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March 03, 2021

Censorship, Not Even Trying To Hide It, Biden Cut Off By Test Pattern

What what what????

The White House raised eyebrows on Wednesday when it suddenly cut the feed of a virtual event after President Biden said he was “happy to take questions” from Democratic lawmakers.

Accompanied by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. and the House Democratic Caucus, Biden addressed lawmakers on the topics of COVID relief and the ongoing vaccine rollout. He closed his remarks by calling on Democrats to help “restore faith” in government.

He then appeared ready to take questions.

“I’d be happy to take questions if that’s what I’m supposed to do, Nance,” Biden told the speaker. “Whatever you want me to do.”

The feed ended seconds later, after a brief pause from the president.

Seriously, the President of the United States asking the Speaker what he should be doing? Way to be in charge Joe. Not.

This was a virtual event, you know man, because Covid, so there were no actual reporters present. So they could do whatever they wanted, in the most ham-fisted manner. And they did.

In the 43 days Biden* has been in power, he hasn’t had a single press conference. There hasn’t been a SOU address either. He’s “called a lid” on the day before 9am at least once so far.

So, who is actually running the country?

Bowling Blogging !!

Sandbagged To Death

We got utterly smeared last night at Old Guys league, losing all 7 by more than 200 pins.

We played Dave and Doug’s team. We’ve known both of them for well over a decade, and they bowl about as good as we do. So we were able to handle them. But after Bruce left their team to bowl with better rollers, and after Mark died, they got a couple of new guys to fill the openings. And I don’t want to say that they’re ringers ... let’s just say that after 5 or 6 weeks of plodding along in the 200 average realm (which is a pretty darn good average for anyone), building up some mitigating momentum, last night they let loose.

The lesser fellow, with a 195 average, threw a 650 series, rolling 65 over for the 3 games. That isn’t completely unheard of, but would be a miraculously good night for anyone else. He didn’t seem too pleased, as if he ought to have done much better.

But the better guy, now their new anchor, is almost literally in a league of his own. So much so that I straight out asked him if he was sure that he was in the right league. With a 200 average in this league, he threw a 767 series. His first game was a 279, which is a perfect game except for 1 frame, where he got a 9/ instead of a strike. The rest of his game was strikes. 11 of them, out of a possible 12. Wow. In game 2 he had 2 spares, which dropped that one to a “mere” 255. Only 10 strikes in that game. For Game 3 he actually left 2 open frames, limping along to a “pathetic” 233, 10 strikes in that game too. Any other bowler on this league would have been super happy to have rolled his low score as their high score. OTOH, with only 15 games on paper at this point, his average is going to jump 9 pins for next week, and the other guy’s will go up 2. But anchor guy threw 31 strikes out of a possible 36. And no one, in the entire 60 year history of that bowling alley, has ever thrown a perfect series, which is 3 300 games, which is 36 strikes. It was actually almost boring watching him bowl. None of the drama, no miracle falls, no horrendous splits or the rare thrill of making them. Just strike after strike. He’s a machine.


March 03, 2021

Biden Blogging!!

By which I mean, I plagiarized it from elsewhere but won’t provide the links so you think I came up with them. Hey, you know, it’s a thing, man.

Racists here and racists there!
They see the racists everywhere!
Some in syrup, some in rice;
Racists, racists aren’t nice.
Sometimes they feel it in their bones--
This book has racist undertones!
Do not object! Do not say no!
It’s time for Dr. Seuss to go!
And Shakespeare next and Homer, too
Of course you know, they’re far from through!
They start with just some dirty looks;
But soon they’re out there burning books.
They’ll come for you; they’ll come for me.
You’re racist if you don’t agree!
It would be better-- and this I know
If the books would stay and the leftists go!


March 02, 2021

Damn. It’s Winter again today. Cold system moved in last night with the winds howling for hours. No snow, none even predicted. But it’s 21° with the wind blowing, giving us a face numbing wind chill of 8°. To heck with that. Forecast says it will be in the 50s and 60s in a couple of days. Hurry up already!!


Life After The Nuclear Winter?

VDH writes a medium length essay on looking forward, weighing in the economy, politics, people’s pent up emotions against the current decline and hopefully end of the ‘rona as vaccinations increase and herd immunity peeks over the horizon. A good 10 minute read, wondering if the pandemic was akin to a neutron bomb.

Yet natural processes are underway that Joe Biden likely will be unable to thwart immediately by his redistributionist policies. So we should imagine that the now labeled “Trump virus” will at some point sooner than later grow dormant. The “Trump quarantine” will then lift, and with it the “Trump recession.” The “Biden vaccination” will help to end the pandemic, along with the number of those previously infected with “Trump antibodies,” as the “Biden recovery” will take off, at least for a few months.

All sorts of known unknowns follow. When will Biden’s tax hikes, new regulations, subsidized green add-ons, gas and oil curtailment, and massive accumulating debt begin to slow things down?

Will a near $30 trillion debt growing at $2 trillion a year, with a progressive laundry list of ever more “essential” entitlements, finally lead to inflation, or stagflation, or permanent zero interest rates—or an abrupt recession, or worse?

No one knows.


Similar, yet entirely different. The NY Times pens a huge essay on the pandemic situation, what it might mean, where things could go, hope, fear, all the rest. Informative but at least 2 cups of coffee long.

random quotation, not on cases, deaths, schools, politics, or the economy, but on the new J&J vaccine -

The way it works

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine uses a different method to prime the body to fight off Covid-19: a viral vector called Ad26. Viral vectors are common viruses that have been genetically altered so that they do not cause illness but can still cause the immune system to build up its defenses. The Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines use messenger RNA to do that.
How well it works

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is rated as highly effective at preventing serious illness and death, as the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines are. It is also very effective at preventing milder illness, though a bit less so than those two. It appears to do well against the highly contagious B.1.351 variant, first identified in South Africa, that has given at least one other vaccine candidate trouble.

If I had to choose one of these vaccines right now, in a get-the-shot-or-go-to-the-gulag situation, I’d take the Janssen-19. I want to keep a sharp eye on upcoming side effect stats, if they’re released.


Meanwhile, Big Tech, um, I mean Social Media, um, I mean The Ministry of Today’s Approved Truth, continues it’s war against HCQ and IVM, effective treatments being used all around the world, that you aren’t supposed to know about or talk about. Better you should die. Seriously. Budenoside? Never heard of it, no such thing exists.


March 01, 2021

Signs and Portents

I went to my dentist today. Hadn’t been there since November 2019. The “pandemic experience” there was kind of startling. I know, we all see this every day. And I’m working in a doctor’s office every week, and was just there as a patient the other day. Don’t know why this one just hit me, how weird life has become.

I got there a touch early, and phoned in from the parking lot as instructed. Come on up. They are the only tenant in the two story building, so the elevator goes to their reception area. I press the button with my knuckle. Nobody else is around, so I’ve got the elevator to myself. Inside the door is this sign:


Sweet. A happy golden retriever reminds us how to properly wear a face diaper.

So I go in, and this once swank office is now a plexiglass fortress like everywhere else. I’m immediately instructed to use hand sanitizer. Then I’m given a pen and a form to fill out. I do, and hand it back. The pen goes in the Dirty Pen cup. There are two other people in the waiting room. We sit far apart in the low leather chairs. I’m over on the far side by the calming falling water rock sculpture wall hanging thing. My hygienist calls me in a minute later and it’s down the hall to my exam room. They’re now got an air filter/purifier thing going, and I notice that the HVAC vents are now red lettered with “return air is UV sterilized”. Big time HVAC upgrade. She’s got her mask on behind a face shield, latex gloves, the cap thing doctors wear, a paper gown over her clothes. Wow. Must be a deadly plague going around. Pretty sure I didn’t see any piles of bodies in the parking lot, and not even one carrion vulture anywhere ... and the turkey buzzard ought to be NJ’s official bird. We’ve got billions of them, kept busy eating up all the roadkill deer.

So I suppose it was just another day at any medical office anywhere. But this time it just struck me how warped out the world we live in has become. And I really doubt that any of it is necessary or does the slightest bit of good. But it must meet “the rules”, and makes the sheep more relaxed as they line up in front of the abattoir.


February 28, 2021

link to a totally squee baby aminal vid.


February 27, 2021

The Covid Crap. Good news and bad news

•  J&J Vaccine “Janssen COVID-19” to get EUA this weekend. 70K doses to be delivered to NJ by next week.

Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine trial results have shown:

The vaccine provided complete protection against COVID-19-related hospitalization and death, as compared to those study participants who received a placebo.
The vaccine demonstrated 85 percent effectiveness overall in preventing severe disease, including across countries with newly emerging variants.
The vaccine demonstrated 72 percent effectiveness in the United States (and 66 percent effectiveness overall) at preventing moderate to severe disease.

Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine functions more like a traditional vaccine in that it puts a strain of the adenovirus into the body, according to the CDC. Adenovirus is the virus that causes a common cold.

This is a single dosage vaccine that only needs regular refrigeration, not the dry-ice super cold storage that the two mRNA vaccines have. And it’s pretty much a regular vaccine, not something more akin to gene therapy. So less scary perhaps.

The Company’s Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine leverages the AdVac® vaccine platform, a unique and proprietary technology that was also used to develop and manufacture Janssen’s European Commission-approved Ebola vaccine regimen and construct its investigational Zika, RSV, and HIV vaccines.

Standing on the shoulders of giants. They took a successful method they already had and modified it. Cool.

•  Latest study from Boston: only 1 in 10 chance of catching the ‘rona in your home, lower if you have bigger family.

US researchers analysed data from more than 7,000 homes in Boston and found more than 25,000 people lived there between March 4 and May 17, 2020. In this time frame 7,262 people caught Covid but they only passed it on to a further 1,809 people they lived with, a transmission rate of 10.1 per cent. The paper also found the likelihood of passing the virus on to someone you live with was lower for bigger hosueholds. For example, someone in a home with three to five people — one of whom was infected — was 20 per cent less at risk than a two-person house.

On the other hand, if you have co-moribidities, especially liver disease, your risk increases. This latest study lines up with earlier studies from around the world that showed the same results, a risk factor between 16.6% and 19.5%, although those number may not have been adjusted for pre-existing conditions.

•  Jamaica: with Covid cases on the rise, lackadaisical citizens, no vaccine until nearly next year, top national health folks tell Ministry of Health: get on Ivermectin.

A local politician has come out and declared that the spike of cases is the result of “rampant indiscipline” on display by individuals exhibiting “scant regard for the COVID-19 health and safety protocols.” Dr David Stair was on record recently at a ceremony: “This crisis we face, ladies and gentlemen, is real, it is not only a health issue but it also affects the economy even more significantly, and also it has exposed the glaring indiscipline that exists in our society.” The local authority was critical of a certain “looseness” of Jamaican society and “refuses to conform to rules and regulations.”

Until now there hasn’t been much of the ‘rona down Jamaica way. So they haven’t lost all the tourism money like some places have. An outbreak there could cost them that, and of course all the illness and suffering of their population.

Tomorrow is the end of February. It’s warm enough to rain today, lightly so far. At least it isn’t more snow. Or snow yet. We’ve had 7 snow events this month, adding up to 3 feet of the white stuff hitting the ground. Enough already.


Bowling Blogging !!

Another fun but not spectacular night at Cheap League. We had a good time socializing, yapping it up so much that we were the last teams to finish. Our side didn’t do so good last night. We managed to lose the first two games, one by a hair and one by a little. And while half my team threw nearly as awful in the third game as they did in the first game, I managed to pull out a 208 as the other team was just in play mode, shaving points off their average. So my game gave us the win, and it was enough win to give us the wood. So we went 3-4 for the night. Actually I was above average on all my games. I just missed a 600 series, running up a 595 for the night. That’s a 198 average, 36 over. Good for me.


I’m considering having a new blog column called Oh Shut Up. It’s pretty easy finding stories to fit that category:

•  Pop singer Demi Lovato: Gender Reveal parties are transphobic.  Oh shut up.

•  Black woman on CA school board: Having kids back in classrooms is white supremacy, slavery. Better check dat pribelige, yo.

Parents in the La Mesa-Spring Valley, California, school district are calling for the resignation of a school board trustee who referred to plans to return to in-person learning as “white supremacist ideology.”

Reopen California Schools tweeted about trustee and board Vice President Chardá Bell-Fontenot (pictured), who said during Tuesday’s virtual board meeting that plans on how and when to bring children back into the classroom for in-person learning “seems like a very white supremacist ideology.”

Oh shut up.

•  DC needs even more troops, more AA hire guards, more fences, more barbed wire. Forever!!

A series of substantial changes will be recommended to bolster security at the U.S. Capitol following a review, including adding additional fencing, according to a report.

In addition to the recommendation of “rapidly deployable and removable” walls and fencing around the complex, the draft proposal will advise hiring more than 1,000 additional Capitol Police officers to staff the building and regional offices in members’ districts, CNN reported, citing two sources.

The price tag for the additional officers would be close to $100 million, the network reported. The fencing could be in the tens of millions.

Long-term, the review may suggest building a wall around the Capitol – although one of the sources cautioned it would likely not be permanent.

A government that cowers in fear behind walls and guns is not a legitimate government. So not only Oh Shut Up, but Just Go Away.

Maybe this isn’t the greatest blog idea. Or maybe it’s such an easy, obvious idea that I could just rename BMEWS as Oh Shut Up.


February 26, 2021

Unmasking A Problem

A year into the pandemic, the disposable, virus-filtering N95 mask remains a coveted piece of protective gear. Continuing shortages have forced doctors and nurses to reuse their N95s, and ordinary Americans have scoured the internet — mostly in vain — to get them.

But Luis Arguello Jr. has plenty of N95s for sale — 30 million of them, in fact, which his family-run business, DemeTech, manufactured in its factories in Miami. He simply can’t find buyers.

After the pandemic exposed a huge need for protective equipment, and China closed its inventory to the world, DemeTech, a medical suture maker, dived into the mask business. The company invested tens of millions of dollars in new machinery and then navigated a nine-month federal approval process that allows the masks to be marketed.

But demand is so slack that Mr. Arguello is preparing to lay off some of the 1,300 workers he had hired to ramp up production.

“It’s insane that we can’t get these masks to the people who desperately need them,” he said.

In one of the more confounding disconnects between the laws of supply and demand, many of the nearly two dozen small American companies that recently jumped into the business of making N95s are facing the abyss — unable to crack the market, despite vows from both former President Donald Trump and President Biden to “Buy American” and buoy domestic production of essential medical gear.

This kind of story is pretty widespread. You can search up plenty more stories if you want:

I owe 3M an apology. It turns out that they’ve made more than 2 billion N95 masks this past year. But the demand is for at least 3.5 billion, so they’re still in short supply. And even though more than 30 small businesses have stepped up to the plate, government certification takes ages. So much for “war time footing”. And the hospital bean counters get in the way, unwilling to go with new vendors and always looking to save a penny if they can. So they buy from China, where the CDC says at least 70% of the masks made don’t meet spec, and many are fraudulent knock-offs. Plus “re-training” for a slightly different mask would be sooo expensive. Seriously? “Put mask on face, make sure it’s sealed around the edges.” There you go, trained. If you’re smart enough to be a doctor, surely you can figure out how to wear a damn mask.

I’m all for freedom and an open market, but maybe just maybe the government should run distribution. Of course, they’ve made a total mess out of the vaccine channels, so maybe not. But a letter, a web page, a push, a reminder, to hospitals et al to buy local first, even if it costs a tiny bit more, and here’s a list of approved companies? Could it hurt?

30 million masks going unsold? Golly, remember when Cuomo sent in his goons to raid the supplies of small businesses who had stockpiled these things? Because of suspected price gouging? Hey Amazon, how much did they sell for in bulk in 2018? Add 10%. That’s a fair price. So maybe price controls on this one specific item?


February 25, 2021



OK, the chicken parms came out just fine. I used an unusual kind of Italian shredded cheese, type unknown, as they’ve moved everything around again in the cheese arena in the grocery store. And the deli next to it is still only doing phone in orders, because the ‘rona. So with a lot of effort I was able to find some sliced provolone and some sliced mozzarella, and this shredded cheese stuff. Could not find the good, freshly grated parmigiana or romano. I could find the cheap Kraft stuff over in the spaghetti aisle, so I got “Italy’s #1 cheese” mystery shred instead. And it tastes pretty good.

Ok, so I’ve got 6 of them left over, so we’re set for a few more meals.


Late Night Plumbing

Some folks get to relax after dinner and watch TV. Not me. The kitchen sink has been draining slowly the past week or so, and this afternoon it clogged solid. I did the usual plumber’s helper plunging thing, but that might have made things even worse. So do I call the drain guys now, or wait until morning, to see if they can come Friday or on the weekend, when I’m sure I’ll pay double?

First, I have to at least try. So I got out my big plastic bucket, got everything out from under the sink ... and everything lives under the sink, OMG, including a big bottle of rum I haven’t seen in months .. .tried to find my giant jaw ViseGrip pliers, which are the greatest thing ever for unscrewing pipe couplers. Naturally I couldn’t find it. It’s out in the black hole known as The Garage (cue Twilight Zone music). But I could find a medium pair of crappy ChiCom slip joint pliers, and I made that do. Got everything apart, gallons of water pouring into the bucket. Pour that down the toilet. Ok, the down pipe and the P-trap weren’t so bad, so the clog has to be down the line somewhere. Back to the garage to find my medium big electric drill (I’ve got a 3/4” hammer drill in there somewhere, used it once to drive screws into concrete), and what’s left of my homeowner grade power auger. That’s a plumbing snake with a rotating handle. It’s supposed to be 25’ long, but it took a serious kink ages ago and is now only good for about 9 or 10 feet. So I found them, brought them in, and assumed the position. Because working under a sink is the worst, most uncomfortable body position imaginable. Now do it so you can use this auger thing attached to a drill, which requires two hands to hold it and another hand or two to feed the wire. Yeah, comfort. No.

I found about 6 hard spots and carefully worked the wire spring whip back and forth across them, clearing them half an inch at a time. Finally I’d cleared the full usable length of the spring wire, and given the pipes a good internal thrashing to scrape off all the yurk. Put everything back together, ran the water enough to wash my hands 3 times ... plumbing is disgusting, what lives inside your pipes ... and it seems to be cleared. Woo Effing Hoo!! And as I’m drying myself off ... any pipe job will eat half a roll of paper towels, always ... there’s G Cat outside the kitchen slider, patiently waiting by his empty food dish. Seems the hawk ate his food, or perhaps one of those skunks came by earlier to finish off what the big bad bird left behind. So G got a whole can of fishy pate, and he chowed most of it down. Then I had to feed our indoor girls again, who come running to eat because they can tell their brother/cousin is on the other side of the glass. But they ignore him. Typical females. And have their own eats. When he was done, they were done. Cats have ESP or something.

So I didn’t put everything back under the sink. I’ll let it sit for a bit, run the dishwasher tomorrow. No leaks so far that I can find, but let’s see how it holds up. No point putting all that stuff back under only to have to pull it all out again.

So I’m giving myself a pat on the back. Good Dad Task, done. And if it works, I saved a couple hundred bucks for the weekend service call. Because pipes never clog on Monday mornings.

And now that I’ve found the rum ...


Wish me luck, I’m making chicken parms tonight.

Actually, I’ve done it many times before, but not in a long time. And I have my new iron skillet to try out. I got one of those with the polished interior. Came pre-seasoned with flax oil, but I’ve given it 4 treatments with grapeseed oil this past week, so it should be good. And I’ve got lots of high temperature grapeseed oil to use.

Ok, time to go and beat my meat. Then season it, bread it, dip it in egg, crust it with breadcrumbs and let it chill for a while before going in the frying pan. Brown it, put it in a greased glass baking dish, parm and prov, then some sauce, then mozz on top, bake it. Who needs a recipe for that?


I need to be faster with my phone camera.

Life In The Friggin’ Jungle, Part Eleventy Seven of The Kibble Khronicles


So I’m sitting here typing away at the PC. CLONK! What was that? CLONK!! Oh God, the lady upstairs is moving stuff around again? But it sounds like something hit the window. CLONK!! Ok, WTF is going on?

I get up to go see, and head to the kitchen to look out the slider. There’s a big red shouldered hawk eating the chunky meaty cat food she put out this morning for Ginger cat. And he sees his reflection in the window and thinks it’s a threat. So he’s grabbing a bite, then slam-pecking at the window in defense. He sees me and flies off. This bird lives in the area; I’ve seen him around for years. It’s pretty cool how such a large winged bird can fly through the tree branches so easily.

Everything that lives outside eats cat food. Except squirrels. And now I can add great big hawks to that list.


Happy MoneyDay!
It’s not Monday, it’s Thursday. No, not Monday. Money Day. Oh.


Some might see this as a dark anniversary.

On February 25, 1862, the U.S. Congress passes the Legal Tender Act, authorizing the use of paper notes to pay the government’s bills. This ended the long-standing policy of using only gold or silver in transactions, and it allowed the government to finance the enormously costly Civil War long after its gold and silver reserves were depleted.

Soon after the war began, the federal government began to run low on specie. Several proposals involving the use of bonds were suggested. Finally, Congress began printing money, which the Confederate government had been doing since the beginning of the war. The Legal Tender Act allowed the government to print $150 million in paper money that was not backed by a similar amount of gold and silver. Many bankers and financial experts predicted doom for the economy, as they believed there would be little confidence in the scheme. There were also misgivings in Congress, as many legislators worried about a complete collapse of the nation’s financial infrastructure.

The paper notes, called greenbacks, worked much better than expected. The government was able to pay its bills and, by increasing the money in circulation, the wheels of Northern commerce were greased. The greenbacks were legal tender, which meant that creditors had to accept them at face value. In 1862, Congress also passed an income tax and steep excise taxes, both of which cooled the inflationary pressures created by the greenbacks.

Another legal tender act passed in 1863, and by war’s end nearly a half-billion dollars in greenbacks had been issued. The Legal Tender Act laid the foundation for the creation of a permanent currency in the decades after the Civil War.

mo money, mo money!!


Bowling Blogging !!!

We did OK last night at Old Guys League, winning 5-2. Took the first game and the last game and total wood. Nothing special from me, but I ran a few points over average for the night.  I made a couple of impressive spares, but no miracle one. I did get a reverse domino strike, very rare, which is always fun. You make a lousy shot, but the pins topple slowly, one hitting another hitting another across the deck. My last two pins, the pocket of course, fell forward just as the bar came down, thus the “reverse” part. I had a good time, busting chops and mouthing off with the guys on the other team. My team still sits mostly in silence.

Of course, our wins last night may not be permanent. We bowled the team that was out last week due to the Covid, and only two of them were back last night. It’s the other two who are actually sick, and we hear that one of them is already well and itchy to be done with his quarantine period. Didn’t hear anything about the other guy other than that he’d been in contact last week, was getting treatment, and wasn’t doing so bad. Right, great. But these guys are being allowed to post-bowl indefinitely, an act of compassion because of the pandemic. I guess I’m OK with that, at least a little. But if they’re out for another week and get the same exception, it’s going to start screwing up the standings for everyone. Usually, if you make arrangements, you can post-bowl, but you have to do it before the next week’s regular bowling, or else. And nobody gets an exception for any regular kind of illness. Our guy Val was out for 3 or 4 weeks with a leg injury. We had a sub a few times, but the last time he went down as an absentee score. So let’s bend the rules too far, m’kay? [ “Smokey, this is not ‘Nam, this is bowling. There are rules.” ]

I encouraged Val to keep his hand at the 5 o’clock position instead of his usual 3 o’clock position. He’s a slow roller, more of a hip tosser with a finger jerk, and the full side hand means his ball hooks extremely in the last few feet before the pins. This makes him miss the 10 pin leave very often, and to cross over on his strike ball. I think it helped, as he was throwing in the 150s last night, instead of his usual 130s. He still needs to play a bit more angle across the lanes on his corner spares, and visualize that line, so that he doesn’t plant the ball in the gutter 20 feet before the pins.  I made all my 10 pin leaves last night, and most of my 6-10s as well. So at least on spares I can throw an accurate ball.


February 24, 2021

Yay, routine eye exam this morning. Nothing wrong with my vision, but my glasses lenses are worn out. The coatings last about 2 years, and then it’s like looking through a dirty window screen.


February 23, 2021

Upon Reflection, It Was All Projection

Every MSM criticism of FL Governor DeSantis was untrue, and actually applied to NY Governor Cuomo. Did you expect anything different?

After it has become clear that Cuomo’s handling of the pandemic was not just criminal in the metaphorical sense, but perhaps in the literal sense, the press has begun, only reluctantly and belatedly, to abandon its long-running Cuomo hagiography.

It never made any sense to lionize Cuomo at the expense of DeSantis, except that one had a “D” after his name, and the other didn’t, and one hated President Donald Trump, and the other didn’t. The national media also labor under the assumption that New York must be competent, while the Sunshine State is the preserve of the embarrassingly boorish “Florida Man.”

Finally, the media loved the way Cuomo talked about the pandemic at his take-charge news conferences. This was taken as the opposite of Trump’s approach, which it was — Cuomo talked a good game, while utterly botching the substance of the response, while Trump talked irresponsibly about the pandemic, while handling the substance pretty well (or, certainly, not as badly as advertised).

All this meant that the press made both Cuomo and DeSantis into something they weren’t — a hero and a villain, respectively — when it should have been obvious all along that this wasn’t remotely justified.

Anyone who hasn’t drunk the blue kool-aide knew 11 months ago that Killer Cuomo was a loudmouth sleazebag thug. And since then we’ve learned that DeSantis has been doing a pretty good job. But the MSM is inside out. If they say the sky is blue, you’d better go outside and check.


Perhaps the last Melania Trump magazine piece done, 2 weeks before the 2016 inauguration. And I have no idea if she got the cover. Harper’s ran a short piece on the soon-to-be First Lady, focusing on how she disagreed with her husband a lot of the time. Gee, a proto-trope in the making?

Still, it was a great picture, and Melania looked fabulous as always. After the Trumps moved in to the White House, she was swept under the rug. I’d be amazed if she got 1 or 2 covers in the whole time. Whereas Big Mike was on everything, every week.


The full interview is here.


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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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