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Once Again, The One And Only Post

August 12, 2022

I was having such nightmares about this darn project that I had to get up at 3am to math out some details on what fits where. And sure enough, it would be better to cut a 60” alcove in the kitchen wall (that’s the widest we can do) and put a 2” stile extension on base cabinet going in there to cover the gap. This also lets us make use a 2” wider countertop. And every inch of countertop is worth it.

So while she’s going to the beach today, I’m going back to bed.

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August 10, 2022

Gee whiz, just one post in 5 days? Sad. But I’ve been insanely busy. Once again the project has taken over my life, and I’ve been planning, researching, shopping, getting quotes, and so on. I think I can take a few days off at this point, although I still have to buy the pocket door kit, an appropriate door for it, another dimmer switch, some armored wire, two kinds of grout, call the plumber, get the permit process going, figure out how to run the dryer vent, get the dryer vent pipe, get the right kind of screws for the hood vent pipe, get fire resistant insulation for both the dryer vent pipe and the range hood vent pipe, choose some paint. get a case of junction boxes, a couple bags of wire strain relief clamps, and a few dozen other bits and pieces. We won’t buy the stacked washer and dryer until the room is laundry room ready. That’s one reason I spent all of today, 12 hours, writing up the kitchen cabinet specs and drawing the cabinet layout we are going to stick with. And if that layout changes again, there will be bloodshed. I can’t deal with that any more. Ever.

So I ordered a whole bunch of stuff today at Lowe’s. They had sent me a one-use digital coupon for 10% off on anything. So I ordered the vinyl plank flooring and its trim pieces, along with everything else I had thought of that they had in stock or could order. Spent a pile, saved a tiny pile. And most of it is getting delivered, for free. I brought home the small spool of 14/2 wire, the gallon of no-odor liquid waterproofing membrane, and a case of 8 LED ceiling lights for the kitchen. Cool little things, just 4” across, but you can aim them, which is perfect because the “cathedral” ceiling in the kitchen goes up across the width of the room. Right now, the old can lights point out square to the ceiling, which means one side of the room is much brighter than the other.

Also met with their kitchen cabinet person, and delivered my specs. I had the door style, the wood choice, the color picked out, along with the part number for every cabinet in the kitchen, and how each one is to be made. It took me 4 hours to verify all of that, made sure everything possible lined up on the walls and on the floor, and handed it over. My hope is that she gets back to me with an itemized list and a price in no more than a day or two, as I’ve done 90% of the work for her.

And I’m burned out. Again. Just worn out. Been doing this all day long, 7 days a week, for 4 1/2 months now. I just want to veg out, have a drink, sleep late, and curl up with a good book I haven’t read too many times before for a few days.

Oh, and we have to decide what kind of shower nook to get, brand and size, then shop for the contrasting tiles that go inside it to make it visually pop. Probably need a bag of regular thinset mortar for that, instead of the Large Format heavy duty polymer enhanced stuff the shower wall tiles need. I never knew there were multiple kinds of mortar, but there are.

And with that, I’m going to bed.


We had the buy in summer league tonight. We couldn’t even consistently beat ourselves, so we went 5-2. Next week is the last night of rotation, then the “finals” the week after that. Winter league generally starts after Labor Day. I wouldn’t mind a few weeks off from that either.

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August 05, 2022

Project Update

Back To The Drawing Board

Digging around under the kitchen sink, we realized that the water lines come up in a totally different spot than we think they did. And that the actual vertical 3” drain for the sink is nearly 2 feet further along the wall than we thought it was. So I really need to carve a hole in the bottom of the sink cabinet to see where these things originate. This might work to our advantage, it might be another nightmare inside a can of worms and dynamite waiting to be opened. At the very least it will require some significant plumbing work to move everything over to a better spot before we put any new cabinet layout in. So it’s either on hold, or off, or back to the drawing board.

Time to go out to the garage and get the hole saw.

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August 02, 2022

Context is everything

I looked down and found I had 4” to play with. I was so happy. She was thrilled.

Here’s the pic to click if you dare.

And here’s the context.


I was going to post this in April but I forgot. Now it’s August, which is in there too.

My favorite Simon & Garfunkel tune. Short and lovely, like the summer romance it signs about. Enjoy.

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July 30, 2022

And around we go again.

Biden Has The But Covid. AGAIN.

Funny, he just got done having it a week or two ago at the most.

Nah, he was sick the whole time. And Paxlovid doesn’t work. Nor do the vaccines.

White House Doctor Dr. Kevin O’Connor said in a letter on Saturday afternoon that a small number of people who take Paxlovid to treat COVID-19 test positive for the virus after testing negative.

That’s because Paxlovid doesn’t cure you, it just suppresses the viral expression for a little while. And then it comes right back, stronger than ever.

Not to mention that the tests are still crap, even after all this time.

I’m really tired of this BS at this point.

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July 28, 2022

Red Green — ‘If the women don’t find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.’

Ever since we bought this place the fridge has been at a little tilt. Open the door more than a couple inches and it swings open the whole way. The fridge is on rollers, about 6 little wheels under each corner. I’ve tried to do the adjusting screws several times, but I guess they’re stripped as the adjustments don’t hold.  Cardboard shims, matchbooks, even slivers of pine stuck under there quickly collapse from the weight. Today I had one of those Ah Ha!! moments, and took a couple of the Luxury vinyl plank SPC flooring samples and slid one under each corner of the downhill side. And now the fridge is perfectly plumb. I scootched them under with my toe as much as I could while leaning on the big black box to tilt it over, so they’re not in the way and are hard to see. That SPC flooring is some tough stuff, and the 6mm thickness was just the perfect amount of lift. Sweet. Sorry Red, but no duct tape was involved.

Keep your stick on the ice.


Going Green In A Good Way

The Lemur Lady finds at least one new species of them as she works to save Madagascar from the Madagascarans.

A link to a 20 minute read with some cool pictures. Good writing. Took me 90 minutes to write this post.

By the time Patricia Wright and her entourage arrived at the guard station on the edge of the forest, about 50 local people had gathered in the shade of a blue plastic tarp in the scorching noonday sun. The station, newly constructed of cinder blocks, sat on hardened, wheat-colored earth. Scrubby grass crunched underfoot, and taller grasses nearby had no hint of green. The local cattle, called zebu, which sport a large hump, were said to be dropping dead of thirst.

The punishing heat and drought were everywhere evident, but they were to be expected on this remote plateau in south central Madagascar. It wasn’t the climate, though, that brought Wright here on this trip, in December 2021. She had come to join people of the Bara ethnic group, who live in this territory, in celebrating the opening of the ranger station, which she helped build, and then to journey into the wilderness.

Madagascar is that large island off the SE coast of Africa. It was never really part of Africa, having split off from India 100 million years ago. It’s been isolated the whole time, so nearly all the flora and fauna found there exists nowhere else.

Their destination was a place that Wright herself had first learned about just a few years ago, a place previously unknown to science. It’s a wilderness that seems fantastic because the mere presence of many of its animals and plants defy basic ideas in biology. Also, it has been kept pristine—has been protected—partly by mythology. A taboo, actually. Perhaps that, too, contributed to the fantastic quality. In any event Wright would acknowledge the place had a hold on her. She called it the Lost Rainforest.

The real problem with Madagascar is the people who live there, who haven’t really advanced past primitive slash and burn agriculture. And with no real source of income, they have no money. So they cut down all the trees and burn them, and then raise cattle on the grasslands that spring up, then burn that later to put some carbon back in the soil for the next season of grass. The cattle eat the grass, the ‘gascarines eat the cattle.

Problem is, grass doesn’t hold moisture the way the forests do, and with the human population there tripling in just a decade, the rate of deforestation has really increased. The place is on the verge of becoming another Haiti; chock full of Starvin’ Marvins, without a tree in sight. People get by on about $1.75 a day.

Not to mention the whole vanilla bean thing, which a) has been taken over criminals, b) requires a rain forest to live in, and c) is too much work for the locals now that crime is taking too big a slice of the income. Easier to grow cocaine bushes. Cocoa for chocolate grows really well there too, but they don’t really make much effort for that either. Nor will I point out that the vanilla plant is one of the stupidest orchids in the world. The flowers can only be pollinated by one kind of bee, on just one day a year. Not what you’d call a good survival quotient. To make matters even worse, vanilla is not native to Madagscar. It comes from Mexico. And Madagascar doesn’t have any of the special stingless Mexican Melipona honeybees. So the flowers have to be pollinated by hand. With a toothpick. One at a time. Vanilla pods are pretty much the main export of Madagascar, followed by nickel and cloves.

And of course, even the name Madagascar is emblematic of white colonial oppression, even though it’s not far from the local name. The locals call the island Madagasikara ("mad a gas kay rah") and call themselves Malagasy. Which sounds like a bad digestive problem to us silly Westerners. We won’t mention the tribalism, or that the island was under French colonial rule for only 63 years. Won’t point out that the original humans there sailed down from Indonesia thousands of miles away a couple thousand years ago, and were later joined by the Bantu folks from Africa just 250 miles away 1500 years after that when they figured out boats and swimming. Whatever. They quickly joined in the Living In Loving Harmony With Nature Because We Are Primitives game of Kill Everything And Burn The Rest. And the rest is history, although the cows showed up later to ensure that a bad situation never got any better. Those evil Europeans brought the vanilla orchid over centuries later.

So the place is a mess, destroyed by local inhabitants, quickly becoming a barren desert. Just like Haiti, only 1000 times larger. Except for a few patches of forest, where all the remaining wild animals live, adapting as fast as they can and literally hanging on for dear life. And one old woman will save them.


Bowling Blogging!

We couldn’t overcome the massive handicap.

We lost last night, 2-5. We were up against a team of young newbies. We gave them 136 pins of handicap. Per game. We lost the first game by 24, we lost the second game by 38. They didn’t do quite as good in the third game, which we won but not by enough to overcome the total deficit, so we lost total wood too.

Summer league is kind of a loss leader for new bowlers to encourage them to join a winter league. They come in green, hardly able to get the ball down to the other end of the lane. So their scores are awful. Over the course of the 15 week league, they get better, but the low numbers they roll in the first 5 or so weeks give momentum to their rolling averages. Which means 1) they get a boat load of handicap points, and summer league is usually a 90% handicap; and 2) once they are bowling better later on their averages don’t go up rapidly. This gives them a tremendous advantage. We played the 2nd place team. So far they have 16,259 total scratch pins, the total of their scores for all the weeks without any handicap points added. We have 20,522. Our lowest average bowler has a higher average than their best bowler, and has rolled better series in 8 of the 10 weeks so far.

We beat them in scratch pins ever game. We beat them scratch for the night by over 365 pins. Unfortunately, we gave them 408 pins. So we lost 2-5.

That’s summer league. In winter league, which usually has an 80% handicap, with the same scores we would have tied the first game, giving us 2.5-4.5. A 24 pin per game difference, which adds up to 72, which also means we would have taken wood and it “wood” have been 3.5-3.5 for the night. It is what it is.


Home Reno Project Update: Opportunities for future security but at what $$$ cost?

This condo park is over 40 years old. One of the 1970s style “build it fast and cheap” methods used in making this place was to bury the water pipes in the ground. Raw copper pipes, probably not insulated, in direct contact with the earth. The sometimes moist and stony earth. The very cold earth. Eventually these pipes rot out or freeze up and burst, which causes all kinds of problems. The sewer lines are starting to fail too, but that’s mostly a side issue to this post.  Buried pipes went out of style ( and building codes too? ) a long time ago. The proper modern method is now for the pipes to come down from above, instead of up from below. Running the pipes along the ceiling joists keeps them dry and warm. Problem is, right now the price of copper pipes is really high. What to do?

PEX to the rescue! PEX is flexible plastic pipe made for water lines. It’s been around for at least 30 years now. It costs a fraction of what copper pipe costs. There is no solder (with lead) when you connect one pipe to another. Should PEX lines actually freeze, the pipes can expand 15% or so, so they won’t burst. PEX has a couple of drawbacks, UV degrading being the big one, but if you use the top quality Type B kind that’s alleviated. Using fixtures made of low zinc brass is another smart move, as is installing a whole house water filtration system to get the chlorine out before it runs through the PEX lines. Installing PEX is fast and easy too, even when you put in new distribution manifolds ( a plumbing manifold is like a car’s exhaust manifold, only in reverse. Water goes in in one place, and comes out in several more. ). Because our unit is a “downhill” model, we have about 3 feet of vertical overlap between our upstairs ceiling joists and the garage floor up behind us. And that’s just a single thickness cinder block wall.

So it could be done. Added bonus: 4 of the 5 water points in this place are in the laundry room and the bathroom. The far end of these rooms is just 5 feet from that cinder block wall, across the closet in the master bedroom. And since both rooms will be stripped to the studs, no drywall, the situation couldn’t be better. PEX lines for the kitchen would run under the same joist cavity, out through the end of the laundry room, across the attic truss and down to the ceiling above the sink and dishwasher. And the soffit and ceiling in the kitchen is coming down too at some point. So unless the price is insane, we’re going to do it. Might have an early hole in the kitchen ceiling for a while. That run needs to be properly thought out, as the dryer vent and the radon vent are in the same basic area. And the PEX lines probably need to be insulated just because, but this would give us nearly instant hot water in the kitchen even in the winter. Right now it can take more than 5 minutes to get actual hot from the sink faucet in the depths of February. And might as well have the PEX plumber install the bathtub and the laundry room drain line as well. So I want to get estimates from a couple plumbers.

The whole house water filter would install next to the hot water heater up in the garage. That one is in it’s own little insulated plywood cabinet, which might have to be expanded to put the filter system in. These things are pretty large. And not cheap. So I’m doing my research, looking at the water reports, comparing system costs (upfront and down the line; you have to replace the filters every once in a while.). And she hates the chlorine anyway, especially in the shower. So filter it out. We may as well look at a water softener too.

Holy cow, can we dream up any MORE ways to spend a ton of money on this project??? grin

PS - We’re going to have the sewer line scoped. That costs about $600. But the way the rules are here, we’re responsible for our piece of the sewer line, until it joins the piece from the unit above us. After that it’s the condo park’s pipe. And if our part has gone to shit (sorry) we might as well fix it BEFORE we put in anything new. So I have to check our insurance to see if this is covered, especially when it hasn’t broken yet.

Projects ... expect the unexpected. Surprises are guaranteed.

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July 26, 2022

Country Music Once Again Cuts Through The Progressive BS

It’s an OK tune. Good for him.

Country star John Rich bypasses woke labels, releases song on Truth Social and soars to No. 1

Truth Social is a social media site that believes in freedom of speech. The video has since been picked up by YouTube etc.

“Rich is proud of the song and the fact that his free-speech experiment is potentially game-changing. His next mission in coming days, he said, is to persuade reluctant country radio stations to play the song.

“Here’s the problem with country radio,” he said. “It’s not your DJs at the radio station. It’s not the people on the ground at the station. It’s the people way up the food chain that run the conglomerates that have bought up 90% of all of our radio stations.

“Those people generally — there’s a few good ones in there. And when I say good, I mean, you know, lean conservative. They want free space, they want artists to be heard. But there’s a big [contingent] of them that do not like anybody bucking their woke system.”

Rich isn’t the first artist to raise concerns that the Nashville recording and radio industry is leaning more liberal.”


A biker stopped by the local Harley Shop to have his bike repaired. They couldn’t do the work while he waited, and so, since he didn’t live far from the shop, he decided to walk home.

On the way home he stopped at the hardware store and bought a bucket and a small anvil. He stopped at the feed store / livestock dealer and picked up a couple of chickens and a goose. However, he had a problem… How to carry his entire purchases home.

The feed store owner said, “Why don’t you put the anvil in the bucket, carry the bucket in one hand, put a chicken under each arm and carry the goose in your other hand?” “Hey, thanks!” said the biker, and out the door he went.

In the parking lot he was approached by a little old lady who told him she was lost, and asked if he could tell her the way to 1603 Mockingbird Lane.

The biker said, ``As a matter of fact, I live at 1616 Mockingbird Lane.” We can take a short cut down this alley and be there in no time”.

The little old lady looked him over cautiously, and then said, “I am a lonely widow without a husband to defend me. How do I know that when we get in the alley you won’t hold me up against the wall, pull up my skirt, and ravish me?”

The biker said, “Holy smokes lady! I’m carrying a bucket, an anvil, two chickens, and a goose. How in Hell could I possibly hold you up against a wall and do that?”

The lady said, “Set the goose down, cover him with the bucket, put the anvil on top of the bucket, and I’ll hold the chickens.”

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July 25, 2022

The Wonders Of Nature Can Be Pretty Gross

When I was a very small child, my brother and I shared a bedroom upstairs. To decorate the room, and perhaps to get us interested in science, the world around us, and maybe even foreign languages, my parents glued an art print to a piece of Masonite and hung it on the closet door. It was a french work, 19th Century probably, called la métamorphose du monarque papillon. The metamorphosis of the monarch butterfly. It depicted the idealized stages of the butterfly’s growth on a blossoming milkweed plant, which monarchs favor. It looked a bit like these:

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We did have these butterflies around, but no milkweed weeds, so I don’t think we ever saw one of the caterpillars or one of the cocoons. And the painting left off the in-between stage, when the old crawler turns to mush inside the cocoon and later slowly emerges as the small wet version of the adult papillon.

The reality of other insect transitions is no quite so elegant or picturesque. We’re suffering through an infestation of these awful Chinese illegal immigrants known as Spotted Lantern Flies. Not pretty bugs at any stage, from the little black hopper nymphs to the larger red hopper nymphs to the scary looking adult flies.

But the transition phase is the worst.




Like a snake shedding its skin, or a lobster molting its older smaller shell, the adult fly emerges from within the nymph, but backwards. The head of the entirely new insect comes out from the back of the nymphs carapace. Eventually. It is not a super quick transition. So I was able to capture a couple cellphone snapshots of these horrible bugs in their most horrible Siamese twins stage. And then I squished him dead.

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July 24, 2022

I don’t really have anything to say, but felt I should do a post anyway.

We are surviving the heat. “Only” 97 right now outside. ONLY.

The A/C we had installed just a year ago is magnificent, keeping a steady 73°F in here all day. Lovely. Step outside and as soon as the chill wears off, it’s like getting hit with a giant hot wet washcloth. Yuck.

We did Birthday for my brother yesterday. Since he didn’t want anything, we brought loads of food. Big lunch, snacks, a nicely marbled piece of prime beef for dinner, etc. Not that their fridge wasn’t bursting at the seams from that morning’s food delivery, but hey. Got to do something nice for birthdays.

More renovations stuff arriving in dribs and drabs. Got the hand shower stuff the other day. Got the shower kit today. Pfister Deckage in brushed nickel. Holy cats it’s swank. Wow. WOW!!! Big solid pieces of brass, heavily plated with nickel. Box must weigh 12lb. Modern style, but with rounded edges. High. End. Mofo!

Not a whole lot else to report. Appreciating the gloaming from inside with the help of a Sapphire martini infused with English cucumber. I may as well be as swank as our new bathtub faucets. grin

News? You don’t want no stinking news. Although This is beyond impressive. Could not have picked a safer shot line either. I remain flabbergasted at this guy’s skills and instinctive reaction. I am not alone: there is a new rapid fire drill named after him, as there should be. 10 shots, 15 seconds, an 8x8 gong at 60 yards. With a mouse gun. Holy. Cow. God Bless America, that we have citizens like this amongst us.

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July 21, 2022

Cooking terms I never knew

Afro vs A Froe
Bouncing around the internet at 6am. I get up real early in the summer and enjoy the cool outside before the bugs wake up and before it gets too hot. So I’m outside, the sleepy brain is slowly kicking over, idle daydreaming. Being asked by a foreigner what “ah fro” is. Depends on how you spell it.

A FRO is an abbreviation for an afro, a bushy hairstyle worn by people with exceptionally curly hair. Also sometimes called a “natural”. Usually these people are of African heritage, so afro is also the root prefix that means “from Africa”.

A FROE is an old time hand tool, also known as a shake axe. A shake being a shingle used for roofing or siding. Cedar shakes. So a froe is a thick sturdy wooden handle about a cubit long, attached to a similar sized hefty thin rectangle of iron or steel that has a handle socket forged into one end, and the underside is sharpened on only one side. So it’s an “L” shaped tool, vertical handle, a big wide wedge with a lever handle. Secure a short stub of a decent width log upright on the ground. Take a heavy wooden mallet. Line the froe up about 3/4” in from the edge, hammer the blade down into the log. Lever the handle forward and back, and it will split off a slice of the log. Works best with green logs, but also works great for splitting small dry wood for kindling or a wood burning stove.

Back in the kitchen
So where’s the cooking term? I haven’t seen a froe since I was a child, probably in a museum somewhere. But this simple tool impressed me, and the term stuck in my head. So I went out on the ‘net and looked them up. The page I visited, Lehman’s, sells them, and also has “the simple life” kind of things that preppers like. Life without electricity, emergency food. And there I saw it. A large can of freeze dried mirepoix. What? Mirepoix. Huh? My rep oicks? Mire poe icks? Gotta be some French term. Look it up. “Meer pwah”. Ok, what is it? It’s a 1:1:1 ratio of carrots, yellow onions, and celery. You cook it slowly in butter and use it as a base for soups, stews, and lots of other dishes. Cook it really low so it doesn’t brown at all, just softens the veg up and releases the flavors and aroma. Add a bit of tomato paste and it becomes pinçage, which makes a great addition to meatloaf, stew, etc. “pin sahg”. Never heard of that one either. But I’ve used both many times and never knew I was making an actual thing. It was just softening the veggies in some oil or butter.

Sounds like trinity. The Holy Trinity, the base for nearly everything Cajun. But trinity uses a 1:2:1 ratio of green bell peppers, red onions, and celery. Slow cook it the same way. Use it the same way. Add some filé gumbo (dried leaves from the sassafras tree) and some shrimp and you’re halfway to a Bayou dinner.

Ok, this is my brain before coffee. Time for a second cup!


Bowling Blogging !!

In which the ringers get wrung, mostly.

We played Team 10 last night, who were one place above us in the standings. This team is one really exceptional bowler, whoever his current girlfriend is, and two lower average bowlers. So while their pro can chuck in the 250s frequently, they carry a low team average and thus get a lot of handicap points. Tactical bowling. So we gave them 87 points, but his two plodders were absent. Pro guy enters their averages as their absentee score. Um, dude, I’m pretty sure there’s an absentee penalty of 10 pins each. Odd that this guy, who is in several leagues and bowls so much he buys a new ball every couple months, had never heard of that. Yeah right. So he goes to the front desk to verify it, and sure enough, 10 points penalty for each absent bowler. That cut their effective handicap down to 67 pins. New girlfriend had the same 116 average as old girlfriend, and away we went. The 4 of us against the 2 of them, so it went quickly.

Our team bowled quite well in the first two games, winning both and opening a decent margin in the scoring. Pro guy wasn’t doing too well. Yet. So we won Games 1 and 2. Then he remembered how to bowl in the third game. And we stepped on it. Actually, it’s my fault, as my knees were hurting really bad. They closed the total pins gap to almost nothing. Pro and I are the anchors. I let him bowl the last frame first, and we were down 123 and 26 pins in total wood. But I had a strike in the 9th. Got up on the approach. Hard to even walk. Pain. So I moved real slow and released as carefully as I could. Strike. That’s 30 right there, so we recovered wood. Strike, 8. I put 58 pins up. We still lost, but I got the difference down to under 90, and we took total wood for the night. So, a 5-2 victory. Their win:loss record was 33:30, ours was 32:31. Now it’s 35:35 for them and 37:33 for us. So we move up and they move down. This will put us in at least 8th place, but the next 5 teams up were all at 36:29 and none of them played any of the others. So in theory (not likely) they could have all lost 0-7, which would float us right up to 4th place. Not much chance of that kind of a jump in one week, but it was a pretty good night for us.

We have 5 weeks left.


A Cautionary Tale

$6 Million Later, Town Removes Solar Park That Never Generated A Single Watt


PEARL RIVER, N.Y.— It is “lights out” for a New York state solar power initiative.

More than 1,000 solar panels installed in Rockland County in 2018 have since been dismantled.

The skeletal remains of a solar panel array speak to a project that never paid off, an attempt to generate clean green solar power on land controlled by the state Department of Transportation just outside the hamlet of Pearl River in the town of Orangetown.

There were 1,196 solar panels on the frames, harnessing the rays of the sun, enough to power 80 homes a year. At least, that was the promise.

Images from Google Maps show the panels from the ground and from above. They are impressive, but ultimately useless. A court document filed by the state DOT says the solar farm remained off-line for its entire lifespan, generating nothing.

“They were never used. that means taxpayer dollars went for something that was just a waste,” Orangetown Supervisor Teresa Kenny said.

Kenny said she has been asking the DOT for answers. Aiello found one in a court document, indicating the state suffered almost $6 million dollars in “liquidated damages” in a deal with Monolith Solar to build solar farms here and at eight other sites.

Monolith is now effectively out of business.

“Maybe it was jumping into the renewable energies too quickly, without really doing due diligence. I don’t know,” Kenny said.

The supervisor pointed out that the state allowed Monolith Solar to cut down many trees to make room for the solar farm. She said she got an email from the DOT about the future of the site.

“They’re going to remove everything and it’s going to be returned to its natural state,” Kenny said.

I grew up in Pearl River, exactly 1/2 mile from where this is. It’s on North Middletown Road inside the cloverleaf that’s the entrance ramp to Rt304S. ( 41.072910, -74.013319 on your digital map ) The buildings you can see in the background were once Lederle Laboratories, part of American Cyanamid, which employed half the town and made polio vaccine, tetracycline, and many other medicines. Later they made Centrum vitamin pills. It was shut down some years ago and had been sold from one Big Pharma to another several times. I think Pfizer owns it now. But to town residents it will always and forever be Lederle. Pronounced Led Err Lee, as in “upta Lederle’s” which was the town expression that meant going to work. “Whereya goin?” “Upta Lederle’s. I got the 2nd shift today.”

And it isn’t just outside the hamlet. This is south of Townline Road, so it’s still within Pearl River. Nanuet doesn’t start until the stoplight at Townline, and two edges of the Lederle campus is some of the town border.

Mmmm, interesting. The greenies cut down a bunch of old trees to put this thing in to Save The Planet. Fools. But the really interesting thing is that, while Google Street View shows the solar farm, regular Google Maps does not. You know, Google Maps which is constansly updated? Yeah, that one. They still show the trees that haven’t been there since 2016 when the project started. Funny, eh?


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calendar   Wednesday - August 19, 2020

Gee, Oops

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

NYC Ship Sinking, Rats Long Gone

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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

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


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


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

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

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


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calendar   Monday - August 17, 2020

Flowers For Algernon?

Leftist InstaHate For COVID Flower Cure

because Trump mentioned it


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the research study:

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

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

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

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

Oleandir is poisonous !!! !! !

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

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

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

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

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

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

OTOH, the Romans also used it to commit suicide.

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


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

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

Beirut DeBlasio


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

These riots happened at the end of May ...

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Haha, very funny.


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calendar   Saturday - August 15, 2020

Rhubarb !!!

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

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

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

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


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


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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calendar   Friday - August 14, 2020

toldja so

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

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

And here it is.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

•  Sulfur is properly spelled sulphur.

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

•  The big long dinosaur was a brontosaurus

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

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

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

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


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calendar   Thursday - August 13, 2020

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

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

Les ancres ne sont pas les naturelles

( The anchors are not the naturals )

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

14th Amendment, Section 1, 1868

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Walter White Moved To Holland?

Netherlands Cops Find Giant Crack Cocaine Lab In School


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

How Dare You!!

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

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

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


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