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calendar   Thursday - December 03, 2020

Once Again, The One And Only Post

December 04, 2020


I sometimes try to comment on the news pages, especially when they run Covid stories. Half the time I lose the comment because I have to sign up, log in, or do something else that pops me out of the comment window. A lot of the time my comments fail “moderation” because I speak the unpopular truth.

Here’s one, which is rather typical me ... which you won’t see here, a news story priming you to take the vaccine or be branded with the Scarlet Letter forever.

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Fuck, I lost the copy/paste, and I lost the tab. Dammit. But the gist was ...

• public education that supplements - vitamins D, C, zinc, and some ionphore - can really help protect you. It takes more than washing your hands and wearing a mask. Especially the POS junk that passes for masks that us deplorables can get hold of.


• it is inexcusable that we are not neck deep in dirt cheap N95 masks by now, and that everyone has seen the How To PSA so many times that they whistle the Mask It Up jingle without even realizing it.


• for a mere billion or three the entire country could receive a box of vitamins, supplements, HCQ, Ivermectin, Pepcid, and melatonin. This would stop the virus in it’s tracks, or at least mitigate enough so that almost no one died from it. This is what large parts of the rest of the world are doing, and it works. Not to mention the generic flu drugs (Farapiravir) used in Asia that also seem to help.


• after N million cases and Z million research studies and trials, the care should be standard and universal for the most part. The vast majority of it that couldn’t be done from home could be done at a clinic or doctor’s office. Hell, we could have government trucks going around doing oxygen bottle exchanges in every neighborhood, if word got out that a few liters/minute of added O2 could help. There is no reason that “hospitals are overloaded” other than that routine care is not left to the public itself or to local PCPs.


• Any government official using the virus as a political weapon or a budget opportunity to push their unrelated special interests would be shunned instantly by everyone. Or far worse. “We’re all in this together”, “it’s a national emergency” “wartime footing” means get on the bandwagon, or get run over by it.


• The media would actually run news instead of politics, and a nightly segment would be on how this med or that one works on the ‘rona, or how this town did something that made things better, or whatever. Stories like this one: Zanamivir + DNP works. Or this one, to keep you abreast of the latest developments: FLCCC news conference: Ivermectin Works.

The physicians will also call for immediate action from national health authorities to conduct a swift review of these data; with the goal of then being able to issue an urgent public health alert with recommendations for widespread distribution of this therapeutic that can significantly impact the current surge in COVID-19 infections. 



Instead of any of this, all we get is “try not to die until the vaccine is ready” and “this is all Trump’s fault, he’s a mass murderer.” Yeah, and let’s give Cuomo an Emmy for his daring leadership, and make his “How I killed all the old people and got away with it” book a best seller. And make flip-flopping farce Fau Chee Time’s Man of the Year.

God forbid we get stories like this one Purdue Study May Have Found A Miracle Combo.

I am so tired of pushing against the tide. There is no honesty, there is no transparency. Case in point? The US Government spent half a billion in 2015 studying the heck out of an antiviral called Favipiravir. Yeah, the same one Japan uses against the flu. Favipiravir was designed specifically to work against bioengineered pandemics. The results of the research were not made public.


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Musical Interlude

Let’s start with a simple bit of bluegrass. I play this song for the kittehs so they can get up and dance. They don’t, but what can I do? Bluegrass music has strong roots in Celtic and older European folk music. Plus banjos!




And then let’s flow down the free association highway and take the tangential exits, as I always do ...

I like that I recognize the underlying riff as a lively song they taught us in school when I was very young. I didn’t know the title, other than that it had something to do with blondes. I thought I also recalled a version of the tune called Over And Over. It took me a little while to look it up, and that song is actually called Auprès de ma blonde, which dates back to the 1600s. We garbled the French words in 2nd grade, and used a faster tempo.


A tangent to a tangent: the old song was often played as a march. A ringtone version of the song is used as the Done signal on LG dryers in Europe, which is slightly naughty; the song is about missing your wife and how good it is to sleep next to her. So clean sheets fresh from the dryer are a must, n’est-ce pas?

Auprès de ma blonde,
Qu’il fait bon dormir.

But while looking up the first tune, searching for songs about blondes, I found this one. The young singer, Alizee, is or was a French pop star, and it looks like she got her start as a child. Maybe a Euro-Disney Hannah Montana kind of thing? I have no idea. France .Who knows what goes on there?

So this is another song about blondes. Totally different, but the girls are hot.


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December 03, 2020


Trump Speech: Election Was Rigged, I Will Not Concede

Delivering what he called “the most important speech” of his presidency, President Donald Trump rebuked the “rigged” election, saying the system was under a “coordinated assault and siege.”

“This colossal expansion of mail-in voting opened the flood gates to massive fraud,” Trump said in his 46-minute address Wednesday, recorded in the White House Diplomatic Room.

“It’s a widely know fact that the voting rolls are packed with people who are not lawfully eligible to vote, including those who are deceased, have moved out of their state, and even are non-citizens of our country.

“Beyond this the records are riddled with errors, wrong addresses, and many other issues. This is not disputed. It has never been disputed.”

Trump, making the case for a “rigged election,” stressed many of the following points:

•  We have “an Election Day,” but we were told months before the election to expect the ballot counting to take weeks, if not months.
•  There appeared to be “an orchestrated effort to anoint a winner” despite votes still being counted.
•  Democrats mailed out tens of millions of ballots, permitting “fraud and abuse on a scale never seen before,” he claimed.
•  Bloated voter rolls were used to send out ballots, he further asserted, despite reliance on names of the dead and on voters who had moved out of the specific voting districts.
•  Using “the pandemic as a pretext,” Democrats and courts overrode constitutional election law in some cases without the permission of the state legislatures.
•  “Dozens of counties in key swing states have more registered voters on the rolls than they have voting age citizens, including 67 counties in Michigan,” Trump said.
•  “Wisconsin could not confirm the residency of more than 100,000 people,” Trump said, adding they refused before the election to clean up the registrations. “I knew why: because they’re illegal voters.”
•  Key battleground states, like Wisconsin, saw a “massive dump of votes” overnight, swinging the lead from Trump to his opponent. “Mostly [Joe] Biden, almost all Biden,” Trump said. “I went from leading by a lot to losing by a little.”
•  Michigan had a dump of 149,772 votes overnight (6:31 a.m.), flipping Trump’s lead to Biden, he maintained.
•  He said hundreds of thousands of votes were unlawfully counted without meaningful observation, or no observation at all.
•  He also described “tens of thousands” of voters who showed up to vote on Election Day but were told they had already voted by mail-in ballot, despite not having done so.
•  Democrats ballot harvesting mass mail-in ballots, which is illegal in some states.
•  Dominion Voting Systems, he said, has technology that can flip votes from one candidate to the other, which can go undetected without forensic examination. The company’s CEO has denied these claims.
•  “They called it a glitch,” where 6,000 votes in Michigan were discovered to have been incorrectly flipped from Trump to Biden.
•  Dominion Systems might have counted votes on overseas servers, which were vulnerable to hacking and fraud. The company has again denied these allegations.
•  Republicans across the U.S. won and flipped many seats in states and the U.S. House, suggesting a massive GOP voter turnout that was not equally represented in the presidential election. “It is statistically impossible, the person that led the charge, me, lost,” Trump said. “We led the country to victory and you are the only one that was lost. It’s not possible.”
•  Lacking mail-in ballot signature verification that is unlawful.

And more. He also says that the media is totally complicit in this. Follow the link, watch the video,

Know also that long time Democrat supporting attorney Lin Wood is calling on the President to invoke Martial Law. Wood and Sidney Powell are calling for a boycott of the Georgia runoff, until GA can get it’s act together and clean up the voter rolls, keep illegals and out-of-staters from voting. Meanwhile, Ann Coulter agrees that there is major cheating, but says go vote anyway.

Meanwhile, Rudy is testifying to the Michigan committee.

I haven’t heard anything new on that raid in Germany, but I’m still on my first cup of coffee.

What galls me about this whole thing is just how in your face the Dems have been with this. Brain dead “I can’t keep a secret” Biden and his “we have the best fraud system ever” remarks just before election day. Pelosi claiming Trump would have to be dragged out of the White House by force - scare tactics at the time, or a bit of weaponized future telling projectionism??

As Bugs Bunny often said, “You realize, of course, that this means war.”

PS—I have said a million times that without an accurate voter roll, no election results are valid. And nothing ever gets done about it. On purpose. Which is EXACTLY what the President is saying in his speech.

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December 02, 2020


What on earth is going on with this blog? Every day my posts evaporate.

Yeah, Ok, I haven’t posted much in the past few days. I’ve been in the doldrums, what with the heavy weather, the political situation, the bias game on all the news networks, and so on.

I put up a short post yesterday where I think I hit rock bottom, and just threw up my hands and walked away. But after that, I had something to eat, took a shower, put on clean clothes, got a few things done around the house, and generally was in a better frame of mind.

So of course, then I found this Kraken stuff, this Hammer and Sickle thing, vague reports about some military raid in Germany that I’ve heard whispers of for a few days. But now the allegation, apparently supported by General Flynn, given weight by the under-reported news that President Trump has fired several top players in the intelligence bureaus ... a Special Forces raid on a CIA data center in Germany, 6 people killed, the CIA was actively running Dominion systems and diddling the votes in the USA in real time via the Internet? WTFF??

If True, It’s A Coup. And that is not hyperbole in the least.

An active effort to overthrow the government of the United States by rigging the election in many ways. The Deep State waging a revolution behind the scenes. Cyberwarfare against America, by Americans. Ho Lee Chit.

I had figured the votes were fixed. That’s pretty obvious. We’ve been seeing the pieces come together for weeks now. But the thing with these voting machines and tabulating machines is severe. And to hear that they were run by the CIA is mind blowing. TREASON. Utter and complete. 

Dare I even post links? Pamela Geller, American Thinker, WorldViewReport and others are running with this.

Let’s see if this post mysteriously evaporates without a trace, like the other ones have.

Freaking spooky. But that’s the depth, breadth, and ability of massive computer systems with totalitarians at the controls. Skynet. Worse.

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Yup. I live in Canada.

Fans of the old Red Green show will know that the background sound to life in rural Canada is chainsaws and gunfire.

Here in my rural corner of New Jersey, we have a rifle range hardly a mile down the road. Ok, it’s a state run black powder rifle training area, but it’s guns. All the time. A few hundred yards behind us is a reservoir, and the land around it is a stocked hunting area. So more guns. Often at dawn.

There are plenty of trees on the condo park property. Many of them old, dead, or damaged. So today the Sunshine Tree Service guys are out there, with the whisper chipper truck right in front of my garage, and a bunch of guys with climbing rigs and chainsaws, taking down a few really tall trees leaning too far towards the building next to ours across the way. So chainsaws, diesel engines chugging away, the quiet gentle sounds of the chipper eating up logs and branches, the crack of branches falling, men yelling over the noise. And of course it’s cold. Flannel shirt and Carhardt jacket weather. With thermies and boots.

Yup, it’s Canada out there today.

Keep your stick on the ice.

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November 28, 2020


bowling blogging! With kitty updates too.

A bit of an odd night last night at Cheap League. The day after the holiday, the evening of Black Friday. Half the league wasn’t there, either having pre-bowled or just taking the night off. Half our team wasn’t there but they had prebowled. Half our opponent’s team wasn’t there, but they just didn’t show up. So it was the four of us instead of 8, and we got done a lot sooner. We were up against some total beginners, so we gave away 76 pins in handicap, but their 2 absences cut that edge down to 56 after the absentee penalties. Our pre=bowling teammates did very well in the first game, but had totally died in games 2 and 3. We won game 1 by a mile, we won game 2 without even trying. Bu the time we got to game 3 we were just casually rolling, and the other team had a little luck, making a few strikes and spares. So we lost that one by 25, but we took overall wood by more than 200. So we went 5-2, had a pleasant time, and go home nearly an hour earlier than we usually do.

No seizures from Dizzy cat last night. but after just 2 doses of the Keppra she’s worried that we’ll turn the cat into a zombie. So we’ll watch her meds super carefully, and call up the specialist animal hospital in Redbank on Monday, and talk to them. It’s an awesome place, kind of the Sloan Kettering for pets. It will be expensive to get miss kitteh in there for tests, but if anyone can find out what’s wrong with her, at what point her condition is, and what the right approach is for her medicines, it’s them. The place is nearly 2 hours away, down by the Jersey shore.

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November 27, 2020


Well, my slightly humorous Thanksgiving message got eaten by the blog demon. I tried, but I didn’t have the time to fight the software as we were out the door to go to her sister’s for the holiday.

We had a good time, the food was great, my bread got gobbled up in an instant, and we came home with loads of leftovers.  After the whisky and wine had been flowing for a while, things got a bit loud and heated, but after we stopped talking about last year’s Pelleton commercial, the stress and impatience went away. Whatever.  Made great time driving there and driving back; amazingly light traffic on the highways and people were flying. I did most of the trip at 85, and almost never passed anyone.

We got home at a reasonable time, and then had to deal with our poor little kitteh, who kept us up most of the night having seizures. 4 of them between 9 last night and 8 this morning. Wifely unit wakes me up at the edge of dawn, hold the limp cat in her arms, saying “It’s over”. I thought she was saying the cat had died. No, that was the end of her last aftershock fit. So a bit later, after I got up the 4 time, and got a coffee in me, I gave Dizzy cat her first dose of Keppra, a liquid AED. She was not happy getting a syringe full of liquid squirted in her mouth. But I can’t give her any more phenobarbital pills until tonight, and with 4 fits in under 12 hours I had to do something. We’ve had the Keppra for a couple weeks now, but hadn’t tried it, as D cat was only having one episode a week. But last night was pretty severe. 10pm, 7am, 2pm dosage times? Have to see how it works out. With 2 pheno pill dosings a day, add 3 more keppra assaults, kitteh is soon going to hate me, as I’m always the one who has to give her the meds.


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November 25, 2020


Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet?

I think I’m there yet

Ok. Got it all done this morning. Got a haircut, got gas in the car, hit the grocery store for some last minute stuff, got the stuffing mix stuff ready to go, got the pecan pie stuff ready to go. Garbage and recycling out, laundry running. All before 10am. For me, that’s a miracle. Bread will get mixed at around 3 so I can bake it tonight after I get home from Old Guys League around 9.

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Another Covid medicine passes Phase 3 trials

Study of 150 patients in Mumbai India shows that Famdisivir, an inexpensive pill, significantly cuts the replication ability of SARS Cov 2. This makes it the FOURTH inexpensive and effective out-patient usable medicine against this virus. Expect this one to be denied, ignored, and banned in the USA too.

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, a prominent Indian pharmaceutical firm, reports that the oral antiviral drug originating in Japan, Favipiravir, prevents the replication phase of SARS-CoV-2, the virus behind COVID-19. The findings associated with a Phase 3 clinical trial are published in the peer reviewed International Journal of Infectious Diseases. TrialSite has consistently chronicled the unfolding Favipiravir research across nations. The drug has been approved to treat COVID-19 in Russia (Avifavir) and other countries in Eastern Europe. The drug is in use in China and India on an emergency use basis to deal with the pandemic. Approved in Japan in 2014 for influenza (Avigan), the drug was intensively tested by the U.S. government in 2015 with over $200 million worth of research leading to no disclosed results.

Did you catch that one? The US spent a fifth of a billion on researching this one drug 5 years ago, but didn’t tell anyone what they found. So much for transparency and accountability in our government.

The publication of the study is titled “Efficacy and Safety of Favipiravir, an oral RNA-Dependent RNA Polymerase Inhibitor, in Mild-to-Moderate COVID-19: A Randomized, Comparative, Open-Labe, Multicenter, Phase 3 Clinical Trial” authored by Dr. Zarir F. Udwadia and co-authors.

Favipiravir is an antiviral medication that works by inhibiting a viral enzyme called RdRP (RNA dependent RNA polymerase), thereby halting the virus’s replication cycle. This helps control the multiplication of the virus and prevents its spread in the patient. This mechanism of action of Favipiravir is novel compared to most antivirals that primarily prevent entry and exit of the virus from cells. Several published reports are now available pointing to at least some moderate effectiveness against COVID-19.

The trial did NOT look at severely infected patients, so I can’t tell you either way if it works on those who are in really bad shape.

The primary endpoint was time to cessation of viral shedding; time to clinical cure also was measured.
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Median time to cessation of viral shedding was 5 days (95% CI: 4 days, 7 days) versus 7 days (95% CI: 5 days, 8 days),P = 0.129, and median time to clinical cure was 3 days (95% CI: 3 days, 4 days) versus 5 days (95% CI: 4 days, 6 days), P = 0.030, for favipiravir and control, respectively.

Adverse events were observed in 36% of favipiravir and 8% of control patients. One control patient died due to worsening disease.
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Lack of statistical significance on the primary endpoint was confounded by limitations of the RT-PCR assay. Significant improvement in time to clinical cure suggests favipiravir may be beneficial in mild-to-moderate COVID-19.

So it gets you over this 4 - 6 days faster, which is always better, but about a third of the patients had side effects. And the overall effectiveness was limited because the PCR test is a shovel full of paddock pudding. Great.

While none of the side effects were severe or lead to any of the patients being removed from the trial, a temporary increase in the uric acid level of the blood was the most common one.

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November 24, 2020



Here comes the next shortage!

Largest Medical Glove Supplier Shuts Factories; Thousands Of Slave Labor Employees Have Covid

Malaysia’s Top Glove, the world’s largest manufacturer of latex gloves, has closed more than half of its factories after approximately 2,500 workers tested positive for coronavirus.

According to a Tuesday Forbes report, 2,453 of the company’s 5,800 Malaysian workers have tested positive for the deadly virus.  All 2,453 workers have been hospitalized, according to Reuters.

At the time of this reporting, researchers at Johns Hopkins University estimate that there have been at least 58,847 confirmed coronavirus cases in Malaysia, with at least 341 deaths attributed to COVID.

“In an official statement,” Forbes writer Siladitya Ray noted, “the company said it has temporarily stopped production in 16 of its facilities in the badly hit Meru region, while its remaining 12 facilities in the area have been operating at ‘reduced capacities.’”

A report from the BBC noted that the company is set to shutter 28 of its 41 plants across the country in an attempt to tamp down the spread of the virus.

“All those who tested positive have been hospitalized and their close contacts have been quarantined to avoid infecting other workers,” Director-General of Health Noor Hisham Abdullah told Reuters in a statement on the infections.

Abdullah added that the vast majority of the positive cases in the cluster were factory workers, with 2,360 foreigners and 164 Malaysians.

[ Arrogant 1st Worlder observation: What kind of backwater country is it where your workers have to go to Malaysia to get a better job?? ]

Top Glove said in a stock exchange filing that it has temporarily stopped production at 16 facilities in the area since last Wednesday, with the balance of 12 facilities operating at much reduced capacities.

“We have completed full screening of about 5,700 workers at our hostels. We are committed to proceed with the (health ministry) recommended COVID-19 screening test of the balance (of) workers and staff at our factories in Meru, Klang,” it said.

Last week, the government ordered 14-day curbs through Nov. 30 in parts of a district about 40 kms (24.8 miles) west of the capital Kuala Lumpur, where Top Glove factories and dormitories are located.

[ foreign workers housed in “hostels” and “dormitories”. Can you say slave labor? ]

The outbreak has led to questions about working conditions for the low-paid migrant workers at Top Glove’s factories, which have been dealing with a surge in demand for PPE during the pandemic. Many of the company’s workers — mostly immigrants from Nepal, Bangladesh and other countries — have complained about 72-hour work weeks, cramped living conditions and low wages, a Los Angeles Times report found. Earlier this year, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) placed a detention order on imports from two of Top Glove’s subsidiaries. Such an action by the CBP is targeted against companies suspected of using forced labor.  The Department of Labor also issued a report that pointed at foreign workers being forced to pay steep recruitment fees to secure jobs in the rubber glove industry in Malaysia, which leads to debt and bonded labor.

Top Glove controls 26% of the global market, and has increased production this year by 48% in response to the pandemic.

Has anyone ever studied how long the virus can live on latex?




rolleyes  LOL  rasberry crazy


November 23, 2020


The thing about the end of the year is, all the holidays rush together. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Channukah, Christmas, New Year’s Eve. So it isn’t even Thanksgiving, but the Christmas season is already in full swing. Heck, Walmart started playing Christmas music the day after Halloween.

Melania Goes Blonder, Welcomes Christmas Tree To White House

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Melania greets the tree, along with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer in the traces, the two biggest horse’s asses in DC

A newly blonde First lady Melania Trump on Monday celebrated the arrival of the annual White House Christmas tree.

The first lady emerged alone from the North Portico of the White House around noon to accept the 18½-foot Fraser fir from a tree farm in West Virginia.

“Merry Christmas,” she told reporters, ignoring a shouted question about how the president is doing.

Her hair had a fresh look with new blonde highlights following her recovery last month from COVID-19.

Two large Clydesdale horses
transported the tree down the White House’s northern driveway as a military band played “O Tannenbaum” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.”


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Last blooms of the season

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No, it isn’t much, but it’s all that’s left. These “Johnny Jump Ups” just appeared one day very late in the season and started blooming the next. Who knows where they came from? They’ve survived a couple of short frosts already. It’s the last bit of color in my gardens.


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calendar   Wednesday - August 19, 2020

Gee, Oops

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

NYC Ship Sinking, Rats Long Gone

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

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

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

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

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


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

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






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

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

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





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

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

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


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eye candy, high plains edition

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

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

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


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calendar   Monday - August 17, 2020

Flowers For Algernon?

Leftist InstaHate For COVID Flower Cure

because Trump mentioned it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

From the research study:

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

OTOH, the Romans also used it to commit suicide.

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


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

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

Beirut DeBlasio

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

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

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

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

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

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




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



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

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

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

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

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

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



These riots happened at the end of May ...

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Haha, very funny.


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

Rhubarb !!!

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

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

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

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




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


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

Fauci: Voting In Person OK If Social Distancing Done

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

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

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

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

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


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

toldja so

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

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

And here it is.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

•  Sulfur is properly spelled sulphur.


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

•  The big long dinosaur was a brontosaurus

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

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


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

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


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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.

Right.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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

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

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


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

Walter White Moved To Holland?

Netherlands Cops Find Giant Crack Cocaine Lab In School


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

How Dare You!!

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

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

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


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/12/2020 at 11:20 AM   
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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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Oh, and here's some kind of visitor flag counter thingy. Hey, all the cool blogs have one, so I should too. The Visitors Online thingy up at the top doesn't count anything, but it looks neat. It had better, since I paid actual money for it.
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