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calendar   Tuesday - October 26, 2021

Once Again, The One And Only Post

October 25, 2021

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I found Rounding The Earth Newsletter tonight. Another one of those substack sites. I don’t know what substack is, but this one is totally worth visiting. Informative, good concise writing. Politics, Covid, world news. Interesting. You can read it without subscribing.


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Add one to my impossible books list.

I am an avid reader. I read everything. Give me a good book and I’ll disappear for a couple days until I’ve eaten it right up. I can be swallowed whole by the rabbit hole of the internet.

In all my life I’ve only run across 4 books that were just so unreadable I put them down and walked away. The first was some Science Fiction novel, I can’t remember the title or the author. I’ve been reading SciFi since I was a kid; I’ve read the magnificent ones (Heinlein, Nivens, etc) and the awful ones (Andre Norton, all those gakky Dragon Riders of Pern books), the mediocre (Stainless Steel Rat series) and everything in between. But that one was just endless made up words, and a twisted contrived plot so that it had Social Meaning. Bleh. Goodbye. The next book to lose me was a timeless classic, one of the Great Works. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. Most plodding boring thing I ever turned a page on. Made it about 100 pages in and gave up. I think an hour or two had passed in the book in all those pages. That was back in the early 90s. But this year, two books failed me, neither of them either new or Science Fiction. That “great” work from the 70s, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Nicely written but boring, broken, and idiotic. The tale of a “cured” disconnected crazy person trying to reconnect to a life that was taken out his head by brain surgery. Made it about halfway through, gave up. And just tonight, I’ve put my foot down on another famous work from the early 70s, John Irving’s The Water Method Man. I read every bit of Irving I could find back in 1980, and most of it was pretty good. Weird, strange, and he absolutely has a problem with women and death ("How many bees did it take Siggy?” and “Sorrow floats") but this one was just twaddle. I guess the old loser-student-rebel-nutcase-looking for deeper meaning and trying to change motiff (present in Zen as well) just doesn’t jibe with me 50 years later in today’s world. Maybe I can dig through my closet and find my read-to-death first paperback edition copy of Watership Down, held together with duct tape and rubber bands, which I think is one of the best things every written, even if it’s only about bunnies.


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October 25, 2021

‘Natural Immunity Is Real Act’

Diana Harshbarger (R-TN) introduces parallel legislation to force acceptance of acquired immunity to Covid-19.

“There’s ample scientific studies that show that natural immunity is absolutely one of the best things you could have—and some studies even show that it’s more effective [than vaccination],” Harshbarger said during a recent appearance on NTD’s “Capitol Report.”

Natural immunity refers to post-recovery antibodies that shield people against reinfection of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes COVID-19.

Multiple studies have indicated that natural immunity among past COVID-19 patients is strong and similar or superior to the protection from COVID-19 vaccines. Some experts have pushed for federal health officials to take natural immunity into account when issuing recommendations and rules. But federal authorities currently recommend virtually everybody get a vaccine, including the recovered, arguing the strong protection gets even better when those people have a jab.

Harshbarger, though, says a number of Americans object to getting a vaccine while pointing out that natural immunity to other diseases is accepted as an alternative to vaccination.

She and 10 other members of the House of Representatives late last week introduced the “Natural Immunity Is Real Act,” a companion to a Senate bill from Sens. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), and Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska).

It would require federal agencies to “acknowledge, accept, and agree to truthfully present, natural immunity pertaining to COVID-19 pursuant to promulgating certain regulations.”

The congressmembers are presenting the bill as President Joe Biden’s administration works to finalize a regulation that would force private companies with over 100 employees to mandate presenting proof of COVID-19 vaccination or have staff members be tested weekly for the disease.

There is no opt-out for natural immunity.  Other mandates are already in place on the federal, state, and local level that have led to some Americans losing their jobs.

“I’ve read some of the studies that show that natural immunity, in a lot of ways, can be more effective. And I know there’s one study that shows that the percentage of protection is even better than two doses of the vaccine, in some cases. There is ample scientific data out there that show that. Think about it. We have immunity against measles, and smallpox, and they accept that. Why won’t they do it for COVID?” said Harshbarger, a licensed pharmacist since 1987.

“Too many medical leaders are refusing to publicly recognize what overwhelming data has already shown—protection afforded to individuals with natural immunity is real, robust and durable,” Rep. Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) added in a written statement. “Denying science only contributes to existing confusion, misinformation, and mistrust among the American people.

“No American should be forced to choose between getting the COVID vaccine or keeping their job, particularly when the Biden policy fails to recognize that millions of Americans have immunity because they’ve already had and recovered from COVID,” said Rep. Bill Posey.



Well it’s about time. I hope this passes, and I hope any and every one of these mandate POS are rewritten to accept and test for this, antibodies or not. That’s my second line hope. My main hope is that people wake up and realize how stupid these mandates are, and dump them all.


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Bridge Post !!

Clean Simple Design, And Bat Friendly Too

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Kentucky completes new bridge. Thousands of bats move in. It was designed for that.





A newly rebuilt bridge that doubles as a habitat for bats was completed in Kentucky—and as of August, some 1,100 endangered gray bats have moved in.

Inspection of the once-dilapidated bridge in 2018 revealed cracked, flaking concrete and rusted steel; but also that the infrastructure had become a roosting ground for thousands of gray bats.

The undersides of bridges often become bat habitats; the cracks between box beams can offer the same protection from wind and weather that caves do.

“Bats were finding cracks and crevices that were safe from wind, safe from predators, safe from rain, and it created an almost a cave-like habitat,” said Andrew Logsdon, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) ecology and permitting branch manager.

Posing a growing safety concern, the parallel box beam bridge needed fixing; meanwhile, the gray bats, already threatened by habitat loss, needed a break.

So, looking to successful projects in Texas, KYTC worked with U.S. Fish and Wildlife, engineers, and ecologists to come up with a bat-friendly solution to replace some of that precious habitat in the form of a new bridge design—the first of its kind in Kentucky.

Instead of waiting for 30 years of freeze, thaw, and weather to cause spawling and open up spaces between the once-snug-fitting box beams, from the outset, they predesigned 1.5-inch gaps in between each beam for the bats to gain access.

KYTC isn’t releasing the rural location of the bridge to prevent interference with the habitat, but drivers go over the two-lane bridge every day and many don’t know about the bat habitat underneath.



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Iwo Jima Uprising !!

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Volcanic activity 50km south of Iwo Jima has caused the submarine volcano Fukutoku-Okanoba to break through the surface. This is not very far from South Iwo Jima, an uninhabitable waterless extinct volcanic island.

This recent tectonic action has also pushed Iwo Jima upwards, revealing the remains of several Liberty ships from WWII that were sunk right off the coast back then.

Eruptions from volcanoes in Japan’s Ogasawara Islands have caused movements in the earth’s crust, created a new island, and raised ships sunk during the Battle of Iwo Jima above the sea surface, according to Japan’s TV Asahi.

According to the TV Asahi report, the submarine volcano Fukutoku-Okanoba, situated around 50 kilometers south of Iwo Jima, erupted on August 13.

Researchers from the Comprehensive Volcano Research Center of the National Institute of Earth Sciences and Disaster Prevention of Japan took a flight to observe the area on October 17, and found that a new island had appeared on the surface of the sea at Fukuoka Field.
Newly formed island at the Fukuoka Field (volcanic area), Ogasawara Islands, Japan, October 17, 2021.

Discolored water around nearby Nishinoshima Island suggested that volcanic activity had not yet decreased.

And at Iwo Jima Island, due to crustal movement and uplifted terrain, the wrecks of World War Two era ships were visible on what was previously the seabed.

Institute Director Setsuya Nakada, also noted that Iwo Jima is the most active volcano among the 110 active volcanoes in Japan. It is currently active at the same time as Nishinoshima and “Fukuoka Field”. “I think (Iwo Jima) a big eruption is possible,” Nakada said.


Wouldn’t that be something if Iwo Jima erupted? { that would be ]



Iwo Jima and Fukutoku-Okanoba are both on a N-S pressure ridge near the east side of the Philippine Sea plate they sit on. Kind of a buckled area, a fold in the crust. Which just folded upwards a bit more. The Philippine plate is shrinking; it’s pushed inwards by all the plates around it. The east edge of the plate looks like an upside down Spanish question mark, with the “dot” at Tokyo and the end of the “hook” a bit SW of Guam 1600 miles away. This is the major subduction zone as the mighty Pacific plate pushes under it, which raised up the whole N-S chain of Ogasawara Islands about 80 miles east of Iwo.

In turn, the Phillipine plate is diving under the fractured edges of the Eurasion plate on its west side (the Yangtze, Amur, and Okinawa plates), running from the Phillipnes up to Taiwan and over to southern Japan. The top edge of the Phillipine plate touches on the end of the Okhost plate coming down from Siberia. They meet at Tokyo Bay and are sliding laterally past each other. The Pacific plate is also subducting under the Okhost plate, giving us the central and northern islands of Japan.

It’s a pretty complicated area, but it shows why there are so many earthquakes and volcanoes in the area.

Tectonic geology news is great, because it’s one of the few things in life that are almost apolitical.

A few days later, yesterday in fact, on the west end of the Philippines plate, a magnitude 6.5 earthquake rocked Taiwan. The shocks were strong enough to stop production at the microchip factories.



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October 24, 2021


“What is this?”
“It’s your happy helmet Ren. And I get to control how happy you are!”
“You sick little monkey!!”

Ren & Stimpy episode Stimpy’s Invention

Rejoice, You Can’t Get The Blues!!

No, the One World Government has not (yet) decided that you can longer feel down. It’s because the global supply chain is so messed up that paint companies can’t get the chemicals to make blue paint. Or the metal to make the paint cans.

Dutch paint maker Akzo Nobel NV is running out of ingredients to make some shades of blue, the latest fallout from the global supply-chain disruptions that are spreading across manufacturers.

“There is one basic color tint that is extremely difficult to get,” Chief Executive Officer Thierry Vanlancker said in an interview Wednesday after publishing third-quarter earnings. “It’s creating complete chaos.”

In addition to the bluish hue, Akzo Nobel is having trouble sourcing the tinplate used to make metal cans, forcing the Amsterdam-based company to ship empty pots from one country to another for filling. It also called a force majeure on deliveries of some exterior wall paints because an additive needed to make them waterproof is unavailable.

The supply-chain snarls that have sown disarray across industries are raising prices and creating shortages of some basic household products. Paint makers, which typically rely on hundreds of additives and chemicals, have warned for months of higher costs and logistical issues.

Akzo Nobel earlier Wednesday said the spiraling costs and materials shortages will last through the middle of next year.

While demand is coming back to 2019 levels as some countries appear to be getting past the worst of the pandemic, the installed capacity for making raw materials hasn’t changed, Vanlancker said.

“There isn’t really a reason why this big panic is happening,” the CEO said. “This should be a transient situation that could take six to nine months to get back to normal, but there is no fundamental reason why there would be a lasting supply and demand imbalance.”



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October 23, 2021


Biden Builds A Border Wall With Federal Money

Sadly, it’s not along the Mexican border, but around the border of his beach house.

The southern border with Mexico is seeing the highest levels of illegal border crossings in 35 years, but the Department of Homeland Security has found one access point it can shore up — doling out $455,000 to a Delaware construction company for a fence around President Biden’s “Summer White House.”

In September, the department awarded a contract of $456,548 to Turnstone Holdings LLC for “PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF SECURITY FENCING AT 32 FARVIEW, REHOBOTH DELAWARE,” according to USAspending.gov, an online database tracking federal government spending.

What a slacker. Obama got a genuine wall around his DC home. Fancy stone. Biden got a fence.

And one other thing I find interesting: Biden’s beach house is on a small property, like most beach homes. The picture at the NTB link above shows that the house next door is gone, but Google maps (lat/long 38.73818735962938, -75.08505418022172) shows a home there nearly twice the size of his, but hardly further away than the width of a driveway.

But you can’t tell the timeline from a photo. Is the NTB picture new, or old? House next door being built or torn down? Is the Google satellite picture more recent or not? Their Street View shows something entirely different too, all the houses along the road nearly hidden by overgrown brush and trees at the street.

But if that picture at NTB is new, then the neighboring home is gone. Wonder if that one got torn down “for security purposes” and how much it cost you and I if so, and will the house on the other side go next and somehow all 3 properties become the same parcel? Or maybe the side properties become federally owned so The Big Guy doesn’t have to pay taxes on them?

As of Oct. 20, construction on the wall had not started, but according to the website, it is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Biden purchased the North Shores home in summer 2017. County tax records show he paid $2.7 million for the property.

Which is also interesting, as Zillow rates this place as marketable for $4.6 million. Shades of Obama, getting another house for way below market?

The last link above also details changes to the neighborhood since his occupation of the White House. Coast Guard, gatehouses, closing off a public lake and some parkland behind his yard, etc. So I wouldn’t be too surprised if the house next door got torn down for “security” reasons.


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Southwest Air Totally Caves

Southwest Airlines’ CEO said the company will not fire employees who do not get the COVID-19 vaccine by Dec. 9 following a Biden administration mandate that was announced last month for federal contractors.

In a statement to news outlets Friday, the Dallas-based carrier confirmed to Fox News it does not want to “lose any employee” over President Joe Biden’s mandate, adding that firing a worker over the vaccine “makes no sense.” It came a day after Southwest CEO Gary Kelly made a similar announcement during an earnings call.

“This is an evolving process working with the government in terms of what they expect, and very clearly, we wanted our employees to know that nobody is going to lose their job on December the 9th if we’re not perfectly in compliance,” Kelly said, according to news reports. The Epoch Times has contacted Southwest for comment.

“It is a work in progress, and we’re going to continue working in good faith to meet the requirements of the executive order. But I’ve already said, and I’m sure you’ve heard, we’re not going to fire anybody who doesn’t get vaccinated,” he continued.

Proving once again that “Get Woke, Go Broke” works every time. And that these mandates are the stupidest idea that ever was. Plus GFY.


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October 22, 2021


Alec Baldwin, Killer

Nitwit Leftist Actor With Violent Psychotic History Kills Cinematographer, Wounds Producer, On Movie Set By Being Stupid With “Prop” Gun

No charges were immediately filed in connection with the case, which remained under investigation, a New Mexico sheriff’s office spokesman said.

Authorities said Thursday that Baldwin, 63, fired a prop gun on a movie set that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and left director Joel Souza wounded.

A spokesperson for Baldwin said there was an accident on the set involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks. Sheriff’s spokesman Juan Rios said detectives were investigating how and what type of projectile was discharged.

After the fatal incident, a reporter and a photographer from The Santa Fe New Mexican said they saw Baldwin “in tears.”

Baldwin has a violent history and an uncontrolled temper. That’s been in the news many times over the years. He’s a raving anti-gunner, tending towards psychosis. That’s also been news.

At the very least, I expect him to be charged, tried, and convicted of negligent homicide and reckless endangerment. But he’s rich, a hyper leftist, and very famous. So who knows?

And let’s drop this nonsense about “the gun is at fault”. The gun is not at fault. A gun was not at fault when Jon-Erik Hexum blew his head off as a joke in 1984, using a gun loaded with blanks. A gun was probably not at fault when Brandon Lee, Bruce Lee’s son, was shot dead in 1993 on another movie set. And I will never ever believe that a gun was at fault whenNBA star Jayson Williams killed his limo driver Costas Cristofi a couple miles down the road from me back in 2002. I didn’t know Costas, but I’d probably seen him or said hey, as his company, 78 Limousine, used the same gas station I do, and I used to see their cars there all the time.

My point is, that the problem is the idiot behind the trigger. Always.

Now, in theory, these days firearms are rigidly controlled on movie sets. In theory the prop masters keep these weapons in top condition. In theory there’s a lot of training for the actors, and amazing amounts of safety effort going on. In theory.

Yet Halyna Hutchins is now dead, and Alec Baldwin pulled the trigger.  And those are the facts.

https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/10/antigun_actor_alec_baldwin_shot_a_woman_to_death.html


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Basic bullet stuff: a blank cartridge is a casing filled with gunpowder that doesn’t have a bullet. To fit in the gun, the casing is a real one for that caliber. Brass, primer, extraction groove. Instead of a bullet, the front end of the cartridge has a plug of wadding on it, which keeps the powder from spilling out. This wadding is paper, or wax, or felt. The primer is a tiny little steel cup with a very small amount of powerful very fiery explosive in it. Pull the trigger which releases the firing pin which hits the primer which sets off the explosive which flashes out a large blast of flame which lights off the gunpowder. Gunpowder burns up in just a millisecond or two, raising the pressure in the chamber of the gun to tens of thousands of PSI, creating enough force to drive a bullet down the barrel and out the muzzle at velocities that can reach Mach 4, over 4000 feet per second. What most people don’t know is that the mass of burning powder, now white hot plasma, has a velocity quite a bit higher than the bullet. Watch one of those slow motion Shoot The Gun videos and you will see the bullet come out the muzzle and instantly be overtaken by the flame cloud.

To make gunpowder go bang, it has to be under pressure. If you pour some on the ground and put a match to it, there’s no bang. It barely even burns, just fizzles along. But in a gun, under pressure - tens of thousands of pounds worth when fired - it goes bang real good. And that pressure comes from the burning powder having to push something down the barrel against resistance. So even a “blank” round fires a projectile, even if the projectile is just a few thin discs of waxed cardboard.

Gunpowder has mass. So does the wad. This mass does not go away when the trigger gets pulled. Whether it’s a bullet or not, the mass of whatever was in the cartridge comes out the muzzle at speed. And since kinetic energy = half the mass times the square of the velocity, E=1/2MV^2, even just a gram or three of powder and wad still packs a heck of a lot of white hot punch, at least for the first few yards past the end the of the gun.

All guns are real guns. All guns are always loaded until you’ve verified this properly. Blanks can kill. Properly maintained guns do not ever “just go off”. No gun on a movie set is poorly maintained. The “accident” is the moron behind the trigger. Always.

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October 21, 2021

Did The Gators Get Laundrie?

What to Know


•  The FBI’s prime person of interest in Gabby Petito’s death, her fiancé Brian Laundrie, has been missing for more than a month; he vanished nearly a week before Petito’s body was discovered


•  Partial human remains, along with a backpack and notebook believed to belong to Laundrie were discovered in Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park by the man’s parents on Wednesday


•  The identity of the remains is pending forensic study; it’s not clear what if anything could be recovered from the notebook that was discovered near a backpack Laundrie’s parents say belong to their son

It is “highly probable” that the human remains found inside a Florida nature preserve on Wednesday are those of Brian Laundrie, given they were discovered near the 23-year-old’s backpack and hiking gear, the family’s attorney says, but the missing man’s parents will await forensic confirmation before they speak further.



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becoming truer by the day



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This isn’t an upper class problem, so maybe we should get used to it.

Um, no.


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October 20, 2021

Breaking Breakthroughs !!

From It To Admiral In One Step

Transperson Rachel Levine, who never served in uniform, is now a 4 star admiral.

WASHINGTON - A senior Biden health appointee who made history when she became the nation’s highest-ranking openly transgender official has also become its first openly transgender four-star officer.

Rachel Levine, the U.S. assistant secretary for health, was sworn in Tuesday as an admiral of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, a 6,000-person force that responds to health crises on behalf of the federal government, including administering coronavirus vaccines and delivering care after hurricanes. Levine is also the organization’s first-ever female four-star admiral.

The move was hailed by advocacy groups like the gay rights organization GLAAD, and health care leaders who called it a breakthrough moment.

“This is a momentous occasion, and I am honored to take this role for the impact I can make and for the historic nature of what it symbolizes,” Levine said in a speech at her swearing-in ceremony. ”I stand on the shoulders of those LGBTQ+ individuals who came before me, both those known and unknown. May this appointment today be the first of many more to come, as we create a diverse and more inclusive future.”

Levine, a pediatrician who previously served as Pennsylvania’s health secretary, has spearheaded numerous efforts to combat public health issues, including the opioid epidemic, maternal mortality and childhood immunization. A graduate of Harvard College and Tulane Medical School, she has also written on medical marijuana and pediatric medicine.
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Levine made history in March when she became the first openly transgender federal official to be confirmed by the Senate. She was narrowly confirmed by a vote of 52-48, primarily along party lines.

Another “ tokin’ “ BS appointment by the FJB administration. That this it was once a pediatrician is frightening in a Catholic priest kind of way.

Stolen from Muldooon’s Library of Limericks:

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I am the very model of a modern Four Star Admiral,
Both masculine and feminine , and also quite chimerical,

I never had my menses, but I fight my fights hysterical
I stand up when I use the loo, my perfume’s atmospherical

I’ll very well describe for you, my matters urological,
I understand all genders too, both real and mythological,

About bigender theorem I’m teeming with a lot o’ news,
With th’ svelte and girlish figure of a manly hippopotamoose.

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Levine is most famous for moving his mother out of a nursing home just before sending thousands of Covid infected seniors there to die. Just like what happened in NY, NJ, and CT.

Obviously this is all about promoting the freak ideology. The only good news is that this “admiral” will never get anywhere near a ship, Navy or otherwise. After all, boats are for Buttgig, Secretary of Transportation, who once went for a ride on a fairy while riding on a ferry.


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Quickie Tangential Side Post: halfwit greenie to run Maritime Administration. No applicable experience whatsoever that could help the shipping crisis

And of course, filling critical positions with freaks and weirdos is no accident. Come on man, that’s the whole point. It’s not like they’re going to actually do the job; they have flunkies for that.

They’re doing a similar thing with the Maritime Administrator, because she is environmentally woke.

At least this one knows what a ship looks like. Heck she even was captain on one once, before the Navy promoted her up the ladder because of her vaginal qualifications. Still, she doesn’t know squat about logistics.

President Biden, apparently not one to be deterred from making unqualified nominations, announced Rear Admiral Ann Philips (Ret.) as his nominee to lead the Maritime Administration — “the [Department of Transportation] agency responsible for America’s waterborne transportation system” — a decision that’s now being blasted by those in the shipping industry.

Normally, the MARAD post is filled and the administration run without much notice from the public. But normally there’s not an unprecedented supply chain shortage going on that has turned some of America’s busiest ports — namely the twin ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles — into floating parking lots.

The “world’s top-visited maritime and offshore industry news website” — gCaptain — noted that “The appointment of Rear Admiral Ann Phillips comes as the shipping crisis dominates the world media headlines.” And while President Biden has taken “strong action” to address the shipping crisis, “each action however has been a misstep.”

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Philips has been focused more on climate change than shipping logistics in her career, making her a perfect fit for the Biden administration but woefully ill-prepared to run the Maritime Administration during a supply chain crisis. According to Philips’ biography, she previously chaired “the Infrastructure Working Group for the Hampton Roads Sea Level Rise Preparedness and Resilience Intergovernmental Pilot Planning Project convened by Old Dominion University.”

So I guess this means she’ll be serving under Buttgig. Ewww, that’s given me gross mental images.

If someone asked me to solve “coastal resilience” for rising sea levels, climate change, and limiting shoreline erosion, I’d think about it for a nanosecond and say “get lots and lots of big hard rocks and pile them up at the shore, then get 10 times as many any pile them up behind the beach lines.” Done in one.

And if the seas do rise a bit, you’ll already have a giant one of those coastal clam gardens that the paleos used to grow their own easy seafood thousands of years ago. Win-win! And extra clams means extra clam shells, and clam shells (calcium carbonate) are tops at binding up evil CO2. Win-win-win !!!


[ Gosh, 2 posts about admirals. I guess it’s a Navy kind of day, even though it’s not raining or windy at all. ]


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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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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/12/2020 at 11:20 AM   
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