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Once Again, The One And Only Post

October 02, 2022

It’s PHD Day!

Piled Higher and Deeper

In theory the contractor is coming tomorrow. I think he was back from Florida a couple days ago, the 27th, but he may have been delayed by that little hurricane thing. I haven’t heard from him since.

So in the mean time I’ll figure out some kind of “combat loading” plan and empty out the bathroom and the storage closet and pile it all up in the dining room, keeping the things we’ll need to the front. There’s going to be a huge pile of it. Although the storage room is only 30 sq ft, it’s packed to the ceiling an we can hardly get the door open.

And then I can get down to testing out some wood stain colors on some scrap wood. And, why not, may as well make another fat order to Home Depot for this and that.

It’s going to become REALLY crazy now.

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October 01, 2022

Project !!

Boxes and bags of stuff arriving left and right this weekend. Must have about 15 orders in. This is the valve that will run the hand held shower, and the lever that will turn it on and off. Love the look and feel of this design. Softened modern. This bathroom is going to be swank.


Lever kind of looks like a battleship gun turret. Funky.


Only the bad stuff makes the news about our little town. Yes, the prison is a total festering hell hole. The guards are abusive drug dealing rapist scumdogs from out of town. This has been going on for decades. Nothing gets done, empty political promises made but never kept.

But coverage for an indie film shot in town? Just about nothing that’s not immediately local.

Oh well.

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September 30, 2022

Thirty days hath September ... and this month flew by in about 2 weeks I swear.

Project Progress: A Minor Speed Bump. I hope.

Well, looks like I need to find another plumber. I’d called a local shop a few weeks back, looking for an estimate, but I didn’t think there was any rush as we didn’t have a contractor start date then. Now we do. Monday. And the tearing everything apart part is only going to take a couple days. Then some of the wiring, enough to put one of the lights in above the bathtub. Which means the ceiling there has to go in, which means the insulation has to go in first, 2x4s and perhaps lath needs to be purchased, and a plan developed for putting in the backer board. Turns out there are several ways to do that job. THEN the old tub enclosure can be chopped up and removed, and THEN the plumber can come in and do his stuff.

So why a new plumber? When I called that shop yesterday, the guy just about pitched a fit on me, because in his opinion I bought the wrong brand of shower parts. Pfister is total junk, a rip-off, nothing but trouble! I don’t have time for this! I got chewed out, or so it seemed. Well, the funny thing is, Pfister has all the same seals of approval as all the other brands, comes with a lifetime guarantee, and the knobs and trim we have seem to be of exceptional quality. So I don’t think I want somebody with that kind of attitude working in my place. Like, maybe he’ll do a poor job just to prove his point? I can’t say. Let’s just say I’m “not comfortable”. So time to look for somebody else.

Meanwhile, I ordered the diverter valves from Amazon. I had no idea that each faucet company specifies it’s own valves, but that’s how it is. So another expense, but not a giant one. And I ordered a bunch more bits for this and that, and it should all be here by the time the contractor is ready for the plumber. An I think I’ve figured out how to do the thermostat and the telephone in the kitchen, and where to safely run the power conduit for the radiant flooring if we decide to put a couple sheets of that in. I think we’re going to have to do that.

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September 28, 2022

Nord Stream Pipeline Leak Was Sabotage Bomb. Did Biden Authorize This?

Tucker Carlson runs down some of the evidence. He’s either right - another out of control act by our out of control government - or he’s gone total Glenn Beck crackerdog.

No way Russia, Poland, or Germany would do this. And the methane pollution is massive. And Team Brandon has threatened to shut down Nord Stream “one way or another” several times.

Denmark reports seismic activity as explosions

Danish authorities reported the location of the Nord Stream 1 leak as northeast of the Baltic Sea island of Bornholm, and the Nord Stream 2 leak as southeast of the island. German media, quoting unnamed security officials, say it’s possible the leaks are a result of an act of sabotage, as it’s extremely rare for undersea, concrete-coated steel pipes to break on their own. Authorities have halted all shipping in the area around the leaks.

Lund says both the Swedish network and the Danish Seismic Network picked up the explosions on Monday. The first blast occurred at 2:03 a.m. Swedish time, and a second, larger explosion occurred at 7:04 p.m. “Preliminary estimates would say that this is at least equivalent to 100 kilograms of dynamite,” he says.

Lund says the seismic data was able to pinpoint the second blast to within just a few kilometers of the location the Swedish Maritime Authority gave as the site of the second leak. “We’re not spot on, but we’re fairly close to the area of the leakage,” he says.

Lund says there’s no natural event that could have created such unique seismic signatures less than 24 hours apart. “There’s nothing I could come up with that would produce this,” he says.

The explosions occurred just barely into international waters, in an area with a disputed Economic Exclusion Zone. So anybody could have been there, even “fishing”.

Tinfoil hat time, and a few off the wall musings

Holy shit. And it’s entirely likely as they are that insane and deluded. At least somebody should pop a little incendiary missile over it and burn off the methane.

The finger points to a government. One with plenty of money. To plant explosives at the relatively shallow bottom of the Baltic, divers might still need to wear exo-suits, as they’d be underwater for a very long time. We’re talking a couple million bucks per suit. Not to mention the support ships etc, plus access to waterproof explosives in large quantities and a secure means of setting them off remotely. This is not something the cartels or the jihadis can do, even if they have the money. The world of deep sea divers is pretty small. Somebody knows something, guaranteed.

These explosions occurred off the coast of Bornholm Island, in the not super deep part of the Baltic Sea, an area called the Bornholm Basin, where the water is about 60-90m deep. Call it 200-300 feet. So the exo-suits aren’t mandatory.

This is within the depth that commercial divers can do with scuba, although they will need considerable decompression time, even if they’re breathing heli-ox from their tanks ... and they’ll need a lot of tanks. It takes time to lay hundreds of pounds of explosives. OTOH, plastic explosives can be stronger than dynamite, so less would be needed to do the job. Using a dynamite equivalent metric is a bit silly in this day and age, especially as actual dynamite came in various strengths. The weaker stuff was much safer to use.

Are there smaller submarines that could do this task? Probably. Again, big bucks, and the unknown ones would be military, guaranteed. But again, they need surface support ships. Although if I was the evil genius behind it, I’d have a crappy old freighter built as a Q ship, modified to carry such a sub in a bomb bay in the hull. Maybe make it a large fishing trawler mother ship (Asian or Muzzie registry of course), which would not be noticed if it stayed in one small area for a couple days. Bring along some dhows and actually catch some fish.

This was a government sponsored operation. Period. And Tucker is right, Putin would be absolutely insane to have done this. But it’s not impossible that a pneumatic torpedo was inserted into the pipe from the Russian end.

Tucker mentions seismic recordings. Obviously Denmark has them, as do others, but I haven’t seen any graphs out there yet.

So that leaves us, Poland, Germany, or Sweden. And Sweden hasn’t had much to say about anything lately, so probably rule them out.

Oh, but there is SOME upside here. I think those pipes run across the dead zone too, east of Stockholm and west of Estonia. This is a layer of deep water hydrogen sulfide, a very poisonous gas. Black Sea has this too, especially in their dead zone, where there is so little oxygen and life in the water that ancient Greek shipwrecks litter the bottom in like-new condition. Had the bombs disrupted that layer, the gas cloud released could have killed millions if the wind was blowing from the East.

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September 26, 2022

Bridge Post!!
Sorry, I just found this one. A real Homer Simpson D’oh!! moment.

Ya know, they put those “bridge closed” signs up for a reason.

rolleyes  big surprise  rolleyes


Now California Is Going After Furnaces: Newsom Bans Gas Heat After 2030

The Golden State just became the first in the nation to begin making fossil-fuel furnaces and heaters a thing of the past.

In its ongoing effort to slash ozone pollution, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) voted Thursday to ban the sale of new gas furnaces and water heaters beginning in 2030. Homes will be required to install zero-emissions alternatives, like electric heaters.

The vote is designed to meet EPA regulations limiting ozone in the atmosphere to 70 parts per billion. Much of California still exceeds that limit.

“We need to take every action we can to deliver on our commitments to protect public health from the adverse impacts of air pollution, and this strategy identifies how we can do just that,” said CARB Chair Liane Randolph.

The heaters requirement was met with comments from the public, including opposition. Retired engineer Michael Kapolnek said the saved emissions don’t justify the cost to homeowners forced into expensive retrofits, such as upgrading electrical service.

Groups such as the American Lung Association and the Sierra Club supported the move.

“This will reduce the building sector’s carbon footprint and improve public health. We also appreciate the commitment to equity-centered engagement and community input in all states of the process,” said Daniel Barad, senior policy advocate at Sierra Club California.

Now here’s a funny thing ... catalytic converters, like the ones on your car, will take nitrogen oxides out of the exhaust stream. With a two stage system, using an air pump just like cars do (good old “make up air” from outside), carbon oxides are burned down, and the system releases plain old nitrogen and carbon dioxide. Both of which are part of the atmosphere, and until not too many years ago, did not count as pollutants.

So I could easily see a retrofit system with an air pump, and perhaps even a heat recovery system ( think of a moonshine still’s condenser, but running backwards ).

But that isn’t good enough for California. CO2 BAD, even though it helps the plants grow. So don’t even look at this possibility, just ban fuel powered furnaces and hot water heaters, even those fired by natural gas, which is the cleanest burning combustible that is cost effective.

Oh, and California has no plans to increase their electric grid, which ( along with all the EVs they’ve demanded and now don’t want you to charge ), will be leached even further by mandating electric heaters.

I gather the only thing on earth that we have an infinite, renewable resource, supply of is stupid. You never hear of a shortage of that.

In a very similar vein, NPR prattles on about how gas stoves are BAD, because they increase the chances of childhood asthma by 20%. Of course, the obvious solution to that is right there in this article: use a range hood. But, oh noes!, the guy in the article only has a wall fan, way up high above the stove. Ok, in that case ... hey moron, install a hood for it.

PS - a proper range hood for any stove, especially a gas one, is at least 3” wider than the range on each side, and projects further forward than the common ones you now see. And to work best, it needs to flow quite a bit more than your typical range hood, somewhere up in the 600cfm or better range for a decent sized kitchen. And in many states, like here in the People’s Republic of New Jersey, that means our old friend make-up air needs to join the party.

Not to mention that there are also multi-stage and modulated gas furnaces; these work in a similar manner to multi-stage and continuously variable air conditioners. Both run on really low most of the time, and only ramp up when needed. For a gas furnace, this gets the efficiency up in the 96% or higher range, which not only saves you money, but pollutes less. These furnaces also have heat recovery built in. This is as good as it gets. And here’s an example of one.

But it’s still not good enough for the utopian dreamers in La-La Land.

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September 25, 2022

Bowling Blogging!!

We got taken to the cleaners Friday on No Longer That Cheap league. 0-7. We had a bit of handicap, which means we needed to bowl over average to stand a chance of winning. We threw on average at best. OTOH, our opponents threw superbly, bowling well over average in nearly every game. Their anchor threw a 736 series as if it were nothing, which is a better series than I have ever thrown in my life. He has a 210 average or thereabouts, so he wasn’t really that much over. So we’re now 14-7 after the 3rd week of the season.


Busy with the project of course. As the new washer and dryer location upstairs is going to require a long duct for the dryer with several corners in it, I knew we’d need a booster fan in the ducting. So I did my research. And then more research. And finally found the one that actually works. It’s the Tjernlund LB2, the only booster on the market that 1) meets meets UL 705 DEDPV & IRC-2015 requirements, and 2) is guaranteed to not clog up with lint for 5 years. The last part is important, because the unit will be mounted up in the attic and will not be easy to get to, or to take apart for cleaning. It’s got a remote panel for the sensor, so you can see how it’s working, and will provided plenty of suction to pull air and lint down the pipe with ease.

If you have any interest, go to the link above and watch the video. It’s amazing. Best sales closer ever.

The downside is that this one costs nearly double what the standard “propeller in a can” models cost, but I found it on Amazon at a discount price, and I had enough Prime Points to cut that price nearly in half.

The unit mounts to a stud with a hefty steel bracket, so it will provide good support for the vent pipes. Now I just have to spend a day up in the attic figuring out where to run the ducting. The shorter and straighter the better, but up under the truss there are all sorts of studs and chords running every which way. And it has to hook up to the current outside vent cap, which is probably 6 feet below where the duct will enter the attic, 25 feet away, and 5 feet over. So it’s going to be a challenge figuring things out. OTOH, I’m becoming an expert at fitting 10lb of sugar in a 5lb bag, so I’m confident.


This and that happening in the news. Biden trying to get us in a nuclear war with Russia? Plus the usual nonsense and mayhem.
Oh, and Europe is going to freeze to death this winter, hoist on their own Green Petard. No gas, no oil, no coal, no peat, no wood, and they continue to shut down their nuke plants. If they’re that stupid, they own the fate that awaits them. Meanwhile China builds new coal fired generators all the time, India and Africa continue to burn anything that will catch fire, and none of them give a poopoo about carbon dioxide. Only the guilt-ridden, suicidal West.

Know what?  I don’t have time for this nonsense right now.

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September 22, 2022

Bowling Blogging!!

So we won all 7 last night, but my team bowled rather poorly. Both our Petes weren’t there, so we got subs. And the subs bowled great!! So we won, and our team averages went down. Best of both worlds!


Dilbert Comic Being Cancelled By Corporate Wokesters


So it looks like the Dilbert comic strip is being cancelled. I don’t buy newspapers anymore, and I don’t work in cubicle world any longer so the relevance of Dilbert is over my horizon, and I’ve mostly forgotten it existed. But an awful lot of newspapers are owned by only a few companies, and they all play follow the leader, and at this point the comic has been cut from 77 papers. Expect many more to come, as management does some “subtle” restructuring of the all important funny pages. And Dilbert goes down the memory hole. And management lies to itself that they were only saving money. But we know better, and so does everyone who reads Dilbert or is one of the non-manager characters in Dilbert. Management always lies, and common sense and decency in the workplace is indecently uncommon.

But author Scott Adams is still just as sharp as ever, and has been snarking the heck out of diversity, trans-ism, and ESG ( the moronic but pervasive woke idea that Environment, Social, and Governance have any real meaning in a company atmosphere ). And we all know that the “tolerant” Left is anything but tolerant of anyone who isn’t them or makes fun of them. They have no sense of humor at all. Of course they don’t; if they could laugh at the absurdities shown in the Dilbert strips, they’d be forced to admit that their ideas and worldviews themselves are absurd. And the whole house of cards comes tumbling down.

So it’s easier to cancel a comic strip. “When you’re catching flack, it means you’re over the target”.  And now I’m back to reading Dilbert online. Still awesome all these years later.



September 21, 2022


Happy Fall!

Take your Equinox out for a spin in 2 days and try not to hit anything pumpkin spiced.


Meanwhile ... bits from here and there ...

•  4.4 mile hit with rifle. Ok, the target was approaching barn door size, and it took almost 70 tries. But still. PS - nearly 150 years ago

•   True Recycling! Thousands flock to Alaska to pick up expensive coolers that washed overboard,

•   Chipping away at the profit margins, as Ford builds tens of thousands of trucks it can’t sell, due to chip shortages and supply chain issues.
[ to be fair it’s all of them, not just Ford. Mazda just sent me a letter saying they’d pay me 120% of my car’s blue book value if I’d trade it in. Sweet, but do they have anything new I can buy? ]

•   I used to do News From The North posts, but gave that up years ago because it’s so boring up there. But here’s the latest from Jay Maine: The paper mill is closing next year. Jay is way up in the back of blueberry beyond, far up the Androscoggin River. And the paper mill employs most of the town. But they couldn’t compete if they couldn’t pollute, so buh bye. The Androscoggin River was once one of the most polluted rivers in the country, but has made a big comeback. Except for a couple stubborn polluters. And next year, one less.

When I was a kid and we’d go camping Up North, we’d drive through Joffrey New Hampshire, home to D.D. Bean and sons, maker of all the paper matches. It was also a massive pulp mill. The stench was gigantic. Still, paper has to come from somewhere.

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September 20, 2022

And Away We Go! Almost

The new contractor says he can start on October 1st. So of course we have a big family event we have to go to, driving an hour each way and spending the whole afternoon and evening at it. So I’ll try for the 3rd.

And let the mayhem commence. This means I have to get hold of the plumber right now, to get an estimate and a scheduling.

And she’d better put down the “how to forage for food” videos and go pick some grout and some paint. And figure out the tiling for the shower niche.

And we’ll buy spackle and several gallons of primer. And I have to dig out the new bathtub and see if it needs the overflow end pipe, or if I bought a tub with a built-in overflow drain.

Finally, we’re making it happen.  Better talk with the contractor about waste disposal too. I can stack up old boards and drywall for a while, but at some point it will be time to get a dumpster delivered for a day. Any longer than that and the neighbors might dump stuff in it.


Not much new here on my end. I ordered the vent fan for the bathroom ceiling. It has a little LED light in it, and it has a speed adjustment so you can choose how much air it flows. The low setting is 30cfm more than the fan that’s there now, and the high setting is more than double the original. It’s one of those Whisper models from Panasonic, which means that it’s super quiet, lasts forever, and uses very little electricity. A bit of research showed me that we don’t need one of the high volume fans that use a 6” duct, so this one will hook up to the 4” duct that’s already there (in theory). Save a few bucks when you can!

Outside, we put down some gravel on the ground in the little nook off the end of the patio and moved the hose reel there. Then we came up with the idea to gravel over that whole little zone, the 3’ between the lower garden edge bricks and the foundation. This area is hard to see from even six feet away, an unusable area that does nothing other than grow weeds. So put down a strip of landscape mesh, a couple inches of gravel over that, and 3 or 4 stepping stone slabs over that. Make it look pretty, provide good drainage, and keep the weeds away. Without spending very much.


I’m sure there’s other exicting and/or upsetting news to report on, but not now. I have to remeasure everything in the kitchen for the cabinet guy, and I have to come up with a list of electric work for the contractor. Neither task is difficult, just time consuming.

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September 18, 2022

My latest crazy idea: increase the power grid many times over before mandating everything going electric. Because you can’t use what isn’t there, and forcing people to switch before it’s available will only lead to suffering.

Governor Murphy’s Plan to Force Electrical Energy Will Break the Budget for Public Schools

And let’s cut through THAT bs right away. The schools won’t be bankrupted or budget-broken. Your taxes will merely increase dramatically.

In less than 90 days, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is expected to enact new rules that could cost manufacturers, businesses, public schools, and apartment complexes millions of dollars to convert boiler systems to electric.

Senators Michael Testa and Anthony M. Bucco, Republican members of New Jersey’s bipartisan Legislative Manufacturing Caucus, warned that the impact will be felt across the state in the form of higher product costs and skyrocketing energy bills.

“This will be nothing short of a man-made economic disaster,” said Testa (R-1). “As usual, the Murphy Administration is diving in without considering the ramifications or the costs. This all is happening too quickly and without the proper diligence.”

The rule change, set to take effect in December, marks the beginning of the Murphy Administration’s electrification of the state under its Energy Master Plan.

“This is going to tear through the state economy like a bulldozer through a cornfield,” said Bucco (R-25). “Murphy wants to eradicate natural gas and fuel oil, and he doesn’t care how much it costs or who it hurts. The financial impact of this initial step alone is jaw-dropping. Costs could reach $2 million or more to replace boilers in some structures targeted by the new rule.”

This week, a coalition of more than 30 business and labor organizations rallied in Trenton in opposition to the changes.

In a letter to Legislative leaders, the groups said: “There are approximately 1,500 apartment buildings, 1,500 K-12 public schools, 1,200 commercial, industrial and manufacturing facilities, 195 county government buildings and 143 auto body shops, as well as grocery stores and religious facilities, affected by the proposal.”

“Everybody is going to get hit by everything from higher grocery bills, property taxes and rent payments, but I am especially concerned about what this does to New Jersey’s crucial manufacturing segment,” said Testa, the co-chair of the Legislative Manufacturing Caucus. “A multi-million investment to replace a perfectly functional boiler system could put companies out of business and workers out of jobs.

We have an abundance of fuel oil and natural gas. We’ve got lots of propane too, not to mention coal. Natural gas is about as clean a form of combustion derived energy as it gets, other than burning straight hydrogen and oxygen. Nuclear generation beats them all of course, not polluting at all. Geothermal as well, although the costs for that are extraordinary and I’m not sure that it can be implemented everywhere.

And yet the stupid is neverending.

My point is, just like the benighted smugness that claims electric cars are the way forward, an all-electric society also has to get the electricity from somewhere. Solar is a sham. Wind is an even greater sham. Neither one is anywhere near cost effective even with massive government subsidies. And yet, all the Left does is make demands, without creating the resources. To go all-electric, NJ would need about 25 new full size nuclear reactors and 10 times more transmission lines. This would cost trillions and trillions, even if you did it without unions, corruption, or waste, and followed every red cent.

Oh yeah, the good old blog. As you can guess, I’ve been pretty busy. Got the mistakes from the big order straightened out, have to check my account online to make sure the credits went through. Have to order a damper from Amazon as Lowe’s can’t get them.

Met with the cabinet guy again. I really don’t like people telling me I’m wrong with an approach if they can’t think outside of the box. So sorry, I got a little testy and impatient. I do my absolute best to make myself clear, but I suppose I should use a different approach sometimes. Whatever. So now I have to remeasure the entire kitchen yet again, update the drawings, take apart the closet so I can get up in the attic, take pictures of everything that matters, see where some wires run, so on and so forth.

I’m once again at wit’s end. While I’m buying thousands of dollars worth of materials, spending hours and hours calculating and measuring and pouring through specification books, she’s dreaming up yet another kitchen design. This is not helping. And I’m fucking sick of it. And I’m tired of being tired, tired of being cranky, tired of all of it. For the 5th time at least, I don’t want to play anymore. I just want to walk away from all of it, forever. But I won’t, because I’m the one doing all the work, and I’m the one fronting all the money. Every last cent spent so far.

I want some Xanax or Prozac or something. Not that I’ve ever had any psych meds before in my life. Counseling. Whatever. Numb my soul for awhile so I don’t get so worked up over things. Or maybe I just need to take a few days off from it. Yesterday was another day where the entire day, from morning coffee to bedtime was spent on this thing. It’s all I do. It’s all I’ve done every damn day for 5 months, maybe even 2 years. I need to step away for a bit. But I can’t. The real phase is just about to begin. And I feel like the entire burden is on my shoulders.


Bowling Blogging!!

I meant to post this Friday night, but I was just too tired.

We won 7-0 for the second week in a row. And we the manager team. But they rolled poorly, and our new teammates came through, and we pulled it off. We won the last game by 3 pins, so that was a real nail biter.

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September 14, 2022

image  Denmark Discovers Common Sense (and saves a fortune too, no doubt)  image

Denmark: No covid vax no boosters for any regular person under 50

The Danish Health Authority expects that the number of covid-19 infections will increase during autumn and winter. Therefore, we recommend vaccination of people aged 50 years and over as well as selected risk groups.


Who will be offered vaccination against covid-19?
People aged 50 years and over will be offered vaccination.

People aged under 50 who are at a higher risk of becoming severely ill from covid-19 will also be offered vaccination against covid-19.

Staff in the healthcare and elderly care sector as well as in selected parts of the social services sector who have close contact with patients or citizens who are at higher risk of becoming severely ill from covid-19 will also be offered booster vaccination against covid-19.


Why are people aged under 50 not to be re-vaccinated?
The purpose of the vaccination programme is to prevent severe illness, hospitalisation and death. Therefore, people at the highest risk of becoming severely ill will be offered booster vaccination. The purpose of vaccination is not to prevent infection with covid-19, and people aged under 50 are therefore currently not being offered booster vaccination.

People aged under 50 are generally not at particularly higher risk of becoming severely ill from covid-19. In addition, younger people aged under 50 are well protected against becoming severely ill from covid-19, as a very large number of them have already been vaccinated and have previously been infected with covid-19, and there is consequently good immunity among this part of the population.

Looks like Freja, Lars, and Mikkel have been doing some data analysis and making decisions based on that. Glad somebody is, finally.

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September 13, 2022

Not a lot from me right now. It may have stopped raining. Maybe. We had a very wet Spring then a very very dry Summer, and now The Wet has returned again. After several days of drippy drippy drip, the clouds wrung themselves out last night and dropped nearly 2” on us. But it’s still cool and highly overcast, so there may be more in the offing.

It’s that “mystery noise” time of year for us. Which actually means the walnuts are falling off the toilet-tree that overhangs our patio and roof. Mr. Squirrel running around up there having a nosh only makes matters worse. That tree was marked for removal 10 weeks ago, but it hasn’t come down yet. And at the condo association’s monthly meeting last night, where the dead tree removal project came up. So ours is slated for removal, but the far larger tree behind it, down in the bottom of the soggy gully, has been nearly killed by Virginia Creeper vines for years (some of the vines are 6” thick and several stories high at this point), and if that tree falls it could cause a lot of damage. But it would be a difficult, manual felling and removal, so the price is 5 times higher. So that got put aside for further discussion, but my hope is that the toilet-tree will soon come down.

We’ve (once again) finalized a plan for the kitchen cabinets. We have to make the best of a bad situation, get something that works, and looks nice, and is well made, and is a good value or at least a reasonable price. That’s a challenge. But I think we’re there, getting as much of all of that as we can, plus high degrees of symmetry, the magical “matchy-matchy” that appeals to women. The alcove cabinets are the same height as all the other ones on the other side. The slider wall cabinets on both sides are the same size. All the cabinets on the walls edge align with the cabinets beneath them, and on the short wall around the stove it’s practically bookended. And even better, the cabinets are big enough to be useful. No blind corner base, no space wasted with fillers, no 3”, 6”, or even 9” cabinets, all of which are too small to do much good. And the price is moderate. OK, it’s expensive as hell, but our HD is running a 40% discount until the end of the year, and once you order them Kraftmaid contacts you and you pick a build and delivery date. Which is going to be a while ... like Spring. Probably not the greatest idea to have no walls or ceiling in the kitchen in the dead of winter.


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September 11, 2022

9/11 Once Again

I will not forget. I will not forgive. And I will never ever submit.

It isn’t community service day. It isn’t really Patriots Day. It’s Remember Who Your True Enemies Are Day, and recall that they have been our enemies since the beginning of this nation. They were the Barbary Pirates, for whom the Navy was created to fight.

I don’t need to post pictures. You’ve seen them all a million times in the 21 years since. An entire generation has been born, grown up, and graduated college since then, and has no idea. But a few of them, and a lot of their older brothers and sisters, answered the call and went into harm’s way for a damn long time over this, while our worthless spineless politicians dicked about and threw most of it away. Pity we have so few 103rd floor window opportunities for defenestration.

Recall also how our government has usurped your rights and freedoms ever since, and now spies on you everywhere you go, every page you visit online, and every phone call you make. And don’t even go there with the shoes and TSA. Worthless ever since Day 1.


More good news. Eliza Fletcher’s killer has a record of rape, abduction, violence, etc going back to when he was 14. He just raped someone else a year before killing Fletcher.


Whale hits tiny motorboat overloaded with 11 bird watchers aboard on a nice day with calm seas, a hundred yards from shore. Half of them drown. Something is off here. It was not a killer whale, just a regular one.


Another nutcase teacher, enemy of the nation, who needs to be fired this instant.

Well, at least this one hasn’t yet been charged with any sex crimes against students.

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September 10, 2022

I don’t know how, but yesterday’s posts seem to have evaporated. Oops.

Bowling Blogging !!

Last night was opening night for Cheap League, which is no longer really cheap as prices have gone up.  It was a thin night, with about half the league being absent. A lot of people, especially those with no kids in the house, take vacations right after Labor Day and Back To School. No crowds anywhere, and the weather is still pretty good, but not so damn hot.  So most of them pre-bowled, and the rest of us were not even slightly crowded. Looks like the league will have 13 teams again this year, which means a BYE match every week. Fine by me, that’s a chance for some easy points.

So wifely and I played Rick and Tracey’s team. We’ve known them forever and get along pretty well. Half their team had pre-bowled, and half our team had as well. We lost the D’s, the new bowler couple who had rolled with us for several years, never really tried to learn the sport, and now claim their new work hours won’t let them make it. Whatever. So we got a new couple, who are long time league bowlers in some other league. And they weren’t there either, but they pre-bowled perfectly ... both were right on average for the night, without much variation game to game. So they neither helped nor hurt, but at least we didn’t have to take an absentee penalty for them. So it was just the 4 of us in a half full alley. This also means that the lane oil isn’t going to break down all that much since only half as many people are rolling on it. So we bowled at a relaxed pace, had fun with R and T, and even showed up with clean balls.

And wifely and I both bowled real well, and we won all 7. Nice start to a new season. She went 167 170 217 for a 554, coming in 22 over average. Well done! I threw a 645 series with a 245 in Game 2, so I was 32 over average. Outstanding. I opened the 245 game with 6 strikes in a row, then doubly messed up by throwing a 9 in the 7th and missing the spare by a zillionth of an inch. But then I went back to making more strikes, but I just missed making a 250 game. Oh well. I’m thrilled to chuck a 245.

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See More Below The Fold


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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.


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.


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.


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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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


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.


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


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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calendar   Monday - August 17, 2020

Flowers For Algernon?

Leftist InstaHate For COVID Flower Cure

because Trump mentioned it


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?

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.


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


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.


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.


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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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.


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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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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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. ]
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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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.


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:


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


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).


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.


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