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calendar   Thursday - January 23, 2020

More Lies From CNN

Well, when all this peach mint nonsense is over, we know where Adam Schiff will be working ...

“Everyone relax, it was satire”: CNN Employee, Former Clinton Press Secretary, Caught Totally Making It Up

Satire has been redefined to mean “I told a whopper and later got caught at it”.

Joe Lockhart was ripped for making up a story about overhearing Republican senators who “only watch Fox News.”

Lockhart, who worked as White House press secretary in President Bill Clinton’s administration, tweeted a fictitious story about overhearing a few Republican senators explaining how they had never heard any of the evidence presented by the Democratic impeachment managers because they only watched to Fox News.

“Overheard convo between two Republican Senators who only watch Fox News. ‘Is this stuff real? I haven’t heard any of this before. I thought it was all about a server. If half the stuff Schiff is saying is true, we’re up shit’s creek. Hope the White House has exculpatory evidence,” Lockhart tweeted.

His story caught fire on Twitter and racked up nearly 5,000 retweets and over 17,000 likes. After his post went viral, he posted a follow-up tweet explaining that he made the whole thing up, writing, “Ok maybe I made up the convo, but you know that’s exactly what they’re thinking.”

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After several people blasted him for making up the story, Lockhart returned to tell everyone to “relax,” tweeting, “Everyone relax. This is satire. Satire to make the point that Senators that are deciding the President’s fate who only watch Fox News have never heard this stuff before. Because Fox is part of the coverup.”

Right. Because Fox News hasn’t covered every single aspect of this in mind-numbing detail half a million times for years. Therefore they practically forced Lockhart to Tweet some crock. Poor guy was just, just triggered by their wrongness, no doubt.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/23/2020 at 09:29 AM   
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Richmond Still Doesn’t Get It

VA Dem: Peaceful 2A Rally In Richmond Was TERRORISM

What a nuckin futjob

A Virginia Democrat said Tuesday that Second Amendment supporters who protested new gun-control legislation at the Virginia State Capitol had “terrorized Richmond.”

House Delegate Lee Carter, a self-professed democratic socialist, accused participants in Monday’s peaceful protest of menacing lawmakers, saying the thousands of “idiots” who demonstrated would only embolden the Democratic majority on gun control.

“The ‘pro-gun’ people that terrorized Richmond yesterday probably don’t realize that all they did was tag team with fascists, strengthen the liberals’ resolve to pass gun control bills, and force the most gun-friendly Dem (me) to not show up for a day,” Carter said. “Idiots. Absolute idiots.”

David Rutz breaks down the most important news about the enemies of freedom, here and around the world, in this comprehensive morning newsletter.

Contrary to Carter’s rhetoric, Monday’s rally “concluded without a single incidence of mayhem or civil unrest,” reported Washington Free Beacon staff writer Stephen Gutowski, who interviewed various protesters. Gov. Ralph Northam (D.), who declared a state of emergency leading up to the rally, acknowledged the event was peaceful.

Yes Virginia, anarcho-Marxists are real ... and you’ve elected at least one to your statehouse. Are you happy now??


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/23/2020 at 08:42 AM   
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OMG. The Steele Dossier Back In The News Again?

I never knew BuzzFeed had that kind of money to throw around.

BuzzFeed Paid Former FBI Cyber Geek $4.1 Million To Prove Steele Dossier Contentions
They came up emptyhanded. Duh.

When old news is new news again

One of the experts who spearheaded a forensics report alleging Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hacked Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’s phone was also part of an attempt to verify the Steele dossier.
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Anthony Ferrante, a cyber expert at the advisory firm FTI Consulting
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BuzzFeed asked Ferrante, a former FBI agent who joined CNN as a contributor in 2019, to investigate the Steele dossier’s claims that Russian tech executive Aleksej Gubarev played a “significant” role in hacking Democrats’ computer systems.

Conclusion: Russians Bad, No Proof Of DNC Hacking

Ferrante determined that Gubarev’s companies “have provided gateways to the internet for cybercriminals and Russian state sponsored actors to launch and control large-scale malware campaigns over the past decade.”

Gubarev’s lawyer, Evan Fray-Witzer, dismissed Ferrante’s contention in a March 2019 statement. “Buzzfeed spent $4.1 million on a team of former FBI agents to try to prove that Gubarev and his companies did what was alleged in the Steele Dossier and came up empty-handed,” he said.

Fray-Witzer added: “The Dossier directly and unequivocally accused Alex Gubarev of having been corrupted by the [Federal Security Service] FSB and having personally hacked (or directed others to hack) the [Democratic National Committee] DNC. And that defamatory statement was, and is, a lie, plain and simple.” The FSB is Russia’s military service.

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BuzzFeed paid Ferrante $4.1 million to verify elements of Christopher Steele’s dossier, which pundits argued showed links between President Donald Trump and Russia.

And of course CNN was spreading the fake about all this back then [ March 2106 ] .

Don’t you just hate it when even the news about a nothing burger turns out to be a nothing burger? Grrrr.

Ok, so I guess the new news part is that this Russian guy Gubarev is suing the pants off of Steele because that dossier names him specifically as the person who hacked, or hired others to hack, the DNC server.

The same server that no one has ever seen or even had access to.

Or maybe it comes up again as news because the same cyber security guy, Ferrante, is looking into the hack of Bezos’ phone, allegedly by Saudi agents. Hey, that’s his job, investigating computer stuff, isn’t it? Big yawn.

Just a reminder that the Steele dossier is totally bogus, unproveable even after spending millions to have former FBI “Top Men” work on it. Gotta wonder about that one a bit, knowing that the FBI knew the thing was fake from the get-go.

And as time goes by, it becomes boringly obvious that the DNC server was never hacked from the outside. Somebody (Seth Rich) took the data from a terminal onto a thumb drive. Good grief, we’ve known this for years now. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/23/2020 at 08:12 AM   
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China Quaranties More Cities Over Coronavirus

China: City Lockdowns Increase
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“Unprecieented in public health history”

Trains and planes out of Wuhan were indefinitely suspended, tollways on roads out the city were closed, leading to fear and panic for those who were trapped.

Hours later, authorities in neighbouring Huanggang announced that public transport and train services would be suspended at midnight, while people were told to not leave the city of 7.5 million.

All of Huanggang’s cinemas, internet cafes, and the central market will close.

A third city, 1.1 million-population Ezhou, announced the train station had been temporarily closed earlier in the day.

“We are feeling as though it is the end of the world,” said one Wuhan resident on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform, voicing concerns about shortages of food and disinfectant.

More than 570 people have been infected with the virus across China—with most cases found in Wuhan, where a seafood market that illegally sold wild animals has been identified as the epicentre of the outbreak.

The coronavirus has caused alarm because of its similarity to SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed nearly 650 people across mainland China and Hong Kong in 2002-2003. Like SARS, it can be passed among people through the respiratory tract.

The first case of the new virus was confirmed on December 31, and it has since been detected in Japan, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States.

Three weeks after Chinese officials announced the outbreak of a new virus, more than 400 people have been sickened and 17 have died, leading to questions of just how alarmed the public should be.

The coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV, began at an animal and seafood market in the city of Wuhan and has since spread to several other countries, including the United States. The illness is now said to be transferable between humans.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/23/2020 at 07:47 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - January 22, 2020

This Year’s Killer Virus From China

How is it that every damn year the worst diseases come from China? Every year. Swine flu, Avian flu, SARS, you name it. And now it’s coronavirus. WTH is coronavirus? Who knows, but it’s deadly. And it’s already in the USA.
TLDR: The answer is “wet markets”, the traditional Asian totally unhygienic outdoor butcher shop/live wild animal/vegetable stall/crowded shopping bizarres that they refuse to give up. This is the source of every one of these diseases.

China Quarantines Entire City Of Wuhan Over Coronavirus Epidemic

The Chinese government has quarantined the city of Wuhan and plans to shut down the airport and public transportation within hours amid an outbreak of the coronavirus, according to reports on the country’s social networks. The virus has been linked to at least 17 deaths and has sickened over 500 others.

Other countries’ health agencies and governing bodies have issued warnings to travelers including the U.K., which advised against “all but essential travel” to Wuhan, which is where the virus was first detected. Several countries have implemented enhanced screening measures at airports for flights arriving from the Wuhan region as China faces scrutiny over what officials knew about the outbreak and when they discovered it.

For weeks the country’s health officials maintained that the number of people infected remained at 41, with minimal fatalities, but as more cases emerged and the death toll spiked fears of a cover-up began to surface. Top officials in China have reportedly warned lower-level officials to not cover up the spread of the virus, which is now said to be transmissible between humans.

Any lower-level officials who attempt to conceal new cases would be “nailed on the pillar of shame for eternity,” officials with the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission, a top political body in the country that handles law and order, allegedly said, according to the BBC.

The call for transparency follows the country’s botched handling of the SARS virus in 2002-2003, which infected 8,000 and killed at least 770. At the time, officials were accused of covering up the virus, which was not announced to the public until about five months after it was detected.

This tells me that this germ is so virulent that it spreads faster than the ChiComs attempts to hide the truth. Wuhan is a city of 11 million in central eastern China, about 430 miles west of the port city of Shanghai. Locking down an entire city and leaving the people to die is what communists can do, instantly. “All power comes from the barrel of a gun”, said Chairman Mao, and they’ve got all the guns. Whatever numbers their government is admitting to are probably at least an order of magnitude less than the reality; if they say 10 it’s 100. Or 1000.

Scientists have warned that official totals from Chinese authorities of how many people have been infected with a deadly and little-understood new virus could be out by a factor of 35.

You can’t trust the little bastards to be truthful. They lie about everything, always have. Oh but THIS TIME they’re going to open and honest. Yeah right. When they quarantine an entire city, one bigger than LA and NY combined, you know the situation is out of control. It’s an achinkolypse.

Spread of coronavirus prompts CDC to expand ‘enhanced health screenings’ to 2 more US airports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced it will expand health entry screenings to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, as the U.S. on Tuesday reported its first case of the potentially deadly coronavirus.

The CDC and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) had previously announced the implementation of “enhanced health screenings” for airline passengers arriving from or traveling through the Wuhan province of China amid a mysterious viral outbreak in the region.

Screenings began Friday at three major air hubs: San Francisco International Airport (SFO), John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

The CDC announced that they will be expanding public health entry screenings to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.

At least one person in the United States is infected with the mysterious pneumonia-like virus that has already killed at least six people and sickened some 300 others since the illness was first reported in Wuhan.

The case of the new coronavirus was confirmed in a man in Seattle. The man arrived in the U.S. last week before CDC and CBP officials had announced the “enhanced health screenings.”

The patient, who was not identified, is a resident of the U.S. and is in stable condition, CDC officials said during a news conference on Tuesday. The patient is isolated at the hospital he is being treated at and poses “very little risk” to medical staff and the public, officials said.

The man was reportedly aware of the outbreak affecting Wuhan before falling ill and proactively reached out to state health officials when he began experiencing symptoms, which have been reported to include fever, cough and shortness of breath.

So it feels just like any other bout of the flu pretty much, but maybe worse? Shortness of breath because your lungs are all phlegmmed up? Great. People are going to go nuts. I just got over the bug that’s going around here, with waterfall sinus flow and coughing enough to nearly pop my eyes out of my head.

Symptoms for SARS and MERS are much more severe than for common coronaviruses. Both cause respiratory problems. Those infected with MERS may also feel fatigued, experience shortness of breath and could develop kidney failure.

The virus is thought to be able to be spread from person to person and in some cases has infected doctors and nurses. The early days of the outbreak have evoked comparisons to SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, the illness that spread through airports and hospitals around the globe in 2003, killing nearly 800 people in a matter of months.

With the Chinese New Year travel season about to send billions of people on holiday journeys, no one wants to underestimate the disease.

“The speed with which this virus has been identified is testament to changes in public health in China since SARS,” said Jeremy Farrar, director of the Wellcome Trust, in a statement. “However, we know there is more to come from this outbreak - and with travel being a huge part of the fast approaching Chinese New Year, it is right that concern levels are at the highest level.”

Coronavirus is first cousin to SARS, and SARS is some deadly badness. Also in that family tree is MERS, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome. MERS has a 35% fatality rate. More than 1 in 3 who get it DIE. Is “Wuhan Virus” any less severe? Teh Authorities say so, but current data is perhaps too limited to have much faith in that panic quelling banality.

Both the Wuhan virus, known as 2019-nCoV, and SARS belong to the family of coronaviruses, so called because of their crown-like shape. Many such viruses cross the barrier between animals and humans, as the Wuhan virus appears to have done
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Some of the first patients infected in Wuhan worked or shopped at a seafood market where live animals and wildlife parts were reportedly sold.

These so-called wet markets, where shoppers mingle in narrow spaces with animals ranging from live poultry to snakes, have been a key source in the emergence of new viruses transmitted from animals to humans.

If sanitation standards are not maintained, wet markets can spread diseases. Because of the openness, newly introduced animals may come in direct contact with sales clerks, butchers, and customers. Insects such as flies have relatively easy access to the food products. Carcasses are sometimes thrown on the floor to be butchered. Both the current avian flu outbreak and SARS can be traced to keeping live animals in wet markets and its potential for contamination. In 2008 the government of Hong Kong proposed that all poultry should be slaughtered at central abattoirs to combat the spread of avian flu. However, public opposition to the scheme led to its abandonment.

Great. Pack a big bunch of people in a small space where raw meat, open to the air and the flies and dirt, uninspected, anything-we-could-farm-hunt-or-pickup-as-roadkill ... and you’ve got the world’s biggest Petri dish brewing every kind of putrescence imaginable. The only way it could be worse is if they put the markets right next to the dung heap. “But we’ve always done it this way!”, so let’s just infect the whole damn planet.

Wuhan is already present in China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. Maybe it’s time to just blockade all of Asia for half a year or so. Just to be safe. You can live that long without the latest hi-tech gadget or some more cheap stuff from Walmart. And God knows we don’t need YET ANOTHER one of their damn insects to sneak in either. WTF, let’s put Africa on the blockade list too. Because the ChiComs are big in Africa these days, and a Wuhan-MERS-Ebola crossbreed could wipe out half the world.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/22/2020 at 02:57 PM   
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A Break From Politics


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Miss Universe 2017, Demi Leigh Nel Peters. A genuine African from South Africa. Miss South Africa 2017. Now know to the world as Mrs. Tim Tebow.

Best wishes to both of them.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/22/2020 at 01:39 PM   
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Late Night Peach Mint

OMG, I tried watching that crap last night. Endless blather, with the Dems going on FOREVER, getting into hyper detail and lying like rugs when they’re were supposed to be explaining why they wanted to bring in a ton of new documents and witnesses, after the years of the Mueller investigation et al turned up nothing, and the months of the peach mint inquiry turned up nothing, and how their emergency rush to impeach President Trump on totally vacuous charges had to be done right this instant, but then set aside for several weeks so they could all go on vacation, and now Schiff, Schumer, and his hit squad of crazies want to change the rules in the Senate. My run-on sentence was nothing compared to their hours of obfuscations.

In the end, they got Mitch to bend a little, so they’ll get their witnesses but not at the start. Personally, I never would have allowed it. It’s not like they haven’t had years to research and gather everything under the sun. Run what you brung, or go home.

McConnell’s rules, which were eventually adopted in a 53-47 party-line vote at 1:40 a.m. ET Wednesday and largely mirror those from the Bill Clinton impeachment trial in 1999, permit new witnesses and documents to be considered only later on in the proceedings, after opening arguments are made.

Under McConnell’s final, adopted rules resolution, both the Democrats’ impeachment managers and Trump’s lawyers will now have three session days, totaling 24 hours, allocated to present their case.

McConnell’s original resolution had allowed 24 hours of arguments over only two days.

The vote on the Bolton amendment, like the roll call on Schumer’s previous failed quixotic proposals on the day, was not a final determination on any witness or document request, because McConnell’s proposal would allow new evidence to be considered later on in the process.

At 1:30 a.m. ET, Schumer introduced his last amendment to McConnell’s rules-- and he unexpectedly put Roberts back in the spotlight. The proposal would have allowed Roberts to decide the appropriateness of witnesses, which Republicans nixed because the Constitution affords the Senate the “sole” power over impeachment trials.

That last amendment was tabled by a 53-47 party-line vote, just like ten of Schumer’s other proposals.

Which shows me that this avalanche of garbage is entirely partisan. Well, duh. We knew that 3 years ago when they started crying for impeachment almost the moment the votes were tallied.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/22/2020 at 08:33 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - January 21, 2020

chips falling from the deep state resistance

Andrew Peek, NSC Senior Director, Escorted From White House Friday And Under Security Investigation

Trump in Davos for World Economic Forum with most of cabinet, but Mike Pompeo is not part of the group, although he was originally scheduled to be.

Andrew Peek had previously worked for General John Allen, who took over the Afghanistan theater after Patraeus left, but held the job for only a short time until sexual misconduct allegations forced his retirement.

General Allen was used by Obama to push his false narrative about defeating ISIS.  Allen spoke at the 2016 DNC convention in support of Hillary Clinton.

Impeachment Inquiry “witness” Andrew Vindman worked directly for Andrew Peek.

Peek got the NSC SD job with the approval of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien.

Sounds like Teh Resistanz planted a mole who got caught being naughty, and now the whole chain of them are having a time-out.

President Donald Trump’s top Russia expert on the National Security Counsel is reportedly on leave pending a security investigation.

Andrew Peek, the NSC’s senior director for European and Russian affairs, was escorted from the White House grounds on Friday, two people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.

Peek had been in the NSC role for just two months, after most recently working as a deputy assistant secretary of state with responsibility for Iran and Iraq.

He replaced Tim Morrison, who left the position after testifying in the House impeachment inquiry. Morrison testified that the U.S. Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, had told him there was a quid pro quo in which U.S. aid to Ukraine was conditioned on the country’s government opening an investigation into Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Morrison’s predecessor in the role, Fiona Hill, also testified as part of the impeachment inquiry.

Peek had been expected to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland next week with Trump and other top aides.

However, he is currently on leave pending a security-related investigation

Peek previously served as a deputy assistant secretary of State for Iraq and Iran, and he was seen as an ally of Robert O’Brien, who took over as national security adviser from John Bolton in September.

Prior to joining the State Department, Peek served as a U.S. Army intelligence officer who worked under General John Allen in Afghanistan. He was also a national security adviser to Senator Gordon Smith, an Oregon Republican, and Senator Mike Johanns, a Nebraska Republican.

Andrew Peek coming from the stable of John Allen tells us everything we need to know about the ideology of Mr. Peek.  There’s no doubt in my mind that Andrew Peek is therefore an ideological member of the resistance similar to another NSC appointment, Alexander Vindman.

Keep in mind, National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien also comes from inside the Dept of State.  So whether Mike Pompeo and Robert O’Brien set-up Peek as a mole, or whether Peek’s activities were discovered without their foreknowledge is an open question.  However, I find it impossible to believe that NSA Robert O’Brien didn’t know the ideology of Peek prior to the appointment.

Link-a-rama:
https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/01/19/nsc-russia-expert-escorted-from-white-house-under-intelligence-investigation/
https://www.axios.com/nsc-official-on-leave-investigation-2a5bd356-0927-46e1-b175-8a0a45877461.html
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7903971/Trumps-NSC-Russia-expert-escorted-White-House-grounds.html
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-01-19/trump-loses-another-russia-adviser-adding-to-nsc-turnover

The bigger question is whether O’Brien and Pompeo will be the next to get the boot. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/21/2020 at 10:31 AM   
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More Non News

Another mass shooting, but it doesn’t count because it wasn’t a white guy. Or they use the “4 or more dead rule”, which lets the blacks off the hook because they’re all such lousy shots.
I was going to post on this the other day, but meh. It got some minor news coverage, but faded away almost instantly. Blacks shooting blacks, even in bulk, just isn’t news.

Black Guy Shoots 15 Black Folks In Black Night Club, 1 Victim And Shooter Dead

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV/AP)—An armed security guard shot and killed a man suspected of fatally shooting a woman and injuring 15 more people outside a bar, police said Monday.

According to the police, the shooting happened at 9ine Ultra Lounge in the 4800 block of Noland Road at 11:30 p.m. Sunday. A motive for the attack was not immediately clear.

Kansas City Police Capt. David Jackson said that responding officers found “a chaotic scene.” A man and a woman were killed and police believe the shooter is the deceased man, Jackson said. It was not clear if the gunman targeted anyone in particular, he said.

A spokesman said a gunman opened fire on a line of people waiting to enter the bar. A preliminary investigation indicates an armed security guard killed the shooter, Jackson said.

At least 15 went to hospitals with injuries related to the shooting, police said. It’s unclear whether all the injured victims suffered gunshot wounds. At least three people are in critical condition, police said.

A Facebook post on 9ine Ultra Lounge’s page advertised Sunday night’s “Sold Out Sundays” event, which appeared to be a celebration of the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs — featured on the event’s artwork — beat the Tennessee Titans on Sunday to advance to the Super Bowl.

“It just put such a tragic end to such a wonderful day in Kansas City,” Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said at the scene, referencing the win. “It’s just hard to stand here and talk about this kind of tragedy on really one of the best days Kansas City has had in a long time.”

Business filings for the nightclub identify former Chiefs cornerback Alphonso Hodge as the owner of the club. Profiles of the establishment show it held its grand opening in April 2019. [ “Grand opening ... grand closing” ]

KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV)—Police continue to investigate after a mass shooting took place at a nightclub Sunday night.

Two people were killed, one of whom was the shooter. At least 15 people were injured.

The shooter is identified as 29-year-old Jahron Swift of Kansas City, Missouri. He has a record meaning he shouldn’t have had a gun, but he has several.

Police said that an armed private security guard at the club shot and killed Swift about 11:30 p.m. just outside of 9ine Ultra Lounge located in the 4800 block of Noland Road.

The victim is 25-year-old Raeven A. Parks of Kansas City.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/21/2020 at 09:35 AM   
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Laff With The Loonie

AOC: Dem Party Isn’t Leftist, It’s Center Conservative

Man, where can I get some of the killer dope she’s smoking?

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said on Monday at MLK Now 2020 event, the Democratic Party was a “center or center-conservative party,” and “not a left party.”

Ocasio-Cortez said, “I wanted to go back to what you said about our left party. We don’t have a left party in the United States. The Democratic Party is not a left party. The Democratic Party is a center or a center-conservative party. We do not advocate for — we can’t even get a floor vote on Medicare for All, not even a floor vote, that gets voted down. We can’t even get a vote on it. So this is not a left party. There are left members inside the Democratic Party that are working to try to make that shift happen.”

She added, “But you’re right. It does convey a certain sentiment about true believers. And there are a lot of true believers in that we can capitalism our way out of poverty in the Democratic Party. If anything, that’s probably the majority. And that’s an area in which I agree with Dr. King that that assessment is flawed.”

So “capitalism” is now a verb? Of course, her idea of that verb is “tax and spend your way out of poverty”. And there is really damn little actual poverty in this country. She isn’t talking about acts of philanthropy done by the successful. She’s talking about government spending. Which is really the same as redistribution to the special people. Which is at best a kind of socialism, with major government control. Pretty much communism. Super leftism. So she’s tripped. Same old same old.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/21/2020 at 09:17 AM   
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Not Just Killing And Theft

A little “crime stoppers” sidebar story in the local news. It shows a certain truth, therefore it must be racist.

Newark Public Safety Director Anthony F. Ambrose reports that police are seeking the public’s help in locating the below pictured suspects wanted for outstanding domestic violence warrants.

In the 3 screens of Wanted pictures shown, 44 people appear. 36 of them are black, 6 of them are hispanic, 2 of them are white/asian. That’s 82%, 13.5%, and 4.5% respectively. Does that tell you anything?

Each picture is captioned with the crime. How white am I? I had to look up “VRO” because I’d never heard of it. I guessed it meant “violating restraining order” but it really means “violent repeat offenders”, which is the same thing, only worse.

But this is a report just from Newark NJ, so maybe it only reflects a highly local temporary situation. Certainly not indicative of a permanent national trend. Oh noes, never ever.

Riiiight.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/21/2020 at 08:38 AM   
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Slow TV

And you thought there was nothing on TV. Up In Norway, Really Boring Is Really Popular.

Norway: New Hit TV Show Where One Episode Runs 9 Solid Days

Slow TV to feature Svalbard round the clock for nine days

Fascinating viewers for hours and days, the Norwegian slow TV concept takes it to the ultimate with the longest ever program starting on January 31st.

«Svalbard minute by minute» was recorded last August and can be viewed on the national broadcaster’s NRK2 channel from January 31 at 18.00 to midnight on February 9.

NRK launched the idea of slow TV on the 100th anniversary of Bergensbanen, the railway from Oslo to Bergen in 2009. With cameras in front, inside, on the sides and along the route, the entire 7 hours 16 minutes journey became a big hit with 1,2 million Norwegians tuned in to the show (Norway has a population of 5 million).

The success was followed up by the Flåmsbana (Flåm railway) minute by minute in 2010 and the big hit «Hurtigruten minute by minute» in 2011 on board a cruise vessel sailing all along the coast from Bergen to Kirkenes, a voyage and TV show lasting almost seven days.

In 2012, Nordlandbanen, the railway between Trondheim and Bodø across the Arctic Circle was recorded for 9 hours and 50 minutes and was followed by 1,2 million viewers.

So, my question is, are these shows just background noise, or is life so slow that Norwegians actually veg out and watch this stuff all day all night for days on end?

Is this some kind of escapist, alternate reality, life in the Matrix kind of thing? Or are they all so stressed out by the already slow pace of living there that they need to immerse themselves in the utterly dull and boring? Maybe they’re all stoned out of their minds most of the time.

Nearly 1 out of 4 Norwegians are huge fans of this kind of show. What does that say about them? (Yeah, it’s bloody cold, and dark, and it’s cold and dark for months and months at a go. And you can only have so much sex or football.)

Most of Svalbard is Arctic wilderness and about 65% of the land area is protected as national parks.

Project manager with NRK, Thomas Hellum, names the Svalbard slow TV as the ultimate production so far.

«We believe everyone in one or another way has a dream-relationship to Svalbard. A voyage is for many unachievable, but here everyone can join from the sofa,» Hellum says in an NRK article about the program.

Yes, a dream relationship with some empty islands way the heck up in the Arctic. A place of even more dark and cold than regular Norway. Frozen tundra, icebergs, and one filthy Russian coal mine doing it’s best to pollute the place. About the only fun thing that ever happens is when a eco-warrior ship full of greenies hell bent on exploring the ravages of global warming gets stuck in the ice pack that they don’t believe exists.

This is not the first time a ship carrying climate change activists has run into trouble in polar ice floes. In the CNN video below, a ten thousand ton Chinese icebreaker, the Snow Dragon, became trapped by antarctic ice on its way to rescue a Russian vessel, the Academic Shokalskiy. The ship was carrying a team of global warming scientists and had become stuck in the ice floes several days earlier. The team’s mission?  To gauge the effects of climate change on the region.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/21/2020 at 08:08 AM   
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calendar   Monday - January 20, 2020

Give Us This Day

Two Thirds Bread

Today’s bread is so simple recipe that you can remember it and never have to even write it down. I call it 2/3 bread.

The flour mix is 2/3 white flour to 1/3 whole wheat. The white flour mix is 2/3 bread flour to 1/3 all purpose. Hydration, the amount of water relative to the flour, is up to you. 67% - 2/3 - would work just fine, but for this batch I’m using 70%. Wetter dough - more “slack” - makes a loaf with a more “open crumb”, which means bigger air bubbles inside. People like that. The amount of salt you use is up to you. 1.5% is standard, but I usually use 2.5% or even 3%. Anything more than that and the yeast slows down and the loaf starts tasting salty. I put in 20% sourdough starter, which adds lots of flavor but is not really necessary. Starter has it’s own kind of yeast in it, which will make the dough rise if you have the patience of Job. Instead, I make a hybrid that uses starter and a 2/3 measure of instant yeast. Usually. For hybrid bread, the less dry yeast you add, the slower the rise, and the slower the rise the more sourdough flavor you’ll get. So this actual loaf has 1 teaspoon of added yeast, while the standard measure or the packet of yeast you buy in the store is 2 1/2 teaspoons.

Use your baker’s math to adjust the amounts, depending on how much bread you want. This is why you want a digital kitchen scale.

600gm flour:
     400gm white flour:
        266gm bread flour
        134gm all purpose flour
     200gm whole wheat

120gm fed sourdough starter at 100% hydration (half flour, half water by weight)

Ok, that gives us 600 + 60 = 660 grams total flour weight, so use between 13gm (2%) and 19gm (3%) salt. I used 18 in this batch.

With that much flour, 2/3 hydration (67%) works out to 402gm of added warm water. But don’t forget that the starter has 60gm of water in it, so together this adds up to 70% hydration. This is at the edge of “no knead” dough; you can just mix it and leave it alone and it comes out fine. However, a bit of kneading (stretch and fold technique, about a dozen rotations per knead) really helps, as does a bit more water. It’s very cold and dry today, so I used 420gm added water, which yields a 72% total hydration.

Whisk the flour and salt together, then mix in nearly all the warm water. Leave it at the “shaggy mess” stage, and let it autolyze for ... 2/3 of an hour. This breaks down the starch in the flour and makes for a better loaf. If you add in only 2/3 of the water, it will work but will make a brick. The yeast and starter solution will mix in eventually with a stand mixer, but it’s kind of a pain. Use all the water, saving out a splash or two to warm up your starter if it’s cold from the fridge.

After the flour has been autolyzing for half an hour, get the yeast going. In a smaller bowl, pour the dry yeast over the starter. Add a tsp sugar if you want. Add the remaining splash of water and stir it in. Let it sit.

After the autolyze, mix it all together, let it rest a bit, then use the bread hook to knead it for 4-5 minutes. Transfer to a covered greased bowl, and hand knead it once every half hour for 90 minutes if you want. Do the usual rise until doubled, then knead gently once more, shape your loaves, use the proofing baskets if you have them, blah blah. Standard bread making procedure.

I did this one “no knead” style, although I used the mixer to knead it really smooth for 5 minutes first. Set it and forget it; let’s see what happens.

I’m going to bake this in my Dutch oven. 475 for 20 minutes covered, then 20 uncovered at 450. I’ll probably put sesame seeds on top because we like them.

The recipe as show makes 2 1/2lb of dough; 1156gm. It’s almost exactly 1 quart by volume. That’s enough for 2 regular loaves, 1 giant boule, or 3 or 4 baguettes.  Ok, now on to the bulk ferment, the first rise.

Volumetrically marked plastic containers are awesome for rising bread. No more figuring out if it’s not quite doubled, or a bit more than doubled, or going by time. Grease ‘em up, put in the dough, see how much you’ve got, and figure out what twice that is. I buy the square ones by Cambro, which are indestructible, and we use them for everything else from flour storage to leftovers in the fridge.




Update: This is why I use the Cambro buckets. 1 hour at 78° and the dough had doubled. The dough is perfect. I took it out, cut it in two, gave things a light stretch and shaping, and put them in the bannatons. Then back in the warm environment to rise again. I’ll pull one out after half an hour and put it in the fridge to bake tomorrow or the next day, and one will bake this afternoon. After two years of baking, I finished off my 1lb brick of SAF Instant yeast, so I bought and opened a new one. Fresh SAF yeast is powerful stuff. It lives in the freezer and lasts forever.

Further Update: I think a slower rise and more kneading lead to a more open crumb. The first loaf wasn’t tight, but it didn’t have the big open bubble holes inside that bakers strive for. Tastes great though. I’ll bake the other loaf and see how that one comes out.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/20/2020 at 09:02 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - January 19, 2020

back to the beginning, again

After we got slaughtered 0-7 Friday night at almost-cheap-league, I realized yet again that it’s time to reinvent the wheel, and go back to the beginning and learn how to bowl all over again. I been doing this every few years for nearly 15 years, but I haven’t done it in quite a while.

I just could not get any action going with my ball. And I notice that the callus on the inside of my thumb is coming back again. This means I’m clenching the ball. Not good. So assuming I can find some time this week, I want to get up to the alley and do some no-step and one-step drills. That’s where you stand at the foul line in “release position” and just swing your arm to throw the ball. The idea is not to actually bowl, but to focus on your release and on your targeting accuracy. With no momentum behind it, and only a short free swing, the ball ought to hook right off the lanes long before it hits the pins, or maybe just dink one or two on the left side of the rack. I need to work on a loose grip, on my finger spreads, on not overturning/forcing my hand, or rotating my shoulders to the left. Do that 5-6-7 drill with a flat wrist, a slightly cupped wrist, and then with the ball palmed as much as you can do. Repeat until it becomes automatic.

The good news is that the internet has a gazillion bowling how-to pages, and most of them are pretty good. The clockface concept tends to confuse me, because as a natural engineer I see things from all three axies at once, X, Y, Z .The trick is to remember that the inside of your forearm is always 12 o’clock. Also, when these sites talk about winding up with your thumb at 1 o’clock, they mean that you’re supposed to get it out of the ball and then flip it up to the side “thumbs up” style. If you just pull it out of the hole, it will be at about 10 o’clock. But the act of moving it to 1 positively gets it out of the way. Just make sure not to pop open your whole hand when you do that, because you want to keep some tension in your fingertips to impart the spin on the ball. That’s why these sites talk about feeling the weight of the ball on your fingers. And also, you’ll feel the burn in them (at first) when you do it right. If you’re not feeling the weight on them, it’s probably because you’re squeezing the ball with your thumb. Guilty! And that’s where the thumb callus comes from.

Best bowling advice I’ve had in a long time is to do the least amount of work that gets the job done. Keep it simple, keep it relaxed, let the ball do the work. And remember, it’s a game, so you’re supposed to be having fun.


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