Tuesday, May 24, 2022

Scream Fire

You have all heard the old truism" You can't scream fire in a crowded theater.

I've heard it a lot lately, when commentators are complaining about people using their speech to highlight the failures of the Biden administration.  I've heard it a lot.  And as a general rule, that's true.  Using your voice to incite a panic will get people injured or killed, especially if you scream FIRE in a crowded theater.

Unless the theater is actively ablaze.

Lots of folks are saying that they could simply not believe that things could get this bad under Joe Biden.  A sputtering economy, cities awash in crime, a total lack of control at the southern border, soaring fuel prices, food shortages (baby formula??), the list goes on.  We have a president who seems to cascade from one disaster to another, and never really manages to solve one problem before two more crop up.

It is impossible to attribute all this to sheer incompetence.  And Joe told us yesterday that our economy was being transformed.  So, if it is not incompetence, it must be by design.



The midten elections are soon to be upon is.  Several states are holding primary elections.  And, many fold are looking forward too the midterms, thinking that maybe things will get better.  Historically, there has been a shift in the middle of a presidency.  Obama famously said that he had a phone and a pen and we all know that Biden has an army of lackeys who are likely to double-down.  They truly believe in everything they are doing.  If you thought that the past 17 months was a train-wreck, just wait and see what 2023 and 2024 has in store for us.

Not only is the theater actively ablaze, but the roof is about to collapse.

We are in for a rough ride.

Monday, May 23, 2022

Shortages

 It's not just pilots, it's lots of things.  There is a perpetual nursing shortage, exacerbated by the Covid crunch. Becoming a registered nurse takes four years, and there are not enoug in the pipeline.

Water System Operators.  You know, the guys who get clean drinking water into your house?  Those guys.  I have two sons who are Level 4 operators, and they tell me that there is not enough young people in the field to replace those guys who will retire in the coming decade.  Same thing with Sewer System operators.  It's not clamorous work, but it pays well, and is vital to a functioning civilization.

Not to mention waiters, truck drivers, and a host of other physical trades.  These jobs aren't fashionable, but they are vital to society.  There are lots of jobs out there that need to be filled.  Oppostunity abounds.

Gas Prices

 Louisiana is a major player in the oil patch.  I have never seen prices this high in my home state.  This from the station where I buy most of my gasoline.

Thanks, Joe Biden.

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Is Consent Not Enough?

 Scrolling thru the intertubes this morning, we come to a tawdry story about  About two lovers that has taken a truly tragic turn.  It seems that a respected scientist was involved in a romantic relationship with a younger woman.  And, not that much younger.  Reportedly, she was 29-years-old when the affair began.

Now, it's over, and she is raising holy hell, claiming that she was "groomed" and "coerced" into the bedroom.  She is making noises about a "sexual predator".  We can surmise that (in the vernacular) she is pissed-off.  She is raising hell, and the esteemed scientist has resigned from his position at MIT and is subsisting off unemployment.

The idea that she was "groomed" is farcical.  She was 29, after all.  Well past the age of consent, and I suspect if she were traveling in the same circles with a respected scientist, she had more than a double digit IQ. (But, that latter assumption is not yet in evidence.)

It's a cautionary tale, and as old as the relationship between men and women.  So, if an old man's advise rings true today, let me give everyone some hard-learned proverbs.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

This comes from the English playwright, Congreve.  It was true in the 1600s and is true today.

The second proverb comes from a forgotten source who counseled me as a young lad.

Don't f**k any woman who has less to lose than you do.

That is great advise.  I'll bet that the respected scientist wishes that he had learned that years ago.

But, we are forced to examine the liberal mindset, which is setting back women in this century.

The liberals’ underlying assumption is that women can never be adults. No matter how old they may be, no matter how many graduate degrees they may amass, women are never free actors. They can only, ever, be playthings in the hands of men. Do you believe that? Probably not, but that is what liberals think, and our culture is awash in such nonsense.

In this age of progressives' not being able to define what a woman is, we have to wonder where we are headed.

Sunday Morning Dawg

 He misses Belle, and hangs our close to me when I'm around.


I keep trying to tell him it's going to be okay.

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Nancy and the Church

 It seems that Nancy Pelosi, who claims to be a devout Catholic, has gone one step too far, and has heard from he archbishop.  No Holy Communion.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of the Archdiocese of San Francisco has taken the extreme step of publishing a letter informing Rep. Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives and third in the line of succession for the presidency, that she must recant her public support for abortion and confess her sins before she will be allowed to partake of the Eucharist.

By all accounts, the archbishop bas bent over backwards to accommodate Pelosi and she has ignored his requests for a meeting.

Belle Update

 We moved Belle from the surgical ward yesterday, down the street to a rehab hospital where she will get physical therapy.   She will be there for about a week.

Kudos to the doctors, nurses, professional staff, and support personnel.  They did a magnificent job  They were professional, knowledgeable, kind, caring, and very accommodating. The hospital still has an official mask policy, but I didn't see it being enforced, by and large.  In four days, I generally wandered the hospital unmasked.

There was one example of what I call an "officious prick" who told me I had to mask before he would let me check out in the cafeteria.  It was less burdensome for me to put on  a mask than to get involved in a philosophical discussion.  The lesson here is that this little officious prick tainted an otherwise stellar performance by the hospital. 

I, for one, and I suspect the vast majority of Americans, are tired of being told what to do by officious pricks.  They count on Americans being compliant, and that may not be an assumption that they should hold.  

We're tired of this shit.

Friday, May 20, 2022

Ingraham:

Worry about the price of fuel, but keep worrying about the availability of oil, then look around you.

This plastic table I'm using right now, even the very plastic case that houses this computer.  It's made from oil.  The tires on your car, the plastic dashboard on your new, shiny Tesla.  Petrochemicals.  Those nice, common freezer bags you store food in.  Oil.  

As I sit in the shop, drinking coffee, working from a white folding table, typing on a computer,  and looking around, I am struck by how much of the stuff I use every day is made possible by fossil fuels.


The Biden administration is a train wreck, that is an ironclad cinch.  But, most of it is by design.  In their quest to fundamentally change the way we live, they have not thought this through.  While gasoline and diesel are important products, many of the byproducts of the fuel industry are also very important in the way we lead our daily lives.

The "green" folks are trying to bring us back to the 1920s  The petrochemical industry has brought us forward for the past 100 years, and with Biden's economic policies, we're destined to re-live the 1930s.  Based on stories from my grandfather, that ain't going tobe any fun at all.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Grits

 Grits are a southern staple.  Basically, ground hominy, they are cheap, filling, tasty, and can be made in bulk.  Huge batches are easy.  They add calories, which is why the Army uses a lot of grits.  I love them.  I'll eat grits anywhere and the Southern cooks love to spice them up.  Cheese grits, shrimp grits, or even pepper grits.

Belle detests grits.  We ate a good meal on Sunday and she injured herself before coffee on Monday morning.  With the prospect of surgery looming, they didn't feed her on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Her first meal in three days was breakfast.  They brought her eggs, toast, grits, coffee and orange juice.

Luckily, she is a light eater, so she made-do with the eggs and toast. Her disposition is good, and she is looking forward to the next steps.  She has been a registered nurse for 43 years, so she understands all the medical lingo, and knows what to expect.  I was a cop for 37 years and am totally outside of my confort zone in a medical setting.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Long Day

 It's been a long day, but a good one.  Belle was scheduled for surgery this afternoon and got into pre-op at about 1600 local.  By 1800 she was in recovery, and I was calling family and friends to let them know the good news.  Now, we begin the road to recovery.  She is resting peacefully, with the aid of good medicine.  Something called an "IV push" was involved.  That's nurse talk, and as she is a nurse, she knew what they were doing, but calmed right down, and that's a good thing.

Better living through chemistry, that's my motto.

At some point during the day, I saw that the Ministry of Truth has been culled.  Whatshername, the clown bitch they hired to chair it, has resigned.  Mayorkas has egg on his face.  Speaking of faces, if my dog had a face like Mayorkas, I'd shave his ass and teach him to walk backwards.

But, yeah, the Ministry of Truth didn't last as long as CNN+, which is quite a feat.  It folded up like a cheap pocketknife.  

I'm going to mix a stiff drink and go lay in my bed.  Tomorrow is going to be another joyous day of medical mischief.  Have I mentioned how much I hate hospitals?

Ex-Marine Rigs Package With Flash Bang

Oh, I LOL'd.

What Is Inflation

 I studied economics in both undergrad and graduate school.  While there may be many factors that lead up to a period of inflation, but when you break it down to a 4th grade reading level, it's pretty simple.

Inflation = too much money + too few goods.

That is it, in a nutshell.  I don't think, in the 50 years since I took Eco 101, the definition has changed.

Regardless of what the Biden administration is telling us, the basic problem today is that the money supply is too big, and it is chasing goods in a time of supply crisis. Some of these supply issues were fomented during the pandemic, others are a direct result of the Biden administration tightening regulation on the petrochemical industry.  If the oil were flowing freely, we would stull have $2.00 gasoline.

Hospitalization

Yesterday morning, Belle fell, and could not get up.  We called an ambulance and got her loaded, and when we got to the hospital, and the tests were run, we learned (as she had already diagnosed), that she had a broken hip. 

During routine testing, the docs found something else, a problem with circulation that might have presented complications, so they did more testing.  This morning, we learned that the circulation issue was not as bad as originally thought and is now a non-issue that can be dealt with later.

Therefore, they have scheduled her for surgery late this afternoon of early tonight.   She ran me off from the hospital and told me to come back this afternoon.  I was happy to oblige her.  The staff there is extremely professional, and the main doc is one that she worked with and worked for, for a long time.  She is in good hands.

Blogging will be sporadic until we are out of the woods.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Bipartisanship

 A recently released NBC News poll shows that President Biden has achieved a great level of biparisaship in the past few months.

Overall, 75% of those polled said that the country is headed in the wrong direction — the fourth straight NBC News poll where the number has been above 70%.

75%!  That is all the Republicans and about half the Democrats think that the sucks at the job.

Maybe he is the Great Uniter.  Three-quarters of Americans believe that he sucks at the job.

DOOCY MIC DROP🤜🎤on Karine Jean-Pierre

This woman has to be the dumbest critter I've ever seen.  Her answer had noting to do with the question.  Absolutely two separate subject.  If this is what Biden calls a press secretary, he's in deep trouble. - - Oh, wait.  It's Biden, and he's already in deep trouble.

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New Computer - Blog Note

 I bought a new computer today, after the keyboard went tits-up on the old one.  I keep a record of these things in the blog, and if you look around, in some posts I have parts numbers and plumbing fixtures, all sorts of stuff that I night want to remember.

This new machine is an HP, don't ask me the model, I don't care.  Office Depot had it on sale, and it seems likely to take care of the easy computing I need it to do.  It isn't a Chromebook, it's an actual laptop, and that is what I wanted.  And, the price was very right.

I have spent most of the morning setting this thing up, and taking stuff off the old computer that I want on this one.  It's running Windows 11, which might take some getting used to, but it is really nice to type on a keyboard that works.

The old one lasted 12 years.  We'll see how long this one lasts.

Pastor Spell Wins

 Pastor Spell has won his case before the Louisiana Supreme Court.  He appealed two years ago after he was arrested for violating the Governor's emergency covid order requiring churches to all-but-shot-down.  As the case worked its way through the appellate system, it finally made its way to the Louisiana Supreme Court, where the pastor's rights were upheld.  In a 5-2 ruling, the Court said, in part:

A public health emergency does not relegate the First Amendment to a proposition or allow violations thereof to be judged on a sliding scale of constitutionality. The infringement of the fundamental right of the free exercise of religion, whether in times of crisis or calm, must always be strictly scrutinized by our courts.”

The Court's formal ruling can be read here.

This ruling is just one of several that hammers a spike into the Governor's public health emergency orders.  I understand that the pastor is going to start suing the agencies that tried to shut him down. They cannot hide behind the Governor's public health order as it has been ruled unconstitutional.  I wish him all the luck.  Our individual rights are too important.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

More Sunday Dawg

Who knew that the dawg like frozen pops?

Here We Go Again

 A mass shooting in Buffalo.

At Least 10 Dead in Mass Shooting at Buffalo Supermarket

The usual suspects will come frothing at the mouth for the guns. 

Sunday Morning Dawg

 


Saturday, May 14, 2022

Headspace Update V1

I never thought about it like that.

Signs of the Times

 Belle and I were at the grocers today after practice, and we noticed a woman buying baby formula.  I hadn't noticed, but we don't shop on that aisle much.  We asked, and she said that finding it was interesting, but the store had some so she was taking advantage of it.  She didn't have a lot,  and there may have been a purchase limit; I didn't ask.

Practice was good this morning, with 10 guns in attendance.  The club is getting faster.  I noticed quite a few low fous, and several high 3s being shot.  This was a practice, so none of it was on record, but I am heartened at the speed with which our new shooters are profressing.


I have to leave here shortly.  I"m cooking burgers at the rodeo tonight, and we are getting started early.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Nothing Much Friday.

 Ain't nothing happening around here.  We have a club meting tomorrow morning and a rodeo tomorrow night.

And, the keyboard on this old computer is going south, 

Light posting until I get some technical issues solved.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Baby Formula

 What did young mothers do way-back-when, before baby formula was invented?  They made their own.

1 can evaporated whole milk.  (13 oz)

18 oz clean water

1 tablespoon of light Karo syrup.

Done and done.  If the kid is having loose stools, back off on the Karo a bit.  Carnation still makes evaportated mild, and Karo still makes syrup.  It's what generations of kids were weaned on.

I'm just saying.

New Hat

 Plundering around in town today, I stopped in a Western store to look for a new straw hat.  It's getting summer, and my straw hat is getting ratty.  I need a new one.  I rejected all the offerings as too standard.  They all had a Cattleman crease, and I detest the Cattleman crease.  I prefer either a pinch-front or a gambler's crease.

Rejecting all the straw offerings, I happened to look at the felt hats, and one spoke to me. It's black felt, crushable.  It's probably hotter than hell, (which is what I need in the Louisiana summer /sarc), but it spoke to me, so I bought it.

I took it home and added my regalia, and Belle approved.


Belle and I are traveling to Deadwood, SD in June for the National Championship of Cowboy Fast Draw, and this hat is making the trip with me.  Hopefully, it will be a bit cooler in South Dakota.

Passenger Lands Plane - Pilot Incapacitation Cessna 208 Caravan, Florida.

Just Wow!  A pilot became incapacitated, and a passenger had to land the plane.

Wideners

 Back in the day of easy ammo availability and easy to find reloading components, I shopped at several places.  When I was looking for something for hunting or shooting, I'd look online at Midway USA, Natchez Shooter's Supply, Graf's or Wideners.  Those were my go-to places I'd start looking.

Then came the Obama ammo crunch and later the Covid ammo crunch, and supplies dried up.  Primers have become extremely hard to find, and I have had to widen the search.  

Monday, May 9, I was checking email, and I saw an email from Wideners.  Asking if I'd like to do a product review.  I replied, telling them that I am always happy to do a product review, and what did they have in mind?  Later that same day, I got another email with a discount code, and they told me to order some ammo and review it.

Full Disclaimer:  Free ammo?  Hell yea!

So, I went looking on their website.  I was looking for .32 H&R magnum, but no joy.  However, I did pick up some Remington Green box in 30-06, some CCI Mini-Mag in .22LR, some Winchester white box in .357, and a box of Fiocchi 9mm.

Thursday, May 12, checking email, I found a shipping notice.  It's on the way.  According to the shipping notice, the order was placed on May 9, it shipped on May 10, and it should get here on May 12.  In these days of Covid disruptions, that is great service, and it doesn't surprise me that Wideners gives great service.  They have been doing that for years, and I'm glad to tell everyone that I am a customer.  I'd love it if they could get some Rio or Nobel Sport shotgun primers, but no one else can get them either.  I can't blame them for that.

Am I going to review the ammo?  C'mon, it's Remington Core-Lokt, and Winchester white box.  Nothing fancy, just good, solid ammo.  What I will review is Wideners customer service.  They are still in business, and still serving the shooting community.  They have always given me good service and good products at reasonable prices.  I'm glad to see that they survived Covid, and I hope that they continue to be around for a long time.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

President Costanza

 That's the headline form The Wall Street Journal today.

President Costanza Takes On Inflation

Which is kind of an insult to George Costanza.  At least George was humorous.  Our sitting idiot is simply laughable, with no humor to be found.

I was in Wal Mart earlier today and could not find pocket tee-shirts. Yeah, I know I can get them online, but I was in Wal Mart, so I thought I'd get a pack of tee shirts.

Fuel is up again, with no end in sight, along with food prices.


And, Joe doesn't have a plan to fix any of it.  His administration is a clown-show.

The Ultra-MAGA plan

 Because of the brouhaha that our President started earlier this week, I've been looking at Sen Rick Scott's Ultra-MAGA plan.  It's available here.  And, I believe that it could use some tweaking.  

One thing I do like is that he wants Americans to have skin in the game.  Currently, about half of Americans pay no income tax. The top 5% pay about 45%, and the middle bunch pay the other 55%.  I'm in that middle bunch, I've paid income tax my whole life.  What I thin is especially egregious is that some Americans get more back in cash payments than they paid in.  The combination of the Earned Income Credit and the Child Tax Credit can actually return money to people who don't have a tax liability.

That portion of the plan is politically untenable right ow, but there is o doubt that our tax code needs some huge revision.  Oh, and for the record, here is the quote that has everyone in an uproar.

All Americans should pay some income tax to have skin in the game, even if a small amount. Currently over half of Americans pay no income tax.

The plan could use a little tweaking, but I can generally get behind it. 

Evidently

 Evidently, I'm one of those new Biden enemies.  You know, the Ultra-MAGA crowd?

I'll need to look around for a hat.

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Superglue, Huh?

I stand corrected.  When I read the article at first, I thought it was James Carville who had glued himself to a counter.  Turns out, it is James Cromwell.  Either way, it's funny as hell.  Thanks to the commenters for straightening it out.

James Cromwell took a dramatic stand for PETA Tuesday morning by supergluing his hand to a Starbucks counter in protest of the coffee chain’s up-charge for vegan milks.

If I were the manager, I would have let him stand there, glued to the counter.  I would have invited the assembled patrons to mock hi.  Maybe take his belt off and let his pants fall to his knees.  At any time, he could have ripped skin to leave.

 Doing something stupid deserves mockery.


Lightfood Calls For Armed Resistance

 It seems that Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has called for armed resistance against the Supreme Court's supposed stance on abortion.


I know what a "call to arms" is, and I bet that she doesn't.  It means her citizens in the streets, armed, shooting at each other. That is the only rational interpretation for a "call to arms".

Does she really want the citizens of Chicago in the street, shooting at one another?  Oh... wait... This is Chicago.  They are already shooting each other.

Off The Prompter

Yeah, he went off the prompter again, and claimed that Democrats control all three branches of government.


He controls the House, that's for sure, and can make a theoretical claim to controlling the Senate.  His handlers run the Executive branch, but I bet the Supreme Court is surpiised that he is in control of them as well.

Missing Context

 Scrolling through Facebook, I came upon this post that said that with the strain on he California power grid, the state was asking resident to not charge their electric vehicles.

That seemed odd, and a bit ironic, so I Googled it.  Sure enough, but it is from a June, 2021 article.  It was a voluntary program to help with the brown-outs and rolling black-outs that the state suffered last year.  But, what the fact-check seemed to object to was the original source of the news.

But that headline is actually from a June 2021 story by the conservative outlet Newsmax, which the posts do not make clear.

What?  Because it is from a conservative outlet, it shouldn't be trusted?   Even if it is objective truth?  Showing your bias there much?

So, the headline was true last year, and unless CA made great strides in the electric grid over the past months, it will probably be true again this year.

Monday, May 09, 2022

Thanks, Joe!

 I had to fuel my vehicle today, so when I was running errands, I stopped at the Murphy station near Wal-Mart.  $3.899.  That is the highest I have paid for gas in a long time.


Thanks, Joe Biden!  I really appreciate the hit on my checkbook.

Sunday, May 08, 2022

20's and 12's DON'T mix!

An important safety tip from Mark.  Those of us who love shotgunning know this.  Especially those of us who have run 12 gauge guns in close proximity to 20 gauge guns.  Keep the ammo separate, very separate.

Sunday Morning Dawg

 


Saturday, May 07, 2022

About the SCOTUS bullying

 This week has been a shitstorm about the leaked SCOTUS draft opinion, with lots of people injecting there opinion, revealed in many ways, about the possible outcome of the case.  Justice Clarence Thomas weighed in on it from a conference in Atlanta yesterday.  He said:

"We can't be an institution that can be bullied into giving you just the outcomes you want. The events from earlier this week are a symptom of that.," Thomas said, according to reports.

That is exactly right.  While the Right is outraged that the leak even occurred, and the left is outraged at the idea that Roe may be overturned,  the Court should be insulated from those concerns.  I would hope that Justice Roberts is investigating how such a leak happened, and that those responsible will be discipled, The Court itself is tasked with a far greater responsibility.  To uphold the meaning of the Constitution as it is written.

Many are wondering how the Court will eventually rule, and you can bet that many legal scholars will pore over the eventual decision to see how the language is changed from the draft, and to try to discern who may have changed their votes.  It will be an interesting intellectual exercise, but it won't change the eventual outcome.

At this point, I would love to see a 8-0 decision with the liberal side joining the conservative majority to give full-throated unity to the decision in the face of such an affront to the dignity of the Court.  But, that is just fantasy on my part.  I don't really expect such an outcome.

At this point on my Saturday, it's time to thaw some frozen fish. Belle and I are hosting a few friend later today, and I must be a gracious host.  If you will excuse me.

Friday, May 06, 2022

Except For The 2nd Amendment

 It seems that the abortion activists are pissed off because they can't draw a parallel between abortion rights and gun rights.  TTAG highlights some weird tweets and here is the headline:

Gun Tweet of the Day: Your Gun Rights Are Just as Precarious As Abortion Rights

It's a specious argument, because I can point to the 2nd Amendment, where it says, in part, "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." 

And, as long as the Court is in the mood to overturn bad law, it may as well start with GCA 34 and GCA 68.  Both of those are ripe for overturning in light of current legal scholarship.

NASA Is Sending WHAT Into Space?!


Evidently, NASA is going to send naked picture of humans into space to attract aliens.  What?

Catch up, NASA!  Porn Hub has been ding that for years.  With categories.  If the aliens are watching, they know all about us.

If NASA is spending money on this, they really need to scrub the budget.

Louisiana Traffic

 The Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office has issued a traffic advisory for a portion of I-49 at the DeSoto parish line.

(I-49)-Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Deputies and DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Deputies are attempting to talk a 13-foot alligator off I-49 (southbound) just inside DeSoto Parish near the Natchitoches Parish line.

 Deputies say he is moving slowing, looking sideways and mumbling some growls as he continues to move across the road.

 Ain't nothing like a surly gator to tie up traffic.

Thursday, May 05, 2022

Justice Partially Served

 The Rapides Parish District Attorney's office is reporting the conviction of Ramonte Jackson for the May 7, 2021 shooting of David Paul, the owner/operator of Liberty Arsenal, just down the road from PawPaw's House.  David's brother was also wounded in the crime.  Jackson got Life w/o  parole for Davide's murder and 50 years for his brother's shooting.  These to be served consecutively.


I don't know the status of his co-defendants, but I'm fairly certain that prison time awaits.  This was a senseless killing that took a good man from our community.  I hope that this conviction provides at least partial closure to David's wife and brother.

Wednesday, May 04, 2022

Biden Is So Wrong

Joe Biden, today, talking abut the yet undecided Dobbs v Jackson case 

Video here.  Biden's comments in the first minute.

...What are the next things that are going to be attacked?  Because this MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that has existed in American history.

Really, Joe?  Most extreme in American history?  Maybe you should go back to high school and re-do American history. for example:

How about Geo Washington, et al.  They actually shot people that they disagreed with politically.

Or the example of Bobby Lee.  He invaded Pennsylvania.  With an Army.  That is fairly extreme.

More recently, how about Antifa?  They burned Portland two years ago.  And, BLM, who killed people in Atlantathat were just trying to drive past a Wendy's.  That's not extreme?

Joe Biden is a freaking idiot.  And, the media tried to moderate his words.  From US News (who got it wrong_.

"This MAGA crowd is really the most extreme political organization that's existed in recent American history," the president said in remarks at the White House.

So, to US News, that's not what he said, and you know it. 


Analysis, True

 And article at The Federalist tries to explain why John Roberts bungling leadership has caused the Court to lose the respect of many people.  The Headline:

John Roberts’ Cowardice On Obamacare Is Why The Left Thinks It Can Bully and Extort SCOTUS

Roberts bungled the two Obamacare decisions so thoroughly that it became plain that he was bowing to political pressure.  His preoccupation with how the Court is perceived outweighed his oath to interpret the Constitution.  

The very fact that Justice Alito was the alleged author of he leaked opinion shows that Roberts was not in the majority. His inability to overturn bad law shows that he is unfit for anything but a Justice of the Peace job somewhere in rural America.

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Leftists MELTDOWN Over Potentially Overturning Roe v Wade

I really like this gal.  Her name is Brett Cooper and she does a show at the Daily Wire called The Commet Section.  Funny, witty,  she talks about popular culture of the 20-something set, something I know absolutely about.  Yeah, I subscribed.  I watch her every day.

Learn To Drive, Asshole!

 Road and Track reports that this Florida man bought a Ford GT, and crashed it shortly thereafter because he was "unfamiliar" with a standard transmission.

Both my ex and current wife can drive a standard.  Each of my sons, and my daughter can drive a standard.  We can include all my daughter-in-law.  And, several of my grandsons.  I wouldn't give a wad of snot for a fellow who bought a $150K car and couldn't drive it.

The Argument Collapses

 


Now that we're told that men can get pregnant, the argument loses even more pertinence.


Another Leak?

 According to Ed Morrisey over at Hot Air , there is another leak our of the Supreme Sieve Court.  It appears that John Roberts is trying to find some middle ground.  He wants to keep Roe, and dump Casey.

After a lengthy explanation, Ed says this:

The question is whether Roberts will remain content to take the almost-literal split-the-baby position of defending Roe while dumping Casey. That’s the only position left to the middle of this dispute, and  that’s not exactly a coherent position;

Roberts has never cared about coherence.  Did you read either of his Obamacare decisions?  Being coherent was not in the cards. John Roberts is a middle-of-the-road guy.  The Right deplores him, the Left thinks he is a squish, and no one trusts him.  It's a sad legacy or a Chief Justice, but it is one he has earned.

Monday, May 02, 2022

Don't Count Your Chickens

 Don't count you r chickens before they hatch, but PJ Media is reporting that the Supreme Court may be close to striking down Roe v Wade.

Ruling on Dobbs vs. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Alito wrote, “We hold that Roe and Casey must be overruled. It is time to heed the Constitution and return the issue of abortion to the people’s elected representatives,” arguing that “Roe was egregiously wrong from the start.”

I have never known the Supreme Court to release a draft opinion on a case that is still pending, and PJ Media agrees.

 It is unusual, and perhaps unprecedented, for the Supreme Court to release an initial draft while the case is still pending.  However, if this a major sea-change on the Court, it will be interesting to see where Roberts falls on the issue.  Roberts has screwed us too many times for me to have any faith i his legal opinion.

Lett's wait and see what happens, shall we?

On The Griddle

 Lost week, our church started Prayer and Practice, or Church in the Dirt.  We hold this ministry at the arena, and let the youth practice rodeo skills.  We also crank up the concession stand (the Chuck Wagon) and serve a light evening snack.  Last week it was pulled pork sandwiches and chips.

Because we don't have many folks pulling the Chuck Wagon, the crew got together and decided that "easy" was the key.  I told them that this coming week, I'd come up with something that was fast and easy, and I'd cook it, but we still needed a couple of folks to help out in the food window.

Looking at the calendar, our next Prayer and Practice is May 5th, so I decided that street tacos would be fast, easy, and cheap.  So, today I went to the grocer, bought some boneless chicken thighs, onions and peppers, and some tortillas, and tried it out to see how I could scale it up.


Some chicken, some onions and peppers, and wrap it in a flour tortilla.  Add salsa if you like.

Belle says they are good, seasoned well (I used chipotle powder, garlic powder, salt and black pepper)  but she told me that  when she thinks of tacos, it's hard corn shells, ground beef, lettuce and cheese.  She is right, those are what I call American tacos, but I'm taking it another direction.  American tacos are fine, but these are street tacos.

Monday Headlines

 From PJMedia.

Russia Threatens to Nuke Britain, France, and Germany

Based on a TV show that aired last week.  After the attack on Ukraine, Russia is becoming a pariah state.  Threatening nuclear escalation would have devastating consequences.

Again from PHMedia

Here's Your Disinformation: Now Psaki Is Claiming That TRUMP Started Biden’s Thought Police Board

Psaki lies for a living.  If her lips are moving, it's disinformation.  The Ministry of Truth should look into that immediately.   

From The Pipeline

Michael Walsh: A Hill To Die On

Walsh makes the case that the Disinformation Governance Board is the latest excess from GW Bush's Dept of Homeland Security, which these days does not secure the homeland   I recall watching him announce it on TV shortly after the 9/11 attack and wondering "What the f**k is he thinking?"

Once we take the House, Senate, and Oval Office, DHS should be disbanded, along with Education and a host of Boards and Commissions. Give ICE and Border Patrol back to whomever they worked for before DHS and fire everyone else.

Now, if you will excuse me, I have errands to run and things to accomplish.  I'll check back in with y'all later.

Sunday, May 01, 2022

Sheriff Bob Johnson. - American Hero

I don't know if you have heard about Santa Rosa, FL Sheriff Bob Johnson, but he is an American hero.

First of all, he advises good citizens to shoot home invaders.  Second, he drives the liberal media batshit crazy.  After the video below, they are howling like rabid coyotes.


I heard about this crie breifing last week, but I couldn't find it.  Hat tip to the moonbat media who led me to it.

Voting Matters

 I don't  live in the city of Pineville, but I do have a Pineville mailing address and I do a lot of shopping in that town.  Pineville is a smallish town in central Louisiana.  Yesterday, it elected a mayor in one of the most hotly contested elections in a decade or longer.  It was a close run election.  And, it demonstrates why voting matters.  A screen grab from the Louisiana Secretary of State shows that Pineville has 8410 registered voters.


Yet, less than half of those voters showed up to cast a ballot.  Louisiana has an extremely lenient early-voting time, and I am convinced that the vote-counters do everything they can do to ensure a fair, accurate accounting.  I'm not complaining about the voting process, but the results of the election show again that voter apathy drives election results in this area, and I'm sure in the rest of the country.

Another screen grab, sowing the results of the election.


Of 8400 registered voters, only 2635 showed up to vote, and the returns came down to 5 voters.

I think that the new mayor will do a good job, but having a mayoral race come down to five votes is stunning, when more than half of the registered voters didn't even show up to vote.  That is a damned shame.

Sunday Morning Dawg

 


Hanging out in the shop.

Saturday, April 30, 2022

Kennedy questions Choudhury about anti-police comments in Judiciary

My senator, John Kennedy of Louisiana is a staunch advocate for conservative values.

Below, he questions a Biden nominee over her past statements and tries to discern what she truly believes.  It's quite illuminating.  This gal seems to believe that voter ID laws are racist and that cops kill unarmed black men every day.

She claims that those statements were made in an "advocacy" role, and has no basis in truth, simply that she was lying to make a point.  Now, Biden is nominating her for a judicial job.

Friday, April 29, 2022

Elon Trolls

 Ya gotta love this guy, he's trolling everyone now.  A screen grab from Fox News.



He also said he was going to buy McDonalds and fix the broken ice cream machines.

Friday Errands

 My old truck is inspected.  I was going to get lawnmower fuel today and noticed that the inspection sticker was out of date, but on reflection, it hadn't left my acre since it expired.  So, on the way to get fuel, I had it inspected. It's a 2001 F150 with nearly a quarter-million miles on it.  I need a truck, but I don't need a truck every day.  I normally drive a Honda Odyssey as my daily driver, but I don't like putting fuel cans or butane bottles in the passenger compartment of the van, so there is the truck.

After filling the gas can with non-ethanol fuel, I put the nozzle into the truck and ran it until it hit $50.  That put about half a tank of gas in the truck. Because I don't use the truck every day, I run non-ethanol in it so that I don't have to worry about the problems with corn-based fuel.

I'll wait another hour until the sun moderates, then crank the lawnmower.  Or, I may wait until morning.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

One Wonders

 One might wonder why I maintain that the FBI should be disbanded in it's entirety.


We hear a lot about "good" FBI agents.  They should start arresting the crooked agents and clean the agency up from the inside.  The agency must be cleaned from the inside, or disbanded entirely.  The "good" agents can take their choice.

Reminds Me of a Story

Reminds me of a story



During Desert Storm, shortly after I got there, I was running the MP shop for Fort Pok.  Most of the active MPs had been deployed, so the reservists started running the law enforcement mission.  Fort Polk had doubled in size over-night.

Just outside one of the gates was a Subway sandwich shop in a little strip mall.  The manager contacted us and asked if we could have an MP car roll thru the parking lot when they closed at midnight, to make sure that the daily deposit got safely into an employees vehicle.  He asked how any MPs I had on the night shift, and I told him 12.  He said that the employee closing the store would have 12 foot-long subs in a bag for the on-shift MPs.

Those guys and gals on the night shift ate a lot of Subway

That's Odd

 It seems that the Santa Fe Sheriff's Office has released some video that they obtained regarding the shooting on the Rust set when Alec Baldwin killed  the cinematographer.  

That is odd.  I can't imagine a Sheriff releasing video that might be used in a criminal prosecution.  Which begs the question: Will there be a criminal prosecution?

Odder than hell.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Disinformation Board

 What is this fresh hell?

The ink isn’t even dry on Elon Musk’s deal to buy Twitter and make speech free again, and the authoritarians in the Biden administration are nakedly acting to lock down the flow of information. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is creating a new agency called the Disinformation Governance Board.

Orwell's 1984 was supposed to be a cautionary tale, not a how-to manual. 

DHS should be disbanded in its entirety.  Give Immigration to Dept of Interior, and disband the rest of it.


Bodock

 Several years ago, a decade or more, I was clearing a trail on a deer lease and cut a bodock sapling that I thought had character.  So, rather than putting i in the burn pile, I dropped it in the back of the pickup truck.  When I got home, I put it in the corner of the shop and forgot about it.

Bodock, or bodark, or bois d'arc is a hard wood when dried, with a lot of toughness.  It's springy, but not very. It is tough.  It makes great canes or walking sticks, because it so light and tough.  I put it away a decade or so ago, thinking it had character and would make a ice walking stick.  It may be time to do something with that piece of wood.  It is certainly seasoned.

I'll start scraping the bark off of it during odd moments and see what it turns in to.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

"Garry Owen

Belle and I were talking over cocktails this afternoon, and I was reminiscing about the Cavalry, and abut Garry Owen, and then I found this clip.


Suddenly, it got dust in here.  I guess I need to change the filters.

He Bought It

 It looks like Musk managed to make a deal to buy Twitter, and he prepared a statement that seems reasonable.


The Left is going crazy and revealing their true motives.  Suddenly, the Democratic party is opposed to fee speech and open transparency.  They know that they are going to have trouble controlling the narrative without pushback.  There are competing ideas that may gain traction outside the beltway.

I don't quite know how to break this to them, but those competing ideas have already gained traction.  Teir eco chamber has suddenly had a good opened into it, and the chaos of the outside is soon to invade their previously quiet space.

Monday, April 25, 2022

The Drama Continues

 I was piddling around int he shop today, working on a couple of projects, and I realized that I hadn't looked at the news.

It seems that Twitter may be poised to sell itself to Elon Musk.  That would cause quite a stir in the internets.

I'll be watching this.  Not much going on in the local area, with rain showers coming and going.

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Remembering Spiro

 Spiro Agnew was the running mate for Richard Nixon and became the vice president of the United States. His experience may be instructive to the current political situation.

Joe Biden's poll numbers are in the doldrums, and his VP, Kamala Harris isn't helping things one bit.  Her poll numbers are even lower than Biden's and many speculate that a Harris presidency would be an even more spectacular failure than Biden's (if indeed, that is possible).  A Harris presidency does not seem to be in the books, failing a medical crisis in Biden's health.

When VP Agnew became embroiled in legal problems in 1973, he eventually pleaded no contest to charges of tax evasion and resigned his office "in the best interests of the nation".  Nixon accepted his resignation and appointed Gerald Ford to fill the remaining term.    Nixon eventually resigned and Ford served the remainder of Nixon's term as President.  This provides the framework for an orderly transition of power when the president cannot fill the entire term, and the person holding the vice presidency is completely unsuited to ascend to the office.

With Joe's mental facilities deteriorating, and the specter of a Harris presidency horrifying everyone in the country, it is instructive to look at the Agnew experience.

I am certainly not a political strategist, and no conspiracy theorists, but I acknowledge that history ofen rhymes.  I am left wondering how the puppet-masters will handle the situation after the midterms, and some possibilities intrigue me.

Sunday Morning Dawg

 Sitting on the deck.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Back In The Day

 I was scrolling through Instapundit and saw a picture that reminded me of an old acquaintance.

We called him Skinny.  He was a short statured, black drag queen, who hung around the old Belmont Hotel in Baton Rouge.  At the time I worked as a parole officer in north Louisiana.  When we went to Baton Rouge for training or a conference, we stayed at the Belmont, which was just blocks from the State Police Barracks.


Skinny sold sex fairly cheap, according to the BRPD guys who showed up to arrest him.  He was a frequent flyer at the Baton Rouge jail.  He was such a frequent flyer that when we got to Baton Rouge and he approached us, we would just "roll the gold" (show hi the badge) and he would scamper off.

When I saw that sign, I thought about ol' Skinny.  I wonder whatever happened to him?

Friday, April 22, 2022

Gotta Give Him Credit

 Ol' Joe from Scranton is getting a lot of credit in this blog lately.  Earlier this week, he got credit for simply being ambulatory.  Today, he's getting credit for surpassing Jimmah Carter's level of incompetence.  That's the headline at PJMedia:

“President Joe Biden has accomplished in just 14 months what many thought was impossible — surpassing President Jimmy Carter as the most incompetent steward of the American economy,” wrote Perry.

That is quite a record of accomplishment.  I'm old enough to remember Jimmah, and it was terrible.

Quoth For Truth

 


Imagine

 Consider for a moment, the ridiculous image of a football team that could never play offense, or a baseball team that never came to bat.  You wouldn't expect those teams to ever win a game, because while defense is important, it doesn't put points on the board.  Consider that metaphor for a while.

 The Democrats don't mind winning.  They put points on the board all the time.  The latest kerfuffle over Disney is the best example.  Disney decided to get out of the entertainment business and get into politics, led by the woke mobsters.  The Florida legislature is pushing back, hard.  Disney is abut to lose their special governance district, potentially  costing the millions of dollars per year.  Some squishy Republicans are saying that this move is vindictive retaliation.  No, it's not.  It's politics.  Disney would have been fine if they had not ventured into the world where lots of people see them as a threat to the children.

We have been playing defense long enough.  It's time to play offense.  It's not enough to simply stop the woe mob.  It's a play right out of the Obama White House.  Punch back twice as hard.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Gota Give Him Credit

 As much and I detest and deplore Joe Biden, I've got to give him credit for one thing.  He may be the most corrupt president in modern US history, but there is one achievement that truly surprises me.

When he was elected, I though he would be dead in a year.  Elected as a place-holder president for the far left wing of his party, I fully expected that he would expire within the first year of his presidency, would be mourned appropriately, and Kamala would take over.

As I watch him stumble across the second year of his tenure, I am shocked that he still exhibits what my wife calls "vital signs".  That is, he still has pulse, respiration, and blood pressure.  Whatever his other problems (and they are myriad), he continues to get up in the morning.

I expect any day now to get up in the morning, pour my cup of coffee, and turn on the computer to find that Joe has died peacefully in his sleep.  At that point, I will wonder for a fleeting minute who put the pillow over his face.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Hey, Netflix!

 Hey, Netflix!  I see your stock is tanking and your business seems to be heading down the tubes.

You gave some lame excuses about why your stock is tanking, including the war in Ukraine.  Bullshit.

I cancelled you several years ago, when you gave a contract to Obama. Who knew that I was an influencer?

One little phrase, Netflix.  Get Woke, Go Broke.  In a couple of years, your only relevance will be as a study case in Business schools around the country on how to mis-manage a company into bankruptcy.

Price hikes, poor content, a woke agenda.  It couldn't happen to amore deserving company.

Bite The Hand That Feeds You

 Even a surly junk yard dog knows better than to bite he hand that feeds him.  Disney Corp may soon learn that lesson.  Disney has got themselves into a pissing contest with the state of Florida over a parental rights bill that sent the woke mob into a tizzy.  Disney's statement:

“Florida’s HB 1557, also known as the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ [sic] bill, should never have passed and should never have been signed into law,” Disney said in a statement. “Our goal as a company is for this law to be repealed by the legislature or struck down in the courts, and we remain committed to supporting the national and state organizations working to achieve that. We are dedicated to standing up for the rights and safety of LGBTQ+ members of the Disney family, as well as the LGBTQ+ community in Florida and across the country.”

Disney needs to stay in their lane.  It is one thing to tacitly support a thing, it's another to actively get in a fight with a state that extends some fairly lucrative tax benefits  Disney is favored in some old legislation that extended some tax and governance benefits, What the legislature gives, the legislature can take away.

Disney should carefully consider how the loss of he Reedy Creek Improvement District may affect their bottom line.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Angst and Anguish

 Oh, the outrage from some on the Left, concerning the judge's ruling on the mask mandate.  Let's look at a few, shall we?

This is precisely the way it us supposed to work.  The CDC fudged the rules that let the d things, and a federal judge called bullshit.  We on the right are upset when a federal judge ignores the Constitution and the applicable law to uphold a liberal wet-dream and you on the Left are apoplectic when a federal judge calls bullshit on your favorite stalking horse.  That is the way the game works.

Then, there is this whiny post from some doc who thinks that her patient's rights trump mine.

That's sad, doc, but if she is immune compromised, maybe she should stay home.  If life is hard, hers just got harder, and while I can empathize with her, I have no sympathy.  Nobody wept for me last September in Phoenix when I was moving between terminals, gasping for air, and trying to make a connection.

On the other hand, doc, you totally missed the point.  The CDC exceeded their authority.  The judge called bullshit on the mandate.  I would think that someone with as many credentials behind their name would have taken a high school civics class, but I may be wrong.  Go back to your college and demand a refund.  They obviously didn't educate you.

UPDATE** Whatever commented, and it was pretty reasonable, I considered posting it, but then he drooped an F-bomb and I deleted it.  So, Whatever, good try, and keep commenting.  As long as it is reasonable, rational, and not obscene, I'll consider it.

Travel Mask Mandate Ends

 The show-rolling horror show that we have endured for the past two years may finally be coming to an end.  One of the last governmental over-reach was ended yesterday by a federal judge who struck down the mandate that kept people masked on public transportation.

Upon receipt of the order, TSA folded up like a cheap pocket knife.  I'm sure that it is a great  relief to them to be able to stop enforcing what was clearly a bullshit directive.

The order is here.

The one takeaway from the Court's ruling is that even if he government acts with the best of intentions during a public health emergency, it cannot go beyond the limits that the legislature sets on the governments authority.  The mask mandate was unlawful at its inception and remains unlawful.  The White House and the CDC never had the authority or impose a mask mandate, even at the beginning, and they do not have that authority now.

Monday, April 18, 2022

Messsaging

 Okay, let me get this straight.

If Elon Musk buys Twitter, it will be the end of free speech?  Is that what I'm hearing from the Left?

If Republicans manage to recapture the Congress this fall, it will be the end of democracy?  How does that make any sense?

Republicans cant get cocky.  We have to stay on message, we have to make strong arguments.  Basically, we have to point at high gas prices, inflation, open borders and all the other disasters that the Democrats have led us into.  But more importantly, we need a message with a plan. 

The Democrats message is patently illogical.  We need, at least, a message of sanity.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Sunday Morning Dawg

 I realize that I didn't post a Sunday Dawg last week, and I apologize to the fans.  He did get a tri plast week, and he seems to be a bit more comfortable.


At least the hair is out of his eyes, and he can see to pester Belle and I.  


After the trim, Belle upgraded his halter.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Who Is We?

 I'm sure you've seen the unfortunate incident where the former vice-president tried to shake hands with thin air.  If not, you can watch it here.

Then, the former vice-president was asked if he was ready to go to Ukraine, and he said he was.  The only problem is that Jen Psaki walked it back, sayinng that "We are not sending the president to Ukraine."


Really, Jen?  Who is We, and when did you get to make those decisions??

Who is running the country and when did the press-critter decide to make decisions for the President?

Friday, April 15, 2022

Moskva Sinks

 It is impossible to know, given the fog of war and the propaganda associated, but it appears that the Moskva, pride of the Baltic fleet, is now a destination for glass bottomed bots.and recreational divers.

It seems that the Ukrainians fired a couple of Neptune anti-ship missiles.  At some point later, the skipper gave the order to abandon ship.  She was taken under tow, and during a storm, she sank.

What caused her to sink?  I a totally ignorant of naval surface warfare, and even less knowledgeable about crew damage control, but I will bet that those missiles were  contributing factor.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Now What'cha Gonna Do?

 There is no doubt that Elon Musk has thrown a rhetorical, financial hand-grenade into the board room at Twitter.  The media is all over this thing.  I'm told that there is a board meeting this afternoon to consider the offer.  I would love to be a bug on the wall.

His offer is pretty straight-forward.  A simple cash buy of the whole company.  I am sure that the investors are intrigued, and the board has to do what is in the best financial interests of the shareholders.  However, Elon says that if his offer is rejected, he may have to re-consider his stake in the company.

If I weren't on a low-carb diet, I'd be popping popcorn right now.

Have Missiles Made Tanks Obsolete?

 That is the question that Stephen Green asks in his PJMedia column.  And, its a good question.

I was a tank officer for many years, and that question has been asked since the tank's unveiling in World War I.  Lots of folks over the years have talked about the demise of the tank.  And, it's true that a bunch of Russian tanks have been burned out i Ukraine.  Missiles can do a number on a tank.  Since the invention of the man-portable antitank missile in the '70s, armored warfare has been a continued source of innovation and reaction.  

The infantry loves tanks on the battlefield..  They call tanks "missile magnets", because a couple of tans on the battlefield tend to focus the enemy firepower.  The enemy wants those tanks knocked out, and they will pretty much ignore the foot soldier until the armored vehicles are defeated.

But, there is still a place for a tank on the battlefield.  It's impossible to carry as much raw firepower as a single tank routinely carries. It's why Stormiin' Norman led with the tanks in his end-run around the Iraqi army.

People have asked for generations if the tank is obsolete.  I do know that there is nothing that concentrates raw offensive power n the way that a company of tanks does.  It's all in how you employ them.

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Well Played, Sir!

 It seems that Texas governor Greg Abbott is making good on his boast to bus illegal migrants to the streets of Washington DC.

A bus from Texas arrived in Washington, D.C. Wednesday morning, transporting dozens of illegal immigrants as part of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s new plan to counter federal immigration policies during an ongoing border crisis.

It may have been only severla dozen, but it sends a message.  I think that all the migrants should head to Washington DC and camp out on the White House lawn.  Or to Delaware.  Or wherever Kamala lives. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Tax Day

 I spent the morning doing my annual patriotic chore.  I may start drinking early today.

I have to write them a check, I have for the past ten years.  I don't take out enough to cover the full tax burden, because I don't want them to use my money tax-free all year.  That refund you get isn't free money.  If you get a refund, you are sending in too much.

Funny thing is, Belle and I are comfortable, but not extravagant.  Our total fed tax bite is more than I made a lot of years.  The amount of pay I drew as a shavetail tank lieutenant is about half of what I pay in federal taxes each year..  Our tax bite is amazing.

It's enough to make a fellow want to throw his hat in the creek.

Monday, April 11, 2022

Iowahawk


 

Monday Update

 What did we miss while we were relaxing this weekend?

Elon Musk decided not to join the board at Twitter.  He's a smart guy, and I'm sure tht he gamed this decision based on his own best interests.

Disney Inc is still in the news.  I think that Disney tried to move the needle too quickly and forgot who their core customer base is.  They have entered into a political fight that they should have avoided.

Ukraine is learning the Israel lesson.  They are learning who they can count on, and who they cannot count on.  More particularly, they are learning that to survive, they have to depend on each other.

History does not always repeat, but it rhymes.  In the shot term sense I am struck by the lesson that Lee learned at Gettysburg.  The Russians are learning the same lesson.  It's harder to coordinate from outside the hook than it is to defend from inside he hook.  One would think in this age of near-instant communications that this would not be true, but inside lies are always easier to coordinate than outside lines.

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Reba's Pan

 After Belle's mother died last month, some of the family was at her house, cleaning and trying to figure out what to do with a lifetime of living.  Jane took an old skillet that she remembered from her youth.  It is a heavy stainless steel pan.   It did not have a handle oh it, but we could see where the handle once attached.

I remember from my youth, a traveling salesman going door-to-door selling this cookware.  He would sell them individually or as a set.  It was good quality, stainless cookware, and lots of the ladies in our neighborhood bout a set.  We're talking early 1960s.  Belle wanted to have the pan rehab'd, so she asked a buddy of ours if he could put a handle on it.  This particular friend owns a machine shop, and he told Belle he would see what he could do.


Belle thinks he did a smash-up job, and now the pan is ready tor another generation of service. The handle is knurled aluminum, threaded into the original boss, and covered with some sort of heavy shrink-wrap.  It is ready for another generation of service.

Saturday, April 09, 2022

Learning About Video

During a practice session this morning, we started playing around with camera angles, taking baby steps to learning what we need to know to have a live-feed at our state shoot in July.

After several false starts, we got a camera angle we liked and produced a short video that we could look at and critique. For a bunch of rednecks with a cheap webccam, a ladder, and a roll of duct tape, I think it turned out okay.  We''ll learn from it.

Friday, April 08, 2022

The Ukraine Shovel Video

Jonathan H asked in comments if I had seen the Ukraine shovel video.  I had not, so I went looking for it.

Yep, that is the way an Army uses a shovel.

Dig In!

 It's a common Infantry practice.  When you stop, dig a hole. From the breastworks of the Civil War, to the trenches of WWI to the foxholes of WWII and Vietnam.  Dig In!  Anything that will stop a bullet, or provide protection against horizontal fire.  It's one of the reasons that I left what I call the "walking-around" army and got into the "riding-around" army.  I hate digging holes.  Still, it's a common infantry practice.

Now we are learning that the Russian army dug in around the Chernobyl nuke plant.

When rumors swirled that Russian troops who had occupied Chernobyl were being treated for radiation poisoning, experts scoffed. Yes, they said, Russians (and Ukrainians) in the vicinity would have been exposed to higher than normal levels of radiation as movement in the area kicked radioactive dust up into the air. And yes, if the reports were true that the Russians had spent time in the no-go zone known as the “Red Forest,” then they might expect to walk away with a higher long-term risk of cancer than the average person. But radiation sickness requires a truly massive dose. And besides, why the hell would they be digging trenches in the Red Forest? Surely they’d know better than to surround themselves with Chernobyl’s most toxic soil.

The link above has drone footage of fresh earthworks outside the plant.  In some of the most heavily contaminated soil in the world. 

Just Damn.

Thursday, April 07, 2022

Old Dog, New Tricks

 I'm trying to learn to webcam, so that I can live-feed the finals at Louisiana State in July.  I have an el-cheapo webcam that will probably suffice, but it may not.  What I do know right now is that there is a helluva lot that I do not know.  It's a case of an old dog, learning new tricks.

Is there a fairly easy, free app I can get to help with things like color balance?  And one in which I can see the feed before I go live?  This is a case where I know that there is a lot I don't know, but I feel like I have the time to dip my toe in the water before the big event.

Mug Shots

 There is a bill advancing in the Louisiana legislature that would prohibit the release of booking photos (mug shots) prior to conviction.  I'm not sure how I feel about tht.

On the one hand, arrest records are pubic information, subject to public inspection. As a rookie officer I was taught that arrest records are public because we are not the KGB, and if we arrest someone, we don't make a secret of it, and the booking photo is a part of that record.

On the other hand, I understand that arrested persons are not yet convicted of anything, so a presumption of innocence applies.  Many news outlets splash booking photos across the headlines, causing problems for people who are later acquitted.

I see both sides of the argument, and I'm willing to be convinced.