Open Floor

Okay, guys. So yesterday that post was…. epic. And really hard to write.
So, today I’m sort of taking the day off.
Post links to anything you want me to see.
And if you can post funny/interesting links.
Or tell me how you’re coping, and what you’re doing to get by.

Because I’m not going to lie, it’s tough right now.

I’m going to try to do some writing. You have the con.

554 thoughts on “Open Floor

  1. Farmers are still seeding this year. The cycle brings again…

    I love Mike’s optimism and patter.

  2. Stocking up what and where I can, hoping I have enough of the most needful things and not too few of the overlooked. And pondering on that. (And also wondering why WP/Vivaldi is now NOT shoing a FULL line but a only a HALF a line as I type…*mutter*).

    Also, wishing for an uneventful (or only POSITIVE events) trip for the just turned 98 yro WWII v et who will be visited in a day or so for a few days. Whatever is comming, He’s almost certainly been through WORSE (Great Depresion, WWII – Pacific theater)…. And HE get supset if I buy *his* drinks as he DAMNED WELL DESERVES.

  3. Suppose to be sleeping. But kittens won’t sleep, want to play. Grumpy cat thinks she should be able to go out to avoid playing kittens, we won’t let her at 4 AM; we’re big meanies. The dog decided she has to play too, neither grumpy cat nor the kittens will obligate. So mom gets to stay up. Why do we have animals again? Oh, yea, wait. I remember (one just crashed on my lap).

  4. And regarding yesterday’s post: timely and spot on. I get that it took a lot out of you. Which is exactly why it needed to be done

  5. I have this feeling that you are on the same list as Tucker Carlson, perhaps not as close to the top, but there none the less.
    Knowing a bit of your history I can guess but not really imagine how hard it is for you to leave Denver. I know it was a dream of yours since childhood. But you survived the discovery that it wasn’t on the coast so bear up and welcome to Ghod’s Country. I’m assuming either South or Midwest where the rot is not so firmly set in.
    I am making do, still recovering from last summer’s kerfuffle. I have a most excellent fitness trainer, the evil witch, who is slowly improving my strength and balance. Rarely even need the cane these days.
    I have a knack for certain hand crafted items that I learned how to create for personal use, but rumors spread and friends of friends tend to seek me out and beg for a bit of something to tide them over. Try to barter for stuff they have that I might use, shoot for twice what I have in materials which is about half what replacement costs would be at today’s prices if you can find the stuff at all.

    1. Better to have had Denver and lost it than never to have had Denver at all.

      Still, it could have been worse: you could have dreamt of New York, or San Francisco.

      Funny how nobody dreams of Detroit (well, except for those who wake screaming.)
      ~

      1. Can’t say I dream of Detroit, but the last time I was in the city proper, it most likely had a Republican mayor. Corktown (where the Tigers played in the .50s) was reasonably safe, and Dad took us to see a ball game.

        We moved to the Chicago area in ’60, and for several years, downtown and places along the lake shore were downright attractive. OTOH, the last time I was there, the thought of going to the Museum of Science and Industry drew a hard nope–wonderful museum, (now) horrible neighborhood. I doubt it’s gotten any better several years later.

        1. My mother’s sister’s family lived in Chicago during the 60s; I fondly remember going to the Museum of Science and Industry to see (among other things) the submarine held captive there.

          Sorry (but unsurprised) to learn it is now a bad neighborhood. The same has happened with the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.
          ~

      2. Believe it or not, SF actually used to be a reasonably nice place to live, with the PD working hard to keep a lid on things like many Dem-machine cities, right up until the Mayor Alioto era ended and the politicians started their race to see who could pander the hardest to the fringe groups.

        Now they are so far gone I don’t see any chance of anything like the NYC Guliani-mode recovery even being possible.

  6. I’m surviving. It looks like I’m getting a case of acidosis, which is one of the reasons I’m so tired. I have to add some veges to my diet and I might be back on the sodium bicarb pills next month. I’m in the middle of registering for my apartment again (they love to put us through stuff … a lot of stuff to stay in a 55 plus community). As for preparing for stuff to tide me over– I have enough for a few months. If we lose things like electricity, I have enough for two weeks. It sucks to be in the middle of a collapse while ill, but then I am used to it. I’ve been seeing my life collapse for 18 years. I just laugh about it and hope for the best.

    1. Re-registering for an apartment? I wasn’t aware that you were a time traveler from 1960 Moscow. That situation sounds so…socialist.

      1. It’s communism, and it infests every 55+ apartment situation, at least in WA. You have no right to privacy if you want to secure a place that considers your age and situation.

        It’s a struggle, and it’s not fun at all.

          1. Do they think that you are somehow aging backwards, or acquiring assets from a fairykingdom somewhere? A simple “Yes, I still need it,a nd no, nothing has changed except my needs have expanded thusly” would work.

            1. eh. for 20 years my mom had to show up a day a month to show the Portuguese government that she still needed heart surgery.
              socialized medicine: you’ll die laughing.

          2. Yeah. There’s a universality to things now that I didn’t see when I was in my 20s.

          3. If Democrats get their way and ram through their “Fundamentally Transform America Act it will be every dwelling in the USA. They may not even worry about having a legislative basis and simply use regulations and sue and settle, the way Obama had started doing so.

        1. This is why I immediately crossed off any condo or house with HOA when we were looking for a place. I immediately picture in my head arguments and stiffly worded notes and the a “board” consisting of those who have the strongest urge to tell other people what to do.

          1. I have heard of basically chaotic good HOAs– they take over the HOA slot so nobody can start an HOA and have bylaws saying no more than one meeting a year, need a 100% of occupied houses voting yes to amend type stuff.

            Not the way to bet, though.

            1. When we bought our place in Oregon, it had a zombie HOA. Evidently, when the place was subdivided around 1970, one acre was set aside for superfund common land, and the HOA was created. OTOH, there were two people living there through the 70s and 80s, with another couple mid 90s, and another setting up our place at the end of the 90s. Nobody was paying attention to the HOA, or to the common acre. That went to the county for back taxes. Not kidding (much) about the superfund; it seems to have been the place where the mill operators cleaned out tar and oil tanks, so no loss. The county did sell it, though it’s one of the two unbuildable parcels by current environmental rules.

              The HOA is still on the books. Assuming any vote is by acreage, we aren’t quite the majority, but it’d be hard to override us. If it’s by owners, three of us are reasonably close, with one outlier and a couple of absentee owners of 1-acre parcels. We’re all happy to keep ignoring the HOA, and never researched anything about it. I suppose we could go to the trouble to abolish it, but why bother?

              1. There was a brief rumor about HOA’s in our area. When it was brought up my comment was “Isn’t the HOA suppose to include full disclosure and signed acknowledgement, even if the HOA doesn’t have a fee?” … Answer is Yes. “Been here (mumble) years. Have no paperwork or knowledge of HOA.” They tried to respond that it covered an area that included my childhood home, where mom still lives. Nice try. Called mom, on speaker. “Hell No” was loud and clear. The house was the second house on the street. Everything else west and north was farm land, or most of it. This was ’63. Some of the newer neighborhoods might have HOA’s but not any older ones, say before 2000.

                No HOA’s was one of our hard line non negotiable items too.

          2. No HOAs was my instructions to the realtor when we bought this house 25+ years ago and to my wife when she started making noises about wanting to move (which have dropped off and hopefully gone away).

            HOAs and amateur radio antennas don’t usually mix well.

            And I have a strong aversion to feeding the sick desires of STASI wannabes. And no patience with playing their power games.

            1. HOA hatred of ham radio antennas goes back to the days when every house had a least one aluminum mobile spouting from its roof, to catch broadcast television. TV: OK. Radio: oh, hell no. Dish TV antennas: seemed about 50/50.

              I also note most of them hated on flagpoles too. And even birfdbaths. Makes you wonder if there’s something Freudian going on in their wetware.

              1. My buddy bought his Uncle’s house when said Uncle passed away. I was reading the HOA paperwork and it said “no oil derricks”. For the record, Pacific NW, not a drop of oil in sight. What it didn’t say, however, was “no trebuchets”. I spent five years trying to convince my buddy that we should build a giant trebuchet facing out over the farmer’s field directly behind him. Unsuccessfully as it turned out.

                Now he lives in a different house with an HOA that does what it wants and meets on Thursday afternoons when everyone is at work.

                My buddy is an idiot that way.

      2. Oh yea– it is government subsidized– so every one here has to re-register every year. I couldn’t live on my own in LV… not on a pension and with a savagely expensive autoimmune disease. Just the dialysis supplies are costly. *Sigh

        1. Even then … there have been times that I wondered if I would be living out of my car… I think one of my brothers wouldn’t allow that– but who knows. I was prepared for it when the other apartment complex where I was at– raised our prices 100 dollars every year I was there. It was a piece of Shite place as well.

  7. Things okay, keeping busy.

    Feels like I might have a clever thought, or funny link, or two. Slight headache, and a need to get ready to go do something.

    See y’all later.

  8. After seeing what Biden said and the Democratic Party’s criticism of Tim Scott’s response, if you substitute the words Jew or Jewish for white whenever Democrats refer to white nationalism or whites generally, the Democratic Party’s rhetoric is no different from the Nazi’s in 1930s Germany in the build-up to the Holocaust.

    Meanwhile, their own paramilitary arm in Antifa/BLM routinely shouts “death to America” and “no borders, no walls, no USA at all” while openly stating on their own websites that they are revolutionary Marxists dedicated to destroying the constitutional republic. Yet Democrats will not refer to Antifa/BLM as a domestic terror threat.

    It is very clear that when Democrats/leftists scream “get rid of”, they mean it in the fullest most lethal sense.

    1. It took about 7 to 8 years to go from Hitler and the Nazi’s entering power to Krystallnacht. And as you say, what the Democrats and Biden are proposing mirror so much of what the Nazi’s put in place over those years. Setting the stage.

        1. Yes, I’ve been wondering about that. Has there ever been a nation that managed to unperson the majority of its citizens? I can’t think of one.

          1. No.
            I think these people a) are trying to tip the balance with open borders. Won’t work and at any rate most of those people consider themselves white and a lot of them ARE white supremacists.
            b) THEY THINK it’s close to 50/50 think of where they live.
            If you read stuff like corporate newsletters, they really thinkt hat “white people” are a minority in this country now. Because they’ve been saying white people would be.
            Part of this is their one-drop definition and giving benes to fractional minorities.
            No, no white person is “pure blood” — depends on how far back you look — but white people are still the VAST majority in this country.

            1. I keep saying that they’re miscalculating when it comes to their open borders immigration nonsense. Especially people coming in over the southern border (and even with thigns like H1B visas), they are MUCH more socially conservative than all but the most puritanical native-born Americans. And once they’re the slightest bit economically secure, or established? That social conservatism will come out. That’s why the Left HAS to keep bringing in new desperate and ignorant people.Their former cosntituents leave them behind.

                1. Europeans hate pretty much anybody. And they’ll use the n-word at the drop of a hat, and giggle.

                    1. Ha! You just made me laugh. I hadn’t remembered that one. Got a dose of that near the German/French border.

                    2. YES.

                      Border Germans were completely different culturally from the urban Germans. And they were quite clear about who they considered the enemy. Namely, everyone on the other side of the border.

                      We were responsible for the Fulda Gap when I was stationed over there. Once, we were in the HMMV waiting for a traffic light so we could continue through town, and an old man brought out a bushel of apples for the platoon. He spoke no English, we had German linguists, so we all had a grand time talking and laughing and shaking each others’ hands.

                    3. And- depending on where you think borders are- English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish all think of each other as different races and are all part of the United Kingdom. Then there’s the Cornish, Manx, and other isolated communities all of which consider themselves different. In Spain there’s the Catalans, Basques, and Galacians. And there’s Belgium with the Flemish and Walloons inside one border.

                      Here in the USA we’re all lumped together as “white” or “Caucasian” if we come from any of those areas, plus many others. Which is why the left really needs to hope they don’t succeed in making whites look upon their primary identity as “White” rather than “American”.

                2. Living on the border (El Paso) I learned you haven’t seen racism until you’ve heard a Mexican complain about blacks.

                    1. And they don’t just talk; that article I post occasionally from the LA Times shows Compton and South Central being ethnically cleansed.

              1. to be fair I also think that the people coming are stupid AF. I’d like to think that if I were still a foreigner, I’d see the warning signs of “this is about to go wumpum shaped.” Maybe not. But I like to think I would.

                1. Yeah, but you grew up when and where you did, and some of the people I’ve met, looking to come in legally, have grown up in extremely safe circumstances, or are trying to leave a seriously bad place.

                    1. What worries me is the idea that “white supremacist,” is going to wind up being defined as, “white Southerners.” Because there seems to be a strain, have no idea if it’s big enough to matter, of folks who yearn to put the South back into Reconstruction until we “pay back,” everything we “owe.”

                    2. Dorothy, the folks pushing are far too crazy to stick to just going after a sustainable subset of whites.

                      They also don’t have the advantage that the radical Republicans had when they were able to force Reconstruction through.

                      The status quo ante Obama was at a level that was possible to sustain. It was little enough that folks could say, ‘sure, it isn’t really just on its own merits, but it is a loss I can afford to take’.

                2. They are coming because they are being promised that they will get a lot of free stuff and won’t have to work to get that stuff.

              2. A lot of those refugees are fleeing the kind of government that the Democrat Party is attempting to inflict on America under the delusion that this time it will work for sure.

                ~

            2. Probably 14 to 15 generations of plain vanilla ancestors here. That’s assuming the DNA tests were correct, and the parents listed in the records were the actual genetic parents of the children.

              1. Who cares about genetics? This is the 21st century, where you can just “identify” with whatever race gibs you de mos’ stuffs.

                1. Also, honestly, you can’t work out 14 to 15 generations in EVERY CONTRIBUTING line. You can have one line, two, maybe four? Other than that? eh, no.

                  1. I wish I could find that study of male/female descent in Great Britain from a few years ago. They took samples from people who ancestors were (at least supposedly) on the island for generations. They traced y chromosome DNA for male line, and mitochondrial chromosome DNA for female line. Male line results – a stew of Roman, Phoenician, Norse, Saxon, Celt, and on and on. Female line – Picts all the way down.

          2. Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge.

            When you’re so far over the edge that the Vietnamese communists feel a need to use force to stop you…

            1. Yeah – when you are thankful for the PAVN invading your country because even the Uncle Ho guys are lightyears better than the crazies the CCP installed as your government…

            2. My former co-worker was Cambodian and they escaped in the night just in the nick of time. Ended up in California, and his Dad decided in the late 80’s it was time to escape again, going to Texas.

          3. Doesn’t mean they won’t try. But I suspect it also means that if they do, it’s more likely to lead to violent confrontation.

            1. It also means that they will let our foreign adversaries like the CCP and Iran do the heavy lifting. All it takes for absolute chaos to break out is a high-altitude EMP pulse. The fact that the end result won’t be what the left thinks it will be won’t matter.

        2. They may be realizing it.

          I figured out this morning, that this may be part of why the hysteria about the lack of demand for vaccine among those who aren’t forced to have it.

          Even after a year of abuse, they’ve still got HALF the country going “no, not interested, thank you.”

          *******

          Oh, new vaccine reaction.

          Apparently it’s triggering women’s cycles. Like, just finished, got shot, week later…..

          1. Oh, and of course: the fanatics are saying it’s not the vaccine, women are just hysterical and getting a shot triggered it from stress.

            -.-

            …riiiiiight, that’s totally why it’s showing up all over.

              1. Tut, tut, tut — you confused “believe women” with “believe all women.” As they explain whan it’s a male leftist involved.

            1. The spooky stuff is where unvaxxed women report having miscarriages shortly after meeting up with freshly vaxxed friends. One *hopes* it’s coincidence, but this sh*t is a lot different from an ordinary vaccine.

              1. They may be shedding the spike – and evidence is mounting that fragment is toxic all alone without the rest of the virus. Of course there is also the fact they got the data for the spike from the Chinese….They would lie would they?

            2. And they’re saying we’re going to need a booster shot every year.

              I’ve been trying to figure out the population-reduction angle, is this it?

                1. The good news is, if that really is the trick, it ends as soon as people wise up.

                  1. I hope that happens soon. I’m getting hard pressure from a family member to get the vaccine, and I’m extremely ambivalent about it. Yes, I know that family and friends have had it with minimal side effects, but I have autoimmune issues. I’d rather not have my Hashimoto’s go into overdrive and lose all my remaining thyroid function at once. Not to mention that I’ve been dealing with an unpleasant case of eczema since March. It seems to be winding down, but I’d rather not have it start up all over again.

                    What really gets my back up is when Himself closes his argument with “…and you know this.” No, I don’t know this. All I know is that people who claim to be authorities in the matter are telling me this, on a Because I Say So basis. I don’t know how authoritative they really are on this matter, especially after so many authoritative pronouncements on this pandemic have turned out to be a pile of catbox scoopings. But I try to tell him that, and he just dismisses my reservations with something about listening to fake news.

                    I’m to the point that I’m seriously tempted to lie and say I’m going and getting the shot, and lay hands on a fake vaccination card, just to put a stop to it without having to give in. OTOH, if they get serious about fake vaccination cards being fraud, that could have its own problems.

                    1. so many authoritative pronouncements on this pandemic have turned out to be a pile of catbox scoopings


                      My cats take exception to that! 😀

                    2. They’re much worse. They’re like the stuff I shaved off Havey’s tail and back of legs.
                      (I think mouse doesn’t agree with him. I also think he finished eating it, because the smell is gone.)

                2. I wonder if this is one of those situations (like Obamacare) where they’re so un-self-aware that they really believe they’ll be able to point at the results as proof of their wisdom? “Look, we’ve had drastically lower birthrates for the last five years, and look how much better life is?”

                  1. 0bamacare’s only accomplishment was to add millions upon millions of bureaucrats to our health care system. That’s the opposite of helping.

            3. Big nope for niece. They under went IVF successfully. No way is she risking a miscarriage (16 weeks & counting). They are also very careful about her going out. Her older sister isn’t either because high risk autoimmune due to Lupis. Her oldest and her sister’s step son are officially in public option home schooling (don’t know which one, there are a few options in Oregon) just to sidestep the requirement when it hits. Our son will get it, eventually, maybe. Probably not until his employment requires it.

              Hubby has (outpatient) surgery on Tuesday. He has to get the “CCPFlue” test Saturday, even tho he is past the two week mark for his second shot. Don’t know what will happen with the new, more severe, lock down this Friday in Lane County. Also don’t know what happens because he was called for Jury Duty for next Thursday for the county (call in Wednesday to see if he goes in), both lock down and that he has his shots.

                1. Me either. Don’t blame the niece with Lupis either.

                  I was a bit hesitant having Reactive Hypoglycemia myself. Especially since I had to drive 40 miles to get one. Just what I’d need is to have my BS plummet as I’m driving I-5 at 70+ MPH because it took the vaccination as invasive and triggered insulin with all the other hormones to attack it. No. I did not take Pepper with me.

          2. Now, that’s interesting. Because I had to get it (family wedding/blackmail reasons, very annoying, especially since I sent the gift a year ago), and I underwent the Change a while ago, and a week later it did feel like I was about to have a period. Which I didn’t, but… everything but.

            Otherwise… the first shot was pretty much a flu-shot-style “I feel like I’m getting the flu,” except that the muscle aches were much much worse than I’ve ever had with flu shots. Ended up having to take lots of acetaminophen, as I kinda expected, since I’d had the Coof back in Dec. 2019. Imagine how thrilled I am to anticipate having shot #2.

            1. I’m going to have to get the shot (family . . .) but I’m going to try to get the J&J. Clotting is . . . not one of my problems. The opposite, really.

          3. Part of that is before even 1/4rd of the country took the vaccine they were saying “now, the vaccine wouldn’t end masks or social distancing.”

            So a lot of people see no point in getting it because it clearly isn’t effective by the admissions of those pushing it.

            1. Judging from the angry comments I’ve seen, many of them were in such a hurry to get their ‘jab’ they ignored the CDC’s warning that they’d still have to wear the mask, would still have to ‘social distance’, would probably need follow-up shots for an indefinite period, and that it was only about 80% effective (the claim at the time), and that it wouldn’t stop them from getting COVID again even if they’d had it already. So their ‘jab’ netted them exactly nothing. I guess if it wasn’t brought to their attention by “social media”, they couldn’t be bothered to do their own due diligence.

              So, at best, no better than a shot of distilled water. At worst… even setting aside malice, there have been cases of “bad” mystery gunk in Europe, and overdoses from too-strong gunk in the USA.

              1. If it doesn’t provide immunity then it isn’t a vaccine. The definition of a vaccine is an artificial provider of immunity.

              2. I’m waiting for the mask/hat/shirt that says “* They LIED * Got CCP Cold * Got Vaccine * Wore Mask * Isolated * Got CCP Cold * Go Away * I’m DONE *”

                Or shorter: “They LIED * Got Vaccine * Got CCP Cold Anyway * I’m Done *” except this doesn’t say one followed ALL the guidelines. Implies maybe because wearing mask, but implication goes over their heads.

          4. How bizarre.

            My period did start a week after the second shot, but, well, the shots were on days 3 and 24, so that’s basically normal. I’m more disconcerted to have had it back at all before the baby hit 5 months!

            1. I had a mostly unexpected cycle— I’ve got symptoms of The Change really early, but this is weird– right after a big push for vaccinations at my grocery store.

              so some maybe-evidence of second hand Issues.

              ….Seriously, folks got a little prayer time, sister in law is preggers and scared enough she will get two jabs, pray for her, please.

              1. I’ve heard of several cases of miscarriages shortly after getting vaccinated. Causality has not been proven, meaning the risk is unknown but possible.

                1. as I heard it, via morning radio from Vorhes on KFAB, the Lady Issues folks are having five or six folks a week coming in.

                  That’s way more common than the herbal tea thing.

    2. Key difference: Jews were not 60% of the German population in 1933.

      Whites are 60% of the US population. I realize “white” is the proxy for conservative, but their paramilitaries already don’t make the distinction (and given they are mostly white, will be suspectable to disinformation to destroy themselves). Plus, once they make it, they will convince more people that it means them and not just “those whites over there”. Phrases like “race traitor” will have real meaning and they will learn a war of 60% vs 40% is not a wise one to start.

      1. Particularly when the other side – i.e. their would-be victims – don’t generally care what your race is, and will accept anyone as an ally.

        Some of that 40% is already being lumped in with the 60% through rhetoric.

        1. Yep. A lot of Hispanics, if forced to choose between “whites” and “blacks” (because race in the US is binary much of the time and BLM are the poster children for the non-white side) will not choose “black”. I learned that living in El Paso.

          1. Neither will Asians. Especially considering the perpetrators of all the “anti-Asian violence” recently (and in previous years, but which was never given any coverage.)

            1. Yes, we’re not allowed to discuss the fact when we look at violence by race of perp and victim the only race where the most common perp race is not the same as the victim race is Asians.

              Asians are victimized by blacks more often than by other Asians.

        2. While the “white” side will accept anyone in theory, one of the side effects of a race war will that side will have to distrust obvious non-whites out of safety.

          Once a race war starts the uniform is skin color and that makes it impossible to not be a target of those with a different color.

          You can decide not to take the offensive, but the other side can’t tell.

          1. We do have a defense in the “acting white” stuff– because NOT acting like a violent, criminal thug, can stand in for skin color.

            So we may end up looking like the flocks of bicycle Mormons going door to door, but I’ll take it!

          1. You forgot “with a nice rack”.

            Then again, the Woke only find valuing a nice rack legitimate when it is implants/hormone results on transwoman.

            Although Amy (see below) also has one.

      2. > 60%

        Depends on what Federal agency is counting. Hispanics are “white”, except when they’re not… and, of course, the Fed is counting by “identity”, not genetics nowadays. Lots of Rachel Dolezal types out there getting their discrimination freak on.

  9. Up before dawn to drive to the Texas State Capitol to testify on a state Senate hearing on a Constitutional Carry bill. Been waiting years to do this and way too excited at the mere possibility of the state giving a few rights back. Rainy, humid weather here but a bright ray of sunshine at the chance to spend the day with a bunch of Liberty minded folks.

    1. Not only that, but by abjuring their whiteness they are “proving,” their moral superiority. Ot at least showing proper contrition and their willingness to do penance….which again proves their moral/spiritual superiority.
      So they are just as proud as anyone, maybe moreso, while performing rituals of “humility.”
      (For Cyn, drat WP).

    2. Service Guarantees Citizenship!

      Though I hear that your representatives are screwing over the 2A sanctuary bill. Managing to almost make Illinois look good.

    3. Thanks for doing that. All I’ve been able to do on the subject is to kick off an email to my state Senator, but since she also represents Austin I don’t have much hope she’ll vote in favor.

  10. (Takes deep breath) Ok, Here goes.
    I posted a fantasy short story on my blog, http://timgilliland.us That I am particularly proud of.

    In the real world, I am gearing up to sell Produce, Microgreens, plants and flowers at a local Farmer’s Market in Hernando, MS. I have lived on the farm for 30 years but changing times and a moderate dose of income diminution have made me turn a hobby farm into actual, productive land. Lots of physical work, probably good practice for when I am weeding cabbages in the camp. I hope I can add several hundred dollars per month to the bottom line.

    My real business, Hosting Virtual servers for business has had a bad year, but is still breathing. My Insurance agent sends me the business liability renewal a few days ago, the email is dated one day after the expiration date of the policy. (!) So I have to fill out all these forms in triplicate, please, and had deliver them plus a check to their office. Today, In a blinding rainstorm.
    So it’s really a light day for me here.

        1. I’m sorry, I’m a little dense, and in a hurry…You need me to send the link to which email?

          1. The one on top of the book promo. YOu don’t have to, but if you just leave it here, I’ll forget to link it.
            I’m busy, so I have memory of ten seconds.

  11. Oh, and once again, DAMN wordpress for stripping out the formatting on what I post! I went in to edit and re-inserted all the indentation for a story, pushed the publish button and it is all gone again! Don’t know what the hell to do about that..

    1. Yeah. Easy if you have a .450 bushmaster or one of those 6mm Grendel calibers. Normal ammo not so much.

      1. .308/7.62×51, 7.62×39, 5.56, 9mm and .45 are all easy unless you can’t mail order, it’s the regular not mil that is either $2/round or hens teeth. Shotgun ammo is plentiful and interesting things can be done there. But last I looked cheapest pistol was 9×21? really?

        1. Shotgun ammo is plentiful

          Woah woahwoahwoah; when did this happen?

          Not that it matters for me… don’t have a shotgun. And money needs to go for moving / buffer / computer.

          1. hell for a while oddball shotgun was cheaper then 209 primers. 32ga was .26/rnd but the last 12 I saw was shorty at .44/ and right now Midway has 12ga 2 3/4inch Federal 7.5 or 9 shot at .48/rnd (ouch, just looked and .45 acp jumped to .75/rnd)
            I heard someone ordered the last case of that .26/rnd 32ga and they instead shipped a case of 12ga #4 buck. Oops, that is supposed to have been $1.20+/rnd. Hell-of-a-deal

            1. For some reason wordpress is reducing the size of this reply box to half the heghit of a line of text, so I can’t see what I’m writing. However 209 primers? Not available in any store in Alaska for months. I did find some that I bought in a parking lot 350 miles away from my house though.

              1. too bad they can’t be shipped to you. Outdoor Limited has them at 9¢ but it is a case of 16800.
                All the other places that had them a few weeks back are dry again.

              2. oh, small and large pistol primers are showing back up, but the high price places are all that is left as well. Maybe some will filter up that way eventually.
                maybe

                1. Good. I want to load some .357s with flat point bullets, but need magnum primers. (Win 94. I could probably get away with small rifle primers. If I had any.)

                  I’ll be happy to get some 209 primers sooner or later. I have some ancient handloads where I’m not thrilled with the crimp, but the hulls should be good. Then go back and do it right. I have the RCBS 12 ga die set, but no dedicated press. (Used a Lee Loader for the old ones–we didn’t get along.) One of these days, a MEC press would be nice. Getting a muzzleloader in .50 w/209 primers is also a possible, but I’m not interested in that case. Nope.

              3. Word Press Tip:
                Sometimes WP will do that sort of shrinkage to my interface, and when it does I have discovered that by placing my curser at the lower right hand corer I ca “grab” and “stretch” the window.

                It isn’t doing it to me at the moment, so I haven’t the visual reminder of what the “pull tab” looks like, else I would describe it. It is common to most “stretchable” Windows elements, for whatever value that offers. Next time WP provides the curtailed window to you try this simple trick and, if it doesn’t work, you’ve lost nothing.
                ~

                1. It started doing that to me yesterday, on more than one WP-based blog. I click on the little rectangle on the right, and then the right lower corner of the edit line lets me stretch it out to an edit window.

                  WordPress barada nictu…

      2. Even .22lr is ~.20/rd. Particularly annoying because my Calico just got back from repair and updates and I need to test both old and new magazines…. there goes 500rds from the stockpile….

        Also the local Scheels has plenty of .470 Nitro Express in stock. No idea what you are complaining about.

        1. .470NE is by far the most popular express rifle caliber, but I’ve never actually seen any on the shelf anywhere.

          Now that Pac-Nor is back in business after the fire, I need to see if they can make a barrel for my .318 Westley Richards.

          1. Back in February (last time I could check), Sportsman’s Warehouse had several of the WSM rounds on hand. The last primers they had in stock for longer than minutes were a couple hundred .50 BMGs. Figuring out how to use them in something else should be left as an exercise for the intrepid. Or foolish.

      3. It’s still possible, and not terribly difficult. I use the online auctions mostly.

        Stuff is way expensive. That’s the rub. Over $1 a round that used to be about .25. But, got to have it.

        1. Ammoseek.com and set up notifications. Then you need to jump on them. Though my phone ignores email and text notifications if it doesn’t move for a while, and I’ve missed 12 ga at .40/ and .380 at .45/round, the darn thing (degoogled 1+)

            1. Lucky Gunner was my go to until someone here pointed out Ammoseek who covers most of the places I deal with already (Midway Lucky etc) but some formerly fine places are taking reputation hits in this mess. Outdoors Unlimited took a hit a while back with a ton of bed reviews on Ammoseek but then were replying to all negatives with contacts and good faith attempts to make good, but many never changed their ratings. Then they went a few months with everyone raving they turned it around, then a week of messed up orders and back to the groveling. I bet it is one or two family members working in shipping who mess up. It helps my perspective that it looks like stuff I have seen done at places I used to or still work at

              1. Excellent info, JP. Thank you.

                Your attitude is one I’ve adopted working with virtually anyone I order things from that are above the aspirin and TP level. Ammunition is on the level of “I have to have this, so be good at what you do.”

                People are scrambling to try to get things done, and many are working hard. I’m more patient, and I make a lot more contact these days. Virtually every time I talk to someone I get “This happened, that happened, we’re down to one person working 20 hours a day….”

                1. Most of my ammo orders have been with sgammo, however in a low supply situation like this ammoseek is the way to go. There is also gunbroker, but then you will be paying true market price instead of the slightly-lower-than-market you get at “real” stores.

                  Also Midway has intermittent supply of IMI M193. More expensive than most other brands, but they load hot and quality.

                    1. Oh, forgot: in normal times I also like Fenix Ammunition.

                      They are a quality re-manufacturer, and make the lowest cost .357sig, to full power specs (none of this warmed over 9mm crap).

                      Problem is they can’t keep anything in stock: they will put a few hundred thousand rounds of 9mm a couple times a month and it is gone in a matter of minutes.

                2. The physical therapy place sent paperwork for the upcoming torture rehab sessions, but I got the QuickDASH form. Eh? No arm, shoulder or hand problems, thank you. They’ll send the correct form in time to get it done before the evaluation session. No complaints.

              1. I call it “tenacious” in myself. 🙂 Obsessive is more honest.

                And of course I can’t just read about something, I have to go *do* it.

                Except bungi jumping. Never. Ever.

        2. I’ve been shooting some new-to-me stuff from South Korea. It’s good, not too much residue and fouling, and the price is reasonable. PMC Bronze. .38. I got it through AmmoSeek, from Pinnacle Armory.

            1. Ditto on the PMC ammo. I’ve shot a bunch of it in 9mm, .223/5.56, and even .30-30, and it performs very well. Had no idea it was from South Korea, though.

          1. Thanks, TXR. I’m going ammo hunting this weekend and these sites and info will help.

            1. Ammo hunting? What kind of camo do you wear for that? Do you have to stalk ammo crosswind? 😛

              I saw an ad for a toilet seat that attaches to a trailer hitch, with “WARNING: DO NOT USE WHILE VEHICLE IS IN MOTION” 😀

              1. Best way to travel incognito on an ammo mission? Pretend this short old blonde beauty is an idiot. Giggle. Tee hee. Then grab every box of 5.56 on the shelf and run for the door. Yelling like a banshee that just captured the flag so they think you’re crazy.

  12. I was laid off, along with my whole office, last year, with COVID being used as the excuse, but we all knew there were other matters that were the real reasons. Even a year later, we are still angry about how we were lied to from people who apparently were supposed to have a higher purpose or vision as their “official” stance. Now we know it was just something to hide behind while they fumbled around not knowing what they were doing, in addition to several people on power trips.

    Since then, I have been looking for another full time job without much success. At the beginning of the so-called pandemic, there wasn’t much I could do except wait it out, as most companies in my area were under hiring freezes. Now things have eased up slightly, but it’s still a hard slog. Did I mention that I absolutely can’t stand the way job hunting works now? I am convinced that if all this pandemic crap wasn’t a factor, I’d have another job by now.

    I know what’s happening with the job market is all part of the larger issue of the so-called Great Reset, or maybe that’s giving the oligarchs too much credit. In the meantime, I have been concentrating on learning new skills, getting my house cleaned up and increasing my exercise to lose the COVID-19 in weight that I’ve acquired. My thinking is that I will find a way around this, or under it, or over it somehow.

    1. > the way job hunting works now?

      The way it used to work, companies would lay off their experienced people (workforce reduction!) while whining piteously about not being able to find qualified replacements.

      The unspoken subtext was they wanted people who would do the same work for less money.

      see also: H1B visas

      1. No, I meant the unlovely automated applicant tracking systems that you have to go through to apply for virtually any job now. Even if you use networking to develop contacts inside a company, you still have to submit your resume through those. Give me 15 minutes face-to-face with a hiring manager and I know I’d do better. That method was pretty much the way I got almost all of my jobs. The ATS is just one more way that HR can eliminate as many people as possible, which again confirms the adage “it’s who you know” and “companies will hire people referred by their current employees.”

        1. Those were practically universal in my area by the end of the 1990s, so I don’t think of them as new.

        2. unlovely automated applicant tracking systems that you have to go through to apply for virtually any job now. Even if you use networking to develop contacts inside a company, you still have to submit your resume through those.


          That and you apply through Temp-To-HIre. What you describe has been trending (where is my sarcasm font?) at least since 2002, which is when I got caught up in it. Temp-To-Hire was making strong inroads then too, as was the push toward professional placement firms, but wasn’t dominating. I managed to avoid both the latter trends. Yes. It is a PIA. For me it also consisted the “Have 5 years experience in programming trend ABC” when programming trend ABC had just been released, and even early beta’s wouldn’t have had 5 years experience … I wouldn’t lie or stretch.

          There are methods to, not by pass any of the above. Still have to apply online, and through recruiter of company choice, be it a Temp-To-Hire or recruiting firm. If you have contacts on the inside, send them your resume, get face to face with them. Then THEY go to bat for you to get the appropriate PTB to get the recruiting agency to pull your resume to get process started. Son did this for the three jobs he was up for including the job he got. Granted the chemistry lab jobs didn’t pan out, but not his fault his mentors suddenly had to scramble for their jobs. Companies bought out, essentially for their intellectual properties and patents, local facilities shutdown. Some employees were retained and moved to other labs, but dang few (across country, without moving assistance).

          His current employer does the Temp-To-Hire with the online resume process but current employees can get bounty bonuses for letting HR know there are resumes of eventually *successful hires in the pipeline (given this is a manufacturing firm a lot of the candidates are going into the recruiter to use their computers for the online application process, just don’t have their own hardware or internet access). Son hasn’t mentioned if he has recommended anyone, but the person who recommended him did.

          Nike does the same Temp-To-Hire, employee bounty system too. Have 3 nieces working there. First niece got hired (buyer, now). Three years in, she got a bonus for getting her sister, And her cousin both *successfully hired; not into the same division.

          * Successful = through the Temp-To-Hire to full hire process.

          All I can add is “Good Hunting”

          1. Thanks. That’s exactly what I’m trying to do. I have a line on a job right now, and I sent my resume/cover letter through the HR portal, but also directly to the hiring manager. And I found an advocate of sorts who is giving me all kinds of tips about how to get my resume seen by more people in the department. I am hopeful, but also realistic. The best case, of course, is that I get the job. But I’m not going to put all my eggs in one basket, either.

    2. I’m so sorry. I know that burn, and it’s a bear to walk through and process.

      Stay optimistic. Know your worth. Don’t settle. And do not under any circumstances jump into the retail community–it’s barbaric.

      You’re doing great taking care of your physical body. That’s really key in these times. Keep us posted on the job hunt, and I’ll keep you in prayer.

      1. Thank you so much for your prayers. I really appreciate them. My prayer life has been another thing I have been developing over the past year. And hope. That is the watchword.

      2. Thank you so much for your prayers. I really appreciate them. My prayer life has been another thing I have been developing over the past year. And hope. That is the watchword.

        1. 🙂

          Hanging on to hope takes great courage. Sounds like you’re hanging on for dear life and won’t let go. And I’m right there with you.

          1. Well, thanks. Glad you see it the same way. When you think about it, what is the alternative? I recall reading about Admiral James Stockdale, who I only knew as Ross Perot’s VP all those years ago. I didn’t know he survived the worst of the Hanoi Hilton in Vietnam. He recalled that the people who perished first were the ones who expected to be released by a certain milestone, and when it didn’t happen, they gave up. He, on the other hand, did not put a condition on his release, he just knew he’d prevail somehow, however long it took. That’s the kind of attitude I can get behind to navigate what is certain to be a very perilous time for an uncertain period of time.

          2. Well, thanks. Glad you see it the same way. When you think about it, what is the alternative? I recall reading about Admiral James Stockdale, who I only knew as Ross Perot’s VP all those years ago. I didn’t know he survived the worst of the Hanoi Hilton in Vietnam. He recalled that the people who perished first were the ones who expected to be released by a certain milestone, and when it didn’t happen, they gave up. He, on the other hand, did not put a condition on his release, he just knew he’d prevail somehow, however long it took. That’s the kind of attitude I can get behind to navigate what is certain to be a very perilous time for an uncertain period of time.

  13. Did anyone ever find a link or video about the smart car catapults in France?

      1. That makes sense. It is just the sort of thing that gets pushed down the memory hole.

        OTOH, it is good to know that in an emergency, small cars can be used as ammunition in siege warfare.

          1. Someone in Huntsville had a Smart car and a sense of humor. He put a windup key on the back with a motor, to make it look like it was unwinding while he drove. Saw it a couple of times and laughed.

              1. 1950s onward, I think.

                I’m pretty sure it was a standard gag item at Warshawsky & Company (AKA J. C. Whitney elsewhere). They were the epitomy of Sturgeon’s Law for auto parts, but the catalog did raise a chuckle or two.

            1. Once upon a time (the 1970’s) someone did that with a VW Bug. Or at least did that for some local parades.

              [Ooh, hey, the FULL text-entry box, instead the half-line horror, is back! Huzzah!]

          2. I was on a business trip with my manager to Germany in the late 1990s, and in Munich I pointed out a Smart car working its way through traffic. She took one look and said, “Oh! A deathtrap!”

      2. Top Gear used a trebuchet to throw some cars. The clips are probably on Youtube.

        Though Jeremy Clarkson has spoken out in favor of gun control, he exhibited an excessive level of enjoyment when he used a helicopter and a belt-fed machine gun to kill a Corvette. Sneaky things, those belt-feds… Also: Imperial Storm Troopers shoot better than Clarkson.

  14. And a quicky rant about Amazon’s latest Kindle update deleting the downloaded books so that when you finish the one you are reading while at work, you can’t read the next in the series even though it was long ago once downloaded. Oh, and they still have not fixed the tethering issue.

      1. Lexx Bezos needs to feather his lair, and try to get his rockets as far along as Elon’s. His other attempts at slowing him are falling short.

      2. Hmm. If so, you can go wide. . . .

        The more who go wide, the more non-Amazon markets will rise; the more they rise, the more feasible it is for people to go wide.

        ,The problem being Amazon doesn’t want people to go wide.

    1. What? Is this just e-ink Kindles? I use a Kindle app on my iPad and haven’t noticed this. How can they delete your downloaded books? What business is it of theirs??

      1. My 10 inch FireHD suffered it, this week. I haven’t looked at the two smaller ones that are more music streamers than anything now. Monday I finished rereading a book and went to the next in series and it needed to connect to the interwebz so it could download it. As I have read it a few times it was damned well downloaded before. Funny thing is even deleting all my books like that Kindle claims I am low on disk space and there is a 128 gig card in the thing,

        1. My 1st Gen Fire HD spent most of yesterday on line (I usually keep it offline, but forgot when I got the latest book), and I didn’t lose any that I could tell. OTOH, I don’t do KU, all my books are purchased outright (though sometimes they were $0.00 specials).

          I just checked with Clearly Familiar and no problem.

          1. I checked the original left at home, and the last book I was reading on it when I got the 10 inch one is all it has downloaded, and the second, but worse for wear 7 inch that was playing a downloaded stream for work tunes is full of pretty much all the books I have bought. Looking at my account it shows it as the default though I know I have twice set the 10 inch as default.(and did so again)
            I note too the “New and Improved” library is not anything like it but for the grouping of series, though that is offset some.
            Used to be you clicked on “library” and could look through the books you had, now you get a few sometimes, but not always current books, then it skips to aps, games, vids, and Music . . . you then have to click “Show More”, scroll past Prime Reading if it is there, “Unread” and finally find a button to “Open Kindle” Then if the book you are looking for is in a series you have to click again to open the series to find the book you want to open.
            And as I am doing it I find it tells me I have all 5 books of one series but when I view all it wants me to purchase two of them, but they show downloaded and the three not ar marked “You Own This Book” but I own all 5 and can read the two it wants me to buy again in view all
            egad
            Granted this is the middle one with its cracked screen.
            So I grab the first 7 inch I have and it is not grouping series, but you still have the rest of the song and dance.
            oy

            1. They do rolling updates, so yeah, they updated my Fire about a month ago. The trick is to not hit Library unless you have a lot of time on your hands, although sometimes hitting the book pictures does bring them up now, again.

              The trick is to hit the specific icons for Kindle, or Audible, or whatever else. Cuts out a lot of the extra screens.

              Yes, they continue to mess with your downloaded stuff, because they don’t think you’ve touched them and must not need them. Yes, you’d better check your preferences, or you will get auto-downloaded video. Yes, they will pester you about Alexa, and adding Alexa to your apps.

          2. So far, the only irritation I’ve noticed is that they turned my library view white (I had it set on dark, because I liked it better) and removed the option to change it. (I use the android app).

            Granted, at the moment I haven’t got any books downloaded but the ones I am currently reading (it’s…complicated. Short version is I am actually attempting to read all those books I’ve bought, but never actually read, and for some reason ONLY having the book(s) I am currently reading downloaded helps with that.)

            So are they deleting the KU ones as you finish them, or ones you’ve bought and downloaded, or what?

            (And all this puts further nails in the coffin of my desire to get a kindle fire. I’m not happy with Apple, but my ancient iPad still works just fine, I just can’t update/use certain apps on it anymore.)

            1. So far, the only irritation I’ve noticed is that they turned my library view white (I had it set on dark, because I liked it better) and removed the option to change it. (I use the android app).

              Moved it, and explained it VERY BADLY.

              Use to be app=>settings=>enable dark theme.

              Now it’s app=> open book=> hit the Aa icon=> click the Layout tab=> uncheck “Update Page Using System Theme” and then you can pick white, pinkish, greenishblue, black.

              1. In my case they whacked Collections…. everywhere EXCEPT Kindle Android. Go figure.

                All the content is there AFAIK, just in one huge lump.

                1. In my case they suddenly gave me collections. And I can’t get rid of them.
                  This means I borrow a series from KU, and then I’m stuck with that folder FOREVER even though I never use it again.

                2. Odd, my ancient kindle (the LCD looking ones) still has collections, although they still don’t work well….

                  Maybe another “who the heck set up the explanation, no, bad” thing?

                  1. Probably; on all our Paperwhite’s, Collections is under Sort, not Filter, and it’s greyed out.

                  1. “I am much more worried about you deciding that I need to be killed off for failure to follow whatever you’ve latched on to this month.”

                    And as for this. your delusions are not my problem…. but if you actually believed them you would have already turned me in. Either put up or shut up.

                    1. As you have shown that your notion of “delusion” includes remembering things that you would rather forget.

                      That you add in some sort of persecution complex to justify it, that I will “turn you in” because I quite sure that IF what you claim to fear ever happened, YOU would be a bigger threat…well, that requires that I accept your conclusions.

                      Which, as was already established, I do not–which is what makes you go all name-cally and hysterical.

      2. [Bugger, the stupid half-line horror editor is back]

        I’ve had the Android Kindle app pull that crap on me in the last month or so. And that was without changing or resetting phones or anything.

  15. I am mainlining Dan Vasc videos.

    Which I think is a big step up from about…what…. June last year, when I had Limp Bizket’s “Break Stuff” on loop.

      1. It’s the only thing they sing — er, play? Produced?– that I like, and the resonance is EXACTLY why I’m so glad I’m not “hungry” for it anymore.

          1. Not really on topic, but BEFORE I KNEW THIS GROUP OR NUMBER EXISTED, I had a dream I was at a movie (!) of A Few Good Men (weirdly called something like Uprising) and this played through opening credits which was over the jailbreak.
            I was telling my sons about the dream, and they sent me this link. No, I have no explanation:

            1. What a cool song! Never heard of the band, but at first I thought it was one of those late 60s/early 70s regional bands that had one or two local hits, then disappeared from view. But they have that acid rock vibe. I used to listen to an Internet radio station about five or six years ago called Rocket 88: The Best Station Out There. The only way to access it was through a very simple website with a very simple rocket graphic that you clicked on to play. My impression was that it was one person, or maybe two, who had all this great, wonderful music on a bunch of iPods and just let them play for hours. Once it got going, it played a lot of music that I never heard of from bands that were in the bottom reaches of the Top 100 Albums of a particular year, or very obscure cuts by bands I did know, or the regional bands I mentioned above. And not only rock, but blues, jazz, zydeco, reggae, and other genres I wasn’t familiar with. There were times when the site was down and I had to find another station to listen to, but I filled up a couple sketchbooks with titles of songs and artists, meaning to look them up to add to my collection. Sadly, it seems that it’s off the air, because my searches turn up the Jackie Brenston song “Rocket 88,” in addition to others by Ike Turner, and bands named Rocket 88.

          2. Like the back of the T shirt — one of my favorite self invented acronyms is FOAD — F Off And Die

  16. This cheerful bit popped up this morning: https://electionwiz.com/2021/04/28/arizona-school-board-flees-parents-elect-new-board-vote-to-end-mask-mandate/

    Vail School Board in AZ was scheduled to consider extending the mask mandate for children. About a hundred parents showed up to protest. The Board canceled the meeting and scampered.

    The parents, following Roget’s Rules of Order, found the Board out of order, resumed the meeting, fired them, elected a new Board, and took care of their business directly.

    I expect a mix of piteous and rabid protest from people who forgot who they were supposed to be working for… but not even the Woke care much for School Boards.

    1. Tis funny watching some of the people on arfcom insist that it means nothing because none of it is legally binding.

      A depressing number of people still have a five year old’s understanding of how the world works.

    2. Oh my goodness, the sheer American-ness of that…

      Now, how do we make that work with higher institutions, say, Congress??

      1. It hasn’t worked there until their unmasked kids are allowed into the schools without being arrested, expelled, or otherwise retaliated against. Oh, and the parents keep their jobs.

    3. Don’t worry, the courts will “fix” this and reinstall the old board.

      As for the new board, the FBI raids will be next Tuesday.

  17. I was going to mention the story about the parents in Vail, Arizona, but I see you already linked to it on Instapundit. It seems that the Governor had issued an order dropping the mandatory face-masking in schools. Apparently the school board had decided to continue to require face-masking anyway, and called a meeting to explain and defend their decision. About a hundred parents showed up to protest, rather passionately and vociferously. The school board panicked, canceled the meeting, called out the Sheriff, and left. (Note: This is not an effective method for dealing with a displeased constituency). So the parent held their own meeting and voted, right then and there, to replace the school board. I don’t think it’s going to hold up, legally, but I’ll have to say that the school board probably isn’t going to make the next edition of “Profiles in Courage”… and may not (i.e. should not) survive the next official election cycle.

  18. For something so silly it became sublime — action movie director Rohit Shetty did a short film as a commercial for “Ching’s Secret” instant Chinese food. It’s an entire Bollywood film (including Shetty’s signature car flipping, odd physics, and bad CGI ) in 5 minutes (there are English subtitles since I doubt many of us speak Hindi)–

    1. Brilliant! Dancing, car stunts, practical stunts, and Hindi Dick jokes! Plus he’s Indian so his wearing the Indian headdress is not a appropriation violation.

      Just Brilliant!

    2. Oh, and I’d like to say that is one stunningly beautiful woman. Reminds me a bit of a regular we had at the bike shop in NOLA back in the mid ’80s

        1. The images make *me* queasy. And I have an account (NOT telling the name I use!) on Furaffinity…. THAT should tell you WAY TOO DAMN MUCH right there.

            1. There are lots of good furries but unfortunately the woke have a vector into them via queer theory. The fandom now is… not a lot like the fandom I grew up with. :/

          1. Without having the least interest (I don’t break that way) I am maternally fond of young fur males — those under 40 because I’m awld — who tend to be polite and sane.

            1. And I am… if not Ancient, at least no longer Generally Considered Young. (What the truly young think is amazing… some are astonished that I am *NOT* _decade-s-_ older.

          1. “Slick” Willie Brown is an accomplished California politician who managed to never get caught. (I knew someone on the federal grand jury investigating him, and he was ruefully amazed at Willie’s ability to escape trouble.) I gather there are some seriously NSFW tapes in somebody’s hands. If/when she becomes FICUS, things might get terribly interesting, in several ways.

              1. Heh. BOTH of the Clintons. (Or all 3, if you count Chelsea. Which, given what I’ve heard about the Foundation’s shenanigans…she absolutely should be counted.)

        1. That creature is…. yeah. Best left alone as far as the imagery goes. 🙂

    1. It comes to mind that ‘opposition to Kam Harris is heterophobic’ is perhaps better territory to fight over than ‘opposition to Kam Harris is misogynist.’

      Anyway…

      Joe Biden’s body hops a moldering on a grave.

      1. I also think Kam Harris is icky, and in theory I am interested in women.

        Seems to be a very unpleasant person to be around.

    1. As a Totally For Sure Right-Wing Extremist for Crypto-Fascist Moderation, I need to speak out against premature excitement.

      It is not yet time to blow up international flights.

      It is not yet time to burn down cable providers.

      It is not yet time to kill Democrat friends and family.

      Do not immediately shove your hand in a meat grinder for no benefit whatsoever, but the time for that will surely come.

      /sarcasm

  19. Great piece by Roger Kimball on how Biden’s address last night was essentially the boring less histrionic version of Mussolini’s “all within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state” and that the Democratic Party’s “plan” is indistinguishable from Mussolini’s.

    (via Insty) https://spectator.us/topic/mendacity-joe-biden-address-congress/

    I disagree in that Mussolini’s plan wasn’t race based, unlike the Democrats whose plan is not only overtly and expressly race based, but actively demonizes the entirety of all those who are members of those racial/identity groups. Thus, the Democratic Party’s plan is as much Nazi as it is Mussolini. Since it seeks to end national identity with open borders, it is also very much communistic in goal. It is in essence a potpourri of totalitarian Marxism wrapped up into one noxious poison pill that they intend to ram down our throats.

      1. Exactly my point about how the Democrats seek communist (i.e. international totalitarian socialism) but are willing to use fascist methods (i.e. allowing private businesses to exist but making them into essentially instruments of the state). Given their use of Maoist struggle sessions and famine as a weapon (Mao and Stalin), the Democrats literally are pushing potpourri of totalitarian socialism

          1. They really don’t care whether they work or not as their goal is to accumulate and assert absolute power over everyone else. The will to power is what drives their actions.

            1. Well, yeah…that’s what they mean by “worked”.

              I am starting to think a lot of the current younger Dems get “high” on this crap, same as terrorists do when they burn something down.

              1. I know some very left-wing people. One of the more rant-prone has what I would charitably describe as an well-developed sense of justice and a deficit of valid information. If the things he’s perpetually peeved about were actually happening, he’d be justified in his anger. He’s not an idiot, but he’s living breathing example of G-I-G-O. I muted him on FaceBook for about four years, because he seemed to think he had some Nazis to fight.

        1. State control of privately owned businesses = Fascism
          versus
          Privately owned businesses control of the State = a corporatocracy
          except those businesses are controlled by a small group of elitists, making it a kind of oligarchy.

          One wonders just how many of these businesses are controlled by the Top 13 World families?
          Rothschild (Bauer or Bower), Bruce, Cavendish (Kennedy), Medici, Hanover, Habsburg, Krupp, Plantagenet, Rockefeller, Romanov, Sinclair (St. Clair), Warburg (the Bank), Windsor (Saxe-Coburg-Gothe).

          1. A reminder that the Ingsoc ideology of the Party in Oceania was entitled “The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism” and described the foundation of the Party’s slogans.

      2. That’s it.

        That’s why communism is successful fascism, ie keeps the subsidies flowing.

        In rejecting nationalism it isn’t “threatening”.

        I know, I know, but I think that could be it. Thinking back to the parts of the Cold War I remember that makes complete sense. They had the West fooled until the 80s. Even then, they had a lot of the West fooled, but if Sontag was saying that by 1982, the spell was broken and the USSR went out of business less than a decade later.

    1. Mussolini was a fascist; socialism for a nation-state. Our new regime is national-socialist.

        1. If that were true, they wouldn’t have the Critical Race Theory stuff. Their open-borders push is only for some races.

          1. er…. no.
            You’re confusing their reinvented Marxism with international/national axis.
            You see, Gramsci made it so the revolution will come through people who tan, not that icky proletariat.
            Actually the open borders is part of the international push. As is the racial stuff.
            You see, they think that since white people are a minority worldwide, if they make it one world nation, the people who tan will be in control, so they must appease and assume leadership early. (Rolls eyes.)
            They’re international socialists. Like all international socialists they believe the world is one nation. This nation used to be Russia. now it’s China. One shithole is much like the other.

            1. “You see, Gramsci made it so the revolution will come through people who tan, not that icky proletariat.”

              Which is…national socialism. I’m not saying this in order to fob them off as “Nazis” and not have to think about them, but because that’s the way to best understand them. Hitler was a Marxist, too. The NSDAP’s ideology used Marxist economic theory, but substituted race for class. That’s one of the reasons it’s so easy to demonize the Nazis–there was no forgiveness in their ideology. Under international socialism, you can exit your class and join the proletariat, but under national socialism you can never be of the correct race if you aren’t already. (cf: CRT)

              Now, there is *also* a bunch of (as President Trump described them) “very rich, very stupid” oligarchs who believe they’re going to be running the show, come the revolution. But even old, white Joe Biden has to talk constantly about how the new socialism is only going to benefit the superior races.

              Oh, and “open borders” is really a misnomer. It’s “open border”. The border with Latin America. Canadians and Europeans still aren’t free to come and go as they please.

              1. No. What I mean is races aren’t nations. So I can’t figure out what you’re thinking.
                You know the Nazis were the exception on the “race” obsession, right?

                1. Which is why communazi (or communnazi if you prefer) is the perfect term for them. They are international socialists whose goals for the most part are the same as the traditional communists, but they are willing to use Mussolini style fascism to achieve that goal. Since like the Nazis, their particular brand of socialism is identity group based, with a overwhelming obsession with race, rather than calling them commufascists, they are in fact communazis.

                    1. The big difference is that international socialists believe that they can make all of humanity into the New Socialist Man. National-socialists believe that they can achieve the same aim by eliminating the unsuitable nations.

                    2. Is “brown” a race? No it is not. The intent is to make a nation out of it.

                    3. Either way, it’s not international socialism. The ideological conceit of communism is that it is universal. Our home-grown national socialists believe that they can create a socialist state by eliminating “whiteness”.

                2. Keep in mind that I don’t agree with any of this–national socialism is stupid, as is any form of Marxism. And I’m not claiming that it’s internally consistent, it’s not. But there *is* a sort of logic to it, and understanding it is important in talking to people.

                  The colloquial English is ambiguous here, and the German is worse. (The pedantic history lecturer Neil steps up to the lectern) The terms of art are “nation” and “nation-state”. (Leaving aside that “nation-state” is an old Progressive term coming from the idea that ideally “nation” and “state” should be congruent.)

                  The NSDAP’s national-socialism wasn’t congruent with race, either. The “nation” in “national socialist” referred to the “Aryan people”. Not “white”, not “European”. The Aryans supposedly needed to be kept separate from Jews and Slavs in particular because only Aryans had the correct racial characteristics to be suitable for socialism. It was their solution to the same problem that was supposed to be solved by the New Soviet Man–that socialism is manifestly incompatible with humans.

                  CRT struggles with the same question and answers it in the same way–“different ways of knowing”, “white science”, “lived experience”, etc., all from the idea that brown peoples are suitable for socialist society in ways that whites are not. The difference of this national-socialism from Nazism is that instead of a single nation, they believe that several nations are suitable for socialism, and they’ve focused on a single race as being unsuitable (unless they’re including Asians now, which may be the case).

                  Now, why is Antifa mostly white? Because they’re on a crusade. Marxism is more important than survival.

                3. Sorry, I just realized I fell into the colloquial trap in the previous comment. The Nazis substituted the “Aryan race” for the proletariat, but that’s a mistranslation. The “Aryan people” is better.

              2. > The NSDAP’s ideology used Marxist economic theory,

                I don’t think so. “Subordination of all industry to the State”, sure, the Fed operates that way too. The NSDAP seemed to operate more on the “what’s mine is mine, and what’s yours is mine” level in the gaus. Some people have described it as a “gangster government”, which seems to fit what I’ve inferred reading various histories.

                1. That’s the practical effect of ALL Marxism. But the ideological intent was that, once they had sufficient lebensraum and had populated it with Aryans, socialism would be possible.

                  1. I recently learned, or perhaps just noticed properly, that the NSDAP was founded specifically to be the working-class arm of the Thule Society, when the Thule Society leaders realized they needed much more membership to achieve their goals, and also cheaper dues that more people could afford. This explains a lot about their original name, their party magazines, etc.

                    So yes, they believed in socialism, but the main aims were always magic, exalting Aryans, killing Jews, getting rid of Christianity, reviving non-historical secret-powers Norse paganism, Madam Blavatsky Tibet Atlantis stuff, breeding back in the special magical/psychic organs possessed by Aryans before crossbreeding bred them out, immortality, and socialism as a magical process for the superior psychic human.

                    So whenever you ask yourself, “Why did the Nazis/German government do this timewaster instead of doing the survival-oriented thing?”, it’s because Hitler was running the Junior Thule Society, and therefore was prioritizing everything that he had promised to prioritize.The national-socialism was just the “everyone sensible believes in socialism” thing, tied to “let’s make the corporations pay for everything, and then eventually nationalize them instead of doing it right away.” They replaced the Soviet “intelligensiya will run everything” with “the magically initiated elite will run everything.”

                    1. Functionally, socialist intellectuals are ‘magically initiated elite’.

                      Bernie may legitimately be a nationalist socialist. That may be the reason Obama’s backers let Hilary cheat Bernie of the nomination.

                      Obama’s backers are behind Biden. In ideology, the faction is a fairly recent version of the communist/internationalist flavors of socialism.

                      This regime is fairly obviously in China’s pocket.

                      Furthermore, a national socialist flavor of the regime would be positioning itself differently in the propaganda. You make a lot of promises to your own nation, and dehumanize other nations as prep for inflicting the costs on them. Domestic austerity for climate change is an internationalist policy and propaganda pitch.

                    2. The soviets were ALSO big in the occult. I have several books on their experiments.
                      Makes you wonder if we know true history, and what’s actually important, does it.
                      “There was a war in heaven….”
                      And maybe all this are aftershocks?

                    3. Perhaps that was part of their motivation, but contrary to your comment, it’s entirely possible to explain Hitler’s strategic thought by reference to his economic and eugenic theories.

                    4. Note the soviets were just as crazy with magic and magical “races” — we just didn’t hear about it.
                      Sigh “And everybody hates the Jews.”
                      Tradition, I guess.

                    5. It’s true that there’s only so far you can go down the rabbit hole of trying to take this stuff at face value. In the end, it all amounts to some form or another of idolatry, and carries with it the ancient evils associated with that.

                    6. I remember reading an alternate history/fantasy story where the Holocaust was necromancy to bring back the Nores gods – and it workked.

                    7. Great piece showing just how rabidly anti-Semitic the HarrisBiden crew are:

                      https://melaniephillips.substack.com/p/america-smashes-its-moral-compass

                      Even Obama condemned the 2001 Durban anti-Semitic hatefest. HarrisBiden are embracing it and celebrating it. As far as racial identity socialism, the current Democratic Party and its leadership are the ideological heirs to the Nazis, and their praise of Durban is proof.

                      Anyone who doesn’t think that HarrisBiden seek Israel’s destruction and the elimination of the Jews living there hasn’t been paying attention.

  20. I am seeing a lot of these types of things lately shared, and it’s usually guys, one black and one white, doing something fun or heartwarming, and it is a great reminder to me that this is the America I live in. 🙂

    1. OMG, that makes me laugh so hard. I think I know these guys.

      And yep, that’s real America. We don’t have time for the urban crap.

      1. At one point, on a perfect summer afternoon, we walked into two wedding parties.
        They could have been staged to be one of those commercials that have “one of everything” including the obligatory gay couple.
        And you know? From the context and various other clues, I bet those parties were OVERWHELMINGLY conservative.
        America, indeed.

        1. 🙂 Or like the gay married dudes (that remind me in one case of Scott Pressler) in my concealed carry course. And me the short white Scandinavian older woman. It’s just fun saying hello at the beginning of class. Everybody is cool and open and laughing about the stereotypes, and how stupid and wrong they are.

          1. He takes the Lord’s name in vain. I fear for the soul of anyone who does that.

            1. Do you know there are ENTIRE Christian cultures that don’t care? They don’t even consider it a sin?
              No?
              Weird.
              I also happen to think that HIMSELF understands the need to reach certain audiences beyond church ladies and fainting goats.
              But feel free to be offended at your leisure. It’s good for you. Outrage keeps the blood pumping in your veins and is as good as exercise.

              1. here are ENTIRE Christian cultures that don’t care? They don’t even consider it a sin?

                Admittedly not a very convincing argument; “I said Die Heretic! and pushed him off!” is funny because its true.

              2. > Outrage

                I’m still angry over the “Classic Coke” face. It didn’t taste anything like pre-New-Coke, but everyone accepted the claim at face value. WTF?

                GHARRRR… I’m still mad about that, even through their “be less white” marketing made me swear off every Coca-Cola product forever.

              1. I can’t even *read* the word “Bulwark” without giggling. Well played, Mr. Herb.

            2. The ultimate “taking name in vain” would be preaching lies. Right after and intersecting with that would be using a veneer of religion to feather one’s pet causes. Only after you get through all of that — an oooh boy is it a long list — do you get to the curse words.

                1. It’s like the fainting spells over the word “damn”. Ok, objecting to generic cursing? Fine whatever, but rather sensitive to such a milquetoast curse are we?

                  But then there are the people who completely expunge the word. For them the appropriate solution would be to strap them in the chair Clockwork Orange style with random passages from the Bible in front of them and wait for their hair to start smouldering from the language used.

                  1. It isn’t milquetoast to them if you co nsider the fact that they think damnation is the worst possible thing to happen to somebody/some thing. To them, you are trivializing the most heinous, awful, grievous thing that could possibly occur.

                    They might still think you’re a gobshite, for instance, but not a damned one.

                  2. What if you read them:

                    “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will render an account for every careless word they speak”

                    or:

                    “The tongue is also a fire. It exists among our members as a world of malice, defiling the whole body and setting the entire course of our lives on fire, itself set on fire by Gehenna. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. This need not be so, my brothers. Does a spring gush forth from the same opening both pure and brackish water?”

            3. My understanding is that “taking the Lord’s name in vain” does not mean using it as a swear word, but rather, using it to make a false oath.

              First quick explanation I came to:
              https://www.gotquestions.org/Lords-name-vain.html
              “In the Old Testament, bringing dishonor on God’s name was done by failing to perform an oath or vow taken in His name (Leviticus 19:12). The man who used God’s name to legitimize his oath, and then broke his promise, would indicate his lack of reverence for God as well as a lack of fear of His holy retribution. It was essentially the same as denying God’s existence.”

              1. Apparently also a thing in Greek mythology. Using a deity’s name to swear an oath and then brakign that oath made you the deity’s property to destroy, throw away, or generally mess with, for thinking that one could swear by them and not be held accountable.

                1. There are accounts where a person tried to swear falsely by a god’s name, and the god prevented it.

            4. I didn’t listen, but I doubt if he took the actual Name in vain. Besides, although we know the consonants are the Hebrew equivalent of Y H W H, nobody is really sure what the correct vowels are, since text in ancient Hebrew doesn’t have vowels.

    1. Did I not call for electoral colleges at the state level, way back when? And here’s why:

      CA 2016 POTUS vote, by county and by precinct:

      1. Did I not call for electoral colleges at the state level, way back when?


        Not the only one. I’ve mentioned the concept a time or two, and agreed when someone else has. Been told a number of times why this can’t be done or is stupid … the latter not here.

        Anyone else have the popcorn out on all the screeching about the blue states loosing representatives due to the 2020 census? This despite the inclusion of everyone US citizen or not. They couldn’t win under their own rules.

          1. How I like to think of it is that state electoral colleges would prevent national fraud, and help defuse rural/urban isdues, but to get them you have to get rid of the fraud first. So ain’t happening yet! But I really like the idea too. (Assuming the machine are not fixing “incorrect votes.” I’m in the ” let’s hand count in public” camp.)

            1. All vote counting should be done in public. Those are our votes. The only reason to exclude us from the counting process is because THEY’RE HIDING SOMETHING FROM US!!

        1. When I was in HS taking the mandatory state government course, I learned that the Arizona State Legislature used to be structured as the US Congress is, lower house by population, upper house by county. It was for the same reason as the Federal government, so the high population urban areas wouldn’t dominate state government. Then the Supreme Court came along and decided that said that since the states weren’t a federation, but counties were subdivisions of the state, it wasn’t democratic enough and a “republican form of government” had to be one man,one vote in both houses. Pissed me off at the Supreme Court: How dare it stomp on the will of the people like that? And I’ve never gotten over it. Since that’s only one of several decisions with rather distorting effects on the Republic, I’ve long held the opinion that the Court has gotten way too big for its britches. There needs to be a stronger check on the Court’s ability to decide that the Constitution means whatever the Court says it does.

          1. It was shortly after that that state budgets started exploding. Coincidence? I think not.

          2. Those court decisions (Buckley v. Valeo and Reynolds v. Sims) made many states captives of their largest cities. For the most recent example, most Virginians were shocked when the legislature started passing extreme gun restrictions in the last year or two. If there were still a state legislative house with one representative per county, or some such, those laws would have been defeated by a ratio of roughly 10 to 1. They tell new officers, “Don’t give an order you know won’t be obeyed.” Legislatures should pay heed to that notion.
            Because of those court decisions, many “downstate” residents feel permanently disenfranchised. Not technically “taxation without representation,” not quite, but you can see it from here. D’ye think some of that resentment is fueling our present political divide?

            1. I don’t doubt that it is. The urban/rural divide in voter preferences and affiliations seems to be more or less underplayed by the chattering classes. I could speculate on the reasons, but my observations are casual, not systematic.

      2. Dang! WP “Failed to post” my comment and I don’t want to rewrite the darned thing, so here in a nutshell:

        While the Newsome Recall may seem merely entertainment it now matters that a Republican replace him. Because the state will be reapportioning after losing a House seat, it is imperative that there be a GOP voice heard, whether it be Jenner, Grenell or one of the other Republicans challenging for the governorship.

        While the legislature might pull it together to override a gubernatorial veto of their scheme, the need to do so or compromise with Gov. Whomever will limit their gerrymandering ability.
        ~

  21. “tell me how you’re coping, and what you’re doing to get by”

    I’m going to exercise classes to get in better shape. I’d really like to lose wait but haven’t had much luck, so I hope the exercise will help with that. I’m planting fruit trees and strawberries and roses. I’m thinking of putting in a greenhouse, to enable better growing of food. We started going to a local church which still has masks and social distancing (unfortunately) but seems to be sane in the way it stays away from politics and wokeness. We’re looking around for other ways to connect to the community (we moved here at the end of March 2020 when everything was locked down).

    I’m going to be getting a chunk of money in a few months, and I think I’m going to use it to pay off the mortgage. I’m past retirement age but still working, and Social Security is *not* going to last at its current payouts… I expect they will put in place some kind of means testing and it feels safer to not have a mortgage rather than have it invested. They might seize 401k accounts. They might reduce Social Security if you have too many resources. I think they might have a harder time politically demanding that retired people spend down their equity. Bonds pay less than the mortgage interest. The stock market is kinda crazy.

    1. “I think they might have a harder time politically demanding that retired people spend down their equity.”

      Why? They do it NOW with Medicare and paying for assisted living etc.

      1. There is a huge area of legal practice that involves moving assets into trusts so that they don’t count towards money that has to be used before medicare long term or assisted living payments can be received.

        1. Absolutely. But the notion that the government is entitled to demand that you give up your property (either pay the tax, or spend time and money avoiding it) is accepted either way.

    2. “I’m going to exercise classes to get in better shape. I’d really like to lose wait but haven’t had much luck, so I hope the exercise will help with that.”

      Screw the losing-weight thing. Cardiovascular fitness is MUCH more important to your health and much more achievable, and whatever weight loss may come along for the ride is just a nice bonus. (Says a guy who should be doing the same, but isn’t.)

  22. I too believe that things are going to get bad for a period of time. I don’t think it will be years, more like a few months at most.

    To use a movie metaphor. The Left is “The Wild Bunch” in the opening scene. A gang that is way past it’s prime and thinks this one last job will set them up forever. Antifa/BLM are “Crazy Lee” and the gangs leaders haven’t yet found out that their take from the stolen election is just bags of steel washers.

        1. Some. Not a ton. But hey, if this does well, I’ll be able to dictate better terms next time.
          For now, it’s a lark and I assume a one-off. So we’re keeping signed issues for the boys 😉

        2. Oof, fifty bucks. I’ll not be able to count that one in my frivolous purchases.

          Might not be able to get this one immediately. I’ll have to see how the wife feels about it.

  23. Regarding the possibility/impossibility of exterminating the white race: I’m not saying that they will be successful, but it is not anywhere near as impossible as you think. They wouldn’t have to exterminate the majority at any one time. They probably intend to kill the “rednecks” first. Yes, I know that is a tall order, but keep in mind that many soft urbanite whites would be completely on board. After that they could kill the suburban whites much more easily, since they are not as tough as blue collar workers or rural people. Furthermore, with the extermination of rednecks, the heart and soul of the resistance would be gone. Then would come the rest of the non-Hispanic whites. After that, if they wanted, they could kill Hispanic whites as well.

    One thing that strikes me about the fall of the Western Roman Empire is just how complete it was. I don’t see anywhere that there was ever an attempt to restore it by its own citizens. The Eastern Roman Empire did reconquer Italy, briefly, but that was entirely an outside operation. The Western empire essentially disappeared without a trace. So yes, there is a precedent.

      1. Hey, it’s Ken.
        He’s making what’s between his ears do work it was never designed for. The question is how did he end up with fecaliths for brain. Some scientist will figure it out, eventually.
        You won’t believe this, but one of these critters just tried to get through with a comment under the name “Carlos Danger” …. because we really want comments by Anthony Wiener.

    1. If the plan starts with eliminating rednecks, the plan is doomed.

      Rednecks get ridiculed by the effete elite, but they’re the hands-down favorites in a death match.

      1. Doesn’t much matter what the opponent is, but blithely saying “eliminate the rednecks” is one of the funnier things I’ve read today. They (We? After 17+ years here, I’m not sure I’m not one, EE degree(s) or not.) are damned hard to kill, though the crime/911 stats might argue it’s not for lack of trying. (Frequently, by other rednecks.)

          1. One of the tougher locals I know is a ChemE who did a lot of work with concrete. It never has been a good idea to tick him off. Ever.

        1. I wrote this a couple years back while mocking a grabber suggesting that “gun owners bear the costs”:

          Somewhere in Alabama….

          A radio is tuned to the news as a reporter is finishing talking about the new 1000000000% tax on ammunition

          Billy: “Timmy, I ain’t nev’r thurt urf that idea. Y’all ever heard that before?”

          Timmy: “Naw I ain’t never did Billuh, shore is a high falutin way o’ goin ’bout things. Wonder why tey tax em so high?”

          Billy: “Dint y’all gotta go pick up your new hood from the lodge today?”

          Timmy: “Dang nabbit I did! Y’all mind watchin’ that Jane don’t break outa thu kitchen while I’z gone? She’s been awful ornery since her eith baby.”

          Billy: “Shore don’t Timmy.”

          Timmy leaves in his dilapidated pickup beer in hand

          Unfortunately for Timmy he never made it to the lodge. Earlier that day a shot had been fired at the state capitol building, and in retaliation the state of Alabama was subjected to nuclear carpet bombing.

    2. The Western Empire disappeared, not the people. The characteristics that led to adding the line to the church liturgy “From the fury of the Norseman, Good Lord deliver us” may be subdued at the moment, but the capacity of the white race for truly awe inspiring violence is just unused, not gone. Speaking as a person of primarily Celtic/Northern European ancestry, I suspect we might be harder to kill off than you think.

    3. You do realize that, somewhere around Charlemagne, there is a document that gives the official Roman government positions of most of Northern Europe. That was the whole reason Charlemagne got traction – because the Empire was still going on, in a lot of places. Whether or not Constantinople knew.

      And the popes spent a lot of time negotiating Eastern emperor vs western lands of the emperor vs. Western guys who were Roman bureaucrats and patricians.

      1. The other reason Charlemagne got a lot of traction was that one of the valid Western Empire revival guys was a Frankish general. And the reason he didn’t make it, like a lot of other candidates, was that Constantinople funded anti-Western bandit needs, to stop new Emperors of the West emerging. (Plus assassins, sometimes.)

      1. I believe the correct term is ‘coprolites’. 😛

        (For those wondering, ‘fossilized turds’)

        1. Well, it would be after Ken joins the dinosaurs. A fecalith is formed internally, while you’re still alive…

    1. Also, not being in America and never having seen anything about us, except via your censored media, you think we’re about the size of Russia, with the same population and the same culture.

  24. People keep talking about a new civil war – but the situation is different than other internal conflicts. We are already OCCUPIED. What I see happening is more like the resistance against the Nazis in Europe during WWII. Even to the fact there were supposed nationalists of the various countries collaborating. The actual leaders can’t be gotten near much less taken down – but their action arm is exposed on the local level. When their fingers – the police and inspectors and agents of the regulatory arms start disappearing and having more ‘accidents’ than can be explained – figure it’s on. When you see so many outages and infrastructure failures you know it isn’t wear and tear and failure – it’s sabotage – it’s on.

    1. The Troubles.

      Strange as it may be there have been conflicts outside of WW2 (the ‘2’ would seem to suggest this as well). Similarly there have been large no longer existing civilizations other than Rome.

      1. Every now and then a new one crops up. Angkor Wat. Mohenjo-Daro. Not just lost, but entirely forgotten, then rediscovered. Not counting the dozens we know of only by casual mentions in ancient documents or inscriptions. And then there are the bits and pieces; we’ve found mines that date back to the Cro-Magnon era, and others that are only 10 or 12 thousand years old, with no surrounding signs of civilization, at least that we’ve found (or perhaps ‘recognized’) nearby.

          1. #1 on my list of Pet Archeological Peeves. That ain’t no “ritual stones erected by hunter/gatherers” (seriously? find me another such wasted effort in the entire history of H/G cultures, and explain how they fed that artisan class doing the useless work. I’ll wait) — that’s a granary and tax office, and the uprights are roof supports. The materials used to “deliberately bury” them are nicely laid stone walls. Oh, and ground-penetrating radar found about a hundred huts surrounding, and there’s another group of suspiciously-similar structures visible on the sat view only a couple miles away. And advanced/wealthy enough to support an artisan class with nothing better to do than decorate stone pillars.

            Yeah, we’re missing at least an entire era of pre-Bronze-Age civilizations, and probably several; this’un just happened to get emptied by cool-period drought and preserved by blowing dirt, rather than built on top of 50 times in a row.

            Side peeve: bunch of mysterious writing-like symbols in caves, dating back some 40k years. Consistently found across a range exactly coincidental with the Neanderthal range. Mystery my ass; those are detailed tallies (likely for game and trade goods). From a people who apparently had reliable portable lighting, or how else did they make such marks way down in deep dark caves?

            But they’re so invested in that certain things cannot happen before the approved timeline, that they can’t see what’s in front of their nose.

            [typing in a hurry and flipping thru shit really quick, but anyway.]

            1. From a people who apparently had reliable portable lighting, or how else did they make such marks way down in deep dark caves?

              Which isn’t that hard– if you can get oil, and you can get a bowl-shape to carry it, you can stick some grass in there and have a decent source of light. It’s not an LED, but it’s LIGHT.

              And that’s something that a stupid housewife that hates camping knows!

              1. Exactly. Even a lump of flaming tallow on the end of a stick would serve, if you don’t want ’em to have rendered fat. Tho the depths explored and the quantity of marks left imply their portable lighting was probably more sophisticated than that, likely at least to using rendered fat, containers, and wicks. Wicks aren’t hard, a twist of anything fibrous will do.

                Oh, and the European cave paintings (at that scale, another implication of an early artisan/shaman class and enough wealth to support it)… turns out with better dating, they’re too old to be from modern humans; they’re Neanderthal too. And never mind lighting; some required *scaffolding* to create. [I posit the reason we haven’t found more than a certain level of primitive stone tools from ’em is that they used a lot more wood, which has not survived at all. They did after all make glue from birch sap.]

                Another peeve: turning themselves inside out insisting that ancient femur with three cleanly-drilled, evenly spaced holes was due to an “animal bite”, not Neanderthals making basic flutes. I guess they’ve never seen what happens to a big thick bone when bitten hard enough to puncture it… you don’t get holes, you get shards.

                The list goes on: animal skulls with big horns still attached found liberally decorating interior remnants of stone huts — must have been for “ritual” purposes. And I’m like…have you people never been inside a modern man cave??

                /ignore if you’ve heard this rant before…

                1. I’m singing along on the chorus, my only objection is that I don’t think “Neanderthal” is a different species at all– that they’re looking at it wrong, and it’s more like ‘this group had a lot of traits that either didn’t pass down or we haven’t noticed being passed down yet’, then they keep patching stuff to keep the theory even when it’s silly. (*looks at the “Neanderthal teeth” in dentistry*)

                  1. Agreed… I think “Neanderthal” was probably the original evolutionary mainstream for intelligent humans, but was rapidly diluted and overwhelmed when along came the r-strategist invaders from Africa, and today mostly exists as genetic remnants.***

                    If you want to see a lot of Neanderthal genes in one place… look at all the redheads in professional baseball. Also, Trump.

                    *** We’ve actually seen this happen in realtime in some dog breeds, where the original mainstream lines had a distinct set of traits, but those traits were subsumed by the result of a crossbreeding and subsequent selection away from the classic type, so the modern type is very different, and the original type is mostly lost outside of specialty niches. Here’s the example that chaps my ass:

                    Classic type:
                    http://www.pedigreedatabase.com/labrador_retriever/dog.html?id=1789509-flapper

                    New predominant type, the legacy of a Rottweiler crossbreeding in the 1950s (admittedly one of the more extreme examples):
                    www DOT pedigreedatabase DOT com/labrador_retriever/dog.html?id=1375509-veyatie-driving-along

                    1. Also probably most of us, including me. I’m pegging the “used to be considered impossible” level of Neanderthal genes.
                      So is husband. We won’t talk about the kids.

                  2. I’ve been doing some looking into the subject for a story I’m in the middle of. What i got:

                    Between 500,000 and 300,000 years ago a wave of hominids wandered out of Africa. Some went north-east and wound up around Mongolia. We call them Denisovans. Some headed north-west and wound up in Europe. We call them Neanderthals.

                    Around 200,000 to 150,000 years ago, a slightly different group of hominids started moving north from Africa and spread out pretty much everywhere. Known today as Sapiens and/or Cro-Magnons. They had some advantage over the earlier groups, which may have been the modern variant FOXP2 gene, conferring greater fine motor control and dexterity, and leading to complex spoken language. They also outnumbered them substantially.

                    Eventually the Neanderthals and Denisovans either died out or were absorbed into the larger Sapiens population through interbreeding. Those groups with Neanderthal or Denisovan heritage seem to have been much more successful at building civilizations than those without. Also better at organized warfare, important for keeping your civilization.

                    When the FICUS mocks ‘Neanderthal thinking’ it’s actually a compliment! 😛

                    1. Some of that is outdated. They now think the Neanderthals also had complex spoken language.
                      And were, as I said, more innovative than Sapien.
                      Also there are remains of both 500k years back and then….. it gets complex.

            2. I really really really think there have been several civilizations that rose and fell. Technological? Who knows?
              Yeah “we’d have found remnants!” Would we? Gobleki Teppi was in a highly populated area. What about places now under the ice? Or in the amazonian jungle. Would we have found those? What about places in America, before yellow stone blew its top and the icebergs crawled across the continent?
              Look, I have two reasons to think this: one, every time they look, they find we’re MUCH MUCH older than they thought. (Weirdly so are horses. DOMESTICATED horses. I keep waiting for them to find that the wolves are actually re-feralized dogs, just as they more or less found of horses. So far not, but hey.)
              Second, Humans are a scavenger species in design. Scavenger species don’t DEAL WELL WITH PROSPERITY. They self destroy. There’s a cycle. It’s instinctive.
              “But Sarah! There can’t be an instinct for a tech civ!”
              “Can’t there? Prove it. Show your work.”
              And that’s excluding the fact we might have figured out the interstellar thing before and left the Earth “pristine” to appease the eco freaks.
              In which case the ones who survive here are the result of a few hundred aborigines left in the deepest jungle of the day, by design or accident.
              And if we get to the stars this time, we’ll just be the jonny come latest, and looked down upon as the savages to took forever to catch up. “Yawn, you sure took a long time this time. No, you can’t marry my daughter, you sub- normal freak.”
              😉

              1. I’m pretty sure civilization had a few false starts. The widespread belief that comets herald disaster could have its basis in some prehistoric cataclysm like the Younger Dryas Impact.

              2. Not wolves, but… coyotes. Coyotes in (Texas, IIRC; large population) were DNA-surveyed, and found to have on average about 26% domestic dog DNA…. from 2000 years ago. Meaning they are probably the descendants of Indian dogs (themselves probably originating in north-central Asia) mixed with the occasional wolf who screws the coyote instead of eating it. (Which is where “red wolves” come from today. They’re not a species, they’re a mix that happened to get the tanpoint gene common in coyotes… that likely originated from a dog.)

                Perhaps the archeological boundary between tech civ and non-tech civ is … concrete. Absent concrete, a lot of what you build for everyday (as contrasted to huge-ass stone temples and the like) just doesn’t survive. Concrete is a rather obvious advance once you reach a certain point of technical science, and discover you don’t need to rely on moving awkwardly-heavy stones anymore. Concrete, or rather its lack, is why I don’t believe there are technologically-advanced civilizations lurking in the ground.

                But that doesn’t mean they didn’t get pretty durn far toward what we’d find a reasonably comfortable way of life.

                North America… no evidence of anything major way back there (and we don’t have thousands of years of rebuilding big cities on the same sites to bury everything beyond recall), but there’s peripheral evidence of the Americas being settled by primitives long before conventional wisdom says they came over from Asia. And scattered bits of DNA that might be more recently from Africa.

                Anything really ancient in the Americas wouldn’t be buried under the flood basalts (too many millions of years ago). Seems on this side of the world, we have to make do with the Aztecs and Iroquois; doesn’t seem like we ever had anything more advanced. We find plenty of dinosaurs here, but relatively little evidence of humans.

                1. I GET the concrete thing, but…. doesn’t mean a civilization couldn’t be blind to that. Or that this stuff couldn’t be where we haven’t seen/etc.
                  Look, Portuguese lose part of the coast regularly. And most large cities were coastal.
                  On America: THAT worries me, frankly. Posit we’re really much, much older (humor me. Like, we came from elsewhere, maybe) and it becomes possible.
                  BUT if not? WHY WAS THIS LEFT UNUSED and more inhospitable places colonized?
                  It’s not….. uh….. It bothers me.

                  1. Someone got an advanced copy of Stephanie Osborne’s earthquake / caldera analysis?

              3. Tech civ is literally inherited; we call it “IQ”. Something like 84% of the human genome affects the brain. Higher IQ is actually a consequence of lower genetic load: brains work better when there are fewer broken or deficient bits. When natural selection is allowed to do its job, there’s strong selection toward better health, therefore toward higher IQ (and toward longevity, therefore more TIME to spend on solving problems), therefore toward civilization and technical advancement. (Nutritional influences maxed out 3 or 4 generations back.) We are now heading in the other direction, and human IQ is falling overall.

                You can pretty much map local-indigenous IQ by the level of civilization achieved. And there are, in my observation, some sharp limits that define whether better than subsistence farming will ever arise. The minimum required to invent and utilize the wheel and some form of writing is about IQ92. Cannibalism is routine below about IQ80. That ain’t never gonna achieve rocket science.

    2. Well, of course we are already occupied. But their forces are risible.
      And they don’t GET us.
      And we’re a vast nation which is very hard to INVADE. All they did is take the institutions.

      1. I think infiltrated rather than occupied.

        You know, the junior officers coup can scoot into town in the middle of the night, grab the radio station and a couple government buildings, and start broadcasting that they are in charge, but if they don’t get support from the rest of the Army they end up either perforated or dangling no matter how official and authoritative their broadcasts sounded.

        “Hearts and Minds” was denigrated after it was misused and purposely caricatured the 1960s, but it’s a real thing, and the fight for American Hearts and Minds is on now. That’s why mocking lie-filled idiocies like The China Joe Muppet Show Maskirovka last night is so important.

        And I applaud Ted Cruz for giving China Joe all the attention he so richly deserves.

        1. Ooh, what did Ted say? I didn’t watch the China Joe skit, but I hear it was even stupider than expected.

          1. He dozed off.

            Lefties tried to trend “Ted Snooze”.

            I don’t blame him one bit.

    3. Pfui – you speak as if the whole of the LotR wasn’t merely setting up The Purging of the Shire.
      ~

      1. Heh. Which is why, much as I love the films, I was always annoyed at it being cut. Look, I get that the ending ::cough:: was already about 6 ‘endings’ too long, but…

        What really irked me was Jackson declaring he never liked that part anyway, and I’m over here going “Um…it was kind of one of the major POINTS of the whole thing. That you can’t just eliminate evil by melting down a magic bit of jewelry, that it’s still out there, and you still gotta be ready to fight it–and sometimes it’s invaded your own home.” The untouched Shire was awfully infantilizing to the hobbits. (And I do love the movies, but. The point of the Scouring was that the hobbits were not some innocent group of pure-hearted duffers–they were as complicated and prone to evil as everyone else. And that the bad ones needed to be defeated as much as any Nazgul or Dark Lord or Orc army.)

  25. With the Open Floor, has anybody fallen into the Basement? [Very Big Crazy Grin]

      1. Third door on the left, then second door on the right, then past the crossing hallway, THEN the first door on the right. Should be stairway #17.

    1. Is this the open floor where Don Juan gets dragged down to hell, or the one where Erda rises up to warn us?

    1. Oho, that explains why little Kneelin’ Teddy is suddenly all about stopping Antifa… wasn’t aware he’d been threatened directly. You made your bed, Teddy…

      How’s it go? a conservative is a liberal who just got mugged.

      1. And if that doesn’t change their mind, there is the example of the little old lady in Ed Koch’s anecdote about a judge freeing a mugger after the judge himself had been a mugged; sayeth the old lady “mug him again”.

      1. It is things like this that make me nominate such…… *elaborate grimacing* people….. for testing automated assembly lines ability to handle organic contaminants in their material inputs.

      1. Look, what surprises me is that Ion, at least on half reading — I was interrupted — didn’t bring up border disputes iwth China, or the fact that gain of function studies are going on STILL in Wuhan.

        1. He did note that many Indians are blaming China, and China is blaming …wait for it… the USA!

          1. China’s been blaming the US since shortly after the outbreak started. No real change there.

            Of course, the Chinese might have better luck with those accusations if they admitted that it got out of their lab, and blamed Dr. Fauci for keeping them in the dark about the work he was apparently supporting there. “Yes, it escaped from our lab. But we had no idea those Americans were working on anything this risky!”

              1. It’s open knowledge that no one these days believes that SARS-2 didn’t escape from Wuhan. Even the CDC has started to admit it. The argument these days isn’t whether or not it came from the Wuhan lab. The argument is whether the release was accidental or intentional. Blaming it on Fauci’s research would at least shift a little of the blame somewhere that is Not China(tm).

                I’d snark about bald-faced false denials being a national sport in China, but… well… it’s the same among far too many here in the US, as well.

                1. Release was accident/negligence/incompetence. Cover-up was conditioned reflex. Spreading it around the world was deliberate.

                  At least that’s my take on it. Based on how it affected their population, they expected AT LEAST a hundred million to die of it within 6 months. They were sorely disappointed at how lame it turned out to be. I suspect that even now they’re trying to ‘improve’ it,

        2. gain of function studies are going on STILL in Wuhan.


          The communist Chinese installed their general in charge of biological warfare as head of the Wuhan lab last year. ‘Gain of function’ is the LEAST of what they’re doing.

    1. The Big 5 IT company I work for has lots of offshore teams there, and the absenteeism has been noticeable the last couple of weeks.

      1. weirdly, they’re showing the same picture of a dying man and attributing it to many different cities, etc.
        Makes me wonder how “real” this is, and if it’s an excuse to lock us up again.

        1. I don’t buy anything the media tells me; people being out sick even when it delays multi-million projects is a better indicator IMHO.

        2. Reports from people with relatives is that the hospitals are indeed full (no surprise – beds per pop is low even in major cities) and that they’ve burned through all their 02 supply, so there are community efforts to buy and send over o2 concentrators from here since those keep working rather than o2 bottles since those just get used up.

          I’d be fascinated if the primary Indian bug is a new variant. Fascinated.

  26. Meanwhile the social media companies, in agreement with India’s government, are censoring criticism of the government response.

    Given that the CCP lab in Wuhan still exists, anyone want to take the bet that the CCP is still working on creating new variants of the virus and is releasing them as a bioweapon. After all, India is a big stumbling block to CCP domination of Asia.

  27. Speaking of trigger points that might start the revolution and France- seems like that’s going to be the first Western nation with one I first saw discussion ofthis link about the French military warning the government that things were coming to a breaking point at another blog we all know- and take with a grain of salt. And, it turns out now that some French politicians are openly agreeing with them.

    There are reliable reports the California ANG basically told the politicians there FOAD, though they apparently did it politely.

    1. Interesting. That French mayor apparently grew up in a devoutly Islamic Algerian household. Hopefully it will insulate her somewhat from the inevitable cries of “RACISM!” that are no doubt already heading her way.

    2. The French military, and the Légion étrangère in particular, have a long-standing self assigned role as the Protector Of The Republic that has no parallel in the US military.

  28. Oh, and real quick: What do they call it when your software has driven you to the point of utter insanity?

    App-oplexy

  29. Well, I don’t necessarily have any funny links, but I’ve got plenty of funny stories.

    A couple months ago my entire weirdo family was sitting around the table eating dinner. We were conversing, as we often do, in sarcasm and movie quotes. Our house mate (a Covid refugee) broke in suddenly and said, “I’m so glad you all are normal!”

    The looks that were directed her way were equal parts shocked and appalled. When she realized she’d come quite close to insulting the lot of us, she clarified, “MY kind of normal!”

    As ammo has become increasingly expensive or hard to find, my household has started to tactically arrange our alternative means of defense around the house, in case of intruders, so there are now swords or long knives along any route through the house to the various entrances. I have been told by coworkers that having swords propped in strategic corners of the house is not ‘normal’.

    1. “As ammo has become increasingly expensive or hard to find, my household has started to tactically arrange our alternative means of defense around the house, in case of intruders, so there are now swords or long knives along any route through the house to the various entrances.”

      This is awesome. We did the same thing when I was in college. Small place off campus, lots of weaponry.

    2. I am intrigued by your decorating scheme, and wish to subscribe to your newsletter. 😀

      I lack swords, but come to it (exceedingly unlikely in present location), I’m very comfortable with 30 inches of half-inch metal conduit. Light and fast in the hand, and lands hard enough to break shit.

      1. Be sure to get a wooden dowel sand it just enough to allow it to fit inside. Use glue on the surface and inside of tube and force it into the tube. This will keep it from bending and doesn’t add much weight at all. I painted mine black with a gold tip and then under the tip tied black and gold ribbons.
        I carried it as my badge of office while I was Constable to a SCA Shire. Looks totally non threatening but is solid and could easily lay a person out AND it was NOT A WEAPON. It was my badge of Office. Never had to actually use it but I did need to wave the ribbons at people a couple of times. Some people thought it was cute. Very few realized it was a very useful tool.

        1. The dowel is a good idea. Tho I usually just cut another chunk once the conduit gets too bendy (it’ll stay stiff for a long time, then suddenly gets soft).

    3. I keep a mace near the front door.

      Not a little can of watered-down tear gas. A two-foot-long steel club with six sharpened blades on the business end. Made it many years ago.

    4. The other day, my soon to be 14 yo daughter, out of the blue, said “I wish I had a sword.” I’m trying to figure out what exactly, in her head, a sword looks like so I can start looking for one since it probably isn’t the same thing that is in my head.

      1. “You can’t give her that!’ she screamed. ‘It’s not safe!’

        IT’S A SWORD, said the Hogfather. THEY’RE NOT MEANT TO BE SAFE.

        ‘She’s a child!’ shouted Crumley.

        IT’S EDUCATIONAL.

        ‘What if she cuts herself?’

        THAT WILL BE AN IMPORTANT LESSON.”

        ― Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

      2. How about ASKING her???
        They come in all shapes, sizes and colors now. You can get them fairly cheap (as in under $50), that will work as a starter sword. Not great but useful and sharp. It only really needs to last a few years until she has a better idea of what she wants and most will do that. With her strength she shouldn’t be able to break, bend, etc. even the cheap ones. Get her something that is sharp and pointed, so she learns to respect it.

    1. Meanwhile the person who actually attempted an assassination of multiple Republican members of Congress is having his social media history, his hit list, etc., erased from history by the Democratic Party and its propaganda arm. The one thing that is certain is that these prosecutions are going to go only one way, and that is the way that is aimed at political opponents of the left.

  30. I hope Biden puts Harris in charge of all emergencies. She was told to take charge of the border fiasco and all she did was get some copies of her book down there (probably made a few bucks). If she’s told to manage any domestic uprisings maybe she’ll just go to sleep. Or get the sides confused. Or close down all the prisons before they’re needed. No wonder she couldn’t get any traction in the Dem primaries.

  31. Tossing this out here because I’ve not seen anyone else address it …

    The FICUS’s budget is holding military spending approximately flat, a fine way of deterring aggressor states but what the hey. I am sure the huge savings we’ll realize by withdrawing our last 2500 troops from the Hindu-Kush will help defray that. Let’s ignore the problems in our procurement chain, the fact that our nuclear arsenal and various key weapons systems haven’t been successfully updated since Reagan.

    Then there was the EO raisin minimum wage rates for Federal Contractors from $10.10 an hour to $15. According to what I’ve read this would include not just food service, base maintenance and similar personnel but also workers at such contractors as Boeing and Raytheon. According to Air Force Times this will mean “custodial, security and food service staff at federal buildings … over 10,000 contract employees staffing the call centers for the Affordable Care Act and Medicare” and all others whose employment is covered under a federal contract.

    It’s challenging to determine how widely this covers workers – do janitorial staff at Boeing count as Federal Contractors? – nor what the cascade effect through the pay scales will be, but one thing is obvious.

    If we hold the Defense line item steady and impose a 48.5% minimum wage increase we seem likely to be getting much less bang for our buck.

    I also wonder how this will affect recruiting and lower ranks morale, as they are not getting a nearly 50% raise in pay. According to one analysis (at The American Spectator, “Fifteen dollars an hour works out to about $31,200 annually. Currently, it takes a member of the military reaching pay grade E-4 — three promotions — with four years of service to make that kind of scratch.”
    ~

    1. I haven’t looked at the mil pay charts in a long time: The latest says they are getting a 3% increase for 2021, and to get past that $2,600/mo minimum wage they’d need to be an E-4 with more than three years or an E-5 with more than one year of active duty service – note that’s just Basic Pay without any of the S&I or Allowances, so not necessarily apples to apples with a minimum wage civilian job:

      Click to access 2021%20Pay%20Table%203%20percent%20-%20FINAL.pdf

      1. typo – should read:

        …need to be an E-4 with more than three years or an E-5 with more than two years of active duty service – note that’s just Basic Pay without any of the S&I or Allowances…

      2. How many hours are you assuming?

        As an E-4 I was on a three-section duty rotation, so even with the day after duty off if there is no training and both duty days were weekdays (ie, Tues/Friday) that is 8 + 24 + 0 + 8 + 24 + 0 + 0 = 64 hours or 76 paid hours, meaning base pay needs to be at least $1140/wk or $4560/month.

        Under those constraints, you need to be an E-7 to get to $15/hr under the laxest constraints.

          1. Ah, but why would anyone accept salary work at under minimum wage work. Salary work generally requires more responsibility.

            And this will be a sea change. We used to calculate this when I road the boats and an E-4 on shore duty in three section made close to minimum wage. An E-6 did.

            Now E-7s will barely make it on an hour to hour comparison. That is not good.

          2. The American Spectator piece was looking at it in that direction, just $15/hr civilian job annualized at 40hr/wk vs. raw base pay – and there’s a lot of reasons a min wage job will never get 40 hours these days.

            Certainly mil duty hours are not comparable. But no burger flipper (I know, replaced by robots, just run with the comparison) gets BAS or BAH or clothing allowance (hm, are burger-flipping uniforms issued or required to be purchased?).

            And since BAH varies by locality it’s not easy to compare without specifics – if some unfortunate unmarried active duty E-4 were to PCOS out here (using the zip code for Moffett Field which has some of the last mil housing the the SF Bay Area) they’d get $3,009/mo BAH on top of their $2,330.40 (less than 2 years) to $2829.00 (6 or more) Base Pay. I’m pretty sure junior enlisted getting posted out here does not qualify as a hardship posting, though with prices out here and CA politics it probably should.

            And to be clear, there’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that enlisted pay is still disgracefully low. No doubt at all.

            1. Lower ranks usually can’t get the food or housing money, they’re provided.

              Well, last time I was either stationed in Cali or talked to someone who was.

              In Japan it was a Really Big Deal when I was able to get an allowance as an E5, although a lot of folks did roommates to get off the ship, and of course the always popular Bad Idea Marriage just to escape.

              1. That was my experience for all unmarried enlisted. Even CPOs on shipboard duty were not eligible for BHA or whatever the food one was called.

                Now, all submarine crews had barracks access instead of living on the ship which I know wasn’t true for all surface guys. I briefly worked in Chief’s Barracks while on medical hold at one point. They were pretty nice, but still were dorm rooms (just large, single occupancy ones).

                Married E-4 and above seemed to do okay, but I spent most of my time in New London where there was a base housing shortage.

                A side note for housing, when Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery Maine closed, the Navy tried to give enlisted married housing to the state as public housing. It was rejected as being not up to standard. I’m not sure if that’s a one-off or happened multiple places, but that’s telling on where our government’s priorities have been for a long time.

                I’m surprised we’ve made it this far with valuing the non-productive over those who are defending the nation, especially when that was after two decades of an all-volunteer force.

                1. A side note for housing, when Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery Maine closed, the Navy tried to give enlisted married housing to the state as public housing. It was rejected as being not up to standard. I’m not sure if that’s a one-off or happened multiple places,

                  When I was at Keesler AFB for the multi-service calibration training, I was the last group to live in those barracks.

                  They were then condemned as unfit for human habitation….

                  Pretty nice barracks, compared to most Navy housing!
                  (They moved us into the airforce enlisted ones after that, but being the Navy had to break the rules there, too– we had two people to a room, not one. They were REALLY NICE hotel rooms. :D)

                  1. Long, long ago I lived in the ‘230’ barracks at Great Lakes for several months. They were condemned before World War 2, used on an emergency basis during the war, and then condemned again after the war.

                    Still in use in the 1980’s.

                  2. Screwing the military is an American as Apple pie. (I try not to swear, but….)
                    After learning how Douglas MacArthur got his first publicity, I got cynical, to boot.

                    OTOH, spouse is retired AF Reserve and it was nice when the PTB decided we could have full commissary privileges instead of 12 visits a year and a punch card. Being able to use the RV facilities on post is nice, too.

                    On the third hand, the commissary is still rationing this and that, and started carrying “select,” grade beef. So all is not skittles and beer.

    1. bats you with a paw so you spin in circles before coming to rest.
      And then skitters and slides off in a tangential direction, giggling.

      1. I misread that as “bats you with a band saw” and became completely confused (not to mention alarmed, tho I’ve met cats like that…)

  32. “If you like your institutions, you can keep your institutions.”

    We don’t *want* their colleges, their media, or their government. They’re corrupted far beyond any reasonable effort to repair. The Feral Government has abused the Constitution to the point that it is itself unConstitutional, particularly the Judicial Branch.

    The liberals have their “1619 Project.” Maybe we ought to counter with a “1789 Project.” That might not be the Great Reset they thought they were going to get…

  33. Saw the head and thought “Oh, my God, she’s ripping up floors again!” Phew.

    Not much going on here, actually. Supporting $SPOUSE$ through the last bit of the school year, all of the IEPs and other red tape to get through along with finishing up her certification classes – she will hopefully get back to almost normal in the Fall. She’s more than ready to have the kids back in the classroom, even though she got a well-deserved performance bonus for being among the top five online teachers in the evaluations.

    Finishing up installing the new pool in the back yard, while we have this cool spell, then I have a variety of smaller projects. Getting the son out on his TDY (don’t know yet whether he’ll be able to come back for the holidays or not, which is a bummer).

    Trading in cash for as many hard goods as I can before the Harris inflation really sets in.

    Next week, reorganizing the office (mainly so that Artemis doesn’t have an excuse to climb over me to reach the window – although she’ll probably still do it). THEN – hopefully – quarantining myself over the Summer to write. (Oh, need to cut a slot in the door for food to be slid in, as in The Cat Who Walks Through Walls.)

  34. Via Tim Pool:
    ===
    Feds Had Secret Plan To Arrest Chauvin If He Was ACQUITTED, Democrat Corruption On Full Display. The BLM Riots will not stop and the DOJ under Democrats control seems to be politicized to an extreme degree.

    In the event Derek Chauvin was found not guilty or there a mistrial the feds were planning on using a criminal complaint to jail him anyway.

    They are now saying they don’t need to because he was found guilty which shows that justice is over in this country.
    ===

    1. The current word is that DOJ plans hate crime charges against Chauvin and the other police on the incident. Haven’t heard about charges against Chauvin’s defense counsel.

      1. Yeah, once this starts there’s no logical stopping point… just go after everyone within the “six degrees” and it’ll hit enough “likely suspects” just by chance, even if they don’t just Make Shit Up.

        1. Actually, they aren’t charging “hate crimes”. They’re charging Sec 1981 “Deprivation of civil rights under color of law”…. which a lot of us thought was a dandy statute when we wanted something to go after the Feds who were harassing Trump supporters.

          And it’s been around since at least Simi Valley in 1991(?), when the CA jury let the Rodney King cops off and the Feds stepped in.

          Laws are always a two edged sword.

          1. “You should not examine legislation in the light of the benefits it will convey if properly administered, but in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harm it would cause if improperly administered.”

            — Lyndon Johnson, 36th President of the U.S.

            [I keep this quote handy in part for its irony value.]

  35. This important reminder: An “Open Floor” should not be interpreted to suggest presence of a piranha pool.

    Not that it means there isn’t one, of course.

    But piranha are so cliched … management reserves the right to employ a vast array of means for disposal, including but not limited to flesh-eating ants, wolves, rats, rabid weasels, and teleportation to distant stars.
    ~

    1. If the green penguins show up, though, they are acting on their own initiative.

  36. And in other political persecutions…

    https://theredelephants.com/pro-trump-conservative-talk-show-host-nicholas-j-fuentes-banned-from-airlines-by-us-government-over-his-political-views/
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    Pro-Trump Conservative talk show host, Nicholas J Fuentes, has been officially banned from flying on U.S. airlines by the United States Government TSA, presumably due to his vocal support of President Donald J Trump.

    Nicholas Fuentes has been banned from YouTube, DLive, AirBnB, One frozen bank account, Facebook, Instagram, Coinbase, ALL major payment processors and every single airplane in the United States. All for legally protected speech.
    ===

    1. Exactly as predicted, once we found out the TSA had been empowered to do that. They outright denied it at first, then they just refused to talk about it, then they claimed it was only “threats”, and now… like the FBI and ATF, they’re political enforcers.

      The Fed has jumped the shark.

  37. Justice: Rioter Fined $12 Million for Helping Set Fire to Minneapolis Police Station During BLM Riots

    https://www.westernjournal.com/justice-rioter-fined-12-million-helping-set-fire-minneapolis-police-station-blm-riots/

    Not that there’s a snowball’s chance of getting blood out of that turnip, but occurs to me this provides foundation for a clever lawyer to file a big lawsuit against “known backers” (ie. Antifa/BLM and its funders) asking for $NN-million in damages, and maybe give ’em a painful lump.

  38. I’ve been reading this thing called Memories of the Fall, by a Rith, over on Royal Road.

    In between updates, I’ve been rereading, trying to figure out what is really going on, and from that, what will happen next. Partial success in the former, little if any success in the latter.

    Just before update 98, a reread was able to confirm some theories involving the Queen Mothers, the Bright sisters, the five elders of the first day, and a certain seal.

    I’m not clear what happened in update 98. A lot of the events are fairly obvious, but the more subtle games are not making sense. I think this is partly because this is a battle chapter, and several elements will be obvious after the battle. Other part is probably my level of rest, and state of mind.

    I think I had some of the same confusion during the previous series of battle chapters.

    1. The images have me bawling. My dad walked with pancreas cancer for five years. I cannot tell you how important kindness is.

  39. Off topic, from a chat about ridiculous taxes that kept running during the lockdowns, I have a couple new phrases:

    “Fauci’s Folly”. He ought to be nailed to this forever as the likely cause.

    “Public Extortion System”. Because “give us ever larger amounts of money or we will torture your kids take the limiters off of how much we torture your kids.”.

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