When It All Comes Apart


One of the things that’s puzzling hell out of me is how the democrats are acting this election.

I always assume they have better on the found intelligence than the republicans, because they know not just who is voting for whom, but also all the dead who’ll be voting, how many illegals they can commander, and precisely how many votes they can “harvest.”

Between the “human wave” of illegals, which they credit with flipping Virginia (no, seriously.  The left is saying this. Which makes you wonder if they’re even AWARE of the difference between residence and citizenship. They seem to be convinced if you cross the border, you can vote.  Perhaps that’s why they think our opposition to this stuff is “racist” since they’ve lost the concept of citizenship.) and the fact felons now vote in FL (which means we’ll never win it again. Not until after the troubles.) and btw the same for another state, though I can’t remember which right now, I’d think they’d be sure of victory.

But they’re not acting like they’re sure of victory.  Unless they’re very, very stupid — which, I grant you, is possible.

The candidates they’re running are the people you run when you expect to be trounced, and the impeachment is a last ditch effort.

Now, it’s possible they’re stupid.  They have this autistic tendency to assume that certain things are immutable when they’re not.

They might not realize Obama borked the economy so badly that la grand salida happened, which is why states that had always been dem — hello illegals! — went republican without their expecting it.

You see, economics is a closed book to them. They don’t understand wealth creation nor individual action. So what you get is that “rich” countries stole their “resources” and are now “rich” forever. And the poor people of the world come over to share the wealth, immutably.

So they still don’t GET 2016 and might think the same situation applies.  This is QUITE plausible because their clients, both illegals and Californians, always vote to repeat the conditions they escaped from.

Of course, it’s possible they know they’ll win but are afraid Trump will call foul and start investigations.  I’d be more sure of that if the recently started drumbeat of “he’ll refuse to leave” hadn’t been applied to Bush and Reagan and…

Assuming they win, and their victory is unbeatable — look, the fraud we saw in 18 was BREATHTAKING plus this other stuff — it’s not the end.

I’m not going to lie to you, whether they win or not, we’re going to see some…. sporty weather.

But here’s the thing: ever see a dog catch a car?  it can’t hold it.

The Marxist ideology has never captured anything as COMPLEX as the US.  As large, yes.  As complex? No.

Remember my children that Obama the Clueless was ORDERS OF MAGNITUDE more in touch with reality than the current clown car of candidates. Or at least his handlers were.

Which is why it took him four years to stop the economy and even that not thoroughly enough. And initiated la grande salida which doomed them.

They fail to get this.  Any of the current candidates will have people streaming for the border within a year, maybe less.  You see, they suck at economics. That’s one. And they suck at people, that’s two.  They don’t get that South and central Americans aren’t coming here to live the exact same way they do back in their homelands. To them America is rich, those countries are poor. That’s it.  And they might actually think it has to do with race.

As for the economics, the wheels will come off in a spectacular way.  Which will create interesting…. reactions.  For one, the world goes down hard, and the EU might get physical internally. Trust me on this. a broke US breaks the world.

For another, in some areas internally things will get interesting too.  Probably interesting VERY briefly, since the dems remaining after the economy crashes are not what I’d call “good strategists”

So: reports of our demise are most certainly exaggerated, though I hope we learn from the debacle.  I also hope we don’t go apeshit into totalitarian ideologies that are just as bad, though that’s definitely possible (but not inevitable. I trust Americans.)

In the meantime: preparedness is a thing.

Have supplies for a year, even if you’re not Mormon.  Stock up now.  Have at least a few months of extra meds, if like me you are dependent on them to stay alive. Take whatever defensive measures you need to, in case your area is one that goes… sportive.

And start now (I’m looking at me) to get in the best shape you can get.  No more skipping the gym because it’s cold and you feel yucky.  Sometimes running is the fastest way to avoid death. (Mostly if you walk into something you weren’t expecting, around a street corner.)

So, stop treating it like this is the end, and we’ll die gallantly or whatever.  Just get to survive and shape what comes after.

No surrender, that goes without saying. But also no stupid. Stupid only gives us one less sane person to shape the aftermath.

Be not afraid.  In the end we win, they lose. Because reality is on our side, and reality always wins.









391 thoughts on “When It All Comes Apart

      1. “The youth always vote for Democrats!”
        *slowly keep redefining the ‘youth vote’ from under 24, all the way up into the 30s*
        *start complaining about Millennials as this does not cause 30 year olds to vote like 18 year olds*

        1. I’m not sure there’s a easy demographic to fit into the Democrat-Socialist-Progressive-Left majority category. It certainly appeals to the young, lazy, and greedy; who haven’t the knowledge or experience to understand TANSTAAFL.

          1. Polling is also going to select for the folks who are saying The Approved Things– and folks as they get older, and more powerful, can tell the folks threatening them to go take a hike.

            1. Pfui. The problem is not the Amendment(s) it is those who contort the plain meanings of words into shapes they were never meant to take. The problem is a polity that supports such ideas and a judiciary to twist them. Restore a SCOTUS that adheres to the Constitution and a legislature that writes laws to be enforced, not interpreted by a regulatory state; thus repeal of flawed amendments is unnecessary and redundant.

              While y’all work on that I’m gonna ride my unicorn around the moon and race along Saturn’s rings.

              1. Someone observed (it might have here and it might have been Sarah,) that if you give money to school districts, they grow administrators. The same thing is true of governments, give them money and they grow bureaucrats. Given the growth of the “deep state” in executive agencies, it’s about past time to cut off the money supply and do some aggressive pruning.

              2. Res, indeed the problem is that only a handful, if that, among the people in Washington care about or respect or obey the Constitution, a.k.a., the Supreme Law of the Land.
                This has been true roughly from the time that the ink on that document was still wet. You can see this very clearly: download the free copy of St. George Tucker’s “View of the Constitution of the United States” (https://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/tucker-view-of-the-constitution-of-the-united-states-with-selected-writings). It tells the same story. And it was very clear to the writer, and he shows it — back in 1803!

            1. I’d favor keeping the 26th if the government and society actually were treating those over 18 like adults. Instead, things are trending the other way. The drinking age was pushed to 21. In some states the smoking age has been pushed to 21. A whole slew of our politicians are trying to excuse people from the student loan debt incurred after 18. College-age misdeeds of non-conservatives are routinely excused. No, if we’re going to keep treat the late teens/early twenties set as children with no responsibility, I don’t want them voting. I don’t want people voting who doesn’t have to take at least some semblance of responsibility for themselves.

              1. They’ll just keep pushing it further and further up to try to increase the dependent class; fight back by making sure folks get their RIGHTS defended, complete with responsibilities.

                The left is way hot on giving rights to some, and responsibilities to others.

              2. My modest proposal, based on this phenomenon and on reports that the frontal lobes aren’t fully developed till age 25 or so, is to raise the age of consent for sex to 25. If a college student is under 25, anyone who has sexual relations with them is a rapist by definition. No more having college administrators decide which of two participants in a sexual act was the “rapist”: if they’re both under 25 they both face prison time, and perhaps go on a registry of sexual predators. After all, we must be consistent.

                1. When I was growing up it was common knowledge that girls matured more quickly than boys, so this might constitute penalizing girls for boys’ slowness … OTOH, I an reliably advised that modern feminism declares that any differences between the sexes are illusionary, a product of sexist society, so what the heck …

                  1. Well, if a girl of 20 (who is emotionally 25) had sex with a boy of 22 (who is emotionally 17), that could be classified as preying sexually on the immature, right? It might be penalizing her for his slowness, but I think that’s precisely the point of laws about statutory rape.

              3. But there’s the rub: the Nanny State cannot enforce
                universal dependence without a sustainable plurality of ninnies and dependents to keep them in office on the promise of free bread and circuses. When the wheels come off and the workhorses sit down in the traces, too, they want enough loyal proles to devour the Selfish And Lazy ex-workhorses (as likely as not dead from exhaustion already) before the stoutest proles are hitched to the traces in their own turn.

            2. Repeal and make t he default legal age 35.

              But it can be waived with proof of 5 years military service, or 5 years business property ownership, 5 years married with at least one child…

              1. If people aren’t legally adults until 35, then wouldn’t that leave their parents on the hook (so to speak) for that extra 17 years, barring judicial emancipation?

                1. Which would encourage their parents to get them to join the military, start or finance a business, or get married and having grandkids.
                  Do you see a downside?

                  1. Yes, I do think extorting people to reproduce, spend large amounts of money or “volunteer” to risk their lives in order to be considered a functioning adult has very obvious down-sides, starting with degrading parenthood even further, going on through making it so the rich can buy their kids citizenship through a business and ending up with the poor bastards in uniform who have to deal with time-servers.

                    It was bad enough after 9/11 when you had folks who’d signed up in the military to be on the sports teams in the 90s trying to resign due to the military being involved in combat.

                    1. Was even earlier than that. I remember encounters with some very junior troops at the start-up to the first Gulf war (1990-91) who moaned about how their recruiter had never said anything about a war … me and the First Sergeant just looked at each other and sighed.

                    2. Seriously boggled my mind, one of the trust fund babies (in her 40s) confronted my mom after 9/11 to demand if she was still happy I’d gone Navy. Nobody else in my grade went military, one of my classmates’ brothers died in a Navy experimental craft crash.

                      Mom ripped her a new one about how I had joined a military and understood what that meant. Hell, her son could’ve told her that– when he tried a variant out on me at school, I informed him that militaries are there to risk their lives for what they believe. Part of why I joined, to put my money where my mouth was, when I didn’t know what else to do.

                    3. It both dumbfounded and aggravated me when the media started running non-stop stories about poor innocent parents who both enlisted in the Army and now had limited, if any, choices when it came to childcare for their munchkins while they were both in the sandbox. How dare the DoD expect them both go do their job? Did they think they were joining the Boy Scouts? It made me understand armies like the Brits that forbade marriage for junior enlisted ranks. Even more infuriating were the anti-war efforts to allow parents to defer active service so they could babysit the kids.

                    4. I attribute this to the ARMY’S “To get a good job, get a good education” recruiting stratagem, probably concocted by some bright boy at the Pentagon. Thr Dod intentionally tried to get kids to enlist for TWO years, then hammer the taxpayers for a GI Bill college vacation. They deliberately downplayed the possibility that you might have to pick up a rifle and kill people who are likewise trying to kill you. No wonder they got a bunch of crapweasels looking only for benefits. Of course, the entire “education” industry was all for this.

                    5. It was bad enough after 9/11 when you had folks who’d signed up in the military to be on the sports teams in the 90s trying to resign due to the military being involved in combat.

                      This is called not reading the large print in your contract.

                      Back in Gulf War I there was this yahoo clamoring on the news that many people joined the military to get the educational benefits, not to fight wars and it was unfair to… Uh, yeah, the risk of fighting wars is how you earn those educational benefits. Large print. Right there. This is what the military is for. This is what the military does. It goes out and kills people and breaks thing (where others are trying to do the same to it in return) at Uncle Sam’s orders.

          1. And amend the 14th Amendment while you’re at it. The one that creates those ‘anchor babies’. Why should we be made responsible every time some illegal alien manages to drop a brat on our side of the border?

            The 14th was intended to guarantee citizenship for freed slaves and their children. I think that purpose is pretty much moot after 150 years. Now it’s only a scam.

            A child born in the US is only a citizen if at least 50% of its biological parents are US citizens at the time of birth. That is to accommodate future developments in genetics that may allow one child to have three or more biological parents. Grafting in DNA from one American citizen should not be enough to qualify.
            “Who’s in the RABBIT?!

            1. I’d do a best-two-of-three rule. Mother’s citizenship, father’s citizenship, and place of birth. Two have to be “USA” to be considered a native-born citizen of the United States.

              1. When you get right down to it, what exactly does “native-born” mean, anyway? We’ve got to appreciate language as a mutable artifact and our Constitution a living document. I am sure that “native-born” does not merely mean “place of birth” because we now understand how deeply geographicist such an interpretation must be. And besides, who knows exactly what “born” means anymore? Abortionists use a definition relying upon whether the dam desires to be a mother, so shouldn’t the nation get to decide if we want the “delivered” as a citizen?

              2. To be considered an automatic native-born citizen of the United States. Otherwise you exclude children of deployed military who are married to a foreigner. (Which is currently the case – those people’s parents must jump through hoops for the child to be confirmed as a citizen at 18.)

            2. No need to amend. Just interpret “and subject to its jurisdiction” to mean that the person in question must have been born to permanent residents subject to the jurisdiction of the US or state in question. As it should indeed be so interpreted.

            3. The answer lies in the words “subject to its jurisdiction”. An illegal immigrant is immigrant is purposfully avoiding such jusrisdiction, and therefore their child is not a citizen. As far as requiring citizenship of the parents, I am against it. We do not want to get two tiered system, with generations of “legal residents” whose ancesters were not citizens, so they are not.

              1. My crazy idea is to embrace the two-tiered system, but that all children are legal residents until they affirmatively act to become citizens. Citizenship requires being a contributor to government; that is, add up all the money you pay in taxes, subtract the money received in transfer payments, and only those with a net positive get to vote, sit on juries, or run for office.

                1. We expect naturalized citizens to show knowledge of the history and government of the United States, but not “native born”, who only have to be born here.

                  If you want to be able to vote or hold public office, I don’t see any problem with making “native born” pass the same test.

                  1. No. That’s exactly what was done by the left to keep blacks from voting under Jim Crow laws. (And yes, the marxists – IOW the left – would inflict the same on conservatives this time around.)

                    1. It would also be used to get rid of people who are intellectually disabled, particularly people with testing problems.

                      And the cheating would become high stakes enough to make it worth serious money in bribes, threatening proctor families, etc.

                    1. Ooh – I knew a guy in college who had a bad case of Ciaramella and feared his willie was wonky*. Not even penicillin did only thing for it; he had to sunbathe in the buff, sunshine being the best disinfectant.

                      *also” wilted, warped, wracked and wuined.

                2. No. A child of illegal aliens is a citizen of the country they came from, and has no more legal right to be here than they do. Deport them all together.

                3. There needs to be a PSC (Public Service Credit) granted for those going into military, police, fire, EMT, etc. NO credit for merely attending college. NO credit for community activism.

                  Citizenship revocable for cause, with exceedingly strict definitions of “cause” including but not limited to treason, armed conspiracy to deny rights of other citizens (I’m looking at you, Antifa, and you, KKK) and, of course, VWD (Voting While Deceased.)

                  1. No, no, the dead aren’t responsible for their votes. As long as they didn’t get up out of their graves and cast them personally. The bugger that cast a dead person’s vote is the one we want to disown.
                    My grandpa voted Republican till the day he died. Since then, he’s been voting Democrat.

                  2. Lifts hand. I don’t want my citizenship revoked because someone votes for me after my death. Right now my only defense to himself is “Yes, I know, I wasn’t as good as I should have been, but I am a Usaian and we’re bad at just sticking with what is known”

                  3. “Citizenship revocable for cause, with exceedingly strict definitions of “cause” including but not limited to treason, armed conspiracy to deny rights of other citizens (I’m looking at you, Antifa, and you, KKK) and, of course, VWD (Voting While Deceased.)”

                    No. That’s something else that would be immediately captured by Marxists. That power would be too tempting for them to pass up.

                  4. There needs to be a PSC (Public Service Credit) granted for those going into military, police, fire, EMT, etc.
                    So, nothing for your average citizen who contributes by getting a job? Or starts a business? Nothing for the pothole filler, the burger maker, the supermarket stocker, the cobbler? Sorry, but no – as far as citizenship goes.

                    1. Several people seem to have missed the fact that my proposal was as an amendment to the proposal

                      Citizenship requires being a contributor to government; that is, add up all the money you pay in taxes, subtract the money received in transfer payments, and only those with a net positive get to vote, sit on juries, or run for office.

                      by Amy Schley. It is a credit against the requirements listed by her, not a stand-alone standard.

            4. I realize that I’m the minority who believes that citizens ship should be magic and that being born inside the US should continue to count.

              The “problem” of anchor babies isn’t due to their acquiring of citizenship. The problem is completely in what we’ve chosen to do about it. Sending the kid with the parents when they’re deported is not unjust. The kid could choose US citizenship at 18 and come back without the folks.

              We choose to create the problem of “anchor baby” where there’s no reason for it to exist.

              1. How about, for a child born in the US to non-diplomat etc, parents, who are not citizens: the parents may give up the child’s citizenship OR give up legal right to the child.

                We should not have American children, who will have voting rights, being raised as and by non-Americans.

                Kids born pre-term while Mom was on vacation, give up the right to US citizenship and go home. Kids whose mom came here specifically to escape some horrific situation for the child, the parents will happily sign away rights to the child if it’s really so horrific.

                1. [waggles hand] I am…uncomfortable…with granting one person the authority to waive the citizenship of another, even when the “one” is a parent. Also, the issue about someone raised in another country would apply to any immigrants, not just the child of illegal aliens. So long as the numbers remain modest, we can handle that. The naturalization tests are a partial answer to that in the case of immigration, but being able to give the “correct” answers on a test and actually believing them are two different things. I, certainly, in school and college, sometimes had to give the answers I needed to to pass the test even when I disagreed with them.

                  The thing is, there are no perfect solutions, and chasing down the rabbit hole after them can be a distraction from actually achieving “good enough to muddle through.” (cf. “Libertarians” of the ideological purity stripe.) What we need is “good enough to muddle through” that’s achievable in a reasonable timeframe and that we can tweak to improve later.

                  So even with letting the child retain citizenship, the incentive for people to cross our border just to have babies on this side so that the parents can stay goes away. This can be expected to reduce the number doing so. They no longer have the “get out of deportation free” card in the child.

                  I strongly suspect that this would reduce the problem to a manageable level. It won’t be perfect but “good enough to muddle through.”

                2. How about no?

                  We already have kids who are from nightmarish situations, who get put into the foster care system and then are put onto the custody of druggies, pedophiles, bullies, etc. Why would you want to put more kids into a broken system?

              2. I second the motiion! It’s my understanding that there’s entire enclaves of Koreans living in Japan, who are two or three or four generations away from having ever set foot in Korea, but who are nonetheless cannot enjoy the benefits of being a Japanese citizen.

                If you live here, you *will* absorb the culture, and your children, even more so.

                It’s the “anchor baby” issue that’s the problem — and even then, I could live with it, if it’s just the parents who take advantage of it — and it’s not just limited to literal baby citizens, but to people in general, who come here legally, who then can bring in a parent or a cousin, who then brings in one of theirs, and so on, and so forth.

                And even that isn’t as much of a problem as people coming here illegally.

                And even *that* isn’t the problem we’re inclined to think it is: there are a *lot* of people who come here illegally because they know their home country has gone to the dogs, and are genuinely seeking a better life — and they expect to find it here.

                The biggest problem is these “multi-culturalists” who insist that everyone who comes here *has* to keep their culture. Illegal aliens *must* learn Spanish (or whatever other language they came from), and so forth. Ironically, there are illegal aliens who are *angry* that their kids are being forced to learn Spanish in school. They feel — and probably not without justification — that their kids are being set up for second-class status, by slowing down their learning of English, and teaching them the language of the “menial” jobs that “only” illegals would do. (Hey, why don’t we get rid of minimum wage, so that we can more easily find people who will be willing to do something small for a little bit of spending cash, without having to get paid under the table to do it?)

                If I had my druthers, I’d forbid anyone who came here from participating in the welfare State, and require them to learn the benefits of freedom — including that “icky” Second Amendment one — but I’d otherwise welcome them. I’m not entirely sure I would trust the State to do this — in fact, I’d almost entirely expect the State to mess this up — but sometimes I have wondered if we can’t create a “welcome committee” to welcome Californian and foreign refugees, to teach them why the Free States are the way they are, and how the policies pursued in their former homelands made their former homelands what *they* were.

                (This can be done with private effort, too, I just haven’t been able to get the gumption to try to organize such an effort!)

          1. Dang, ah was gonna say thet!

            The Left don’t understand entropy, neither.

            Of course, if’n we’re gonna list things the Left don’t understand (economics, reality, entropy, cause & effect …) we’re gonna need a MUCH bigger blog.

            It is dd, really: many on the Left are individually quite intelligent, but collectively they are dimmer than a broken glow-plate night-light.

            1. Leftist guide to fighting entropy:

              1. Have activists declare that entropy is problematic.
              2. Pressure governments into banning entropy.
              4. No more entropy!

              1. Entropy is an artifact of the White Patriarchy, part of their toolkit for obstructing energy fluidity.

                1. So all I have to do is identify as a young black woman, and I can invent a perpetual motion machine? Easy peasy.

              2. You jest, but …

                The thing that is a current screaming problem where I am (‘out of control bushfires’) is out of control only because of the damn Greenies who have made it INSANELY difficult to do controlled burns of thick undergrowth, or chopping down trees (either dead or otherwise, for safety measures), by being on councils and local governments, etc, because FOR THE ENVIRONMENT Q_Q… and are now blaming either CLIMATE CHAAAAAAAAANGE, coal mining (yes. somehow), the other politicians who aren’t buying CC/AGW, and literally had a Greens member present a woman who outright claimed that firefighters were wife beaters after fighting forest fires (…and turns out that claim was an outright lie natch. And what was her solution supposed to be? not fight fires?)

                And apparently a number of the fires are started by arsonists. It’s gotten so that I’m seeing chatter where people are starting to think that the fires were deliberately lit by CC activists / Greens, because of the message they’ve been pushing (It’s not a far leap from being totally okay with blocking people in ambulances or on their way to the hospital or daily life) and it’s NOT helped by the fact that the ABC’s Q and A featured a panel of rabid feminists who outright called for violence against men AND urged people to start burning things.

                1. Then there’s the thing that’s driving me a bit ragey – it’s not at as if we haven’t had TONS OF HISTORICAL ‘UNCONTROLLABLE FIRES’ in Australia.

                  Hell, the ‘conservative’ (for what? pointing out facts?) channel here has been pointing out that historically, we have crazy fires and droughts. Or floods.

                  It’s like we suddenly got a wave of Brits living here, and be shocked at 20+ C degree weather, and are freaking out.

                  1. Saw the headline where they were chasing an arsonist(or arsonists) with a Blackhawk, to run them to ground.
                    reminds me of what a farmer from just up the road here said when his son moved to Texas: “Texas! Where a farmer needs a boat to go pick up his drought relief check.”
                    Our previous administration was totally fine ignoring wildfires and refused to call them a disaster . . . when it was Texas counties that didn’t vote for them.

                2. Australia should have no excuse for this; they’ve got the example of California to show them the error of their mistake.

                  1. Should. but the orthodoxy of anthropogenic global ‘climate emergency’ has been a thing being pushed here for a while now. It doesn’t help that the average Aussie is fairly environmentally minded; given how often nature tends to intrude on even city dwellers’ lives.

                    But we’ll see how far it goes; most of the greenies and their wailing tends to affect the young, and the older generations who generally aren’t open to much in new ideas if they lean left, and only accept it if from the left. I’m generalizing a lot, but that’s how it goes generally.

        1. One of the differences between the Scottish Enlightenment (Locke, Adam Smith, and co.) and most of the French Enlightenment (Rousseau, Voltaire et al) is that the English assumed that people could not be perfected. Heck, they probably assumed that Calvin was right about Innate Depravity, and decided that the best thing for society was to set up ways to direct human frailty into less-harmful paths (Smith and the free market). The English and Scots accepted reality. The French believed they could deny it.

  1. Societal collapse is what they want. They have been raised to hate America and believe its destruction is “Justice;” plus they believe they will rule forever over whatever is left and the evil hicks will be their slaves.

    1. Sure. But they fail to get that society collapses, their serfs escape and pissed off Americans remain. And America recovers and learns. Perhaps that’s what we need for communism to die.

      1. Envy will never die until man does, and communism is merely envy interwoven with power. We may be able to smack it back under table but its human condition

    2. I have long said the only upside of collapse will be watching rank and file leftists learn who will be slave and who will be master in the world after.

        1. Maybe, but given I do not think anti-slavery movements to prove they have ended a long standing human tendency (yes, yes, I know the industrial revolution makes it economically less viable…for production…body slaves and house slaves, see illegal gardeners and nannies, I’m not sold yet) and given we’ve seen it grow from a low in the past decade I don’t even buy the whole “right side of history” argument about slavery not coming back.

          Given we have evidence that a lot of people one one side of the culture war want at least peonage, I don’t think it is unreasonable to think the penalty for allowing them to destroy will be the return of masters and slaves.

          1. As I said, preferably. Having observed the lingering aftereffects of slavery in my home region, so long as I am alive I will endeavor to prevent its replanting; and failing that, to uproot it wherever it may be found.

          2. That was a point one of the commenters at Chicagoboyz made to a post that I put up regarding the Abolitionist crusade in the decades before the ACW. The thread wandered into a discussion of how mechanization made the growing of cotton ever more profitable. Gavin G. posted “… slavery came to an end because slave labor could not compete with technology powered by fossil fuels — coal, and later oil. The corollary is that, if the Usual Suspects succeed in abandoning fossil fuels before a nuclear economy has been created, then slavery will inevitably reappear. Of course, the Usual Suspects expect that they will be the slave masters, not the slaves.”

  2. I love how the lefties want to destroy the heartland by any means necessary. Let me see, if they make it harder to produce and transport food, do they really think the cities will get supplied long before the Deplorables in the heartland?

    The left keeps playing Who’s on First, while forgetting that their survival is dependent on those they keep wanting to put into the shortstop position.

        1. I actually feel a little sorry for this guy. Maybe he couldn’t figure out why the snow was on some fields and not on others.

          1. Same here– I can think of a lot of things he might be talking about with that, including “funky, I can see green and gold and brown and stuff when I look, but my camera makes it look black and white.”

        2. I haven’t been able to figure out what he thinks the view from altitude should look like. He even has another post complaining about all the “right wing trolls” making fun of him as though he didn’t know about the existence of farmland. Yet, he still claims he doesn’t understand why there should be such a variation in color and texture. Looking at his twitter feed, he seems to be just as clueless about politics as he is about geography and land usage.

          1. He is an example of the willful and aggressively ignorant, repudiating all information contrary to his closely clung to prejudices.

          2. That’s why I felt a little bad because it’s really not immediately obvious why there’s not snow evenly over all of it. (Some is plowed and the furrows go in different orientations, some is hay, some is no-til wheat or whatnot, some is probably corn stalks that will be plowed under in spring, etc.)

            1. Heck, yesterday I was driving through areas that I *know* are planted and harvested as identically as they can manage. I watched them do it this summer.

              They’re both fairly flat ground.

              On the same side of the road, so same wind.

              One had freaking no snow, and the other had really pretty little drifts.

        3. To be fair, if you go further in the CO direction, the squares turn into circles. It took me a while to figure that out. In case anyone doesn’t know, it is caused by the irrigation sprinkler anchored in the center of the field.

          1. Irrigation Circles. Most places in the High Plains as it approaches the backside (east) of the Rockies. Montana, Wyoming, farming shows the same. West you can have crop circles (couldn’t resist), but less likely as the valleys are narrow. More likely to have long row of irrigation pipes. Might be raised these days attached to huge wheels, to make them easier to move, but typically don’t go in a circle. Moving water pipe, then later hauling hay, used to be a huge HS money maker. Know my cousin did out of Baker. I got in on it some helping my Aunt and younger cousin move the pipes on their home place (Uncle was working, older cousin was working on other ranches, leaving the “women” to move the pipes at home on smaller hobby ranch); got to help bring in what hay they put up, as well as get extra loads … anything to be able to ride the horses … took younger cousin & I together to load the bales. (These were NOT the bales of hay you see in fields today.)

            1. Local terminology: The big circular (or fractions thereof; half is common, quarter less so, full in big operations) pattern systems are known as pivots. Small ones might have 2 or 3 sections (there’s arches and a wheel setup at the end of each section), while I’ve seem some running 12 or more. There’s one or two huge ranchs that might have 18 section pivots.

              The straight-line irrigation systems are called wheel lines; usually 3-4″ aluminum pipe with sprinkler heads, all supported by large diameter metal wheels. Small ones can be moved by hand, while larger ones have a motorized trolley in the middle, run by a small engine (I think they use 5 hp-ish) or the fancy solar charged electrics.

              To finish it off, some places will use a monitor; think a Rain-bird impulse sprayer and scale it up so that it’s running off 2-3″ diameter flexible tubing. One of those can do a few acres.

              Klamath basin has large enough fields so that full or half-circle pivots can be used, though wheel lines are as popular. Those are modular and can be reconfigured fairly easily as needed; handy if the fields are strangely shaped because terrain.

              1. Know enough of the terminology to understand it when someone is talking. Not enough to talk or write about terminology myself.

                1. You get it by osmosis around here. 🙂 There’s one big nursery that does stationary spraying with 2′ risers; they rotate between strawberry plants (sold to the growers in California), potatoes, and some kind of cover crop. The latter might be clover. They’re the only outfit that uses stationary pipes that I’ve seen.

                  1. > growers

                    I first noticed that term in the ’90s, when ranchers started referring to themselved as “beef growers.” A while later I saw it applied to people planting corn.

                    What, “farmer” and “rancher” have been replaced by the generic “grower” now? They wander into the co-op and get half a ton of Hereford seeds?

                    1. “Grower” was popular in California; might have something to do with the mono-crop tendencies. South of the SF Bay area, it’s a major strawberry growing area, and you’ll see fields after fields of strawberries, all under different ownership. The SJ Merc called them growers, so I did.

                      For the strawberries, they get lugs of plants from our area and slightly south of us in extreme northern California. In our river valley, cattle are an endangered species (sort of; water calls make it hard to grow hay or irrigate pastures), so I’ll have to skip any discussion on Angus seeds. 🙂

        4. If I wanted to be charitable, I’d just assume he knew very well these were farms, he just didn’t know the details and mechanics of how they operated.

          But I see no reason to be charitable to this fellow.

    1. FWIW, case in point: it seems to be too expensive for tradesmen to live in the Bay Area. Who are they gonna call when the toilet backs up?

      They’re already starting to reap the benefits of making it close to impossible to maintain power line rights of way.

      More than one way to fight lefties. No, that cake *doesn’t* have to be made.

      1. And once the power infrastructure starts to go… People, it’s built tough and redundant for a reason, but it ain’t indestructible! Once things degrade to the point they have at PG&E, the amount of work to bring things back up to standard could be… considerable.

        Wifi doesn’t do so well when the power’s out for indeterminate periods. Can’t charge cell phones indefinitely with no outlets- those that *do* have the backups ain’t exactly common on the left coast. Then you realize the basic foundation necessities, food and water aren’t around… JIT stocking, and so on.

        I could charge $200/hr plus expenses and still not think it worth it. You don’t waste your time on maintenance when the gremlins are already wrecking your system.

      2. Who are they gonna call when the toilet backs up?

        Dunno – the city’s already full of [excrement] and they’ve not called anybody; they just claim it smells like roses.

    2. I have it on good authority from the likes of Bob Chipman’s twitter that vertical farming, automation and eugenics will make the scum in flyover country irrelevant and disposable. No longer will the retrograde knuckle draggers hold us back from utopia.

        1. You think he can’t make it happen? Just Google some of Bob Chipman’s videos. Behold the ubermensch. Your natural lord.

          1. I want to see Chipman’s plans for moving a bazillion gallons of water up to the tippy top of them thar vertical farms without a big, fat, juicy coal-fired generating station or a glow-in-the-dark nuke plant.

            I also want to know how he plans on paying for them pumps and super-extra-strong pipes, not to mention all that electricity. Water is heavy.

            1. Well there’s always Plan B: bugs. Anyone can farm bugs, all you need is garbage.

              Plan C is Soylent Green.

              Don’t ask about Plan D.

            2. Water is not only heavy, it is corrosive. If a leak develops on an upper floor the whole scheme is likely to come crashing down.

      1. Vertical farming also requires electricity – and lots of it. Water pumping, grow lights, ventilation, etc…
        In terms of calories produced per watt required, it’s very efficient. Somehow, I don’t think in-field farmers measure sunny days, rainfall, and wind in watts (or joules), though.
        I wonder if anyone has done the math for enclosing the cultivated area of Kansas into a single building. One isn’t going to get that much square footage savings since modern farming is already pretty darn dense.

      1. Just whom I thought of!

        I actually saw — not the original tweet — but the silly withdrawal that talked about its tone — before he hid his tweets. (Unsurprising when the ratio on the withdrawal was that bad.)

      2. Yeah? Well hold that beer:

        Professor: Space Doesn’t Exist Because I Haven’t Been There
        On campuses steeped with postmodernist, relativist, and nominalist thinking, it was only a matter of time before a professor and his students were convinced everything they ever learned was a lie.
        … Apparently, the professor declared space was not real because he had not been to space. Rather, space and all the science related to it is “a projection of white fantasies that has worked to control our interpretation of how the world works.”

          1. I’m wagering that professor has never seen his [butt]hole, so does that mean he doesn’t have one? That would explain him being full of [excrement].

            Just because he thinks he exists does not make it so, either. He could be a collective hallucination of the students. If they erased him wouldn’t that mean he never was?

            Frakly, these are things a high-school debate coach ought have covered, so it cannot be possible this “professor” is occupying a college classroom, drawing a college professor’s salary.

            Not that I’d trust him to run a 7-11 or even a Dairy Queen.

            1. Regarding not seeing his butthole, to be fair it is difficult to see one’s anus from inside one’s rectum…

                1. Mr Houst said “always unpleasant substances moving through it.” Indeed there are such things as his head and shoulders…very unpleasant indeed.

              1. I am willing to acknowledge the possibility he was engaging in Socratic instruction, employing an obvious logical fallacy in order to force students to discover the proper refutation of his thesis.

                Having checked the underlying reporting, however, I am assigning that a probability of (significantly) less than one percent.

                Heck, I am assigning a similarly low likelihood this doofus can explain the distinction between possibility and probability.

        1. Can we please send this dingbat to space? Pretty please?
          And then throw him out of the &^%$ing airlock. With or without space suit. The suit merely prolongs his torture.
          If he hasn’t reproduced yet (and what self respecting creature female or otherwise would reproduce with that) it will improve the human gene pool

        2. The fact that Professor Wash is still employed just made all alumni of Weber State University, Utah unemployable if I have any input on the hiring process.

          They should have bought their degree from somewhere else… maybe they should sue.

          1. I know of one employer who announced that he wouldn’t even *consider* someone from Harvard, if that person didn’t have a STEM degree. I suspect that this should also be said of Weber State; I would further suspect that it’s probably true of *any* school these days….

    3. “Let me see, if they make it harder to produce and transport food, do they really think the cities will get supplied long before the Deplorables in the heartland?”

      They don’t have any idea who grows their food, or how they do it, or where, or why they bother doing it. They really, really have no clue. These things just happen. Trucks always come, and the store is always full of anything they want.

      Talk to a Lefty about the importance of welding gasses some time. They don’t know -anything- except Greenhouse Bad. You ask them what would happen of the supply of acetylene dried up, and they think it would save the planet faster. They’ve not only never taken a torch to a rusted bolt, they don’t know what a torch is or why you would even want one.

      They’re arrogant ignoramuses. Ignorami?

      1. Vertical farming man. The answer is vertical farming. Then the cities shall be supreme and flyover country can go jump in a lake.

        1. Yeah, let’s see a bunch of delusional lefties try to run a ‘vertical farm’. It still takes work, and real-world knowledge, which do not exist in their world. They’ll have to import deplorable rednecks from the outer wilderness, or else grow their own.

          Farmers — of any kind — can’t afford delusions.

          Where would they get the power? They’d never allow a nuclear power plant in their Green Paradise. Solar and wind would take far more space than is available in a city.
          There is no shortage of people convinced they can create the perfect world. Trouble is, they always start out by fucking up this one.

          1. Well there’s always Plan B: bugs. Anyone can farm bugs, all you need is garbage.

            Plan C is Soylent Green.

            Don’t ask about Plan D.

      2. Welding gases, hah!

        They managed to ban Halon fire extinguishers, except in very specialized applications. Because it’s better that people burn alive than their religious doctrines be questioned…

      1. For those of us dependent on thyroid… there are quality 3rd party sources now, suitable for squirreling away… and the thyroid gland from any mammal can be dried, portioned, consumed, and will work just as well as what’s prescribed (actually, better than synthetics, and no different from prescribed NDT). 1 gram dry weight per pound of patient weight is about right for total replacement, and it’s extremely shelf-stable (as in decades).

            1. autoimmune issues. Your body might decided to dampen dangerous autoimmune by destroying your IMMUNE system. This is a way to do it. Though mind you, it also made the autoimmune worse at its extreme.

              1. Madam I thought I had issues. But my stuff is relatively easily solved here in the 21st century. You need to get a time machine and go have a talk with your ancestors on their poor choice of breeding stock :-). Of course if they change their choice that’s not good either, though at that point we’re making a parallel timeline… None of this Back to the Future nonsense.

                1. That would be bad.
                  Alternate world history where there’s no Ill met by Moonlight, no Darkships, Sad Puppies dies due to lack of fourth pillar, no AccordingtoHoyt, President Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Lack of Energy AOC…

                  1. President Hillary Clinton !!! Heaven Forbid! Although given a multi universe interpretation there’s somewhere she’s Presidant (poor b*stards living in that timeline). The good news is that in some of those universes the residents got fed up with her and used a lampost, a rope and a bit of elbow grease…

                    1. Does that mean that there is also one where President Cthulhu won the election (check out the Cthulhu for America site)? Of course that universe is still probably better than any where Hillary won.

                    2. Cardshark asks :
                      “Does that mean that there is also one where President Cthulhu ”
                      Thats a really interesting question I suspect if Cthulhu were to exist you’d need a universe with very different physical laws. At a minimum that universe is way over that away…Also everyone will be rather short on toes.

                      And Mary says:
                      “The one where SMOD won is very peaceful, at least.”

                      Have you been reading Stephanie’s pieces on the Chixculub impactor? Peaceful, you keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means…

                    3. The Chixculub impactor was a piker.

                      SMOD’s world is very peaceful. The transition was not, but that’s the way it goes.

                    4. You’re assuming that the universe where Hillary became President isn’t also a universe where she stayed a “Goldwater Girl,” and didn’t get kicked off the Watergate investigation for ethics issues.

                    5. Nope, sorry, strive as I might (and as one who’s been reading SF/F for more than five decades my imagination is pretty dang strong) there is no universe I can imagine in which Hillary Rodham Clinton does not have ethics issues.

    1. YIkes!

      My prescriptions can be renewed one week before expiration, so 83 days after the last refill happened, I call in. The meds that are most important to my survival have been prescribed for several years, and I have a reasonable backstock. A couple that are newer, not much stock, but I’m building inventory.

        1. I’ve wondered about trying to get bulk quantities of my medications, but don’t have a good idea about sources, at least legal ones. (Grey-market Metformin, this could be interesting.)

          Is there any way to get a prescription for a few months worth of injectables “in case of travel” or some such? (I’m completely unfamiliar with the details of chemo administration.)

        2. You could try finding out what the precursor chemicals are, if they are good for long term storage in a cool dry dark place, and if it’s possible to mix them on your own.

          1. just make sure they are from reliable sources (or you get the same as the cause of empty shelves in Walgreen’s/CVS with their generics recalls)
            Probably the safer, if more inconvenient way to go, now that I think about it.

      1. Meh. I was already planning on dying eventually, so when the meds tun out I might maybe deliver some Social Justice on my way out.

        1. … when the meds run out, run dammit!

          Whose fingers are these I see before me? They are at the ends of my arms but type not what I require of them.

            1. It is manifestly a WP Conspiracy, likely in league with Twitter: infusion of random typos into perfectly composed missives.

              For example, in the above comment I had clearly closed the Bold tag between run and dammit.

                  1. It’s a Shoggoth for heavens sake. The output from any living creature’s nasal cavity might as well be saline compared to shoggoth slime. (No offense to Shoggoth(s) intended, no really back AWAY from the toes).

    2. Amazing what odd bits of useful trivia you can pick up reading science fiction.

      For instance, there’s a whole pile of antibiotics that aquarium enthusiasts use for their fish that are virtually identical to the ones we humans take; only they don’t need prescriptions, and you can order as much as you want.

      Amoxicillin (250mg and 500mg)
      Cephalexin (250mg and 500mg)
      Doxycycline (100mg)
      Ciprofloxacin (500mg)
      Penicillin (500mg)
      Clindamycin (150mg)

      1. Hmm, I just tossed a full 10 day prescription of Clindamycin. I spiked a fever after bunion surgery, but it stopped by the time I could pick up the med. Turns out the anesthesia gasses were dry and I had God’s own sinus rebellion. Didn’t help that the procedure took twice as long as planned. Not fun when the toe has a bunch of scar tissue.

        IIRC, I had that and Keflex back in the stone ages after an appendectomy. Memorable combination, and not in a fun way. Felt pretty shitty with those two. Literally. Lomotil was my friend, along with lots-o-yogurt.

  3. First of all, I think any convicted felon caught casting a vote before they’ve completed their full sentence, and petitioned to have their voting right restored, and been granted such, ought to be immeditately executed as a saboteur.

    Second, on Democrats, “because their clients, both illegals and Californians, always vote to repeat the conditions they escaped from”. Same thing unfortunately applies to the Granite State. People move up from Massachusetts to escape the crushing regulations and taxes; and then notice that we don’t have a state or local government providing anything more than fire, police, and road maintenance; and then they do their best to turn New Hampshire into a 3rd world shit hole, err, Massachusetts North.

    Good Ol’ Barry cost my wife and I about $100,000 on our retirement account, thanks to his souring the economy. BTW, that doesn’t include the loss of investment opportunity on that 100K.

    Never give up. Never surrender.

    And like Patton said, “The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.”

    Thought for the day that Patton also said, and apparently nobody on the Progressive Left ever heard or understood, “If everybody is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.”

    1. I finally got through to a leftist friend of mine who supported Occupy Wall Street and generally blathers about evil investors trying to make a buck. He spoke of “rich stockholders” and I asked him about all the people we know – including he and wife, it turns out – whose retirement consists of mutual funds and 401Ks. Does he really want the stock market to drop drastically? Do they have the cash on hand to ride things out?

      1. Similar to the people who want to ban pipelines, 18-wheelers, commercial fishing, fracking, or genetically modified plants.

        Somehow, none of that would result in any personal inconvenience…

      2. I’m genuinely astonished. I figured all of them would go, “Anybody who’s been able to save money to invest deserves to lose it.”

        1. Was it our hostess who pointed out that people believe all sorts of bs until a member of the so-called inteligencia spouts off about an area they actually KNOW? Or was it a commenter here? Because that’s what happens sometimes. I have a long-time friend who has gone hard left… except about the Second Amendment. Not that she lets any of her university colleagues know that she owns multiple firearms, beginning with the shotgun her daddy bought her. Or that her hubby has stocked up on ammo “just in case.”

          1. I think that may be from Michael Crichton, referring to how one accepts so much of what one reads in the newspapers unless one knows the subject.

            I forget where Crichton made the point, nor what he labeled it, but here is a nice summation:

            The problem, he pointed out, is that “media carries with it a credibility that is totally undeserved” and is unfairly rewarded by the the effect of our selective amnesia.

            For example, let’s say that I, a person with an above-average understanding of salmon farming, read an article about the topic and find it riddled with errors, showing the author has no understanding of the facts or issues.

            “You read with exasperation or amusement the multiple errors in a story, and then turn the page to national or international affairs, and read as if the rest of the newspaper was somehow more accurate about Palestine than the baloney you just read. You turn the page, and forget what you know,” Crichton said.

            While this does not verify your thesis it does indicate you are not alone in recognizing a pattern.

            1. Crichton called it the “Gell-Mann Amnesia Affect.” The whole article used to be on his web site.

      3. all the people we know … whose retirement consists of mutual funds and 401Ks.

        Ah yes – what are traditionally known as “widows & orphans funds.”

        Which is why I tend to ask such denouncers of Wall Street, “Why do you want widows and orphans to starve?”

  4. A lot of people seem to think food comes from the grocery store, electricity comes from the wall outlet, and gas comes from the gas station. They seem only vaguely aware that before they can use it at those locations, it has to come from somewhere else that isn’t right there. Increasing efficiencies in agriculture, and energy production can thin the numbers of people living in “fly over” country, but can’t completely replace them. If the rural economy collapses far enough, the cities will fall really hard. I really hope it doesn’t come to that.

  5. They remind me of Che Guevara’s fantasy of nuclear war with the US: he believed whatever arose out the ashes would inevitably be better. Um, no. The Phoenix is a myth. What rises from ashes is weeds, and one has to expend a lot of energy to clear the rubble before one can rebuild. The people breaking the current system have no idea how bad the repercussions will be, since they see “progress” as a sort of magical thing that just happens.

    1. Of course he thought that. Per Marxist theory there’s an inevitable outcome of history, delayed by the old systems. Nuke those old systems into rubble, and voila! World Communism!

      [insert “missing step” meme here]

  6. Since I spent two years in Bolivia as a mission Mormonary. I take special appreciative note that Bolivia has FINALLY freed itself of Evo Morales. After twelve years of broken promises and kleptocratic looting of the country, apparently after getting a pet judge to issue the transparently absurd ruling that a constitutional provision that he was ineligible for a fourth term deprived him of his civil rights, after blatantly manipulating election results, and after three weeks of protests, the military finally said “No, we’re not shooting any more people to keep you in office”…and he’s gone. At least the Bolivians have been paying attention to Venezuela and the difference between rhetoric and reality. Apparently they have been learning the hard lesson that it’s easier to vote a socialist into power because he promises you heaven on earth than to vote him out when the reveals himself to be a common crook of a tyrant. Would that the good citizens of the Boswash megalopolis, the Windy City, and the Left Coast could do the same.

    1. Well, the Bolivian military does have a tradition of dealing appropriately with socialists. Wonder if they sent Morales a post mortem pic of Che as a reminder of how things could go…

      Also find it interesting he fled to Mexico not to his spiritual brethren in Venezuela, proving he that despite being a socialist he’s not a total idiot.

      1. Bolivia has had its share of homegrown leftist and revolutionary presidents, so I don’t *that* was the difficulty. I think it was more that Che was too obviously a carpetbagger who apparently thought the same appeal to the peasantry that worked in Cuba would work in Bolivia. Nope. He was working with an *entirely different* peasantry…different languages, and cultures, and I gather that he was never trusted.

        1. He was working with an ‘entirely different* peasantry’ …

          Nonsense! It is Marxist theology that all peasants are alike, interchangeable cogs on the great mill-wheel of History.

        2. I always wondered if Che not being an Indian (feather, not dot) had something to do with it. I know that in Peru, people of European ancestry ought not hang around in certain areas.

          1. Much of the Bolivian peasantry speaks Quechua (the language of the Inca empire) in preference to Spanish even where they are to various degrees bilingual. There are also strong regional differences in the various dialects of Spanish. Besides needing interpreters to do some of his recruiting, he would have stood out as a foreigner and “not one of us” every time he opened his mouth. He wrote in his diary that he thought many of the locals were informing on him instead of joining his cause. I can well believe it.

    2. Bolivia was pretty much dirt poor to start, so Morales didn’t have the prior prosperity to contrast his economics, but he eventually started to grate with his tyranny, and folk started to notice Chile, Peru etc were getting better while they were still miserable, and Venezuela got Chavezed to worse levels than Bolivia.

      1. Amazing how often the military stating that they won’t support socialists’ blatant extra-Constitutional attempts to stay in power gets labeled a coup, isn’t it?

      2. Unpopular opinion: the present contretemps in DC, what’s going on in Bolivia, and what happened in Honduras are either all coups or are all not coups.

  7. Everything the Democrats do makes perfect sense once you realize that they have given up on getting people to want to vote for them, and are putting all their efforts into making people afraid to vote against them.

  8. 1) I like your new picture, a lot.
    2) A recent interaction with a beloved relative make it clear that the lines have already been drawn, as far as persuading the on-the-fence types – there are few left.
    So, this 2020 fight is going to be about:
    a) Keeping it clean – reducing voter fraud to the lowest level possible (hit up your state legislatures for voter ID – you have way more influence at that level)
    b) Gently talking to the many whose best interests are served by keeping the D’s out of office – at EVERY level.
    Point out that their retirement savings – whether personally controlled 401(k)s, or UNION-controlled pension funds – depend on the stock market not tanking.
    Point out – for those having sons – that their male child’s best interests are served by keeping the D’s out.
    Point out that a financial downturn would hit the less-prepared-for-the-free-market female college grads particularly hard.
    Gently explain to the women that a world in which ANY man could take precedence in the victim contest over a “natural” woman is not one that will look kindly at old, White, women.
    Point out that the D’s – both in public office and in the media – protected Epstein’s fellow abusers, not the victims – most of whom were VERY young women.

    Maybe it will help.

  9. General Edward Spears, friend of Churchill and British emissary to France in two wars, recorded his feelings at the time of Munich:

    “Like most people, I have had my private sorrows, but there is no loss that can compare with the agony of losing one’s country, and that is what some of us felt when England accepted Munich. All we believed in seemed to have lost substance.

    The life of each of us has roots without which it must wither; these derive sustenance from the soil of our native land, its thoughts, its way of life, its magnificent history; the lineage of the British race is our inspiration. The past tells us what the future should be. When we threw the Czechs to the Nazi wolves, it seemed to me as if the beacon lit centuries ago, and ever since lighting our way, had suddenly gone out, and I could not see ahead.”

    I think a lot of us here will be able to related to this feeling.

    Yet it was only two years after Munich that Britain demonstrated its magnificent resistance to Nazi conquest.

    1. Yet it was only two years after Munich that Britain demonstrated its magnificent resistance to Nazi conquest.

      Actually, it was less than one year later.

      Of course, it helped that Chamberlain was honest enough to admit that he fucked up, and supported Churchill. The mob we’re afflicted with can’t admit that they are ever wrong in the tiniest detail, even after they have been proven grossly wrong. And somehow, they are never called to account.

      We can only hope all their misdeeds are accumulating on some sort of tab somewhere, and that they will be presented with it in a way they can no longer ignore.
      Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!!

      1. There is an argument to be made that Chamberlain knew what was coming and signed at Munich in order to buy time for British rearmament. It is a sad reality of democratic governance that you cannot readily force the people’s nose into the pile of dog doo and demand, “See what you’ve done? Now we’ve stepped in it.”

        Of course, Chamberlain had a hand in putting that dog doo in place …

        1. Mind, that argument in Chamberlain’s defense might be easier to make had he not blathered about “Peace in out time” or at least made clearer how short their time was.

          1. “Peace for our time.”

            So many keep getting that quote wrong. If you’re going to quote, at least use the right damn words.

            1. Ransom Stoddard: You’re not going to use the story, Mr. Scott?

              Maxwell Scott: No, sir. This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.

    2. True.
      And it provides a very sober illustration of just how expensive it is in time, resources, and lives to correct blunders like that on an international scale. Similar blunders within a nation usually take just as long, are just as expensive and violent, and are usually inappropriately called ‘civil’ wars. And this is the opening act on the stage we get to walk onto. ‘fraid I left my good improvisation hat in the closet.

    3. > what some of us felt when England accepted Munich

      Chamberlain went over with the almost unanimous backing of Parliament and George IV, did exactly what he’d said he would do, and they gave him a parade when he came back.

      Of course when it went down in flames nobody had ever supported Chamberlain ever…

    4. It remains to be seen whether the British will succeed in extricating themselves from the current German and French led European Empire. If they cannot do so the damage could be every bit as great as what the Nazis would have done.

      1. From here, it looks like the European Union is an attempt to prop up the failing socialist economies by looting the ones that haven’t failed yet. Not do anything to FIX them, mind you, just prop them up.

        Let us hope the British get out while they still have an economy to save.
        Governments can only print money; they can’t make it worth anything. They can make it worth nothing.

  10. Like a spousal abuser they do not believe their victim will ever turn, will ever do unto them as they have been accustomed to doing (hence all of their cries of “fascism” and “oppression” and “tyranny” no matter who Republicans manage to drag across the finish line ahead of their automaton.) They will go back to claiming themselves the normal party and their agents with press cards will spread the soothing balm f that lie across the land.

    Meanwhile, things will continue going to Hell, handbasket or no, as their crazy religion causes them to sacrifice the economy and our liberties.

    But I do not think this time will work as they expect. This time they’re likely to wake to find the bed, which they’ve made and must lie in, is afire.

  11. Prepping is always a good idea. Nature is a thing, too, and we get too comfortable about our access to necessities which do seem to show up magically in stores just down the block. We’re quickly headed into (or it’s headed into us) blizzard and too-cold-to-travel emergency declaration weather.

    1. It’s looking like this is going to be a cold and very snowy winter. I’m almost glad that we just finished our convention season with Grand Rapids Comic Con, after a very messy drive back home from it. Midwest Furfest and Ohayocon both waitlisted us, and it looks probable that Anime Milwaukee will too. It’s possible that Evillecon will let us in, giving us a late March con, but our definite one is Indiana Comic Con in April, and that’s a hometown con, so we won’t have to worry about traveling in nasty weather, just commuting downtown to the Indiana Convention Center.

      This week I’m closing the books on this year’s convention season, getting all the figures ready for income tax season. Then I’m going to do a write-up of the economy as seen by convention vendors for a possible guest post.

      1. I was both horrified and relived to hear the phrase “record breaking cold” when the radio said that it was going to be down about zero.

        1. That’s only record breaking for your new abode in November. Come January, zero will not break records. 🙂

        2. We had a proper winter storm yesterday. Foot of snow. I can’t remember the last time we had snow on Remembrance Day, much less a foot of it. Usually the earliest snow we get is December.

          Today I spent the afternoon doing donuts in all the global warming on the front lawn with my little tractor. Tonight I will spend putting the snow tires on cars.

        3. I was out in a short sleeves and no jacket for lunch yesterday. Today I brought the winter boots to work.

      2. I’m looking forward to the guest post. Also, data point for what it’s worth… my oldest is doing pretty good with furry art commissions these days. Someone is spending money.

    2. This is starting to resemble what I remember from the 1970s. 1973 was the last time a town down here got so snowed in that people were coming and going out of second-floor windows. I don’t like that idea.

      1. I remember the Big Snow of 1977, the entire end of my street was buried. There was a JCB tractor there, and the top of the backhoe was under the snow.

        Next day I went to school classes like normal. ~:D

      2. You never know, you never know. I remember one winter where we got a heavy snow storm in November and then it did not snow again until March — AFTER the equinox.

        1. Gee, thanks, I forgot about that.
          Then again it does show how bad rap has gotten. Back then it was mildly annoying while being mildly amusing. Now it just goes straight to effing annoying.

  12. The entire world economy goes into recession/inflation mode the moment the new Democrat POTUS signs the executive order banning fracking.

    1. And if/when that happens, then Texas may reconsider status as an independent republic again.
      Or so I would hope. Texas has gotten too much good from fracking to give it up readily.

    2. Feels to me as though the green faction of the left have been waging a war on fossil fuels forever. Nukes too of course, but coal, oil, and gas have always been portrayed as spawn of the devil.
      Last I heard Trump was in the process of rescinding or at least reducing the bans on off shore drilling imposed by both Florida and California. Not to mention Obama’s ban on drilling on Federal lands.
      For as long as I can remember we’ve been told that the control exerted on the US by foreign oil was a threat to our security, yet every suggestion to “drill baby drill” was mocked with “but that would take years to have any effect and we are in trouble now!” And in case anyone failed to notice, the US became a net energy exporter not too long ago, about two years after Trump eased restrictions on oil and natural gas development.

      1. Drilling new fields will take too long. But solar and wind, which even their honest proponents admit are still not ready – shoukd be started immediately.

        1. An onshore horizontal doesn’t take more than a few weeks to drill from spud to completion. It’s freakishly amazing. (And no, I’ve no bleeping idea what the letters in “spud” stand for, and I have asked.) No doubt off-shore takes a lot longer.

          We’ve got no end to gas that no one is producing because it’s not economical and those wells already exist.

          1. Spud is an old word. Back before rotary drills were perfected, a wells, water or oil were drilled by a contraption called a spudder that slammed a heavy bit up and down at the end of a cable connected to two driver arms.

            These rigs could drill to 4000 ft or so. It took weeks to drill that far. They were officially known as “PORTABLE CABLE TOOL DRILLING MACHINES” . They were using them in the late 19th century to drill, usually steam powered. They were still the most common drilling machines in the oil patch in the 1930’s, and prevalent for water well drilling well into the 1960’s.

    3. You think it will take that long? Optimist!!!!

      My guess is it starts into the tank November 04, 2020, although it might start falling the evening before.

  13. Tangent: The unseasonably-cold weather will continue until Greta Thunberg and her handlers/parents are sacrificed to the weather gods. 😛

    1. Cold weather is AGW too now. Because globular wormening upsets the stability of the Muses, or some such.

      “Whatever’s happening, we’re blaming it on fossil fuels, plastic straws, and you…”

    2. Oh H3LL no! Offer that sour faced child up to Gaia as a sacrifice and I guarantee she’ll get spit right back.
      And I doubt that running her through a chopper and press would yield more that a liter or two of baby oil. Which of course would burn with a sickly green flame.

        1. I think spray-painting the mural with a Hitler mustache and the line “I hate Norse Eco-Nazis!” would be awesome. Alas, not enough to go to filth-ridden California to make it happen.

  14. And the wheels fell off the crazy train just as soon as Hillary supporters had to deny reality on a daily basis long enough for it to break their brains. And that was when everyone but everyone actually thought she was going to win.


    But the Puritans have to have a pure candidate. So they made one up in their heads. All the “shades of gray” and “nuance” folks turned into good vs. evil absolutists over night such that Hillary had to be a Saint without flaws and anyone who opposed her was Satan… so the reality was constructed, the narrative enforced.

    It broke them. But it’s hardly a new thing with this election season.

    And frankly, we can show that it broke them because it didn’t break *everyone* and there are highly respected, firmly and eternally liberal scholars and others, feminist icons even, who are looking around themselves and saying WTF?

    We can show that it broke people because every single time anyone tries to put current events or attitudes into any sort of context, to compare actual behaviors and attitudes, what is and has been *normal* messy life to… this. Every tactic is used to prevent it. You’re disallowed one way or another. “How does what Trump just did compare to what is normal operating, right or wrong, but normal?” “We’re not talking about (whatever). This is about Trump and Trump alone! REEEEEEE!”


    Oh, and this election season is 100% the fault of Hillary not allowing any challengers. And that’s another aspect that broke people’s brains. They had to pretend that there simply were no other ambitious and capable Democrats and that they weren’t being denied a choice. Who even knows how Hillary convinced everyone to let her have it uncontested? It certainly wasn’t a democratic process. And then when the crazy fringe nut-case socialist beat her and the Dem national convention had to weasel her into “winning” the nomination, people had to pretend that nothing happened. Stupid sexist Bernie-Bros. Right?

    But the socialist “won” last time so this time all the Dem candidates are socialists and the only traditional candidate is Biden because no one else was allowed to RUN last time.

    How would it be possible for someone to accept all of this and still hold on to reason?

    1. You’ve nailed the very core of the progressive socialist leftist’s nature.
      They create a reality in support of their final goal no matter how poorly it matches with the true and natural reality of the world.
      And the further their strawman reality diverges from the truth the harder they double down, manufacturing “proof” by obtaining agreement from notables through bribery and intimidation.

      1. You know… I was in a little shop here and looking at all the pretty things and listening to the music and appreciating that the incense was subdued and smiling a little at the crystals and new-age stuff and loving the colorful shawls and things and I thought, you know, I can appreciate the construction of this alternate reality and how it’s probably a positive thing for the women living in it (do men live there, too, I don’t know) and how to some extent the belief does actually create a reality that mostly (except for homeopathy) *works*. Tea and meditation and whatever else. And at least it all smells good and is pretty.

        But who is served by constructing narratives of oppression and terror? Omg they’re going to throw LGBT in camps you know, I had to talk my kids down because they actually believed it. And then they’ll accuse Trump of scaremongering. Really?

        Who does THAT reality serve? Because it for certain does serve someone. Someone is profiting and benefiting from it. Who?

        1. Who does THAT reality serve? Because it for certain does serve someone. Someone is profiting and benefiting from it. Who?

          It serves those who seek power through obfuscation and clouding the judgement of others. Crowds are panicky things. Get the herd to run headlong away from some imagined threat and they’re quite willing to throw themselves and their loved ones off the cliff to certain doom to escape what they’ve been told is a threat to them.

        2. “Who does THAT reality serve? Because it for certain does serve someone. Someone is profiting and benefiting from it. Who?”

          The same assholes who push gun control.

          1. One thing Chairman Mao, that leading light of social progressivism got correct: political power grows from the barrel of a gun.
            The movers and shakers behind our left do not hate guns, what they hate is guns in the hands of a free people. Gun control is all about removing firearms from the hands of citizens and concentrating that power in the hands of those who would rule us. Ever so much easier to achieve their agenda when the public has no means of saying no and backing it up.

        3. One is that it allows them to seize power. Hitler’s line was that the powerful Jews were oppressing the poor Germans.

          The other is that paranoia is a delusion of grandeur and so satisfying in itself. Treating it successfully often causes depression in the person who realizes that he’s just not that fascinating.

    2. Remember, it is a fundamental trait of Socialists that they not only lie to themselves and to you but they force you to commit to the lie as well. They won’t relent until you agree that there. are. five lights.

      Or four, or three, according to the needs* of the Party.

      *needs, in this context, does not refer to actual necessary things, but rather to the desires and whims of the rulers, necessary to allow them to relax in confidence.

    3. Every time a deranged liberal makes a (false) claim about something evil Trump has done and you point out where Clinton, either one, Obama, Biden, or Carter actually did it you’re immediately charged with the crime of “Whataboutism!

      Along with, those were in the past, and we obviously didn’t like them then, or wouldn’t have, if we knew about them…. Funny thing is, I knew about them then.

        1. “Who, whom?” — Lenin

          It’s not like a little thing like the downfall of the USSR would stop them.

      1. Yup.

        We all knew about them then. And with Bill’s bad behavior, we all knew it was wrong, then. No one thought it was “okay” and the oldest “boomers”, our grandmothers, had worked hard to make sure that we all understood that using the steno pool as a harem was wrong and that the difference in power between a CEO an a low ranking female employee made it non-consensual. Period. We ALL knew this back then.

        And there were activists desperately trying to bring attention to the conditions in detention for illegal aliens apprehended at the border and the “children in cages” pictures were from the Obama administration. If we didn’t know it was because the media refused to tell us.

        We all knew that we’d found WMD’s in Iraq, if we were paying attention. So a few years ago there was stuff in the news… “Why didn’t Bush publicize these findings??? No one knows!” Uh, huh. We knew. And we know why it wasn’t reported.

        And the flips can be short, like… the beginning and the end of the same week. Remember the winter Olympics and the media utterly fawning over Kim’s sister and excusing NK and warning that Trump was going to get us in a war by badmouthing Kim? And then not even weeks later because Trump worked to get North and South Korea talking to each other by flattering the guy (instead of threatening him with jokes about rockets) and making progress, suddenly reporters were demanding *on air* that Trump denounce the horrible monster Kim? I swear it wasn’t more than two weeks later.

        When you can’t remember two weeks ago? Your brain is broken. The fabric of your reality is broken.

        1. using the steno pool as a harem was wrong

          Treating the hired help like a harem is a privilege reserved for Hollywood and politicians.

          BTW: that clip is from the 1967 film based on the 1961 Broadway hit. And it was Bill Clinton who pushed through and signed the act which made it legal to question an accused harasser’s prior behaviour.

          1. Yup. I also recollect reading G. Gordon Liddy’s book, “Will.” He mentioned that one of the most valuable pieces of advice he got was to never hire a secretary who was under 50 or so. Not only because it eliminated the distraction (and appearance of distraction) of a pretty secretary, but you got someone who knew How To Get Things Done.

    4. There have been a couple of Dem presidential candidates who sounded a little less socialist. But they haven’t done well.

      Bernie’s success four years ago might have encouraged the candidates this year to go harder left. But that wouldn’t matter if the base didn’t poll for them.

      1. It is the web that is supporting the socialists. No PEOPLE have supported them yet, no votes. By the time votes come around ONLY socialists will be left.

      2. > poll

        Polls are either A) outright lying propaganda or B) carefully crafted to support the values of whoever is paying for them, in order to get repeat business.

        Even if a poll is trying to play it straight, hidden biases can skew results. “Well, we need examples of various demographics. So we’ll poll Welfare recipients, college students, and Google employees…” Because nobody wants Deplorable input skewing the results…

  15. Does anybody have a fresh Shocked Face I can borrow? My regular one is in the wash, having been worn so much it had lost all crispness.

    ‘Anti-Hate’ Southern Poverty Law Center Partner Funds Violent Canadian Antifa
    Failing to disavow Antifa violence only normalizes it, pushing extremest groups even further into the dark aimless world of terrorism and treason.
    It shouldn’t be a big demand for left-wing groups to disavow Antifa violence wherever it occurs and certainly not to partner with the movement or its supporting organizations. This is especially the case for bellwether leftist groups, such as the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), whose moral authority and influence is so strong within the left-wing universe. So why is the SPLC partnering with such a group in Canada?

    Just like here in the United States, Antifa in Canada is a big problem. Recently, it issued a statement to a Canadian broadcaster that read, “Sometimes, it is necessary to go against what the mainstream considers ‘acceptable,’ to break the law in order to do the ethical thing.” Such Antifa “ethics” are routinely put on display north of the border.

    Over the last few years, Canadians have watched Antifa assault journalists, batter innocent bystanders, destroy public and private property, and even firebomb buildings. Events Antifa deems “fascist” or “hateful,” including Christian and standard conservative events, are routinely obstructed by way of onsite violence, phoned-in death threats, or, as in one instance this month, public defecation. Such suppressed and near-suppressed events have included, ironically enough, public discussions focused on the importance of free speech in democratic societies. …

    1. SPLC is a hate group that inspired, and provided information for, a murderous attack. They condemn “hate groups” that have done much less.

  16. For no particular reason, I thought I’d mention this company: Sword Buyer’s Guide.
    Their Project X Japanese swords have earned the Phantom seal of approval.

    Free plug for SBG.

    Plus, y’all writers can learn a ton from cruising their web site. Lots of videos and articles about sharp cutty things.

  17. …and the fact felons now vote in FL (which means we’ll never win it again. Not until after the troubles.)

    That’s overly pessimistic. Only about 15% of felons who regain voting rights actually vote. And about a decade ago when Florida restored voting rights to about 150,000 low level felons their party registration percentages roughly matched the rest of the population (accounting for their race). Since a higher percentage of blacks are felons, and blacks mostly register as Democrat there will be a shift, but not a large one.
    Many Dems here thought the post hurricane Puerto Rican influx would swing the 2018 Governor & Senate races, but it didn’t happen.

  18. So today’s crazy was seeing a (collated) Twitter thread on the history of the word “pioneer.” The earliest version was apparently the folk who went ahead of an army to scout and prep the way. So far, so good. But then the thread started going on about how those people were human cannon fodder and the word comes from the same root as “peon” and “peasant,” and therefore our mythos of the great pioneer is a lie and it’s always been a military term leading to displacement, genocide, and the loss of human cannon fodder.

    For “the rich”, of course. Who are a monolithic block extending from some past point, always and forever.


    So many people have no clue how easy we have it today. Not a hint of one. Life up until the 20th century really did follow the “nasty, brutish, and short” description for the most part…

    1. I think the technical term for the person writing that twitter thread is “Historically Illiterate Idiot”.

      Pioneers (and the related Sappers and Engineers) were highly skilled (and therefore valuable) individuals trained in the skills of land navigation, map making, improvised and rapid construction, field fortifications, communications etc. It could be a high risk job, but certainly not “cannon fodder”.

      A successful general was more likely to use his cavalry (full of the scions of rich and powerful families) as cannon fodder at a critical juncture rather than risk his Pioneers/Sappers. Inbred aristocratic 2nd and 3rd sons could be more easily replaced. Pioneers/Sappers may have created the breaches, but they were not usually in the Forlorn Hopes that exploited those breaches.

  19. I know I’ve pushed my ‘The Panjandrums are letting the young turks break themselves on Trump’ theory here, but lately I’ve had some horrible thoughts;

    What if all this Woke nonsense from the clown car candidates is intended to make the Democrat (and, eventually, independent) voters cry “Thank God!” and stampede into the witch’s arms if Granny Maojackets von Pantsuit, Her Criminality, Shrillary the First, throws her pointed hat in the ring.


      1. So sad to see a veteran displaying signs of being suicidal. We clearly need to spend more money on VA treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

        I blame George W Bush.

      1. “What if all this Woke nonsense from the clown car candidates is intended to make the Democrat (and, eventually, independent) voters cry “Thank God!” and stampede into the witch’s arms”

        Might be true in the primaries. As far as the general? I mean most of us who plugged our noses based on “Oh Hell Not Her”, and voted for President Trump, are going to look at the last 3 years and go “Oh Hell Yes. Once again. Not for Her. Yes for him.” No holding of noses this time. Or “Well it worked last time …” YMMV …

    1. She’ll be four years older and frailer. If she isn’t already a reanimated corpse, she will be one by the end of the next election, should she try to run again.

    2. Oh Dear Gaia, can’t somebody shut this woman up? Praise Loki she lost the election.

      Hillary Clinton claims Margaret Thatcher did not ‘make a positive difference’ for women
      Hillary Clinton ripped into Margaret Thatcher when asked why the British prime minister failed to make the cut in her book of Gutsy Women.

      Emma Barnett with BBC Radio 5 told the former secretary of state she thought the decision to leave out Thatcher was “quite striking,” saying she thought Thatcher fits the description of “gutsy women, even if you didn’t like her.”

      “She doesn’t fit the other part of the definition in our opinion, which really is knocking down other barriers for others and trying to make a positive difference,” Clinton responded. The 2016 presidential candidate praised Thatcher as “strong” and “clever” but reiterated there were no “apparent” positive differences or changes the prime minister had effected for women. …

  20. Seconding the store food/supplies: stuff will get you through all sorts of things.
    Moving locations is always chancy, but please, y’all, have a plan of where to go and several routes memorized to get there, at least one all on two lane or smaller roads if you absolutely can’t walk, if you can, have an off-road version. This is sort of personel: if my inlaws had scooped up their kids when Charles Taylor started his war and run for their embassy, the childhoods/young adulthoods of my husband and his siblings would have been completely different.

    There’s a time to flee. Figure out where you go and what tells you to go. (Now, you’re saying, Holly, I’m gonna stand my ground and fight. I’m saying, they fired your city, the wall of flame is coming towards your home, you aren’t standing and fighting, Know where you go now.)

  21. As folk who have been following me in other venues know, I have been working on fitness and health. Supplies? Ask me no questions and I’ll tell you no lies.

    And in the end, I figure if things get “sportive” here and things collapse, I don’t really expect to survive it. It would be nice if I did, but it’s nothing I’m holding out for. Even if nothing untoward happens I really can only expect another 25 years or so anyway (age and general health), so personal survival is really…negotiable.

    My goal, however, is giving my daughter possibilities for the future. That’s what my personal plans center on. That’s what’s not negotiable.

      1. I can argue (and probably will in a blog post) that hope, and the dashing of same, is actually worse than it’s lack from the start and that “All hope abandon” enscribed on the gates of Hell (according to Dante) was a mercy rather than otherwise.

        Note, this only applies to true “no win scenarios” (and unlike Kirk, I do believe in the no-win scenario) when it’s not, hope is that spark that keeps you going.

        Knowing the difference? That’s where it gets complicated.

        1. Diana Wynn e Jones wrote a really neat book based on that idea called The Homeward Bounders. Highly recommended.

          “You wouldn’t believe how lonely it gets… “

        2. True Hope. Prior to the 2016 election where I was sure H. would win and we were headed to a supreme court with 5 or 6 leftists, and it seemed hopeless, there was/is a hymn “How Firm A Foundation” I would sing to myself. I have it memorized. Going into surgery, I sang it to the nurses pushing my gurney. The verses are true Hope.
          “Fear not, I am with thee; O be not dismayed!
          For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
          I’ll strengthen thee, help thee and cause thee to stand,
          upheld by my righteous omnipotent hand.

          When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
          the rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
          for I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
          and sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.”

          There are 4 to 6 verses depending on which hymnal you have. It reminds me that God is in charge. He will send me into deep waters, fiery trials, what seems impossible to me, but He will not desert me.

          He promises in the last stanza:
          “That soul, though all hell shall endeavor to shake,
          I’ll never, no, never, no, never forsake.”

          This is a promise of true Hope. I know am not alone. November 2016 I saw the hand of God in Trump’s election. He is exactly the the same kind of flawed human being God chooses to use, when you read the book of Judges.

          As long as we have a faithful remnant, we can “hope” that Bismark is still correct. That is why one of the first targets of the left was and is the church.

    1. My goal, however, is giving my daughter possibilities for the future.


      I’m already physically in a position (and my wife more so) where I am not going to realistically be able to E&E with the family on foot cross country. But I can support Darlin’ Daughter in getting out in vehicles, and, if need be, buy time for her to beat feet if it comes down to it.

      A Rifleman’s Prayer

      Oh Lord, I would live my life in freedom, peace and happiness, enjoying the simple pleasures of hearth and home. I would die an old, old man in my own bed, preferably of sexual overexertion.

      But if that is not to be, Lord, if monsters such as this should find their way to my little corner of the world on my watch, then help me to sweep those bastards from the ramparts, because doing that is good, and right, and just.

      And if in this I should fall, let me be found atop a pile of brass, behind the wall I made of their corpses.

      Geek with a 45

      Of course, to quote Mal Reynolds, “That ain’t exactly Plan A.”

  22. One other recommendation: pick up a copy of Where There is no Doctor, if you don’t have one. It’s one of the best books out there on do-it-yourself medical care. We had a copy on the mission field growing up and it was also recommended to me by a Special Forces medic I knew a few years back.

    1. What a lot of people don’t realize is that once you lose the pharmacopia and diagnostic equipment, medicine drops back to 19th century technology. Even if you have a real MD on hand, they’re not trained to operate without those. And even most “emergency medicine” is oriented toward stabilizing the patient until you can get them to a functional hospital.

      There’s a “When There Is No Dentist” as well, and several books oriented toward sailors and mountaineers, where it can be DIY or die.

      1. True enough, but splints, sutures, and antibiotics (and knowing how and when to use them) are a whole heck of a lot better than nothing. Stitching people up is pretty easy. Doing it without infecting them is significantly more difficult. Doing it without pain-killers adds a whole ‘nother level of complexity. I highly recommend having a medical stapler (and a removal device!!!) on hand. It’s much simpler and works just fine for small stuff, which is all most people are qualified to deal with, anyway.

        1. *starts reading post*

          *wages bullshit flag*

          Well, just a few paragraphs in, and he’s already asserted that what I grew up with as normal is impossible. (not that it sucks, but is not happening)

          I recognize and appreciate the incredibly high rate of success that an ER has. I also recognize that it is spending a lot to get a relatively minor increase in success, and on comfort. (I know the “final 10% of increase costs 90% of supply” thing isn’t precise, but it gets the idea across.)

          Ironically enough, most of my formal training IS in “keep them from dying until a real medic shows up.”
          Eventually, I figured out that real medics spend a lot of time doing what I was taught is normal wound treatment, because I was taught when a doctor was two or three hours away.

          This is hard core reminding me of folks who insist you have to have a doctor work on ingrown toe nails.

          1. I stand (well, sit) corrected. OTOH, I don’t have EMT training (turns out my fingers & hearing are lousy at sensitivity, so I’m already at a handicap reading vital signs), so it’s not clear if I should endeavor to do more than I already do. Last wound stitchup was at a rural clinic, by a doctor trained as a OB/GYN. Great job, but she ran into the Good-Ol’-Boy club at the only hospital and couldn’t get privileges, so she moved on. Dammit.

            1. It’s probably a matter of him responding to a different mindset– the kind of folks who think that, say, those poor kids who die on the Border Patrol must have been neglected by the Border Patrol, because they went to the hospital and still died.

              Being that last 10% that costs so much to get improvement on is a real thing…I just really hate it when folks over-state their position to make a point, especially when it’s in a direction that can cause death or dire harm.

              Example: the hysteria about tourniquets. A cousin-in-law spent YEARS thinking that he’d cost his buddy an arm because he used one after a car crash.
              Eventually, his brother in law (an EMT) got enough details (specifically, the blood splurting in time to buddy’s heart beat) to inform him that yes, technically the buddy did lose his arm because of the guy’s action, but he would’ve bled out without it before the cousin-in-law could’ve gotten to the top of the ravine and flagged folks down for help.

              1. Back in the 70’s I was trained that a tourniquet should be used in the case of a choice between a life and a limb, so even by those (now) outdated standards he was correct to use one in that situation.

                I was fortunate enough to receive advanced first training from a Special Forces medic (part of a Civil Affairs Team doing training in our area) on, among other things, tourniquets that updated my training a couple of decades based on experiences of recent combat operations.

                I now carry CAT tourniquets in my car first aid kit and CERT kit. I need to get another one for my range bag.

                  1. For folks who think this is a little over the top– I believe I’ve mentioned before that our ship was out in support of Enduring Freedom for quite some time. And I have a giant, invisible “please, talk to me!” sign over my head.

                    I had MULTIPLE people at various levels tell me that they attribute most of the insanely higher survival rate for Iraq etc to these things.

                    Even had reservist doctors telling me that stuff they saw in the old wars, vs the new ones– they were getting guys up and saving most of their arm, when they would’ve just been DEAD in most cases or with a miracle lose the whole arm.

                    1. I’ve seen studies with numbers
                      we had guys that were just walking wounded in IRaq that would have died in ‘Nam. Quiklot is one of the reasons our casualty lists for IRaq were so much shorter.

  23. Cheer up, folks. I actually feel pretty good about this election.

    Let me lay this out…Over the last three years, it’s become more and more evident that the Obama regime and Clinton campaign illegally used U.S. Government assets to surveil the Trump campaign. And once he won anyway, this was turned into a Seditious Conspiracy to hobble and ultimately overthrow him.

    The evidence for this has been slowly assembled. Too slowly, for my tastes, but it’s now evident that Trump means to use it for his reelection campaign. I think January 2020 will be a very, very painful month for the Dems…the beginning of a very, very painful year.

    As for fraud, remember that the most effective anti-fraud effort will have to be deployed in secret, launched by surprise. ICE agents at EVERY polling place. Extra Federal election monitors, with arrest authority.

    Trump understands now, I think, that this ends with someone in prison. A whole lot of someones in prisons. Him, if he loses. So he is strongly motivated.

    After that, all that remains is the restoration of order in a handful of Leftist-dominated urban areas. Which merely requires the application of force. And not too much will be needed…cracking the whip on the Southern Democrats and their segregation schemes merely took the threat of real force.

    1. the Obama regime and Clinton campaign illegally used U.S. Government assets to surveil the Trump campaign

      I will believe it when we see it, but … this repport has experienced more delays than a Hillary concession speech.

      DOJ inspector general reaches ‘critical final step’ for report on alleged FISA abuses
      A new report declared Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz has reached a “critical final step” before releasing his findings on alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses.

      Horowitz invited people interviewed in his investigation and their lawyers to review a draft of the report, according to the Associated Press. This process, which will allow these individuals one final chance to offer input, will take place over the next two weeks.

      It was reported last week that a public copy was expected to be released by about Thanksgiving or later. Horowitz provided an update to Congress on Oct. 24, saying a classification review by the Justice Department and the FBI was “nearing completion.”

      Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican who is eyeing a return to leading the Judiciary Committee, expressed his impatience on Tuesday with the multiple delays that appear to have beset the FISA report over the past several months. “If FISA Inspector General Horowitz report doesn’t come out next week when they said it would then I will be very disappointed & left to wonder WHAT THE GAME IS?? Is someone at FBI or DOJ tying IGs hands??” he tweeted. …

      1. In related news, do those walls seem a little bit closer to you?

        John Durham interviewed Australian diplomat whose tip prompted Trump-Russia investigation
        U.S. Attorney John Durham reportedly interviewed the Australian diplomat whose tip about George Papadopoulos effectively started the counterintelligence investigation into President Trump’s campaign in July 2016.

        Alexander Downer, who was Australia’s high commissioner to the United Kingdom up until last year, met with Durham’s team last month in London and is said to have told investigators he was not part of a conspiratorial plot to undermine Trump, according to the Australian.

        Under the supervision of Attorney General William Barr, Durham is conducting an investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation, examining the conduct of the Justice Department, FBI, and intelligence community. Last month, Durham shifted his administrative review to a criminal investigation that allows his team the power to impanel a grand jury and hand down indictments.

        He has also been in communication with DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who recently completed an investigation into allegations of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses by the DOJ and the FBI. Horowitz’s report is expected to be released in the coming weeks following a classification review.

        Downer met Papadopoulos, a Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, at London’s Kensington Wine Rooms in May 2016. At this meeting, Papadopoulos said the Russians had damaging information on Hillary Clinton, Trump’s Democratic rival in the 2016 election. Two months later, when WikiLeaks published stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee, Downer informed the United States about what Papadopoulos had told him. This prompted the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation, called Crossfire Hurricane, in July 2016. It is believed that controversial FBI Special Agent Peter Strzok signed the order that launched the inquiry.

        The counterintelligence operation was later wrapped into special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, which concluded earlier this year and was unable to find sufficient proof to establish a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.

        While in London, Durham viewed a confidential cable Downer sent to Australia’s capital Canberra in May 2016 after speaking with Papadopoulos. He also interviewed another Australian diplomat in London, Erika Thompson, who arranged and attended Downer’s meeting with Papadopoulos. …

      2. Yes, it’s been delayed. I suspect by Trump himself.

        It’s mid-November now. Two weeks from Thanksgiving, five and a half weeks from Christmas, six and a half weeks from New Years. Release something today, and it will vanish from public memory in two months’ time.

        As of 6 January 2020, I suspect the gloves will come off, and the brass knuckles will go on.

        1. I expect it to be delayed until after the Senate could use the information in it to inform a decision upon renewal of the surveillance law expiring December 15th, but that may just be my inner cynic.

  24. Sounds much like the prep talk of Y2K and, to a lesser extent, when O was elected.
    Not much happened in the way of things getting “sportive”. It always helps to have a few extra bucks and some vittles around, no matter what times we’re in. But, really, have some Faith. Most people are quite decent. Even the Wackos have a limit as to what they will tolerate before they put the kids into “time out”. America is special for many reasons, including its resiliency. Not to worry.

    1. Dear sir. I keep getting told I’m too optimistic. Telling me to have some faith is funnier than you think.
      Look, I’m not saying it’s the apocalypse. If you read that, you didn’t read what I wrote.

  25. OH! NOW I understand why they want to keep his identity secret …

    Impeachment Whistleblower May Be Abusing His Office to Enrich Himself, ICIG Complaint Alleges
    The whistleblower behind the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry may have violated government regulations by using his office and his access to classified information to enrich himself on GoFundMe, a new complaint alleges. Anthony Gallo, managing partner at the law firm Tully Rinckey PLLC, sent a letter to the Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) passing on the allegations from a source with a top-secret SCI security clearance who has served in government.

    The GoFundMe fundraiser, entitled “Help the Intel Community Whistleblowers,” has raised $227,537 as of Tuesday morning. According to the complaint, first reported by Fox News, the donations from roughly 6,000 individuals “clearly constitute” gifts to a current intelligence official. This may violate 5 CFR 2635.203 and other government statutes.

    “I have not seen anything on this scale,” Gallo told Fox News, referring to the $227,537 raised on GoFundMe. “It’s not about politics for my client — it’s whistleblower-on-whistleblower, and [my client’s] only interest is to see the government ethics rules are being complied with government-wide.”

    Earlier this year, the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) warned federal government employees that they “may not accept any gift given because of the employee’s official position,” meaning that the gift would “not have been given had the employee not held the status, authority, or duties associated with the employee’s federal position.” OGE also warned that gifts may not be accepted from “prohibited sources,” such as anyone whom the employee’s agency regulates or anyone who has interests affected by the employee’s work. …

        1. They do have a set of standard lies. I haven’t tried to number them, but Stella Parton had the right idea.

  26. “Sometimes running is the fastest way to avoid death.:” Indeed.

    Some tips for surviving the Zombie, or non-Zombie apocalypse, courtesy of Zombieland.

    1. 1406!

      If I can manage this for a few more days, I’ll pull my average up over a thousand. (My mental goal for words on paper.)

      Need to bank up for the week of Thanksgiving.

  27. I’m…kind of hopeful. With the election of the idiot DA in SF, some people i know are going “what the f(YAY!) is wrong with these people?” And, this is not complimentary.

    Still, after the last round of fires and the fact that the State of California’s government is in a “hold my beer” competition for acts of sheer stupid, I’ve already picked up one or two of the totes of 30-day meal supplies. And some other preparations. Not going overboard, but being ready for the “just in case” circumstances.

    1. Something to note about the San Francisco DA iscthat he didn’t even get a majority of the vote. He got about a third – which, admittedly is bad enough. But it’s possible that he might be too much even for a majority of the residents of the Bay Area.

      1. So the problems can stream out of California to the rest of the country?

        You don’t win an argument (armed or not) by only fighting defensively. You need offense, as well. Whether people want to admit it or not, California *must* be stabilized. Fleeing the state only lets the problems follow you.

        Further, people often make comments about the rest of the world catching a cold when the US sneezes. California has the seventh largest economy in the world. And shutting out California essentially means shutting out the entire Western seaboard, since Portland and Seattle are just as bad. There are an awful lot of imported goods that go through the ports on that coast. If California is allowed to slide over the edge, than there will be repercussions both to the US and the rest of the world.

  28. Finally– all the things we suspected about that group is being revealed. It is more crazy than we thought. Does anyone else remember the craziness of Carter’s administration (a man elected for his smile?) and 1976?

    1. Carter was elected because Agnew and Nixon poisoned the water-hole. No Republican could have won the 1976 election. We could have wound up with a lot worse than Jimmy.

      Now if only we could get rid of his Department Of Education…

      1. No Republican could have won the 1976 election? I think it (just barely) possible Reagan could have, although between the powerful MSM headwind and the GOP Country Club faction kneecapping he would have had trouble.

        I doubt, however, he’d have had much success getting his programs through Congress. It ought also be recognized that Art Laffer’s curve had been drawn only two years before, in 1974, and might not have provided the intellectual basis for Supply-Side Economics (although the basic principle was expressed by Treasury Secretary Andrew Mellon as far back as 1924 and Reagan, being a fan of Coolidge, might have found the argument even then.)

        1. Well, okay, technically it was the press coverage of Agnew and Nixon that poisoned the water-hole, but the poison was real, and deadly to any Republican hopes in 1976.

          Four years of Carter were an effective antidote.
          “What? You’re a Betan! You can’t do—”

            1. Not happening. There’s no real case against Trump (with Nixon, there were at least unanswerable questions; Trump doesn’t have those) and it looks like the Republicans in the Senate will stand behind him.

              1. McConnell may get them to stand behind President Donald Trump, but probably only after some bargaining or behind-the-scenes concessions. Many of the Republican Senators are as mired in The Swamp as Dems. Even where they don’t have direct family corruption ala Biden, Kerry, etc. many are “supported” by the US Chamber of Commerce, which despite its name is very much in favor of globalism, outsourcing, etc. A reduction of China tariffs, or some such, might be part of the price demanded for an acquittal.

                1. And then the Senators will get voted out of office. Either the local voters will turn to other candidates, or they’ll shrug their shoulders and stay home.

                  The impeachment silliness has no case. Even a chunk of the Dem voters say it’s a mistake. Voters will put up with certain levels of silliness. But when you’re nakedly partisan for the other party, there’s a backlash. The Senators are aware of that.

                  I suspect that if it does get sent to the Senate (and I’m not even sure that it will), then even some Dems (including whatsisname ftom WV) will vote to acquit.

                  1. What do most of them care? Most of them are old and have made their millions, and if they haven’t getting rid of President Trump will probably see them rewarded by the Chamber of Commerce types – likely spots at law firms or as lobbyists, or maybe a corporate directorship.

                    1. They care because if their not in the Senate, then they can’t boss people around. They care because if their not in the Senate, then their just another old millionaire. And there are a lot of those. They care, because being in the Senate is the only reason why anyone cares about them.

      2. One of the things I was referring to was that there was a group that was trying to suspend the Constitution in 1976 because it was an ancient document. The movement lasted a few weeks I think. Just one the the crazy things that were happening during Carter’s admin…. as well as long gas lines, sometimes no gas, and etc. Also we were seeing trading food because we couldn’t afford to buy it….

  29. OT: Urban v. Rural: Where do the suburbs fit? Can one be considered a patriot, a good citizen and a conservative if one lives in a suburb?

    1. Solid “no true Scotsman” zone for the lot of it, has so many carve outs that at best you’re playing the odds, hopefully without confusing it for cause.

      1. So I shouldn’t worry about it? I am not the rural type. I’ve always lived in or near cities. On the other hand I’ve always been conservative. This black or white thing gets on my nerves.

        1. You shouldn’t worry about it, it is either a shorthand or says more about the person than about the one they’re accusing.

          For starters, I know a lot more high level welfare frauds that are rural. ^.^ Urban just makes it slightly easier to use some programs.

  30. Virginia was also partially Bloomberg buying himself a state assembly. He spent millions- depending on where you get the numbers, either 2.6 million total, or *up to 2.6 million per district* to get it done. there was also a lot of really heavy Dem GOTV stuff to levels you’ve never seen before…

      1. Now now — gerrymandering is illegal, or so the Supreme Court has ruled (as we in NC know all too well.)

        Although, as I haven’t read the actual opinion it may just be that gerrymandering is only illegal when done by Republicans; that is certainly what the evidence and history suggest.

    1. Marxists believe that all people are one-dimensional. They are either communist (Good) or anti-communist (Evil) and everybody within those two groups are all identical to each other.

      That is how it has to be, because in order for communism to work, all the proles HAVE to be identical, interchangeable worker ants. They ‘just know’ that communism is Good and Right and Perfect so All The People have to be what communism requires them to be. If they’re not, they must be Evil anti-communists!
      Under capitalism, man exploits man.
      Under communism, it’s the other way around.

      1. They’re not referred to as “anti-communists”. Anyone who opposes communism is always (and I do mean *always*) a “fascist”.

        1. Beni was once a Marxist and realized some of their garbage was never going to work. When he formed the Fascists, he dropped (and loudly derided) the bits he knew were never going to work, and worse, succeeded far more than the full on Marxists were able to. The hated him for that. So, like socialists refuse to admit the Nazis were fellow travelers, they lump Fascists into the “Far Right” and use the less savory aspects that all the best Marxists also tend to have, as blood libel against those “of the Right”.
          So, yeah. Anyone not “Marx light” and leftward is painted with the two epithets of Nazi and Fascist

          1. Sounds like “Fascist” is short for “A communist who’s detected some of the more significant flaws in their ideology but still wants the general system.”

      2. Marx seemed to believe that all people were of the sort that were like the ones who are comfortable with being told what to do with their lives, to be worker ants. Most people are not; but he believed that you could mold them that way.

        You’d have to break human spirit. Every time, Every generation. Enslave the spirit, mind and soul. Clip the wings of every child that’s born. And constantly make examples, become more extreme.

        But there’s a point where that extreme is too far. And that’s when bloodshed and revolts happen. I have never, unlike Marx, underestimated the human capacity to be creative and finding ways to kill another human being. Just give them the incentive (and for some, that incentive is very, very shallow, and he knew how to harness that too.)

        When one thinks about it, Marx knew how to harness the most greedy, crass and base, and appealed to their egos by telling these small minded, small souled people that they were the ones who were the heirs of the world, not the ones who really worked for it. His ‘philosophy’ of greed and grasping discontent would appeal to the lazy, the frauds, the ones whose ambitions outstripped their abilities and personalities.

        And sadly there are plenty in the world who are that.

        1. Marx was a European, and many Europeans then as today that is a commonly held belief.

          MY belief on that is most of the people in Europe that believe contrariwise either emigrated here or died in WW1 and WW2.

  31. As to the citizenship bit up-thread (which was getting hard to read)….

    Those born here to legal residents (as opposed to those on work or tourist visas) and citizens should receive automatic citizenship.
    Those born here to anyone else may go to close to the front of the line to apply for residency and thereby ultimately acquire citizenship in the normal fashion. They must do so from their country of citizenship, however, and wait there until such application is approved. (Any illegal residency in this country after they achieve majority will permanently bar them from residency, and, therefore, citizenship.)
    Those born overseas to an American citizen will be considered “natural-born” if the American is in the service of his country abroad and 1) the parent goes through the paperwork to confirm their citizenry before they turn 18 (and the child does not apply for citizenship with any other country), or 2) the other parent is an American citizen when the child turns 18.
    Those born overseas to an American citizen can be confirmed as a citizen in the same way, but cannot be considered “natural-born” unless the other parent is an American at the time of birth. Again, application for or exercise of citizenship with another country will void any claim to being a “natural born citizen”.

    And, dual citizenry should be specifically outlawed in ALL cases (yes, even Israel).
    Any person using another country’s passport while traveling abroad will have their American passport immediately suspended and revocation proceedings begun. Anyone traveling abroad on another country’s passport who then gets jailed by said country and cries to the local American embassy should have their citizenship revoked on the spot.

    All those things seem fairly simple to enact, in accordance with normal rules of sovereignty and the Constitution, and unobjectionable to anyone actually interested in the welfare of this country. That last bit is probably why Congress will never vote for it.

    1. The legal residency requirement fits in to the “subject to the laws” rule that is traditional.

      A military member having a kid with a non-citizen would traditionally (common law) be considered a child of a representative of the country and thus an automatic citizen, though; not a bad compromise to avoid the “yeah his dad was totally a soldier I have not seen since the night of his conception” effect, though.

      1. The legal residency requirement fits in to the “subject to the laws” rule that is traditional.
        Concur, Foxfier. Unfortunately, lots of people are disingenuous about that line, or can’t comprehend it. A clarification (NOT a legal precedent) would help considerably.

        Currently, a child born to an American soldier and a non-citizen in an overseas location must go through a process to affirm that citizenship (iirc). My point was clarifying the “natural-born” portion, so those born to servicemen are able to grow up and be president, while those born to others have a little bit more to prove. (I would be willing to add to the other-Americans-overseas bit that someone who is a legal resident of the US at time of birth – with the other parent being a citizen – would also automatically qualify the child as ‘natural born’.)

        Yes, I should have stated first that anyone born of at least one American citizen, while overseas, has citizenship conferred if they affirm said citizenship at 18 (thereby renouncing all other citizenship).

        BTW, I had the opportunity to explore all this, being born to Americans in a foreign country. But, that was 35 years ago.

    2. Outlawing dual citizenship is very difficult to do. What do you do in a situation where the other country has no mechanism for renunciation?

      1. Hmmm. . . I suppose refighting the War of 1812 with new foes would be unwise, even if we might get them to burn down Washington DC this time, too.

  32. Um, GWB…

    You have just outlawed Christianity in your US. I will beat feet before disavowing my citizenship in the Kingdom of Heaven, or my sovereign Lord.

    What I notice in this whole thread is that, while draconian changes are fun to contemplate, they are full of failure to cover edge problems and creation of new problems. I am not a conservative to mess around with bumps in the common law, in favor of some theoretical smoothness. What is just in theory can be chronically unjust in practice.

    Heck, my religion does not throw people out in the way some people on this thread want to throw people out of their version of the US. Sheesh, live and let live a little!

    1. Sorry, but that’s an entirely disingenuous reading of my policy proposal.

      Also, is your allegiance to the Kingdom of the Right Hand such that you will not “render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s”? He, Himself, says that you should obey the civil authorities within the realm of their authority, since He has appointed them.

      My ideas aren’t draconian at all. As a matter of fact, they’re very liberal. And they are very much in line with the common law. Heck, my proposal eliminates the “edge cases”.

      As to “your religion” not throwing people out… well, a proper discussion of that would violate the rules on this board, I think. But you are wrong.

  33. Remember the Remnant.

    They are among us, they are plugging along as best they can… and when everything goes to the dogs, they will help put the pieces back together.

    Are you part of the Remnant? Maybe. Think about it. (If you are, what should you be doing now?)

  34. They’re panicking because they’re running out of time, and don’t want to take a victory for granted like they did in 2016.

    Climate change is a dud and they can’t keep covering up the data forever. People are wising up to importing barbarians, seeing how the EU is doing. And perhaps most pressing for them – a lot of the tinfoil stories about the disgusting behavior of the elites are true, and they’re terrified of investigations into that snowballing.

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