I want to go home.

For two months and counting we’ve been in this strange vacation in a not very comfortable place.  That’s fine. I’ve gone on vacation to places where life isn’t every easy even if you have plenty of money. That’s okay. BUT not forever.

I miss my country where I don’t have to worry about going to the grocery store and finding it stripped of basic items. Where I don’t have to worry about whether or not there will be meat this fall. Or enough to feed my family, no matter how much money we make.

I miss my country where morality police don’t stand around making sure the right body parts are always covered and can’t scold you and shame you for not following the irrational precepts of their religion.

I miss my country, where no petty bureaucrat or (probably crookedly) elected politician can tell me I can’t work, I can’t shop, I can’t live my life as it very well pleases me.

I miss my country where cancer screenings, heart surgery and other blessings of modern medicine aren’t “non-essential” and can be withheld at the mercy of some bureaucrat whose increasingly more insane commands are completely divorced from scientific reality, but he wants to make sure you jump when he says “frog” before he lets you have a little more of your life back.

I want to go home where my fellow citizens had stopped believing anything the MSM said, the same MSM they now believe with gaping jaws and credulous eyes.

I’m tired of this. This country is much like every country in the world.

And I know — none better — what you’ll say about my complaints. It’s the same thing Americans have been told by Europeans (and never mind Africans or Asians)  for decades “You’re soft” “You’re pampered” “You’re not willing to forego your comfort for the greater good.”

Well, damn right I’m not.

You see, in this weird nightmare country, as in the rest of the world, the self-proclaimed “elite” don’t have to endure any of these things. Nor do they. They don’t wear masks while shopping and risk asthma attacks or asphyxia. They don’t postpone their medical procedures. Hell, they don’t postpone their haircuts, their trysts, their travel. Because they’re the ones who dictate, not the ones who are dictated to.

In my visit to France, I found myself in a first class carriage from Nice to Paris, which yes, costs a lot, and where we were put in a compartment where the air conditioning was broken. Six hours, in blazing sun. The windows didn’t open, and the temperature rapidly climbed to the hundreds. A thing for which the remedy was to hand out bottles of water.

Our protests were met with “yeah, it’s been broken for a while, but we haven’t got around to fixing it. No, there are no other seats.”

Finally, in desperation, husband and I looked at each other and went one to each end of the carriage and held the doors open, so the temperature wasn’t in killing range.

Later on at the airport, where they singled me out for interviewing (no, I have no idea why) the gentleman interviewing me asked how I’d enjoyed the ride and I told him. He said it had been broken for years, and he was always afraid of being put in that carriage, and “I wish you’d write to them. They might listen to tourists more.”

This is France a thoroughly western, first-world country, but they endure this type of sh*t as thought they were peasants beholden to feudal Lords, from whom all goodness comes.

Look, I’d endure this crap if there were any expectation of its being temporary. A vacation is a vacation.  I’d endure it if it served some purpose.  If we were in a real war, and it were necessary to save our paper or whatever, in order to fuel the war effort, sure.

But this “Battle against Winnie the Flu” is basically just for show. None of it makes sense.  You’re magically protected if you wear a mask which doesn’t really stop anything but droplets.  (Don’t get close enough to strangers to be sneezed on.  It’s not that far. Also most people cover their mouths.)  The outside is magically dangerous (despite the virus not surviving sunlight) and therefore you’re “safer at home.”  It’s very, very dangerous to go to a hobby store, but a crowded grocery store is magically safe.

Yes, I know we’re being propagandized by the MSM, and that people who believe it are acting like sheep, but dear Lord, at which point do they realize there are no bodies piled on the streets and that what they’re being told is a load of mumbo jumbo?

Is it going to take years, as it did for the climate hysteria to be discredited?

Because I don’t know if I can tolerate this bizarre vacation for years.

The whole point of the US is that the individual, the common as dirt, foot in the muck working person is as worthy of respect and comfort as those in administrative capacities.

The point of the US is that there are no commoners, there are no elites. We’re all Americans, from whose consent the government derives their authority.

I don’t remember consenting to have my civil rights stripped away. Did you?

I did not consent to being the same as the rest of the world and having to submit to irrational dictates. Did you?

They say we can’t go home again.  That this is the “new normal”and we have to get used to it.

I say they’re full of shit.

I want to go home. There is no other place in the world like my home, and I did not consent to have it destroyed in the name of fighting what amounts to a perhaps slightly more lethal cold virus.

I say we need to push the morality police’s nose in.

Olly olly oxen free.  Be not afraid.

Build under, build over, build around.

Ignore the busies are their irrational orders.  We’re Americans, and we don’t consent to being ordered around like cattle.

Talk some spine into the fainting violets.  And show them by example too.

Keep the candle burning in the window.  Let us get back home.

242 thoughts on “Homesick

  1. I read with great interest and admiration that salon owner in Texas and her experience.
    Reopened a week too soon apparently, with full distancing protocols, but before the powers that be gave her permission. So she was arrested, charged $500 per day of violation, $3500 in total.
    But the judge said he would wave punishment if she would just admit her crime, say she was wrong, and beg forgiveness. She refused, said she and her employees were just trying to earn enough to feed her kids, so of course the judge found her in contempt and threw her in jail for a week. Jail where her actual chances of catching Covid are orders of magnitude higher.
    We proles must not challenge the authority of our betters after all.
    We proles have long memories and I guarandamntee you we will find ways to even the score with our self proclaimed betters.

    1. I am a 78 yr old Texan with some not so distant ancestors, one a really tough lawman and an aunt who was a post-mistress in a stage depot. They would be so ashamed of these folks today and our Governor…. Can’t believe all of them wearing those silly masks in the silly idea they are saving themselves.

      1. The somewhat more sophisticated will tell you that wearing a mask is not to save yourself, but to save others if you turn out to be infected. So that wearing a mask becomes a social signal that you are a good, unselfish citizen. In short, you can call it either, “good manners,” or, “virtue signalling,” and be correct either way. In some circles, at least.

        1. I saw a charming Czech video about “I protect you, you protect me”. If it is accurate, the Czech voluntarily began making 1000s of simple cloth masks tnemselves, to use and to give away. It was not a government program, but they managed to get everyone masked up and comfortable wearing the things, with a very few odds and sods left out . I expect it worked. Herd mask immunity.

          We’re not that kind of America anymore. We are not allowed to be because -ISM! And thus the masks become kabuki quarantine, a symbol of submission and of your own membership in the tribe of Allowed Persons.

          (IIRC only wear for 4 hours then boil & line dry?)

          1. Depends on where you are. Don’t microwave them—some fabrics have things that behave badly int he microwave—but you can iron them on the cotton setting, even steam them, or if you live in a hot location, just place them on the dashboard of a closed car in the sun, that gets plenty hot enough to kill off viruses and bacteria.

            Guess where our masks live.

          2. I’m OK with a home-made cloth mask. My daughter and I sewed together a couple of hundred of them – and provided them for free to health-care workers in our neighborhood, and for donations for those others who wanted and needed masks. But we can only endure wearing them for a short time. We both did time in Japan, where it;s OK to wear a mask if you have a viral crud. Good manners to keep from sharing your lung crud with others.
            And yes – microwaving shreds the polyester thread.

        2. Maybe but I bet altruism is not the motive behnd the majority of fhose masks you see

      2. Gov. Abbot and Atty Gen Paxton have said that it’s overreach. I have not yet seen if they are going further than observing that the judge’s sentence and the county’s actions are in direct contradiction to each other.

        1. The Lt. Gov. offered to pay the fine, and the Texas Supreme Court ordered an immediate release.

          1. The complication being that she’s not in jail for violating the closure order. The judge threw her in the pokey for contempt of court. Judges have great latitude when it comes to contempt charges, so technically the Texas Supremes cannot just void the punishment.
            Public opinion on the other hand seems to be trending towards that particular judge being the guest of honor at an old fashioned beat down.

            1. When it exceeds its authority to demand obeisances not in the law it has ceased to be a court. Demanding bowing of the knee to tyrannical authority is contemptible.

              That the court has so acted is clear from the ruling by the Supreme Court of Texas and by the Texas governor’s executive order.

              Roy Bean is dead and gone and there is no opening for a replacement.

        2. A lot of judges in Texas are elected. If this is one of them, I hope the constituents remember this at election time. I’m not one of them, unfortunately.

        3. Lt. Gov. Abbott donated the $7,000 to her Go Fund Me site which was equivalent to her fine. The site raised over $500,000 which will likely fund her 1983 lawsuit. Other than that the Lt. Gov has no power over a local state judge, other than shame or ridicule.

    2. My hairdresser has apparently been working behind closed curtains for a little while now. I got my haircut last night and tipped her (cash only!) big time. You bet she’s confirmed my loyalty for as long as I live here. And I’ll be taking my kids to her instead of SuperCuts.

      1. And this might be why I’ve seen loooooong lines of cars at the drive-up ATMs the last couple of weeks. Folks deciding to take their business back to a cash basis…..

    3. It promises to be interesting. AFAIK, that judge is up for reelection come November. We’ll see if there are more patriots than Karens in Dallas.

      BTW, the judge looks absolutely ridiculous in his N95 mask…

    4. The reason the Democrats/left are so anxious to empty prisons of real criminals is so that they can fill the prisons with political prisoners, i.e. enemies of the Democrats/left.

      1. Dammit, that line from A Clockwork Orange* was supposed to be dark humor, not an instruction manual!

        Muses on ultraviolence and karma…

        (*) It was in the movie, not sure if it was in the book.

            1. Hoping to see prosecution and jail time for the oathbreakers who did it. Yes, oathbreakers. Law enforcement officers swear to uphold the Constitution, and these were criminal acts aimed at thwarting the will of a legitimately elected president.

              And I want all the dirt on the Iran deal to come out. That’s what they were trying to protect.

            2. This NY Sun editorial [Emphasis Added] offers an interesting “possible cause” for the intelligence networks to want to bring down Gen. Flynn — and also includes a link to the motion to dismiss so that people disinclined to trust MSM summaries can read for themselves:

              Clearing Flynn Should Also Help Clear the Air in the Election
              … How the court will handle the motion is not, at least to us, entirely clear. It looks to us, though, like there is no longer an actual case or controversy between America and General Flynn. Under the Constitution, our courts’ power extends only to deciding actual cases and controversies.. So the court may well grant the government’s motion. It can’t come soon enough, with the election bearing down.

              That would leave the question as to why the Deep State so feared a Trump presidency in the first place. Our occasional contributor, Michael Ledeen, who co-authored with General Flynn a book about the global war against radical Islamist terrorism, tells us that the general was planning to bring in new staff to the NSC and to produce “the first accurate budget of clandestine spending” going back to the dawn of the Cold War.

              That, Mr. Ledeen tells us, had never been done by either of the Democratic or Republican establishments that Mr. Trump upended in the 2016 election. It strikes us as a logical project for a president who ran against endless wars. Mr. Trump himself reacted bluntly to the vindication of General Flynn, saying that the general was “targeted by the Obama administration” and that “he was targeted to take down a president.”

              It’s hard to think of a moment quite like it. Today’s events will no doubt trigger a frantic backlash in the Democratic press. It will be hard, though, for the left to gainsay the bona fides of the prosecutor, Jeffrey Jensen, whom Attorney General Barr had put on the case and who recommend dropping the charges,. Mr. Jensen first became a federal prosecutor in Missouri under President Clinton. …

          1. An Incredibly biased AP story – they are all over “Flynn admitted he lied to the FBI” and then paras later the buried item that the DoJ in withdrawing the case and requesting dismissal specifically stated that the interview was not material and thus lying to the FBI was not an actual crime”

            The department said it had concluded that Flynn’s interview by the FBI was “untethered to, and unjustified by, the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into Mr. Flynn” and that the interview was “conducted without any legitimate investigative basis.”

            So when is Strzok’s arraignment?

            1. When is Comey’s?

              ‘DOJ has lost its way’: James Comey speaks out after dismissal of Flynn charges
              Former FBI Director James Comey said the Justice Department had demonstrated it was no longer apolitical after it dismissed criminal charges against retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

              “The DOJ has lost its way,” Comey said in a Thursday afternoon tweet.

              Indicating that his frustration lies with the top brass at Attorney General William Barr’s Justice Department, Comey also urged career employees to stay at their jobs. “America needs you,” he said. “The country is hungry for honest, competent leadership.”

              In moving to drop the charges on Thursday, the Justice Department said in a court filing the “continued prosecution of this case would not serve the interests of justice.” This followed disclosures of FBI notes about the Flynn investigation, which Flynn’s defense argued was suppressed exculpatory evidence. The documents were unearthed by a U.S. attorney handpicked by Barr to review the case. …

              1. Well, getting an interview under false pretenses with the Strz-meister where they make up something he lied about, then flip him on Comey by threatening to prosecute his kids, probably won’t work because the Strz-man hates his kids.

                Besides, The Strz-o-rama is aware of that trick.

                The head-exploding from Comey is just the start.

                I wonder if Flynn will accept when DJT wants to rehire him. If he does accept, the head-explodings will be glorious.

                1. Flynn’s old job is already well filled. I’d like to see Flynn as the new director of the FBI with a mandate to clean house.

                1. Yes. Comey was only forced out after President Trump got tired of Comey’s weasel words regarding whether Trump was the target of the investigation.

          2. Yeah, this seems to be a new thing in the higher courts; try to bankrupt the defendant while smearing them in public, then drop the charges when it looks like the case may go against the State.

            Flynn’s out, but he’s not found innocent or acquitted; they can bring the same charges back up later if they want.

            The court, intended to be the arbiter of justice, has become gone bad. Fortunately, rope is reuseable.

            1. If the case is dismissed with prejudice he can’t be prosecuted again on the same charges.

            2. From what I’ve read, (but cannot confirm) that the case was dismissed with prejudice. OTOH, prosecutions against the people responsible for the case against Flynn are fairly likely. I hope, but it looks that way.

          3. Clarification: “with prejudice” is a legal term of art meaning that a case once dismissed can’t be brought again. As far as I can tell this case was “dropped” not “dismissed” (yet, anyway).

            So your “with prejudice” I’m reading as emphasis, like “terminated with extreme prejudice”.

              1. The judge has not ruled on it. While I am no legal scholar, I believe that only the court, not the prosecutor, can dismiss a case “with prejudice.”

                1. How often do judges insist that it be dismissed without prejudice when the prosecution asks for it? (What is the sample size of cases where the prosecution asked for it?)

    5. I am a little confused.
      The Judge said “repent and ask forgiveness”, She said ‘NO’ with some explanation.
      I saw the video.
      How is this Contempt of Court???

      Daring to say ‘No’ to a Judge is NOW Contempt???

      I hope she lawyers up and sues the court and him BIG TIME as well as the Police and City for arresting her
      for a nonextant crime. She did NOT break a LAW. She is NOT sick. The Health authorities have no power over her.

      1. I believe the contempt came in because he earlier gave her a court order to shut down.

        She, very sensibly, declined.

      2. I keep getting this overwhelming impression of a bunch of Romans standing around, screaming “For the love of the gods, just LIGHT THE FREAKING INCENSE! I bought it for you, I placed it here and the priest will say the prayers, YOU JUST HAVE TO LIGHT IT AND THAT FULLFILLS THE REQUIREMENT! Light the incense, the city gods won’t be angered, and we’ll leave you alone!”

        And the Christians standing there, arms crossed, saying “No. We can’t do that. It is not just.”

        1. Heh. I feel like that trying to argue “enough with the masks already”. Even though anyone sane with a fragile immune system would want the rest of us to catch it as fast as possible!

          …You can try to explain how herd immunity works ’til you’re blue in the face, but no, they want you to wear the masks to “protect other people”.

          1. Or, when you start dragging facts in, it’s “to be polite.”

            Because “reassuring” people– actually, validating their terror– is a zero cost and “polite” action.

            1. Sometimes I wonder how many of these people have lived with real terror. I suspect not many, or they wouldn’t get how absolutely enraging it is to be told to add to the fear.

              1. Going off of the reactions I got while I was pregnant and got upset at falsely inflated medical threats?

                They’d mock someone who was more afraid than they feel is appropriate. Even if the fear was actually justified, and they only escaped bad consequences because the “worrywart” basically dragged them across the line.


                That’s part of why I am so upset– these folks are screaming that this is about courtesy and respect and such, while completely disrespecting others, and insulting any sense of value that does not match theirs.

                It’s hitting my “predator” buttons. Like the guy who throws a fit if he gets in the elevator alone with you, and you walk out instead of riding up, alone, with a stranger.

                1. Yeah. I’m hoping to put together a post on that – on how this is a matter of ethics and boundaries, not just medicine. As in, when did “my body, my choice” expire? 😉

                  1. I saw a tweet from someone at Planned Parenthood in response to “my body, my choice” about COVID-19 — “that’s not what it means.”

                    1. Nonsense. A deplorable like you would want that, because you wish to interfere with the Progress Of All That Is Good And Just, which is exactly WHY they need to be able to redefine it with no notice.

                    2. I saw someone, not sure if PP, whining about being retweeted with that line and how DARE anyone use her words to support their agenda, and then claim that yes, she did understand free speech as after all the party she was whining about to free to say anything except for quoting her. Ox faster than her.

                    1. Heh. Heh heh.

                      Yeah. But at least I laid it out straight.

                      There are some things you can’t compromise on. Ever.

                      I clawed my soul back from the abyss once. No one is ever doing that to me again.

                2. Come now – you very well know that with such persons it is always about your toleration of their beliefs, never about their toleration of your prejudices.

                  “Be reasonable; see it my way.” is the essence of their creed.

            1. Out running errands today I realized one benefit of my mask: it protected bystanders from the glaring hatred that normally suffuses my being when circumstances compel me to mingle among the madding crowd. While I normally conceal that under an expression of affable placidity I find the cloth mask more agreeable.

              Although I acknowledge having wilted several bushes and causing one shopping cart’s wheels to go awry by fixing my gaze upon them somewhat overlong.

              I go masked at all times, but now the mask is recognizable.

        2. Well, actually the girls often kicked over the brazier. Charcoal or oil everywhere. The younger, the more mess.

          Anytime you read about “virgin and martyr,” don’t think the super-sweet Victorian picture. Think the pudgy little Roman girl who’s always been admonished to be orderly, knocking something over on purpose, to make the biggest mess possible in the middle of public business.

          1. *cheers*

            I picked incense because of Japanese temples, honestly, no idea what a normal Roman offering was– the image just keeps popping up, though.

        3. I have literally read a modern author starting with “there’s nothing wrong with attending a pagan sacrifice, you’re just standing around after all” and pondered whether that author would just stand around a KKK rally.

          1. Yeah.

            That’s the heart of the problem with the whole “it costs you nothing to be polite” thing, isn’t it?

            The person who declares that just doesn’t see anything of value…..

            Of course, most women have heard similar lines and sooner or later realize that it just means the SPEAKER doesn’t value what it costs them compared to what the speaker gains, but that’s a rather delicate comparison to make.

            Totally going to steal the KKK rally point.

            1. Sorta depends on how one defines “polite” doesn’t it?

              I politely disagree with people all the time. Less often if they’re holding a gun (figuratively or literally) on me, of course.

              F’r instance, in the example cited above, attending a pagan sacrifice is not peg polite, it is being complicit. I politely suggest one would imagine a professional author, someone whose livelihood relies upon comprehending subtle nuances of words, might understand that distinction.

              Screw the KKK example — I wager that “modern author” wouldn’t “politely” participate in taking communion (either Catholic nor Protestant) and would probably deride the ceremony as ritual cannibalism.

      3. Even the lowliest magistrate or traffic judge is a god in his own courtroom.

        Anything is contempt if the judge says it is. It’s a jealously guarded privilege, with effectively no recourse for the victim.

      4. Famous literary interchange: can’t recall the original perp, probably Robert Benchley
        “Are you showing contempt to this court?”
        “No, I’m trying to conceal it!”

        1. That would be Mae West, from My Little Chickadee (1940):

          ‘JUDGE: Are you trying to show contempt for this court?
          MAE WEST: I was doin’ my best to hide it.’

          West wrote her own lines, according to her PR agent.

          1. “Woman says to Mae’s character- “Goodness! What a huge diamond-where did you get that?”
            “Goodness had nothing to do with it..”

            This author has nailed the American Spirit
            Along with the Sacramento Marine calling-out of the RIOT SQUAD!
            Thank you. My cup now runneth over.

      1. Ah, as I thought it would be. She was released under a pending habeas corpus filing at the TX Supreme Court. So the case goes on – with the Court yet to rule on whether the jailing was legal.

  2. This may have been said before but is worth repeating. We did not go through this nonsense 2 yrs ago when we were dropping like flies from flu because….Mueller. But that failed as did impeachment and THEY were praying for a recession and got Wu Flu to use like a spiked club to play whack-a-Trump. This has been nothing less that TDS on steroids and as you’ve said THEY don’t care about a few million bodies pilled up as collateral damage.

    1. as long as the bodies are from starvation and not wuflu, they have no problems with it.

    2. In all fairness the left have a certain standard they obviously feel compelled to live up to.
      After all, their fellow travelers were responsible for the deaths of at least 100 million in the course of the twentieth century. Here we are a fifth of the way through the twenty-first and they’ve barely scratched the surface.
      A few million bodies that they, in their alternate reality, can blame on Trump? That’s not collateral damage, that’s a windfall benefit and a wonderful opportunity.
      And a few small voices here in the wilderness of the interwebs calling BS on their deceitful fictions.

    3. Well, it did turn out that the flu numbers are just estimates from an algorithm. Apparently if you go back and actually count the death certificates, only ~3,000 people in the US died from the flu in 2018.

      Everything from the CDC has turned out to be useless junk, and the whole debate of whether it’s more or less dangerous than the flu? At this point it looks like you are more like to die of a sponge related incident than of the actual flu.

      1. It’s from a couple years ago, but a statistic was bandied around that some 250,000 people in the US die every year from medical errors. This a major upgrade to a previous estimate of some 100,000 around ten years ago.
        So, if that sponge related incident involved one left after surgery, not that far off.

        1. “It’s from a couple years ago, but a statistic was bandied around that some 250,000 people in the US die every year from medical errors.”

          And that “statistic” is much like the others….garbage.

          1. Given that 250,000 is approximately 9% of all deaths annually in the U.S. the figure is immediately suspect.
            What is likely is that 250,000 people annually have some medical procedure that fails to prolong their life shortly before they die. But the vast majority of those wouldn’t be malpractice. Doctors are not Gods and families will encourage intervention that might help, even if the odds are against it.

          2. I dunno – it looks as if we’re going to see at least that many dead this year due to medical error, and I would estimate fifty thousand of them attributable to Dr. Fauci.

      2. Pneumonia is much more commonly fatal– although if the CDC would act like their name is accurate and focus on stuff like reporting Influenza Like Illnesses, which is a useful category, it’d be nice.

      3. That’s because most people with the flu don’t got in, so the certificates for flu often list pneumonia which you catch from having the flu.

      4. The total infected are algorithmically derived – the deaths are reported by attending docs, though not all are tested.

    4. I think its more that the global warming alarmism hasn’t worked (recall that they openly stated that they were going to call it a climate crisis and climate emergency because their current rhetoric wasn’t scaring people enough), so now they are latching on to cornovirus doomism, with the intent to achieve the same goal: totalitarian socialism.

  3. I’m encouraged by the one thing that I keep hearing from the few people outside my normal social circle that I interact with during this — that’s mainly physical therapists, cleaners, delivery service drivers, the guy who owns the nursery down the street — by definition they’re not out of work, but they ARE steamed as hell. What virtually everybody says is “I’m going to remember this come Election Day and I hope you will too.”

    And that started before the Governor of Michigan put garden seeds on the Verboten list, long before a Texas salon owner was jailed for not bowing down and apologizing for defying the edicts of her moral and intellectual superiors.

    I think those soi-disant superiors have made a big mistake this time. A lot of people who prefer to pay little or no attention to politics have now been forced to pay attention, and they do not like what they are seeing. If an insanely blue city like Austin is simmering on the verge of rebellion, I can only guess what the mood is like in the rest of the state.

  4. Me, too. And in this part of Tennessee this crap hasn’t had quite as much impact. But it has had more than enough.
    BTW, I learned a little more about the Flint shooting. I don’t know if the rentacop was white, but it turns out the killer and family are black. We will see how quickly the story disappears.

    1. Well, remember it’s not your lyin’ eyes that determine whether they’re black or white, but how they “identified” at that particular time…

      – TRX; 40% Kirghan, 55% A-10 Warthog, 5% “unknown fibers”

      1. o/` I’m lysine bromide, various insecticides, blue dye number nine.
        I’m twenty different acids, and thirteen alkalines.
        I’m dextrose, glycerated saccharin, monosodium glutamate,
        And a couple grams of oat bran I in-gested by mistake. o/`

        — The Experts Song – Tom Naughton

        1. o/¯Para-dimethyl-amino-benzaldehyde
          Sodium citrate, potassium cyanide
          Mix ’em together and add some benzene
          And top of the punch with trichloroethene!

          Whiskey, tequila, and rum are too tame!
          No, the stuff that I drink must explode into flame
          When I breathe, and dissolve all the paint in the room
          And rattle the walls with a ground-shaking boom!
          – The Chemist’s Drinking Song

    2. Michigan resident here…
      The rentacop? Black fellow with (I think it was) 7 kids and happily married.

      The last I saw about it was the MSP offering $5k for information leading to the arrest of the two men involved, and that was a day or two ago. So yeah, the MSM has already memory-holed this particular story.

  5. The climate hysteria is still being propounded. I suspect that it will only get worse once we get over the WuFlu Riots. Because far too many people showed their bellies.

  6. Supposedly–although the article was behind a paywall so I couldn’t read it–the governor has said he’ll pay her fine and is willing to take her place in jail. Dunno about that, but I did read that both he and the attorney general have gone “Hold on now, son” to the judge, and the AG sent him a letter stating he’d abused his authority. We’ll see…

    1. Lieutenant Governor, I gather. Her GoFundme is doing very well, indeed.

      1. Yes. And that’s even more interesting, really. The TX Governor gets the attention, but the Lt. Gov has the more power as I understand it – an arrangement made to thwart some of the machinations of so-called Reconstruction.

        1. Correct. It’s a legacy of the Reconstruction, and as long as the state constitution is (I think the Houston phone book is still thicker, but I could be wrong), no one looks that far in.

    2. That was the Lt. Gov. who offered to pay her fine and undergo house arrest in her place. The Gov has proven to be a big disappointment long before Wu Flu arrived

  7. Well, the other day here in Alberta I went to the grocery store. Lots of masks, but very little social distancing. People weren’t taking the long away around to avoid others, the cashiers weren’t keeping the customers back the way they used to. It’s beginning to feel like people have had enough of biosecurity theatre.

  8. I still don’t get how a two week flatten the curve turned into indefinite until we have a cure/vaccine and do you want to kill people without folks even noticing it’s changed.

    1. It’s simple. Petty bureaucrats got a taste of a bit of power over the masses and found that it was addictive. They’re all still fed, paid, and not held to account should they violate some regulation that they will cheerfully throw others in jail for, so to a certain sort of person this is heaven on Earth. Sort of like a meth user, intellectually they know they are destroying their bodies, but it just feels so damn good they cannot stop. Of course both meth users and petty bureaucrats have precious little intellect to spare on such considerations.

        1. I have found through trial and error that coughing disrupts my trigger squeeze and throws my aim off.

    2. I expect to hear any day now that we need to keep everyone at home until we find out a way to prevent anyone from every getting sick again . . .

      1. People aren’t listening to “it’s a matter of who dies” yet, but it is going to happen.

        One thing I’ve been noticing with all of the communist rhetoric from a lot of people is that they have no real sense of how incredibly decadent* our society is, and how Nature ALWAYS bats last. (Insert Heinlein quote about “bad luck.”) They think it’s natural that they shouldn’t have to work for a living, because they can’t conceive of how people have to strive to survive. At some point there’s going to be a rude awakening.

        *This is not a complaint; “decadent” is an observation. If you’ve ever been backpacking, you know how little you actually need to happily survive, and everything beyond that is gravy. (Though as I get older, I love my heavy camping cot.)

          1. Air mattresses, with enough air to provide adequate padding, are cold. RV TT for the win … okay the heater is noisy at night. But it works.

            1. Self-inflating honeycomb air mattresses are pretty warm, actually. I still miss the one I managed to leave behind. Somebody is enjoying it, though.

          2. Air mattresses don’t work too well. Trust me, the cot is amazing, especially since we got the kind that bunk. Yes, BUNKING cots.

        1. There was at least one modern socialist, can’t remember his name at the moment, who admitted that what “socialism” was really about was “the freedom from having to work to live.” That there are people stupid enough to believe that’s possible, at least for more than a very small minority, was a revelation, but I think a lot of the lockdown proponents are in the category that at least emotionally believe it.

          And to your postscript, I’m with you that decadent is good. My grandfather loathed camping on the grounds that the whole reason he had a job and worked hard was so his family didn’t have to sleep in a tent. The older I get, the more inclined I am to his point of view…

          1. MomRed says if there’s no climate control and she’s doing the cooking, it’s not vacation. End of discussion.

            1. Same here. I don’t UNDERSTAND camping. We had an outdoor bathroom. (NOTE bathroom, not outhouse) in the house I was born into. I’ve wanted to get away from it ever since.

              1. Dad loved camping, but a good part was budget (rather, lack of room therein). He was asst Soutmaster in the ’50s, and loved the group camps. Michigan had really good state parks for a good price, so tent camping there was all right. We used a tent big enough for 6 people until Dad was able to buy a tent trailer in the mid-60s. Though, he was planning to upgrade to a travel trailer when he retired early. (Didn’t make it, alas.)

                I had to retire our tent trailer. We were going to get a travel trailer this year, but life is very much in the way. We’ll see.

                1. From start of fishing season til hunting season. Friday after school help mom finishing packing, because we were leaving the minute dad walked in the door. Headed for one of 3 campgrounds on the North Umpqua. Two weeks during the summer North Umpqua was replaced with Jack Creek on East Eagle Creek in the Willawa’s with a side trip to Pine Creek Lake. Hunting season, east side was camping at Jack Creek. West side was based out of Grandparents house in Drain.

                  Camping started in a no floor canvas tent (old military style canvas tents) that held the 5 of us, & 3 unmarried uncles, and a wood stove. Mom & dad got a non-contained camper when I was 11 or 12. Had bed over cab. Table with bench seating. Cabinet storage. Built in ice chest type refrigerator. Gas stove with cook top. Sink, a pump water 5-gallon water system, but it drained from the sink to a bucket outside.

                  Hubby & I have everything from backpacking equipment, tents, pads, etc., from long before kid started boy scouts, heck from more than a decade before kid was born, to a Travel Trailer. (Which is why my dad is still laughing.) When kid moved to scouts from cubs, the scoutmaster all but fainted with joy. Finally enough experienced adults to actually take kids into the wilderness for backpacking. Trust me, it wasn’t the kids fault there had to be pack inspections before heading up even for a 3 day backpack, let alone a 10 day one. Then the packs had to be locked up, from the parents, until troop left with the packs.

            2. Re that’s not camping: a camping trip up in the Sierras (~Bridgeport) I missed but heard about from my friends, everyone else brought tents, but one friends folks drove their RV up. One afternoon there was this noise in camp, and upon investigation found that friends Mom out with her vacuum cleaner vacuuming up the rug they had spread out next to their RV.

              They were conflicted – on the one hand that’s not camping, but on the other it was really clean.

                1. When we were still doing scouts, a district function had some of the scouters stating how they never camped as a family because the spouse (not all the scouters in question were male, good percentage of them were, however) considered the Hilton & associated family of hotels, were “roughing it”.

                  As the spouse, when I related that to mom & dad, I asked straight faced (well I tried to anyway, never succeed), if I could get away with that. I think daddy is still laughing, over 15 years later, and he’s been dead for the last 11.

                  1. Compared to the Hilton, Shilo Inn is roughing it. Given my druthers though, I’d rather set a Thermarest pad than spend another night in a Motel 6. (Great Sand Dunes NM is *interesting* at least until you can get your tent properly anchored. That was the only place I seriously considered sleeping in the back of my Ranger (long bed with a plywood floor, so it was possible, if not ideal).

                    I have relatives pushing the Hilton scale, though. SIL was one, though that time was 30 years ago…

                  2. The Good Lord placed me on this Earth in a time and circumstance when air-conditioning & indoor plumbing have become common-place and I will not insult my Creator by disdaining their use.

            3. My MIL was quite specific. Any time you are away from home, if there is no room service it’s camping.
              Can’t say I ever came up with a credible counter.
              And in fairness she would cheerfully attend any family get together and have a good time with her kids and grandkids. But even in nice motels, if no room service it was by Ghod camping.

            4. I’m not quite that bad, but I have put my foot down on “vacations” where I have to work twice as hard, and I’m the only one expected to do so.

              Between that, my husband’s back, and his work-related familiarity with some of the horror stories….we have a 30ft bunk-room type camper, now.

              It’s awesome, we saved enough by dragging it along and paying for a hook-up vs putting eight folks in even a cheap hotel to cover that entire year’s payments.

              1. I’m not quite that bad, but I have put my foot down on “vacations” where I have to work twice as hard, and I’m the only one expected to do so.


                Backpacking, I’m never expected to do the cooking, at least when hubby is along. Clean my mug and spoon, sure, but I don’t clean his. Everything else, well everyone is working the same.

                Car camping OTOH, tent, no RV. Especially when just us as a family. Nope. I’m expected to gather & pack up almost everything, & the work there almost as bad. Okay. Works the same for the trailer, but other than food, my cloths, & the dog’s stuff (my responsibility because she is my medical alert SD), everything is already packed. Hubby has to pack his own clothing, and do most the hook up (I help back him in 🙂 so much fun is had). He ends up doing most the cooking (Grill is His). So, I’ll do what little clean up there is. Honestly, except the towing, taking the trailer is easier, and less expensive, than a decent inexpensive hotel/motel; for our destination a LOT cheaper. We’ve done comparisons. We surprised. At least half, that was with high fuel prices. Long term I don’t know the answer. I don’t help with the driving, towing, which is getting old for hubby. Ultimately it is his decision on the best choice. Keep or sell outfit. It’s paid for. Just cost insurance & licensing, about $300 ~ $400 / year. But selling combination would finance more than a few trips, so ??? Truck will keep depreciating some (2010 4×4 with 52k miles), but TT won’t.

      2. I am in Washington. They do not want places to re-open until no one tests positive for 3 weeks. That is insane. I am in a county with slightly over 72,000 people and we have had a TOTAL of 13 cases and no deaths.

      3. That seems to be the Illinois governor’s take. Hmm, I think he’s up for re-election this year. Can a pissed-off populace beat the margin of fraud? (I keed, I keed. It’s Chicago.)

      1. I have a simple rule of thumb: if the MSM is reporting something assume it is enemy psy-ops until evidence compels a different conclusion. Then assume it was enemy psy-ops premised on facts.

        1. I just generally assume that anything in the MSM about anything remotely controversial is a lie, or at the very best case willfully negligently reported. So far I haven’t really gone far wrong.

          Maybe after a week or so the reporting will wander somewhere closer to accuracy, but that’s not the way to bet.

          1. Not directly related, but a word triggered a memmory.

            Long ago I encountered something that said, roughly, “Controversial – When the media types use this word, it indicates they fail to comprehend the subject.”

    1. Yes. The stories we’ve been told by the various media for the past 10-15 years about zombie plagues and EOTWAWKI and so on have got to play a role. There’s nothing rational about a lot of this stuff. The closest fit I’ve seen is the Great Fear/ Great Panic in French history in July/August 1789. Same behaviors, same rumors and attacks on people who disprove the rumors, same egos caught up in everything . . . Apparently the Great Author has no problem reusing material from earlier volumes in the series. *wry grin*

  9. Can’t get meat? Nonsense. Craigslist is full of people selling individual livestock for meat, either on the hoof or sometimes already killed and hanging (so you can buy a half or a quarter). You contact one, buy a critter, which if still breathing is then delivered to a local butcher who will dispatch, cut, and wrap the critter for you, to then be frozen or shared as you like. Modern outfits vacuum-pack the meat, so it will keep even in a frost-free freezer (which otherwise over time damages the meat). Net cost is about the same as commercial meat, considering you also get all the expensive steaks in the same package.

    My sister buys all her meat that way, usually as half a bison. By the time she picks up her order, it’s already cut and wrapped, but it comes from a small producer, and can be selected by the customer while still on the hoof.

    We need a return to the era when every town had its own slaughterhouse, and small producers had a market (right now if you don’t have 25,000 head, the shippers won’t even speak to you). Well, here’s opportunity. Too much centralization has produced the current pinch point, not some lack of livestock ready to slaughter (there are about 80 million beef cattle in the U.S., mostly out on the open range)

    Further, hie yourself to the nearest Hutterite colony, where you can get fresh eggs, turkey, and sometimes pork (and all the canner chickens you could possibly want, for next to free). They do sell direct, tho some do so only seasonally (eg. turkey at Thanksgiving — pick up a few extras for the freezer).

    And don’t forget to save all your bones, to cook down for soup. (Except don’t cook down spines, just in case of prions.)

    1. It is just a bit worrisome (at the moment…) that one of the jokes going around on a furry art site is a picture of a character (varies) in a ‘nude’ but shows nothing pose, with markings for various cuts and text which reads, “All animals have the same parts. Shop local – Eat a neighbor.”

    2. Call and try to set up a Butcher appointment. Wait here (Midwest) is through January if you are a regular customer at a small local place. Supply chains are only as strong as the weakest link and there are lots of links either strained or snapped.

      1. Well, it isn’t rocket science, and there are plenty of howtos out there. Meat is meat even if your butchering and wrapping jobs are downright ugly.

        1. Agreed. We do our own when weather is nice for it. It is also why we have mini-cattle. 450-600#’s live weight are more manageable than the 1200#’s. It does take some skill and know how which we’ve gathered over the years.

          1. Grandparents, parents, & Uncle, used to gather to butcher deer and elk, every year. Usually only 1/4 to 1/2, depending on how many elk tags & number actually harvested (meat was shared). Multiple deer, because, 5 hunters generally was 5 deer. Or when could hunt both east and west of Oregon, 10 deer. Growing up, if it wasn’t hunted, or caught with a fishing pole, we did not eat meat.

      1. Used freezers are plentiful and cheap (sometimes free). Non-frost-free can sit outdoors year round (frost-free can’t). I got a small one for $50 delivered… it’s probably 40 years old and looks the part, but it works perfectly (and uses so little power that it doesn’t even show on the bill). A fridge old enough to have round corners and have lost its mind also makes a fine ultra-cold freezer.

        1. Used large 15 cu. ft. chest freezers were going for about $100 on the Seattle Craigslist until about a month ago. Now they’re up around $500+.

          I was going to get a 1/8 or 1/4 cow, but my existing freezer is full and I won’t pay that much for a second one.

            1. Eh. I got a used one ten years ago and it’s run just fine with nary a hiccup.

                1. “New”. There’s your problem. Appliances went to hell somewhere around 2000ish, when they started designing ’em for a ten year lifespan, and added moisture-vulnerable electronics. Whirlpool were the last remnant of made-to-last. The made-in-Korea models are sheer junk.

                  Meanwhile, I’ve had three old freezers that lasted 30-40 years (and the current one is still going).

                  Come to think of it, I should plug in the made-in-1948 fridge in the shotgun shack and see if it works. From how well it’s been kept, betting it does.

            2. An old used freezer will probably outlive a shiny new one; newer appliances are built for a ten year lifespan, while old ones were built to last indefinitely, and often do. Also, you can buy a lot of old used appliances for the cost of a single new one. (I could bore you with a list of my antique appliances that still work.)

              Best home freezer you can get is a 1950s-era round-corner fridge that has lost its marbles and turned into a full-time -40F deep freeze. That slow compressor will run forever, and uses very little juice.

              However, the current cheap made-in-Korea freezers only last a few years (and are not repairable because you can’t get parts), and anything with electronics won’t do much better at any price.

              1. However, the current cheap made-in-Korea freezers only last a few years (and are not repairable because you can’t get parts), and anything with electronics won’t do much better at any price.

                Tell me about it.

                We replaced an old 34 year old Kenmore about 18 months ago, because it wouldn’t shut off and couldn’t get it repaired. Interior lining was also cracking. Gave it to the Appliance Guy, who takes used, working or not, appliances. Freezers have to be “clean”, i.e. no rotting food. Used to pickup, but more recently quit that service, for now. The old freezer was replace by a new Hotpoint (GE) Chest Freezer from Home Depot. 13 months into a 12 month warranty, it dies. Upshot was it could be fixed with a part that couldn’t be gotten. Had to spend $60 to get the $290 back (under Credit Card auto extended warranty). Very irritating. We knew, it wasn’t repairable. But noooo. They had to have the quote. Now we have the chest freezer that you can get through Costco (also GE, but different name). Costco gives a 3 year warranty, plus the same CC used. But with Costco, the dang thing dies within 3 years, just wheel it in. Beyond 3 years, deal with the CC again. Get anything beyond 6 years out it, & I’ll be happy. The 34 year old Kenmore we only expected 10 or so years out of it …. so …

    3. I’ve lived here since 1997. Found out just last week there’s a butcher with a full shop 1 mile away. You can order cows or pigs, whole of half, buy from the display case, or bring your deer to him.

      There’s lots of business out in the middle of nowhere. And if you don’t get word of mouth- you don’t know.

      My Mennonite neighbors decided to try their hand at raising some cows this year.

  10. “the same thing Americans have been told by Europeans (and never mind Africans or Asians) for decades “You’re soft” “You’re pampered” “You’re not willing to forego your comfort for the greater good.””

    For a long time, my answer to this was ‘You and yours have had decades to prove that foregoing comfort results in the greater good, and you haven’t managed it yet.’. For the last few years it has been ‘You rat-bastards had a whole Century to make your Philistine vision work somewhere, and you not only failed, you murdered tens of millions in the process. No. We aren’t doing things your way anymore. And if you don’t get out of the way we WILL run over you.’

  11. …aaaannd Murphy today proclaimed that “there are still too many people in the hospital” even as numbers drop and hospitals are quite able to handle the people who are sick, thereby further tossing out his “:flattening the curve” justification down the memory hole and now implying that he basically wants no more people to be getting sick or hospitalized before he ends the lock-down.

    Straight up tyranny.

  12. They say we can’t go home again. That this is the “new normal”and we have to get used to it.

    I say they’re full of shit.

    From the hysteria on social media and any other place they feel save, I’d say you’re right.

    I’ve seen the facebook posts where a company announces that they’ve started requiring people to wear masks, and the comments are overwhelmingly “oh my gosh this is wonderful I’m so happy and grateful.”
    There will be one person who posts a comment, like “I will not be shopping at your store while you do this.”
    Four or five nearly incoherent comments show up calling them names– and the next time you’re there, the entire thread is gone.


    Oh, anybody got some good historical sources on SanFran during the 1918 Spanish Flu? Specifically things like the weekly case data?

    It’s popped up in three different places this morning, so it’s the likely next wave– found one timeline that walked through it. They were requiring masks, got hit hard, ended the ban when stuff got a bit better, then had a big resurge.

    …World War 1 ended in that time, and there was a HUGE public parade. BEFORE the mask order was canceled.

    And when all was said and done, they were still hit quite hard.

    But the “anti mask league” is getting tossed around as if the then-mayors claim that it was highly effective and had saved them was true…..

    1. It’s like the Meat Processors they had a lot of people test positive and the MSM went nuts.
      I only saw one outlet talk about how the works lived, MANY people to one apartment or house. as in 5+ in a 2 bedroom apartment or 10 + in a house and these were NOT married couples.

      Today I heard one of the Higher ups in the business finally talk about it wasn’t the work place it was how they were living.

      1. Our local stuff is talking about “social-economic factors.”

        Which means, yes, they’re (probably illegally) living like a Navy berthing.

      2. A local TV station took a video of the plant workers waiting for their bus, and none wore masks or “social distanced.” They all piled into 2 buses even though six were provided. The next time the camera crew filmed them, they all had masks, and as soon as the first bus pulled into sight, they put the masks on and spread out about six feet apart. I think I heard that over 20 languages are spoken at that plant.

  13. Incidentally, I’m heartily sick of it being confirmed, almost daily, that the folks don’t listen.

    Months back, the media sorts were screaming that masks didn’t work and we needed to save them for medical workers.

    Folks on the right and medical folks largely pointed, and laughed, and explained that they were useful tools in (explain specific situation).

    Flip to now, with mask theater– which is NOT the same kind of masks, even!– and if you resist, there’s screaming about how “the right” was “demanding masks” back then.

    They. Don’t. LISTEN.

    They just get “oh! You don’t agree with me, you must mean the opposite!

    1. They. Don’t. LISTEN.

      Listen??? To a bunch of anti-science, Russia-colluding, xenophobic, sexist, racist deplorable fascists?

      Why would they ever do that?

        1. The Hysterical Ninny Brigade accepts recruits from all political walks, although it’s mostly the left that volunteers.

  14. Push their noses in? After you’ve done that, I vote for tar and feathers, then confiscating their wealth, including their pensions, and distributing it to the waitresses and salon “operators” and everyone else who depends on tips for their livelihoods. Maybe let the politicians wash restaurant dishes for their dinners.

  15. The problem is, the kabuki medical theater is requiring us to wear masks to get into a lot of places. My bet is that most of the stores and such are more worried that if proof of an infection (enough for a lawyer to prove to a jury) came from a place that didn’t insist upon this would have their asses sued off.

    Staying calm and sane and keeping my patch of the world clean. It’s all I can really do right now.

    1. Think you have touched on the passivity of our population to this craziness–lawyers. They have us totally whipped. If I had climbed a neighbor’s tree and been hurt in a fall Dad would not have worried about any “invting hazzard” nonsense but my butt would likely have worried about another injury. Today they have us hesitant to offer first aid and help at accidents. It was for good reason King Ferdinand forbade lawyers to the New World.

    2. Gee, I wonder why Trump & McConnell have said that any Fourth Tranche of funding for the Kung Flu pandemic MUST include protection against tort suits.

      1. I know, it sounds reasonable, right? Only people that could love the human mosquitoes of litigation lawyers wouldn’t want a reasonable level of protection against unwarranted tort suits.

  16. Off topic. Our 5 year old cat, picture of him as a kitten, has Extreme Critical Renal Failure. Officially diagnosed last Saturday. Went in today & likely tomorrow for fluid therapy. 50/50 probability of positive outcome. Positive outcome is survival, on the Kidney Diet for life, and skinny. The likely hood he is one of the 12 cats we’ve had to live to 18 or 20, dropped to nil. But he’d survive. As my husband states as he cups one hand “He was This big.” Me I have to cup two hands together (I have small hands). Survival can’t require locking him in the house, or outside catico forever, it’d break his heart.

      1. We are very old time dog owners who found ourselves adopted by a stray cat. We knew nada about cats but did our best. To the point he sailed thru 20 lbs . Had vets on our case but he ignored all and hit 27 lbs. Wife found a great article written by a vet who HATES kibbles and claims they are major cause of kidney problems in cats. She claims the worst wet food better than any kibble. Also said wet food best bet for weight loss. We are believers as Bill is now approaching the 21lbs and thriving.

    1. My 18yo tabby has renal failure, which was diagnosed last year when I took her in for dental work. Pre-anesthesia blood work showed that her odds of regaining consciousness were low enough that the vet refused to do anything. However, dental problem hasn’t gone away (now she’s having problems chewing kibble), I think she may be dealing w/ nausea from pain, and is feisty enough that regular meds are a no-go. She’s always been thin, but has now crossed the line to boney. At the same time, she still bounces around the house and gets into spats with the other cats.

      1. Thank you everyone.

        Not our first round with Renal Failure, at least the CRF (Chronic). But the other cats have been 16 or older when it presented, then lived 2 to 4 years. First one to present so young, at 5 years old, and as ARF (Acute). Hoping for CRF as the positive outcome. We can deal with the prescription diet. We know if he survives to get to CRF, his life will be shorter. But if we can have him another 5 or 7 or more years, all this will be worth it.

        We *don’t know why he went into ARF. He was in for fluid therapy today. He’s gained 1/2#, so now he’s 7#s. He’s still pretty bony, but veterinarian was really happy with the weight gain. Urinary tests ran to day show some kidney function, if way less than it should be. Prognosis went from 50/50 to a little bit better. He’ll get fluid therapy again tomorrow, with updated blood panel to see where he is.

        Our other cat is fine, she’s 7. Since they ate the same type of food. Don’t think it’s the food. I explicitly stay away from food processed & packaged anywhere marked other than US or Canada. The difference is she doesn’t go beyond the backyard, if off the deck at all, or on the roof. He definitely has other yards he visits. Guessing he got a hold of a mouse who’d been poisoned, but not died yet.

    2. Sorry to hear that. My cats were a lot older when they were diagnosed with renal failure, but they each lived happily for about four more years with the proper application of subcutaneous fluids and kidney supplements.

      And I’m sure that administering sub-q fluids to a cat is useful skill to have.

      …You might be a little burned out on having sick cats by the time they finally give up.

      1. We had a sick 18 year old when we found the tiny abandoned kitten. 18 year old didn’t last 3 months longer. We also had a 15 year old who went into CRF a year later. We just lost her last year just before Thanksgiving. He is our 12th cat in 41+ years …

        … yes, it gets old. But guess what. It can get old. He is too young to lose. He’ll be too young at 10 or 12, too. But I’ll take what I can. He doesn’t just think I’m mom. He knows I am. He was that tiny, 1.2#s.

        Yes. We do spend a lot of money on our animals. Better them than a cruise, or …

        1. Our daughter is a cat whisperer. We first got cats when a feral cat broke into her bedroom to have kittens. So it is her fault we have the back yard pet cemetery. I miss Ninja, the cat who spoke English. I am sure he will be part of my welcome committee when I get to heaven. “Now”? The pain you feel at the loss, is Love turned inside out.

          They moved to Eugene from Portland a couple of years ago, so we take AMTRAK up to visit. A good thing we went in January, a good example of how life/God is full of the unexpected. Our lives would be so much better if we lived a life of gratitude for what we have. So much we take for granted. I see you appreciate what you have.

          1. You are in Eugene?

            So are we. 7 of our 10 are buried along the fence in the backyard. One died (disappeared) before fully tamed and brought in (his sister was). Another one ran away when he got sick (tried to keep him in, little sneak got out), never found him. The third was, and all subsequent ones will be, cremated when it is time.

            I expect at least 8 dogs (for all that 3 were the inlaws, long story), 12 cats, to meet each of us at the foot of the Rainbow Bridge, eventually.

            1. We are in the people’s republic of Santa Clara County, in California. I found it interesting that Eugene also has a Santa Clara. The Springfield/Eugene divide is also an unexpected twist. Our last trip we found the planets along the river. Just got to Saturn. The outer planets must wait for our next trip.

              Our daughter went to college at Lewis and Clark, met a guy, and that was it. She has been an Oregonian 20 years. For 15 years in the Portland area, the last 5 in Eugene.

              We ride AMTRAK from San Jose to Oregon. We purchase a first class sleeper room, meals included. Get our own private window, and meet interesting people, eating on the train. We get off the train in down town Eugene, rent a car, and motel room. I wonder how the wuhan 19 panic will change the train? Taking the train is an adventure. One trip we spent 3 hours in the Klamath Falls train station waiting, while they extracted a freight train that got stuck in a tunnel. It was snowing, so a family got off and built a snowman.

              We came up to see the eclipse in 2017. Drove north along the back roads west of 5, and watched the sun disappear in the parking lot of a junior college. Our second total eclipse.

              Glad to see you also expect an escort.

              1. We are in the people’s republic of Santa Clara County, in California. I found it interesting that Eugene also has a Santa Clara. The Springfield/Eugene divide is also an unexpected twist. Our last trip we found the planets along the river. Just got to Saturn. The outer planets must wait for our next trip.

                I’m in the Santa Clara in Oregon, under the control of the people’s republic of Eugene. We’re just over a mile from the house I grew up in. I’m just old enough to remember the vote to incorporate Santa Clara, which passed, but Eugene got shutdown. Both our house and the house I grew up in are still county, for all the shenanigans the Eugene has pulled trying to get the properties officially into the city proper. Eugene/Springfield divide is, uh, interesting. What is even more interesting is 4J VS Bethel, two school districts in Eugene …

              1. We looked into cremation for my German Shepard (buried at grandparents old property in their unmarked pet cemetery, close to my childhood collie), and the first of the cats, as we started loosing them. 30 years ago for my dog, and about 27 years ago for the cats. Just couldn’t afford the cost then. I’ve thought about finding the cats bones and having the remains cremated to keep. Don’t know what would be left now from our wet clay soil. Last one was buried almost 6 years ago now. Oldest burial would be 27 years.

                They will go with me into the coffin, to puzzle future archeologists.


                I hope they will be there when I get to the other side. I miss all of them

                I know they will be there. If not, then there is no there, there. We miss all of them every day. They were our babies before we could have our baby. They still are.

                1. They are incapable of sin. So God invites them to join Him.
                  This is one of the poems I have written in farewell to one of our beloveds.

                  Farewell Calvin

                  Carol’s lap cat.
                  You are her’s.
                  Her empty lap
                  will remind us
                  of your absence.

                  Calvin sized hole
                  missing from life.
                  No more nightly
                  thumps & crashes
                  to wake us.

                  Goodby Calvin.
                  End of 18 year journey.
                  Your gentle soul
                  will be missed
                  by those who love you.

                  Say hello to Ninja
                  when you meet
                  where pain is ended
                  & joy complete
                  to wait for us.

                  We will meet again
                  to share eternity.
                  Mysterious journey
                  of infinite love.
                  God’s divine surprise.

                  © Presbypoet July 24, 2011

            2. They will go with me into the coffin, to puzzle future archeologists.
              And I hope they will be there when I get to the other side. I miss all of them, but Pixel most of all, followed by Petronius and Miranda. And Havelock will break our hearts when he goes, and let’s not talk about what Greebo will do when he departs. Probably 2 or three years, given he is 17….
              And while I think Lord (dog who raised me) will be somewhere with dad having fun (he was his dog)I hope he drops by to see me when I arrive.

  17. Winnie attacks not only lungs but kidneys, heart and brain:

    No, you’re not magically protected if you wear the mask. It reduces the risk a bit if you’re in contact with someone that is infected, but best it reduces the risk of unaware infectious people to spread it. An easy thing to do so why not do it to protect yourself and others?

    The outside is not dangerous, you can go out for walks even in countries that are in lockdown, but it’s safer to stay at home as in not going to work, or other places to mix with people.

    The grocery store is not safe but people have to eat, makes sense to reduce the risk by closing other shops to minimise interactions. If all shops are open more interactions will happen so more infections.

    Key workers are still working everywhere to prevent famine. Again false narrative to say there’ll be no food, keep key workers working and those that need a job to survive.

    But the rest of USA can make an effort and sit on the couch just a bit more than usual? Apparently not, the civic spirit is not with them

    The country with highest rate of obesity in the world, and highest illiteracy in the dev world already has the biggest number of dead… no surprise.

    You’ll have 100s thousands dead by end of summer, and probably 1 million dead at least in one year, I wonder what you’ll say then? Will you shamefully delete these posts? Don’t worry they will still exist as screenshots shared by ppl as an example of American idiocy.

    We’re all watching with amusement, especially with Trump accelerated mental decline all in the open to see.

    1. “We’re all watching with amusement, especially with Trump accelerated mental decline all in the open to see.”
      How would that compare to Cuomo’s mental decline? Or perhaps malice?
      Joe Biden’s mental decline?
      OR your lack of intelligence, sanity or even ability to reason? Don’t emote at me with millions dead you imbecile. Planned economies don’t work. No politician ever can decide what’s essential.
      And you’re an idiot who doesn’t understand chains of supply.
      BUT keep on pounding that drum, little monkey.
      Yes, there will be millions of dead …. from the famine you created.
      I’m letting you through only because my people are bored, and you might prove an interesting chew toy. Judging from this offering, it’s not promising, but who knows? You might rise to the occasion.
      And maybe you’re still capable of vestigial thought.

    2. Key workers are still working everywhere to prevent famine.

      Define “key workers” and explain how you know they are still working. Citing media reports or politicians’ assurances is not evidence … well, not evidence in support of your assertion.

      The country with highest rate of obesity in the world, and highest illiteracy in the dev world already has the biggest number of dead… no surprise.

      When you demonstrate rampant innumeracy it sorta kinda diminishes your credibility. As percentage of population the USA has one of the lowest number of dead. Were it not for Cuomo’s order to install COVID-19 infected patients and healthcare workers in elder care facilities our dead count would be far fewer.

      I doubt your ability to support your assertion of highest illiteracy, but if so it is probably due to the efforts of the US Dept. of Education and the Teachers’ Unions. Before those two institutions seized hold of our educational reins we were doing damned well.

      On the obesity rate, well, we probably oughtn’t be giving subsidized food and housing to people who don’t work if that’s your concern.

      You made the mistake of bringing assertions to a fact fight. Bad move.

      1. One other point:

        We’re all watching with amusement, especially with Trump accelerated mental decline all in the open to see.

        You’re just begging us to put up videos of “Fingers” Biden gibberish, aren’t you? He manages to make Gabby Johnson (Blazing Saddles) seem coherent in comparison.

        1. Just in case there is any doubt about the availability of Biden incoherence…

          It is funny to see folk who clearly never thought him competent bemoan Trump’s “mental decline.”

    3. Does this give you pleasure? If so, I pity you.

      Who is this you? Do you live in a sealed environment with servants to fetch and carry for you. If not it’ll be we jackass,

    4. Well upwards of a million dead if the agriculture supply chain really comes apart. And then there are the 200k expected suicides (rule of thumb is 10k per point of longterm unemployment increase, and the US went up by around 20 points due to lockdown). And then of couse there are the people dying of delayed and cancelled surgeries.

      Once we leave mortality behind, there are the 600k ruined lives (same source as the 200k suicides – basically onlyabout a quarter of people whose lives are thoroughly ruined by this commit suicide), and a huge number of people who will never walk again because their orthopedic surgeries were cancelled.

      Shall we go on?

      1. And all the reports are that the distancing didn’t work, so it was all for nothing. Don’t start about science, there was none. The notion of social distancing is not science it’s like the common core a wild assed theory with no scientific basis that was applied willy nilly and failed but was very profitable to well connected constituencies,

        I suspect this person is one of the trolls my children warned me about. Is he any good at it or is he about typical? In any case, rather boring. Majored in studies at one of those open admission universities.

          1. Sigh. Greatly abbreviated comment addressing computer models. Fuller remarks to appear when WP stops being a [rued term].
            Possible replicant — WP appears to have eaten the first attempt:

            I suspect their real fear is losing the preference cascade and having their computer models revealed as the shams they are. With Georgia* and Florida opening up it will (leave us pray) prove the danger is passed and make it nearly (I have confidence in the fervor of Cuomao, Whitless and Noisome to shout down reality) impossible for the Blue states to keep the lid on this pressure cooker.

            That’s probably why Gavin the Gormless has issued an executive order to mail out November ballots — as if there are any credible controls over fraud, and as if anybody doesn’t already know how California’s voting in the Fall. He would save the state (badly needed) money if he just went ahead and ordered those votes tallied without sending. I understand they’ve computer models able to predict how the vote will go, so that would be good.

          1. They are very dull, no? Imagine having nothing better to do than show one’s utter ignorance.

            I’m told it’s best to ignore them because they get their jollies by provoking and why give them what they want.

            I came to your site originally through sad puppies so I guess I have seen trolls before, this one was not very good at it. Were I to troll I’d be less obvious and just accurate enough to mislead. his one was just wrong.


            1. Nah. People like to chew them around, and then when they become profane I ban them. It’s a game.
              I think he thinks he’s correct. CNN is a hell of a drug, you know?

            2. Taking down trolls (who, having no spines find it easy to twist and contort debates) usually requires a combination of factual rebuttal and genial mockery. The first paralyses them and the second mortifies them. Sort of like beheading a vampire and packing garlic into the mouth.

  18. Went to my Office Depot only to find they are closing. Bought some stuff. Then C went and bought some stuff. Tonight I might go buy a few things I passed up because I didn’t see how much they were discounted (90% and 70% on the things I passed).

    If I can find the time, I’ll hit the game store again, the one sans masks. I’ll see if they are doing Thursday night Magic and if so I’ll stay and play.

    I can’t have D&D back yet because J died so E (his wife) moved to NM to be with family, F has gone back to Germany (she would have by now anyway, exchange student), and M’s mother won’t let her go out yet (6th graders, F was hosted by her family) so that’s 80% of the players gone. Can’t do trivia tonight as the bar hasn’t reopened, despite restaurant’s being allowed open at 25% of capacity. As a bar, probably not worth opening at that density and I suspect this killed them anyway.

    But I can play pick up Magic at the store. I can go show a bow or play disc golf at the state park. I’m tired of not being allowed to live.

    If those I did life with don’t want me to, I’ll find new places.

  19. You’re not willing to forego your comfort for the greater good.

    “Greater good my sainted Aunt Martha. You’ve simply asserted facts not in evidence a scheme depriving people of their rights. It wasn’t for the ‘Greater Good’ your party defended slavery, it wasn’t for the ‘Greater Good’ your party imposed Jim Crow, and it isn’t or the ‘Greater Good’ that you’re slaying the economy that feeds our families, enables us to contribute to society and secures our Liberty. Your ‘Greater Good’ is just vaporware and I’m not buying.”

  20. Sarah: Despite the mis-spellings, that was a good post. Thanks.

    Paul L. Quandt

  21. If it takes as long to be disbelieved as it took climate hysteria to be discredited (considering each time I thought it was discredited the masses of MSM adherents STILL continue behavinglike it’s real), we’ll all die first.
    Thankfully, the majority will eventually succumb to survival instincts…

    1. From the Democratic Party platform at

      [imagining Scoldilocks frowning and shaking her finger is optional]

      “Climate change is an urgent threat and a defining challenge of our time. Fifteen of the 16 hottest years on record have occurred this century. While Donald Trump has called climate change a “hoax,” 2016 is on track to break global temperature records once more. Cities from Miami to Baltimore are already threatened by rising seas. California and the West have suffered years of brutal drought. Alaska has been scorched by wildfire. New York has been battered by superstorms, and Texas swamped by flash floods. The best science tells us that without ambitious, immediate action across our economy to cut carbon pollution and other greenhouse gases, all of these impacts will be far worse in the future. We cannot leave our children a planet that has been profoundly damaged.”

      Remember, comrades, “the best science” is science that serves the Party…

  22. “I don’t remember consenting to have my civil rights stripped away. Did you?”

    I didn’t consent, but I remember when it happened. 1990, Bill-C80, the Progressive Conservatives changed all the gun laws and banned a rifle I owned at the time by Order in Council. After that it has all been down-hill. (For you Americans I would argue it was the election of Jimmy Carter.)

    It has happened a lot since then, mostly in invisible ways that aren’t immediately apparent. Not always to do with firearms, but also businesses, resources, property, healthcare, Taxes, all kinds of things.

    Leading us to the place where the cops in Alberta got a “person with gun” complaint against a girl wearing a Star Wars storm trooper outfit, and doing the full tackle/handcufs/point-guns-at-her-takedown. This was reported at a certain Vile website near and dear to all our hearts, so far the swamp creatures have not reacted to somebody being arrested and beat down for SciFi cosplay.

    On the bright side, the story has gone international. The Lethbridge Alberta police department is getting nasty-grams from across the Western World today, and hilariously, most will be from law-and-order Conservatives. Because you can’t have law and order when the law is insane and the cops are corrupt assholes.

  23. Today I went back to Home Depot and picked up the veggie seeds to put in a garden, as well as gardening soil and landscaping timbers to put in the necessary raised beds in a back yard with hard clay-pan soil. I also acquired some mulch and some lily bulbs to go in the flower bed in the front yard. The hundred-buck gift card is now empty, and I had to spend a little cash to cover the last $.

    However, we’re forecast for frost warnings this weekend, so I’m thinking the gardening supplies will be staying in the van until next week. The seeds and the lily bulbs came into the house, just in case.

    I was also eyeing some strawberry and rhubarb starts. However, I’m not sure if I want to put perennials in the area I’m planning for the garden right now. If things work out in time, I might buy more gardening soil and create a permanent bed for them closer to the house. But I need to think about exactly where, since I’d rather not discover it’s a problem area and need to dig them all up and move them. If the money doesn’t work out, I may see how things go this year and make my decisions about strawberries and rhubarb starts next year (and if I’m lucky, I might even find a neighbor with starts to trade).

    All the seed potatoes and onions were gone. I currently have the sprouting top of an onion sitting in some water near the back window, seeing if it’ll grow roots. If I succeed, I’ll do the same with the rest of the onions I cut until it gets too late to bother. Even if I can’t get them to set bulbs, I’ll be able to get some green onions from them. And I might try to do hydroponic green onions during the winter.

    1. Leigh,
      My rhubarb doubles as a foundation planting. Red stemmed, very striking, quite decorative, conveniently close to the kitchen. If you don’t clip the blooms, really pretty little white flowers in large clusters on tall stalks. Would probably fool 99% of HOA, but we live where they aren’t.

      1. I remember the pretty white flowers when the rhubarb went to seed at the house on the farm where I grew up. Sadly, all those plantings are long gone, since all the buildings were torn down and the whole farmstead plowed under. I don’t know how many flower beds there were, since my parents had taken cuttings from my dad’s home place to decorate our front and back yard. There were also various flowering shrubs and bushes, some of which I don’t know the proper names of. One was always called the “Grandpa Alexander bush” because it had come from a cutting that had passed down from that ancestor.

        I wish we could’ve taken some of those plants with us when we moved off the farm, but for various reasons it simply wasn’t possible. But it still lives in my memory, and sometimes I even dream about that house — the one I’d lived in the longest until a few years ago, when my tenure in this house surpassed it.

    2. The nice thing about strawberries is that they grow like weeds, and really aren’t that bothered about being transplanted.

      I’ve got some wild strawberries that I’m using as ground-cover. Aaaand they are thriving to the point of being a nuisance. Or they would be a nuisance if I were ready to put down the ground-cover that I actually want on the ground where they are. Until then, they do a great job of shading out the weeds.

      1. I grew a bunch of strawberries last year and the goddam squirrels ate most of them. They don’t seem to have survived the pretty mild winter either.

        The raspberry bush, on the other hand, is going nuts. I’ll probably get eight or nine jars of jam this year.

    3. Most second-growth onions will bloom (rather spectacularly) and about half will produce viable seeds. (Male sterility is a thing in some plants, and in some commercial lines has been selected for because it makes hybridizing more reliable.) Some make bulblets you can plant, but those usually have male sterility, so it’s a tradeoff. You get a lot more volume from the seed producers (hundreds per plant, vs dozens for bulblets).

      Walla Walla onions are particularly good seeders, but they’re not good keepers — however they will go perennial if cultivated like a flower (I have some in my front garden that have been there five years now). If you peel off the main bulb to eat, and plant the middle, that will usually grow fine — best to just stick it in the dirt and keep it watered, but not soggy. You’ll get a lot more use of seeds than you will from cutting it for green onions. Plant ’em any time of year to produce next year’s seeds.

      I’m hoping these supersweet onions will seed out… bought some for the express purpose of getting second year bloomers. Best sweet onions ever.

      If you want some that keep spectacularly well — Nagy’s Transylvanian Reds from Adaptive Seeds. Still rock hard 6 months later. (Generally narrow neck keep, wide neck don’t.)

      Tomato seeds from anywhere will usually sprout (and they keep for years) but you may or may not get a similar fruit. The best eating tomato I’ve found dehybridizes into an average eater and a Roma. Know someone who wound up with a forest of good feral tomatoes from tossing McDonald’s scraps into their yard. Strawberry seeds will also grow, but I haven’t experimented with those yet.

      Corn can take a hard frost so long as it hasn’t yet made a growth joint above ground. Young peas, onions, lettuce, potatoes, and carrots can all take a light frost. Here everything is already up except carrots and melons, and the onion seeds that got planted last. And a lot of stuff from seed is pretty good about only coming up once the weather is viable, and you’re better to plant too early than too late. I have feral tomatoes and watermelons here in Montana (yes they produce fruit), and there’s asparagus over in the barrow pit. (Probably get no ferals this year as I redug the whole garden to rotate the layout. But I’m still digging up rhubarb left behind from when I moved that… started with one, now I have a dozen.)

      Most of the online seed sources still have plenty, tho the best-sellers are sold out for the year. Home Depot and the like are a tiny fraction of what’s available.

  24. “But this “Battle against Winnie the Flu” is basically just for show.”

    Like the two decades of security theater we have endured after 9/11 the show part is to distract us from the real intent. We whined about TSA procedures while they built a surveillance database that the ChiComs would envy and used it against U.S. citizens with impunity.

    Now we are whining, reasonably, about lockdown theater. Not yet sure what exactly is being built behind the scenes to weaponize against us but our supposed betters are not going to waste the opportunity.

  25. Once you start tracing all the connections and histories of the major players in this “Interesting Times Drama” you realize this is part of the “Great Game” of power elite. This was going to happen, they planned on it, funded it. They sacrificed millions of lives and don’t care.

    I haven’t felt so much mixed rage and hopelessness since I read Jack Williamson’s “The Humanoids” as a child. I guess good doesn’t completely comprehend the motives of evil.

    But life does go on and I still have a job. We are planning a garden, which requires faith in a future. I still search for truth and beauty in the universe…

      1. It would be (it always is) a very timely film. Easy to film and with a message even Hollywood can understand.

  26. Reblogged this on and commented:
    I miss my country where cancer screenings, heart surgery and other blessings of modern medicine aren’t “non-essential” and can be withheld at the mercy of some bureaucrat whose increasingly more insane commands are completely divorced from scientific reality, but he wants to make sure you jump when he says “frog” before he lets you have a little more of your life back. — Sarah Hoyt

  27. I don’t remember consenting to have my civil rights stripped away. Did you?
    I keep asking why no one is suing under the 5th Amendment. Shutting down your legal, licensed business is a “taking” and you should be demanding a price for it, from the level of gov’t actually demanding you shut your doors.

    1. Ah but this is the beauty of regulation. It turns the legal system on its head. When you request a land use change, the city can require you comply with a long list of requirements. “Dedicate” a portion of your property to the city to widen the street with no compensation. Pay various fees. Park fees. School fees. Sewer hookup fees. Water hookup fees. In one city I know, a developer “gave” the city a new mobile library vehicle, to get them to approve their development. With such regulations, there are no “takings”, just you offering a “bribe” to the city to allow you to do something.

      The health and safety codes are what they tie this shutdown to. That is why these requirements come from. We must save you from yourself. Code enforcement assumes you are guilty until you prove you are innocent. So in this case it assumes that public safety requires you shut down. As we see in Dallas, the judge will see any attempt to not comply as contempt, and throw you in jail.

      I have a Masters in City Planning. For many years I would help people trying to cope with Planning Departments. An example would be someone who bought property with a duplex, zoned for single family. If the city code enforcement thugs caught wind of your “violation”, you would have to “prove” the “conversion” predated a change in the zoning. I.E. it was “grandfathered” in as a legal non-conforming use. In this case, it is not up to the city to prove the use illegal, the property owner must prove it legal. Imagine how hard it can be to “prove” when a building was built, if built prior to the city establishing a building department, and building permits, or even prior to the city incorporating. So i am very familiar with how “code” enforcement twists the legal system.

      1. An example would be someone who bought property with a duplex, zoned for single family. If the city code enforcement thugs caught wind of your “violation”, you would have to “prove” the “conversion” predated a change in the zoning.

        Logically* it would seem that the duplex status having been permitted to stand for a period of time prior to your acquisition of the property the city has granted a code exception by failure to act promptly to enforce the code — in principle, similar to acknowledging an easement or even squatters’ rights.

        *As if logic has anything to do with city codes, regulatory enforcement, nor law. Your best bet is to declare yourself a historically discriminated against minority and the city acting oppressively. It is helpful but no longer necessary if you actually look like a member of the minority community in which you claim membership.

        1. In the three states we’ve bought property in, stuff like that is in the paperwork you get in closing that describes the property.

          I’d guess that it’s either a state or specific-city-in-a-state-that-didn’t-preempt-BS-like-that problem?

          I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of small talk when we’re closing, there’s always some paper that’s missing so I get the guys in charge of the paperwork to start telling stories. My goodness, some of the Stupid People Tricks they’ve seen, or that are behind a specific paper…..

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