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calendar   Monday - April 19, 2021

Once Again, The One And Only Post

April 19, 2021

Me too, it’s too good to ignore!!

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Air show in Cocoa Beach. Pilot has engine trouble in a WWII Avenger, a 3 seat midsize torpedo bomber. Can’t make it to a runway, has to ditch. Puts the plane down in the ocean perfectly, just feet off the beach. And right over the heads of a couple people in the water. Plane not badly damaged, pilot didn’t even lose his sunglasses, no swimmers injured.

Too sweet for words.


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Not a whole lot going on here. I’m reading about the health benefits of mushrooms, and what this kind and that kind can do. There are thousands of kinds of mushrooms, and at least 250 edible one. And I didn’t know that they are the only plant based source of vitamin D. Ok, it’s D2 not D3, but once it gets digested and into your blood, it’s the same thing.

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/reishi-mushroom-benefits
https://drmicheleross.com/6-incredible-ways-mushrooms-boost-immune-system/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3924982/

Cool.

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We were both watching the bowling videos on YouTube this weekend. This JR Raymond guy from Bowler X explains things real well, and the ones from Brad and Kyle are fun to watch. Who knows, maybe we can learn something. Like playing the inside of the ball. The what??


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April 17, 2021

Doctors Who Act Like Doctors

Down in the Imperial Valley in California, right up against the border with Mexico, a pair of doctors have been actively treating the Covid-19 for months now. They have treated thousands of patients, and only a few of the late-comers have needed hospitalization. It appears that they took a really good look at what works and what doesn’t work, and put together a protocol that uses everything that works, if necessary. And it works. And they’ve been at it for over a year now.

And outside of this small area in the southwest corner of the nation, crickets. Not a damn word anywhere.

BRAWLEY – A front-line local doctor treating COVID-19 patients claims to have figured out what works to keep his patients alive. He claims to have answers on better controlling, and curbing, a pandemic that knows no boundaries.

Dr. George Fareed is a physician who can be spotted during football season as local high school’s field doctor working with athletes from Holtville, El Centro, Imperial, and lately, with Brawley Union High School.

Fareed graduated with honors in 1970 at Harvard and pursued medical studies, research, and teaching at Harvard and UCLA in the first 20 years of his career. Fareed returned to clinical medicine in 1991 when he came to the Imperial Valley to establish a general practice. 

No one who knows him well was surprised to see him jump into the COVID-19 pandemic full force. As hot spots jumped from city to city, cases and deaths rose, businesses and schools closed down, Fareed began testing for the virus, followed by caring for patients at home, in the hospitals, and in the local COVID-tents set up by the hospitals and the National Guard.

“I became so frustrated.” Fareed said as he listened to national news and the Task Force. What he was hearing and what he witnessed first-hand did not correlate. He began zoom meetings with other front-line doctors on the east coast and found they had the same experiences he did, finding what worked and what didn’t, finding preventatives before exposures, and keeping his patients alive.

They started out with what is now called the Zelenko Protocol, which is the HCQ/zinc/Z-pack approach. And it works, but it works mostly in the early stages. And early treatment for this virus is almost non-existent in our country.

So, what I am proposing is a drastic shift from our current approach: we need to ramp up our outpatient efforts of treating COVID-19 to decrease the burden on hospitals and save lives. Such an approach requires an effective outpatient treatment — we have that in the HCQ cocktail.

How do we get there? I propose that the Task Force allow myself and a few other clinicians/researchers who have used and/or studied the HCQ cocktail present our plan that focuses on outpatient treatment and prevention as opposed to a hospital-based approach only treating patients when they become ill.

The FDA and CDC should be there as well given that they are the agencies that formulate the drug policies.

We need a medical strategy, not only for now while we are in a crisis, but for the future. There is no guarantee that a vaccine will rid us of COVID-19. If we had a strategy, we would not have to shut down American life, especially schools, every time there is an outbreak.

Their protocol soon expanded to include Ivermectin, and now includes Fluvoxamine and Budesonide. All of them at the same time.

Interestingly, Dr. Fareed feels that the young should be allowed to get the ‘rona, as almost all of them get it only very mildly and quickly recover. And this ... sssh, don’t say this out loud ... builds herd immunity.

Young healthy people do not need prophylaxis against COVID-19. In young and healthy people, this infection causes mild cold-like symptoms. It is advantageous for these patients to be exposed to COVID-19, build up their antibodies and have their immune system clear the virus. This will facilitate the development of herd immunity and help prevent future COVID-19 pandemics.

In other words, he refused to sit back and watch people get sick and perhaps die, and got out there and acted like a doctor should. Treating, learning, adapting, curing. And like every illness ever, treating the But Covid early is the best and easiest approach.

It’s an interesting protocol. It appears that they are doing a combination therapy from the outset that uses HCQ, IVM, and Fluvoxamine together, plus all the helper meds we’re familiar with. I would have expected larger amounts of D3, especially given D’s relationship to blood clotting. Their dose of Fluvoxamine is double what I’ve seen elsewhere, but Fluvoxamine is the new kid on this block so dosage experimentation is to be expected. In one arm of their approach they use IVM on day 1, 3, and perhaps day 5 if needed, but in another arm it looks like the patient is getting IVM up to 5 days in a row. That’s a lot, but this is what the protocol in Uttar Pradesh is, and that one uses twice the dose (0.6mg/kg).

I would really like to see their data; this isn’t just a “kitchen sink” approach but a BIG kitchen sink. Hit them with everything, and lots of it. With thousands of patients treated, they should have enough details for meaningful analysis. Data for patient tolerance for all these drugs at once is very important. I hope they are doing good follow-ups as well, because we need something that works for the Long Haulers, or prevents it entirely.



And what has the media response been? Given that the Imperial Valley is chock full of hispanics (90%), many of whom are migrant farm labor, the media focuses on ... racism. And low wages.

Latinos were denied fair pay, leaving them vulnerable to COVID-19. In this six-part series, USA TODAY investigates how racism killed people of color.
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Many of Imperial County’s residents are U.S. citizens yet are often treated in the fields like foreign visitors without basic workers’ rights. They live among industrialized farms surrounded by desert. The opulent mansions of San Diego are a two-hour drive west.

It is one of the poorest and unhealthiest places in California, with high rates of unemployment and child poverty. Nearly a quarter of families depend on federal assistance for food.

Imperial County’s suffering mirrors the struggles of many Latinos across the nation, who are more likely than non-Hispanic white Americans to face poverty and poor nutrition after centuries of being pushed into low-paying jobs and segregated communities. Now, they are also more likely to die from COVID-19. As of Oct. 15, Imperial County had counted 335 COVID-related deaths. That’s 185 deaths per 100,000 residents – nearly triple the national rate of 66 per 100,000.

That terrible death rate in one of poorest and most racist parts of the country is only 2/3 the death rate here in mostly affluent and “wokefully” enlightened NJ, which is about 260 per 100K cases.


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Bowling Blogging !!

A good reminder that sucessful bowling means focusing on the game. Put the rest of life in it’s box for a while and pay attention. Put the cell phone away. Stop working remotely on your job. We managed a 3-4 loss last night. None of us did very well in the first game, with Mrs. Newbie throwing an excrecable 104. She won the pot for Low Game, but we lost by 4 pins. I threw a 145, which is awful for me. Most of the other team wasn’t in the groove either. Hey, sometimes Game 1 is just an extended warm-up. Things got a little better in the second game. A very little. I threw 7 over average, and we lost that one by 6 pins. But things got better in the last game. The Wifely’s pre-bowling a 190, way over her average, did not hurt. Mrs. Newbie pulled out a 156, which is a really good game for her. And I found the groove finally, throwing a 221. It was mostly strikes with 2 missed spares in the middle. Not a lot of hook, but accurate delivery into the pocket with enough flair on the ball to dig in and do the job. Stay behind the ball!!  And we won that game by more than 100 pins, which easily gave us wood.


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April 16, 2021

Nothing like starting your morning with a small emergency. Dizzy cat had another seizure just a little before 6am. We held her while it passed and got her medicines in her in seconds. It was a pretty small one, and the first one she’s had in more than 4 weeks. So pretty good. Afterwards she was shaky for a bit, and then super hungry as always. And of course the other ones want to eat when there’s food put out. Even our outdoor cat Ginger came by and got something in his bowl. Emergency over, I got a chance to use the bathroom and then get some coffee going.


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The Never Ending Emergency

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This week’s Pandemic Panic Map



Our benevolent governor Murphy, aka King Phillip I, has granted himself Emergency Powers yet again. Every month for at least 14 months now. Because Teh Virus. Forever.

Citing the continued threat of the COVID crisis in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy has announced that the public health emergency initiated a year ago has again been extended another 30 days.

Murphy said late Thursday that the Department of Health’s handling of the continued high rate of new cases while also expanding vaccine distribution has necessitated the need to extend the public emergency.

Nearly everyone in this super Blue state is sick and tired of this jive by now. But nothing happens. Our Legislature down in Trenton remains comatose.

Meanwhile in Indiana:

Indiana legislators are inching toward a possible court fight with Gov. Eric Holcomb by voting to override his veto and give themselves more authority to intervene during governor-declared emergencies.

The Republican-dominated House and Senate on Thursday easily achieved the simple majorities required to turn aside Holcomb’s objections and enact the provisions of House Bill 1123 into law.

The law establishes a new process for the General Assembly to call itself into a 40-day emergency session to consider legislative action in response to a gubernatorial declaration of a statewide emergency. That change limits a governor’s authority to impose long-lasting emergency restrictions such as mask rules and business closures.



The J&J Vaccine Reaction Thing: I meant to mention yesterday that 1 of the whole 6 women of child-bearing age to suffer blood clots, from the more than 6.6 million doses of the Jansen-19 vaccine administered, is from New Jersey. Of course. And she’s obese. Of course. And most likely a school teacher, as nearly the entire distribution of this vaccine was given to the school system employees. No word on what other health conditions she may have, what her vitamin levels are, or whether she’s on birth control pills, or whether she already had the ‘rona and recovered, but got the vaccine anyway. All of those things are being investigated for The Six.

That guy with the insane leg rash reaction is also from NJ.

Lots of healthy people in this state. Yeah, no. Not at all.


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No Evidence !!!

( Every pitcher sells a stony donut? )

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The modem chip built into every Dominion voting machine.

Not much else needs to be said.


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Better start hoarding them

It’s A Shortage, Gnome Saying?

Garden gnome shortage strikes due to pandemic and Suez Canal blockage

Gardens may have to go gnome-free this summer.

Over the past year, a combination of changing consumer needs and issues stemming from the pandemic has caused a variety of shortages. These supply issues have ranged from toilet paper to aluminum cans and even pepperoni.

The U.K. has seen an increase in the demand for garden gnomes, but the recent Suez Canal blockage and other factors have made shipments of the accessories difficult to come by, SWNS reports. Now, garden gnomes can be added to that list.

Due to the lockdowns, more people have taken up gardening, Southwest News Service reports. In the United Kingdom, this has reportedly led to a significant increase in the demand for garden gnomes.

Unfortunately, several factors, including the recent Suez Canal blockage, have made getting shipments of the popular garden accessories difficult to come by.

“While garden gnomes are not top of everyone’s list, gardening has been very popular during the lockdown,” explained Iain Wylie, chief executive of the Garden Center Association, “and correspondingly we’ve had difficult times where supply chains have been under pressure.”

Climate change and a stuck ship in the Suez Canal are to blame. Riiiight. Because everyone needs to buy new gnomes every year. Or never, in my case. And we have 5 gardens here.

[ Update: Still laden with cargo, gnomes included, the Ever Given has been seized by Egypt. ]

So, the gnome supply is short? Aren’t they always? “Pool of dwarf track and field stars running low”. Well, duh.

Sorry for the short post.



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April 15, 2021

I have to go to the dentist today for a post-op exam. Don’t think the stitches will be coming out yet, so I hope it’s a quick in-and-out visit.

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But Covid !!

Proxalutamide and Fluvoxamine. Two more medicines that look as if they will be extremely effective treatments for the Covid-19 illness.

https://www.bloomberg.com/press-releases/2021-01-11/eqs-news-kintor-s-proxalutamide-gt0918-covid-19-clinical-trial-shows-positive-re-sults-in-treatment-of-male-and-female

Time and trials will tell, but both of these are showing good safety levels and efficacy equal or stronger than Ivermectin. I’ve mentioned before that Fluvoxamine used together with Ivermectin appears to be a nearly magical combo.

https://c19fluvoxamine.com/

https://c19proxalutamide.com/



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April 14, 2021

Mystery Bowling Blogging !!

I wound up sort of pre-bowling tonight. I hadn’t really intended to, but she needed to pre-bowl for our Friday league. And she was still at home today, because she was out sick but can’t come back until she has no fever or symptoms for 24 hours with no medicines. So it got to be mid afternoon, and she figured it was time to head up to the alley. She didn’t want to go up there with me in the evening and have to hang out for 2 more hours after pre-bowling, even if they could find her some lanes. So come with me! Ok, fine, if I go with you, and we only take 1 vehicle, then I may as well pre-bowl. For tonight. Which is sort of against the rules, but the But Covid cuts a lot of slack, so pre-quarantining for the But Covid test should count too. The kid behind the counter heard our story, and put us both on one pair of lanes. Which I found out later she shouldn’t have done. So esoteric rule about pacers. And we were up against the clock, with the lanes having to be cleaned before the leagues came in in an hour or so. So we bowled on worn out and dirty lanes, and it was aerobic bowling. We threw 3 games each in about an hour. I was sweating like a piglet. Way too fast a pace for me. And we didn’t roll very well. So on average I threw on average. But they couldn’t do a print out for me, as that paper went in her envelope for the Friday league. And that paper looks like I prebowled for that league, which I didn’t. Whatever. Hope they accept my scoresheet without the printout. So we left just as my Old Guys league folks were starting to show up. Came home and made a nice dinner.

The old farts on my team don’t do email, they don’t do text messages. And I don’t have their phone numbers. If they even have phones. Who knows. So I’ll find out how my team managed when I get the standings email in a few days. And I’ll go to Cheap League on Friday, and hope the Newbies show up.

I’m at that late season point where I’m really looking forward to the season being over. Only 3 or 4 weeks to go.


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This puts Newsom’s High Sped Rail to shame. Horry Clap, what a con.

Hawaii wants even more $$$$$$ to develop 20 mile railway that will cost $120,000 PER FOOT

Screw you, and we want all our money back. With compound interest. 

Hawaiian rail project that got $70 million in COVID stimulus lobbying for more to cover shortfall

Project faces $3.68 billion shortfall, according to Honolulu Star-Advertiser

A behind-schedule and over-budget rail project in Hawaii that got $70 million in the coronavirus stimulus package is now angling for more federal money to close a $3.68 billion funding gap.

The 20-mile project, run by the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART), began in 2009 and later got $1.8 billion in federal money, including some from the economic stimulus signed by former President Barack Obama. The mayor of Honolulu at the time said the project was “shovel-ready,” but ground was not broken for the project until 2011.

Now, according to the Associated Press, HART plans to spend $1 million on federal lobbyists in the coming years to help close the funding gap on the project that the Hawaii state auditor said the “hallmark” of is “[o]ver-promise, under-deliver.”

“While never completed, it’s still digging a deeper money pit for taxpayer dollars,” Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa., says of the project in her April “Squeal Award,” which is designed to call out government waste.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser first reported that the project would get $70 million from the coronavirus stimulus. Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, said the funding “doesn’t solve the structural deficit” but “just gets us out of the 2020 hole,” according to the paper.

“We found that, as the Project progressed and costs swelled from $5.122 billion in 2012 to $9.188 billion in 2018, HART began reporting information to the public that often contradicted its own internal projections or differed from what it was telling the FTA,” the Hawaii state auditor said in a 2019 report.

After years of delays, the project is now projected to cost $12.45 billion, according to the Star-Advertiser.

“That adds up to nearly $120,000 per foot!” Ernst says in the “Squeal Award.”

One more mega-porkulous project in a insanely leftist state. You want a choo-choo that runs from nowhere to nowhere? Tax the shit out of your lazy fat worthless welfare sucking layabout citizens. Less than a million people live on Oahu where Honolulu is. Hit each one up for $10,000 and pay for this pig roast yourselves.

Or better yet, since this boondoggle will only benefit the Honolulu people who work right near the bay (Pearl Harbor), and that the city only has 350,000 people, tax each one $30,000. That’ll take a whole lot of EBT swipes, but what the heck. Live on poi, pineapples, and those little fish, like proper natives.

GFY to the 100th power. GFY, to infinity and beyond.

Details on this wonder project are here.


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One Less Crook

Bernie Madoff, Dead In Jail

Too bad, not sad.

Bernie Madoff, the notorious architect of the biggest investment fraud in U.S. history, has died at age 82.

Madoff was serving a 150-year sentence at the federal medical care center in Butner, North Carolina, where his attorney said he was being treated for terminal kidney failure. Last year, Madoff’s attorney filed court papers seeking the 82-year-old’s release during the coronavirus pandemic, saying he suffered from end-stage renal disease. The request was denied. 

His death is believed to be from natural causes, a spokesman for the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office, Nick Biase, told FOX Business.

A decades-long force on Wall Street, Madoff shocked the world when he pleaded guilty in 2009 to running a vast Ponzi scheme that prosecutors said swindled thousands out of their life savings. The scheme began in the early 1970s, and by the time Madoff was arrested in December 2008, had defrauded as many as 37,000 people in 136 countries out of up to $65 billion.

His victims included the famous – film director Steven Spielberg, actor Kevin Bacon and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Weisel – as well as ordinary investors.



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April 13, 2021

Health Update: Yay, it ain’t the But Covid ‘rona. Both our tests came back negative. Probably pollen allergy. Whatever. I feel fine at this point.


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I kind of had to take a few days off. We are both sick here. Came down with something Friday night. By Saturday afternoon we’d decided to go to a doctor. So we went to the walk in clinic downtown, only to find it was back to doing tele-medicine visits. So call us tomorrow at 4:30. We shared the call discussing our symptoms. Hers are not the same as mine. While neither of us really met the “classic” symptom list for the Covid, we felt it was smartest to go and get the test done. So we drove down there, the nurse came out in the parking lot with the swab kits, and we impaled ourselves. Actually, the swab is a lot less invasive than it was when I took the test last June. You only have to put the thing a bit up your nose. Fine by me. We’re waiting on the results, “pre-quarantining”. I feel fine at this point. I think she’s a lot better too. Some kind of 72 hour bug. But just to be prepared, we did a great big grocery shopping trip online, and had it all put in the car “contact free”. So we’ve got food for 2 weeks if necessary. And she’s getting extra rest; she can’t go back to work until she gets the results, which take a couple days. A lot less than the 11 days it took last time.

The first question the doctor asked about our symptoms was “have you had any loss of taste or smell?” so obviously it was all about the coronavirus. And as far as I understand things, loss of taste and smell is a sign of zinc deficiency, and that when you have the virus your body consumes a lot of zinc fighting it, which can drastically lower your zinc levels very quickly. But we’ve both been taking extra zinc for a year now, along with all the other vitamins and supplements, so we probably have plenty of it to spare. So that symptom is kind of moot, is my guess.

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very delayed bowling blogging !!

We lost Friday at Cheap League, 2-5. A bad night for the rest of my team, but I rolled over average in each game. At the end, when Mr. Newbie was feeling frustrated after rolling 3 horrible games, he was all “I suck.” So I said, “Well, what do you want to do about that?” and he says “Nothing.” Some people just don’t have the desire to improve, or even compete. Maybe bowling league, even a marginally competitive one like ours, isn’t the right place. Come on, you have to at least try to do better. But every thing I’ve tried to show him, or even talked about, has met with resentment. How dare I even mention ways to get better at this. I’m so patronizing and condescending I guess. Frankly, dude, your ball is a piece of cheap crap which you never even clean, drilled in the worst possible way, you bowl like an arthritic retarded rhinoceros, doing weird shit with your arm and hand, you don’t even swing the ball, you have no approach, you have no follow through, you refuse to learn to target your throw, and you send the ball down the lane slower than great-grandma. So yeah, you really do suck. And I wonder if you get off on that, the pathos of it, in a Woody Allen / David Schwimmer kind of way.

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FDA and CDC Put The Freeze On J&J’s Jansen-19 Covid Vaccine

The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday because of blood-clot concerns.

“We are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution,” the FDA announced on Twitter.

The FDA reported that, as of Monday, more than 6.8 million doses of New Brunswick-based company’s vaccine have been administered in the U.S. The CDC and FDA are reviewing data involving six reported U.S. cases of a rare and severe type of blood clot in individuals after receiving the vaccine.

“Right now, these adverse events appear to be extremely rare,” the FDA said. “Treatment of this specific type of blood clot is different from the treatment that might typically be administered.”

More than 20 countries have stopped using the UK Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine for the same reason. This is not a positive sign.

6 cases out of 6.8 million injections. Less than one in a million. 1 : 1.13 million. Is this the right move or not?


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No Litter Box Metaphors Apply

Back in the 80s the entire NY Metro area went to see the Broadway smash hit Cats. One of the best shows of the Andrew Lloyd Weber era. Thousands of performances were put on over the years. I went twice. The first time they had the regular cast, highly polished and fluid. The show was spectacular and energetic with amazing costumes and sets, although it didn’t make a whole lot of sense. It didn’t need to. Everyone was just blown away anyway. The second time I went the show was done by the B cast. Same set and costumes, but they didn’t have the same skill level and played the show for laughs. It was great fun but in a different way from the first time.

Many years later, long after the show finally petered out and left the Wintergarden Theater, a movie was made from the songs and the story. Starring everybody. And it was universally panned as one of the worst movies ever made, as bad as Gigli or some terrible “Bennifer” flick. They changed the songs. They changed the order. They made linear film out of it, expanding on the original idea like Peter Jackson getting his hands on The Hobbit. Sacrilege!! Eau de Merde! Abomination!!!!

We watched it on TV last night. It was magnificent. Yes, they changed things around, added some lyrics here and there, performed the songs in different ways, and added a dark aspect to the whole thing with the expansion of the role of Macavity Cat, played wryly by Idris Elba. And it made sense. It was a story, not just a string of songs and dances. Oh there were plenty of those, as each kind of cat was brought on, telling their little story. But it wasn’t disjoint. Sure, Judi Dench is in there, and Ian McKellin, and Jennifer Hudson. Even Taylor Swift shows up. and Rebel Wilson. But the real stand-out is Francesca Hayward, who plays the little white abandoned cat Victoria, who’s role is the rope that ties all the disjoint parts together. Hayward doesn’t get many lines, and she only sings a bit, but this stikingly beautiful woman can dance. No kidding. She’s one of the top ballerinas out there, and it shows. Is it ”cat-ural appropriation” that she’s from Kenya and plays an all white kitten? I don’t care. And it doesn’t matter that the cast seemed to be a lot more diverse that whoever was on stage back in the 80s, although that would have been hard to spot given the costumes. This movie amps up the jazz, soul, and R&B, elevating and emphasizing the musical blackness. And it works.

At first I rather resented this film, as it was so different from the play. But then I got into it and began appreciating the art of this interpretation. By the end I was all emotional and blowing my nose a bunch of times. It’s that impacting. If you aren’t locked in to the motif of the original, let yourself explore and enjoy this film if you get the chance. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/19/2021 at 09:16 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - August 19, 2020

Gee, Oops

A total non-surprise. We saw this coming back in early March. The richer you were the earlier, faster, and further you ran. Problem is, it’s worse than anyone thought at the time.

NYC Ship Sinking, Rats Long Gone

New York City is home to 118 billionaires, more than any other American city. New York City is also home to nearly one million millionaires, more than any other city in the world. Among those millionaires some 8,865 are classified as “high net worth,” with more than $30 million each.

They pay the taxes. The top one percent of NYC taxpayers pay nearly 50 percent of all personal income taxes collected in New York. Personal income tax in the New York area accounts for 59 percent of all revenues. Property taxes add in more than a billion dollars a year in revenue, about half of that generated by office space.

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The budget for a city as complex as New York is a mess of federal, state, and local funding sources. It can be sliced and diced many ways, but the one that matters is the starkest: the people and companies who pay for New York’s poor are leaving even as the city is already facing a $7.4 billion tax revenue hit from the initial effects of the coronavirus. The money is there; New York’s wealthiest individuals have increased their net worth by $44.9 billion during the pandemic. It’s just not here.

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While overall only five percent of residents left as of May, in the city’s very wealthiest blocks residential population decreased by 40 percent or more. The higher-earning a neighborhood is, the more likely it is to have emptied out. Even the amount of trash collected in wealthy neighborhoods has dropped, a tell-tale sign no one is home. A real estate agent told me she estimates about a third of the apartments even in my mid-range 300 unit building are empty.

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Fewer than one-tenth of Manhattan office workers came back to the workplace a month after New York gave businesses the green light to return to the buildings they ran from in March. Having had several months to notice what not paying Manhattan office rents might do for their bottom line, large companies are leaving.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/19/2020 at 10:52 PM   
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The ‘Rona Song

Leave it Country music to be perfectly topical and metaphorical at the same time






When the dogwoods start to bloom
And the crickets hum their tune
That’s usually about the time
That I feel most alive

But the news has all been bad
And the whole world seems so sad
I ain’t had much else going on
So I sat down and wrote this song

I miss my mom, I miss my dad
I miss the road, I miss my band
Giving hugs and shaking hands
It’s a mystery I suppose
Just how long this thing goes
But there’ll be crowds and there’ll be shows
And there will be light after dark
Someday when we aren’t six feet apart





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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/19/2020 at 10:27 PM   
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Follow Me !

One of the benefits of our universally computer driven modern world is package tracking. Mated with theoretically optimized routes and warehousing, we now can get our deliveries much faster than in decades past. For the impatient, most of the deliver services allow you track your boxes or letters step by step as they wend their way in your direction. [ OTOH, this also allows you to watch the Post Office send your stuff all over the country willy-nilly, leave it at distribution centers for days or weeks at a time, and sometimes take days to move something just 7 miles from one center to the next, and then take a full week to deliver it a whole 42 miles away. Sorry, my pet peeve, after recently pulling my hair out when a letter took more than a month to get delivered. Just wait until the whole country tries to vote by mail this November. Guaranteed disaster. ]

Now UPS has brought out “Follow Me”, a real time, self-updating, GPS driven mapping application, that let’s you see the big brown truck driving all over with your package in it. Not sure if this is going to help or hurt, because most people won’t realize that there are 300 other boxes in that truck, and yours is almost guaranteed to be last in line. It was already a bit frustrating just following the data, watching my box go from Florida to Edison NJ in hardly over a day, but then on to Allentown PA, right past my home, and then have to go on to another truck to come back to NJ days later and to get delivered ... later today?  Maybe. “Out for delivery” for 3 days? Oy vey.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/19/2020 at 09:22 AM   
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eye candy, high plains edition

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I thought I posted this the other day, but it seems to have evaporated. Whatevs.

Anyway, this is actress Kelsey Asbille Chow. She had a small but regular role in the One Tree Hill drama a few years back, and was in the 2017 film Wind River. Currently she has a supporting role on Paramount’s cowboy drama / Kevin Costner vehicle Yellowstone.

We watch Yellowstone, it’s great, and it’s interesting to see her character developing from a whiny liberal into someone more normal. That’s going to be long journey. She is super attractive though. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/19/2020 at 09:08 AM   
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calendar   Monday - August 17, 2020

Flowers For Algernon?

Leftist InstaHate For COVID Flower Cure

because Trump mentioned it

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Funny, I kind of thought it was the President’s job to keep people aware of new possibilities and to give them even temporary hope. But the Left may be right on this one. Like the blind squirrel ...

Most Americans have been praying for a cure to the Chinese Communist Party virus. Such a prospect turns out to be horrifying, however, if you are a Deep State bureaucrat, someone invested in open-ended and lucrative research into unpromising medicines or vaccines and/or a political opponent of President Trump.

Hence the vehemently hostile response of a leftist publication called Axios to information about Oleandrin, a natural supplement that has proven in clinical experiments and limited human trials in Texas to crush the CCP virus. Rather than celebrate this development and call for an urgent effort to validate such findings with widespread, life-saving trials, Axios touted the uninformed criticisms of naysayers determined to snuff further work on this apparent breakthrough.

To the alarm of some government health officials, President Trump has expressed enthusiasm for the Food and Drug Administration to permit an extract from the oleander plant to be marketed as a dietary supplement or, alternatively, approved as a drug to cure COVID-19, despite lack of proof that it works.

Driving the news: The experimental botanical extract, oleandrin, was promoted to Trump during an Oval Office meeting in July. It’s embraced by Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and MyPillow founder and CEO Mike Lindell, a big Trump backer, who recently took a financial stake in the company that develops the product.

OMG, if Mike Lindell is behind it, you know it’s deathly anathema.

Oleandrin is an extract from the oleander plant. Researchers have suggested that it could be useful to treat cancer because of the way it affects cells, and that it could enhance the effects of other cancer therapies.

Professor Sharon Lewin, the director of the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at the University of Melbourne, is an international authority on antiviral drugs and has a laboratory working on COVID-19.
Asked about oleandrin’s potential efficacy as a COVID-19 treatment, Lewin told Axios, “Oleandrin looks to have antiviral activity at high doses in a test tube model. You’d certainly want to see more work done on this before even contemplating a human trial.”

A July 2020 study from the University of Texas at Galveston shows, in a laboratory setting, that oleandrin can inhibit the coronavirus in monkey kidney cells. This study has not been peer reviewed and one of the authors of the study, Robert Newman, is chairman of Phoenix Biotechnology’s scientific advisory board — the company developing the oleandrin product.

The bottom line: Scientists around the world are in a race for cures, treatments and vaccines for COVID-19. Government regulators are investigating hundreds of products. When a biotech executive like Whitney can take his case directly to the president, it casts doubt over the scientific rigor of the drug development process.

From the research study:

Using Vero cells, we found that prophylactic oleandrin administration at concentrations down to 0.05 μg/ml exhibited potent antiviral activity against SARS-CoV-2, with an 800 fold reduction in virus production, and a 0.1 μg/ml dose resulted in a greater than 3,000-fold reduction in infectious virus production. The EC50values were 11.98ng/ml when virus output was measured at 24 hours post-infection, and 7.07ng/ml measured at 48 hours post-infection. Therapeutic (post-infection) treatment up to 24 hours after infection of Vero cells also reduced viral titers, with the 0.1 μg/ml dose causing greater than 100-foldreductions as measured at 48 hours, and the 0.05 μg/ml dose resulting in a 3578-fold reduction.The potent prophylactic and therapeutic antiviral activities demonstrated here strongly support the further development of oleandrin to reduce the severity of COVID-19 and potentially also to reduce spread by persons diagnosed early after infection.

In years past the FDA has been dinged for major slow walking and foot dragging when it comes to testing and approving new medicines. Many drugs are available to the rest of the world that are not yet available to us. With this pandemic that slowness has become an issue, but I don’t think the best idea is to throw caution to the wind and let anything fly. That way leads to snake oil. There has to be some level of significant proper, fair, testing.

OTOH, the Axios article does mention how this could easily be marketed as an herbal supplement, which could NOT focus on any curative ability. To which there’s an easy work around; “We’re NOT ALLOWED to mention that this cures Covid, and thus cannot recommend a dose of 2 pills a day for 2 weeks. This product is for dietary supplemental use only, and we bear no responsibility for it’s use in any other manner.” kind of advertising.

OTTH, shouldn’t President Trump know by now when to keep his fat mouth shut?



BIG FAT WARNING FROM MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING:
Oleandir is poisonous !!! !! !

Consumption of even one Nerium oleander leaf can be fatal. Onset of toxicity occurs several hours following consumption. Symptoms include vomiting, abdominal pain, cyanosis, hypotension, hypothermia, vertigo, respiratory paralysis and death.

However, a carefully controlled tea made from the flowers could be an effective cancer and AIDS treatment. But more trials are needed!!

A hot water extract of the plant, known as Anvirzel™, has been developed as a potential treatment for cancer, AIDS, and congestive heart failure. It consists of a mixture of oleandrin and the glycone oleandrigenin. Experiments suggest that a combination of Anvirzel and cisplatin may be more effective than cisplatin monotherapy . In an earlier study, Anvirzel appeared safe in humans when injected intramuscularly, although adverse effects such as injection site pain, fatigue, and other GI symptoms were reported.

Anvirzel™ is not an approved cancer treatment in the United States. Until more data regarding its efficacy and toxicity are available, this product should not be used outside of clinical trials.

Anvirzel may be a modern version of a medicinal extract of oleander that goes back to the dawn of history.

Historical records prove that Oleander plant has healing powers; thus it was highly regarded by the Mesopotamians in the 15th century B.C. During the age of the Babylonians up to the Romans it was used as a relieved for hangovers. To the Arabs it has better worth since the plant was used for cancer medication in the 8th century A.D.

OTOH, the Romans also used it to commit suicide.

I looked up the entry at Wiki ... and I think I’ll pass on this one. There may be too much risk in a cure made from just a little bit of deadly poison.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/17/2020 at 01:06 PM   
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The Death Of NYC?

This is what happens when you elect a communist as mayor. One who encourages rioting and lawlessness. Riots after weeks of extended lockdown. Retail is dying. Populations are fleeing. Violence is everywhere, at unprecedented levels. It’s anarchy and depression.

Beirut DeBlasio

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De Blasio’s New York has finally hit an all-time low: the once bustling city is now on the verge of looking like a demilitarized zone. Between the pandemic and the riots in the city, iconic 5th Avenue now looks more like a dystopian nightmare in a recently shot video posted to Twitter.

The video follows a car driving down a deserted 5th Avenue, with almost all of the area’s high end stores boarded up and shut down. There are few people seen on what is usually a busy street.

“Look at everything. Everything’s boarded up. Even the hotel. Boarded up,” the video’s narrator, who is obviously fed up with how the city looks, says.

He continues: “This is all Manhattan, boarded up. Have you ever seen Manhattan look like this? The media will not report this.”

“Everything boarded up. They don’t want to show this to you people because they’re afraid. Saks 5th Avenue - boarded up from end to end. They put up barbed wire. Everywhere you see boards, windows are gone. Look at New York City - what happened,” he says.

The video runs over 2 minutes and shows dozens of boarded up businesses.




Check the video. Manhattan is boarded up. Block after block of high-end retail closed down and barricaded.



This isn’t exactly new. Similar video from more than a month ago.

No, it’s not a war zone — it’s Manhattan.

Video shows once-bustling Big Apple streets nearly deserted and dotted with boarded-up, spray-painted and bashed-in buildings after days of looting.

The footage taken Tuesday and Wednesday in Midtown and Soho shows the windows of popular stores shattered while others — such as Burberry, Sephora and Sunglasses Hut — are covered in plywood to protect against looters.

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Only a handful of masked pedestrians and police officers are seen walking on eerily empty sidewalks. Some plywood panels put up by shops were tagged with graffiti reading, “Justice for George Floyd” — the black man who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pinned him to the ground for nearly nine minutes.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many Big Apple retailers have been closed for months prior to protests over Floyd’s death.



These riots happened at the end of May ...

Sidewalks across the SoHo neighborhood, Union Square and Fifth Avenue were covered in broken glass. Multiple police cars had been burnt to nothing but ashes. Stores, including a Duane Reade, Urban Outfitters and Swatch, were looted. Banks were ravaged. An Equinox gym had been broken in to. Graffiti covered retailers’ logos up and down some of the glitziest shopping districts, which normally would be hosting a hotbed of tourist activity this time of year.

The New York Police Department has since said it arrested almost 350 people Saturday evening, following protests across parts of Harlem, Brooklyn and Staten Island. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a press conference held Sunday that more than 30 officers suffered minor injuries due to clashes with demonstrators.

It’s now the middle of August. More than 11 weeks later. And these businesses are still closed, still boarded up. Whatever stock that wasn’t looted has been sold online.

Do you really think these storefronts are coming back? Even if the beneficent dictator of NYC allows them to open, with 25% customer capacity and ridiculously paranoid levels of isolation and plexiglass protection inside the stores? Somehow, I kind of doubt it.

Greatest city in the world, killed by policy in half a year. This was not an accident.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/17/2020 at 09:11 AM   
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Very Funny Officer

So I got another ticket yesterday. Me and my red car manage to get pulled over a couple times a year. Yes, I’m an inveterate speeder, but I do it properly. I don’t tailgate, I don’t cut people off, I use my turn signals, I almost pass anyone on the right, and of course my car is in perfect working order and my papers are current. And I don’t go flying around corners on two wheels, or anything close to reckless driving. I’m just an impatient driver, like everyone else in the state.

In NJ, everyone speeds. Everyone. Nearly everywhere. The only place we make up for it is in those 25mph zones near schools, parks, and downtown. People generally do about 17 in those.

NJ has a scheme in place on the highways. They “let” you drive 65mph, but fines are doubled. Should there be a traffic cone by the side of the road, or a permanent sign saying that bit of highway is also a construction zone, fines are doubled again. So getting a speeding ticket on the highway can be a darn costly experience.

Generally, highway traffic moves at 75mph in good conditions, even in the slow lane, but on the weekends it flies. 85 is typical, 95 is not unheard of, with cars maybe two lengths apart traveling in packs.

And NJ keeps points for 5 years, with a big long list of how many points for whichever of the 65 or so moving violations they have. Get more than 6 in a 3 year period, and get an extra fine to pay. There are a fair number of 0 point offenses, but they are not on the list. Good luck trying to find them, although we all know that the seatbelt one and the red light camera one are no-pointers.

How many points are on your license? Like many other states, you have to pay the DMV to find this out. Gosh, wouldn’t you think that this would be part of their regular job? Available online for free, given that this is a microscopic database inquiry? Heck no.

But there’s a game involved. There are a good number of offenses that don’t have points. Just a fine. So most cops short circuit the plea bargaining process, and give you a break and just write you up for some 0 point offense. It puts donut money in their coffers, nobody wastes time going to court, an you just go online and pay the fine with your credit card.

So I got pulled over for doing 85 in a 65 zone on a demarcated highway. I wasn’t racing, or playing artful dodger, or zooming down the road alone. I was just cruising along with traffic. The Statey did his job in about 2 minutes and I was back on my way.

He wrote me up for the 0 point offense of Delaying Traffic.

Haha, very funny.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/17/2020 at 08:23 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - August 15, 2020

Rhubarb !!!

She came home from work with an armload of rhubarb that a coworker had brought in from their garden.

I haven’t had rhubarb in ... probably 45 years. Pretty sure my parents used to grow it in the vegetable garden, but that’s loooong ago in the past.

So we’re making strawberry rhubarb pie, and, since we have so much of the stuff, we’re making a strawberry rhubarb crumble as well. Both are a great excuse to get hold of some good vanilla ice cream.

Rhubarb has an unusual taste, but it’s one that I’ve always loved. Can’t wait to get to baking things up and trying them out. Might even have enough to send her to work Monday with another crumble.




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Oh goody, and I guess I’d better go look outside. Amazon says my copy of Law of Nations and John Locke’s Two Treaties of Government were delivered today. Along with my new Solo 2L hand sprayer, as the old one died after a decade of use.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/15/2020 at 05:41 PM   
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Fauci Gets One Right

Fauci: Voting In Person OK If Social Distancing Done

Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser for the White House coronavirus task force, said this week that there is “no reason” Americans are not able to vote in person for the 2020 presidential election in November.

Fauci emphasized that voting in person would not need to be avoided as long as voters followed CDC guidelines and maintained social distancing.

“I think if carefully done, according to the guidelines, there’s no reason that I can see why that not be the case,” Fauci told ABC News. “If you go and wear a mask, if you observe the physical distancing, and don’t have a crowded situation, there’s no reason why shouldn’t be able to do that.”

Fauci noted, however, that those who are at high-risk if exposed to coronavirus or have a compromised immune system should stay indoors and use mail-in voting.

OK, 99% right. I think most absentee ballots should be dropped off well ahead of time at the polling centers, logged in, and signed for ... once proper ID and voter registration is checked. The USPS is highly leftist, so I would not trust them too much. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/15/2020 at 01:04 PM   
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calendar   Friday - August 14, 2020

toldja so

As reliable as the coming dawn, the willfully stupid and the left biased media and “the experts” have once again yelled real loud to subvert the proper understanding of the law. And that noise will do the job.

I said it yesterday: This application of the Constitution will be ignored and denied by the media and everyone else. Because “birthers”. People are so terrified of being called a name that they are willing to ignore the law, the history of the law, and the true meaning and intent of the law. That’s beyond sad. It’s beyond cowardly. It’s apathetic, pathetic, and bathetic.

And here it is.

Trump slammed for not rejecting conspiracy theory Kamala Harris is ineligible for vice presidency
Biden campaign calls Trump comments ‘abhorrent’

That’s right; it’s a conspiracy theory. And he’s abhorrent. Because he referred to a statement made by somebody about the natural born issue, and then said he didn’t know if that was correct or not. So slam him for even implying that this could be a problem.

And then the lies come out by the bucketful. And the overwhelming noise of indignation and implicit raycis drown out the truth, once again. We are totally fucking doomed.

President Trump would not reject a conspiracy theory Thursday that Kamala Harris is ineligible to serve as vice president because her parents were born outside the United States.

Asked about the unfounded and widely refuted claims during a press briefing at the White House, Trump responded, “I heard it today that she doesn’t meet the requirements” before adding, “I have no idea if that’s right.”

Harris is a United States citizen born in California in 1964, making her eligible to serve as president or vice president under the Constitution. [ Fox you are wrong ]

However, a professor of law at Chapman University, John C. Eastman, wrote a piece for Newsweek this week after she was named to the Democratic ticket questioning whether Harris is a “natural born citizen” because her mother was born in India and her father was born in Jamaica.

[ Editor’s note: Some readers reacted strongly to this essay, seeing it as an attempt to ignite a racist conspiracy theory. ]
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The fact that Senator Kamala Harris has just been named the vice presidential running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has some questioning her eligibility for the position. The 12th Amendment provides that “no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.” And Article II of the Constitution specifies that “[n]o person except a natural born citizen...shall be eligible to the office of President.” Her father was (and is) a Jamaican national, her mother was from India, and neither was a naturalized U.S. citizen at the time of Harris’ birth in 1964. That, according to these commentators, makes her not a “natural born citizen"—and therefore ineligible for the office of the president and, hence, ineligible for the office of the vice president.

Newsweek also ran a counter essay by noted lawyer Eugene Volokh. IMO, as its typical for greasy lawyers, and all lawyers are greasy because the law is merely a tool to them, and not something held sacrosanct, Volokh makes his counter from the wrong direction. He’s throwing shade and puffing smoke, and emphasizing aspects that have no real bearing. Argument by non sequitur. 

Some people have argued that Kamala Harris is ineligible to be vice president of the United States. The Constitution requires presidents and vice presidents to be “natural-born citizens”; Harris was born in the U.S., but her parents (who had come to the U.S. to study) weren’t U.S. citizens at the time. Does “natural-born citizen” include Harris, and others like her?

It does. “Natural-born citizen” was a familiar legal phrase to the Framers—an adaptation of the English term “natural-born subject.” Sir William Blackstone, an English treatise writer who (in Justice Scalia’s words) was “the Framers’ accepted authority on English law and the English Constitution,” explained:

Natural-born subjects are such as are born within the dominions of the crown of England, that is, within the ligeance, or as it is generally called, the allegiance of the king. ...The children of aliens, born here in England, are, generally speaking, natural-born subjects, and entitled to all the privileges of such.

It’s possible that “natural-born citizen” has since been broadened to include children of U.S. citizens born overseas (a 1790 Act of Congress specified that, “The children of citizens of the United States, that may be born beyond sea, or out of the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural-born citizens").

He is wrong. It is not an adaptation of natural born subject, even though natural born citizen shares two of the three words with the other concept. Oh, and that 1790 Act was overturned in 1795, which he fails to mention. Even the best lawyer is a weasel dick. They argue for or against a topic. Searching for and declaring the actual truth has nothing to do with it.

What is a natural born citizen? It is someone born in this country whose parents are already citizens of this country. Period. Full stop. And that’s all there is to it.

I am a natural born citizen because I was born in this country and both my parents were born here as well, and their parents were citizens when they were born which thus made them natural born citizens. All my grandparents were born here too, although one of them might not have qualified as natural born because her parents came here from Germany, and I have no idea who things worked in the 1890s and I don’t know if they were naturalized citizens by the time granny popped out. But that was generations ago, so it isn’t germane.

It seems we go through this every presidential election cycle. I think what is needed is a SCOTUS decision. And that will never happen, because an honest decision, true to original intent would also torpedo the anchor baby concept that’s been around for 4 decades now. And probably squash the legality of dual citizenship too. And we do not have brave, honest, true Americans on the Supreme Court who are willing or able to make bold, proper decisions. Without the slightest doubt in my mind, this should be a 5 minute, 9-0 decision, made for clarification purposes alone - not delayed forever until some case with standing worms it’s way upwards.

I’m going to add this to my list of life truths:

•  Sulfur is properly spelled sulphur.


•   Eohippus is the Dawn Horse. No other taxonomy name is correct. There is no relation to the rock hyrax, so putting the original horse in the order Hyracotherium was a mistake.

•  The big long dinosaur was a brontosaurus

•  A shark is not a fish, dammit, it is an elasmobranch. Real fish have scales, gill pumps, and a swim bladder. Creating a new intermediate order called “bony fishes” to include both is cheating, especially if you don’t also include dolphins who, by that redefinition should also be fish. Fish who are mammals. No, this is wrong.

•  Ok, I now grudgingly nearly accept that Pluto is not an actual planet, “merely” a dwarf planet or planetoid, because somebody either moved the definition goalposts or because science has advanced enough to go there and find out how big the thing actually is. Pluto 1473 miles across, 2/3 the size of our moon. Mercury still counts as a planet. Mercury is 1516 miles across, a whopping big 43 miles larger. Oh puh-lease. So my grudgingly is very grudgingly. OTOH, given that Pluto has 5 moons, one moon called Chiron which is half the size of Pluto, perhaps it should be called a double planet or a multi-planet.


•  A natural born citizen is someone who is born within the desmenses of a country and both of whose parents are already citizens of that country.

I got so worked up about this yesterday I went out an bought a copy of Law of Nations, and while I was at the digital bookstore I got a copy of the writings of John Locke.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/14/2020 at 10:43 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - August 13, 2020

Of course she isn’t, but you’re uninformed and intellectually lazy so she’ll get away with it

Here we should be going again with the natural born citizen thing. And just like Obama, Kamala Harris does not qualify as such.  Not that most anyone else can understand the concept, or knows that it is very important to care about this and why. So should be going won’t even get off the ground. This will not even be brought up in passing, much less discussed, debated, and ruled on. It. Does. Not. Exist. Because ... raycis!!!

Les ancres ne sont pas les naturelles

( The anchors are not the naturals )

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.”

14th Amendment, Section 1, 1868

It is abundantly clear that “subject to the jurisdiction thereof” means exclusively subject to the jurisdiction thereof, which means not in any way beholden to the whims or powers of a foreign government. This was clearly understood by all until fairly recently.

Yes, she was born in the USA. Neither of her parents were citizens at the time. This makes her an anchor baby. According the the 14th Amendment, anchor babies are not citizens. This isn’t a “strict” reading of the amendment, it is a plain reading thereof. Original intent is easy to find in the Congressional Record of the day. The only “reason” that they are considered such these days is due to a single footnote in the 5-4 1982 SCOTUS decision Plyer v. Doe, added to the majority opinion by Justice Brennan:

“no plausible distinction with respect to Fourteenth Amendment ‘jurisdiction’ can be drawn between resident aliens whose entry into the United States was lawful, and resident aliens whose entry was unlawful.”

This weakening of the meaning of jurisdiction within the 14th - that it sees the term as meaning subject to the laws of this nation, and not solely subject to those laws (ie not being also subject to the laws of some other country, as is the legal situation of illegal immigrants) - was a part of the Plyer case, which dealt with Texas’s claim that school funding should not be granted to illegal immigrant children. And of course, Brennan’s footnote comment overlooks that such illegals have no right to be here at all.

Right.

Harris’ parents were a citizen of India and a citizen of Jamaica. While she herself was born in California, and shortly thereafter went to Canada, where she spent nearly all her formative years, she qualifies as a citizen by the anchor baby misconception. Being a citizen does not make you a natural born citizen.

The entire concept of natural born citizen comes from a French book called The Laws of Nations, which was written in 1758 and is the only book or exterior document referenced in the US Constitution. It was used extensively by the Framers, far more than the code of English Common Law, which they strongly felt did not apply to the USA, although they borrowed large parts of it ... as our own law.  Anyway, in The Laws of Nations it says:

“Les naturels, ou indigenes, sont ceux qui sont nes dans le pays, de parens citoyens”

A direct translation is “The natural, or indigenous, are those who are born in the country, of parents who are citizens”.

While there was an 1797 update to the english version of the book, which clarified that line to read “The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens.”

This is a rather strict definition. To be a natural born citizen, you need to be born here and both your parents need to be citizens when you are born. Not just born here, and not with just one parent a citizen, regardless of where you were born.

Later extensions to the concept allowed “here” to include territories of the country (eg Guam and Puerto Rico), areas controlled by the country (eg military bases), land considered part of the country that was in other countries (eg consulates and embassies), and things controlled by the government of the country (eg military aircraft and ships that happen to be outside the confines of the country at the moment of birth). This is how John McCain, born at a military base in another country, was deemed a valid candidate.

[ “naturels” is the masculine form of the word, “naturelles” is the feminine form. French is so sexist, but both words mean the same thing. ]

Merely being born to two citizen parents is insufficient. Merely being born within our country is insufficient. This is a precise and sharply focused concept, and about the only time it every applies is when someone is considering running for President or Vice President, although it should probably apply to any elected representative who could possibly be in the chain of succession.

This application of the Constitution will be ignored and denied by the media and everyone else. Because “birthers”. People are so terrified of being called a name that they are willing to ignore the law, the history of the law, and the true meaning and intent of the law. That’s beyond sad. It’s beyond cowardly. It’s apathetic, pathetic, and bathetic.




Read more if you want, in great detail with clear explanations of case law over the years, plus how we’ve now been lead astray, when and by whom:

http://www.conservativehq.com/article/30722-kamala-harris-anchor-baby-not-%E2%80%98natural-born-citizen%E2%80%99-united-states

https://www.dagnyintel.com/post/kamala-harris-is-not-eligible-to-be-president-the-natural-born-citizen-requirement

https://naturalborncitizen.wordpress.com/2008/12/06/urgent-historical-breakthrough-proof-chester-arthur-concealed-he-was-a-british-subject-at-birth/


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/13/2020 at 11:25 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - August 12, 2020

Walter White Moved To Holland?

Netherlands Cops Find Giant Crack Cocaine Lab In School


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Dutch police have uncovered what they described as the biggest cocaine laboratory ever discovered in the Netherlands, leading to the arrest of 17 suspects from Colombia, Turkey and the Netherlands.

The drug lab was hidden at a former horse riding school in Nijeveen, some 75 miles from Amsterdam, police said in a statement Tuesday.

Police raided the riding school on Friday, discovering tens of thousands of liters of chemicals and 220 pounds of crack cocaine. Sleeping quarters and recreation areas were also found at the site.
The facility was equipped to produce up to 440 pounds of cocaine a day, officials said.

The facility was equipped to produce up to 440 pounds of cocaine a day, officials said. (Politie Landelijke Eenheid)

“This is the largest cocaine laboratory ever found in the Netherlands,” police chief Andre van Rijn said in the statement.

Van Rijn said the lab was equipped to produce 330-440 pounds (150-200 kilograms) of cocaine a day, with a street value of $5.3-9.4 million (4.5-8 million euros).


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/12/2020 at 11:29 AM   
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TLH? Typical Leftist Hypocrites

This sounds like it could be one of those urban legends.

How Dare You!!

An anonymous poster on Reddit’s “Am I the A--h---” subreddit said he started a meat-eating club at his job in response to a coworker’s vegan-only club.

He claimed that one of his colleagues started a vegan dinner club exclusively for their coworkers following a vegan, vegetarian or pescatarian diet. Other coworkers “will not be able to join the club,” the poster said the group’s “statement of purpose” read.

In response, the poster claimed that he and some other meat-eating coworkers started a burger and steak club to go out and try new restaurants each week. They only allowed meat-eaters to join. However, members of the vegan club filed a complaint with the company’s human resources department.


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