Taking the day off

I’m taking the day off to do some basic cleaning, some writing and a sh*tton of editing.

I still don’t know what to do. I grew up with a man who still mourned the loss of the Roman Republic.

I feel at this point I don’t even know how to get to okay.

But I’m working on it. There is no surrender. That much I know. I will not surrender, I will not kneel. I will not submit. Want to make me? Drag me! Drag me every inch of the way.

204 thoughts on “Taking the day off

  1. Taking The Day Off?

    Great! Everybody Needs A Day Off once and a while.

    And the Diner will survive (I hope). 😀

  2. Our passive, dumb, Irish resistance and flagrant non-compliance with the orders of our so-called betters will be glorious, sister-writer.
    Imagine how infuriated they will be, when they realize that we only went along with a lot of stuff because we could see the sense in it, we were polite and obliging and didn’t wish to hurt anyone’s feelings.
    Wait until they find out that we were not that biddable, after all.

  3. At the risk again of overstepping my bounds, please take frequent refreshing naps. Long-term sleep deprivation is a terrible thing for clarity of thought and purpose. Be at peace, and know that some very smart people are working behind the scenes as “grey men.”

      1. Listen to audiobooks? Listen to one of those train videos? There’s a very nice Russian train sound “ambient” video, although I seriously doubt if comfy sleeper car trains really exist in Russia. I also like snow and campfires. Sometimes rain or thunderstorm sounds work also.

        Heck, there are fictional ambient sound videos, like the Enterprise bridge or the engine room, or the Next Gen Enterprise crew quarters. Don’t get one of the ones that makes computer tweeting noises, though, because that wakes me up EVERY TIME.

        What’s actually pretty awesome is listening to ambience sounds, and an audiobook, all at once.(Two tabs open on a laptop or desktop.) It would be really annoying for actual audiobook listening, but it’s very relaxing for going to sleep. Especially since I’ve usually got audiobooks and ambient noises both turned down to a whisper. Ambient noises are almost too boring for sleep, and audiobooks make them perfect.

      2. I take so much Benadryl for allergies that diphenhydramine no longer makes me woozy. I asked my doctor what to do and he suggested melatonin. Maybe it might help you.

          1. Valerian root? Works wonders for me, but a caveat: it tends to make your dreams…vivid. More pleasant, but pretty darn sharp-edged. (Most of my disaster-oriented dreams differ sharply when I take a valerian or two, going from “doom is gonna happen!” to “doom happened, and here are the adventures we had getting past the doom.”)

    1. You reminded me of 2 Kings 6:16. And I am comforted, and ready for a day of rest.

      Thank you. 🙂

  4. I’m also at a loss as to what to do actively. I think a lot of people are right now. It’s not every day you get to witness the death of your country.

    1. I’m not sure how to cope with it. I gave up some very, very serious advantages and an easy life path to come here because I believe in and love the Republic and wanted my kids to have that.
      And now….
      I’m crying a lot. And I only cry out of anger.

      1. G-d bless you for joining Team USA.

        G-d blessed the USA when you chose.

        Just keep doing what you do. Know that, in the long run, it -does- matter.

      2. Let me commend your self care. Embodied grief will only get in the way later on. You’re keeping the pipes clean for future action, in a lovely and healthy way. Great example for me.

  5. I walked to the copy shop and ran off two final exams. I wrote some, blogged a little, and am planning stories. The sun rises, papers need to be graded, Athena T. Cat wants ice in her water dish (she should go outdoors. There’s ice in the wind, I assure you!), and it’s one day at a time.

    1. I read, I revise, I fuss about a cover — I hope to publish in January. (sigh I waited until after the election to publish but I think that kind of timing’s going to be a bit off for — a while.)

      1. I now understand the sorrow I always heard in Kosh’s vocoder:

        “The avalanche has already started. It is too late for the pebbles to vote.”

        I do note that in JMS’ universe as now, the way out is through.

        1. That line has always bothered me. It should have been either “The landslide has already begun.” or “It is too late for the snowflakes to vote.”

          Yeah, yeah, I know, Kosh, Vorlon, alien, unfamiliar metaphor. Still bugs me.

          My vote is for ‘snowflakes’. 😀

          1. Pebbles can be caught in a landslide and carried to the bottom. They’ll grind against each other, too.

          2. An avalanche is presumably but not necessarily snow: “A large mass of snow, ice, earth, rock, or other material in swift motion down a mountainside or over a precipice.”

            Also, “There are various kinds of avalanches, including rock avalanches (which consist of large segments of shattered rock), ice avalanches (which typically occur in the vicinity of a glacier), and debris avalanches (which contain a variety of unconsolidated materials, such as loose stones and soil). Snow avalanches, the subject of the remainder of this article, constitute a relatively common phenomenon in many mountainous areas. (See also landslide.)” https://www.britannica.com/science/avalanche

            Thirdly I’ve wondered if that quote was a reference to Tolkien. “[Merry and Pippin] were brought to Fangorn, and their coming was like the falling of small stones that starts an avalanche in the mountains.”

        2. Which is an interesting line from JMS. It acknowledges that people can get caught up in things beyond their control. But at the same time, one of the themes of Babylon 5 is that the right person in the right place at the right time can completely derail events.

          Both are true, of course. We do get caught up in things much bigger than us. But we never know when an opportunity might present itself to reroute the avalanche.

    1. My inclination is to watch the Georgia late-night “ballot” counting video with cheerful accompaniment reminding me that what one see is not necessarily what is happening.


  6. The little stuff of life is just as real as the big stuff and you have way more power and control over the little stuff. Have a good weekend!

  7. If my maternal grandfather were alive, he would remind me about horrible, conniving Roosevelt (which he pronounced “Ruse-avelt”). The powerful come crashing down when they trip on a misplaced stone; let us be misplaced stones, unexpected divots in the pavement, and patches of black ice.

    1. Also, they had most of the government under Obama, and it didn’t go nearly as fast for them as they thought it would. Yes, they are going to try just about every silly Socialist/Fascist idea they can, but I have hope anyway. The populace is getting restive, and that seldom bodes well for Those In Power. I also expect to see Antifa/BLM try to collect what they feel they are owed, and the Panjandrums stiff them. That should go well.

      Hell, they may not manage to bitch up the 2022 and 2024 elections. A lot of people are seriously angry about this one, and angry Americans spell trouble of a kind the Elites are ill suited to plan for.

      They keep expecting us to act like the mythical Working Class, and even in Europe that never quite worked. And they never quite learned.

      1. i disagree, they’ll manufacture enough votes to win the next election, and the next, and the next….

            1. So, you prefer the jackboot, so long as honor is preserved?

              When the other guy always cheats so he always wins, and when he’s out to kill you and your whole way of life, playing fair is suicide. And isn’t that a sin?

                1. I assumed that Sarah wanted to “take the day off” from Political Stuff and was hoping that everybody else would do likewise.

                  (Not a slam against Foxfier.)

                  1. Me, too– and I’m one of those who is oddly calm at the moment.

                    However, part of how we GOT here is from folks behaving as if folks were doing as they wished they would, rather than what they actually did.

                  2. No. I just didn’t want to write a post.
                    Today the promo is delayed as I seem to have lost my promo codes. Might have to wait till next week, and hopefully new computer.

                2. He’s simply following in the footsteps of, among others, Lincoln…. wear the jackboot when necessary…. and only when necessary. After all, suspending habeas corpus is nothing if not a jackboot.

                  False either or.

                  1. False either-ors tend to happen when the conclusion is assumed.

                    You start with the assumption that those at war with you as if they are at war with you is a “jackboot”? You’re going to get some really odd “false choices.”

                3. I do not wish to wear the jackboot, but neither am I good with being repeatedly kicked in the head. Most especially when the rules against head-kicking only apply to my side.

                  And until we give up rules altogether, the least violent option is to turn those rules upsidedown. If it’s okay under their rules for them to steal one vote, it’s equally okay for us to steal two. Their rules, applied to them as they would apply ’em to us, at least so long as egregious cheating is how elections are won.

                  I prefer this solution to being entirely ruled over by the likes of AOC.

                  Unless, of course, tolerably honest elections magically reappear, broadly enough to negate their fraud. But I don’t see that happening any time soon.

              1. cheating to out-cheat their cheating loses the point of the excercise, and just means its time for box 4.

                1. To expand on Draven’s concise statement: All here appear to agree that without honest elections, there is no Republic. This is why what they (*THEY*) have done is beyond the pale. What *we* want is execution of a set of election procedures that help prevent such shenanigans – and also other shenanigans that have not yet been observed or possibly even considered. If we were to attempt to “out-cheat the cheaters” we would of necessity *not* be attempting to build a reasonably secure election system – thus working counter to our own goals.

                  1. You can’t build a damned thing if you allow blind worship of rules the other side isn’t playing by make you ineffective.

        1. Not at the state level. Just today there was a call for a public release of the findings from the forensic audit of Dominion Voting Systems equipment that flipped Trump votes to Biden votes in Antrim County, Michigan.

          Michigan isn’t a reliable blue state. Dems were disenfranchised in the 2008 primaries and voted for Bernie the next time around. They expect cheating to go on in Detroit – but the policies in Detroit that are gaining traction are things like the black police chief supporting the 2nd Amendment (and concealed carry permits) and the mayor blocking BLM rioters from gaining a foothold.

          Governor Whitmer and her vicious AG are poisoning the well for Democrats. Flipping the governorship would be like tying an anchor on the DC juggernaut.

            1. With due respect, the federal workers in Virginia didn’t vote for Trump in 2000 presidential election, flip to Obama, and then flip to Sanders. The more I talk to people in other states, the more I realize that Michigan voters and party-animals are weird. But ours can’t be the only state with Dems who hate Harris and taste for sabotage.

              I know two Michiganians who worked on the Hillary campaign the second time around who didn’t vote for her because she sent Chelsea Clinton, who is the epitome of silverspoon millennial with no inkling of the material sacrifices others make, including campaign volunteers. They said they knew campaign workers in other states who were fed up with the DNC taking them for granted. YMMV but I believe the DNC’s biggest enemies will be their “friends.” My only concern is that the geezers who control the fraud machine will have the keys taken by committed commies.

              1. With all due respect, none of the Federal workers I know were voting for anybody but Trump, which is how I heard about the guys showing up to be told they’d “already voted.”

                There’s a reason I spend a lot of time rolling my eyes at the lazy caricature of the mindless government drone pushing the button for Dems– but if even the frauders are scared enough to piss off what is supposed to be a safe constituency, exactly how bad is their situation?

                *grumbles* Stop trying to shove every obnoxious knockoff of the popular kid Boomers into my generation; Chelsea missed Millennial solidly, just like the 19 year old twits on the streets did.

                1. Chelsea was born in 1980, the start of the Millennial generation and set herself up as a Millennial when she worked for CBS, so that’s why I labeled her that way. Sorry. Didn’t mean to offend.

                  As for Virginia federal workers, I know nothing. I know Michigan public workers, both federal and state. When our governor and her cronies sent unsolicited absentee ballot applications to every once-and-possible voter’s address, heads exploded. Even diehard Dems didn’t like getting the paperwork for deceased members of their household, or having Mom or Dad call to let them know that a form had arrived at the home address where they lived years earlier.

                  Obviously YMMV.

                  1. 1980 is X; husband is ’81 and still annoyed.

                    Not offended– at least not by you, very offended by the twerps themselves. (And my so so so cool generation name becoming an insult because the media twits can’t admit they are terrible parents, so it’s got to be their kids’ whole generation that is borked).

                    Glad that the Michigan guys are as pissed as the guys my husband knows. (He spent high school in Virginia, and there are a lot of Navy buddies that went into Public Service there– so pretty decent sample size. I’d say it’s influenced by his family and our friends being awesome, but that doesn’t change the California teachers we’re related to.)

                    1. To be fair, before they maligned you, the boomers maligned my generation. Pretty much the same thing, too.
                      But Foxfier, it depends on the level of the federal worker. I have …. friends who went hard against Trump because he wasn’t doing things in the way they learned, which was…. under Obama. So.

                    2. Part of why the “milinialz suk!” thing bugs me is that I’ve been reading it my whole life…. starting in 1970s Reader’s Digests at granny’s house.

                      I am not going to go easier on folks for repeating something that they complained about when it was done to them, half a century ago.

                      Sure, there’s folks who liked how Obama did it. I didn’t say there isn’t. I’m objecting to the ludicrous and self-defeating idea that everybody is.

                      It’s like when folks talk about how all cops are evil, and when folks point out no, no they’re not, they try to spin that as approving of everything anybody in a uniform has done wrong for the last half-century, even if they were charged and punished for it.

                      Some of the federal workers I know went in because, in part, they knew the job needed doing and it wasn’t being done right.

                      Reminds me a lot of the folks who complain about Kids These Days/ Women/ Geeks/ (whatever group) not having “anybody” who does a thing, and then they turn around and want to punish the ones they meet who ARE part of that group, and doing the thing. For not being the majority.

                      It’s nuts.

                2. Virginia was another state that went early hard for Trump, then about halfway magically went all for Biden. Certainly made me wonder…

          1. This is encouraging. The problem is trying to figure out what the Democrats at the Federal level will attempt to do in order to stymie the efforts of the states to keep corruption out.

        2. I do recall my time (served…) at the Post Office… which did not run *because* of the management there, but *despite* it (even with multiple _government_employee_ unions, mind!). This give me hope that the Diktats will be met with… something the dick-taters ain’t expecting. It might LOOK like compliance… the same way way a hill of sand might look stable – until one disturbs it and discover what ‘critical angle’ means… the hard way. There will be NO repose for them.

          1. Not exactly germane, but my local mailman told me they’re running about two weeks behind on package deliveries.
            I suspect a LOT of Federal agencies run despite, not because of their management. The worker bees cope. (Says the former worker bee).

            1. There was a time this summer when a package was registered at the local post office and then delivered four days later, and another of ten days. Though after that I started to see a lot more mail trucks about at odd hours and the deliveries being more reliable.

            2. That’s rather odd as as the *larger* office I worked at, there just was NOT that sort of space for storage. The tax forms (back when they were mailed…) were HATED because because they had to be held until a release date and took up space that was at a premium. Things got… creative. “Creative” is NOT GOOD when gov’t union types are at all involved.

      2. Lots of bills coming due– inside of their own group.

        And they’re already dancing far enough on the ledge that it’s getting desperate.

        If we’re not spared this bitter cup, it’s not going to go well for the ProgFasci.

        1. I watched a couple of videos of Proud Boys beating the baby-fascisti into the pavement. It was quite the joy to watch.

          The Nancy boys use their BLANTIFA girlies as shields when they start actually having to fight. These girls clutch their soy boys while Proud Boys punch them both. Girlie loses grip. Soy boy goes down. Over, and over, and over again. And the Proud Boys aren’t going for blood. After a certain point they just push the soys away.

          It’s already not going well for their babies.

          1. Imagine the carnage should someone decide to actually Get Serious About It.

            {I am NOT recommending this. PREDICTING, sure. RECOMMENDING? Even *ox* not THAT slow!}

        2. It will end badly for all of them. Some of them, if they pull it off, will die before the temporal bill is due.

  8. I took today off too.. I cleaned, wrote a little, held the dog, did laundry, slept and stayed away from most everyone. I think we need a break before the next disappointment.

  9. Remember that the degree to which you thrive is directly proportional to the degree to which they get annoyed and throw hissy fits. Taking days off to take care of yourself contributes to their mental breakdown in the long run, and your mental health.

  10. “I feel at this point I don’t even know how to get to okay.”

    I can tell you one way. Get busy and think up the most subversive shit you possibly can, and clown on the sons of bitches like a three-ring clown circus. They are IDIOTS, Sarah, and they only won because the Repugnicans are bigger idiots.

    Have you seen the shit coming out this week about Crackhead McStripperbang? Big Daddy and Heels-up Harambe there are in it with him up to their friggin’ necks. Like pigs in a wallow.

    Anybody think that, just for instance, the military community isn’t looking at that and saying “hmmmm…”

    Here in Kanadastan -our- military was supposed to host the Chinese People’s Liberation Army at Camp Petawawa. It got cancelled because the Chinese government arrested two Canadian businessmen. Trudeau flipped out at the cancelation and ranted at the military over it.

    How do I know all that? A media outlet got a set of redacted records through the Freedom of Information Act, and the government minion in charge set the redaction to grey instead of black. You can read the text perfectly well.


    Maybe it was a screw up, or maybe it was a “screw up”.

    Even if Biden/Harris get confirmed as President in January, they are going to be facing sabotage that’ll make what was done to Trump look tame.

    1. The people controlling the fraud machine don’t want to share power with others in their party who very much want power. If Harris becomes president, the DNC is going to regret choosing someone who is actively disliked by insiders.

      1. It has already begun. BLM has started making demands, and China Joe pretty much told them to pound sand. Why, it’s almost like they expected Democrat politicians to keep their promises! Watta buncha maroons!

        1. More accurately, Joe Frauden has told them to “pipe down until after we steal the Georgia senate seats.”

          1. Keep in mind that if the GOP holds even just one of those seats the committees “interviewing” senior administration nominees will be chaired by Republicans. Even squish Republicans can ask questions those nominees do not want to answer.

            For example, Defense nominee Austin might be asked about this:

            Biden Pentagon Pick Suppressed ISIS Intel, According to Congressional Probes
            Joe Biden’s Pentagon pick, retired Army general Lloyd Austin, faced bipartisan criticism in 2016 for manipulating intelligence to downplay the threat of ISIS.

            Two congressional probes—one by Republicans and another by Democrats—separately concluded that the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) suppressed intelligence briefings to paint a more optimistic picture of the fight against ISIS under Austin’s leadership.

            The Democratic investigation, led by Rep. Adam Schiff (Calif.), concluded that new rules set up under Austin’s command were “insufficiently accommodating of dissent” and “did produce more optimistic assessments of [Iraqi Security Force] strength relative to [ISIS’s].” The Republican report found that, according to an internal agency survey, 40 percent of CENTCOM intelligence analysts testified that “they had experienced an attempt to distort or suppress intelligence in the past year.”

            Austin, CENTCOM commander from 2013 to 2016 and Biden’s pick for defense secretary, publicly claimed that the Obama administration was making “significant progress” against ISIS in fall 2014—just when the terrorist organization was reaching its largest territorial extent. Austin also told Congress that ISIS “is losing this fight” in March 2015, two months before terrorists captured Ramadi, a key city just miles from Baghdad.

            And, of course, there’re a slew of people who are likely to be asked what they knew about Hunter Frauden, International Man of Mystery, and when they knew it.

            And what they did about it.

            Sure, it is a log-standing principle that a presidential victor is entitled to certain presumptions in selecting staff — and Joe Frauden ought receive the same amount of such presumption as the Dem’s gave the last president to enter office under a cloud of dubious ballot integrity.

        2. Or his keepers told them. We really don’t know how much intelligence and volition he has.

            1. Right about the same Intelligence and volition as a large zucchini. Except a zucchini is useful…

    2. > about Crackhead McStripperbang?

      …who swore under oath that he couldn’t pay child support because he was virtually penniless, while being paid millions by Ukraine and China?

      Too bad perjury is off the table once the case is closed.

      1. Not always.
        There are, in some states’ laws, provisions to re-open evidence post judgment where a deliberate fraud on the Court is established.
        That said, courts generally have seemed reluctant to find or punish perjury.
        John Sage

    3. I am pasting “Heels-up Harambe” from here till next week. Best. Ever.

      And you and I have the same mind. I’m going to enjoy my mischief.

      I’m angry that I have to sight in my AR. I built it in 2013 and have no desire to use it, really. It’s left handed, and it was a lark, a fun build. But now? The choice is made, and now I have to go to the f’ing range and get it sighted in. And get the magazine catch changed. THIS makes me mad.

        1. You’ll figure something out if push comes to shove.

          Of course, even if you could get one, getting ammo for it might be a problem…

        2. If it’s one of the long ones, they make nice nightsticks. One of our local SCA guys decades back was a statie, and during a routine nighttime traffic stop the driver got … frisky … and without thinking about it the cop used his maglight like a scadian short sword with a nice wrap to the side of the head. (I was told he was holding it just over the lightbulb part with the battery compartment over his shoulder which seems a logical way to use it when trying to read a DL in the dark.) His partner was impressed.

      1. That’s the single advantage the AR has over the AK; aftermarket left-handed variants. When I built my AR I wanted a left-hander, but it was during one of the periodic parts shortages, all the bits weren’t available, and I didn’t want another long-drawn-out build.

        There are occasionally left-handed 1911 bits on the market, mostly from Caspian… but they never make all the bits at the same time, so you’re stuck with a multi-year build there, too.

      2. Consider back-up iron sights, if you use optics, or a red dot if you dont have one.
        Also, if iron sights, consider zeroing 1″ high at 200 yds, giving you a likely hit at point of aim from zero to 350 yards.
        Get spare magazines. Good ones. Get a spare parts kit, and a bolt repair kit (extractor, pins, gas rings, etc). Joe Bob Outfitters had some in stock last week.
        John Sage

  11. Well, obviously Mike Pence has administration of which electors get admitted. And honestly, he’s got a ruthless streak, and he’s a lawyer too. So that is one thing that can happen.

    There’s Congress, although our guys are squishy, and Kamala has kept her Senate seat. (Which is really, really not kosher, but it’s legal.)

    But there’s also YouTube and Twitter, who are begging and pleading for all kinds of insurrection executive orders and martial law to be applied to them. And yeah, a lot of our folks are now home….

    Shrug. I don’t know what the heck is going to happen. We the people are rapidly approaching Box #4, but we have empowered the president and vice president with some interesting options for Box #3 and #4, in our place. So I’m hoping the interesting options get used, rather than the more grassroots ones that involve a lot more cemetery plots.

  12. When my President invokes the insurrection act and declares martial law, antique A1C LaChance volunteers to be called up. But I do expect the states to take this into a congressional/senatorial fight. Because it’s not about Trump, it’s about fraud.

    1. Precisely. It is about fraud. But it’s also about a craven supreme court, etc.
      I dont’ think Trump will invoke the insurrection act, because he tries so hard not to appear a tyrant.

      1. It’s looking more and more like we’re going to wind up with a tyranny in the end anyway. The only remaining question is what kind of a tyranny.

      2. I think the President thinks he will just run again in 4 years with court orders in hand to allow direct over-the-shoulder vote count watching after running rallies that get bigger and bigger, pushing the House to R majority and basically riding that wave back into office.

        My fear is the nevertrump R and deep state opposition has already demonstrated they will stop at nothing, so nothing is what they will stop at to keep that from happening.

        On the plus side he already had world class protection detail before the Presidential Protection Detail got him, so between those two it’s likely that the first attempt on his life will fail. The issue will be if they escalate to cruise missiles through the window, and if that happens, the current burning anger across the majority that actually voted for him will seem meek in comparison.

        And again to our government monitors: Ponder what your Fed retirement fund balance might cost you in the end.

        1. Hopefully Trump moves to a state with friendly local officials immediately after he leaves the White House, particularly one that won’t “temporarily” remove him from his own security detail at a critical moment..

        2. … it’s likely that the first attempt on his life will fail.

          I doubt they will be so crude, lest they create a martyr; more probably they will double-double-down on their efforts to beclown him. Expect political cartoons of him as Captain Queeg, explaining how “With mathematical precision I demonstrated how the vote was fraudulent.” Rather than rebut his clams they will mock them, thinking the public cannot tell one from the other.

          1. They’ve tried that for the last five years. It had a little traction during the primary, when he was still largely an unknown. But it quickly failed after he took office.

            1. Going around the mainstream has been the frustrating bane of the Dems since Ronald Reagan – back in those days the networks (only three) would not dare to skip a Presidential Address, so he could just pop up a speech and talk directly to the people, and Sam Donaldson and Dan Rather could only act as dishonest intermediaries and tell you what he really meant after the fact.

              But that was 40 years ago. Now all the tradmedia are happy to openly skip any Orange Man Bad speech because Orange Man Bad, but DJT would simply go direct via Twitster.

              And as a result now they have Twitster and its weird little heroin junky troll of a CEO, as well as the Lizard-American in charge of Zuckerbook, and all their loyal minions, on The Team. As of the day after a China Joe inauguration they will block everything DJT says and suppress and blacklist anyone trying to relay it second hand. Only the Approved Tradmedia Distortions will be allowed.

              But the internet is vast and has many tubes, and the word, and the videos, will get out.

              The thing is, everything hinges on the Senate and thus on the Georgia runoff – and if the Dems get desperate enough to out-cheat what they did last month even more openly and in the face of the actual landslide majority that voted for DJT, I doubt a lid can be kept on things.

              And as I’ve been saying for a while, the end is not Glorious Socialist Utopia – it’s our own General Francisco Franco on a Thunder Run into downtown DC.

              1. And re my predicted end game, see DJT’s reception at the Army-Navy game. I wish the mids played a bit better (Go Navy, Beat Army…Next Year), but given the only people in the stands were the mids and cadets, if the other side were pooping pants, I’d say that’s appropriate.

              2. I never understood why DJT didn’t simply tell the White House IT people to stand up a web site capable of handling the load, and then hosting all of his content there. He could put his Tweeter stuff there, and the speeches and announcements the media chose not to cover, etc.

                1. Well, since the WH IT peeps were likely FBI and CIA plants at that point, I’d rather he have set up Trump-owned server farm at Mar Largo and used a retwittotron gizmo to relay his thoughts to that heroin addict’s little site – and setting up his own owned setup is exactly what he should do now.

                  Maybe he should start up an official circulation-reporting Trump magazine (Remember magazines? The laws still do.) with its Trump-owned web site hosted on Trump-owned servers so he can be a publisher in reality, then say what he wants.

                  Same as the security – he hires a couple of platoons of ex-Special Forces operators and the Secret Service can do their thing within a nice Trump-owned bubble.

                  1. Any accountant worthy of his spreadsheet would make that security detail tax-deductible, too. Assuming Trump doesn’t already own, or have a major stake in, his own security company. It’s a large and growing market; his financial managers would be remiss if they weren’t dabbling in it.

            2. Have you seen evidence that the Dems can change their playbook?

              I didn’t say they’d be successful (except inside their own heads.)

                1. …and intolerant of mockery in the most completely absolutist fashion possible.

                  And that is why we must never stop mocking.

        3. About that cruise missile.
          Note last week that Loeffelers’ staffer, Gov. Kemps’ daughters’ BF, appears to have been car-bombed, in what was called a “traffic accident”.
          Pre-first responder video showed what was left of a ?BMW? sedan, frame intact, but missing the engine, front metal, the doors and the passenger cabin structural framing, burning strongly front and back.
          The engine was reported to have been found 50-60 yards down the road.
          I likes me some German engineers, and have seen _very few_ BMW wrecks where the passenger compartment was compromised.
          My guess, a block of C-4 near the drivers’ footwell.
          Message sent.
          Kemp changed his mind about the election the next day. Hmmm.
          John Sage

          1. I wish I could claim that is unbelievable but inconceivable seems more the appropriate term.

            I was trying to searchengine the (late-Seventies, IIRC) death by explosives of a Reform candidate for the United Mineworkers presidency; alas, nothing seemed to unearth the bodies.

            What I did find is this Wiki article:

            Union violence in the United States

            From the Introduction:
            On various occasions violence has been committed by unions or union members during labor disputes in the United States. When union violence has occurred, it has frequently been in the context of industrial unrest.[1] Violence has ranged from isolated acts by individuals to wider campaigns of organised violence aimed at furthering union goals within an industrial dispute.[2][3][4]

            Anti-union violence has also occurred frequently in the context of industrial unrest, and has often involved the collusion of management and government authorities, private agencies, or citizens’ groups in organising violence against unions and their members.[5][6][7][8][9]

            According to a study in 1969, the United States has had the bloodiest and most violent labor history of any industrial nation in the world, and there have been few industries which have been immune.[1] Researchers in industrial relations, criminology, and wider cultural studies have examined violence by workers or trade unions in the context of industrial disputes.[1][10][11][12] The US government has examined violence during industrial disputes.

            1. Anddddd now I find the tale of Jock Yablonski

              Fifty Years Ago, the Murder of Jock Yablonski Shocked the Labor Movement
              The conspiracy to kill the United Mine Workers official went all the way to the top of his own union
              On New Year’s Eve, 1969, Chip Yablonski called his father. Or at least, he tried to.

              “The phone didn’t answer,” Yablonski recalled nearly a half-century later. “We thought [he] went out for the evening.”

              Yablonski, at the time an attorney in Washington, D.C., didn’t think anything of it until a few days later, when his father, United Mine Workers (UMW) leader Joseph “Jock” Yablonski, didn’t show up for a swearing-in of elected officials in Washington, Pennsylvania, a small city about a half-hour south of Pittsburgh. Chip and his brother, Ken, had feared for their father’s safety since he announced the previous May that he would challenge W.A. “Tony” Boyle for the UMW presidency. He’d lost the election earlier that month but was challenging the results as fraudulent.

              Ken, who lived in Washington, went to check on his father in his farmhouse in Clarksville, about 20 miles away in the heart of southwestern Pennsylvania’s coal country, where he found the results of a grisly execution.

              Jock Yablonski was dead, as was his wife, Margaret, and their 25-year-old daughter, Charlotte. All had been murdered by gunshot. His dad’s Chevrolet and sister’s Ford Mustang had their tires slashed, and the phone lines to the house had been cut.

              Even in the early stages of the investigation into the triple homicide, authorities believed that more than one person was involved. But investigators ultimately uncovered a conspiracy that stretched all the way to Boyle himself, and the ensuing criminal cases would lead to the UMW and to the labor movement overall changing how they operated.

              “After Boyle was arrested, you have this moment when [the UMW] opens up, and it’s a critical moment,” says labor historian Erik Loomis. “In many ways, the modern leadership of the [UMW] comes out of that movement.”
              [END EXCERPT]

              Okay, my memory said it was a bombing, clearly it was merely a bombshell.

              What does this have to do with Trump?

              I suggest reviewing Trump’s policies affecting unions.

  13. Let’s be honest. Its president”he’s not my president”Biden. All we can do is dig our heels in and refuse as much as possible. And keep praying and hoping. I love my country and won’t give it up, even if it’s not there.

    1. Like hell he’s president Biden. He’s China Joe, Mr. Biden, (hey, have you noticed CNN never calls a republican president, it’s always Mr. it’s their policy so it must be okay) and The Frausident.

      1. THIS.

        I refuse to use any of the “… In Chief” memes. You don’t even get the presidency in a joke, PedoJoe.

        And “Heels-up Harambe” is the best, ever.

        1. I’m glad you liked that one. ~:D

          I’d say, as an outside observer, that the time of conciliatory compromise is officially over, given this tweet: https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1337981246903824384?ref_src=twsrc^tfw|twcamp^tweetembed|twterm^1337981246903824384|twgr^|twcon^s1_&ref_url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.smalldeadanimals.com%2F

          They let slip the dogs of war? No problem. It’s “Father of Crackhead McStripperbang, the Hair Sniffer In Chief” and “Heels Up Harambe” forever more now. No government can survive without the consent of the governed.

          Yesterday, #Orangemanbad showed up at the Army/Navy football game and got a big standing O from the crowd. Anybody want to bet that Mr. Sniffer gets a quiet pattering of weak-sauce clapping from the seated crowd when he shows up?

          I dream of the day when the Sniffer arrives and the whole place turns their backs on him, like the NYPD did to Mayor DeBlasio at a murdered patrolman’s funeral in 2015. That would be the end of him. One more grease spot on the Highway of History.

            1. This is not Sarah.

              Nor is that President Frauden she addresses.

              Sarah dresses better than that and Frauden is no queen.

      2. I can’t even make my mouth produce “President B— buh… ”
        Never mind, I can’t type it either.

        1. Just call him Mr. Sniffer. Short, punchy, easy to remember.

          We’ve been calling Trudeau everything from “Shiny Pony” to “Little Potato” since his first election campaign. “Le Petit Patat” in Quebec was especially juicy. ~:D

          1. I have a friend who works for a member of Her Majesty’s Loyal Opposition. He refers to Trudeau as the Dauphin.

          2. Rather call him Mr. Dead Man Walking. If he lives out his first year in office it will ONLY because they removed him via the 25th amendment. I begin to wonder if they might do a false flag operation to get pity for the idiot and throw shade on the right.

            1. The corruption investigation is back on. Watch for China Joe to ‘resign for health reasons’ within 6 months.

              Maybe it should be Mouo Joe? Mouo being the Chinese word for puppet…

        2. Oh, it’s easy, if you try:

          “President B— buh… buh … Butthead And Vice-president Beavis.”

      3. His Fraudulency.

        I wonder if SCOTUS is in “Tha alligator will eat us last” mode.

        Finally Sarah, you never feel smaller than when you know you are truly needed. (You know who said that.) And there’s Robert the Bruce and the spider.

          1. Clarence Thomas appears to be the only Justice with any integrity. Alito has ruled badly too many times. The rest… I guess by the time they get to where htey’re likely for an SC nomination, they’re probably swamp creatures anyway.

          2. Enter this very strange report:


            “Hal, as you know I am a clerk for one of the Justices on SCOTUS. Today was like nothing we have ever seen. The justices are arguing loudly behind closed doors.

            The Justices met in a closed and sealed room, as is standard.

            Usually it is very calm, however today we could hear screaming all the way down the hall.

            They met in person, because they didn’t trust telephonic meeting as secure.

            Chief Justice Roberts was screaming
            “Are you going to be responsible for the rioting if we hear this case?”
            “Don’t tell me about Bush v. Gore, we weren’t dealing with riots then”
            “You are forgetting what your role here is Neil, and I don’t want to hear from the two junior justices anymore. I will tell you how you will vote.”

            Justice Clarence Thomas says “This is the end of Democracy, John.”

            When they left the room, Roberts, the Libs and Kavanugh had big smiles. Alito and Thomas were visibly upset. ACB and Gorsuch didn’t seem fazed at all.”


            No idea if there’s any truth in it, but there it is.

            1. So intimidated by threat of riot, easily suppressed, Roberts looses the Real Dogs.

              What an idiot.

              1. He’s Roger Taney Jr. — so busy thinking that he can make the perfect decisions that will prevent a civil war that he creates it.

                Seriously … has he never heard of any story where trying to escape the horrible fate prophesied is what causes it to happen, from Oedipus to Kung Fu Panda II?

            2. I have a hard time believing a Supreme Court clerk would tell such a tale out of school — the inviolable secrecy of SCOTUS interactions is famous, and few indeed have been the clerks who spill beans.

              1. I see that as part of the problem. The Supremes wrap themselves in secrecy. But they’re part of the government; unless there’s a specific national security issue with a particular case, their entire workday ought to be a matter of public record. I’ll allow them some privacy for toilet breaks, but if they talk shop at lunch, that’s “work” and public too.

                “Post-trust America.” If it’s not out in the open, then it’s tainted, criminal, or actively working against me or the country until proven otherwise.

                  1. Well, *you* started it, when you talked about your first visit to the ‘states, and being astonished that bird baths and yard gnomes weren’t stolen overnight.

                    That was then. Now I wouldn’t be all that surprised to find they’d stolen the grass, too. I don’t know about Denver, but when I was in Colorado Springs, grass cost money…

  14. ot but I just got a phishing attempt, via text message, that was actually for my bank (most of the time it is not even my bank) and it was some Dem in Cali who they were using for the domain. Electelen.com/[mybank]/[long bs stuff to look official] that shows a login page for the bank.

    Go to report it to the bank via their phishing email and my gmail account won’t send the message, as it might be a phishing attempt, so I must remove the pertinent portion in order for the email to go through.But hey, in VPNed browsers Google does now show the candidates site as unsafe.
    that’s as bad as work sending out fake phishing to keep us on our toes, then the reporting function built into our mail, that, if you do not report their fake phising to, will yell at you for not playing the game right, stopped working, but they send the stupid mail out anyhow.
    I had to use Hotmail to notify my bank of the website and phone number (nyc based and also a spoof, I’m sure).

    1. A tip: You can usually screenshot bad stuff to include it in email based reporting without tripping most text-based filtering.

      1. it was a text message when I got it, so the first email was from my phone, but you’d think they’d have a better filter for an email to Phishing@{bank}.com with a subject line of “Fraud” and “Attempted Report of Phishing” with the link broken into spaced text and not working.

  15. (Perhaps this might be helpful in the current context — it certainly urged itself on me effectively and forcefully enough this past evening)

    A War-Eve Prayer.

    Dear Lord [or Lady, or Universe, check respectively all useful boxes that properly and appropriately may apply],

    Make us always and ever more so instruments of Your will and work,
    Magnify our insight and diminish our confusion and despair,
    Help us be ever more useful to ourselves and others in love,
    And especially now to our great country so sore beleaguered.

    Grant us, from You as You require and to us each as we can
    In faithfulness receive and accept and imbibe and employ,
    The orator’s eloquence,
    The war-leader’s cunning,
    The farmer’s patience,
    The trickster’s guile,
    The blacksmith’s strength,
    The housewife’s hospitality,
    The prophet’s foresight,
    The warrior’s endurance,
    The poet’s scalding black satire,
    The marksman’s trueness in aim,
    The scholar’s diligence,
    The freeman’s even-handedness,
    The tale-teller’s blessing,
    The artisan’s embodied inspiration,
    The Constitution’s practical wisdom,
    The President’s loyal stubbornness in love and service.

    Help us always see the world as it is and our duty as it must be,
    Show us the light of wisdom and insight and love and mercy,
    Help us set aside all the parts of our darkness we do not need,
    And help us embrace and embody the parts of it we do require.

    Let this cup pass from us if You may, at least its bitterest lees,
    In this time of great peril and betrayal, courage and fidelity,
    Help us find and walk together the path of least destruction,
    But in the end as on the cross, let Your will not our will be done.

    Above all remind us always “do not go gently into that good night,”
    But rather move within our darkness and Yours like the planets,
    Major or minor, by Your deep ordinance and by our own natures,
    Following our courses rightly, for ever alight all in Your velvet void.

    “The purpose of war is to explore each other.”

    — Zebulon Baird Vance, uppity Governor of N.C. during (most of) the Recent Unpleasantness, precocious Mozart of malediction, and trailblazing anti-anti-Semitic speaker and author of “The Scattered Nation”

    [only very recently did I realize “explore each other” applies not only between all the contending sides, but within each of them as well]

  16. Folks, be -creative- .

    Any idiot can destroy. Thus the Left.

    One can be creative in disobedience. Once can also be creative in obedience.

    You can be pleasant and polite without, “nice” . By the way. Creativity here, pays dividends.

    Bruce Lee advised “Be water” . That is wise in many ways. But one can also be sand. Be sand in their machinery. They absolutely rely on willing compliance. Fatal flaw.

    Creative. Sneaky. Stubborn. All useful.

    And Never Quit.

    1. So… instead of refusing to register any weapons Biden wants to tax (if they hadn’t been tragically lost in a horrifying boat accident) I should register all the weapons in every video game I play? (“What the heck is an M-920 Cain?!”) 🙂

      1. Guns?

        Oh, yes, I have several.
        A soldering gun.
        Every Cathode Ray Tube (I still have a few) has at least one electron gun.
        Used to work a job with a LOT of zipties, so I have a tie-gun.
        Somewhere, I might even have a heat gun.
        Oh, and at least two glue guns.

        Firearms? No the propane heater has no arms. Nor does the gas furnace. I suppose the water heater technically might have an input and output arm.

        And I gave the fireworks to the neighbors, so they’d get set off before they aged even more. It had been a couple decades…

        1. Nail guns, staple guns, caulk guns, and a drywall texture gun here. Several blow guns for the air compressors. No pop rivet guns. I’ve seen insulation guns, grass seed guns and a stucco gun on Dirty Jobs.
          If you call 9-1-1 and tell them that somebody with a gun is breaking into your house, they will send two cops in 10 or 15 minutes. If you tell them that somebody is breaking into your house and YOU have a gun, they will send 10 or 15 cops in two minutes.

          1. “Okay, the little one is a Deathstar class battle station, and the the bigger one is a Dahak class planetoid. Is that two, or do I have to register the auxiliaries?”

        1. How’s this for terrifying?

          “I think her sword cuts through space itself. The car, and the piece of cement, just happened to be occupying that space. If I’m right, there’s nothing she can’t cut through. A tank, a building…a battleship. Hardened bunkers, buried under mountains. A planet, if the range extends far enough. Any prison cell we could try to put her in, for certain.”

          “The cut must be infinitesimal in width, but separates the two edges by a nearly infinite distance within the cut. It also slices right through the few atoms that happen to be in juuust the right place for the cut to pass through their nuclei. Not by dumping energy into them and then letting quantum effects play out naturally, but by interrupting the strong force, producing weird isotopes that have never existed before.”

      2. There is a famous case in Canaduh where some smart-ass applied to register a heat-gun. Black and Decker, if I recall correctly.

        He got a registration.

        1. There was a picture a few years back of the “weapons” that some local police department in England had obtained from the citizenry (I can’t remember whether it was through seizures or voluntary hand-overs). At least half of the items in the picture were completely absurd.

            1. It didn’t have the crossbow. That’s actually a weapon (albeit a very old one). It might not have even had a hacksaw. Unfortunately, I don’t remember what was in it.

              1. Hm, was it the one where they “raided a weapons cache” and it was a garden shed, and then the idiots confiscated the garden tools?

                I know I’ve seen all three.

  17. If bright side there may be, it’s that everything’s in the open now. It’s harder to fight what you can’t identify, and to solve problems you can’t clearly define.

  18. If bright side there may be, it’s that everything’s in the open now. It’s harder to fight what you can’t identify, and to solve problems you can’t clearly define.

  19. In his memoirs Admiral Charles Lockwood wrote about the dark days of early 1942:
    “Attacked with blackest treachery, outnumbered at every point, and handicapped by inferior armament, they, nonetheless, fought to the last ditch and died confident that others would seize the weapons from their failing hands to avenge their deaths and to wipe barbarism and imperialism from the face of the earth.”

    Excerpt From
    “Sink Em All Submarine Warfare In The Pacific”

    1. The Pacific in early 1942 was pretty bleak. The one notable Allied effort in the Pacific at this time – the ADBA (Australian, Dutch, British, and American) Fleet – suffered an utterly depressing fate for little effect. USS Houston fought in the best traditions of the US Navy – she was damaged in an early battle and lost one of her three turrets, but continued to fight anyway – as part of the effort, but ultimately failed to achieve anything noteworthy prior to her destruction. It wasn’t until the Battle of Coral Sea in May that things finally started to look just the littlest bit up for the Allies.

      And then one month later…

      1. More importantly, this is supposed to be a members list. Yeah, the fact that they’re organized in Western companies is a big deal. But we know about that because the list supposedly lists out exactly who these people are. I’d be willing to bet that there are people on that list who aren’t Chinese.

        I’d like to see it. Not that I expect to get anything that I would find useful out of it. And I probably wouldn’t spend all that much time with it. But it might be interesting to check for a few odds and ends here and there, such as members who work for my current and past employers.

  20. Just remember that you’re not alone. We’re all here to listen and to help when you need it. And none of us is interested in not going down swinging.

  21. Reminds me of coming through Portland airport a couple of decades ago while they were remodeling. Signs all over the place informing the masses that a Hilti was not a firearm even though it uses explosives to propel a projectile.

    1. Was supposed to be a reply to a comment above about weird things that can be called guns. Sometimes I hate my computer. O and WPDE.

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