

Kamala Harris - a scary movie

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5:17 worth of your time if you are considering voting for her:

Tip of the hat to Busted Knuckles for the link. This is damning. She did this several years ago - she has not changed.

A bit of history - Hunter Biden

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From The New York Times, August 24th, 2008:

Obama Aides Defend Bank’s Pay to Biden Son
During the years that Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. was helping the credit card industry win passage of a law making it harder for consumers to file for bankruptcy protection, his son had a consulting agreement that lasted five years with one of the largest companies pushing for the changes, aides to Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign acknowledged Sunday.

Mr. Biden’s son, Hunter, received consulting fees from the MBNA Corporation from 2001 to 2005 for work on online banking issues. Aides to Mr. Obama, who chose Mr. Biden as his vice-presidential running mate on Saturday, would not say how much the younger Mr. Biden, who works as both a lawyer and lobbyist in Washington, had received, though a company official had once described him as having a $100,000 a year retainer. But Obama aides said he had never lobbied for MBNA and that there was nothing improper about the payments.

Looks like this has been going on for quite some time - both the pay to play as well as the coverup by the rest of the Democratic Party and the complicit media.

The smoking signature - Hunter Biden

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That seems to be his signature on the work order for his three laptops. From FOX News:

Documents show alleged Hunter Biden signature, FBI contacts with computer repair store owner
Documents obtained by Fox News appear to show Hunter Biden's signature on paperwork from the Delaware computer repair shop where the former vice president's son reportedly dropped off a laptop that included emails related to his overseas business dealings.

The document allegedly signed by Biden details repair work that was to be performed on three MacBook Pro laptops at “The Mac Shop” in Wilmington, Delaware. Aside from the signature, the paperwork notes Biden’s name in the “bill to” section for a cost of $85. Fox News has not verified that the signature is indeed Biden's.

Photo of the signature at the site - looks pretty incriminating. Again, the Biden campaign has neither denied that the emails are real nor have they filed suit for defamation. If the emails were fake, a defamation suit would be a no-brainer.

Of course - the post-Biden "presidency"

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The usual suspects are lining up at the trough - from the Boston Herald:

Far left already plotting takeover of Biden administration
The dirty little secret of this presidential campaign may be that while Joe Biden ran as a moderate his administration will be run by the far left, led by running mate Kamala Harris, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren and U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her “squad.”

The planned progressive takeover is already underway. Warren has been aggressively lobbying for a prominent Cabinet post for months after she was left out as a vice presidential pick. You can expect that lobbying effort to ratchet up to a fever pitch if Biden wins the White House.

Other Massachusetts Democrats, dominated by the far left, will be aching to join the new Democratic regime. If Biden wins, look for a stampede of liberal Bay Staters to the White House, including members of Congress, state lawmakers and academics.

And there’s plenty more to come. Now there’s word that Ocasio-Cortez’s squad of progressives, including Massachusetts Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, have already penned a letter to Senate leaders Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell calling on both parties to ban high level corporate lobbyists and “C Suite executives” from the Cabinet — presumably Biden’s.

The letter may be addressed to Schumer and McConnell but it’s really aimed at Biden, ahead in the polls and already confidently plotting his first moves as the next president.

They don't even have the grace to wait until his corpse assumes room temperature before circling overhead.

Puppy energy

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Been a lot of fun working with Truffle.  New dog and she is less than one year old.  Firmly in puppy territory.

She will be dead to the world for a while and then it is Warp Factor 7 Mr. Sulu - no middle ground.

Cute little bugger - love her to bits. Smart when she wants to be.

Joe Biden's son-in-law

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Follow the money - from Breitbart:

Joe Biden-Linked Firm Made Major Investments in Chinese Corporations
Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son-in-law’s investment firm has made investments in Chinese corporations over the last few years.

Biden’s daughter, Ashley, married Philadelphia head and neck doctor Howard Krein in 2012. Krein, who is currently advising Biden for his campaign, remains chief medical officer at the firm StartUp Health, which has tied itself in partnerships with Chinese corporations through the years.

StartUp Health boosted two major China-based corporations in 2018 and most recently praised China’s response to the Chinese coronavirus crisis.

More at the site. The big money was made during the Obama administration.

Hunter Biden's Laptop - the news cycle

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First up, the Streisand Effect - from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's MIT Technology Review:

Twitter’s ban almost doubled attention for Biden misinformation
When Twitter banned, and then unbanned, links to a questionably sourced New York Post article about Joe Biden’s son Hunter, its stated intention was to prevent people from spreading harmful false material as America heads into the final stretch of the election campaign. But thanks to the cycle of misinformation—and claims from conservatives that social-media platforms are deliberately censoring their views—Twitter managed to do the opposite of what it intended.

According to Zignal Labs, a media intelligence firm, shares of the Post article “nearly doubled” after Twitter started suppressing it. The poorly-thought-through ban triggered the so-called Streisand Effect and helped turn a sketchy article into a must-share blockbuster. And then on Friday, the Republican National Committee filed a Federal Election Commission complaint against Twitter, claiming that the ban “amounts to an illegal corporate in-kind political contribution to the Biden campaign.”

Tip of the hat to Atomic Fungus who has this timeline of the news cycle:

  1. It’s Not Real
  2. It’s Russian Disinfo
  3. It’s Real But Doesn’t Matter :: YOU ARE HERE
  4. It Matters But Not Very Much
  5. This is Old News
  6. Shut Up Racist

Absolutely correct...

Life in Chicago - a well run city

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From The Chicago Tribune:

Mayor Lori Lightfoot considering $94 million property tax increase, more than 300 city worker layoffs and gas tax hike as part of plan to close $1.2 billion budget gap, sources say
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is considering a $94 million property tax increase, layoffs for more than 300 city workers and a gas tax hike as part of her plan to close a $1.2 billion budget deficit, sources told the Tribune.

Lightfoot also is considering about $500 million in refinancing city debt to help close the deficit, sources said.

The mayor is scheduled to explain her plans to close the city’s coronavirus-fueled budget deficit on Wednesday. One thing is clear: It won’t be easy.

The flow of people leaving Chicago is going to turn into a torrent. Elections have consequences.

The Toobin Two-fer

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Seems he has a little problem keeping his "bishop" out of polite company. First, from Vice - Motherboard:

New Yorker Suspends Jeffrey Toobin for Masturbating on Zoom Call
The New Yorker has suspended reporter Jeffrey Toobin for masturbating on a Zoom video chat between members of the New Yorker and WNYC radio last week. Toobin says he did not realize his video was on.

“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers,” Toobin told Motherboard.

“I believed I was not visible on Zoom. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video,” he added.

Like all faithful aparatchiks, he will dissapear from the public eye for six months and will then be re-hired in a better job. All the while drawing his salary. This is not his first rodeo - from the New York Daily News, May 8th, 2010:

Baby drama! CNN star Jeffrey Toobin offered Casey Greenfield money for abortion
Sunday could be a bittersweet first Mother's Day for Casey Greenfield.

Greenfield is a pretty, ginger-haired, Yale-educated lawyer and writer who last March gave birth to a love child. The baby's father is married CNN star and best-selling New Yorker writer Jeffrey Toobin. (Casey's father is esteemed political pundit Jeff Greenfield.) Ever since we broke the news of her pregnancy, Casey has remained silent about the baby drama. But now some of her friends are fed up with what they claim is less-than-gallant behavior on Toobin's part.

Greenfield, now 36, was in her 20s when she fell for Toobin, now 49, even though he was wed to Amy McIntosh, the Harvard sweetheart he'd married in 1986 and who gave him two children.

"Jeff and Casey saw each other off and on over the years," says one source. "She was married to someone else for two years. After her divorce, she started seeing Jeff again. He said he was going to leave his wife for her. But, by then, Casey had begun to distrust him. She suspected he had several other mistresses."

Toobin's wife should have divorced him then and there.  Other mistresses? That was when Toobin was the rising star of CNN and was making decent money.  Now, he is a third-line hack doing conference calls.  Talk about someone's fifteen minutes...

The Biden campaign in one meme

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Sums it up:


Big surprise there - from The Federalist:

Research Shows Critical Race Theory Is Actually Making People More Racist
President Donald Trump announced on Sept. 5 an end to critical race theory training in federal agencies. As explained by Russ Vought, the director of the Office of Management and Budget, the policy change targets “training or propaganda” pertaining to “white privilege” and efforts to advance the claim that “the United States is an inherently racist or evil country or … that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil.” On Sept. 22, the president extended this ban to companies doing business with the federal government. He was right on both counts.

Critical race theory and similar academic left perspectives over the last decade stormed the political mainstream through a surge in news and popular media attention. As a result, today politicianscelebrities, and corporations employ “critical,” or woke, rhetoric. Even comic books push critical themes despite hostile reactions from their readers.

Dr. Schorr outlines his thesis, details his research and comes to this conclusion:

Much can be said regarding the conceptual and normative deficiencies of critical race theory and whiteness studies, including how these perspectives demean people of color. My research concerns their practical deficiencies. Insofar as white identity polarization is a reciprocal process, critical race theory and company likely advance the cause of white nationalism.

This is by design.  They have to create the problem of racism before they use it as a wedge to Balkanize us. Critical Race Theory accomplishes both. Clever. Evil but clever.

And that is it for now

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Working at home today - meeting later. Turning into a nice sunny day so might work outside for a while.

Ed Benguiat? (ben-gat) You might not know the name but you have seen his work.  Designed 600+ typefaces.

I had the great pleasure of meeting him for three days in Seattle about 30 years ago. There was a court case regarding typefaces and the copyrights thereof.  My business was hired to prepare clean installs of Windows 3.1 and install the faces in question. Benguiat was one of the witnesses. The stories he told while we were waiting had the entire group in stitches. A true raconteur.

The New World Order - genesis

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1951 - from this speech by David Rockefeller:

We are grateful to the Washington Post, the New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost 40 years......It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supernational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national autodetermination practiced in past centuries.
--David Rockefeller, speaking at the June 1991, Bilderberg meeting in Baden-Baden, Germany June 1991

And in 1951? From Infogalactic:

Headquarters of the United Nations
The Headquarters of the United Nations is a complex in New York City. The complex has served as the official headquarters of the United Nations since its completion in 1952. It is located in the Turtle Bay neighborhood of Manhattan, on spacious grounds overlooking the East River. Its borders are First Avenue on the west, East 42nd Street to the south, East 48th Street on the north and the East River to the east. The term "Turtle Bay" is occasionally used as a metonym for the UN headquarters or for the United Nations as a whole.

And this little tid-bit:

 Nelson Rockefeller arranged this purchase, after an initial offer to locate it on the Rockefeller family estate of Kykuit was rejected as being too isolated from Manhattan. The US$8.5 million (adjusted for inflation US $83.7 million) purchase was then funded by his father, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., who donated it to the city.

Bought and paid for by the Rockefeller oil money and lovingly restored and maintained by the Soros banking empire. I am a big fan of national autodetermination - the cultural elites may be wealthy but they are blind and stupid.  One trick ponys.

First, a little bit from this story and then some headlines about the problems mostly in Oregon:

From the Journal of Technology Science, September 5th, 2017:

Voter Identity Theft: Submitting Changes to Voter Registrations Online to Disrupt Elections
Abstract: Could an attacker impact U.S. elections by merely changing voter registrations online? This reportedly happened during the 2016 Republican primary election in Riverside County, California. What about elsewhere? We surveyed official voter record websites for the 50 states and the District of Columbia and assessed the means and costs for an attacker to change voter addresses. Relatedly, an attacker could also change party affiliations, delete voter registrations, or request absentee ballots online. A voter whose address was changed without her knowledge, for example, in most states would have a polling place different than expected. On Election Day, when she appeared at her presumed polling place, she would have been unable to cast a regular vote because her name was not on the precinct’s register. She may have been turned away or given a provisional ballot, and in many cases, a provisional ballot would not count. Perpetrated at scale, changing voter addresses, deleting voter registrations, or requesting absentee ballots could disenfranchise a significant percentage of voters, and if carefully distributed, such an attack might go unnoticed even if the impact was significant. So, how practical is it to submit false changes to voter registrations online?

Results summary: We found that in 2016, the District of Columbia and 35 of the 50 states had websites that allowed voters to submit registration changes. These websites determined whether a visitor was an actual voter by requesting commonly available personal information. Some websites gave multiple ways for a voter to self-identify. Of these, {name, date of birth, address} was required in 15, {name, date of birth, driver’s license number} was required in 27, and {name, date of birth, last 4 SSN} was required in 3. We found that an attacker could acquire the voter names, demographic information and government-issued numbers needed to impersonate voters on all 36 websites from government offices, data brokers, the deep web, or darknet markets.

More at the site - much of this information is already available online and it is a trivial task to modify a bot to cycle through a list and accessing the Secretary of State's voting portal.

And now, some headlines for your perusal:

Broward, Palm Beach, and Dade counties in Florida are also reporting similar problems. This is very widespread.  I would remind you of this post from yesterday:

New Judicial Watch Study Finds 353 U.S. Counties in 29 States with Voter Registration Rates Exceeding 100%

I hope that they are watching this very closely - they are but...  I am feeling a bit scared for our nation.

To change my vote and/or mailing address, I needed to use my name, date of birth and driver's license. But, I was able to log into the site with just my name and my D.O.B. and I was able to request a new ballot to be mailed to me.  What is critical is that this will cause my original ballot to be disqualified if I were to drop it off at the ballot box.

People wanting to cheat could request a bunch of new ballots a few days before November 3rd. All they need is the name and the date of birth and those voters are out of the election unless they check their mailboxes frequently.

Now that was quick - pants on fire

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The Internet Archive is supposed to be a non-partisan archive of all websites on the internet. A fantastic resource.

Only problem is that they are not as non-partisan as they advertise. Earlier today, I posted about a twitter from Matthew (WhjteHovse) about the glaring flaw in Oregon State's votor website - someone with the name and D.O.B. of a registered votor could log in and edit their information including their votes. Saw that last night and by this morning, Twitter had deleted not only the specific tweet but Matthew's entire account.  Poof. Memory hole.

I looked and it was stil at the Internet Archive but when I went there just now, I get this:


To channel my inner Steve Martin - well excuuuuuuuuuuse me. That page was archived this morning. You deleted it. You did not not archive it. You had it and you deleted it. They do have about 250 of Matthew's earlier tweets archived but nothing later than October 7th.

My two pups

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After I picked up Truffle, we went for a nice slow walk at one of the off-leash areas on the island. Lots of parks here - love it. Some nice trails - great for taking a mid-day break and getting some excercise. The structures on the poles are bird houses. The migratory birds are starting to trickle in - they overwinter down here and spend their summers in the arctic.


The Biden emails?

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Those were just the warning shot across the bow - from this Revolver interview:

Bannon Speaks to Revolver News in Exclusive Interview on Hunter’s Hard Drive and What Comes Next
Last week the NY Post took the political world by storm with its release of shocking material from Hunter Biden’s hard drive indicating corruption, sexual depravity, and more. The Post reported that a lawyer for former NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani obtained the hard drive from a computer repairman and that former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon had alerted the Post to the existence of the hard drive in July.

Here are two questions and answers:

Revolver: What is the most incriminating thing on the hard drive? Rudy has suggested illegal things, and as Revolver reported, the FBI person tasked with the hard drive is associated with the child pornography division. Could you give more insight into how bad it is we’re talking about?

Mr. Bannon: Joe Biden is a liar, a fraud, and compromised by Chinese cash. In short, he is a national security crisis. The hard drive combines emails and text messages that show a massive involvement with companies controlled by the Chinese Communist Party. Also, there are 25,000 images that show a drug-addled, depraved lifestyle — one that decent hardworking Americans will not want near the White House.

Revolver: The FBI has been holding onto the hard drive for almost a year? Any sense of why? Was there any indication that they were seriously interested in a criminal case, assuming that there is, in fact, illegal material on there? If not, why would the FBI simply hold onto information like that?

Mr. Bannon: The President must confront the director of the FBI on why the information housed on this hard drive was not moved on immediately. If the content of the hard drive had been released when received in November 2019, there would have been no impeachment of Trump, and Bernie Sanders would be the Democratic Party nominee. This confrontation should take place this weekend in the Oval Office. If Wray doesn’t have a bulletproof reason he should be fired in the room.

More at the site - going to be a fun couple of weeks. What gets me is the silence from the Biden camp - they are not issuing denials and they are not suing for defamation. Say what you will about Steve Bannon but every time he said that he had something, he had it and it was 100% verifiable. He does not do fake news.

Word - scarce resources / monopolies

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Great observation from Assistant Village Idiot

A rule I learned from watching agencies in human services applies universally, I think: Whoever controls a scarce resource will eventually become a tyrannical jerk about it. It is human nature, not any especial evil, but it has evil effects.

Twitter, Facebook.

So true. Nestles right in there with Pournelle's Iron Law

And out for the day

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Coffee and a few errands. Working on the garage this afternoon as well as picking up my new doggo from her foster home.

Back in a couple of hours.

Silent Cal said it best

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One of our really good presidents but not that well known.  Not charismatic. No scandals. One of the smarter ones:

"Don't expect to help the weak by pulling down the strong."
--Calvin Coolidge

An interesting hire - Facebook

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From NOQ Report:

Anna Makanju, Facebook’s Public Policy Manager for Global Elections, was Joe Biden’s senior policy adviser… on Ukraine
The debacle that Big Tech created this week when they decided to censor an article critical of Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, has put a spotlight on people who were otherwise hidden in the shadows. Of particular interest are those who are involved with ensuring “election integrity” at companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google. That’s why it’s no surprise to find out Anna Makanju, Facebook’s Public Policy Manager for Global Elections, has a history that should spark interest.

First and foremost, she was born in the former Soviet Union. That fact alone is not disqualifying; there are many patriotic Americans born in the USSR who are now wonderful citizens. But when we look at the rest of her history, the Soviet connection becomes a bigger issue. Here are some of the other areas of concern, especially when we consider the role she plays at Facebook should be filled by someone who is politically unbiased:

    • Senior Policy Advisor to Ambassador Samantha Power
    • Director for Russia at the National Security Council
    • Chief of Staff for the Office of European and NATO Policy
    • Professor at Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University
    • Field organizer for Obama for America in Wisconsin
    • Worked for the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia
    • Distinguished Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship recipient

She has put together one of the most prolific resumes possible for a radical progressive attorney with credits that would make any budding Democratic-Socialist envious. But in light of the actions by Facebook to quash a series of stories that reveal the unambiguous corruption of the Biden family and the candidate himself, the most glaring part of her resume is that she was the Special Policy Advisor for Europe and Eurasia to Vice President Biden. In other words, she was his senior policy adviser on Ukraine.

Quite the resume. Perfect person for a totalitarian corporation in the control of foreign interests. Our best interests at heart? I do not think so. The Soros link is disturbing - that man is a sociopath and 100% evil.

Might have a major security hole - from Small Dead Animals who link to Matthew's twitter feed:

Margin Of Fraud


4Chan thread.

Ted Wheeler has voted for Donald J. Trump.


And of course, when you look at Matthew's tweet this morning:


And not just the tweet - their whole account:


Companies like Twitter and Facebook are trying to swing the elections for their own financial benefit. This is pure evil.

For now, The Internet Archive still has some of the twitter account archived here but for how long...

And that is it for now

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Calling it an early night.  Lisa and I texted each other a couple of times today - she is settling in down there. Miss her but getting good work done here.

Surf some videos, do a load or two of laundry.  Basic boring household stuff.

Probably bringing Truffle home tomorrow - she was spayed last Thursday and is recovering at her initial foster home.  Bear can be a bit rambunctious at times and fresh sutures can be tender and fragile. See how she is.

An unfair advantage - Defeat Disinfo

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From FOX News:

Dems deploying DARPA-funded AI-driven information warfare tool to target pro-Trump accounts
An anti-Trump Democratic-aligned political action committee advised by retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal is planning to deploy an information warfare tool that reportedly received initial funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Pentagon’s secretive research arm -- transforming technology originally envisioned as a way to fight ISIS propaganda into a campaign platform to benefit Joe Biden.

The Washington Post first reported that the initiative, called Defeat Disinfo, will utilize "artificial intelligence and network analysis to map discussion of the president’s claims on social media," and then attempt to "intervene" by "identifying the most popular counter-narratives and boosting them through a network of more than 3.4 million influencers across the country — in some cases paying users with large followings to take sides against the president."

Social media guru Curtis Hougland is heading up Defeat Disinfo, and he said he received the funding from DARPA when his work was "part of an effort to combat extremism overseas."

A lot more at the site.  Nothing illegal, the application was developed with government money and as such, has been released to the public domain.  A bit of a dirty trick though.

Voter fraud - close to home

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From the City of Sammamish, WA:

Updated: Missing Ballots / Mail in Sammamish
Sammamish PD and USPS will attempt to deliver the found ballots. Again, if you do not receive your ballot in the mail by October 19th, please call King County Elections at 206-296-VOTE or print a replacement online: kingcounty.gov/elections/obmp.

Brian Zinser, the postmaster of the Redmond Post Office, alerted the City of Sammamish and Sammamish PD that unopened or incomplete ballots have been inappropriately placed in out-going mail bins.

Sammamish PD have also been called to investigate bags of mail, including ballots discovered by roadsides and ditches.

USPS delivered yesterday October 15 about 90% of ballots in Sammamish. Early this morning, carriers were out delivering Amazon packages when they discovered these missing ballots.

Sounds like the Democrats are getting desperate. They could have so easily run a more moderate cantidate.  I would have voted for Tulsi Gabbard or someone like her. No, they are running the meat puppet and the most liberal Senator.

Slow Joe certainly seems to think so - from Greg Jarrett:

China and its image

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China goes to great length to protect and cultivate its image. The lobbying to change the name of the Wuhan Flu to COVID is a perfect example.  There was a long and established prescident of naming diseases after their place of origin but China was able to get the World Health Organization to bend over and buck the trend. (German Measles, Spanish Flu, West Nile Virus, Ebola (a river in Zaire), Ebola Marburg and Ebola Reston (betcha never heard of these - Germany and Virginia) Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Norovirus - I could go on at some length) Along comes a new virus from a lab in Wuhan, China and all of a sudden, the spin doctors run up to full speed and COVID enters our lexicon.

Here is another example - from the England's The Guardian:

China insists Genghis Khan exhibit not use words 'Genghis Khan'
A French museum has postponed an exhibit about the Mongol emperor Genghis Khan citing interference by the Chinese government, which it accuses of trying to rewrite history.

The Château des ducs de Bretagne history museum in the western city of Nantes said it was putting the show about the fearsome 13th century leader on hold for over three years.

The museum’s director, Bertrand Guillet, said: “We made the decision to stop this production in the name of the human, scientific and ethical values that we defend.”

It said the Chinese authorities demanded that certain words, including “Genghis Khan,” “Empire” and “Mongol” be taken out of the show. Subsequently they asked for power over exhibition brochures, legends and maps.

If I were that director, I would show some stones and tell them to piss up a rope.  A history museum should not be goaded into rewriting history. A bit more - backstory:

The spat comes as the Chinese government has hardened its discrimination against ethnic Mongols, many of whom live in the northern province of Inner Mongolia.

The exhibit was planned in collaboration with the Inner Mongolia Museum in Hohhot, China. But tensions arose, the Nantes museum said, when the Chinese Bureau of Cultural Heritage pressured the museum for changes to the original plan, “including notably elements of biased rewriting of Mongol culture in favour of a new national narrative”.

And of course:

The Chinese consulate in Paris did not immediately return calls for comment.

Screw them - they were celebrating the history of a great people.  They should not be erased because of some un-elected faceless bureaucrat in an office in Beijing.

Done with lunch - back to work

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Working on organizing the garage the next couple of days.  Putting some insulation in the walls and doing some wiring as well.

Back to work...

The guy is a loser who sees the Russians behind every blade of grass, every leaf on every tree. From FOX News:

Adam Schiff claims Hunter Biden email stories come 'from the Kremlin'
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff on Friday described revelations from a slew of emails in a laptop allegedly belonging to Hunter Biden as being part of a smear coming “from the Kremlin” -- amid claims the revelations are part of a Russian disinformation campaign.

“We know that this whole smear on Joe Biden comes from the Kremlin," Schiff said on CNN. "That's been clear for well over a year now that they've been pushing this false narrative about this vice president and his son.”

The California Democrat was responding to questions about the origins of emails, found on a laptop purported to belong to the son of Democratic nominee Joe Biden, and first reported by the New York Post.

Does anyone still believe this bull?  We spent close to two years and over $30 Million Dollars on the Mueller Report and they found nothing. Time to give it a rest.

Some headlines - Biden

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Joe Biden will win the 2020 election

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How? Cheating.  From Judicial Watch:

New Judicial Watch Study Finds 353 U.S. Counties in 29 States with Voter Registration Rates Exceeding 100%
Judicial Watch announced today that a September 2020 study revealed that 353 U.S. counties had 1.8 million more registered voters than eligible voting-age citizens. In other words, the registration rates of those counties exceeded 100% of eligible voters. The study found eight states showing state-wide registration rates exceeding 100%: Alaska, Colorado, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The September 2020 study collected the most recent registration data posted online by the states themselves. This data was then compared to the Census Bureau’s most recent five-year population estimates, gathered by the American Community Survey (ACS) from 2014 through 2018. ACS surveys are sent to 3.5 million addresses each month, and its five-year estimates are considered to be the most reliable estimates outside of the decennial census.

No surprises there - they have nothing to offer so they have to cheat.

Curious. Very very curious. From Jim Stone by way of Busted Knuckles:

The following (carefully composed) photo is 100 percent legit and was taken at 6:20 PM EST October 16
Here we have 1. The Chinese billionaire that had to flee the communist party, who has 3 hard drives of dirt on Biden colluding with communist china to destroy the United States. 2. Steve Bannon, who has had a copy of Hunter Biden's hard drive for 2 weeks. 3. Rudy Giuliani ... , AND 4. The Chinese virologist who confirmed the wuhan lab made the virus and as rumor has it, also knows Biden and the Democrats had the wuhan lab create the virus (paid for with 2.7 million U.S. tax dollars by Fauci) for the sole purpose of de-railing Trump's election with a totally scammed mail in vote scheme.


I don't know what to say beyond that, I am STUNNED, other than Stuxnet nuclear reactor distraction?
I keep staring at that photo in disbelief. It is very skillfully taken to not have the photographer or Bannon in the mirror, leaving the entire frame for the microbiologist. This took very careful composition and was obviously done on purpose to terrify the Democrats. Photoforensics says it is 100 percent legit and that would not be surprising considering we already know Giuliani and Bannon have Biden's hard drive, the billionaire and the microbiologist are a serious bonus, the Dems are royally screwed. I just noticed, the chinese microbiologist is illuminated by a backwards facing photo strobe. This is FREAKING AWESOME.

A bit hyperbolic writing but some interesting facts - the next couple of weeks will be most interesting...

How to boost the COVID-19 numbers

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Lie and rename Seasonal Influenza. From The Cap Tin:

Click on the two charts to get a better view - they are taking what was a minor public health concern and have turned it into a major political power grab. Link to the source WHO data in the tweet.

A look at three things about the Hunter Biden computer hard drive. From Jonathan Turley writing at FOX News:

Hunter Biden's laptop and the Facebook, Twitter censorship scandal – watch these 3 things
The convergence of law and politics is a common occurrence in Washington. While law is used to ascertain truth, politics is often used to obscure it.

That is why the truth is rarely evident in looking at a scandal straight on. Rather it requires peripheral vision or analysis – often what is not evident is what is most enlightening.

This most famous example of such reasoning was found in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s story “Silver Blaze,” on Sherlock Holmes’s investigation of the disappearance of a racehorse.

The local inspector asked if there was “any point to which you would wish to draw my attention?”

Holmes responds, “To the curious incident of the dog in the nighttime.”

When the inspector objects, “The dog did nothing in the night-time,” Holmes replies, “That was the curious incident.”

Jonathan brings up these three "barks"

Bark 1: This was not Hunter Biden’s computer
The most obvious response would be that this is not the computer of Hunter Biden.

Nope - they are not denying it. They are not admiting it, but there is no denial. Only silence. If it was just a handful of emails, one could have a decent case for fabrication. This is a whole hard drive and there is a lot more on it than is being released to the public at this time. Which brings us to Bark 2:

Bark 2: These were not Hunter Biden’s photos or emails
Even if the campaign cannot deny that the computer was Hunter Biden’s, it could deny that these incriminating pictures and emails were his.

Again, crickets.

Note that if these are fabricated emails or pictures, this would be a serious federal crime and the basis for legal action.

Bark 3 takes the cake:

Bark 3: This is defamation
Perhaps this bark is the most telling. If these emails or pictures are fabricated, it is a clear case of defamation and other tort actions.

It would seem that one of the hundreds of lawyers currently lined up by the Biden campaign would fire off an "intent to sue" letter.

Truth is a defense to defamation, so the letter might start with the earlier bark and deny that this was Hunter Biden’s computer and these were Hunter Biden’s file.

And so far? Nothing. Crickets. This is looking very real to me.  It will be interesting to see how they attempt to manouver out of this. Corruption and pay-for-play are serious charges and Joe Biden is smack in the middle of it.  Wonder if this was why it took President Obama so long to endorse Joe's presidential campaign.

From The Washington Times:

Cornell English department votes to change name to distinguish from 'English as a nationality'
The English department at Cornell University has voted to change its name in an effort to distinguish English the language from English the nationality.

The department at the Ivy League university in New York voted to change its name to “the department of literatures in English” during its first faculty meeting of the fall semester earlier this month, the student-led Cornell Daily Sun reported Wednesday.

The change would help to eliminate the “conflation of English as a language and English as a nationality,” English professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies Kate McCullough told the newspaper.

When will these children wake up. This is lunacy.

About those emails - Biden

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No. Not those emails.  These emails - from Breitbart:

Exclusive — ‘This is China, Inc.’: Emails Reveal Hunter Biden’s Associates Helped Communist-Aligned Chinese Elites Secure White House Meetings
Newly obtained emails from a Hunter Biden business partner lay out in detail how the Vice President’s son and his colleagues used their access to the Obama-Biden administration to arrange private meetings for potential foreign clients and investors at the highest levels in the White House. These never-before-revealed emails outline how a delegation of Chinese investors and Communist Party officials managed to secure a private, off-the-books meeting with then-Vice President Joe Biden.

In a 2011 email, Hunter Biden’s business associates also discussed developing relations with what one called “China Inc.” as part of a “new push on soft diplomacy for the Chinese.” These emails are completely unconnected to the Hunter Biden emails being released by the New York Post.

These and more explosive never-before-revealed emails were provided to Schweizer by Bevan Cooney, a one-time Hunter Biden and Devon Archer business associate. Cooney is currently in prison serving a sentence for his involvement in a 2016 bond fraud investment scheme.

In 2019, Cooney reached out to Schweizer after becoming familiar with the revelations in his 2018 book Secret Empires. Cooney explained that he believes he was the “fall guy” for the fraud scheme and that Archer and Hunter Biden had avoided responsibility.

Archer, who was also convicted in the case, saw a federal judge vacate his conviction. But an appellate court overturned the lower court judge’s ruling, reinstating Archer’s conviction in the case. Archer, Hunter Biden’s longtime business partner, awaits sentencing.

To reiterate - re-read the last sentence in paragraph two: "These emails are completely unconnected to the Hunter Biden emails being released by the New York Post."

Not a good time to be a Biden.  Wonder what the Democrats are going to do.  They have nobody. They have nothing.

A dull gray day in paradise

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The forecast was for sprinkles in the morning and clearing up in the afternoon.  It has been dumping off and on. Cold and wet.  Working in the garage and getting things done but I am half-way tempted to drive down to visit Lisa for a couple weeks.  She has 80° and sunshine.  Life is not fair.

Taking a break - a quick trot around the web and back to work for two more hours.  Fixing a vegetarian version of American Goulash - fresh rigatoni pasta in a tomato sauce with textured soy protein for the base.  Basic comfort food - perfect for today.

A quiet news day

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Quick surf around the internet this morning.  Nothing catches my eye as yet.

Heading out for coffee, a couple of errands and then home to work on the garage.

Something is up...

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Where I live is close to the large naval air station on Whidbey Island.  There is always the background noise of the jets flying around. The station has been there since 1942 so it is always fun to see people move to the area and then start to complain about all the noise. To me it is the sound of freedom. I love it.

Yesterday night, some very large airplanes started flying.  Loud and deep rumbling - not your usual fighters. I will be looking up during the day to see what these are.

Sleep deprivation

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Slept a solid ten hours - feeling great so needed it.

Cold rainy grey day so working on the garage - get things organized a little bit better. Next up, the loft and building some stands for my music equipment - that will be a fun welding project.

Quick surf around the net, get some coffee and then, to work...

And that is it for today

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Had to get up fairly early to get Truffle to the vet at 8:00AM for her surgery.  Fairly sleepy so not going to post any more tonight - dinner and then to bed around 8-9PM.

Two memes

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From Woodsterman:



And back home for the day

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Did a good craigslist deal - a guy was selling factory reconditioned steel 55 gallon drums for $10/each. Bought eight of them - making a charcoal burner, a sump for temporary rainwater processing and a wood stove for the shop.

Lisa and I talked for a good 15 minutes - she is making great time and her new van (new to her - 20 years old but low miles) is running well. The house is very very quiet - no cat, no little pup and no Lisa ☹

Busy day

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Dropped Truffle at the vet this morning for neutering and then turned around and dropped Cat back at the animal shelter to re-home him.  He is a wonderful cat - perfect temperament, indoor/outdoor, good mouser and great personality.  He had reached a state of detente with Bear but when Truffle came to live here, that tipped him over the edge. He was comfortable with the mellowness of the household and Truffle is still very much a puppy.

Going to live without a cat for a while - see how that goes.  I will miss him though.

Headed to points South - craigslist deal...

Now this would be delightful - from Al-Masdar Al-'Arabi:

Muammar Gaddafi’s cousin to sue Hillary Clinton for ‘destroying Libya’
The political official of the Libyan National Struggle Front, Ahmed Gaddaf al-Dam, began on Monday, the first steps to sue former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on charges of spreading destruction and supporting terrorism in Libya.

The cousin of the late Libyan president, Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, said in an exclusive interview with Sputnik that he had assigned his legal team to sue the former U.S. Secretary of State.

Gaddaf al-Dam added that he provided the legal team with other documents not released by the U.S. State Department to prosecute Hillary Clinton on charges of spreading destruction and supporting terrorism in Libya.

A bit more - the history:

Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi was forced to abandon Tripoli and take refuge near the city of Sirte, where he was later captured by anti-government forces and subsequently killed by his captors in 2011.

Gaddafi had given up all of his weapons of mass destruction and was complying with the United States and NATOs wishes.  Hillary wanted to start a war and she did.  She got what she wanted, not what was good for everyone. Tip of the hat to Don Surber for the link.  Don had this to say: I hope the Libyans clean her clock and bankrupt her. I agree totally.

The dynamic duo

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Here is trouble...  Taking Bear and my new pup out for a run yesterday:


Pug and Boxer mix - great personality but there is not the brachycephalic skull and the host of attendant problems. Bear turns five this December and is starting to show some gray in his muzzle.  The short life span of a dog is one of the few places where God really fucked up.

Truffle is heading to the vet for surgery this morning - she is becoming an "it"  Hope that she doesn't start voting Democrat.  That would be a tragedy.

The New York Post broke the story of Vice President Biden offering pay for play through the conduit of his coke-addled son Hunter. Both Facebook and Twitter have been trying like mad to supress this and keeping it from going viral. With predictible results of course - The Streisand effect writ large to see. They were targeting news reporters, other people in the media and the general public. Now? The gloves are off - from NOQ Report:

1984 is here: Twitter suspends Kayleigh McAneny over Hunter Biden Tweet
Twitter’s censorship has hit ludicrous speed over the NY Post story on Hunter Biden. They have suppressed the story to the point that people who Tweet it risk getting suspended. Newsbusters’s Curtis Houck was suspended a few hours ago. Now, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McAneny has been locked out of her account as well.

I can see someone from a conservative media outlet getting shut down but, the White House Press Secretary? Locked out of Twitter? Heads gonna roll...  Someone caught a screen-cap of the offending tweet:

This will be interesting. I fail to see any way the Democrats can spin this. Like I said earlier this afternoon: We all know that Biden will never win the election. The only question now is how large will the Trump Landslide be. And, how bad will the rioting be after.

I consider myself very lucky that for the next couple of months, Lisa will be in a very small town near the coast and I will be on an island with one very defensible bridge connecting to the mainland. Crazy times are upon us and the Democrats own it all.  Lock, stock and barrel and they will try to burn it all down if they do not get their own way.

And it's Chinese food for tonight

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Got some vegetable ho-fun with my name on it.  Bringing along a Mexican coke to drink.

Also stopping at Lowe's to get some stuff for the new pressure washer.  They used a non-standard pipe fitting to attach the hose to the pump.  Grrrrrr...  See if there is an adapter - probably will cost $20 or more for $3 worth of CNC machined brass. Already have a lot of hose and spray stuff from the farm where I had a large gasoline washer.  Switching to electric - less hassle and quieter.

UPDATE: The adapter was only $13 for a two-piece unit with some fairly complex machining.  My hope has been restored. The ho-fun was delicious - parked overlooking the Skagit river and watched the sunset while eating.

Falling apart at the seams - Biden

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Some last minute spin - Biden campaign

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We all know that Biden will never win the election. The only question now is how large will the Trump Landslide be.
And, how bad will the rioting be after. From The London Daily Mail:

Joe's SOS to Barack: Obama is to return to campaign trail to help floundering Biden and releases ad urging Democrats to vote
Former President Barack Obama, still a hugely popular figure among Democrats, fronted a new video campaign Tuesday to get out the vote for Joe Biden.

In videos tailored for states vital to Biden's challenge against President Donald Trump, Obama urges voters to get organized ahead of an election disrupted by COVID-19, increased use of mail-in ballots, and Trump's unprecedented - and debunked - claims of a rigged contest.

En route to Florida Tuesday, Biden also said Obama would soon be hitting the campaign trail too. 'He's doing enough for our campaign. He'll be out on the trail,' Biden told reporters.

Barky is concerned with his legacy as any good narcissist should be. He hates Biden and hates that he has to hitch his wagon to the Democrat party this time around.

Done for a while - back later

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Got the grocery deliveries this afternoon - taking the new pup with me.

Back in a couple of hours - might head up North for Chinese food.  Don't feel like cooking anything tonight.

Picking up some steel drums tomorrow - making a charcoal burner for the blacksmithing.  Use some of them for rainwater control.

That story about the emails and photos on the Hunter Biden hard drive?

From the New York Post:

Facebook limits spread of The Post’s Hunter Biden exposé
Facebook moved Wednesday to limit the spread of The Post’s reporting on bombshell emails from Hunter Biden’s laptop that show he introduced his father, Joe Biden, to a Ukrainian energy executive — a move that led President Trump’s campaign to accuse the company of “interfering” in the election.

And, from The Post Millenial:

New York Post locked out of Twitter after publishing Biden bombshell
The New York Post has been locked out of Twitter over a story that they published on Joe Biden's alleged corruption. This according to business reporter Noah Manskar, who claimed that it was because the story violated the policy against the "distribution of hacked material."

Of course they want to squash the story.  It doesn't fit the narrative. It's all about maintaining their hold on the narrative and the power.

Now this will be fun - spin cycle

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See how they spin this - from the New York Post:

Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian businessman to VP dad
Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company, according to emails obtained by The Post.

The never-before-revealed meeting is mentioned in a message of appreciation that Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma, allegedly sent Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015, about a year after Hunter joined the Burisma board at a reported salary of up to $50,000 a month.

“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure,” the email reads.

An earlier email from May 2014 also shows Pozharskyi, reportedly Burisma’s No. 3 exec, asking Hunter for “advice on how you could use your influence” on the company’s behalf.

The blockbuster correspondence — which flies in the face of Joe Biden’s claim that he’s “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings” — is contained in a massive trove of data recovered from a laptop computer.

A bit more:

Other material extracted from the computer includes a raunchy, 12-minute video that appears to show Hunter, who’s admitted struggling with addiction problems, smoking crack while engaged in a sex act with an unidentified woman, as well as numerous other sexually explicit images.

More at the site including a photo of Hunter in bed with a crack pipe dangling from his mouth.  Presidential material. Imagine the parties at the White House.

Awfully quiet around here though.  The new pup is a lot of fun but there is nobody to talk with. Nobody to come up behind and reach my arms around for a hug...  Lisa is on the road - past Seattle this morning and making good time.

Good motivation for me to get my a** in gear and get this house turned into a home.  Lots of work yet to go. Drywall, paint, remodel the bathroom, flooring, etc...

And out for the day

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Back to my usual schedule - heading out in a bit for some coffee and then back home to put together a large electric pressure washer and organize the garage a bit.  The pressure washer is going to be invaluable for jetting out the existing drainage lines.  Spending the next week or so getting the ground water problem fixed here.  A lot of digging and installing some french drains.

When I moved here, I bought a smallish "home" electric pressure washer and it is fine for cleaning off the patio furniture but that is about it.  I NEED MOAR POWER!!!

From the Low Earth Orbit Tracking Lab twitter account:

Normally, these satellites would fire a rocket, de-orbit and splash down into the ocean but these two birds were built before that was a requirement. The objects are a Parus navigation satellite (Kosmos-2004), launched in 1989, and the Chang Zheng-4C Y4 third stage rocket launched in 2009. They are flying in opposed orbits  so the combined velocity is high.  Kessler syndrome anyone?


Well damn

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Knew from the start that this was going to happen but...  Lisa just pulled out of the driveway heading to points south.  Going to miss that woman - we hit it off really well.  There was never any question but that she was visiting this area for now.  Our connecting was a surprise to both of us and she is planning to head back up once her current work is finished - should be sometime around January/February - not that far away. Regardless of what happens in the future, I have a serious friend for life and some amazing memories.  If I was more of a wordsmith, I would write a country and western song about this last six weeks.

2021 - H. M. B. and watch this

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Could happen:


Steven Pastis draws Pearls before Swine and has these two offerings - this one from October 9, 2020:


And this prescient offering from December 29, 2019:


Makes me shudder to wonder what is next.  Certainly avoiding all cities for the first couple weeks of November.
Tip of the hat to Bayou Renaissance Man for the links to the cartoons. Peter is a daily read for me.

From the New York Times:

Hillary Clinton has a 91% chance to win
Good morning on this, the 21st day before Election Day. Hillary Clinton’s chances reached 91 percent last night — their highest point yet in this election cycle. The latest rise comes from gains in Arizona and Georgia, as well as hints of further weakness in typically safe red states like Alaska and Utah.

Wishful thinking?

And out for a while

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Some errands.  Lisa is coming over in a couple of hours.  Our last night is tonight for a while.  See what happens for the future but for now, this last month has been a delight.

A bit of rainfall

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From the mighty Stillguamish river:


Note that the 92 year running average is just over 600 cu Ft/second and it is now 8,000 cu Ft/second. A bit of an increase if you ask me...

Quarantine day 1,024...

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Pay heed to Peter at the Bayou Renaissance Man - a longish post but well worth reading as the election is coming up fast.
Some excerpts as he quotes from various sources:

Second City Cop quotes one of their sources as saying the Mayor of Chicago is "in full panic mode" at the prospect of losing many officers to retirement in the imminent future.

City Hall and a clueless subservient 35th Street are in full panic mode as of Jan,Feb of 2021 we will be losing thousands of officers to retirement. They were caught off guard though by unsuspected retirements with officers that don’t have the age or time just packing it in. By Mar 2021 we will be so dangerously short, at the time of this writing, 1,800 officers with another 500 rumored ready to push the button. The Mayor was told the ONLY remedy in 2021 will be the 12 hour day, mandatory OT and extremely limited time off. Basically you will work 12 hour days and could be subjected to another 8 hour extension.

And this:

Anyone paying attention has noted a decided reduction in protests, riots and lighting things on fire - aside from Portland which is a basket case regardless. They haven't gone away. They've gone underground, prepping for November.

And this - Portland, OR:

Our mayoral candidates are the current mayor, who supports Antifa and BLM and has severely restricted us in dealing with them, and an opponent who is even worse.  She calls herself the 'Antifa candidate', and word is that she's a communist in all but name.  Right now, she's ahead in the opinion polls.  We're trying to prepare for what we know is coming in November after the election, but we're being obstructed and restricted at every turn.

Seattle, WA:

Our officers are almost completely demoralized.  They were forced to let extremists get away with the CHAZ fiasco, and literally get away with murder while they were at it.  The Mayor is actively backing Antifa and BLM, and refuses to approve or authorize any meaningful law enforcement action against them, even if evidence is available to justify it.

A lot more with additional check-ins from Los Angeles, Philadelphia, New York City, St. Louis and elsewhere. Stay safe.

Wonder what is up there - from The Korea Times:

Kim Jong-un cries during commemorative speech
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's speech last Saturday was quite different from previous occasions, according to experts, Sunday.

Previously, Kim's speeches at large military parades have centered around cliched messages on flaunting its military might. But this time, he dedicated a huge part of the speech to messages specifically designed to sympathize with North Koreans. Experts say the unusual speech was aimed at engineering public support as the North Korean leader struggles to lead the country out of an unprecedented national crisis from the "three hardships" as mentioned in the speech ― international sanctions, the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters.

He spent almost one third of the speech, given to mark the 75th anniversary of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea, expressing his gratitude and saying that he was sorry for not being able to significantly improve citizens' lives despite their absolute support.

"Our people have placed trust, as high as the sky and as deep as the sea, in me, but I have failed to always live up to it satisfactorily. I am really sorry for that," Kim said. "Although I am entrusted with the important responsibility to lead this country upholding the cause of the great Comrades Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il thanks to the trust of all the people, my efforts and sincerity have not been sufficient enough to rid our people of the difficulties in their lives."

More at the site - wonder if he will go as far as to open his Nation up to the rest of the world.  75th anniversary is a big deal and for him to admit failure - the North Korean Leaders are infallibile. Maybe he is on the phone to President Trump's people reopening negotiations - time will tell...

A class act - Amy Coney Barrett

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Her opening statement - from Politico:

Amy Coney Barrett's opening statement ahead of the Supreme Court hearings
Read Amy Coney Barrett's opening remarks as prepared for delivery below, and follow our coverage ahead of the Supreme Court nomination hearings.

Chairman [Lindsey] Graham, Ranking Member [Dianne] Feinstein, and Members of the Committee: I am honored and humbled to appear before you as a nominee for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.

I thank the President for entrusting me with this profound responsibility, as well as for the graciousness that he and the First Lady have shown my family throughout this process.

Just go and read the whole thing.  She is the real deal.  A class act. Her tenure on the Bench will be written about and cited for years and years to come.  Now, go and look at the whining and obstructionism of the Democrats and imagine their legacy - even ten years out.  They are on the losing side and history will not remember them kindly.

Herman Munster - amateur radio

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Finally found it - there are several clips but here is the first one.  In the 1960's television show The Munsters, noted polymath and actor Fred Gwynne played the head of the family, Herman Munster. In this scene, he takes up the hobby of amateur radio and thinks that he is talking to Martians.  In real life, Fred was a Navy radio operator and a real-life ham radio operator. More info as I find it:

Have fond memories of growing up watching this show - a lot of fun. Nice to see them showing it on YouTube

Heh - online meetings

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Been doing two or more of those/month these days.  Caught my eye:


The Denver shooting - some more

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Things get more curious - who hired this guy and why? From Andrea Flores' twitter account
Andrea is:  News Reporter/Anchor at  @cbsdenver. Proud @ucdavis grad. @nahj member. Instagram: AndreaFloresTV

Two comments to Andrea's post caught my eye:

So the television station hires an leftist extremist to protect them at a pro-police rally  where he managed to shoot a man in the head and this is not the biggest story of the last decade?


I’d say @9NEWS looking at HUGE Lawsuit

File that last one under No Shit Sherlock. Wonder if blue shirt from my post yesterday had anything to do with it. Wonder if they are still employed by 9NEWS. Wonder if they still have a twitter account online or if has been mysteriously "hacked".

The upcoming election - Los Angeles

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Interesting things happening in L.A. (or, to give it its full and original name: El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles del Río de Porciúncula) From station KTLA:

Some 2,100 L.A. County voters received mail-in ballots with no way to vote for president
More than 2,000 Los Angeles County voters got mail-in ballots with a very egregious flaw: no way to vote for U.S. president.

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk’s office confirmed late Monday that about 2,100 “faulty ballots” were mailed earlier that day to residents in the Woodland Hills area.

This is not a small mistake - this was organised from the top down and somebody caught them before they got filled out and returned. There is a very long chain in printing something like a ballot.  The designer, they typesetter, the poofreader, the printer, the person running the post-press equipment (paper cutter, folder, envelope stuffer, etc...) and nobody caught this?  Is everyone in on the scam?  These ballots are tabulated electronically and the citizens vote is recorded with a black mark on the paper.  Were the tabulating machines just going to add a vote for Harris/Biden for each of these defective ballots? I used to do printing and DTP when the retail computer sales market tanked.  Got to be pretty good at it and had a lot of fun. This is unconscionable.

And hanging out by myself tonight

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Lisa is back at her place packing.  She is leaving tuesday - heading south for two months to take care of some things and then we are talking about her coming back up and seeing where things go with us.  I could not think of a nicer person to spend time with - we have a lot of the same cultural cognates and very similar (and complimentary) energies.

Neither of us has been sucessful with long-term relationships but this seems really comfortable - like we have known each other a lot longer than the one month it has been. We were both a bit startled when this feeling started manifesting.  If this works out, the only thing I have to say is: "About Fscking Time"  ❤

Yikes - Scarlet Fever

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From the Australian Broadcasting Company:

Scarlet fever is making a comeback after being infected with a toxic virus, researchers say
Scarlet fever epidemics were deadly to children across the globe in the 1800s, but in recent decades concerns about the disease have largely faded from the minds of medical experts, in part due to the power of antibiotics.

Recently though, the bacteria responsible for scarlet fever has been mutating and making a resurgence.

New research by scientists at the University of Queensland (UQ), in collaboration with scientists around the world, has suggested the Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria is growing stronger after being infected by viruses.

Happens in nature from time to time and easy enough to conjure up in a lab somewhere. A bit more:

Between 2014 and 2018, the UK National Health Service reported a 68 per cent increase in the number of lab reports of pyogenic streptococci.

And it is a nice one:

Historically, septic complications such as brain abscess, meningitis, lung abscess, pneumonia, osteomyelitis (bone infection), middle ear and soft tissue infections could follow scarlet fever and cause early death.

Shudder... 68% increase is well above the statistical norm.  Something is happening out there and the breakthrough is not going to be nice.

Looks like they realised that they actually need to be a Public Health entity instead of a political narrative entity.
From Breitbart:

Backflip: W.H.O. Condemns Coronavirus Lockdowns, Just ‘Doubling’ Global Poverty
The UK’s envoy to the World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) has condemned mass coronavirus lockdowns, slamming the “ghastly global catastrophe” caused by crashing the world economy.

Dr. David Nabarro from the W.H.O. appealed to world leaders on Saturday, telling them to stop “using lockdowns as your primary control method” of the coronavirus.

He claimed that the only thing lockdowns achieved was poverty – with no mention of the potential lives saved.

Yep - benefits nobody. Kills the economy and causes an increase in the death rate due to postponed medical treatment for other issues as well as the increased rate of overdoses and suicides. The only people benefiting are the politicians who are clawing their way into power and who want to institute a socialist one-world government.

One more before I go

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From Woodsterman:


So true - my Bear is a gentle giant.

And on with the day

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Working on Lisa's van putting in some electrical stuff. Also doing flooring in the living room.

Minimal posting today.

The Denver shooting has been in the media - The Denver Post:

One dead after gunfire at downtown Denver rallies; private security guard on contract by 9News in custody
One person has died and another man, who 9News confirmed was a private security guard contracted by them, is in custody after a shooting during dueling protests Saturday in downtown Denver.

9News reported that one of their employees and a contractor for the television station were taken into custody. It later confirmed the guard was contracted through Pinkerton and “that it has been the practice of 9NEWS for a number of months to hire private security to accompany staff at protests.”

What the media are not reporting is that the "private security guard" was sporting an Antifa tatoo on his wrist - from SlavTrapGod's twitter account:

Much more at the site - replies with more information. Definitely Antifa.  The  victim was backing away from the shooter and the guy in the blue shirt is a producer for the station - deeply involved.

NEJM is a high-end non-political Scientific Journal devoted to the topic of Medicine and Medical Research.  They are not a partisan organization. Well... Maybe... From The National Pulse:

REVEALED: Anti-Trump New England Journal Of Medicine Is Partnered With A Chinese Communist Publishing House
The medical journal had never involved itself in U.S. presidential elections before, but recently published an op-ed entitled, “Dying in a Leadership Vacuum,” which implored American voters to remove President Trump office.

The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), therefore, shares the same election preference as the Chinese Communist Party: a victory for Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden.

NEJM and the Chinese government, however, have considerably more in common.

NEJM launched a Chinese publication, app, and website in late 2016.

NEJM also partnered with Shanghai Science and Technology Publishing House, a subsidiary of government-approved Shanghai Century Publishing Co.

Shanghai Science and Technology Publishing House boasts on its mission page how it belongs to “the first batch of “National Excellent Publishing Houses named” by the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Propaganda Department and has received a host of awards from the government.

Furthermore, the group describes itself as “under the guidance of the party and the government’s publishing policies.”

Much more at the site.  Science = 0%, Politics = 100% Not surprised.

Sad though. I remember when Scientific American was a relaly good publication - read it regularly growing up.  I used to work with Greenpeace (Seattle office) back when they were a science-based organization. They moved to politics and I quit. Politics and Science do not mix.  Just because you are brilliant in your field does not mean that you have good judgement in other arenas. Paging Messers Dunning and Kruger.  Dr. David Dunning and Dr. Justin Kruger please come to the white courtesy telephone please.

Good news for skiers - La Niña

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From Seattle weather blogger Scott Sistek at KOMO:

Smile skiers: Signs of La Niña grow stronger that it's...growing stronger
Skiers and snowboarders have a reason to smile Thursday as there is growing confidence the snow season this winter could be a good one, thanks to their good friend, La Niña.

La Niña is part of the 5-7 year "ENSO" cycle that combines with El Niño and the "neutral" in between, measured by taking the sea surface temperatures in the central Pacific Ocean and comparing them to normal levels. These changes in temperatures have been found to have a profound global chain-reaction effect on the large scale weather patterns.

So why do skiers and snow fans care? Typically La Niña winters have a greater chance of being cooler and wetter than normal.

La Niña was declared to have arrived in the late summer, and the latest monthly updated discussion from NOAA Thursday shows that it's not only still here, but getting stronger.

Good news - last couple of seasons at Mt. Baker have been crappy to say the least.  Nice to have some colder weather and more snowfall.

Dropping the F-Bomb

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President Trump in fine form:

And you better believe that the mullahs are listening...

What is it with Democrats pardoning known criminals. From the Delaware News Journal:

Delaware man charged in Michigan governor kidnap plot was pardoned by Carney last year
Barry Gordon Croft Jr., the 44-year-old Bear man charged in a plot to kidnap the Michigan governor Thursday, was pardoned by Delaware Gov. John Carney last year, according to documents obtained by Delaware Online/The News Journal.

The charges for which Croft received a pardon include possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, assault and burglary, according to court records. Carney, a Democrat, signed the pardon in April 2019 after the Delaware Board of Pardons recommended approval.

On Friday, Carney confirmed he pardoned Croft for a series of criminal charges that occurred in the mid-1990s.

Possession of a firearm while committing a felony?  That should be a decade or more in prison.  Prison is supposed to be punishment and if you institute a policy of easy pardons, you take away the stick. There is no carrot. Of course he will reoffend.

Also, these are not white supremacists, these are not Trump supporters.  These are hard-core anarchists - they hate everyone.

He has been saying some very conservative things in the last year or so - they sort of pop out when least expected.

And now this - from Breitbart:

Maher: ‘I Don’t Know What I’m Getting for My Super High Taxes’ in California
On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher stated that living in California feels like Italy in the 1970s, where there are high taxes, but “I don’t know what I’m getting for my super high taxes.” Maher also argued that the Democrats who run the state need to cut through the needless bureaucracy that he characterized as “corruption.”

Maher said, “There is an exodus. California businesses are leaving the state in droves. In just 2018 and 19, which were economic boom years, 765 commercial facilities left. 13,000 businesses left between 2009 and 2016. Look, I came out here in 1983, I found paradise. I love California. I do. I don’t want to leave. But I feel like I’m living in Italy in the 70s or something, super high taxes, potholes in the road. I don’t know what I’m getting for my super high taxes. And I do — and this talk of exodus, I tell you, people talk about this a lot now, and people are leaving.”

Maher then discussed the problems with bureaucracy he’s personally had with installing solar panels and stated that the process is “just corruption.”

Bill - your tax dollars are building the new socialist paradise.  Get used to it.  Your votes have consequences.

And that's it for the evening

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Watch some videos and head to bed.  Lisa is at her place sorting through stuff for her trip down. She is coming over tomorrow to hang out.

Got the first strong front of the season moving through tonight - winds in the 20-35 range.  Lots of rain forecast for tomorrow with t-storms in the offing.

That fly - VP Debates

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From Stilton Jarlsberg:


And, of course, the backstory:


Quiet couple of days...

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Readers will know that I met Lisa about a month ago.

She let me know from the outset that she was visiting and that her time here was short.  Still, we really hit it off. Incredibly so. She has some business down south that needs to be taken care of but she is planning to come back up here in a few months and see how things go with us.

See what happens - she will be on the road next Wednesday or so. Needless to say, the volume of spew will resume. A very dear person and we have a lot of fun together.

Shot from one of the radio towers of the Oregon DOT:

This is so true - denim

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From Woodsterman:


Curious - from The Jerusalem Post:

Saudi ex-intel chief slams Palestinian's criticism of UAE-Israel deal
Saudi Arabia's former intelligence chief and ambassador to the United States, Prince Bandar bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz, slammed the Palestinian leadership for criticizing the decision of some Gulf states to normalize ties with Israel.

In an interview with Saudi-owned Al Arabiya television aired on Monday, the prince labeled the Palestinian authorities' criticism a "transgression" and "reprehensible discourse."

"The Palestinian cause is a just cause but its advocates are failures, and the Israeli cause is unjust but its advocates have proven to be successful. That sums up the events of the last 70 or 75 years," he said in the first of a three-part airing of the interview.

"There is something that successive Palestinian leadership historically share in common: they always bet on the losing side, and that comes at a price."

Much more at the site. Heh - got to love the coment: "they always bet on the losing side" They could have had their own Nation and they could have had peace with Israel at any time. Israel was more than willing to accomodate them.  Instead, they thought that they were relevant and they thought that they could get everything they asked for. They used terrorism as a negotiating tactic.

Now, watch their power and their relavence melt away into the sand.  A bunch of has-beens.  The origin of their claim is interesting.  Yasser Arafat was an Egyptian who studied in Moscow for nine years.  The palestinian conflict was a KGB dirty trick.

From TMZ:

Eddie Van Halen -- the legendary guitarist and co-founder of Van Halen -- has died after a long battle with cancer ... TMZ has learned.

Sources directly connected to the rock star tell us ... he died at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica Tuesday. His wife, Janie, was by his side, along with his son, Wolfgang, his ex-wife Valerie Bertinelli, and Alex, Eddie's brother and drummer.

We're told in the last 72 hours, Eddie's ongoing health battle went massively downhill -- doctors discovered his lung cancer had moved to his brain as well as other organs.

As you know, Eddie has been battling cancer for well over a decade. Our sources say he's been in and out of the hospital over the past year -- including last November for intestinal issues -- and recently underwent a round of chemo.

Last year we reported ... Eddie was flying between the US and Germany for 5 years to get radiation treatment. Though he was a heavy smoker for years, he believes he developed throat cancer from a metal guitar pick he used to frequently hold in his mouth more than 20 years ago.

Don't kid yourself - it was the cigarette smoke.  Crap - 65 is way too young.

From that orange guy's twitter account:

Now this is going to be fun - no wiggling out of it.  I do not even care if they are able to avoid prison. Just having the general public know how bad these people were is enough. Writ large for all to see.

Great quote - reality

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Reality is a harsh mistress and can turn around and bite you if you do not embrace it:

"You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality."
--Ayn Rand

Our climate warriors

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So true - pathetic bunch of wankers:


So true

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His recent illness summed up in one tweet - a screen-cap from 90 Miles:


And he is out of there

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In other news, a 74 year old man was able to beat COVID-19 in four days. From his twitter account:

Don't let it dominate your life - wise words.

So true:


From Knuckledraggin'

Nice little town 'ya got. Here it is under Democrat rule.  From National Review:

Rochester Mayor Indicted in Felony Campaign Finance Fraud
Rochester, N.Y. mayor Lovely Warren has been indicted on charges she broke campaign finance rules and committed fraud during her 2017 reelection campaign, the Monroe County District Attorney announced Friday.

One charge is for a scheme to defraud in the first degree, while another is an election law offense for illegally coordinating activities and expenditures, the Democrat and Chronicle reported.

The Democrat’s campaign treasurer, Albert Jones Jr., and the treasurer of her political action committee, Rosalind Brooks-Harris, face charges as well, district attorney Sandra Doorley said.


Tip of the hat to Ed Driscoll for the link.

And another one gets it

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I would love to see where this infection started from and those people responsible brought to justice.  Assault with a deadly weapon is a serious crime in any state.

From White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany's twitter account:

This is not cool - she is a cancer survivor so her immune system is compromised.

And a new day begins

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Lisa is coming over to work with me in a couple hours.  Still have some paperwork to finish so getting that done.

Turning into a gorgeous day.

One of the nice things about retirement is that it is Monday and I do not give a crap.  Just like any other day. Hang out with my sweetie working on stuff that we want to work on.

I would not be surprised at all - from American Thinker:

Speculation mounts about the source of President Trump’s illness
The dramatic events of the last week will be studied for decades, and much information remains unknown. In the early morning of Friday, October 2nd, President Trump tweeted that he and the First Lady had tested positive for COVID. That evening, after reports that the President was running a fever, he checked in to Walter Reed National Medical Center for treatment. Immediately, speculation began about how he caught the virus and the nature of its severity.

However, as numerous Republicans in key positions also tested positive, the nature of the speculation began to change. The issue shifted from whether or not the president wore a mask to why so many important Republicans simultaneously got the virus. Among those testing positive were Trump’s campaign manager, the Chair of the Republican National Committee, the President’s senior counselor, and two Senators on the Judiciary Committee who will vote on the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett.

Lin Wood, a high-profile lawyer representing Nick Sandman and Kyle Rittenhouse, tweeted, “Many leaders in administration of @realDonaldTrump are quarantined by what almost appears to almost be targeted strike of Covid-19.” He later tweeted, “There are no coincidences. Zero. None. Hard stop.” Deanna Lorraine, who ran for Congress against Nancy Pelosi, also picked up the theme of a “targeted strike” in her tweet, “Does anyone else find it odd that no prominent Democrats have had the virus but the list of Republicans goes on and on?” And Omar Navarro, a Republican politician in California, developed the theme: “1.RBG dies. 2. Trump announces he will nominate new justice before election. 3. Pelosi makes “Arrow in our quivers comment to stop him.” Week later Trump, his top aide, his campaign manager, two Senators all come down with COVID 5. Schumer immediately requests to delay nomination.” He added, “Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it’s enemy action.”

A smoking gun would be quite the news story to break this close to November 3rd. I bet that "people" are "working on it" right now.


My first vehicle was a CJ-5 Jeep from the late 1950's - a civilian model.  I remember just how much detail was packed in the owner's manual. You could tear the car down to it's individual components and the manual would show you how to put it back together. These days? Even vehicles from 15 years ago are full of fluff and no real content.  Lisa's 'new' van - the manual is 95% fluff and the rest is fluid specs, how to run the stereo and where the fuses are. Nothing beyond that.

Barry's Nobel Peace Prize

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Some curious details coming out - from Norwegian media outlet DNMagasinet:
(Sweden selects all of the Nobel Prizes except for the Peace Prize. That one is selected by Norway)

December 2019: Berit Reiss-Andersen, chair of the Nobel Committee, had a question for the members of the committee. Queried by the Norwegian business daily DN, she asked whether they had ever had contact with Jeffrey Epstein, the convicted sex offender and well-connected financier.

Former chair Thorbjørn Jagland, by now a regular member of the committee, was among those answering no.

It turns out the answer was yes.

Not only did Jagland meet Epstein, he hosted him at his lavish residence in Strasbourg, France. At the time, Jagland was the sitting chair of the committee, which awards the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. Also present: a philanthropist touted as a possible Prize recipient.

I have said before that BillG is not that smart.  He is incredibly competitive and his fortunes with Microsoft came about through a lie and being in the right place at the right time. If you are looking for a modern day Nikola Tesla (one of my personal heroes), Elon Musk is your huckleberry.

Much much more at the site - this is excellent investigative reporting.  Basically, President Obama's Peace Prize was bought and paid for. A fascinating read - it shows that our cultural "elite" are just as stupid as the 50% of our general population that is below average. These people have position but they do not have morals or wisdom. They think that they know what is best for us but they have never experienced life outside of their cushy bubble.

Robert Anson Heinlen said it best:

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly.
Specialization is for insects.”

I am missing:

    • plan an invasion,
    • butcher a hog (although I have butchered chickens),
    • write a sonnet,
    • set a bone and
    • die gallantly.

Doing sixteen out of twenty one is not bad. I wonder what BillG can do?

Bundle of cuteness

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The Boxer/Pug pup that I am looking at adopting came over for a visit this afternoon.
Looks like she will settle in just fine:


Backstory here

Lunch over - back to work

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The new dog's foster caretaker is coming over in 30 minutes so Stevie (the dog) can meet Cat (the cat).  See what happens.

Sure, if you want to study engineering or law or become a doctor then yes, a degree is for you.
Otherwise? From Campus Reform:

Oregon State prof blames 'White Christians' for West Coast wildfires
Oregon State University Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Professor Susan Shaw claims that the denial of climate change by “White Christians” is a contributing factor to the wildfires now ravaging California, Oregon, and Washington State.

The professor claims that “the intensity and scope of these fires are a result of climate change.” She then attributes the blame for the fires’ potency on “white Christians” given that, as she claims, “many Christians, especially white Christians, have embraced denial of climate science.”

“The West is burning while most white Christians turn away from the root causes of the devastation,” writes Shaw, before adding that “White evangelicals continue to support Donald Trump overwhelmingly, even though the Trump administration has tried to roll back more than 100 environmental protection regulations.”

When Campus Reform asked Shaw about the language she used, she responded by saying, “I don’t think that language is necessarily racially divisive or charged. It’s descriptive, and it’s the language the research I cited uses to look at climate science beliefs across Christians.”

The idea that we would have such a position as Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Professor shows how far down the rabbit hole colleges and universities have gotten these days.

OSU is the victim of The long march through the Institutions - a long-term tactic employed by the marxists when they failed to institute communism back in the 1960's. They figured that they would infiltrate the schools, colleges and universities and pump the impressionable student's brains full of marxist mush so, even though their own coup attempt failed, they would get the next generation to try the same thing. Three words: loser, loser and loser.

College? Save your money, go to a trade school and learn something you can use for the rest of your life.  Welding is good.

Follow the money - Hunter Biden

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An interesting tale of an interesting trail of dollars - from China to Mr. Biden. From The Washington Times:

How Treasury Dept. tracked overseas cash pocketed by Hunter Biden
Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden flatly denied at Tuesday night’s debate that his lawyer son took huge sums of money from corrupt oligarchs and Chinese communists during his vice presidency, but Treasury Department reports show that Hunter Biden did receive the money.

President Trump chose to make an issue of Hunter Biden’s cash haul from Russia, Ukraine and China with the implication that unsavory figures were trying to buy Vice President Biden and the Obama administration.

“When somebody gets 3½ million dollars from the mayor of Moscow,” Mr. Trump said.

“That’s is not true. That report is totally false,” Mr. Biden said.

A Senate Republican report by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee says Mr. Trump is right, though it was not Moscow’s mayor, but his wife, whom the U.S. suspects of corruption in attaining billionaire status.

Dirty. No other way to put it. 100% dirty politics. Pay for Play.

Just call him the energizer bunny

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From FOX News:

President Trump could return to WH 'as early as tomorrow' if conditions continue to improve, doctors say
President Trump could be released from the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center as soon as Monday, his medical team said in an update Sunday to members of the White House press pool, as the president continues his treatment on dexamethasone and Remdesivir to fight coronavirus.

Dr. Sean Conley said Trump has experienced two episodes of transient drops in oxygen levels. From Thursday into Friday morning, Conley said Trump was doing well with mild symptoms and oxygen levels in the high 90s. By later Friday morning, the president had a high fever and his oxygen levels began dipping below 94%.

That is in line with what this new treatment protocol has done for people before - a couple of bad days and you then bounce back.  Now, tell me again why we need that expensive vaccine?

And the supervisors show up

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Saw three seals feeding off the shoreline.  Too far away to see if they are seals or sea lions (looking for the external ear flap) but really cute and they seem to be feeding well - lots of diving. This is prime crabbing ground for hominids (when in season - crab not hominid 🙂) so there should be ample food for them.  Lots of salmon too.

Back to work...

And to work

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Enough lollygagging - time to get to work. Garage, paperwork, agenda for the arts group (meeting this Wednesday) plus a bunch more small stuff. Need to get the house decluttered.

If the walls could talk - hospitals

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I have always found building infrastructure to be fascinating.  Hospitals especially - they have so much stuff hidden in their walls.  Gas lines, all sorts of signalling and networking. I would love to be able to see a hospital room before the wall coverings were installed.  I am imagining that this is even more so with the Presidential Suite at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where our President and First Lady are recovering from their bout of Wuhan Flu.

I was curious what their rooms looked like and The London Daily Mail delivered:

Inside Walter Reed: The 'Nation's Medical Center' where Trump will be treated for coronavirus in a secure 'Presidential Suite'
Now that he has arrived at Walter Reed National Medical Center for observation and treatment for COV-19, President Trump will be in the hands of 7,000 or so staff members including some of the nation's top doctors.

Trump will stay in the hospital's designated Presidential Suite, a lavish portion of one of its 88 buildings.

Known as Ward 71, the Presidential Suite is one of six special patient rooms reserved for high-ranking military officers and members of the White House cabinet.

The suite is 'specially outfitted with protective devices and communications gear used in support of the president,' wrote Rear Admiral Connie Mariano, who served as a physician to both presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton and was director of the White House Medical Unit.

Here are two photos from the article:



More at the site. Nice day room and dining room - there is also a full exam room, ICU bed, reception area. I would love to be able to poke through and see what kinds of security and communications there are.  Once a geek, always a geek...

And up and at 'em

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Got a lot of stuff I want to accomplish today so early rise. A nice hot shower, some breakfast and the day begins.

And that is it for now...

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Sleepy. Watch a few videos and then to bed.

Lisa is at her place - we both have things that have been piling up so taking tomorrow off to knock them out. Been having a lot of fun getting to know her - really really good people. Very happy with life right now.

Getting together Monday for more fun and games.

No you can't - Michigan

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Great court decision - from The Detroit Press:

High court strikes down Whitmer's emergency powers; gov vows to use other means
In a landmark ruling with far-reaching implications, the Michigan Supreme Court decided Friday that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer violated her constitutional authority by continuing to issue orders to combat COVID-19 without the approval of state lawmakers.

The state's high court ruled 4-3 that a state law allowing the governor to declare emergencies and keep them in place without legislative input — the 1945 Emergency Powers of the Governor Act — is unconstitutional.

The court was unanimous in ruling that a separate law — the 1976 Emergency Management Act — did not give Whitmer the power, after April 30, to issue or renew any executive orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic after 28 days without Legislative approval.

We need that in Washington state - a lot of small businesses are dying as a result of the stupid ineffectual lockdown. This is a political power grab and not a public health issue.

Heh - retirement

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Best description I have heard yet - from Eaton Rapids Joe:

Being retired is a bit like being a toddler: Go, go, go, go, nap. "Hey, where is my bottle?"

This was an addendum to a post of a different topic. Going to have to pass this one around a bit. So true.

True dat - President Trump

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Heh - leadership in Washington State

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ie: None.  Check this out - from Gun Free Zone:

Somebody is pissed
That feeling when you realize you cost your state 27,000 jobs and might cost them 71,000 when it’s all said and done.

Not to mention the tax revenue lost from that.

Right now Kay Ivey and Mo Brooks should be sending armies of hookers and dump trucks full of cocaine to Boeing corporate offices to suck, fuck, and blow them into moving the rest of their production fleet to the Huntsville area.

There is plenty of space in Limestone County to drop in a new airplane factory near where Blue Origin and Toyota Mazda are now.

Our costs of living are lower than Seattle, the weather is nicer, and our residents don’t burn shit to the ground.

Kay Ivey is the Governor of Alabama and Mo Brooks is the US Representative for the State.

Inslee is probably a nice guy - just waaaay in over his head. Does not help that he is in the pocket for MSFT, Boeing, Adobe, Amazon, etc... and does not represent us normies.  You know - We The People. He failed to read the writing on the wall. He failed to learn his history.  About twenty years ago, Boeing moved their Corporate Headquarters from Seattle to Chicago.  There were many mitigating factors but one biggie was that they were not able to get a break on taxes. Seattle lost  a huge tax base then. Despite the 737MAX fiasco, Boeing is a pretty well-run corporation and the people at the top are no dummies.

The Seattle City Council is all salivating about the new taxes it is going to levy to fund their pet projects.  Boeing sees the writing on the wall (Here We Go Again) and decides to pull up stakes. Socialism has never worked.  It only functions in the minds of the low-information bureaucrats who advocate for it and the low-information voters who put them in office.

Sucessful session of retail therapy

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Time for lunch.  A couple people are coming by to look at Lisa's old van so we are working at home today.  Overcast but fairly warm so working outside.

Points North today

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We are heading up North to run a few errands and then working at the house for the rest of the afternoon.

Might be getting a second dog.  Since Grace died three months ago, I have been thinking about getting a companion for Bear.  We ran into a sweetie at the farmer's market yesterday and are looking at getting her.  This one is a small (30 pound) Boxer/Pug mix.  Got the cute Pug personality without the horrible brachycephalic skull. They had a chance to play at the market and got along really well.

Time to get going...

They are all dirty - time to clean house.  From FOX News:

Adam Schiff-Ukraine connection comes under scrutiny
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who has played a leading role in investigating the Trump-Ukraine scandal, is facing questions about his own connection to a Soviet-born businessman who has raised money for his campaign and whose company has received lucrative defense contracts from Ukraine's government.

Reminds me of this quote:

It never fails to astonish me how cheaply a politician can be bought.
--Timothy Noah

Mr. Noah is a journalist - one of the good ones.

The Creation of Adam - updated

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A more modern take on Michelangelo's work:


Gerard looks at a funny video of antifa kiddies acting out and then delivers the horror beneath.

Go and read Hammer Time? Sobering.  This election matters more than people realize. We ARE that close.

The Debate - Michael Ramirez

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His latest cartoon on the debate (with a link to the backstory):


Cute backstory about some British African Grays at Miami, Florida station WPLG / Local 10

Gray parrots separated at zoo after swearing a blue streak
A British zoo has had to separate five foul-mouthed parrots who keepers say were encouraging each other to swear.

Billy, Eric, Tyson, Jade and Elsie joined Lincolnshire Wildlife Centre’s colony of 200 gray parrots in August, and soon revealed a penchant for blue language.

“We are quite used to parrots swearing, but we’ve never had five at the same time,” said the zoo’s chief executive, Steve Nichols. “Most parrots clam up outside, but for some reason these five relish it.”

Nichols said no visitors had complained about the parrots, and most found the situation funny.

“When a parrot tells tells you to ‘f-— off’ it amuses people very highly,” he said Tuesday. “It’s brought a big smile to a really hard year.”

Nichols said the parrots have been separated to save children’s ears. They were moved to different areas of the park so they don't “set each other off,” he said.

Biden's little helper

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Still want the RNC to bring a covert radio jammer to the debates.  Joe Biden is wearing a radio so he can be "coached" on his answers. Case in point:


The Savox headset is a favorite of military and security people - company website here: SAVOX
Lots of very cool (and justifiably expensive) stuff.

He won the defamation lawsuit against CNN and The Washington Post.  He is also suing ABC, CBS, the NY Times and Rolling Stone.  Some wonderful news on the legal front from Disrn:

ABC, CBS, NYT, Rolling Stone lose motions to dismiss defamation suit brought by Nick Sandmann
After both CNN and The Washington Post settled the multimillion-dollar defamation lawsuits he brought against them, former Covington Catholic high school student Nick Sandmann won another victory Thursday.

Four additional news corporations — ABC News, CBS News, The New York Times, and Rolling Stone — facing similar defamation suits from Sandmann all filed motions to dismiss the cases being brought against them. Each motion was denied by the court.

Heh - the media will have a painful lesson about telling the truth and not pushing the liberal narrative. Sandmann will not have to worry about his college fund (or anything else financial for that matter).
Win/Win in my book...

Biden's link to China

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The Trump link to Russia was a big fat nothingburger. It was a total fabrication started by Hillary as part of her 2016 campaign strategy and it took on a life of it's own costing us taxpayers over $40 million with the Meuller hearings. Joe Biden on the other hand is deep in the pockets of China. From The Washington Free Beacon:

Biden the Preferred Dem on China Trade Policy, Chinese State-Owned Firm Says
A Chinese state-owned securities conglomerate singled out Joe Biden for praise as a "rare candidate" who supports trade policies favorable to the country's Communist government, according to a translated copy of a company research report obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

The analysis, drafted by Guotai Junan Securities and posted publicly on its website during the U.S. primaries, identified Biden as the best candidate out of the major Democratic contenders on China trade policy. The report provides a glimpse into Beijing's assessment of Biden and other U.S. political leaders, as well as a list of U.S. states that China perceives as battlegrounds for its national policy interests in the 2020 election.

"Former U.S. vice president Biden, who currently ranks first in the Democratic Party’s approval rating, is a rare candidate who opposes the Sino-U.S. trade friction," said the report. "Biden has expressed his opposition to Sino-US trade frictions on multiple public occasions and believes that ‘all the wrong methods' have been used to deal with Sino-U.S. trade."

Biden, the report continued, was one of "only four Democratic candidates [who] believe that Sino-U.S. relations can complement each other for a win-win situation." The other candidates named were Andrew Yang, Seth Moulton, and Wayne Messam—all long-shot contenders who never hit above single digits in national polling.

This is for two reasons, #1) - he doesn't know what he is doing, he just signs whatever paper is placed in front of him and #2) - his son Hunter can be bought off cheaply.  Feed him some hookers and blow and he is your man. Sad but undeniably true.

And of course - Hydroxychloroquine

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Some news out of the White House - from President Trump's twitter account:

Taking bets as to hydroxichloroquine being part of the treatment protocol.
I am betting 100% yes.

That is it for now

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Early morning today so feeling downright sleepy. Lisa and I were working in Bellingham on a couple of projects. She is coming over here tomorrow to hang out.

Watch a couple of videos and then to bed.

Weird Al Yankovic does The Debate

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Complete with autotune

From the New York Times. Weird Al is a National Treasure

Smart cookie

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Bill Gates is not particularly smart.  He has an incredibly strong competitive streak and happened to lie his way into the right place at the right time.  He told IBM that he had a working Disk Operating System for the new IBM PC. He did not. He turned around and purchased QDOS from Seattle Computer Products which was, in fact, a partial clone of Digital Research's CP/M operating system - the standard for pre-IBM systems.

Unfortunately, BillG read Issac Asimov's Foundation Series somewhere along the way and he sees himself as a modern-day Hari Seldon out to save the world.  To gently guide us poor people down the right path.  To nudge us towards the one-world-government utopia that we do not know that we need.

Elon Musk on the other hand is a really smart cookie.  He also has the entrepreneurial spirit needed to pull it off.  He is doing groundbreaking work in several separate arenas.  Motor vehicles, rockets to space, tunnels, power storage, medical instruments. He had this to say recently - from LifeSite:

Elon Musk won’t take COVID vaccine, calls Bill Gates a ‘knucklehead’
One of the world’s most famous innovators has declared that neither he nor any member of his family will be taking a coronavirus vaccine.

Elon Musk, 49, the aerospace and Tesla pioneer, has taken a skeptical approach to the Covid-19 pandemic, keeping open his factory despite national lockdown orders.

In a “Sway” podcast interview with The New York Times’ Kara Swisher, the “billionaire entrepreneur” stated his firmly held belief that lockdowns are irrational.

“What we have is something with a very low mortality rate and high contagion,” he told Swisher.

“And something that is of low risk to a young person is of high risk to an older person. Essentially, the right thing to do would be to not have done a lockdown for the whole country. (...) I think anyone who is at risk should be quarantined until the storm passes.”

Heh - spot on.  More at the site.

So true

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The debate was unreal - this cartoon sums it up nicely:


A new-to-me compiler

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I like playing around with bits of software and just ran into the LLVM Compiler:

LLVM Overview
The LLVM Project is a collection of modular and reusable compiler and toolchain technologies. Despite its name, LLVM has little to do with traditional virtual machines. The name "LLVM" itself is not an acronym; it is the full name of the project.

LLVM began as a research project at the University of Illinois, with the goal of providing a modern, SSA-based compilation strategy capable of supporting both static and dynamic compilation of arbitrary programming languages. Since then, LLVM has grown to be an umbrella project consisting of a number of subprojects, many of which are being used in production by a wide variety of commercial and open source projects as well as being widely used in academic research. Code in the LLVM project is licensed under the "Apache 2.0 License with LLVM exceptions"

Lots of tools and plugins - what makes it interesting is this:

In addition to official subprojects of LLVM, there are a broad variety of other projects that use components of LLVM for various tasks. Through these external projects you can use LLVM to compile Ruby, Python, Haskell, Rust, D, PHP, Pure, Lua, and a number of other languages. A major strength of LLVM is its versatility, flexibility, and reusability, which is why it is being used for such a wide variety of different tasks: everything from doing light-weight JIT compiles of embedded languages like Lua to compiling Fortran code for massive super computers.

Hmmm... Been playing around with Lua off and on for the last couple of years.  Something to take a look at this winter when the pace of life is a bit slower. I have used the GCC suite a lot back when I was doing embedded systems - grew to love the 8051. Fun little chip and the Harvard Architecture was interesting to learn to deal with.

Back home for the night

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Spending an evening at home. Fix some dinner and surf for a bit.

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