Sarah Palin will pry your Klondike bar from your cold dead fingers.

calendar   Wednesday - December 07, 2022

Once Again, The One And Only Post

December 07, 2022

She’s got the Covid. Tested positive yesterday. We both started the FLCCC protocol, and I’d been taking various vitamins for a week before. I tested negative this morning. But now I don’t feel so great. Well, time for some more nigella and some quercetin, C, D3, B, etc. But what I really want is to get cool and go to sleep. Might be running a fever? Beats me; we have thermometers here, but God knows where they are. Everything is upside down.

The Omicron BQ.1, BQ1.1, and BQ.5 variants are running rampant. Here we go again, but at least this is a few weeks before Christmas this time, not Christmans Eve.


But at least I have a sourdough dough loaf starting out. A couple hours nice and warm, a few kneads, then into the fridge overnight.  bake it tomorrow.

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December 03, 2022

Mr. Mixer Fixer

Got my KitchenAid Artisan mixer running again. Had to replace the sacrificial worm gear, which did it’s job and melted under stress to protect the motor. Kneading a triple batch of pretzel dough with the super heavy stainless steel custom made spiral dough hook was just too much load on it, and that was all she wrote.


When good gears go bad. Sacrificial gear sacrificed itself under excessive load.

I followed an excellent How To video on YouTube and the job was pretty easy. I couldn’t find my punches so I used a 10 penny nail and a 6d finishing nail. I was able to get a pair of replacement gears for $12 from Amazon, as well as a jar of white food grade grease, with a spatula and a spare gasket for about $10. The job took me about 2 hours, probably because I kept referring back to the video, eating dinner, and taking a short break or two. Lucky me I could find my #1 square drive screwdriver.

So I have a mixer again. And my new sourdough starter is about ready to use. Sweet.

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December 02, 2022

8 days, still dry. I think I was worrying over nothing. But better safe than sorry. No issues, temptation is only in the evenings, and it’s minor. So this is a relief. I’m going to go 2 or 3 weeks anyway, or maybe even to New Year’s, and keep it to 1 or 2 a week after that.


We have a functional toilet again. No pun intended, but that’s a big relief. It’s the old one; I glued the porcelain flange back together last night with JB Weld epoxy. It’s ugly, but it’s holding strong.


Bowling Blogging !!

We played the management team again tonight in No Longer Cheap league.We played them last week too, as part of the position round. Beat them 5-2 then. We beat then 4-3 tonight, losing wood in the last game by 8 pins; our teammates weren’t really involved in bowling tonight, getting ready for some fundraiser thing for their kid’s school or somesuch. So they were on the cellphones all night, and not focused. So he bowled poorly and she totally sucked.

I rolled a 605, my 3rd 600 series in a row between both leagues I’m on. Lovin’ it. I was 10 over in G1, 12 over in G3, and I was 58 over in G2 with a 230. Sadly the other half of the team literally dropped the ball in G3, and the other team, having appeared to have struggled in G1 and G2, suddenly remembered how to bowl real well. We all get along just fine, but they’re sandbaggers and everyone knows it. Still, for this season (3rd time we faced them so far), we’re up 16-5. Usually it’s 0-21 at this point.

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December 01, 2022

Rough Day, Still Dry

It was not a good project day. Some of the floor tiles had to come up and be put back better, as they had lifted while the thinset dried. So that got done.

Some grout went in around the toilet flange, and when that was mostly dry it was time to put in the new toilet. So we carefully brought it in from the garage and down the stairs and up the stairs. Took it carefully out of the box, which had to be cut apart to get it out. The thing is heavy, and there really aren’t many places you can hold on to it. Ok, so it’s in the bathroom, looks good, all the parts are there, instructions have been read, let’s put it in.  The standard rough-in for a toilet these days is 12”. That means that the center of the output hole on the underside of the toilet is 12” out from the wall behind it. That’s the size of the toilet that was there before, and the size of the one we bought 7 months ago, waiting in the garage all this time. So we go to fit this one in ...

And it doesn’t fit. Lots of trying, lots of head scratching. Maybe if we did this, or that, or the other. Nope. Will try unsoldering the water valve tomorrow and see if that helps. Said valve would have to be moved anyway, as it isn’t in the building code approved location. Yeah, there’s codes for everything.

Turns out that this toilet was built pretty much to standard spec. The flange bolts are just less than 12” from where the back would hit the wall. The other older toilet turned out to have 11” flange bolt holes. And it turns out that this place, once again, was built poorly. Yes, we have a 12” distance. From the bare wall stud, and that’s actually a hair under 12”. Put some sheetrock on the wall and things come up half an inch short. And there isn’t much that can be done. But we’ll try anyway: the wax ring can shift 1/4” forward and still be sufficiently inside the floor flange. This kind of skirted toiled uses some kind of nylon bracket, which bolts to the floor flange and then screws go into any of the 3 or 4 dozen holes in the thing. So maybe, just maybe, it can be moved forward a smidge or two. But if it does go in, it’s going to be insanely close. Like “put the sheetrock up, prime and paint it, then put the toilet in, because you’ll never get anything back there even as thin as a sheet of paper. And maybe putting the thing in will dent the wallboard a little. We’ll try. And if not ... well, paring down the studs and moving the pipes inside is a pretty extreme solution, and there doesn’t seem to be anywhere to move the drain pipes to. So that won’t fly.

I think we’ll have to get a 10” rough-in toilet. Those are a bit hard to come by, and it seems we have 2 choices that could work. An American Standard Cadet 3, which is a classic shape toilet but a superb little flushing machine, with a MAP rating over 1000. And the other choice is a thing called a Jawbone, from a company I’ve never heard of called Fine Fixtures. It’s very similar to the style we want. A Chinese import, probably adequate and hopefully reliable. The Cadet has a lifetime warranty, is made in America, from a known company, and is MAP recommended. Both are low bowl height (15") and both are fairly small, which will work in our small bathroom. Both cost about the same and can be delivered in about the same time. Sadly, a 10” toilet on an almost 12” flange ... the tank is going to be about 1 1/2” from the wall. And there isn’t squat that can be done about it, without spending a really huge pile of money to dig up the whole damn floor ( of course after the tile and the expensive membrane is laid ), digging a deep hole to get to the drain, cutting the down pipe off, adding a bit so it’s a whole inch longer, ... on an on. Could cost thousands. No. Can’t do that.

And I’ll be out the cost of a brand new swanky modern toilet, never used. Good thing I got it for half price, which is just about what either of the 10” toilets cost.

I’m ... just a tad frustrated and annoyed. Yet another instance of utter crap work from the dungheads who built this place.

And I didn’t calm my nerves or sooth my frustrations with any alcohol. Felt the desire, but not overwhelmingly so. Decided NO. Had an extra bitter lime water and found something else to think about.

Also, I put some JB Weld epoxy on the old toilet. If that takes, at least the shattered base of the thing will be whole again and we can stick it back in for the week and a half the others will take to get here. I cannot go much longer without a toilet. Really getting tired running to the public restrooms at the grocery store, Walmart, and the Tiger Mart down the road. Not to mention commercial TP is some rough stuff.

And, as the tiles are dry, we can use the shower again.


Another month flown by. For us, November seemed to last forever, but went by in the blink of an eye.

Today is Grout Day for the bathroom floor. And maybe we’ll get a toilet in. And be able to take a shower again. Maybe.


Christie Mcvie has died. Singer from Fleetwood Mac. She was 79

The singer-songwriter was responsible for some of the group’s biggest hits like “Don’t Stop” and “Little Lies”

Christine McVie, the longtime co-lead vocalist, keyboardist, and songwriter for Fleetwood Mac, died Wednesday, Nov. 30, at the age of 79. A cause of death was not available, but McVie’s family said she died at a hospital “following a short illness.”

The band confirmed McVie’s death in a note shared on social media. “There are no words to describe our sadness at the passing of Christine McVie. She was truly one-of-a-kind, special and talented beyond measure. She was the best musician anyone could have in their band and the best friend anyone could have in their life. We were so lucky to have a life with her. Individually and together, we cherished Christine deeply and are thankful for the amazing memories we have. She will be so very missed.”


Bowling Blogging !!

We took all 7 last night at Old Guys league, even though we had to give the other team 106 points handicap per game. This is one of teams I really get along with, so I had a good time. Cracking wise and telling jokes and busting chops. I threw a 604, my second 600 series in two weeks. My last game was a 222, so I was well above average. Time to clean the ball again.


I think I’ll run over to the building code office this morning and check on our permit status. It’s been 7 functional business days, so maybe.

Sure would be nice to have the permits, and schedule the pre-closing inspections. Pass them and we can put up walls. I remember walls. They’re the vertical things that DON’T have wires and insulation sticking out. And you can paint them too. Sweet.

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November 30, 2022

Bad Santa

Saw this at a friend’s FB page. Excellent dark humor.



It’s Alive! And kicking!!


Sourdough starter, the new batch. Active, bubbly, more than doubles in volume after a feeding. 4 days old.

Get hold of a 1 quart glass Ball jar. Clean it real well. Rinse it real well. Sterilize it with boiling water inside and out for a good 5 minutes. Drain and let it cool.

Get hold of a gallon of good spring water.  Good natural water and a sterile glass container keep the bad things at bay. Like mold, and the evil yeast that makes bad alcohol.

Make a mix of the flours you usually use. Fresher the better. This one is 1 part Sir Lancelot, 1 part KABF, 1 part KAWW, 1 part KAAP. Use what you have, but I’d advise against 100% Whole Wheat. You want a starter that will work with all the flours you use.

Start small; 20gm of the flour mix and 20gm of the spring water at room temperature. cover loosely with plastic wrap. 8 hours later add another 20gm of each. 12 hours later add another 20gm of each. Now find a nice warm dry place, 77-85F, no direct sunlight. 12 hours in there, feed it again. After the 3rd day you should be seeing lots of bubbles. Double the feed. At the 4th day you’ll have too much, so throw 2/3 of it away. Feed it again, 20 & 20. Keep it snuggy warm for 12 hours a day, and room temp the other 12 hours. It will thrive.

After a week it of this should be ready to bake with, but the best flavors will develop after you keep the starter going a month or more. My last batch lasted 6 years. If you aren’t baking for a while, give it a feed and put it in the fridge. Ought to go two weeks, easy. Bring it ought, warm it up, feed it for 2 days, and bake.

Sourdough is a bit of a pain, as you’re married to that dough for 14 hours. So you make your dough Friday after work, then do the stretch & fold kneads every half hour while you make and eat dinner. Then you leave it alone until bedtime, at which point you put it in the fridge. Saturday morning you get it out, let it warm up, and it will be ready to shape and go in the oven in an hour or two. Tons of How To videos online.

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November 29, 2022

Nope, not right now, no matter what!!

Right now I’m living without a toilet. The tile uncoupling membrane went on this morning, so the bathroom is shut until that dries. And the toilet had to come out for the membrane to go in. Lucky me, there are decent public bathrooms at the local grocery store, Walmart, diner, and the Tiger Mart gas station 2 miles down the road (open 24-7), and we have a really great neighbor. So I’ll manage.

We can’t shift the new toilet over 4” as planned, as the offset flange was already right shifted ( I thought it was left shifted ) and is set in concrete. So it can be done, but at a huge effort and cost. Not worth it. And it will meet lateral distance code as it is. So, whatever. There are always little setbacks in a reno project; some things you want just can’t be done. Move on.

And soon we’ll have a really nice tile floor. On the contractor’s advice we zipped out yesterday to find a stone threshold that coordinated better with the floor tiles. Found something is brilliant white. Better than the almond one that was there. But I solve project dilemmas in my dreams, so I woke up with the solution. Called up the stoneyard that’s doing our countertops, and there’s enough in the remnant slab we’re having the vanity countertop made from to do a threshold too. So it’s a perfect match, and that stone (Cambria Ironsbridge) is just right with the Satori gris hexagonal tile going on the floor. It’s going to be swank.


Helluva coincidence

Just Day After Bidens Left Martha’s Vineyard After Thanksgiving Getaway, All 5 Secret Service Rented Vehicles Catch On Fire

President Biden’s rented Secret Service vehicles burst into flames in a parking lot Monday, just one day after he left his Nantucket vacation.

Biden spent Thanksgiving on the ritzy Massachusetts island with his family last week. The Secret Service rented five vehicles from Hertz to carry the president and his family, and all five of them caught fire in the parking lot, according to footage first obtained by the Nantucket Current.

Footage shows firefighters spraying down the smoldering remains of one vehicle’s engine block. The five vehicles included a Chevy Suburban, Ford Explorer, Infiniti QX80, Ford Expedition, and a Jeep Gladiator.

The vehicles were parked at the Nantucket airport and the blaze reportedly spread to just 40 feet away from the facility’s jet fuel tanks. It is currently unknown what caused the fire. Fox News reached out to the White House for information, but they did not immediately respond.

“At approximately 5:22 am Airport shift staff observed an active fire in the rental car overflow area through the Airport’s Closed Circuit Television System,” the airport said in a statement to the Current. “Staff activated the Alert system and responded to the fire in Airport-3, where they were met by responding units from Nantucket Fire Department and Nantucket Police Department.”


The future of public toilets has arrived in San Francisco!

72 hours later ...

San Francisco’s new space-age public toilet breaks down after three days


No, it wasn’t overloaded. Something went wrong with the seat lowering mechanism. “Mechanism”? You mean a hinge? Maybe. Maybe some seriously heavy person sat on it, or somebody vandalized it. I dunno.

But it was free!! Not the $1.7 million lie that disinformation campaigns had been circulating. No, while SF didn’t pay for the loo, they did allow the contractor company to put up 117 advertising kiosks, which otherwise would have cost ... about $1.7 million.


Hire a freak, get freakish behavior?

Genderfluid Deputy Assisant DOE Secretary Arrested For Stealing Luggage


How’s this for a career ender?

Sam Brinton, a senior Energy Department (DOE) official, was charged with stealing a traveler’s luggage in the Minneapolis airport in September, shortly before quietly taking a leave of absence.

Brinton — who serves as the DOE’s deputy assistant secretary for spent fuel and waste disposition — allegedly took a Vera Bradley suitcase worth $2,325 from the luggage carousel at the Minneapolis St. Paul Airport (MSP) on Sept. 16, according to a criminal complaint filed on Oct. 26 in Minnesota state court and obtained by Fox News Digital. Brinton had traveled from Washington, D.C., to MSP that day.

After the suitcase’s owner alerted police, officers reviewed video surveillance of the carousel and identified Brinton taking the luggage before removing its tag identifying the owner, the court filings stated. Law enforcement observed Brinton using the luggage during at least two other trips to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 18 and Oct. 9.

Then, on Oct. 9, Brinton denied stealing anything when a police officer called to discuss the incident. Brinton confirmed still possessing the suitcase.

Brinton was ultimately charged with felony theft of a movable property without consent, a charge that could result in a five-year sentence, $10,000 fine or both.

Minnesota-based outlet Alpha News first reported the charges against Brinton on Monday.

Brinton was placed on leave about a month ago and another official was named as a replacement in the interim earlier this month, according to the Exchange Monitor which tracks government hires. The DOE originally didn’t explain why Brinton took leave at the time.

Flight records show that he had no luggage when he boarded this flight, so he had no reason to go to the baggage claim area. They have video of him picking up this super expensive bag, tearing off the baggage tag and putting that in his purse. They also have several CCTV vids of him carrying that bag on several flights, including IIRC one to Europe.

Don’t know what hotel he went to after “accidentally” taking the bag, but it’s a good bet that hotel saved the clothes he claimed he left in the hotel dresser when he realized they weren’t his. Odds are pretty good that they were a whole lot higher quality than Old Navy or Walmart duds, packed into that $2,300 bag.

And isn’t it just too darn slick that DOE didn’t bother to mention WHY Brinton was on a leave of absence just 4 months after taking this position? That he stole the bag so casually makes me wonder if he has a long standing theft habit, on top of all his other charming quirks. Hope he hasn’t been stuffing his other stolen bags with nuclear waste.

Deputy assistant secretaries at Cabinet agencies are the kind of positions, which do not require Senate confirmation. Brinton has had an infamous history of promoting sexual kinks related to animal role-playing. In 2017, they gave a talk on ‘kink exploration’ at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Describing their personal experience with ‘pup play,’ domination, and ‘safe choking,’ Brinton talked about one of their fetishes involving tying up their partner like a table and eating dinner on him while watching Star Trek.

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November 28, 2022

Attempted Jailbreak !!


No, nothing happened. But today was our kittehs’ every other year trip to the vet. So we had to corral them both into the same cat carrier at the same time. One was mostly complacent about it, the other was having none of it thank you, this is war, you have to sleep sometime and I will get revenge.

We got them in, with only a small scratch or two and a bruised finger.

A whole pile of money later, they’ve been poked, prodded, temperature probed, stethoscoped, and had blood drawn for testing. Sniffles has a cold or something, so she got a shot and eyewash and some pills. Oh yeah, I am SO looking forward to giving that cat a half pill twice a day.

We’ll get the test results tomorrow.


Going into Day 4 without a problem.


I haven’t done a Covid post in a long time.

How To Say “The Jabs Are Poison” In 2,800 Words Nobody Can Understand

Well, not every nobody obviously. This fairly long essay delves into the disruptive and damaging mechanism of the covid spike protein, shows what may be the root underlying cause of all the side effects of the disease and the “treatment” offered. In short, you don’t want these spike proteins in you, no matter where they come from or how they were created. And it all boils down to their destructive work on your cell’s ability to transport oxygen.

 “Recent evidence shows that SARS-CoV-2 is capable of affecting the genetics and dynamics of erythrocytes and this coexists with a non-homeostatic function of cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems during COVID-19. In hypothesis, SARS-CoV-2-induced systematical alterations of erythrocytes dynamics would constitute a set point for COVID-19-related multiple organ failure syndrome and death.”


Plasmodium falciparum is a deadly species of Plasmodium that causes malaria in humans. It does its damage by infecting red blood cells (RBCs) and causes extensive changes in these cells which can ultimately result in hemolysis (rupture of the RBC). Plasmodium falciparum can enter RBCs via the receptor Cluster of Differentiation 147 (CD147). Once inside RBCs, Plasmodium falciparum feasts on hemoglobin. Subsequently, hemolysis causes a reduction in oxygen supply to all the tissues and organs in the body that require oxygen, which is literally all of the tissues and organs.

No oxygen supply = death.

Interestingly, SARS-nCoV-2 has also been shown to infect cells via CD147. SARS-nCoV-2 has also been associated with disruption of hemoglobin levels. The mechanism of action may involve the ability of SARS-nCoV-2 to attack the 1-beta chain of hemoglobin to capture its porphyrin and subsequently inhibit heme metabolism.

The disease induced by Plasmodium falciparum, Malaria, is curable using (Hydroxy)chloroquine.

“Antimalarial drugs such as chloroquine and possibly artemisinin inhibit hemoglobin detoxification by Plasmodium, underscoring the importance of this process for malarial viability”.  Interestingly, studies have shown that hydroxychloroquine is also effective in the context of SARS-nCoV-2 and COVID-1

Funny, this was known, or at least hypothesized (backed up by research) two years ago. And hotly denied by TPTB, with those saying this heresy canceled and silenced. Same thing happened to those who figured out early on that the ‘rona was a blood disease, probably more than it was a lung disease. And all those doctors and researchers who said the spike protein all by itself was harmful, or that the massive blood clots coroners keep finding, or the enormous jump in myocarditis cases .... tinfoil hat wearing anti-vax heretics who need to be burned at the stake.

No kidding ... the spike protein is poison, of a kind. The new awareness in this essay is that it works in a similar way to one of the flavors of malaria, which is a parasitic bacteria. And we know what works against malaria, and what works against parasites.

Still, this essay is worth a read even if you don’t know most of the terms. When your blood can’t carry enough oxygen all sorts of bad things happen.

Hypothesis: The SARS-nCoV-2 virus infects the RBCs using the spike protein via the CD147 receptor on RBCs causing hemolysis. This causes the release of massive amounts of hemoglobin. The spike protein, due to its amyloidogenic peptides, triggers mis-folding of the hemoglobin into amyloid fibrils causing subsequent systemic blood clots. If this pathology is spike protein induced, then there’s no reason not to implicate the spike protein arising from the COVID-19 injections in systemic micro-clotting observed clinically.

Question: Is SARS-nCoV-2-associated systemic micro-clotting due to spike protein-induced hemolysis resulting in amyloid plaque formation?

My opinion is YES.

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November 25, 2022

So we survived the holiday. Me, just barely. Too much to eat and waaay too much to drink. Bit of a hangover this morning.

I am going to swear off the booze for a while. I drink too much. I developed a drinking habit during the lockdown, and it might be approaching a kind of alcohol dependency by now. I’ve been having 2, sometimes 3 or 4 drinks every evening. And sometimes when the panic attacks hit over the stress of this home improvement project, I’d get up in the middle of the night, solve whatever the latest problem was, and have another belt to get back to sleep. Sometimes I’d have another belt to get to sleep. And that’s too much. I think it’s impacting my judgement and my emotions at this point, even when I’m not having any. Time to stop.

So I’m cutting myself off. I’ve made it through 27 hours now, and the urge isn’t really there. Some things are habit forming because you build a habit around them. It’s like smoking. Half the cigarettes you have, you have because you always have one or two at this point in the day. If I’m outside grilling, I always have a Manhattan. Or two. Habit. Break the habits. We’ll see how I fare in another couple days, but I’m going to take it a day at a time. And if it gets real itchy, an hour at a time. But I can beat this. And it’s probably less of a habit than I fear it is, so beating it can be done. I hope. Big words now after just a day. If I can go a couple months without any of it, then I’ll feel I’ve beaten it. And if I start really going crazy, then I’ll know the situation is worse than I thought, going from regular use to dependency to addiction. And that will mean fighting the fight every day, forever. But I’m worth it.


Bowling Blogging!!
First position round at No Longer Cheap league. Which means we’re 12 weeks into the season of 35 weeks, and we have 13 teams on this league. So we played the Management team, who we rolled against on the first night of this season and beat them 7-0. They seemed to be having problems in the first 2 games, so were we, but to a lesser extent. So we won those. We were up by 179 at the end of G2. Then they somehow “remembered” how to bowl. Yikes. But we pulled it out a bit too, and in the end, while they won G3, they didn’t quite take wood. So we won 5-2 tonight. They’re still in 3rd place, we’re still in 4th place, but we’ve closed the gap to just a point or two. It’s nice to not be in dead last place for a change. Hope this lasts.

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See More Below The Fold


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calendar   Wednesday - August 19, 2020

Gee, Oops

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

NYC Ship Sinking, Rats Long Gone

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

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


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


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


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


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The ‘Rona Song

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

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

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

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


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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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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.


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.


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. 


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. ]
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.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/14/2020 at 10:43 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - August 13, 2020

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

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

Les ancres ne sont pas les naturelles

( The anchors are not the naturals )

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

14th Amendment, Section 1, 1868

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

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

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

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


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).


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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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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
  3. Use every legal means to defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and, most importantly:
  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
It's been a long strange trip without you Skipper, but thanks for pointing us in the right direction and giving us a swift kick in the behind to get us going. Keep lookin' down on us, will ya? Thanks.


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