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July 02, 2022


Nice concise synopsis of the W. VA vs EPA ruling in today’s NY Post.

Says what I said, but in a tighter manner. This is why I’m not a professional writer.

The Constitution set up a system of separated powers that envisioned Congress would pass the laws, the president would administer them and the courts would interpret them. Since the New Deal, Congress has shirked its accountability by increasingly giving unelected agencies the power to make decisions of vast economic and political significance.

In West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency, a 6-to-3 majority ruled that from now on Congress must explicitly grant such power. The court has stopped the hell-bent expansion of the runaway bureaucracy to create its own form of laws disguised as regulations. It will be up to voters to elect people to Congress who will take back that power.

The issue before the court was whether the EPA could force coal plants to either reduce the amount of energy they produce for public use or spend billions of dollars on new facilities using alternative energy sources. Either scenario would dramatically increase the cost of energy in the name of fighting carbon emissions.

The Obama — and now the Biden — administration pursued a sweeping climate strategy in which each agency is encouraged to adopt novel interpretations of federal law to fight climate change. As Chief Justice John Roberts noted, the EPA was claiming a right to reduce emissions using methods “that Congress has already considered and rejected numerous times.” In other words, the EPA was trying to replace the Rule of Law with the Rule of Bureaucrats.

I’d mention that Rule of Bureaucrats is a neutral way of saying Tyranny.

This is the best part IMO:

The Supreme Court moved further to stop this power grab than many observers expected. In his explanatory concurrence, Justice Neil Gorsuch laid out tests for future cases that courts can use to determine what constitutes a proper statement of congressional intent. He has effectively provided a roadmap for challenging other federal agencies on their expansive rules, whether it be requiring higher gas mileage in cars or the Federal Communications Commission’s net-neutrality regulation.

Let me be a bit snide ... What part of “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” don’t you understand?


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June 30, 2022


SCOTUS decision on West Virginia v. EPA


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SCOTUS Smackdown of EPA in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency

The TLDR version:

QUESTION PRESENTED
In 42 U.S.C. § 7411(d), an ancillary provision of the Clean Air Act, did Congress constitutionally authorize the Environmental Protection Agency to issue significant rules—including those capable of reshaping the nation’s electricity grids and unilaterally decarbonizing virtually any sector of the economy—without any limits on what the agency can require so long as it considers cost, nonair impacts, and energy requirements

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The decision below would thus allow EPA to decide what policy goals to pursue when structuring the electricity grid—as well as which other sectors to decarbonize, how much, and how fast. That type of power looks suspiciously like Congress shirked the fundamental questions and failed to “meaningfully constrain[]” EPA, while at the same time empowering EPA to assume Congress’s rightful role. Touby, 500 U.S. at 167. Even if Congress had enacted such a statute, this “sweeping delegation of legislative power” almost certainly could not stand.
Indus. Union, 448 U.S. at 646 (Stevens, J., controlling op.).

CONCLUSION
The petition for a writ of certiorari should be granted

FBO, FJB, FEPA


.. and now my poorly cobbled together bunch of links and quotes. You can read about this decision in many news articles, but you will have to strenuously apply the bias filter. Reading the actual decision, about 28 narrow pages of content, lets you see the truth. It also lets you savor just how thoroughly the EPA is getting smacked, and reminds you just how dirty and wrong the tyrant leftist Obama was (and how his blithering moron replacement is even worse). Please read it, please understand it. This Supreme Court decision has rescued the nation from ONE of the abysses it had nearly fallen into.

This is the money quote from Mother Jones, although I don’t think they realized this when they wrote the thing:

While potentially significant for climate change, the case had also been closely watched as one that could limit federal agencies’ power to issue broad regulations. The majority opinion invoked a controversial legal doctrine known as the “major questions doctrine,” which says agencies don’t necessarily have the authority to regulate on issues of “vast economic or political significance” unless Congress has authorized them to do so.

“Unless Congress has authorized them to do so.” And authorized needs to be spelled out in detail; do this but don’t do that. And this has not happened in this case, even after many years, so flush the whole thing.

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/supreme-court-deals-biden-climate-agenda-serious-blow-epa-decision
https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2022/06/west-virginia-v-epa-supreme-court/
https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/20/20-1530/176915/20210429133443663_2021.04.29%20-%20West%20Virginia%20v.%20EPA%20Petition.pdf

insert media quotes here, Fox Business, Mother Jones et al, and opine that the court is now 3 for 3 with proper Conservative decisions in a week. Notice that Roberts wrote the majority, and that the 3 black robed commies were the dissenters because of stupid reasons and climate change.

but first give the cat her medicine and get something for lunch

... on why the lower court ruling was wrong :
“There was therefore nothing “minor” about “one of the most consequential rules ever proposed by an administrative agency.” App. 173a. How to address climate change and “who should pay” for solutions are matters “of vast economic and political significance.” App. 177a (quoting UARG, 573 U.S. at 324). Judge Walker noted the Court has not (yet) fully resolved “the nature of major questions and limits of delegation,” but he emphasized that the doctrine’s basic premise is sure: “Either a statute clearly endorses a major rule, or there can be no major rule.” App. 178a, 180a. And no party below made “a serious and sustained argument that § 111 includes a clear statement unambiguously authorizing” the CPP’s approach. App. 165a. Finally, Judge Walker explained that even if Congress “allowed generation shifting” under Section 111(d), it would have been an unconstitutional delegation because Congress did not “clearly require it.” App. 178a. Congress must decide “what major rules make good sense” and cannot shirk that duty by passing off critical questions to “the impenetrable halls of an administrative agency.”

“REASONS FOR GRANTING THE PETITION
I. This Case Involves Compelling And Timely Questions Of Federal Law That The Court Should Resolve.

The Court has reviewed aspects of EPA’s authority to address greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act twice before. UARG, 573 U.S. 302; Massachusetts v. EPA, 549 U.S. 497 (2007). This case should be the third. In an “unprecedented intervention” into the previous iteration of this case concerning these same issues, the Court stayed the CPP even before the lower court had its say. App. 171a-172a. This extraordinary order signaled that the CPP’s legal framework hinges on important issues of federal law that EPA then—and the court below now—got so wrong this Court was likely to grant review.

Five years later EPA, the States, and the American people still lack resolution on these weighty issues. This case poses exceptionally important questions only the Court can resolve, and because further delay would carry serious and far-reaching costs, it should do so now.

A. This case presents unusually important questions about EPA’s power to unilaterally remake significant sectors of the economy.

The CPP was “one of the most consequential rules ever proposed by an administrative agency.” App. 173a. Even more expansively, the decision below gives EPA more policymaking power than ever before placed in an agency’s hands. In rejecting Petitioners’ (and EPA’s below) position that Section 111(d) focuses on what individual stationary sources can accomplish using demonstrated technology, the majority concluded that one portion of one definition is the only restraint on EPA rulemaking. App. 56a. That novel and atextual reading sweeps broader than the agency itself tried to go five years ago in the CPP—giving EPA power to reorder the utility power sector and mandate sweeping changes to any industry. Indeed, the majority insisted that EPA “tied its own hands” in the CPP by setting limits on the scope of its powers that Congress never required. App. 91a n.9. And it rejected concerns that its reading affords no limiting principle: As long as EPA’s purpose is pollution-reduction and it considers costs and nonair environmental and energy effects, even measures that fundamentally reshape the economy are all on the regulatory table.”

So what we had was a lower court deciding that the EPA could do whatever it wanted if the goal was to reduce “climate change”. And this decision was made AFTER the Supreme Court had blocked Obama’s CPP action, which the lower court IGNORED.

“If EPA can regulate from the perspective of “emissions” as a whole, App. 66a, not only is “planting trees” a possible “system of emission reduction,” App. 91a n.9, but nothing would stop EPA from requiring regulated parties to subsidize carbon offsets in any industry with a system it deems “best.”
The majority’s approach would therefore mean EPA could commandeer almost any greenhouse-gas emitting building, factory, or house through almost any mechanism. If this is not transformative power, it is only because (so far) EPA has stayed its own hand. “

... and now we get to the good part, the gist of this pudding, the high court’s awareness that this is extraordinary overreach by a faceless bureaucracy ...

“2. The incredible reach of the majority’s decision also makes this the right case to resolve whether and how Congress can ever delegate issues of this magnitude. The Court is clear that agencies may make “decision[s] of vast economic and political significance” only when clearly authorized by Congress.

“Yet without the Court’s review, EPA and all affected parties will be in an even worse position this third time around: The D.C. Circuit sent EPA on a “multiyear voyage of discovery” to craft systems of emission reduction “without regard for the thresholds prescribed by Congress.”

... and on and on. Because the rules were poorly written, because Congress has not done it’s job, because the lower court - the DC Circuit, is probably a bunch of greenie tree hugging commies, go things ass backwards, ... the EPA winds up with god-like powers and can do anything without being answerable to anyone. And this cannot stand.

I urge you to read the decision linked above. Even if you have never read a court decision before, this one is mind blowing. It’s a soap opera in a way. It shows how coordination between a spurious leftist agenda, a weak court in the left’s pocket, a deliberate lack of action from Congress, and an under-regulated government agency with no oversight can assume the power to “fundamentally change America” by their own leave whenever they want. This is so wrong that it’s hard to even imagine that this is the actual situation, but it is.

If the Court ultimately holds that the D.C. Circuit misread the Clean Air Act, better to shift public debate as soon as possible to the entity that can and should act: Congress. There are many pathways to address climate change, often diametrically opposed, and the choices have significant and multifaceted consequences. Economy-changing issues like these require bicameral legislative solutions, not an agency going it alone.

“States like Petitioners have much to lose under the majority’s view. The policies we pursue to address climate change and how costs are allocated are serious issues, and the States’ contributions will vary significantly. Some States, for example, are blessed with abundant fossil fuel resources, while others have extensive industrial operations like steel mills and cement plants. States like these will almost certainly bear a disproportionate share of the massive costs that restructuring mandates would require. They should not face those consequences based on the decisions of an unelected and unaccountable agency.”

The SCOTUS could not make it clearer that this is the WRONG way to do things, yet this way is the Left’s way ... make a nebulous statement or a simple Executive Order, then hand it over to some agency to implement, then accept whatever that group comes up with as if it were law, which never gets questioned.

This is tyranny, and it shall not stand.

inJustice Kagan’s moronic dissent is typical leftist BS driven by feewings and their (no longer secret) desire for an all powerful unchecked government staffed by their leftist minions.

After the decision just said that this kind of thing was the duty of Congress, not some agency, she comes up with

“The Court appoints itself—instead of Congress or the expert agency—the decision-maker on climate policy,” Kagan wrote. “I cannot think of many things more frightening.”

And the agency is only expert at being political hacks and pushing the destructive leftist agendas. We can blame Bill Clinton for that.

Holy cats what a lying imbecile Kagan is.


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June 29, 2022


Tomorrow Is The End For Justice Breyer

Breyer, who notified President Biden in January of his intent to retire at the end of the current term, updated the president in a letter Wednesday, after the Supreme Court made it known that it will issue its final opinions of the term Thursday morning.

“The Court has announced that tomorrow, beginning at 10 a.m., it will hand down all remaining opinions ready during this Term. Accordingly, my retirement from active service under the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 371(b) will be effective on Thursday, June 30, 2022, at noon,” Breyer wrote.


The final opinions of this session of the court will include West Virginia v. EPA, which may not sound like much but could be the biggest landmark decision in a decade, limiting the power of departments of the federal government to enact rules and develop policies that impact the nation with nearly the force of law, and are done without congressional oversight. IOW, the court might finally decide that outsourcing the government to un-elected and un-answerable faceless minions is not allowed, as such duties are the sole dominion and duty of Congress.

God I hope so; it would be about high time.

Katana Action Jackson what’s her name, the pro-pedophile AA gender appointee, takes his position in the next session. Assuming the Fauci Flu doesn’t get her between now and then. Fingers crossed.


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Fauci has the Fauci Flu “again” and is doing much worse this time. Even after taking the worthless treatment Paxlovid.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/anthony-fauci-says-that-hes-experienced-a-rebound-in-covid-symptoms-after-paxlovid-course/ar-AAYYDG0


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Pedophile pervert sex abuser rapper R. Kelly, 55, gets 30 years behind bars.

Good. Only took them THIRTY YEARS to put this scumbag away.


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Gosh, what a coincidental accident!!

California AG “accidentally” puts up website that doxxed personal info of nearly 4000 legal gun owners

https://www.infowars.com/posts/california-attorney-general-leaks-massive-trove-of-gun-owners-private-information/

Surely this can’t be at all related to the recent SCOTUS decision.


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June 28, 2022


OMG SCOTUS finds in favor of God!

Supreme Court backs coach in praying on field after games

The Supreme Court said Monday that a high school football coach who knelt and prayed on the field after games was protected by the Constitution, a decision that opponents said would open the door to “much more coercive prayer” in public schools.

The court ruled 6-3 for the coach with the conservative justices in the majority and the liberals in dissent. The case was the latest in a line of rulings for religious plaintiffs.

The case forced the justices to wrestle with how to balance the religious and free speech rights of teachers and coaches with the rights of students not to feel pressured into participating in religious practices. The liberal justices in the minority said there was evidence that Bremerton (Washington) High School Coach Joseph Kennedy’s prayers at the 50-yard-line had a coercive effect on students and allowed him to incorporate his “personal religious beliefs into a school event.”

Dissenting Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that the decision “sets us further down a perilous path in forcing states to entangle themselves with religion.”

But the justices in the majority emphasized that the coach’s prayers came after the games were over and at a time when he wasn’t responsible for students and was free to do other things.



Hey Sonya, you mean this perilous path?

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.



Horry Clap, considering this wise Latina is on the Supreme Court, she sure is a dumbass sack of crap with the constitutional knowledge of a earthworm.

And do you really have to guess who the 3 dissenters were?


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OMG2 are we seeing a slight return to sanity, even in deep blue New York?

NY Supreme Court: Only residents who are citizens may vote. AOC flips out!!

The New York State Supreme Court overruled Dem lawmakers and ruled that non-citizens can’t vote in local elections. The New York City Council approved the “Our City, Our Vote” bill in December.

It became law in January. The law [ allowed ] non-citizen legal residents, including those with green cards, to vote in municipal elections starting in 2023 but not in federal elections. Republican lawmakers quickly filed suit in Staten Island Supreme Court to block the measure and keep the voter rolls to only citizens.

City Council minority leader Joseph Borelli said: “Today’s decision validates those of us who can read the plain English words of our state constitution and state statutes: Noncitizen voting in New York is illegal, and shame on those who thought they could skirt the law for political gain.

“Opposition to this measure was bipartisan and cut across countless neighborhood and ethnic lines, yet progressives chose to ignore both our constitution and public sentiment in order to suit their aims.

“I commend the court in recognizing reality and reminding New York’s professional protestor class that the rule of law matters.”



Yet another instance of the lunatic left ignoring the rules to push their destructive anarcho-Marxist agenda.

How can you not understand that voting is the exclusive right of actual citizens? Oh wait, they do understand, they just don’t want to follow the rules. Kind of like that pesky Natural Born Citizen thing in the Constitution, which if followed would have denied Obama and Harris for running for office.



Relaxation with a bit of class

We watched the 2019 Downton Abbey movie last night, the one where the King and Queen come for a visit and the staff stage a subtle insurrection.

Tonight we’ll watch the 2022 Downton Abbey movie, where we learned that grandmama had a bit of a fling once upon a time, which caused her to inherit a villa in France many years later.

We washed down the watching with a couple proper perfect martinis, as I was finally able to score some Noilly Prat vermouth yesterday. There hasn’t been any around for over 2 years. Supply chain issues with France being resolved finally? One can hope. While it often costs less than the other vermouths, Noilly is simply the best. Sadly, I could only get a bottle of the extra dry, which is still very good, but the original dry is slightly better. Absolutely superb gently poured over oysters on the half shell, with some over ice in a glass with an orange twist.

A proper martini is made with gin. A perfect martini is served as cold as possible ... the gin, either Hendricks or Bombay Sapphire, lives in the freezer ... the Noilly Prat dry vermouth lives in the fridge ... glasses and cocktail shaker go in the freezer an hour beforehand ... ice made from quality spring water ... fresh queen size Manzanilla olives ... perhaps a dash or two of orange bitters or a twist of lemon peel if you like. The classic recipe is a 3:1 ratio of gin to vermouth, but this was developed when the available gin and vermouth were both low quality Prohibition-era stuff. A far drier ratio is 6:1 or even 12:1, which show case the botanicals in the gin you use.  But let’s face it, even the best martini is just a fancy rationalization to pretend you aren’t doing shots of straight grain alcohol.

Hendricks gin is outstanding when infused with some cucumber slices for a couple hours, either in a martini or a gin and tonic. And the tonic is the real stuff from Fever Tree.

Ah, it’s good to have a bit of class now and again and live the high-end life. For a couple hours.


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June 27, 2022


Project Update

Ok, we now have a bathroom faucet. Got a nice looking brushed nickel pump spout kind, in a modern squared off style. So the transitional/modern look is still working. It will be delivered in a couple days. And the Lowe’s Big Project discount plan is better than the HD plan; we get 5% off on everything we buy, whether it’s on sale or not. Every penny counts.


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I’m going to get over to the building permit office before they open at 8am Wednesday. Because I know the plumbing code guy Duane shows up there that morning. And I want a 100% definitive answer on this damn washing machine drain pan & drain line question, as it impacts EVERYTHING we want to do. Worst case, it’s a necessity (even though a drain pan & line isn’t in any of the plumbing codes or residential codes anywhere!), then we can’t do it, and our kitchen reno becomes simpler and far less expensive, and frankly, pretty but pretty sucky. Moving the laundry upstairs lets us rearrange everything in the kitchen, swap out a couple walls, add tons of cabinets, alcove off the fridge for a built in look, and lets me put a big ass hood over the stove which gets moved out of the damn corner and into a place where I can work.

And we have to have an absolute answer. I get Y/N from HIC guys I talk to, so who knows? But the code inspector ... his word is effectively law.


And this is how I’ve spent most of today ... looking at more than 400 faucets online, choosing more than 70, then giving it over to her to narrow it down to half a dozen, then pleasantly debating the +/- of each one. And the Fresca Fortore wins.


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June 26, 2022


Addendum To SCOTUS CCW Decision

I would like to point out the underlying reality behind SCOTUS’ concealed carry ruling the other day.

What it did was to throw out NY’s 1911 Sullivan Act. What’s the Sullivan Act?

No matter how little you know about government corruption, it’s a guarantee you’ve heard of Tammany Hall, which was the government of New York City in the very early years of the 20th Century. Boss Tweed? Yeah, you’ve heard that name too. The government ran the criminal gangs that they used both as a source of income ("10% for the Big Guy” sound familiar?) and as violent enforcers to make sure there was no opposition to whatever they wanted to do.

So in comes Sullivan, “doing something” to pacify the upset elites, while actually making things worse. That approach sounds awfully familiar doesn’t it?

Oh, BTW, Timothy Sullivan was in the late stages of syphilis at this time. Just a year or so later he would be committed to a mental institution, but he later escaped and wound up dead, cut in half on some train tracks.

The father of New York gun control was Democratic city pol “Big Tim “Sullivan — a state senator and Tammany Hall crook, a criminal overseer of the gangs of New York.

In 1911 — in the wake of a notorious Gramercy Park blueblood murder-suicide — Sullivan sponsored the Sullivan Act, which mandated police-issued licenses for handguns and made it a felony to carry an unlicensed concealed weapon.

This was the heyday of the pre-Prohibition gangs, roving bands of violent toughs who terrorized ethnic neighborhoods and often fought pitched battles with police. In 1903, the Battle of Rivington Street pitted a Jewish gang, the Eastmans, against the Italian Five Pointers. When the cops showed up, the two underworld armies joined forces and blasted away, resulting in three deaths and scores of injuries. The public was clamoring for action against the gangs.

Problem was the gangs worked for Tammany. The Democratic machine used them as shtarkers (sluggers), enforcing discipline at the polls and intimidating the opposition. Gang leaders like Monk Eastman were even employed as informal “sheriffs,” keeping their turf under Tammany control.

The Tammany Tiger needed to rein in the gangs without completely crippling them. Enter Big Tim with the perfect solution: Ostensibly disarm the gangs — and ordinary citizens, too — while still keeping them on the streets.

In fact, he gave the game away during the debate on the bill, which flew through Albany: “I want to make it so the young thugs in my district will get three years for carrying dangerous weapons instead of getting a sentence in the electric chair a year from now.”

Sullivan knew the gangs would flout the law, but appearances were more important than results. Young toughs took to sewing the pockets of their coats shut, so that cops couldn’t plant firearms on them, and many gangsters stashed their weapons inside their girlfriends’ “bird cages” — wire-mesh fashion contraptions around which women would wind their hair.

Ordinary citizens, on the other hand, were disarmed, which solved another problem: Gangsters had been bitterly complaining to Tammany that their victims sometimes shot back at them.

So gang violence didn’t drop under the Sullivan Act — and really took off after the passage of Prohibition in 1920. Spectacular gangland rubouts — like the 1932 machine-gunning of “Mad Dog” Coll in a drugstore phone booth on 23rd Street — became the norm.



So NYC’s first gun control act was a sham bit of virtue signalling pushed by a crooked political gangster boss who was pretty much insane by then from a sexually transmitted disease.



And it only took the Supreme Court 111 years to see through this BS.

https://nypost.com/2022/06/23/ny-gun-law-shot-down-by-scotus-spurred-by-rise-in-gunplay-in-1911/


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June 25, 2022


And In The News ...

Watching the turbo stupid reactions to the latest two Supreme Court Rulings.

• The uproar of the CCW decision, finding that New York has been playing dirty for over 100 years. No kidding. But the media and the commie politicians are acting like this is the worst thing ever and it’s the end of the world, and the whole country will become “The Wild West” with shootings going on everywehere.

Um, got news for you stupid people.

Nearly half the country, 24 out of 50 states are already permitless constitutional carry. Which means if you’re old enough, and not a criminal or a mental case, you can buy a pistol and carry it with you any way you want whenever you want. Without a permit. These states have not devolved into raging gun battle zones on every street corner. Several more states are considering becoming constitutional carry. Vermont has been this way since it became a state. Which was also when they outlawed slavery.

Nearly ALL the country, 43 out of 50 states, are Shall Issue states. Which means if you’re old enough, and not a criminal or a mental case, you can buy a pistol and carry it with you any way you want whenever you want. So there are 19 states (43-24) that issue CCW permits. Some require training classes.

Most of these 43 states recognize a large degree of reciprocity between other similar states. Which means you can take your gun in your pocket from one state to another without a problem.

Only 7 states have this now unconstitutional “proof of need” nonsense, and ALL of them have been run by leftists for generations. All of them are high crime areas, especially their major cities, in which the criminals (the majority of which are minorities) go about armed at all times, laws be damned.

So what this decision does is “level the playing field”, giving the law abiding citizens of those 7 states the chance to defend themselves against the armed and violent criminal masses that they live amongst. Sounds like “common sense” to me.



• The uproar of the abortion decision, finally finding that the Roe v Wade decision of 50 years ago was a crock of crap based on smoke and mirrors and feelings. And it’s now Double The End Of The World, although anyone with a brain cell has seen this coming for years, and everyone knew it was about to hit when the papers were leaked a few months ago.

Penumbras and Emanations aside, this is a 10th Amendment issue, and has always been one. State’s Rights. It is not, and never was a constitutional right.

So, what’s the upshot? 

Mainly, that the federal government is no longer on the hook to pay for the abortions of minority women who use it as a form of birth control. Gee, too bad. They’ll just have to practice abstinence, or use one of the many forms of birth control, just like everyone else. And pay for it themselves, just like everyone else.

I can triple chrome plated guarantee that abortion will not become illegal or unavailable in any urban ghetto area. Period, full stop.

And any state legislation with half a brain cell - gosh I hope we have one or two of those - will, instead of reviving dusty laws from 120 years ago that have been gathering cobwebs since 1972 - will write up some kind of bill and let their citizens vote on it. LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE; their bodies, their choice. I’d put this on the ballot every 3 to 5 years. I’ve written about this idea before. Maybe the focus needs to go below the state level, down to the county or city level.  Once again, I absolutely guarantee that there will be legal abortion available in every major and even minor urban area, and in every college town in the country. But it won’t be paid for by the federal government for special people any longer. Let the states decide if they want to fund that car on the gibbs gravy train.


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Bowling Blogging!

I don’t know why I bother for Summer League. We have fun, but we suck. We do have the highest total scratch pins though, but the situation is geared against us. We went 2-5 again, so we’re back in last place. Summer League is a loss leader, a “give ‘em a taste and they’ll want more” gambit, built so that the beginners always win, and then sign up for winter league where they’ll have their asses handed to them until they get better.


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Project Update

We’re starting to fill up the garage with the bits and pieces we’ll need. We haven’t bought much of anything yet, but we have found some pretty good deals.  We found a bathtub, but then found a lot of confusion around it. This particular model has a dozen or so sub-models, depending on the width, length, height, color, and which end you want the drain hole on. And there has been an odd variation in the prices; often with the left drain version costing a couple hundred more than the right drain version, or the same tub priced much higher at Lowe’s or Home Despot. So we got lucky and found the one we want for $200 less at HD this time, and ordered it. No delivery available, but the store isn’t far away, so off we went.

Got there, and of course had to look at flooring and tiles first. Another nice brand of flooring HD carries exists only online. Screw that; by the time the samples get here the sale will be over, and if an LVP brand doesn’t carry the full kit of edge trims, don’t waste your time. Next!

So looking at the tile display, and of course she gravitates to the fancy stuff, which is around $13-18 per square foot. And that’s the discount HD price; a nearly identical bit of tile from the fancy tile shops costs at least 3 times as much. But while dreaming, we found a cart piled up with boxes of tile marked down for quick sale. So we looked, and we liked, and the price was right. The same brand same style tile in other colors in $12.99/sqft. This one, a grey hexagon style, had been reduced 50% to $6.50/sgft. Then the stuff on the cart was marked down to $3.50. So we bought all of it, which is more than enough to do the bathroom floor. Matching baseboard trim tiles were marked down a similar amount, to a cart price of $2.50 each. So we snagged a box of those too. But when we got to the checkout, the girl used her scanner and entered the SKUs, and the price came up 89 cents. Hey, the computer is always right, right? So we got $13/sqft tile for 89¢/sqft. Score!!

$57 for the entire floor, instead of $750. And then we loaded up her SUV and got the heck out of there before somebody changed their digital minds.


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June 21, 2022


Hello BMEWS my old friend, I’ve come to post on you again.

Not a whole lot happening here. I got the letter from the contractor that the bathroom wall isn’t load bearing, so I forwarded that to the condo association. When they approve that, they’ll write me a letter that the work we want to do is OK by them, and I can give that to the building permit people.

Meanwhile we have a tub showing up in a few days. And we’ve found the toilet we want to get, and if I take a drive over to Somerset 30 miles away and pick it up from the warehouse, I can get it for half price. Worth it!!

OK.  So her sister was here for a couple days whipping our butts into action to get this place cleaned up and thinned out. We made a lot of progress but aren’t done yet.

I’ve got flooring samples coming, as there’s a light oak toned long SPC LVP we’re interested in. While cleaning up the garage - we found about half of it - I came across two spare floor tiles from the flooring the previous owner put in in 2007. It’s Armstrong, with a gigantic click-lock edge, and the stuff is made out of wood pulp. Sawdust. No underpad, and loud as all get out. Totally not waterproof either, as we found to our dismay a couple years ago.

So she’s working tonight, and took her wholesome dinner of salad and a couple hard boiled eggs. Bleh. So I made cornbread and a mess of blackened shrimp, extra spicy. Mmm, mmm, delici-mouse!

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Oh God, I just found out about RevoTile. It’s real tile, in whatever look you want, on click together waterproof plastic boards just like LVP. Put down an underlayment, snao the tile floor into place, and you’re left with perfect grout lines and the job is done in a jiffy. Grout lines are perfect, so just fill them in. Tired of your tile floor? It’s a floating floor, so just pull it up and put in something else.

Holy cow. I don’t want her to find out about this stuff. She’s already thinking about laminate or even hardwood flooring, as it turns out that at least part of the middle level is on plywood or particleboard sub-flooring. I can’t go through this aggravating and infinite process again, much less twice more.

https://www.flooringstores.com/blog/snap-together-tile-flooring/

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I’m following developments in the Uvalde shooting’s police response. Video has surfaced, along with recorded radio communications, that the cops were in the building, outside the door, heavily armed within a few minutes. And then THEY STOOD AROUND FOR OVER AN HOUR while children in the classroom just feet away were being murdered.

https://redstate.com/bonchie/2022/06/21/texas-dps-officials-make-stunning-declarations-about-uvalde-police-response-to-school-shooting-n581888

Don’t just fire these worthless cowards. Hang them. But slowly. Tighten the ropes until they start to choke, half pull the trapdoor. And then leave them there for over an hour.


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See More Below The Fold

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/02/2022 at 07:31 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - August 19, 2020

Gee, Oops

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

NYC Ship Sinking, Rats Long Gone

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

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

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

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

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


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

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






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

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

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





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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

Flowers For Algernon?

Leftist InstaHate For COVID Flower Cure

because Trump mentioned it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the research study:

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OTOH, the Romans also used it to commit suicide.

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


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

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

Beirut DeBlasio

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

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

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

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

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

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




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



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

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

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

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

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

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



These riots happened at the end of May ...

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Haha, very funny.


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

Rhubarb !!!

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

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

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

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




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


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

Fauci: Voting In Person OK If Social Distancing Done

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

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

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

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

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


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

toldja so

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

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

And here it is.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

•  Sulfur is properly spelled sulphur.


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

•  The big long dinosaur was a brontosaurus

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

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


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

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


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calendar   Thursday - August 13, 2020

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

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

Les ancres ne sont pas les naturelles

( The anchors are not the naturals )

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

14th Amendment, Section 1, 1868

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

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

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

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

Right.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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


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

Walter White Moved To Holland?

Netherlands Cops Find Giant Crack Cocaine Lab In School


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

How Dare You!!

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

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

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


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