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September 22, 2020

Give Us This Day

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A crazy simple bread recipe that makes nice looking bread with a nice flavor and a crust that doesn’t break your teeth. Really nice crumb (air bubbles). Makes one smallish loaf. No fancy techniques, no artistic scoring, no expensive stand mixer, no fancy flours, no twitchy sourdough starter.

•  either 450gm bread flour or 70gm whole wheat flour plus 380gm bread flour. If you don’t have bread flour use plain old unbleached all purpose flour. I used King Arthur brand, which has more gluten and protein than most other flours.

•   375gm water at no more than 100°F ( this is 83.3% hydration, very wet, so this is another “no knead” recipe )

•   11gm salt

•   6gm instant yeast ( about 2 teaspoons, which is less than a whole packet of yeast )

Whisk together the flour, salt, and dry yeast in a medium bowl. Add the water. Stir it together with the handle end of a wooden spoon.  It takes about 3 minutes of casual stirring to get it evenly mixed and moistened. Dough will be quite sticky and very moist.

Tightly cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Leave it on the counter for 2 hours. Now either bake it, or put it in the fridge overnight or for a day. Chilling the dough, called “retarding” gives it a better flavor.

Dust a small area of your countertop with plain flour. Use a plastic spatula to dig the dough out of the bowl and onto the counter. Be gentle with it, don’t tear it up or smash it down flat. Slightly dust the blob of dough. Use the spatula to gently pull the edges up and over, forming a roughly round blob. I folded in 8 “edges” and got a mostly round shape. Use the spatula to loosen the dough from the counter, and flip the dough over onto the middle of a square foot of parchment paper.

Preheat the oven with your Dutch oven and lid to 450 for half an hour.  When hot, lift the paper and the dough into the Dutch oven. Cover and bake 30 minutes. Remove cover and bake it another 15 minutes. Remove bread from oven and let it cool.

recipe comes from here

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September 21, 2020



And I don’t give a rat’s ass what Ruthie’s Last Dying Wish is conveniently said to have been. It doesn’t matter a damn bit. And honestly, I think she died at least a year ago and has been on ice or a machine ever since, her DNC handlers waiting for just the worst time to make yet another “October surprise”. Surprise, this one is at the end of September!!

Anyway, Hillary is a hypocritical dog faced lying pony soldier. As if that’s news.


Balitmore going red? After generations of failed Democrat “leadership”, what other options are Left except the Right approach?

Another Super Campaign Ad From Kim Klacik


Kim Klacik, the GOP congressional candidate from Baltimore, has attempted to do something that Hollywood executives often try, but seldom succeed: make a sequel better than the first.

Klacik, who hopes to fill a vacant seat left by the late Rep. Elijah Cummings, the legendary Democrat, posted her first campaign video in August on her Twitter account, which propelled her to be embraced by top Republicans and interviewed by some of the most influential shows in the country, including ABC’s “The View.”

My goodness. A good looking Black woman talking common sense about urban renewal, school choice, trash collection, jobs, investment, etc. Put the charm back into Charm City.  And she looks killer in a nice dress. And in this ad, she get joined by a diverse army of ladies in red, who aren’t gonna take it no more. Great strategy. Rise up and do, build, heal, and love, not rise up and destroy, complain, and demand a bigger handout.


Newsie things I didn’t get to over the weekend:

Piggy-pocolypse !

Wild crossbred “super-pig” population soaring across the South, millions and millions of them ruining agriculture and forests

The U.S. wild pig population is soaring and rapidly multiplying, which experts describe as a ticking ‘feral swine bomb,’ according to a report on Saturday.

There are roughly nine million feral swine running rampant across the U.S. The invasive species already costs the U.S. an estimated $2.5 billion each year in damages and control costs, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). As their numbers continue to rise, the damage will only get worse.

In fact, the wild pig population has expanded from 17 states to at least 39 over the last three decades, The Atlantic reported.

Sounds like they need every Southerner to get his big rifle and go a-huntin’. Doesn’t matter if the meat gets eaten or sold or left to rot. Ok, left to rot isn’t the best approach, but sometimes what can you do?

Since the hogs travel in packs, group hunts with large capacity magazines sounds like a good idea.


China brucelosis outbreak infects more than 3,000; lab leak at vaccine factory. From using out of date disinfectant. China too cheap, China don’t care, China is asshoe.

More than 3,000 people in China have contracted the bacterial disease known as Malta fever following a leak from a lab last year, health officials said.

The outbreak originating from the Zhongmu Lanzhou biological pharmaceutical factory left 3,245 people sickened with brucellosis, the Health Commission of Lanzhou said
People can contract brucellosis — also known as Mediterranean fever — by coming into contact with livestock such as sheep, goats, cows or camels infected with the Brucella bacteria
The lab leak occurred last year between late July and late August when the factory was producing Brucella vaccines for animal use, the Health Commission said. The factory was using expired disinfectants and sanitizers and not all bacteria were killed in the waste gas, CNN reported.


China: Fish Thieves Of The Galapagos. Rules? Waa? China AGAIN caught red handed doing heavy fishing in protected waters. Fines don’t stop them. Jail time doesn’t stop them. How about torpedoes?

A marine conservation group published an analysis on Wednesday, revealing that an armada of Chinese fishing vessels carried out more than 73,000 hours of illegal fishing in the Galápagos between July and August, pulling thousands of tons of squid and fish up in the process.

The analysis, carried out by the marine conservation group Oceana, found that around 300 Chinese vessels were involved in “pillaging” the waters of the Galapagos Marine Reserve in search mainly of squid. The report pointed out that squid are “essential to the diet of iconic Galapagos species such as fur seals and hammerhead sharks, as well as for many commercial and recreational fish species, including tuna and billfish, that contribute to the local economy.”

“Oceana analyzed data from fishing vessels found near the Galapagos Islands from July 13 to Aug. 13, 2020. During this one-month period, Oceana documented the Chinese fleet, which was primarily fishing for squid, logged more than 73,000 total hours of apparent fishing,” the analysis explained. “In fact, 99% of the visible fishing activity off the Galapagos Islands during this one-month period was by Chinese-flagged vessels.”
Chinese vessels have long been caught illegally fishing in and around the Galápagos Islands.

Protected water! You no fish! You fish, you die!

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September 19, 2020

Bowling blogging

We got totally smeared at Cheap League on Friday. My bowling was terrible, and the rest of my team did even worse. After it was over, Jason, the anchor on the other team gave me some tips and explained them in a way that actually made sense to me. I’ve known him for at least a decade, and not only is he a very good bowler ( he threw a 270 in game 3 when his knee was in great pain ), he’s also a very smart and analytic person. So while what he said was really the same as the “get ‘er out there” and the “come up through the ball” advice the alley guys have been telling forever, the way he that he said it was clear to me. That getting the ball to hook is not a matter of turning your wrist at all, coming up the side of the ball at the moment of release, but a matter of holding your fingers at a certain angle in the ball relative to your index finger and your wrist’s lateral position. That way when you do do the release, it’s the fingers that are pulling the ball around at an angle, a hopefully vertical angle, as the ball both comes off your hand in a forward direction and falls off your hand to the side because of the unbalanced weights within the ball. With your arm swinging straight and the ball tilting off to the inside, it merely looks like your hand is coming up the side of the ball. But it’s actually the ball spinning off your hand the other way. So it was a huge Ah HA!! moment for me.

The Mrs and I had a big discussion about it this morning, and we’re going to try his way. Why not, as I try to reinvent my bowling nearly every year anyway. So with any luck, we’ll get everything done here today early enough to get up to the lanes and do some training and practice tonight. Because, as Jason told me years ago, practice makes persistent; training makes perfection. So we’ll leave “getting under the ball” for another time, and focus on “staying behind the ball” and not “coming over the ball”, with me also trying to stop squeezing the ball with my thumb. That’s a bad thing, and I’ve done it forever. This new awareness/approach may not gel completely the first time. So more training will be needed. But we ought to be able to see right away if his thesis is at least a little valid. We will wear our wrist braces to keep our wrists straight, and eventually try to do the full follow through movement which combines a finger snap ( the result of curling your fingers strongly against the ball ) with a bicep curl and raising your arm all at the same time, hand finishing up next to your ear, upper arm nearly horizontal with the elbow pointing forward. Which is what the alley guys call “answer the phone”.

There are an infinite number of ways to bowl wrong and still meet with some success. But there are only a couple ways to bowl properly, and those meet with much greater success. A 270 game with an aching knee sounds like success to me.


[ some posts don’t make it past my first review. this is one of them. ]

I really do miss good old Steamboat McGoo. His blog was a lot of fun and the comments were witty and energetic.

Sometimes he would post these funny pictures that had less than obvious content. “When you see it, you’ll sh*t bricks !”. He also had this manic way with words creating wonderful pseudo-scientific word salad to explain everything.

So here’s to you Steamy, wherever you may be. Take a peak over at The Feral Irishman. Could this be the hallway at Jack Sprat’s corporate office?

[ the tiny picture at Feral’s made me think that this place had bariatric bathrooms, as the one door is much wider than the other. I couldn’t see if the signs were also marked Men and Women, and that other subliminal methods were used. Because Science!!  But digging up much larger versions showed that the gender subtleties were the result of some minor digital editing compared to the original. But the message is still there if you let your brain work, kind of like the Setters | Pointers signs. Whatever. Not the best idea for a post, first cup of coffee and all that, and I analyzed all the fun out of a slightly naught picture while not even showing it. Lame. So ... moving on ... ]

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September 18, 2020

Snakes On A Bus !!

UK man goes on a bus ride wearing a boa constrictor as a face mask. Nice try. But no.

A man boarded a bus using a snake as a face covering. The commuter and his reptilian mask, which was wrapped around his neck and mouth, were seen on a bus from Swinton to Manchester on Monday.

One passenger said she thought the passenger was wearing a “funky mask” until she spotted it slithering over hand rails.

Transport bosses in Greater Manchester confirmed a snake was not a valid face covering. ... the animal did not seem to be bothering any of her fellow passengers. She said: “No-one batted an eyelid.”


Using a face covering on public transport is mandatory, except for children under the age of 11 or those who are exempt for health or disability reasons.

A Transport for Greater Manchester spokesperson said: “Government guidance clearly states that this needn’t be a surgical mask, and that passengers can make their own or wear something suitable, such as a scarf or bandana.

“While there is a small degree of interpretation that can be applied to this, we do not believe it extends to the use of snakeskin – especially when still attached to the snake.

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September 17, 2020

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 87

Out of respect for a Supreme Court justice I will not say anything negative about her politics at this point.

But I do hope President Trump can get someone bold and strong, a Christian with intense Originalist views on the Constitution, both nominated and approved by the Republican majority Senate several weeks before the election. And I would want the nominating committee, all of whom are Republicans up for reelection, to do the right thing for the preservation of America, without regard to their personal campaigns.

And while we’re at it, I think it’s high time for a new Amendment, stating clearly that no more than 9 justices ever be serving on the Supreme Court.


Covid Running Hot and Cold

It takes a degree of latitude. Or quite a few degrees actually.

Murmansk Russia May Be Reaching Herd Immunity

The far northern Russian region believes it is about to get group immunity against the virus. A new study finds that 31,8 percent of local participants have developed immunity, the regional government informs.

The researchers found that 972 of the 3,117 participants were antibody-positive. That is among the highest numbers in the country, a representative of the regional Consumer Control Authority (Rospotrebnadzor) says.

In other Russian regions where similar studies have been carried out, the immunity rate is between 4,3 percent and 50,2 percent, the government official says.

The Murmansk area has hit pretty hard, way up north in the land of cold and dreary.

Meanwhile, testing of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine shows 14% side effects, which is actually pretty good for these rushed vaccines.

Health Minister Mikhail Murashko said more than 300 out of the announced 40,000 volunteers have been vaccinated so far, according to the state-run TASS news agency.

“Approximately 14% have small complaints of weakness, muscle pain for 24 hours and an occasional increase in body temperature,” TASS quoted Murashko as saying. Murashko said the symptoms “level off” by the next day.

Covid Case Growth In India At Exponential Rates, Now Over 5 Million Cases

One day after crossing the 5 million-case threshold, India has reported yet another record single-day jump in coronavirus cases, with 97,894 reported in the last 24 hours, bringing the country’s total to 5.12 million, as the world is roughly one day away from topping the 30 million case mark.

Indian cases are now climbing at roughly double the rate of the US.

Death rate is actually dropping though, currently hovering around 1.64%. Maybe all that HCQ and Ivermectin is helping?

For months, India has been struggling to control the coronavirus pandemic with limited success.

The country of 1.3 billion people has the second-highest number of cases globally (more than 4.4 million), and the third highest number of deaths (over 75,000), according to Johns Hopkins University — and the outbreak shows no sign of abating.

But India’s reported mortality rate — calculated by the number of deaths per 100 confirmed cases — is surprisingly low compared to other countries with high infection rates.

India’s Covid-19 mortality rate stands at 1.7%. For context, the same rate is about 3% in the US, 11.7% in the UK, and 12.6% in Italy, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The Indian government claims India’s lower death rate is a sign of its success in handling the crisis, and has used the figure to support its decision to lift some coronavirus restrictions.

“The average fatality rate in the country is … continuously going down,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a press release in August. “The target of bringing down the fatality rate below 1% can be achieved soon.”

It took almost six months for India to record 1 million cases on July 17. Then, it took another three weeks to hit 2 million, 16 days to reach 3 million, and only 12 days to pass 4 million in early September. [ and then just 5 or 6 days to hit 5 million ]

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said the government was aiming to bring down India’s Covid-19 mortality rate to less than 1 per cent from the current 1.64 per cent, which is still the lowest in the world.

As I’ve written before, pandemic viruses hit the northern latitudes first and hardest, and then get around to the southern latitudes much later, often at lower severity. This has been known for well over a century.

And try as you might, a virus is going to do what a virus does. There’s no stopping any of them.

India has long had big problems with medical reporting though, so these numbers are at best an educated guess. There’s just too damn many people there. No matter what system they have, it’s always totally overloaded from the get-go.


Much Ado About Nothing ... perfect phrase for Joe Biden

Saw some little bit on Insty about deciphering Biden-speak. While the comments focused more on an episode of Stark Trek TNG, the link was to a goofy music hall song that made me think of Gilbert & Sullivan. Which of course made me look up Modern Major General, one of the best patter songs ever.

And now I do know the difference between mamelon and ravelin. I guess I’d always assumed they were Jabberwocky words.

A mamelon is one of the three little bumps on a newly emerged human tooth that soon wears away. Probably a bit like the egg tooth that baby chickens use to get out of the shell.

A ravelin is a triangular walled, detached extension of an old style fortress, used as a strong defensive platform, placed a short distance ahead of the gates. The idea is that attackers would have to fight past that to even get near the gates. Implied in the concept that ravelin duty could be completley sacrificial, and kamakaze - ish. Oops.

So one helps you break out, and the other hinders you from breaking in.

Of course, the whole satirical point of Modern Major General, is that even large amounts of useless knowledge don’t prepare you at all for the job at hand. However, the reference in it to Aristophene’s The Frogs might be rather applicable to the media “coverage” of Biden; it is a comedy of errors and ineptitude.

And The Quartermaster’s Song referenced at the Insty link, a silly song for kids, points out that countless major problems can’t be seen if you’re not wearing your glasses.

Oh well. Not every Insty post is a work of genius.


Stupid Kid Should Have Said “I Can’t Breathe”
Another hoodrat gets payback for passing funny money

According to a media release from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, Johnson called a taxi for a 25-mile ride in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Because of the long journey, the unnamed taxi driver requested that Johnson pre-pay for the trip. Johnson reportedly handed over his cell phone to the driver as collateral.

When the driver arrived at Johnson’s requested destination, Johnson reportedly handed over a counterfeit $100 bill as payment. The driver, according to the release, immediately spotted the fake and confronted the 18-year-old over payment.

At that point, Johnson allegedly pulled out a gun, pointed it at the back of the driver’s head, and began shouting. The driver was able to engage the suspect as he was yelling, and a struggle over the weapon ensued.
Local residents spilled out of their homes to discover the source of the gunshot and, seeing the scuffle, phoned authorities.

Washington County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived on the scene a short time later and discovered a wounded Johnson, who was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of his injuries.

Following his release from the hospital, authorities charged the 18-year-old with robbery in the first degree, assault in the fourth degree, menacing, unlawful use of a weapon, criminal possession of a forged instrument in the first degree, and possession of a controlled, schedule IV substance.

Tip to taxi drivers everywhere: if it’s the middle of the night and your fare has a face covered with tattoos, keep driving.

At this point, no spontaneous riots are planned, as the police weren’t involved in the actual shooting part here.


early week bowling blogging
I bowled terribly at Old Guys League last night. While it’s not actually a senior league - those are usually in the late morning, after the breakfast crowd leaves the Country Crock Senior Breakfast Buffet, I am by far the youngest person on my team. And I turn 60 on Veteran’s Day. G is 67, V is 74, and G is 85 - just a couple months younger than my mother. So let’s just say that they aren’t in the spry, athletic, competitive phase of their lives. We lost all 3 games again, 3 weeks in a row I think. The other team wasn’t even trying in games 2 and 3, which seemed like a good reason for our guys to try even less. A race to the bottom? G didn’t break 100 in game 2, and managed an 89 in game 3. I have to learn to use this league as practice time, and focus on me. Bowling with lousy bowlers can bring your bowling down. I barely made a 400 series last night. Barely. not 600, not 500. Barely 400. Egad.


Out With The Queen !!

Barbados moves towards fuller independence, soon to eliminate Elizabeth II as mascot monarch

Barbados announced plans Tuesday to remove Queen Elizabeth II as its head of state by November 2021 and transition into a republic.

The Caribbean island nation, which achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1966, said it will now “take the next logical step toward full sovereignty and become a Republic by the time we celebrate our 55th Anniversary of Independence.”

“The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind,” Governor-General Sandra Mason said before Parliament Tuesday, reading a speech written by Prime Minister Mia Mottley. “Barbadians want a Barbadian Head of State. This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving.”

Barbados gained independence from its colonial ruler decades ago but stayed connected to the monarchy, with Queen Elizabeth II as its legal and practical, but non-political, ruler, according to UK’s The Independent. After establishing its own head of state next year, the nation, like many other former territories in the British Empire, is expected to become a republic within the Commonwealth.

Baby steps. 55 years as a post-colonial and now they’re going “full independent” yet still remaining part of the UK Commonwealth. Maybe in another 100 years they’ll be ready to be an actual country on their own? In the meantime, I think they’ll still get UK social services support, and have their navy on standby if a Falkland Islands situation ever crops up.

So good for Barbados I guess, but they’re mighty slow about going it completely on their own. Maybe if they had some industry, or agricultural production or something. Something more than just tourism and rum.

Honestly though, I would like to see most of the Caribbean islands get some low polluting industries going. Like how Costa Rica makes baseballs. Sure, you might have to build the factories half underground because of hurricanes, but it’s better than sending the business to China, even if it drops the profit margins a little bit. Come on Uncle Sam, help out your neighbors for a change. China is asshoe.


Related to baseball part of the above story is a perfectly American NJ success story that crosses the generations. There’s even a kid’s book about it. Now on hold due to Covid of course.

Step 1: Collect Mud   Step 2: Sell It For Big Profit   Step 3: Successful Business For Generations


4 pounds of mud for $100    1/2lb for $25

For nearly three quarters of a century, a special variety of Jersey muck, Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud, has been removing the sheen from baseballs for just about every professional baseball team in the country.

It all began in 1938 when an umpire complained to Lena Blackburne, a third base coach for the old Philadelphia Athletics, about the sorry condition of the baseballs used by the American League. Back then a ball was prepped simply with mud made of water and dirt from the playing field. The result? The ball’s cover was too soft, leaving it open for tampering. Something was needed to take off the shine but not soften the cover. Blackburne took on the challenge.
Soon the entire American League was using the amazing gunk. Later, the National League took to using it. Before Blackburne’s death in the late 50’s, his baseball rubbing mud was being used by every major and most minor leagues in the United States.

Baseball’s disappearance amid the coronavirus crisis has hurt untold thousands of Americans. In the headlines, it’s millionaires vs. billionaires as players and owners battle over money and heath worries. Then there’s everyone else – team employees taking pay cuts, out-of-work stadium staff waiting on unemployment checks, fans just dreaming of when they’ll be able to watch Yankees star Aaron Judge crush another 500-foot home run.

But don’t forget about the New Jersey family that’s been literally the closest to the actual baseball than anybody since 1938.

The owner of the Longport company that has supplied the one-of-a-kind mud MLB rubs on every single baseball to improve pitchers’ grip says it’s taken a beating in recent months.

This time of year, Lena Blackburne Baseball Rubbing Mud would be selling thousands of dollars of product a week. Now? Nada.

“We’re not getting any orders,” owner Jim Bintliff said. “It’s a little bit troubling.”

He said he estimated that business was down “about 80%.”

“We haven’t gotten any phone calls in two months on the business phone,” he said. “That’s not normal. We get three or four a day in the normal season.”

Where the company’s mud comes from is a closely guarded family secret, but it’s not far from the Delaware River.

It started when Lena Blackburne, a former infielder and manager, discovered the stuff near where he grew up in Palmyra. Not long after word spread of Blackburne’s mud, the rest of MLB caught on, using it to de-gloss its baseballs. Blackburne eventually passed the business on to Bintliff’s grandfather and the business has stayed in the family.

What makes it special, Bintliff said, is that is has a high concentration of a feldspar, a quartz-like material in the mud that’s “abrasive enough to take off gloss without being so abrasive that it harms leather.”

Will There Be Sanitary Changes Coming To Baseball In This COVID Era? I hope so. For starters, how about $1000 fine every time you spit? In this day and age, AYFKM???

Speaking of spit ...

Chris Van Zant earns part of his paycheck with his spit. An assistant manager for the Braves, Chris is the team’s only baseball rubber. Before each game, he mixes spit with the mud and rubs the factory gloss off of each new ball.

In his 10 years with the club, Van Zant estimates over 40,000 baseballs have passed through his hands.

“It seems kind of funny,” he said. “When you see fans fighting for a souvenir ball that goes into the stands, you’re like, ‘Well, that ball has my spit on it.’ There’s a little kid somewhere with a baseball on his nightstand and I spit on that ball.”

Surrounded by pictures of his kids, stacks of paperwork and articles clipped from newspapers and magazines, Van Zant sat recently in his office at Turner Field plying his trade.

Working up the spit to rub up nine dozen baseballs a game is no easy task, so he makes sure he has plenty of gum and soda on hand.

According to Van Zant, pitchers like the balls darker and hitters like the balls lighter, so the baseballs can vary from stadium to stadium.

“Every guy who does this has his own way of rubbing the baseballs,” Chris explains. “But no matter what, you have to spit.”

Baseballs are covered in cowhide these days, no longer horsehide. And every one of those bits of leather is alum tanned by the Tennessee Tanning Company in Tullahoma TN. Very likely there is no saliva involved at all.

Wonder how bad they’re hurting right now as well?

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September 16, 2020

Michelle Malkin: “Masks off. Fight on. This is the American way.” And The Paving Stones Of The Road To Hell

Good news: The anti-mask mandate movement is gaining steam. Americans yearning to breathe free are waking up from their pandemic stupor. Common sense and constitutional principles, now more than ever, are vital to a sovereign nation’s health.

On Monday, a federal judge rescinded Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s shutdown orders restricting gatherings, forcing “nonessential” business closures and directing citizens to stay at home to combat COVID-19. U.S. District Judge William Stickman determined that the sweeping measures violated “the right of assembly enshrined in the First Amendment.” He noted Wolf’s hypocrisy in severely limiting indoor and outdoor fairs, festivals, concerts and other gatherings and condemning a small anti-lockdown protest of small-business owners (whom he called “selfish,” “cowardly” and “unsafe")—while marching with thousands of non-socially distancing Black Lives Matter radicals in Harrisburg in June.

Moreover, Stickman ruled [PDF], Pennsylvania’s stay-at-home order—a sweeping population unlike any “in the history of our Commonwealth and our Country"—violated the 14th Amendment’s due process rights to travel, association and privacy. Similarly, Wolf’s extreme and open-ended power grab designating and closing “nonessential” businesses undermined due process protections “against arbitrary government action.”

While Wolf’s measures may have been “well-intentioned,” Stickman concluded that “good intentions toward a laudable end are not alone enough to uphold governmental action against a constitutional challenge. Indeed, the greatest threats to our system of constitutional liberties may arise when the ends are laudable, and the intent is good—especially in a time of emergency.”


No, I didn’t post much today. I’ve been too wrapped up in this news story with Chinese escapee Dr. Yan and her claim that the ‘rona was made in China on purpose.

While I think it was too, to be fair, I’ve been trying to read her paper, and several other ones, and frankly, genome sequencing and all that is waaaay over my head. But the holes in the genome remind me too much of that group from India that said something very similar early on, thinking that some HIV DNA had been snuck in there. They were totally shut down by the Wuhan batlady virologist Dr. Shi Zheng Li, the same one from the 2015 Gain Of Function project UNC Chapel Hill lab run by Prof Ralph S. Baric and funded by Anthony Fauci’s NIAID. ( look it up at nature dot com ). The same one who claimed this year to have miraculously found a nearly identical strain in nature years ago, but kept no samples after mapping it, even though collecting bat coronaviruses is totally her thing,and neglected to register this magical anomaly until this year. But as time went on, a whole lot of people looked closely and figured it was a smokescreen.

Dr. Yan’s story is just another layer on story many of us have known about since around Valentine’s Day. Even famous Italian professor Dr. Tritto wrote a whole book on it this Spring, connecting all the dots.

Nothing really new there for me, except for the hard science and genome map graphics. Oh, and the very interesting tidbit ... Dr. Shi Zhengli seems to have been disappeared.

Is it still a paranoid conspiracy theory if it turns out to be true?

But sadly, Hillary’s old quote really does seem to apply; “At this point, what possible difference could it make?”

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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. 


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

Flowers For Algernon?

Leftist InstaHate For COVID Flower Cure

because Trump mentioned it


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. 


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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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