It’s Mad and It Drives You There

Madrid’s call letters are MAD.  Ask me how appropriate they are.

The air rooms are less than advertised.  Longer story later.  BUT finding them was an adventure taking three hours, ina  land so solidly confident they are in charge of the world they don’t bother learning even English.  Also where they don’t bother putting up signs to anything, because OF COURSE you KNOW.

By the end of it I was going insane trying not to let the berserker out to play.  We slept maybe all of four hours, before heading back again…

And ending up going through passport control three times and security twice.  No, seriously. Also the gate to the US had its own security, was cordoned off, and they wouldn’t let you mingle once you were in it. It was like something out of a post-apoc. movie.

An interesting passing thought: in the air rooms, at breakfast, everyone, including people you’d think would be sympathetic to the story, were ignoring CNN with a vengeance, as they did an expose on the horrible conditions that “migrant” “children” sleep in.
In other news, I’m waiting finding stories from Rome about how badly the Germanic invaders are being treated by the legions.  What is wrong with CNN’s head, actually?
Also, even my family has tuned CNN out.  Which is interesting.  WHO is watching CNN?

I’m now back in the land where, you might be broke (hey, I am. Stuff coming soon to deal with that) but you don’t get treated like a peon.  Okay, NYC, so they might try, but not that hard. It’s not baked in.  I’ll be home late tonight, and probably compus mentis sometime midday tomorrow.

Overheard at JFK, and I’m sure they were using demons in the sense we use “black dog.”  Only it came from two armored, armed gentlment called something like (I’m severely jetlagged having played planes buses and trains for over 24h)  “Imperial Taskforce” (Something like that.  Some kind of joint state guard/national force, I think.):  “There is only one way to kill those demons.”
My still-immersed-in-MHI mind went there…


201 thoughts on “It’s Mad and It Drives You There

  1. Welcome home! (mostly). US Customs in Dublin is like that too. Once you’re in, you’re quarantined. So much fun. Here’s hoping the rest of the trip goes smoothly.

  2. Remember, if you do feel the need to throttle someone, you were with us the whole time, and we didn’t see nuthin

    1. EVERY step of the way we bled money. Including being charged for luggage we’d already paid for, DESPITE SHOWING RECEIPT. There will be fundraising when I recover. Has to be.

      1. Just so my eyes aren’t fooling me, after showing your receipt for baggage fees, the airline still charged you baggage fees?

        1. Yep. They claimed their computer showed our fare didn’t include luggage.
          This was like a theme for the trip “Scammers and people making us pay just to do the next thing.”

  3. I was not expecting a post this day. I trust the return to normalcy will not be unduly troublesome.

    1. Sir Wallaby, in which universe (or ficton) is ATH associated with anything like normality?

        1. Good point.

          Considering that I found an abandoned mouse colony in insulation 18′ above the floor (in fiberglass, no less), that’s as good a definition of normal as one is going to get here.

  4. Welcome home to the US of A citizen Hoyt.
    And free edits for you from now until your indie career takes hold.

  5. Additional evidence for my hypothesis that CNN is principally entertainment for those who want to rule the country. Now, if they were to do a piece on how the TSA abuses air passengers, it might raise an outcry to abolish the agency, because Islamicist terrorists have been defined out of existence and 9-11 has become “some people did something”. Can’t have that.

      1. You’ll know what they want you to know, which is a useful thing, sometimes, though less important than knowing what they don’t want you to know.

      2. You’ll know what the useful fools think because even with those who don’t watch it personally anymore most of the other news sources they use have pretty much those same news? That might be useful information at times.

      1. Mis-informed. Akin to reading Pravda or watching Al-Jazeerah.

        What you will now is what “they” want you to believe, which can be useful. For example, you know they want you to believe the economy is bad (Recovery Summer is a’coming for us, is a’coming for us, …), that Biden has the 2020 election in the bag, that Trump is a doody-head and all those Republicans who haven’t repudiated him are worse than evil …

        1. Feeling a perverse desire to see how the other half lives, and having ignored ’em for about 20 years, the other day I watched some report from MSNBC (as a random news video that Youtube spit up). That it was mostly the same old Trump=Russia BS we’ve been hearing everywhere for the past couple years was no surprise. What surprised enough to grate was how =low= they’ve gone. It wasn’t just BS or hyperbole; it was outright provably wrong information, presented as if the audience is 8 years old and perhaps a bit slow.

          And I’m thinkin’ … is their audience really that dumb? Not just uneducated, but _unable_ to think. Cuz even casual examination woulda eaten holes in that report.

          1. Chronic Global Gaslighting.
            Present enough inconsistencies in as short a period of time as possible, for as long as it takes to overload the person’s reasoning capacity. We’re talking way beyond any cognitive dissonance here. Couple that with a universal, unified disinformation program in schools, and absolutely no training in logical thought, problem solving, or reasoning.

      1. Just finished Dean Koontz latest Jane Hawk novel, “The Night Window”. It is a metaphor about the “elite” trying to seize power in America of today.

        Jane Hawk is a rogue FBI agent seeking to reveal the truth of the awful conspiracy. This is the 5th novel in the series. The first novel came out in 2016. “The Silent Corner”.

        At least I hope it is only metaphor…

        I know the most unbelievable part… an FBI agent seeking truth.

        1. I know the most unbelievable part… an FBI agent seeking truth.

          Well, you know the truth is out there, somewhere.

          Besides, you already put your adjectival finger on the key element: “Jane Hawk is a rogue FBI agent …” [emphasis added]

          The incredible part is not that an FBI agent might be seeking the truth, it is that she would seek the truth with the intention of revealing it.

      2. I’ve read some of those books and have been meaning to do the fifth one. They’ve got their good points, but things got a little too ridiculous with the fourth one and the team they send in to kill Jane and company: they were just too over-the-top comically evil and incompetent.

        I realize that each one of this ‘diverse’ group was meant to represent one form of insane ideology or another…but the premise wore thin after awhile, and they weren’t really threatening.

        And I really didn’t like how the subplot with the Hindu brother and sister ended in book three. I liked them.

        1. The Hindu subplot is an essential tie to the last book.

          Koonz has the same problem as having a too strong a superhero in this book. When you can see all, how can a normal person compete? Batman vs Superman is stupid, unless you limit Superman.

          I think Koonz is writing about our current civil war. How to know the truth when all the media lies to you? How to tell people the truth. That is a theme of “the Night Window”. Evil’s overconfidence is another theme that resonates with what is happening now.

  6. CNN tells the would-be elite what they want to hear. And what they want to hear has very little to do with reality, and although they fooled some of the general populace for a while, they expended what little credibility they had left supporting Obumbles and trying to elect Shrillary.

    1. well, the last of it disappeared showerly after the Mueller report as pub’d

    1. New York is the Empire State, and I’ve seen similar patrols at Penn Station and Grand Central whenever I’ve been in NYC over the past few years.

    2. For a split second I read that as “Imperial Triforce.” Not sure why I did that, but the reference to killing demons would make a lot more sense…

  7. Dun, dun, dun; dun-de-dun; dun-de-dunnn . . .

    (Imperial Taskforce theme 🙂 )

    1. Oh yeah. By the way, I grew up in New York, which might explain why I’m so mentally whacked. Of course it could be worse, I could have grown up in Chicago, or California.

      1. I am aware of no evidence that people grow up in Chicago, or California, and diminishing evidence they grow up in New York.

  8. Welcome back to the US of A, where we’re up to 23 people trying to run against Donald Trump. Pretty soon there’ll only be 23 people left who are NOT running against Trump.

    1. The 24th person will be a genetic tester, talking about the “23 and me!”

    2. I’m moderately surprised the NeverTrumpers and the more-crazoid GOP haven’t come gibbering out of the woodwork. They sure talked big two years ago.

      Of course, it could be a shadow of self-preservation. “Asps. Very dangerous. You go first.”

      1. A few have; Bill Weld has decided that since today is Wednesday, he’s a Republican, and that Orange Man Bad, so he’s going to run. I’m waiting for Mitt Romney to run on the Orange Man Bad platform. (Perhaps we could make it a plank, and stage everything 100 miles off the coast. His running off the plank sounds like fun to me…)

          1. Be kind — what else has he got going for him?

            He isn’t useless; he’s a reminder of what weaselly lickspittles the conventional Republican candidates have been.

            1. Bill Weld, the man that kept me and a lot of others from voting Libertarian in 2016, is also running… as a Republican. I guess he is whatever party suits him

              1. Nominating Weld and his running mate was the final action in convincing me that LP stands for “Legalize Pot” and nothing else. The rest of the freedom shtick of the Party was just get enough votes to legalize maryjane.

                Because it certainly wasn’t about the liberty to keep and bear arms or freely associate given their ticket during the campaign endorsed gun control and “bake that cake”.

                1. Free to do whatever those individuals wanted– and free from other folks doing stuff the individual dislikes. 😦

                  1. Yeah, which is why whenever I looked up the big L libertarians I tended to hold them in contempt.

                    Aussie politics are getting rather weird. I mean, I don’t know if y’all heard about it from over there, but they killed off Sydney’s night life by instituting an alcohol ban, raising the alcohol taxes, and having places close at a certain time (I think just after 10 pm or 1am) and they’re now trying to revive that (I’ve been laughing about it for a while now) …

                    and apparently there’s a push to get those ‘legal places to get high’ put in, as well as getting MJ to be legalized. The cognitive dissonance is mindboggling.

                    1. Ah, nuts. I hit send before I typed – I think a good search string would be ‘Sydney Lockout Laws.’ Heard about it when I was still in Queensland, and is basically an attempt to make the city safer/less crime prone/alcohol blamed for lots of it, the usual good intentions killing the night economy for one of the most expensive cities to live in in the world.

                    2. What is the percentage of Sydney’s population that identifies as Islamic?

                      Asking for a friend.

                    3. I don’t know, since I don’t live in Sydney; here’s Wikipedia:

                      According to the 2016 census, the Muslim population numbered 604,235 individuals, of whom 42% live in Greater Sydney, 31% in Greater Melbourne, and 8% in Greater Perth. The states and territories with the highest proportion of Muslims are New South Wales (3.58%) and Victoria (3.32%), whereas those with the lowest are Queensland (0.95%) and Tasmania (0.49%).

                    4. Multiplying the 604K by 42% gives us just over a quarter million Muslims in Sydney, which would make them just over 5% of Sydney’s (reported) 4.9 million. Given Sydney is Australia’s largest city and capital of New South Wales it is probably more woke than the average Australian community, so that the tendency of Muslims to punch above their weight in cultural sensitivity dust-ups I think we have a strong clew* as to what motivated the city’s sensitivities regarding alcohol consumption.

                      *WTF, WP? You don’t flag that as inappropriate spelling?

                    5. That would make sense if the areas described were the areas described in the article, like Lakemba or Liverpool, but they’re not. The lockout areas greatly affect downtown tourist-heavy Sydney, not the outer suburbs, which are more residential, I think.

                    6. Shadow, it’s the same mental flip as the people in the US who want to ban tobacco sales and legalize marijuana. “But that’s different.” *facepaw*

                    7. Have any of these idiots ever SMELLED marijuana being smoked? It affects the passers-by. And yeah, I’ve walked by a number of people who absolutely reek of the stuff. Someone in the neighborhood smokes the stuff and we can smell it throughout the whole place.

                      At least from cigarette smokers all I get is an irritated nose, not a fogged brain.

                    8. Oh, good, I’m not the only one scratching my head at that inconsistency.

                    9. Any inconsistency is only superficial. Most people act on the principle of “What gratifies me is Good, what offends me is Evil.”

                      Note the degree to which Democrats’ criticisms of Trump as Tyrant and Violator of the Constitution are essentially for things far less contrary to the Constitution than most anything Obama did.

                      For that matter, look at the recent Twit-Storm of people getting bent out of shape over Taylor Swift’s “confession”‘ that she shaves* her legs daily. If you ain’t paying the water bills or buying her razors, what do you care how often she shaves?

                      It is one reason to eschew philosophies based on Man’s desire.

                      *Yes, people actually got bent out of shape opining on Swift’s grooming practices: Taylor Swift says she shaves her legs daily, Twitter is ‘offended’

                    10. Darwin Catholic recently blogged on how the “good characters are boring” thing was more an issue with how folks define good, not with actual good.

                    11. @TxRed: Devil’s advocate argument:

                      1. You don’t need to smoke pot.
                      2. You don’t smoke as much pot to get high as the average cigarette smoker smokes.

                      So, there is some difference. Of course, if those differences mattered then we wouldn’t be regulating vaping like we do cigarette smoking (factor #1) and consider e-cigs medical devices.

                    12. Oh, I so want to see THC-bearing e-cigs come on the market, just to see the nanny-state heads explode from cognitive dissonance.

                      “You can’t vape here.”
                      “But it’s cannabis! We made it legal!”

                      (Hides plans to have marijuana-scented nicotine e-cigs marketed, just for giggles.)

                    13. Already a thing– most of the ecig injuries I’ve heard of are from hacking the machine to make it so your vape has THC.

                    14. @RES half of me wants to know how her shaving daily is offensive and if the same people also demand men don’t shave their face daily.

                      The other half thinks it has had enough insanity for one day.

                    15. Trust me on this, Herb – you DO NOT want to take the deep dive into that shallow pool of crazy. To give you an idea of the depths of rationality they delved, the issue came up in a discussion of whether or not people should wash their legs when they shower. Apparently there are major proponents of the Trickle-Down theory arguing that the soapy water from your torso will suffice to clean your legs.

                    16. the people in the US who want to ban tobacco sales and legalize marijuana

                      That’s easy.

                      “Inhaling burnt redneck-leaf smoke BAD”
                      “Inhaling burnt hippie-leaf smoke GOOD”

              2. LOL!!! I remember hearing (a very little) from his Libertarian campaign, and couldn’t believe the Libertarians gave him two seconds let alone let him be their candidate. (shakes head) What were they thinking?

                1. Guess: “If we get a former Republican (OK, RINO) to run as Gary Johnson’s undercur, than we can claim Moar Respectibility!”.

                  1. all i needed to hear was some of his antigun statements… was enough that i wouldn’t support him as a candidate for any party.

          2. Kasich has come out as pro-gun-control and pro-immigration. That’s not going to appeal to the conservative demographic.

            Though I have a strong suspicion that the deciding factor in 2016 were the Democrats who looked at their party’s candidate and said “Oh, HELL no!”

            1. 2016 proved how few prominent conservatives actually mean it. A lot of them keep proving it every time they admit Trump has enacted more conservative policies than anyone since Reagan as they say they want him gone.

            2. “pro-gun-control and pro-immigration”?
              I can see I’m going to have to take some time off to go to one of his New Hampshire stops and ask him some questions to make him look even dumber than he is.

              1. Mind you, I’m not anti-immigration, I’m anti-illegal immigration. But I’ve found that when a politician says they’re pro-immigration, they usually mean wide open borders.

          3. I’m sure Trump already has a nickname picked out for him. And I wouldn’t be surprised if it references the time Kasich stole a woman’s seat on an airplane.

        1. In a story about Romney being the only Republican Senator to vote against a Trump judicial nominee (because the nominee a few years back did something Romney was above doing, criticized Obama) on Insty I made the following comment:

          “It is funny, the only presidential candidate I’m embarrassed to admit I voted for is the one who keeps insisting I should be embarrassed about the one I am, to my surprise, most pleased with.”

          It has been upvoted more than any other Disqus system comment I’ve ever made by a healthy multiple.

          So, run Mittens, run…you might break Jeb!’s record for money spent per delegate.

          1. I suspect that Mittens is trying to go for McCain’s old position as the Democrat’s tame Republican.

          2. Why do you think all the bills trying to keep Trump off the ballot by forcing him to release tax returns no one whose not a tax accountant will understand include the primary? If there’s only one other Republican candidate, he gets all those delegates by default.

            1. I think if they got him off the ballot by a stunt like that and he didn’t get back on in other ways I’d write in Hillary out of spite.

              Because Hillary would be better than the Republican in that way. At least she was able to hide stealing a primary.

      2. It’s surprisingly hard to raise funds.

        Kickstarter says my platform violates their terms of service, Big Oil is pretty much run by greens, and the defense industry does not want to start wars for the sake of selling weapons.

            1. Wouldn’t that be funny? Somebody taking on Biden/Sanders/Warren/Harris, running as a Regan Democrat! They would have to make sure to slip Regan quotes into every speech. LOL!

              1. More fun, i think, would be for a Republican to base campaign speeches around quotes of such Democrats as JFK, Truman, FDR and Grover Cleveland.

                “The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.”

                “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”

                “The great enemy of truth is very often not the lie–deliberate, contrived and dishonest–but the myth–persistent, persuasive and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.”

                “Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men.”

                “We cannot negotiate with people who say what’s mine is mine and what’s yours is negotiable.”

                “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.”

                “Not every child has an equal talent or an equal ability or equal motivation, but they should have the equal right to develop their talent and their ability and their motivation, to make something of themselves.”


                “In reading the lives of great men, I found that the first victory they
                won was over themselves… self-discipline with all of them came first.”

                “We must remember that we cannot insulate our children from the uncertainties of the world in which we live or from the impact of the problems which confront us all. What we can do and what we must do is to equip them to meet these problems, to do their part in the total effort, and to build up those inner resources of character which are the main strength of the American people.”

                “There is not really anything new, if you know what has gone before.
                What is new to people is what they do not know about their history or the
                history of the world.”


                “Repetition does not transform a lie into a truth.”

                “When you see a rattlesnake poised to strike, you do not wait until he has struck to crush him.”

                “Those who have long enjoyed such privileges as we enjoy forget in time that men have died to win them.”

                “The principle on which this country was founded and by which it has always been governed is that Americanism is a matter of the mind and heart; Americanism is not, and never was, a matter of race or ancestry.”

                “We, and all others who believe in freedom as deeply as we do, would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.”

                “It is impossible to bargain collectively with the government.”

                “All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service.”


                “Though the people support the government; the government should not support the people.”

                “Officeholders are the agents of the people, not their masters.”

                “The laws should be rigidly enforced which prohibit the immigration of a servile class to compete with American labor, with no intention of acquiring citizenship, and bringing with them and retaining habits and customs repugnant to our civilization.”

                “The friendliness and charity of our countrymen can always be relied upon to relieve their fellow citizens in misfortune. This has been repeatedly and quite lately demonstrated. Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the Government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character, while it prevents the indulgence among our people of that kindly sentiment and conduct which strengthens the bonds of a common brotherhood.”

                “Under our scheme of government the waste of public money is a crime against the citizen.”

                “Once the coffers of the federal government are opened to the public, there will be no shutting them again.”

                “I feel obliged to withhold my approval of the plan to indulge in benevolent and charitable sentiment through the appropriation of public funds … I find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution.”

                “It is the responsibility of the citizens to support their government. It is not the responsibility of the government to support its citizens.”

                Grover Cleveland

                1. Reagan or JFK. People should understand that those two men were more similar than people think. They were both “Classic Liberals” (Republicans can deny all they want, and Democrats can lie about it, but its true). So yea, it would be nice to see a “JFK Democrat” run. Hell, I MIGHT be tempted to vote for such a candidate. Probably not, because I would have to be convinced that the JFK Democrat wouldn’t just slide Stupid-LEFT on the first opportunity.

                  Note, a lot of Democrat politicians like to QUOTE JFK… out of one face, while legislating progressivism, socialism, and/or communism (but I keep repeating myself) out of the other. Granted, Republicans often have a similar problem with Reagan.

                2. Love these. Thank you.

                  Going to start using them on Facebook. Normally I just hide the Left Political BS. Drop the quote, in quotes. But don’t mention who (not claiming it, just not citing immediately.) Then when someone (and they will) jumps all over me, I can sweetly ask what do you have against JFK, etc.

                  I really think President Trump needs to use these quotes, and I’m sure his speech writers can come up with more.

          1. I am an Anti-Democrat. I only supported the Republicans on the condition that they not run Democrats.

            Last election I found out about Wendell Willkie.

            Running against Trump and everyone else is not yet an option that I am publicly refusing.

            1. It has been said that the Republicans are lucky that they really only run against Democrats. And the Democrats are so lucky that they only really run against Republicans.

              If some other party was both sane and patient and started at the local level (Does anyone really care what party the mayor of Linden, TN belongs to, for example?) and work up into state level and then into the national level legislative… it’d probably be fantasy… But the “long march” (as it were) is more likely to work than the Miracle Push of jumping to the Presidency. The even bigger trick is to NOT be co-opted by either of the Big Two along the way.

              1. Well, I’m not sane, so no way that would ever work for me.

                After much soul searching, I have made my decisions about public statements. I think third party presidential challenges run the danger of putting Hillary Clinton in power in 2020.

                Which is why I am running against Trump for the office of leftist bogeyman. Please read the following in a context that ignores the footnotes, they ruin the flow.

                My platform, and reasons to run:

                0. Civility- I actually do have a problem with Trump on civility, but only because his trolling is not my favored flavor of offensive trolling. He speaks to a different audience than I prefer, one less fundamentally opposed to the existence of the Democratic Party than I am. He ignores possibilities for making statements that would offend the libs, and makes statements not compatible with my preferred style of persistent defense.
                1. Racism- It is claimed that Trump is a racist, and will commit indiscriminate mass murder along racial lines. I believe that the fundamental principles justifying suffrage do not hold for cases where a sub population has voluntarily disarmed itself. Furthermore, I have convinced myself that killings targeted purely for political ends are fine, even if they happen to correlate with ethnic populations.*
                2. Sexism- Trump is stripping rights away from women, and will reduce them to cattle used only for breeding. I am not convinced that women are oppressed. I think claims about outcomes only hold if a) there is a fixable bias in early education that has been fixed b) there are not fundamental biological differences which can lead to different interests. I have thought seriously about minimum education levels for women for the purposes of breeding.
                3. Homophobia- Trump is going to exterminate all the gays. Trump’s statements are far more positive towards gays than mine would be. Many people reflexively reject the idea of killing the gays. I only reject the idea after careful rational analysis. Which could potentially be changed by a number of developments. So, I may be the greatest homophobe you will find outside of single issue maniacs and self hating homosexuals.
                4. Transphobia- Trump is going to kill all of the transexuals. He is far more transpositive than I. I think killing transexuals may be the rational extrapolation of our current medical thinking and of our intent to practice socialized medicine. Additionally, there are cases where seeing pictures of transexuals gives me the heebie jeebies, and I am very much against the push for transexual rights.
                5. Education- Trump is going to eliminate educational opportunities. I am willing to ban everyone who was a teacher in 2015 from having contact with children in a public education context. I want to completely shut down public school systems and the federal department of education, prevent certified teachers and education majors from teaching, and eliminate any sort of equal outcome quotas. I might continue federal funding for engineering education and research, but otherwise want profound cuts. I would also consider restrictions on international students.
                6. Poverty- Trump is going to kill all of the poor. I think he is too much in favor of addressing the root causes of poverty.
                7. Criminal Justice Reform- Trump is going to kill all of the criminals. I am considering whether legal professional organizations are in fact an illegal conspiracy to criminally interfere with the swift, lethal punishment of criminals. I also wish to kill all of the pot smokers, the more cruelly the better. ‘Criminal Justice Reform’ is fundamentally wrong headed, because it characterizes pot related offenses as being the offenses most appropriate for leniency, when in fact they are the offenses most appropriate for harsher punishment. ‘Killing all pot smokers’ as a simple solution addresses a number of social ills. The objections of “We can’t do that” seem to ignore that Blokhin et al. have conclusively proven that domestic mass murders can be carried out on such a scale.
                8. The Environment- Trump destroying the environment, my absolute willingness to do that faster, harder, longer.
                9. Climate Change- Trump killing us all with Climate Change, it is possible that I am a bigger AWG denier than he is.
                10. Destabilizing the international community- Trump, Trump, Trumpy, Trump. I originally thought up the policy goal of killing everyone else for trolling, due to climate change discussions and due to criticisms of Trump. However, it makes a surprising amount of sense. Every country is our neighbor, and they all have been permitted to develop beyond the bounds of what is acceptable in our neighbors. Starting out with mass murder, then being willing to scale down later if fundamental sincere changes prove that they can be acceptable neighbors, is /the/ proven, established way of getting tolerable behavior from the foreign devils. I wish to withdraw the US from a number of international treaties, and am also willing to use force to get other countries to renounce them. I would be willing to lose US cities if the advantage in a war with our adversaries was worth it. And International law is LOL.

                *This last sentence is about foreign policy. Had the atom bombing not produced an unconditional surrender, Japanese spoken only in Hell would have been an acceptable alternative.

                1. The problem with the Democrat-Progressive-Socialist Left is the sheer volume of lies they claim about what Trump is going to do, based on whatever demographic criteria they come up with. They completely ignore his proven track record of not caring one iota about a person except for their ability to get results. As soon as they stop getting results, whether their fault or not, they get fired; and someone who can get results gets put in their place. Race, color, sex, gender, orientation, religion, national origin, all irrelevant. Trump has got to be the most results driven President we’ve had since WWII, and maybe even earlier for that matter.

                  1. They completely ignore his proven track record of not caring one iota about a person except for their ability to get results.

                    Their philosophy is incapable of accommodating such a concept. As their social-political analysis is based entirely on power-dynamics and identity politics (and has been for decades) the complete absence of such considerations is on a par with expecting alchemists to ignore the role if phlogiston in a combustion.

                  2. I’ve seen some pictures floating around Facebook defending the weepy antics of the left following the 2016 election because of Alabama’s new abortion law. Trump, you see, CLEARLY wants Alabama to create a huge wedge issue that will torpedo his campaign, and worked to make that happen, and therefore they are all justified in their reaction. Three years ago.

                    There are no words for that kind of delusion. At least not ones that can be uttered by folks in blasting range.

              2. Argh. My thinking is too bad for organized comments, already, before the medical thing I thought would make sure of it.

                See y’all in some days.

                My original custom was different accounts on different websites. Then I decided that I didn’t need that. Then I decided that maybe I did, if I was risking dragging trolls into an area that wasn’t for them. Well, I was able to keep things straight for a while, before a browser change switched things back to manual, and I had some long term medical issues show up that made things a little harder.

              3. This is exactly what the local level Libertarians were talking about years ago when I went to a few meetings. There was even a meeting where someone started harping about needing someone to run for Senate and House slots and people told him to shut up, because they thought running for positions at the federal, or even state level (to an extent) were just wasting money. They were looking at Dog Catcher, and County Coroner etc. Positions that they could build a base on, and then work towards the higher offices once they were ready.

                Made sense to me, but it was also plain that the idea wouldn’t last, because campaigning for such small positions wasn’t fun.

                1. In fairness, there are times having the name on the ballot is worth it. When I lived in CT if you received 1% of the vote for an office, your party got an automatic ballot line for that office next time it came up. If you got 20% for governor you got access to all lines. Those were the definition of minor and major party by state law.

                  Otherwise you were a petitioning party and had to get petitions to get access. Note, most minor parties were also petitioning parties, depending on the office.

                  The LP in the 2000 election got over 1% for one of CT’s Senate seats. Then the next time one was up they ran nobody. Thus, they lost access.

                  Even if the spent no money and focused on dog catcher and county coroner they should have spent the nominal time to fill out the forms to run a candidate. First, it would get some press. Second, they would have the chance to hold the line and not have to petition onto it.

                  Yes, building a base is what serious parties do, but part of that is consolidating your gains. The LP fails to do that when they have rare successes.

                  When C-SPAN first gave their national spotlight to the LP in 2004, what did they decide to schedule during live coverage: anti-interventionism (big in 2004), no income tax?

                  Nope, drug legalization. Between that and the ballot line I concluded that year they were not serious.

                  1. I concluded that year they were not serious.

                    It sounds as if they were serious but not credible as a potential governing party.

    3. New York’s useless mayor Bill de Blasio is supposed to announce his campaign Thursday. Soon they will be up to a gross of candidates.

        1. Yes, but I don’t think Cthulhu will declare as a Dem. There are some thing even he won;t stoop to.

            1. If elected, Cthulhu will abolish:


              Cthulhu 2020: The Stars Are Right

                  1. Neither did Cthulhu.

                    Though I’m leaning toward Treebeard/Mercurio.

                    ” I am not altogether on anybody’s side, because nobody is altogether on my side, if you understand me.”

                    “A plague on both your houses.”

          1. 1. He’d appeal more than Hillary just on the honesty factor.
            2. Of course he won’t declare as a Dem. The Great Old Ones have standards.

            1. 1. Just on physical attractiveness He’s got Hillary beat.

              2. He doesn’t have to identify as a Dem; as soon as He htakes a lead in the polls they will declare themselves supporters of His agenda and declare Him charismatic, youthful, energetic and Kennedyesque.

              1. You know, I’ve always thought Bernie Sanders looked like one of the members of the Martense family from, “The Lurking Fear”. Which kind of makes sense that Lovecraft would set his story in the Catskills of New York rather than the Green Mountains of Vermont in order to throw people off the track.

      1. He did, and they are. Apparently protestors trolled his announcement. Something about “He can’t run the city, he can’t run the country!”

  9. > Also where they don’t bother putting up signs to anything, because OF COURSE you KNOW.

    My brother was in Spain about 20 years ago, and remarked that when lunch time came one of the Spaniard (not local to the area) offered to help them find a restaurant. So they went walking down the street, the Spaniard sticking his head into various business-looking places and asking if they might be a restaurant, since nothing had a sign. They got lucky after a dozen or so tries. Then they found out that the Spanish idea of a prompt meal took several hours…

  10. > WHO is watching CNN?

    I don’t know anyone who *voluntarily* watches CNN. It’s the video version of Muzak; something that drones into restaurants and waiting rooms to irritate everyone who can’t manage to ignore it.

    1. Some time ago, Rush Limbaugh tried to explain the business model for CNN. His take, is that they manage to get enough eyeballs that count as audience at the airports to pretend to have viable ratings. (Sounds like if one is in viewing range of a TV playing CNN, it counts as “audience”.) The advertising is bundled that the junior SJWs at the agencies direct the ads to CNN because leftism, counting on the fact that the individual advertisers don’t bother to track which venues are actually attractive for ads.

      I strongly suspect it’s going to be hard as hell to track the effectiveness of an ad on CNN, assuming that the customer cares enough to try.

      Bottom line, it’s based on captive audience and advertisers so loosely tied to the numbers that it can be kept on as a pet project for the SJWs.

      1. “I strongly suspect it’s going to be hard as hell to track the effectiveness of an ad on CNN, assuming that the customer cares enough to try.”

        It’s not all that hard. An ad on CNN is slightly less effective than whispering into an empty room.

      2. CNN is probably making its lunch primarily from cable fees, being wrapped into (and inseparable from) most Tier 1 cable packages. The same business model is keeping ESPN’s head above water, or so I hear.

        Given the way cable companies are regulated by petite politicians (city councilpersons, county commissioners) a very scant bit of political pressure ensures their excessively high fees get awarded.

          1. I have a solution for that: I just got rid of cable. Haven’t really missed it although with new Archer next month and new Rick and Morty in November I might. I realize based on location YMMV.

            Might being the key word. Then again, I’m very odd when it comes to entertainment choices. For example, I didn’t see the spoilers in the other thread, but wouldn’t have cared because the last MCU I saw in the theater was Avengers 2 and the last period was Guardians 2. It’s just not a priority.

            Now, my collection of 1910s-1970s adventure and weird tales (back when scifi/fantasy/horror/assorted were all under that label) is a priory as is my boxed set of A&E’s Nero Wolfe series and all my other mystery/detective/PI fiction.

              1. Sling. Very reasonable prices for packages, you get all that stuff. It’s technically streaming, so might depend on how the internet service in your area is, but I got my parents on it and my mother, in particular, is thrilled. All her History Channel, Food, HGTV, etc shows (and many others) for about $20/month instead of close to $170.

              2. YouTube has you very, very covered on cooking…in fact, I’d say 1 out of 3 meals we’ve made lately came from Food WIshes on YouTube.

                They have a good selection of documentaries (lots of BBC series on the BBC channel) as does Curiosity Stream (Netflix for documentaries basically). Between YouTube prime, Netflix, and Curiosity Stream we don’t miss cable and for about $60 US less a month.

                1. I love Food Wishes!
                  And yeah, we mostly just watch youtube now. No other sources has so many shows about my exact interests.

            1. Dish/Hughes is trying to push 5G internet as a means of streaming TV, but the bandwidth caps make the current deals look pretty lousy. Right now, we have different dish antennae for TV and internet, but one bill. No idea when or if I’ll have to change over.

            2. High-speed internet is about all I need. There’s not enough programming of worth to get cable TV that I couldn’t get better or cheaper via internet.

              1. A combination (with individual bits paid for by different family members, so it’s all quite affordable for everyone) of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Sling means that we have all the entertainment we could want…and still for a fraction of the cost.

                I’m waiting to see how much Disney is gonna try and gouge us–and how tempting they make their MCU tv shows–before I consider adding anything more, though.

                1. how tempting [Disney] make their MCU tv shows

                  Given recent statements from their President Kevin Feige that Marvel’s Cinematic Universe will soon be embracing more ethnically diverse, more woke and more “body positive” characters …

                  … not all that tempting.

                    1. Do not get me started on Supergirl. As someone who has bought her title nearly every time she has had one (not sure on the current run yet) and a long time fan of the Legion of Superheroes (who loved the brief “Supergirl and the Legion of Superheroes” run) that show is the closest TV has gotten me to rage.

                      Especially given what they have done to Dreamgirl. Dreamie deserves so much better than to be given a penis and made a “statement”.

                  1. Eh, that’s also possibly just blathering to keep the SJW crowd happy. I’ll reserve judgement until I see what they actually do with the shows.

                    (Because Captain Marvel was NOT, in fact, the SJW fest a lot of folks make it out to be. I found her, personally, to be rather wooden, but overall the movie was fun and not too busy being woke to be fun.)

        1. The cable-cutting movement has got to be hurting that income stream, though

      3. > (Sounds like if one is in viewing range of a TV playing CNN, it counts as “audience”.)

        That’s entirely likely. And since most of the population now carries smartphones, plain old sonic trackers can tell what channel any TV you’re near is tuned to.

        Even if you have a “dumb” phone… it might just be dumb on the outside; chances are it has a standard chipset inside.

        1. I had to do a bit of research on that a couple days ago. Tracfone is shifting to 4G-LTE and so older phones will go obsolete. They sell several phones, with smart phone choices ranging from iPhone 6s through Androids, to ZTE Chinese spyphones.

          I don’t care for the Apple business models and loathe the other choices, but they did have an Alcatel flip-phone that handles LTE. It looks like it has something different from the others for its rudimentary operating system, so we’re going to give it a try. I’m hoping it has an honest off switch. We’ve had that on our previous phones.

          1. Well, how can you tell if the thing is really off,or just playing possum? Most modern phones are glued together with the battery inside, it’s not like you can probe some leads with a meter.

            Almost every *other* piece of “home electronic equipment” is actually on all the time no matter what the switch says; even most PCs nowadays. Not even counting the backdoored CPUs running off the trickle of current they get from the network cable…

            I wonder if a cellphone will fit into one of those passport Faraday covers…

            1. The old phone (LG flip, circa 2012) has a removable battery. No idea on the Alcatel. Before the cell tower was upgraded, spots in the house had zero coverage. The phone would go bonkers if on, and drain the battery in a day. No degradation when it was off. Now, we have so-so coverage anywhere in the house, at least if the weather is decent. If wet, the fiber-cement siding on the house is a passable Faraday cage.

              When the phone is on, I don’t get charged for random usage. (Text headers are downloaded automagically. If it’s not Tracfone promotional gubbage, it costs me 0.3 minutes per text message read. Headers are free.)

            2. I have started making it a point to always buy a phone model with a removable battery (removable without disassembling the case, that is). I do it because I expect to keep my phone for far longer than the one year that a typical battery lasts, so I want to be able to replace the battery 3-4 times over the lifetime of the phone. I don’t particularly care about turning it “all the way off”, but if I did, a removable battery would indeed be the way to go. Pull the battery out and you know it can’t be turned on surreptitiously.

    1. Oh geee. Emperor Coumo’s own little private army to terrorize his enemies with. What could possibly go wrong with that?

  11. I’m soooo looking forward to Spain in December post Christmas. Yeah, I’ll come over and drink and tell you soon.

  12. Welcome back to your real home, Sarah.

    Take a nap, have a non-carby snack, and hearing the reeing of the liberals.

    1. I read that the judge ordered everything sealed. Since it doesn’t fit the right-wing-terrorist narrative, I figure the MSM will be happy to ignore it.

      1. It’s already vanished from the news cycle. And since the kids from the school expressed their displeasure with the gun control crowd by walking out of the ‘rally to memorialize your murdered classmate but really to be used as our gun control talking points’ and then turning around and going back in and chewing out all the so-called adults for politicizing the shooting for their gun control agenda, you aren’t hearing a peep about the dear children, either.

        1. Latest news, the judge “sealed” the trial, and no informationis to be released to the public.

          “This isn’t the media circus we were looking for…”

        2. Considering that the man (young, but definitely a man) who died was a bonafide hero, disrespecting him at a “vigil” that ought to have been dedicated to him and to those who were injured was really inexcusable.

          1. Like that would have stopped those twerps. I especially love that the kids went back and chewed them all out. I believe Yahoo News framed it as “disrupted and took over”. (I read Yahoo so I can sneer. That one was especially sneer-worthy.)

            1. Yes. I loved that they went back and kicked the “guest” speakers out. Yahoo, only credit was they did report this, heading was not complimentary to the students, and tone of article was the students were disrespectful to the guest speakers.

              1. Yeah, Yahoo’s article pissed me right off with their “How DARE they be so disrespectful to their elders/betters?!” tone.

                It also made me laugh, because helloooooo, lefties. You are The Man. The Establishment. The Thing We Rebel Against.

                This delights me.

        1. Whaddaya mean, “their delusion that ‘they’re the good guys.’“? The Narrative demands it! You aren’t trying to challenge the Narrative, are you? Only evil Fascists attempt to wrest control of the Narrative.

    2. The original name is used because the new name would draw unwanted attention to reality.

      1. Exactly, it’s not dead naming if using the preferred name would make someone transgendered look bad.

        Like gays 20 years ago, transgender people are immaculate saints who do nothing wrong.

    3. I note the false-fact gun grabber spin para inserted by AFP (I know, I’m shocked, shocked as well) just near the end:

      “School shootings have become frequent in the US, fuelling controversy over the availability of guns in the country.”

        1. Power. Explains everything. Honoring the ban on “dead name” would mean less power for them.

  13. Re: the demon hunters at JFK. That’s the central conceit of the Dresden Files, isn’t it? People just don’t see what they don’t expect to see. So clearly the demon hunters were just talking about depression.

    1. If anybody wants to add a touch of geekdom…when you have someone in full, geeky regalia– have someone ask to take a picture with them.

      I’ve seen folks do it just because they thought someone looked cool!

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